Family visit, Waddie Mitchell at Gillette, 4D at Alliance, Ride A Horse Feed A Cowboy |

Family visit, Waddie Mitchell at Gillette, 4D at Alliance, Ride A Horse Feed A Cowboy

It’s been quite a week here on Dry Creek. Our oldest son, his wife and four daughters (ages 3-17) came from California for a visit and boy did we have a good time! Youngest son and his fiancé from Montana joined us for the visit too, so there was lots of reminiscing, catching up and general fun had. The girls all wanted to ride of course, and it was a proud moment to see them all horseback and riding out together with their uncle. Half of the horses were home breds too, so that didn’t hurt the scene any. It’s amazing to me how those good ranch horses who are really broke and maybe even a little hair triggered with us are so quiet and patient with less experienced riders. Our oldest son’s wife hadn’t ridden but once or twice and had had very scary experiences with that, so I was proud of her for getting on and going along. She rode the brokest horse that ever lived (youngest son’s horse of a lifetime horse) and the old mare really took care of her. The littlest granddaughter was delighted to ride little Tim all by herself but some of the joy wore off fast when he jumped a little ditch and she fell off. She was not convinced that she should get back on but she finally got on my pet saddle horse with her older sister and rode back with her. I think the girls would all have taken the horses home with them if they could have!

It sure got quiet around here when they all went home, but plans are already in the works for next year, so we have that to look forward to.

If you want to go to a fun event that will entertain you completely, head for the Cam-plex Heritage Center Theatre in Gillette, Wyoming, Thursday, July 30 when the Rockpile Museum Association presents cowboy poet extraordinaire Waddie Mitchell, Jiggs, Nevada, for an evening of great poetry. Opening the show will be Montana’s singing cowboy T.J. Casey with pure cowboy music. There will be a silent auction which includes historic photos at 5 p.m., then T.J. Casey at 6 and Waddie at 7. We’re planning on being there if we have to hitchhike, so hopefully we’ll see you there. Tickets are on sale now or at the door for $20, members, seniors, military and youth for $15 and little fellers under two are free. For more information, call 307-682-5723. Money raised will go toward exhibited for the new Rockpile Museum.

The Cattle Capital Rodeo Committee, Alliance, Neb has announced the jackpot dates for their 4D Barrel races. Dates are Aug. 1, 15 and 20, and Sept. 11. Exhibitions are 10:30-11:30 a.m., open 4D at noon, Youth 3D, Novice horse 2D and more exhibitions will follow that. The jackpot is Mile Hi Northern Circuit approved. For info call Chelsie Herian at 308-763-1053. The event will be held two miles southeast of town on Hwy 2.

I was sure saddened to hear of the loss of Roy Conzelman, Hulett, Wyoming. Roy had a stroke on July 12 and passed away July 22. He was a lifelong Crook County resident and spent his life ranching, driving a logging truck, supporting his community, and enjoying his family. His medical expenses are staggering so the Ride A Horse Feed A Cowboy event will benefit his family to help pay for medical and funeral expenses. The auction and rodeo will be held August 29 at Hulett and is a great event for what is always a worthy cause. I will keep telling you about that as it gets closer. If you want to donate to Roy’s fund you can now at under Roy Conzelman. My deepest sympathy to his family and community.

The Double J Horse Sale at Dickinson, North Dakota, will be accepting entries for the catalog until Aug. 1. The sale – scheduled this year for Sept. 12 – is always popular and features quality horses with guarantees. For a catalog entry form call Joe Hickel at 701-230-3044, John Bearman at 701-720-6674, or email They can also be found at

The National High School Finals Rodeo will be remain at Rock Springs, Wyoming, through 2019, then is tentatively scheduled to return to Springfield, Ill. for the 2020-21 rodeos.

Well, that’s my circle for this week. Send me your items, updates, and events and I’ll be happy to share them here!