INFR info, horse shot near Gillette, congrats to several, WSRRA, 20th WRCA Championship |

INFR info, horse shot near Gillette, congrats to several, WSRRA, 20th WRCA Championship

I am just amazed at the beautiful fall weather we’ve had. We did have a few days of keen winds that sure redistributed some shingles for us, but aside from that, it’s been great fall work kind of weather. I know there are lots of calves being pre-conditioned and shipped, cows being preg checked and all. I haven’t heard any cranes or geese honking south yet, but I’m sure that’s coming soon.

Here’s a heads up for the INFR Jr. Event Qualifiers. You must send your grades/progress reports dated for October 15-22 directly from the school to the INFR office. If you already sent something in, you need to re-do it and make sure you get the new one for the time period requested and sent from the school, not from home. The number to fax them to is 406-338-3754.

Speaking of the INFR, we have lots of regional contestants headed that way for the 40th INFR! It will be Nov. 3-7 at the South Point Arena, Las Vegas, Nev. There will be 450 contestants vying for titles and money. My best to all of you!

On a grim note, on Wed., Oct. 8 at around 7:30 in the evening, neighbors heard gunfire in the area, but it wasn’t until the next morning that Lori Thompson found one of their broodmares dead in the pasture. The 10 year old mare had been shot. Their property is on Moncrieffe Ridge Road, near Gillette, Wyo. If you have any information about this, please call the Campbell County Sheriff’s office at 307-682-7271.

Congrats to Taz Olson, Prairie City, S.D. on being awarded the Levi Wisness award at the Badlands Circuit Finals on October 10. Levi was a well loved steer wrestler who died of cancer in 2008.

The upcoming WNFR has named it’s staff for the event. Roughstock chute boss is Tom Neuens, Powell, Wyoming. The assistant secretary of the rodeo is Penny Walton, Billings, Mont. Timers include Jessi Franzen, Riverton, Wyo. for the second straight year, and Amy Muller, Agar, S.D. for her first trip. Congrats to all for being so good at what you do that you get chosen for the biggest of the rodeos important jobs.

There are Open Riding nights at the new Ag Complex indoor arena at Wright, Wyo. The next ones will be Oct. 21 and 28, 6-8 p.m. There’s a small fee to cover the $25 per hour rental that will be divided up between the riders. There will be barrels, poles and the Smarty steer for your use on those nights. For info call Janie Norlin at 605-210-3179.

The WSRRA (Western States Ranch Rodeo Association) Finals will be in Winnemucca, Nev. October 29-November 1. There are many regional contestants qualified and going to this event, plus there is a fabulous trade show and other events. It’s also home of the Professional Wild Horse Racers Association national finals, so lots to go to. For information on any of it go to or check them out on Facebook if you are of that ilk. The WSRRA finals is definitely on my bucket list!

On a similar note but in a different part of the country, the 20th WRCA (Working Ranch Cowboys Association) World Championship ranch rodeo will be in Amarillo, Tex. on Nov. 12-15. Again, huge trade show, plus other great events including one of the finest ranch horse competitions there are. We’ve been to the WRCA finals and it’s sure worth the trip. I know there are some great regional teams qualified for it and I wish them all the best. You can learn more at

The PRO Jackpot Winter Series dates have been released. They are Nov. 8, Dec. 6, Jan. 24, Feb. 21, and March 13. They will have barrels, poles and breakaway. The arena opens at 7:30, Exhibitions 8-12, open riding 12 to 12:30, and 4D at 1. There will be pole exhibitions, 2D poles and open breakaway in there somewhere. For further details, call Paula O’Connell at 307-687-0566.

Well, that’s my circle for another week. If you want me to put something in here about your event or a fundraiser, I’ll be happy to. I need the info at least two weeks in advance of the date of the event. Have a wonderful week!

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