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Jan Swan Wood: Bucket list, timed event challenge, barrels, Dakota country livestyles event

It has been a somber week for me, as I have experienced the loss of a dear, close friend to cancer. She’s only three years older than me, we were very close for many reasons. It started out as a mutual interest in good horses, which led to a deep and abiding friendship that held up through the myriad, daily things that build a friendship over the years. We’d laugh until our bellies hurt at the darn’dest things and stay up all night talking if we were in the same place. We’d cried for and with each other over life’s hard experiences. We had a bucket list started, knowing we had better get on it, now that we were in our 50s. We planned so many things and would have gotten started this year if not for the dreaded diagnosis last spring and the treatments and everything that followed.

What I want to stress to you is, don’t wait. Get out there and do some of the things you’re planning for “someday.” None of us knows when our time is winding down, so we need to live for the day. I can’t have another chance with her, but I plan on doing more living and less waiting from here on out.

Congratulations to the young rodeo athletes who competed at the South Dakota Timed Event Championship in Huron, SD. Event champions follow: breakaway Kristi Steffes, Vale, SD; steer wrestling Jason Hapney, Harrold, SD; barrels Hallie Fulton, Miller, SD; tie down roping Seth Anderson, Hurley, SD; goat tying Chesney Nagel, Springfield, SD; and team roping Cody and Casey Packer, Sturgis, SD. Winning the all around was Casey Packer, Sturgis, SD, with reserve all around going to Hallie Fulton, Miller, SD. Hallie’s horse was also named top horse.

Jill Moody and her homebred gelding Cloudy Illumination, aka Jesse, won the 15th Annual 5-State Breeders Barrel Futurity held Sept. 7-9, 2012, in Rapid City, SD. The five-year-old by Mr. Illuminator and out of Jill’s mare Corona Special, won second in the first round and first in the short go. Second in the average was Ima Super Fly Guy owned and ridden by Brittany Pozzi, Victoria, TX; third was Whats A Guy To Do, ridden by Hallie Melvin, Hermosa, SD and owned by Mick and Anita Stroschein, Wright, WY; fourth was I Like Guys With Cash, ridden by Cami Bauer, St. Onge, SD and owned by Bill and Deb Myers, St. Onge, SD. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th place horses were all sired by Myers’ stallion, Frenchmans Guy.

Speaking of barrels, the WNFR is approaching fast and Nikki Steffes, Vale, SD is fifth, Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, SD is ninth, Trula Churchill, Valentine, NE is 13th and Britany Fleck, Mandan, ND is 20th in the standings.

The Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center Branding Party will be Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Other fun activities are planned, besides the branding and socializing, including mechanical bull riding, roping lessons for the kids, and a chili cook-off. The event raises funds for the rodeo center, so bring your branding irons and make your mark. For more information and a form for registration, go to http://www.caseytibbs.com or call 605-494-1094.

On Sept. 29-30, 2012, will be the First Annual Dakota Country Lifestyles event at the Central States Fairgrounds, Rapid City, SD. On the 29th, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., there will be seminars, hands-on demonstrations, booths with products by and for folks living in the country, youth programs, safety training, etc…for more information, contact Mindy Hubert at 605-394-1722 or email her at mindy.hubert@sdstate.edu. Look elsewhere in this publication for a detailed account of the event and which days and times certain horse related events will take place.

Rodeo clown Duane Reichert, New Underwood, SD, has been nominated for PRCA’s Donita Barnes Contract Personnel Award. The winner will be announced at the PRCA Awards Banquet Dec. 5, 2012, during the WNFR. We’re sure rootin’ for you, Duane!

A whole bunch of the anti-everything groups have joined forces to file a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for ending federal protection of wolves in Wyoming and for classing them as predators so they can be shot. Gosh, I am just so surprised, aren’t you?

The BLM is going to gather the feral horses east of Riverton, WY in November. They are running over 900 horses in an area that can sustain from 320-536 head, depending on the year. Of course, this one is dry, so, the gather is critical. They will treat with fertility control drugs, (not a sharp scalpel, darn the luck) release some, and remove others from the area. Some of the least ugly ones will be offered for adoption.

I guess if you want a homely, wild, untouched horse of indefinite breeding and purpose, the adoption center would be the place to go. Sadly, folks are giving away or selling for too little money, well-bred, pretty, gentle, registered, predictable horses daily due to the drought and the dead-in-the-water horse market. Of course, that horse market is directly related to our government shutting down humane horse processing in the U.S.

It’s time to unsaddle and rest my horse from this circle. Go do something fun and memorable this week.