Jan Swan Wood: Iowa plant to process beef, AQHA/cloning update, fun events
September 6, 2013
We just keep getting some rain every few days. The last time I remember having this much moisture all summer was in 2003. I'm sure grateful for it and for the grass still being so green. It's been a tough summer to get hay put up just right, but compared to the drought of last year, I'm not hearing an awful lot of complaining.
Since the injunction on horse processing isn't rectified, Responsible Transportation, Sigourney, Iowa has decided they can't afford to wait while the process creeps along and will start processing beef within the month. The company president, Keaton Walker, said that it was just too expensive to sit idle and it's just a matter of getting their permits to process beef before they can get back to work.
The parties who won the lawsuit against AQHA for not allowing registration of cloned horses has filed for payment of their attorney fees to the tune of $900,000 and that AQHA be forced to allow registration of cloned horses. The judge entered an injunction requiring that AQHA register the cloned horses but didn't make them pay the attorney fees. The AQHA will continue to fight for justice in this case on behalf of the membership which overwhelmingly opposes the registration of cloned horses. This is like playing a high stakes poker game and when you don't win, you make them change the rules so you do. It's just not right. Rules are rules and are there for a good reason.
Here's some good news to wash your eyeballs clean with. Horse racing will resume at Wyoming Downs in Evanston this fall after a four year hiatus. The live races will be Sept.14-15. They are going to try to have 16 days of live racing in 2014.
There will be a Breakaway Roping Aug. 24 at the Central States Fairgrounds, Rapid City, S.D. It will be three head with a short go and entry fees are $150. Entries will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and the roping starts at 10. If there's enough interest, they'll have a youth division too. Call Kevin Schmidt at 605-381-5332 for more details.
The 5th Annual Richey Ridin' and Ropin' will be Aug. 24-25 at the Richey Saddle Club Grounds, Richey, Mont. There will be ranch bronc riding, muley roping, reata big loop roping and women's steer stopping. Saturday is long go's for the roping events and Sunday is the ranch bronc riding and the short go's for the roping. Sounds like a blast! I wish I was closer so I could go watch it!
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I heard that Jim Wilson, Broadus, Mont. announced his retirement at the Powder River Let'er Buck Broncs and Bulls rodeo last weekend. He's been picking up at rodeos for about 125 years and is one of the all time great pickup men. He's always well mounted and in the right place and takes good care of the cowboys every rodeo. I will sure miss watching him work. He and his beautiful bride are going to have to find something else to do on weekends now. I've got some great ideas if he'll give me a call, haha!
Troy Crowser, Whitewood, S.D., has been sidelined by a hamstring injury for a month but is back on the rodeo trail. He's going to be pushing hard to get back into the top 15 in the saddle broncs as he had slid to 28th while laid up. I'm sure his folks had him staying fit running haying machinery though, so he'll be in top form for his return.
Cody Taton, Mud Butte, S.D., PRCA saddle bronc rider will undergo surgery this week to repair his right knee, which has been giving him trouble for quite a while. I wish him a speedy recovery.
On Aug. 7 at the Farmington, Minn., Dakota County Fairgrounds, a bull got out of the pens just after the event ended and injured eight people, one seriously. The pickup men were in hot pursuit through the cars and parking lots for about 15 minutes before he was roped and dragged back to the arena. A sheriff's deputy shot the bull twice without stopping it, apparently underestimating the size and determination of a angry bull. I'll bet the stock contractor was tickled over that. No word on whether the bull was badly injured by the rounds or not. The event was the first of a series that will run through Aug. 25. I doubt that bull will be on the lineup for the other performances.
Well, that about wraps up this circle for the week. Send me you events, results, fundraisers, and all that jazz and I'll be tickled to share them here.