Jan Swan Wood: Red Mark Blanton, AQHA World Show wins, vet scholarships, death tax alert | TSLN.com

Jan Swan Wood: Red Mark Blanton, AQHA World Show wins, vet scholarships, death tax alert

Thanksgiving is over for another year and for another year we have more to be thankful for than any other nation on the planet. I try to be mindful of that fact when I feel like things aren't going quite the way I think they should in our country. We still have more opportunity and freedom than anywhere else.

I didn't see any of you sleeping in line at the businesses that were having "door buster" sales on Black Friday. If you were, I guess I didn't see you because I wasn't there. Some things in this old world puzzle me year after year and the shopping frenzy on that Friday is one of them. I guess I'll never understand.

Here's an update on the Karen Delbridge benefit being held in Wall, SD, on Dec. 1. If you have items you'd like to donate to the auction, you can send them to Mel Anderson, 22144 Elm Springs Rd, Wasta, SD 57791. For more info in general, call Mel at 605-798-5141.

I was saddened to hear of the death of one of the truly great stallions in our region. Red Mark Blanton died in mid-October at age 25. Owned for the past several years by Cleve Witham of Montana Blanton Horses, Twin Bridges, MT, Red Mark was raised and owned the rest of his life by Stuart and Samantha Hoar of Pine Bluffs, WY. Red Mark Blanton was a horse among horses as he excelled and won extensively in reining (despite his size), calf roping, team roping, steer roping, barrels, and anything else he was entered in. He was a powerful horse at 15.2 hands and 1,425 pounds in his prime. The bright sorrel was busy with stud duty and hadn't been ridden for three or four years when the Hoar's little daughter, who was about six, lost her good Jr. rodeo horse. Stuart grabbed Red Mark out of the mares and threw that little saddle on him and he became a little girl's all around rodeo horse overnight and won a house full of buckles and awards for Riata. Cleve is glad to have been able to buy Red Mark's band of mares, along with the old stud, and is continuing to raise that line of horses, with his stallion being a maternal grandson of Red Mark and another four young studs by Red Mark waiting in the wings for some riding. Horses like Red Mark Blanton are few and far between and he will be mourned by everyone who knew him.

The deadline for AQHA stallion breeding reports and incentive fund nomination forms is Nov. 30. Tick tock, folks.

Area horses enjoyed success at the AQHA World Show in OKC this month. Matt Koch, Arthur, NE, won the Jr. Working Cowhorse on SDP Blue Blood. The 2008 red roan stallion is by Laredo Blue and out of the Duel Rey mare, SDP I Got Good Genes. Bred by Shane Plummer of Ft. Worth, TX, he's co-owned by Matt Koch and Craig Haythorn, also of Arthur, NE. Besides being a working cowhorse in the arena, the young stallion also works for a living on the Haythorn Ranch.

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In the Sr. Dally Team Roping, Heading, the second place Intermediate Champion was Chickasaw Twist, owned by William and Corliss Kellogg, Gettysburg, SD, and ridden by Levi Grimes, Kadoka, SD.

Earning a third place in the Sr. Working Cowhorse was Shining Lil Nic, owned by Bill and Janiejill Tointon, Longmont, CO, and ridden by Justin Lawrence, Alzada, MT.

Veterinary students, heads up! Pfizer Animal Health and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation invite second and third year vet students to apply for their scholarships. A minimum of 330 scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded to assist students across various disciplines of veterinary medicine. The deadline to apply is Dec. 2! Go to: http://www.vetstudent.com or http://www.avmf.org/pfizer for more information.

Red alert for anyone planning on dying in the future (that covers most of us). The death tax will revert to the devastating 55 percent of the appraised value of any estate of over $1,000,000 in January 2013. The appraisal on the estate is done by our friends at the IRS and the money has to be paid within 90 days. So, if you don't have a plan in place for gifting, conservation easements, trusts or transfers by Jan. 1, your ranch or farm is in serious trouble if something happens to you. Don't leave your heirs, whose hearts lie with the place, to have to sell it to pay the taxes. It happened over and over when this tax was in place in the past. Congress can keep this from happening if they'll get to it, so call, write, email (or all three) your congressional representation today and tell them that the death tax has got to be stopped.

Well, that's my circle for this week. Send me your items of interest, events, and other fun stuff and I'll share it here.