Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Barrel races, high school rodeos, summer series, ranch rodeo, Ricky Quinn clinic, ranch ropings
We sure had some wonderful moisture! The country is saturated and the grass is really growing. Word has it that the rain and rain/snow mix covered a big area, and even got some of the really dry country in Montana, Wyoming, Kansas and Oklahoma wet this time. Hallelujah!
The Marcie Locken Memorial barrel race will be May 7 at the James Kjerstad Event Center, Rapid City, S.D. Exhibitions will go from 7 a.m. to noon, then Peewees at 12:30 and the Open at 1 p.m. There’s $1500 added to the Open, plus futurity, derby and WPRA sidepots. Hats and long sleeves are required. Pre-entries closed already, but you can pay a $10 late fee and enter until noon the day of the race. Call Ashley Worth at 605-769-0578 for more information.
South Dakota high schoolers: the Clark and Redfield practice rodeos, on May 21 and 22, respectively, are fast approaching and entries for them need to be postmarked by May 9th! You can find the forms on the SDHSRA website.
The Cash and Cans barrel race will be May 14 at the DSU outdoor arena, Dickinson, N.D. It’s an open 4D, with exhibitions, and UBRA and NBR points. Pre-entry deadline is May 5 and you can call Lisa Heiser at 701-290-0293 for info, or go to http://www.prairiemountainevents.com.
The North Dakota 4-H Horse Judges Certification will be May 21 at the Ward County administration building, Minot, N.D. Deadline for mandatory pre-registration is May 17. Call 701-857-6450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Belle Jackpot at the Roundup Grounds, Belle Fourche, S.D. will be starting off pretty soon. Dates are: May 25, June 1 and 8, July 27, August 3 and 17, with the rain date June 22. The entry office will open at 4:30. The west arena barrel exhibitions will run from 4:30-5:45, with the poles and barrels starting at 6. The east arena will start events at 6 with little ones goat tail untying, then goat tail untying, goats, breakaway, calf roping and team roping.
Further to the north, the Stop the Clock Productions Wednesday Night Weekly Timed Event Rodeo at Watford City, N.D. will kick off May 25 and end August 31. There will be barrels, calf roping, breakaway and team roping. Call or text entries on the Monday or Tuesday (until 4 p.m.) before to 208-680-5398 or 208-680-3617.
The 2nd Annual Youth Rodeo will be June 3 at Chippewa Downs, Belcourt, N.D. There will be three ages groups (3-5, 6-10, 11-15) and lots of events for each group. There’s a $5/event entry fee and admission by the car/pickup load at the gate. Register 3:30-4:30, with the rodeo to start right after. Contact Cindy Keplin at 701-550-7648 of Dr. Shane Martin at 701-278-2764 for info.
Powder River Days will be June 10-12 at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds, Sheridan, Wyo. Entries open May 2 and close June 1. There will be muley roping, four person stray gathering, WSRRA sanctioned women’s ranch rodeo, ranch cutting, ranch horse show, ranch rodeo and ranch broncs. To enter, call 307-736-2391. For other info, call 307-673-5783. You can look it over at http://www.PowderRiverDays.com, too.
There will be a Ricky Quinn Horsemanship and Ranch Roping Clinic at Crawford, Neb. on June 10-12. Call Denise Christy at 913-904-4084 for more information on how to get into it. You can learn more about Ricky at http://www.rickyquinnclinics.com.
The Sheridan Vaquero Roping Series ranch ropings will kick off with the first one June 18 at Mefford’s Arena south of Sheridan, Wyo. July 3 will be the Box Equal Ranch roping, Weston, Wyo, then July 4, August 13 and Sept. 3 back at Meffords. Call 307-751-3374 for more info.
The documentary about Casey Tibbs is close to completion. “Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs” will be released as soon as possible and will feature South Dakota’s own PRCA saddle bronc rider Cole Elshere playing the role of Casey. I’m looking forward to seeing this one!
Have I reminded you to get those stud colts gelded lately? Shame on me. You need to get them done before the flies get bad and before they breed one of your fillies or their own mama. Believe me, I rode two very good horses that were the results of a yearling stud running with a mare, but not all of them turn out quite that well, and it’s a mess if it’s a yearling filly that gets bred and foals as a two year old. You can check their mouths for wolf teeth and brand them while they are off in sleepy land too.
Well, that’s my muddy circle for this week. Send me your upcoming events and I’ll happily share them here!
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