Outside Circle By Jan Swan Wood: Congrats Larry, Trevor semi-retires, Roundup meeting, team roping, barrels, team sort
Winter sure returned with gusto! We had a nice brown Christmas here in the morning, but by nightfall when we got home from family festivities, it was white. It’s still snowing as I write this, and it sounds like it will continue through the next few days. It’s nice for the sheep folks who depend on snow for water, but us cow folks would just as soon keep the grass bared off. I chopped new drinking holes for the cows this morning and the ice is over eight inches deep. I guess I don’t have to worry about falling through!
I offer belated but sincere congratulations to my friend Larry Larson, Rapid City, S.D., on being named BHSS 2019 Horse Person of the Year. I dare say he’s probably photographed more really good horses over the years and created more beautiful ad layouts than anyone in the west. He’s not only talented but a genuinely nice person.
The amazing Trevor Brazile has announced that he won’t be hitting the rodeo road as hard anymore as he wants to spend more time with his family and be more involved with his kids’ activities. He’s won 24 world championship titles in tie down roping, team roping and steer roping, and has 71 go around wins at the WNFR. He capped his unsurpassed career off with being named 2018 All Around Cowboy at the WNFR. He’s a real role model for our kids and someone I respect greatly for how he treats other people, his horses, and his family.
On Jan. 5 there will be a Team Branding at the indoor arena in Thermopolis, Wyo. The second one will be Feb. 2. There will be three man teams and you can enter both pick and draw. There will be a potluck lunch. They’ll start at 10 a.m. You can check it all out at Thermopolis Team Branding on Facebook.
The Hammond Roping Club Winter Series team ropings will be kicking off. Dates left are January 6, 13, 20, 27 and Feb. 10, 17, 24. Finals Will be March 3. It’s enter at noon, rope at 12:30. If the weather is dicey, be sure and check status on Facebook.
The next Black Hills Roundup committee meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m., at the Branding Iron Steakhouse south of Belle Fourche, S.D.
Bowman, N.D.’s All Seasons Arena is the place to be Jan. 12 for the Barrel Race and Team Roping jackpots. The barrel exhibitions will start at 8 a.m., with the 4D barrels starting at 10. The #11 slide team roping is an enter at noon, rope at 1 p.m. Call Dalos Kvanvig at 701-595-4999 or Casey Holmes at 605-431-7311 for info or if you think the weather might be a factor.
Thar’s Ranch Sorting will be January 12-13 at the Event Center, Rapid City, S.D. Entries are open from 8-8:30 a.m., sort starts at 9:30. Free admission for spectators!
Gillette College, Gillette, Wyo, will be continuing their barrel series on Jan. 19, then Feb. 16 and March 2. It’s open 4D, youth 3D, and peewees with futurity sidepot and senior sidepot. Exhibitions plus open and youth pole bending as well. Exhibitions barrels goes from 9-11:30 a.m., entries close at 11:30, and the race starts at noon. Poles will follow the 4D. Call Ginger at 307-680-9075. As usual, call before you haul if the weather is bad.
Sheridan, Wyo will be holding the inaugural Sheridan WYO Winter rodeo with the highlight being the skijoring competition in downtown Sheridan. It’s a sanctioned event and I’ll get you more info as it becomes available.
The New Year’s Wrangler Roping in Rapid City, S.D. has been rescheduled for Feb. 22-23 and will be at the Event Center as previously planned.
Well, that wraps up my column for not only this week but for this year as well. It’s been quite a 2018 and I’m hoping that 2019 treats us all well and that you are blessed with abundant good health and happiness in the new year. It’s amazing to me just how fast a year goes by now. When I was a kid it took eons for a year to pass! Treasure every moment. Things change in a flash as well.