Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Dangerously dry, kid horses, rodeos, mini broncs and bulls, barrels | TSLN.com

Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Dangerously dry, kid horses, rodeos, mini broncs and bulls, barrels

It's sure been windy this summer. With the high fire danger due to the drought and the high winds, it's been an awfully scary time for ranchers and firefighters alike. The least little spark can start a fire that is nearly impossible to stop. Be sure you have something in your rigs, whether in the hay field or fencing outfit, to help you put a fire out when it first starts, instead of having to watch in dismay until the fire department gets there. I remember my Dad and I fighting a fire with wet gunny sacks and getting it put out before it consumed a ranch worth of hay and grass. It was started by a spark flying off a rock that the mower hit, and fortunately, I was raking fairly close and saw the tendril of smoke. That small barrel of water and gunny sacks that was in the back of the pickup were what we put it out with and it was pretty fast and furious work until we did too.

We've had the grandboys here for a spell and it's sure been fun. They've really taken off on their horses and are riding nearly every day. The oldest boy is now riding a sorrel mare that I raised and they are quite a pair. She's 17 years old and is rock solid broke and gentle, plus just lazy enough to not do anything too wild for a little boy. I tried selling her several years ago when I was needing the money and no one liked her color. Isn't it funny how that color thing paid off for me in the long run? It sure a good thing she wasn't born roan, palomino or buckskin or I wouldn't have her for my little grandson.

I had heard that Gillette College, Gillette, Wyo. was building their own indoor arena. They have a fantastic rodeo team and the addition of the indoor will be great for their program. Pictures on the internet recently showed the building coming along nicely and it looks like it will probably be ready to use by the time the weather turns this fall.

The 47th Winner Elks Rodeo will be July 22-24, Winner, S.D. It benefits the Children's Care Hospital and School, and will be at the Tripp County Fairgrounds. It's SDRA, MSRA, NRCA and NSRA sanctioned and the performances are a 7:30 p.m., CDT, each night.

If a PRCA rodeo is what you want to see, be sure and take in the 94th Annual Days of 76 Rodeo in Deadwood, S.D., July 26-30. On the 26th the steer roping will start at 10 a.m.; 27th has 8 a.m. timed event slack and a 7 p.m. rodeo performance; 28th also has 8 a.m. timed even slack, followed by the WPRA barrel slack and a 7 p.m. performance; July 29 and 30 will have the historic parade, with the 29th having a 7 p.m. performance, and the 30th have a 1:30 and 7 p.m. performance. Just going to see the great rodeo grounds is worth the drive to Deadwood, and the rodeo is always top notch. You can get your tickets by calling 888-838-2855, and you can check out the whole event at http://www.daysof76.com.

Gordon Livestock Market, Gordon, Neb. will be having an open consignment horse sale on July 26 at 2 p.m. You can call Link at 308-282-9998 or Dick at 308-360-0427.

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The M-T Saddle Club Youth roughstock rodeo will be August 20-21 at Williston, N.D. They will have mini broncs and mini bulls. Entries close August 1 and entry info can be found at http://www.mtsaddleclub.com.

The 5th Annual Evelyn Hohn Memorial Barrel Race will be August 5 at the Rounds Arena, Central States Fairgrounds, Rapid City, S.D. Exhibitions will be 3:30-6 p.m., pee wees at 6:15 and the 5D follows. It's NWBRA approved and has $1000 added. Entries are open 3:30-6 the day of the event. You can find out more from Donna March 605-890-1100 or Gale Beebe at 605-673-4028.

There will be a Bobby Welsh Bull Riding Clinic at Williston, N.D. August 18-19 for ages 8 and up. There are 20 spots, with 10 for mini bulls and 10 for the big ones. It's $375 to get in it and you can sign up at 701-570-4591.

That's my circle for this week. Be safe out there and watch for smoke on the horizon! Have a great week and pray for rain!