Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Good ropers, Wyoming brand renewal, barrels, ranch rodeos, broncs and Phillips memorial | TSLN.com

Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Good ropers, Wyoming brand renewal, barrels, ranch rodeos, broncs and Phillips memorial

We finally got some much needed rain! Thankfully, we got the rain without the wicked storms that hit some of the region. Tornado damage in Baker, Montana and Hermosa, South Dakota and some livestock lost are what I'm hearing about. I sure feel for everyone in those areas.

Our heifers finally started calving and we are nearly done for the year with one old cow and three heifers left. So far the heifers have done the job unassisted, which is just dandy with me. Since we didn't start until nearly the first of May, we're doing okay, especially since the heifer deal was a wreck last year and we had to turn them with a different bull the end of August. I'm not worried about them catching up for next year.

I sure liked this news story I saw on the internet. At Eagle Point, Oregon, a guy stole a woman's bicycle and was making a getaway from the Walmart parking lot. A cowboy, Robert Borba, was in his pickup with his horse in the trailer. He saw what happened, unloaded his horse and went after the guy. He roped him slick and dragged him back across the parking lot and held him while they waited for the cops to arrive. I hope he gets a medal for that!

My favorite PRCA calf roper, Dane Kissack, Spearfish, S.D. teamed up with his good mare Lizzie and won the Livermore, California tie down roping. That's a pretty good way to start his summer rodeo run! I've known Dane for years and he's one of those really good guys that I'm always happy to brag on.

The Wyoming Brand Board has announced that renewals will begin in October for certain brands. If your brand certificate number ends in -7, your are in this renewal period. If you have moved within the last 10 years, you need to update your address so they can get your renewal to you in a timely fashion. You can do that online at http://www.wlsb.state.wy.us, where you can print off a change of address form, then mail it in to the address provided. You can also email it to them at brands@wyo.gov. You can also call them at 307-777-7515. Renewals are $300.

Friday Night Lights Summer Buckle Series has started at the Central States Fairgrounds, Rapid City, S.D. There's pole bending and barrels both. Dates are June 17, July 8, and August 12 and 19. Pole exhibitions start at 2:30 p.m., pole entries close at 3 p.m. and then they'll run the open 2D poles. Barrels exhibitions run from 4-6, open youth entries close at 6:15, peewees start at 6:30 with the open 4D and youth 3D to follow. You can call Amanda at 605-490-7661 or Cindy at 605-347-3375.

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The Ekalaka Match Bronc Ride, ranch rodeo and steer roping will be June 26 in beautiful Ekalaka, Montana. The calcutta is at 2 p.m. and the event starts at 3. There will be both long go and short go. The broncs will be the good string from C & T, and if I understand correctly, there may be some ranch broncs in the deal too. For more information, call 406-975-6387 or 406-775-6386.

The second Annual Ranch Rodeo at Ashton, Nebraska will be July 2. Entries close June 24, so you might still be able to get in it if you hurry. Entries are cash only and $200/team. They're taking the first 15 entries. Check-in will be at 12:30, calcutta at 1 and the ranch rodeo after that. Call Cody Kuszak at 308-750-2154 or Cole Kuszak at 308-750-3633 or Scott Lewandowski at 308-379-6407.

Cody and Cole Kuszak are also the contact people for the Sherman County Fair Ranch Rodeo at Loup City, Nebraska on July 23. You have to enter that by July 13 and it's $240/team and they're taking 15 teams.

Terry, Mont. is having their 68th Annual Open Rodeo on July 4, calcutta at 12:15 and rodeo at 1 p.m. They're having all the usual events, including steer wrestling, youth and ladies breakaway, old man's ribbon roping, a saddle horse race, and kid's calf undecorating. There's also a kid's rodeo that day at 9 a.m. Phone entries are June 26 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. You can call to enter or for info to this number 406-461-9400 and talk to Mandy Householder.

There will be a memorial service July 7 for Gary and Fielding Phillips. It will be at the Cadillac Ranch, Belle Fourche, South Dakota, at 4 p.m. There will be a dinner and dancing following the service. Gary passed away December 10, '15 and Fielding on February 20, '16. They were a pair of wonderful men and this sounds like just their sort of service.

That winds up my circle for this week. I hope you're getting some rain where you are and the summer is looking a bit more promising. Have a good week!