Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Healing up, Clint Ridley update, Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame, clinics, playdays at Glendive
This weather is sure spoiling us. It’s hard to remember that it’s March, what with the warm temps, birds singing and lovely sunshine. It sure makes calving a better proposition, as well as lambing.
I got my arm out of the sling and am doing physical therapy now, so hopefully I’ll be back to drawing cartoons and writing with ease before too long. I offered to let my husband continue fixing breakfast, but he seems to feel that he’d be comfortable with me taking over the chore again. He may still have to peel the spuds, but otherwise, I’m pretty mobile. I’m sure thankful to be too. Doc says I still won’t be saddling my own horse for a while, but calving won’t start until mid-April, so hopefully by then I’ll be closer to being able to. If not, the grandboys’ Welsh pony is in for a long spring as I’m sure I can saddle him with one arm. Won’t he be surprised?
I got word today (Wednesday before the paper is printed) that Clint Ridley was released from the hospital and is headed west. By the time you read this, he should be home again. Hallelujah! Don’t forget the big fundraiser that’s being held on March 21 to help with medical expenses for Clint. It will be held at the Loud American Roadhouse, Sturgis, South Dakota, with an all day event. There will be an auction, good food, and a great band playing. If you have anything you want to contribute to the auction, even just a cash donation, you can call 307-290-0400.
The Timed Event Championship of the World was held at the Lazy E Arena, Guthrie, Oklahoma. on March 8. Coming out the winner for the seventh time was Trevor Brazile. Paul David Tierney, last year’s champion, was second and his brother Jess Tierney was third, and Josh Peek was fourth.
The Larry Larson Equine Photography clinic that was scheduled for May has been cancelled for this year due to unforeseen circumstances for Larry. He’s tentatively set the date for the next one though, and it is May 6-8, 2016. If you want on his inquiry list, call him at 605-393-0900, 605-390-8610 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame nomination deadline is March 31. Keep in mine that the nominee can be a rancher, rodeo hand, or anyone else cowboy, even female, to qualify. To find the regional director near you, go to the website at http://www.wyomingcowboyhalloffame.com.
There will be a Rope Myers steer wrestling clinic on April 25-26 at Bar T Arena, Hartford, S.D. Myers is a nine-times NFR qualifier and 2001 NFR champion. There are a few spots left and the clinic costs $350. Call Tami at 605-929-3792.
The Dawson Jackpot Association will start it’s 2015 series season on April 30, at the Ted Casey Arena, Glendive, Mont. There are four divisions for ages 0-100, with barrels, poles, goat tail untying, goat tying, dummy roping, flag race and breakaway. There are year-end prizes for members. Dates are: April 30, May 14 and 28, June 11 and 25, and July 9 and 23 and August 6. Barrel exhibitions start at 5 and the playday starts at 5:30. You can find the even on Facebook or call Autumn at 406-939-1832 or Nicki at 406-939-0503.
A team roping and tie down/breakaway roping clinic will be May 26-27 at the Onida Rodeo Grounds. Team roping instructor will be Guy Howell and the tie down and breakaway instructor will be Gary Zilverberg. The cost is $350 for team roping and tie down, and $300 for breakaway. There will be lots of extra instructors to help the beginners too. This clinic is co-sponsored by Dakota Riders Group. Call April Hanby at 605-871-9056 or email her at email@example.com. for more info.
There’s a new permanent rodeo arena being built at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds at Sioux Falls, S.D. It will house both PRCA and 4-H and high school rodeos in the two arenas. The big arena is 130 x 260 and the adjacent arena is 80 x 260. It will host the Sioux Empire Fair PRCA rodeo in August.
If you’re running your yearling horses together, you might want to get them separated before one of the fillies ends up in foal. Those stud colts are sure enough able to breed at this age, as are those fillies. Geld the colts, wait about 30 days, and you can send them out to pasture together to grow up.
Well, that’s my circle for this week. Send me your news, notes and upcoming events and I’ll be happy to share them here.