Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Inductees honored, Breeder’s Cup, NRCA finals, clinic
The beautiful weather is holding nicely. If it can stay like this and then turn off wet in March, I’ll be content. We sold our calves last week. They were the heaviest calves we’d ever weaned per day of age. I guess the drought didn’t really hold them back too bad. The short-aged June born heifers’ calves were a little light, but the quality was there. I’m not saying that we danced in the parking lot over what we got but we got all the market would allow that day. My Dad always said to sell calves when they were ready, not when the market was. They were bloomy and their hair just sparkled, so it was time. Being short of grass and hay also pushed us to sell as those big calves can sure eat a bunch of grass when it’s scarce.
I’m sure glad the election is over. Now if the sore losers would quit acting like spoiled children it would be even better. Apparently protestors of any description don’t have jobs or they’d have to be there instead of protesting. Just my observation, anyway.
The Casey Tibbs Foundation’s 27th Annual Tribute Dinner was on Nov. 5 at Ft. Pierre, S.D. Honorees this year were Donna Shedeed, Troy Crowser, Don Reichert, Blaine Nordvold, Lowell and Catherine West and the Tony Murray family’s Okie. Congratulations to all of you.
The Breeder’s Cup races were run on Nov. 5. In the Breeder’s Cup Classic, a fantastic three year old named Arrogate, who is running in his first season, won the race by a neck or so over the fabulous California Chrome. Chrome ran a really strong race but the youngster had a real come from behind kick in his tank and passed him in the stretch. Chrome, a five year old, had won the other six of his 2016 starts, so it wasn’t too bad of a deal. It pushed Chrome’s career earnings to $14,452,650 with the second place check. He will run once more in the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup (Gr 1) at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28, and then the intention is to retire him to the breeding farm. He will stand at Taylor Made for a modest $40,000 fee. The powers that be in the Thoroughbred industry still won’t acknowledge him as a class horse because he doesn’t have the popular bloodlines and, worse yet, he’s a California bred. I hope he has huge success in the breeding barn and shows the naysayers that class is more than pedigree. I am very relieved to know that he will be retired at last. I hope he goes out sound and at the top of his game, too.
There will be a Funday Horse Show Nov. 19 at Black Bluffs Equestrian Center at Mitchell, Neb. It will be a fun, schooling type show that will be good for all ages and disciplines. It will be held indoors except for the trail classes. Signup opens at 8:30 a.m. with the show starting at 9 and will cost $15/rider for the day. Be sure and bring your own chairs and lunch. For more information, call or text Milinda Laeger at 816-550-6756.
The N.R.C.A. Finals will be Nov. 25-27 at the James Kjerstad Event Center, Rapid City, S.D. There will be a director’s meeting on Friday, the 25, at 3:30 p.m. A mandatory general membership meeting will be at 4. Rodeo performances will be at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and Sunday’s perf will be at 1 p.m.
Also on Nov. 25-27, Hall’s Performance Horses will be having a Horsemanship/Colt Starting clinic at their ranch near Edgemont, S.D. It’s $100/person/day. On Friday and Saturday it will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon. For info, call Kirk Hall at 605-431-3607.
Well, that’s my column for this week. Be sure and send me any news and upcoming events so I can share them with you here. Have a great week!