Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Jerry Olson into Hall of Fame, Horses sales, barrel races, rough stock events
Another Labor Day weekend is in the books. Had our son and his family here so took in lots of the local festivities. The best part is always watching the roping and rodeo through the eyes of our little grandboys. They watch every event and tell me how they are going to do that someday. I hope I’m here to watch them do just that!
I watched several of the events alongside my Dad. He’s been part of the Newell Labor Day celebration for most of his life of 89 years. It’s also fun to watch the rodeo through his eyes and hear the comparisons. He’s seen three and four generations of some families compete at Newell, worked behind the chutes sorting stock, announced it for decades, and is now an observer and local icon of the rodeo.
Congratulations to Jerry Olson, Belle Fourche, on his well deserved upcoming induction into the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Rodeo Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Sept. 25-26. Jerry grew up in a rodeo act family and carried on the tradition for most of his life. Jerry, 80, had a very famous rodeo act that included a trained buffalo (several over the years), a Roman Riding team, plus was a bull fighter and steer wrestler in the PRCA. He’s also a wonderful person, faithful husband to Fern and Dad to a family of good folks.
Gordon Livestock Exchange’s Fall horse sale will be Sunday, Sept. 20. The preview of catalog horses will be at noon with the sale at 2 p.m. Open consignments will follow the catalog sale.
The 19th Annual Breeders Classic Bucking Horse and Bull sale will be Sept. 17 at Grassy Butte, North Dakota. Everything will be bucked out and will sell that day, starting at 9 a.m. (MST). The sale will feature the home raised stock from many of the top breeding programs for the rough stock end of the arena and sale alumni have bucked at the WNFR many times. The arena is located one mile north and one mile west of Grassy Butte. For info, call Dale Kling at 701-575-2055 or go to the website at http://www.dalekling.com.
The Golliher Fall Barrel series dates are coming right up. They are Sept. 26, Oct. 17, 18, 31, and Nov. 14 with a makeup date on Nov. 8. They will all start with exhibitions from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., peewees at noon, 4D, youth 3D, and other diversion follow. Golliher’s arenas are located along Hwy 85 between Belle Fourche and Spearfish, South Dakota. For more information call Jerry and Sue at 605-642-5363 or go to http://www.zproductions.biz.
The Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be Sunday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m. (doors open at 10 a.m.) at the Casper Events Center, Casper, Wyoming. Dress code is black hat and cowboy casual.
The Todays Horse West Fest Bares, Broncs and Bulls Extravaganza will be Friday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m. at the Kjerstad Event Center, Rapid City. There will be the top 30 rough stock hands on some of the top stock in the country competing for a tidy $10,000 purse. It’s being held in conjunction with the 2nd Annual West Fest 5D Barrel Race Oct. 3 and 4, 8 a.m. both days. Pre-entries for that are due Sept. 18. Entries can be found at http://www.todayshorse.net/westfest.
St. Onge Livestock’s Fall Horse Sale that was postponed for September due to the vesicular stomatitus concerns will now be Saturday, Oct. 10, right after the weigh up cattle sale. The horses should start selling around noon.
Korkow Rodeo has retired their great bucking bull Bad Habit to Warne Cattle Company, Onida, South Dakota. where he will commence with a herd sire career. Bad Habit is a four time WNFR bull and had a career record of 98 outs with only two qualified rides.
Well, it’s getting that time of year when I’m going to nag you to be making appointments to get those colts gelded while they are still on the mare. It’s way easier on them than it is to wait until they are bigger and they can heal up while still on Mama and out on grass. It ensures that someone down the road doesn’t do the whole “backyard breeder” thing with him too. Those babies can then be weaned a few weeks later.
Have a good week and enjoy this nice weather. The cool mornings remind me that winter is just over that ridge over there and I’d better be getting my summer work wound up!
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