Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Junior Bachand memorial, bull riding, free roughstock clinic, rodeo series, ranch rodeos | TSLN.com

Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Junior Bachand memorial, bull riding, free roughstock clinic, rodeo series, ranch rodeos

It's sure been a windy week here on Dry Creek. We got a little dab of rain and about three feet of wind so it's not exactly muddy. There's another front moving in, according to the weather guy, and hopefully that will bring some more moisture. Our grass is really coming on but an inch or so of rain would be just dandy.

First of all, I promised to let you know when the memorial service for Junior Bachand would be, so write this down. It will be June 18, 1-5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Sturgis, S.D. Junior was raised east of Sturgis, had resided in Arizona for years, but his heart was always here in western South Dakota.

The Fling V Buckin' At the Barn bull riding will be Saturday, May 21, 7 p.m. at the salebarn in Presho, S.D. It's part of the LJ Jenkins Bull Riding tour and is ABBI and MBBI sanctioned.

The Sturgis Youth Rodeo series has started. The next one will be May 26, then May 31, June 30, July 14 and the rain makeup date is August 14. You can pre-enter by calling Annie at 605-280-0529. Entries close at 5:45 and no late entries will be taken. Exhibitions are 5 to 5:45 p.m. with the events starting at 6.

Bares, Bronc, Bulls and Bibles roughstock rodeo clinic will be May 30-31, at Dupree Rodeo Grounds, Dupree, S.D. Registration is at 9 a.m., and they invite cowboys ages 14-19. There's no charge for the clinic. Practice will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a practice rodeo from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and a time of sharing the Word after. Parents must sign a waiver for their young 'uns to participate, and that can be found on Facebook. Otherwise, call Cole Elshere at 605-739-3018 or 605-200-1329.

The Custer County Calf Roping at Broken Bow, Neb. will be June 11. Divisions are 50+ and over, 17 and under, open tie down roping, all girl breakaway (WPRA approved), and open breakaway. You need to send a deposit by June 1 to hold your spot, so call Cole Tierney at 817-304-7423 for that, or for general information, call Patrick Martin at 308-880-0191.

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There will be goat tying and breakaway clinics in Miller, South Dakota, June 6 at the Fulton Ranch. It will be a one day single event clinic for breakaway with Jackie Crawford, and a three day No Limits goat tying clinic with Lynn Smith. Go to http://www.goattyer.com for more information and the register.

The Mount Rushmore Rodeo Series at Palmer Gulch, Hill City, South Dakota, will be Saturday, June 11, Sunday, July 10, and Saturday, August 20. Put on by LKC Productions, it will have most of the regular rodeo events plus have ranch bronc riding. Enter by phone/text/email/Facebook. Call Leland McMillan at 406-498-9249 or email him at lelandjmcmillan@gmail.com.

The Bobbi Johnson Memorial Barrel Race will be July 9 at Beslers' Cadillac Ranch. Call Billi Bacon at 605-210-2561 or Fran McCoy at 605-641-0238 for info.

The Ekalaka Ranch Rodeo, Ekalaka, Montana will be July 16, 1 p.m. C & T Rodeo will be providing the stock. For entry, call Janet at 406-975-6387 or 406-775-6386. Ekalaka is a beautiful spot and I'll bet they'll put on a great ranch rodeo there in the heart of ranching country.

The Kaycee Ranch Rodeo will be July 15-16 at Kaycee, Wyo. There will also be an art show, Dutch oven cookoff, Powder River Home Brew Fest going on. There's team sorting competition at 7 p.m. on the 15th, and Saturday will feature the Cowkids Stickhorse Ranch Rodeo. The ranch rodeo calcutta will be at 4:30 with the ranch rodeo starting at 5. Entry forms can be obtained at http://www.triplevrodeo.com or http://www.kayceeranchrodeo.com. You can also call Tammie Neville at 307-738-2450 if that's easier. I think it would be worth the trip to Kaycee just for the stickhorse rodeo! Kaycee's another beautiful place in real ranch country, so sure a nice place to visit.

Don't forget all the great high school rodeos going on around the region. Those high school kids are working hard at their events and the amount of "try" shown at those rodeos is wonderful. Take a drive and take one in, you sure won't be sorry. It will give you hope for the future!

Be sure and send me your events info and any fundraisers that you know of. I'm always glad to share them here. That's my circle for the week, so take care and God bless you!