Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Kids rodeo, big kids rodeo, bucking horse drive, HSUS investigation | TSLN.com

Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Kids rodeo, big kids rodeo, bucking horse drive, HSUS investigation

The grass is sure growing and a few people have started cutting some alfalfa. We branded on Sunday and put the cows back where they were before the floods. I was so grateful for the rain that I didn't even mind digging the fences out of the muck and fixing them. We're on track for a nice summer.

June 30, is the date for the Little Missouri Saddle Club's Kids Rodeo at Marmarth, N.D. It's for ages 5-15 and check-in is from 8:30 to 9:40 a.m. and the rodeo starts at 10 a.m. To enter email msonsalla@hotmail.com or call 701-279-6652. Entry deadline is June 24 and is only $1 per event! There's all kinds of fun events for the kids and there will be first place buckles in all of them. Check it all out at http://www.littlemissourisaddleclub.com.

The great little town of Interior, S.D. will be holding the Interior Frontier Days Rodeo in the beautiful Badlands on July 4-6. It's SDRA/MSRA/NRCA/WPRA approved with rodeo performances on July 4-5 at 4:30 p.m. On the 4th there will be a parade at 1 p.m. and fireworks that night. Each performance will have a Wild Ride too. On July 6, will be the Ranch Rodeo at 4 p.m. The announcer will be Randy Taylor and "Danger" Dave Whitmayer will clown. The excellent Wilson stock will be bucked so it will be a wild rodeo. For more info, contact 605-433-5390 or 605-685-3691.

The Bobbi Johnson Memorial Barrel Race will be July 13, at Besler's Cadillac Ranch, Belle Fourche, S.D. It will run, rain or shine due to the indoor arena being available. They will have half-second splits with a full-second from 4D to 5D. It starts with exhibitions from 8-10:30 a.m. and the barrel race at 11 a.m. Call Billi Bacon at 605-210-2561 or Fran McCoy at 605-641-0238.

The 4th Annual Bucking Horse Drive from Eagle Butte, S.D. to Timber Lake, S.D. will be held July 22-25. If you want to take part in this adventure, you can! The 42 miles, three-day drive will begin at the Holloway Ranch on Tuesday, July 23, and conclude July 25, at the Days of 1910 Rodeo in Timber Lake. Chuck Holloway of Tonto Livestock will be in charge of the drive. For more information, call 605-964-3088 or check it out on the website at http://www.buckinghorsedrive.com.

The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has agreed to investigate HSUS's tax exempt status as well as the IRS's Lois Lerner and her involvement in not doing an investigation when it was originally requested. Of course, she's being investigated for the IRS targeting of non-profit organizations that didn't jive with D.C.'s powers that be. Lerner, incidentally, is an active member of HSUS. Go figger.

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The Buster McLaury Clinic that was postponed from May has been rescheduled for Aug. 1-4. It's to be held at Brad and Beca Andrew's place north of Red Owl, S.D., out in the big country with room to breath and ride. Both colt starting and horsemanship are being offered for $475 each. A deposit is required, so call Brad at 605-515-0088 or Beca at 605-515-0027. You'll never go to a better clinic and it's a rare opportunity to work with a horseman of Buster's calibre.

On the PRCA trail, Chason Floyd, Ludlow, S.D. won the steer wrestling at the big Sisters, Ore. rodeo June 7-9. He had an 8.8 on two head for the win. Jake Rinehart, Highmore, S.D. split second place with a 9.2 on two.

Cole Elshere, Elm Springs, S.D. was second in the saddle broncs.

Jake Rinehart also placed third in the steer wrestling at Livermore, Calif.

At Garden City, Kan., Ty and Casey Breuer, both of Mandan, N.D., tied for first in the barebacks with 83 points on the Korkow horses Flashcard Champ and Mean Jean, respectively. Joe Gunderson, Agar, S.D. was third. Saddle broncs were won by Louie Brunson, Interior, S.D. with 85 points on Korkow's Cherry Velvet while Wade Sundell, Bosholm, Iowa and Cole Elshere split second. Rorey Maier, Timber Lake, S.D. split third in the bulls.

Some of our hands headed north of the border to Alberta where Chet Johnson, Sheridan, Wyo. won the saddle broncs and Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D. placed second in the barrels at Merwayne, Alberta.

At Brooks, Alberta, Troy Crowser, Whitewood, S.D. placed third in the saddle broncs while Nikki Steffes, Vale, S.D. was second in the barrels.

Well, I'd better wind up this circle for the week. Be sure and send me your news and notes and I'll share them here!