Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Rowdy wins for second time, Rancher Heritage Challenge, breakaway/calf roping clinic, green grass | TSLN.com

Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Rowdy wins for second time, Rancher Heritage Challenge, breakaway/calf roping clinic, green grass

Hasn't the weather been beautiful? We had such good moisture, then a week of sunshine to make the grass grow. We're calving and those little calves look great sleeping on that green carpet of new grass.

Congrats to Troy Tillard and his family! His great horse, Rowdy, was named the National Circuit Finals Steer Roping horse of the year at Torrington, Wyo. Troy and Rowdy hail from the Douglas, Wyo. country and this is the second year in a row that Rowdy was honored. He's a dandy.

In other NCFSR news, Jess Tierney, Hermosa, S.D., won the average in the first six rounds of the roping and was third in the semi-finals, thus qualifying him for the four man sudden death final round. Sadly, he missed his steer in that round, but we're still awfully proud of him! Vin Fisher, Jr. from Okla. won the sudden death finals.

If you are planning on entering your horse in the AQHA Rancher Heritage Challenge in Rapid City on June 11, you need to have your entries postmarked by May 30. The event will be at the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City, S.D. For more info, call Hope at 605-484-9283 or go to the website http://www.centralstatesfair.com.

There's going to be a really good breakaway and tie down roping clinic coming up May 31 through June 2. Instructors will be Dane Kissack, Spearfish, S.D. and Jay Mattson, Sturgis, S.D. Dane is a three time SDHSRA TDR champ, four time NHSRF qualifier, NRCA TDR champ, Badlands Circuit finals champion, and all around super nice guy. Jay is a three times Badlands circuit champion, has multiple SDRA/NRCA titles, PRCA titles and is also a nice guy who can really share his knowledge. The breakaway clinic is $250 and the TDR is $400 with half the clinic cost a non-refundable deposit to hold your spot in the clinic. You can mail your deposit to Dane Kissack, 19460 Creekside Loop, Spearfish, SD 57783. For more information, call Kelli Kissack at 952-290-0431.

There will be Family Jackpots at the Southern Campbell County Agricultural Complex, Wright, Wyo on Saturdays, June 4 and July 30. There will be team roping, open and youth, barrels, poles, breakaway and calf roping. Call Amy Rathbun at 307-281-0050 for more information.

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The 24th Annual College Rodeo Alumni Reunion will be at Casper, Wyo., June 17-18 in conjunction with the CNFR. They would love to have all of the rodeo alumni join them and reminisce about the great times they had in college rodeo. They are especially wanting anyone who is a CNFR alumni in years ending with a six (1976, 1986, 1996, you get the idea) as this would be an anniversary year for them. For more information you can call Sharon Adams at 602-268-5874 or Butch Bratsky at 406-855-1542. You can also check out the website at http://www.collegerodeoalumni.com.

The Miles City Ranch Rodeo and Ranch Bronc Riding will be June 17-18 at the Eastern Montana Fairgrounds, Miles City, Mont. There's both an All Women ranch rodeo on June 17, and an Open ranch rodeo on June 18, plus ranch broncs both days. It's WSRRA sanctioned and is an Eastern Montana ranch rodeo finals qualifier, with a $2500 purse. The bronc riding is limited to 20 riders with the top eight back for the short go on the second day. Entries are already full for the ranch rodeo, but you can call about the ranch broncs at 406-951-4735 or 406-951-1564.

The National High School Finals Rodeo will be held in Gillette, Wyo., June 14-27, with 12 rodeo performances and a short go, plus cutting and reined cowhorse performances and short go. The first rodeo perf will be on July 17. There are also lots of seminars, clinics and other competitions going on for the duration, so lots and lots going on there. I'm sure rooms are filling fast, so you probably need to get with it if you are going and plan on staying in Gillette. The schedule of events can be found on the website at http://www.nhsra.com.

I just heard about a guy's good draft gelding foundering on all of this wonderful grass we have. Hopefully he can be salvaged as it was caught quickly and he was taken to the vet and a farrier called in to put pads on him to relieve the pain and pressure. Be very aware of this, folks. Ponies, burros, mules, mustangs, Arabs and any horse that is already too fat and has a cresty neck, are prone to foundering very easily. It can happen overnight too. If you see your horse walking with a "stiff" gait, standing with his feet out in front of him, or just not moving around like he should, get him in and off that grass. Call your vet immediately, and it might be a good idea to have some Bute on hand for such an occasion. We have our grandboys' pony drylotted and as hard as it is to resist his begging, we remember what terrible shape he was in when we got him and will never let that happen again.

Have a great week! Send me your news and suchlike and I'll share them here!