Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Sad goodbyes, VS still in headlines, Garr win, Stirling Family Ranch Rodeo, horse sales
September 2, 2015
It's sure been a busy week. Labor Day is always a fun time with family and friends gathering over the weekend. Having grandboys here is always a plus and now that they are in pre-school, I appreciate every day that we can have them. Their carefree "youth" is over I guess. No more week or 10 day visits with us and their critters here except during the summer.
I was sure saddened to hear of the passing of Brian Fulton. He was only 52 and had battled that darned cancer for too long. Despite that, he and his family had built and run a successful horse breeding program and ranch. I heard that the turnout for his funeral was tremendous, as it should be. Brian was a truly fine man who had mentored and befriended people from all over as a rodeo cowboy and horseman. I send my condolences to his wonderful wife Lisa and their kids as they journey on without him there.
Another pillar of the horse breeding community passed the same week when Frances Loiseau journeyed home. Mrs. Loiseau was 91. She was the breeder of many outstanding working horses, most notably the dam of Bozo, and several other great barrel horses. She was a very big part of the Frenchman's Quarter Horses and will be sorely missed by her family and friends.
Vesicular stomatitus is still in the headlines with illness in 29 separate locations in five counties in western South Dakota. Until the flies and gnats are frozen for good, it will continue to be a worry. If you are considering hauling your horses to events or locations in the Black Hills region, it would be wise to talk to the state veterinarian's office about the risks involved. The phone number for Dr. Oedekoven's office is 605-773-3321.
Congratulations to Brian Garr, Belle Fourche, S.D., on winning the Badlands Circuit Finals Steer Roping year end title! Placing second was Paul Tierney, Oral, S.D., and third Jay Mattson, Sturgis, S.D.
The 18th Annual Stirling Family Memorial Ranch Rodeo will be Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Stanley County Fairgrounds, Ft. Pierre, South Dakota. The deadline for entries is Sept. 10, and the four person teams have to have one woman or one member under 16 years on each team. The long go will be a 11 a.m., a BBQ at 5 p.m., and the Calcutta at 6 p.m. with the short go of the top 10 teams afterwards. Also during the short go will be the wild pony races and mutton busting. All proceeds will go to help families and individuals who are fighting cancer. There are $3,000 added with perhaps more by the big day. For entries and general info, call Sandy Sivertsen at 605-943-5516 or 605-870-2472 or Brett Stirling at 605-473-5115 or 605-794-8503. You can learn more about the event and the entries at http://www.stirlingfamilyranchrodeo.com.
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The fourth Annual Austin Janis Rough Stock Extreme will be on Saturday, Sept. 12. There will be barebacks, saddle broncs and bulls with a Calcutta at 5 p.m. (CST) and the performance at 6. It will be held at the Lower Brule Rodeo Arena, Lower Brule, S.D. Admission is $5/person or $10/carload. For more information call Carisa at 605-222-5282.
The Double J Horse sale will be on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Stockmen's Livestock Exchange, Dickinson, North Dakota. The ranch horse competition for sale horses will be at 8 a.m. with the sale at noon, MDT. You can find out more by calling Joe at 701-230-3044 or John at 701-720-6674. You can also see the lineup at http://www.doublejhorsesales.com.
The St. Onge Livestock Fall horse sale will also be Saturday, Sept. 12 at St. Onge, S.D. Loose horses will sell at 9 a.m. with the ride-ins starting at noon. All horse will have to have a current Coggins test to sell at this sale. I would assume a current health would also be needed to go along with that.
The 13th Annual Sugar Bars Legacy Sale will be Sept. 20 at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds, Sheridan, Wyo. The yearling halter and ranch horse futurities will be at 8 a.m., saddle horse preview at 10 a.m., weanling and yearling preview at 12:30 and the sale at 1p.m. You can check it all out at http://www.sugarbarslegacy.com or call LeRoy Wetz for a catalog at 605-347-8120 and his lovely wife will get it in the mail for you right away.
Also on the horse sale lineup is the 20th Annual Weaver Quarter Horse Production sale at the Expo Park, Great Falls, Mont. on Sept. 19. For info or a catalog call Stan and Nancy Weaver at 406-378-2600.
That's my circle for this week. Be sure and send me any events you want shared here and I'll be happy to do it.