Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Shipping time, ranch sorting, Slope Circuit Banquet, UBHA futurity, Buck and Ball
Spent the last couple of days getting set up and ready to ship calves. The weather has been perfect for it and the calves have really been gaining on the fresh green grass that the fall rains brought on. I got to spend the afternoon horseback on a very good, home raised fourth generation gelding. We trailed the cows home for shipping and he never missed a chance to do the job right. The cranes were going over in droves and singing their southward songs of farewell for the season. It’s days like today that make some of the harder days and times bearable. There’s always something to look forward to in this business, but you have to make the effort to look.
There will be a Thar’s Ranch Sorting on Nov. 12-13 at the CamPlex, Gillette, Wyo. You can enter at 8 a.m. and the sorting starts at 9. They will be doing two pens simultaneously, so it will be fast paced. For more info, call Zane at 307-660-9501 or Stacey at 307-660-8466.
There are two more certification classed being offered by Top Performance Equine Sports Therapy. They will be Nov. 14-18 and Dec. 5-9. You can learn more online by going to http://www.EquineSportsTherapy.com or by calling Rhonda Evans at 605-484-2288.
The Summer Slope Circuit awards banquet will be on Nov. 19 at Over The Edge at Camp Crook, S.D. The social will begin at 6 p.m. and the prime rib supper at 7. I promise you, the food will be fantastic so it’s sure worth the drive!
The long awaited Roping On The River Ranch Roping will be Nov. 20 at the Ducheneaux Ranch between Ridgeview and Gettysburg, S.D. Entries will open at 10 a.m.(CST) with the roping starting at 11. There will be Novice, Draw and Open divisions. For more information on this event, call Dave Long at 605-200-0606.
The Okeefe Team Roping Series will be kicking off soon at the Goshen County Fairgrounds, Torrington, Wyo. The dates are Nov. 19, Dec. 3, Jan. 14, and Feb. 18. Enter at 10, rope at 11 on all of them. There will be a handicap pick and draw, #12 handicap saddle roping and a #10 handicap down. For info, call Levi O’Keeffe at 701-721-9248.
The United Bucking Horse Association has opened entries for the first ever 4 and 5 year old bareback futurity at the Las Vegas Events Cowboy Christmas during the WNFR on Dec. 7. You don’t have to be a member to enter and entries are limited to 12-15. It’ll cost you $500 to enter and will have added money too. For more info, call Guy French at 832-244-6916.
This is early, but tickets go fast and with new events added, I thought I’d better tell you about it. The 15th Annual New Years Eve Buck and Ball at the CamPlex, Gillette, Wyo., will be on Dec. 31, 7 p.m. New this year, will be the Burch Rodeo Futurity and Sale on Dec. 30. The futurity will be at noon and the sale at 3 p.m. It’s non-sanctioned and open to all. For more info, call 605-545-7865. You’ll need to book your rooms and get your tickets early as it’s usually a sold out deal.
Well, that’s my circle for this week. I’ll report on how the calves sold next week. Hopefully there will be a minimum of weeping and gnashing of teeth. Be sure and send me your upcoming events so I can share them here!
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Outtagrass Cattle Co. cartoon by Jan Swan Wood for the Sept. 11, 2021, edition of Tri-State Livestock News