Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Spring already?, Lewis Feild passed away, Gollihers Spring Series, roping clinic, reined cowhorse shows
We’ve sure been enjoying some springlike temperatures here on Dry Creek! It’s slicker than greased glass, but at least when you fall down and get wet and muddy you won’t die of exposure right away. There are lots of geese coming through and I have to think they got their calendars messed up, maybe by flipping over two months instead of one. Ice is out on many of the dams and on the river, so at least they can get in the water to rest. I hope they don’t get caught by the weather. I don’t think it’s spring yet, no matter what the thermometer says.
We have the best neighbors in the world here. I know lots of you will argue that yours are the best, and they probably are too. Yesterday a neighbor called on her way to town and said one of our horses was limping on it’s right front foot. The horses are down on the creek for the winter, so with the mud, haven’t been seeing them every day. They happened to be along the road when she saw them. She said it was a sorrel, then chuckled because seven of them are sorrel. Then she said it had a strip face, which still didn’t narrow it down but did eliminate two of them. Then she said the top of the strip looked like an upside down tear drop and I knew exactly who it was. I thanked her for looking, then went and checked. Sure enough, my Tilly mare had mud packed into the scarred hoof on her right front foot. Nothing hurt, just mud. Yep. Great neighbors who make me feel good because I know they’re keeping an eye on things every time they go by. I do the same for them.
I was saddened to hear of the passing of one of the true rodeo legends of our time. Lewis Feild passed away from pancreatic cancer at age 59. Feild lived at Elk Ridge, Utah and was a five time world champion in the PRCA, with two championships in the barebacks and three in the all around. He was the first rough stock contestant to surpass the million dollar mark, and only the third to reach that in pro rodeo. He also won the coveted Linderman Award three times. Lewis was a family man, a true cowboy, and a good friend to all who knew him. I’m sure he’ll be missed for a long time. My condolences to his friends and family.
I want to remind you that the Golliher Spring Series will be kicking off next month. Dates are: March 12 and 19; April 2, 9, 30; Finals May 7 and makup date May 1. As usual, there will be exhibitions from 9:30 to 11 a.m., then Peewee barrels (the cute squad) at noon and the 4D to follow. If there are enough entries, there will be a 5D. It’s such a great facility between Belle Fourche and Spearfish, and run by wonderful people. There’s bleachers for the spectators and a great lunch stand too. For more info, call Jerry or Sue at 605-642-5363 or Zeann at 605-641-2926.
There will be a Good Friday Roping Clinic with Gary Zilverberg on March 25. Held at the ranch at Holabird, S.D. in their good indoor/outdoor facilities, the clinic will cost $200 and will cover horsemanship and handling your rope. Gary has trained hundreds of rope horses and has titles at every level of the game on three continents in over five decades. The man knows how to rope. Call the ranch at 605-352-3245 or the cell at 605-871-9056.
Larry Larson has announced the dates of his fabulous 20th Annual Equine Photography Clinic! It will be May 27-29 at the Highview Ranch south of Rapid City, S.D. Enrollment is limited and fills fast, so get your name on the list right away! The class will be geared toward the beginning equine photographer. Call Larry at 605-390-8610.
The Central Montana Reined Cow Horse Association has its show schedule lined up. The first one will be April 9-10 at Colombus, Mont. The second one, and it’s a biggee, will be the Twisted Wire Derby at Livingston, Mont. on May 13-15. There will be $10,000 added with two seperate shows. For more information on the full schedule, go to http://www.centralmontanarcha.com, or call Tim Unzicker at 406-323-2255 or Travis Young at 406-321-0734.
Well, that’s my circle for another week. Enjoy the beautiful weather while it lasts! Be sure and send me your items and I’ll share them here!
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Outtagrass Cattle Co. cartoon by Jan Swan Wood for the July 24, 2021, edition of Tri-State Livestock News