Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Winter, Cowboy Christmas show, team sorting, Homegrown Classic, good pictures | TSLN.com

Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Winter, Cowboy Christmas show, team sorting, Homegrown Classic, good pictures

Winter sure came on in a hurry. One day we're riding in sweatshirts and a vest and the next day we're in our winter gear and wondering what we did with our summer's wages! I don't know how long fall would have to last for me to get all of the fall projects done, but apparently this one didn't last long enough. The drifts in the corrals and in some gates remind me that I didn't get the snowfences up out on the pasture north of the house and west of the corrals. I'll be trudging through those and berating myself for weeks now! I did get the carrots dug in the garden before the snow, so at least I didn't have to dig them out from under a snow bank. It's a small victory, but still a victory.

Now that it's December, there are all kinds of Christmas events coming up. One of them is the Black Hills Cowboy Christmas show at the beautiful Homestake Opera House in Lead, S.D. It will be Dec. 10, with a matinee at 2 p.m. and the evening show and dance at 7:30 p.m. There's a wonderful lineup of entertainers, both music and poetry, and I promise you will not be disappointed. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 605-584-2067.

The Black Hills Sorting Club will be holding a two day deal at the James Kjerstad Event Center in Rapid City, S.D. on Dec. 10-11. The first day there will be a Denny Selting sorting clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $75. From 2-4 p.m. that same day will be an open practice. On the 11th will be a sorting jackpot at 9 a.m. Signup for tht is at 8 a.m. There will be a #2 class, rancher, rancher open, open and master's class. Sounds like there's something for everyone!

There's a new North Dakota Stallion incentive program called Homegrown Classic Incentive Futurity/Maturity. It will be an annual event to help promote N.D. bred, born, and raised stallions, plus stallions within a 200 mile radius of N.D. Offspring of the stallions will be eligible for added money incentives and the stallion will also be able to win money based on how their get place in the event. There's a $100 nomination fee for 2017 or enter them for free by donating a breeding to your stallion. You can find out more by calling Ashley Rognlien at 701-871-7109 or find it on Facebook under Homegrown Classic.

This is a long way off, but mark your new calenders now for the Burnin' Three Barrel Jackpot on April 8-9, 2017 at the All Seasons Arena, Bowman, N.D. There will be open barrels and open poles both. I'll share this again when it's closer to the date and give you more details as they become available.

I look at many horse relates sites on the internet and on Facebook in order to come up with events that I feel are relevant to you all. In going through those sites, I see so many poorly presented advertisements that show a horse in some strange position, standing behind a piece of machinery or another horse, or simply such a bad photo that you can't tell a thing about the horse. If you have a horse you want to sell, my advice is to present it like you're proud of it and want someone else to be proud of it too if they buy it. I also see some very unrealistic prices put on horses with no resume', so learn something of the market before putting a price on a horse. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, so get some nice photos of both sides plus front legs and back legs. Then you can present your horse for sale and hope to have some success.

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Well, that's my circle for this week. Stay warm and have a wonderful week.