Outside Circle: Central States Fair, lots of rodeos and ranch rodeos, ranch broncs, saddle broncs, clinics and a wagon train

The cool weather has sure been a nice break. It does make me think of fall, and truly, it can’t be that far away. Folks will be pre-conditioning calves soon and other fall work will begin. This summer sure has gone by fast.

The Central States Fair at Rapid City, S.D. is going on right now! The Ranch Rodeo will be August 24 at 7 p.m.. The PRCA rodeo performances will be at 7 p.m. august 25-27. Always a great rodeo and good times to be had at the fair!

The Rosebud Fair and Rodeo will be August 26-28 at the Joe Waln Memorial Arena at the Rosebud Fairgrounds, Rosebud, S.D. There will be rodeos and slack performances every day, with the short go on august 28 at 2 p.m. There will be an added event with the Sr. Wild Horse Race on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, contact Cheryl Yellow Hawk at 605-828-4873.

The Wyoming Rodeo Association finals will be August 27 at Pine Bluffs, Wyo. Along with the rodeo finals, they have co-sanctioned a WSRRA ranch bronc riding, with it worth 10 points toward the WSRRA. Also, the WRA has sanctioned ranch bronc riding as a regular event for the 2017 season.

There will be two Labor Day rodeos in Wyoming for those wanting to make a run of it. Meeteetse has entries open now with call in on August 26. That number is 307-868-2454. Just 80 miles away will be the Shoshoni Labor Day rodeo with entries open until Aug. 31. That number is 307-262-6094. There’s no pre-entry for the sheep riding in that one.

The 2nd Annual KC Longbrake Saddle Bronc Challenge and SPC Jake T. Longbrake Wild Ride will be Thursday, Sept. 1, 6 p.m. at the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Arena, Eagle Butte, S.D. Thirty of the best PRCA, INFR, SDRA and NRCA saddle bronc riders have been invited to try out the top stock for a piece of the $10,000 added purse. Calcutta for the top eight in the short-go, with the wild ride calcutta for the top four for $1,000 to win. Call Mona Longbrake at 605-218-0146 or Jeremy Means at 605-200-1301 for info.

Don’t forget to get your deposit in for the Buster McLaury Clinic at Red Owl, S.D. It will be held Sept. 2-5 with both horsemanship and colt starting offered by this master horseman and clinician. Buster makes it all easy to understand and is there to help both you and your horse. Call Brad Andrews at 605-985-5493 or 605-515-0088.

The Bill Shrewsbury Memorial Team Roping will be Sunday, Sept. 4, enter at 12:30, rope at 1 p.m., at Alliance, Neb. It’s a six head drawpot, three head handicap, enter up to four times deal. Call Chelsie at 308-763-3053 or Justin at 308-641-6869 for details.

On Sept. 9-11 will be the Shawn Acord Clinic held at Weston, Wyo. It will be strictly colt starting and the cost for the clinic is $425 per colt with $100 deposit due Sept. 2 to hold your spot. Space is limited to only six colts. Spectator/audit fee is $25/day. For more information, call 307-682-5833.

By the way, the SDBRA/NBHA barrel race that was scheduled for August 16 at Chamberlain has been re-scheduled, due to blessed rain, for Sept. 25. Call Sona Kott at 605-730-2436 for further information.

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Labor Day Celebration will be hosting a ranch rodeo this year on Sept. 5. The four man teams will have a chance to earn $1,500 for first place, plus other sweet prizes. It’s limited to 20 teams. Call Vince DuPris to enter at 605-222-9566.

The Faith (S.Dak.) to Coal Springs Wagon Train in memory of John Grate, will be Sept. 21-24. The four day, 41 mile wagon train/trail ride will go from the Faith Fairgrounds to the Coal Springs Threshing Bee. It will cross some very beautiful ranch country in the process! Call Theodora Larson at 605-390-2184 or Julie Bachand at 605-206-0491 for more information about it.

Well, that winds up my circle for the week. I hope you have gotten some of the much needed rain and no storm damage at your place. Have a blessed week!