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Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: High school rodeo info, Sturgis smoker, fundraisers, Cowboy Reunion

October 10, 2018 — It's sure been a cold and dreary week or so. I hope by the time you read this we are back to more seasonal fall weather. There was quite a bit of moisture accumulated through all the cold though, both as rain and as snow.

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Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Tribute dinner, event series galore, meetings, steer wrestling clinic, BHSS consignments open

October 5, 2018 — Did I miss something? Did I sleep through October? It feels like we went from September to November. It's kind of like how we didn't have April this year either, just 60+ days of March. It makes a person start searching for their winter woollies.

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Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Vezain injured, Fall Run Stray Gathering, barrels races, clinic, sorting, team roping

September 27, 2018 — We finally had a hard frost here on Cottonwood Creek. That should take care of the flies until May. There are a couple of big ones buzzing around here in the house but they are slow enough that even I can get them swatted. I

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Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Fallish, calf roping, fundraisers, bronc futurity, SDRA finals, ranchy stuff, breakaway

September 19, 2018 — It sure looks like fall is upon us. The leaves are changing on the trees, nights are cool and crisp, and the horses are getting that velvety look in the morning. Everyone is busy shipping yearlings, preconditioning calves, and getting hay hauled in from the

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Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Big money in youth rodeo, lots of roping, goat tying, clinics, horse sales

September 13, 2018 — The days are getting shorter and mornings cooler. A few mornings have given the saddle horses that velvety look. They haying is nearly done here. It's all baled, but I don't consider it done until we have it in the stack yards. It's a good

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Outside Circle: E.I.A. still troubling, ranch rodeos, youth rodeos, benefits, bronc riding, cart clinic

September 7, 2018 — What beautiful late summer weather we're having. The calves are really on the gain since the mid-summer black fly scourge has ended. They can handle the horn flies just fine apparently. The passing cycle of black flies (or whatever you call them that is printable)

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Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Kelly to Odessa, ranch broncs, ranch rodeos, bull roping, timed events

August 23, 2018 — The cooler weather has sure been welcome, as was the inch plus of rain we got last week. The grass is sure trying to green up again, especially visible where it was hailed so bad. First off, congrats to Tom Kelly, Cheyenne, Wyo on being

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Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Betty Smeenk, John Teigen update, Newell Labor Day weekend events

August 16, 2018 — I went to a funeral today for a lifelong friend. I don't ever remember not knowing Betty Smeenk. She and Jack were friends of my folks and everyone I knew at the time. I grew up knowing her kids and they've all been lifelong friends

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Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Youth and GPIRA rodeos, lipizzans, fundraiser for Reets, Wolter clinic

August 8, 2018 — As they say, what goes around comes around. It was finally our turn for the hail and we got a dose of it. It wiped out a lot of grass, stripped the trees in one pasture, bruised up the cattle in that pasture, tore up

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Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Tetreault fundraiser, East Fork Ranch Rodeo, Miniature rodeo, Hunter Memorial, Sperry horse sale

August 2, 2018 — That cooler weather was sure a nice break, wasn't it? It gave the stock a little respite from the worst of the flies too. I've heard that a lot of folks are seeing more than normal footrot in the cattle. We are too. We've boosted

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Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Hay and flies, mini broncs, Indian relays, county fairs and rodeos

July 26, 2018 — I can't believe that August is almost here. What happened to summer? It's been a busy one for everyone, and especially for those putting up hay. What a blessing an abundant hay crop is for many, even with the challenges of rain and storms to

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Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood:

July 19, 2018 — The July cycle of heat, rain, humidity, heat, wind, rain has continued. We finally got started haying, which brought on the first measurable precipitation in a while. It's so good to see all the round bales out across the fields this year. It's been a

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Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Presidential pardon, EHV-1, rough stock and barrels, ranch rodeos, Tetreault fundraiser

July 10, 2018 — I hope by the time you read this that is has figured out how to cool off again. It was 100 degrees today with a significant breeze. It's amazing how fast the grass changes color under those circumstances. There have been more wicked thunderstorms around

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Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Storms, horse stealin’, rescheduled events, entry deadlines, ranch rodeos, American breakaway qualifier

July 5, 2018 — There's been wind, rain, hail and more tornados around the region! I'm thankful for the moisture, but the folks who lost their grass and fields, plus have damaged buildings, equipment and homes probably aren't as chipper about it. Hopefully it's early enough to regrow the

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Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood:

June 26, 2018 — The grass is still growing and it's still getting little showers to encourage it in my area. I was thrilled to hear that some good friends in southern New Mexico were finally getting rain. Pictures she sent of their cows when they were moving them

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Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Rain!, Mia Lil Pink World Champ, ranch rodeos, ranch broncs, horse shows

June 21, 2018 — Hallelujah for the much needed rain and runoff to fill dams. I realize some of it was a little excessive in a few areas, but it sure beats a hot, scorching wind! I was tickled to get nice showers nearly daily for about 5 days,

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Outside Circle for Jan Swan Wood: Triple Crown winner, mini bulls and broncs, junior rodeo entries, barrels, breakaway, clinics

June 13, 2018 — I see some hay getting put up around the country. It's nice seeing those bales out across the fields, especially against the empty stack yards. It's going to take a while to catch up on inventory. Most two-year olds could count high enough to get

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Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood:

May 30, 2018 — It rained! Hallelujah! We had one day of 92 degrees with a high wind and it was starting to look like spring was over and the haying equipment might as well stay in cold storage. Then it rained. I'm not saying we're out of the

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Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: A little rain, bronc futurity entries open, bull riding, mule days, cowboy dressage, playdays

May 23, 2018 — This region has been getting some showers, some of them pretty substantial even, so it's sure green and pretty. A phone chat with my uncle in eastern Colorado informed me that it isn't there. It's just terribly dry from there south, though there have been

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Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood:

May 17, 2018 — I think May is my favorite month of the year. It's green, the weather is perfect and there aren't any flies and nose flies yet. I'm about three-quarters done calving and it's all cows with a history of doing it on their own and knowing

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