Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Playdays, SDJHRA annual meeting, schools and clinics, series, barrels

    Cooler weather and some showers make me feel like fall is quickly approaching. I see some leaves turning too, so I guess it’s time to give up on my spring projects. Summer barely waved as it went by this year.

    The Bits and Spurs Horse Club Playday will be Sept. 30, 10 a.m., at the fairgrounds arena in Hermosa, S.D.

    Oct. 1, 11 a.m., is the SDJHRA Annual Meeting at the Roosevelt Room at Minerva’s in Rapid City, S.D. If you have any issues or suggestions for the association, please be at the meeting.

     The last playday of the season for the Boots and Saddle Club will be Oct. 1 at Rounds Arena, CSF, Rapid City, S.D. Sign in will start at 8:30 a.m., events to follow. All ages are welcome.

    Bowman Livestock Marketing is hosting an Appreciation Team Roping on Oct. 1. It’s enter at 10, rope at 11. It will be at All Seasons Arena in Bowman, N.D. For more info, call Levi O’Keeffe at 701-721-9248.

    I have some more info on the All Grit No Quit Bull Riding School on Oct. 20-22. It’s open to all age levels and will cost $300 to enter, with $200 of that due by Oct. 1 to hold your spot. If you’re a former student there’s a $50 discount. It will be at the Ag Complex, Wright, Wyo. Call or text Shanna at 307-253-8286 to get signed up.

    The Southern Campbell County Open Barrel Race and Pole Bending will be Oct. 7. Exhibitions 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., barrels start at 1 p.m. with poles to follow. Besides the 4D, there will be 2D Sr. Sidepot and 2D Youth sidepot, plus 2D poles. Entries close Oct. 4. Contact Kaitlin Grieves to learn more. It will be at the Ag Complex, Wright, Wyo.

    The Arthun Arena and Turbiville Roping Cattle Team Roping Series at Gillette, Wyo. will be kicking off next month. Dates are Oct. 7, 21; Nov. 11; Dec. 9, 30; Jan. 6,13; Feb. 10, 24; March 16, 30. All will start at 2 p.m. They will be 7.5, 9.5, and 11.5 ropings, three head average, progressive after 1. It’s $40/roper, cash, with 30 team heats. You must pre-enter at

    A Paul Tierney Calf Roping and Breakaway clinic will be Oct. 7-8 at the Hammel Ranch six miles west of Hot Springs, S.D. Calf Roping is $450, breakaway $400. They’ll take 15 for each event with a $200 deposit. Contact Tim Hammel at 605-891-9848 to get signed up.

    The Fall Barrel Blast at Torrington has changed their date from Oct. 14 to Nov. 4. You can pre-enter by email at or day of there. It will be at the Goshen Co. Fairgrounds Pavilion, Torrington, Wyo. For more info, contact Debbie Beede at 308-631-1153.

    A costume optional Halloween Bull Bash will be Oct. 14 at the Bierma Ranch, nine miles south of White River, S.D. You can enter by contacting Loni Stirling through Facebook Messenger. Get those costumes ready!

    Laubach Arena, Canton, S.D. is holding two events on Oct. 14. First, at 11 a.m., will be a Breakaway Roping jackpot. There’s $500 added, 70% payback, $150 cash entry for two longs and a short go. At 3 p.m. is the Ranch Rodeo with $1000 added, four person team for $400 entry. To enter either event, contact Kaden Laubach at 605-929-3330.

    The Black Hills Sorting and Cutting Club has set the dates for their practices. Oct. 15 will be at Triple T Arena at Hermosa, S.D., all the others will be at the Event Center, Rapid City, S.D. on Nov. 26, Jan. 7, Feb. 18, March 14, and April 7.

     The UBHA sanctioned Broncs On The Bakken Futurity will be Oct. 21, 3 p.m,. at the new indoor arena in Watford City, N.D. For more info contact Stan Headings at 620-874-1526.

     Scott Ranch, Douglas, Wyo., is hosting the Fall Frenzy 5D Barrel Race Oct. 21. It will also have Jr. 2D, youth 2D, Peewee, senior 2D, and novice horse divisions. Pre-entries open Oct. 18 and close Oct. 20. You can enter and reserve exhibition runs by texting Kiley Scott-Kocher at 307-359-2591. You can also enter on site the day of. There’s $500 added and 90% payback for the open!

    The Buzzard Bait Bucking Ponies Series at the DSU Arena, Dickinson, N.D., has set the dates. They are Oct. 22; Nov. 12; Dec. 17; Jan. 13-14 is a school; Feb. 25; Mar. 17; and April 14. Find more info on the Buzzard Bait Bucking Ponies Facebook page.

    Well, that’s my circle for another week. Be safe and please pray for our nation. May God Bless America.


September 23, 2023

> Catalyst Club Good Neighbor Banquet, Sept. 24, 1 p.m., Community Center, Wall, S.D.

> Draft Horse Clinic, Sept. 26-29, Smith’s Longhorn Ranch, Hermosa, S.D.

> Cinch Playoffs Governor’s Cup PRCA Rodeo, Sept. 28-30, Sanford Center, Sioux Falls, S.D.

> Bits and Spurs Horse Club Playday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m., Hermosa Arena, Hermosa, S.D.

> 4th Annual SunCatcher 4D Barrel Race, Sept. 30, 11a.m., Rounds Arena, Rapid City, S.D.

> Ante Up Productions Breakaway Jackpot, Sept. 30, 1 p.m., Sheridan College, Sheridan, Wyo.

> Fall Bull Bash and Kids Events, Sept. 30, Prairie Knights Casino Arena, Ft. Yates, N.D.

> Bowman Livestock Marketing Fall Horse Sale, Sept. 30, Bowman, N.D.

> No Excuses Connie Combs Barrel Clinic, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, CamPlex, Gillette, Wyo.

> SDJHRA Annual Meeting, Oct. 1, 11 a.m., Roosevelt Rm, Minerva’s, Rapid City, S.D.

> Boots and Saddle Club Playday, Oct. 1, 8:30 a.m., Rounds Arena, CSF, Rapid City, S.D.

> Bowman Livestock Market Appreciation Team Roping, Oct. 1, 10a.m., All Seasons, Bowman, N.D.

> Sundance Youth Summer Rodeo Series Awards Banquet, Oct.1,2 p.m., Fairgrounds, Sundance, Wyo.

> Brad Gjermundson Extreme Bronc Ride, Oct. 6-7, 4 Bears Casino and Lodge, New Town, N.D.

> Badlands NHSRA Challenge, Oct. 6-8, Bowman, N.D.

> S. Campbell Co. Open Barrels and Poles, Oct. 7, Ag. Complex, Wright, Wyo.

> Historic Saddle Club Open Horse Show, Oct. 7, Scottsbluff, Neb.

> Paul Tierney Roping Clinic, Oct. 7-8, Hammel Ranch, Hot Springs, S.D.

> VBA Fall Race Meet, Oct. 7-8, 1 p.m., Stanley Co. Fairgrounds, Ft. Pierre, S.D.

> South Dakota Top Hand Challenge, Oct. 8, 10 a.m., Artesian, S.D.

> Hazer MercantileYouth Pole Bending and Barrel Racing Classic, Oct. 8, Ag Complex, Wright, Wyo.

> Hollers-Golliher All Ages Breakaway Clinic, Oct. 13-15, Golliher Arena, Belle Fourche, S.D.

> Halloween Bull Bash, Oct. 14, Bierma Ranch, White River, S.D.

> Laubach Arena Breakaway Jackpot, Oct. 14, 11 a.m., Laubach Arena, Canton,  S.D.

> Laubach Arena Ranch Rodeo, Oct. 14, 3 p.m., Laubach Arena, Canton, S.D.

> Extreme Bar Bull Riding, Oct. 14, 6:30 p.m., Knuckle Saloon, Sturgis, S.D.

> Black Hills Sorting and Cutting Club Practice Sort, Oct. 15, 10 a.m, Triple T Arena, Hermosa, S.D.

> All Grit No Quit Bull Riding School, Oct. 20-22, Ag Complex, Wright, Wyo.

> Fall Frenzy 5D Barrel Race, Oct. 21, Scott Ranch, Douglas, Wyo.

> Broncs in the Bakken Bucking Horse Futurity, Oct. 21, 3 p.m., Watford City, N.D.

> BJA Awards, Oct. 29, 3 p.m., Branding Iron Steakhouse, Belle Fourche, S.D.

> 34th Annual Casey Tibbs Foundation Tribute Dinner, Nov. 4, C. Tibbs Center, Ft. Pierre, S.D.

> Fall Barrel Blast, Nov. 14, Goshen Co. Pavillion, Torrington, Wyo.

> 7th Annual Broncs, Bulls and Bibles Free Youth Rodeo Camp, Nov. 17-19, MCCC, Miles City, Mont.

> Coy Hepper Memorial Invitational, Nov. 25, Watford City, N.D.

September 23, 2023


>ARP/TURBIVILLE ROPING STEERS TEAM ROPING SERIES: Oct. 7, 21; Nov. 11; Dec. 9, 30; Jan. 6, 13; Feb. 10, 24; March 16, 30; Arthun Arena, Gillette, Wyo.

>ARP WINTER SERIES Barrels, poles, breakaway, team roping;  Oct. 8, Nov. 5,Dec. 10, Jan. 7, Feb. 11; CamPlex E. Pavillion, Gillette, Wyo

>DSU BUZZARD BAIT BUCKING PONIES SERIES: Oct. 22, Nov. 12, Dec. 17, school on Jan. 13-14, Feb. 25, March 17 and April 14, DSU Indoor, Dickinson, N.D.

>HERMOSA BITS AND SPURS SUMMER PLAYDAY SERIES:  Oct. 14; Custer Co. Fairgrounds, Hermosa, S.D.

IC SADDLE CLUB RUN AND ROPE SERIES:Oct. 14, 9 a.m., Historic Saddle Club Arena, Scottsbluff, Neb.


>KPH ARENA FALL RANCH SHOW SERIES: signup by 8 a.m., show at 9: Oct. 14, Nov. 4, KPH Arena, Gillette, Wyo.

>KPH ARENA FALL FUN DAYS SERIES: signup by 8 a.m., show at 9: Oct. 28, Nov. 18, Dec. 2; KPH Arena, Gillette, Wyo.

>SCCC FALL TEAM ROPING SERIES: enter at 10, rope at 11; Oct. 15; Nov. 5,19; Dec. 3, 17; Ag Complex, Wright, Wyo.

>TEAM ROPING JACKPOTS SEVEN DOWN ARENA:  enter at 6, rope at 6:30 p.m.; Every Tuesday starting Aug. 29 through December; at Seven Down Arena, except for Sept. 19, location TBA., Spearfish,  S.D.