Red flag bills in Washington, rodeo season kicks off, clinics |

Red flag bills in Washington, rodeo season kicks off, clinics

The wind is briefly down this morning and it was a balmy +3 at daylight. That should have earmarked every calf born overnight. We’re not calving yet, but our neighbors are. The wind has about blown the little fellers away when they try to stand up at first. Makes for strong legs on those calves.

There are two critical bills in Washington, DC right now. Please, don’t wait a moment before getting on the phone or on-line to give your comments to our congressmen and senators. They are HR 1094, which would prohibit the processing of horses in the U.S. and the shipment of horses for the purpose of slaughter, hence no more horses leaving for Mexico or Canada. The Senate’s bill is S.541 and deals with the prohibition of selling equine meat for human consumption. Not surprising, it’s the ever well-funded ASPCA, HSUS, Animal Welfare Institute, and a consumer group called Center For Science in the Public Interest that are in charge of this latest onslaught, via some of their puppets in the House and Senate. Call your senator and congressman/woman right now! Their numbers can be found in the big phone book under U.S. Gov’t and your state. If you’re on the computer, a really easy way of sending an e-mail to all of them is through this site: http:/the-cavalry-group.rally. You can find them on Facebook too. That site will take you right where you need to go and it’s quick and easy. Don’t wait another minute. Unless you have a heifer having trouble calving or your haystack is on fire, you have time to do this.

The outfitters in Yellowstone National Park would appreciate you pro-riders and packers taking the time to send a positive comment about packing and riding in the park. The new comment deadline is April 15. For more info, log onto the National Park Services site at:

You can get a copy of the brochure by calling 307-344-7147.

The South Dakota High School Rodeo kids need to be getting their regional rodeo entries filled out and mailed off. The deadline is April 15. For your mother’s sanity, get it done and sent off before the day it has to be postmarked. Remember to have your superintendent or principal at school sign it too. Don’t forget to put your team roping partner’s name on it or it will get sent back and it will cost you more to send it in the second time. I survived the last minute scramble of signatures, but don’t want you to inflict that on your folks. It makes them cranky.

The Gillette College rodeo team is doing great on the college rodeo trail. The Men’s team is back in the #1 spot in the Central Rocky Mountain region and the Women’s team is holding strong at #3. They’re headed to Ft. Collins on March 28-30 for their next rodeo.

The Race for Dreams Barrel Race will be held April 26-28 at the Camplex, Gillette, WY. The proceeds from this benefit therapeutic horseback riding for people with disabilities, so it’s a great cause. It’s NWBRA and WPRA approved too. For info call Tanya at 307-660-8075.

Springtime is when young rodeo people’s fancy turns to rodeo schools. Ricky Green will be having a team roping clinic at the Circle T Arena, Hermosa, SD, on April 20-23. There’s both beginners and advanced classes but they’re filling fast, so don’t hesitate to call Jim Tiltrum at 605-209-8064 for details.

There will be another team roping clinic at Mandan, ND’s Prairie Skies Arena on May 29- June 2, with multiple divisions. David Key, 9x WNFR qualifier and Martin Lucero, 15x WNFR qualifier are the instructors. This school filled really fast last year, so sign up right away. Contact Dale Sorge at 701-220-7510 or email him at

Kayla Nelson from Ty Tuff will be hosting a goat tying clinic in Wall, SD, on June 3-4 and Huron, SD, on June 5-6. Kayla has an outstanding resume with three NLBRA championships, NHSFR Rookie All Around, two time SDHSRA championship and two time CNFR champions, plus ten years of coaching and teaching. The clinic will cost you $250 with a $100 deposit. Call Kayla at 605-641-3618 or email her at You can find her on Facebook too.

This is a ways off, but you can scribble it on your calender anyway. The 6th Annual Roper Apparel and Footwear Barrel Futurity, Open 4D, FL Pole Bending Futurity, Kiplinger Derby/Maturity, NHH and RV Youth 3D, will be August 24-25 at McCook, NE. Go to on call Lynn at 307-680-5271 for info.

Well, that makes my circle for the week. Let’s all keep praying for moisture. Some areas have had a little and some none at all, so it’s pretty critical. Have a blessed Easter and tap into the living water of our risen Savior. It never fails.