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SDRA Finals, Rushville Rancher Roundup, Little Britches Rodeos, Dakota 50/50 Sale

If the old belief that 90 days after fog there will be moisture holds true, late December and early January are going to be snowy boogers! I think I’ll stock up on flour, spuds, and beans just in case. It was another pea soup fog morning here but the sky is clearing now as I write this. We’ve had some lovely moisture in the past week and it’s sure not drying up any with the heavy dew every morning.

I heard good news that a friend north of Miles City had gotten almost an inch of rain after a summer of drought. I hope it spreads and gets the ground soaked up before it freezes.

At the Professional Rough Stock American Rodeo qualifier in Loveland, Colo., Oct. 3 our South Dakota saddle bronc riders really showed them how it’s done. Shorty Garrett of Dupree, South Dakota and Taygen Schuelke, Newell, South Dakota, both qualified for the American rodeo on RFD. Taygen is my neighbor, so I’m awfully happy for him. I’ll bet I know where his folks will be when the American’s on!

The 60th SDRA Finals will be held Oct. 16-18 at the James Kjerstad Event Center, Rapid City. Friday and Saturday performances will be at 6 p.m. and Sunday’s at 1 p.m. There will be the High School Extravaganza at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Cowboy Church on Sunday at 9 a.m., a calcutta on Friday evening and a trade show all three days. Friday and Saturday will also have a dance after the performances. Always a good time at a good facility.

The SDRA 4D Jackpot barrel race will be Oct. 18 at the Event Center. Exhibitions will be 7-8:30 a.m., 8:30-9 will be church, Open 4D (youth included) will be at 9. It should all be done in time for the barrel racers to make it to Golliher’s that same day! Call Courtney Whitman at 817-773-5639 for info.

The 4th Annual Rushville Rancher Roundup Octoberfest will be Saturday, Oct. 17 in Rushville, Neb. Participants can bring up to three animals each which can be bulls, heifers, steers or horses. It will be held on Main Street and starts at 9:30 a.m. There will be a farmer’s market too. For more info call Chris at 308-360-1995.

The Northern Hills Little Britches Rodeo (#4 and #5) will be Oct. 24-25 at the Event Center in Rapid City, at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. Little Britches rodeos are a wonderful rodeo to watch as the events are so varied and it’s all about the kids.

On October 24 will be the 6th Annual Headless Horseman Open 4D and Youth 3D barrel race. This family oriented, Halloween themed run is a ton of fun with the costume contest and games. It’s also a real barrel race that is WPRA, UBRA AND NWBRA sanctioned. Pre-entries are due Oct. 14. It’s held in a heated indoor arena in Bowman, North Dakota. For info call Barb Williams at 605-210-0379 and to get your entry on-line go to

The big Dakota 50/50 Horse Sale, Futurity and Maturity will be Oct. 29-31 at the NDSU Equine Center, Fargo. The Maturity is the 29th, the Futurity the 30 and November 1 and the sale after the futurity Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. There will be 55 weanlings representing every discipline in the horse world, with AQHA, APHA and ApHC included. These weanlings will be eligible for the futurity/maturity and this year the futurity purse is $18,767 with the winner taking home well over $5,000! For a catalog you can call Nikki at 701-537-3486 or email her at This is a wonderful sale in a great facility. I hope to see you there!

If you’re a steer roping fan, which I definitely am, you should go take in the National Finals Steer Roping at Mulvane, Kansas, Nov. 6-7. I wish I could go but we’ll be shipping calves that week.

Just a heads up if you work Border Collie or BC based breeds around your place. That breed is really sensitive to ivermectin products and can get very ill and die even from just eating a little bit of manure from an animal that’s been wormed with ivermectin. Needless to say, spilling it on them or them licking it off of something would be deadly. We’re sure careful with it around our dogs but I hadn’t realized before that even the manure can be deadly to them.

Well, that’s my column for this week. Please send any news items that you’d like to see in here and I’ll be happy to share it!

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