The Outside Circle: High school champs; ranch rodeos & big bad wolf
We finally got some rain Tuesday night! The gauge said two inches and I actually believe it. All we have had lately is wind and a lot of scary lightning, so the rain was more than welcome. It was interesting to find out that we have a major leak in the roof above the kitchen table, too. I’m not complaining though. That can be fixed a lot easier than the drought.
The National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, WY is over and the contestants are all probably home by now. Special congratulations to national tie-down roping champion Drew Cowan, Highmore, SD. He also competed in the cutting, placing 17/18 in the average, putting him fourth in the All-Around.
Other regional hands doing well at nationals were, by event:
• Barebacks: 6th Shane O’Connell, Rapid City, SD and 9th Tate Cowan, Ft. Pierre, SD;
• Girl’s Breakaway: 8th Jordyn Schaefer, Des Lacs, ND and 13th Lindsay Adamson, Cody, NE;
• Goat tying: 4th Emily Faber, Rozet, WY, 5th Jamie Thompson, Whitney, NE;
• Pole Bending: 2nd Teal Stoll, Pavillion, WY, 5th Breanna Reimler, Buffalo, WY, 13th Kristi Steffes, Vale, SD;
• Saddle Broncs: 5th Philip Shields, Philipsburg, MT, 10th Dalton Rixen, Richardton, ND, and tied for 15th Josh Davison, Miles City, MT and Tayte Clark, Meadow, SD;
• Steer Wrestling: 3rd Dillon Simonson, Purdum, NE, 4th Sean McPadden, Garretson, SD, 8th Austin Eller, Glendo, WY and 14th Blake Boysen, Sioux Falls, SD;
• Team Roping: 2nd Brady & Riley Wakefield, O’Neill, NE and 16th Seth & Wyatte Anderson, Hurley, SD;
• Tie Down Roping: 1st Drew Cowan and 19th Cody Nye, Alliance, NE.
Winners of the Murdo, SD Ranch Rodeo July 22 was the “Homewreckers” team, who are: Tyler Jones, Oglala, SD; Lex Grooms, Sharps Corner, SD; Frank Carlson, Belvidere, SD; and Joe Pavla, Kadoka, SD. Lex was also named Top Hand. Congrats guys!
At the Crook Co. Fair Ranch Horse competition, Sundance, WY, the event couldn’t be finished due to a torrential rainstorm. I heard there were no complaints about the rain as most everyone there has been fighting fires and fun things like that for weeks. Scores for the part of the event that was completed were added up and the Open was won by Raleigh Mills, second Cole Fitzgerald, third Marc Matlick, and fourth Gabe Gill. Ladies was won by Jenna Gill; Youth: First to Lane Mills, second Rhett Fox, and third Hayleigh Fenner. Perhaps in a week or so they can have another Ranch Horse competition and get some more rain.
At Lewellyn, NE, the Garden Co. Ranch Rodeo will be Friday, Aug. 3, at 6 p.m. It’s a WRCA-sanctioned event, so the winners will qualify for the WRCA Finals in Amarillo in November. Call Jennifer Carlson at 308-778-6730 or 308-778-9563 for more info.
The 16th Annual Broncs and Bulls Rodeo at Broadus, MT will be Friday, August 10, 7 p.m. There will be 20 contestants per event matched against the tough Max Burch stock. There’s a $100 entry fee with 100 percent payback, plus $2,000 added purse per event. Entries open and close Sunday, Aug. 5, 4-10 p.m. Call Mitch Roberts at 406-436-2453 or 406-852-4198.
The Faith (SD) Stock Show and Rodeo will be Aug. 7-12. The Dakota Championship Roping will be Aug. 7, 10 a.m.; Match Bronc Ride on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m.; Ranch Horse Competition Aug. 9 at 8 a.m.; Kid’s Day Horse and foot events Aug.9 at 1 p.m.; Ranch Rodeo Aug. 9 at 6 p.m.; SDRA/NRCA/WPRA rodeo Aug. 10, 11, and 12; and of course parades, carnivals, dances, reunions, and other fun stuff all that week and weekend too. You can call 605-788-2926 for further info.
The last three Belle Jackpot events in Belle Fourche, SD will be Aug. 1, 8, and 15.
On a different note, Montana officials have eased the restriction on wolf hunting. On July 12, they agreed to allow the trapping of wolves. They also extended the length of the hunting season and removed the state-wide kill limit. Wolves had far surpassed the numbers for a healthy population well before the 2012 pups were even born. It’s estimated that there are 650 wolves in Montana, not including the pups. This is good news for ranchers, horse owners, hunting guides, hunters and citizens in general.
If you’re planning on transporting horses from state to state, especially heading toward Wyoming, Colorado, or New Mexico, you’ll sure want to check with your veterinarian about what restrictions there might be due to the outbreak of vesicular stomatitus in horses in northern New Mexico. Some states are adding some requirements, as they well should, before horses can be transported. Always get your health papers in order and current before traveling. That could save a lot of trouble down the road.
I’m sure thankful for the rain and hope you’ve all had some too. Send me your events and results and I’ll share them here! F
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Outtagrass Cattle Co. cartoon by Jan Swan Wood for the July 24, 2021, edition of Tri-State Livestock News