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Tragedy, Xtreme bulls, Ranching Heritage breeders challenge

We’ve been getting some little rains and it’s sure encouraging. I hope all of you have had a taste of rain too.

I’m saddened to share with you the news that Delane Nixon, Belle Fourche, SD, was killed in an accident on Aug. 8. I’ve known Delane for many years and have enjoyed visiting with him whenever I got the chance. I always looked forward to the fall ritual of preg checking cows, as Delane had done it for us for quite a few years. He was a good hand wherever you put him, and a pleasure to be around, no matter how hard the cattle might work or the wind would blow. He was such a nice guy and he will be missed by everyone who knew him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Maura Jo, his daughters Kerry and Lance Frei, Red Owl, SD, Robyn and Colton Miller, Saratoga, WY, and Molly and Weston Garrett, Bill, WY; his Mom Maxine, Belle Fourche, SD; his brothers Don and Reni Nixon, Alzada, MT and Dallas and Danyel Nixon, Belle Fourche, SD.

In the same accident that Delane was in, John Teigan, also of Belle Fourche, was seriously injured. He has internal injuries and, at the time of this writing, is still being sedated and medicated for the pain. He is holding his own, though, and is a tough cookie, so it’s believed he’ll be okay. His family would appreciate your prayers and notes of encouragement, and if you are close to the family, visits. John can’t have visitors while in the ICU, but Sharlet and troop are there and could sure use your company when you can make it. He’s on the second floor ICU in Rapid City Regional hospital. It’s going to be a long road to recovery and they sure need that emotional support.

On a brighter note, the Garden County Ranch Rodeo at Lewellen, NE was won by Y-Six Livestock’s team from Hyannis, NE. This was a qualifying rodeo for the WRCA finals in Amarillo, TX in November. Congrats to all of you guys!

At the Xtreme Bulls event Aug. 7, in Lovington, NM, Kanin Asay, Powell, WY, won the average and placed in two go-rounds. He leads the Xtreme Bulls standings and has moved up to the number two spot in the WNFR race. Second in the average there was J.W. Harris, Mullen, NE, and third was won by Clayton Savage, Cheyenne, WY.

I know this is cutting it a little close, but the Newell Labor Day Rodeo entries will be Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call Danelle at 605-456-3297. Be polite and treat her kindly; it’s a thankless job taking all those entries.

Don’t forget the 3rd Annual Ride A Horse Feed A Cowboy Bares, Broncs and Bulls event at Hulett, WY, on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2 p.m. The contractors are bringing top stock and that always attracts the good hands, so it will be a great show. There’s tons of stuff going on in Hulett that weekend besides the roughstock, too. This is a fundraiser for families/individuals in need of help with medical or financial issues. This year the money raised will go to Austin Hines, Gillette, WY, and Zoe Penning (15), Hulett, WY. When you go, be sure and wear a red shirt to show support for heart patients everywhere!

The AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Ranch Horse competition will be Aug. 30, at the Event Center at the Central States Fairgrounds, Rapid City, SD. This will showcase the great horses raised by the Ranching Heritage breeders and shown by the folks who bought them and trained them. It’s the second competition that the AQHA has organized, the first having been held in Ft. Worth in January. Should be great watching.

The next day after the Challenge, Sept. 1, will be the South Dakota Ranchers and Breeders Quarter Horse Sale, also at the Event Center. Featuring horses from regional Ranching Heritage breeders Lauing Mill Iron L Ranch, Sturgis, SD, and Moreau River Quarter Horses, Mud Butte, SD, plus select consignments from other great programs. There will be everything from weanlings to well broke saddle horses, most being eligible for the AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge program. Preview at 11 a.m., with the sale starting at 2 p.m. Go to for updates and to request a catalog. You can also call Denny or Doris Lauing at 605-347-6193 or Jerry and Lynda Simon at 605-866-4698.

We all need to contact our Congressional reps in D.C. to get that money rolling for the USDA inspectors in the horse processing plants. It’s all tied up in the squabbling and could sure be appropriated to get the inspectors on the job and the processing of horses a reality before the equine crisis gets any worse. South Dakota’s Kristi Noem is on the ag appropriations committee so be sure and call, fax or email her.

The SDHSRA Annual meeting will be Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. (CST), at the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center, Ft. Pierre, SD.

Well, that makes my circle for this week. Send me your events and results, plus any other tidbits you want to share and I’ll sure try to get them in here. Keep praying for rain.

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