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SDSU Equestrians look forward to year

October 16, 2019

Four minutes. That’s all the time an SDSU Equestrian Team member is allowed to ride an unfamiliar horse before showing it in a complicated huntseat flat pattern, western horsemanship pattern, reining pattern, or over fences....



Bronc rider recovering from bleed

September 25, 2019

Brenda Baer’s fervent prayers uttered while covering the 500 miles between her and her son were answered. Joel Baer spent a week in the ICU after sustaining internal injuries during a ranch bronc match at...


Pedro Mountain wildfire reaches 12,000 acres

August 30, 2019

While most of Wyoming’s wet spring and summer has yielded a green landscape far later than is the norm, the ample green grasses are quickly turning into dangerous fuel for wildfires. Wyoming’s only current wildfire,...


Idaho’s Bob Long oldest to win Mongol Derby

August 14, 2019

While Robert Long celebrates a victory the 70-year-old has yet to realize the vast audience that closely tracked his progress in the United States. Long is the oldest man to win the Mongol Derby. The...




Ag tour encourages diversifying operations

June 14, 2019

Thirty people from across Wyoming clambered on a bus headed for Gillette, Wyoming, this past Tuesday to glean information from several producers during the Wyoming Women in Ag tour, the fourteenth of its kind. The...



Construction Zone: AQHA working to get back on track

May 22, 2019

If you’ve perused the comments on any AQHA post, you might have seen some less-than-happy comments, or you might have even posted a few of these comments yourself, but the growing pains that AQHA is...



If tin walls could talk

April 18, 2019

It’s not just a barn. Not to Lisa Fulton anyway. The indoor arena at Fulton Ranch and Fulton Family Performance Horses burned down over the weekend after speculated power surges caused the barn to go...




A two-saddle kind of day

April 3, 2019

To listen to Clint Nelson speak about his performance at the Black Hills Stock Show Ranch Rodeo, you’d be certain he fumbled around through the whole ranch rodeo, but to watch it was another thing...


The North brings it to Florida

March 28, 2019

New horse, no problem. There’s no stopping Lisa Lockhart even though her top two horses of late were unavailable due to injury (Louie) and breeding season (Rosa). Eight-year-old gelding Prime Diamond, Cutter, who had only...


Triticale offers protein, versatility

March 23, 2019

Triticale, pronounced trit-ih-KAY-lee (or trit-ih-KAYL, if you live west of the Mississippi) has resurfaced as a choice grain for high-protein feed. The crop species, a cross of wheat (Triticum) and rye (Secale), has been around...



Bull rider recovering from CO run-in

March 13, 2019

Paige Jansma has quite a bit on her plate at the moment, with a baby boy due next week, a two-year-old son fighting off pneumonia, and a boyfriend who suffered from Carbon Monoxide poisoning just...