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South Dakota Quarter Horse Association convention

PIERRE, SD – With an unwavering dedication to the promotion of the American Quarter Horse, the South Dakota Quarter Horse Association continues to be a leading force now entering into their 73rd year. Their 2021 SDQHA Convention was held on the eastern shore of the Missouri River at the Ramkota Hotel in Pierre Jan. 7-9, 2022.

An Executive Committee meeting in the morning led into their general membership meeting that afternoon with a special guest – the current AQHA President Norm Luba, along with his wife Lorraine. The evening included a social hour and banquet followed by their 2021 SDQHA and SDQHYA Year-End Awards presentations. Capping off the evening was the presentation of the SDQHA Legacy Celebration’ for 2021 Honorees. Now into it’s fourth year, the celebration weekend started off with a social on Friday evening across the river in Fort Pierre at the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center for the honorees, their families, friends and dignitaries. Ending the activities was a Cowboy Church Fellowship led on Sunday morning by Pastor Harold Delbridge with Tracy Buer providing vocal entertainment at both the banquet and the church service.

Elected to lead the SDQHA in 2022 are President Bob Quickstad from Whitewood who will be assisted by Vice President Sheila Schelske, Reliance. Jodie Svennes, Luverne, MN and Shelby Holmes from Sioux Falls will share the Secretary/Treasurer duties for the upcoming year. Newly elected Board Of Directors from the East: Amy Krueger, Ferney; Jodie Svennes, Luverne, MN; and Marsha Hendrickson, Chancellor. Representing the Central Region: Heather Sutton, Gettysburg; Penny Petersen, Mitchell; and Beth Price, Redfield. SDQHA Directors from the West: Shirley Wetz, Vale; Bob Quickstad and Troy Crowser both from Whitewood. Dede Cuka, Vale; Sheila Schelske, Reliance; and Joellen Miller from Houghton are the At-Large Directors.

AQHA Directors representing the SDQHA at the National level are Janet Hansen, Fort Pierre; Debbi Holmes Stockstill, Virgil; Jim Hunt, Faith; and Dean Johnson from Mud Butte. AQHA Directors-At-Large are Larry Larson, Rapid City and James Sutton, Onida and Directors Emeritus are Michel Clites, Brookings and James Hootman from Harrisburg. Georga Sutton from Gettysburg serves as an AQHA Honorary Vice President.

SDQHYA Officers (Youth) for 2022 will be elected in early February with Becky Johnson from Mud Butte remaining on the SDQHA board for 2022 as their Youth Advisor. Leading the SDQHYA for 2021 were President Adisyn Kuxhaus, Pierre; Vice President Emily Johnson, Black Hawk; Secretary Kimberley Johnson, Mud Butte and Treasurer Colin Sprinkel from Aberdeen. Kimberley Johnson is the AQHYA Region 2 Director, International Committee.

Special awards during the evening included the 2021 SDQHA Sportsmanship Award being announced as Wayne Stockstill from Coldspring, TX. In addition, a special SDQHA Life Membership was presented to South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem who also welcomed the crowd with a proclamation. She was joined later in the evening by Lieutenant Governor Larry Rhoden in presentations of the 2021 SDQHA Legacy Celebration Honorees. The SDQHA then announced that a monetary donation had been made to the AQHA Foundation in memory of our long time SDQHA and AQHA Director-At-Large Dr. R.M. Christensen from Harrisburg.


(A complete list available at www.sdqha.com)

Amateur division:

AMATUER ALL-AROUND – Heather Brandenborg, Evansville, MN with Open On Tuesday. SELECT AMATEUR ALL-AROUND – Linda Foxworthy, Gretna, NE with Born A Lazy Loper and SELECT RESERVE AMATEUR ALL-AROUND – Wanda Carr, Chester, SD with One Powerful Krymsun. LEVEL 1 AMATEUR HIGH POINT – Claire Longhenry, Garretson, SD with A Dominating Power and RESERVE LEVEL 1 AMATEUR HIGH POINT and AMATEUR PERFORMANCE CHAMPION – Alyssa Nix, Sioux Falls, SD with Just A Blu Buddy.

SDQHYA – Youth Division

YOUTH 14-18 ALL-AROUND & HIGH POINT SENIOR GIRL – Emily Johnson, Black Hawk, SD and Gota Lota Style. HIGH POINT SENIOR BOY – Colin Sprinkle, Aberdeen, SD with Straight To The Stars & This Tigers Hot.

The annual Silent and Live Auctions were once again a huge success. Live auction highlights included a customized, all-inclusive trip to Coldspring, TX for up to 8 people donated by Eagles Nest Ranch, Coldspring, TX, Debbi Holmes Quarter Horses, Virgil, SD and SDQHA. Also part of the live auction was a 2022 AQHA Convention Package to Las Vegas in February donated by Jim Hootman, Jim Hunt, Dean & Becky Johnson and SDQHA. Proceeds from both were then resented to the Tim & Kristen Gonsoir Family. Tim was in a life changing motor vehicle accident last fall and is now home at their ranch near Groton, SD.

2021 SDQHA Legacy Celebration

(Access the FULL BIOS at www.sdqha.com)

2021 SDQHA PRODUCER OF THE YEAR – LAUING RANCH QUARTER HORSES, Blunt, South Dakota. Known for a Quarter Horse Breeding Program strong in the bloodlines of Blue Valentine, Hancock and Driftwood, they are now into their fourth generation spanning over 100 years on the prairies of Central South Dakota. JD Lauing shared, “My Grandpa Hank, who had good instincts about horses, had one of the first registered Quarter Horses in this area and it came up from Texas on a train.” He added, “The registered horses we have now are definitely because of my Dad though, he’s been doing this all of his life.” Headed by Bernie & Genie Lauing along with son JD Lauing and Becky Amio, the SDQHA is proud to honor the Lauing Ranch as our 2021 Producer Of The Year.

Legacy honorees

2021 Legacy Trainer – Merlon Fairbanks, White River, South Dakota; 2021 Legacy Rodeo – Joe Stoddard, Belvidere, South Dakota; 2021 Legacy Show – Jim Hootman, Harrisburg, South Dakota; 2021 LEGACY RACING – MELVIN RANCHES, Holabird, South Dakota; 2021 RANCH FAMILY – DENNIS PRICE FAMILY, Buffalo, South Dakota; 2021 LEGACY PROMOTER – JOHN ISMAY, DVM, Sturgis, South Dakota and 2021 INFLUENTIAL HORSE – STAGE BIRD TOM, Dr. R.M. Christensen, Harrisburg, South Dakota. Also recognized that evening were 2022 AQHA HALL 0F FAME INDUCTEE – SUN FROST owned by the Cowan Ranch T4 Quarter Horses from Holabird, South Dakota and 2021 PRCA HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE (Contractor) – JAMES L. (and the late Julie) SUTTON from Onida, South Dakota.


MAY BROTHERS, Kyle, South Dakota; JAY H. LIVERMONT, Wanblee, South Dakota; RALPH PORCH, Wanblee, South Dakota; CLIFFORD TIBBS, Fort Pierre, South Dakota and AQHA 50-YEAR-LEGACY BREEDER – RAYMOND W. SUTTON, Jr., Gettysburg, South Dakota.

JAMES L. SUTTON - 2021 PRCA HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE (Contractor). Joined by his son Steve Sutton (center), his 2021 SDQHA Honoree Award was presented by Governor Kristi Noem, Lieutenant Governor Larry Rhoden and AQHA President Norm Luba.
2021 SDQHA PRODUCER OF THE YEAR - Lauing Ranch, Blunt, South Dakota.
SUN FROST - a 2022 AQHA HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE owned by the Cowan Ranch T4 Quarter Horses from Holabird, South Dakota.
2022 SDQHA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE - (Seated) Vice-President Sheila Schelske, Reliance; President Bob Quickstad, Whitewood and Secretary/Treasurer Jodie Svennes. (Standing) Jim Hootman, Harrisburg; Joellen Miller, Houghton; Dean Johnson, Mud Butte; Amy Krueger, Ferney; Beth Price, Redfield; Troy Crowser, Whitewood; Shirley Wetz, Vale; Jim Hunt, Faith; Penny Petersen, Mitchell; Debbie Holmes Stockstill, Virgil; Janet Hansen, Fort Pierre; Georga Sutton, Gettysburg and Kristen Gonsoir from Groton. Lezlie Moore
Courtesy photos

Champions Selected at 2022 National Gelbvieh and Balancer® Show

Lincoln, Nebraska – The 2022 National Gelbvieh and Balancer® Show was held on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at the Cattlemen’s Congress in Oklahoma City. Exhibitors had the pleasure of welcoming judge Bruce Stertzbach of Louisville, Ohio, to evaluate and sort through 111 Balancer and 67 Gelbvieh entries.

Grand champion Gelbvieh female was GHGF Lady Cassandra 052H owned by Karley Rumfelt of Phillipsburg, Missouri. Born on October 18, 2020, and sired by GHGF Cow Town D536, this heifer first earned the title of champion senior heifer calf.

Reserve grand champion Gelbvieh female was MGA Pocahontas 142J owned by Ellie Bowman of Lewis, Kansas. Sired by OGSG Overtime 175D and born on April 2, 2021, she first earned the title of champion spring heifer calf.

Grand champion Gelbvieh bull was CRLL Empire 0983H ET, co-owned by Nowack Cattle Company of Owensville, Missouri, and Carroll Land & Cattle of Raymore, Missouri. Sired by JDPD Astro 407S and born on December 2, 2020, he first earned the title of champion senior bull calf.

Reserve grand champion Gelbvieh bull was BCFG Butlers General Hatton 702J ET, owned by Butler Creek Farm of Milton, Tennessee. Born on February 10, 2021, and sired by JRI General Patton 213B97, he first earned the title of champion winter bull calf.

Grand champion Balancer® female was GHGF Two Step 200H owned by Cody Clary of Saluda, South Carolina. Sired by GHGF Fortune Teller E7, this May 11, 2020, born female first earned the title of champion intermediate heifer.

Reserve grand champion Balancer® female was MDR Empress 908G ET owned by Kyson Thiel of Kaw City, Oklahoma. Born on March 5, 2019, and sired by MDR First Step 7549E, this female first earned the title of champion Balancer® cow-calf pair.

Grand champion Balancer® bull was RAIL Record Year 9190G, owned by Raile Cattle Company of St. Francis, Kansas. First earning the title of champion senior yearling bull, this December 5, 2019, born bull was sired EGL Enterprise E080.

Reserve grand champion Balancer® bull was KARR Rumfelt’s Prime Time H96G, owned by Karley Rumfelt of Phillipsburg, Missouri. Sired by Deer Valley Growth Fund 71122 and born on July 18, 2020, this bull first earned the title of champion intermediate bull.

2022 National Gelbvieh & Balancer® Show

Cattlemen’s Congress

January 4, 2022

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Division Champions and Reserves:

Gelbvieh Females

Champion Spring Heifer Calf

MGA Pocahontas 142J

Ellie Bowman, Lewis, Kan.

Sire: OGSG Overtime 175D

Reserve Champion Spring Heifer Calf

AMT Jasmine 165J

Alexandria Raab, Markle, Ind.

Sire: GHGF Top Shelf 25G2 ET

Champion Winter Heifer Calf

BCFG Butlers Ms. Jolene 283J

Lillian McCowan, Cleveland, Okla.

Sire: GHGF Man of War F825

Reserve Champion Winter Heifer Calf

BCFG Butlers Ms. Jewel 908J

Butler Creek Farms, Milton, Tenn.

Sire: BCFG Butlers Blue 503F

Champion Senior Heifer Calf

GHGF Lady Cassandra 052H

Karley Rumfelt, Phillipsburg, Mo.

Sire: GHGF Cow Town D536

Reserve Champion Senior Heifer Calf

HTFG Hilltops Heidi H2022

Evelyn Gilbreath, Oronogo, Mo.

Sire: HTFM Mr. Equalizer E711

Champion Intermediate Heifer

TGV T Bar S Ms. 128H

Tanner Waldon, Tonganoxie, Kan.

Sire: GDV T Bar S Reload 27A ET

Reserve Champion Intermediate Heifer

GRU Ms. Fine Wine 070H

Brooke Cooper, Burdett, Kan.

Sire: DBRG Pride 8388F

Champion Late Spring Yearling Heifer

PMG Cindy Lou 07H

Teagan Butterfield, Atkinson, Neb.

Sire: IFG Ivers Cinch C7 ET

Reserve Champion Late Spring Yearling Heifer

SEPT Cosmopolitan H792

Karson Brooks, Bennet, Neb.

Sire: GDV T Bar S Aces High 209D

Champion Junior Yearling

BREK Honeystix H10

Breckon Murray, Kingfisher, Okla.

Sire: DCSF Post Rock Power Built 37B8

Reserve Champion Junior Yearling

JRI Ms. Patsy Cline 254H38

Judd Ranch Inc., Pomona, Kan.

Sire: JRI General Patton 213B97 ET

Champion Cow-Calf Pair


Jacob Arthur McDonald, Rolla, Mo.

Sire: EMMA Zander D4

Reserve Champion Cow-Calf Pair

KKKG Triple K Ms. Dixie 116D

Nick Doering, Basehor, Kan.

Sire: VRT Lazy TV Watchman W021

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Heifer

GHGF Lady Cassandra 052H

Karley Rumfelt, Phillipsburg, Mo.

Sire: GHGF Cow Town D536

Reserve Grand Champion Gelbvieh Heifer

MGA Pocahontas 142J

Ellie Bowman, Lewis, Kan.

Sire: OGSG Overtime 175D

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Female

GHGF Lady Cassandra 052H

Karley Rumfelt, Phillipsburg, Mo.

Sire: GHGF Cow Town D536

Reserve Grand Champion Gelbvieh Female

MGA Pocahontas 142J

Ellie Bowman, Lewis, Kan.

Sire: OGSG Overtime 175D

Gelbvieh Bulls

Champion Spring Bull Calf

JTCW Outer Banks 07J

Webb Cattle Company, Quenemo, Kan.

Sire: JRI Infiniti 270B38

Reserve Champion Spring Bull Calf

BARG All In 05J

Jacob Barwick, Orleans, Neb.

Sire: PHG Eminence E02

Champion Winter Bull Calf

BCFG Butlers General Hatton 702J ET

Butler Creek Farms, Milton, Tenn.

Sire: JRI General Patton 213B97 ET

Reserve Champion Winter Bull Calf

VOS Clyde 282J

Tobby Voss, Bruning, Neb.

Sire: JRI Pop A Top 307Z80

Champion Senior Bull Calf

CRLL Empire 0983H ET

Nowack Cattle Company, Owensville, Mo.

Carroll Land & Cattle, Raymore, Mo.

Sire: JDPD Astro 407S

Reserve Champion Senior Bull Calf

RLBG Smith & Wesson H039

RLB Genetics, Fordland, Mo.

Sire: JRI Pistol Pete 214A44

Champion Intermediate Bull

PHS Prohart Heavy Hitter 050H

Pro-Hart Seedstock, Pueblo, Colo.

Sire: DBRG Mr. Duramax 843F

Champion Late Spring Yearling Bull

JNCC Sundance Kid 0242H ET

Nowack Cattle Company, Owensville, Mo.

Carroll Land & Cattle, Raymore, Mo.

Sire: JNCC Red Directive 367A

Reserve Champion Late Spring Yearling Bull

JNCC Butch Cassidy 0106H ET

Nowack Cattle Company, Owensville, Mo.

Carroll Land & Cattle, Raymore, Mo.

Sire: JNCC Red Directive 367A

Champion Junior Yearling Bull

HTFG Hilltops Hawkeye H064

Hilltop Farms, Asbury, Mo.

Sire: HTFM Mr. Equalizer E711

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Bull

CRLL Empire 0983H ET

Nowack Cattle Company, Owensville, Mo.

Carroll Land & Cattle, Raymore, Mo.

Sire: JDPD Astro 407S

Reserve Champion Gelbvieh Bull

BCFG Butlers General Hatton 702J ET

Butler Creek Farms, Milton, Tenn.

Sire: JRI General Patton 213B97 ET

Balancer Females

Champion Spring Heifer Calf

VLK Roxanne J122

Huck Hanza, Lawton, Okla.

Sire: C&C McKinley 3000 EXAR

Reserve Champion Spring Heifer Calf

TGV T Bar S Nala 1015J

Ayven Moon, Ellensburg, Wash.

Sire: EGL Doc Holliday D100 ET

Champion Winter Heifer Calf

MDR T/R Empress 111J ET

Kyson Thiel, Kaw City, Okla.

Sire: MDR First Step 7549E

Reserve Champion Winter Heifer Calf

BCFG Butlers Ms Jasmine 730J ET

Braylen Schaeffer, Hagerstown, Ind.

Sire: BCFG Butlers Bismarck 512Z

Champion Senior Heifer Calf

GHGF Dirty D 65H1 ET

Cody Clary, Saluda, S.C.

Sire: GHGF Man of War F825

Reserve Champion Senior Heifer Calf

FGRG Lovely Lady May 0022H

Jaycie Forbes, De Smet, S.D.

Sire: Stevenson Turning Point

Champion Intermediate Heifer

GHGF Two Step 200H

Cody Clary, Saluda, S.C.

Sire: GHGF Fortune Teller E7

Reserve Champion Intermediate Heifer

MGA Di Leading Lady 042H

Ellie Bowman, Lewis, Kan.

Sire: PVF Metropolis 8178

Champion Late Spring Yearling Heifer

VLK Drip Drop H027

Jentry Johnson, Maquoketa, Iowa

Sire: VLK Young Gun C503

Reserve Champion Late Spring Yearling Heifer

GHGF Julia 814H

Cody Clary, Saluda, S.C.

Sire: GHGF Zeus 61Z

Champion Junior Yearling

BCFG Butlers Ms. Hattie 53H

Alexandria Raab, Markle, Ind.

Sire: BCFG Butlers Bismarck 512Z

Reserve Champion Junior Yearling

BRAX Miss Harley H11 ET

Braxton Murray, Kingfisher, Okla.

Sire: Colburn Primo 5153

Champion Cow-Calf Pair

MDR Empress 908G ET

Kyson Thiel, Kaw City, Okla.

Sire: MDR First Step 7549E

Reserve Champion Cow-Calf Pair

KKKG Triple K Eve B301E

Joseph Tollett, Basehor, Kan.

Sire: AHL Long Haul 5035C

Grand Champion Balancer Heifer

GHGF Two Step 200H

Cody Clary, Saluda, S.C.

Sire: GHGF Fortune Teller E7

Reserve Grand Champion Balancer Heifer

BCFG Butlers Ms. Hattie 53H

Alexandria Raab, Markle, Ind.

Sire: BCFG Butlers Bismarck 512Z

Grand Champion Balancer Female

GHGF Two Step 200H

Cody Clary, Saluda, S.C.

Sire: GHGF Fortune Teller E7

Reserve Grand Champion Balancer Female

MDR Empress 908G ET

Kyson Thiel, Kaw City, Okla.

Sire: MDR First Step 7549E

Balancer Bulls

Champion Spring Bull Calf

MDR Stoney Larue 1572J ET

Kyson Thiel, Kaw City, Okla.

Sire: MDR First Round Pick 9824G ET

Reserve Champion Spring Bull Calf

DTKF Judge E027J

DTK Cattle Company, Janesville, Iowa

Sire: S A V Rainfall 6846

Champion Winter Bull Calf

TAU Mr. Land Grant 245J

Taubenheim Gelbvieh, Amherst, Neb.

Sire: Deer Valley Growth Fund

Reserve Champion Winter Bull Calf

JCP Fireman 677J

Jeff Pollock DVM, Taloga, Okla.

Sire: JRI Prairie Fire 634F310

Champion Senior Bull Calf

KBRO Spiked 4 Life 2099H

Kaycee Brown, Dwight, Kan.

Sire: EGL Lifeline B101

Reserve Champion Senior Bull Calf

MAGW Holliday, Doc Holliday 07H

Madalynn G Welsh, Franklin, Neb.

Sire: CTR Sandhills 0065X

Champion Intermediate Bull

KARR Rumfelt’s Prime Time H96G

Karley Rumfelt, Phillipsburg, Mo.

Sire: Deer Valley Growth Fund 71122

Reserve Champion Intermediate Bull

JRI Relentless 170H281

Judd Ranch Inc., Pomona, Kan.

Sire: S A V Resource 1441

Champion Late Spring Yearling Bull

GDV T Bar S Stimulus 112H

Grace D Vehige, Billings, Mo.

Sire: GDV T Bar S Giddy Up 102D

Reserve Champion Late Spring Yearling Bull

BABR 1301H

Wes & Brittney Spencer, Pierre, S.D.

Sire: BABR Revenant 8308F

Champion Junior Yearling Bull

ARPS High Five 842H

ARP Cattle Company, Brookfield, Mo.

Sire: BGGR High Definition 8063E

Champion Senior Yearling Bull

RAIL Record Year 9190G

Raile Cattle Company, St. Francis, Kan.

Sire: EGL Enterprise E080

Grand Champion Balancer Bull

RAIL Record Year 9190G

Raile Cattle Company, St. Francis, Kan.

Sire: EGL Enterprise E080

Reserve Grand Champion Balancer Bull

KARR Rumfelt’s Prime Time H96G

Karley Rumfelt, Phillipsburg, Mo.

Sire: Deer Valley Growth Fund 71122

The American Gelbvieh Association is a progressive beef cattle breed association representing 1,100 members and approximately 40,000 cows assessed annually in a performance-oriented total herd reporting system.

–American Gelbvieh Association

EPA Region 8 hosting public listening session March 1 on the Draft Strategy to Reduce Lead Exposures and Disparities in U.S. Communities

Members of the public can register now to attend and/or provide verbal comment

DENVER (Jan. 19, 2022) — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a series of upcoming public listening sessions on the Draft Strategy to Reduce Lead Exposures and Disparities in U.S. Communities (Lead Strategy), so communities and stakeholders can provide their comments on the Agency’s plan. Ongoing exposures to lead in the environment present a health risk to too many people nationwide. Very low levels of lead in children’s blood have been linked to adverse effects on intellect, concentration and academic achievement. The draft Lead Strategy lays out approaches to strengthen public health protections, address legacy lead contamination for communities with the greatest exposures and promote environmental justice.

“Communities of color and low-income communities are often disproportionately exposed to lead, which can cause life-long negative effects,” said Carlton Waterhouse, EPA deputy assistant administrator for the Office of Land and Emergency Management. “Today, we are inviting all communities exposed to lead and other stakeholders to share their perspectives so that EPA can ensure that our Draft Strategy to Reduce Lead Exposures and Disparities in U.S. Communities is as comprehensive as possible.”

“Public input is an essential element of the important work we do at EPA to make sure communities have lead-free environments,” said EPA Regional Administrator KC Becker. “We encourage people to attend on March 1 and provide public comment so that together we can work to reduce lead exposure in our communities.”

Virtual public listening sessions will be held in all 10 of EPA’s geographic offices. EPA Region 8, which serves Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and 28 Tribal Nations, will hold a listening session on March 1 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. mountain standard time. Registration will be required to attend the event. Registration links to each regional listening session can be found on EPA’s website at: https://www.epa.gov/lead/draft-strategy-reduce-lead-exposures-and-disparities-us-communities. Interpretation and disability access support will be provided.

During this event, registered members of the public will have an opportunity to share their comments on EPA’s draft Lead Strategy with EPA senior officials and managers. Those interested in speaking may sign up for a 3-minute speaking slot at the time of registration.

Members of the public who are unable to attend this event are encouraged to attend any of the 10 listening sessions or to submit comments via the docket at: http://www.regulations.gov, Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OLEM-2021-0762 until March 16, 2022.

For details on the draft Lead Strategy, the virtual listening sessions, or how to provide public comment, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/lead/draft-strategy-reduce-lead-exposures-and-disparities-us-communities.


CCA Members and Stakeholders Gather for Another Highly Successful and Policy-Driven Mid-Winter Conference

ARVADA, Colo. – It was a busy two days for Colorado Cattlemen’s Association’s (CCA) at the 2022 Mid-Winter Conference, which wrapped up earlier this week at the DoubleTree Hotel in Denver. After a virtual 2021 event, it was great to return to business and tackle issues and opportunities facing the industry. The event was full with member engagement, policy discussions, award presentations, and catching up with new and old friends from across the state. Attendees also had the unique opportunity to network with Colorado’s legislators at CCA’s Legislative Reception and 1867 Banquet.

The event kicked off on Monday with meetings amongst leadership and members. The day concluded with an Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) Reception, honoring Beatty Canyon Ranch as the 2020 ESAP award winners, and a Capitol Hill briefing for members and stakeholders to get an inside look at what to expect in the 2022 Legislative Session. Tuesday, members gathered for a productive day beginning with CCA’s ten steering committee meetings, which help establish the organization’s policies and stance on a wide range of legislative and regulatory topics that impact Colorado’s beef industry.

Following the committee meetings, CCA held its Awards Lunch where the association recognized some of the best and brightest from our industry honoring their service and dedication. After lunch, CCA hosted its Business Session before heading to the state Capitol to meet with legislators.

That evening, CCA held its Legislative Reception and 1867 Banquet, where members and legislators had the opportunity to not only discuss ag related issues, but also build a more personal relationship through discussing issues of mutual importance. “CCA is a grassroots, member-driven organization that represents the interests of the over 10,000 cattle ranching families throughout the state. While our primary focus relates to the beef industry, CCA also has an interest in all issues dealing with natural resources, private property rights and small business viability. We appreciate that the 1867 Banquet generated many beneficial conversations between CCA members and legislators,” said Steve Wooten, CCA President.

The evening ended with additional award presentations, including honoring Evan Slack as an honoree of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Foundation Endowment Trust. This successful event would not be possible without members, industry stakeholders, and sponsors’ involvement. CCA thanks all those who traveled to Denver for the event to engage in the grassroots policy process that is so important to ensuring agriculture’s success in Colorado for generations to come. We look forward to gathering again this summer at our 2022 Annual Convention in Colorado Springs!

Congratulations to the Award Winners!

Honoree of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Foundation Endowment Trust

At our 2022 Mid-Winter Conference, CCA honored Evan Slack as an honoree of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Foundation Endowment Trust. The Endowment Trust began in 1959 as an idea to help secure a financial future for the association and today, it continues with this mission. One form of support to the Endowment Trust is through contributions made in memory of a family member or friend. This has provided many with a way to help the Endowment Trust and remember those who have been a part of the beef cattle industry.

Evan Slack

Evan Slack, hall of fame farm broadcaster, had a radio career spanning 68 years and during that time, he broadcasted from 45 states, four Canadian Provinces and Australia. Not only did he interview thousands of farmers and ranchers during his career, but also several celebrities and politicians like John Wayne, Elvis Presley and President George H.W. Bush. Evan was a leader in the National Association of Farm Broadcasting and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009. Once he got his pilot’s license in 1967, he literally took off and he has been flying the friendly skies of this country ever since bringing his own brand of personal charm to the airwaves via the airways.

Evan had a great impact on our industry and will be dearly missed.

Outstanding Commercial Producer of the Year

The 2021 Outstanding Commercial Producer of the Year is Warner Ranch of Fort Lupton, CO. The Warner Ranch, owned and operated by Bob Warner since 1970, is a Colorado Centennial Ranch and raises an Angus-based cow/calf herd. In addition to ranching, Bob has served on local conservation districts for the past 49 years and has been a member of CCA for over 40 years.

Outstanding Seedstock Producer of the Year

The 2021 Outstanding Seedstock Producer of the Year is Bridle Bit Simmentals. Bridle Bit Simmentals, located in Walsh, CO, is owned and operated by Erroll Cook and his 3 sons, Chad, Brent and Brad. The Cooks have been in the seedstock business since 1969 raising purebred simmental cattle. The Cooks focus on economically relative traits and have recently installed a GrowSafe system on their ranch to gain additional feed efficiency data. The Cook family are longtime members of Bent-Prowers and CCA, as well as active with the Simmental association at the state and national level.

Colorado CattleWomen Rookie of the Year

The CCW Rookie of the Year award’s purpose is to honor and recognize a new Colorado CattleWoman/CowBelle who has served and promoted the programs and purposes of CCW in an outstanding manner. This year’s recipient is Nikki Wernsman from Logan County CattleWomen.

CattleWoman of the Year

The CattleWoman of the Year Award is presented to Sharon Clever of the Routt County CattleWomen. Sharon has held multiple leadership positions since 2018 and is always finding different ways to support her local organization. She continually puts in her time and efforts to promote beef and the agriculture industry as a whole.

Brand Inspector of the Year

The 2021 Brand Inspector of the Year award is Deb Veron. Deb is the Brand Inspector supervisor for the South Central Area and has served for over 10 years. In recent years, he was instrumental in resolving a lingering livestock loss problem in the San Luis Valley. As the Electronic Brand Certificate Project Coordinator & Supervisor, Deb has helped design, led, managed and implemented the Brands division’s conversion from paper-based inspection certificate system.

CCA also recognized the 2020 Brand Inspector of the Year, Terry Florian, for his over 30 years of commitment and service in the Northeast Central area.

Law Officer of the Year

Although CCA did not receive a specific law officer candidate this year, we want to extend our appreciation and thanks for the law enforcement community and all they do to help and protect our industry.

Top Individual Membership Recruiter

Membership is our lifeblood. We thank everyone that is a CCA member, as well as those that help recruit on our behalf. The winner of the 2021 Individual Membership Recruiter Contest and the wonderful S01 Priefert Rancher chute is Joe Kasza, who recruited an impressive 56 members!

Affiliate Rate-of-Growth

CCA’s Rate-of-Growth winner is given to the affiliate with the highest rate of growth averaged based on the size of affiliate, retention of members, and new members recruited. The Affiliate with the highest rate of growth for 2021 is Yuma County Cattlemen’s Association.


Helle Rambouillet, Duckworth Donate $50,000 to Modernize Montana Wool Lab

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Helle Rambouillet, which grows its Merino wool exclusively for Duckworth apparel, is proud to announce that the companies have donated $50,000 to build a new Montana Wool Lab at Montana State University, one of only two wool research and service laboratories in the United States. The substantial donation is the latest in an ongoing effort to modernize the Wool Lab and help the U.S. wool industry meet growing demand as consumers return to Merino and other natural fibers. It also reinforces Helle Rambouillet and Duckworth’s commitment to strengthening the U.S. wool industry and domestic apparel manufacturers, ensuring they’re leaders in the global Merino market.

Constructed in 1947, the Wool Lab serves sheep and wool producers throughout Montana and the region. Research and testing at the lab allow producers to enhance the genetics of their flocks to improve wool yield and traits such as fiber diameter and staple length. In 2020, the Wool Lab tested 15,000 samples, but demand continues to grow as U.S. producers and apparel manufacturers look to innovate Merino technology for better performance and sustainability as consumers return to wool.

The Wool Lab is looking to capitalize on this situation by offering its services on a national level, ideally doubling the number of samples it can test and vastly improving the research it can provide to producers and manufacturers to help them become market leaders. However, research and testing at the Wool Lab cannot increase without expanded and upgraded facilities. The historic building the Wool Lab occupies lacks climate control for the detailed measuring required, adequate space, updated tools and equipment, and important safety measures.

In 2021, the Montana Legislature provided capital project funding for a new Wool Lab, and to supplement that MSU has committed to raising an additional $1 million to support the design, construction, furnishing and equipping of the facility. Helle Rambouillet and Duckworth’s $50,000 donation is among the largest donations to the effort to date.

“For 75 years, the Wool Lab at Montana State University has provided testing and research to its partners in the ranching industry to improve wool yield and quality, and to help them develop value-added industries – taking raw wool and turning it into a finished product,” said Brent Roeder, Montana State University Extension Sheep Specialist. “With funding from the state and donations from Helle Rambouillet, Duckworth and others, the new Wool Lab will be able to use state-of-the-art technology to help future generations refine wool characteristics, sustainability and processing methods, bringing economic development to Montana and beyond.”

For John Helle, third-generation rancher at the Helle Rambouillet ranch in Dillon and a co-founder of Duckworth, the donation and lab improvements are ways to strengthen the U.S. wool industry and domestic apparel manufacturers, ensuring they’re leaders in the global Merino market. Duckworth was founded to highlight both domestic wool production and apparel manufacturing, with its Merino coming from Helle Rambouillet sheep and its garments being made in America.

“A new Wool Lab represents an enormous opportunity to help the industry at every level – from producing raw wool at the ranch to spinning, knitting and finishing fabrics and manufacturing garments,” Helle said. “The current Wool Lab has helped us build Duckworth into a successful, vertically integrated company over the past 20 years, but with the technology and research methods now available, an upgraded lab is needed to take us and our partners in this industry into the future. Because we’ve benefitted greatly from the lab’s work, we felt it would only be right to make a substantial donation and encourage others to chip in.”

Benefits of a new Wool Lab will extend beyond producers like Helle Rambouillet to companies like Cyberknit Fabrics, a manufacturer of performance fabrics for the active wear and tactical markets.

“My family was in the wool business for many years, with a sheep farm in New Jersey and a worsted mill in Massachusetts. Unfortunately, as consumer taste changed and imports rose, all but a handful of U.S. mills closed,” said Danny Honig, President of Cyberknit. “Today, however, there’s renewed interest in the performance and value of wool garments, and rising demand and advances in technology are driving a revival in domestic production and manufacturing. Without infrastructure like the Wool Lab, this wouldn’t be possible – and a new lab will help ensure it continues.”

For more information about the Montana Wool Lab and its fundraising effort, visit http://animalrange.montana.edu/facilities/woollab.html.

About Duckworth

Founded on a local ski lift, Duckworth is proud to be the world’s only source-verified, single-origin Merino Wool apparel company. 100% American-grown and 100% American-made, Duckworth garments are designed for superior performance with stewardship, sustainability and craftsmanship at front of mind. Duckworth’s Sheep to Shelf™ supply chain starts in Dillon, Montana, where the Helle family, fourth-generation ranchers and the company’s founders, raise open-range Merino sheep that graze on natural grasses and wildflowers on remote mountainsides. The process ends with spinning, knitting, dyeing and garment production at facilities across the Midwest and East Coast. For more information about Duckworth, visit https://www.duckworthco.com/.


ERS: Tariffs in retaliation to Trump tariffs cost $27 billion in lost ag exports

Tariffs imposed on U.S. agricultural products in retaliation for Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from major trading partners and, separately, Section 301 tariffs on a broad range of imports from China led to a $27 billion reduction in U.S. agricultural exports, the Agriculture Department’s Economic Research Service reported this month.

In response to the tariffs, six trading partners — Canada, China, the European Union, India, Mexico, and Turkey — responded with retaliatory tariffs on a range of U.S. agricultural exports, including agricultural and food products, ERS said.

A summary said, “From mid-2018 to the end of 2019, this study estimates that retaliatory tariffs caused a reduction of more than $27 billion (or annualized losses of $13.2 billion) in U.S. agricultural exports, with the largest decline in export losses occurring for exports to China. At the commodity level, soybeans accounted for the predominant share of total trade loss, making up nearly 71% ($9.4 billion of annualized losses) of the total, followed by sorghum (over 6% or $854 million in annualized losses), and pork (nearly 5% or $646 million in annualized losses).

“At the state level, losses were largely concentrated in the Midwest with Iowa ($1.46 billion in annualized losses), Illinois ($1.41 billion in annualized losses), and Kansas ($955 million in annualized losses), accounting for approximately 11%, 11%, and 7%, respectively, of the total losses.

“For soybeans, most of the trade lost by the United States was gained by Brazil. In 2020, U.S. agricultural exports to China significantly rebounded following the signing of the U.S.-China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement and a separate retaliatory tariff waiver program; however, one year after the deal, U.S. market share still remained below pre-retaliatory tariff levels.”

–The Hagstrom Report

Montana Farm Bureau offers scholarships for higher education

The Montana Farm Bureau Foundation and the Montana Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee are offering several scholarships for students pursuing higher education.

“Our Montana Farm Bureau Foundation and Women’s Leadership Committee are pleased to once again provide students with some financial assistance as they work toward furthering their education,” said MFB Foundation Coordinator Scott Kulbeck.

Scholarships Available:

The Montana Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee Scholarships: Two $1,500 scholarships are available through the sponsorship of the MFB Women’s Leadership Committee. The scholarships are available to young men and women. The applicant must be an incoming college freshman and must be from a paid Montana Farm Bureau member family. Applications will be scored on scholastic achievement, future goals, community involvement and school activities. Many county Farm Bureaus offer scholarships and the online form for this application will allow students to apply for any county Farm Bureau scholarship for which they are eligible. Due Date – April 1, 2022.

The 2022 MFB Foundation CYF&R Scholarship: The Montana Farm Bureau Foundation will award one $1,000 scholarship to a current member of the Collegiate Chapter of Young Farmers and Ranchers at MSU Bozeman, UM Western, Miles Community College or Dawson Community College. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist Collegiate Young Farmer and Rancher members in pursuing a degree from an accredited institute of higher education and enrolled at that institution for the Fall 2022 semester. Due Date – April 1, 2022.

The 2022 Bernard Greufe Honor Scholarship: This $1500 scholarship assists Montana high school students in paying for higher education. The applicant must be pursuing a degree from an accredited institute of higher education, although the award is not limited to students seeking a degree or career in agriculture. Due Date – April 1, 2022.

The 2022 Future of Agriculture Honor Scholarship: This $1500 scholarship is administered by the Montana Farm Bureau Foundation. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist students towards the completion of a degree in a field pertaining to agriculture. A special emphasis will be given to applicants who have shown ingenuity in agricultural production and advancement of small-scale agriculture. Due Date – April 1, 2022.

Students wishing to apply for these scholarships will need to sign in to the Montana Farm Bureau scholarship portal, which is available by visiting mfbf.org/Programs/Scholarships. For more information call 406-587-3153 or email scottk@mfbf.org.

–Montana Farm Bureau


R-CALF USA Submits Testimony to House Judiciary Subcommittee; Asks for Stopgap Measure

Billings, Mont. – In written testimony submitted for the Jan. 19, hearing held by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law: “Reviving Competition, Part 5: Addressing the Effects of Economic Concentration on America’s Food Supply,” R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard asked Congress to implement a stopgap measure to preserve what is left of the U.S. cattle industry.

Bullard explained the U.S. cattle industry is fast losing its critical competitive infrastructure – its participants, its feedlots, and its cow herd, which have all been reduced during the past few decades. He stated his group’s concern that Congress has not yet signaled its intent to make needed structural reforms to a market that has persistently returned noncompetitive prices to producers, prices that did not return the cost of production to U.S. cattle producers.

The “U.S. cattle industry suffers from systemic market failure, which though chronic for decades, has worsened considerably during the past seven years. And, yet, Congress has not enacted, and does not appear inclined to immediately enact, any meaningful structural reforms,” Bullard wrote.

The testimony explained that since 2015, beef packers had used their enhanced market power to purchase cattle at an average price of only 55% of the average weekly wholesale beef price and this has caused horrendous losses to both cattle feeders and cow/calf producers.

He wrote that if the marketplace in 2021 had required packers to pay the same percentage of the average wholesale price for cattle that the marketplace provided from 2007 through 2014, then the price of fed cattle in 2021 would have been $173 per cwt rather than the $123 per cwt that producers had actually received, which would have put an additional $650 per head into the pockets of producers for each head of fat cattle they sold.

By way of example, this was the form of an emergency stopgap measure that R-CALF USA asked Congress to consider pending enactment of meaningful market structure reforms that would reinstate competitive market forces in the U.S. cattle market.

“Tying cattle prices to a wholesale beef value index will not restore the competitive market forces that has been purged from the market due to severe structural deficiencies, but it would temporarily prevent the ongoing loss of equity that America’s cattle farmers and ranchers are experiencing each day the market remains dysfunctional. It would also temporarily remove the beef packers’ incentive to lower the price of cattle in the industry’s price discovery market – its negotiated cash market. Congress’ prolonged inaction in enacting meaningful structural reforms now necessitates an emergency stopgap measure such as this if America’s food security interest is to be preserved,” the testimony states.


Rodeo Rapid City 20X High School Rodeo Showcase

The 20x rodeo is presented by Butler

The 20X High School Rodeo Showcase Sunday, January 31 at 1 pm in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center features the top three high school rodeo competitors in 10 events from all four regions of the state. Watch the state’s top high school athletes compete for scholarships, team travel funds from Farm Credit Services and the prized Maynard Trophy Buckles.

Rodeo personnel will include 3X PRCA Announcer of the Year Nominee, Will Rasmussen and 8X PRCA Clown of the Year, Justin Rumford and 15X Specialty Act of the Year, John Payne!

Tickets are available at www.gotmine.com; 1-800-GOT-MINE; At Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Box Office and the Outdoor REC at EAFB, SD

Available to all High School Rodeo Athletes on January 31 from 9:30 am-11:30 am is the High School College Fair (Free to Public). Held in the South Balcony of the Barnett Arena, this is a great opportunity for any high school rodeo athlete to visit with National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association coaches from South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Oklahoma and Wyoming

Rodeo Rapid City is produced by Sutton Rodeo of Onida, SD. Sutton Rodeo is a sixth generation rodeo company, founded in 1926, best known for award winning PRCA events including Top Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year, Bucking Stock of the Year & Hall of Fame Stock Contractors James Sutton, Sr. and James Sutton, Jr.

Official website link: http://www.suttonrodeo.com/rapid-city-rodeo

The 2022 20x team pauses for a photo. Sutton Rodeo
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Regional Breakdown:


All contestants attending High School in Belle Fourche, Newell, Spearfish, Buffalo, Lemmon, Bison, Dupree, Faith, Isabel, Takini, McIntosh, Eagle Butte will enter either or both the Buffalo Rodeo June 3, 4, 5, 2022 and the Dupree Rodeo June 10, 11, 12, 2022. NW Region Directors are: Justin Pihl, 11768 Bullock Rd, Buffalo, SD 57720 (605-641-0148) Lance Lesmeister PO Box 643 Eagle Butte, SD 57625 (605-964-7676)


All contestants attending High School at Sturgis, Red Cloud, Rapid City, Douglas, Custer, Hot Springs, Oelrichs, Edgemont, Pine Ridge, Lead, Hill City, Wall, Little Wound, Crazy Horse, New Underwood, Bennett County, will enter either or both the Wall Rodeo June 3, 4, 5, 2022 and the New Underwood Rodeo June 10, 11, 12, 2022. SW Region Directors are: Dan Curr, PO Box 36, Scenic SD 57780 (605-433-5483) – Justin Robertson 15980 E Hwy 44 Caputa, SD 57744 (605-484-0305)


All contestants attending High School at Kadoka, Midland, Philip, White River, Jones Co., Lyman Co., Winner, Gregory/Burke, Mission, St. Francis, Chamberlain, Colome, Lower Brule, Highmore, Stanley County, Pierre, Sully Buttes, Gettysburg, Tiospaye Topa, Timber Lake, Mobridge, Trail City, Faulkton will enter either or both the Highmore Rodeo June 3, 4, 5, 2022 and the Dupree Rodeo June 10, 11, 12, 2022. River Region Directors are: Treg Cowan 20875 324th Ave Harrold, SD 57356 (605-295-0140) – Justin Heath 29161 324th Ave Colome, SD (605-840-5052)


All contestants attending High School at Frederick, Leola, Britton/Hecla, Langford, Sisseton, Groton, Webster, Miller, Wessington Springs, Kimball, White Lake, Platte/Geddes, Bonesteel/Fairfax, or any school East of Hwy 281 will enter either or both the Huron Rodeo June 3, 4, 5, 2022 and the Watertown Rodeo June 10, 11, 12, 2022. East Region Directors are: Brad McGirr 20177 Hwy 37 Huron, SD 57350 (605-354-0974) – Perry Moody 23970 398th Ave Letcher, SD 57359 (605-770-0853)

Farm Credit Services Challenge issued to high school rodeo


An exciting challenge has been issued by Farm Credit Services of America to the 20X High School Rodeo Team.

When the team members compete in 20X High School Rodeo in the new Summit Arena at The Monument in Rapid City, SD, they will be competing for much more than the first-place buckle. If they can meet or exceed the set challenge scores, they can win for their national team, $100 per each of the 10 scheduled events for a total of $1,000.

This money will be donated by Farm Credit of Services of America to the South Dakota High School Rodeo Association to be used by the National Team members for travel expenses at the National High School Rodeo Finals. “The Farm Credit Services challenge is a very generous contribution to South Dakota’s best rodeo athletes, and it will add additional excitement to the already thrilling rodeo,” according to Ann Sundermann, Executive Secretary of SDHSRA.

After reviewing the records from the past five years of 20X High School Rodeo performances, the time or marking that has been set would have been reached in each event 50 percent of the time. Here are the markings or times that would need to be met or exceeded for the SDHSRA to obtain the funds.

Farm Credit Services of America challenge score requirements:

Bareback Riding67

Breakaway Roping3.31

Calf Roping12.79

Goat Tying7.22

Saddle Bronc63

Team Roping9.75

Steer Wrestling5.96

Barrel Racing13.38

Pole Bending20.46

Bull Riding72

2022 20X Contestant List

Region, First Name, Last name

EA – East

NW – North West

RR – River Region

SW – Southwest


EADevon Moore

NWReece Reder

RRChase Yellowhawk

RRLogan VanWell

SWKashton Ford

SWKade Montague

SWIsaac Kremer

Saddle Bronc

NWTayson Jones

NWCade Costello

NWLanny Brooks

NWToarin Humble(Alt)

RRMason Hood

SWTraylin Martin


Bull Riding

EAMason Moody

NWD Angelo Garduna

RRRiley Shippy

RRChazz Gabe

RRPeyton Sterkel

RRHolden Lottman(Alt)

SWThayne Elshere

SWJestyn Woodward

SWJack Rodenbaugh

SWKelly Koyer(Alt)

Steer Wrestling

EAJaxon Bowes

EAChase Olson


NWGrey Gilbert

NWCayden Floyd

NWCody Barnett

NWGage Gilbert(Alt)

RRDenton Good

RRTristan Spencer

RRGrady Aasby

RRNo name provided (Alt)

SWQuinn Moon

SWStran Williams

SWJade Byrne

SWIzaah Bartels(Alt)

Tie Down

EADrew Stroschein

EAJace Tekrony

EATegan Marzahn

EAKaden TekronyAlt

NWDawson Kautzman

NWTreg Thorstenson

NWBraden Routier

NWJess Harper(Alt)

RRTate Hoffman

RRDalton Porch

RRBurner Schenefeld

RRGrady Aasby(Alt)

SWBlair Blasius

SWCaden Stoddard

SWEastan West

SWTrey TetraultAlt

Team Roping


EATate Johnson Tyan Johnson

EATyler EsserRoyce Bruns

EASylar CarlsonSeth Gaikowski

EANoneAltOwen EitemillerAlt

NWCassidy SchuelkeRance Bowden

NWSage BurressRope Roghair

NWLayne PalmerTrey Fuller

NWJadon Jensen(Alt)Jess Harper(Alt)

RRBodey WalnRhone Schmidt

RRTeagan GourneauPaden Belkham

RRGarret PhillipsSamantha Ford

RRTyus Williams(Alt) Colton Micalek(Alt)

SWTegan FiteMatthew Heathershaw

SWT. MerrillCade Hammerstrom

SWCade LockhartTrevor Hartshorn

SWLaney Fanning(Alt)Brynn Thompson(Alt)

Barrel Racing

EAMariah Maxwell

EARaylee Fagerhaug

EAKadence Haug

EAShada BeesonAlt

NWJaysee Jones

NWShaine Weishaar

NWClaire Verhulst

NWTaylor GaerAlt

RRKenlea Heck

RRCaysen Gran

RRDale Forman

RRSaylor SchuylerAlt

SWLandry Haugen

SWPiper Cordes

SWJonnie Anders

SWPresley Johnson(Alt)

Pole Bending

EAMaddy Boyd

EAShyann Marzahn

EAAddyson Wittnebel

EABrooke Knoll(Alt)

NWBrylee Grubb

NWShada Selby

NWSkylar Vig

NWKatie SheridanAlt

RRTaylee Stroup

RRTommie Martin

RRMegan Marone

RRAshlyn Hoffine(Alt)

SWKellyn Shearer

SWTerryn Shearer

SWSidney Peterson

SWBridget Romey(Alt)

Goat Tying

EAMichaela McCormick

EADevin Hunter

EAJosie Mousel

EAKate HavlikAlt

NWMacy Schiley

NWAnika Main

NWMackenzie Longbrake


RRLayni Stevens

RRTricia Lammers

RRKate Weborg

RRPiper Hanson(Alt)

SWKylene Baker

SWIsabel Risse

SWJessica Woodward

SWTaylor Price(Alt)


EAJazz McGirr

EATierney Breen

EATaylor McGregor

EAGracey Sheridan(Alt)

NWMataya Ward

NWCharlie Henwood

NWHadley Pihl

NWChloe Crago(Alt)

RRTaylor Burgee

RRJosie Menzel

RRHope Kiel


SWSierra Hilgenkamp

SWKaitlin Gerard

SWBradi Fisher

SWShelby Derner(Alt)

2021 BHSS top seller: ‘Thanks for noticin’ me’ – Eeyore’s new owners pleased with his abilities

Invester Maudie aka “Eeyore” was one of the high selling horses at the 2021 Black Hills Stock Show Truck Defender Horse Sale. Consigned by Ron and Jordanne Wells and shown by Paul Griemsman, Eeyore brought $38,000 to split the top of the weekend a year ago. “We knew he’d sell good–we didn’t know he’d sell that great,” Ron Wells says.

The 2010 American Paint Horse Association tobiano sorrel carries the name of his great grand sire, The Invester, an American Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame stallion. The sizable and handsome gelding served as a “family horse” for the Wellses. Ron and Jordanne, along with their three children aged 5, 7, and 8, manage a ranch for an absentee landowner near Springview, Nebraska. Everyone helps with the ranch work, and the family enjoys team roping together when time and work allows. “The kids get to ride most everything on the ranch that we sell. Usually everything we sell is pretty user friendly, as far as a family horse, ranch horse, and team roping horse,” Wells says.

They stumbled upon Eeyore by chance and saw his potential. “He belonged to my dad’s neighbor. He—for some reason—didn’t get along with him. We bought him and brought him back out here and went to work on him and he came around right away. He just wanted to please and be a good horse for the kids to ride and rope on. My wife roped on him at some ropings and he was just pretty talented,” Wells said. Eeyore had lots of money won on both ends team roping, as well as in junior rodeos, by the time he was consigned.

The ranching background on all of their sale horses seems to transition nicely into finishing them in the arena, according to Wells. After fall work is done on the ranch, they send their sale geldings directly to Paul and Jana Griemsman for a couple of months of focused roping and sale preparation. They have consigned two horses per year to the BHSS Truck Defender Horse Sale for seven years, using Griemsman to represent every single one. On a related note, Paul and Jana were named the 2022 BHSS Horse People of the Year.

Like Griemsmans, Ron and Jordanne Wells use Sammi Johnson of SJ Equine Promotions to market their horses through photography, videography, and social media. Following this yearly pattern has proven successful for the Wells family.

It is every horse seller’s dream to see their horses go to a home where they are used and loved. So where is Eeyore now?

Last January at the James Kjerstad Event Center, Toby Vineyard was the last man to raise his finger on Eeyore, buying him with just one purpose in mind: to put his kids on a good horse. “I don’t buy aged geldings at horse sales, ever,” Vineyard said. In fact, he had never been to a Black Hills Stock Show horse sale until that day. “The only reason I went there and bought him was because I trust Paul and what he said about the horse,” he said. “We’ve been friends for a long, long time. I called Paul and visited with him about it and it sounded like he’d be a pretty good fit for what we were wanting and we went over and bought him.”

Vineyard’s two children, Bronc (14) and Brindle (nearly 12) are active in the Wyoming Junior High Rodeo Association. Seeking a horse with which his kids could be competitive in multiple events, he found the perfect match with Eeyore. “He’s mainly my daughter, Brindle’s, barrel horse. He’s done an outstanding job of that. He’s really helped her with her riding ability and getting her confidence,” he said. Bronc uses him for team roping sometimes, and Toby has even hopped on him in a pinch. “I borrowed him a couple times for some Wrangler ropings when I had a horse that was a little lame. I borrowed him from the kids for some higher numbered ropings and I won a good bit of money on him last summer, too. He’s kind of just fit in wherever we need him. He does a good job,” Vineyard says. Eeyore is once again a horse for the whole family.

Vineyard made the most of his trip to Rapid City last year. He also purchased Hot French Express, a 2014 buckskin gelding sold by Josh and Sam Lilley. “I bought another horse that day that turned out to be pretty outstanding. It was kind of an uncharacteristic thing, but I was watching the preview and he kind of caught my eye. I won a lot of money team roping on him last year. I’ve got big, big plans for him,” Vineyard says.

Vineyard is originally from the Arvada/Clearmont, Wyoming area, but recently became the manager of the Sunlight Game Ranch in Hardin, Montana. The Wells family was thrilled that Eeyore went to a family that would appreciate him. “I was extremely happy. I didn’t really know the people but Paul knew the people really well and said he was going to a great place where he’d get ranched on and kind of be a junior rodeo kid’s horse and they’d team rope on him, too. I was tickled to death that somebody got him that was going to use him a lot,” Wells said.

Ron and Jordanne Wells have sold over a dozen horses at the BHSS Truck Defender Horse Sale, and are selling two more geldings this year. “It’s just been great for us. We’ve had a tremendous experience. Every year it just gets a little better,” he says.

They are offering Lot #87 Playguns Shooter on the first day and Lot #162 Jack Mr Tony on the second. Both sales—Friday, Jan. 28 and Saturday, Jan. 29—begin with the previews at 8 a.m. and sales at 1 p.m.

Eeyeore is well-loved at his new home. Courtesy photo
Every good horse seller hopes their horse is brought home by someone that will use and enjoy them. In the case of Eeyore, it could not have worked out better. Larry Larson
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Eeyore was one of two high selling horses at the 2021 BHSS Truck Defender Horse Sale and is now carrying Brindle Vineyard through her Junior High Rodeo career. Jackie Jensen Photography
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