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he harvest and the holidays are over and calving hasn’t yet begun in earnest, so the time is right for a winter get-together. The Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo provides the biggest and the best reason of the season to gather in Rapid City to visit with friends, take in a little entertainment, test new equipment, experience the rodeo, see the exhibits and the vendors and generally live it up, Western-style. The majority of events will be at the Central States Fairgrounds, 800 San Francisco St., 605-355-3861, and at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mount Rushmore Road, 605-394-4111. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear and bring a sweater or jacket because it can become chilly at times indoors. The stock show and rodeo offices are located in the civic center’s Room 101, where tickets may be purchased. The event website is blackhillsstockshow. com and tickets can be obtained there (tickets for fairgrounds events will be held in the will-call office at the James Kjerstad Event Center), as well as for various rodeo events. Patrons can park for free at the civic center or at the fairgrounds and take a free shuttle between the two sites. Shuttles leave from the James Kjerstad Event Center at the fairgrounds every half-hour, from 9:30 a.m. to

Margot Ball of Fort Collins, Colo., shows off her horse, Royal Classic Express, during the Winter Classic American Quarter Horse Association Horse Show at the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo in 2012. Journal file

6 p.m. daily; shuttles leave the east side of the civic center on the hour during that same period. Many, but not all vendors will accept credit cards, so if you’re intent on taking home a souvenir, bring cash. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Xtreme Bulls Tour will make a visit to downtown Rapid City,


Saturday, Feb. 1, to coincide with a special “rodeo skate” at Main Street Square. Various rodeo royalty as well as Xtreme Bulls riders will sign autographs from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday. Additional family entertainment will be scheduled from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Main Street Square’s ice skating rink

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QUARTER HORSE SHOW canters into the spotlight Joseph Kavanaugh Journal correspondent


n event that began to rathermodest reviews in 2004 has since grown into one of the premier events on the American Quarter Horse Association schedule. Once again, the Zoetis Animal Health Winter Classic AQHA Horse Show opened this year’s Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo on Sunday, Jan. 26.

And while a number of factors have contributed to the expansion of the event, perhaps none has been as important as the willingness on the part of the Black Hills Stock Show staff to listen and respond to the needs of AQHA exhibitors, said Dean Johnson, BHSS horse show chairman. “At first, our show was really small, and so after listening to input from professional horsemen, we redesigned our show to better suit the needs of our exhibitors and that

has really changed the dynamics of the show,” said Johnson, who owns and operates Dry Well Ranch Performance horses based in Vale, and who, in addition to his administrative duties, will be competing. “The willingness of the Central States Fair people to respond to those needs was critical to making that happen,” he said. The AQHA horse show got under way with a special-event show followed by the multi-event

Randy Guggisberg warms up his horse in preparation for a quarter horse show at the James Kjerstad Event Center during the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo in 2011. Journal file

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AQHA show-performance members. “As AQHA horsemen, — 54 different classes rang- the calf-roping futurity and the special-event team we are always competing ing from reining, working for a certain number of roping. cow horse, halter, cutting “With that, the quarter- points that will allow us to and roping categories — compete at a higher level,” horse show will take place competitions that will run through Thursday, Jan. 30. over five days; the special- Dean Johnson said. “The stock show event, because event show is on Sunday, Continuing with its commitment to expand and and the show stuff is Mon- of the numbers involved, allows a lot of people to day through Thursday in a improve, the 2014 AQHA two, split-combined show qualify for next year’s show introduced a new AQHA world show in Oklaformat,” Swanhorst said. class, said Central States Fair horse-event coordina- “One show is two days and homa City. “This event allows us to the next show the following tor Jill Swanhorst. qualify some of our horses two days.” “We have added in this event and allows us Adding to the quar‘ranch horse, pleasure,’ a to move on to new horses ter horse show’s rapid new class the AQHA has and try to qualify those expansion over the past started. We had to offer it horses,” he said. few years is a unique, as a special event, not in “And the willingness triple-judged format the regular show, because of the AQHA to allow the which allows exhibitors our show was already Black Hills Stock Show the chance to earn triple too big (more than 1,000 quarter horse show to be points toward qualifyentrants in 2013, a nearly triple-judged has much to 200 percent increase from ing for the annual AQHA Journal file the previous year). do with the excellent faciliWorld championships in Josie Ketelsen of Nebraska brushes the tail of Junior while getting ready for a quarter horse ties here in Rapid City,” November in Oklahoma, “That will be on Sunshow at the James Kjerstad Event Center during the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo in 2011. day,” she said, “right before a considerable plus, for Johnson said.

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Xtreme Bulls jump starts


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he Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Xtreme Bulls once again will kick off the first weekend, Friday and Saturday nights, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, of the 2014 Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo. No event in rodeo captures the fancy of fans quite like the sight of a — “brave,” “courageous,” “foolhardy” (choose your own adjective) — cowboy aboard a twoton, rank bull. And if that wasn’t enough to pack the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center’s Barnett Arena, rounding up 70 of the top bull riders in the world — including 10 contestants who competed in the 2013 National Finals Rodeo — eager to vie for $52,000 in prize money adds additional allure. “When I look through the list of contestants this year, I see the present world champion (J.W. Harris), the previous world champion (Cody Teel), and most of the best bull riders in the world,” said Steve Sutton of Sutton Rodeo, the BHSS rodeo producer. “And when you combine that with eight of the best stock contractors and their top bulls, it should be very good watching.” Other notables scheduled to compete include two-time (2007, 2012) Xtreme Bulls World Champion Kanin Acey (Powell, Wyo.), 2011 Black Hills Xtreme Bulls champ

“When I look through the list of contestants this year, I see the present world champion (J.W. Harris), the previous world champion (Cody Teel), and most of the best bull riders in the world.” Steve Sutton of Sutton Rodeo, the BHSS

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Howdy Cloud (Kountze, Texas), 2012 titlist Brett Stall (Detroit Lakes, Minn.), and 2009 winner Bobby Welch (Gillette, Wyo.). Joining the list of previous champions will be a number young South Dakota bull riders who will be looking to make a bigtime splash by bagging an Xtreme Bulls tour title. The list of up and comers includes Tanner Bothwell (Rapid City), Jayden Hansen (Gettysburg), Taygen Schuelke (Newell), and a quartet of Timber Lake bull riders including John Jacobs and the Maier brothers, Ardie, Corey, and Rorey, just returned from a successful PRCA outing in Odessa, Texas. Ardie finished second, Rorey fourth, and Corey a single spot out of the money. “We will be there on the 31st and, as usual, are really looking forward to it,” Ardie Maier said. “The Xtreme Bulls is really good

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Jayden Hansen of Gettysburg rides a bull during the PCRA Xtreme Bull Riding in 2013. The rider will be back at this year’s event.

for us. Any time you can go to a big event and compete for a lot of money is huge and being close to home makes it even better. I’ve had a lot of people ask me when we would be riding so I’m sure we will be bringing some friends with us. When you come from a little town ... you have a lot of people keeping track of what you are doing and

that’s pretty cool.” The Xtreme Bulls twonight event will feature 35 cowboys competing each night with the top 10 scores each night advancing to the championship short round, with the Rapid City Xtreme Bulls overall champion determined by the aggregate high score from the two nights of the contest.

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Lunatic Fringe is out there to give world-class rides As might be expected, Elshere remembers the ride well, too. “He is a flashy bronc o be a sucand he likes to show off cessful and helps a guy to show rodeo-stock off a little bit, too,” Elshere contractor said. “On every jump, he requires a drags his nose in the dirt combination and really kicks and he has of traits including the guts a lot of hang time, too. You of a riverboat gambler and have to do your part, but the patience of Job, mixed if you don’t want to mess with cross-your-fingers up, he’s going to give you good luck. a chance to win every time After all, breeding, raisout.” ing and watching a colt For area rodeo fans, grow to maturity usually Matt Burch, owner this year’s Black Hill Stock takes six or seven years Show & Rodeo might be before it can be determined of Lunatic Fringe one of the final opportuniwhether a bucking horse ties to see Lunatic Fringe “With Lunatic Fringe, has championship qualiin action, Burch said. we knew right away.” ties. “We’ve been breeding The 11-year-old stalFor Burch Rodeo’s Matt him for a while now and Burch, the wait turned out lion has easily confirmed Courtesy photo he’s already had three sons Burch’s initial confidence, to be shorter than most. Lunatic Fringe will be giving bronc riders rough, but potentially points-laden outings. and daughters go to the having been selected to Only one trip out of the NFR and we will probably compete at the National chutes was required to buck him for one more both claimed Days of ‘76 is very unusual,” he said. past six years. Finals Rodeo six years see that a young stallion gold buckles aboard Luna- year, and then retire him to “You can’t expect a horse “I’d say there’s been running, and once again named Lunatic Fringe — a stud,” he said of his prize to buck every time if it ain’t tic Fringe while Ryan has close to $1 million won on name derived from a favor- selected as one of the top also earned championship horse. bred into them.” five saddle bronc horses at that horse since his first ite Red Rider rock song — “I’ve been around buckhardware. Among the rodeo time out,” Burch said, would be a big, big, bucker. this year’s event. ing horses for around 30 “J.J. Elshere rode him cowboys who have shared Iowa saddle bronc rider describing the quality of “He had that ‘wow facyears now and you don’t for 94-points in a bronc in the winnings over the Wade Sundell rode Lunatic the world-class bucking tor’ to him the first time come across special horses horse’s outings in the ring. years: a distinguished fam- match in Miles City, out; the way he kicked and Fringe to an 87.5-point like him maybe only two Mont., a few years back ily of South Dakota saddle “It’s got to be in the winning ride in Round 5 jumped, we knew he was or three times in a whole and deserved every one of bronc riders, brothers this year in Las Vegas, one bloodlines. You can buck only going to get better lifetime of breeding horses. them,” Burch said. “ProbRyan and J.J. Elshere and of many the flashy, paint- any kind of horse, but to and better. We knew we He’s been very special for ably the best bronc ride cousin, Cole, a 2013 NFR had a superstar right then,” colored bronc has provided have that extra kick and to 8-second riders over the fight and have it every time qualifier. J.J. and Cole have I’ve seen in my entire life.” us.” Burch said by phone from the family ranch in the Rozet, Wyo., area, a 160acre parcel homesteaded in 1916 and now grown to more than 200,000 acres. “We don’t buck horses until they are at least 4 years old, when we might do some ‘dummy bucking,’ and a year or so later, start putting some guys on them. With most horses, it’s six or seven years aUtHorizeD before you know much,” Dealer he said. Joseph Kavanaugh Journal correspondent


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TAKE TO THE STAGE TO PERFORM according to the band’s website. What started as a performance at a high-school he Black Hills talent show led to dates Stock Show at wedding receptions, & Rodeo is rodeos and the Montana presenting State Fair. Eventually, the another round band began to perform at of regional fairs throughout Montana, favorites this year for live South Dakota, Nevada, musical entertainment. Colorado and California. South Dakota native Chancey Williams and the In addition, they have Rehme Sutton will perform Rehme Sutton Younger Brothers Band opened for a number of Tuesday, Feb. 4, following national acts, including the Ranch Rodeo competiLady Antebellum, Miranda 2013 debut album, “Long tion and again Wednesday, more live music provided Lambert and Craig Morgan. Road Home.” during the first weekend Feb. 5, after the Pioneer Band members include On it is a heartbreaking of the show, Friday, Jan. Bank & Trust Bronco track, “Billie’s Song,” which acoustic guitarist Chancey Match event, both of which 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1, at was written for her brother Williams, drummer Travis 9 p.m. on the Jack Daniels are at the Central States DeWitt, lead guitarist after he was paralyzed in stage at the fairgrounds. Fairground. Wyatt Springsteen, fiddle horse riding accident in Sutton has a “pasWell-known country player Brooke Latka and 2008. sion for life, a devotion to group Chancey Williams bassist Jack Robbins. All of these tracks are family and the dedication and the Younger Brothers The band has released available to sample on her and drive rarely found Band and rockers Dirty website,, three albums, 2008’s in today’s generation,” Word will team up to peras well as to buy at iTunes. “Honky Tonk Road,” 2011’s according to her publicity form at two shows Friday, “Highway Junkie” and Chancey Williams and materials. Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. the Younger Brothers Band 2013’s “Echo,” all of which She grew up on a 8, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at are available on iTunes and started playing “out of ranch in eastern South the James Kjerstad Events at a love of country music Dakota, and released a Center at the Central Dirty Word, known single, “What Goes Around and an ingrained desire to States Fairground. for its energetic style perform and entertain,” In addition, there will be Comes Around,” from her

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on-stage, performs throughout the Midwest and plays Top 40, funk and everything in between. The band has performed at a variety of venues, including in Kuwait for the troops over Thanksgiving, at Rapid City Summer Nights and the Sturgis motorcycle rally. Band members include Dale Hieb, Eric Warner, Kat Perkins, Casey Smith and John Scalia. Tickets to see Rehme Sutton are included in the cost of the Ranch Rodeo

event and range from $12.50 to $29.50, depending on seating. Tickets for Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band and Dirty Word cost $10, and all proceeds will be donated to the Rancher Relief Fund. This event is sponsored by Black Hills Federal Credit Union. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Central States Fairgrounds office at 605-355-3861, online at, or at the gate.

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Heritage horseman, roper dazzles boys Association’s 2007, 2012, and 2013 Specialty Act of the Year award at the National Finals Rodeo onsistent in Las Vegas. with its Garcilazo has pertradition formed throughout of bringing Europe, Canada, the varied talUnited States and Mexico. ent to the He has appeared on Black Hills Stock Show & Broadway in New York Rodeo, Sutton Rodeo has two exciting acts planned Journal file City and has toured the U.S. with the musical “The for the Barnett Arena this Tomas Garcilazo performs year. during the Silver Rodeo Tour. Will Rogers Follies,” was a featured performer at Skilled horseman and rope artist Tomas Garcilazo “living history sport,” at an Disney’s Wild West Show at Disneyland Paris (Euro will perform during Barnett early age. Disney), has performed for A third-generation Arena events scheduled charro, Garcilazo incorpo- Mexican presidents, and Friday, Jan. 31, through has appeared at the White rates a display of refined Monday, Feb. 3, and the House as well as at the horsemanship skills and Sure Shot Acts, featuring Kennedy Center in Washtrick and Roman riders Roz rope artistry into his performances at international ington, D.C. Beaton and Ginger Duke rodeos, stock shows, horse will be featured Tuesday, shows, and equestrian Feb. 4, Thursday, Feb. 6, events. and Saturday, Feb. 8. An accomplished perA native of Mexico City, former, he received the Garcilazo was introduced Professional Rodeo Cowto La Charreria, Mexico’s

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Trick riders balance precariously between thrill and danger are from Texas, said success in the sport t’s hard on the body. It’s danger- comes only ous. And there’s nothing Roz Bea- through intense ton would rather Ginger Duke training be doing than hanging by one foot from and a deep bond with their horses. the back of a galloping “You have to have lots horse. of trust in your horse and “I love it,” said read each other,” Beaton 27-year-old Beaton, who said. “If they fall, you’re will make her second going down with them. appearance at the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo You learn how to get out alongside Rapid City new- of wrecks. People have died. It’s not all glitz and comer Ginger Duke. The two, both of whom glamour.” Kayla Gahagan Journal correspondent


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only performer who does both at rodeos — trick riding and barrel racing. Duke’s career in trick riding actually started with her love of gymnastics and cheerleading. “I didn’t get my first horse until I was 20 or 21,” she said. “I loved horses and I was looking for something that I could combine my talents.” Now 30, she recalls the early days of learning. “It can be hard on your body; now I do it so much,” she said. “When you first start out, looks like someone took a baseball bat to your body.” Beaton said she stays in shape by working out at the gym and doing yoga and spin classes. She keeps two to five horses, so they aren’t worked too hard. Both women say they have been apprehensive, when entering a ring that is muddy or has dangerous footing. “Sometimes I get scared, maybe, if I think it’s going to be really slick and horse might fall,” Beaton said. “But the show must go on. When you take a show, you know it’s a risk.” Both women have fallen, which is par for the course, they say. “My coach told me if I’m not falling off, I’m not doing anything hard,” Duke said. Beaton said it’s the allure of doing something not many other people can do that keeps her getting back on. “There are not too many people in the world who do it,” she said. “It’s a rare sport; I like that.”


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World’s Smallest Rodeo

ready for another go-round Jan Hill Journal correspondent


rofessional cowboys and cowgirls won’t be having all the fun at this year’s Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo in Rapid City. Thanks to First Interstate Bank’s World’s Smallest Rodeo, area youngsters will mount stick horses and compete in several unique rodeo events on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center’s Crystalyx BioBarrel Show Ring. The World’s Smallest Rodeo is limited to 60 children ages 3, 4, and 5. The kids will compete on stick horses in groups of 20 against others their ages. Fun, certificates of participation as well as bragging rights for their families are on the line.

Journal file

The World’s Smallest Rodeo will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Wild Horse Ride — Contestants will compete in a Wild Horse Ride, in which the stick horse’s bucking skills as well as the rider’s ability to hang on will be critical. “It’s their stick horse, so how hard he bucks is up to them,” said Ron Jeffries, Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo general manager. “It’s a very entertaining event.” The World’s Smallest Rodeo is also a chance for THIS YEAR’S EVENTS some bigger kids, local INCLUDE: Stick Horse Parade — Con- junior rodeo queens ages testants will be introduced 11-14, to assist at the event to the crowd as they parade and to “learn some public responsibilities,” Jeffries their Official Black Hills said. The junior queens Stock Show & Rodeo stick will also be available for a horses around the ring. “meet the queens” autoCowboy and cowgirl attire graph session at 8 a.m. is strongly recommended, prior to the rodeo. and prizes for the cutest Jeffries said the World’s cowboy and cutest cowgirl Smallest Rodeo continues outfits will be awarded. to be popular with grandPole Bending — Contesparents, parents, aunts, tants will ride their stick uncles and especially young horses in and out of a line cowboys and cowgirls, who of poles, circling the last pole and weaving in and out fill up the 60 available conback to the start/finish line. testant slots quickly. “It’s a beautiful chance Barrel Race — Contestants will ride a traditional for little kids to come out and be Western for a day,” cloverleaf barrel pattern he said. around three barrels.

If you go What: First Interstate

Bank’s World’s Smallest Rodeo

When: Saturday, Feb.

1, 10 a.m.; check-in at 9:15 a.m.

Where: Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Crystalyx BioBarrel Show Ring Entry fee: $5 per child,

which includes a certificate of participation as well as an official Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo Wild Stick Horse that the children can take home

Registration: Pre-

registration is required. Entry forms must be completed and returned to the Black Hills Stock Show office at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Room 101, prior to the event.



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Youth Day events full of fun Josh Benham Journal correspondent


ifelike video games, 3-D movies, the digital world of Internet ... The distractions for young people are almost too many to count in 2014, which is why events such as Youth Day at the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo are key to maintaining the ranch and the Western lifestyles. “Keeping the youth involved will always be important for the Western way of life,” said Ron Jeffries, BHSS&R general manager. “There are lots of families in Rapid City that are on their third generation off of their families’ ranch, so they’re getting farther and farther away from that,” he said. During the five-hour program Saturday, Feb. 1, kids ages 8 to 18 will participate in activities designed to further their interest in a Western or ranch way of life.

“It’s extremely important because you can lose them so easily,” Pennington County 4-H youth program adviser Tiffany Meyer said. “ That’s why the 4-H goes down to a young age. We try to catch them early and push careers and life skills.” A number of activities will be offered regardless of involvement in 4-H. “There’s something for every kid,” Meyer said. The beef cook-off kicks off the day at 8 a.m. Contestants entered one of three age divisions, have chosen a cut of meat and have provided a recipe. Prizes will be offered from the South Dakota Beef Council and Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo. Also taking place during the early portion of the Youth Day are a dog show and livestock-judging contest. Dogs and owners will compete for awards in obedience, agility, rally, showmanship and good canine citizenry. The livestock judging has senior, junior and beginner divisions in classes of beef, sheep, goats

and swine. The hippology event, sponsored by 4-H, aims to see who has the greatest wealth of knowledge in what makes horses tick and everything equine. “The teams can be asked anything about the horses — disciplines, different parts of the saddle,” Meyer said. “For instance, a team problem could be you have 10 horses with 15 acres and you need to make a horse barn. “I’ve had a team for hippology that has been working three years nonstop. This last year, they won the hippology event, and now they are going to nationals. Just seeing them grow and get excited for it is great, and then younger kids notice that, too.” After the hippology contest ends, the check-in for the Horse Bowl quiz contest begins. “It’s kind of like a ‘Jeopardy’-type competition,” Jeffries said. The Horse Bowl features teams from as far away as Minnesota and Montana

competing to be the first to answer questions ranging from horse biology to average speeds of specific breeds. Awards will be presented to the first and second-place teams, as well as the individuals who score the highest. The “livestockology” contest is similar to the hippology event, except the questions are about swine, cattle and sheep. A PQA wraps up the festivities at 4 p.m., a program that instructs kids on the practices of raising swine. Four $1,000 scholarships to South Dakota colleges for 2012 and 2013 spring high school graduates are being offered, as are a pair of $500 scholarships to Western Dakota Technical Institute.

education If you go YOUTH DAY SCHEDULE SATURDAY, FEB. 1 8:00 a.m. – Scholarship

8:30-9:30 a.m. – Livestock

8:00 a.m. – Beef

11:00 -1:00 p.m. – Beef Bust

8:00 a.m. – Hippology

12:30 p.m. – Horse Bowl check-in

8:00 a.m. – Dog

12:30 p.m. – Livestockology check-in


cook-off begins check-in

Show begins

Throughout the duration of the stock show, the Future Farmers of America chapter in Rapid City will feature its popular livestock petting zoo. Visitors are invited to ask questions of the FFA members about the animal’s role in South

judging registration

4:00 p.m. – Youth PQA begins

Dakota and how to care for it. “Kids can take tours and learn the basic information and history of each animal,” Jeffries said. “Whether they are urban or ranch kids, it’s just a great way for kids to learn.”


Ranch Rodeo is ‘chores on steroids’ tougher is the fact the teams square off against other skilled cowboys while being clocked. o perform “There’s a lot of diverall the daily sity in the events, so you chores have to be well-rounded,” encountered Philip Livestock team capon a ranch tain Tom Coolahan said. requires a “The time adds a lot of cowboy with experience. pressure; at home on the Accomplishing all of ranch, you’re not timed these tasks under the and you’re not competing bright lights and as specagainst other ranchers.” tators cheer — with time The squads participate constraints, no less — is in preliminary events dursomething only the most ing the day, and the top seasoned ranch hand can teams qualify for the finals pull off. Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. And therein lies the The three preliminaries challenge of the Ranch consist of loading cattle Rodeo event at the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo. into a stock trailer, herding and roping certain cattle On Tuesday, Feb. 4, cowboys from a five-state for a simulated vaccination, and a simulated stray region will compete in the popular Ranch Rodeo, gathering, where they must tie two head of cattle a competition between by both the bottom and four-person teams for front legs together. more than $21,000 and “These guys have to be prizes at the James Kjerflat-out tough,” Jeffries stad Event Center at said. “When I say ‘tough,’ I the Central States Fairmean they have to be able grounds. to wrangle steers, they Sixty-three teams will have to rope them and get vie for the title of Black them down. On a ranch Hills Stock Show Ranch there’s not a big rush, but Rodeo Champions. here you don’t get to throw “This is the secondmost entries we have ever three loops if you’re trying had for the original Ranch to rope a steer; you have to get them on the first try.” Rodeo at the Black Hills Once in the finals, Stock Show,” said Kevin contestants take part in Schmidt, Ranch Rodeo Committee chair. Last year events such events the Rope-Mug-Tie, where saw 70 teams entered. they have to rope, bulldog “It’s ranch chores on steroids,” said Ron Jeffries, and tie three legs of a steer, longtime Black Hills Stock roping and milking wild cows, and the Crown Royal Show & Rodeo general Wild Ranch Bronc Ride, in manager. “It absolutely proves who the best cow- which one cowboy rides in a stock saddle for at boy is. They have to rope, ride — anything you would least six seconds, while his have to do at a ranch, they teammates help corral and unsaddle the horse. have to do.” Perhaps the most excitMaking it that much

Josh Benham Journal correspondent


Journal file

Teammates from the CS Rodeo Co. tie a calf during the Stray Gathering portion of the Ranch Rodeo event at the Central States Fairgrounds during the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo in 2013.

ing event is the Titan Trailer Relay Race. “Four guys start a Chevy pickup, jump out and mount horses for a relay race, then reload the horses and run back into the pickup,” Jefferies said. “What you’ll see (is) these guys, rather than get off, they’ll ride right into the trailer, reach up and swing their bodies out of the way. It is wild. It is Western. And it’s hard. “Whenever you add speed into these kinds of things, you always increase the chance for a wreck.” For competitors like Coolahan, whose team

already qualified for the finals after winning the Ranch Rodeo at this past summer’s Central States Fair, the potential danger is overridden by the camaraderie and the excitement. “Most every team is made up of a bunch of buddies,” he said. “My team, I know them very well, as well as a lot of the other contestants. It’s just a lot of fun for everybody, and it’s very popular. There’s a lot of ranchers that come to town for it.” Jeffries agreed, adding that the difficulty of the tasks performed draws in

the crowds and makes for memorable events. “It is probably the most spectator-popular event because these people get to watch their friends and family out there,” he said. For the victors, the spoils are inviting — more than just bragging rights. “The Black Hills Stock Show has worked so hard to make this a very good spectator event,” Coolahan said. “They have prize money and you can win these beautifully crafted trophy saddles. With their hard work it’s turned into a great event for the ranch cowboy.”


8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4. Finals get under way at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the James Kjerstad Event Center at the Central States Fairgrounds, Rapid City. Admission ranges from $12.50-$29.50.

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Digital cataloging of blood lines makes herd improvements easier Joseph Kavanaugh Journal correspondent


n the not-toodistant past, the art of selecting a bull or stallion for breeding purposes often came down to the eyeball test — the buyer’s, that is, with what appealed to the purchaser often trumping other considerations. But the amazing advances in technology

over the past few decades have reached the farm and ranch and have dramatically changed the genetics of how livestock is bred and herds are improved. Not that genetics hasn’t always played an important role in how breeding stock is selected — the various purebred livestock associations always have compiled extensive histories of bulls and stallions as to performance. What is different is

how easily and quickly information performance characteristics can be disseminated to prospective buyers of breeding stock. “Forty years ago, it took 70 people and lots of time to collect and compile the hard-copy paper trail of a particular bull,” said Art Handel, formerly a field representative for the American Hereford Association, and now an independent cattle broker who buys and sells cattle

throughout the country. “You could then call in with the eight-digit number assigned to a particular bull and the association would then put all the info together about the animal going as far back as possible,” he said. Computers now allow a buyer to simply go online and in a matter of seconds receive performance information dating back as many as 20 generations, in some cases. Informa-

tion that allows a buyer to search among the performance characteristics of a particular bull or stallion and its progeny — birth weight, growth patterns over time, body traits, to name a few — and select an animal that will enhance the overall quality of the buyer’s herd. “A knowledgeable buyer has to know the weakness of his cow herd and what his goals are in terms of what kind of offspring he is

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trying to produce,” Handel said. “Now with EPDs (Expected Progeny Differences), they can compare cattle within families and make all that data available and make the information even more reliable. “With that, they can determine what your weakness is and buy the other half of the equation in the bull to start correcting that problem — or at least advancing it one step at a time.”

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Stock show, rodeo rally to aid

Ranchers Relief Fund

Joseph Kavanaugh Journal correspondent


he response to the early October blizzard that resulted in millions of dollars in damages to the livestock community in western South Dakota was sympathetic ear and a generous response from Central States Fair Inc. and Sutton Rodeo, co-producers of the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo. It should come as no surprise. The long-time success of the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo — Rapid City’s largest community event each year — directly relates to the fortunes of the livestock and ranching community. Central States Fair Inc. and Sutton Rodeo have assembled an impressive array of fund-raising activities to raise money for the South Dakota Rancher Relief Fund, a state-wide program established by the South Dakota Stock Growers Association, South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association and the South Dakota Sheep Growers Association to assist area ranchers in recovering from the loss of thousands of head of livestock. “We will be involved in a number of activities to aid the relief fund,” said Ron Jeffries, general manager of Central States Fair Inc. “And on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 5 — Rushmore Hall, BioBarrel Show Ring, at 2 p.m. — we will have a special Rancher’s Relief auction,” he said, “in

which items donated items by a variety of vendors and other entities will be auctioned off. “The auction will be open to the public, and so we invite people to come in and help out the Rancher’s Relief Fund,” Jeffries said. Sutton Rodeo will be contributing as well through the introduction of a new event to the rodeo schedule, a special “Top Hands Competition” to be held Monday, Feb. 3, with the proceeds going to the relief fund. “When we explored ideas, we felt like the Top Hands competition would be a really good fit toward benefiting the ranching community,” said Amy Sutton. “And so we decided to hold the event at the Barnett Center in conjunc-

tion with the Saddle Bronc Futurity event and are very excited that the event ... will help us to benefit what is a truly worthy cause.” A variety of other organizations and individuals are also sponsoring relief fund activities. Cattle consignors from seven different states have pledged a percentage of their cattlesales monies to the fund. Haythorn Land & Cattle Co. of Arthur, Neb., will be donating the gross profits from Lot 116 of the company’s cattle sales; Edgar Brothers of Rockham has donated an Angus heifer; and Dvorak Herefords of Lake Andes has donated a Hereford heifer. Both animals will be auctioned off at the respective breed-sale auctions. And Black Hills Stock

Show & Rodeo attendees who prefer their entertainment more musically oriented will also have a chance to contribute to the fund as the Chancey Williams & the Younger Brothers Band with Dirty Word concerts on Friday and Saturday nights, Feb. 7 and Feb. 8, have agreed to donate 100 percent of the ticket sales to the relief fund. Individuals wishing to join the relief effort may do so by going to the Ranchers Relief Fund at www. or calling the Black Hills Stock Show office at 605-355-3861.

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A number of fundraising events will be held at this year’s Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo to benefit ranchers recovering from the October 2013 blizzard.

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Rodeo Royalty Queens, princesses and ambassadors all represent and promote the Best of the West

Miss Black Hills Stock Show contestant KAIRA DEMPSEY is the 23-year-old daughter of Steven and Shelley Dempsey of Brookings.

She graduated from South Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in construction management with a business minor. She works as a project manager in the sports department at Daktronics Inc.

Miss Black Hills Stock Show 2013 GINA JESPERSEN is the 23-year-old daughter of Don and Joni Jespersen and twin sister of Taylor Dane Jespersen. She is Miss Black Hills Stock Show 2013.

She is the fifth generation on her family’s ranch and farming operation. Hard work and integrity, a passion for rodeo and dedication to a dream carried her to the 58th Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2014 crown. She has showed horses competitively in 4-H and at the AQHA national level and was a four-year western member of the South Dakota State University NCAA Division I Equestrian team, where she was voted team captain. She also was a member of the student athletic advisory committee and received a four-year SDSU athletic letter. She graduated from Black Hills State University in December 2013 with a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education. Her ambition is to aid in the growth and success of children by instilling a sense of self-worth, morality and selfconfidence. Her motto is “Ride with No Regrets” and she said, “Life is unpredictable, one may never know the trials and triumphs that lay ahead on their journey, but if individuals embrace their true passions and live life for all of the glorious wonder it provides each and every day, they will truly Ride with No Regrets!”

She spends time assisting the Specialized Training And Riding Skills program for challenged riders, participating in the Brookings Riding Club fun days and working with her own horses. She said she hopes to start barrel racing competitively in the future.

Miss Black Hills Stock Show contestant CHEYENNE MCMILLIN is the daughter of Dennis and Marie McMillin of Hermosa.

Involved in 4-H from age 8 to 18, she was active in the horse and pony, veterinary science, photography and first aid sections. She graduated from Custer High School and is a member of the Hayward volunteer fire department, where her father chief. She hopes to continue her education and earn degrees in business and equine science. She enjoys being outdoors, taking her nieces for horse rides, going shooting with her brothers, hiking, swimming, canoeing and jogging.

Miss Black Hills Stock Show contestant SHAMEE MERKEL is the 23-year-old daughter of Ross and Amanda Merkel and Kim Merkel of in Ellendale, ND.

She attends Northern State University and plans to graduate in 2014 with a degree in biology and continue her education with a degree in nursing, also from Northern State University.

Miss Black Hills Stock Show contestant NICOLE BOOMSMA is the 24-year-old daughter of Patti and Kenny Boomsma of Stickney. She is the sister of Matthew, Justin and Kardell Boomsma.

After high school, she pursued a career in cosmetology at Black Hills Beauty College in Sioux Falls and currently works as a cosmetologist at Prestige Salon and Spa in Mitchell. She was the 2008 Miss Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Queen, 2010 Miss Rodeo Aberdeen and 2013 Miss Faith Stock Show and Rodeo Queen. Off the arena grounds, she enjoys helping out the local Make-a-Wish Foundation and Big Brother, Big Sister Foundation. She is an active member of Ethan Trail Riders.

Miss Black Hills Stock Show contestant KENDRA PETERSON is the 22-year-old daughter of Ronald and Myla Peterson of Sisseton.

In high school, she was a student manager for both girls basketball and track and competed in volleyball and rodeo. She was also a member and officer of the Sisseton FFA chapter and the Country Kids 4-H Club. She excelled in pole bending, which in her senior year, she qualified for state high school finals. She attended the University of Minnesota Crookston and graduated in December with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a minor in agricultural business.



Miss Rodeo South Dakota MELYNDA SLETTEN, 24, is the

reigning Miss Rodeo South Dakota. The daughter of Lynn and Brenda Sletten of Pierpont, she has been riding horses since she was 5 years old. She graduated from Langford High School in 2008 and was active in 4-H rodeo, Jim River Riders, Aberdeen Horseman’s Association and All American Saddle Club. She volunteers at SPURS therapeutic riding center. Before college, she lived in Hill City, working as a wrangler.

Miss Rodeo Colorado 2014 RHIANNA RUSSELL, the daughter of Jim and Kimberly Russell of Conifer, Colo., was selected Miss Rodeo Colorado after four days of competition during the Greeley Stampede. She won the speech competition, personality award and horsemanship competition.

Miss Rodeo Colorado travels to rodeos and events in the Mountain States to represent Western heritage and the sportsmanship, character and humane treatment of animals in the sport of rodeo.

Miss Rodeo Wyoming 2014 Growing up in the shadow of the Tetons and on the plains below the Big Horns, DESIREE BRIDGES split time between Jackson Hole and the family ranch in Thermopolis.

2013 Junior Miss Days of ’76 Rodeo Queen MARTINA LOOBEY is the 2013 Junior Miss Days of ‘76 Rodeo Queen.

The 16-year-old daughter of Brook and Lorrie Loobey of Sturgis is a sophomore at Sturgis Brown High School. The family lives on a ranch near Sturgis. She is a cheerleader for basketball, high school rodeo, and is a member of the Sturgis FFA chapter. She was the 2011 Junior Miss Newell Labor Day, first-runner-up for the 2012 Junior Miss Faith Stock Show and was Miss Congeniality at the 2013 Junior Miss Rodeo South Dakota.

Perkins County Junior Ambassador KELLY SCHOPP is the Perkins County Junior Ambassador.

Miss Rodeo North Dakota CODI ANN MILLER is the 21-year

old daughter of Gary and Stacey Miller. She grew up on a ranch near Amidon, N.D. Miller graduated in 2012 from Black Hills State University in Spearfish with a degree in tourism and hospitality management. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Miller is the events and public relations coordinator at the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame.

2013 Junior Miss Faith Stock Show and Rodeo JACQUELINE VAN VLEET is the 2013 Ju-

nior Miss Faith Stock Show & Rodeo.

The daughter of Dwayne and Wanda Van Vleet of Moorcroft, Wyo., she enjoys playing volleyball and basketball at school. In rodeo, she participates in barrel racing, pole bending and goat tying. 2013 Foothills Rodeo Junior Queen

2013 Foothills Rodeo Junior Queen BAILEY BOSWORTH

is the 2013 Foothills Rodeo Junior Queen. The 13-year-old seventh-grader is the daughter of Dan and Deleesa Bosworth of White Lake.

She is active in school cross-country events, volleyball, oral interpretation, She is the 14-year-old basketball, track, rodeo, vocal music daughter of Ray and band, including jazz band. and Julie Schopp of Meadow. She enjoys Out of school, she enjoys playing piano playing basketball, singing, acting and and guitar. She has been in 4-H for riding her horses. many years and enjoys showing her dog, sewing and other crafts.

Boss Cowman Rodeo Junior Queen KRISTA SCHOPP

She is a 2013 graduate of the University of Wyoming with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business management. The 2009 Wyoming High School All-State alpine ski champion and the holder of a Boone and Crockett record antelope, she is the epitome of the true spirit of the West.

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Junior Queen.

is the 12-year-old daughter of Ray and Julie Schopp of Meadow and is the current Boss Cowman Rodeo

She is in the sixth grade and enjoys playing basketball, the flute and is learning the violin.

Perkins County Rodeo Junior Queen MARIA ROGHAIR

is the 12-year-old daughter of Brice and Anne Roghair of Isabel and is the Perkins County Rodeo Junior Queen. She enjoys playing the piano, riding her horse and helping around the house.

Crook County Rodeo Royalty Princess KAYLENE PREUSS

of Hulett, Wyo., is the daughter of Loretto Preuss. She is a senior at Hulett High School, where she has received scholastic, sports and vocational awards. She has been on the track team, played volleyball, been the manager for the girls basketball team, and twice was chosen to travel to Europe with the Wyoming Ambassadors of Music. She volunteers for numerous activities in her community, collects winter apparel for “Coats for Kids,” announces at the horse show, and bakes cookies for soldiers and veterans. She is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, FBLA and Bearlodge Wranglers 4-H.

Pennington County Senior 4-H Rodeo Ambassador KAITLYN MCCARTHY, attends Rapid

City Stevens High School.

Miss Boss Cowman Princess KASSIDY HAASE, 8, is the Miss Boss Cowman Princess. She is the daughter of Matt and Nicole Haase of New Leipzig, N.D.

Perkins County Rodeo Queen DESTINY WESNER

is the 17-year-old daughter of Kelly Wesner and Peggy Maliske of Sturgis, and is the 2013 Perkins County Rodeo Queen. Being home-schooled, she said, provides her more time to study and work on her horsemanship. She enjoys training horses and participates in barrel racing, breakaway roping and pole bending.

2013 Miss Boss Cowman Rodeo Queen MAKAYLA FOX is the 2013 Miss Boss Cowman Rodeo Queen.

She is the 16-yearold daughter of Pam and Mike Fox of De Smet.

Miss Foothills Rodeo 2013 CHELSEY SHUMSKI, 22, of Brookings

represents the Wessington Springs Foothills Rodeo as Miss Foothills Rodeo 2013.

The daughter of Mark and MerriDee Shumski attends South Dakota State University where she is studying dairy production. She is involved in Dairy Club and Western Saddle Club Association, and volunteers teaching riding lessons and at the Humane Society of Brookings.

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Jacque Booth Theresa Brewer Buffalo Livestock Auction Gay and Barton Byrd Casey Peterson & Associates Catholic Social Services CBH Cooperative Charles Mix County Livestock Market Inc. CHS Foundation CoBank William & Barbara Cowan LLC Tera and Kyle Cross Country Pride Cooperative Cubby’s Inc. Dacotah Bank Dakota Farm Equipment Dakotah Steakhouse Dreaming of Three Eagle Country Radiothon James and Eloise Elmen Foundation Fred and Joyce Evans

Fall River Feedyard, L.L.C. Farm Aid, Inc. Farm Credit Services of America Gary and Sandy Fehr First Interstate BancSystem Foundation First National Bank First Reformed Church Mission Fund Fleet Machine affiliates Fort Pierre Livestock Auction, Inc. In memory of Ray & Virginia Gardiner Gen Pro Energy Solutions, LLC Owen and Carol Getz Glacial Lakes Energy, LLC Golden West Gordon Livestock Auction Market Grand Electric Cooperative Grousemont Foundation Jake and Carrie Haddock Harms Oil Company Heinz Inc. Historic Homestake Opera House

Hope from Highway 34 / Jodene Shaw Hub City Livestock Auction Hubbard Feeds International Dairy Queen, Inc. Eldon and Mary Jean Jensen Milo and Marian Jeppesen J R Distributing Inc. Johnson County Cattlewomen Ketel Thorstenson and Employees Kist Livestock Auction Company Al & Irene Kurtenbach Foundation Land O’ Lakes Foundation Larry and Myrna Nelson Livestock Marketing Association Lutheran Disaster Relief Lutheran Social Services Lynn’s Dakotamart Stores Mercury One, Inc. Minnesota Corn Growers Association Missoula Livestock Market Mitchell Livestock Marketing, LLC

Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial Montana Livestock Auction Netherlands Reformed Christian School New Generation Feeds Newell Community Robert Nielsen North Central Farmers Elevator North Dakota Stockmen’s Foundation Northwest Farm Credit Services Novartis Animal Health US, Inc. Erling and Linda Olsen Padlock Ranch Company Pawnee / S.A.E. Warehouse Inc. Scott Peterson Motors Jim Petik and Sons, Inc. Philip Livestock Market Pivot Power Platte Livestock Market Poet Biorefining

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dgement of these lead gifts received through early January: Powell High School Presbyterian Pastoral Fund Presbytery of South Dakota Rancher’s Fellowship Rapid City Auto Dealers Assn. Rapid City Chili Cook-off and Community Feed Redfield Energy, LLC RFD Communications, Inc. Rio Nutrition Robert and Carol Richardson Jr. Rotary Clubs Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Safeway Foundation Salem Reformed Church Sanford Health Schnieders Family Foundation Nick and Gena Schoenfelder Dan and Jeanne Scott Family Foundation David and Rebecca Scott SD Ethanol Producers Association

SD Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters SDADA Services, Inc. Shur-Co., LLC Sioux Valley Energy Customer Trust Rex and Gale Simmons Harlan and Sharon Smith South Central Cattlemen’s Association South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association South Dakota Association of Cooperatives South Dakota Corn Utilization South Dakota Crop Improvement Association South Dakota Sheep Growers South Dakota Stockgrowers, Inc. The Nature Conservancy The Rainwater Charitable Foundation Joe Taylor

TransCanada Two Heart Ranch L.L.P. Tyson U. Lazy U. Angus Ranch US Bank Foundation David and Anita Vander May Varilek C/T Angus Vermeer Charitable Foundation Vermeer Corporation Warren Ranch Company Warren Window & Supply Watertown Chamber of Commerce Wells Fargo Bank Western Bison Association Western Mailers Robert and Judy Whitlock Wilbur-Ellis Company Williams-Malone Foundation Winner Livestock Auction West River Cooperative Telephone Company Wyoming FFA Zoetis

First Interstate Bank Rancher Relief Rollover Auctions Bales Continental Commission Company Billings Livestock Crawford Livestock Faith Livestock Great Falls Livestock Headwaters Livestock Herreid Livestock Lemmon Livestock Lewistown Livestock Martin Livestock Miles City Livestock Mitchell Livestock Mobridge Livestock

Presho Livestock Public Auction Yards Sidney Livestock Sioux Falls Regional (Cattle) Sioux Falls Regional (Sheep) South Dakota Livestock Sales St. Onge LIvestock Stockmen’s Livestock Superior Livestock Torrington Livestock Valentine Livestock Watertown LIvestock Western Livestock Auction Yankton Livestock

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South Dakota 4-H Rodeo Ambassador Riley Smith is the 2013 South Dakota 4-H Rodeo Ambassador.

Wall High School Regional Rodeo Queen Shaelynne Heitsch is the

16-year-old daughter of Tom and Tracy Heitsch of Hermosa.

The 16-year-old is the daughter of She is the 2013 Tom and Deanna Smith of Rapid City and she attends Wall High School Rodeo Queen as well as the New Underwood Roping St. Thomas More High School. Club 4-H Rodeo Senior AmbasShe said she was born into a rodeo sador. family and enjoys competing in She tied for the title in the 2013 barrel racing, pole bending, goat South Dakota 4-H Rodeo Ambastying, cattle cutting and reining. sador contest and took home first She is an active member in 4-H Ro- runner-up. deo, NLBRA, SDHSRA/NHSRA and She is a junior at Central High the National Cutting Association. School in Rapid City, and is active She said she is proud to be a with the basketball team, throws fourth-generation cowgirl and the shot put and discus on varsity looks forward to promoting her track, is on the Rapid City Area High Western heritage to the next School Rodeo team and the Central generation. High School Student Council. She has been involved in 4H for 11 years. She also teaches Sunday school and sings in the choir.

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Junior Miss Newell Labor Day Queen Taylor Fisher

is the Junior Miss Newell Labor Day Queen. She’s the 11-yearold daughter of Trevor and Laura Fisher and lives on a cattle and horse ranch 55 miles northeast of Newell. She attends sixth grade at Bison Elementary and enjoys sewing, baking, playing basketball, theater, swimming, ice skating, skiing, starting colts and riding her horse, Scooter.

Newell Rodeo Queen Callie Kukuchka, the Newell

Rodeo Queen, said she likes to barrel race and spend time working on the family

ranch with her parents, Craig and Deb Kukuchka of Belle Fourche. She is a junior at Newell High School, where she enjoys singing and participating in FFA activities. She is a member of the National Honor Society. She also is president of her 4-H club, and has shown beef, sheep, goats, and her horse Saffire. She trained Saffire and rides in her rodeo-royalty activities.

Miss Corn Palace Stampede 2013 Tiffany Villmow is

Miss Corn Palace Stampede 2013. The 21-year-old from Delmont earned an associate’s degree in agricultural technology from Mitchell Technical Institute and currently works as a custom applicator at Agland Co-op.

She is a certified firefighter and a member of the Delmont Fire Department. She enjoys horseback riding, training horses, and playing softball, volleyball and basketball.

Perkins County Rodeo Princess Aspen Pulver,

the 10-year-old daughter of Dusty and Venessa Pulver of Maurine, is the current Perkins County Rodeo Princess. Aspen participates in 4-H, shooting sports, Girl Scouts and enjoys art.

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The Top Hand Competition will make its debut at this year’s Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo, giving working cowboys another venue to showcase their talents and skills.

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he Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo has added another event to its everexpanding menu: Sutton Rodeo announced the Top Hand Competition, a first-ever event that will be held Monday, Feb. 3, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center’s Barnett Arena. The special event will feature 35 four-person teams composed of everyday working ranch cowboys competing in a Mondaymorning preliminary round — a 10 a.m. start will feature competitions in team sorting, team mugging and range branding — with the eight teams compiling the highest scores advancing to the Monday-night finals, to be held in conjunction with the Saddle Bronc Futurity event. “We wanted to do some-

thing that would feature and honor local ranch cowboys and we’ve had really good feedback about the event so we are very excited to be bringing the event to Rapid City,” Amy Sutton of Sutton Rodeo, the coproducer of the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo. Up for grabs: $4,000 in prize money to the winning team — with payments to event winners and four teams deep in the final round — plus an award to the individual designated as the Top Hand, and to the most impressive mount, a prize as Top Steed. And equally valuable: bragging rights with retelling privileges good for a lifetime. Most importantly, proceeds from the Top Hand Competition will be donated to the Rancher Relief Fund created to aid western South Dakota livestock producers who suffered losses as a result of the historic October

blizzard. “We wanted to do something to benefit ranchers and this event fits in nicely since we have ranch cowboys competing,” Sutton said. The eight-team Top Hand final competition featuring wild cow milking, ranch bronc riding, and trailer relay race will be conducted during the Saddle Bronc Futurity intermission and will feature a progressive format in which the slowest two teams in each of the first two rounds will be eliminated setting up a fourteam finale. “We’ve been getting a lot of calls from cowboys wishing to participate,” Sutton said. “I know several of them and they are really good ranch cowboys so we are excited about the caliber of people who will be entering the competition which should make it a really fun evening for everyone.”

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pillars of community Sandra White Shield Journal correspondent


very community has its citizen pillars, people who have contributed much to develop and improve their regions. The Black Hills Stock Show Pioneer Awards Breakfast aims to recognize those people during the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo and to honor their hard work and long careers in ranching and agriculture. The annual ceremony honors West River ranchers and farmers who have established reputations for excellence in their jobs and devotion to the ideals of the Western lifestyle. The 2014 honorees include Jim Ramey, Jon Harrington and Hugh and Eleanor Ingalls. “The criteria for the honoree choices are that the person is from the South Dakota area who has given a lot in agriculture, ranching or farming,” said Dick Bray, the organizer for this year’s breakfast. Ramey, a rancher from the Belle Fourche area and past member of the St. Onge Livestock Board, is a former state senator, a member of the state fair board, the state banking commission and served on the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce. Harrington is a rancher from the Rapid City-Sturgis area and a former rodeo performer. And the Ingalls ranch between Vale and Newell,

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producing and promoting Angus cattle in the state. Held continuously since Ramey 1993, the awards last year honored Harold Delbridge, pastor and rodeo announcer; Dale Hendrickson, large-animal veterinarian; and Marvin Maude, rancher and 4-H contributor. All three of last year’s winners were involved in youth activities and took leadership roles for various events.


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TO HONOR RANCHING COMMUNITY not changed to compensate. The banquet will include a tribute to the ranchers icky who lost livestock during Kirkeby the October blizzard, she faces the same chal- said. The tribute is in addilenge every year she is tion to the yearly awards called upon to organize the of Stockman of the Year, annual Stockman’s Banquet Agribusiness of the Year, and the Silver Spur Hall of and Ball. Fame induction. She must figure out a new way to “wow” ranchers the moment they enter Silver Spur Hall of Fame After more than 40 the room. “We always want it to be years working with the Central States Fair and the a breathtaking moment,” Kirkeby, chairwoman of the Black Hills Stock Show, Jerry Hammerquist will be Black Hills Banquet Cominducted in the Silver Spur mittee said. Kirkeby wouldn’t reveal Hall of Fame in 2014. The award is given to an what she has planned this individual who has shown year’s event, Wednesday, long-term commitment to Feb. 5, but she promised those who attend would not the success of the agricultural community and to the be disappointed. Black Hills Stock Show & The gala is an annual Rodeo. ceremony held in the The recognition flatmiddle of the Black Hills tered the 72-year-old Stock Show & Rodeo. It’s a gathering to honor those rancher, although he joked who have been influential the induction was yet another sign he is getting in the ranching commuold. nity. “The only bad thing The banquet and ball about getting inducted into will be held at the Best the hall of fame is it means Western Ramkota Hotel. you’re getting kind of long Tickets to the event are in the teeth,” he said. $65. They can be purHammerquist said he chased by calling the Central States Fair office at started working at different 605-355-3861 or online at committees at the Central States Fair and the Black Hills Stock Show about 43 The social hour will begin at 5 p.m., a New York years ago and has served on the livestock committee for strip dinner will be served 43 years, he said. at about 6:15 p.m. and He is a graduate of Rapid dancing will start at about City Central High School 8:15 p.m., she said. and runs the Hammerquist Kirkeby said that this will be the most-expensive Ranch about 4 miles east of Caputa. meal ever served at the The ranch was estabbanquet, but the ticket lished in 1881. prices for the event were Scott Feldman Journal staff


Agri-Business of the Year Cattle Business Weekly has worked to promote livestock and keep ranchers informed of industry trends since its inception in 2005. Its consistency and popularity are why it will be honored at this year’s ceremony The Philip-based publication was started in 2005 by Donnie Leddy and Don Ravellette. It is distributed in South Dakota and eight other states across the Midwest. Ravellette said he was humbled that the publication even received a nomination and he is honored to accept the award. He feels its customer

If you go Stockman’s Banquet and Ball Feb. 5 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel, Rapid City. The social hour will begin at 5 p.m., dinner will be served about 6:15 p.m. and dancing will begin about 8:15 p.m. Tickets to the event are $65. Call the Central States Fair office at 605-355-3861 or visit

service and willingness to reach out to the ranching community are the main reasons it earned such recognition, he said.

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BHSS Stockman of the Year, Top stock contractors ‘just two kids who started up on their own’ Scott Feldman Journal staff


Joseph Kavanaugh Journal correspondent


hen Lori Franzen, coowner with her husband, Hank, of Powder River Rodeo Co. in Riverton, Wyo., is asked what she enjoys most about being a professional rodeo contractor, her answer says a lot about why the company is one of the top professional-rodeo stockcontracting companies in the nation. “That’s easy; the baby colts in spring; we love when the little colts are born in the spring. It’s a wonderful time,” Franzen said. “You have to love the livestock. If you didn’t, there wouldn’t be any reason to be in this business. You have to care and love these animals. They are so unique.” A successful formula that most likely explains why Powder River Rodeo Co. was recently chosen by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association as one of 2013’s top five stock contractors on the PRCA circuit, an honor previously bestowed in 1998, 2003, and 2005. Raised on ranches, Hank (a Sidney, Mont. native) and Lori (of Gillette, Wyo.) met at Casper College — where Hank won the 1978 College National Finals bull riding and all-around titles — and married shortly thereafter. After ranching for a few years, in 1986, they

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The Franzens have been named one of the top rodeo stock contractors on the PRCA circuit.

jumped at an opportunity up to get into the stockcontracting business, purchasing 40 horses and 20 bulls. The couple has been raising quality livestock ever since. “It is extremely hard business to get into and we are one of very few stock contractors that started from scratch on their own and are still in business. Most are born into it or had money behind them,” Franzen said. “We’ve been very fortunate to have some great horses through the years,” she said. “Khadafy Skoal, a three-time PRCA bareback horse of the year, and some other great horses came along like Miss Congeniality, PRCA saddle bronc horse of the year in 2005 and 2007.” For Powder River Rodeo Co. , the good fortune just keeps coming. Seven of the company’s horses and two bulls were selected for the National Finals Rodeo. Shepherd Hills-Tested was

chosen by the rodeo performers as one of the top five bulls in Las Vegas and Craig at Midnight one of the top bareback horses. A number of Powder River’s best stock will be on display at the 2014 Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo beginning with the Pioneer Bank & Trust Professional Saddle Bronc Match at the James Kjerstad Events Center Central States Fairgrounds on Wednesday, Feb. 5, and at a number of the PRCA rodeo events during the show as well.

regg Butman was 18 years old when he first brought cattle to Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo. Since that day, the Pipestone, Minn., native has been extolling the virtues of doing business in western South Dakota. “I’ve always enjoyed the Western way of life,” the 63-year-old Butman said. “It’s a place where you can do business with a handshake.” With his love of the show and an attendance streak spanning more than 30 years, it’s little wonder that Butman was voted the 2014 Black Hills Stock Show Stockman of the Year. The owner of the Cottonwood Angus Farm said he is happy to receive the award, but deflected all praise to his family. He said he could not raise cattle worthy of being shown without them. “I consider it more of an honor for the whole farm than for myself,”

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Butman said. “This is a team effort.” The ranch has been a family Gregg operation Butman ever since his greatgrandfather, Eugene Butman, homesteaded a patch of land by Flandreau Creek in 1876, on the border of Minnesota and South Dakota. Five generations of Butmans have worked or still work on the land including his 38-yearold son, Justin, who will

eventually take over the ranch alongside Butman’s nephew, Lance Oye. The Moody County rancher started showing cattle at the BHSS in 1966. He missed the show for several years in the mid-1970s because he did not believe he had worthy cattle. Butman returned to the Hills in 1979 and has shown his purebred Angus cattle every year since. “It’s got a relaxed atmosphere,” he said when asked about returning nearly every year. “It’s an all-around good place to take your family and to meet new customers.”

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They make buying more fun auctioneers in the country,” said Ron Jeffries, general manager of the Central States Fair and the Black he requireHills Stock Show & Rodeo. ments of a “Our horse-sale aucgood auctioneer is Lynn Weishaar. tion sale are pretty basic: He does a fabulous job for Excellent us and is in demand all over livestock, lots of eager buy- the country. We also will have some other people, ers, and some of the best auctioneers in the business like Sonny Booth, come in during the week and help to skillfully blend the two us out, too.” together. Weishaar, a Reva rancher And as befits a stock in addition to his auctionshow that compiled more than $2 million in livestock eering, is familiar to area sales in 2013, the Black Hill ranchers for his long-time Stock Show & Rodeo clearly auction work at the sales barns in Philip and Belle has very best of both. Fourche, as well as more “We’ve been very foryears than he can rememtunate to be able to bring ber working the Black Hills in a couple of the top tier Joseph Kavanaugh Journal correspondent


Stock Show. Weishaar credits his success in the sales ring to a little bit of skill and a whole lot of homework. “You have to be fun to listen to some extent, but the key, as far as I’m concerned, is to know what you are selling,” Weishaar said. “You have to know the value of the cattle or horses and I have spent a lot of years learning that, both in my own ranching experiences and from studying genetics. Journal file “It probably wouldn’t Auctioneer Lynn Weishaar be smart to hire me as an Working with Weishaar antique auctioneer because I wouldn’t know what stuff will be John Johnson of Piedmont, one of the is worth. Now livestock, foremost experts on horse that’s a different story ...”

genetics in the country, Jeffries said. “John Johnson knows horse blood lines by memory and that’s part of our horse-sale selection process,” Jeffries said. “He sells horses all over the place and knows pedigrees like nobody else. “And John sits down with our horse-committee person — who together have a couple hundred years of combined experience — and they screen the applications and watch video to select quality horses and that’s what makes it such a phenomenal horse sale,” he said. On the cattle-sale side of the stock show, Weishaar

will split duties with another Black Hills Stock Show veteran, Sonny Booth of Miami, Okla., who, like Weishaar, has been working the Black Hills Stock Show longer than he can remember. “It’s been a long time. I started out doing only the Limousin cattle auction and then as time went on started doing new breeds, too,” Booth said. “It’s my favorite stock show. “The personnel there are really great and great to work with and the ranch people come from several different states, true ranch people coming in there from the whole region,” he said.

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They call ’em as they see ’em And as usual, Sutton Rodeo and the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo will he reason the feature not only some of the best, but also the very Black Hills Stock Show best. Wayne Brooks, voted & Rodeo is consistently 2013 Announcer of the Year by Professional chosen as Rodeo Cowboys Associaone of the best is pretty tion members, returns to simple: describe the rodeo action. Attract the best rodeo Brooks is coming off cowboys and cowgirls in another banner year, havthe business, match them ing worked the National with the top bulls and Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas horses in the world, and place the action in excellent as well as adding the 2013 facilities such as the Rush- award to honors he had won previously in 2005 more Plaza Civic Center. and 2010. There’s one element “The Black Hills that ties together all the Stock Show Rodeo has an various components into atmosphere you can’t get an appealing night of family entertainment: top- anywhere else,” Brook said from his Lampasas, Texas, notch rodeo announcers home. “I don’t really have a who know and appreciate favorite rodeo, since there the sport of rodeo.

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Wayne Brooks

are so many good ones and they are all special in their own way, but in Rapid City, it’s all about family, and a single event that allows people from all over the region to get out in the wintertime and see their friends and have some fun, and maybe, while enjoying the spectacle, to dream a

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little bit about all the new shiny equipment they see. “It’s kind of a Christmas-time after Christmas for the ranching community,” he said. Also returning to this year’s rodeo will be Justin McKee, a respected former steer roper-turnedannouncer who handled

the microphone at some of the most prestigious rodeos in the country, including Cheyenne Frontier Days and the Pendleton Round-Up. McKee also serves as co-anchor of Great American Country’s “Inside the WNFR,” a program that precedes each night’s NFR’s television coverage. McKee, an Oklahoma rancher, will handle the first weekend of PRCA rodeo events. “I am one of the biggest fans in rodeo when I’m behind the mic; I’m having a great time and one of my main goals is that everyone there is having fun, too,” McKee said on his website. The Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo will feature a little hometown touch as well: Rapid City’s own

“Sugar” Ray Quinn, formerly the voice of Rapid City Rush, will handle announcing duties at a number of stock-show events including the always-popular Black Hills Stock Show Ranch Rodeo at the James Kjerstad Events Center at the Central States Fairgrounds Tuesday, Feb. 4. “Having grown up there, it’s good to be able to come back and see friends and family and kind of get back in the mix in my hometown so to speak,” Quinn said from his current home in Omaha. “For a kid who grew up in Rapid City and (who) has seen how the Black Hills Stock Show has grown over the years to what it is now, to be a part of it is pretty special.”

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PUT CONTESTANTS’ SAFETY FIRST Enduring Freedom. During his time in the National Guard, LaMont attended South Dakota olin LaMont State University, where has never he received his bachelor’s ridden a bull degree in range science. and has no While at SDSU, he met his desire to get wife, Whitney. Together, on one. Yet, with their daughter, he is willing to endure pain Landree, they ranch near for someone else. Lodgepole. That’s the soldier in Ranch life has given him; that’s the rodeo bullLaMont an ability to read fighter in him. and understand animals. A bullfighter is willing This skill and experience to help a contestant out, has carried over into the step in front of the bull so rodeo arena, where he has the other person can walk away, LaMont said recently Courtesy photos been fighting bulls since as he prepared for the Black LEFT: Colin LaMont is a full-time rancher and a part-time bullfighter. RIGHT: Josh Rivinius has 2004, professionally since 2006. Hills Stock Show & Rodeo’s been competing in rodeo events since high school. LaMont also protected Xtreme Bulls competition bull riders at the 2010the fighter gets right back away. and Loyd Ketchum. and Professional Rodeo in the rodeo arena to battle 2013 Badlands Circuit It’s all about instinct “They are both treCowboys AssociationFinals. again. and reaction. If a fighter mendous bullfighters and sanctioned rodeo. “Injuries are part of it,” thinks, it’s too late. great guys to work with,” A fulltime rancher and Josh Rivinius LaMont said. “When you first start LaMont said. part-time bullfighter, Rivinius, from Elgin, LaMont will be makWhen the chute springs out, everything is like a when he is in the arena, N.D., began his rodeo LaMont, an Operation Iraqi open, LaMont said he eyes flash; everything happens ing his bullfighting at career at an early age, from so fast,” LaMont said. “The the Black Hills Stock Freedom veteran, is still all the rider first and foreriding calves and steers, Show & Rodeo this year, longer you do it, it seems most. He looks at which about protecting others. like an eternity. Everything although he is no stranger to steer wrestling and hand the cowboy is riding “One of the biggest bareback riding through with and what direction he slows down in your mind.” to the surroundings. He’s things with both of them high school. He soon found attended the event since LaMont didn’t rodeo is you have to rely on your is coming out of the chute. fighting bulls was his spefaith in the Lord and over- He watches the rider as he as a youngster or even as a he was a kid. Instead of cialty. dreaming about the day young adult. The fighters awaits the clock, whichcome the mental aspect In 1997, he attended he could go 8 seconds on are in the shadows of the ever goes first. of it,” LaMont said. “In the bull, LaMont sat in the Sankey Rodeo School “If I see the guy getting arena and LaMont would both scenarios, it takes a where he developed his out of position and I think just as soon be that guy in stands dreaming about lot of mental courage and skills. Rivinius said every protecting the cowboy the shadow. he is past the point of no strength to just overcome time cowboys and bullfrom the bull. “I don’t like the spotreturn, then it becomes an your fears, overcome the fighters leave the arena “So basically, this will light,” he said. instinct,” he said. “At that ‘what ifs.’” unharmed, it is a victory. There’s plenty of action be a dream come true,” he The rodeo bullfighter is point, knowing cattle and Some of his achievesaid. knowing livestock, you just to go around once the part of the team that the ments are; a nine-times instinctively know where to chute opens. Just like the cowboy is counting on. Badlands Circuit Finals go or what direction to go.” cowboy, the fighters battle Colin LaMont “It takes a team player bullfighter; Black Hills LaMont was born in bumps and bruises and Working as a team, the who can work with the 1983 and raised on a family Stock Show & Rodeo; even serious injury. Like other fighter, too,” LaMont bullfighters create what National Western Stock ranch near Glenham. At most, LaMont has taken they call a 180 — they are said. “It’s more of a team age 17, he joined the South Show; a two-time Tour the bull’s best shot. He always 180 degrees apart thing than people think. Finale; Ram National once had a bull step on his Dakota Army National That plays a big part of it.” from the other fighter to Guard, in which he served Circuit Finals; College chest, crack his sternum, avoid running into each Joining LaMont in the National Finals. in for eight years. He is break some ribs and colarena as bullfighters at the other. Whichever direcWhen not running an veteran of Operation tion the bull spins, there is lapse his lung. Black Hills Stock Show & around bulls, Rivinius Iraqi Freedom/Operation And like the cowboy, Rodeo will be Josh Rivinius always a fighter to lead him

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spends his time at home managing a commercial cow operation Loyd Ketchum Ketchum began his career at an early age. Growing up in a small, rural town in eastern Montana, rodeo was a way of family life — his mother is a barrel racer. While attending high school and college, he participated in every event except bareback riding. It wasn’t until after college that he began his bullfighting career. In 1987, Ketchum got his PRCA card as a bullfighter. In the late-1980s and early 1990s, Wrangler Bullfighting became one of the popular events at the rodeos. He not only participated in the bullfights, but he also worked as cowboy protection. One of his career achievements was winning the Wrangler bullfights at the National Finals Rodeo in 1991. From 1992-96, he was chosen to be the bullfighter at the NFR. Not only working in the PRCA, he also worked many of the Bull Riders Only events that continued on to be the PBR. On Sept. 5, 2009, Ketchum fractured his T-12 vertebra and sustained a spinal-cord contusion when he was thrown in the air by a bull and landed badly. A rod was inserted into his back and vertebrae were fused together. Doctors told him he would be fully recovered in six months, but four months later he was fighting bulls at the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo.

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t’s your opportunity to be within a few feet of one of America’s iconic animals. The Dakota Territory Buffalo Association will host its annual buffalo sale at the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Captain Glenn Building in the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City. “The animals seen at that sale are not like seeing the animals in the park,” said Chad Kremer, Custer State Park buffalo herd manager, of the sanctuary’s famed fall auction. “It’s a good opportunity to see the handling of buffalo and a good opportunity to ask questions. ‘Buffalo folks’ are pretty open to helping someone new to the industry,” he said. Each year, the association tries to add new dimensions to the largest buffalo sale in the region and the largest private sale of buffalo in the nation. A new feature added this year is that it can be viewed live online at Seven years ago, the concept of having a competition using aspects other than confirmation, was developed. Producers would provide a young buffalo to the association. All animals entered would be grass fed at a host ranch for about 120 days, and then in the fall, switched to a feed trial. Some may not be put

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One of the final events of the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo will be the buffalo sale on Sunday, Feb. 9. The Dakota Territory Buffalo Association expect about 100 to 160 bison to be brought to auction.

on feed but left on grass. Information regarding weight gain, measurements and overall confirmation would be collected, points would be assigned and a winner named. The animals are then brought to the sale. This year, there will be 30 to 35 animals from the competition and between 100 and 160 animals overall are expected to be brought to sale. “This year’s group,” said Kremer, “is exceptional.” The host ranches for this year are Slim Buttes Buffalo Ranch near Buffalo, and Cammack Ranch near Stonewall. The yearling bulls entered in the Young Guns challenge were sent to Buffalo and the heifers entered in the Girls Gone Wild challenge were sent to

Stonewall. The animals were pastured separately from the ranch herds and had to be fed, watered and managed as a unit so they could be compared equivalently. “Animals do really well at the sale,” said Karen Conley, president of the Dakota Territory Buffalo Association, “because this is the heart and soul of buffalo country. “Animals come from all over including the states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Wyoming, and Minnesota,” she said. Conley said prices this year are expected to equal those of last year. The oldest animals offered at the sale are coming-2-yearolds with most being yearlings.



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manage auction items for the foundation since the start. “It’s got a gold watch chain made from gold and arking its her hair, and it’s an elaborate piece. 20th “It came from the Bufyear of offer- falo Bill auction they had years back,” Bauer added. ing “It’s something you don’t some of the most unusual find every day — a goldmemorabilia from the filled Elgin watch. American West, the Black “Along with the watch, Hills Stock Show Foundawe have a rare photo, one tion’s Old West Auction will open with the staccato of one, of Buffalo Bill taken back in early 1900s,” rap of the gavel at 10 a.m. he said. Saturday, Feb. 1, in Rapid Bauer said most City’s Rushmore Plaza attendees are surprised by Civic Center. History enthusiasts may the depth, diversity and authenticity of the Old view more than 350 items on the block this year from West Auction. “This is a great exam4-7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. ple of this area’s past, with 31, and again beginning at great historical pieces 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. that allow people to come “We’ll have everything in and look at them and from old saddles and guns consider what it was like to Western memorabilia, 50 or 75 years ago,” Bauer such as spurs and bits, said. “It’s also an opporbooks, Native American tunity to own something items and cavalry uniforms,” said BHSS Founda- from our heritage, from our past, that is genuine. tion President Lynn HusThey don’t have to wonder man. “What really makes if it’s real. This is the Real it cool is we always have some Duhamel saddles and McCoy. Some of it’s pretty and some of it isn’t, but much of the memorabilia comes right from this area. it’s the way it was back in And we always have a half- those days.” Husman agreed and dozen very unique items.” Among this year’s most said the auction allowed history enthusiasts to view unusual collectibles is a gold watch given by Buffalo and acquire a remarkable array of rare and authenBill Cody to his daughter, Irma, for whom he named a tic Western mementos hotel that still stands today that this year includes on Cody, Wyo.’s main drag. Winchester rifles and a large trap used by 1800s “One of more interestgovernment trappers bating things we have is this tling wolves on the prairie, pocket watch owned by Buffalo Bill Cody’s daugh- to Native American vests, shawls, knives and sheaths. ter,” said Win Bauer who, “One of the things we with his wife, has helped Tom Griffith Journal staff


Pima baskets will be offered among an array of Native American and Western memorabilia during the Old West Auction.

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A rare photo of Western showman Buffalo Bill Cody and an Elgin pocket watch owned by his daughter, Irma, will be on the block at the Old West Auction Feb. 1.

have always pushed on this sale is this is the real world; it’s not Hollywood,” Husman said. “Some of these pieces have been used and abused and if they could talk, they’d tell a great story.” While selling pieces of our collective past, the foundation is investing in the region’s future. Proceeds from the Old West Auction and other foundation activities are dedicated to philanthropic causes, including $26,000 per year in high-school scholarships to students

Rare Frank Bradnet spurs are among more than 350 mementos of the West slated for sale at the Old West Auction at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

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in the Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming and Nebraska, and support of the Black Hills Children’s Home, Youth & Family Services, Junior Western Livestock, Rapid City’s Hospice House and medical facilities in rural western South Dakota communities, Husman said.

Crow-beaded high-top moccasins are among 35 lots of Native American items at the Old West Auction.

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Are you Tough Enough to Wear Pink? Kayla Gahagan Journal correspondent


f there’s an easy way to understand why the community has rallied so passionately behind the annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign, it lies in the idea of community, organizers of this year’s campaign said. “Everyone has a personal connection to cancer,” said Shawn Powers, the project coordinator and member of the Rapid City Regional Hospital Foundation. “They’ve either fought the fight or they’ve walked alongside someone who has.” This year’s events mark the eighth annual local Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign, which began as a national fundraiser and awareness campaign. The biggest part of the

campaign is the sales of T-shirts with new designs each year. One hundred percent of the monies from annual fundraising goes to the local Regional Cancer Care Institute. Since 2007, the foundation has raised more than $804,000 for the Regional Cancer Care Institute through campaign events. More than $538,000 of that total has been raised through Tough Enough to Wear Pink events during the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo. The kick-off for this year’s campaign was Friday, Jan. 24, during the annual Pink at the Rink Rush hockey match. Players wore jerseys designed specifically for the cancer fundraising events that were auctioned following the game. “It’s the fifth year of the Pink at the Rink and the fans know that in

are encouraged to “go pink.” Businesses take photos of employees in their pink shirts and the For more information on photos are displayed in the cancer fundraising The Rapid City Journal. events, visit www. Last year more than 180 businesses participated. T-shirts will be available this year at a booth if cash collections reach a at the stock show. They sell for $10 each or $15 predetermined goal. for extra-large sizes. “They come out in T-shirts sold out last year, their pink garb and they all 6,700 of them, raisgo all out,” he said. “The money they raise has been ing about $77,000 for the very helpful money for the institute. “We have a loyal folPhoto courtesy Rapid City cancer care institute. “It’s lowing at the stock show Regional Hospital a tremendous evening.” More than $43,000 was booth,” Powers said. The biggest part of the “People know where to fundraising campaign comes raised last year alone. find us.” Following the game, from the sales of T-shirts. Many of those people and into the week of the wear their T-shirts duraddition to a great hockey Black Hills Stock Show & ing the Thursday, Feb. 6, game, it’s about support- Rodeo, local businesses ing local cancer survivors,” Powers said. The Rush players do an equally good job of supporting the cause. In past years, players have agreed to have their heads shaved

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Vendors display everything from tack to finery and Western wear — will return, and new merchants will be selling boots, fur and kitchen ware. There f you want to be will also be horse tack, a vendor at the including bits, spurs, Black Hills Stock saddles, rugs, and “darling Show & Rodeo, you’d better book baby clothes,” Teller said. “We have beautiful, your place early — high-end furniture, some for next year. very attractive new clothOnce again, more than ing, leather clothing, and 400 vendor spaces have been filled with almost 240 beautiful, handmade jewelry made out of shotgun merchants ready to set up shells,” she added said. shop at one of the region’s When selecting vendors largest shows. “We sell out every year,” each year, the stock show said Pam Teller, Black Hills looks for something speStock Show & Rodeo assis- cific, Teller said. “We look for hightant general manager. quality items that would It wasn’t always this be of interest to the people way. The event began in 1958 coming, but that they can’t go buy in a retail store,” she as the Black Hills Winter said. Show, sponsored by the Exiss-Sooner will set up Rapid City Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee. a display of trailers in the east concourse. Fifty-six years later, the “They are beautiful, livannual show draws more ing-quarter trailers,” Teller than 300,000 people. The benefit that the high said. “It will be interestnumber of vendors brings is ing for people to see what a great variety of goods and can be done with a horse trailer. It will be a fabulous services, Teller said. Many vendors — includ- display.” On the main level this ing those selling furniture, year, vendors will be sellhair accessories, jewelry

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ing goods for ranchers and builders. In the theater lobby, the week will be divided into three separate art shows — first leather and silver, then a quilt display, followed by the work of various artists. Ray’s Western Wear of Oacoma has been a vendor at the stock show for more than a decade. The business has two booths each year. The first is located in the civic center and is all boots for men, women and children. The outfit’s second booth is at the event center, and includes anything Western tack-related, said employee Leslie Steckelberg. “It’s saddles, bits, reins, pads, blankets — anything tack-related,” she said. Journal file The business travels to about five shows a year and There will be more than 240 merchants displaying everything from trailers to tack at this the Black Hills Stock Show year’s Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo. & Rodeo has been a good moneymaker for Ray’s, Steckelberg said. “The weekends are very hectic, lots of traffic,” she said. “It’s fun. You see so many more people than what you do (in) your normal day in the store.”


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Vendors at this year’s Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo will offer everything from hats to hardware.



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Stock show arts, crafts is a 3-in-1 gallery Shanon Ridgway Journal correspondent


hether you’re interested in leatherwork, crafting, quilting or beading, you’re sure to find something of interest at this year’s Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo art events. Three distinctive shows will be held this year in the Theater Lobby of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, and will feature a variety of media. Pam Teller, assistant general manager for the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo, said that this will be the first year that the art show will be presented with the three-show format, and the first year that it will feature artists who work with leather. “It’s going to be something that will be very new and different, and I think very interesting to the public,” she said. “We’ll have a very nice selection of both artists and show pieces that I think are going to be fabulous.” The initial showcase will run the first weekend of the stock show — Friday, Jan. 31, through Sunday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day — and will be a combination of leather workers and silversmiths, who will display items ranging from boots and saddles to beadwork and spurs. During the second three-day event, regional quilters will have the opportunity to showcase their skills during the Quilt Show, which will

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Artist John Lopez will be displaying his life-size iron sculpture of a draft horse at the art show.


10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 – Sunday, Feb. 2 QUILT SHOW

10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 3 – Wednesday, Feb. 5 WESTERN ART SHOW

10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Jan. 31—Feb. 8 Where: Theater

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feature designs from the Black Hills Quilters Guild and Quilt Connection Etc. The quilting show will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, through Friday, Feb. 7. Each day, between six and 14 artists will be present, creating works that

are inspired by the “Western way of life” — including bronzes, oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, sketches and clay creations. The leather workers, silversmiths and Western artists will have their work on display and will have items for sale as well. Toward the end of the event, Saturday, Feb. 8, the Western artists will compete in the annual Quick Draw — a contest in which they have one hour to complete an original form of art in front of an audience. After the contest, the audience gets to vote on their favorite piece of work — a “People’s Choice” award. After the award has been presented, a social hour and auction will be held for the participants’ artwork, with half of the proceeds going to the Central States Fair Foundation to support youth scholarships, and the other half to the artist. All events are free and open to the public.

Lisa Norman, right, draws a buffalo with colored pencils as Todd Pfaff and Ryli LaJoie, 3, watch during the Quick Draw competition in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center theater lobby during the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo in 2013.

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here likely won’t be any gunslingers participating in the Quick Draw Auction at the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo, but it doesn’t mean the action won’t be fast and furious. The event, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 8, at 3:30 p.m. in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center theater lobby, will feature regional artists challenged with a daunting task: Produce a Westerninspired finished piece of art in one hour. The media featured at the Quick Draw Auction will include sculpture, bronze, paintings, penand-ink, charcoal, and pencil drawings, pottery and jewelry. Although some will require pre-

liminary work prior to the contest, all entrants are required to finish their pieces by 4:30 p.m. Following the contest, a public viewing of the artworks will be held and

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Where: Rushmore Plaza Civic Center theater lobby Cost: Admission is free to the public

spectators will be able to vote for their favorite pieces. The winner of the People’s Choice Award, will be announced at 5:30 p.m., and the pieces will be auctioned to the public starting at 6 p.m. Ron Jeffries, stock show general manager, said that the Quick Draw Auction is a place for regional artists to showcase their work. “It’s amazing to see someone turn a blank canvas into a cool piece of art in one hour’s time,” he said. The proceeds of the Quick Draw Auction will go to the Central States Fair Foundation for ground beautification projects in Rapid City. This year’s Quick Draw Auction is sponsored by the Black Hills Stock Show Foundation, the Black Hills Surgical Center and Hagen Glass, Windows & Siding Inc. of Rapid City.

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he Black Hills Stock Show Foundation will award six scholarships of $2,000 each Wednesday, Feb. 6, during the Stockman’s Banquet and Ball at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center. Terry Taylor, chairman of the BHSS Stock Show Foundation scholarship committee, said the group received 28 applications this year, and a committee of five people determined the six winners, based on a combination of factors. “We look at their essays, their grades, financial-aid need, their involvement at school and in the community, and if they come from an agriculture background,” Taylor said. The scholarships are renewable for one year at college, provided that

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usie McEntire will bring her upbeat, folksy style and inspiring message to the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo Cowboy Church event again this year for two performances. Churchgoers will have the opportunity to see McEntire and her husband, Mark Eaton, with Keenie Word, perform at two separate performances: on Sunday, Feb. 2, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center and again a week later, Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Best Western Ramkota’s Rushmore Room. During the first performance on Sunday, Feb. 2, participants can attend church, eat lunch, shop, and visit the various activities, all under one roof. McEntire and Eaton will share their personal brand of gospel — life stories infused with Christian messages, positive reflections and a variety of music — “from country, to Celtic, to jazz to Christmas music and everything in between,” according to McEntire has received several awards and nominations from The Nashville Network, the Gospel Music Association, and the Christian Country Music Association, and has been named “Christian Country Artist of the Year” several times.

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Mark Eaton accompanies Susie McEntire during Cowboy Church services at the Ramkota Hotel in Rapid City in 2012. Susie McEntire and Mark Eaton harmonize. Courtesy photo

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Friday, Jan. 31 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Barnyard

Petting Zoo, Civic Center

10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Cinch

Trade Show, Civic Center

10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.,

Western Art Show, Civic Center 2 p.m., Horse Sale, Civic Center

4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Old

West Collectors Auction preview, Civic Center

7:30 p.m., PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour, Barnett Arena, Civic Center

Saturday, Feb. 1 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Old

West Collectors Auction Preview, Civic Center 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Youth Day,

Central States Fairgrounds

9 a.m., Rodney Yost

Horsemanship Clinic, Barnett Arena, Civic Center

10 a.m., Old West Collec-

tors Auction, Civic Center

10 a.m. to noon, World’s

Smallest Rodeo, Civic Center

10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Barnyard

Petting Zoo, Civic Center

10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Cinch

Trade Show, Civic Center

10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Western

Art Show, Civic Center

10 a.m., Sixth Annual

Cowgirl Pink Champagne Brunch, Dahl Arts Center, $35

1:30 p.m., PRCA Rodeo,

Barnett Arena, Civic Center

2 p.m., Horse Sale,

Civic Center

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Kristina Maddocks, Miss Rodeo South Dakota, proudly carries the American flag around the arena during the opening ceremony for the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo in 2013. 7:30 p.m., PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour, Barnett Arena, Civic Center

SUNday, Feb. 2 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ranch

Horse Competition, Central States Fairgrounds 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.,

College Fair, Barnett Arena, Civic Center

10 a.m. Cowboy Church, featuring Susie McEntire and Mark Eaton, with Keenie Word, Civic Center Theater 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Cinch

Trade Show, Civic Center

10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Barnyard

Petting Zoo, Civic Center

1 p.m., S.D. High School 20X Extreme Showcase, Barnett Arena, Civic Center

Monday, Feb. 3 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ranch

Horse Competition, Central States Fairgrounds

8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rodeo 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Western Business Conference,

Art Show, Civic Center

Civic Center

9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Angus Show

and Sale, Civic Center

10 a.m., Top Hands Competition (benefiting Rancher Relief Fund), Barnett Arena, Civic Center 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Barnyard Petting Zoo, Civic Center 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Quilt

Show, Civic Center

10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.,

Cinch Trade Show, Civic Center

10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.,

Western Art Show, Civic Center

7:30 p.m., Saddle Bronc Futurity and Top Hands Competition Finals, Barnett Arena, Civic Center

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Tuesday, Feb. 4 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rodeo Business Conference, Civic Center 8:30 a.m., Touchstone

Energy, Barnett Arena, Civic Center

10 a.m., Touchstone Energy, Barnett Arena, Civic Center 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.,

Wednesday, Feb. 5 8 a.m., PRCA slack,

Barnett Arena, Civic Center

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hereford Show and Sale, Civic Center 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Cinch Trade Show, Civic Center 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Barnyard Petting Zoo, Civic Center 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.,

Charolais Show and Sale, Civic Center

Quilt Show, Civic Center

10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Barnyard

Western Art Show, Civic Center

10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Quilt

1 p.m., Professional Roughstock Series Million Dollar Qualifier, Barnett Arena, Civic Center

Petting Zoo, Civic Center Show, Civic Center

10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.,

Cinch Trade Show, Civic Center

10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.,

Western Art Show, Civic Center

Noon, PRCA Slack, Barnett Arena, Civic Center 5 p.m., Girls in Spurs

Ladies Night, Barnett Arena, Civic Center

7:30 p.m., Wrangler Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots, Barnett Arena, Civic Center

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10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.,

2 p.m., Rancher Relief

Auction, Rushmore Hall, Civic Center

5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Stockman’s Banquet and Ball, Best Western Ramkota

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Thursday, Feb. 6 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Red Angus Show and Sale, Civic Center 9 a.m., PRCA slack, Barnett

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Petting Zoo, Civic Center

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Western Art Show, Civic Center

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9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Open Jackpot Team Roping, Central States Fairgrounds 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Chi-

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Championships, Central States Fairgrounds

10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Barnyard

7:30 p.m., PRCA Rodeo,

10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Hay Camp Wood Carvers Demonstration, Civic Center

Barnett Arena, Civic Center 7:30 p.m., North American Sheep Dog Trials, Central States Fairgrounds

Friday, Feb. 7 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Limousin

Show and Sale, Civic Center 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Open Jackpot Team Roping, Central States Fairgrounds 10 a.m., KBHB Bucking Horse & Bull Sale, Barnett Arena, Civic Center 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.,

Bucking Horse and Bull Sale, Civic Center 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,

Maine-Anjou Show and Sale, Civic Center

10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Barnyard

Petting Zoo, Civic Center

10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Cinch

Trade Show, Civic Center

Petting Zoo, Civic Center

10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Cinch

Trade Show, Civic Center

10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Western

Art Show, Civic Center

1:30 p.m., PRCA Rodeo, Barnett Arena, Civic Center 3:30 p.m., Western Art Quick Draw Contest, Civic Center 5:30 p.m., Supreme Row

Judging, Civic Center

7:30 p.m., PRCA Rodeo, Barnett Arena, Civic Center 9 p.m., Chancey Williams and The Younger Brothers Band with Dirty Word, 9 p.m., Central States Fairgrounds

Sunday, Feb. 9 10 a.m. Cowboy Church

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10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Western 10 a.m. Dakota Territory Art Show, Civic Center Buffalo Association annual buffalo sale, Captain 7:30 p.m., PRCA Rodeo, Glenn Building, Central Barnett Arena, Civic Center States Fairgrounds

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