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South Dakota Boy Calling for Your Help, Tabs

March 22, 2019
Savanna Simmons

We’re going a little off topic today, but this little cowboy-at-heart is worth sharing. I first heard of Grayson’s story three years ago when he fulfilled his Make-A-Wish to be a cowboy for a day. Who doesn’t love that? Grayson has since gone on to do some amazing things that inspires me greatly, and he’s […]


New Must-Watch Movie: Walk. Ride. Rodeo.

March 20, 2019
Jolyn Young

I just sat down on the couch with my kids and watched Netflix’s new original movie Walk. Ride. Rodeo. I have two immediate thoughts to share: 1) Wow, and 2) Forget popcorn – you’re going to need Kleenex for this one. All the Kleenex. The movie portrays the compelling story of rodeo contestant and inspirational speaker, Amberly […]


High Speed Goat Roping

March 18, 2019
Jan Swan Wood

When I was a kid, my Dad thought I ought to add goat tying to my rodeo resume’. I didn’t want to, so I did anyway. My practice goat was brought up from west Texas and was the wildest little Angora wether that ever lived. I tied him quite a bit, but his growing horns […]


Kottwitz’s Calf Canoeing

March 16, 2019
Savanna Simmons

On March 14, National Ag Day, our friends and neighbors Boe and Jennifer Kottwitz, as well as their daughter Abby and my husband Boe, canoed their calves to dry ground. They were previously between where the rising Cheyenne River and Mule Creek converge, and while a few of the calves crossed Mule Creek of their […]


Conditioning the Barrel Horse

March 14, 2019
Jenn Zeller

I’ve been absent for a while, from writing here, and I apologize. Winter here has been horrific, and since I haven’t gotten to ride as much this winter as the last few, I’ve lacked fodder to share with you. Which led me to this — I’m going to share a series about training/conditioning barrel horses; […]


Neck Reining; How to Start

March 11, 2019
Tristen Baroni

I’d like to talk about neck reining and how to start. Here we work on some functional application of pressure and release. This is a wonderful way to work on your timing and feel while you are slowly building some power steering with your horse. Start by taking note of your horse. Is he relaxed […]


Cottonwood Creek Chronicles; If It Can Go Wrong It Will

March 6, 2019
Jan Swan Wood

It’s been quite a while since I checked in with everyone from my outpost on Cottonwood Creek. I’m still alive. It’s been quite a winter. It felt like it started in September, took a short break in January, and then resumed with a vengeance. It also seems like lately, if it can go wrong it […]


Kill Pen Rescues

March 3, 2019
Jan Swan Wood

Most of us have spent some time scrolling through Facebook horse pages. On it are events that are of interest, trailers, tack, equipment, hay, and horses for sale. Most of the horse sale ads are pretty standard. People have a horse they need to sell, so they put some pictures or a video up, add […]


Winter on the Ranch

March 1, 2019
Jenn Zeller

Winter this year began as a meek, mild child and turned into a full-on rebellious teenager. It’s been unseasonably cold — the average this time of year should be about 30F, but instead it’s been about -5F. Okay, maybe it hasn’t been that cold, but it has sure felt like it. And you know it’s […]


WRCA Adds to the Purse

February 27, 2019
Savanna Simmons

The Working Ranch Cowboy’s Association will host its 24th Annual WRCA World Championship Ranch Rodeo November 7-10, 2019 in Amarillo, Texas.  The WRCA Board of Directors recently approved three enhancements in support of producing the greatest ranch rodeo event in the world. The following will be in effect for the 2019 World Championship Ranch Rodeo (WCRR): […]