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2016 Super Horse Challenge Recap

Photo by Audrey Rahn.

The 3rd annual Routier Ranch Super Horse Challenge has come and gone, and a great time was had by all! It was super exciting for us to see our very own Riley Routier and Cayennes Classic (Classy) win the event this year, just 6 seconds ahead of Billy Myers on Irish Colors. We also had three very tough youth competitors entered this year- Jada Maher and her horse Superstar Frost placed 7th overall, and Clancy Reimler and Colton Turbiville ran right with the competition as well! We hope to see all of them back in the years to come.

Photo by Audrey Rahn.

We know every ‘super horse’ has a great story behind them… Classy’s journey with us began when she was 4 years old. She was up for sale because her owner had lost her battle with breast cancer, leaving her brother with a horse that he did not need. We saw an ad for Classy on Facebook and drove to Wright, WY and picked her up. A little over a year later, our daughter Payton, who was 5, trick rode on 5-year-old Classy at a few rodeos, including the Badlands Circuit Finals. Classy never faltered. Our kids have done everything on her, on the ranch and in the arena. Super Horse sponsor Westergren Quarter Horse’s Gary Westergren has even ridden Classy, when we were in Arizona in 2013- the only horse he’s ridden in many many years. In 2015, Lonnie Richards competed on Classy in the Super Horse Challenge and finished in 8th place, and this year she and Riley were able to win the title.

Photo by Audrey Rahn.

If you are unfamiliar with the super horse challenge, contestants entered in the competition compete in 5 different events, with the goal of having their horse be named the Champion Super Horse. The same person has to ride the horse in all 5 events, so the rider’s versatility really comes into play as well. Events they compete in include heading, heeling, breakaway roping, goat tying and barrel racing, thus making it a contest that both men and women will be competitive in.

Photo by Audrey Rahn.

Seventeen contestants from South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana competed in this year’s Super Horse Challenge and over $7,500 in cash and prizes was awarded, thanks to our sponsors-CLARK & ASSOCIATES, WESTERGREN QUARTER HORSES, MEYER FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC, DAKOTA WESTERN BANK, RAHN PERFORMANCE EQUINE, SABO RIDGE RANCH, DE TYE VET SUPPLY, BUFFALO HARDWARE, BUFFALO RANCH SUPPLY, JAEGER HORSE SHOEING, IRELAND PERFORMANCE HORSES, TOP PERFORMANCE EQUINE, COW CHIP CREATIONS, and LYNN WEISHAAR, AUCTIONEER.

Photo by Audrey Rahn.

In an area where there are many great breeding and training programs, the Super Horse Challenge is a great way for people to showcase their horses and programs. We are looking forward to next year, and dates will be released soon! Full results are below, but first, thank you SO much to everyone who has helped and supported our event the past three years: Gary Westergren, Dean Meyer, Matt & Carmen Gilbert, Terry & Laurie Goehring, Jon & Shelly Mueller, Brian & Barb Williams, Taylor Vroman, Kevin & Audrey Rahn, Will & Jen Meyer, Kelli Britton, Amanda Njos, Marcus Muller, Joaquin, Alex and everyone who entered… thank you!

Results:

Photo by Audrey Rahn.

BARREL RACING
Sponsored by Meyer Family Chiropractic
1. Jada Maher & Superstar Frost 35.80
2. Jessica Holmes & Gay Lean Tari 36.49
3. Colton Turbiville & Rosebuds 36.96
4. Riley Routier & Cayennes Classic 37.29
5. Glen Lammers & Frenchmans Leo 37.79

BREAKAWAY ROPING
Sponsored by Clark & Associates
1. Casey Reimler & Casey’s Cookie 4.9
2. Glen Lammers & Frenchmans Leo 5.87
3. Jessica Holmes & Gay Lean Tari 7.38
4. Ty Thybo & Tees Bay 7.63
5. Jada Maher & Superstar Frost 7.9

HEADING
Sponsored by Dakota Western Bank
1. Kevin Rahn & CA Roan Talon 17.41
2. Jada Maher & Superstar Frost 18.47

Photo by Audrey Rahn.

3. Riley Routier & Cayennes Classic 18.88
4. Billy Myers & Irish Colors 19.03
5. Jessica Holmes & Gay Lean Tari 20.75

HEELING
Sponsored by Clark & Associates
1. Seth Weishaar & Goldens Little Boy 15.00
2. Kevin Rahn & CA Roan Talon 20.72
3. Tucker Dale & Oh Miss Kita 28.31
4. Riley Routier & Cayennes Classic 28.88
5. Glen Lammers & Frenchmans Leo 32.44

GOAT TYING
Sponsored by Lynn Weishaar Auctioneer
1. Casey Reimler & Casey’s Cookie 15.46
2. Jada Maher & Superstar Frost 19.25
3. Jessica Routier & Royals Barbie King 19.52
4. Riley Routier & Cayennes Classic 20.94
5. Clancy Reimler & Smart Bob Badger 23.51

SUPER HORSE
Sponsored by Westergren Quarter Horses

Photo by Audrey Rahn.

1. Riley Routier & Cayennes Classic 126.243
2. Billy Myers & Irish Colors 132.487
3. Jessica Holmes & Gay Lean Tari 138.065
4. Seth Weishaar & Goldens Little Boy 156.019
5. Kevin Rahn & CA Roan Talon 165.9
6. Glen Lammers & Frenchmans Leo 177.566
7. Jada Maher & Superstar Frost 186.776
8. Tucker Dale & Oh Miss Kita 198.42
9. Kevin Jaeger & Billfold 218.983
10. Ty Thybo 240.705

HI-POINT YOUTH CONTESTANTS
1. Jada Maher & Superstar Frost 186.776
2. Clancy Reimler & Smart Bob Badger 282.339
3. Colton Turbiville & Rosebuds 312.

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Super Horse Challenge 2015 Results

The 2nd annual Routier Ranch Super Horse Challenge was held this past weekend, and a great time was had by all! It was exciting to see local cowgirl Jamie Britton and her horse Hackamore Henry win the event. If you are unfamiliar with the super horse competition, contestants entered in the challenge compete in 5 different events, with the goal of having their horse be named the Champion Super Horse. The same person has to ride the horse in all 5 events, so the rider’s versatility really comes into play as well. Events they compete in include heading, heeling, breakaway roping, goat tying and barrel racing, thus making it a contest that both men and women will be competitive in. Last year’s champion was Chad Miller from Bowman, ND.

Twenty-five contestants from South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana competed in this year’s Super Horse Challenge and over $5,500 in prize money as well as a saddle, buckles, and numerous other prizes were awarded, thanks to our sponsors-CLARK & ASSOCIATES, WESTERGREN QUARTER HORSES, MEYER FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC, DAKOTA WESTERN BANK, RAHN PERFORMANCE EQUINE, FARM BUREAU INSURANCE (PHIL KISSACK), BLAKE’S TRAILERS, JAEGER HORSE SHOEING, IRELAND PERFORMANCE HORSES, ZOETIS, CIELO CINCHES, TOP PERFORMANCE EQUINE, COW CHIP CREATIONS, LYNN WEISHAAR, AUCTIONEER, and HILLS EDGE LEATHERWORK & BEADWORK.

Although dates have not been finalized for next year’s event, planning has already begun. In an area where there are many great breeding and training programs, the Super Horse Challenge is a great way for people to showcase their horses and programs. Full results are below, but first, thank you SO much to everyone who has helped and supported our event the past two years: Gary Westergren, Dean Meyer, Matt & Carmen Gilbert, Terry & Laurie Goehring, Jon & Shelly Mueller (Laurie and Shelly were responsible for this year’s dinner), Brian & Barb Williams, Taylor Vroman, Kevin & Audrey Rahn, Will & Jen Meyer, Lonnie Richards, Kelli Britton, Travis Hurst, Ryan Routier, Brandee Wardell, Taryn Eversvik, anyone else who helped with babies, Amanda Njos, Marcus, Joaquin and everyone who entered… thank you!

BARREL RACING
1. Casey Reimler & Kay Cross Kirkann 34.426
2. Jamie Britton & Hackamore Henry 35.522
3. Bailee Murnion & PG Son of a Gun 35.709
4. Amy Brunson & Dual Dancin 36.058
5. Jessica Holmes & PR Diamond Dude 36.756

BREAKAWAY ROPING
1. Ryan Routier & Pablos Superior 6.19
2. Pat Thompson & Black Betty 7.00
3. Bruce Sabers & Bar Bee Hstlr Boy 7.6
4. Jessica Holmes & PR Diamond Dude 7.6
5. Lowell Faris & Hunka Hoss 7.91

HEADING
1. Jamie Britton & Hackamore Henry 24.82
2. Pat Thompson & Black Betty 27.55
3. Casey Reimler & Kay Cross Kirkann 27.91
4. Lonnie Richards & Cayennes Classic 29.81
5. Taylor Fox & Roan Bar Angel 33.9

HEELING
1. Billy Myers & Irish Colors 15.84
2. Seth Weishaar & Goldens Little Boy 19.57
3. Seth Weishaar & Shining Gibson 21.41
4. Riley Routier & Barbies Royal King 21.82
5. Lowell Faris & Hunka Hoss 24.43

GOAT TYING
1. Casey Reimler & Mate N Cash 15.03
2. Casey Reimler & Kay Cross Kirkann 17.53
3. Bailee Murnion & PG Son of a Gun 18.22
4. Jessica Holmes & PR Diamond Dude 19.03
5. Jamie Britton & Hackamore Henry 19.07

SUPER HORSE
1. Jamie Britton & Hackamore Henry 134.622
2. Seth Weishaar & Shining Gibson 141.251
3. Bruce Sabers & Bar Bee Hstler Boy 141.546
4. Lowell Faris & Hunka Hoss 156.4
5. Billy Myers & Irish Colors 163.634
6. Taylor Fox & Roan Bar Angel 165.664
7. Pat Thompson & Black Betty 16.097
8. Lonnie Richards & Cayennes Classic 176.611
9. Billy Myers & A Smooth Guy 181.417
10. Jessica Holmes & PR Diamond Dude 202.976

HI-POINT YOUTH CONTESTANT
1. Cyler Dowling & Lil Love Chick 235.528
2. Sadee Hurst & Docs Rojo Caliente 330.707

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Babies!

Rayna Mae and Rose Marie arrived April 29. 2015, very healthy and weighing in at 4 lb. 9 oz. and 5 lb. They are very loved!

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Hat Tips

It’s not every day one of your favorite columns writes about one of your favorite kids! The article below was written by Dean Meyer and published in the Nation’s Center News last June.  I meant to share it then but time got away from me.  Thanks Dean for all the great articles you have written, but especially this one…

HAT TIPS
By Dean Meyer

Hello,

Sometimes it is really disheartening to listen to the news. You see bad things. Good news just doesn’t seem to make headlines. And that’s too bad. You see and hear a lot of what is wrong with youth in this country. And that is worse than bad. But once in awhile you meet a young person that just brings a smile to your face and you realize that things are gonna be alright.

I met a kid like that this weekend. And wouldn’t you know it, it had to be a ranch kid in Harding Country.

I’ll start at the beginning. For twenty years or so, I have announced the state high school finals rodeo. In Bowman. Last year, I announced that I had to hang it up. It was time to start going to youth rodeos and watch my grandkids tie goats and run barrels. And the youth rodeo in Camp Crook always coincided with the finals.

We spent a lot of years producing rodeos. And I guess we saw about every trick there was to sneaking into a rodeo. From hiding kids in the camper to covering them with hay in a horse trailer. I’ve seen people steal contestant numbers and copy contestant passes. And thinking back to my youth, I can remember hiding people in the trunk to sneak into the outdoor theatre at Minot. Sometimes it wasn’t the money, it was the challenge.

And I have a lot of friends who will tell you that, “Today, kids just don’t want to work!” Well, I’m here to tell you that not all kids are like that.

Yesterday, we pulled into the Camp Crook rodeo grounds. The home of Tipperary (legendary bucking horse), great steer wrestlers, football players, and ranchers. They raise great cattle and great kids in Harding County.

As Grandma and I pulled up to the rodeo grounds we were met by the ticket taker. Now, I’m not the greatest judge of age, but I’m thinking this ticket taker must be around eight years old. He had one hand full of cash and another full of rodeo programs. He greeted us with a broad smile. Had most of his teeth so I figured he was over six, and they weren’t stained by Copenhagen so I figured he was under ten.

He quickly explained that tickets were five dollars for adults and contestants got into the youth rodeo free. I looked him in the eye and explained I was a contestant. He didn’t even blink. Just asked what event I was in. I hesitated, that was my mistake, and said, “Sheep riding”. He calmly stated they didn’t have sheep riding this year. I quickly told him I was mistaken, I was in the flag race. Well, that didn’t work. He looked at the program and said he was in the flag race, and he knew all the other racers, and I wasn’t one of them. I gave him five dollars. I told him Grandma was in the barrels. He stepped up on the running board, looked Grandma over, and declared, “I don’t think she looks old, but I think she looks like an adult!” I gave him another five.

Then I asked him if we could get stamped so we could leave the grounds to look at some hay, and I didn’t want to pay twice.

Brayden gave me that big smile, said we didn’t need stamped. Shook my hand and said he would remember us!

If he lived in Dickinson, he could manage McDonalds!

Later, Dean

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Spring Fire Season?

View of the Sheep Draw Fire from our house. Day 2.

On the afternoon of March 28, we got a call saying there may be a fire over in the short pines.  So Riley made some phone calls and couldn’t seem to reach anyone who knew anything about it.  Had it been September, rumor of even a hint of smoke would have sent everyone flying in the direction they thought it may be coming from.  But this was March… usually our main concern is when to expect the next spring blizzard.  Anyway, Riley went over to investigate and a few hours later emergency calls were being sent out asking anyone and everyone who was able to come fight fire in the short pines, just south of Terry and Laurie’s place.

With 70 mph winds blowing all through the night, volunteer firefighters somehow managed to keep the fire from crossing the Harding Road.  Riley said they didn’t know how they stopped it but the good news was they did, otherwise no one knows for sure what the fire could have escalated to.  Eventually the fire was upgraded to a Level 2 emergency and crews and heavy equipment were sent in to help, including two National Guard helicopters that scooped water out of nearby dams to dump on the fire, a slurry plane, and many hand crews.  The job of the hand crews was to hike up into the hills where equipment couldn’t drive and manually dig fire lines.

By the end of Day 2, the fire had burned 8000 acres and was only 20% contained.  Riley, and I’m sure most of the other volunteers, hadn’t been home since it started and there really was no way of getting in touch with them other than driving out to find them, as there was no cell phone service where the fire was.

Even though the wind had been blowing strong out of the north-northwest throughout most of the duration of the fire, it still managed to creep north due to a lot of old grass up in the hills and short pines that hadn’t been grazed in years.  By day 3 it was scarily close to Terry and Laurie’s place and still drifting north.  Friends and family came rushing in to help move cattle north and build fire lines.  You wouldn’t have thought there was any way the cattle could have known that a fire was coming there way, but they were waiting at the gate to be moved and when the gate was opened they ran north.  Once they got to where they were going and got settled in, they laid down and slept… like they had been stressed and now they knew they were safe.  Just another sign that animals probably know a lot more than we give them credit for.

The Sheep Draw Fire ended up burning to within 200 feet of the Goehring-Routier Ranch.  (So they say- to me the burned area looks a lot closer than 200 feet away!) At 6:00 pm on April 3, 6 days after it started, they announced that it was 100% contained and in mop up, patrol and rehab status.  Which was great news since a new fire erupted on April 1 over in the Slim Buttes just east of Buffalo.  The Moonshine Fire was also fought for several days by volunteers as well as state units who put in great efforts to keep damage to a minimum, but it still burned thousands of acres.  Thankfully, between the two fires, the only structure loss was a shed next to a gas well in the Sheep Draw Fire, and no one was injured.

On the positive side, we got a little moisture this week and things are starting to look green so that should reduce the risk of more fires for awhile.  It was an exciting end of March/beginning of April, but not the kind of excitement that you really look forward to!

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Happy New Year!

This fall was quite a blur… which is my excuse for not having updated the blog since August! There were some highs and some lows but when 2014 was over, we had a great year under our belts.  Lots of hay, the calves sold great and we are looking forward to a lot in 2015…

Braden saw a lot of success in August at the Harding County Fair.  He and Payton both participated in the rocket launch and had a few static exhibits, and two of Braden’s went on to the state competition.  (Payton’s were not eligible to go as she was just a Clover Bud this year.)  They also each showed one of their tying goats- Braden showed Puddin’ and won Jr. Showmanship, and Payton showed Snowflake.  But most exciting was Braden and his heifer calf Darlin’- they won the Breeding heifers class, the Angus sired class and Best in Show.  Braden and Darlin’ definitely had their struggles getting ready for the fair but I think he decided it was worth it in the end.

In September, about 3 weeks after Riley finished 3rd in the Super Horse Competition aboard he and Braden’s horse Nickle, we lost her to a clostridial infection caused by a puncture wound from a gate latch.  It’s never easy to lose a really good horse, especially when they are your kid’s pride and joy.  We sure do miss her and although there will be horses that will be able to fill in for her, she will never be replaced.

Payton trick rode at a few rodeos this fall, including Buffalo’s Labor Day Rodeo and Bowman’s pro rodeo.  She is still a die hard trick rider; although, one of the highlights of her year may have been her 90-point sheep ride at Circuit Finals.  The Minot Y’s Men’s rodeo committee continues to go above and beyond for not only our immediate family but our whole rodeo family and we know how lucky we are every year we get to go back there.

Minot was also good to Smoothie and I again this year.  At her 11th Circuit Finals, and at 19 years old, we ended up second in the average, just missing a 5th trip to the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo… which is ok because during that rodeo this year I will be about one month away from delivering twins.  And this time they are human twins, not horse twins, and we unfortunately didn’t get the option of using recipient mares.

So, I will be laying low for much of the winter and spring. We start calving in February, and we have three mares that are due to foal in March, April, and May. The one in March is a recipient mare carrying another High On Corona x Especials Smoothie baby so we are really looking forward to that one. The other two are our broodmares, Pavo Belle Play and Special Craving, who are both bred to Flits Designer Fire. Our twin girls are due May 6.  Needless to say, I don’t think we will get bored this summer, but then again that has never seemed to be a problem in the past!

We wish you all a wonderful, prosperous 2015!
~  Jess, Riley, Braden & Payton

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2014 Super Horse Challenge was a success!

Thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the 1st annual Super Horse Challenge an awesome event! All of the helpers…Terry and Laurie Goehring, Gary Westergren, Barb and Brian Williams, Taylor Vroman, Dean Meyer, Matt and Carmen Gilbert, Ryan Routier, Casey and Jessica Holmes, Seth Weishaar, August, Helio and Hanna and everyone else that stepped in and helped, THANK YOU! Also a big thank you to Audrey Rahn and Tami Gilbert for taking pictures! Thank you to all the contestants. It was fun to see such a big crowd of really handy people and really nice horses all in one place.

And of course thank you to all of the sponsors! Westergren Quarter Horses. Meyer Family Chiropractic. Dakota Western Bank. Frisky Dingo (Jared and Pamela Lei). Gold Buckle Trailers. RL Performance Horses. Farm Bureau Insurance (Phil Kissack). Rahn Performance Equine. Blake’s Trailers. Jaeger Horseshoeing. Crago Performance Horses. Cow Chip Creations. DeTye Vet Supply. Ace in the Hole Construction. 73 Tack. Cowgirl Swank. Top Performance Equine. Zoetis. Lynn Weishaar Auctioneering. Your support means so much to us!

Here are the official average results:
BARREL RACING
1. Bailee Murnion & PG Son of a Gun 35.488
2. Ashley Schaper & Mia Twist Blizz 35.491
3. Logan Schaper & Mia Sandy 35.977
4. Joey Williams & PR Dox Sunder 36.106
5. Kevin Jaeger & Juliohs Last Runner 36.344
BREAKAWAY ROPING
1. Ryan Routier & Pablos Superior 6.24
2. Ashley Schaper & Mia Twist Blizz 6.75
3. Chad Miller & MPS Frenchmans Jeans 6.88
4. Riley Routier & Sunders Frosty Doll 7.1
5. Will Meyer & Mia Gem Too 8.98

HEADING
1. Glen Lammers & Frenchmans Leo 15.65
2. Kwirt Johnson & Friday’s Hard Cash 17.54
3. Shane Peabody & Choice in an Instant 20.99
4. Chad Miller & MPS Frenchmans Jeans 21.12
5. Seth Weishaar & A Fistful of Doc 21.29

HEELING
1. Kevin Rahn & Hunka Hoss 27.16
2. Seth Seishaar & Shining Gibson 27.63
3. Seth Weishaar & A Fistful of Doc 28.92
4. Riley Routier & Sunders Frosty Doll 31.65
5. Joe Painter & PC Sunder Frost 31.96

GOAT TYING
1. Patty Jo Burress & Chief 16.04
2. Logan Schaper & JQH Royal King Leo 18.05
3. Patty Jo Burress & Sputniks Roan KC 18.31
4. Jamie Britton & Hackamore Henry 18.56
5. Kayla Nelson & SR Pepsi 18.81

SUPER HORSE
1. Chad Miller & MPS Frenchmans Jeans 127.937
2. Seth Weishaar & A Fistful of Doc 131.288
3. Riley Routier & Sunders Frosty Doll 155.492
4. Glen Lammers & Frenchmans Leo 166.899
5. Joe Painter & PC Sunder Frost 183.32
6. Taz Olson & Cragos Miss Micki 189.227
7. Seth Weishaar & Shining Gibson 193.027
8. Ryan Routier & Pablos Superior 199.171
9. Tyrel Thybo & CSC Chocolate Tivio 213.64
10. Kevin Rahn & Hunka Hoss 214.356

Also, congratulations to our hi point youth contestant, Brandi Cwach!  We are looking forward to next year!!

 

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6 Rodeos in 4 Days

We had a busy weekend! It started off with the Buffalo Youth Rodeo Thursday night.  The kids had a great night.  Payton caught 3/3 in the dummy roping and placed 2nd, and Braden caught 2/3 and placed 4th.  Braden also placed 2nd in the goat tying (his first time tying at a rodeo), 2nd in the flag race, and 6th in the poles.  I believe Payton also picked up some barrel racing points.

Then I headed to Grassy Butte, ND Friday morning where Smoothie and I ended up 5th place.  She is 19 years old this year so I never know what each new season is gong to bring and it’s exciting to get that first run down and have it go well!

From there we headed to Sturgis, SD Friday night.  A couple rain storms rolled through right before the performance started, leaving the arena and rodeo grounds in a muddy mess.  But Payton still put on her sparkly clothes and Sparky went around the puddles as best as he could for their trick riding performance! Smoothie and I also ended up 6th in the barrels there.

Saturday was not as productive a day.  Riley team roped at Hulett, WY, with no luck, and I ran barrels in Crazy Horse, SD where I tipped a barrel.

Sunday was another great day though at the Camp Crook Kids Rodeo.  Payton moved up a division but even at the bottom of her age group she ended up 6th in the barrels.  Braden placed 2nd in the poles and 2nd in the barrels aboard his trusty steed Nickel.  Payton also put on another trick riding performance. No rest for the wicked!

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Super Horse Challenge Coming to Western South Dakota

South Dakota is known for raising great quarter horses who prove to be competitive in various events, as well as essential assets to ranches throughout the state. This fall, an event will be held to reveal/spotlight the abilities of these all around horses. The Routier Ranch of Buffalo, SD will be hosting a Super Horse Competition that will showcase the versatility of the competitors and their equine partners. The competition will include the following events: breakaway roping, heading, heeling, goat tying and barrel racing. The same rider must compete in every event in hopes to have the fastest overall time of the combined events.

Horses raised in South Dakota, and surrounding states, tend to be bred for durability, versatility and athleticism. Some of the greatest “rodeo” bloodlines derive from this area, making it home to some of the best sires that have proven their magnitude. This event will be a chance for owners and riders to prove that their horses and their bloodlines are significant enough to be competitive in multiple events. Stallion owners are offering prize incentives for the highest-placing horses that come from their programs. As the event grows, one goal is to further increase the incentives available to those riding qualified horses. Stallion owners will have the chance to promote their stallions through a competition that shows that their offspring are competitive in multiple events.

The Super Horse contestants will include both men and women who will compete in all 5 events. The events will be timed, like all other timed event competitions, and the horse/rider combo with the lowest total time at the end of the event will be crowned the champion. Each event will have a 60-second time limit, and failing to complete a run (for example, a miss in the roping events or breaking the pattern in the barrel racing) will result in a time of 60 seconds for that run. Each event will have two go-rounds.

The Super Horse Champion will receive a trophy saddle, and belt buckles will be awarded to the average champion of each event. There will be prizes for the highest-placing junior horse (5 years old or younger) and the highest-placing junior rider (18 years old or younger). Two stallion owners, Tyler and Dee Haugen (owners of High on Corona) and Chuck, Mary and Jade Crago (owners of PC Bronsin, Fire on Bug, CM Nonstop Nitro, Platinum Bully and Duals Blue Peppy; as well as the deceased Ihavepromises Tokeep and CM Dynamite Frost) have already stepped up and offered prizes to the top placing horse to come out of their programs. These are just some of the prizes that will be given away at the August 29-30, 2014 event, and there will also be added money.

The Super Horse Challenge expects to draw riders and horses that are competitive in all the events and capable of winning the sought after saddle. The competition will not only expose the talented horses in the area, but also the riders who are expected to rope, tie goats and run barrels. The competitors of South Dakota and its surrounding area are among the best in the country, and are even better when partnered with their all-around mounts.

If you would like information regarding sponsoring and/or entering the 2014 Super Horse Challenge, contact Jessica Routier jessicaroutier@gmail.com or 608-553-0976.  You can also join the event page on Facebook for the latest updates.

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Stretching 101

Awhile back I was asked to provide a video to be used in Barrel Horse Heaven’s E-mag. I chose to do the video on stretching, which I think is very important in keeping your horse feeling good and performing at the top of their game.  It also comes in handy when you might be in a position that doesn’t allow you to warm your horse up very good before a run (think winter rodeos where all there is is blacktop and ice).  Further, it might help you catch a problem before it comes worse.  If you stretch your horse on a regular basis you will get a good feel for what is normal and not normal for your horse.

I hope you enjoy Stretching 101!

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