What We Are Doing, When We Are Doing It &
Who’s Doing It
Here is where you can learn about our regular barn acitivities, the schedule for upcoming events and clinics, and what horsemen who ride with us are doing with their horses
Team Sorting in October
We will have team sorting for you every Friday during October. We will start at 6 pm. There will be four rounds, with the fourth round being the money round. Here’s how it works:
- Draw pot with 50% pay-back.
- You can enter all of the first three rounds.
- The top ten teams from the first rounds will ride in the fourth round, with pay out for the 3 best times.
- Cost for each round is $20.
We always have a youth class at sortings that have two rounds with a cost of $5 per round.
Team sorting has been one of our most popular activities, and we will consider more sorting later in the year if we have continued interest and if weather permits.
If you are interested in improving your team sorting you might want to come to the cow horse practice we hold every Wednesday at 5 pm.
Our Ongoing Activities
Cow Horse Practice on Wednesdays
We have designed this activity to help riders improve their skill for any stock event. We get fresh buffalo every year and school them for this work. They offer varying challenges from slow to fast. You can practice at a level comfortable for you and your horse. Start at 5 pm. Fee is $20.
Team Roping Practice on Mondays
Our open team roping practice gives you a chance to polish your roping and iron problems you may be having. You can share information from other team ropers and get tips and suggestions. Start at 5 pm, fee $20. Take your roping to next level with private instruction from Dean for $40 a lesson.
Well-Broke Horse Instruction
Dean teaches his Well-Broke Horse system in private and group sessions and in clinics. One of his most popular clinics is basic horesmanship that helps riders lay a foundation for advanced riding skills. He gives these clinics several times a year. Each year he does a problem solving demonstration during our Customer Appreciation Day in September. Dean’s instruction includes, cutting, roping, barrel racing, and gymkana. He accepts all breeds.
Dean also is available for consultation on ranch safety and stock handling. You can reach Dean at 406-287-3670 or 406-490-3670
2 Girls, 2 Horses with the Right Stuff
Two youngsters who ride with us did well in competition this summer. We wanted to share their success with you.
Caydee and Ike
Caydee Johnson has been riding with us for a little more than a year. She’s a good all-around hand, ropes, runs barrels, ties goats. If it is something that can be done on a horse, Caydee is up for it. Cutting wasn’t one of her skills when she came here but she was interested to find out what it’s all about, and we were glad to show her.
Caydee started learning with Ike, one of our studs. Ike has been around the block a few times and knows the game well. Ike is a kind horse, and he and Caydee were a good fit.
Caydee’s high school life had plenty to keep her busy at Manhattan High, but she made cutting and riding Ike a priority. She made the trip to our ranch three times a week and stayed focued on getting to the National High School Rodeo Association’s finals, which were held this year in Gillette, WY.
This is tough competition. Riders come from all over the country. Many of them have pro abillity and go on to compete in college and professional events.
There were 110 riders in this year’s cutting. Caydee and Ike placed 31st.
Caydee has talent. No question about that, but she also has the work ethic necessasry to develop that talent . And, we have to say that when you match talent like hers with a horse like Ike, good things can happen.
Like many of the other riders in the finals, Caydee is moving onto bigger challenges. In the fall she will enroll at Laramie Community College in Cheyenne, WY, on a full rodeo scholarship.
Ike is back home now and is taking some time off.
Julia and Fritzy
Early this spring, Julia Hoagland had high hopes for this summer’s rodeo competition. Julia is 9 and believes almost all things are possible with a horse. She had a new horse that was a Christmas present, a well put together mare with plenty of speed in her background. Julia was ready to meet all comers.
Two weeks before the season started, her mare suffered an injury that would keep her out of this year’s competition.
Our do-everything horse is Fritzy. He’s 19. During the years, he has been a beginner’s horse, a lesson horse, a rope horse. He even filled in once in a beauty-queen contest and ran a reining pattern that helped the girl become queen.
Fritzy just always rises to the occasion. He even seems to know how to keep track of the numbers on the cows in sorting events.
Julia rode Fritzy many times when she was a beginner. He helped her learn how to run barrels and sort cows and anything else she wanted to try. Julia learns fast and moved on to other horses. Fritzy had other things to do, things more suitable for a 19-year-old horse. He is good at retirement and taking life easy.
We wanted to help Julia and suggested she use Fritzy. There were some who said this was a silly idea. Fritzy was way past the time he could run. The speed was gone. But Fritzy does rise to the occasion.
The results: Julia won the all-around title and a saddle in the High Winds Rodeo, which is series of seven rodeos. She competed during the summer in the Whitehall Barrel Series and qualified for the youth division in Whitehall’s Frontier Days celebration, which features bronc riding and barrel racing.
In all of this, Fritzy returned to his youth. He lost weight, developed muscle, and showed he can run, best time in barrels so far this year 19.5.
Julia is now learning to rope, so it looks like Fritzy won’t be going back to retirement anytime soon.
Fritzy was born on our ranch out of a Kansas Badger mare we owned and our stud the late Along Came a Spider.
Contact us if you have any questions about our activities and would like to participate. We’d love to hear from you.
Mobile: 406-490-3670, 406-565-2681