By Rhonda Stewart
Phoenix Rodeo Columnist
There’s a multitude of events to choose from this weekend if the rain holds off and they are not rained or mudded out.
One that won’t be rained out is the Better Barrel Races 2013 Finals. Riders had to compete at BBR approved barrel races throughout the year to qualify to run at Oklahoma City for the $128,500 in added money. Last year there were 4,117 runs with racers coming from 23 states and four countries. We have many of our area barrel racers headed to the fairgrounds in Oklahoma City.
The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association teams will be headed to Panhandle State at Guymon. That rodeo runs today through Saturday.
Rick and Gail Ward of the Hillbilly Ranch and Arena are watching the weather to see if they will be able to start their 2013 sorting on Friday evening. Gates will open about 6 p.m. and sorting at 8 p.m. You can keep up with their decision on Facebook or just give them a call, Rick at (918) 684-7026 or Gail at (918) 682-2581.
Hilltop Arena has had two barrel races so far and are looking at scheduling more events, but there will not be a barrel race this Sunday due to so many going to Oklahoma City for the BBR Finals. Make a friend request on Facebook and keep up with all the events that Chad and Dione will schedule.
The Three Rivers Cowboy Church will be offering mutton bustin and team sorting on Saturday evening. The mutton bustin will start at 6:30 p.m. and the team sorting will follow. The sorting will be $4 a rider with three-person teams. The church and arena are located on the northeast corner of South Country Club and Smith Ferry Roads in Muskogee. For more information call Pastor Tom Gragg at (918) 577-5190.
This week Rangeline Arena will have their Thursday night team roping and practice. Practice is 6-7:30 at $20 per horse/rider followed by #12 slide jackpot, pick one draw two at $50 per roper, enter up to three times. Call Rick for info at (918) 557-9951.
Barton Arena Productions will be at the Checotah Round-Up Club on Friday evening with a #10 roping with a #8 Incentive. This roping will have up to $500 in added money. Enter one draw one for $40 or draw both, capped 6E – no prize fee. There will be up to $500 added money for the High Money Winner (need 75-plus paid teams for $250 added or 100-plus paid teams for the $500 to be added). Keep up with them on Facebook to see when they will start roping outside at their home arena in Warner.
A May EQUUS magazine article suggests ways to speed up the horse grooming process:
• Put a currycomb and brush in each hand to work twice as fast.
• A vacuum can make short work of removing the dirt and loose hair. A standard wet-dry vacuum can work, but you will have to acclimate your horse to the sound and sensation.
• A loofah sponge or a damp cactus cloth can be used for wiping off dried sweat.
• Commercial stain removers help get out grass and manure stains. You can also remove tough stains by rubbing them with a towel moistened with rubbing alcohol or white vinegar.
• After gently brushing off caked-on dirt, moisten a light-colored sponge or towel for a wipe around the eyes and nostrils. Any dark or bloody discharge that shows up on the light background should be given attention.
• Spray fly repellent onto a clean towel to use on your horse’s face. This will help you avoid getting any of the fluid into his eyes.
• If your horse has light skin, use waterproof sunscreen or zinc oxide cream to prevent sunburn.
Keep all our contestants who are on the road in your prayers this week. Have a safe weekend and good luck wherever you are.
Reach Rhonda Stewart with rodeo news or comments at email@example.com or (918)869-1498.