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The 29th Annual Casey Tibbs Foundation Tribute Dinner is sold out for Nov. 3. The Tribute Dinner is an opportunity for friends and families in the ranching and rodeo communities to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of South Dakota cowboys, cowgirls, families and animals. This event is …

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The South Dakota Paint Horse Club, Inc. will hold their annual meeting Oct. 28 at the OxBow Restaurant in DeSmet, S.D. The dinner will be at noon — a buffet will be available or you may order from the menu. The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. Reports will be given for 2018 activities includi…

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Oats are commonly used for human and livestock consumption. Currently, the market prefers white hulled oats (pictured on the right) with a high test weight for use as equine feed. Plant breeding programs in the Midwest U.S. produce both white and yellow hulled oats that meet industry standar…

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We are excited to announce that the Healthy Horse app has been updated with new visuals, additional breed-types and options to use the app in Spanish and with metric units. Additionally, the app includes links to new articles on managing thin and overweight horses.

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Horse owners should take precautions when grazing pastures after the first killing frost. Frost damaged pastures can have higher concentrations of nonstructural carbohydrates, leading to an increase in the potential for founder and colic, especially for horses diagnosed with Equine Metabolic…

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Question: I’m building a new horse facility and have two horses. I plan to have a few pastures and a dry lot. How big should my dry lot be? Do you have any other recommendations as I layout my dry lot?

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Many horses and ponies can live into their 20s or 30s with good health care and play important roles including being trustworthy mounts for new riders, children and riders with special needs and being companions for other horses or their owners. As horses age, their health needs change; ther…

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Tyler Hintz, a 2018 graduate of Timber Lake High School, was crowned Junior Miss Rodeo South Dakota in Belle Fourche recently. Hintz is a freshman at Northern State University in Aberdeen where she is studying secondary education with a minor in psychology. Hintz received the awards of Photo…

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Gary Wickre of Box Elder, S.D., sold the Top Sale Horse on Aug. 18 at South Dakota Horse Sales in Corsica, S.D., for $3,700. Sundance Scottish Win is an 11-year-old ranch-used AQHA gelding. He has also been used to haul to amateur and college rodeos competing in team and breakaway roping. He…

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Carrietta Schalesky was crowned Miss Rodeo Aberdeen, and Maddie Williams was named Junior Miss Rodeo Aberdeen on August 12 at the 12th Annual Miss Rodeo Aberdeen Queen Pageant held in Aberdeen.

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The South Dakota 4-H Finals Rodeo was held Aug. 17-19 in Fort Pierre, S.D., at the Stanley County Fairgrounds with 532 contestants and 1900+ runs in four performances. Below are the results including the top four event average winners and the all around winners. The average champion in each …

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As much as it is for anybody — or likely more — for Shane O’Connell, rodeo is a painful sport.

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Aug. 26, Webster: All American Saddle Club Open Point Horse Shows, at Day County Fairgrounds, 605-880-5522

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Aug. 12, Aberdeen: Miss Rodeo Aberdeen Queen Pageant, Kathy Zambo 605-200-9060.

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Aug. 5, Aberdeen: Aberdeen Area Horsemen’s Association Open Horse Show, at Akkerman Arena, Pearl Holt 605-216-2111.

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Oct. 5, Aberdeen: Kessler Ranch Production Sale, at Hub City Livestock

Summer has officially arrived in Minnesota bringing the challenge of managing horses during hot weather. Fortunately, research has shown that horses can acclimate to hot and humid environments. A 15- to 21-day acclimation period is recommended for horses originating from cooler or drier clim…