With the chopping of silage near completion and corn harvest beginning, farmers are busy during the month of October. The harvest moons make their appearances for all to see the wonder in the night sky. Winter wheat is up and gives that comfort of green when everything else is turning brown.
Ranchers are listening to balling calves as weaning time is here. They are also preparing to pregnancy check their cows and sell calves. With the dry conditions, when farmers or rancher are working either the ground or the cattle, clouds of dust are lingering at the scene. The hustle and bustle of country life is getting things in order and ready for the winter that always comes sooner than desired. So instead of dreading the inevitable winter, we have to remind ourselves to enjoy the moment of fall in October.
As the fall season for high school rodeo wrapped up for both Kansas and Colorado, some rodeo athletes are sitting right where they want to be. Others know that they have ground to make up for in the spring. For both high school and college rodeo athletes, the rodeo season is split up into a fall season and a spring season and a champion is crowned at the last May rodeo. I
n the Kansas High School Rodeo Association, Porter Hall of Springfield, CO placed 9th and 3rd in the tie down roping at Hill City and has him sitting 9th in that event. He and his team roping partner, Jaytyn Hash of Kendall, got 5th in the last outing in Hill City to have them in 5th place in the standings. Lamar cowboy, Treagyn Duarte, and partner, Aighdanlee Huber, were 3rd in the team roping at Hill City (8.26 seconds) and are now sitting in 9th in the standings. Dylan Gugelmeyer of Lakin is in the driver’s seat of the steer wrestling and in 10th place in the calf roping standings. In the junior high division of Kansas rodeo, Madison Crane of Springfield is setting 3rd in the breakaway roping in the standings. Hudson Crane is setting 11th in the boys breakaway roping. Reagan Weatherred of Lakin is setting 5th in the barrel race. Right ahead of her is Holly cowgirl, Briley Seufer in 4th. In the Colorado High School Rodeo Association, Wayttyn Wollert placed 5th in the goat tying (9.54 seconds) at Colorado Springs but has not cracked into the top 10 this fall. Karlee Kravig of McClave was knocking on the door of the top 10 at Colorado Springs with a barrel racing run of 18.435 seconds (16th) and 17.777 seconds (13th) amidst 64 tough barrel racers.
Making the most noise in the college ranks is standout freshman, Kiley Slavin of Goodwell, who is rodeoing for Garden City Community College. She is winning the tough breakaway roping for the Central Plains Region with two rodeos to go. Oklahoma State University in Stillwater and Northwest OK State in Alva will finish out the fall season for the Central Plains.
This weekend, I have the opportunity to go watch my son, Braxton, compete in the Southwest Region of college rodeo. He rodeos for West Texas A & M University and will join hundreds of contestants who will travel to the 3-day rodeo in Clarendon. I am looking forward to watching him rope calves in the tie down roping and team roping. I will meet his team roping partner and get to see some different country.
“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” Oscar Wilde