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Happy Trails with Dawni O'Bryan: You've Got to Be Kidding Me

By Dawni O'Bryan

April 5, 2023

There is just something about a baby goat that can bring out the giggles in a child. Maybe it is the way they jump and twist in the air for no apparent reason and then just run off. Or maybe it how they will just walk up to you and start chewing on your shirt. Talk about a good babysitter. One could leave a child in a pen of baby goats (called kids) for literally hours as they chase them, snuggle them, rope them, and try to feed them. I am not a goat rancher and don’t know a whole lot about the caprine species, but one thing I know, kids (human) love kids (goats).

My cousin, Perry White, saw to it that his grandkids got some goats recently. His son, Brent, agreed to some nannies with kids, a pregnant nanny, and a bottle baby for his two children, Kelton and Kemri. The goats started at Perry’s house, while a pen was being built, and have now made it to Brent’s. They have even literally made it into the house of Brent and Sam for brief moments of fun. Besides the fun and laughter that is ever-present, these children are learning about chores and responsibility. “Sammy,” the goat, is about to kid and there is great anticipation. Kennedy, nearly 3 year-old granddaughter of Joanie Salisbury, made a trip from Denver to see the baby goats.

Goats are part of the rodeo world in that at the college rodeo level and below there are events called goat tying, goat tail-tying, and goat tail untying, depending on the age of the cowboy or cowgirl. In the goat tying, the contestant rides his or her horse down the arena at a pretty good clip, dismounts the horse, goes down the rope, flanks the goat, and ties three legs together. Some of these girls at the college rodeo level are doing this entire sequence of events in sub-seven seconds. The tail-tying is for the younger cowpokes as they ride down the arena to the goat, dismount, sit on the goat backwards and tie a ribbon around the goat’s tail. The goat tail untying is for the youngest of cowboys and is where they ride, dismount, and remove the ribbon from the goat’s tail. The stopwatch is always stopped when the hands of the contestant are thrown in the air. In goat tying, the goat must stay tied for six seconds after the hands are thrown in the air.

Results from area cowboys and cowgirls include the Kansas High School and Junior High rodeo in Guthrie, OK at the Lazy E Arena. This particular rodeo is called the Border Bash, as it incorporates Oklahoma and Kansas rodeoers, and other states, as well. On March 25, Porter Hall of Springfield placed 10th in the tie-down roping with 16.86 seconds. Hall and partner, Jaytyn Hash of Kendall, won 2nd in the team roping with a time of 8.86 seconds. Dylan Gugelmeyer of Lakin won the steer wrestling with a time of 5.1 seconds. On day two, Hash won the tie-down roping for the Kansas association with 12.39 seconds. In the junior high division, Madison Crane of Springfield placed second in the breakaway roping (3.6 seconds), fifth in the goat tying (10.28 seconds), and 6th in the barrel race (15.887 seconds). Hudson Crane placed 5th in the boys’ goat tying (15.45 seconds). Reagan Weatherred of Lakin placed 5th in the breakaway (3.98 seconds), 8th in the goat tying (11.72 seconds), and 2nd in the goat tying on day two (8.39 seconds). Conley Hall, also of Springfield, placed 11th in the breakaway. Briley Seufer of Holly place 6th in the pole bending both days (21.834 and 21.87 seconds), and 5th in the barrel race (15.863 seconds).

The Lamar Community College traveled to Gillette, WY for their first spring outing. Making it back to the short go round in the team roping were the Descheny brothers, RalShaun (YD) and Ralson (Vavy), tying for 6th/7th with a time of 7.6 seconds. Vavy legged in the short round, but they ended up 6th in the average. OT Edwards made it back to the top-10 short round in the tie-down roping with a time of 9.8 seconds, but drew a strong calf in the short round and ended up 8th. No placings at Torrington, WY. Colton Crawford of Missouri Valley College ( Bareback U) missed his bronc out in round one of the PRCC (Pear River Community College) rodeo but went on to have the winning ride in round two with 79.5 points. Crawford is originally from Walsh, CO.

If you don’t want someone to get your goat, don’t tell them where it is tied up.

Happy Trails.