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September 21st thru 23rd, 2017
Balmy fall weather greeted the PACA & guests, as they arrived in Gillette on Thursday. Sunny skies and 75 degrees couldn’t be beat for unloading cattle in preparation for the events that lay ahead.
Welcome New Exhibitor – Lazy TO Bar
Ron and Austin Luikens donned their rubber gloves and proceeded to slap more than 60 pairs of glue slathered hip tags on the cattle coming off the trailers to be penned. Ninety two individual class entries from the surrounding states and as far away as Oregon were on hand this year. After all the pens were filled, the exhibitors headed to the host hotel (Arbuckle Lodge) for the annual Welcome Wagon get-together that evening.
Thursday’s Fun Roping Winners!
Although the Breeders Roping was scheduled for Thursday night, it was decided to change it to Saturday morning before the Members Roping, due to lack of breeders available for Thursday night. In an effort to accustom the cattle to running in the barn prior to Show day, an impromptu “Fun Roping” was organized amongst those there. When the dust settled after the round robin, the father/son team of Dusty & Calvin Schwartz emerged with the win, followed by the pairing of Marvin Knutson with Calvin.
Friday morning found most everyone digging out coats for the Show, as temps had cooled by 30 degrees and a north wind whipped through the pens. With Dusty Schwartz judging bull classes (& Get of Sire) and Marvin critiquing females (cattle), the conformation pens were set to begin.
All the way from Oregon, the 6 Ranch’s “Cates Bull 308” led the way in the Mature Bull Class, followed by Diamond A Ranch “Diamond A Bull 32”. In Mature Cows, Austin Luikens cleaned up with his Panhandle Corrientes two entries of “Cates Cows 843 & 811” placing 1st and 2nd. M&S Management (Mark & Shelley Cain) edged out Smith Canyon Ranch’s entry of “4B Two Sox” with their homegrown 2 Yr Old Bull “Cain Bull 507” for a win in that class. The venerable Diamond A Cattle Co. placed their 2 Yr Old Cow “Diamond A Cow 514” ahead of relative newcomer Cavvietta Ranch’s “Garcia 511”.
Then came the yearling classes. Ron & Jan Luikens (Lazy L Bar) beat the Puckwana Flash’s entry with their “Lazy L Bar Corrientes Bull 61”, leaving “Diamond A Bull 69” sitting in 2nd. Tucker Ashley got his revenge next however, in Yearling Heifers by placing 1st and 2nd with “Diamond A Cows 60 & 69”.
Get of Sire Winners in a tough competition for 2017
The largest gathering of cattle and arguably the toughest to judge was next in line for Dusty to examine. Get of Sire this year had eight groupings, for a total of 24 head. M&S Management came out on top of this class, with the “Get of Mud Creek Bull 305”. Liza Jane McAllister’s 6 Ranch grouping of the “Get of Cates Bull 308” finished 2nd. The final conformation class of the day was Steers. Smith Canyon Ranch’s “Smith Canyon Grumpy” cheerfully placed in the number one spot, with “Diamond A Steer 56” right behind.
Winners of Roping Bull Class
By noon when the judging was to move into the barn for performance classes, most folks were sufficiently cold and gladly made their way indoors to watch Marvin work his magic judging the ‘action’ classes. Roping Bulls started things out with M&S Management placing their two bulls “Cain Bulls 629 & 627” in 1st and 2nd, respectively.
Then it happened….
The Heifers came in to get roped next.
Younger Generation took the win in the Roping Heifer class!
Theron Kalasinsky’s (Tiverton Ranch) heifer “Sweet 16” edged out his own parents placing with “Smith Canyon Claire” in 2nd….his sister Katy (Freezeout Corrientes) finished in 4th, behind another Smith Canyon entry. Needless to say, mom’s proud….and dad’s well… almost over it.
In Roping Steers, it was Smith Canyon in first with “Smith Canyon Bashful”, followed by Tucker’s “Diamond A Steer 50”. According to Marvin, the Same Sire Roping Cattle was a very tough call. Winning the class was Diamond A Cattle Co. with the “Get of Cain Bull 940”. In what turned out to be the first time he’s ever seen it, Marvin had an unbreakable tie for second place between SCR’s the “Get of Smith Canyon Sharky” and the “Get of Mud Creek 305”, owned by M&S Management.
At the conclusion of it all, the Grand and Reserve Champions were announced. In Roping Animals, M&S Management “Cain Bull 629” was Grand Champion. “Smith Canyon Bashful” was Reserve. ‘Number 5’ (Tucker) claimed Grand Champion Female with “Diamond A Cow 514”. Lucy & Alex Adamski (Cavvietta Ranch) took home Reserve. Our longest distance traveler made it worth the trip by bringing the Grand Champion Bull “Cates Bull 308”, owned by 6 Ranch. Reserve Champion Bull was “Diamond A Bull 32”, brought by the Ashleys.
After the judging was over & a short siesta, the group regathered in the motel for our Annual Meeting & Fundraiser Auction. Highlights of the discussions were:
- Tucker talking about a potential buyer in the Black Hills that wants to promote naturally lean Corriente beef;
- Marvin brought up the possibility of Montana shutting off “M” branded cattle & its affect on our markets;
- Mark Cain gave an overview of the yearling bull they donated to be auctioned off at the banquet;
- Ron Luikens discussed the PACA booth at the Black Hills Stock Show last winter, pros & cons, the group decided to do the booth again for BHSS 2018;
- Dave Kalasinsky was elected as Assistant Roping Director (to Dusty), primarily in charge of pre-arranging performance class hired ropers for the show;
- Group discussion for ideas, etc of looking into possibly moving the PACA Show to a different location at some point in an effort to draw more non-regional exhibitors.
After the meeting was adjorned, the Fundraiser Auction kicked off. There were many items generously donated by both members and businesses to help defray the cost of the Show. A fun time was has by all and $1200 generated.
Winners of Members Roping
Rain and cool weather continued on into Saturday as the ropers gathered in the barn for the Breeders and Members Ropings. Six breeders squared off and teamed up in a round robin format for the Breeders. Marvin Knutson (roping for Smith Canyon) and Mark Cain (M&S Mgt) came in as the winning team to take home the buckles. Silver Dollar Roping Cattle (Dusty Schwartz) paired with Mark Cain for second. In third was Dusty again with Ster Thrush. The same set of ropers then transitioned into the Members roping to see how things might shake out for a second time. The team of Dusty Schwartz and Mark Cain were victorious this time, with Ron Luikens and Ster finishing in second. It should be noted that Dusty carried his rope arm in a sling all weekend & told everyone about a “four wheeler accident”. Perhaps he was just resting it up (?). Seems as though he faired pretty well with it!
Awards Banquet was back in the Hotel later Saturday evening. Pokeys Smokehouse in Gillette once again catered a fine prime rib and chicken alfredo meal for the group prior to the festivities. Buckles and ribbons were spread amongst the exhibitors. Lazy TO Bar owners Scott Templeton & Kelly O’Dea of Gillette were recognized as our First Time Exhibitors for 2017. Added money checks were also handed out to the top three placements in each class. At the end of the evening, the yearling bull donated by Mark & Shelley Cain was sold by auction to new PACA members Jim & Pam Phipps from Nebraska.
As Sunday morning dawned, skies were clearing for the PACA family to load their cattle & horses and head into the wind toward home. It was a great weekend of visiting and enjoying Corriente cattle. Please make a note to come join the PACA in Gillette for 2018. September 20th is check-in day next fall. Mark your calendars!
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Tom Balding Bit & Spurs – Sheridan, WY
ArrowHeart Corrientes – Mullen, NE
Barline Corrientes – Wagon Mound, NM
Cates Ranch – Wagon Mound, NM
Cavvietta Ranch – Huntley, MT
Diamond A Cattle Co. – Puckwana, SD
Lazy L Bar Corrientes – Scottsbluff, NE
Lamar Ranches – Livingston, MT
M&S Management – Huntley, MT
Sunnybrook Ranch – Hot Springs, SD
Smith Canyon Ranch – Dayton, WY
About the Author:
Thank you to the author, NACA member #314 Dave Kalasinsky, of Smith Canyon Ranch in Dayton, Wyoming. He’s a longtime Corriente breeder and prior NACA Board Member.
He’s the kinda man that will always make you smile.