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19th Annual Stockman's Auction

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Ramkota Convention Center 
Rapid City, South Dakota

Welcome to this select offering. Each year, we work to bring together items that represent a broad range of artistic disciplines. Collector pieces that include the Foundation's Limited Edition Print Series, The Great American Cowboy, are always popular among our generous bidders.

Proceeds from the auction are used to help fund scholarship programs made available to students from the five-state region of North and South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Nebraska and who are seeking post-secondary education in agriculturally related career fields.

Advance bids on items listed below are also being taken. If we can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact BHSSF Director Bruce Blair at (605) 347-3124. See you at the auction!

Bruce Blair
BHSS Foundation Director, Stockman’s Auction Chairman

*The Black Hills Stock Show Foundation expresses its thanks to those artisans who donate in full or part. We also wish to thank Auctioneer Lynn Weishaar who each year, has donated his time and talent to call the Stockman’s Auction.

19th Annual Stockman’s Auction ~ Scholarship Fundraiser
Wednesday, February 1, 2012  ~  Preview at 5:00 p.m.  Sale at 7:00 p.m.

Ramkota Best Western, Rapid City, SD

*For more information and to place advance bids, please contact BHSS Foundation Director Bruce Blair at (605) 347-3124.

Once again the Black Hills Stock Show Foundation will present six $2,000 scholarships during the BHSS Stockman’s Banquet and Ball to very deserving high school seniors. We are proud to help these individuals with their dreams. The Ramkota Best Western will host this event as four deserving ag-dedicated individuals are honored by the community. The money raised during the auction held on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at the Banquet and Ball will help continue this scholarship program. We will auction off many beautiful and extraordinary donations that will grace any home or lodge. The discerning cowboy and cowgirl will be sure to find something to help them shine like a star.

Miniature E. C. Lee Saddle Sculpture – Created and donated by local artist Mavis Madison.   This 10” bronze sculpture of an E. C. Lee saddle (c: 1920) is mounted on a cherry wood pedestal.  Truly a touch of South Dakota history.  Beautiful and so “out of the norm” item. Price Realized:  $650


Handmade Chinks donated by Travis Clark/Clark Bros Construction.  Travis’s excellent quality and beautiful work is truly made to last for that hard-working cowboy.  Wife Amy has included one of her necklace creations to assure the “little Lady” gets  something as well.  Price Realized:  $800


Southwestern Jewelry handcrafted and donated by Ralph Maynard and Maynard Buckles.  This handcrafted original sterling silver and turquoise 18” necklace is truly beautiful.  The horses are exquisite and will make the owner feel like “Royalty”.   Price Realized:  $650


BHSSF Rifle Scabbard handcrafted and donated by BC Saddlery/Brady Carmichael.  A chance of a lifetime to own a “one-of-a-kind” commemorative scabbard.  Brady is a new participant and he is most welcome.  Beautiful work.  Price Realized:  $1100


Women’s Tony Lama Boots donated by Tim Harwood, Tony Lama Representative. These boots are USA made of premium quality full quill ostrich leather and represent the most recognized  Western Boot Brand in the world, since 1911.  Price Realized:  $600


Men’s Tony Lama Boots donated by Tim Harwood, Tony Lama Representative.  What an opportunity,  matching boots for the boys and girls to step out in style.  Again, full quill ostrich.   Price Realized:  $600


“Conceal and Carry Purse”   created and donated by K-J Leather Co.  This “hair-on cowhide” conceal and carry purse is specifically designed for the lady who “wants to pack heat.”  Price Realized:  $650


100X Bailey Hat donated by Bailey Hat Company.  The ultimate topper for the well-dressed western lady or gentleman.  Price Realized:  $1100

BHSSF Ladies’ Silver Spurs.  Commemorative gorgeous spurs handcrafted by Sleister Spur Makers and presented for the first time.  The intricate tri-color and jewelry quality of these spurs truly defines the ultimate in Western artistry and gear.  Don’t be without them for your next parade appearance ladies. Price Realized:  $ 800

Stool with Tooled Leather Covering crafted and donated by Rick Lemmel.  Interesting yet truly unique -- decorative yet useful -- piece of western furniture for that little nook or cranny.  Just the right item for the living room, office or den. Price Realized:  $700

Handmade Accent Lamps donated by Roger Penn.  Delightful recycled horseshoe featured lamps for accenting and/or adding a bit of a comforting glow to any room.  The brown silk shades are a perfect attribute. Price Realized:  $900


Rancher’s Contingency Kit designed, crafted and donated by Sweet Water Saddlery.  Beautifully tooled set of Saddle Bags with some extra contingency items thrown in such as medicine bottle holders and, when all else fails, a holder for a bottle of Crown Royal, among other things.  Also, includes a silk scarf, and scarf holder, medicine gun and a gorgeous and functional matching hand tooled fencing pliers holster.  Price Realized:  $700


Crazy Horse Memorial Bronze and select items donated by Crazy Horse .    A diverse, interesting  very  special basket in memorial of Anne Ziolkowski Christensen, our friend.  The bronze is No. 741 in the model series, a significant number at Crazy Horse because of the 741 wooden stairs required to reach the top of the mountain.  The base is cut from a granite fragment blasted from the mountain carving.  The legacy of the piece accompanies the basket.   An incredible collectible accompanied by numerous items special to Anne.  Price Realized:  $1200

Alaskan Birch Bowls donated by Black Hills A-I Service/Anita Pepin.   A matching set of three, one-piece, extra deep, Alaskan grown birch hardwood nesting bowls.  Excellent for mixing, serving and sharing your favorite dishes, hot or cold.  Price Realized:  $600

Ed Lawrence Silver Spurs donated by Marty Rypkema and made by the incomparable Ed Lawrence.  These handmade spurs have tooled leather spur straps and shiny silver overlay.  Incredible!!!!  And are sure to be of special interest to the elk hunter, rancher or lover.  Price Realized:  $1600


20X Extreme Showcase Rodeo Shirt-2012 donated by Sutton Rodeos.  The shirt is autographed by the top South Dakota contestants from the 2011 High School Rodeo season participating in this High School Rodeo Showcase. Price Realized:  $250

BHSSF Commemorative 2012 Buckle.  The 2nd Annual  Commemorative Buckle crafted by Gary Wiggins of Wiggins Buckles, Brewster, Kansas.  This is a hand engraved  “Old Time Trophy Style Buckle” with an antiqued sterling silver overlay and  two-color jewelers gold enhancements.  It is an issue of 1:1 and will not be duplicated.  It is a keeper. Price Realized:  $700


Original Wax Painting  (Encaustic Style) -  by Lance Levi.  Titled “Horse Roundup” depicts a mounted cowboy roping another horse, painted in the ancient Greek encaustic method of heated pigmented  bees wax. Price Realized:  $1400


Sterling & Red Coral Native Jewelry Set crafted and donated by Ralph Maynard and Maynard Buckles. This incredible three piece set of handcrafted jewelry is a true pleasure to own and wear.  And Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Cuff Bracelet, earrings & ring.  And red coral is getting more precious by the day.  Price Realized:  $600


Dodge Rodeo Pick-up Chaps donated by Ram Rodeo.  What more can we say  ---   they are Dodge Rodeo Pick-up Chaps and have been autographed by the 2012 BHSS Extreme Bulls contestants.  A fabulous donation and exceptional rodeo collectible.  Price Realized:  $600


Wooden Rocking Chair donated by Freed’s Fine Furnishings.  Beautiful fine wooden furniture and comfort beyond description.  Price Realized:  $550

2012 BHSSF Commemorative Silver Bit donated by Flat Creek Saddlery.  The craftsmanship on this commemorative bit needs to be seen to be believed – always a specialty of the Stockman’s Auction.  Price Realized:  $850


NFR Rodeo Tickets for 2 donated by RAM Rodeo.  There is nothing quite like a live performance of the NFR at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.  Best Available Balcony Seats.  Tickets for two for two performances between Dec 9 and 12, 2012.  Price Realized:  $650


Crown Royal Throw (70” x 70”) with matching pillow created and donated by  Paula Warren.  Paula’s handmade Crown Royal Bag quilts have been a true specialty item for our auction a number of years.  Her husband, former BHSSF director, Dan Warren  probably sacrificed greatly to help obtain all those Crown Royal bags.  Price Realized:  $900

Great American Cowboy Series Original Oil Painting by Mick Harrison.  Titled “Cowboy Catch & Release” this painting depicts a cowboy dragging a calf to the branding fire.  (Framing by Mick Harrison)    Price Realized:  $1000

Original Bronze created and donated by Black Hills sculptor Tony Chytka/One Horse Studio.  Titled “Swing for Two” The bronze replicates the cowboy selecting the next calf to be heeled and dragged to the branding fire.

This is No. 1 of a limited edition of 20.  Price Realized:  $3250


Hand Tooled Double Holster Belt with Jewel Style Conchos crafted and donated by Roy Grout.  This is an item for the parade cowboy or buckaroo who really wants to “Stand apart with glittering gold.”   Price Realized:  $1000

Items will be available for preview at the Stockman’s Club.  Please contact any BHSSF Director for assistance.

* To place advance bids, please contact BHSSF Director and Auction Chairman Bruce Blair: 605-347-3124


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444 Mt. Rushmore Road North
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Phone: 605-718-0810

The Black Hills Stock Show Foundation is a non-profit organization. As part of its mission of "Preserving The Legacy, Investing In The Future,"  the Foundation is dedicated to supporting youth in higher education and organizations, programs and projects that enhance services and education to the public.