This year’s Black Hills Stock Show Stockman of the Year has been involved with the show for more than three decades.
Dave Lindblom of Hermosa, S.D., has been providing cattle for working cow horse events to the show for more than 30 years. Growing up on the Hart Ranch near Rapid City, S.D., helped him get his start in helping with the show.
“For quite a few years we’ve been supplying cattle for working cow horse events there, team pennings and cuttings,” Lindblom says. “That led me to do a term on the fair board.”
His family started bringing cattle into the Black Hills Stock Show for the working cow horse events at the Central States Fairgrounds because Hart Ranch was so close to Rapid City - only 12 or 14 miles.
“They were team penning at Hart Ranch Arena and that naturally led us into supplying cattle,” he says.
Lindblom’s father, Dan, recently retired from ranching. He and his wife, Starla, have a daughter Kate Berger who lives with her husband, Tyler, in Mandan, N.D. The Lindbloms’ son, Brad, ranches with them. Brad is also on the fair board and can be found helping with the Black Hills Stock Show.
Brad makes the third generation ranching at the family ranch, where they run a mostly commercial cow/calf operation.
Besides serving on the fair board, Lindblom also sits on the horse committee for the Black Hills Stock Show. The biggest change he has seen in his years working at the stock show is the increasing interest in cow horse events.
“The biggest change is the appetite for cow horse events. We see so many people wanting to come to Rapid City for horse events,” Lindblom says. “It’s staggering how many horses, how many people are coming in from all over.”
He says interest has grown with cutting horse, team sorts, Quarter Horse show and the horse sale – so much so that the Black Hills Stock Show officially kicked off its horse events on Jan. 13, providing two weeks of equine events before the big horse sales on Jan. 27-28.
Lindblom says horse sale applications start arriving in September. The horse committee reviews the applications, then limits the number of horses to about 175 to keep the sale competitive.
“We look to put together a good all around set of horses, something that can fill almost every discipline for the horse business. We don’t feel we can do justice to the sellers or the buyers if we get a bigger sale than that number,” he says. “This year 177 horses are catalogued.”
Lindblom says attending the Black Hills Stock Show is a place to meet up with people you have not seen in a year and it is the last big hoorah before calving season starts for many producers.
“It is fun. What’s fun about it is the friends and acquaintances that come in for it that we get to see,” he says.