Two Rapid City-area Angus breeders, a family-owned implement dealership and a longtime Central States Fair board member will be honored at the annual Stockman's Banquet and Ball on Jan. 30.
The banquet on Wednesday comes midway through the annual Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo and is a night when ladies change out of jeans and into the glitz and glamour of evening wear, and men put on their best pair of cowboy boots and their biggest hats.
Stock growers from around the region share dinner, dancing and conversation while honoring individuals and businesses who have contributed to the legacy of agriculture and ranching in western South Dakota.
Agri-Business of the Year
Jenner Equipment, an agricultural and construction equipment dealership in Rapid City, has served farms and ranches in a 150-mile radius for 47 years.
Begun in 1966 by Elmer and Alleen Jenner, the family-owned firm today is headed by Elmer's two sons, Dennis and Doug, who say they feel blessed to be doing business in western South Dakota. Grandsons David and Dustin are employed at the dealership and other family members have worked there in the past.
The success of their business is due largely to their "great employees," according to Dennis and Doug Jenner. Several of the 28 people currently employed there have been with Jenner Equipment for more than 30 years, and all personnel attend the latest in sales, parts and service schools that manufacturers offer.
Their philosophy is a simple one, the Jenners say: "Go the extra mile for your customers and do what needs to be done to handle their needs."
Stockmen of the Year
The two brothers who run Mount Rushmore Angus Ranch have been named 2013 Black Hills Stock Show Stockmen of the Year for their dedicated efforts to succeed in the ranching business and for their participation in the annual stock show.
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Rapid City natives Marty and Eddie Rypkema say they strive to breed the best Angus bulls and maternal sires they can at the family business that was originally known as Rypkema Family Ranching. Their father, Milo, began a small ranch in Hermosa in 1970 and today the 400- to 450-cow herd is run out of ranch headquarters on lower Spring Creek.
Always striving to improve their herd, the Rypkemas hold a top-notch bull sale of about 130 bulls and 100 replacement heifers for their satisfied customers each year. Customer satisfaction is evident from their strong customer retention rate, they say.
The brothers have also co-owned Dodge Town, the local Dodge car dealership, for the past 10 years. Their community involvement covers a host of agricultural, automotive and business associations and both have been active in the Black Hills Stock Show Foundation and are longtime members of the South Dakota Buckaroos and other horse interests.
Silver Spur Hall of Fame
Brad Estes can thank his children and his uncle for getting him involved in the Central States Fair and the Black Hills Stock Show. This year, those two organizations are thanking Estes for his service by naming him the Silver Spur Hall of Fame recipient for 2013.
The award is given to an individual who has shown long-term commitment to the success of the agricultural community and the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo.
Estes, 55, traces his involvement with the show to his son, Ian, and his daughter, Brittani, who were interested in motorcycle racing and showing horses. His uncle Lyndell Petersen, gets credit for putting "two and two together" and urging Estes to get involved with both the fair and the stock show.
On the fair board for 10 years, he served as its president for three years, with a goal of broadening the base of users to the fairgrounds and its facilities. He ranks the funding and construction of the James Kjerstad Events Center as the highlight of his tenure on the board.
A graduate of Wall High School, he got involved in the family construction and hospitality business and served on the Wall City Council from 1987 to 1991. He now lives in Rapid City with his wife, Deb, and is a hotel and property developer.