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Buffalo Bill Saddle Club – Trail Riding, horse camping and Gymkhana

Trail riding and horse camping group. BBSCGolden.org for extensive calendar and club information.

May 13 – Breakfast Ride, Bear Creek Lake Park

June 10 – Gymkhana open to public and all ages – especially 4-H!  Registration 8am, start 9am. Lunch Included.  See website for forms.  Indiana Equestrian Center 7500 Indiana St, Arvada, CO, Contact John Lind 303-931-0132.

 

Centaur Rising – Horse Camps & Shows

Anchorage Farm, 12889 S. Parker Ave. Pine, CO.  www.CentaurRising.org. [email protected] 303-838-5086.

July 16 – Centaur Rising Dressage Show I

August 13 – Centaur Rising Dressage Show II

See website for remaining spots for:

Basic Horse Camp

Little Kids Camp

Intensive Horse Camp

Advanced Horse Camp

 

Colorado Horsecare Foodbank – FUNdraisers!

See website for dates and to sign up online. www.horsefoodbank.org.  303-670-1470.

Flowers for Food – latest on website

Black Tie and Silver Shoes – latest on website

September 16 – Hay Bales & Horse Tails – Amazing evening of food, fun and shopping for horse stuff!  At the Colorado Horse Park in the Banquet Hall.  Sign up now, event sells out!

 

Double Header Performance Horses – Summer Camps

http://www.dhphorses.com/summer-camps.  Cross Horns Ranch, Evergreen. [email protected] or 303-918-6367.

June 5-9  Young Riders Camp

June 12-15, 17 Rodeo and Parade Camp

June 26-30  Horse Show Camp

July 7-14 Introduction to Horses camp

July 24-28  Gymkhana Camp

August 7-11 Back to School Camp

 

Evergreen Ranch Sorters Association

Reffel’s Arena, Wandcrest Drive, Pine Junction.  Varies Saturdays or Sundays, 10am-2pm.  For full schedule and more information, go to:  the Facebook page at “Evergreen Ranch Sorting Association”.

ERSA is a non-profit organization that was created in 2010 for the expressed purpose of perpetuating the Western Way of Lifestyle by utilizing our equine partners to learn, practice & compete in the sport of cattle sorting.  While there is an international sanctioned organization (Ranch Sorting National Championships – RSNC), ERSA is not affiliated with the RSNC in any way; though many of the ERSA members also compete in official RSNC events.  There are about 40 members plus guests that meet once each week at J R Heart Cattle Co., LLC near Pine Junction, Colorado in order to participate in team/ranch sorting.  There are about 18 event days each year starting about the first of June and ending about the first of October each year.  In addition, there are a couple of social events each year along with a “members only” Buckle Sort to establish bragging rights for each year.

 

Evergreen Rodeo Association – Rodeo Weekend!

RODEO WEEKEND!  EvergreenRodeo.com for full schedule. Volunteers still needed!  Contact Marty Unger – [email protected]

June 17 Saturday – 7-10am Pancake Breakfast, 10am Rodeo Parade in downtown Evergreen

June 17 Saturday – Rodeo Performance at El Pinal Rodeo Grounds 5 pm, Mutton Bustin’ and Pre-Show starting at 330pm.

June 18 Sunday – Rodeo Performance at El Pinal Rodeo Grounds 2 pm, Mutton Bustin’ and Pre-Show starting at 1230pm.

 

Heritage Ride – Support the Horse Trail Ride

June 11 – 9am.  Hosted by the Colorado Horse Council.  Trailer parking and start at Evergreen Rodeo Grounds.  Ride to Elk Meadow Open Space Park.

 

Intermountain Horse Association – Poker Ride

intermountainhorse.org or Facebook page “Intermountain Horse”

September 9 – Poker Ride at Alderfer Three Sisters Park.

Monthly meetings 3rd Tuesdays September – May at Beau Jos in Evergreen.  Various horse related topics.

 

Jefferson County 4-H Open Horse Shows

English, Western, Showmanship and Gymkhana classes.  More information, contact info and show bills at: http://www.extension.colostate.edu/jefferson/4h/4h.shtml.  Extension Office for information at 303-271-6620.

 

May 21 – Hairy Horse Show – Event Center, Jefferson County Fairgrounds

June 4 – Pleasant Park Gymkhana – McKeever Arena (Conifer)

July 8 &9 – Pleasant Park Horse Show – McKeever Arena (Conifer)

July 16 – Golden Spurs Horse Show – Jeffco Event Center Arena (Fairgrounds)

July 22 – Horse Council Fair Clinic – Table View Arena

August 6 – Pleasant Park Gymkhana – McKeever Arena (Conifer)

August 10 & 11 – Jeffco Fair & Festival 4-H Horse Show, Jefferson County Fairgrounds

August 24-27 – State Fair – Pueblo

September 9 – Equine Event – Rodeo Arena

September 23 – 4-H Fun Show/Clinic – Table View Arena

 

Kip Fladland Clinic – All Disciplines/Rider Levels Welcome

Kip’s website:  LaRiataRanch.com.  Jefferson County Fairgrounds Event Center in Golden.  Hosted by Andrew & Heather McWilliams.  Call Heather for more information 303-638-0994.  

September 15-17:  Sign up for both classes or one.  $450/3 day class, $150 deposit/3 day class.

3 day Ground Work Class – mornings & 3 day Horsemanship Class – afternoons.

Kip has over 30 years horse experience.  Buck Brannaman invited Kip to tour with him exclusively for 5 years.  Soft feel, better communication with your horse.  Problem horses, English or western welcome. Kip’s wife Missy is a Dressage trainer and last year he rode their Dutch Warmblood, Ali in the clinic. Two classes include 1. GW – Groundwork (addresses doing ground work exercises before riding toward the end of each class) in the morning class and 2. H1-Horsemanship Class (a riding class for all levels and disciplines of horses) in afternoon.  Stalls, RV hookups available with reservations at fairgrounds 303-271-6600. Hotels and restaurants within 5 minutes of venue. Spaces are filling up, call today to sign up!

 

KZ Ranch in Bailey Summer Gymkhana Series

Find on Facebook or 720-243-4186.

May 20, June 10, June 24, July 8, July 29, August 12 – Awards September 9th.

 

 

Starry Night Ranch – New Mexico Horse Camps

jubileehorse.com.  Llaves, New Mexico.  [email protected] 575-638-5661           
Syzygy Coaching with Horses

Evergreen, Colorado.  syzygy-co.com.   [email protected] 303-670-7244.

May 22, 23 and 24: Brave: Awakening Your Voice, Impact and Wild Success – Golden, CO

June 2-3, 2017: Equine Vision Journey Retreat

September 15-16, 2017: Equine Vision Journey Retreat

Sept 19, 2017: Extraordinary Women Connect Gala – Denver, CO

November 2, 2017: Extraordinary Women Ignite 2018

December 13, 2017: Ignite Your Business for an Epic 2018

 

Working Equitation Events

Join on Facebook at “Foothills CO Working Equitation” or contact for more information Christina Turissini, [email protected]

May 12 – Clinic with Allison Mazurkiewicz, contact Christina for information

Playdates during the month at various locations.

Intermountain Horse Association 2016-2017

As we enter the fall, riding weather becomes cooler and the foliage more colorful.  While the cool weather certainly brings lovely riding weather, we all know that winter is not far in the distance.  Winter is beautiful in its own right and brings a season of new outdoor activities, although for some of us it is a forced break from any kind of significant horse activities.  Trails can be slippery, outdoor riding arenas are snowy and hard.  Not to mention, riding your horse to a certain level of activity while they have their “winter jacket” on is just not ideal.

Are you missing that connection to the outer horse world in the “off season”?  Want to use your sojourn for a productive use?  Intermountain Horse Association – IHA might be the answer.

Intermountain Horse Association has been going on for over a decade after the Denver Foothills portion of a “down the hill” group decided to bring a horse group closer to home.  Members from Bailey to Golden meet once a month, September through May to hear speakers on a variety of horse related topics.  All of the topics are directly applicable to horse owners and horse property owners in the mountain areas.  That said, we have a contingent of horse enthusiasts that do not own horses, but are looking for horse knowledge and fellowship with other horse people.

Meetings are held on the third Tuesdays of the month in the Downtown Evergreen Beau Jos from 7-8 pm.  Members often arrive around 6:30pm to socialize with other members in the horse community.  Beau Jos graciously offers the room free of charge and has wait staff ready for anyone who would like to enjoy dinner or beverages during the meeting.

Please join us on October 18th for our next meeting.  The special guest is Colorado Water Commissioner, Tim Buckley.  After his informative talk last year regarding legal use of water in Colorado, he was the number one requested speaker to return this year.  Whether you keep horses at your property or not, you do not want to miss Tim.  At the meeting we will also vote on the new board nominees for 2016-2017.

Some of the other meetings topics that will be returning this year are mountain pasture management, weed management and specific veterinary topics.  Members have asked that some of the new content be related to topics such as forest management related to horses and our area, trail safety, trail riding and horse camping.

The Intermountain Horse Association also hosts the IHA Poker Ride at Alderfer Three Sisters Open Space park the Saturday following Labor Day Weekend.  The Poker Ride is not only a way to get horse people together, but it helps to bring ambassadors for our trails to the local open space parks.  Riders have the opportunity to win cash for high and low poker hands while all proceeds go to local horse related non-profit groups such as Colorado Horsecare Foodbank (horsefoodbank.com) and HEAT – Horse Evacuation Assistance Team (jeffcoheat.org – supporting all large animals in case of natural disasters or other emergencies).

Meeting dates for the 2016-2017 season year will be as follows:  October 18, November 15, December 20 (Christmas Party!), January 17, February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16.  Please consider being a part of this important local horse group!

Email [email protected] to be added to the IHA email list.  IHA now is set up for membership at intermountainhorse.org, or just join us at an upcoming meeting.

Summer Horse Calendar 2016!

Listed by Entity – Get out there with your horse!

Centaur Rising Horse Camps, Clinics & Shows

Anchorage Farm, 12889 S. Parker Ave. Pine, CO.  www.CentaurRising.org. [email protected] 303-838-5086.

July 10 – Centaur Rising Dressage Show I

August 2-4 – Dressage Camp

August 14 – Centaur Rising Dressage Show II

See website for remaining spots for:

Little Kids Camp/Basic Horse Camp

Basic Horse Camp/Intensive Horse Camp/Advanced Horse Camp

Little Kids Camp/Basic Horse Camp/Intensive Horse Camp

 

Colorado Horsecare Foodbank FUNdraisers!

See website for more info and to sign up online. www.horsefoodbank.org.  303-670-1470.

July 16 – Black Tie – Silver Shoes.  Enjoy an evening with horses at the Queen City Horse Show at the National Western Events Center in Denver.  Fine dining ringside, cocktail attire.

August 26-28 – Ranch Ride Weekend is a fundraiser with long-time CHF friends and supporters: Tom and Darcy Carr, owners of the beautiful Colorado Cattle Company – an authentic working cattle ranch in Northeastern Colorado. This year, Colorado Horsecare Foodbank and the Colorado Cattle Company are offering a late summer Ranch Ride weekend.  The Ranch Ride Weekend includes trail riding on the ranch’s 10,000 acres, learning to team pen cattle, delicious hearty meals, storytelling around a campfire, and charming accommodations where you can sit on the porch of your cabin and watch the horses & cattle peacefully grazing. The cost is $575 for the weekend – Registration is open.

October 14 – Hay Bales & Horse Tails – Amazing evening of food, fun and shopping for horse stuff!  At the Hudson Gardens cabin on Santa Fe Blvd in Littleton.  Sign up now, last year sold out!

 

Evergreen Ranch Sorters Association

Reffel’s Arena, Wandcrest Drive, Pine Junction.  Alternating Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-2pm.  For more information, go to:  the Facebook page at “Evergreen Ranch Sorting Association”.

Try as a guest for up to 3 times for a fee.  Come see why ranch sorting is the fastest growing equine sport in the country and fun for riders of all ages!

 

Evergreen Rodeo Association

RODEO WEEKEND!  EvergreenRodeo.com for full schedule. Volunteers still needed!  Don your cowboy boots and hat and enjoy the festivities while you help support this amazing local historic tradition!  Contact Marty Unger – [email protected]

June 17 Friday – Friday Family Fun Night Benefit for Tri-County Little Britches. 3:00pm and 10:00pm.  Great family event including Muttin Bustin’, stick horse races, barrel racing plus many more activities. Music by Arena Rock All Stars.

June 18 Saturday – Rodeo Parade, 10:00 in downtown Evergreen

June 18 Saturday – Rodeo Performance at El Pinal Rodeo Grounds 2:00 pm, Mutton Bustin’ and Pre-Show starting at 1230pm.

June 19 Sunday – Rodeo Performance at El Pinal Rodeo Grounds 2:00 pm, Mutton Bustin’ and Pre-Show starting at 1230pm.

 

Intermountain Horse Association

intermountainhorse.org or Facebook page “Intermountain Horse”

September 10 – Poker Ride at Alderfer Three Sisters Park.

Monthly meetings 3rd Tuesdays September – May at Beau Jos in Evergreen.  Various horse related topics.

 

Jefferson County 4-H Open Horse Shows

English, Western, Showmanship and Gymkhana classes.  More information, contact info and show bills at: http://www.extension.colostate.edu/jefferson/4h/4h.shtml

June 28 – Horsefeathers Show – El Pinal Arena (Evergreen) – Outdoor

July 9 & 10 – Pleasant Park Horse Show – McKeever Arena (Conifer) – Outdoor, 2nd day is the speed events (Adults can ride both days in this event)

July 17 – Golden Spurs – Jeffco Event Center Arena (Fairgrounds) – Indoor

July 24 – Fair Clinic – Table View Arena – Outdoor

August 7 – Pleasant Park Gymkhana – McKeever Arena (Conifer) – Outdoor

August 11 & 12 – County Fair – Jefferson County Fairgrounds – outdoor, only kids can compete

August 25-28 – State Fair – Pueblo

September 4 – Equine Event – Rodeo Arena, more info to come!

September 25 – 4-H Fun Show/Clinic – Table View Arena

 

Kip Fladland Clinic – All Disciplines Welcome

Kip’s website:  LaRiataRanch.com.  Hosted by Pikes View Ranch, Conifer.  Call Kelly Hendricks for more information 303-918-9570.  An encouraging and thoughtful teacher, Kip was born and raised in Montana. He has spent the last 30 years of his life working with and riding horses. In addition to riding horses for the public, Kip has also spent a considerable amount of time cowboying on several large Montana ranches. Working for these ranches would include starting colts, educating riding horses, and using them to care for and watch over the cow/calf operations. He met Buck Brannaman while cowboying and he spent 5 years with Buck on the road doing clinics.  Kip’s wife Missy is a top Dressage trainer.  Several of our mountain area horse people have had great experiences at clinics out east with Kip and wanted to bring him to Colorado for a chance for locals to participate.  Spaces are filling up, call Kelly today to sign up!

September 23-25

Ground Work Class in morningaddresses doing ground work exercises before riding towards the end of each class.

Horsemanship Class in afternoonsa riding class for all levels and disciplines of horses.

 

Starry Night Ranch – Riding on Faith Youth Camp

Llaves, New Mexico.  jubileehorse.com.  [email protected] 575-638-5661           
July 10 – 16  We are a horse lovers dream vacation, spending all day with our horses.  Youth campers will learn basic care, grooming, ground work and riding skills.  We usually ride twice a day and plenty of time in the saddle.

 

Syzygy Coaching

Evergreen, Colorado.  syzygy-co.com.   [email protected] 303-670-7244.

August 27-28 – Equine Vision Journey to Your Next Chapter – an equine guided personal growth retreat.

September – Extraordinary Women Connect Gala

November 10 -Extraordinary Women Ignite – Golden Hotel, Golden, CO

 

Tucker Black Horsemanship Clinics

Red Hawk Ranch, 12754 US HWY 285, Conifer. Check website for latest information. tuckerblackhorsemanship.com or call Tucker at 303-870-8389.

August 27 – Cow Working Clinic, 10am to 3pm

Most Sundays & some Wednesdays, June – September Cutting/boxing cows.

 

Working Equitation

Join on Facebook at “Foothills CO Working Equitation” or contact for more information Christina Turissini, [email protected]

Second weekend of the month – Lessons and/or clinics with Jennifer Holroyd.

Playdates during the month at various locations.

 

 

The Heritage Ride comes to Evergreen June 12th!

The Heritage Ride was started in 2013 by the Colorado Horse Council – CHC.  For the first three years it has been held solely at Greenland Open Space in Douglas County with well over 100 riders and spectators in attendance.  This year there will be five Heritage Rides over 2 weekends in Colorado!

If you are new to our area, the Colorado Horse Council was established in 1972 and has been responsible for protecting and promoting the interests of horse enthusiasts throughout the state and nation.  Based on a study done by the American Horse Council in 2005, the horse industry accounts for $1.6 billion of our state economy.  Much of the work done by CHC is on the government level protecting the interests of the equine industry regarding decision making and the passing of laws and regulations.  The role of the CHC is to educate and inform individuals about the equine community, the equine industry and its heritage in the State of Colorado.

Stemming from that heritage is The Heritage Ride.  The three main purposes of the ride are:

  • To PROMOTE the Heritage of the Horse. Rich and meaningful in Colorado, promoting the equine industry requires continual education in the areas of welfare, training, legal responsibility and cultural understanding.
  • To PROTECT the Heritage of the Horse. This encompasses the rights of individuals to enjoy, own and actively use the natural resources and the manmade infrastructure our state has to offer for equestrian activities.
  • To DEVELOP the future Heritage of the Horse. This has a meaningful human and financial impact on our state which includes quality of life components that is inherent in the reasons why people choose to live work, work and play in Colorado.

This year the Colorado Horse Council has set the financial goal for The Heritage Ride at $14,000.  On two different dates and in 5 locations (so far!)  there will be five rides.  The $35 / rider entry fee will directly impact the equine industry in Colorado.  Lunch is included.  There will be vendor booths for perusing and great fellowship with other horse enthusiasts.

The Evergreen Rodeo Association stepped up to host the Jefferson County Heritage Ride in Evergreen the weekend before the Evergreen Rodeo comes to town.  The ride will be starting at the Evergreen Rodeo Grounds and take a “trail boss” guided loop through Elk Meadow Open Space Park.  Vendors and lunch will be back at the rodeo grounds.

The 5 scheduled Heritage Rides are:

  1. Sunday, June 12 at 9am 2-3 hour loop through Elk Meadow. $35 per rider (includes lunch).  Evergreen Rodeo Grounds – 29830 Stagecoach Blvd, Evergreen, Colorado.

The other 4 scheduled rides are the following weekend on Saturday June 18th at 4 locations:

  1. Greenland Open Space – Douglas County, CO
  2. Arapahoe Park – Arapahoe County, CO
  3. Fort Collins
  4. Bennett

 

In addition to riding, there are other ways to support The Heritage Ride.

  • Send a representative from your club to ride along with pledges from the clubs members.
  • Organizations – Reserve a booth and recruit members to provide educational materials.
  • Volunteer to help, even if you are riding!
  • Organize a group of your friends to come out to ride together.
  • Make this your family ride and enjoy networking with other horse folks.
  • Just get out and ride to get your horses ready for the rest of the summer!

 

For more information, registration forms, directions and pledge forms, go to:  ColoradoHorseCouncil.com or text “horses” to “70000”.  Colorado Horse Council, 22 S. 4th Ave #106 Brighton, CO  80601.  303-292-4981.

The following weekend (Father’s Day Weekend!), please join us for the 50th Evergreen Rodeo and Weekend Events! 

Rodeo Weekend Schedule:

Friday Family Fun Night to benefit Tri-County Elks Little Britches- June 17th 3 PM to 10 PM Adults $10, Children 6-12 years $5, Children under 5 Free!

Saturday Parade – 10AM in Downtown Evergreen

Rodeo Performances Saturday & Sunday – June 18th & June 19th 11 AM – Gates Open, 1PM Pre-Show, 2 PM – Rodeo Start, Online ticket prices are $16 for adults, $8 for kids age 6-12, kids 5 and under are free.  Admission is good for either performance.  Online ticket sales close on Thursday, June 16th.  For more information and tickets, go to evergreenrodeo.com.  Volunteers still needed for rodeo weekend – all kinds of fun positions open!  Every 2 hour shift receives a free rodeo ticket.  Please call or email Marty Unger at 303-204-6442 or [email protected]

Heather McWilliams © 2016.

Rocky Mountain Horse Expo March 11-13th!

This column is dedicated to connecting local horse people within the readership area of the Colorado Serenity Magazine.  While the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo is held at the National Western Complex, it is chock full of connection points for horse people in the Denver Front Range, Foothills, not to mention the entire western region from Texas to Montana.  Several of our local horse trainers and business people will be putting on clinics, participating in challenges and hanging out at their booths to chat with passersby.

What better time of year for those of us horse folks who are just catching the hints of spring all around in melting snow, mud and shedding horses.  Our plans for our Colorado summers are filling our heads with activities like horse shows, trail riding, horse trips with friends, sorting, roping, rodeos, endurance rides, clinics and more.  We are setting goals for number of rides, rodeos, shows or clinics.  Maybe to try a new discipline out like Working Equitation, Western Dressage or Ranch Sorting; experience some of our amazing local parks; or just improve our riding and communication with our equine partners.  Maybe none of that sparks your interest, but most (if not all) of you just like to be around anything horse related and window shop.

The RMHE is for all of you. There are ticketed events like The Mane Event on Friday and Saturday night, showcasing all shapes and sizes of horses doing their thing from Dressage, Team Penning, Driving, Reining, to Vaulting and the list goes on.  A great event to entertain horse and non-horse people alike.

With the price of admission, you can audit clinics going on simultaneously at different locations throughout the NW Complex.  The list of clinicians includes:  Russell Beatty, Eitan Beth-Halachmy, Sarah Bohnenkarp, Mike Brashear, Nicole Collins, Dr. Elizabeth Dooher, Justin Dunn, Dr. Regan Golob, Kami Guildner, Van Hargis, Cody Harrison, Shawna Kairasch, Cindy Loader, Dr. Barbara Page, Steuart Pittman, James Shaw, Anna Twinney, Terry Wagner, Carol Walker, Wayne Williams, and Brent Winston.

Masterminded by the Colorado Horse Council, the RMHE has approximately 100 presentations at 7 different venues.  If you have been to the NW Event Center where other equine events are held throughout the year, they also utilize the warm up arena aka The Event Center Paddock and have an arena set up in the barn aka The Event Center Barn.  Lecture type classes are held at The Horseman’s College on the 2nd floor of the Hall of Education and perhaps one of my favorite events is on the 1st floor of the Hall of Education called The Horse Experience.

The Horse Experience is set up for horse crazy kids and people to come get their hands on a horse.  They can touch, pet, brush, smell, learn, walk around on and ask questions to people who understand horses and horse keeping.  Parents of horse crazy kids can ask questions to figure out safe and professional outlets for their kids to get involved with horses.  What a brilliant idea and a great way to promote horses and agriculture.  It is a wonderful starting point for kids and people to be welcomed in and feel the freedom to learn about horses and how to connect with horses in our area.

Competitions or Exhibitions showcased include the Colt Starting Challenge USA, bringing rescue horses back in the Comeback Challenge, Mustang Days, Forever Home Adoption Showcase, Team Penning, Cowboy Dressage and Working Equitation.

The NW Complex Hall of Education is full of all sorts of horse related venders and exhibitors, in addition there is the Art in the Park, a Holistic Horse Fair and a Craft Fair with all sorts of goods from homemade soaps to handmade furniture.

Equine Art in the Park is a juried fine art exhibit and sale celebrating the spirit of the horse. The show features contemporary original work including paintings, pastels, drawings, mixed-media, photography, pottery, and sculpture/3-D.

Mark off the weekend and plan to spend some time supporting this important regional event for horse people of all backgrounds!   MtnHomes4Horses will be at booth #1308 in the Hall of Education.  Please stop and say Hi to Andrew and I!

Admission Costs: 

3-Day Grounds badge – $25 (5 and under are free)
Adult 1-Day Grounds pass – $10 (5 and under are free)
Student/Senior 1-Day Grounds pass – $8 (5 and under are free)
Children age 5 and under – FREE
Family Pack of 1-Day Grounds passes – $40 – includes 5 tickets, one person must be an adult  (5 and under are free)

Special Youth Coupon – $2 off   FFA, 4H Clubs, Little Britches, High School Rodeo, etc. (redeemable at National Western Ticket Office ONLY) 

Mane Event Passes (for Fri. or Sat. at 7:00 PM)
Admission – $10 – all ages
Family Pack of Mane Event Admissions – $40 (Includes 5 tickets for all ages, one person must be an adult. All 5 tickets must be used on the same night.)

Combination Passes
1-Day Grounds pass and 1-Mane Event pass- $15 – all ages
Family Pack of 1-Day Grounds passes and 1-Mane Event passes – $65 (Includes 5 grounds tickets and 5 Mane Event tickets for all ages. All 5 tickets must be used on same day/night.)

For the full schedule, go to:  http://www.coloradohorsecouncil.com/rmhe.  See you there!  Heather McWilliams © 2016

You can lead a horse to water, but is he allowed to drink it?!

Many residents of our Foothills communities, the Denver Region, and even the entire State of Colorado give no thought to the source of water for their horses.  Whether it be a “frost free” spigot, a garden hose running from the house, or plumbed automatic waterers, owners turn on the tap and let the water flow.

However, at a recent Intermountain Horse Association meeting, Colorado Water Commissioner Tim Buckley explained that it is important for owners to understand the legal issues relating to sources of water and its availability for their horses and/or livestock.

According to Buckley, all waters in the state of Colorado are owned by the people of Colorado. The right to use the water or a “water right” is the right to divert or use the water under the prior appropriation system as long as the water is put to a beneficial use. The “State” or departments such as division of Parks and Wildlife and others own water rights but are not any different than a private water right holder. The function of the Department of Water Resources is to administer these rights.

Even rain water collected in buckets, barrels, or puddles in the pasture, is not necessarily available for a landowners use.   Matter of fact, unless a property owner has specific legal rights to use rain water, ground water, or even their well water for a specific purpose, they are compelled to leave the water where it is.

If you have ever purchased a property served by a well, hopefully your REALTOR discussed the category of that well.  Common categories are Household, Domestic, and maybe Livestock.   These categories confuse most everyone.  After all, wouldn’t Domestic mean indoors?

As a rule of thumb, with multiple noted exceptions, Household is for use only inside the house.  No exterior watering of plants, animals or even washing your car in the driveway.  If you fill up Fido’s bowl, do it from the kitchen sink.  In certain cases a Household well could be augmented (a water court process) to allow for a limited watering of a horse or two – but the parameters of use will be very well defined.

Domestic wells are more likely to allow for the watering of an outdoor pet like a horse, or a donkey or even maybe a goat.  However, “Domestic” does not indicate a blanket permission either.  It is important to read the well permit directly, looking for keywords or phrases.  Never assume that a Domestic well category gives you the freedom you are looking for without verification.  For example, most Domestic wells would not allow for you to board outside horses on your property.

Another category we run across on older, farm or ranch use properties can be “Livestock”.  This category gives broader permissions and allows a wider variety of uses.  Cows, horses, goats, etc., can be allowed to be watered from these types of wells.  That said, read the permit itself for limitations or further definition.

What about your pond or the creek that runs seasonally or even year round through the back forty?  The answer may surprise or even dismay you.  Without an adjudicated (again – water court process) water right to use the water out of that pond or creek or ditch, you must not consider it a legal source for watering your horse.  The good news is that the State of Colorado does not currently require you to keep your animal away with a fence or other barrier, but a stern admonition to your animal along the lines of “don’t drink that water” is in order.

In recent years our Foothills communities have enjoyed excellent precipitation totals through wet springs and frequent summer showers.  You have noticed both greener grass into August and September, along with uncommon rain showers ruining your picnic well into July.  Not only are we grateful for this wonderful moisture and the late grazing our animals enjoy in the pastures, but the Colorado Division of Water sometimes declares a “Free River” status for water right enforcement.  In layman’s terms, “Free River” conditions lead to a lighter enforcement of legal water use.

How do you find out if your current source of water legally allows you to water your horse?  There are several options available to you.  Hopefully you received a copy of your well permit when you purchased your property (or when the well was drilled if you bought vacant land).  Pull it out of the file and read it over, looking for the “type” description.  A call to the Colorado Division of Water Ground Water information desk (303) 866-3587 is possibly the simplest solution.  Leave your address and usually a return call within 24 hours gives you your well permit number and it’s prescribed use.  Many don’t know that walk in’s are welcome M-F from 9-4 at the Colorado Division of Water office at 1313 Sherman St #821 in Denver.  The folks there are super helpful and are happy to give you the information you need.

What if you learn that Trigger can’t legally drink the water from your well?  Commissioner Buckley offered more than one solution for that situation as well.  An expensive alternative would be to add a water right to your well through a Water Court process.  This involves a water attorney and a willing Seller, but is doable with patience and determination.  A quicker and more cost effective alternative would be to install a cistern at your home and to purchase potable water from a number of local vendors.  Keeping a record of your purchase history and the number of horses you are watering keeps you out of trouble.

Looking to buy a horse property and wanting to conduct the proper due diligence to ensure that a legal water source for your horse is included?  Seek out an experienced REALTOR who specializes in horse properties, farms and ranches.  They can guide you through the process.  I also recommend hiring a water attorney to conduct a title search to verify adjudicated water rights, especially in cases where more than a well permit is being transferred.  It may cost you several hundred dollars, but the peace of mind it brings can easily justify the investment.

Want to learn more?  Visit the Division’s website at http://water.state.co.us.  Call Commissioner Buckley’s office (303) 501-4298 or email him at [email protected] You want to be informed.  Legal water use is a big deal for residents of Colorado.  Heather McWilliams © 2015.

 

 

Working Equitation – It may not be what you think it is!

When I first heard of Working Equitation, I only heard the last word, Equitation and had flashbacks of rail classes growing up and in college.  Of uncomfortably hollowing out my back to get the right look for the judges.  Please forgive me Equitation stars, but that is my memory.  Then sometime this year, I saw a YouTube video on Facebook of Pedro Torres of Portugal on one of several fabulous Lusitanos he rides in an event called Working Equitation.  I was intrigued.  High speed, over and around obstacles with impeccable form and finesse.  It was kind of like Dressage, at high speed with obstacles.

Reviewing past information I had come across with my newfound knowledge of this sport, I realized that people in our community had already been honing their skills in Working Equitation (WE).

Italy, France, Spain and Portugal pioneered WE.  The discipline was created as a way to enhance the riding techniques developed in countries whose riders use horses in different aspects of ranch and fieldwork.  The goal of WE is to preserve and perpetuate each country’s style of equitation as well as their cultural traditions of dress and tack.

The first international competition was in 1996 and in 2004 the World Association for Working Equitation (WEWA) was established to govern the sport.  WE has continued to grow throughout Europe and is rapidly catching on in the Americas.  Christina 1 al sh100WEWA rules are used for international competitions, but each individual country maintains their own rules.

In WE competition, there are four trials or tests that make up the event. The first three, Dressage, Ease of Handling, and Speed, are required for both individual and team competitions. The fourth trial, Cattle Handling, is included for team competitions. It is mandatory at national championship competitions and encouraged at all other competitions when facilities allow. From the www.weiausa.com website:

Dressage – Dressage tests are ridden at each level. Each movement is given a numerical score, and collective marks are given for impulsion, compliance, calmness, rider’s position, etc. The dressage tests are designed to both test the horse and rider as well as to serve as an aid in training. The movements at each successive level build upon movements of the previous levels and coincide with the type and difficulty of movements expected in the Ease of Handling and Speed trials at the corresponding levels.

Ease of Handling – Obstacles are set up to simulate the difficulties encountered by a horse and rider in the field. Obstacles are numbered and are ridden in order. The goal of this trial is to negotiate the obstacles with accuracy, ease, and smoothness.

Speed – The obstacles utilized in the Ease of Handling trial are ridden at speed with no emphasis on style. Individual scores are based on elapsed time through the obstacles with time penalties added for mishandled obstacles. This trial is designed to test the rider’s co-ordination and capacity for anticipation in addition to the horse’s qualities of submission, speed, attention, and finesse.

Cow Trial – This trial tests the ability of a horse and rider to work, individually and as a team, with cattle. The test is performed with a team of 3 or 4 riders. The objective is for each rider to individually sort, cut, and herd a pre-selected cow from the herd and then as a team put it in a designated pen. As a timed event, there are time penalties for course errors.

Indian Hills resident Christina Turissini was seeking to get more involved in WE and found that most of the Working Equitation clinics and competitions were either north or south of Denver, leading her to start a local group.  To keep informed of local events coming up, find and join our group on Facebook under the name, Foothills CO Working Equitation.   The group is for any type of horse, rider or saddle interested in honing their horsemanship skills via the sport of Working EquitaWorking Equitationtion.  The news feed and “Files’’ section on the Facebook page is full of information about WE.  After creating the group, Christina has organized local clinics and individual lessons with Instructor Jennifer Holroyd.  In addition to the clinics, some of the members are hosting play days at their homes, which will continue through the winter months.

Jennifer Holroyd was born on a ranch in Portugal where the skills for Working Equitation were the daily standard.  She started competing in Show Jumping competitions at the age of 10 and eventually competed at the international level all over Europe.  In 1974 she married and spent 25 years in California where she taught and competed in Dressage, Combined Training and Show Jumping.  She is also considered a leader in the field of alternative therapies for horses including Chiropractic and an innovative technique using acupuncture points and sound vibration using tuning forks.

After attending a WE clinic in Indian Hills this September with Jennifer, I discovered that not only was she an excellent teacher for basic riding fundamentals, but the WE obstacles gave a focal point to many of the training maneuvers riders of different disciplines often strive to improve.  In a nutshell, this local group is focused on using Working Equitation as a basis for good horsemanship and technique in any discipline, Western or English.  In addition to the information on the local Facebook page, go to http://lusitanoportal.com/working-equitation. Also, at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo in March 2016, look for WE clinics being put on by the northern WE group. Now, go watch a video of Pedro Torres and you will be compelled to know more about this fast growing discipline!  Heather McWilliams © 2015

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Intermountain Horse Association Poker Ride Results 2015!

Saturday September 19th, 72 degrees F and sunny!  59 riders of all ages participated in the IHA Poker Ride at Alderfer Three Sisters Open Space Park in Evergreen.  The last two years were cancelled due to Insurance Issues and Vesicular Stomatitis, but this year brought in one team shy of the 60 horse and rider record set a few years ago.

Ashleigh Olds DVM of Aspen Creek Veterinary Hospital and several of the staff helped check all horses for Vesicular Stomatitis.  In addition, Jeffco HEAT and the Colorado Horsecare Foodbank volunteers showed up in force to work the stations, set up, clean up, help with registration, serve food and help with parking.  Riders left at their own pace and picked up five cards along the set trail course to make up their five card poker hand.  At the finish, while the horses munched on their hay at the trailers, the riders enjoyed a catered lunch while they awaited the results.  Mary McGhee won the highest poker hand receiving $300, and Jess Austin won the lowest hand and $100!  The remaining proceeds of over $1200 was split between two of our local, but nationally known organizations – Jeffco HEAT and Colorado Horsecare Foodbank.

Jeffco HEAT (Horse Evacuation Assistance Team) was founded in 2002 in Conifer by resident Scott Halladay.  It is volunteer organization that is dedicated to serving and rescuing large animals because of wild land fires, natural disaster, accidents, animal cruelty and impounds.

Under the direction of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Control Division (or other County law enforcement), Jeffco HEAT has assisted in the rescue of more than 2,500 animals and has been on the scene of many of the front range’s major wildland fires (i.e. Hayman, Lower North Fork, Black Forest, Lime Gulch) as well as the flooding in the fall of 2013.

The dedicated volunteers of Jeffco HEAT are committed to a high degree of training and safety. All members are certified in First-Aid/CPR, basic wild land fire training, possess a working knowledge of the Incident Command sys­tem and are familiar with radio opera­tions and protocol.  The “fire” team has further wild land fire certification training obtained through the Jefferson County Incident Manage­ment Team and other local fire depart­ments.

In addition to the fire training, some members also have certifications in tech­nical animal rescue, high angle rescue and swift water rescue as well as formal radio operator training.  Jeffco HEAT is equipped with a Colorado Department of Agriculture rescue trailer, containing essential lifesaving equipment needed for rescues such as an Anderson Sling, a rescue glide, a generator, and rescue ropes.  Go to JeffcoHEAT.org to learn more, volunteer and donate to this important organization.

Colorado Horsecare Foodbank was started by Evergreen resident Juliana Lehman in 2009 after the economic crash of 2008.  The drought across the United States sent hay prices sky high, while people already struggling in the economy were losing ground trying to feed and care for their horses.  Knowing the importance of keeping horses with their families going through temporary hard times, CHF formed and raised funds for hay, farrier and veterinary care for these horses and people in need.

CHF has continued to keep up with the needs of horses, other hooved animals and their people.  In the fires of 2013, CHF supplied over 90 tons of emergency hay to the Black Forest fires to feed starving horses whose owners had lost their homes, barns and significant stockpiles of hay.  That September brought the devastating floods in Northern Colorado.  CHF supplied over 500 tons of emergency hay and established a hay storage station to help to feed horses, llamas, alpacas, cattle, sheep and goats, whose hay, shelter and barns had been washed away.

After six years in operation, dealing with natural disaster response with an all-volunteer team, Colorado Horsecare Foodbank earned the attention of several prominent animal welfare groups which provided grants for growth, expansion, more hay, outreach, and education, including the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Banfield Charitable Trust, Colorado Unwanted Horse Alliance, and the Sally Beck Foundation, businesses, and charitable foundations.

Moving forward in 2015, Colorado Horsecare Foodbank is working to secure multiple locations along Colorado’s Front Range for permanent storage of emergency hay, as well as obtaining more heavy equipment, building up its education and outreach programs, and much more.  For more information go to www.horsefoodbank.org.

The Intermountain Horse Association invites you to the first meeting of the fall on October 20th.  IHA meets in the slower horse activity months of October – May, every 3rd Tuesday at Beau Jos in Evergreen in the Event Room from 6:30-8:30pm, the speaker starting at 7pm.  Food and beverage are available for purchase, but optional.  It is a perfect way to socialize with other horse people in your community, enjoying interesting and informative speakers.  A great line up of speakers are in the works that apply to all shapes of horses and saddles!  Visit the IHA facebook page at www.facebook.com/IntermountainHorse for the latest.

Thank you to all of the IHA Poker Ride sponsors:  MtnHomes4Horses.com at RE/MAX Alliance 303-638-0994 – helping buyers and sellers of properties for horses and their people; Aspen Creek Veterinary Hospital  303-697-4864; Amy Dunkelman – Double H Horse Boarding & Training at Broce Ranch + Mountain Homes & Horses, LLC.   Coldwell Banker 303-921-0315.  See you at the October 20th meeting!  Heather McWilliams © 2015.

Front Range Backcountry Horsemen

The Front Range Back Country Horsemen (FRBCH) work behind the scenes, unknown to many trail riders and campers, to clear the trails, educate and to serve as advocates for horses on the trails. In more detail, their three main objectives as an equestrian service club are to keep the trails in the Mount Evans and Lost Creek Wilderness areas, as well as the Pike and Arapahoe National Forests outside of Denver, open to horseback riders and pack stock; to educate the public about various horse related topics such as camping with horses; and to act as equestrian advocates with local, state and federal governments.

Whether you trail ride or not, it is critical to recognize the importance of the few groups that actively work to ensure the usage, safety and condition of the trails. New members of FRBCH are always welcome and will enjoy not only the comradery of the group, but will ride and camp in some of the most spectacular places on earth.

Last September, several FRBCH members met to be re-certified as “sawyers” for the US Forest Service by Forest Ranger, Ralph Bradt. The certification took place at the south end of the Ben Tyler trail in South Park where the trail was in desperate need of clearing. They met in the morning, some with horses, although many did not bring their horses because of the Vesicular Stomatitis outbreak. The group, Friends of Mount Evans also participated and many planned to stay and camp for the weekend. The certification included demonstrating all of the saw cuts the club uses in the forest to clear trails.

FRBCH carries four different sizes of club-owned saws, including two 42 inch crosscut saws that can be used as two person saws and bypass loppers, used to cut back overgrowth. In the wilderness, mechanical saws are not allowed. Most members receive certifications for clearing down trees, while some are certified to fell trees and use chain saws. Every trip includes certified members to supervise the activities of those who are not certified. By the end of that weekend, they had cleared 64 downed trees and had received their re-certifications in preparation for this year.

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The busiest time for the FRBCH is late spring, summer and early fall. They meet several times a month with their horses, at various locations, to work on clearing the trails and making sure they are wide enough for a packed horse or mule to navigate. Trips range from day trips to camping trips, during the week and on weekends. Members participate in the trips when they can and they are typically ready to ride at 9:30am on work days. Some days involve quite a bit of tree clearing while others are light. On weekend trips, the group stays at the trail head to allow members to pitch tents or sleep in their trailers. On occasion, FRBCH brings along their club camp-stoves and everyone pitches in to enjoy breakfast and dinner together. In addition, many members are very experienced at camping with horses and packing into the backcountry and they are always willing to share their knowledge.

One of the yearly highlights is the Colorado Trail ride that FRBCH hosts for members. This year the ride is seven days long, with one day off in the middle. By doing several segments each year, FRBCH completes the entire Colorado Trail in five years. It is a completely catered ride where a support team moves the camp daily, supplies and prepares all of the food for the people and horses. It is a great way to experience the Colorado Trail, get your feet wet backcountry camping with your horse with experienced packers and riders. This year the ride is July 18-26 and is broken into three segments, allowing people to do all 7 days (Platinum Membership, $780), 4 days (Gold membership, $480) or 3 days (Silver membership, $380). Visit the website for more details.

Other services FRBCH provide are carrying water up to noxious weed spraying areas, building corrals, mapping trails with GPS and packing out abandoned camps for the US Forest Service. Furthermore, they have an Ambassador Ride to patrol the Christmas tree cutting areas on behalf of the US Forest Service and ride in the annual Parker Carriage Parade in December.

As advocates for horses on trails in the backcountry, some FRBCH members attend meetings held by local, county or state government when there is support needed related to the use of horses, access and parking, and whether trails in a particular area should remain open to horseback riders. Horse people attendance at these meetings is critical to show support in numbers for horse activities, alongside the hikers and bikers.

Front Range Back County Horsemen holds monthly meetings for business and planning. Find the schedule and more information on their website, www.frontrangebackcountyhorsemen.org (or www.frbch.org), or call President Kitty Bladt at 303-984-2387 or Vice President Linda Baur at 303-670-3550.  Please consider becoming a part of this fun, educational and important group! Heather McWilliams © 2015.

Colorado Horsecare Foodbank Receives ASPCA Grant!

The Colorado Horsecare Foodbank has received at $14,000 grant from ASPCA!  The grant will bring a specialist in Strategic Planning and Development out to Colorado to consult with the board of the Colorado Horsecare Foodbank on preparing for the future.  Congratulations CHF!!!

The Colorado Horsecare Foodbank started with Juliana Lehman in Evergreen, Colorado, but has turned into a regional force, helping to keep horses with their families and being at the ready in times of natural disaster.  Consider supporting them through giving or through a gift on your behalf.  In addition, they have upcoming fundraising events including Flowers for Food; buy locally raised flowers for your pots and gardens and Hay Bales & Horse Tales; a FUNdraising evening in the fall of entertainment, food and horse related shopping!

For more information about these events, giving and Colorado Horsecare Foodbank, go to www.horsefoodbank.org.