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You are never too many years!  2016 Local Century Club Members

We often define and put far too many limits on ourselves and those around us because of age.  Two of our local riders and an incredible horse named Sage have raised the bar and proved that attitude overrides age.

Sage is a 30 year old Saddlebred who was adopted by Centaur Rising at Anchorage Farm in Pine in 2013.  A home with Kris and Jim Cooper was a great fit.  Jim is constantly monitoring Sage’s condition and needs.  Sage needed an experienced horse home because of his special feed and care requirements in his maturity and wouldn’t we all!  Under their care and active riding program Sage has flourished.  When he arrived, the life was gone from his eye.  His initial gaits did really did not include a true trot or canter.   He had never learned to do circles and was very one sided to the right.  Then Leanne Tousey entered his life and helped him reach his riding potential.

Leanne, Kris and Sage

Leanne, Kris and Sage

Leanne, a mountain area resident, is a lifetime dog and horse lover.  Leanne grew up riding at summer camps, but despite her pestering, her parents would not buy her a horse.  She was married to her husband Mike in 1965 and they eventually moved their family from northern Iowa to southern California.  Riding horses was one of the sports that kept their kids busy.  Leanne’s daughter spent a significant amount of time training, showing and enjoying time at Cal Poly Pomona Arabian Farm.  Leanne’s dream was rekindled there to someday return to riding and more specifically to focus on dressage.

After thirty years of breeding and showing Miniature Schnauzers, culminating in handling a dog she bred to a Best in Show, Leanne decided it was time to follow her dream to return to riding.  In September of 2015 at the age of 72, Leanne found Kris Cooper, trainer and owner of Anchorage Farms.  Kris was happy to take on the challenges of an adult beginner and the rest is history.  Kris, a couple years younger than Leanne, understood the challenges and limits Leanne may have.  Kris describes Leanne as more agile than someone half her age and rides because she really enjoys it.

Kris credits Leanne with working with Sage to learn to leg yield, turn on the forehand, something he had never learned before and was quite resistant to in the beginning, and how to stop without being pulled on.  He even does shoulder-in!

This year, Kris and Sage worked together to earn their Century Club Membership through the Dressage Foundation (dressagefoundation.org).  The Century Club recognizes Dressage riders and horses whose combined age totals 100 years or more. Horse and rider perform a Dressage test at any level, at a Dressage show or event, and are scored by a Dressage judge or professional.  Then on August 14, 2016 Leanne and Sage earned their membership into the Century Club.  Congratulations to Kris, Leanne and Sage!

Kris has been one of the only and longest running lesson and camp programs in our mountain area.  They have 12 gentle horses that were used this year in their Little Kids Camps (5-7 year olds) and she can certainly teach the older generations.  She would like to start a program for older people who may not want to ride, but would enjoy grooming, cleaning tack and being around the horses.  For more information go to centaurrising.org.  Heather McWilliams © 2016

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.

 

 

Centaur Rising Dressage Show II

Rocky Mountain Dressage Association-sanctioned show; includes western dressage classes

Foothills Dressage Schooling Show

dressage and western dressage classes

Centaur Rising Dressage Show #2

Centaur Rising Dressage Show #1

Dominique Barbier Clinic

Horse Travel – Holland

Most of the travelling in my adult life has been thanks to horses.  I spent three summers working in Kentucky at three different Thoroughbred breeding farms and the Keeneland Sales.  A plane flew me and a few other folks with forty one horses from Louisville, Kentucky to Dublin, Ireland to work on a stud farm for six months starting Thoroughbreds for racing.   Then to the very small town of Amherst, South Dakota to work at an Angus cattle operation that also bred Quarter Horses and Miniature Horses.  Another horse job pulled me south to Quarter Horse country in Whitesboro, Texas for almost four years.  A friend invited me along to go horse shopping in Holland – How could I say no?!

When people would ask me where and why I was going, the response was always, “don’t we have horses here?”  Of course we do!  The horse we were searching for was an upper level Dressage horse.  While America has caught up in many ways with the European breeders of warmbloods, the pool of horses to look at, I learned, is much greater across the Atlantic.  I realize I may have lost a few readers in that last sentence with the word “warmblood” – here is the definition:  Warmbloods are a group of middle weight horses that originated primarily in Europe when draft type or “cold blood” horses (i.e. Percheron, Clydesdale) were crossed with light saddle horses or “hot bloods” (i.e. Thoroughbred, Arabian).  Warmbloods excel in disciplines like Dressage, Jumping and Eventing.

A couple trips within the United States resulted in only a couple horses to look at and nothing that was “the one”.  So off to Holland where their specialty is the Dutch Warmblood.  Horse shopping overseas is somewhat familiar to my friend, so we had connections and over thirty horses, in about ten different locations to look at across Holland, in just five days.  The main horse broker that we were working with was very familiar with foreign buyers.  She has a website full of pictures and videos of her own horses as well as any other horse she knows of that may fit her clientele.  She has sold horses to some of the top Olympic riders and was entertaining clients from Russia, Spain and Denmark at the same time we were there.

Holland3We arrived in Amsterdam in the morning, picked up our rental car and were met at the airport by one of our hosts.  He handed us a list of about ten horses that we were to look at that day.  We followed him to the first stable, changed into our riding clothes in the bathroom, just in case we might hop on one, and I started my education of buying horses in Holland.  At each place, the horses were braided, groomed, warmed up and ready when we arrived.Holland1

More prominent than I have seen before when looking at horses is that horses of a certain age are expected to be at a certain level of training and to have been to several shows with an expected level of success.  There is not a lot of room for error when you are comparing so many horses in a short period of time.  The horses that were not up to the level of their peers, were easy to pass over.

For the most part, each horse we rode I could get a feel for all of their gaits, training and disposition.  We did go to one barn that specialized in high volume auction sales.  These lovely horses had the pedigree and looked fine going around with the auction riders, but once we rode them, the holes in their training were evident.  In other words, they were held together by the riders to look good, but did not have the training to go with it.

We also had the chance to stop by a Dressage show for an afternoon.  It was a one day show and I was impressed with the number and level of riders.  Shows around Holland are often and very high quality.    Dressage is a national sport here with many fans of riders and non-riders alike.  The top Dressage riders in Holland are celebrities like American football and basketball players.  The many large shows draw thousands of spectators to a festival-like production.  At this regional show, the riders comfort and familiarity with showing was evident as they casually showed up in time to warm up, ride their test, hung around for the awards and then headed home.   From what we could see as we drove around Holland, horses are commonplace in backyards with a Dressage arena to go with them.  Every now and then there was a jump or two, but the jumps were always accompanied by the Dressage letters around the perimeter of the arena.

 

The countryside was strikingly clean and beautiful with rows of manicured trees and grassy fields.  The pastures were divided up into smaller sections by ditches for rotational grazing with an odd gate here and there.  Without seeing the ditches of water, the gates appeared to be serving little purpose.  Each village we passed through consisted of lovely stone, brick or stucco homes and barns with wood accents.  The yards were meticulously groomed and tended.  We were fascinated by almost every window we passed having two of something – two plants, two vases, two flowers, two baskets and we couldn’t find an explanation from any of our Dutch hosts.

And the horse trailers… Granted they don’t have the hills that we have, but I saw only fiberglass trailers, many of them one horse, pulled by a menagerie of economical small cars.  I also renewed my love from Ireland of the horse lorry – truck and trailer all in one.  We even toured some lorry’s with living quarters. Someday!

The Dutch were friendly, brilliant hosts and I decided to put my phrasebook away because they spoke such excellent English.  As an added bonus, I sat next to an outdoor gear designer on the plane who was designing a new horse blanket that is more fitted, comfortable and horse friendly – Look for this innovative new blanket design – you will know it when you see it!  Heather McWilliams © 2013.