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Summer Horse Calendar 2016!

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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.

Evergreen’s Rodeo Royalty: Meet Sierra, Lauren & Gabriella

With the coming of the Evergreen Rodeo on Father’s Day Weekend, the 2015 Evergreen Royalty will represent their town, the history and the tradition of the Evergreen Rodeo.  These three young ladies have spent the last year serving our community, preserving our western heritage and promoting rodeo.  They represent the Evergreen Rodeo Association and community as ambassadors with the highest level of integrity and professionalism.

The Evergreen Rodeo Royalty spends numerous hours volunteering for events throughout the year, starting with the National Western Stock Show and various community events throughout the state of Colorado. They volunteer several hundred hours promoting the community, local rodeos and rodeo events all over the state of Colorado, including our own this year June 19th-21st.

The Evergreen royalty includes, Miss Evergreen Rodeo (ages 17 – 24), Evergreen Rodeo Princess (ages 15 – 17) and the Evergreen Rodeo Junior Princess (ages 10 – 14).

Contestants go through an extensive competition that takes place over several days and events.  The girls are judged based on the following criteria: formal and casual modeling, impromptu questions at each event, two personal interviews with the judges, a speech, a written exam and a full day of horsemanship.

Jody Benefiel, Evergreen Rodeo Royalty Coordinator states: “they work all year round going to various events representing our rodeo. They are amazing, intelligent and beautiful young women who will get up at the crack of dawn, drive several miles or hours to reach an event, be royalty ready with hair and make-up done and an assortment of outfits for whatever comes their way and always ready to help out where ever they are needed.”

In their own words, the Sierra, Lauren and Gabriella talk about their horses and what being part of the Evergreen Rodeo has meant to them over the past year.

Sierra Knodle, Miss Rodeo Evergreen

Ever since I can remember, I have had a passion for horses. When I was much younger, I was like any other little girl, posters of the majestic animals on every wall, horse stuffed animals everywhere, not to mention every Birthday wish list began with one item; My very own horse. At this time I was only four or five and what did horses mean to me? They were big, fast, beautiful animals. They were outstanding pets that could, of course, be dressed to match in all purple. I could braid their beautiful manes and tails and maybe even add a couple of flowers.

As I continue through the journey of life, I have had many passions, but they have come and gone. It is my horses that have been there through everything. I fell in love with the sport of rodeo, as well as the rodeo queens, early on in life. However my thoughts on them are similar to the horses. It wasn’t until much older I learned what it was really about. Rodeo was something greater than I had ever imagined. A sport that was all about hard work, bringing athletes together through man and animal.  Queening is also similar. As a child, I saw the rhinestones, the pretty horses and the crown. But as my last few weeks as Miss Evergreen Rodeo are soon to be over, I am reminded daily that having the opportunity to represent the Evergreen Rodeo as their queen isn’t just about wearing the crown. It is about sharing my passion for rodeo and my unconditional love for horses, and helping others find their passion too.

Now over 12 years later, I can again share with you what horses mean to me. Yes, they are still big, fast, and beautiful animals – and I do enjoy braiding their tails. But to me, they are so much more than that. Horses are teachers, best friends, and one in a million partners. I wouldn’t trade them for the world. There is only one thing that makes me even happier then working with my own and that is sharing my passion with others. My goal is to help young cowboys and cowgirls discover everything these magnificent animals have to offer. I hope to help them to find not just the beautiful animal, but the partner, best friend, and teacher, all in one.

Lauren Hladik, Evergreen Rodeo Princess

I own two amazing horses, a 9 year old AQHA mare, Sugar and a 22 year old Thoroughbred gelding, Eddie.  I’ve lived on Pine Grove Ranch in Kittredge my whole life, so I’ve always been attached to my horses at the hip!  My Grandma, Nancy Hladik had my sister and I on horses since we were about 3 years old and I’ve been in love ever since.

My family has been involved with the Evergreen Rodeo Association since it was called the Bear Creek Rodeo Association.  My Grandma, Nancy Hladik was Mrs. Evergreen Rodeo in 1981 and the Evergreen Rodeo is something that my family always plans ahead for a year in advance!  I grew up there and always wanted to be a member of their Royalty.  I knew when I was crowned the 2015 Evergreen Rodeo Princess, I would be able to represent the Evergreen Rodeo, but as my year advanced, I realized that I am representing the rodeo that helped shape who I am today.  The Evergreen Rodeo has helped cultivate my love for rodeo, my hometown and my overall personality.

My sister and my parents would say I have definitely become more full of myself, ha-ha, but they would also agree with me that being royalty has helped me mature as a person.  I have learned to be punctual, more responsible and polite, while representing the Evergreen Rodeo.  These qualities have carried over into my personal life as well.  I have received compliments about my level of maturity, in the most random places, anywhere from my physical therapist office to my school!

Since I had the rare opportunity of being able to grow up on a ranch, I think having a connection with animals is extremely important as a young child.  It develops certain traits that you can’t learn any other way, such as responsibility, respect and millions of things about animals that helps expand your overall life knowledge.

Gabriella Otero, Evergreen Rodeo Junior Princess

This past year as the Evergreen Rodeo Junior Princess has been amazing.  Each event taught me more about the rodeo’s rich history and I was able to share my love for riding and horses. It is impressive how the rodeo association is able to dedicate their time and energy to the community of Evergreen, not just the rodeo and I was a part of that. Most importantly, I learned how to be confident around others and to do what was in their best interest.

I enjoyed meeting new people and going to new places. I never realized how many community events there are in Evergreen throughout the year. I had to build my stamina to help at each one and never lose my smile! I think my favorite was face painting. I cannot wait until rodeo weekend when the whole community comes together again and I can ride my horse in the parade. See you out there!

Join us Father’s Day Weekend!  Go to evergreenrodeo.com for more information on the Evergreen Rodeo Royalty and a complete schedule of events.

Evergreen Rodeo Meeting

Planning for the upcoming Rodeo and Parade.

Evergreen Rodeo Meeting

Planning for the upcoming Rodeo and Parade.

Evergreen Rodeo Christmas Crusade for Children Ride

This marks the 7th year that the Evergreen Rodeo Association (ERA) will be riding to bring the spirit of Christmas to kids that would not otherwise receive a gift on Christmas morning.

KYGO_Christmas_Crusade_(9)In 2008 Dave Marshall, long time member and past president of the Evergreen Rodeo Association wanted to do something with his children to put thought and meaning into their gift giving at Christmas time. His idea was to deliver presents by horseback with his kids and whoever else wanted to join, starting from the Evergreen/El Pinal Rodeo Grounds on Stagecoach Blvd and ending at the Bergen Park Fire Station.

Dave explains, “It’s only about a 6 mile ride round trip but it’s a great opportunity to reflect on what Christmas is all about. Being horseback riding through Elk Meadow with family and friends is a perfect place to find peace and thank God for all the things we are blessed with.”

This year they will be riding to Williams Park in Bergen Park and then back to the rodeo grounds. Anyone with a horse is welcome to join in the ride. Last year there were 45 riders and the hope is to see over 100 people delivering gifts on horseback in the name of underprivileged children.KYGO_Christmas_Crusade

Christmas Crusade for Children recipients are the kids that the ERA has sponsored since the inception of the ride. KYGO’s Christmas Crusade for Children started in 1983 to reach the kids in the Denver region that are in need. City & state police and sheriff’s departments (over 30 agencies) familiarize themselves with family situations and “wish lists” as Christmas approaches. As of last year, over 218,000 kids have been blessed through the combined efforts of officers, KYGO listeners, major businesses and individuals.

The children to be sponsored are first nominated by an officer where they are entered into the system and tracked confidentially through the process. Individuals, families and businesses sponsor the kids and drop off the new, unwrapped gifts at the Christmas Crusade Headquarters at 7075 W. Hampden Road. Then the nominating officers pick up the gifts and deliver them to the children in person by Christmas Day. Gifts for unsponsored children are purchased with monies that have been donated directly to Christmas Crusade.

The stated purpose of Christmas Crusade for Children is to “brighten the spirits of children who would not otherwise receive a gift on Christmas morning and to present law enforcement officers as positive figures in their lives.”

KYGO_Christmas_Crusade_(5)This year’s ride is Saturday December 13th. If you and your horse(s) would like to join, park at the Evergreen Rodeo Grounds to meet the group. Horses and riders will leave the rodeo grounds at 10:00 am. We hope to see you there!

For those who cannot ride, you can meet the horses and riders at Williams Park with a gift for a sponsored child. ERA will deliver the gifts to the drop off location. Food donations are also accepted and will be delivered to our local EChO food bank (www.EvergreenChristianOutreach.org). Items always in need this time of year are hearty soups & stews, canned fruit, cereal, dish soap, canned meats, holiday foods (list on website), toiletries and toilet paper.

To sponsor children or donate to Christmas Crusade at 303-322-5437 or www.christmascrusadeforchildren.org. You can also mail a donation to KYGO Christmas Crusade for Children, 7800 E. Orchard Road – Suite 400, Greenwood Village, CO 80111.

Evergreen Rodeo Association, www.EvergreenRodeo.com. New members and volunteers always welcome to help carry on the tradition of the Evergreen Rodeo & Parade on Father’s Day Weekend!  Photos by Joseph Williams and KYGO Photographer.

Heather McWilliams © 2014.

Evergreen Rodeo Weekend! The Animal Stars –

Have you ever wondered why rodeo horses buck?  Do they hate people?  Is the flank strap in some unforeseen area?  Are they wild and straight off the boat?  Well, no.  The truth is, rodeo stock horses and bulls have been bred for decades to do just that – BUCK!  Not a quality that we look for in our riding horses by any means, but these sturdy, high buckers are worth a pretty penny.  A good bucking horse can run around twenty five thousand dollars and the bulls reach prices in the hundreds of thousands.

The Cervi Rodeo Company will haul a set of stock in from one of their grass covered, expansive Colorado locations, where the horses and bulls spend the majority of their time roaming the hills, getting fat and sleeping under the stars.  Not too bad…  Bucking horses in particular spend the first seven years of their life preparing and practicing to buck off their cowboy athlete counterparts.  While in the rodeo arena with a cowboy hanging on for dear life, these horses may not look like any horse that you would want to be anywhere near, but one important quality that they are bred for along with a love to buck and athleticism, is that they must be good to handle and work with for their own safety as well as that of the handlers.

These high dollar animals receive care much like that of our best show horses and like us, the stock contractors have a personal attachment to them.  Many stock contractors like Cervi Rodeo Company are a family oriented business.  The care of the animals is not only important to their livelihood, but it is a part of who they are to take care of the animals and the land that they live on.  Just go to the Cervi website and look though their horses and bulls – It is like going to any other horse website bragging on their animals.  One of my favorite parts is their names:  Street Smart, Party Shop, Grit Your Teeth, Pinball Wizard, Hostage, Amy’s Pet, Texas Cocktail and Little Bo Peep.

The Cervi Rodeo Company brings the horses and bulls in daily for the Evergreen Rodeo and stays with them to handle and work with them during the rodeo.   Not only do they personally ensure that their animals are well cared for, but about forty five years ago, the Evergreen Rodeo went through an approval process to become a PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association) sanctioned rodeo.

To be a PRCA rodeo, you must abide by the rules and regulations set up by the organization – Sixty of those rules alone deal with the treatment and handling of the animals.  The rules cover details like the equipment used by the cowboys, stock contractors and handlers – such as spurs, flank straps, and rigging; the specific size of the animals for certain events and the protective gear used on the horns of the cattle in roping events.

One example is the flank strap used in the bucking events.  Flank straps only touch the belly and flanks of the horses and bulls (no private parts!) and must be lined with fleece or neoprene for horses, or a soft five-eighths cotton rope for the bulls – both with a quick release fastener.  As the horse or bull leaves the gate, the flank strap is fit like a snug belt.  In addition, animals can only be used one time during a rodeo (all events are less than one minute long) and there must be a veterinarian on site at all PRCA rodeos.

Dr. Shane Baird of Mobile Veterinary Services has been the Evergreen Rodeo Veterinarian since 2004.  The number of stock injured at the Evergreen Rodeo during his tenure is zero, not much different than the statistic for all PRCA rodeos, which averages only five-hundredth’s of one percent.   Dr. Baird evaluates each animal as they are unloaded at the grounds; as they eat, sleep and drink in their pens; as they are loaded into the chutes and as they return to their pens

Dr. Baird serves on the Evergreen Rodeo Committee, overseers of a grand association of volunteers that are passionate about animals, rodeo, tradition and the crazy fun weekend that the rodeo brings to Evergreen.  Animal welfare is of the highest importance to not only the PRCA and the Evergreen Rodeo Association; it is of the utmost importance to all of us who love our four legged friends, large and small.  So, slather on the sunscreen, hat and boots and come out to enjoy all of the festivities during this Father’s Day Weekend in Evergreen.  Don’t forget to root on your favorite athletes like Hot Head, Rose Puff and Mighty Mary!  For the full schedule and to buy tickets, go to one of the finest websites around at www.evergreenrodeo.com.  For more about PRCA rodeo, go to www.prorodeo.com.  Heather McWilliams (c) 2013.