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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

Please Be Our Guest! Client Appreciation & Artist Exhibition January 9th, 1-4pm!

Please join us for our 1st annual Client Appreciation & Artist Exhibition Open House at Junction Box – 1075 Park Ave W, Denver – January 9th between 1-4pm.

Thank you for making us your go to REALTORS when it comes to Ranch, Recreation and Residential Properties!

We are honored to be able to host this soiree at the Ranchlands Art Exibit.  Artists who have taken their inspiration from the Chico Basin Ranch and the Zapata Ranch managed by Ranchlands, have offered to extend this exhibit just for you!

As you savor the delicious appetizers and libations, we hope you will find a piece to take home.  All art sales benefit ongoing projects at Ranchlands, plus 5% of art sales will go toward Colorado Horsecare Foodbank.

Several of these artists can also be seen at the Coors Western Art Show running January 9 – 24th.

ARTISTS INCLUDE :  DUKE BEARDSLEY, SOPHY BROWN, TERRY GARDNER, MARK GOULD, JILL SOUKUP, LANI VLAANDEREN, STEVE WEAVER.  Click HERE to view entire exhibit.  Select artists will be attending this soiree.gouldchicoranchhouse

 

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GIVE-AWAYS FOR ATTENDEES INCLUDE –

Tickets to RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining at NWSS

Tickets to An Evening of Dancing Horses at NWSS

3-Night stay at Zapata Ranch for 2 people –Zapata Ranch is a working bison, cattle and guest ranch owned by The Nature Conservancy and operated by Ranchlands in the San Luis Valley in Colorado

 

RESERVATIONS REQUESTED

please rsvp by December 30th

303.638.0994  HEATHER@MTNHOMES4HORSES.COM

Venue:  1075 Park Ave W in Denver, not far from Coors Field.  Junction Box is a brick building at the corner of Arapahoe and Park Ave W – The gallery entrance is off of Arapahoe.  Parking is available on the street or in nearby parking lots.Map Junction Box

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.

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 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.

Colorado Corral Ranch Race & Western Dressage Weekend!

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Western Dressage Clinic with Kelly Hendricks

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to all of the participants and sponsors for the Colorado Corral Ranch Race & Western Dressage Clinics & Competitions!  Unless you have been under a rock, you are well aware that the contagious disease, Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) has put a big damper on equine & bovine activities this year in our region.  Because of the VS, our numbers were down as expected, but it was great to be able to get together in our amazing Colorado weather to enjoy our horses!  With Dr. Baird of Mobile Veterinary Services checking each horse upon arrival, we went vegetarian this year and did not bring any cattle in to further reduce our risk.  Thankfully, we were still able to donate $100 to the Colorado Horsecare Foodbank with our proceeds.

There are slide shows of the Western Dressage & Ranch Race pictures, on the youtube channel – MtnHomes4Horses, under the “Community Horse Events” playlist.  A huge thanks to Kelly Hendricks & Tucker Black for donating their time as clinicians, to Dr. Baird for checking the horses for VS, to Chris Sletten for scribing for our judge Beth Geier, to Canyon Tack & Feed for the great goodie bags and to Big R for more fun stuff!!!

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Amelia & Bueno

Please tell them thank you for supporting and give them your business!  We look forward to next year and hopefully no VS!

Evergreen Rodeo Weekend and the Year of the Horse!

Join in on the festivities this Father’s Day weekend for the Evergreen Rodeo Parade and two Rodeo Performances at 2pm (gates open at noon) both Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th.  See the full schedule here:  http://evergreenrodeo.com/PDF/weekend_schedule.pdf

As you may know in the Chinese Zodiac calendar it is the Year of the Horse (isn’t every year?!), hence the theme for the parade is the Year of the Horse.  I am excited to be serving as one of the parade judges this year!

Here is an excerpt about the Year of the Horse from ChineseFortuneCalendar.com.:  Horse is one of Chinese favorite animals. Horse provides people quick transportation before automobiles, so people can quickly reach their destinations. Horse even can help people to win the battle. Therefore Horse is a symbol of traveling, competition and victory. That’s why Horse is connected to speedy success in China.

Horses like to compete with others. They pursuit for their freedom, passion and leadership. That implies that people will have busy schedule for their goals in the year of Horse. Horse hour of Chinese Horoscopes is from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. Sunshine generates lots of heat during the Horse hour. Therefore, horse is connected to heat, fire and red. Horses like the social activities, because horses like show off themselves. Since horse is a social animal and red is also connected to love, therefore. horse is treated as a Romantic Star in Chinese Horoscope.

Dragon and Horse are auspicious symbols to Chinese. Chinese said that the best flyer is the sky is Dragon and the best runner on the ground is Horse. Dragon and Horse are the symbols of high-rank, outstanding, noble and leadership. Chinese history book said Horse has 30 percents of Dragon personality. More than 8-foot tall Horse is called Dragon-Horse. There was a Dragon-Horse jumped out of the Yellow River almost 5000 years ago. Fu Xi saw that Dragon-Horse had a diagram on its horseback, which inspired him to invent the I-Ching Pre-Heaven Pa- Kua. Chinese civilization began to take off since that. Chinese sometimes encourage people using the Spirit of the Dragon-Horse. Dragon-Horse Spirit doesn’t mean only a person with full energy as the Dragon-Horse, but also, a person pushing himself to transcend his potential to hold the leadership.

Every Chinese dynasty, Chinese look for sturdy and beautiful stallions. The stallion must be tall and be able to outrun other horses. If the stallion can run one-thousand-Chinese-mile (about 312 miles) a day, then it called one-thousand-Chinese-mile Horse, which means winged steed. One-thousand-Chinese-mile Horses can help the emperors to conquer the nation. Also, a winged steed can save the master’s life by running away swiftly, if the master cannot fight with the enemy.  Today, when a person is called one-thousand-Chinese-mile Horse, that means the person is a hard-to-find, outstanding, experienced elite and knows how to run the business.

One of famous one-thousand-Chinese-mile Horses in China is called Sweat-Blood Horse. They said the sweat of Sweat-Blood Horse is red, when it runs in high speed for a while. According to the study, Sweat-Blood Horse was a Turkmenistan horse breed. One Chinese emperor sent more than 50 thousand soldiers to Turkmenistan to bring back a thousand of Sweat-Blood Horses. But only half of horses arrived China alive.

Genghis Khan built the Mongol Empire by horses. The Mongol Horses were a smaller breed, they were bred for endurance, not for speed like stallions. Genghis Khan conquered Eastern Europe so quickly. Because Eastern European countries never realized Mongol cavalry can arrive their territories so fast and they didn’t have enough time to prepare the defense. They said each Mongol cavalryman had three or four horses. They will change another horse when one got tired. So Mongolian horses can take turn and get some rest. Mongol cavalryman even knew how to sleep in the saddle. That’s why they can travel long distances without stopping. We know horses can sleep while standing. Mongolian horses have a better sleeping skill. When they ran in a group, the horse in the center can sleep while running.

Horse is intelligent animal. Horses need to be trained to become useful to human. Human can make Horse famous. Without human’s guide, Horse just a wild animal. It doesn’t know where to go. There is no destination in its life.

Summer Event Calendar!

What are you and your horse going to do during our amazing Colorado summers?  Have a horse-crazy kid?  This is the time of year to start making your plans!  Here is a list of horse related activities for our area.  More detailed information can be found under the Event tab or at the website specified.  Also under Event tab – find, add or even sync to your own calendar.   Learn something or go somewhere new!

COLORADO HORSECARE FOODBANK, horsefoodbank.org, 303-670-1474.

Flowers for Food!  Going on now!  Get exceptionally gorgeous flowers, raised in the mountains at competitive prices.  Your pots or ours.

Cattle Drive & Trail Ride – May 16-18, Friday – Sunday at Colorado Cattle Company’s 10,000 acre ranch.  Registration ending soon!

Hay Bales & Horse Tails – October 3.  Incredible annual fundraiser,  Jeffco Fairgrounds.

CAMPS

Anchorage Farm, Pine, centaurrising.org, 303-838-5086.

Basic Horse Camps (ages 8-15 )

June 10-12, June 17-19, June 24-26, July 8-10. July 29-31

Little Kids Camps (ages 5-7)

June 10-12, July 8-10, July 29-31

Intensive Horse Camps (8 & Up)

June 17-19, July 29-31

Dressage Camps (8 & Up)

July 15-17, August 5-7

Family & Kids Horsemanship Camps, Llaves, New Mexico, jubileehorse.com.

Amazing opportunity to enjoy your horses or theirs, thousands of acres of National Forest and learn something         while you are at it with local trainer, Julie Phillips.

 

CLINICS

COLORADO CORRAL RANCH RACE /WESTERN DRESSAGE CLINIC & COMPETITION – Evergreen Rodeo Grounds. See Shows for September 14th. MtnHomes4Horses.com, 303-638-0994.

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COLORADO CORRAL RANCH RACE CLINIC – with Tucker Black.

WESTERN DRESSAGE CLINIC – With Train The Trainers TM Instructor, Kelly Hendricks.

 

HarmonyHorseworks, Conifer, harmonyhorseworks.com.

ESCT or PEAT Clinics and Beginner lessons – Heal the spooky horse and fearful rider.   Flexible schedule.

 

Tucker Black Clinics, Red Hawk Ranch, Conifer, tuckerblackhorsemanship.com.  303-870-8389.

April 26 Horsemanship 1 and Trail Course. One or both.
May 10   Horsemanship 2 and Trail Course. One or both.
June 21  Introduction to Working Cows
July 19   Cow Work

HORSE SHOWS

4-H Open (anyone/all age groups can participate)  – English/Western/Trail/Gymkhanas:

May 11 – Harry Horse Show, Westernaire Arena, Jeffco Fairgrounds.

May 18 – Arvada Hoofprints, Westernaire Arena, Jeffco Fairgrounds.

June 22 – Horse Feathers, Evergreen Rodeo Arena.

July 12 & 13 – Pleasant Park Clinic & Show, Mckeever Arena, Conifer.

July 20 – Jeffco Rangers/Wranglers, Rodeo Arena, Jeffco Fairgrounds.

July 27 – Ranch Race 4-H Clinic 8-10am, 10am-12pm & Open Competition. 1230pm – ~530pm.

August 7 – Jeffco County Fair – English/Western/Trail, Rodeo Arena.

August 8 – Jeffco County Fair – Gymkhana, Rodeo Arena.

September 28 – 4-H Fun Show, Table View Arena, Jeffco Fairgrounds.

Centaur Rising RMDS Dressage Shows:

Anchorage Farm, Pine, centaurrising.org, 303-838-5086.

July 20: #1

August 10: #2

COLORADO CORRAL RANCH RACE/WESTERN DRESSAGE COMPETITION – Evergreen Rodeo Grounds.(past Ranch Race Slide Shows at YouTube channel, MtnHomes4Horses).  See Clinics for September 13th.  MtnHomes4Horses.com, 303-638-0994.

September 14

DRESSAGE Schooling Show – Ride-a-Test Format, USDF Judge.

Open to Ride English, Western or Gaited.

RANCH RACE COMPETITION – All ages & levels.  

MEETINGS – Educational

Buffalo Bill Saddle Club, Jeffco Fairgrounds 7-930pm, bbscgolden.org

2nd Wednesday’s 7-930pm at Jeffco Fairgrounds.

Intermountain Horse Association, Beau Jos Meeting Room 630-8pm, Evergreen.  Intermountainhorse.org.

3rd Tuesdays – April 15, May 20, Summer off, September 16, etc.

TRAIL RIDING

Buffalo Bill Saddle Club – see ride & camping schedule online at bbscgolden.org.  Too many to list!

Colorado Corral Trail Rides – email heather@mtnhomes4horses.com to get on the trail ride email list.  Casual riding with friends at local parks every couple of weeks.

Front Range Backcountry Horsemen, frontrangebackcountryhorsemen.org for information:

May 16 & 17 – Indian Creek Camp & Work Ride

June 6-8 – Girl’s Camping Trip

June 28 – Captain Mountain Work Day, 50th Anniversary

July 18-26 – Colorado Trail Ride

September 6 – Wilderness Walk, Evergreen

Intermountain Horse Association Poker Ride, intermountainhorse.com.

September 6 – Details TBD.

North American Trail Ride Conference, NATRC.org, volunteers and new riders welcome!

May 3-4, 17 – Clinics – Eckert & Larkspur.

May 24 & 25 – Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs.

June 7 & 8 – Colorado Trail, Buffalo Creek.

July 19-20 – Willow Springs, Jefferson.

RANCH SORTING

Evergreen Ranch Sorters:  Saturdays 10am-12pm, June – Late Fall: Reffel’s Arena, Pine, details at evergreenranchsorters.com.  Non-members welcome! 

RODEO

Evergreen Parade & Rodeo Weekend, Evergreen Rodeo Grounds, evergreenrodeo.com.

Saturday 14 – 10am Parade, 2pm Rodeo (with Muttin Bustin)

Sunday 15 – 2pm Rodeo (with Muttin Bustin)

Volunteers Needed for Parade and Rodeo!  Go to Volunteer tab on website.

Colorado Corral Ranch Race & Western Dressage Weekend Results – October 5 & 6th!

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After delaying the original dates because of the flood, the Evergreen Rodeo Grounds took some extra preparation!  In some areas, there were 2-3’ deep trenches dug by run off that became re-routed down the main drive and into the arena.  Starry Night Ranch hired a local Bobcat operator to come move dirt around and fill in the holes.  My sons and I did a lot of circling in the arena with the drag on a couple occasions.  In addition, an officer from the Colorado Division of Wildlife even made time in his busy day to kindly drag away a very old and VERY smelly elk carcass!

With our original two judges and two clinicians, the weekend went on as planned.  On Saturday, Kelly Hendricks, who has been through the Western Dressage Association’s Train The Trainers TM program lead morning and afternoon groups through the paces out on the grass.  During the same times, Tucker Black worked with two different groups in the rodeo arena on the Ranch Race obstacles.

Over the two days, the proceeds from participants totaled $800, with $600 going to the Colorado Horsecare Foodbank and $200 to the Evergreen Rodeo Grounds!   Here are the results:

Western Dressage Ride-A-Test (Beth Geier, USDF Judge – Cassandra Dipentino Instructor):

  1. Jennifer Donnelly & Wyatt 69.58%
  2. Claire Gosnell & Bitta 66.05%
  3. Denise Schupp & Drifter 64.26%
  4. Sierra Stauffer & Beau 62.71%
  5. Cheryl Holmberg & Ebony 62.29%
  6. Linda Baur & Dolly 59.54%

Ranch Race

Youth 12 & Under:  1. Alix Bailey & Lakota  2. Alexis Hall & Lotto.

Youth 13-18:  1. Breanna Elson & Tommy  2. Erin Blair & Oliver 3. Delaney & Quick To Be Wise.

Green as Grass:  1. Jennifer Hancey & Peavy  2.  Claire Gosnell & Bitta  3.  Marti Cooper & O’Lenas Rosa  4.  Jennifer Donnelly & Wyatt.

Young Horse:  1. Denise Schupp & Drifter.

Amateur:  1. Erika Blair & Chocolate Chip  2. Linda Baur & Dolly  3. Erin Blair & Oliver  4. Amber Hall & Grady  5. Sierra Stauffer & Beau.

Open:  1. Tucker Black & Lakota  2. Dan Bechler & Charm 3. Monika Wheeler & Valor  4. Breanna Elson & Tommy.

Jackpot:  1. Tucker Black & Lakota  2. Erica Blair & Chocolate Chip  3. Monica Wheeler & Valor  4. Amber Hall & Grady  5. Alexis Hall & Lotto  6. Delaney Taylor & Quick To Be Wise.

Thank you to our sponsors:  Canyon Tack & Feed, Pine Country Feed, Pikes View Ranch & Kelly Hendricks, Tucker Black Horsemanship, Big R, MtnHomes4Horses.com, Starry Night Ranch and Mobile Veterinary Services!  Please thank them!  Thank you to the Pleasant Park 4-H group for the yummy food and drink on both days and to our volunteers Janice Weldon and Scott & Grace Updegraff!  Go to the MtnHomes4Horses YouTube channel or to the blog at MtnHomes4Horses.com for slide shows from both days.  See you September 2014 for our 5th year! Heather McWilliams © 2013.

 

 

***New Date for Colorado Corral Ranch Race & Western Dressage! October 5 & 6th***

New Date for Ranch Race & Western Dressage!!!  Thank you to our clinicians and judges for their understanding and willingness to reschedule a new date!  Saturday October 5th will be the clinics for the Ranch Race and Western Dressage & the Ranch Race Competition and Western Dressage will run concurrently on Sunday October 6th.   All of the information is updated in the Event section on this website.  See past Ranch Race’s at YouTube channel “MtnHomes4Horses”.

The schedule will remain mostly the same, although we will likely add another Ranch Race clinic on Saturday to keep the groups at about 8 participants.  If you would be interested in being in a 8-10am Ranch Race Clinic, please let me know if you were already.  The other two for Ranch Race will be at 10am-12pm and 1-3pm.  Western Dressage clinics will be at 10am-12pm and 1-3pm.
On Sunday the Ranch Race will start with the youth divisions at 9am (830am judge walk through) and the Western Dressage Ride-A-Test times will start at 9:30am.  For Western Dressage Rules & Tests, go to:  http://www.westerndressageassociation.org/western-dressage-rules-tests/
Registration form below or email me to receive on to pass along to your friends who were not able to attend the original dates.  The new closing date will be September 30th –

Ranch Race & Western Dressage Registration Form

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Heather McWilliams
303-638-0994