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By Bob Silbernagel
Monday, April 9, 2012

Harry Knipe with HK Boots and Saddle in Grand Junction, sent the following now about this week's saddle seminar at Mesa County Fairgrounds:

Just a quick note to remind you of the Colorado Saddle Maker's Association Spring Seminar this weekend (Apr 12 - 15) at the Mesa County Fairgrounds. Highlights include Thursday's "The Art of Making Cinches and Girths with Natural Fibers: For your Equine's Sake". This is an educational program presented by famed public educator/cinch maker Darin Alexander from Gentry,AR. On Friday Apr 13 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. the public is invited to watch leather carving demonstrations. It will be an opportunity to watch and learn about leather carving and tooling. Finally, of particular interest to the equine community, on Saturday, Apr 14th from 10:00 - 5:00 there is a saddle fitting clinic open to the public. This is an excellent opportunity to observe and or participate in a free professional saddle fitting ($125 value). The important points to consider when fitting a saddle to a particular horse will be covered in these fittings. There are a still couple of slots open for individuals to bring their horse for a fitting. To schedule one of the last appointments, call Harry Knipe, 245-3068.



By Bob Silbernagel
Thursday, April 5, 2012

Equine photographer Barb Young of Montrose won first place in Professional Black and White category of the Equine Ideal winter 2012 photography contest with this photo called "Here They Come."

This is a national contest with tough competition. Barb also won other awards in other categories. Check out her web page, listed below, along with the contest web site.

To learn more about Barb Young's photography, click HERE.

To see all of the winners of the Equine Ideal equine photography contest, click HERE.


Mustang Sanctuary ‘Steadfast’ in Assisting Wild horses

By Bob Silbernagel
Sunday, April 1, 2012

This is from today's Horseplay section of The Daily Sentinel

Paintbrush, a four-year-old mustang recently removed from the Douglas Creek herd in Rio Blanco County, was nervous with a handful of strangers hanging about. So he moved closer to the person he’s coming to trust — Tracy Scott.
Not a bad move on his part, because Scott will definitely reward that trust, not just for Paintbrush but for other mustangs. Scott has a lifelong love of horses, especially wild horses. And she and her husband, Blaine, are developing a mustang sanctuary called Steadfast Steeds on land they own on Glade Park.
The facility, just west of the Glade Park Store on 16 1/2 Road, will have a grand opening on May 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be demonstrations with some of the half-dozen mustangs that now reside at Steadfast Steeds, talks about mustangs and their needs, information on Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching and music.

To read the full story, click HERE.



By Bob Silbernagel
Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Grand Junction Horse Show Association's first show of the year, it's Fuzzy Show, is set for this Sunday, April 1, at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.

New for 2012 are classes for Hunter Hack and Youth Reining.

You can download the showbill by going to West Slope Horse, HERE.

Or go directly to the GJHSA website HERE. This photo is from the website.



By Bob Silbernagel
Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Colorado West Paint Horse Club's All Breeds Horse Expo got off to a solid start today at the Mesa County Fairgrounds. There were presentations by people like veterinarian John Harris and farrier Brian Crandall, clinics on showing horses, vendors and stallions available for stud service.

Katie Turcotte, one of the organizers of show, said there were at about 20 stallions and perhaps 15 vendors at the show, along with a 4-H consignment tack sale. I counted 25 horse trailers across from the arena, and there must have been about 75 participants and visitors walking around the show this morning. Not bad for the initial effort in getting the Paint Club shows back up and running.

The top photo here shows riders preparing for one of the Western Pleasure clinics. The second is the front of the new horse barn at the fairgrounds, showing Stallion Alley and some of the vendors.

Sunday's session focuses more on dressage, hunters and jumpers, with demonstrations from several trainers and clinicians.



By Bob Silbernagel
Sunday, March 18, 2012

The HBO series on horse racing called "Luck" has been cancelled after a third horse died as a result of filming. This photo shows Nick Nolte, one of the actors in "Luck," in a stable on the set.

But think below is to a thoughtful, and troubling column in The New York Times by a journalist-turned-horse-breeder who is worried not just about the HBO show, but about the future of horse racing, due in large part to the drugs being administered to young horses.

I wasn't aware of the speed drugs that actually drain calcium from the bones of young horses, just when they need it most as they are still growing.

To read article at New York Times Racing Blog, click HERE.



By Bob Silbernagel
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A teaching horse show for youth, sponsored by local 4-H groups, is scheduled for Saturday, March 31, at the Mesa County Fairgrounds. The cost is $20 for the day or $5 per class.

The show is open to youth age 18 and under. 4-H membership is not required. It will feature discussion, teaching points, and feedback after each class. Participants may enter different levels in different classes, based on their skills. There will be ribbons, drawings, prizes, fun and learning for all.

Classes include different levels in showmanship, Western and English categories.

For more information, call Nancy at 523-4167 or 201-9381.



By Bob Silbernagel
Monday, March 12, 2012

The 30th Annual Four States Ag Expo is offering some outstanding horsemanship clinics and workshops March 15th – 18th at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds, Cortez. Several horsemanship clinics will be offered each day.

They include Aaron Ralston, host of RFD-TV’s “The Ride;” Jason Patrick, also a ranch-raised Colorado cowboy who specializes in working cow horses;Doc Hammill, who is well known throughout the country for teaching people to drive horses for work or pleasure; and Larry Whitesell a renowned gaited horseman.

For more information, go to the Four States Ag Expo website by clicking HERE.



By Bob Silbernagel
Monday, March 12, 2012

Mountain Valley Horse Rescue is hosting a "Rescue Rendezvous" next month — April 14 and 15 — in Eagle, to provide clinics and instruction on training (or retraining) rescued horses. There will also be demos on equine massage, nutrition, energy work, hoof care and holistic horse care. Additionally, rescued horses in need of adoption will be involved in many of the demos.

For further information and schedule details, please visit To reserve a vendor, sponsor or demonstration space, please call MVHR at (970) 376-1743.

To download a flier on the Rendezvous, go to by clicking HERE.



By Bob Silbernagel
Saturday, March 10, 2012

Zenyatta, the great Thoroughbred who was the first mare to win the Breeder's Cup Championship, was Horse of the Year in 2010 and came up a nose short of ending her racing career undefeated, gave birth to a 130-pound colt Thursday. The sire of the young prince is Bernardini, who won the 2006 Preakness. The photo was by Ann Moss, one of Zenyatta's owners.

You can read more about the birth in Z's Diary on Zenyatta's own web site, linked HERE.

But, for unbearably cute video of the foal and his mother, click on the Los Angeles Times link HERE.

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