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Rocky Mountain Horse Expos Begins Today in Denver

By Bob Silbernagel
Thursday, March 8, 2012

Sponsored by the Colorado Horse Council, the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo is being held at the National Western Complex in Denver. It runs through Sunday, with lots of exhibits and clinics. The photo above is from a flier for the expo. For more information, click on the link HERE.


In the Hot Seat: Wild Horse Advocates Target Local Woman

By Bob Silbernagel
Sunday, March 4, 2012

This article appeared in the "Horseplay" section of today's edition of The Daily Sentinel. The byline should have read "By Bob Silbernagel" instead of "By Staff."

Callie Hendrickson has a wealth of knowledge and experience related to horses, natural resources and conflict resolution.
Wild horse advocates don’t care about any of it. To them, she is the enemy. They are in an uproar because Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar appointed the Grand Junction woman to the national Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board in January.
As a member, Hendrickson has yet to attend a single meeting of the board that advises the Bureau of Lanad Management on the handling of wild horses and burros on federal lands. But she is among the top targets of protests — as recently as last week — by such by wild-horse groups.
She is described as an advocate of slaughtering wild horses — something she adamantly denies. Others make claims such as this one, posted on the website of “Ms. Hendrickson endorses removal of all wild horse from their rangeland.” But that claim is demonstrably false.
One of the documents about Callie linked to on another wild horse site is a letter Hendrickson wrote last year in her capacity as executive director of the White River and Douglas Creek Conservation District. In it, she expressed support for the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act that mandates protection of the animals. More specifically, she said Americans must “protect and manage America’s wild horses and burros on public lands.”
But in that letter and in person Hendrickson expresses concerns about the ever-growing numbers of wild horses on the range, the damage they are causing to many range areas, the tens of thousands of wild horse and burros now in BLM holding pens and the millions of dollars they are costing taxpayers each year.
One option she has suggested is allowing the penned wild horses to be sold to any buyer, without limitation on what the buyers can do with them. That doesn’t necessarily mean they will end up in slaughterhouses, she says. In fact, it could make it easier for those interested in finding permanent homes for the mustangs to do so.
To many wild horse advocates, even mentioning such ideas is the equivalent of proposing the mass slaughter of all wild horses. Many advocates seem convinced the federal government is out to do just that.
Such a notion leaves BLM officials who are trying to balance wild horse management with other uses of public lands frustrated and angry. They have accused wild horse advocates of resorting to scare tactics.
“Their apocalypse-now, sky-is-falling rhetoric is flagrantly dishonest and is clearly aimed at preventing the BLM from gathering horses from overpopulated herds on the range,” BLM spokesman Tom Gorey told the Associated Press last month. “The BLM is not ‘managing for extinction.’ There is no conspiracy to put down healthy horses that are in off-the-range holding facilities.”
Hendrickson seems an unlikely person to end up at the center of such a controversy.
She grew up near Uravan, but spent much of her time as a child in Grand Junction, including attending 4-H meetings and county fairs here.
After graduating from Nucla High School, she completed the Horse Training and Management program at Lamar Community College. She spent seven years proessionally training cutting and reining horses before she decided to return to school. Hendrickson obtained a degree in business and marketing from Mesa State College, and later a teaching certificate in the same subjects. She taught school in Walden and later at the Jobs Corps in Collbran, before taking a job as an ag loan officer in Cortez.
Ten years ago, she went to work for the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts in Denver. Two years ago, she left the state organization to become executive director of the White River and Douglas Creek Conservation District.
Conservation districts are local special districts established to carry out natural resource management programs. They used to be known as soil conservation districts. They exist throughout the country and work with landowners, especially farmers and ranchers, within their boundaries.
In the West, they are also concerned about federal lands. And in the White River, Douglas Creek district, one of the top concerns on federal lands is the management of wild horse herds there. A BLM plan to remove a small group of wild horses known as the West Douglas Creek Herd infuriated wild horse advocates and led to a federal lawsuit. The plan has yet to be implemented.
Enter Hendrickson, writing letters to the BLM on behalf of the district, attending meetings of the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board and finding herself arguing with wild horse advocates over the best ways to manage the animals.
“I so appreciate Ken Salazar for being willing to appoint someone who has the diverse background I have,” she said. “I’ve spent my life with horses, I work in natural resources and I have a background in mediation.”
She knows well that many wild horse advocates want to attack her personally. “I’ll just stick with the facts and look for solutions,” she said. “We have to protect and manage wild horses, but we have to protect them as one component of the public lands. We also have to protect all the natural resources and manage for multiple uses.”
Hendrickson’s membership on the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board could be a wild ride.



By Bob Silbernagel
Sunday, March 4, 2012

This is from the "Horseplay" section of today's edition of The Daily Sentinel.

Although the weather can be treacherous, March is typically the month in the Grand Valley when horse people get out their curry combs and begin grooming their horses in earnest for the show season that is reborn for another year. However, when the Colorado West Paint Horse Club hosts two shows this month, it will mark a rebirth of another sort.
The Colorado West Paint Horse Club was once the largest horse organization in this region, among the largest in the state. But over the past decade, and especially after the recent economic downturn, the club began to fade.
“It just kind of lost momentum,” said Kimmer Jepson, a member of the club for 15 years, beginning in the late 1980s.“We used to be huge. We probably had 150 members. We had three American Paint Horse Association sanctioned shows each year. We had an annual stallion service auction that was held at the Doubletree Hotel. We brought the stallions right into the hotel. One year we did over $100,000 in breeding sales.”
But as membership declined and the economy worsened, those activities fell by the way side. However, in meetings last year and early this year, former members like Jepson, Ray Campbell and Lenny Walterscheid, along with more recent paint-horse enthusiasts, decided to work on reviving the club and, in the process they hope to help grow the horse industry in this region, Jepson said.
The initial efforts to accomplish that will be held this month.
First, on March 17, is a fun show at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Posse arena at 25 and F 1/2 Road in Grand Junction. “It is a St. Paddy’s Fun Day sponsored by the Paint Horse Club for riders and the horseless people,” wrote Renee Cowan, in an email. Cowan is one of the organizers of the show. “It is open to all breeds.” It will feature events such as the Four Leaf Clover barrel race and Over The Rainbow Trail competition. There are classes for children and adults. Call 970-858-9010 for more information.
A week later, the Paint group is hosting a much larger event.
“Colorado West Paint Horse Club is going to be having a huge horse expo on March 24th and 25th,” explained Katie Turcotte, also in an email. Turcotte is a newer member of the club who is helping to get word out about the event.
The expo, to be held at the Mesa County Faigrounds, will include presentations from area veterinarians, feed and nutrition experts and farriers.
There will be a 4-H tack swap, as well as commercial vendors offering their horse-related wares. Stallion Alley will present a number of stallions available for breeding.
A variety of trainers will also present clinics aimed a helping horse owners to prepare their animals for shows. They include categories from Western pleasure and trail courses to English equitation and jumping.
The clinics are $50 per day for young riders, age 18 and under, and $100 per day for adults. Auditing the clinics is free.
Contact Katie at 970-640-4442 for more info. Find downloadable forms at
These events are expected to attract horse people from around the valley and the immediate vicinity. But it will be several years before the Colorado West Paint Horse Club can again sponsor American Paint Horse Association shows, as it once did. At their peak, those shows attracted horses and riders from all over Colorado and many neighboring states, Jepson said.
Additionally, the club then had members from Montrose, Delta, Rifle, Glenwood Springs, even Craig and Telluride. And horses raised or trained here routinely went to some of the biggest paint horse shows in the country, including the APHA World Championships.
“Between our club and the paint horse club in Denver, we had some of the biggest events in the region,” she said.
Those days may have faded, but in 2012, the Colorado West Paint Horse Club is being revived. And the revival begins with two events in Mesa County this month.



By Bob Silbernagel
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I received the following email today from Harry Knipe:

"The Colorado Saddle Makers Association, in conjunction with its annual Spring Seminar, will be hosting a saddle fitting clinic. This clinic will be held at the Mesa County Fair Grounds on Saturday April 14, from 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. This will be an event that is open to the public and it will be an opportunity to observe and/or participate in a free professional saddle fitting with a value of $125. A limited number of appointments will be available, on a first come - first served basis, for anyone to bring a horse and have a saddle fitting for that horse. To schedule an appointment contact Harry Knipe, the Northwest Regional Dir of CSMA, at (970) 245-3068. For those folks who don't schedule a fitting appointment, this will be an excellent opportunity to observe an actual fitting and learn the important points to consider when fitting a saddle to a specific horse.

Harry Knipe, Northwest Regional Dir. Colorado Saddle Makers Assoc.
H K Boot and Saddle, LLC
2527 Mira Vista Rd
Grand Junction CO 81501-2056
(970) 245-3068



By Bob Silbernagel
Sunday, February 26, 2012

This is a great story about a young woman who lost, and eventually recovered, the horse she loved. It's a sort of real-life script for the book, "Black Beauty."

The photo by Associated Press is of Megan Chance and Burma in 1998. There are many more photos and the story at the link HERE.



By Bob Silbernagel
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Colorado West Paint Club is going to be having a HUGE horse expo on March 24th and 25th. There will be many different things to learn and see these two days! Talks from many different vets including but not limited to: Dr. Braden Shafer, Dr. Jennifer Knighton, Dr. Bob Bessert, Dr. John Harris, and Dr. Don Moore. Feed and Nutrition Experts including but not limited to: Platinum Performance, Prime Performance Nutrition, and Purina/ Land O' Lakes will be present, as well as several farriers including but not limited to: Brian Crandall. There will be lots of vendors present and a 4-H Tack Swap to shop for anything you've been needing, and a Stallion Alley for you to see.

We are also going to have several trainers doing clinics on both days. These Clinics are not to teach anyone how to ride, but are going to be run more as a show preparatory clinic. (For example if you or your horse has never been over a jump before, it's best you don't enter the Jumping Clinic) Tentative Schedule of clinics as follows:

Trail (1.5 hours)
Showmanship (1.5 hours)
Horsemanship (1.5 hours)
Reining (1.5 hours)
(Saturday: 4 groups, 5 people per group)

Hunter over Fences (1.5 - 2 hours) (Jumping no more than 18")
Dressage (1.5 - 2 hours)
English Equitation (1.5 - 2 hours)
(Sunday: 3 groups, 5-6 people per group)

Price: Free to audit the clinics and to just come and watch and learn from the speakers and vendors.
$50 (18 and under youth) to ride in the clinic for 1 day. Your Clinic Fee only covers 1 day ! If you wish to ride on both days, then you must pay 2 clinic fees.
$100 (19 and over Adults) to ride in the clinic for 1 day . Your Clinic Fee only covers 1 day ! If you wish to ride on both days, then you must pay 2 clinic fees.
Form and money must be sent in 1 week prior to clinic and must have a spot reserved in our list of riders for the clinic. Contact: Katie at 970-640-4442 for more info.

Click HERE to go to to download forms.



By Bob Silbernagel
Monday, February 20, 2012

I learned about this through the Grand Mesa Back Country Horsemen. It sounds like a great experience, that I hope to participate in if my schedule will allow.

Ted Holland, a mounted policeman in the Telluride Mountain Village, has confirmed that he will be able to conduct two separate clinics in April. The first session is scheduled for Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20. The second session will be Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22. Both sessions will have the same agenda.

Each day will begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue until 4:00-5:00 p.m. with a break for lunch. Ted will start with lots of ground-work schooling. This will include gaining respect, backing, suppling and sending exercises followed by the Obstacle Course and the Nuisance Course. By the end of the second day, each rider will have completed a variety of proficiency tests, worked on various tactical response maneuvers, plus learned more about proper equipment for the trail.

Each session is $75 per horse/rider team and will be limited to 15 participants. This fee also entitles you to audit the other session at no additional charge. If you prefer, you may audit the clinics for $20 and children under the age of 18 are free. Everyone entering the arena area will be required to sign a waiver with minors needing the signature of a parent or guardian. I have waivers available so this task may be completed in advance.

Mark and April Schultz make their arena available to the public. I encourage you to take advantage of their facility as many of us will have 'spring-fresh' horses that may not be used to indoor arenas. The charge is $10 for an hour of use, or $15 for over that. So gather a few of your buddies, set up an arena date and work your horse. Mark asks that you contact him prior vs drop-in. Sometimes there is another group, such as barrel-racers, that are using the arena.

Mark and April Schultz
2122 L Road
970-858-6676 home
970-640-2752 Mark's cell

Membership in GMBCH is not required. To register or for more information, please contact Katey Kelly, 970-596-4870 or email



By Bob Silbernagel
Sunday, February 19, 2012

More information from the Colorado Horse Council about the multitude of activities that will take place at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo in Denver next Month, including:

"Bo Winslow & Chuck Peterson will be presenting a four hour presentation on, Horse Packing and Taking your Horse on Over Night. Both men are excellent educators and speaker, and are recommended by the Certified Horsemen's Association (CHA). This clinic does not require a horse."

Click on the link HERE to learn more or to register for any of the many clinics. These Clydesdales. from the Horse Council flier, appear ready.


Dressage Society 2012 Show and Clinic schedule

By Bob Silbernagel
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Here is the Grand Valley Dressage Society's 2012 show and clinic schedule for putting on your Upcoming Events page, courtesy of Sue Benjamin.

3/17-18 - GVDS "All For Fun" Dressage Practice Show. Show entries open 2/20 and close 3/3. Clinic with judge, Lauralie Taubenheim, on 3/16.

5/5-6 - GVDS Spring Schooling Show. Judge - Beth Geier "L".

6/2-3 - GVDS Ned Marshall Schooling Show. Judge - Kathleen Donnelly "L".

9/1-2 - GVDS Fall Show (USEF/USDF recognized) and Championship Show. Judge - Kathleen Barbosa "S"

10/13-14 - GVDS Fall Schooling Show. Judge - Trisha Kerwin "L"

For more information, call Kathy Sassano - 245-0806. You can reach our website by using the link to Grand Valley Dressage Society on the home page.



By Bob Silbernagel
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Here's a flier for the Colorado West Paint Horse Fun Show scheduled for St. Patrick's Day, March 17, courtesy of Renee Cowan. I'll have more on the Paint group's big expo at the end of March a little later.

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