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By Bob Silbernagel
Friday, August 13, 2010

Summer may be winding down and students from kindergarten to college may be getting ready to return to classes, but the summer horse events are still galloping along.

The Colorado Quarter Horse Show Association is hosting a show Saturday at Mesa County Fairgrounds on Orchard Mesa.

Also Saturday, there's NBHA sanctioned barrel racing competition at the Montrose County Fairgrounds in Montrose.

A Hunter-Jumper Show, sponsored by the Colorado West Hunter Jumper Association, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Cozy Point Ranch in Aspen.

Additionally, the Grand Mesa Back Country Horsemen are holding an overnight trail ride on Pinyon Mesa Saturday and Sunday.

The Diane Branham leg bandaging clinic will be held Saturday at the Mesa County Sheriff's Posse Arena at 25 and F 1/2 roads. The clinic is sponsored by Western Colorado Community College. I posted about it a few days ago, and there is more information in that post below.

On top of all those events, De Beque Wild Horse Days are set for Saturday and Sunday. To learn more about what's happening with that celebration, click HERE.

Even if you're not participating in any of these events, it looks like it will be a great weekend to get out and enjoy your horses.



By Bob Silbernagel
Thursday, August 12, 2010

A federal appeals court in California has sided with a lower court judge and refused to issue an injunction to halt the roundup of 2,000 wild horses near the California-Nevada border in northern Nevada. The roundup is expected to begin this week and last three to six weeks.

To read more from the Associated Press, click HERE.



By Bob Silbernagel
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The information below, and the photos, are courtesy of Barb Young, in Montrose:

"My biggest news for now is the birth of 2 ET (embryo transfer) fillies out of Maude RF (Mannhattan/Delilah/Vosmaer). Maude, an 8.5 Premium foal and a Premium mare, was 5th in the U.S. at 2nd level a couple of years ago, owned, trained and ridden by Julie Hesse. After an injury sidelined her temporarily, Julie decided to breed her to Blue Hors Romanov (Rohdiamont/Grundstein II). Well, they flushed 2 viable embryos and implanted them in 2 recipient mares. And now Julie has 2 fillies a month old, when I took these photos a few days ago in Elizabeth, Colo.

Briefly: Delilah (grand dam) was imported from the Netherlands in utero, and I purchased her when she was 6. She produced 100% Premium Oldenburg NA foals for me, mostly by Mannhattan, some of which were very successful in the show ring and some as breeding stock. Most were sold to amateurs. Maude RF was the last of the warmbloods and was purchased by a fabulous rider on the front range. The buyer, Julie, took her to USDF 6th in the nation, RMDS Champion, and Oldenburg HOY at first level, and 5th in the nation at 2nd level. Then Maude injured herself, and while recuperating, Julie bred her for embro transfer, and got 2 embryos. Now she has these fabulous twins, and I'm travelling over to the front range to help Julie with the fillies' Oldenburg NA inspection in Broomfield on 8-24.
To back pedal a bit, I was a very successful Oldenburg NA sport horse breeder for many years, and then I turned to sport ponies and equine photography.



By Bob Silbernagel
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

This Saturday provides an opportunity to learn some great techiques on leg bandaging from Diane Branham, a local woman with extensive experience in the horse world, including managing  Thoroughbred brood mares at farm that raised and trained race horses.

This clinic is set for Saturday, Aug. 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m at the Mesa County Sheriff's Posse Arena at 25 and F 1/2 Roads. It's being put on by Western Colorado Community College. Cost is $99 for full participants, $25 to audit. A second clinic is set for Sept. 25 at the same time and location. Call 970-255-2828 to register.

Here's what the flier for the event says:

"Learn traditional leg bandaging techniques for your horse that will protect him from injury and also help speed recovery time from injuries. Techniques included in the class will be: The Polo Bandage, The Standing Bandage, The Spider Bandage (over the knee), The Support Bandage, The Pressure Bandage and also how to properly apply poultice and sweat. "Open work" and safety will also be discussed. This course will be mostly hands on and horses will be provided for practice. Methods apply to all disciplines."

Diane has an impressive resume, both in education and working with race horses. To learn more about her background, click HERE.



By Bob Silbernagel
Monday, August 9, 2010

If you're headed to the Alltech World Equestrian Games in Kentucky next month -- and I know a few folks from this area are planning to do so -- you should know the spectator guide is now available and can be downloaded.

To read more and find a link for the guide, click HERE.



By Bob Silbernagel
Friday, August 6, 2010

First, a federal judge in Sacramento has refused to halt a wild horse roundup in California that wild-horse advocates were trying to halt. That roundup of 2,300 horses is set to begin Monday, unless the opposing groups can get a federal appeals court to issue an injunction.

To read more from the Modesto Bee, click HERE.

In Nevada, the BLM has acknowledged that 34 horses have died during a gather of 1,200 horses on a dry range in the northwestern part of the state. But the agency says the roundup was an emergency operation aimed at keeping more horses alive. The BLM halued 46,000 gallons of water to a neighboring wild horse herd in mid-July.

To read more from Associated Press, click HERE.



By Bob Silbernagel
Thursday, August 5, 2010

A reader e-mailed the other day to inform me that Cavalia will be coming to Denver, Sept. 22 through Oct. 3.

Cavalia is a show involving horses put together by one of the people who founded Cirque du Soleil. Everything I've read about it says it is a stunning show, in which horses and humans interact spectacularly. This photo is from a New York Times review of the show, in which the reviewer said: " 'Breathtaking' is an overused word, but the sheer acceleration of these animals is a heady thing indeed. Humans, 'Cavalia' reminds, are just along for the ride, whether they choreographed it or not.

When I wrote about the show earlier, I bemoaned the fact that there was no indication it was coming to Colorado or anywhere close to here.

Now it is. The giant white tent (which looks a lot like the main section of DIA) will be set up at the Pepsi Center. Go to the website linked below to read about the show, see great pictures and purchase tickets. At the top of the home page there is a menu bar that includes the heading "upcoming shows." Denver will appear in the drop-down menu.

To read more about Cavalia, click HERE.



By Bob Silbernagel
Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Actually, we don't have a name for this big little guy, born late Aug. 2 or early Aug. 3. I'm just calling him Rupert until we come up with something better. Name ideas are welcome. Send them to

Mother Jewell is a Dutch warmblood that my friend, Cricket Donoho, and I purchased jointly a couple years ago. She had been injured and was then 17, and we weren't sure we could get her bred. But eventually, we did get her to settle with a Thoroughbred stallion owned by Jeff Jefferson of Fruita. The result is this leggy creature you see here, less than 24 hours old.

He's eating well, running some and trying to figure out what to do with those huge legs.

It's been 11 years since we've had a foal in the Silbernagel herd, longer than that for Cricket, so we're all pretty excited. That's me holding Rupert as Cricket tries to get a second dose of iodine on his navel.


Mounted Shooting Nationals

By Bob Silbernagel
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Entry forms for the Mounted Shooters of America National Championship must be turned in by Aug. 10. The championships are set for Aug. 13-15 in Penrose, Colo.

To download the entry form, click HERE.



By Bob Silbernagel
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A group of 54 members of Congress from both parties have written a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar urging him to halt a series of wild horse roundups in Nevada and other Western states.

They suggest that the National Academy of Sciences be given the task of reviewing the BLM wild horse procedures and recommend new policies. Of course, the existing policies stem from the BLM interpretation of previous laws approved by Congress.

To read the Associated Press story on the congressional challenge, click HERE.

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