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GRAND VALLEY HORSE WINS COLORADO DERBY

By Bob Silbernagel
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sally Porter of Grand Junction sent notice that her horse, Cheatin a Little, won the Colorado Derby at Arapaho Park on the Front Range Sunday.

Cheatin a Little is trained by Sally's daughter, Sarina Obergfell, and he had to overcome the undefeated Danzip to win the race. According to an article from the Daily Racing Form, Cheatin a Little overtook Danzip in the stretch in the 1 1/16 mile race. He won $31,050 for his efforts.

Sally has long been involved in the horse-racing world while living in the Grand Valley. She is a former director of the Mesa County Animal Shelter. Congratulations to Sally, Sarina and Cheatin a Little.

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HEARING ON LARIMER COUNTY HORSE REGS TODAY

By Bob Silbernagel
Monday, July 19, 2010

A final hearing before the Larimer County Commissioners about proposed new horse rules is scheduled for today. The rules will govern horse boarding operations, trainers and those that host events. The information below is from the Colorado Horse Council.

"The Larimer County Board of County Commissioners assembled a group of citizens knowledgeable in the horse industry in early 2009. For 18 months this group has been working to develop recommended changes to the County's existing horse business regulations. The existing regulations were adopted in 1998 and are confusing, outdated, and apply very rigorous standards to boarding stables and training facilities. The proposed regulations will scale the review process to the size of the business and be quicker and less costly than the approval process currently required. The Board of County Commissioners are also considering a transition program for existing businesses to secure approvals using a simplified review process with substantially reduced fees. Information about the process conducted by county staff, leading horsemen in the County, and others is available on-line at http://www.larimer.org/horses/."
 

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QUITE A PAIR

By Bob Silbernagel
Monday, July 19, 2010

If you didn't see Patti Arnold's story about Madison Ketchum and her horse, Tommy in Saturday's edition of The Daily Sentinel, click below to read it.

It's an interesting story about a young woman who's found great success in the Paint and Pinto show worlds with a horse she acquired last year.

To read story on Madison Ketchum, click HERE.
 

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MORE WILD HORSE NEWS

By Bob Silbernagel
Thursday, July 15, 2010

Now there are 12 wild horses dead in the Nevada roundup, according to the latest Associated Press story. Also, a hearing is set for today on the request by wild-horse advocacy groups for an injunction to halt the roundup. To read the entire AP story, click on the link below.

Meanwhile, for some more encouraging wild horse news, local writer Pat Martin has peened a piece on Marty Felix, the Grand Junction woman who has spent decades working with the BLM to protect the Little Bookcliffs wild horse herd. Anyone who has spent any time dealing with the Little Bookcliffs wild horses has probably met Marty. The photo of Little Bookcliffs wild horses here is one I took in April in Main Canyon near Cameo. To read more about Marty Felix, click on the second link below.

I'll be unavailable through the week, so there will be no new postings until Monday.

To read AP story on Nevada wild horse roundup, click HERE.

To read Pat Martin's article about Marty Felix, click HERE.

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SEVEN HORSES DEAD IN BLM ROUNDUP

By Bob Silbernagel
Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Although I generally think the BLM has done a reasonable job trying manage wild horse herds in the West under the restrictions of federal law and competing interests, they blew it in Nevada over the weekend. The roundup was conducted in extremely hot weather, and horses died as a result.

To read the full story from the Associated Press, click HERE.

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HORSE MANURE TO LIGHT ROYAL STABLE

By Bob Silbernagel
Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Manure from 170 horses that make up the Royal Horse Artillery in the United Kingdom will be made into pellets to create a biofuel, according to the BBC.

The mounted regiment, also known as the King's Troop, is to move to a new headquarters in 2011, and the horse-generated fuel will help it to meet Britain's targets for reducing carbon emissions.

In the photo here, members of the King's Troop participate in state ceremonies in Hyde Park.

To read the full story from the BBC, click HERE.

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DOWN UNDER HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC

By Bob Silbernagel
Monday, July 12, 2010

This sounds like an interesting clinic for a little different perspective on horse training. It features Clinician Dale Cunningham and it's a benefit for Dream Catcher Therapy Center in Olathe.

The clinic is Aug. 28 and 29 at the Montrose County Fairgrounds. To download a flier for the clinic, click HERE.

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FERAL NEVADA HORSES BOUGHT BY ACTIVISTS

By Bob Silbernagel
Monday, July 12, 2010

With the backing of a California winery and Madeline Pickens, a group called Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue bought 172 horses rounded up from federal rangelands in Nevada Saturday. The horses likely would have been sold to slaughter plants in Canada or Mexico if the group hadn't bought them for $31,415.

Unlinke other horses rounded from federal lands — and then usually put up for adoption — these horses weren't considered "wild" under federal law that protects wild horses and burros. Instead, they were considered feral horses or strays — animals that had recently escaped or been turned loose by their owners in Nevada's Pilot Valley.

To read more from the Associated Press, click HERE.

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MOUNT UP!

By Bob Silbernagel
Friday, July 9, 2010

This announcement arrived yesterday and I'm sure it will be a helpful workshop for those who can attend. Plus it's at Gateway Canyons, so it would be a great half-day getaway:

Join Horseman Jeff Jefferson for a half-day workshop at The Stables at Gateway Canyons. Learn how to get your horse to "pick you up" from any elevated surface thereby giving you permission to mount! "Mastering this one task sets you and your horse up for success every ride." Jeff Jefferson has been a horse trader for more than 40 years, and has owned thousands of horses. A lifetime student of the horse, Jeff has a wealth of practical experience and knowledge and a willingness to share.

Date: Saturday, July 31, 2010. Fee: $100 and includes a BBQ beef brisket lunch. Auditors $25 — lunch $10. Registration: 8:00-8:30 a.m Workshop: 9:00 a.m. to noon. Stay and ride after lunch. Enjoy The Stables with more than 500 acres of well marked trails of varying terrain through awe-inspiring Unaweep Canyon and Uncompahgre Plateau.

Contact Jeff at 970-201-9641 or email at: jeffjefferson1452@gmail.com or Amy at The Stables at Gateway Canyons at 970.931.2442 or email at: amy.wilkinson@gatewaycanyons.com." 

To download a flier about the event, click HERE.

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HORSE ARTISTRY IN PALISADE

By Bob Silbernagel
Friday, July 9, 2010

This also came Thursday, from Brett Lee Arnold with the Blue Pig Gallery in Palisade:

"I wanted to notify all you horse lovers out there in the Western Slope about our show of amazing equine paintings by Kathleen Steventon at the Blue Pig Gallery in Palisade This show closes at the end of this month so come take a look!"

The Blue Pig Gallery is at 119 W. 3rd. St., in Palisade. Since Palisade is my adopted hometown, I can tell you the gallery is within easy walking distance of several good restaurants, not to mention a brew pub and distillery. And, of course, there are multiple wineries in the immediate area. The exhibit of horse paintings at the gallery is a great reason to visit Palisade.

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