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PONY CLUB — GJHSA SHOW

By Bob Silbernagel
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Grand Valley Pony Club Benefit, Jumper Equitation schooling show is set for this Saturday at the Mesa County Fairgrounds in Grand Junction. It is followed Sunday by an open horse show, jointly sponsored by the Pony Clumb and the Grand Junction Horse Show Association. Both shows begin at 8 a.m., with schooling beginning at 6:45 a.m.

Both shows sound like a great deal of fun. I plan to take Moose and compete in some of the jumping classes. We're particularly looking forward to the Rotating Pair Relay — sort of like tag-team wrestling, but for jumpers.

Classes are open to all comers, so come and have fun.

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TRIPLE CROWN TALK BEGINS

By Bob Silbernagel
Monday, May 9, 2011

Now that the owners of Animal Kingdom — the chestnut 21-1 shot who won the Kentucky Derby — have announced they will race their colt in the Preakness, talk of the possibility of the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 has already started.

I certainly liked the way Animal Kingdom ran in the Derby, staying near the middle of the pack with room to maneuver until he made his stretch run. And he hasn't be overworked. The Derby was only his fifth career race. But the triple crown is tough to pull off.

To read a good analysis from the Boston Globe, click HERE.

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Laurie’s Benefit

By Bob Silbernagel
Thursday, May 5, 2011

Fruita barrel racer and cowgirl Laurie Platz has been suffering from a tumor in her lung. Her daughter told me doctors confirmed this week that it is cancer.

To assist Laurie and her family in paying the medical bills, Rim Rock Rodeo Arena on the south side of the Colorado River in Fruita will hos a Bulls, Barrels, & Team Roping competition — along with a silent auction — Friday May 13.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. (slack at 5 p.m.) Admission is $5 a person, with children under 12 free. All proceeds go to Laurie's Benefit, through the Bank of the West.

To enter in the Bulls or Barrels, call 970-434-7515. for Team roping, call 970-270-6224.

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DANGEROUS DERBY START

By Bob Silbernagel
Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article on the most crtical 2 seconds in sport — the start of the Kentucky Derby. With 20 entries, there are more than twice as many horses as the average race, there's lots of noise and crowd commotion, and jockeys have to maneuver for the right position within a few strides out of the gate.

To read the article in The Wall Street Journal online, click HERE.

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PONY CLUB SHOW COMING

By Bob Silbernagel
Monday, May 2, 2011

The Grand Valley Pony Club is preparing for its annual spring show at the Mesa County Fairgrounds May 14 and May 15.

Saturday will be jumping and equitation, while Sunday's show will be an open show, with English, Western and halter classes. It is cosponsored by the Grand Junction Horse Show Association.

To see all the classes on both days, download the showbills at WestSlopeHorse.com, linked HERE.

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THREE RIVERS BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN NEWS

By Bob Silbernagel
Sunday, May 1, 2011

Three Rivers Back Country Horsemen, of Garfield County, is a relatively new organization. But it is moving forward with a variety of events:

On May 11, at 6:30 p.m. The group will hold its regular meeting at the Silt Historical Park, at the south east corner of 7th and Orchard Ave.
On May 14, it will host a massage therapy presentation with participants horses at Piñon Spring Farm, 2253 Grass Valley Rd., Rifle. That will be followed by a Trail Horse Trial obstacle school. Call 876-2435 by May 12th to sign up and get directions.

To download the May newsletter and read more about Three Rivers Back Contry Horsemen, click HERE to go to WestSlopeHorse.com.

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IRAQ TO NEBRASKA: A DONKEY’S TALE

By Bob Silbernagel
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

This is a great story involving U.S. Marines, a rescued donkey and international politics.

Smoke the donkey was rescued in 2008 by Ret. USMC Col John Folsom and his Marines at Camp Taqaddum, according to SPCA International, brought back to good health and soon became the unit’s mascot and friend. This photo is from the SPCA website.

The organization, which has also helped numerous dogs befriended by soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, initiated a petition to bring Smoke to the United States and, with the aid of Turkish authorities, appears on the way to getting it done.

To read more from the SPCA, or to donate to the effort to help Smoke and other animals, click HERE.

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TRAIL ACCESS REPORT

By Bob Silbernagel
Monday, April 25, 2011

The American Horse Council has released its 2010 report on horseback access to trails on public lands. Because the survey size is limited, it isn't advertised as an exhaustive report on trail access. But, when taken with the 2009 report, it offers some insight on where trail access problems may be occurring.

One of the issues mentioned — in fact the only one on BLM land and one of only a couple of concerns related to Colorado — was a complaint over the fact that the Bangs Canyon Special Recreation Area south of Grand Junction is closed to equestrians. But that area has never been regularly used by trail riders, although I know a few people who rode there years ago. Now, it is a small area to serve primarily rock-crawler, four-wheel-drive enthusiasts.

To download the 8-page report, go to West Slope Horse by clicking HERE.

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LEARN ABOUT HORSES AND YOU

By Bob Silbernagel
Sunday, April 24, 2011

Inside Lead, an equine-based counseling and professional service inf Fruita, and Gateway Canyons Resort are teaming up for a unique women's retreat called "Pursuing You."

"Set in Western Colorado’s spectacular red-rock country, the work integrates the beauty of nature with thought provoking equine interaction and creative writing to transform your written voice ..."

Although the three-day retreat doesn't begin until Sept. 30, the presenters hope to get participants signed up early. To learn more from Inside Lead, and to register, click HERE.

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BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN APRIL NEWSLETTER

By Bob Silbernagel
Thursday, April 21, 2011

A May 7 meeting that includes a tour of a backcountry horse camp setup and a May 14 ride in Main Canyon at Cameo are two of the upcoming events listed in the Grand Mesa Back Country Horsemen April newsletter.

To download the newsletter and read more, go to WestSlopeHorse.com by clicking HERE.

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