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By Bob Silbernagel

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

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