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WET MOUNTAIN VALLEY SADDLE CLUB MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
Non-Profit Equine Organization


Message from the President... 
  
Happy Spring Everyone!
Glorious Moisture over the weekend. I can hear the Hay sucking it up under the Snow.

We can now look forward to weekly trail rides which will begin soon.

Don't forget to bring your ideas for Rodeo Dedicatee and Parade Grand Martial to the May Meeting.

Don't forget that the May Meeting we will celebrate Cinco De Mayo, and will include two Pinatas, one for the Kids, ...and a special addition, One for The Adults.
Be there, or be Square!


See you all soon!

George



Frontier Spring

Another log onto the fire
as they say a prayer
for spring to come.
A warm breeze
coming down the prairie
making the winter
snow disappear.
The snow flows softly
down the brook making all things glow
Animals getting frisky
as a new season arrives.
Trees showing life
after days of ice.
The prairie comes alive
with animals moving to and fro
in the new array
as new wild flowers emerge.
Children all a play
as mom and dad celebrate
the seasons change .
Birds can be heard
looking for a mate
fluttering from tree to tree.
There's a hustle
and bustle
around the home
as the chores
get done.
Grain to come
home
and then to be sold.
A garden to sow
and eggs to sell
as freely live
day to day.

Monday, May 1st
Membership Meeting
&
Cinco de Mayo Celebration!
  
The WMVSC will be having it's next membership meeting on Monday, May 1st at 6:00pm at the
Saddle Club Building.
 
Meet new people and see your old buddies.

BOD Nominations will be taken and voted on to fill the vacant position of Secretary

Guest Speaker will be Jim Bradburn of Dark Skies!

Join us for complimentary Margaritas, followed 
by Pinata fun for all ages and Mexican Musical Chairs!

For cooking ideas visit:
 
HAPPY COOKIN'!!!
 
We will be having other themed potlucks for future meetings, so keep an eye out in the newsletter to see what the upcoming themes will be!
 
THANK YOU,
HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE!


MONTHLY SADDLE CLUB FUNDRAISER!
Wet Mountain Valley Saddle Club
90 CR 241, Westcliffe, CO

  
Friday, May 19th -  6:30pm - 8:30pm

*Cash Bingo /  Cards $.25 ea

Including "Growing Jackpots"

*3 Progressive Jackpots! / Cards $.50 ea
&
*Cowboy Bingo Special Games / Wear your bandana and get an extra card!
 
Root Beer Floats & Sundaes: $2.00
Soda: $1.00
Candy Bars: $1.00
 
Coffee: FREE!
 
For more information, please call Annie Kerns 719-783-2886


***Quadrille Practice*** Mark Your Calendar -- 
May 14, 21 and 28. 1-3 pm

JoElyn Newcomb teaches Classical Dressage and has started a Quadrille group.  If anyone is interested in joining the group she has some practice days listed above.  
If several people want to go contact Tom & Ginny Sullivan 
to arrange a trailer car pool.
Tom and Ginny Sullivan 225 Chinook Circle Westcliffe, CO 81252 Home 719.783.0781 Tom Cell 805.501.6576 Ginny Cell 805.501.6577
  
QUADRILLE:   It is great fun to ride a pattern with another horse.  I am teaching quadrille exercises on Sundays:   May 14 May 21 and May 28 .   1-3 pm .  $25 Cash.  If we get good, perhaps we can do a demo at the  June 10  show!   Please RSVP.  

Lessons.   Saturday/ Sunday or Afternoons.  I am´╗┐ happy to also do a Ride-A-Test or Test Preparation.   Let me know if you are interested. 

Horse Training.  I am taking in some horses to ride.  This will help calm them, allow me to take them out and get to know them, so that I can teach you better.  Please call me if this interests you.

Happy Trails,

JoElyn

4-H Working Ranch Horse Program
by Lisa Behrman

The working ranch horse program is to teach kids and adults the different types of ropes, how to properly take care of a horse and how to work cattle along with roping. This program has levels to complete before moving forward which we will do as a team, no one will be behind.  

Any questions, please call Lisa Behrman, 4h Leader at 719-371-0352.

2017 Schedule of Events

Please keep in mind that more events will be added and some event schedules may vary. 
Keep an eye out for updates!


2017 MEMBERSHIP FORMS

IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP WITH THE SADDLE CLUB!

As we are all aware, it can be a challenge to get thru the winter months financially for our Saddle Club.  Please consider sending in your 2017 Membership soon!
2016 was a fantastic year as we increased our volunteer base.  
It is our members and our volunteers who keep this organization moving forward!
Thank you to all who have donated your time & talents.
We hope to continue our success and increase memberships and volunteerism in 2017!


Thank you for your interest in  upholding our promise to the community, our youth, and our members in the struggle to maintain common interests and goals!

ROYALTY UPDATE
2017 Westcliffe Stampede Queen
Miss Katlyn Freeburg

2017 Westcliffe Stampede Queen's Attendant
Miss Megan Frahm

2017 Westcliffe Miss Stampede
Miss Brooke Flynn

2017 Westcliffe Stampede Princess
Miss Skyler Rose Smith


Brittanee Bohannan
2016 Westcliffe Stampede Queen
2017 Royalty Director
719-371-3460
 


2017 Queen's Ball 

The 2nd annual Queen's Ball was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who came out and supported us. Thank you expecially to all the volunteers who made this night possible! I look forward to seeing this event grow each year. 

Thank you 
Katlyn Freeburg , 2017 Stampede Queen





2017 Royalty Sponsorships

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!








If you would like to place a tax deductible donation, please contact:

Brittanee Bohannan
2016 Westcliffe Stampede Queen
2017 Royalty Director
719-371-3460




NATRC EVENT
Sponsored by the Wet Mountain Valley Saddle Club
Location: Music Meadows CTR (Type A Two Day, B1 Saturday only)
Address: 6076 CR 119, Westcliffe, CO 719-783-2222  
Date:    August 19-20, 2017   Rider Limit: 60

The Wet Mountain Valley is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The ride will be on the valley floor with the Sangre Cristo Mountains and its many 14ers as a back drop. Trails will travel through rolling hills, pastures and light forest. Water will be from the historic Grape Creek that runs through the Music Meadows Ranch.

Directions to Camp : From the North or West: Go south of Westcliffe on HWY 69, 4 miles to Colfax and turn right. Go 6 miles and turn left at the T and follow signs to Music Meadows Ranch. From the South you will turn left on Colfax. We will have lots of signs and ribbons for you to follow.
Camp : Is a private dude ranch, there will be a $10 per horse charge. Horse water will be provided. Please bring people water. Days can be warm and nights cool, so bring a blanket for your horse. Shoes are recommended. 
Emergency Phone: Custer Sheriff 719-783-2270 Limited cells work at camp. Numbers will be shared at briefing.

Schedule : Ride check in starts at 1 PM, Pre-ride vet check-in begins at 2 PM Friday, Aug. 19, until dark. Please let management know if you will need an early Saturday check in. Ride briefings for all riders will be held each evening. 
Meals : NATRC chef Chuck Smith will be cooking Friday dinner, Saturday and Sunday lunch. Saturday dinner will be catered by our host Elin of Sangre's Best Beef. Friday night happy hour is 1 hour before dinner. Please bring something to share and what you want to drink, for a fun meet and greet. Volunteers will be fed all meal all weekend. There is a $30 meal charge for non-rider, non-volunteer.

Awards :  1 st thru 6 th place will have awards as well as Sweepstakes and High point combo. Novice will have ribbons too.
Rules : Ride will be conducted under current NATRC rules. Distance Only (DO) offered for those who wish to compete in mileage only. Health Certificates and Coggins are required for out-of-state horses. Panels will be allowed, they must be attached to the trailer and no larger than 12x12
 
WE HAVE LIMITED PARKING, SO PLEASE RIDE SHARE WITH A FRIEND AND SAVE GAS.

Judges : Vet - Carrie Porter DVM (region 5)                 Horsemanship: Sarah Rinne (region 6)

Entry and Fees : Price includes all NATRC fees and Friday and Saturday camping fees: $145 Adult Member, $156 Adult Non-Member, $90 junior member. $101 Junior Non-Member (Region 3 has junior discounts, please check website) 1 day B ride (Saturday only) $120 Adult Members, $131 Adult Non-Member, $ 75 Junior Members, $86 Junior Non-Members. If you want to come in early or stay late it is $10 per trailer per night. If you have any questions please call Lin at 719-371-6008.
Remember NATRC is offering free membership to all first time members in 2017!
Checks payable to:    Lin Ward, 200 County Rd. 326, Westcliffe, CO. 81252
 
Deposit : $50 due with entry and if not paid by June 1 you will lose your entry place and be put on a Wait List. The balance is due at Ride Check-in. Refunds until July 28, 2017, less $15 administration fee. No Show, No Refund! 

Management : Jim and Lin Ward, Secretary: Lin Ward, linward50@gmail.com  
     719-783-9 645 Cell 719-371-6008


DAY RIDE SCHEDULES
 
Cyn Williams has stepped up to coordinate our Saddle Club Day Rides.

This year, the Saddle Club plans to organize day rides for members who want to hit the trails.  We also are considering adding horse camping opportunities to this riding season.  We would appreciate if you could fill out the survey so that we can better plan the day rides and horse camping.
Thank you....and rides will soon be scheduled.

 Thank you,
Cyn 
Email  cynwilliams60@gmail.com  for more info

Horse-Play
Instructional Riding Group

We will resume the riding group in the spring!



Presented by
Kim Seng, Professional Trainer and Instructor
   
Kim Seng, is founder of  "Nature of the Horse" TM
Kim is a Certified: Centered Riding Instructor, Natural Methods Trainer,
Equine Behaviorist and Communicator, Path Intl Riding Instructor,
and  Horse and Human Development Expert
 
For more information and sign-up contact:
Kim Seng at 719- 989 -0466 or kimseng117@yahoo.com
Visit my website at: www.natureofthehorse.com
 







One Riding Solution; Many Benefits
HORSERIDER  FEB 22, 2016
Are you arena-smart? Riding arenas are good for more than just going 'round and 'round. Use your time there to solve a range of riding problems- and have fun while you're at it.
How? By targeting one specific objective, then seeing how well you can achieve it as you ride various figures or patterns. Let's say your horse has difficulty maintaining a steady pace at the jog. Rather than striving for regularity as you jog around the arena's perimeter, ride a series of patterns while focusing on keeping his gait even and consistent.
Learn more in "Solve Riding Problems With This One Great Tip," at 
The Thinking Rider blog on HorseandRider.com.

INFORMATIONAL & EDUCATIONAL 
VIDEOS & READING TOPICS

Hackamore vs Bit 
There's a lot of talk about when to use a hackamore and when to use a bit.
Heck some people don't even believe in using bits at all.
So I made a quick video to show you when and why to transition from a hackamore to a bit:

If you use a hackamore at the wrong time of your horse's training, you can stunt his learning growth.
And if you use a bit too soon, you can ruin a horse.
So this video will tell when to use which.

Talk soon,
Carson James


How to have confidence in the Saddle, By Carson James

 





Latest News from the
Colorado Horse Council



Volunteer Time Sheets

 

To help you keep track of the time that you volunteer with the Wet Mountain Valley Saddle Club, we have created a time sheet.

 

Please note that a Board of Directors member will need to approve your time with a signature. Below you will find a sample of the time sheet. 

 

Click Here 

 

 


WMVSC MEMBERSHIP SATISFACTION SURVEY

Dear Saddle Club Members,

 

This year the Saddle Club would like to reach out to our members for your feedback.  The Saddle Club Board of Directors will address specific concerns that you may have as a member.

 

Below you will find a survey for you to complete and return either via email to anniekerns@centurylink.net, or if you wish to remain anonymous, please return at the next membership meeting.

 

As we move forward together as a club, an important goal for success is increased involvement from our membership.  Current studies show an average of 40 members out of over 100 attending monthly meetings.  The average number of volunteers is 10%.

 

We value our members and realize that your talents and ideas are vital to the growth of the Saddle Club.

 

Click Here 

 

Thank you for taking the time to respond.  Your input is very much appreciated!


 
-- 
Cowboy Dressage of Colorado
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
We need set help with set up and show
operations on Wednesday and Thursday, March
8th and 9th. If you would like to come have some
fun, learn about the court set up, and how a
show runs, please send your contact info to
Amy Ryals @ equine71ar@gmail.com.
Volunteer times begin at 7am Wednesday.
Many open spots available so let us know when
to expect you! Spots available to work at our
booth during Expo, March 10th -12th.
We are always grateful for the wonderful folks
that show up to help.
You are what keeps us going!
No experience required. Come learn!

http://cowboydressageofcolorado.com


Special Pricing for Saddle Club Members!



















           
 MUSIC MEADOWS RANCH

RESERVE YOUR EXPERIENCE!
6076 CR 119, Westcliffe, CO  81252
Phone: (719) 783-2222

           
 SANGRES BEST GRASS-FINISHED BEEF
GOOD FOR CATTLE...GREAT FOR DINNER!

Taste The Difference!

Elin  Parker  Ganschow
PO Box 1061
WestcliffeCO   81252
  (719) 783-2222

                                                                                                                                                         
                    
                      

                     
























        
MOUNTAIN LAND PROPERTIES, LLC
BROCK AND SARAH FLYNN
719-783-0563 - 307B Main Street

REAL ESTATE SALES & SERVICES
Full-time, Hardworking, Professional
Real Estate Brokers since 2003

Buying or selling...we would be honored
to assist you with your real estate needs!
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Westcliffe, CO 81252
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2017 WET MOUNTAIN VALLEY SADDLE CLUB BOARD OF DIRECTORS
George Koons, President (719) 371-3853     georgekoonswestcliffe@gmail.com
Steve Case (719) 783-0973    steve-case@hughes.net
Marcie Wommack (719) 371-1508   marci.wommack@gmail.com
Jim Bidwell (719) 239-0776  jdbidwell41@gmail.com

Alternates: Bob & Holly VanDuys (719) 783-0920 hollyihardin@aol.com


ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM
Annie Kerns, Executive Director (719) 783-2886 anniekerns@centurylink.net
Manuel Fernandez, Webmaster mfernandez3141@gmail.com

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