WET MOUNTAIN VALLEY SADDLE CLUB MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
Non-Profit Equine Organization
Message from the President...
71st Annual Westcliffe Stampede
Hi Folks! Well this year's rodeo was a bit of a challenge with
the weather, so attendance was down just a bit from last year, but you
can't fight mother nature!
Thank you to all the volunteers
who make each year better than the last, we couldn't do it without you!
Please be sure to turn in your Volunteer Hours Form at this
month's Member Meeting on August 7th.
This year, The Wet
Mountain Valley Saddle Club was presented a plaque from the CPRA for
2016 Most Improved Rodeo. Thank you to everyone who pitched in to
improve our stands and arena. We will continue to work on our
Rodeo Renovation Project in 2018.
Thank you to our Rodeo
Clown, James Hastings who travels every year to Westcliffe to entertain
our spectators! We have purchased a Clown Barrel for next year's rodeo!
This will draw in some larger sponsors.
Most of all, Thank you to all our sponsors who generously support our rodeo every year....
you are vital to the continuance of Westcliffe's Western Heritage and Family Traditions!
We will continue to pursue bringing the 'Little Britch's Rodeo in 2018.
We have already begun the
planning, so be sure to attend as many member meetings as you are able.
Committees need to be formed and we will need committee
chairpersons....everyone has something special to offer!
Thank you, George
Monday, August 7th 6pm
Celebrating Colorado Day!
Paul Parsons, who heads up the
Trails Initiative for Custer County
This month's Pot Luck theme will be
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!
HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE!
Sponsored by the Wet Mountain Valley Saddle Club
Location: Music Meadows CTR (Type A Two Day, B1 Saturday only)
Date: August 19-20, 2017 Rider Limit: 60
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.
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
Emergency Phone: Custer Sheriff 719-783-2270 Limited cells work at camp. Numbers will be shared at briefing.
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
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: 1st thru 6th place will have awards as well as Sweepstakes and High point combo. Novice will have ribbons too.
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
WE HAVE LIMITED PARKING, SO PLEASE RIDE SHARE WITH A FRIEND AND SAVE GAS.
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
$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!
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!
MONTHLY SADDLE CLUB FUNDRAISER!
Wet Mountain Valley Saddle Club
90 CR 241, Westcliffe, CO
Friday, August 25th - 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
Candy Bars: $1.00
A FRIENDLY REMINDER TO MEMBERS.
PLEASE BE SURE TO SEND IN YOUR 2017 MEMBERSHIP DUES. THIS IS REQUIRED OF ALL COMMITTEE MEMBERS.
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!
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
A Message from your 2017 Queen, Katlyn Freeburg
Since the July member meeting I have attended the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Parade, the Westcliffe Stampede Rodeo of course, El Paso County Fair, 100th Anniversary of the Kit Carson County Fair, and the Chaffee County fair and Rodeo.
I will give an update at the members meeting also and will let you know what I have been doing and what I have planned!
See you there!
2018 ROYALTY PAGEANT RESULTS ANNOUNCED ON JULY 16TH
AT SUNDAY'S RODEO FINALS:
2018 Queen: Megan Frahm
2018 Queen Attendant: Grace Flynn
2018 Miss Stampede: Brooke Flynn
2018 Princess: Paige Lorenzen
2016 Westcliffe Stampede Queen
2017 Royalty Director
2017 Royalty Sponsorships
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
If you would like to place a tax deductible donation, please contact:
2016 Westcliffe Stampede Queen
2017 Royalty Director
DAY RIDE SCHEDULES
Cyn Williams has stepped up to coordinate our Saddle Club Day Rides.
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
Thank you....and rides will soon be scheduled.
Trail-Ride Fixes with Jonathan Field
These smart solutions to common problems will boost your fun and safety on the trail.
FEB 4, 2014
To give you strategies for dealing with common trail-ride
problems. Whether your horse is an experienced trail mount or a show
horse in need of a change of scenery, these bothersome scenarios can
ruin your fun. Here's how to avoid or correct them.
Everyone loves a trail ride-except when things go wrong. From my
experience as a clinician, I've found that certain problems seem to be
particularly common. This is because they're tied to a horse's natural
inclinations to be (1) wary of novel experiences, (2) influenced by
their herdmates, (3) reluctant to leave the group, and (4) over-eager to
Here, I'll explain how to deal effectively with each of these
challenges, either through pre- ride preparation or with strategies on
the trail. Add these solutions to your problem-solving kit, and you'll
boost the enjoyment factor--and the safety--of your future rides.
Help Back Country Horsemen Grow
Trails Forever Fund
BCHA is the ONLY national organization dedicated to
maintaining equestrian trails. We are 13,000 members strong! If
trail riding is your passion, helping to maintain trails and
working with land managers through BCHA is the best way to protect
access to trails today and forever.
BCHA would like to increase its impact and benefits to trails and our members. New programs would enable BCHA to:
- Provide more resources to state BCH units
- Provide more education to grassroots members and leadership
- Increase the number of grants for boots-on-the-ground work
- Improve advocacy for trails at the state and national level
- Develop youth programs to identify tomorrow's trail riders and leaders
WILL YOU HELP BCHA REACH THESE GOALS?
The Trails Forever Fund will be the source of funding for this growth.
Will you donate a small amount ($5 to $10 a month) to help get
these programs started? Small amounts from our many members will
add up to a large impact.
Those who give $60 or more during one year will be awarded with
recognition in the newsletter, a BHCA pen and BCHA bumper sticker.
OUR GOAL FOR 2017 IS TO HAVE 300 DONORS. Can you help us
reach this goal?? Your support is essential for the future of
BCHA. Thank you!
Your Fellow Trail Rider,
Freddy Dunn, National BCHA Chair
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Thank you for taking the time to respond. Your input is very much appreciated!
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