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Monday, June 5th 6pm

Membership Meeting
Pot Luck Dinner

The WMVSC will be having it's next membership meeting on 
Monday, June 5th at 6:00pm at the
Saddle Club Building.
We will be Hot Doggin' it!
Bring anything that goes with or on a hot dog!

For cooking ideas visit:
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!

Wet Mountain Valley Saddle Club
90 CR 241, Westcliffe, CO

Friday, June 30th -  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 719-371-2503

2017 Kim Seng Spring Workshop

Members: $50.00
Non-Members: $60.00

Coffee and Tea will be provided
Please bring a bag lunch and bottled water
Riding Equipment needed:
Halter, lead lines (rope halter and lead lines preferred)
Water buckets and hay

To register or if you have any questions, please contact
Kim Seng at 719-989-0466
Annie Kerns 719-371-2503

Hope to see you there!

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.


Gymkhana will resume again soon!
Where: Saddle Club Arena

June 14th, June 28th, July 12, 
And July 26th

Free to all Saddle Club Members
A teaching/practice session by Marci Wommack

Everyone practices speed events:
75 UP & BACK

Run as many times as you can!
Come and join the fun!
For more info contact Marci @ 719-371-1508

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!



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

Brittanee Bohannan
2016 Westcliffe Stampede Queen
2017 Royalty Director

A Message from our 2017 Queen...

Thank you 
Katlyn Freeburg , 2017 Stampede Queen

2017 Royalty Sponsorships


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

Brittanee Bohannan
2016 Westcliffe Stampede Queen
2017 Royalty Director

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

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,  
     719-783-9 645 Cell 719-371-6008

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,
Email  for more info

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
Visit my website at:

Essential Etiquette for Trail Rides
'Mrs. Trail Manners' tells you what you need to know to have a pleasant cross-country ride-and be invited back.

As a lifelong trail rider, I can assure you most of these rules only require common sense or courtesy, including consideration for the land on which you're riding (plus for the landowner, public or private) and respect for other land users, including members of your own riding group.
Most of us consider ourselves considerate, yet there are common etiquette mistakes I often see made on trail rides. Here I'll discuss those omissions of etiquette and offer tips to avoid them.
Mrs. Trail Manners Says: 
Know the Lay of the Land and the Owner
Will you be riding on public or private land? Do you need permission to ride there or to cross it? Some riders wrongly assume that they're riding on public land. Not all private land is marked, especially on some of the larger ranches in the West. Determine ahead of time if your route will cross private land, and get permission from the landowner. Some property owners don't mind riders traveling through their ranch pastures or rangelands. When you make contact, the owner might suggest where they'd allow you to ride and point out areas where they don't want horseback traffic. But some landowners simply don't tolerate trespassers.


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

Spring Feeding Transitions

My horses claim about 10 of our 15 acres of land, which you'd think would be plenty for half a dozen horses. Our house, barns, arenas, offices, and a warehouse are squeezed into a corner of the property and the rest of the place is procured and manicured just for the horses.
We have about 10  irrigated  acres, which is like Park Avenue real estate in the West. But living in the high mountain desert as we do-even with irrigation water-it's only enough pasture for what I fondly refer to as "recreational grazing." (Meaning, it doesn't help my hay bill much, but it sure makes the horses happy!)
Winters are long and hard here in the Rocky Mountains and the grass only grows from April through August. The rest of the year it is decidedly brown. Keeping the grass green is a challenge in this climate and horses are sure hard on the land. Keeping the horses healthy while eating that green grass is also a challenge and a labor of love. Come springtime, managing the pasture for the health of the fields while transitioning our horse's diet from hay to green grass, without stressing their  digestive  health, requires some serious planning, as well as detailed execution.
Baby Grass is Delicate
Horses' teeth and hooves are not. While we may turn our horses out in the fields late in the winter before any new growth starts, and let them browse the dead grass, at the first sign of green shoots, the horses are eighty-sixed from the pastures. For the next month at least, until we can see the first signs of seed heads on the short grasses, we keep the horses totally off the fields. This allows a good head of growth in the pastures and will establish the grass for the whole summer. Horses will paw and dig and gnaw for the first delectable shoots of green grass and they are incredibly damaging to young grass. Keeping them off the fields early on makes the grazing last longer at the other end of the summer.
Over-eaters Anonymous
Once the grass is healthy and ready for grazing, our focus shifts to managing the change in the horses' diets from dry hay (almost a year old by now) to fresh green grass. Between over-eating and the drastic change to the horses' delicate digestive balance, it pays to be very, very careful. My horses have access to an all-you-can-eat grass hay buffet, open 24/7. That way their digestive tract is always full-the way nature intended.
When I am ready to start turning them out to the pasture, I wait until late in the day, when their bellies are already full and when the  sugar content  is low in the green grass. Our horses are programmed to come in the barn at night, so we'll turn them out an hour before their bedtime. That way they only eat a bit and then they're ready to come in at the normal time.
Over the next 3-4 weeks, we'll turn them out a few minutes earlier each day, as they gradually shift from mostly hay to mostly green grass diets. In colder climates like ours, early morning grasses can be hazardous to horses with metabolic issues, so in the spring and early summer, we avoid letting the horses into the fields before mid-day. During this time of transition, we are watching the horses closely for over-eating-as some will do-especially when they have been deprived of the delicacy for so long.
We also keep the horses on heavier than normal doses of Proviable, a pro- and pre-biotic. This helps stabilize their digestive tract and is especially important when horses are undergoing any kind of stress-whether it is a change of diet or a road trip or arduous training.
Since our horses are all in training-worked or exercised on a daily basis-I don't really have any concerns about obesity. I find my horses are so much healthier and content when they have 24/7 access to a low-protein grass hay. While some horses might put on a little extra weight in the beginning, once they realize the food will always be there they slow their eating way down and go back to a healthier weight. As they switch to more and more green grass the horses will definitely put on a few pounds, but they also get a sheen to their coats and are happier.
In nature, horses put on weight in the summer when the foraging is better, then they  lose weight  over the winter when it's slim picking. Their biology is designed this way and this cycle triggers other things like shedding and ovulation. I want my horses to lose weight over the winter and put it back on in the summer. Some horses have major health issues related to obesity because they put on more weight every summer but never lose it in the winter. Consequently, they get fatter and fatter every year. The easiest time to get the weight off a horse is in the winter.
Keeping it Green
Our pastures require a fair amount of maintenance during the spring and summer. Early in the spring, before the grass starts growing, we drag/harrow the fields, to break up the manure clumps and pull out some of the thatch (and every five years or so the fields need to be burned off to get rid of the thick thatch). Since we spread the manure from the stalls and paddocks in the fields, the harrow helps break it up, providing a smooth layer of fertilizer to the grass. Recycling manure is great for the growth of the grass; adding a  commercial fertilizer  is even better, but much more costly.
We start irrigating the pastures as soon as the snow melt starts and the ditches are running. We use flood irrigation-a manual process that involves damming the ditch and flooding the fields with water. We only have access to the water on certain days (since we share it with others), so our whole lives tend to revolve around irrigation days. Water is a big deal in the West; water rights are very valuable and never taken for granted. We have to work the water through the fields to make sure every nook and cranny is covered; the water is far too precious to waste even a gallon.
We also mow our fields once or twice during the summer. Horses are very particular about the actual plants they eat, selecting the tender sweet grass and leaving the weeds and other kinds of grasses. By mowing (with the blades set as high as they go) we chop off the weeds before they seed and the grass gets stronger. When you mow grass before it seeds out, it grows even harder, trying to get to seed. Keeping our fields mowed improves the growth and quality of the grass while discouraging the weeds.
A Labor of Love
Maintaining the pastures is a lot of work, but like most things in life, if it's important to you it's worth working for. Seeing the horses content in the field, basking in the sun and picking and sorting through the plants to find their little treasures more than makes up for the work we put into it. Seeing the shine and dapples in their coat that only green grass gives a horse pleases my eye and puts a smile on my face.
There's a reason why horse enthusiasts tend to be hard workers-it takes a lot of effort to keep horses happy and healthy! But the end result makes me forget about the extra work and gives me the satisfaction of doing the best I can do for both the horses and the land.
Enjoy the ride!
Julie Goodnight

Making Time For Horses


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 




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, 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
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 @
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!

Special Pricing for Saddle Club Members!


6076 CR 119, Westcliffe, CO  81252
Phone: (719) 783-2222


Taste The Difference!

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



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George Koons, President (719) 371-3853
Steve Case (719) 783-0973
Marcie Wommack (719) 371-1508
Jim Bidwell (719) 239-0776

Alternates: Bob & Holly VanDuys (719) 783-0920

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