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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Roping Clinic Sunday, October 12th

Our club, the Turquoise Trail Wranglers will be hosting a Roping Clinic by Clint Mortenson on Sunday, October 12th, 1:00 PM here at our arena. All Santa Fe County 4-H'ers from all the clubs have been invited and many will be attending in what is going to be a really fun day. This clinic is being offered to us by Mr. Mortenson FREE of charge and is for all kids with or without horses for kids who can rope a bit or those that have never swung a rope too! We are also lucky to have rancher and roping legend, Mr. Henry McKinley who will be lending his expertise. Mr. Carl Hawkins will also be setting up his authentic 1890 Chuckwagon and will be cooking in his dutch ovens. This will be the first of our 4- H FALL FUN Days. I will fill you in on other upcoming events at the meeting.

Arena Building 101

On a warm day last November I began clearing a section of land on our ranch that would become the home arena for the Turquoise Trail Wranglers 4-H Club. Following stump removal and dirt work by Monty Fasnaught, Tom Faulkner, local contractor, horseman and all around good friend Kenny Tomlinson as well as our welder, roper, and master of disaster our brother Chad Winter and his assistant Danny Saiz jumped in to drill holes and weld three semi loads of steel pipe to create what is now a 150' X 260' regulation PRCA Rodeo Arena complete with bucking chutes, roping chute and boxes along with cattle return and trap. This will now be the only dedicated arena of its kind for the exclusive use of Santa Fe County 4-H clubs.

Following are some photos showing our progress along the way...

Three semi loads of pipe await us on cleared land. March 2008

Kenny, Rick and Chad drilling the holes for the uprights.

First uprights in and ready to go.

Danny and 4-H'er fabricating the bucking chutes.

Danny welding the gateway for the stripping chute and cattle trap.

Backing into the box for a roping chute test run. April 2008

Chad and Kenny assembling our rustic "powder rooms".

Our delux outhouses open for business.

Cattle moooving in - Thanks Mr. Henry McKinley!!!

Hanging out our shingle. Our new sign courtesy of local wrangler Nancy D.

Very special thanks also to: Henry & Peg McKinley, Bonanza Creek Ranch owners Imogene & Richard Hughes, Ranch Manager and my padner' Steve Price, Clint Mortenson of Mortinson Silver & Saddles, and Richard Slaughter.

Thanks all!