We could not have asked for a more beautiful day! Under sun-filled skies, forty 4-H kids from clubs throughout Santa Fe County, along with their parents and siblings graced Crossed Arrows Ranch home of the Turquoise Trail Wranglers arena for a day of 4-H fun, friendship, and food. Thank you kids for your enthusiasm - you guys are awesome!
Thank you to everyone who helped us put on this event - we couldn't have done it without you!!! A Very special thank you to Clint Mortenson of Mortenson Silver & Saddles for donating his whole day to teach us all about roping. To Master roper Mr. Henry McKinley - we can't thank you enough for providing the livestock for this event and for lending your mastery of archery too. To Super Looper and wonderful instructors Ronnie and Shelley Milliore. To Carl Hawkins who "put on the hog" cookin' out of his authentic 1890s chuckwagon, and to his helpers of the day, Steve Price, Jacinda Witt and Diane Clare. To our singing cowboy Jasper McCoy - thanks for lending your voice. Thank you to our Turquoise Trail Wrangler parents/leaders: Mark Hermeling, Greg Cummings, Jim Vidamour, and Angela Flores for their all their help. Thank you to San Marcos Feed Store for the buckets, scoopers, roping and ranch books - thanks Tom! A very special thanks to Western Horseman columnist and author Bill Manns and Judy Benson of Zon Publishing who made sure every kid went home with one of their calendars, Cowboy & Cowgirl coffee table books or postcard books. To Frank Romero, Linda and the gang at L&L, Chris Czymarid, Bobby & Debbie Borrego, and Eaves Ranch manager Thomas Wingate - thank you.
As a final note... This event couldn't have been possible without Kenny Tomlinson who not only spearheaded the initial construction of our arena, but to all the other things he made happen and the time it took to do it all. Thank you, you are THE MAN!
All eyes are on Clint Mortenson as he begins the roping class at the Crossed Arrows Ranch, home of the Turquoise Trail Wranglers.
Practice makes perfect.
View from atop the bucking chutes of our kids hard at work and having fun.
Girls Ranch Mustangs impressed all with their new roping skills.
While on his lunch break Mr. McKinley taught archery to our Cloverbuds - where does he get his energy?!
Chuckwagon master Carl Hawkins and Bonanza Creek manager Steve Price.
Come and get it!!!
Cowboy crooner Jasper McCoy.
Swinging into the saddle.
Running the chutes for our ropers.
Cochiti Trail Blazer tracking his steer.
One of our cowgirls in action.
Watching the action!