This week’s audio lesson will be posted in the next day or two, but I wanted to take a moment to update you on our activities. We just returned from Denver, where we had a great time appearing at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo. This event, put on by the Colorado Horse Council, was a jam-packed long weekend full of clinics, demos, and other learning experiences. While we were there I presented several sessions on Starting Your Horse on Cattle, Dealing with Obstacles and Spookiness, Ranch Roping, and Understanding Collection, Flexion, and Suppleness. I really enjoyed working with the riders who participated and interacting with the great crowds there.
In addition, I helped judge a colt-starting competition in which eight trainers worked with eight untrained colts to get them gentled and introduced to the saddle. The competition culminated with each trainer taking his or her horse through an obstacle course. Quite a lot of fun for the audience, and I appreciated the chance to get to know the competitors a bit and to visit with the other judges.
There wasn’t a lot of free time, but I did take the opportunity to reconnect with some old friends who were also at the Expo, such as my good friends at the Ranch Sorting National Championships. We had a good time catching up on what’s happened in the past year.
My sincere thanks to Bill Scebbi and the event staff for all their help before and during the Expo. I wish I could share a photo of Bill and the other staff members, but every time we had a free moment to take a picture, they were busy taking care of business!
Thanks also to the fine folks at Clapsaddle Farms for providing Otis, the horse I rode during several of my sessions.
Finally, I can’t thank the Colorado Horse Council enough for welcoming me back for a second consecutive year, and for their hospitality while we were there in Denver. What a great job they did in pulling together this event, promoting good horsemanship in all its varieties. As I’ve said before, I have a huge amount of respect for the various state horse councils throughout the country and the work they do on behalf of horses and horsemanship, and the Colorado council is a fine example of commitment and dedication to that purpose.
If you were there, thank you for attending. I’d love to hear your impressions of the Expo. Share your thoughts in the comments below!