Money major concern in pursuit of horse barn

Robin Fornoff Not a single negative from Curry County commissioners or a crowd of about 30 on hand Tuesday in Melrose to hear a proposal for a new 400-stall horse barn and arena adjacent to the Events Center. There was, however, the matter of a $5 million price tag. “I personally think it’s something that […]

Commissioners to consider 400-stall horse barn

Robin Fornoff Among items coming up Tuesday at a meeting of the Curry County commissioners: An ambitious plan for a 400-stall horse barn to be built adjacent the Events Center at an estimated cost of $5 million. The commission meets at 9 a.m. at Melrose City Hall. The horse barn is a concept being offered […]

In search of ponies: Human vending machine wants more from pets

Hair tousled, with grungy slobber on his shoulder, he approached me, held out his thumb and proceeded to tell me how the horse had bitten it and wouldn’t let go. “Were you giving them peppermints?” I asked my visiting family member. “No, I didn’t have any with me today. Why would he be so mean […]

In search of ponies: Horse in for a rough ride

Sharna Johnson Things are tough. The economy is tight, people are stretching their dollars to cover the cost of the rising expenses and most of the recent data says they are doing it without pay increases. And to make things worse, drought and wildfires in the area have hit the feed supply for animals. As […]

In search of ponies: Spoiled horse gets schooled in manners

Sharna Johnson When Sancha first came into my life she was the only horse and like an only child often does, she became a bit of a diva pretty quickly. A number of the defiant or spoiled little stunts she would pull were enough to concern me about her future disposition and attitude. The general […]

Commission advised events center needs horse stalls

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CNJ file photo Curry commissioners instructed the county manager to develop a plan to build horse stalls at the events center in response to rising interest in the facility from the equestrian world. Sharna Johnson A horse sale manager told commissioners Tuesday that Curry County, because of its event center, could be the equestrian center […]

Press release: Harden releases latest update on preventing horse herpes outbreak

State Senator Clint Harden (R- Clovis) has been in close contact with the Office of the State Veterinarian regarding the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) that has been exposed in New Mexico and he has been informed on how to prevent a horse herpes outbreak in the state. Senator Harden said the latest information he has […]

Horse virus outbreak raising concerns

Sharna Johnson Eastern New Mexico horse owners are being advised to keep their animals home as concerns grow over an outbreak of a deadly horse virus. While there were no confirmed New Mexico cases of the highly contagious Equine Herpes Virus-1 as of Wednesday, the state livestock board said there are two suspected cases in […]

Animals contain surprises

The high-powered quarter horse mare had been to the breeding barn, and was bred to an outstanding stallion. Everything seemed fine. Maybe not. She colicked, and they ended up taking her to the veterinarian. He got that problem solved, and while he was at it he checked, and pronounced her “open,” no baby in there. […]

Horse summit opens lines of communication

Argen Duncan The first New Mexico Equine Industry Summit opened communication and found common ground among state horse organizations, participants said. The summit took place Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Seventy people from 30 organizations attended. “I think it went well,” said organizer Jason Turner, New Mexico State University horse specialist. “I think there […]

Equine summit set for Saturday

CNJ staff The first New Mexico Equine Industry Summit is set for Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. New Mexico State University horse specialist and summit organizer Jason Turner said dozens of people involved in the horse industry were scheduled to attend from across the state. Attendance is by invitation only. Speakers come from horse, […]

Workshop offers stock horse training tips

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Scott Bagley maneuvers his horse around a steer Tuesday afternoon during his Building a Better Stock Horse demonstration at the 2011 Ag Expo. Scott Bagly of Dimmitt, Texas, returned to the New Mexico Ag Expo for the second year to teach attendees how to train a better stock horse during a […]

Real progress takes getting off rocking horse

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist When our children were small, we gave them a rocking horse to share as one of their Christmas presents. It was a hefty rocking horse that we kept in our family for years. Even though other toys were forgotten about as more Christmases passed, the rocking horse became a mainstay in […]

Animals can never be too smart

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist One of the grandest sights in the world, in my opinion, is watching a cow dog at work. A bird dog is just as neat. Riding a champion cutting horse or barrel racing horse is an extra special thrill because you and the animal are doing something exciting together. […]

Events center hosting ‘Road to Worlds’ event

Courtesy photo The Curry County Events Center plays host this weekend to the Western Shooting Horse “Road Cannon Connections staff The Curry County Events Center plays host this weekend to the Western Shooting Horse “Road to the Worlds” competition. The event is set for Saturday and Sunday at the Curry County Events Center, and is […]

Ticket feature: Events center hosting mounted shooting competition

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Courtesy photo In the Western Shooting Horse “Road to the Worlds” competition, riders shoot 10 balloon targets while navigating obstacles, using specially-loaded blank cartridges fired from Old West-style single-action revolvers. The Curry County Events Center plays host this weekend to the Western Shooting Horse “Road to the Worlds” competition. The event is set for Saturday […]

Friday morning briefing: Performance horses, step back in time and Hepburn’s debut

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Horse performance Just in time for the Clovis Livestock Auction horse sale Saturday…a warm-up of osrts. It’s the auction’s annual fall performance horse demonstration 4 p.m. today at the Curry County Events Center. Back in time George Crawford will walk you back in time […]

To be fearless cowboy way of life

Glenda Price When a cowboy gets the worst of a horseback wreck he straightens his hat, dusts off his britches and gets back on the horse. When someone asks, “Are you hurt?” he laughs, points to his body part that hit the ground first — usually his rear end — and says, “Nah … landed […]

Texas artist featured at CCC museum

CNJ staff The Eula Mae Edwards Museum and Gallery at Clovis Community College is currently hosting artwork of West Texas artist Cherine Marie. The exhibit is through Aug. 31. Marie is a self-taught artist and photographer who presents items in watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel and sculpture. She is known for her feathered horse design that […]

California woman trekking across country on horse

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Linny Kenney, left, Walter Rowland and Kenney’s horse Sojourner take a break from their ride across the country on Curry Road 16 east of Clovis. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Linny Kenney of Los Angeles passed through Clovis on Wednesday on her horse ride across the country. Kenney, 29, said the trip from Los […]