Accident alters horse trainer’s approach

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry Michael Richardson, right, answers questions asked by Janice Prescott of Portales following his“Enlightened Horsemanship” seminar Tuesday at the N.M. Ag Expo. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Michael Richardson has been at ease working with horses from a young age, but a life-changing event reshaped his approach to […]

High-dollar horses

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Kris Rinks, 24, trots his gray gelding around the sales ring Saturday at the Clovis Horse Sales while bidders inspect the horse. Rinks traveled from Sanger, Texas, to sell two horses at the auction. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Kris Rinks said he was a little disappointed when the […]

Feb. 17 – Little Miss Showoff

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Shelby Mayfield, 8, rides a bicksin gelding Saturday that her father brought to the Clovis Horse Sale to sell. Sylvester Mayfield said Shelby has been riding horses since she was a baby. Mayfield didn’t take the bid of $5,800 because he said the horse was worth closer to $7,000.

Dentist cared for equestrian clientele

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist John Edward Homan came to Clovis in 1910. For 12 years he was a horse dentist who had his office in the Beck and Bells Wagon Yard at Second and Mitchell streets. The wagon yard was on the northwest corner. His family included his wife Myrtle and 10 children, five […]

Two residents charged with animal cruelty

Two Clovis residents were arrested Thursday for charges of animal cruelty. A deputy from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office responded Oct. 9 to a residence on Curry Road N in reference to animal abuse, according to a release from the office. An emaciated horse was located on the residence and transported to a local veterinarian, […]

Aug. 29, 1950

An advertisement for Coca-Cola listed a six bottle carton of soda for 25 cents. … Jack Skipworth, Clovis rodeo roper, filed a lawsuit in district court after his champion horse “Big Red” escaped another man’s stable and was hit by a car. Skipworth claimed the man did not have the authorization to put Skipworth’s horse […]

Exhibitors channel pioneers at fair

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Even horses need pedicures. Placing the foot of his horse on a stand, Dusty Leatherwood clipped its hoof with oversized nail clippers, and smoothed the edges with a foot-long metal file. Shoenail never even whinnied. A professional farrier, Leatherwood said as long as he was careful, the horse would […]

Horse thieves cause large border squabble

By Don McAlvy: Columnist I have a better story about the shooting of horse thieves at the fence between Farwell and Texico in the early days. The authority is L. C. “Larry” Mersfelder. He was our first county superintendent of Curry County schools in 1909. This is Mersfelder’s story: “While I was living in Texico […]

May 18, 1939

Clovis officials were making plans for the fifth annual Pioneer Days Celebration … Frank Martin’s Shop, at 1109 W. Seventh, specialized in sharpening lawnmowers, axes and knives. … Clovis Livestock Sales were promising a horse, mule and cattle sale every Wednesday. … And Clovis’ Chris Dudley, a retired sales clerk, was born in Arrey, near […]

Curry County native selected as Masked Rider

CNJ Staff A Curry County native has inherited a famed cape and mask. Texas Tech University student Kevin Burns was named the 2007-2008 Texas Tech Masked Rider, Lubbock university officials announced Friday. The Masked Rider has been a symbol of Texas Tech for decades. Atop a black quarter horse, wearing black clothes, a mask, bolero […]