In search of ponies: Horses share strength

Her voice was strained and tired as she described the stress and challenges their family was enduring. But most of all, what she wanted was her baby boy with her. Though it’s been years, I can still remember hearing her pain as she told me how it just wasn’t right leaving him there at the […]

In search of ponies: Hen’s duck act ends tragically

The laughter on the other end of the phone line was predictable. “A chicken?” my Mom asked. “Yes, a chicken. I had two but the other one drowned,” I replied. She stifled her laughter long enough to issue an, “Awww….” “But what about the drought? How did a chicken drown?” It was a valid question. […]

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 […]

Game warden got dose of humility

Glenda Price One summer we managed a guest ranch in the New Mexico mountains. Besides taking reservations, cleaning cabins and doing laundry, we had a string of dude horses. We took care of the horses and accompanied guests on trail rides in the nearby forest. We had one other duty —trash. The cabins were built […]

HPJRA: Physical trait often determine horses’ names

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Keylee Crowder, 8, and her horse Keebler compete in the 8-and-under barrels on Friday at the High Plains Junior Rodeo at Curry County Events Center. By Clarence Plank What’s in a name? For the participants in the 36th annual High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals in Clovis on Friday, they […]

Roosevelt woman says she finds peace working with horses

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Wendy Toombs of Roosevelt County puts reins on her quarter horse Little San Tippy. She has logged 750 hours riding, primarily on Little San Tippy, during the last several years with an American Quarter Horse Association program. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Wendy Toombs of Roosevelt County has gone […]

Prestigious line of horses still exists

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Nothing can equal the thrill of riding a horse running so fast your eyes water and your hair feels as if it’s leaving your head. If it’s a race and you and the horse are passing all the others the thrill is, of course, quadrupled. An almost equal thrill comes […]

Preparation not enough for auction

By Glenda Price: State columnist Livestock auctions are an integral part of ranch life. Usually, the sale barns have a cattle auction each week, and now and then they sell horses or sheep. Ranchers whose cattle calve in the spring often consign their weanling calves to the sale barn in the fall. Another type auction […]

Parade draws residents, sense of pride

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Navy veteran Natasha Beckwith, left, holds the American flag Saturday standing with fellow veteran Les Bassinger on the American Veterans Post No. 14 float during the Veterans Day Parade. To view more photos from the parade, visit fnm.mycapture.com. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Milia and Cadence Ratledge, 4-year-old twins […]

Reporter’s notebook: CHS grad to be featured on horse show

Tara Harris, a 2001 Clovis High graduate, said horses have always been a part of her life. Her passion for horses will be featured on a television show in two weeks. Harris started riding horses when she was 2 years old and competed in rodeo events when she was in elementary school. While pursuing a […]