The Colorado Horse Park

The Colorado Horse Park

The Colorado Horse Park

The Colorado Horse Park is the largest horse park in the western United States, and features more than 40 events per year, 11 competition arenas, 100 boarding stalls, an RV park, two covered arenas, 300 permanent stalls and portable stalls for more than 1,000 competing horses.

The Colorado Horse Park was rumored to be sold and developed into a subdivision, but news of a new ownership put these concerns to rest. Mark Bellissimo, owner of a large equestrian festival in Florida, bought the park in December 2014. Helen Krieble, who bought the park in 1993, neared retirement that September and put the park up for sale.

Colorado Equestrian Partners

The new partnership that now owns The Colorado Horse Park, Colorado Equestrian Partners, includes Mark and Katherine Bellissimo and other partners within the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

The Colorado Equestrian Partners purchased the park with plans to invest in improvements. These improvement included stabling and footing and key factors that energize the equestrian community. The partners planned to develop philanthropic initiatives along with outreach programs that work with local schools to raise awareness about opportunities in horse sports. And over the years since this new ownership they have done just that!

Today The Colorado Horse Park hosts a number of events. In this month alone The Colorado Horse Park has hosted its second High Prairie Dressage event of the year, a cross county schooling on schooling course, the Marilyn Payne eventing clinic, and the Horsemanship Goodnight event. The Colorado Horse Park also hosted an event during the month of June called Summer in the Rockies. The Summer in the Rockies event is a horse show competition in which riders can compete and win prizes. The event began on June the sixth and will end on July the eighteenth. For more information about The Colorado Horse Park, contact Colorado Horse Property.

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Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse

Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse

Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse

The Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association (more commonly known are the RMQHA), is an organization that supports everything about the horse breed known as the American Quarter Horse. The Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association has been around for over seventy years, and has shared the Coloradoan dedication to and enthusiasm for the American Quarter Horse.

What does The Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse have to offer you? If you race, breed, show, ranch, trail ride, or just like to socialize and keep up with Regional Quarter Horse news, then the RMQHA has a lot to offer you!  The Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association is the industry leader in providing the enhancement of horse owners and enthusiasts in the state of Colorado with heritage, education, programs, and activities. Colorado Horse Property advocates those that want to support and promote the American Quarter Horse and the Rocky Mountain region to join the Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association.

RMQHA Events

The Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association hosts a day for their practicing members and new horse owners, in which participants get the royal treatment at Arapahoe Park. Arapahoe Park is a horse-racing track in Arapahoe County, Colorado. Located at 26000 East Quincy Ave in Aurora, Arapahoe Park hosts Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, Paint Horse and Arabian horse racing.
The RMQHA hosts over twenty approved shows and special events annually throughout Colorado, offering many different opportunities and days to exhibit your American Quarter Horse. This includes such events as the Pre-Denver Circuit, the Gold Rush Show as well as the fun Colorado Gold in Pueblo and Rocktoberfest in Loveland. Most of the shows offer classes for everyone from professionals, amateurs, novice and youth, including the select division for “mature” exhibitors.
There are also Special Event Classes offered in cattle-related classes. Truly there is an event for everyone with the RMQHA! If you have any questions about the Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association, like how to join or help support the horse community in the Front Range, then contact your friends at Colorado Horse Property.
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The Heritage Ride

The Heritage Ride

The Heritage Ride

The Colorado Horse Council, an organization that operates out of Brighton Colorado, is the founder of the famed Heritage Ride. The Heritage Ride is a large event for horse owners and enthusiasts to make people aware of the efforts of the equine industry in Colorado.

The Heritage Ride focuses on education of those in and out of the equine community. It is also a fundraiser to support the work that the Colorado Horse Council does to protect horses. This year marks the sixth annual Heritage Ride event and will be showcased in a couple locations along the Front Range.The Ride is approximately 2 hours, depending on location.

The Heritage Ride is a day-long equine adventure, where there will be educational opportunities for you to learn about trail riding, equine safety and more. Attendees may also have the opportunity to ride with guest clinicians from the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, another popular event that the Colorado Horse Council hosts every year.

Colorado Horse Council

What is the Colorado Horse Council? This organization is a “grass-roots, all-breed, non-discipline specific organization dedicated to linking the horse owners and the horse industry of the State of Colorado into a powerful, common voice in order to protect their common equine interests through legislation and education. It also employs a full-time contract lobbyist, who works with the State Legislature on horse and agriculture-related issues.”

As I mentioned above, another big event that the Council hosts in the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo. The Rocky Mountain Horse Expo has unfortunately already passed this year, but if you weren’t able to attend there is always next year! This event is a great place to get educated by professional horse clinicians and to work with a variety of different horse breeds. Of course you can also shop in the trade show, view beautiful equine art at the Art in the Park event and watch The Mane Event.

The Colorado Horse Council is composed of “farmers and ranchers, breeders, trainers, showmen and women, retailers, veterinary care providers, service providers, feed producers, and individuals who seek to maintain [our] rights to own, maintain, and use horses in [our] state.” If you have any questions about The Heritage Ride event or other horse events in your area, contact Colorado Horse Property.

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Colorado Horse Rescue

Longmont Horse Properties for Sale

Longmont Horse Properties for Sale

If you are looking to purchase a Colorado Horse Property then you should look into Longmont Horse Properties for Sale. Longmont is home to the Colorado Horse Rescue. Colorado Horse Rescue, as its name suggests, is a horse rescue based out of Longmont Colorado. This horse rescue is “dedicated to saving the disadvantaged horse. One human, one rescue, one home at a time.”

History of the Colorado Horse Rescue

Today Colorado Horse Rescue is a powerhouse of the community. The rescue is a place where horse owners and enthusiasts can come together and share information as well as meet with local horse clinicians and veterinarians. The Colorado Horse Rescue is a great place to visit today and has come from a long and vibrant history.

In 1986, Sharon Jackson and Jill Pratt founded Colorado Horse Rescue to provide shelter, rehabilitation and care for horses. They began by focusing on helping horses that came from abused and neglected situations. With a handful of area stables and land from local farms, the rescue was able to offer vacancies at their facilities to help shelter horses. Two years later, the Colorado Horse Rescue received its non-profit status from the state of Colorado.

Throughout the following years, the rescue has seen some wonderful improvements. Just last year the rescue’s indoor area was refurbished into a safe and usable space for riding and training purposes. This new development gave the rescue the ability to host clinics and events in inclement weather, as well as continue to ride and train horses year-round! In 2017, Colorado Horse Rescue was awarded the Top Nonprofits Award, and the Boulder County Horse Association’s Appreciation Award in recognition of its support of horses and equestrian interests in the community. This year the rescue has continued to grow with its new dedicated adoption and volunteer coordinator position.

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Elizabeth Horse Properties Events

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Elizabeth Horse Properties for Sale

Looking for a horse property to buy, but not sure where to look? One of the best places to own horse property in Colorado is in Elizabeth—don’t worry there are many Elizabeth Horse Properties for sale.

The Elizabeth Stampede

Why is Elizabeth a great place for horse properties? It just so happens that Elizabeth is the home of the famed Elizabeth Stampede! Over the stampede’s twenty-seven years of operation, the Elizabeth Stampede has established itself as a top regional Rodeo in the Colorado/Wyoming PRCA Mountain States Circuit. The Elizabeth Stampede has been voted by the Circuit’s membership as the Top Small and Medium Rodeo ten times.

The Stampede has also been voted by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association membership in the USA and three Canadian provinces as the PRCA Small Rodeo of the Year three times. Furthermore, in 2013 the Elizabeth Stampede was voted by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Board of Directors as Small Rodeo of the Year.

History of the Elizabeth Stampede

Before the Elizabeth Stampede grew to what we know it to be today, there was no horse-related entertainment in the Elizabeth area in Colorado. Dating back as early as the year of 1910, the Elizabeth Commercial Association was formed. In 1919 the Association bought ten acres of land in what is now known as Casey Jones Park.

During the 1970’s the Elizabeth Commercial Association became the Colorado State Rodeo Association. It was later sanctioned as the Amateur Rodeo in 1978.Historically, many of the local events from those earlier years were retained, also including Wild Cow Milking and Rawhide Races.

Other horse events continued well into the 1980’s, some of which include two Saturday and Sunday Rodeo performances, Rodeo Royalty, Rodeo Parade, Rodeo Dance and Carnival. At the time the rodeo included such events as:

  • Calf Roping
  • Bull Biding
  • Steer Wrestling
  • Bareback Bronc Riding
  • Barrel Racing
  • Saddle Bronc Riding
  • Team Roping

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Friends of Horses Rescue and Adoption

Friends of Horses Rescue and Adoption is a horse rescue center located in Centennial Colorado. This equine rescue got its start back in the nineties when Bill Stiffler picked up over thirty horses that were bound to Colorado State University. Many of the horses out of this first batch were infected with what is commonly known as Strangles in the horse community. Strangles or equine distemper is a contagious upper respiratory tract infection caused by a specific bacterium. After getting these sick horses the proper care, the rescue found the horses reliable and safe new homes.

The rescue was founded in 2001 as a 501(c)(3) not for profit, and has expanded to include community service, therapeutic riding, education, and rehabilitating abandoned, abused, unwanted, neglected or slaughter-bound horses. In 2002 their dreams became a reality when they got the opportunity to consolidate FOHRRA from five different barn locations into one facility they’ve called home for the last 16 years (the former El Jebel Stables). Friends of Horses currently occupies the ten acres of land equipped with an indoor riding facility. The rescue’s proximity to Cherry Creek State Park is ideal; it is only steps away from a sprawling prairie surrounding eight hundred and eighty acres of reservoir. What makes Friends of Horses Rescue and Adoption unique, among the horse rescue community, is that horses not only come from owner surrenders, but they are rescued off the track Thoroughbred racehorses doomed for euthanasia, as well as horses bought from slaughter auctions throughout the USA, commonly called killer sales, in which horses are sold by the pound and sent to be slaughtered for their meat. The rescue’s horses are cared for, rehabilitated, and trained in order to find their future forever homes. Friends of Horses is dedicated to finding the best fit possible for their horses. Some horses are adopted out as potential show horses for both the Western and English rings, trail and packing horses, companion animals, lesson horses, cattle horses, etc.

Friends of Horses Rescue and Adoption offers a number of community activities such as riding lessons, pony camps, equine educational programs, fulfillment of service hours for school scholarships or court dictated hours. Coming up again this June, the rescue will be offering their eight weeks of summer camp for children ages seven through thirteen. Summer camp activities include grooming, education on various riding disciplines, anatomy of the horse, horse breeds, equine equipment, tacking up and caring for horses, riding instruction, art projects, gardening and more. Friends of Horses also has structured programs to help redirect troubled youths, keeping them out of detention centers and potentially dangerous situations. In Bill Stiffler’s light-hearted humor, he refers to this as “aroma therapy”—shoveling manure, cleaning stalls, feeding/watering horses, and keeping up with overall facility maintenance. This is an important facet of the rescue as it continues to better the greater community of Denver, giving youth direction, teaching work ethic and dedication.

 

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Spring Creek Horse Rescue

Spring Creek Horse Rescue

Spring Creek Horse Rescue has been saving horses in the Durango area since 1976 and has no intentions of stopping any time soon. In their own words, Spring Creek was an equine rescue before rescues were cool! The owner of this horse rescue center, Diane McCracken always had a way with animals. Things got started when a local breeder had an injured colt. With nowhere to go, Diane took in the animal. You could say that this rescue was born out of a need to shelter and rehabilitate horses.

Though it is oftentimes hard to keep up, Spring Creek Horse Rescue is still working with many different animal control centers in the area to help the horse community. Today, Spring Creek is now in a new facility that is quickly being brought up to standards. The rescue is now full to capacity with over two dozen horses. The horses at this rescue live in close-knit communities or families. The rescue has thirty-five irrigated acres, four stall barns, and several run-in sheds for the many different equine families living on site. As a part of the local community, Spring Creek has been a driving force as horse advocates since its inception to local school groups, special needs groups, and other private groups. The rescue also gives horsemanship lessons and are La Plata county’s hay bank for people that are in need.

Like all non-profit organizations, Spring Creek Horse Rescue needs donations and volunteers to keep its doors open. They need donations to complete their new facility, like help clearing the land and help putting up fencing from experienced installers. Having been in the business of saving horses for as long as they have, Spring Creek’s truck has over six hundred thousand miles on it and they could really use a new one to haul their stock trailer. With the help of donations and volunteers like you, this rescue hopes to one day afford an indoor facility so that it can do training all year long and host more equine clinics so please give today.

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Buck’n-R-Ranch Animal Rescue

Buck’n-R-Ranch Animal Rescue

Buck’n-R-Ranch Animal Rescue is a no-kill animal rescue located in Franktown Colorado. Buck’n-R-Ranch was founded by Don and Bonnie Buckner. The inspiration driving this husband and wife team occurred when they discovered an abandoned cat. They rescued the fifteen-year-old cat and named her Olive. Poor Olive had some dental problems, was malnourished, and in much need of some help. After rehabilitating Olive and getting her back to full health, this elderly cat lived with the family for nearly a year. The Buckner’s didn’t know it at the time, but Olive would become the first out of many animals that would eventually be rescued by Buck’n-R-Ranch.

Fast forward from those humbling beginnings to today, the ranch has accumulated a lot more than a single cat. The ranch is now home to an assortment of dogs, cats, eleven alpacas, five horses, seven pigs, fifteen goats, and two sheep. Perhaps the only rescue to house one of these big and beautiful creatures, the ranch is also home to a yak named Yanni. The ranch has twenty-two acres of land and hope to build an outdoor arena because it is this rescue’s goal to train their horses to become great trail riding companions. The rescue also trains their dogs so that when they are eventually adopted the animals are rid of any behavioral problems that they may have had originally.

Like most nonprofit animal rescues in Colorado, Buck’n-R-Ranch is in need of donations and volunteers. Since the ranch’s inception, everything has been done out the founder’s own pockets. Let’s come together as a horse community and help out any way that we can! With the ranch’s stunning new website, donators have so many ways to give—you can use Paypal, iGive, AmazonSmile, and more. View the ranch’s donation wish list to find out things that they need to help them keep their doors open to all the needy animals out there. The ranch has an adoption event coming soon on May the 5th in Castle Rock at the King Soopers so go out and support your local horse and animal community. If you are unable to adopt please consider giving a donation or sign up to volunteer!

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Mountain Valley Horse Rescue

Mountain Valley Horse Rescue

The founding of Mountain Valley Horse Rescue, a pillar of the local community, began back in 2004. Two horses were found abandoned in the Flat Tops Wilderness, the third largest wilderness area in Colorado with over two hundred thousand acres of land stretching across two national forests. Subsequently named Willow and Sunny, these two horses were the inspiration behind the rescue that we know today. In its heyday, Mountain Valley Horse Rescue was a grass-roots movement that operated out of backyards and private areas belonging to the generous people of Eagle Colorado. Willow and Sunny are only two out of the estimated six thousand unwanted horses in the state of Colorado alone. The local horse community saw a problem and were coming together, doing everything they could to rectify equine abuse and neglect.

Mountain Valley Horse Rescue works with the local law enforcement and animal cruelty investigators to save horses from bad environments. There are many success stories that can be told from this partnering, like Sparky the Donkey. Sparky found his way to the rescue when it was discovered that his owner’s neglect had left him unable to walk. With the help of the rescue and some attention from a farrier, Sparky is now back on his feet. As a permanent resident at the rescue center, Sparky is now an ambassador for the rescue.

Because of a generous donation from the Shaw Family Foundation through Capital Campaign in 2015, the ranch was finally able to get land as a permanent home for horses in need. Mountain Valley Horse Rescue now operates out of a 114-acre ranch, located in McCoy between Vail and Steamboat Springs. Today the rescue has 32 horses on site. Willow is now used to help educate locals and visitors alike through the rescues outreach. This outreach comes in many forms where the Mountain Valley Horse Rescue continues to bring the community together.

Giving and Receiving Help

Of the many community programs that Mountain Valley Horse Rescue hosts, the three biggest are the Summer Camp, Mini Horse Heroes, and the High School Rescue Club. The rescue’s summer camp program is a four-day event were children over the age of eight can learn how to ride and earn general horsemanship skills. The rescue’s Mini Horse Heroes is a program for preschoolers that boasts a unique mix of developmental teachings and horse teachings. The High School Rescue Club gives students the opportunity to building leadership skills and to become horse advocates.

Like most nonprofit organizations, Mountain Valley Horse Rescue could not survive without the help of donations. If you can help, consider donating through the rescue’s capital campaign. Funds are needed to improve their facilities. The rescue needs to build a barn, a caretaker residence, indoor and outdoor arenas and a structure for hay storage.

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Denver Horse Properties

Denver Horse Properties

Denver horse properties are abundant in the great state of Colorado.

Denver horse properties are what many people are looking into these days. Have you been looking for an equestrian property for sale? Ready to settle down or are planning on retiring soon? Denver has a lot to offer horse owners. Owning a dude ranch near Denver can give you the best of both worlds. You have the benefit of being near the city with all the venues it has to offer. But then you also have a nice, stress-free place to go home to.

So, you’re looking for an equestrian property for sale. One of the reasons why you are going to want to start your search in Denver is because of the Colorado Horse Council. Located in the Denver metropolitan area, the Colorado Horse Council is a grass roots organization that connects horse owners to the horse industry in Colorado. The Council boasts an annual expo, the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo. If you missed the expo this year (March 7—March 11), then don’t worry. The Council holds many events throughout the year. Their next event is in June, The Heritage Ride.

If you are not interested in expos and horse shows, then there are many parks and riding trails near the Denver area. Chatfield State Park is only thirty minutes away from Denver. Likewise, Barr Lake State Park is thirty minutes away from Denver and even closer to the Denver International Airport if you are thinking of vacationing in the area. Cherry Creek State Park is twenty to thirty minutes away from Denver. All of these parks offer great trails for horseback riding.

Looking for a Denver horse property is now easier than ever with coloradohorseproperty.comwhich has over 3,500 properties listed in Colorado.

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