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Donna Lunn and Suzy at the Colorado
Classic Mule and Donkey Show
WORDS FROM THE PRESIDENT
Well I sure hope everyone's April has been better than ours. On
April 5th Mandy came off a mule and got stepped on. It broke both the
tibia and fibula clean through on her good leg. The swelling was so
severe that it caused a lot of complications. Her whole lower leg was
covered with fracture blisters, and the lack of circulation killed a lot
of tissue. Then came the infection.
She has had 6 surgeries, and we are waiting to do a skin graph. They
inserted a rod from her ankle to her knee, and remember, this was her
From my understanding the riding clinic with Elsie went good with
only a couple of mishaps.
I haven't heard how the Colorado Classic went yet from everyone who
went but I'm sure it was good.
Don't forget Badura's Fun Day May 5th. It's always an enjoyable day.
Hope to see you there.
In closing I would like to say remember safety first. Most of the
time it's not the animal's fault it is our own. Getting hurt is a price
we all must be willing to pay whether it be a ride on an equine or
riding a motorcycle. Also I would like to encourage everyone to take 5
minutes to check the floors in your trailer.
Until next time, be safe and have fun.
RGMDA East Mountain Chapter
April 2, 2013
RGMDA EAST MOUNTAIN CHAPTER - MEETING MINUTES – April 2, 2013
Meeting called to order at 6:35 pm by Vicki Badura at Carl’s Chili Hills
II in Moriarty, NM.
Members present: Alley Baker, Vicki Badura, Buddy Buzzard, Anna
Coffer, Rachael Cozal, Kelly DePlanche. Sandra Edmiston, Connie Hatley,
Karen Lloyd, Katy Lundy, Elizabeth Moore, Marvin Perkins, Deb & Alan
Plat, and Linda Threet.
Linda stated the Swap Meet of colonial period clothing and other items
at Golondrinas went very well.
Civil War Days at El Rancho des Golindrina’s will be May 4-5. For more
events at this location, please see this link:
El Rancho de Las Golondrinas
The RGMDA Board of Directors reviewed our Club’s Mission Statement under
the topic of Principles and Purpose. It was voted on and approved to
remove the statement “prevention of cruelty to Equines”.
To clarify an ongoing question of who can or cannot be a RGMDA Board
member: Any immediate past President can be a Board member.
We reviewed a list of former members that have not attended meetings in
sometime. Individual current members have agreed to reach out to those
no longer attending.
The Martinez House in Taos
Hacienda de los
Martinez would like participants in mid-1800s costumes along with
their Equids towards the end of September. If the City of Taos’
businesses would sponsor volunteers from our Association for this
purpose, it would ease travel and lodging expenses. More information to
More Upcoming Dates of Importance:
April 27-28: Although the
Colorado Classic Mule and Donkey Days in Castle Rock, CO has passed
by the time you read this, please read
Advice from Trixie the Mule to make you want to go next year!
May 5 Badura Fun Day. 10:00 am is the ride. 12:30 is lunch. 1:30 is
work in the arena. Please RSVP by calling Jerry at 407-2091 or online
Badura Fun Day RSVP Form
June 6-8: Old Fort Days in Fort Sumner. According to the 2012
schedule, the parade was held on Saturday at 10:00 am. Connie Hatley
offered car pooling for an additional three equids.
Park and Horse Motel (Bernardo, NM) will host a ride/drive on
Saturday and Show on Sunday. Following Saturday’s ride will be a BBQ
and Tack swap.
July 27-28: Old
Timer's Weekend in Estancia and at the Torrance County Fairgrounds.
See link for specific events and times.
August 1-4: Bosque Farms Fair and Rodeo. A Mule and Donkey
Demonstration is to be scheduled to occur after parade. According to
the 2012 schedule, the parade should be on Saturday at 8:30 with line up
at 8:00am. Stay tuned for details.
Sept 12: 2013
NM State Fair has released the Equine schedule and Mules and Donkeys
will share September 12th. Other Equine scheduled days are on the link
above in this paragraph. In addition, the Horse Council is looking for
volunteers to man it’s booth.
TBD: Connie Hatley announced a Fun Day at the Torrance County
Fairgrounds to raised money for prizes to be given at the County Fair in
August. Parking will be $2 or a canned food item; $2/class; or $20/day.
Meeting was adjourned at 7:27 pm. Minutes respectfully submitted by
RGMDA Central Mountain Chapter
April 9, 2013
The 'in-wind" clinic at Connie Rossignol's went well despite the
conditions. Mike Lunn was there to discuss handling and coon jumping
and there is interest to have another clinic like this.
The Schollenbarger clinic on the 6th and 7th was a fantastic
learning experience. There was a review of the basics principles of
equine handling and horsemanship before saddling up and getting a
chance to work on each persons' specific challenges. The small size
of the clinic really made it possible for every person to get the
individual attention needed and Elsie is a very good teacher. If you
didn't get to attend I highly recommend you keep your eyes open for
another in the future.
Stella and Patrick from Pastel Stables came to the meeting to
discuss how they can help us with training and events. They provide
lessons, trailrides, playdays, cow work and specialize in helping
people overcome fears. They would be happy to set up events for us
at their stable in Los Chavez if we want a playday or fun show. A
$20 all day fee per rider includes all the classes you care to enter
as well as lunch. At each event there is a focus on learning and
having fun and they will help anyone who needs assistance with
their animals. There is also a trail set up(including a water
crossing) so there is potential there for a trail clinic, or
individuals are welcome to go out and rent the space for a day and
practice with their own animals. If interested in private lessons
the cost is $40 for an hour, or longer if necessary for ending on a
April 22nd, Sunday, Poker Ride at the KIVA (see above)
Submitted, Jenn Hunt, Secretary
East Mountain Chapter: 1st Tuesday, May 7th, Chili Hills in
Moriarty, 6:30 PM
Central Chapter: 2nd Tuesday, May
Northern Chapter: May 21st or 22nd, Dick or Sue,
Board Meeting: May 18th, Copper Canyon Restaurant, 6:30 PM
Elsie Shollenbarger Clinic
The Schollenbarger clinic on the 6th and 7th was a fantastic learning
experience. There was a review of the basics principles of equine
handling and horsemanship before saddling up and getting a chance to
work on each persons' specific challenges. The small size of the clinic
really made it possible for every person to get the individual attention
needed and Elsie is a very good teacher. If you didn't get to attend I
highly recommend you keep your eyes open for another in the future.
Submitted by Jenn Hunt
Colorado Classic Mule and Donkey Show
Donna Lunn, Jerry Badura, and Elizabeth Moore went to the
Colorado Classic representing New Mexico. They brought home
ribbons in everything they entered and had a great time. The
folks from Colorado were very hospitable and were glad to see
us there. New Mexico left with an invitation to Colorado to
attend our State Fair. See pictures at
RGMDA Show Series
RGMDA will be having 3 shows this year in the Show Series. The first
show will be June 8 & 9 at the
Kiva RV Park in Bernardo. The second
will be the
Old Timer's Show July 27th & 28th in Estancia. The third
show has yet to be announced. Both the Kiva & Old Timer's Show will
have a ride on the Saturday with the show to follow on Sunday. This
is our attempt to include more long ear enthusiasts who may not want
to show. Horses are all welcome at all events. The shows are
all-breed, and RGMDA members will receive points toward the end of
the year high point awards.
Click here for
Badura Fun Day
May 5th, 2013, Edgewood, NM
The ride will start at 10:00, Lunch at 12:30, and work on the arena
at 1:30. RGMDA will provide the meat, Jerry will cook it, and
everyone needs to bring a side dish.
Jerry has asked that you RSVP by April 27 because there is limited
trailer parking. Call Jerry at 407-2091 or
email him at email@example.com.
Note: If you haven't rsvp
to Jerry by the time you get this newsletter, call him if you are
interested in attending.
KIVA RV Show & Ride
June 8 & 9, 2013
The first of the 3 show series will be the Kiva RV Show & Ride.
There will be a treasure ride/drive on Saturday the 8th, with a barbeque to
follow along with a tack swap. The show will start on Sunday at 9:00AM.
There will be lots of fun classes for youth, donkeys, mules & horses!
Overnight camping is available with stalls for the animals.
This show will be the first to have on line entries.
will be updated click here.
Old Timer's Weekend
RGMDA has something for everyone!
Saturday July 27, Old Timers Parade, Trail ride in the Manzanos, BBQ/Pot
Luck at the Torrence County Fairgrounds.
Sunday July 28th, All Breed Show (RGMDA Show Series), registration opens
at 8:00, Show starts at 9:00.
We need people to help work the show (pick up trail obstacles, set up
for classes, etc)
information will be updated click here.
New Mexico State Fair
The Mule & Donkey Show will be September 12th, both on the same day this
year. The State Fair has new people in charge & have met with the Show
Committee once already & are very receptive to our suggestions for
changes. They want to have some informative sessions about mules & donkeys
in between the classes to help educate the public. RGMDA needs folks who
are not showing who would like to think of some games or activities
which would attract Fair goers and bring more visitors to the show. If
you have any input on this you can contact any of the show committee
members. Note, if anyone has a photo you would like to send them for
use in their Premium Book, send them to Elizabeth at