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Saddle Up For Life

This month… actually this whole year… is just about gone. I hope you’ve accomplished everything you’d hoped to, everything that was essential, for 2009… ’cause if you haven’t, it just may not get done!

Did’ja bake those old ponies any Christmas treats? If not, you can get busy in the kitchen and surprise them with some for their New Year’s Eve treat… just save this easy recipe and give it a shot. All you’ll need for a single batch of about 25 cookies is 11/2 cup all purpose flour; 1 cup bran; 1 cup molasses; and 1 cup grated carrot or apple. Mix everything together and add more flour if your mixture is too wet and doesn’t stick together; then drop teaspoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet about 11/2″ apart. Flatten these with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar, then bake about 10 minutes at 375 degrees. They can be stored in an airtight container.

Carrying on our “good news” theme for December, we want’a tip the ol’ Tri-State Stetson to someone most of you know, fantastic horse photographer Larry Larson of Rapid City, SD. Last month he was invited to participate in the “Saddle Up For Life” cancer survivor’s ride at the 2009 AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City.

Larry won about everything there is to win in the horse show arena before devoting himself to equine photography some years ago. He holds annual photography workshops and is responsible for most of the best horse photos, ad shots and website design across our region today. Diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma early in 2007, he underwent both chemotherapy and radiation; and today calls himself “one of the lucky ones” since he is no longer under treatment and only has periodic doctor’s visits to monitor his condition.

Larry continues his work at Black Hills Regional Eye Institute as well as keeping up his busy schedule of equine photography, but was happy to take time out to journey to Oklahoma where he was privileged to ride Harley D Zip in “Saddle Up For Life”, which honors cancer survivors within the Quarter Horse industry and benefits the Shirley Bowman Nutrition Clinic at the University of Oklahoma Cancer Institute.

Harley D Zip, known in the horse show world as “a legendary gelding,” belongs to the Lew Papendick family, longtime friends of Larry’s. We congratulate Larry on being selected for this singular honor – and the Papendick family and ‘Harley’ for helping make it happen.

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Incidentally, the Papendick’s hosted Larry’s 2009 photography clinic at their High View Ranch near Rapid City. To learn more about Larry and his career with the camera you should check out http://www.larrylarsonphotography.com/. You might even want to sign up for his 2010 clinic, set for May 7-9, again at High View Ranch. These popular events fill up rapidly; Larry says he usually has as many applicants as he can accept by February.

Dressage is quite popular across our region, which has produced some winners of note. The Grand Prix Dressage Horse of the Year was recently named – Ravel, a Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Akiko Yamazaki of Woodside, CA and ridden by Steffen Peters of San Diego, CA. Ravel’s median score of 75.574 percent made him the top horse in the United States competing at this level, and the recipient of the United States Dressage Federation’s highest honor. Ravel is also the recipient of the Colonel Thackeray Award and will have his name engraved on a silver trophy on permanent display in the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Speaking of great horses, Zenyatta is such a favorite of mine… I can hardly wait to see whether she or Rachel Alexandra receive the coveted “Horse of the Year” designation at the Eclipse Awards on Jan. 18th! Both mares have distinguished themselves with sterling records, and both have run with the boys and proven they could beat them. Each has a very strong fan base with convincing arguments as to why their favorite should get the honor. Rachel Alexandra has been criticized for not participating in the Breeder’s Cup races at Santa Anita and Zenyatta’s fans say that omission should keep her from a Horse of the Year win.

On the other side of the coin, Chip Wooley, Jr. (who trained the “New Mexico surprise” horseracing hero Mine That Bird) represents a lot of people in believing Rachel Alexandra should get the bid.

He says, “She’s put up eight races on eight different racetracks, beat the boys three times and beat the fillies… with authority. She didn’t win by a neck or a length or two… she beat ’em by 20 and in a big gallop.” So… it’s hard telling just how the vote will go.

At any rate, Rachel Alexandra will continue to race while Zenyatta has retired, undefeated, to become a broodmare. She is the first female to win the Grade I Breeder’s Cup Classic, and won 14 races, including 8 Grade I events, in her amazing career. The sassy mare, who charmed fans by “dancing” her way to the post for each race, picked up yet another accolade on Dec. 22nd as the announcement came that she finished second to tennis star Serena Williams for the Associated Press “Female Athlete of the Year” designation for 2009.

According to an article in Blood-Horse, National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s president and CEO Alex Waldrop commented, “It’s been an unprecedented year for our sport with not one, but two females distinguishing themselves as all-time greats. Their historic campaigns transcended horse racing and captured the attention of sports fans around the world.”

Having a horse stolen is not good news… but if spreading the word could help find the horse that would make good news. With that in mind, please keep your eyes open for a dark palomino nine-year-old Quarter Horse mare with white socks behind, a blaze face extending over the lip and some saddle marks, freeze branded lazy D over W on the left shoulder. She was stolen at Wiley, CO the night of Dec. 17th and belongs to Brandon and Amy Wollert. A $3,000 reward is offered for information leading to her recovery; contact Brandon at (719) 688-2357 or Amy at (719) 660-9389. Hopefully she’ll be home for New Year’s.

Speaking of which, as our ol’ lariat rope plays out for 2009 I want’a thank you for being a loyal reader of this column through another year… and my cowboy and I wish you and yours a beautiful, joyful, safe and successful 2010 – Happy New Year, and may the good Lord bless and keep you!!

This month… actually this whole year… is just about gone. I hope you’ve accomplished everything you’d hoped to, everything that was essential, for 2009… ’cause if you haven’t, it just may not get done!

Did’ja bake those old ponies any Christmas treats? If not, you can get busy in the kitchen and surprise them with some for their New Year’s Eve treat… just save this easy recipe and give it a shot. All you’ll need for a single batch of about 25 cookies is 11/2 cup all purpose flour; 1 cup bran; 1 cup molasses; and 1 cup grated carrot or apple. Mix everything together and add more flour if your mixture is too wet and doesn’t stick together; then drop teaspoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet about 11/2″ apart. Flatten these with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar, then bake about 10 minutes at 375 degrees. They can be stored in an airtight container.

Carrying on our “good news” theme for December, we want’a tip the ol’ Tri-State Stetson to someone most of you know, fantastic horse photographer Larry Larson of Rapid City, SD. Last month he was invited to participate in the “Saddle Up For Life” cancer survivor’s ride at the 2009 AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City.

Larry won about everything there is to win in the horse show arena before devoting himself to equine photography some years ago. He holds annual photography workshops and is responsible for most of the best horse photos, ad shots and website design across our region today. Diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma early in 2007, he underwent both chemotherapy and radiation; and today calls himself “one of the lucky ones” since he is no longer under treatment and only has periodic doctor’s visits to monitor his condition.

Larry continues his work at Black Hills Regional Eye Institute as well as keeping up his busy schedule of equine photography, but was happy to take time out to journey to Oklahoma where he was privileged to ride Harley D Zip in “Saddle Up For Life”, which honors cancer survivors within the Quarter Horse industry and benefits the Shirley Bowman Nutrition Clinic at the University of Oklahoma Cancer Institute.

Harley D Zip, known in the horse show world as “a legendary gelding,” belongs to the Lew Papendick family, longtime friends of Larry’s. We congratulate Larry on being selected for this singular honor – and the Papendick family and ‘Harley’ for helping make it happen.

Incidentally, the Papendick’s hosted Larry’s 2009 photography clinic at their High View Ranch near Rapid City. To learn more about Larry and his career with the camera you should check out http://www.larrylarsonphotography.com/. You might even want to sign up for his 2010 clinic, set for May 7-9, again at High View Ranch. These popular events fill up rapidly; Larry says he usually has as many applicants as he can accept by February.

Dressage is quite popular across our region, which has produced some winners of note. The Grand Prix Dressage Horse of the Year was recently named – Ravel, a Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Akiko Yamazaki of Woodside, CA and ridden by Steffen Peters of San Diego, CA. Ravel’s median score of 75.574 percent made him the top horse in the United States competing at this level, and the recipient of the United States Dressage Federation’s highest honor. Ravel is also the recipient of the Colonel Thackeray Award and will have his name engraved on a silver trophy on permanent display in the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Speaking of great horses, Zenyatta is such a favorite of mine… I can hardly wait to see whether she or Rachel Alexandra receive the coveted “Horse of the Year” designation at the Eclipse Awards on Jan. 18th! Both mares have distinguished themselves with sterling records, and both have run with the boys and proven they could beat them. Each has a very strong fan base with convincing arguments as to why their favorite should get the honor. Rachel Alexandra has been criticized for not participating in the Breeder’s Cup races at Santa Anita and Zenyatta’s fans say that omission should keep her from a Horse of the Year win.

On the other side of the coin, Chip Wooley, Jr. (who trained the “New Mexico surprise” horseracing hero Mine That Bird) represents a lot of people in believing Rachel Alexandra should get the bid.

He says, “She’s put up eight races on eight different racetracks, beat the boys three times and beat the fillies… with authority. She didn’t win by a neck or a length or two… she beat ’em by 20 and in a big gallop.” So… it’s hard telling just how the vote will go.

At any rate, Rachel Alexandra will continue to race while Zenyatta has retired, undefeated, to become a broodmare. She is the first female to win the Grade I Breeder’s Cup Classic, and won 14 races, including 8 Grade I events, in her amazing career. The sassy mare, who charmed fans by “dancing” her way to the post for each race, picked up yet another accolade on Dec. 22nd as the announcement came that she finished second to tennis star Serena Williams for the Associated Press “Female Athlete of the Year” designation for 2009.

According to an article in Blood-Horse, National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s president and CEO Alex Waldrop commented, “It’s been an unprecedented year for our sport with not one, but two females distinguishing themselves as all-time greats. Their historic campaigns transcended horse racing and captured the attention of sports fans around the world.”

Having a horse stolen is not good news… but if spreading the word could help find the horse that would make good news. With that in mind, please keep your eyes open for a dark palomino nine-year-old Quarter Horse mare with white socks behind, a blaze face extending over the lip and some saddle marks, freeze branded lazy D over W on the left shoulder. She was stolen at Wiley, CO the night of Dec. 17th and belongs to Brandon and Amy Wollert. A $3,000 reward is offered for information leading to her recovery; contact Brandon at (719) 688-2357 or Amy at (719) 660-9389. Hopefully she’ll be home for New Year’s.

Speaking of which, as our ol’ lariat rope plays out for 2009 I want’a thank you for being a loyal reader of this column through another year… and my cowboy and I wish you and yours a beautiful, joyful, safe and successful 2010 – Happy New Year, and may the good Lord bless and keep you!!