By Patty Wilber
Over the past two weeks I have received a few surprise prizes!
The first was a gift card to Tractor Supply, a thank-you note, and mileage reimbursement (300 bucks!) from the Pecos Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen. I had the highest number of volunteer trail hours in the club this year (97), for the first time ever!
We did a good job working trails (in the Pecos Wilderness, Dockweiler was cleared from Cave Creek to Rito Perro for the first time in a while!), while maintaining safe conditions!
I did not think to take pictures of those prizes, but here is a picture on Dockweiler from our Memorial Day 2020 project.
The second was a random draw prize from the NM Paint Horse Club that included a thank-you note and a nice lead rope! Yes, 50 years in 2017, so 54 years in 2021!
The third was a thank-you note and a gift certificate to Starbucks from a Central New Mexico Community College colleague thanking me for one of the online classes I built (with incredible and continuing support from Heather) that the colleague is teaching this term.
The fourth was a thank-you note and a $25 check from the NM Buckskin Horse Association.
All that outreach is sure appreciated! I am grateful to be a part of all of those organizations!
As of this posting, I am in Colorado at No Where But Up, getting feedback on my training to improve my skills and the skills of all the horses entrusted to my care for potential shows for 2021! (And visiting H!) Grateful for this opportunity as well!
Potential, because, well, COVID.
And more good things! NM COVID cases are declining and people at my college are starting to get vaccinated. I hope my name comes up soon! But even if I have to wait a bit longer, the more people that get vaccinated, the safer I will be, even before my first shot–because if they are vaccinated, they cannot transmit the virus to me!
Roll on everyone! And for now, I hope to see you all from a distance of at least six feet, at a horse show, very soon!
(Feb. 7! NM Buckskins, Bosque Farms Rodeo Arena.)