The Fair Will Go On — Rain, Snow, or Shine!

Come all ye stalwart horsepeople, regardless of the weather on Sunday!

The BCHA Horse Fair will take place INDOORS — in Barn A, which is heated.  The Live Horse Breed Exhibit will be in the Pole Barn — so again, be not daunted by the weather.

Hey, if it’s too yucky out you won’t be able to ride anyway, so this is a great activity for a “Springtime in the Rockies” day.   Bundle up, put on a smile, and we’ll see you Sunday.

 

 





Hark! It’s Time for the BCHA Horse Fair!

It’s All Happening at the Fair!

Doors open at 10am

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Vendors & Exhibitors Booths all day (see below for a partial list)

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Live Breed Exhibit all day

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Guest Speakers #1
10am-noon
Randy & Cheryl Winter
Conditioning Your Horse

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Annual Member Meeting
noon-1pm
Learn about BCHA, give us your ideas
Vote for the 2014 Board
Presentation of BCHA Appreciation Award

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Guest Speakers #2
1-3pm
Al Ohms, Dan Swenson
Horse Camping 101

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Live Music
Wallpaper House Band
1-5pm

Whatever your interest, save the date and plan to attend the BCHA event of the year!

Vendors & Exhibitors include:

Acquired Tastes, Chuck Huggs
Max Tack, Randy & Cheryl Winter
Colorado Landscape Painters, Joan Wolbier et al.
Body in Harmony, Lauren Gee Harmon
JAX Mercantile, James Grentz
Savvy Acres, Marion Dahlgren
Healing Horse Registry International, Annette Price
4H & Pony Club, Jodi Zeier & Carmen Porter
Organic Cowboy, Matt Grainger
Trailwise Saddles, Michelle Smith
Starlight Sculpture Works, Suzanne Webel & Claire Bovet
Vaquero Leatherware, Lisa Bowers
Two Spruce Farm, Jody Marken
Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center, Christie Rankin & Lindsey Moloznik
Animal Control, Terri Snyder
Stove Prairie Ranch, Linda Best & Kristen Kunau
Gates of Inanna, Deborah Krenza
Northern Colorado Backcountry Horsemen, Al Ohms
Horses Forever, Shirley Hoffman
Eden’s Aspens Horsemanship
Cowboy Sculpture, Kimmer Jae Johnson
High Desert Hoofcare, Leslie Carrig
Equinimity, Christy Jemail
Discount Tack Store, Jill Talbot

and more!

Be sure to shop and/or stop by and thank these fine vendors
for participating in the BCHA Horse Fair!

This event is free for BCHA members.





2014 Horse Fair & Membership Meeting, April 13 — Save the Date!

2014 BCHA Horse Fair & Annual Membership Meeting
Sunday, April 13, 10 AM-5 PM
Annual Meeting 12-1 PM
Boulder County Fairgrounds, Barn A, Longmont CO
$5 per person / BCHA members and children under age 12 — Free

Save the date for the 2014 BCHA Horse Fair & Annual Membership Meeting. In addition to amazing exhibitors presenting equine and equestrian products, art, horse-related organizations and the Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol, we have some new offerings:
- Two great educational seminars
Live music by the Wallpaper House Band
- Live Horse Breed Exhibit

Exhibits

In the Main Hall of Barn A, we’ll have more than 30 different booths featuring horse-related art, feed, tack, carriages, jewelry, non-profits, and much, much more, all from local folks!

Informative Seminars
Have you ever wondered what’s involved in camping with your horse? Do you want some great information on how to get your horse conditioned for a competitive event, or started back from the long winter’s break? Plan on attending one of these great seminars in the lobby of Barn A.

Horse Camping 101: Northern Colorado Back Country Horsemen
Conditioning Your Horse: Presented by Cheryl & Randy Winter 

The Wallpaper House Band
Live music will rock the Barn. The Wallpaper House Band features Anne Gifford, Duffy Keith, David Hard and Steve Nerney. Their vocals, viola, bass, mandolin, banjo, guitar and fiddles will rock the house with retro, reggae, folk and country from 1–5 PM. 

Live Horse Breed Exhibit
Just outside Barn A the stalls will be filled with live horses of different breeds and disciplines. The stall doors will have information about the breed along with other interesting facts. Interested in exhibiting your horse? Please contact Jill or call 303-545-5737.

Boulder County Horse Association Annual Membership Meeting
This year the 2014 BCHA Annual Meeting will be held from 12-1 PM in the lobby of Barn A. Plan on attending and finding out what we accomplished in 2013 and what’s on the agenda for 2014 — add your interests as well.  Applaud our recipient of this year’s Achievement Award! 

Food
We are planning on having a food truck in the area, please check back on this page for more information as it comes in. 

Interested in being an Exhibitor?
If you would like more information about a booth and/or would like to bring your horse for the live horse breed exhibit please contact Jill or call 303-545-5737.

Do you have time to volunteer?
Spend a few hours at the event helping out. Please contact Linda or call 303-579-4840.

SEE YOU AT THE FAIR!





Eldora Mountain Resort and Hessie Need You!

ARP LogoThe Draft EIS for the Eldora Mountain Resort (EMR) has just been released. You can look for it at www.eldoraeis.com under Project Library. There is a 45-day comment period, which ends around April 14.

There will be two open houses, one in Nederland on March 25 (Nederland Community Center, 5-8pm) and one in Boulder on March 26 (Boulder West Senior Center, 5-8pm).

We might have expected them to expound on the need to protect things like narrowleaf moonworts and lesser panicled sedges, and to opine extensively on the need for new ski terrain.

But their proposed actions will be detrimental to summer trail-based recreation.

BCHA has repeatedly asked for:

1) improved — not reduced — access to the existing Jenny Creek Trail system and parking for it near Peterson Lake

2) we have asked for more — not fewer — parking spaces at Hessie to access the Indian Peaks Wilderness

3) a trailhead at the Eldora ski area to accommodate oversized vehicles (e.g. horse trailers) and a trail to the Lost Lake area which would enable equestrians to access the National Forest.

The proposed EIS will make things worse — not better — in every instance.  Requests from the public to “accommodate dispersed recreation with additional parking in the EMR base area and a summer/winter trail… with a trail from the EMR parking lot to the current Hessie/Fourth of July Road trailhead… [which] would ease some of the parking issues at the current Hessie trailhead” were summarily dismissed in the Draft EIS because, the authors claim, “the concept does not address the identified Purpose and Need, the EMR parking lots are located on private land, and the issue is beyond the scope of this EIS and better addressed through trailhead management.”

We disagree.  To be fair, they haven’t (yet) chosen a Preferred Alternative. In fact, on page 2-79 they say “At this time, considering the environmental impacts to public lands and the opportunities for use of those lands that would benefit the most people over the longest term, the Responsible Official has not identified a preferred alternative. Following review of public and agency comments on this DEIS, the Responsible Official will make a final determination as to which alternative, in part or in whole, best serves the public interest on NFS lands. Based on public agency comments, modification of the preferred alternative may occur between Draft and Final EIS.”

Click here for maps with proposed trails

BCHA asks all trail advocates to write to the Forest Service (www.eldoraeis.com and eperault@fs.fed.us) and BCPOS (jatherton-wood@bouldercounty.org) supporting summer use of the Eldora Mountain Resort parking lot, a new trail to Lost Lake, and/or at least some trailer parking at Hessie, before it’s too late.

And please attend one of the open houses, and bring your friends. Remember, the world is run by those who show up!





BCHA Member Benefit: “Penny and Red” at BIFF

A New BCHA Member Benefit:  ”Penny and Red” at the BIFF Film Festival

BCHA members now have yet another benefit that we hope you’ll enjoy! We have made available a “Buy One Get One Free” ticket deal (two for the price of one) through LivingSocial for the documentary movie “Penny and Red: The Life of Secretariat’s Owner” this weekend at the Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF). To get an alert when the tickets go on sale, please sign up now at LivingSocial.com.

This documentary is about Penny Chenery, not Secretariat, and was produced by her son John Tweedy. Find out more about the real Penny and her true feelings about the blatant gender discrimination in the sport of horse racing, her no longer secret love affair with Secretariat’s trainer, and her stifled ambition liberated by a horse of transcendent power. Penny, John, and the filmmaker Beret Strong will also be at the film. For more information on this film and other showings this weekend visit www.biff1.com.

When: Saturday, February 15
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: Boulder High School



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