All the latest news from the range.....

All the latest news from the range.....

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Winners of our annual 'Sky-Dog Award for Equine Photography,' 2011 and info on our Winner's reception on November 11th.

See photos of our winner's reception (on November 11th) at the Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe at the bottom of this page. 



Here are the winners of the 2011 'Sky-Dog Award for Equine Photography.' Congratulations! I just want everyone to know that it was a really tough choice for the judges and there are many photos, not shown here, that were firm favorites of one judge or another and there were many that would be here if we had more spaces. It is sad not to be able to show them all, so many of this year's entries were gorgeous!

THANK YOU ALL for entering our contest and supporting our sanctuary. We wish we could make you all winners... and so many of you came close... NO JOKE!! I hope you will enjoy our winning pic's though and be inspired to enter our contest next year. 

THANKS also to our judges, Tony Stromberg, Lynne Pomeranz and Gregg Albracht.. they suffered through the judging, it was VERY hard for them to have to choose! Believe me, I was there with each of them. In the end it was the photos that spoke to all of them that won the contest and so we congratulate the winners for being able to touch photographers who have very different styles from one another.
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First Place:
'Vaquero.'
Jo Danehy
Second Place:
'Sleepy Hollow.'
Beth Longanecker.

Honorable mentions:
'Me and my Shadow'
Shawn Murphy.

'Cowboy at Sunset.'
Marti Rhea.

'A Time Remembered.'
Pam Soderholm.



Wild at Heart.

First Place:
'Horses run.'
Stephen Lang.

Second Place:
'Wild Heart.'
Jo Danehy.

Honorable mentions:
'Absaroka's Fire.'
Dawn Norris.

'Jasmine Running.'
Stephen Lang.

'Running Spirit'
Marti Rhea.


Sky-Dogs.

First Place:
'Flyaway.'
Marti Rhea.

Second Place:
'Bold.'
Shawn Murphy.

Honorable Mentions:

'Soliloquy.'
Stephen Lang'


'Mystique.'
Pam Soderholm.

'Coming over the hill.'
Robyn Garcia.

Our winner's reception at Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe.

We had a wonderful winner's reception at Collected Works Bookstore on November 11th. There were book signings by Tony Stromberg and Lynne Pomeranz as well as art work from our winners and from our three judges, Tony, Lynne and Gregg Albracht.

There was also a screening of Donna Wells' beautiful film,

Listen to an interview on KSFR's Radio Cafe between Mary-Charlotte and Jackie Fleming and Donna Wells. You will need to click on the first podcast.

Our winner's beautiful photographs displayed at Collected Works Bookstore.


A large crowd attended our reception and film show. It was a great evening!


Tony Stromberg and Lynne Pomeranz (two of our contest judges) sign their books. In the foreground are Tony's gorgeous books, 'Spirit Horses' and 'The Forgotten Horses.' Thanks guys! Sadly our third judge, Gregg Albracht, couldn't make the reception. He was greatly missed.

Three of our contest winners, from left to right, Shawn Murphy, Pam Soderholm (and her dog Split) and Jo Danehy. Congratulations guys and thank you so much for entering our contest and coming to the show!


From left to right, Donna Wells, Lynne Pomeranz, me (Jackie) and Beth Longanecker (one of our contest winners.) Behind us is artwork by Lynne, Gregg Albracht and Tony Stromberg. In the foreground is Lynne's beautiful book, 'Among Wild Horses.'


A large crowd awaits the screening of Donna Wells' poignant film 'She Had Some Horses.'


Donna Wells introduces her film to the awaiting audience. Congratulations Donna on a wonderful film!

Thanks to everyone for making our second annual Sky-Dog Award for Equine Photography such a great success. Stay tuned to our website for information on the third annual contest in 2012!





















Monday, January 17, 2011

Cimarron Sky-Dog Reserve's horses at Shadowlands Ranch.


These are the Cimarron Sky-Dog Reserve's horses that live on a sanctuary at Shadowlands Ranch in Watrous, New Mexico. Most of our mustangs were adopted from the New Mexico Forest Service or from the BLM. Each of them has a unique story.


Redbo ('Red')

A Nevada mustang, born in a BLM holding pen, adopted from the BLM in 2010

Sponsored by Tracy Bates.



Solo

(Dulce's son)

A Jicarilla mustang adopted from the NM National Forest Service in 2008

See his capture and release here 



Cassie

A Nevada mustang adopted from the BLM in 2010

Cassie was part of an amazing ride up the Continental Divide in 2010, that was featured in Western Horseman magazine. See a short video of her incredible story here.




Dune
A New Mexico mustang from Jarita Mesa, adopted from the New Mexico Forest Service in 2008.



Pippin

A mustang from Jarita Mesa in New Mexico. Adopted from the New Mexico Forest Service in 2008.

Sponsored by Tracey and Lela Belle Wolfert.



Dulce

(Solo's mother)

A Jicarilla Wild Horse Territory mustang, adopted from the New Mexico Forest Service in 2008.



Mudji

A Navajo pony adopted from the Santa Fe Horse Shelter in 2001.



Gringo

A Nevada mustang adopted from a BLM pen in Oklahoma
March 2010.



Socorro

A New Mexico mustang from the Bordo Altravesado, adopted from a BLM pen in Oklahoma
August 2011.



Milagro

A Navada mustang adopted from the BLM in March, 2011.


Alma

A Nevada mustang adopted from the BLM in 2010


Sponsored by Judy and Kat Livengood.

Annie

Chaco's sister

An orphaned Navajo pony rescued from Gallup, NM in 2000


Blue 

Lulu's son

A Jicarilla mustang adopted from the NM National Forest Service in 2007



Cochiti ('Co-co')

A mustang from the Caja del Rio in New Mexico, rescued from
negligent owners in 2000

Chewy 

A Navajo pony adopted from the Santa Fe Horse Shelter in 2007





Chaco-Belle

(Annie's sister)

A Navajo pony adopted from Gallup, NM in 2001.



Willow

A Wyoming mustang we adopted from the Carolina Equine Rescue and Assistance group, CERA in 2011. Willow had a very sad story. She had been adopted from the BLM (by persons unknown) but fallen on hard times. When CERA rescued her, she was found abandoned in a one-horse trailer on the side of the road in North Carolina. It was blisteringly hot and she had no water. Whoever had abandoned her had unhitched the trailer (removing all forms of ID) and driven off. Willow was skin and bone, covered in rain rot and scars. Through CERA's TLC she was bought back to physical health but spiritually she'd had enough  of  humans. Darlene Kindle contacted us and asked if we could give Willow a forever free home and we took her in. She has been running free with our herd ever since.

Sponsored by Judy and Kat Livengood.



Piegan (Pie)

A Wyoming mustang we adopted from the BLM in 2010.




Rebate
(Kachina's son and Noche's brother)

A Jicarilla Wild Horse Territory mustang born at our ranch on April 15th (tax day!) in 2009. He is Kachina's son and Noche's brother.


Lulu
(Blue's mother)

A Jicarilla Wild Horse Territory mustang we adopted from the New Mexico Forest Service in 2007. When we adopted her she was skin and bone due to a harsh winter on the range and she had just given birth to a colt (Blue.)



Rio

A Nevada mustang we adopted out of a BLM training facility at Gunnison Prison in 2012.

Sponsored by Lela Belle and Tracey Wolfert



Lakota

A Wyoming mustang we adopted out of a BLM long-term holding pen in 2010.



Kachina
(Noche and Rebate's mother)

A Jicarilla Wild Horse Territory mustang we adopted from the New Mexico Forest Service in 2008. She had a colt by her side (Noche) and was pregnant. The foal that was born the following year was our little buddy Rebate!

Sponsored by Dorothy Puddester.



Brego

A mustang from Jarita Mesa who we adopted from the New Mexico Forest Service in 2008.




Sueno

A Nevada mustang we adopted from the BLM in 2011.




Pistol

A Nevada mustang we adopted from his owner in 2012. He was used to teach students at the United World College in Las Vegas New Mexico.





Noche 
(Kachina's son and Rebate's brother)

A Jicarilla Wild Horse Territory mustang we adopted (with his mother Kachina) from the New Mexico Forest Service in 2008.



Rayado
A mustang from Utah who we adopted from the BLM training facility at Gunnison Prison, Utah, in 2012.

Sponsored by Lela Belle Wolfert.



Azul

A mustang from Utah we took in, in 2013, after the folks who had adopted her from the BLM could no longer keep her.




Quick Draw

A very tall (16 hands) mustang from Nevada. We bought him from some folks in Arizona in 2012.


Poco

A tiny mustang (origin unknown) who we bought from a woman (in 2012) who was going to put her up for sale in a yard sale. She is an award winning child's barrel racer and trail horse competitor.



Suerte

A Nevada mustang we adopted in 2011.




Shoshone

A Wyoming mustang who we adopted out of a BLM, long-term holding pen in 2010.

Sponsored by Lynne Pomeranz.




Rosa

Born on the Navajo Reservation in 2013, Rosa was rounded up with many other Indian ponies when she was just a few months old. Sent to the sale barn and separated from her mother (who probably was sold for slaughter) Rosa and  some of the other foals were rescued by Sena Fitzpatrick. Fostered for a few months by Cindy Roper, she was loved and nurtured until she eventually came to live with us in April 2014.

Sponsored by Cindy Roper.


Ella-Rose (Rosie)

Rosie is an elderly SMR Spanish mustang. Much of her past is clouded in mystery but what is known is that she, and several other mustangs, were abandoned up near Tierra Amarilla in northern New Mexico and left to roam and fend for themselves, which they did quite well! Rounded up by the NM Livestock Board in 2013, a pregnant Rosie first went to the Chavez feedlot before being taken in by the Santa Fe Horse Shelter. Under the care of the SFHS she gave birth to a beautiful foal. She came to live with us in March of 2015 so that she could be with other mustangs and live out her days at the sanctuary. 



Sombra

Like Rosie (above) Sombra was abandoned up near Tierra Amarilla and rounded up by the NM Livestock Board and ultimately taken in by the Santa Fe Horse Shelter after first landing at the Chavez feedlot. She too was pregnant and also had a foal by her side. Both of her babies are now up for adoption at the SFHS. Unlike Rosie, we know a little more about Sombra's origins. She is an El Rito mustang, meaning she originated from Jarita Mesa in NM, rounded up by the NM Forest Service during one of their gathers. She was adopted by the same person who owned Rosie and abandoned by that same person. Like her name suggests, she, like most El Rito mustangs, is a shy forest sprite! Timid and wary, she keeps a safe distance, dwelling in the shadows. She came to live with us in March of 2015 and is now back with 'her kind' at our sanctuary.



Sissy

Sissy is a Haflinger who was given to us by a woman who needed to find her a home pronto.  She came to live with us in the spring of 2015 and is a great little wagon horse. We hope to have many adventures together traveling parts of the Santa Fe Trail with our buckboard!



Sonny

Although Sonny isn't a rescue he has been a cherished and invaluable member of our herd for many years. A faithful trail horse, he and I have been on many adventures. He is a beautiful half-Arab, half-quarter horse who has lived with mustangs so long that I know he thinks of himself as one of them!