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

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

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!









Saturday, January 15, 2011

The first Annual Sky-Dog Award for Equine Photography

The contest winners, Stephen Lang, Lesley Deutsch, Robert Day and Wanelle Fitch's photos hang on one wall.

All of our honorable mention winners, Wanelle Fitch, Lesley Deutsch,
Beth Longanecker, Shawn Murphy, Lauren Pochron and
Sherry Harder  adorn another wall.


The First Annual Sky-Dog Award for Equine Photography was a great success! Thanks to all of the folks that entered the contest and our three amazing judges, Tony Stromberg, Lynne Pomeranz and Gregg Albracht, we were able to put on a great show. The only bad thing was that not everyone could win but our winning photographs were amazing and we were proud to display them at our event along with photographs by Tony, Lynne and Gregg. Tony Stromberg and Lynne Pomeranz were also on hand to sign copies of their beautiful books, Tony's two books, 'Spirit Horses' and 'The Forgotten Horses' and Lynne's book 'Among Wild Horses.' Gregg Albracht also previewed images from his upcoming book on Equine Photography. Wow, what a line up!

So many of our winners came to the show from far and wide, Beth Longanecker and Shawn Murphy are locals but Wanelle Fitch and Lesley Deutsch came in from California, Sherry Harder came down from Colorado and Robert 'Bob' Day flew in from Michigan! Sadly Stephen Lang and Lauren Pochron couldn't make it but they weren't forgotten. Thanks for trying guys! 

The Sky-Dog Award reception was held at Collected Works Bookstore at 202, Galisteo Street in Santa Fe on January 7th. We couldn't have asked for a bigger crowd or better venue or more press. All of this was thanks to Dorothy Massey and Mary Wolf, the mother and daughter team who own this magical bookstore. Their kindness and support was overwhelming. Our show was featured in 3 newspapers, the Santa Fe New Mexican, The Journal Santa Fe and the Reporter and James Anaquad Kleinert and I (Jackie) were even interviewed on Mary Charlotte Domandi's radio show,  Radio Cafe on KSFR. We were also honored to share the evening with James' sneak preview of his film 'Wild Horses and  Renegades' which is an in-depth documentary about the heartbreaking plight and the current politics of America's wild horses. It was a great evening for our photographers, our winners (most of whom were there) and the wild horses. I had to pinch myself throughout the evening to remind myself that it was all real. A simple idea to hold a photo contest had blossomed into that one enchanted evening and it was a dream come true! 

Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen!

Shawn Murphy, who won an honorable mention for 'Buddy' and
Lesley Deutsch who won second place for 'Tesoro' and an honorable
mention for 'Away' enjoy the celebration. Shawn is a Santa Fe local
and Lesley came in from Grass Valley, CA to participate in the show.
Beth Longanecker, a Santa Fe local, who won an honorable mention for
 'Freedom Messengers of Dignity' meets many of the other
contestants in our contest and compares notes. 

Beth also found a sponsor for 3 of our horses for which
we are very grateful! Thanks Beth! If anyone is interested in sponsoring one of our horses, please see our sponsor blog or go to the sponsor page on our website.


The bookstore was filled to the brim with people which was very exciting!

Lesley Deutsch talks with Tony Stromberg who kindly signed his books 'Spirit Horses' and 'The Forgotten Horses' for the event. He also had some of his beautiful photography in the show.
I had to get up on stage and say a few words (excruciating!) but it was my chance to thank everyone including the contestants (those who won and those who hadn't but who had been kind enough to enter), without them there would have been no contest! I also wanted to thank the judges, Tony, Gregg and Lynne who have been so generous throughout the whole contest and to thank Mary and Dorothy for hosting our event.

I also got to talk about the 30 Jicarilla wild horses up for
adoption at Farmington.  We are hoping this event might help to find homes for some of them. If anyone is interested
in adopting one of these horses please contact me through our website. 
Gregg Albracht and his lovely wife Christine. Gregg previewed his
upcoming book on equine photography and also had some of his
gorgeous photography in the show. 
Lynne Pomeranz must have got writer's cramp signing copies of her beautiful book 'Among Wild Horses.'  She also had some of her incredible wild horse photographs up at the show. She has signed on to sponsor one of our Wyoming mustangs, Shoshone, who we nick-name  'bearded-guy' as he grows a full beard in winter!
James Anaquad Kleinert introduced his new film 'Wild Horses and Renegades.' He has spent the last few years working on this film and fighting for the future of 
the American Mustangs.
A large crowd seated and waiting to watch James' amazing film.

I was so happy to see some of my friends, young and old, at the event. Here is me with my little buddy Makai Colvin. Makiai's mum, Cathy, and I have been friends since 1988! Yikes! 

Dorothy got up and welcomed the crowd and made a beautiful speech for which I am truly grateful. If it wasn't for Dorothy and Mary, whose bookstore hosted our event, this enchanted evening could not have happened.

Thank you SO much ladies
you are genuine angels!

After the event, some of us retreated to the restaurant at La Fonda for a drink, a light meal and a re-cap. Here we see Gregg Albracht, Tony Stromberg and myself with Leslie Deutsch and her pals, Leslie-Anne, Cara and Katy.

 Thanks ladies for letting me use your fun photos for this blog!
Me with my heroes in all this. 


Sadly this photo is a little washed out as
I had just got this camera for the event and didn't know how to use it!
To Tony Stromberg, Gregg Albracht and Lynne Pomeranz, you guys
are the best and I can't tell you what an honor it has been to share this
contest with you.
 Thank you for your supreme kindness!