Nov 17, 2014

Horse Medicine

 Houdini and Eric

This is a shot of Eric Yorty (US Army), one of our Cowboy Up! Graduates and Instructors taken by Film Maker James Anaquad Kleinert who's film Horse Medicine just premiered at the Napa Valley Film Festival of which Horses For Heroes - NM Cowboy Up! was featured. 

We were honored to have James out here to meet, live with, and film our veterans in action and to see some of the our horses help to heal our veterans.

"Horse Medicine explores the profound human and horse relationship from ancient myth to modern science. This inspirational documentary film reconnects our hearts with the power of the horse and majesty of Mother Earth."
~ James Anaquad Kleinert Films

Nov 12, 2014

Bonanza Creek

November 12th, 2014

Steve called from Bonanza Creek bright and early for some help to move cattle afoot through the alley and into the chute for a health check.  The frigid temperatures of 19 degrees did not stop Our Veteran's Sarah (US Army) and Dillon (US Air Force), as well as Bianca and myself. Sometimes the best cowboy for the job is a cowgirl!

We all had to move the cattle into the first pen...

... then into the 2nd pen where Jacinda and Dillon moved them... the first corridor just behind me. From here Sarah and I moved them up...
...the alley where Bianca moved them up into the actual chute 
where Steve and Joe did their health check on each calf.
The last batch - all hands on deck!
L to R: Sarah, Nancy and Jacinda.

 And the very last push into the chute.

Thank you to Dillon for taking these photos in between her own working of 
the cattle, and yes, it was that cold!

Nov 11, 2014

Veterans Day

Let us all take a moment and be grateful.
Blessings to all.


Yesterday, November 10th, 2014
We were honored to be invited down to Sandia National Labs for their special Veterans Day Ceremony. We had a table to present our program and met some wonderful people.

Dillon, US Air Force, proudly representing our programs of which she participates.

The guest speaker of the day was Navajo Code Talker Dr. Roy Hawthorne ~ a wonderful talk indeed!

Cowboy Up! participant Col. Chris Schiano, minus his
cowboy boots and hat, greets Dr. Hawthorne.

Smiles abound! Dr. Hawthorne and Dillon.
Happy to have participated in the honoring of our Nation's Heroes!

Nov 8, 2014

November at Bonanza Creek and Staple Cross

November 8th, 2014

A beautiful day to work cattle, that's for sure!
 Joe looks on while Steve and Jacinda move the herd up.

 With a smooth move into the pens, Steve and Joe close the gates
in order to get the momma's sorted.

 Bianca and Hollywood guard the opening so the cows keep in their pen.

 Steve and Joe work afoot sorting the momma's to prepare for fence weening.

 Bianca puts pressure to move the cows out of one section to another.

 Killer view.

 Jack did awesome movin' the momma's out!

A little reinforcing of the fence line so the calves don't push through.
 A job well done! Time to head back for one of Jacinda's famous meals!

 Another killer view.

And it's a wonderful day in the neighborhood!

November 1st, 2014
Was a day of gathering cattle on Staple Cross to prepare for shipping.

The next day...

We headed out bright and early, in hopes we would miss the rain.

 Time to sort, Momma cows, heifers and steers...

The first batch comes down the alley before being pushed back up in order to sort into their prospective pens.

 Will the rain hold out??

 Here are the momma cows once they come through the alley.

 Rick workin' gates in his slicker to keep warm from the rain.

 Momma checking to see if her calf might be in the pen.

 "You're not my momma."

Countin' heifers.

All went smooth, and it seems Henry put in a good 
word for us with the Man upstairs
 to keep the heavy rains at bay. 
Though you weren't there in body, you were in Spirit! Miss you Henry.

Oct 21, 2014

American Gold Star Mothers~ New Mexico

October 18th, 2014  American Gold Star Mothers Memorial Dedication & Presentation Ceremony

On Saturday we proudly hosted our partners, the American Gold Star Mothers, Albuquerque Chapter, for their autumn meeting and used that opportunity for them to reach out to other NM Gold Star Moms and invite them and their families to the ranch to see the Gold Star wall memorial that we designed, built and installed on the west wall of our bunkhouse. This one of a kind living "sculpture" contains brass  dog tags of all of the Post 9-11 Iraq and Afghanistan NM residents who gave their lives for our country. 

One of the dog tags is permanently mounted and the second was presented by the Gold Star Mom's leadership to their fellow Gold Star Mom's. 

The beautiful fall day had our service flags fluttering as we opened with introductions by American Gold Star Mom and rancher Becky Christmas. NM Cabinet Secretary for Dept of Veterans' Services, Tim Hale provided our invocation and led us in our opening prayer. 
Horses For Heroes-NM Executive Director Rick Iannucci provided a brief history of the Cowboy Up! program and how the wall was designed and constructed. He also introduced Cowboy Up! Director Nancy De Santis and our current Cowboy Up! crew of veterans/instructors who were on hand.
American Gold Star Mom's Current President Kay Coleman, incoming president, Becky Christmas and past president Pat Merville, as well as Gold Star Chapter Mothers Jo Ann Zembiec and Lisa Bowles then read the names of our fallen heroes, their children and presented the dog tags to the visiting Gold Star Moms.
The ceremony concluded with a benediction and meal blessing by our chaplain and former US Marine, Jose Villegas.
Our dear friend Laura Gentile, GM of Santa Fe Olive Garden generously brought her staff and served lunch for all.

The American Gold Star Mothers NM Memorial Wall at the Crossed Arrows Ranch~ Santa Fe
Gold Star Moms~NM going over the final details prior to the presentations
Cabinet Secretary Tim Hale NM Dept of Veterans' Services opening the ceremony with prayer.
American Gold Star Mom from the Navajo Reservation
American Gold Star Mom incoming president 
Becky Christmas speaking to the assembled families.
 Laura Gentile our dear friend takes a moment at the wall.
 The Olive Garden crew standing by for our hungry folks.

The line moved quickly and everyone had plenty to eat thanks to Laura.
Chaplain Jose acting as the greeter.

One of our crew, Carl Hawkins USMC RECON aka "Gunny" with his wife Jo and our good friend Jeff Lowdermilk author of " Honoring our Doughboys" take a moment at the wall.
" Greater love has no man than to lay down his life for his friends" John 15:33

Cowboy Up! participant  Cpl. Paul Duran USMC points to his friend's dog tag. Paul and Chris Adelsperger served as Marine Scout Snipers together in Fallujah.
LCPL Christopher Adlesperger USMC
KIA Iraq~ Navy Cross~ Purple Heart~ RIP Brother

"Oh beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved and mercy more than life.
America! America! May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness and every gain Divine!
(from America the Beautiful)

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