Sep 15, 2015

Military Day at the State Fair

September 15th, 2015
Military/Veterans  Day at the New Mexico State Fair 2015

 Joe, Rick and Dillon (taking the photos) manned the booth on Main Street at this years State Fair.
They saw old friends and made some new ones. They even had some of the kids roping the dummy!

Two of our newest Cowboy Up! participants. Active USAF NCO's rock!  
And as Rick says, " sometimes the best cowboy for the job is a cowgirl!!

Sep 11, 2015

Cowboy, Instructor, National Guard Soldier, EMT, Fire Fighter

September 10th, 2015

Firefighter- EMT /Cowboy Up! Instructor Joe Streaker Graduates from Santa Fe Fire Academy.

We were proud to attend the graduation of one of our own, Joe Streaker from the Santa Fe City Fire Academy. It was a tough 18 weeks for the 17 Firefighter- EMT's that graduated from an initial application pool of 300!
Joe didn't waste anytime getting back to the ranch and jumping right back into instructing and riding our good American Quarter Horses and we are sure happy to have him back.
Between Joe's work as a Firefighter-EMT and his work as a NM National Guard Infantry Soldier he brings a new level of instructor skills to his volunteer work with fellow veterans here at the Crossed Arrows Ranch.  Congrats Joe on a job well done!!!!

September 9th, 2015

Cowboy Up! Instructor back on the job after 18 weeks of fire fighting training.

Army guy to army guy.

Band of brothers.

One heck of a cowboy!

Sep 7, 2015

Active Duty Airmen Cowboy Up!

September 5th, 2015

Spent the day with active duty Airmen...
Holly brought Greg (USAF Chaplains Assistant) out to experience the way of the horse...

 Cowboy Up! Director Nancy De Santis discusses the many uses of 
working with horses at liberty (off halter and lead) in the round pen.

 Holly in classic driving position!

After paying attention to one another and finding
 mutual understanding...

 ... a beautiful partnership is born. (No Holly, "Knight" will not fit in the back of your car!)

Greg is ready for his first experience at liberty work with his horse.
 "Roper" actively listening to Greg, he is hooked on listening 
to Greg's non-verbal cues.

 After Greg stops 'Roper', 'Roper' waits and reads Greg before responding.

 The magic moment...

 ... and new partnership.
 Taking our round pen experience into the riding arena.

 Executive Director Rick Iannucci demonstrating
rein control and leg cues before preparing a nourishing meal for all.

Just another outstanding "day at the office"!

July and August

Time does fly...!
Here are some shots when the camera was on-hand!

July 27th, 2015
Summertime brought many new faces to the ranch. Here is Equine Practitioner Valentina Casonato from Montebelluna, Italy who traveled here to see how our horses are healing our heroes.

July 28th, 2015
From the Great State of Texas our newest Marine cowboy Sgt. Seth Stanford currently finishing up his degree at Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas came by to spend some time with us in the Land of Enchantment.

 While Seth was here he took time to use his new knowledge of equine dentistry by checking all our 'boys' and gave us all the crash course.

Look how relaxed "Roper" is while Seth examines him ~ care and ease is exactly what you want in an equine professional working with your horse!

Here, Seth is checking "Hollywood's" pearly whites.

Brothers in Arms!
July 29th, 2015
 With the summer rains came the weeds in the arena. Here is Sarah, tearing it up while practicing some "Four-Wheeler" therapy. 

The Tres Amigas, Dillon, Sarah and Nancy...still looking phenomenal, dirt and all! 

August 1st, 2015
Our "must see event of the year" the WRCA~ Maverick Ranch Rodeo in Cimarron, NM
Our very own Cowboy Up! Pastor Rick Rinde has heads bowed for prayer following our National Anthem. 

Action wasn't far behind exploding out of the chutes for the Ranch Bronc event. 

Cowboys had their hands full with this bucking stock.
On deck and all smiles waiting for the next event.

Ranch sorting is always a crowd pleaser. 

Kyle, Sarah, Rick, Matt and Dillon take a moment during "tailgate therapy" Not pictured is Rick Rinde...not shy, just taking the picture.
August 8th, 2015
Welcome to Cowboy Up! Holly, (Active duty USAF).
Rick and Holly picking up the pace in the cattle trap.

August12th, 2015
 Horses For Heroes- NM National Advisory Board member Col.Tim Hale proudly receiving a check for our program from ........ 58th Special Operations Wing. The 58th Special Operations Wing trains Airmen for nearly every command in the US Air Force. They provide flight, survival, and combat skills training.

August 15th, 2015
Holly providing instruction on bridling to Tamie ( USN Ret.) 

Cowboy Up! Director Nancy De Santis explaining the cues and movement through the cones.

 August 22nd, 2015
 Recent program grad and Cowboy Up! Instructor Paul Duran practicing "ponying" with Holly observing.

 Holly, Paul and Rick loping in formation.

Paul demonstrating opening and movement of horses and riders through the gate and explaining the cowboy protocol behind it. 

August 28th, 2015
 When you put an English saddle on a working cowboy horse, this is the predictable expression you will get!

September 3rd, 2015
Native American Iraq veteran Inda, taking his time grooming "T-4".

 Mounted and ready to ride with Bianca and Rick covering the finer points.

Bianca demonstrating proper use of seat and rein control on "Knight". 

 Now, on to a well deserved Crossed Arrows Ranch bunkhouse lunch !

Jul 27, 2015

Day of the Cowboy

Day of the Cowboy
New Mexico's Western Musc Association &
Arte De Placitas presented The National Day of the Cowboy
Benefit Concert supporting
Horses For Heroes NM - Cowboy Up! for us yesterday!
A Big thank you to all who came out to support us and stay to hear
the talented Dave Stamey, Randy Huston and The Cowboy Way
with Jim Jones, Doug Figgs, and Marium Funke!
Thank you gentlemen for donating your time and talent!
And a special thank you to our partner
Joe Brown (WMANM President) for producing this event!

Doug Figgs set the stage (no pun intended) leading us in the National Anthem.

While Tim Hale's (Higher Calling Aviation) invocation blessed the evening's festivities.

Randy Huston and Jim Jones got us off to a good start before
the sky opened up with rain and a rainbow.

But most of the fans and supporters hung in while the musicians brought
the concert underneath the portal.
Western Music Association Entertainer of the Year,  Dave Stamey
played his acoustic set to a die-hard crowd even
the rain could not drive away. 

With our deepest gratitude Rick Iannucci led off by presenting the musicians, beginning with Dave Stamey,  who so graciously volunteered their time and talent for this concert, purple "wildrags" ..making them honorary members of the "Loyal Order of the Purple Wildrag" (our signature program graduation ritual).
Event MC Rick Huff was next with last years recipient Jim Jones doing the honors.
The acoustic set kept getting better and better...
...even had 'em dancing in the lot!
Left to right:  Jim Jones, Marium Funke, Doug Figgs and Randy Huston on fiddle.

Playing well into the evening with all the fans, supporters and friends ~ thank you all!!!