Helps to know a little about a lot

It helps to know a little about a lot of things. It gives you a broad perspective. It also allows you to make a fool of yourself in many different areas! In my column readers may notice that I appear to have an opinion on almost everything in agriculture. It might impress some, but real […]

Congress at fault for horses’ poor welfare

The road to increased horse abandonment and abuse is paved with good intentions. The U.S. Government Accountability Office has recently finished its report on the current status of horse welfare in the U.S. titled “Action Needed to Address Unintended Consequences from Cessation of Domestic Slaughter.” The GAO is the equivalent of the person who inspects […]

Quay County 4-H rodeo draws 57 riders

QCS stafff The 2011 Quay County 4-H Rodeo and State 4-H Horse Show will be held Friday and Saturday at the Quay County Fairgrounds. The weekend events start at 7 a.m. each day with the 50th Annual State 4-H Horse Show. Quay County has hosted the horse show for more than 40 years. During the […]

Real cowboys have horse sense

Baxter Black Branding season. Spring time west of the Mississippi. Long days in the saddle. Sitting on a horse miles from nowhere, it seems, trying to spot cows on the gather, silence except for the thud of your horses’ hooves. You might as well be on a fishing boat in the middle of nowhere watching […]

Trail riders net $9,000 for cancer

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QCSun staff Quay County horse enthusiasts and businesses helped raise money for cancer research last weekend at the American Cancer Society’s 2011 Ride for Life at the Lazy LB Ranch near San Jon. The yearly event included a trail ride, games and activities, live music and food. According to Ride For Life Captain Amber Workheicer, […]

Artists create in different ways

Baxter Black I wonder if he starts at the head? I mean to sculpt a horse that will one day stand in front of the stockyard gate. Or does he picture in his mind the kind of horse it will be? Would he start at the hooves instead, one leg at a time, stroking, flexing, […]

Governor appoints new racing commission members

QCSun staff Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed four new members to the state racing commission, the Albuquerque Journal reported Wednesday. According to the Journal, the new members include veterinarian Jerald Glenn Cosper of Los Lunas, American Quarter Horse Association Director Gayla McCulloch, attorney Rob Doughty III and race horse owner Beverly Bourguet. Ray Willis, a […]

Horse recycling makes horse sense

Baxter Black As we horse owners and lovers struggle to find some middle ground in the tragic abandoned horse issue, maybe we need to look “outside the box.” Most horse owners, horse associations, equine veterinarians, and those of us forced to take the responsibility for dealing with the mess, are still optimistic that the new […]

Hostile holiday horse holds hostage

Russell Anglin So, in case you haven’t noticed yet, it’s almost Christmas. I thought this might be a good opportunity to share a story about one of my most memorable Christmases of all time. The year was 1994. I was in the first grade and living off some county road near the Portales Country Club […]

Horse tale grows taller

Baxter Black It is not uncommon for me, as a windy storyteller, to be asked, “Is that really true?” “Well, of course,” I begin, “it’s true…I think.” Mark Twain had a quote that seems to fit some of us elaborators.