No one can make renegaed horses good

By Baxter Black Sometimes a cowboy will ride a good lookin’ bad horse for longer than it makes sense. This flawed thinking may have a more universal application; i.e., hangin’ on to a pickup, dog or girlfriend long after they’ve bit you or conked out. It’s even worse when the injured party thinks he can [...]

Hands-on learning

Baxter Black There are some things you can only learn by hand. Imagine reading a book with instructions on how to milk a cow: 1) Secure the beast 2) Grasp the teat 3) Squeeze and pull The same instructions (with slight alterations) could apply to picking an orange, lancing a boil, cracking a safe or [...]

House horse farm thrives

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By William Thompson P.J. Looner talks to horses. When Looner arrives to work with her horses, all she has to do is whistle and they surround her. She calls each of them by name — Starburst, 100 Grand Bar, Cassidy, Stetson Hawk or Wyatt. She has raised most of the 37 American paint horses that [...]

Local takes top honors at Ranch HOrse contest

Ranch hands from throughout the west gathered in November to competed for the title of Top working Ranch Horse and among the winners was a Tucumcari resident and his horse. Winning in the open/senior class was Terry Riddle, 23, and his horse Marvelous Sonitalena from Tucumcari. Riddle, a recent graduate at ENMU in Portales, won [...]

Horse show, rodeo end

While the rodeo arena that the 4-H rodeo and horse show competitors used over the weekend looked more appropriate for mud wrestling than rodeoing and horse showing, the show and the rodeo went on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. According to Quay County Extension Agent Pete Walden, despite the terrible conditions everything went off with little [...]

4-H Horse Show, Rodeo on for July 23-25

TV Hagenah The New Mexico State 4-H Horse Show and Quay County 4-H Rodeo is, according to Quay County Extension agent Pete Walden and others from the extension office, raring to go on the weekend of July 23. According to Tammy Hall of the extension office, 4-H horse enthusiasts from throughout the state will be [...]

Horses ride again at local lounge

William Thompson Around 50 locals and tourists watched horses ride through the interior of Trails West Lounge on East Tucumcari Boulevard Thursday evening as part of the kickoff of the Route 66 Festival this weekend. The third annual ‘Trail Ride’ Thursday evening was part of an attempt to revive an old New Mexico tradition in [...]

Brush Popping ‘Fighter Pilot”

By Baxter Black It’s as close to being a fighter pilot as I’ll ever come. As a college youth plotting my future, I had, on two different occasions, taken the physical and written exams to apply for Officer’s Candidate School to become a Navy pilot. Father intervened and those dreams went to the way of [...]

AHQA to have Tucumcari competition

Special to the Sun The NMQHA special event Working Cowhorse, an American Quarter Horse Association-approved special event will be May 23 at the Quay County Arena in Tucumcari. American Quarter Horse Shows test horses’ abilities in dozens of different classes. This special event is just for working cow horse enthusiasts. People who exhibit at an [...]