Ascending peak of bicentennial

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Uncovering the life of Zebulon Pike and similar dates that he shares with George Washington in February has led to further discoveries. This year is the celebration of the Pike Bicentennial, which is being promoted by The Santa Fe Trail Association. It’s also inspired a new edition of the […]

Queen lives life full of rodeo

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers From the tip of her white, felt cowboy hat to the toes of her navy blue boots, Ashlee Stallings personifies rodeo royalty. On her way to the title of Miss Rodeo New Mexico, the Clovis native braved chilly wind and muddy conditions to compete in the horsemanship portion of the […]

Technology passed over horseshoes

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist Technology is now available to count cattle on a Forest Service permit from outer space, to construct material for space shuttles that can withstand 3,000-degree temperature on re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, and to plastic wrap a tool in Ace Hardware that cannot be opened with the Jaws of Life. […]

Improving on my horsemanship skills

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist I consider myself as progressive as any horseman when it comes to considering techniques and devices for improving my horse’s welfare or my horsemanship. Horse magazines are packed with testimonial and advertisements for all manner of horse improvement, supplies, seminars and secrets. As I read the copy including bold print […]

Killing horses debate has middle ground

Baxter Black There is nothing pretty about killing a horse. Nobody knows that more than those of us who have done it. There are people actively attempting to get a federal bill passed that will “prevent the slaughter of horses in and from the U.S. for human consumption and other purposes.” Those supporting this bill […]

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 […]

West Nile shots needed

William Thompson The West Nile virus is making its appearance again in New Mexico this year according to veterinary experts, although it does not appear to be as active as last year’s outbreak. Still, Flint Taylor, of the New Mexico Veterinary Diagnostic Service, said it is imperative that horse owners vaccinate their horses against the […]

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 […]

Roadies hit town

By Dave Gragg Call it a Tucumcari tradition. Six cowboys and cowgirls took a trail ride through the Trails West Lounge on Thursday night, kicking off this weekend’s Route 66 celebration with a throwback to an earlier era. “It started years and years ago,” said Bob Bonds, one of the wranglers to grab a beer […]

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 […]