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Table of Contents Ride with a Reason........................ 8 Rescue to ride.............................. 18 Vendor List.................................. 22 Dog Training............................... 24 The Ag Adventure........................ 25 Ag Summit................................... 26 Safflower 101............................... 28 Rodeo Camp................................ 30 Schedule of events...................... 37

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Welcome to the 30th Anniversary Four States Ag Expo! We’re glad you’ve decided to celebrate this important anniversary with us, as we look back over three decades of change and development in agriculture and the Ag Expo itself. Yes, those tractors out there might look pretty much the same as they did in 1982, and yes, we’re still putting food on plates and feed into bins pretty much the same way we did 30 years ago, but in the subtleties, we’ve made a lot of progress: Look at the way technology has made it more efficient to farm and ranch, with cell phones, speedy internet, GPS and data trackers— even programmable tractors. We can even move our pivot sprinklers without leaving the house. Increased attention to genetics has encouraged more informed breeding choices for livestock. Refinements to chemicals, improved soil science, and a better understanding of organics has brought healthier solutions for pest and weed control. Farmer markets and CSAs are increasingly popular. Our understanding of sustainability has become more sophisticated—all to the betterment of the humans and livestock we feed. Above all, agriculture has moved in these years from the background business the public took for granted to the forefront of public attention and appreciation. As for the Four States Ag Expo, what began 30 years ago as a marketing exercise for San Juan Vo-Tech students has evolved into the show you see today, promoting the complex business of agriculture with a generous offering of commercial and non-profit vendors, broad array of agricultural demonstrations and displays, and wide choice of activities to satisfy participant and observer alike. We couldn’t have matured so successfully without the dedicated support of our sponsors and board members and the loyalty of our vendors—and there wouldn’t be much point to putting on our show at all without you, our visitors. So we appreciate everyone who contributes to the ongoing success of the Four States Ag Expo. We hope you all enjoy our 30th show. Dusty Beals President, Four States Ag Expo

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Three decades and still going strong By Reid Wright Journal Staff Writer

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s the Four States Ag Expo is now in its 30th year. It has grown from a grassroots gathering of local agricultural providers to the regional event that draws large crowds. According to information from organizers, the expo formed in 1983 and has undergone several changes in funding and administration over the years. In 2002, the expo came under threat of discontinuance after the San Juan Basin Technical School — which had previously underwritten the show through their Agricultural Education Department — announced it could no longer support the expo due to budget constraints. An ad-hoc group formed that year to save the expo and it was determined the Dolores Soil Conservation District could be allowed to adminis-

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ter funds for non-profit groups. So in September of 2002, an eight-member board of directors was organized and the expo was set to continue, relying only on educational sponsors and space rental fees to cover costs. The 2003 show was successful, and the board went to work becoming a non-profit corporation, to be tax exempt and operate under the umbrella of the Dolores Soil Conservation District. This continued until December of 2004, when funds from the conservation district were transferred to the Ag Expo’s own account. In 2008, an effort was made to expand equine-related presenters and events. The organization remains a nonprofit to this day. It provides educational activities, demonstrations, youth contests, as well as exhibits of agricultural equipment, supplies and services. The Ag Expo has become a March tradition for Montezuma County.

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ome folks ride horses to compete for rodeo prizes. Others ride to earn their beef as ranch hands. Still others ride for the sheer joy of a few hours in the saddle. Whatever the case, equestrians can learn to “Ride with a Reason” when reining champion Aaron Ralston gives a series of clinics in March at the Four States Agricultural Exposition. Born and raised at his family’s ranch in Western Colorado, the 35-year-old Silt-area resident will provide his experience at the clinics. The horseman’s proven experience includes winning the 2004 American Quarter Horse Association reserve world champion in senior reining, along with earning the team reining gold medalist and individual reining bronze medalist at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. Ralston wasn’t available for comment, but Brad Zanin, Ralston’s partner at Aspen-based Cow Horse Productions, said Ralston has

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Ralston looks to return to ranching roots “Born and raised on my family’s ranch in Western Colorado, I was taught the importance of being a helpful cowhand. This mentality has stayed with me throughout my early career as I rodeoed and now as I participate in show reining and working cow horses.” Aaron Ralston

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been riding since he was a little kid. “He grew up on horseback, on his parents’ ranch in Col- Aaron Ralston rides during the Freestyle Reining demonstration at the World Equestrian Games, which were held at the Kentucky Horse Park in 2010. lbran,” Zanin said. Equestrians interested in trail riding, reining, ranching Ralston will give a series of clinics during the Four States Agricultural Exposition. and rodeo — almost any Westerner — can benefit from the clinics, Zanin said. “They could be anybody, but generally it’s not someone who can’t ■■ “Evolution Training Series Part III” — 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday, March ride; it’s someone who has basic riding ability and wants to control 18, at the Equestrian Pavilion. Continuation of Parts I and II, to include further concepts of front and hind body control, preparation their horse and maybe enter the performance world,” Zanin said. Ralston will conduct the following clinics at the Montezuma for the stop and preparation for the turn-around. County Fairgrounds on U.S. Highway 160 east of Cortez. Infor- ■■ “Evolution Training Series Part IV” — 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, March mation about the clinics comes from the ag expo website, www. 18, at the Equestrian Pavilion. Learn the “Self Monitoring System” and how to put it all together. fourstatesagexpo.com, and from Cow Horse Productions. ■■ “Ride With a Reason” — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at Although pre-registration was required for the one all-day clinic, the Main Arena; and a second, shorter clinic from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. ag expo attendees can just show up and watch the other clinics, ZaFriday, March 16, at the Equestrian Pavilion. Ralston will teach his nin said. signature approach to holding purpose and meaning for the horse On Cow Horse Productions’ website, wwwcowhorseproductions. to better understand why we ask them to do what we do. Ralston will com, Ralston describes some of his teaching philosophy work on reining maneuvers as well as basic body control through “Welcome to ‘The Ride.’ I am Aaron Ralston and I invite you to different exercises and drills and through the use of a CowTrac Me- join me as I take a journey to live out my dream as I ride with many chanical Cow. The all-day clinic, limited to 10 participating riders, of my heroes in the competition arena (roping, reining, cow horse, is full, but ag expo attendees can still attend and watch the all-day cutting) and out of the arena in the working ranch environment. clinic. The shorter clinic is open to expo attendees. “Born and raised on my family’s ranch in Western Colorado, I ■■ “Pre-Flight Check for Safety and Performance” — 9 a.m. to 10:15 was taught the importance of being a helpful cowhand. This mena.m. Friday, March 16, at the Equestrian Pavilion. Work with your tality has stayed with me throughout my early career as I rodeoed horse from the ground up to ensure you have your horse’s focus and now as I participate in show reining and working cow horses. and attention to safely ride or use it to get the most out of your horse Through my work with cow horses I am finding a strong desire to while performing. return to my ranching roots before the lifestyle fades away as I knew ■■ “Evolution Training Series, Part I” — 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, it. No matter what we do, times will change and my goal is to help March 17, at the Equestrian Pavilion. Series overview and concepts them change in a way that will preserve the working ranch cowboy.” of focus, rider rhythm and cadence. Horse fans who miss Ralston at the ag expo might still have an ■■ “Evolution Training Series Part II” — 2:30 to 3:45 Saturday, March opportunity to enjoy his TV program. RFD-TV the Ride airs every 17, at the Livestock Ring. Continuation of Part 1 to include further Monday at 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on Direct concepts, including preparation for the stop and turn-around. TV Channel 345, Dish Channel 231 and Comcast Channel 203.

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The Grange Lineup

All Grange presentations will be held in the Sunnyside Meats Tent Thursday, MARCH 15

SATURDAY, MARCH 17 ■■ Matt Mecham “Ag 3.0: From Efficiency to Profitability” — 9 to 10 a.m. ■■ Ann Street-Joslin: “Horse Color Genetics” — Noon to 1 p.m. ■■ Cortez Farm Service Agency “Farm Loan Program” — 1 to 2 p.m. ■■ Four Corners Food Summit — 2 to 5 p.m. SUNDAY, MARCH 18

■■ Dan Fernandez:”Fruit Trees, From Planting to Pruning” — from 10 to 11:30 a.m. ■■ Vick Vanik with Four Seasons Nursery: “Seed Starting Basics” — from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ■■ Live Well Montezuma: “Farm to School, School to Farm and School Gardens, What’s Happening in Montezuma County?” — from 1 to 2 p.m. ■■ Montezuma County Weed Program: “Noxious Weed Identification and Methods of Control” — from 2 to 3 p.m. ■■ Matt Mecham “Ag 3.0: Efficiency to Profitability” — 3 to 4 p.m. ■■ Jan Bradbury “How to Start a Profitable dairy/meat goat business” — 4 to 5 p.m.

■■ Matt Mecham “Ag 3.0: From Efficiency to Profitability” — 10 to 11 a.m. ■■ Montezuma County Weed Program: “Noxious Weed Identification and Methods of Control” — Noon to 1 p.m. ■■ Live Well Montezuma: “Farm to School, School to Farm and School Gardens, What’s Happening in Montezuma County?” — 1 to 2 p.m. ■■ Vick Vanik with Four Seasons Nursery: “Edible Landscaping” — 2 to 3 p.m. The Grange movement The original Grange movement began after the Civil War to proFRIDAY, MARCH 16 mote ways to rejuvenate war-ravaged agricultural  lands and  industries. As it evolved, the Grange encouraged interchange among ■■ Vick Vanik with Four Seasons Nursery: “Small Spaces and Vertical farmers and strengthened agricultural literacy in the general public. Veggies” — from 9 to 10 a.m. The Four States Ag Expo hopes that our Grange programs will follow ■■ Four Corners Food Summit — from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this tradition by welcoming a community of today’s farmers, ranch■■ Cortez Farm Service Agency: “Farm Loan Program” — from 1 to ers, industry participants and consumers, and offering a venue for 2 p.m. facing and solving modern agricultural challenges together.

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Booth Dimensions are shown as width x depth Map for reference only, not to scale Booths 1-24 on concrete; all others on packed dirt 16 ft overhead doors closed during Expo Indicates visitor entrances

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Four States Ag Expo Board Members Dusty Beals, President — Hayes Ranches Keith Echols, President elect — Alpine Security Jessie Lenhardt, Treasurer — Self Employed LeeAnn Milligan, Secretary — Montezuma County Don Bain, Grounds chair — Central Implement Frank Thomas, Shuttle chair — Thomas Cattle Co. Kevin Lanyon, Member at Large — Epicor Matt Mecham, Member at Large — First National Bank Shelby Webster, Member at Large Karla Whitmer — Executive Director

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Stories of triumph Rescued to Ride program gives horses a second chance By Shannon Livick Dolores Star Editor

“If these horses are given a good solid foundation, they are just as good as any other horse.”

If these horses could talk, boy could they tell some stories. Stories of heartbreak, sickness, loss and abuse. Stories that, if Diane Panetta has her way, will all have happy endings thanks to the Rescued to Ride Program coming to the Four States Ag Expo this year. The program pairs well-known trainers with rescued horses to give them some much-needed training and a chance at a new beginning. Diane Panetta “A lot of people have this misconception that rescued horses executive director aren’t rideable, or they aren’t healthy or they are damaged goods,” Rescued to Ride - Steamboat Springs said Panetta, executive director of Rescued to Ride out of Steamboat Springs. But none of that is true, and that’s the reason Rescued to Ride was started. “If these horses are given a good solid foundation, they are just as good as any other horse,” Panetta said. “It is a similar idea people have had with stray dogs. Strays are just tored back to health by rescue organizations, but often those rescue organizations needed help training the horses. as great as any well-bred dog,” Panetta said. “We noticed that horses could make it to the rescue and get Statewide, there are about 6,000 horses a year reported as unwanted. Panetta found that often rescued horses could be fed and doc- healthy, but (the rescue organizations) didn’t have time to work with

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them,” Panetta said. This year, trainers Scott Whinfrey, Jason Patrick and Jeff Derby will help. They have just four days to get these horses to a place where the can start a new life and career. There will likely be about 10 to 12 horses in the program, about five of those will be from the Fresh Start Horse Rescue in Dolores. Sweets will make an appearance at Rescued to Ride for the first time. She is a 2-year-old Broomtail and is about 13 hands tall, said Amanda Turek Ryan, director of Fresh Start Horse Rescue. “She had been really abused. She was past the flight response and was fighting,” Ryan said. So they named her Sweets. “We believe names carry baggage,” Ryan said. So, after a few days, the newly named Sweets starting acting, well, sweet. “She was untouchable when she came here; now you can do so much with here,” Ryan said. Ryan hopes the Rescued to Ride program will help Sweets find a forever home by giving her under-saddle training. Comet was an owner-surrendered quarter horse. This well-bred, 3-year-old horse had one vice though: he likes to crib. Cribbing is often call wind sucking because a horse will grab a railing, fence board or stall door and suck in air. “He is going to be a wonderful performance horse and his cribbing isn’t as bad when he is kept in a pasture,” Ryan said. Clover could also tell an interesting story. She is 4 years old and was rescued from auction. “She had a foal at her side and was so emaciated she couldn’t produce milk for her foal,” Ryan said. Photos show a dull-coat pony with ribs showing a blank stare in her eyes, a walking skeleton. So Ryan and the folks at Fresh Start Horse Rescue started feeding Clover and the foal and they eventually shaped up. “Her personality has always been sweet,” Ryan said of the 12.3hand tall horse. Today, Clover is downright plump and photos show a well-cared for pony that loves to have her ears scratched. Other horses from the Rescued to Ride program will likely be from a rescue in Aztec, N.M. and others from the Steamboat Springs area. Ryan said she is looking forward to the Expo and the Rescued to Ride Program. Last year, it gave her program and horses a lot of publicity and most of the horses that were in the program were eventually adopted. “We really like the Rescued to Ride Program. The horses get homes as a result of this program,” she said. And what more do you want for a rescued horse, but a fresh start, a chance for a happy ending.

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CLOVER was rescued from sale for slaughter last year. She was nearly starving and had a foal at her side. She will be in the Rescued to Ride program this year at the Four States Ag Expo.

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COMET is a 3-year-old quarter horse that was surrendered by his owner because of a cribbing problem, something that mostly goes away if the horse is at pasture. Comet will be in the Rescued to Ride Program at the Four States Ag Expo. On the Net www.rescuedtoride.org www.strawberrycreekranch.net www.freshstarthorserescue.org

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SWEETS was rescued by the Fresh Start Horse Rescue two years ago. She was mean and untouchable, something that is no longer true. She will be in COURTESY PHOTO the Rescued to Ride Program at BRANDY, right, is pictured here in April of 2011. She will be in the Four States Ag Expo. the Rescued to Ride program this year at the Four States Ag Expo.

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Doug (Doc) Hammill is a retired equine veterinaryou will carry with you so you can further your ian, a respected authority on driving and working horses relationship with your horse at home. and mules in harness, and the art of gentle/natural horseLarry will be giving several clinics at the Ag manship. Expo. See the schedule for when and where. His lifetime of studying and working with horses and mules, combined with Jason Patrick from Whispering Willows his equine veteriRanch returns to the Ag Expo nary experience give him a unique Jason is a Colorado ranch-raised cowperspective on horsemanship. He has boy who discovered natural horsemanbeen blessed with lessons from tens ship as a teenager. Jason has professionof thousands of horses, an abundance ally trained horses for close to 20 years of great old-time mentors, and many and has developed his own style of top contemporary natural horsemanhorsemanship that has been noticed and ship clinicians. appreciated by people across the counDoc Hammill uses a kinder, gentler, try. Perhaps his best advertisement has more psychologically and scientifically been his horses, which have been adcorrect way of interacting with equines. mired as they showed their skills in ranch Doc has dedicated himself to an ongorodeos and Ranch Horse Versatility coming study of the true nature of horses petitions, as well as in completing everyand how their minds really work. As the day ranch work. Jason has been featured years passed he developed his philosoon CMT, RFD-TV and numerous radio phy of “Gentle Horsemanship” which programs and in national publications, corresponds to what later became and is popular at horse expos and clinics widely referred to as “Natural Horsethroughout North America. manship.” A successful competitor in many disDoc’s work with horses and mules ciplines and capable of training at every has been featured in Western Horselevel, Jason is known especially for giving man, Draft Horse Journal, Rural Heriyoung horses an excellent foundation; he tage, Monty Roberts Join-Up, and many has started approximately 2,000 horses. other publications. Since 1998, his popAs founder of the Rescued to Ride proular question and answer column, “Ask gram, he also excelled at “re-starting” a Teamster,” has appeared in the Small Journal/ Sam Green horses which had been mishandled or Farmers Journal which features practical neglected or left too long idle. It’s obviJason Patrick hangs on as a rescue horse balks at ous horse farming. from watching Jason at work that Doc will be giving several clinics at the training last year at the Four States Ag Expo. Patrick helping a horse learn—from whatever Ag Expo. See the schedule for when and is a trainer for Rescued To Ride who works with local starting point—is his passion and his joy. where. Jason will be giving several clinics at the rescued horses during the expo. Ag Expo. See the schedule for when and Larry Whitesell is a renowned where. gaited horseman. Larry was very successful in the show ring, winning regional, national and grand national championships. In 2002 Ann Streett-Joslin will present a Horse Color Genetics he was trainer of the year. workshop at the Ag Expo. Initially, he trained using the traditional gaited horse methods. As How do you really tell a dun from a buckskin and what about those his training progressed, he wanted to train gaited horses to a higher spotted horses? In this session you will learn about dilution and white level so they would gait for any level rider and the riders could count distribution genes and how they act on or modify the basic horse on them to be safe and dependable. colors. The leopard complex will also be introduced and some inLarry learned to bring horses into a more classical frame to gait. teresting coat color patterns and combinations. This program will By strengthening the correct muscles, the horse can carry a rider and be of interest to all levels of horsemen. rebalance into natural collection. Ann has been active with horses and the horse industry for over Correct training builds confidence in a horse. Natural horseman- 50 years. From the show-ring, to state 4-H awards, to guest ranches, ship puts a great foundation on horses and prepares the horse men- to driving, training colts, and all types of instruction, Ann is welltally and physically to begin training for collection. Classical training versed in the business. She is a Certified Horsemanship Association then takes communication with the horse to the next level of light- (CHA) Master Level Riding Instructor and Clinic Instructor for Engness. Most gaited horses only need a mild degree of correction to gait. lish, Western, Riders with Disabilities, and Equine Facility ManageLarry travels the U.S. and Canada doing clinics and equine exposi- ment. A past member of their Board of Directors, Ann was named tions. the CHA 2010 Volunteer of the Year. Ann is also a Richard Shrake Larry teaches you how to teach your horse to relax so you can Resistance Free Instructor and Trainer and uses his principles in teach a correct response with the least effort. He teaches you how to her horsemanship instruction and training. She currently manages teach your horse to respond to subtle cues. His clinics are a shot in Rancho Vista near Dolores, Colo., and teaches both there and at clithe arm for your riding program, providing very intense instruction ent’s homes. to all levels of riders on their own horses that instills an eagerness Ann will present her workshop from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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Renowned stock dog breeder to host clinic

“I teach the fundamentals of herding for the person who has a dog and wants to teach it herding, or for a person who is having trouble with their already trained dog.” Brian Abingdon

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Brian Abingdon works with a dog. By Alexandria Randolph Special to the Journal In addition to his plumbing business in Oregon, Brian Abingdon of Abingdon Border Collies breeds skilled stock dogs and travels across the nation to give workshops and clinics on herding dogs. He will present several clinics at the annual Ag Expo at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds March 15-18. “I go to all kinds of agricultural expos,” Abingdon said. “I book cow herding clinics all over the northwest in the spring.” Abingdon said that his clinics and workshops teach the basics of training a herding dog. “I teach the fundamentals of herding for the person who has a dog and wants to teach it herding, or for a person who is having trouble with their already trained dog,” he said. Laurie Lovewell, a fellow herding dog hobbyist and volunteer for Abingdon Border Collies, said that Abingdon has a knack for teaching herding beginners. “He knows how to read the dog and see what its capable of doing,” she said. “Sometimes the lesson is geared toward the dog and its abilities, and sometimes it’s getting the handler up to speed.” According to Abingdon, basic herding commands include vocal directions such as telling a dog to go left, go right or stop. He said that while many sheep herders have replaced dogs with ranch hands and four-wheelers, for the cattle industry, having a dog that can follow vocal commands is essential. “You can’t gather your cattle without dogs,” Abingdon said. “Most people don’t have any idea what 80,000 acres of range is like. If you lose your cattle or they go down a cliff, you can’t take your truck or your horse down there to get them. You’d lose your livelihood if you don’t have dogs.” Abingdon also uses several of his own dogs, from prize winners

to pups, to demonstrate the levels of skill. He said that he will have smaller stock animals with him at the clinics in March to help demonstrate the techniques. “We’ll be bringing goats and sheep instead of cattle for safety to use them to train the dogs,” Abingdon said. “People underestimate how much having the right kind of animals to teach is essential. If you have some sheep that are running around scared, your dog isn’t going to learn anything, he’ll just want to chase and bite them.” Abingdon said that he made the decision to train stock dogs 35 years ago after an accident that prevented him from riding horses. “I was working for a cutting horse trainer; that’s how I got started,” he said. “After I hurt myself I couldn’t ride anymore, and I started feeling sorry for myself. My wife suggested that I start breeding dogs.” Abingdon mostly focuses on breeding border collies, but has bred Australian shepherds, kelpies and many other herding breeds in the past. Abingdon breeds selectively and mostly for personal trait preference, but dogs from Abingdon border collie lineage can be found all over the nation. “If they’re a U.S. bred dog, 45 percent of them will have my name somewhere on their papers,” he said. Although his primary buyers are herders, Abingdon has sold pups to private pet owners and professional organizations. “I’ve sold a lot of dogs to Europeans, I’ve sold cadaver hunting dogs, even a SWAT team bought a dog from me,” Abingdon said. “I’ve also sold dogs for the fly-ball sport and Frisbee.” Abingdon said that he leads workshops and clinics purely for the fun. Lovewell said that the workshops and clinics Abingdon leads are great for both those who are interested in getting serious about herding, and those who are just looking for a fun activity to do with their dog. “The clinics are great because they don’t require equipment or any strenuous activity,” she said. “You can just put your crate in your car, crate up you dog and drive to the clinic.” Lovewell said those who are uncertain about attending the clinics are encouraged to sit in and watch the clinic for a day.”

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Learning experience comes alive Ag Adventure focuses on agriculture heritage

The idea of interactive workshops was brought down last year from Colorado State University, and like last year, students from CSU’s ColBy Brandon Mathis lege of Agricultural Sciences will conduct learning stations set up Journal Staff writer around things like food geography, native plants, soil science and animals like sheep, cattle and goats. The Four States Ag Expo isn’t just The exhibits are developed in conjunction with Colorado educationfor grown-ups any more. On Friday, al standards, according to a CSU press release on last year’s event. StuMarch 16, the CSU Ag Adventure dents will be divided into groups of about 15 and rotated through the program will cater to fourth and fifthinteractive stations or demonstrations The stations accentuate agriculgraders, giving them an opportunity ture but support subjects like geography, reading, science and math. to spend an entire day at workshop There will be demonstrations on herding with dogs, young horse stations designed to teach youngtraining and how bees are used to pollinate plants, to name a few. sters about their agricultural heriThere is even a demonstration on wagon building and driving, just tage. like in the Old West. The interactive program educates “The kids get to be a part of it. They can take rides and might even get young people about food production Journal/ Sam Green to drive,” said Milligan. from the farm all the way to the plate, Milligan said students will be coming from Mancos, Dolores, DuFour-year-old Dakota Lit- rango, Battle Rock and Kemper Elementary Schools, as well as New according to LeeAnn Milligan. Milligan works on the Ag Adven- ton discovers tubs of toys to Mexico elementary schools to participate in the fun. ture Committee and says the whole play with at the John Deere Last year about 350 kids passed through the Ag Adventure during day is devoted to teach kids where the day-long event. food comes from, how it’s grown, booth in the Ag Expo last year. Milligan also helps round up local participants for the workshops. how it’s farmed and how it makes it She said the Ag Adventure is a unique learning experience for the kids to the dinner table. about the relationship between food and farming. She said she hopes the participants will take away a lot more than Friday’s Ag Adventure is for fourth and fifth grade age kids and open just seeing farm animals. to the public Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free for kids. “Ultimately, not only a better understanding of agriculture, but a For information or to reserve a spot for your child, call 529-3486 or new appreciation for it and the people who work in it,” Milligan said. e-mail info@fourstatesagexpo.com

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Ag Summit features Colo. lawmakers By Reid Wright

Journal Staff Writer This year’s Four States Ag Expo Ag Summit Open Forum offers a chance for local farmers and ranchers to discuss issues with the state’s top officials, including Colo. Sen. Ellen Roberts, Colo. Rep. J. Paul Brown and Colorado Brand Comissioner Chris Whitney. Brown represents House District 59 in Colorado’s General Assembly. The district encompasses San Juan, Archuleta and La Plata counties and parts of Montezuma County. “I thought that I would talk about what’s going on with the Legislature,” Brown said. “A couple water initiatives, some property rights initiatives, so people can be thinking about them.” He said he would like to discuss issues that may be of interest to farmers and ranchers, including a bill that allows taxpayers to voluntarily donate a portion of their income tax to weed control and a proposed ballot measure that could take away the current seniority structure on state water rights. “Everyone up here opposes it,” he said. Roberts represents Senate District 6 in Colorado’s General Assembly. The district encompasses Montezuma, Dolores, La Plata, Archuleta, Montrose, San Miguel, San Juan and Ouray counties. She said the event comes in the heat of the state budget discussion.

“We’ll probably be talking about how agricultural efforts are being impacted by the current budget,” she said. “About the Colorado economy in general as far as getting people back to work.” Recently named commissioner of the state’s division of brand inspection, Whitney said The Ag Summit is currently scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 17 at the Sunnyside Meats Tent.

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Beef showmanship an ag tradition By Brandon Mathis

“It’s a learning opportunity for kids to practice showmanship. We encourage beginners to come and show. They can see what to practice on by watching others.”

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Get the 411 on the safflower crop By Michael Maresh Special to the Journal Farmers wanting to add another crop to supplement what they are already growing will be given the tips on how to accomplish that at the annual Ag Expo. Abilene, Texas based Dreamland Industries will be at the March 15-18 Ag Expo to talk to farmers about growing the crop safflower. Dreamland Industries will be presenting a PowerPoint presentation at the Expo, and the company will also have a vender booth for the four-day event. Shane Robertson, marketing manager and co-owner of Dreamland Industries, said the crop is a drought tolerant oil-seed crop that when crushed can be used as a cooking oil. Robertson said the goal is to teach farmers in Southwest Colorado how to grow safflower and make it marketable The big advantage to growing this crop is the time of the year when it could be planted and harvested. He said the March to

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“It’s an early crop that you can plant and still get your wheat crop in. This allows you to put another crop in.” Shane Robertson marketing manager and co-owner Dreamland Industries

The Dreamland Industries marketing manager said planting this crop is a win-win situation for farmers who want to earn a little extra money. Planting safflower is inexpensive and costs $50 to $70 an acre to plant the seed and to fertilize, Robertson said. That small investment can be turned into a crop that sells between $230 to $250 per acre, so farmers would earn a profit of up to $200 for every harvested acre. Robertson said the start-up cost is minimal because the same equipment that is used for other crops can also be used for safflower. Safflower is a crop that does not need to be irrigated as all water is taken from the ground that would evaporate into the soil — even if it was not being used to grow anything. Weed control, Robertson said, would only be a problem if early preventive steps were not taken. Robertson said Dreamland Industries has been in existence for five years and added this will be its first venture into Southwestern Colorado. He said they already have given presentations in Ohio, Texas, Kansas, New Mexico and other parts of Colorado. Robertson said safflower is already a crop that is well known in Cortez and the surrounding area because farmers have learned that this is an ideal crop for Southwest Colorado. He said the hope is more people, after hearing the presentation, will decide to grow and harvest the crop and then sell it to his company. He also said farming is not an exact science, and many factors go into a successful crop. “We have had our ups and downs, but we are moving in the right direction,” Robertson said.

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PRCA Rodeo Camp returns to Expo By Bobby Abplanalp Journal Sports Editor The 30th edition of the Four States Agricultural Exposition promises not to disappoint — especially, to young aspiring cowboys eager to learn the ropes of riding eight seconds. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association will again host its Championship Rodeo Camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, March 18, at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds. The oneday camp is for ages 8-older. Perhaps the best aspect of all, the camp is free. Wranglers will get to learn the basic fundamental skills and safety of rodeo roughstock events bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding. What better way to learn than from the pros themselves, as PRCA members will instruct the camp. The PRCA Championship Rodeo Camp’s mission is providing a fun, educational and positive rodeo experience. “If anyone is interested in rodeo or wants to try, it’s great for anyone,” said Julie Jutten, PRCA Championship Rodeo Camp outreach manager. “What’s great is it’s really great for beginners in a safe, controlled environment. The kids that are more advanced are going to get something out of it, too. It’s good for all abilities.” This year, there will be a video presentation on safety procedures and goal setting. Safety measures that will be covered include, chute procedures, livestock safety, a riding equipment overview, injury prevention and livestock safety. The video,

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PRCA Saddle bronc rider, Darrell Triplett, of Waterflow, N.M., discusses the fundamentals of saddle bronc riding to young students at the 2011 Four States Ag Expo, PRCA Rodeo Camp. This year’s Ag Expo welcomes back the rodeo camp on Sunday, March 18, at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds.

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which will be shown in the Indoor Arena, also Triplett is a regular at the Ute Mountain has an introduction to the PRCA. The pro inRoundup Rodeo each June. The saddle bronc structors will also provide tips and knowledge competitor feels teaching youngsters about rofor success. deo is a good way to give back to the welcoming “It’s stuff they can be successful with in school, community here. life and work; not just rodeo. It has a really good “For me, it’s kind of fulfilling to be able to message to it,” Jutten said of the video presentahelp some kids out. There’s not a whole lot Photo courtesy of Julie Jutten tion. “It features people involved in pro rodeo. of opportunities riding broncs around here,” They’re giving their best suggestion for success bareback rider Forest Triplett said. “You can kind of get an interest in for kids.” Bramwell, of Pagosa Springs, it. If you can get an interest, it keeps them into The physical demonstrations with equipment better things in life, actually. I think they teaches students about the some will be handled by the pros outside in Bob Banks get some good out of it.” Memorial Arena. The camp in Cortez is unique proper setup of bareback rigBesides demonstrating the basics of saddle in that it caters to people from four different gin at the 2011 Four States Ag bronc riding and sparking an interest in kids, states. It was such a success last year, the camp camp is also about providing a new, excitExpo. The PRCA Rodeo Camp the was extended for an additional two hours. ing opportunity for Four Corners youth. “We think there is really a desire for rodeo returns this year to the Ag “If there’s a guy thinking about starting, I there. The venue is great, the setup for the rodeo Expo on Sunday, March 18, at brought some guys up (from New Mexico last grounds was perfect for what we do,” Jutten said. and they got hooked,” Triplett said. “They the Montezuma County Fair- year), Saddle bronc instructor and PRCA saddle got a base to start from. Just give the kids a bronc rider, Darrell Triplett, feels the fair- grounds. place to start. Give them the option of whether ground’s facilities have a lot to do with runthey want to do it or not. In rodeo, you have to ning a successful camp. The Waterflow, N.M., get into it to do it.” native considers Bob Banks Memorial Arena his home rodeo Jutten encourages people to register early, because the camp grounds. will fill up fast. Participants can register at www.prorodeo. “We don’t have a pro rodeo down here. That rodeo facil- com/youthrodeo.aspx. For questions, contact Jutten at jjutity there is really nice. I like how they set the arena up there,” ten@prorodeo.com or by calling 719-528-4729. Triplett said. “We went inside and had a classroom, and then used the outdoor arena. It’s a good place for rodeo schools. For information on the Four States Agricultural Exposition, The facility up there is really nice.” visit www.fourstatesagexpo.com or call 247-0097.

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2012 Ag Expo Sponsors Premier Level Southwest Ag Carts, Trolleys, Move-in Assistance; Advertising Platinum Level Sunnyside Meats Ag Expo Grange programs; Bob Cooper Shuttles; Donated Beef for Appreciation Dinner Cortez Retail Enhancement - Advertising Gold Level American General Media (KRTZ, KISZ, KVFC-News/Talk): Advertising Basin Coop - General sponsorship Cortez Journal - Print program sponsor First National Bank - General sponsorship Fraley & Company - General sponsorship KRSJ 100.5 FM & KKDC 93.3 FM - Advertising Montezuma Veterinary Clinic - Bull & Heifer Sale, Beef Show The Fence Post - Print program sponsor Empire Electric - General sponsorship Silver Level Citizens State Bank of Cortez -General Sponsorship Geisinger Feed Grains – Forage Donation Durango Party Rental - Discount on Equipment Rental KSUT Public Radio - Ag Expo Grange Hayes Ranches - B  eef for Appreciation Party & Cortez Chamber After Hours Southern Colorado Livestock Auction - Bull & Heifer Sale Colorado State University - Ag Adventure Program Farmers Telecommunications, Inc - Internet Service at the Expo Friends of the Ag Expo Don & Deb Bain - Appreciation Party/Pleasant View PTO Kitchen Pioneer Printing - 2012 Opportunities Book Dolores State Bank – General Sponsorship Honorable Mention Baker Sanitation - Trash Removal LePew Porta-Johns, Inc. - Porta Johns

Beef Show Sponsors Southwestern Cowbelles IFA Dr. Alan Schafer Chappell Farms - Steve Chappell Southwestern Colorado Livestock Assoc. San Juan Basin Farm Bureau Montezuma Veterinary Clinic Draft Horse Shuttle Sponsors Sunnyside Meats Southwest Ag, Inc. Budget Host Mesa Verde Motel Four States Ag Expo Pine River Valley Bank Sterling County Real Estate Banes Custom Pack Life Steps Vital Signs Appreciation Dinner/Cortez Chamber After Hours Sponsors: Nature’s Own - Bread Sunnyside Meats - Beef Hayes Ranches - Beef T-Box Liquors – Wine & Beer J Fargo’s Family Dining & Micro Brewery - Wine Jon Simms, Chef Media Support Cortez Journal The Fence Post American General Media Four Corners Broadcasting KSUT Public Radio Today’s Horse Trader New Mexico Stockman High Plains Journal Pine River Times KSJD Public Radio Four Corners Free Press Blue Mountain Panorama

Media Platinum Media Platinum Media Gold Media Gold Media Silver Media Silver Media Friend Media Friend Media Honorable Mention Media Honorable Mention Media Honorable Mention Media Honorable Mention

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Antique tractors Monte Gusewelle and Brad Roeder discuss old tractors at the antique tractor display at last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ag Expo. This year, the antique tractors will make their return. On Saturday, March 17, there will be an antique tractor parade starting at 1:30 p.m. in the main arena. That will be followed by an antique tractor pull from 2-5 p.m.

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2012 Four States Ag Expo Schedule of Events t h u r s d ay, m a r c h 1 5 , 2 0 1 2 TIME 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 12:00 9:00- 5:00 9:00 - 1:30 9:00 - 10:30 9:30 - 10:00 10:00 - 10:30 10:00 - 11:30 10:30 - 12:00 11:30 - 1:00 1:00 - 5:00 1:00 - 2:00 1:00 - 2:30 2:00 - 2:30 2:00 - 3:00 3:00 - 4:30 3:00 - 4:00 3:00 - 3:30 4:00 - 5:00 5:30 - 7:30

DESCRIPTION LOCATION Exhibits Open Mtz Cnty Fairgrounds Bull & Heifer Showcase Open to Visitors Aaron Ralston’s “Ride With A Reason” Clinic Scott Whinfrey & Jeff Derby: “Rescued To Ride” Colt Starting Doc Hammill “Driving & Working Horses in Harness” Brian Abingdon Stock Dog Clinic C.S.U. Ag Adventure Welcomes Elementary Schools Larry Whitesell: “In Hand Work For Improving Gate” Dreamland Industries: “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Growing Safflower” Presentation by Pain Free Naturally GRANGE: Dan Fernandez:”Fruit Trees, From Planting to Pruning” Jason Patrick: “Evaluating A Prospective Horse” GRANGE: Vick Vanik with Four Seasons Nursery: “Seed Starting Basics” Doc Hammill “Driving & Working Horses in Harness” GRANGE: Live Well Montezuma: “Farm to School, School to Farm and School Gardens, What’s Happening in Montezuma County?” Larry Whitesell: “In Hand Work For Improving Gait” 4CDHMCA Draft Horse Parade GRANGE: Montezuma County Weed Program: “Noxious Weed Identification and Methods of Control” Jason Patrick: “The Next Step: After Colt Starting” GRANGE: Matt Mecham “Ag 3.0: Efficiency to Profitability” Presentation by Pain Free Naturally GRANGE: Jan Bradbury “How to Start a Profitable dairy/meat goat business” Cortez Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours and Four States Ag Expo Vendor, Sponsor & Volunteer Appreciation Party

Seed Stock Row Southwest Ag Main Arena Rescued To Ride Arena Draft Horse Arena South Arena Ag Adventure Venue Southwest Ag Equestrian Pavilion Classroom A Classroom B Sunnyside Meats Tent Southwest Ag Equestrian Pavilion Sunnyside Meats Tent Draft Horse Arena Sunnyside Meats Tent Southwest Ag Equestrian Pavilion Grounds Sunnyside Meats Tent Southwest Ag Equestrian Pavilion Sunnyside Meats Tent Classroom B Sunnyside Meats Tent Main Building Kitchen

f r i d ay, m a r c h 1 6 , 2 0 1 2 TIME 8:00 - 8:30 8:30 - 9:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 12:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 11:30 9:00 - 2:30 9:00 - 10:15 9:00 - 10:00 9:30 - 10:00 10:00 - 1:00 10:00 - 10:30 10:15 - 11:30 11:30 - 2:30 12:00 - 1:15 1:00 - 5:00 1:00 - 2:00 1:15 - 2:30 2:00 - 2:30 2:30 - 3:30

DESCRIPTION LOCATION FFA/4H Livestock Judging Registration & Card Pickup FFA/4H Livestock Judging Final Instruction Exhibits Open Mtz Cnty Fairgrounds Bull & Heifer Showcase Open for Visitors Scott Whinfrey & Jeff Derby: “Rescued To Ride” Colt Starting Doc Hammill “Driving & Working Horses in Harness” Brian Abingdon Stock Dog Clinic FFA/4H Livestock Judging Contest C.S.U. Ag Adventure Welcomes Elementary Schools Aaron Ralston: “Pre-Flight Check for Safety and Performance” GRANGE: Vick Vanik with Four Seasons Nursery: “Small Spaces and Vertical Veggies” Dreamland Industries: “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Growing Safflower” GRANGE: Four Corners Food Summit FCDHMCA Draft Horse Parade Larry Whitesell: “Beginning Under-Saddle Work For Gait” FFA/4H Lunch & Reasons Jason Patrick: “ The Next Step: After Colt Starting” Doc Hammill “Driving & Working Horses in Harness” GRANGE: Cortez Farm Service Agency: “Farm Loan Program” Larry Whitesell: “Beginning Under-Saddle Work For Gait” FCDHMCA Draft Horse Parade FFA/4H Critique & Awards Ceremony

Classroom B Classroom B Seed Stock Row Rescued To Ride Arena Draft Horse Arena South Arena Southwest Ag Main Arena Livestock Arena Southwest Ag Equestrian Pavilion Sunnyside Meats Tent Classroom A Sunnyside Meats Tent Grounds Southwest Ag Equestrian Pavilion Classroom A & B Southwest Ag Equestrian Pavilion Draft Horse Arena Sunnyside Meats Tent Southwest Ag Equestrian Pavilion Grounds Sunnyside Meats Tent

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Aaron Ralston: “Ride With A Reason” Jason Patrick: “Troubleshooting: Preventing Wrecks” Montezuma Land Conservancy: “Keeping it in the Family: How Conservation Easements Can Benefit Your Family and Your Land” Four States Ag Expo 30th Anniversary Celebration Dance Featuring Ralph Dinosaur

Southwest Ag Equestrian Pavilion Southwest Ag Equestrian Pavilion Sunnyside Meats Tent VFW -American Legion

s at u r d ay, m a r c h 1 7 , 2 0 1 2 TIME 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 1:00 9:00 -5:00 9:00 - 11:00 9:00 - 11:00 9:00 - 10:15 9:00 - 10:00 9:30 - 10:00 10:00 - 12:00 10:00 - 2:00 10:00 - 10:30 10:00 - 10:30 10:15 - 11:30 12:00 - 1:15 12:00 - 1:00 12:00 - 1:00 1:00 - 3:00 1:00 - 2:00 1:15 - 2:30 1:30-2:00 2:00-5:00 2:00 - 5:00 2:00 - 4:00 2:00 - 2:30 2:00 - 2:30 2:30 - 3:45 3:00 - 3:30 3:45 - 5:00

DESCRIPTION LOCATION Exhibits Open Mtz Cnty Fairgrounds C.S.U. Ag Adventure Open To All Visitors Ag Adventure Venue Scott Whinfrey & Jeff Derby: “Rescued to Ride” Colt Starting Rescued To Ride Arena Bull & Heifer Showcase Open to All Visitors Seed Stock Row Brian Abingdon Stock Dog Clinics South Arena Doc Hammill: “Starting a Horse in Harness with Natural Horsemanship” Session 1 Draft Horse Arena Jason Patrick: “Low Stress Introduction To Cattle For Young Horses” Clinic Southwest Ag Main Arena Larry Whitesell: “How Collection Solves Behavior Issues While Improving Gait” Southwest Ag Equestrian Pavilion GRANGE: Matt Mecham “Ag 3.0: From Efficiency to Profitability” Sunnyside Meats Tent Dreamland Industries: “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Growing Safflower” Classroom A Ag Summit: Open Forum with Sen. Ellen Roberts, Rep. J.Paul Brown & Colorado Brand Commissioner Chris Whitney Sunnyside Meats Tent United Blood Centers Blood Bus: Donations Needed Grounds 4CDHMCA Draft Horse Parade Grounds Presentation by Pain Free Naturally Classroom B Aaron Ralston: “Evolution Training Series, Part I” Southwest Ag Equestrian Pavilion Jason Patrick: “ Stepping it Up: Getting More From a Young Horse” Southwest Ag Equestrian Pavilion Doc Hammill: “Preventing Wrecks with Driving Horses” Draft Horse Arena GRANGE: Ann Street-Joslin: “Horse Color Genetics” Sunnyside Meats Tent 4th Annual All Breeds Bull & Heifer Sale Livestock Ring GRANGE: Cortez Farm Service Agency “Farm Loan Program” Sunnyside Meats Tent Larry Whitesell: “How Collection Solves Behavior Issues While Improving Gait” Southwest Ag Equestrian Pavilion Antique Tractor Parade Southwest Ag Main Arena Antique Tractor Pull Southwest Ag Main Arena GRANGE: Four Corners Food Summit Sunnyside Meats Tent Doc Hammill: “Starting a Horse in Harness with Natural Horsemanship” Session 2 Draft Horse Arena 4CDHMCA Draft Horse Parade Grounds Dreamland Industries: “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Growing Safflower” Classroom A Aaron Ralston: “Evolution Training Series Part II” Livestock Ring Presentation by Pain Free Naturally Classroom B Jason Patrick: “The Bridle Horse: a Work of Art” Southwest Ag Equestrian Pavilion

TIME 8:30 - 9:00 9:00 - 3:00 9:00 - 3:00 9:00 - 3:00 9:00 - 3:00 9:00 - 12:00 9:00 - 11:00 9:00 - 10:30 9:00- 10:30 9:00 - 10:00

ACTIVITY LOCATION PRCA Youth Rodeo Camp Check-In Exhibits Open Mtz Cnty Fairgrounds C.S.U. Ag Adventure Open To All Visitors Bull & Heifer Showcase Open to All Visitors Scott Whinfrey & Jeff Derby: “Rescued to Ride” Colt Starting Brian Abingdon Stock Dog Clinic Doc Hammill: “Starting a Horse in Harness with Natural Horsemanship” Session 3 Draft Horse Arena Beef Show Check In Livestock Ring Cowboy Church Sunnyside Meats Tent Larry Whitesell: “Solving Gait Issues and Advancing Gait to Higher Levels”

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South Gate Ag Adventure Venue Seed Stock Row Rescued To Ride Arena South Arena

Southwest Ag Equestrian Pavilion

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s u n d ay, m a r c h 1 8 , 2 0 1 2 9:00 -9:15 9:15 - 9:45 9:45- 12:00 10:00 - 11:00 10:00 - 11:00 10:00 - 10:30 10:30 - 12:00 11:00 - 12:00 11:30 - 12:30 12:00 - 1:00 12:00 - 12:45 12:00 - 1:00 12:30 - 1:30 1:00 - 3:00 1:00 - 2:00 1:00 - 2:00 1:15 - 1:45 1:30 - 2:30 1:45 - 3:00 2:00 - 4:00 2:00 - 3:00 2:00 - 3:00 2:30 - 3:00 3:00 p.m.

PRCA Youth Rodeo Camp: Welcome/Introductions PRCA Youth Rodeo Camp: Rodeo Fitness Training PRCA Youth Rodeo Camp: Equipment, Spurring Techniques, Fundamentals, Rules & Groundwork Aaron Ralston: “Evolution Training Series Part III” GRANGE: Matt Mecham “Ag 3.0: From Efficiency to Profitability” 4CDHMCA Draft Horse Parade Back Country Horseman: “BCH Fest” Jason Patrick: “Intro to Cattle for a Young Horse” Beef Showmanship Contest Larry Whitesell: “Solving Gait Issues and Advancing Gait to Higher Levels” PRCA Lunch Break Classroom A GRANGE: Montezuma County Weed Program: “Noxious Weed Identification and Methods of Control” Prospect Steer Show Livestock Ring Brian Abingdon Stock Dog Clinic Aaron Ralston: “Evolution Training Series Part IV” GRANGE: Live Well Montezuma: “Farm to School, School to Farm and School Gardens, Whats Happening in Montezuma County?” PRCA Youth Rodeo: Video Instruction Breeding Beef Show Livestock Ring PRCA Youth Rodeo: Chute Procedures, Safety, Handling Livestock, Bucking Machine Doc Hammill: “Starting a Horse in Harness with Natural Horsemanship” Session 4 Draft Horse Arena Jason Patrick: “The Bridle Horse: A Work of Art” GRANGE: Vick Vanik with Four Seasons Nursery: “Edible Landscaping” Beef Show Awards Ceremony Four States Ag Expo closes - Thanks for coming!

Southwest Ag Main Arena Southwest Ag Main Arena Southwest Ag Main Arena Southwest Ag Equestrian Pavilion Classroom A Grounds Sunnyside Meats Tent Southwest Ag Equestrian Pavilion Livestock Ring Southwest Ag Equestrian Pavilion Sunnyside Meats Tent South Arena Southwest Ag Equestrian Pavilion Sunnyside Meats Tent Classroom A Southwest Ag Main Arena Southwest Ag Equestrian Pavilion Sunnyside Meats Tent Livestock Ring

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