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Welcome, everyone, to the 29th Annual Four States Ag Expo!


e’re proud to bring tradition and innovation together in our 29th year. The truth is simple but undeniable: Everyone eats. Everyone wears clothes. And many ag professionals contribute to the process. We see the farmers and ranchers, but how about the enormous support industry? Look around and you’ll find equipment engineers, agronomists and orchardists, livestock auctioneers and inspectors, pharmaceutical researchers, nutritionists, packers and shippers—to name the smallest sample. Teachers and youth leaders work hard for agriculture, too, as they inspire the next generation to make scientific breakthroughs and develop new technology to benefit the industry. The government side is important as well: agriculture involves the support of the commissioners, the public relations officers, the state veterinarians, and on. Agriculture—directly and at a distance—touches all of us. This year, we continue our mission to support and promote the agricultural world. The Four States Ag Expo is a federally designated charitable (501-c-3) non-profit; our status allows us to serve the industry with programs to reach a wide audience. We are pleased to bring together the producers, scientists, and consumers along with the next generation of agriculturalists, to learn from each other, appreciate (and purchase) products, enjoy shows and competitions and clinics, and take pleasure in the springtime sunshine and the company of friends and neighbors from the Four States region. Over the past almost three decades and thanks to the dedication of many committed volunteers and consultants, our show has (dare we say this?) bloomed into a rich event with programs and exhibits that—just like agriculture—touch all of us.  ustyBeals,HayesRanches D President, Board of Directors Four States Ag Expo Four States Ag Expo Board Members KyleBeebe, BB Red Angus & Genex Cooperative, Inc. KeithEchols, Alpine Security & Electronics JessieLenhardt, Integrity Glass LeeAnnMilligan, Montezuma County Planning JudeSchuenemeyer, Let It Grow Nursery, Cafe and Garden Market FrankThomas, Frank & Pam Thomas Cattle Co. ElizabethTesta, Executive Director

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Ag Expo Grange Presenters AgExpoKeynote: John Salazar, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture GlassHouses: Extending season, expanding varieties with greenhouses John Wickman, Native Roots ChickenandEggs: Poultry Production Basics Cathy Kennedy OrchardStart-Up: From site selection to ripe fruit Gordon Tooley and Jude Schuenemeyer HeritageOrchardsandWhyTheyMatter: Gordon Tooley, Tooley’s Trees GraftingWorkshop(Hands-On): Gordon Tooley and Jude Schuenemeyer AreYouaFutureDr.Doolittle?Newcomers’Guideto LivestockBasics: Dr. Nancy Irlbeck, CSU GrowingRoots–TheNewGenerationofFarmers, Cooks&FoodActivists: Katrina Blair (Turtle Lake Refuge), Dan James (James Ranch), Jennifer Craig TheNewAgMarketing: Dr. Dawn Thilmany, CSU

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Ag forecasts prove tricky By KimBerly Benedict Journal Staff Writer The annual Four States Agricultural Exposition serves as an unofficial kickoff for the agricultural season, and hopes are high that this year will be an ag year to remember. Pinpointing an agricultural forecast, however, is much like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. It’s close to impossible. “The ag forecast is extremely difficult to determine,” said Tom Hooten, director of the Colorado State University Extension Office for Montezuma County. “There are so many factors that must be considered.” The interplay of the weather, the economy and individual choices go a long way in determining the success, or failure, of any given year of agriculture. Those factors are extremely hard to predict. “There are so many things you have to look at when you try and determine if it will be a good year,” said Abdel Berrada, research scientist and manager of the Southwestern Colorado Research Center. “Because of all the variables, it is hard to really make a prediction of what the next year is going to look like.”

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Steven RobbinS turns hay with a pitchfork to dry it out for baling, in this photo taken last summer. He had about two days worth of work on the farm north of Cortez on U.S. Highway 491. Pinpointing a year’s agricultural forecast can be as difficult as finding a proverbial needle in a haystack.

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Moisture levels, markets appear favorable From Page 5 The three primary factors that must be considered when examining the potential outcome of an agricultural year are weather, markets and financing, according to Paul White, county executive director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Those three factors in combination will determine what producers plant and how they manage their resources. “The top factor for this area, obviously, is moisture,” White said. “You have to look at the winter moisture and the spring moisture. Yield often comes down to the amount and timing of area moisture.” White pointed to area wheat yields in two consecutive years as anecdotal evidence of the impact moisture can have on area crops. “In 2009 we had astronomically good wheat yields,” White said. “We had good fall moisture, good winter moisture and a June rain of about half an inch. The wheat kicked out yields of 25-35 bushels (an acre). By contrast, in 2010, the area didn’t have good moisture and yielded 12-20 bushels per acre, White said. “Moisture matters,” he said. The second factor, markets and futures, are almost as important as moisture content as they help determine what producers will decide to plan.

“You really look at moisture and you look at long-term forecasted price,” White said. “You look to see what crops are going to do the best, pricewise, and you adjust. Farmers will shift acreage accordingly.” The third factor involved in production decision is financing, according to White. Producers often rely on outside financing for seed acquisition at the beginning of the season. During tight economic climates, financing is difficult to secure for projects as uncertain as agriculture. “Financing is critical,” White said. “This year, banks are tighter and that is going to be a major consideration for many producers.” Thus far, both moisture levels and markets are tending toward a favorable year for Montezuma County producers, White said, though in the end, be it weather, markets or financing, there are always far more factors outside the control of the producer than preferable. “There really isn’t much you have control over,” he said. “You make the best decisions you can and hope for the best.” For more information on the ag expo, visit the website at

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Ag commissioner will speak at Expo By KimBerly Benedict Journal Staff Writer Newly confirmed Colorado Agriculture Commissioner John Salazar will preside over an open forum discussion at the 2011 Four States Agricultural Exposition on Saturday, March 19. Salazar was appointed ag commissioner by Gov. John Hickenlooper on Jan. 5. He was confirmed by a unanimous vote of the state Senate on Friday, Feb. 4. A rancher from the San Luis Valley, Salazar is well versed in the state’s agricultural issues. Before his six-year stint in Congress from 2004 to 2010, Salazar served on the Colorado Agricultural Commission from 1999 to 2002. As ag commissioner, Salazar hopes to provide new vision to agricultural producers in Colorado, and he believes ag expos are the perfect places to start the conversation. Salazar said he is especially excited at the chance to bring other ag commissioners to the local expo. “Right now I’m trying to contact the commissioners from the other three (Four Corners) states,” Salazar said Tuesday. “I think it is a great opportunity for the four states to talk about the issues we are facing as far as the ag community is concerned. We share common markets, and it is in our best interest to expand those markets.” Salazar intends to keep the forum as open as possible in an effort to encourage open dialogue from local producers. “The goal is to allow pretty much an open town hall where we will be asking people to make their comments about the problems they face in ag production throughout all four states,” he said. The Four States Ag Expo, now in its 29th year, is considered a major event locally, but Salazar would like to see the expo grow in future years. “I hope we can make this a bigger turnout,” he said. “Events like this are important for the ag community and should draw a lot more attention.” Expo organizers are excited to be able to offer interaction with the state’s top agriculture official and hope the forum will be a highlight of the event, according to Elizabeth Testa, expo director. “We are really excited about hosting the commissioner,” Testa said. “I know he is calling it an open forum, but he will provide opening remarks and be reporting on ag issues, some national, but most pertaining to Colorado and the Four Corners states.” Though many clinics and vendors at the expo are geared toward adults, the primary focus of this year’s expo is engaging youths in agriculture. It is a goal worthy of consideration, according to Salazar. In the next 50 years, America will be pressed to produce as much food and fiber as it has produced in the past 200 years, Salazar said. With that kind of pressure, the industry needs buy-in from today’s youths. “It is super important that we get Colorado’s youth involved in agriculture,” he said. “And kids don’t have to be coming from farms and ranches to get involved. They need to be educated on what it takes to grow food and fiber. The more important agriculture becomes, the more we have to protect the knowledge of agriculture. There is huge demand, not only at home but around the world. American agriculture plays a very important role in the world’s economy, and as long as we can keep young people interested I think we have a fighting chance.” In addition to youth involvement, the other issues Salazar plans to focus on during his tenure as ag commissioner will be expanded markets and the protection of water resources for ag lands. A weak domestic economy might provide the opportunities needed to expand markets internationally, Salazar said.

“My goal is to expand the export markets for Colorado,” he said. “We have a small window of opportunity, I believe, because of the weak dollar to expand those export markets.” Salazar is particularly focused on Cuba, South Korea and Columbia as potential markets for Colorado agriculture products. Water will be a priority of the agriculture department under Salazar. “We have a big fight between the Western Slope and the Front Range,” he said. “I’m working on trying to educate people on how we can actually keep water on the farms and ranches and, at the same time, provide for expansion. By promoting conservation and other technologies we can ensure that as long as water use isn’t consumptive, there is no limit on growth.” Though he has served in the U.S. House of Representatives and now is the state’s highest ranking ag official, Salazar still identifies as a small-town producer who understands the needs of rural Colorado. “I’m just a poor dirt farmer who actually breathes and lives agriculture,” he said. “I do understand the issues we face in rural America and rural Colorado. That is what I was fighting for in Congress, and it is what I will continue to promote now. I want to make people more aware of the importance of agriculture in Colorado.” The open forum will be held at the ag expo at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds. Salazar’s appointment and confirmation followed the former Democratic congressman’s failed re-election bid in November 2010 for the 3rd Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Cortez Republican Scott Tipton upset the incumbent in November after losing the same congressional race to Salazar in 2006. For more information, visit

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Expo offers wide variety By KimBerly Benedict Journal Staff Writer Each year, the Four States Agricultural Exposition walks a fine line in an attempt to reach the widest audience possible. This year, organizers are certain they’ve found the right balance. The annual event kicks off Thursday, March 17, at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds, and the breadth of activities offered promises to reach everyone in attendance. “We stretch to be as much as we can to every part of our constituency,” said Elizabeth Testa, executive director of the expo. “We want it to be worthwhile and respectful for all producers.” Testa said each year the expo board works hard to provide a well-rounded experience for visitors, with information for producers of every level, from hobbyists to large-scale farmers and ranchers. “It would be very easy to gear it down to the general public and the hobbyists, and there’s a real danger in that because we don’t want to neglect our area’s large producers,” Testa said.

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Expo promotes ag, connects people with food From Page 11 Vendors, attractions, clinics and workshops at the annual event cover a wide range of information and interests. From bull and heifer sales, to stock dog demonstrations and horse clinics, the expo highlights many aspects of agricultural life. Last year, the wide variety of events offered at the expo was successful in drawing large crowds to the venue. “We calculated attendance last year at about 14,000,” Testa said. “We had our best year, and we were really pleasantly surprised, given the economy. When there is a downturn, people get a lot more interested in growing their own vegetables and buying locally. They are also interested in coming to a show that is relatively inexpensive for a family to participate in. We gave people what they needed in that economy, and we are going to do that this year, and more so.” This year’s expo promises to showcase many of the favorite clinicians and events from previous years, in addition to some new features guaranteed to interest the community, according to Testa. Among the features returning to the event will be the bull and heifer sale, a popular feature for the past two years. Organizers expect a larger number of animals in the sale than in previous years. Crowd-favorite clinicians will return, including horsemanship instructors Curt Pate and Moses Woodson, and Jason Patrick, who will present his Rescued to Ride colt starting program for the second year. “The horse programs will be really strong this year,” Testa said. New to the expo this year is the Ag Adventure Program. A living exhibition of the agricultural components of the local region, the exhibition will be open for all visitors throughout the expo, but will host a unique program for school children on Friday, March 18. “We want to connect the children of today to their food and fiber sources,” Testa said. “That is critical, and it is part of our livestock judging and rodeo camp and beef show. It is just really important to engage that generation.” The expo also will feature a grange program designed to reach out to small-acreage farmers and ranchers. The program will include workshops on grafting, proper equipment and market-

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The fairgrounds arena is filled with exhibitors at the 2010 Four Corners Agricultural Exposition. Ag expo organizers have worked to provide a variety of programs and exhibits for 2011 attendees. ing challenges. Overall, the expo serves to connect the Four Corners community with the agriculture producers at the heart of the region. “Our mission is twofold,” Testa said. “One is to promote innovation in the agriculture industry for ag producers themselves. Second is to better connect people to their food and fiber sources. That’s pretty much what we shape everything around.” The ag expo will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 17 through Saturday, March 19, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 20. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. Admission is $5 for adults. Youths 15 and under are free. Four-day passes cost $15. For information on the Four States Agricultural Exposition, visit or call 247-0097.

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2011 Ag Expo Vendors Vendor Four Corners Friends of the NRA Solar Today and Tomorrow Amazing Memories Photography Amerispot The Fence Post Mesa Verde National Park Hitchin’ Post Saddlery Montezuma County Republican Party Four Corners Free Press Southwest Colorado Coalition of Occupancy Protection Scentsy Wickless Candles Bruce Chilcott, CPA Four Corners Broadcasting Cortez Journal Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering Four Corners Welding & Gas Supply 4CORE Great Solar Work Navajo Agricultural Products, Inc. Empire Electric Jim Draper High Energy Drinks The Bee Tree South River Fertilizer Pampered Chef Southwest Cowbelles/Southwestern Cattlemen Cruzan Irrigation Carhart Customs Four Corners Damage Prevention WW Sales: SunHeat-Mountainaire Central Implement Montrose Equipment & Motorsports Re/Max Mesa Verde Realty Dolores Soil Conservation District Muscanell Millworks Montezuma County Weed Program Elam Construction Wallace Enterprises/Harvest Greater Rewards San Juan Basin Farm Bureau UCOLO Drilling L&M High Altitude Panels Deeter Custom Saddlery Cleary Building Corp Log Homes of the Southwest Rocky Mountain Aspen Furnishings Sawtooth Saddlery Ackerman Panels Durango Electric Services/NICE Electric Do Drops & Heat Solutions Hondaland Ute Mountain Casino Geisinger Feed Grains Let it Grow Schall Iron Works Inc. Basin Coop Four Corners 9-12 Project Big R Stores - Corporate Big R Stores - Local Colorado Grown Nursery

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Shuttle ride BoB Cooper guides his mule drawn wagon while talking to Darin Anderson and Rex Ferrin (behind). Cooper was one of the shuttles from the parking to the main arena during the 2010 Four States Agricultural Exposition at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds.

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For several years, Colorado State University has presented the Ag Adventure to school children in Greeley, Colo., and the program won Most Educational Display in 2008 at the National Western Stock Show held annually in Denver. This year, Ag Adventure comes to the Four States Agricultural Exposition on March 17-20 at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds. The Ag Adventure exhibit includes hands-on, interactive displays from a variety of commodity groups and trade organizations. At the ag expo, commodities and resources typical of Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico and of particular interest to the area will include water and climate, soil conservation and stewardship, plant selection and production, livestock (goats, sheep, cattle) with both modern stock and heritage breeds, diversity in crop species (using fruit orchards to illustrate), and examples of historic agricultural practices and the evolution of agriculture. Elisa Sagehorn, the CSU student coordinator for the Ag Adventure this year, said the exhibit will offer many different experiences for visitors. “The Four Corners offers a unique opportunity to experience a different side of Colorado agriculture,” Sagehorn said. The Agriculture Adventure engages students in agriculture as it is part of people’s daily lives, Sagehorn said. “Students will experience not only traditional agriculture, but experience a historical perspective that guides our current production practices and discover the cultural traditions which make up the backbone of our culture and agriculture,” she said. Sagehorn, a junior at CSU,

is serving as the university’s ag ambassador and as a National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador. On Friday, March 18, about 50 students from Kemper Elementary School and other interested students from the area will participate in a more interactive Ag Adventure. “All fourth- and fifth-graders from Re-1 and other surrounding school districts are also invited and parents can bring them and enroll them in the program with a maximum of Courtesy Photo 200 students participants,” said the Four States Agricultural Ex- An Ag Adventure display is shown at the National Western Stock position’s executive director, Show in Denver this year. The interactive exhibit will be featured at the Elizabeth Testa. Four States Agricultural Exposition on March 17-20 at the Montezuma The program will consist of small groups moving through County Fairgrounds. a series of commodity-based “classes” taught by CSU stu“The Ag Adventure will riculture world,” Testa said. dents. Lesson plans follow Col- consist of a self-guided tour For more information orado educational standards through the exhibits showing on Ag Adventure, visit and are reviewed by CSU fac- the interconnection of the ag- ulty. Friday’s program includes a farm safety component as well as demonstrations by ag expo visiting clinicians showing historic modes of drayage, herding dogs, grafting for fruit trees, and starting young horses in training, according to Testa. Evaluations will be collected from the elementary students and analyzed by CSU students, and results will be shared through CSU and on the ag expo website, www. On Thursday, Saturday and Sunday of the expo, the Ag Adventure will be open to all attendees. Visitors can follow a trail through stationary exhibits created and hosted by CSU students and commodity providers. Local resident Susan Stafford will exhibit her dairy goats and talk about goat husbandry. Cindy Dvergsten from Arriola Sunshine Farm will bring the Navajo churro sheep she raises, and she will speak about the heritage breed and how conservation efforts are needed to prevent extinction.

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Sims offers stock dog tips Dawna SimS works with a dog at her training facility in Dewey, Ariz. Sims will give a presentation on stock dogs at the Four States Agricultural Exposition.

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By Paula Bostrom Journal Staff Writer The dog moves silently across the arena, crouching low to the ground with an unnervingly, intense stare. He stops and lies down to take the pressure off the stock, waiting patiently for the herd of sheep to slowly pass through a makeshift gate. One tries to move in another direction and the dog swiftly cuts it off, bringing it back into line with the others without even touching the animal twice his size. Border collies like this one are specifically bred for this purpose. To be extremely successful at it, they have to be trained. Dawna Sims, owner and operator of Painted Seven Ranch Stock Dogs training facility in Dewey, Ariz., is known for her positive training principles and ICE philosophy (Instinct, Connection, Enjoyment). Sims will present her training program every day at the Four States Agricultural Exposition, Thursday, March 17 through Sunday, March 20. “What we’re working with is the prey drive (in dogs),” Sims said, stressing that border collies are not the only breed that makes great stock dogs. Sims said many breeds of dogs will be represented in her trainings at the ag expo, and may include Rottweilers, Corgis, Aussies, German shepherds or Bernese mountain dogs. The ICE philosophy, or methodology, created seven years ago has three founders: Sims created the method, Cathy Sumaracki of Cave Creek, Ariz., put the method in a classroom formation for instruction, and Sims’ 18-year-old daughter Megan added to it. The “I” stands for instinct and helps trainers know and understand a

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Presentation includes children’s program From Page 17 dog’s natural behavior. “C” is for the connection between the trainer and dog and knowing they are a team. Finally, “E” means enjoyment. Sims said it is important for the training to be enjoyable for the trainer and the dog, who sees herding as the greatest game on earth. “So many of the training techniques used are demands and commands, and those techniques don’t work sometimes because you’re trying to get the dog to fit with the training,” Sims said. “Methodology is different because it’s adapted to each dog and their individual needs. That’s our whole theory — is to honor and nurture those natural instincts. We take what comes natural and develop that. We use their strengths and then train around the weaknesses.” Sims has a background in training horses and has always had an interest in stock dogs. She began training stock dogs 10 years ago, and her accomplishments in herding competitions are numerous, including a high in trial at the 2007 Border Collie Nationals. Sims’ Herding 101 class at the ag expo will start out in a classroom setting to learn herding basics without any dogs present. Then Sims will have participants go out on foot in the arena and move the stock (likely sheep) around to get a perspective from the dog’s point of view and see what they see. Sims said it then becomes a team effort and not a dictatorship on the part of the trainer. During the instinct test, participants can try out their dogs for 15 minutes to see if they have the “herding gene.” Some characteristics Sims will look for is if the dog is interested in the stock, if the dog has a good work ethic, and if the dog seems willing to work with and please its owner. Sims also will have a kids program at the expo where children can herd ducks, and a coloring book will be available. And Sims is looking for a local “celebrity” to attend the herding classes and then go up against one of her stock dogs at the end of the expo to see who can herd the stock into a pen faster. For more information on Sims’ program, contact her at or visit For information on the Four States Agricultural Exposition, visit or call 247-0097.

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Expo vendors roll out goods By Reid WRight Journal Staff Writer

This year’s Four States Agricultural Exposition will feature hundreds of indoor and outdoor exhibitor displays, and the largest agricultural supply dealers in Cortez will be out in force. Central Implement will have multiple indoor and outdoor displays featuring the latest agricultural equipment, toys and apparel, said Mike Trennepohl, a manager at the local store. “Mostly just equipment that pertains to area farmers,” Trennepohl said. “We’ve got to support what the local people are doing, and we will have a showing out there that is in support of that.” Located at 12978 U.S. Highway 491 north of Cortez, the local store offers farm equipment, attachments, parts and a service shop. “We sell a full line of John Deere equipment, from walk-behind lawn mowers to the largest tractors and combines, and everything in between,” Trennepohl said, adding the business also sells parts. “We have a full service shop,” he said. “For major repairs, maintenance — whatever needs to be done. Just about any brand of equipment. We have a full parts department.” The business will have its personnel on hand to answer questions at the expo.

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Ag stores offer clothes, equipment, feed From Page 18 “Come out and see us,” Trennepohl said. “See what we have to offer.” Big R Stores also will be at the expo, showing off its selection of Double-H boots. A representative from Double-H likely will be on hand at the Big R booth on Friday and Saturday, March 18-19, to talk about the products as well as to offer freebies, said Cinda Tuennell, bookkeeper at the Cortez store. “It’s one of our more popular brands,” she said. Tuennell said the expo provides “a very fun environment.” “We enjoy being out there,” she said. In addition, the store will showcase some of its horse feeds. “We’re one of the few in the area that carry the Nutrena brand,” she said. The Big R store in Cortez sells boots, clothing, animal feed, hardware, automotive products, wood burning stoves, agricultural equipment and fencing, Tuennell said. Tuennell encourages the public to pay her a visit at the expo. “I hope to see everybody out there,” she said. Intermountain Farmers Association will showcase horse tack, feed and supplies this year, said Val Christensen, manager of the Cortez IFA store. The store plans to have representatives from Crystalyx feed supplements and Forage Genetics International who will discuss Roundup Ready alfalfa seed, he said. A slew of other local businesses and organizations have signed up for booths at the expo, including Cruzan Irrigation, Carhart Custom

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Animals pull agriculture By Reid WRight Journal Staff Writer More than 150 years after the invention of the internal combustion engine, people still find pleasure in using a source of mechanical energy that has low emissions and utilizes renewable biofuels that do not require a refinery. Bob Bragg, newly elected president of the The Four Corners Draft Horse, Mule & Carriage Association, said 45 families in the region are involved with the group, which is dedicated to the utilization of animal power. Using animals for farm work and transportation is not just for Amish communities, Bragg said. “There are a lot of other people using horses in small farm operations,” he said. “They want to be environmentally friendly. Some people are still using draft animals because they just like it.” Applications include plowing, discing, dragging, furrowing, seeding, mowing and transportation using wagons or sleighs. The demand is enough for several major manufacturing companies to continue producing parts for old animaldrawn farm implements as well as engineering and manufacturing modern implements for draft animal use. “Sometimes we think of all that equipment and all that stuff being gone, but there’s a pretty good market for it,” Bragg said. Bragg said he can easily find parts for his horse-drawn mower. “They’re a fascinating piece of equipment,” he said. “They’re not noisy. It’s like a sewing machine when they’re set up properly. It doesn’t take much to pull them.” Due to the simplicity of horse-drawn mowers, Bragg said some have been known to last 100 years with proper maintenance. There also are modern wagon manufacturers. “Believe it or not, there are a number of wagon builders around the country,” Bragg said. “A lot of the wagons that are used are home-made. ... There are a lot of people who make

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Mike Gustafson drives a six-up of Belgian draft horses at the Motorless Parade in Durango in October.

wagons for using with draft animals, and there’s plans out there that you can get to build your own if you have welding equipment.” Although draft animals are generally associated with the enormous Clydesdale or Belgian draft horses, smaller horses, ponies, mules, donkeys, oxen and even goats can be used. Internationally, camels, elephants, llamas and water buffalo are used as work animals. “When you’re talking about draft animals, you’re talking about a wide range of animals that have been used to pull things,” Bragg said. There are even draft animal pulling competitions. At the 2010 Denver Stock Show, a two-horse draft team pulled a 16,300-pound sled for 20 feet. However, Bragg said this is not the kind of team you would want pulling a wagon in a parade. “In pulling competitions you’ve got some horses that are really ramped up and when they pull, man they’re ready to go,” he said. The Four Corners Draft Horse, Mule & Carriage Association helps individuals interested in draft pulling learn the basics in a safe way to avoid accidents, Bragg said. “We help people who want to use draft animals get the training and the support they need,” he said. “The members already using animals are very open to helping people.”

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Pulling accidents can result in long-lasting traumas for draft animals, damaged equipment and human injury. “You can go buy a team of draft horses, and if you don’t know anything about them you can get in a lot of trouble even though they may be well trained,” Bragg said. Unlike mounted riding, communication with a draft animal is done through the reins and through verbal commands. This can prove challenging with animals used to communicating through a rider’s movement and touch. “You’re communicating with the reins, but the animal knows you’re there,” Bragg said. “So you’re a stabilizing force there. You stabilize the animal and they know they’re safe with you there.” The association will give daily workshops and parades showing off their animals, wagons and implements. They have a Facebook page at Four-Corners-Draft-Horse-Mule-Carriage-AssociationInc/101708962538 and can be contacted by calling 560-0781.


Chuck Baley drives an unusual 4-in-hand hitch of Suffolk Punches and Belgian Mules at a Four Corners Draft Horse Mule & Carriage Association Sleigh Day in this undated photo.

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Expo hosts ranch sorting by bobby abplanalp Journal Sports Editor The 29th annual Four States Agricultural Exposition will have a Ranch Sorting National Championships sanctioned competition for the second consecutive year. Ranch sorting is an equestrian sport of separating cattle on horses with a team riding horseback. Ranch sorting uses cattle ranching techniques, but it is a timed sport and the teams are judged by overall performance. Each team works harmoniously on team planning to cut out correctly numbered cattle and drive them into a pen in an orderly fashion, while keeping the incorrectly numbered cattle away. There can be from one to three riders on a team, but the same concept applies in each variation. This year’s jackpot prize money is shared. Competitors from across the country will participate in this event, and it will have an impact on the RSNC season point standings and qualification for the Colorado State Finals. The RSNC season goes all year long and the expo’s executive director, Elizabeth Testa, hopes to make the expo an annual stop in the RSNC season. “This is the second year. We hope to make it an annual event because we like the sport,” Testa said. “We like that the public wants to learn about horsemanship and cattle sorting.” World-renowned equine specialist in stock handing and master horseman Curt Pate will be at the ag expo ranch sorting competition. Pate appears courtesy of the National Cattleman’s Beef Association and National Cutting Horse Association. The largely amateur sport is one of the fastest growing horse sports today. With the vast growth in competition, the better shape these athletes get into to separate themselves from the other competitors. “It’s a beautiful and an athletic endeavor,” Testa said. “One of the fun things people enjoy about it is that it’s an amateur sport. Not a lot of money gets involved, and it’s a whole lot of fun.” Testa wants to see ranch sorting become a new source of family entertainment in Montezuma County. “It’s a good entertainment value,” she said. “It really, truly is a wonderful event. It’s a great way to test your skills and have fun.” The event is $5 for adults, and children 15 and under get in free. It will begin at 9 a.m. and go until 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds. Check in for the competitors is Saturday morning at 8:30. There will be a free ranch sorting clinic on Friday, March 18, at noon. Event organizer Amanda Deerman is running the clinic, which will be for people who want to practice their ranch sorting skills, and for those who want to try or learn about it for the very first time. People interested in the practice clinic can sign up in advance beginning Friday, March 11, by calling Deerman at 575-644-0240 or Testa at 247-0097. People also can sign up via e-mail at Testa advises people to follow for any scheduling changes that might occur. If there are enough people signed up for the practice clinic, it will start earlier Friday morning rather than at noon. Competitors can leave their horses overnight for $10 a pen.

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Mary Beth Bandy prepares to sort cattle in the ranch sorting competition at the 2010 Four States Agricultural Exposition. Ranch sorting will return to the Montezuma County Fairgrounds this year, and ag expo organizers hope to make the crowd-pleasing event an annual activity.




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A custom-built chuck wagon by Mike McGilvray is shown. McGilvray will offer a clinic on wagon building and driving at the Four States Agricultural Exposition.

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While the Four States Agricultural Exposition highlights new practices and equipment available to producers, the event also serves to bridge the gap between the present and agricultural practices of days gone by. This year, expo attendees have the opportunity to learn about historical transportation methods from Mike and Dona McGilvray during their Wagon Building and Driving clinics. The McGilvrays, owners of McGilvray Farms in Bird City, Kan., breed and raise Clydesdale horses and build the wagons that their horses pull. Mike has been in the business of building and driving historical wagons of all varieties for more than two decades, and is bringing his expertise to Montezuma County. “I got into it when my wife and I bought a Belgiian horse about 25 years ago,” McGilvray said. “That’s how we got into it. We started driving and showing in Denver and all over, everything from one horse to a six-horse hitch. We decided we

wanted a show wagon, and so we built our first show wagon.” The wagon business is more than just a hobby for the McGilvrays. It is a way to preserve their family history. McGilvray Farms was established in 1944, in the same area established by Mike’s ancestor J.A. McGilvray, who homesteaded a farm in 1907 and started the town of Woodrow between 1914 and 1916. Pioneer history runs deep on McGilvray Farms. “We build anything historical, like chuck wagons or mud wagons,” McGilvray said. “We recycle parts from historic vehicles, and anything we can’t recycle we build ourselves.” McGilvray uses historical plans for the wagons and carriages he builds, gathering information from the Smithsonian and other historical societies and museums. “We have a whole book on the old Concord wagon,” McGilvray said. “They were built from the 1720s up into the 19th century. Talk about history. It is amazing how wagons changed from the first wheel all the way up to today. There has been a lot of change.” More than 1,000 hours go

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PRCA bull rider Fred Boettcher teaches bull riding techniques to youths at a PRCA Championship Rodeo Camp in Dayton, Ohio. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association will hold its one-day championship rodeo camp for youths 10 and up at the Four States Agricultural Exposition.

PRCA hosts rodeo camp by bobby abplanalp Journal Sports Editor

al opportunity for those interested in pursuing professional rodeo,” PRCA Championship Rodeo Camp outreach manager Julie Jutten said. “The camp series has been designed so that it is a benefit of both beginning and advanced riders.” Cortez is an ideal location for the PRCA Championship Rodeo Camp because of its access to young cowboys and cowgirls from four states. “It’s great because I don’t have to go to four different states to do schools for kids from each state,” Jutten said. “It saves us a lot of money to hold a camp there.” The ag expo is the second stop on the 11-date PRCA Championship Rodeo Camp 2011 schedule. Cities have to fill out an application to host the PRCA Championship Rodeo Camp for Jutten to review. Fans can check the 2011 schedule at www. The PRCA Championship Rodeo Camp would like to recognize fellow PRCA members and rodeo committees for their time, resources and talents. Past donations have included livestock, arenas, travel costs and meals. Participants are required to register in advance online at For more information, contact Jutten at or by calling 719-528-4729.

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association is coming to Cortez this spring as part of the 29th annual Four States Agricultural Exposition. The PRCA will hold its one-day championship rodeo camp for youths 10 and up with aspirations of enhancing their rodeo skills from professional cowboys and cowgirls. The camp is on Sunday, March 20, and admission is free. The camping schedule will include an introduction to the PRCA and an introduction to roughstock events, such as bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding, emphasizing safety, fundamentals, chute procedures, livestock safety, overview of riding equipment, injury prevention and management, fitness and nutrition, introduction to PRCA business and goal setting. Pro instructors will offer expertise to participants from both their rodeo careers and education. The camp provides a learning experience for those who are just beginning rodeo or to those who want to improve their skills. The ag expo is happy to host the PRCA Championship Rodeo Camp for the Four Corners youth rodeo participants. The PRCA Championship Rodeo Camp’s mission is to provide a fun, positive rodeo experience. For information on the Four States Agricultural Exposition, “The purpose of the camp series is to offer a free education- visit or call 247-0097.

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2011 Equine Presenters Curt Pate “Stockmanship & Stewardship”

Sponsored by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association ( For more than a decade, Curt Pate has conducted demonstrations and clinics on stockmanship, colt starting, horsemanship and safety. His exceptional horsemanship and stockmanship demonstrations along with his skills as an effective communicator make him one of the most sought after clinicians on both the national and international scene. Curt’s personal experience incorporating effective stockmanship principles supports a “for profit” mindset; a lifelong working rancher himself, he fully understands the increased economic benefits of handling stock correctly and sustainably. Not only does Curt think “outside the box” (and challenge others to do the same), he also willingly shares his knowledge with others. Curt has a great deal to offer in the area of horsemanship skills as well, even for riders and competitors without cattle or stock handling needs. Curt has been selected by the American Quarter Horse Association to serve as an AQHA Professional Horseman as well as their Regional Experience Clinician, both of which are highly prized endorsements. Curt will give teaching demonstrations at least twice every day during the Ag Expo. In between, visit with Curt at the NCBA booth or around the grounds.

patible horse rescue organizations, decreasing the number of unwanted horses within North America, and educating the public on the issue of horse overpopulation, while teaching effective horsemanship techniques at every level. Working with a skilled crew of individuals, and decades of experience combined, Rescued to Ride not only offers effective training for the horses, but also demonstrates unique, “free-horse” colt-starting techniques, and general horsemanship to live audiences at equine venues across the country. Learn more about Rescued to Ride at www.rescuedtoride. org .

Glenn Ryan “Packing Skills for the Real World” Sponsored by the United States Forest Service, Region 2 Glenn Ryan is the lead packer for the USFS Region 2 Specialty Pack String, based in Shawnee, Colorado. A skilled instructor as well as a hardy and seasoned hand with livestock, Glenn spends about eight months of the year traveling throughout the Rocky Mountains packing in gear and materials for projects on public lands. He teaches week-long packing clinics for USFS employees as well as the public, and

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Equine presenters offer wide variety of topics From Page 29 partners with the Four Corners Back Country Horsemen every June to offer an intensive, five-day, hands-on seminar for packers in the Four Corners area. Glenn appears with the USFS horses and mules at expos, fairs and parades from Wyoming and Nebraska to southern Colorado. In progressive arena demonstrations throughout the event, Glenn will cover equipment, knots, different packing approaches, livestock selection, packing odd shapes, and dealing with unexpected trail and terrain challenges. In between presentations, Glenn will be at the USFS Pack String booth to answer questions and trade stories about adventures on the trail.

Devin Warren Integrity, Determination, Success Devin Warren is the driving force behind Warren Performance Horses, located in Franktown Colorado for over 12 years. Warren Performance Horses is an internationally known facility that is home base to world champions, reserve world champions and many more outstanding horses and owners. Devin began showing through the 4-H program at an early age. In order to pursue a life-long goal of training reining horses, he apprenticed and worked at Pine Run Ranch in Elbert, Colorado before opening his own facility in 1999. Today Devin operates a successful training barn with his wife Jolene and their three boys: Garrett, Gavin and Graydon. Devin’s desire is to promote reining horses to all levels and ages of individuals and to guide his clientele to fulfill goals with their horses. As a family man, Devin understands the importance of instilling good values and work ethics in all his students and he strives to help his people both youth and adult, to be the best riders and people that they can be. The outstanding results of his youth riders and amateur

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Jason Patrick trots a horse around the arena while working to break the animal at last year’s ag expo.

Expo teaches equine skills By KimBerly Benedict Journal Staff Writer Catering to the ever expanding interest in all things equine related, the 2011 Four States Agricultural Exposition will offer a wide range of clinics for horse enthusiasts. “The horse community is really large in this community, and it is growing constantly,” said Elizabeth Testa, expo executive director. “We try and make sure we have many different clinics to reach every part of that population.” Five presenters will travel to Montezuma County to offer clinics for expo attendees, giving attendees numerous opportunities to sharpen their horsemanship skills during the expo. New to the expo this year is Devin Warren, owner of Warren Performance Horse in Franktown. Warren’s training barn produces horses and riders that compete in National Reining Horse Association and American Paint Horse Association arenas. The trainer hopes to provide expo attendees

“The horse community is really large in this community.” Elizabeth Testa, Expo executive director

with a solid basis for horse management at his clinic titled “Integrity, Determination and Success.” “The biggest thing we are going to work on down there is the basics of guiding, making sure your horses are going where you want, when you want and how you want them to go there,” Warren said. “We are going to give (the audience) things we use in the show world that can be used on a day-

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Topics include stockmanship, trust, packing From Page 31 to-day basis, kind of bringing the two areas together.” Though Warren’s training focuses primarily on show horses, his clinics are geared toward the general population. “This is really for everything from beginners to someone looking to start showing,” Warren said. “The way I look at it, you’ve got to be learning and having fun, and how you apply what you learn makes everything you do better.” Returning to the expo is Jason Patrick with Rescued to Ride. Patrick, a trainer at Whispering Willows Ranch in Steamboat Springs, helped start Rescued to Ride after realizing that, with training, rescued horses can be made more attractive to potential adoptive homes. “We work with the horses that haven’t been handled very much, and we try to get those horses to a point where maybe they are more adoptable because they’ve been ridden or handled or saddled,” Patrick said. “We build the confidence of the horse.” Patrick, along with two other trainers, will work with 10 rescued horses over the course of the four-day expo. Each clinic will show different skills necessary in horse training. “With 10 different horses you are going to have 10 differ-

ent experiences,” Patrick said. “You don’t know how each one is going to react. You just help them through it.” Patrick said every attendee at the expo can learn from the training sessions, even if horse adoption or training is not their priority. “I think everybody picks up little hints and tools,” he said. “Maybe the biggest thing is the subtleties of how we actually interact with the horse. The more people you watch, the more you pick up on something that will help you at some point.” The three other equine presenters at the expo are favorites among expo attendees, including Curt Pate’s Stockmanship and Stewardship program, Moses Woodson with TLC: Trust, Leadership and Control, and Glenn Ryan with Packing Skills for the Real World. Altogether, the slate of equine presenters for the 2011 event offer a well-rounded experience for anyone interested in expanding their equine knowledge base. “It is a great program, and we are certainly excited about the presenters and the clinics,” Testa said. “There really is something for every level.” For more information or a schedule of clinic events, visit the expo’s website at


Clinic includes wagon building, driving From Page 27 averages 10 to 12 wagons a year. The McGilvrays will bring a chuck wagon with them to the expo, and Mike hopes to offer some instruction on how the wagons are built, though the four-day expo offers limited time. In addition to wagon building, the McGilvrays’ clinics will also focus on driving horse-powered vehicles, a discipline that takes time and patience, McGilvray said. “You can drive with any size horse, from minis on up,” he said. “A lot of it depends on the disposition of your horse. You have to take the time to really learn. There is a lot of challenge to it, and it is a whole different side to the horse from riding.” The McGilvrays hope to give demonstrations on harness fitting, driving a single-horse carriage, reinsmanship, and multihitch vehicles. The clinics will be the first for the couple. Mike has offered wheelwright clinics before, but this will be the first expanded clinic on wagon building and driving. “I think we can put on a good clinic that will be interesting to anyone who attends,” he said. For more information, visit the expo website at or McGilvray Farms at

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2011 Four States Ag Expo Schedule of Events T h u r s d ay, M a r C h 1 7 , 2 0 1 1 TIME



9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 11:00 9:30 - 1:30 9:00 - 10:00 9:00 - 10:00 9:00 - 11:00 10:00 10:00 - 11:00 11:00 - 5:00 11:00 - 12:00 11:00 - 12:00 11:00 - 12:00 11:00 - 12:00 11:00 - 1:00 12:00 - 1:30 12:00 - 2:00 1:30 - 2:30 2:00 2:00 - 5:00 2:00 - 5:00 2:30 - 4:00 4:00 - 4:30 4:00 - 5:00 5:30 - 7:00

Bull & Heifer Showcase Open to Visitors Jason Patrick & Scott Whinfrey: “Rescued To Ride” Colt Starting Dawna Sims Stock Dog Clinic Ag Adventure Welcomes Elementary Schools Moses Woodson: Spring Training Groundwork McGilvray: Fitting Harness and Adjusting Lines Herding 101 - Stock Dog Basics Antique Tractor Parade Glenn Ryan: A Mule is Not A Horse Take a Break! The Central Implement Tent is open for your enjoyment Stock Dog Demonstration with Dawna Sims Curt Pate: The Truth About Cowboys Jason Patrick: Intro To Colt Starting Farm & Ranch Equipment Demonstration 4CDHMCA Draft Horse Clinic: Driving Equines; The Basics Moses Woodson: Spring Training Under Saddle Stock Dog Clinic Glenn Ryan: Sawbuck Style of Packing Draft Horse Parade Dawna Sims Stock Dog Demonstration Ag Adventure Open to Everyone Curt Pate: Effective Cattle Handling Glenn Ryan: Knotty Problems - Hands On Practice McGilvray: Fitting Harness and Adjusting Lines Exhibitor, Sponsor & Volunteer Appreciation Party

Seed Stock Row CUHA Round Arena South Arena Ag Adventure Venue Equestrian Pavilion Draft Horse Arena Central Implement Tent Grounds Equestrian Pavilion Central Implement Tent South Arena Equestrian Pavilion CUHA Round Arena Grounds Draft Horse Arena Equestrian Pavilion South Arena Equestrian Pavilion Grounds South Arena Ag Adventure Venue Equestrian Pavilion Equestrian Pavilion Draft Horse Arena Main Building

Schedule subject to change without notice. See for updates.

f r i d ay, M a r C h 1 8 , 2 0 1 1 TIME 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 11:00 9:00 - 11:00 9:00 - 11:30 9:30 - 3:00 p.m. 9:00 - 10:00 9:00 - 10:00 9:00 - 10:00 10:00 - 11:00

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DESCRIPTION Visit ALL our pavilions, booths and barns - Open all day! Bull & Heifer Showcase Open for Visitors Jason Patrick & Scott Whinfrey: “Rescued To Ride” Colt Starting Stock Dog Herding 101 Class Dawna Sims Stock Dog Clinic Youth Livestock Judging Contest C.S.U. Ag Adventure Welcomes Elementary Schools Moses Woodson: Balls & Blocks-Knowing Who Your Horse Is McGilvray Draft Horse Clinic: Basic Hitching and Driving Devin Warren: Reining Maneuvers Part 1: Analyze Spins, Stops, Circles, and Rollbacks (Classroom Video & Talk) GRANGE: John Wickman: Glass Houses: Choosing and using greenhouses

LOCATION Seed Stock Row CUHA Round Arena Classroom A South Arena Grounds & Barns Livestock Arena & Barn Equestrian Pavilion Draft Horse Arena Central Implement Tent Central Implement Tent

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10:00 - 11:00 10:00 - 11:00 11:00 - 12:00 11:00 - 12:00

Curt Pate: Effective Cattle Handling Antique Tractor Parade Farm & Ranch Equipment Demonstration Devin Warren: Got Try? Work With Your Horse To Encourage A Willing Attitude Stock Dog Demonstration with Dawna Sims Jason Patrick & Scott Whinfrey: Introduction to Colt Starting GRANGE: Cathy Kennedy: Chicken or Egg: Poultry Production Basics 4CDHMCA Draft Horse Clinic: Driving A Single Horse, Mule Or Burro Youth Livestock Judging Contest: Lunch Youth Livestock Judging Contest: Reasons

Equestrian Pavilion Grounds Grounds

11:00 - 12:00 11:00 - 12:00 11:00 - 12:00 11:00 - 1:00 11:30 - 12:00 12:00 - 2:30 12:00 - 1:00 12:00 - 2:00 1:00 - 5:00 1:00 - 2:00 2:00 - 5:00 2:00 - 3:00 2:00 - 3:00 2:30 - 3:30 3:00 - 4:00 3:00 - 4:00 3:30 - 5:00 4:00 - 5:00 4:00 - 5:00

Glenn Ryan: Special Equipment and Tack, and How They Are Used Dawna Sims Stock Dog Clinic Ranch Sorting Clinic Moses Woodson: Balls & Blocks- Knowing Who Your Horse Is, Continued Dawna Sims Stock Dog Demo & Instinct Tests Curt Pate: Effective Cattle Handling 4CDHMCA Draft Horse Parade Youth Livestock Judging Contest: Awards McGilvray Draft Horse Clinic: Basic Hitching and Driving Glenn Ryan: Tying and Leading a Pack String GRANGE: Jude Schuenemeyer & Gordon Tooley: Orchard Start-up -- From site selection to fruit Devin Warren: Got Guide? Simple Yet Effective Techniques To Improve Your Horses Guide Fresh Start Horse Rescue - Therapeutic Uses of Rescued Horses

Equestrian Pavilion South Arena CUHA Round Arena Central Implement Tent Draft Horse Arena Classrooms A & B Central Implement Tent, Classrooms A&B Equestrian Pavilion South Arena Main Arena Equestrian Pavilion South Arena Equestrian Pavilion Grounds Central Implement Tent Draft Horse Arena Equestrian Pavilion Central Implement Tent Equestrian Pavilion Classroom B

Schedule subject to change without notice.

s at u r d ay, M a r C H 1 9 , 2 0 1 1 TIME 8:00 a.m. 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 1:00 9:00 - 1:00 9:00 - 10:00 9:00 - 10:00 9:00 - 11:00 9:00 - 10:00 9:30 - 10:00 10:00 - 12:00 10:00 - 11:00 11:00 - 1:00 11:00 - 12:00 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

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Ranch Sorting Registration Visit ALL our pavilions, booths and barns - Open all day! Ag Adventure Open To All Visitors Ranch Sorting Competition Jason Patrick & Scott Whinfrey: “Rescued to Ride” Colt Starting Bull & Heifer Showcase Open to All Visitors Dawna Sims Stock Dog Clinic Moses Woodson: Trust, Leadership & Control McGilvray Draft Horse Clinic: Handling and Driving Single Stock Dog “Introduction to Herding” Class Devin Warren: Reining Maneuvers Part 2: Analyze Spins, Stops Circles, and Rollbacks Antique Tractor Parade Open Forum With Agricultural Commissioner John Salazar Curt Pate: Effective Cattle Handling 4CDHMCA Draft Horse Clinic: Working with a team of horses, mules or burros Glenn Ryan: Starting A Stock Animal to Pack Take a break in the Central Implement Tent - Open for your enjoyment.

Main Arena Livestock Barn Main Arena CUHA Round Arena Seed Stock Row South Arena Equestrian Pavilion Draft Horse Arena Classroom A Classroom B Grounds Central Implement Tent Equestrian Pavilion Draft Horse Arena Equestrian Pavilion Central Implement Tent

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12:00 - 1:00 1:00 - 2:00 1:00 - 2:00

Devin Warren: Got Whoa? Training Tools To Develop Your Horses Stop Vickie Wallace; Harvest Great Rewards: Unique Product Solutions for Today’s Farmer Hildy Armour, Colorado Unwanted Horse Alliance: Are There Solutions for Unwanted Horses? Moses Woodson: The Art Of Softness GRANGE: Gordon Tooley - Heritage Orchards: Why they matter Dawna Sims Stock Dog Demo & Instinct Tests 3rd Annual Bull Sale Glenn Ryan: Decker Style of Packing 4CDHMCA Draft Horse Parade GRANGE: NRCS Private Land Stewardship: Managing your Land Wisely Joel Lee Antique Tractor Pull GRANGE: Gordon Tooley& Jude Schuenemeyer Grafting Workshop (Hands-on) Curt Pate: Effective Cattle Handling McGilvray Draft Horse Clinic: Handling and Driving Single Alpaca 4-H: Alpaca Demonstration Back Country Horseman: Combined Chapter Gathering Devin Warren: Got Gears? Speed Control Tips That Get Results Take a break in the Central Implement Tent - Open for your enjoyment.

Equestrian Pavilion Classroom A

1:00 - 2:00 1:00 - 2:00 1:00 - 5:00 1:00 - ? 2:00 - 3:00 2:00 - 3:00 2:00 - 3:00 2:00 - 5:00 3:00 - 4:30 3:00 - 4:00 3:00 - 4:00 3:00 - 4:00 3:00 - 5:00 4:00 - 5:00 4:30 - 5:00

Classroom B Equestrian Pavilion Central Implement Tent South Arena Livestock Ring Equestrian Pavilion Grounds Central Implement Tent Grounds Central Implement Tent Equestrian Pavilion Draft Horse Arena Livestock Ring Classroom B Equestrian Pavilion Central Implement Tent

Schedule subject to change without notice.

s u n d ay, M a r C H 2 0 , 2 0 1 1 TIME 8:30 - 9:00 am 9:00 - 3:00 pm 9:00 - 3:00 9:00 - 3:00 9:00 - 3:00 9:00 - 3:00 9:00 - 11:00 9:00 - 12:00 9:00 -9:15 9:15 - 9:50 9:00 - 10:00 9:00 - 10:00 9:00 - 10:30 9:15 - 12:00 10:00 - 11:00 10:00 - 11:00 10:00 - 11:00 11:00 - 1:00 11:00 - 12:00 11:00 - 12:00 11:30 - 12:30

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PRCA Youth Rodeo Camp Check-In Visit ALL our pavilions, booths and barns - Open all day! Family/Youth Day Ag Adventure Open To All Visitors Bull & Heifer Showcase Open to All Visitors Jason Patrick & Scott Whinfrey: “Rescued to Ride” Colt Graduation Stock Dog “Introduction to Herding” Class Dawna Sims Stock Dog Clinic PRCA Youth Rodeo Camp: Welcome/Introductions Cowboy Church McGilvray Draft Horse Clinic: Multiple Hitches Glenn Ryan: Packing Challenges: Odd Shapes and Sizes Beef Show Check In PRCA Youth Rodeo Camp: Rodeo Fitness Training, Equipment, Spurring Techniques, Fundamentals, Rules & Groundwork Dr. Nancy Irlbeck, CSU: Are You a Future Dr. Doolittle? Newcomers’ Guide to Livestock Basics Curt Pate: Effective Cattle Handling Moses Woodson: Open Discussion- No Issue Too Big Or Small 4CDHMCA Draft Horse Clinic: Putting Your Draft Animal To Work On The Road Or In The Field Devin Warren: Got Guide? Simple Yet Effective Techniques To Improve Your Horses Guide Antique Tractor Parade Beef Showmanship Contest

South Gate All Venues CSU Ag Adventure Barn Seed Stock Row CUHA Round Arena Classroom A South Arena Main Arena Central Implement Tent Draft Horse Arena Equestrian Pavilion Livestock Ring Main Arena Central Implement Tent Equestrian Pavilion Classroom B Draft Horse Arena Equestrian Pavilion Livestock Ring

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11:00 - 12:00

Glenn Ryan: “I’m Still Alive”: Avoiding or Surviving Misadventures in Packing Stock Dog Celebrity Contest PRCA Lunch Break Moses Woodson: Open Forum- No Issue Too Big Or Small Take a break in the Central Implement Tent - Open for your enjoyment Prospect Steer Show PRCA Youth Rodeo: Intro To PRCA, Setting Goals & Video Class GRANGE: Panel: Growing Roots--The New Generation of Farmers, Cooks & Food Activists Curt Pate: Effective Cattle Handling Dawna Sims Stock Dog Demo & Instinct Tests 4CDHMCA Draft Horse Parade Breeding Beef Show PRCA Youth Rodeo: Chute Procedures, Safety, Handling Livestock, Bucking Machine Devin Warren: Got Whoa? Training Tools To Develop Your Horses Stop Dr. Dawn Thilmany, CSU - The New Ag Marketing McGilvray Draft Horse Clinic: Multiple Hitches Four States Ag Expo closes

12:00 - 1:00 12:00 - 12:45 12:00 - 1:00 12:30 - 1:00 12:30 - 1:30 12:45 - 1:45 12:00 - 2:00 1:00 - 2:00 1:00 - 3:00 1:30 - 2:00 1:30 - ? 1:45 - 3:00 2:00 - 3:00 2:00 - 3:00 2:00 - 3:00 3:00 p.m.

LOCATION Central implement Tent South Arena Classroom A Equestrian Pavilion Central implement Tent Livestock Ring Classroom A Central Implement Tent Equestrian Pavilion South Arena Grounds Livestock Ring Main Arena Equestrian Pavilion Central implement Tent Draft Horse Arena

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