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April 2008 Volume 3, Issue 4

Bewick’s Wren

Inside this issue: by Jane Jones

Bewick's Wren is a resident yearround at Walnut Springs where it breeds from early February to midAugust. This time of year, Bewick's wrens are in full song, defending nesting sites with considerable energy. Males spend much of the day singing their spirited songs throughout their territories. Studies have shown that Bewick's wrens sing sixteen different songs, and often sing forty to fifty repetitions of one song before switching to the next. Bewick's wrens (pronounced like the Buick car) are little brown to gray birds with obvious white eye-lines, whitish under-parts, and a long tail with a white tip. They were named by early ornithologist and painter John Audubon for English engraver Thomas Bewick. When nesting they utilize cavities, including holes in trees, shrubs and posts, and even brush piles and among upturned tree roots. Males often build dummy nests to fool predators. They usually raise a single brood, though second broods are possible. The female lays between three and eight eggs. If the clutch fails, she lays a replacement clutch in a new nest which hatch after 14 to 16 days. Both parents feed the nestlings. Wrens all belong to the same family of Troglodytidae, a Greek name for those who creep into holes, a cave dweller.

Bewicks Wren Banding the

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Dominique LaBaron


Equestrian Calendar


Equestrian Interns


Spring 2008 Horse Camp


Walnut Quinoa Salad


Upcoming Events


The Preserve at Walnut Springs



Branding the Geno Family by Linda Kester We are pleased to officially welcome Kirk, Sharon, Madeleine, and Eleanor to Walnut Springs. Their branding party on March 23rd was the end of an exciting week of horse camp for Madeleine and Eleanor. The day proved to be one of those spectacular breezy warm spring days we are so fond of in the Texas Hill Country. Kirk’s mom and sisters attended along with several Walnut Springs neighbors and local color. The highlight of the evening was the branding of the family’s boots.

Walnut Springs P.O. Box 133 Johnson City, TX 78636 Paul Sumrall General Manager Linda Kester Administrative Assistant Chad Frank Ranch Foreman Jane Jones Wildlife & Equestrian Program Dominique LaBaron Equestrian Program Jesus, Jesus Jr, Isidro, & Nolberto Cuellar Cowboys

Phone (830) 868-2155 Fax (830) 868-2156

Welcome to Dominique La Baron

by Linda Kester

Walnut Springs is pleased to introduce Dominique LeBaron as our Equestrian Program Director. Dominique moved to Texas Hill Country from the Bay Area of California in 2005. She has 8 years of equestrian experience to include barn management, colt starting and finishing, and instruction in both English and Western disciplines. Most recently, Dominique led our young ranchers at the Spring 2008 Horse Camp. Activities included trail riding, arena games, and vaulting. Walnut Springs is increasing its equestrian activities to include group and individual lessons, expanded trail riding hours, vaulting classes, and boarding and training services. The barn is open Friday through Tuesday with boarding care 7 days per week.

Dominique La Baron by Linda Kester

Spring Equestrian Calendar Set by Dominique La Baron Friday





4-5pm Private

8-11am Trail Ride

8-11am Trail Ride

4-5pm Private

4-5pm Private

5-6pm Group Vaulting 6-7pm Group – Beginner Western 7-8pm Trainee Lesson

5-6pm Group – Beginner English 6-7pm Group – Intermediate Western

1-2pm Private

5-6pm Private

5-6pm Private

2-3pm Group – Intermediate English

6-7pm Group – Beginner Western Evening trail ride available

6-7pm Group – Intermediate Western Evening trail ride available

7-8pm Group – Adult Western Beginner/Intermediate Moon light trail ride available

3-4pm Group – Adult English Beginner/Intermediate 4-5pm Private Evening trail ride available

Space Taken

Private lessons are available in Western, English, and Vaulting disciplines. Weekly Group lessons are based on age and experience and must be signed up for in advance. Expanded schedules will be available during the summer months. Please call the ranch office at 830-868-2155 for more details and to schedule lessons and trail rides.

Equestrian Internships by Dominique La Baron Internship Program gives kids of all experience levels the opportunity to learn all aspects of horsemanship including riding, horse care, and barn management. Interns gain ride time in exchange for their help around the barn. Three hours of work for one hour of lesson time. Three Fridays of every month are dedicated for Trainee Lesson time. In April the following Fridays are designated: April 11th, 18th, and 25th.

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Phone (830) 868-2155 Fax (830) 868-2156

Spring 2008 Horse Camp by Paul Sumrall There are some things in life that are memorable! From March 17 – 22, Walnut Springs held its first annual Spring Horse Camp. It was a week of fun and excitement for the young ranchers who participated. New Equestrian Program Director Dominique LeBaron Led the camp with the assistance of Madeleine Geno who served as her Assistant Wrangler. The week began Spring Break Campers from Left to Right: Blake, Eleanor, Gracie, Jhenna, Bobby, Dominique, Stephen, Madelieiene, Caitlan, Claire, Kate with the basics of grooming and tacking a horse and ended with a vaulting (gymnastics on horse-back) performance that the young ranchers worked diligently to master. In between the young ranchers rode on the trail, learned to rope, enjoyed an entire afternoon loving on the animals of the petting zoo that came to visit the ranch, went swimming, hiking, and perfected the art of running a relay on horseback. The best thing about camp was the bond formed between the young ranchers as they worked together to achieve confidence in their equestrian skills.

Summer-Fresh Confetti Walnut Quinoa Salad Ingredients • 1 1/2 cups water • 1 cup uncooked quinoa • 3 tablespoons California Walnut Oil • 3 tablespoons lemon juice • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano leaves • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper • 1 cup cooked corn kernels, cut from fresh corn or from frozen • 1/2 English cucumber, quartered lengthwise, sliced • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, each halved • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped toasted California English Walnuts • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese with garlic and herbs • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped pitted Kalamata olives • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

by Linda Kester

Instructions Combine water and quinoa in 2-quart saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes. In large bowl, whisk together walnut oil, lemon juice, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper. Add cooked quinoa and remaining ingredients; toss to blend. Makes 8 side dish servings.

Phone (830) 868-2155 Fax (830) 868-2156

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The Preserve at Walnut Springs P.O. Box 133 Johnson City TX 78636 Upcoming Events: April 2008 • April Fools Day April 1st • • •

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Ninth Annual Pedal Power Wildflower Ride, LBJ State Park April 5th Nature & Wildlife Guided Tours at LBJ State Park Enjoy 10:30am & 2pm April 5th, 12th, and 26th Johnson City Music In The Park Series, 5pm in Memorial Park 512-750-0006 April 5th The Touring T's of Bryan/College in Johnson City, 512-618-0984 April 5th – 6th Texas Hill Country Food and Wine Festival, Johnson City Chamber After-Hours Mixer at Chantilly Lace 830-868-7684 April 10th Celebration of the 1960s - LBJ National Historical Park April 11th - 12th 2,000 ACRES OF HILL Texas Book Festival at the LBJ Ranch April 11th - 12th C OUNTRY ENJOYMENT LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour 830-868-7128 ext. 231 April 19th RIGHT OUT YOUR American Cancer Society Relay for Life, 830-833-5584 April 19th – 20th DOORSTEP Wildflower Festival, 830-868-7684 April 19th – 20th Kirchman Gallery Reception, 4pm-7pm, April 26th Arbor Day April 25th LBJ Ranch Cycling Weekend 830-868-7128 ext. 231 April 26th - 27th

The Preserve at Walnut Springs Walnut Springs offers all the benefits and pleasures of a beautiful private 2,000-acre ranch for a fraction of the price. With sweeping 360 degree views, meandering waterways, lush canyons and abundant wildlife, a homestead in this exclusive community comes with access to 1,500 acres of protected open space for recreational use. Amenities include a premier equestrian center and 20 miles of horse trails, two swimming pools and a spacious clubhouse, barbeque facilities, tennis courts, stocked ponds, wireless Internet access and much more. Located in Johnson City, it is ideally situated near Fredericksburg and the Highland Lakes. Best of all, owners do not have to work the ranch, but just enjoy it as the onsite dedicated cowboys and concierge staff care for the ranch and property maintenance. Whether watching a beautiful sunset from your porch, from horseback along a ridge line trail, or from poolside with family and friends at the clubhouse, it is hard to believe that Austin and San Antonio are just an hour away. Only sixty-six prime home-sites are nestled at this uniquely appealing ranch in the heart of the Texas Hill Country.

Phone (830) 868-2155 Fax (830) 868-2156

The Nut_ April 2008  

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