Friend more help than WD-40

Glenda Price I volunteered to go pick up this two-horse trailer and bring it home. It was only about 25 miles away, so I figured it was no problem, and took off on my merry errand. A really nifty gal named Rita had been storing it at her place. It had been a couple of […]

Children take spotlight at fair

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Jared Tucker Chasing pigs, wrestling goats, racing turtles, roping a dummy steer and saddling up on a wooden horse were among Saturday’s events during the Roosevelt County Fair Kid’s Day. Seven-year-old Hayden Powell’s team took the best time in goat branding in the first round. Powell said he didn’t need any practice to earn the […]

My turn: Local leaders saddle up

The stick horse race last year at the Live United on the Square Block Party is this week’s featured video. The relay race begins as Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry, Sheriff Darren Hooker and then Fire Chief John Bridges take off on their wooden thoroughbreds down the street. The three make it safely to […]

Friday morning briefing: Performance horses, step back in time and Hepburn’s debut

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Horse performance Just in time for the Clovis Livestock Auction horse sale Saturday…a warm-up of osrts. It’s the auction’s annual fall performance horse demonstration 4 p.m. today at the Curry County Events Center. Back in time George Crawford will walk you back in time […]

A lifetime of riding

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Wendy Toombs of Roosevelt County has gone from a child insisting on pony rides to a woman who finds peace and challenge working with horses. The horseback riding instructor recently earned a denim jacket for logging 750 hours in the saddle of a registered quarter horse over several years […]

Ticket feature: Curry events center hosting horse training clinic

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Freedom New Mexico RFD-TV’s Les Vogt, World Champion in cow horse reining, will be teaching a clinic at the Curry County Special Events Center. The public is invited to watch as Vogt takes 17 horses and their riders through the two-day clinic. The purpose of the clinic is to help riders and their horses learn […]

Thursday morning briefing

Welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday morning briefing: Video of the day Clovis freshman Remmington Silveria plays “Ironman” on his tuba in a new video segment called Talent Watch. If you have a talent you want to share let us know. E-mail gabe_monte@link.freedom.com Happy birthday, Lions Today is the 66th birthday of the Portales […]

Even farm goats can have shot at fame

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist There is a parable of the International Goat Sensation: a story about a boy and his goat. Tim was a kind-hearted graduate student who raised longhorn cattle. On his daily trips from ranch to school and back, he passed a plowed field with sparse feed left. A big horse and […]

Business feature: Duo teams up to offer horse training

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A farmer and horse trainer are teaming up to offer a nearby option to have horses trained. Neighbors Rocky Garcia and Butch Russell, who met years ago, have started Midway Training Stable on Garcia’s farm. “It’s harder training cut horses than anything else, but I like to train them,” […]

Easy catches not always worth effort

By Baxter Black: FNM columnist Dave came by. I had seen him a week earlier at the horse sale. “Did you sell that horse you were on? What was his name?” “Dumbo,” he said. “Dumbest horse I’ve ever rode. “I got him from a forest ranger. She gave him to me as a gift. Apparently, […]