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Part 1 - Brenda Wants a Horse
When I was a child, my family lived on a 5 acre horse property in the middle of town, right on Main Street. I had a buckskin pony named Scepter I absolutely loved to pet, groom and ride. These are idilic childhood memories and I remember more regarding my relationship with Scepter than any other events during this time in my life.
Through my teenage years, my friends and I would visit horse barns, small farms and other local equestrian ranches looking for horses to ride, as my family had sold our gentleman’s farm and moved to an entirely different area. I enjoyed working with different horses, getting to know their individual personalities and learning about their skills and strengths.
When I moved to Colorado, I dreamed of owning my own horse again. This inspiration came from my traditionally American western spirit, living so close to the mountains and the beauty that Colorado has to offer. Boulder County, in particular, is not only a beautiful setting, but also offers many equestrian trails that provide breathtaking views.
I wanted a horse. Like an endeavor, I needed a plan. Accordingly, I put together a plan of action to get an equine partner of my own.
Part 2 - Brenda Rides Again
The American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) is dedicated to preserving American wild horses and burros in viable free-roaming herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage.
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• Defends America’s wild horses and burros to protect their freedom, preserve their habitat, and promote humane standards of treatment;
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• Rescues wild horses and burros in need, when necessary and possible;
• Increases the public’s awareness of and appreciation for wild horses and burros as an integral part of the America’s ecological and cultural landscape; and
• Works through public awareness and educational programs, coalition and partnership building and strategic litigation to keep wild horses and burros wild and free on our public lands.
Part 6 - 2 Years, 5 Months, 11 Days
After I met “The Shires”, I began taking lessons at their Farm. Instead of volunteering at Colorado Horse Rescue, I volunteered at the Shire Farm. I attended Regional Draft Shows in Denver, Longmont and Rifle, Colorado and I even won a yellow ribbon in a riding class with Guinevere, a beautiful but borrowed Shire mare.
I focussed entirely on my new obsession and everything was going great. I had the best of both worlds: no financial responsible for my own horse and unlimited access to the a Shire breeding facility and farm.
Within a couple of years this farm had grown into a larger and successful business. They no longer offered lessons and had acquired staff to feed and manage their horses. The prospect of having my own Shire came up but nothing ever really materialized until July, 2015.
At last, my dream equine partner came into my life and it was one of the best days of my life. Gentleman Jack, a 6 year old gelding with a perfect white blaze for me to ruin daily with red lipstick stains. That was 2 years, 5 months and 11 days after I met my first Shire.