At the Ranch: November 2018

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We're thankful for you. What are you thankful for?
Come in and tell us on our Tree of Gratitude!


Tree of Gratitude in Bell View Country Store

Stop by the Bell View Country Store to add your very own leaf to our tree of gratitude. All you have to do is come in at your next visit to BMREC, ask for a “leaf,” and jot down something you’re grateful for on it. After that, add it to the tree wherever you want!

Anyone who comes in can be reminded of all there is to be grateful for. We’re really looking forward to reading everyone’s responses, because even we need to be reminded of the little things we can easily look over sometimes.


Have you ever kept a gratitude journal?

In the spirit of being thankful, one of our teammates here at BMREC has taken on a new challenge: keeping a Daily Gratitude Journal...

Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.
— Zig Ziglar

Canned Food Drive


Please join us in our efforts this November and donate cans for our canned food drive! If you are interested in making a donation, please drop it off at the Bell View Country Store on the BMREC property. Any non-perishable items are accepted.

Speaking of generosity, if you are looking for other ways to get involved in our community this season, the following links are volunteer opportunities in the Douglas County area, as well as other surrounding Colorado communities, that you can partake in this fall:

Family Motel - Help with families escaping homelessness by assisting at the front desk of the Volunteers of America Family Motel. - Denver Colorado

Meals on Wheels - Make a difference in the life of homebound seniors by delivering them a hot, nutritious meal. - Denver, Colorado

Snow Buddies - Keep a limited income senior safe by shoveling his or her sidewalks throughout the snowy seasons. - Denver, Colorado

Be a Volunteer Driver - Help the disabled get around Arapahoe County - Denver, Colorado

More Volunteer Opportunities:

City and County of Denver

Volunteers of America: Colorado Branch

Spark the Change, Colorado

Did you Know?

Our expert horse trainers will work with you and/or your horse on the goals that are important to you. Your horse may be working with your rider towards a competition or show. Our experienced instructors can put your horse through the paces if you need to miss a session. They can support your efforts to maintain your horse's health, stamina, and strength. Our instructors can also ride your horse at a light to moderate pace, to maintain general health and well-being.

Volunteer with Us!

We are thrilled so many people have expressed a desire to volunteer at the ranch. Whether you love spending time around horses or want to help others learn, we have a place for you here. If you want to volunteer, please follow the link below and register today!

News Around the Ranch

Miranda is going back to nursing school, so Meghan will be taking over as the on-site ranch assistant! You’ll still see Miranda around, but she will no longer be living on-site. We will miss seeing her so much, but we are so excited fro her journey to come!

Good luck, Miranda!

We are also excited to inform you that we will now be serving popcorn in the Bell View Country Store! We got a new popcorn machine… so stop by for a taste of this delicious treat!

When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.
— Willie Nelson



Horsemanship Club Session 1

Saturday, November 10th from 10am-12pm

Horsemanship Club Session 2

Saturday, November 24th from 10am-12pm

Registration required to attend:


The office will be closed for Holidays

For Veteran's day: Monday, November 12th,
Thanksgiving day: Thursday, November 22,
Day after Thanksgiving: Friday, November 23rd

We apologize for any inconvinience this may cause you.

Happy Holidays!


Deck the Stalls

Our most exciting holiday event is coming up soon! Deck the Stalls is our way of thanking our customers for their business. We are also supporting one of the country's largest horse rescues during this holiday season.

Save the Date!

Saturday, December 15th

Get Your Taste Buds Ready

Something special, delicious, and new is coming to the ranch. Keep an eye out in December for a new way to fill your belly at the ranch!

“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist of merely words. Gratitude is shown in acts.”
— Henri Fredric Amiel

Boarder Spotlight: Ted and Zip

This is Ted and his horse, Zip for Victory (or Zip for short). Ted and his wife Lynn, who have known each other “since the sandbox,” moved here from Illinois two years ago. They brought Zip here from Illinois last fall.

Ted started riding when he was 61 years old. Although Lynn doesn’t ride, she is very supportive of his “horseback riding adventure,” as Ted calls it. Their 7-year-old granddaughter Elle has also ridden a bit and is beginning to get comfortable around horses.

Ted himself grew up on a farm. He has carried the love of agriculture throughout his career as an agribusiness lender. But, Ted retired in 2016 and had since packed his things to make a move here! He says he has “enjoyed the Colorado experience.” Ted told us that what he enjoys most about BMREC is that the staff is very friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. Along with caring for Zip, Ted enjoys fly fishing, biking, and anything else that gets him outdoors.

Zip is a gelding Appaloosa horse with a chestnut color, except for the white blanket on his back. Zip is 20-years-old and has been with Ted for the last three. Ted thinks that he and Zip are a good match. Ted says Zip is “spirited, but not so much I can’t handle him. It’s just the right challenge.”

Ted doesn’t know Zip’s exact history, but he thinks he used to be a Western Pleasure show horse for several years. He says he “simply likes to ride him in the BMREC arenas and on the trails.” Ted told us that he thinks “BMREC is a much better place for Zip than where I boarded him in Illinois. [There’s] no mud and no flies and the weather is nicer.”

He also likes that Zip has been able to bond with his stablemates, Bentley and Pete the Wonderhorse. When Zip moved here last fall from Illinois, he arrived with some lameness. But, with Dr.Marion’s help, Zip has overcome that problem. Ted says he still has a bit of arthritis, but other than that, they’re working together to get Zip comfortable trail riding.

Ted’s favorite thing about horses is that horses combine beauty and strength, which happens to be one of the things we love most, too!