At the Ranch: October 2018
Hate being tricked?
Don’t worry, it’s nothing but treats this month at BMREC!
Speaking of treats...
Have you seen our 100% organic treats for horses and dogs? This month, get 10% off on all Treats and Tricks in our store! These treats are made by hand by 15-year-old Karley Winder, who was inspired to prepare them for her horse Dante (who loves to do tricks!). Dante’s favorite treat ingredients helped her to create the flavor. She started making treats for Dante, but the dogs here at the ranch couldn’t resist eating them too! Karley even donates 20% of all profits to local animal rescue centers.
Discount on North Pointe Stall Boarding
Interested in boarding here at BMREC? Have we got news for you! Currently, we are running a discount of $100 off boarding in interior stalls without a run in the North Pointe barn!
Lesson Program is back in session!
If you have been awaiting lessons here at BMREC, the time has arrived to sign up. After taking a short break for some restructuring, our lessons are back on and better than ever! Hurry to reserve your spot!
Monthly Guided Trail Ride
Our next guided trail ride will take place on Saturday, November 3rd and will start at 10am. We will be meeting here at the ranch and then heading out to explore some terrain on the trails that run through Bell Mountain Ranch.
We can't wait to see you there!
October Special Event
We will be holding a spooky obstacle course challenge night in the month of October to celebrate the fun and mysterious spirit of Halloween! There will be a potluck, games, and obstacles for you and your horse to partake in.
Boarder Spotlight: Natalie and Scout
Meet Natalie and her 18-year old gelding, Scout!
This is Natalie and her 18-year-old gelding, Scout. Scout is a beautiful, chestnut colored quarter horse that Natalie welcomed into her family a little over a year and a half ago. Natalie and Scout have been boarding here at BMREC since 2016, and Natalie even worked part-time here from October of 2016 until Summer of 2018!
What Natalie loves most about Scout is his sweetness, and how he follows her around like a puppy in the arena. He may be a bit “lazy and stubborn,” but Natalie and her family love having Scout as their honorary equine family member! Scout is so sweet that Natalie has no problem teaching her kids to ride with him. She also loves to take him trail riding around Bell Mountain Ranch.
Natalie loves “how calming and therapeutic [horses] can be and how they really just want to please the people that care for them.” Speaking of caring for others, Natalie has been a stay-at-home mom for 19 years and has home-schooled several of her children for the last 4 years. Natalie and her husband have 6 kids, ranging from the ages of 5-19. She has lived in Colorado for the majority of her life. She has lived in Castle Rock for over 18 years.
Despite this fact, Natalie loves to travel and adventure. Her favorite trip was to South Africa. Exciting! And one of her most recent adventures was skydiving for her son’s 18th Birthday. Natalie says one of her favorite things about boarding at BMREC is having access to trails. But the thing she loves most is “the people, the staff and the other boarders.” She has told us, “it's such a positive, uplifting place.”
Staff Highlight: Leslie, our newest riding instructor!
Leslie is our newest riding instructor, who started here just under one month ago. But working here at BMREC is not her first rodeo. She has been instructing for 10 years, all in Littleton at the Ken Caryl Equestrian Center. And it doesn’t stop there. Horses have been in her life since she was 8 years old when she moved to Colorado. She ended up living right next to Ken Caryl, which fostered her love for horses and horseback riding. Growing up, Leslie’s mother was always riding, and she was always encouraged to ride too, planting a seed that would flourish as she grew older.
Leslie grew up doing the CHJA circuit and also partook in a group called the Westernaires, a mountain drill team in Golden, Colorado. She went to pony state champions as a teenager, where she loved riding in the big arena. Leslie found the pressure that came along with it to be incredibly exciting. She felt happiness when she ended up doing really well after practicing so hard. She also graduated from CSU with a Bachelors in Equine Sciences.
We asked Leslie what she loves about horses, and she had this to say: “they teach you way more than how to ride. They teach you to be forgiving, how to have a sense of humor, and how to be humble more than anything. They are also very therapeutic.” We also asked if she has any horses of her own. She and her husband currently have six horses: four at home in Elizabeth, Colorado where they have 35 acres, and two at Ken Caryl Equestrian. She has bought and sold plenty of horses throughout her life, but she has a couple now that she will never sell: a couple that has become her family. Leslie and her husband have been married for 14 years and have a 6-year-old son named Roman, who they love with all their hearts.
Employee's Corner: New Faces at BMREC
Ryan is one of our stall masters. He is 28 years old and went to Pima Medical Institute for veterinary assistance. He began working at BMREC because he was looking for a job with animals that also had some structure to it.
Before working at BMRC, Ryan had an externship at a ranch feeding horses and mucking stalls. He told us he “likes working at BMREC because it is a very friendly environment” with great horses. His dream, however, is to see his pet sitting business take off.
Ryan is currently reading a book called “I Am Number 4.” It is about a group of separated super-powered teens trying to find each other and also survive against a group of antagonists attempting to kill them. Ryan’s other hobbies include fishing and playing video games.
Kyle is also one of our stall masters. He will be 26 this November and is in his second year at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He is studying criminal justice and wants to work for fish and game as a game warden when he gets out.
Most recently, Kyle worked in construction, but before that, Kyle was in the Marine Corps infantry for 5 years. He was deployed in Afghanistan and Okinawa and even spent 1 month in South Korea. Kyle’s wife Clarissa is also working at BMREC, which is one of the reasons he decided to apply for a position.
Although he doesn’t have much experience with horses, he grew up on a crop farm in New York and enjoys the work here. Kyle loves hiking and being outdoors. He told us, “really anything outdoors is a hobby of mine.”