Inspired by this horse from a local coral in Colorado. This horse kept walking up to me as the morning progressed. He was such a beauty and quite a sight to behold.
The horses in that coral belong to the Westernaires. Westernaires is a mounted precision drill organization composed of Jefferson County, Colorado, youngsters from 9 to 19 years of age. Founded in 1949, Westernaires has provided training in western Westernaires riding, precision drills, and horse care for over 60 years. Some members also elect to receive training in specialty acts such as trick riding and dressage. Perhaps the most important feature of the Westernaires today is that it provides a constructive alternative for today's suburban youngsters. At Westernaires, there are no drugs, no alcohol, no tobacco. There is a sense of community, of family which nurtures young people into responsible community leaders. It provides a place for parents and children to work together in so many ways that seem unavailable elsewhere. This teamwork between generations is exemplified by the scores of parents and other adult volunteers who make it possible for our young people to ride; Westernaires' horse and facilities caretaker is its one and only one paid employee! Home is Fort Westernaire adjacent to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds near Golden, Colorado, where the organization trains year round.
May 27th, 2010
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