Four more youngsters have gone to Olds College for the equine program - Amadeus, Paloma, Max, and Captain. They'll be back end of next week. Flint, Lena and Trump left for their new homes. Our farrier, Pat, was out last week and over 4 days we did about 60 or 70 horses. We even did Slinky the mule; though she did need some sedation it went quite well and her feet look great now. Susanne has been very busy working with the horses; as you can see from those that went to Olds College this time around, she halterbroke Paloma and Captain. Sphinx is now almost halterbroke and Salsa is halter- broke as well. Mackenzie is just about there, and Glory is getting ready to be started. I've started playing with Vita a bit, and even Ocean is coming around. Java and Valentino are now down with the main herd. Java halters and leads and today she loaded well for the short trip across the road.
The 50/50 draw was made on Nov 25th at Red Lodge Guest Ranch. Congratulations to the winner, Jane Smyth of Bowden. Her share of the pot was $460.50, which means Bear Valley made $460.50 as well! Thank you Mary Ellen for running the event. We also took in some additional funds through a bake sale and the sale of tack, again thanks to Mary Ellen and also Laurie.
We have some new fundraising partnerships going. If you'd like a T-shirt with the Bear Valley logo, you can order a shirt through the link on our fundraising page or facebook page. We are signed up with Donate-A-Car, so if you have a junker car you'd like to donate, you can select Bear Valley as the recipient of the proceeds. We also are linked with Smart Betty shopping, check out the fundraising page or facebook page for the link.
We took in some more auction rescues last weekend - 12 weanlings, 1 2-year-old, 1 3-year-old (already adopted by Mary Ellen!), and a 17-year-old broke mare. There are some pictures of the new additions on our facebook page. I'll try and get pictures and info on the website in the next week or so.
Our sincerest condolences to Janine, our friend and Bear Valley's treasurer, on the passing of her father. Thank you Janine, and to your mom, Anita, for the donations made to Bear Valley in his memory. Last but definitely not least, we are having an on-line auction hosted through Vonality. The auction is supposed to start Monday, Dec 3rd, 2012 (delayed from Nov 29th) and will run until Dec 12th I believe. We have some really nice things donated for the auction - original artwork, jewelry, a getaway weekend, an inukshuk(!), and lots of other exciting items! The link to the auction site will be posted on Monday on the website and on our facebook page. Spread the word, together we can make the auction a big success! Thank you to Kyndra for managing the auction for us.
Some important updates and thank-yous! Thank you to Rebecca for the donation in lieu of birthday presents - The horses appreciate it!
We had 7 youngsters at Olds College and they are back from school. They all did really well! Check out our facebook page for pictures of them showing off their stuff. We have lots of new fundraising initiatives under way. Mary Ellen in doing a 50/50 draw, Kyndra is arranging an on-line auction for November, and Dot will be arranging a garage sale for next June. Please check out our fundraising page for more information. I feel terrible that I forgot to get info on the on-line auction posted here on our website sooner. The auction is slated to start Nov 22 so there isn't a lot of time left if you have something you'd like to donate to be auctioned off! We already have some nice things that will be available. I'll post the auction link as soon as it is launched. The 50/50 draw is over $500, contact Mary Ellen (see fundraising page) or myself (Kathy) if you haven't got your ticket(s)! Mary Ellen also held a bake sale yesterday in Bowden, she tells me it was pretty successful in spite of the weather and road conditions. Thank you to everyone who made it out. We have Donate-A-Car, Lacroix T-shirts, and Smart Betty Shopping on the fundraising page, please support us any way you can!