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Recent Stories by Marty Metzger, Freelance Writer

Ceramic artist creates distinctive memorial pieces, and more

May 11, 2018 — When someone's beloved horse dies, Megan Hood John can celebrate its lifetime of devoted service in a beautifully unique way. The Fort Collins, Colo., artist (who works under her maiden name, Hood) incorporates the animal's hair directly into ceramic vases, pendants and plaques by implementing

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All were winners at CSU’s 2018 Legends of Ranching Sale

April 25, 2018 — The crowd was massive, the horses outstanding at Colorado State University's 13th Annual Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale. Even the sloppy weather at the April 21 event at B.W. Pickett Equine Center didn't dampen bidders' enthusiasm for the 60 consigned horses. Beginning on April

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Sassy miniature Shetland pony survives five months in the forest

April 10, 2018 — Colorado's high country can be a cruel, unforgiving place, especially for someone small and lost. So it was in summer/autumn 2014 when weather extremes swung from mild to wild in the Roosevelt National Forest. Owls called out in the night as bobcats, cougars, coyotes and

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Colorado attorney uses creative side to make leather goods

March 23, 2018 — Here's an interesting Western riddle: What do the legal system, horses, jewelry and leather all have in common? Answer: Jill Gookin. The Loveland, Colo., criminal defense attorney who's been in private practice for about 10 years also defends parents in dependency and neglect cases. After

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Youth competitor hops to it

March 2, 2018 — Undeniably, Lexie Miller is a professional multi-tasker. But then, the 18-year-old high school senior was raised with a traditionally staunch work ethic. Miller's parents, Bryant and Tatty Miller, operate a Red Angus cow-calf ranch northwest of Wellington, Colo. She and younger brother Carson grew up

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A local Greeley, Colo., business growing from seed

February 16, 2018 — Colorado natives John and Jenny Fabian roamed around a bit before realizing their roots were deeply planted in the soils of home. John grew up on the family farm in Pueblo, Colo., where he early-on discovered a life-long passion for agriculture. He fell in love

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CSU’s Rural Energy Center assists with solar energy decisions

January 22, 2018 — Since 2011, the Rural Energy Center has been on a mission to facilitate sustainable energy decisions in rural Colorado. Cary Werner, energy specialist for Colorado State University Extension at REC, noted several practical applications. For example, a farmer contemplating solar to offset electricity used in

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Colorado WestBred growers place in National Wheat Yield Contest

December 13, 2017 — The National Wheat Foundation annually spotlights growing practices that maximize production in its National Wheat Yield Contest. Entrants are initially judged in state competitions, with winners advancing to the national level contest. WestBred wheat, one of the contest sponsors, provides seed suppliers and growers access

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Temple Grandin Equine Center groundbreaking slated for 2018

December 7, 2017 — Colorado State University, a leader in equine science and occupational therapy research, will open a new, state-of-the-art facility on its Fort Collins Foothills Campus. The building, to be called the Temple Grandin Equine Center, will be dedicated to equine-assisted activities, therapies (EAAT), and research. The

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Hog Haven therapy pigs help in nursing homes and memory care facilities

November 16, 2017 — Since childhood, pigs have always been Erin Brinkley-Burgardt's favorite animals. In 2013, she and husband Andrew Burgardt decided to venture into pig "parenting," thus beginning a rather unique adventure. Brinkley-Burgardt was immediately smitten with her new pets, Pippy and Boris. So much so, that she

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Colorado Purple Mountain Majesty: “Heritage Lavender” home to over 30 different varieties of lavender

November 5, 2017 — Serenity on stems, lovely lavender's romantic yet earthy scent harkens back to the French countryside. Perhaps Colorado is the "new France," welcoming acres and acres of the purple floral herb. Trudy Perry's rural heritage likewise harkens back to the soil through Swedish ancestors' agricultural roots,

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Lots of Yakity Yak, Yakity Yak at The Ranch

October 13, 2017 — The inaugural Rocky Mountain Yakspo was held at The Ranch Event Complex in Loveland, Colo., on Oct. 7, 2017. Beginning bright and early at 7 a.m., the schedule of events at the everything yak expo had something for everyone. A series of one-hour seminars kept

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Ranch-Way Feeds expands product line under new ownership

September 13, 2017 — The oldest continuously operating business in Fort Collins, Colo., has had a plethora of incarnations. In 1868, Henry Clay Peterson and Elizabeth "Auntie" Stone built the town's first grist mill, dubbing it Lindell Mill. Down through the years, the enterprise changed hands and names, including

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KeSa Quarter horses celebrate 20th annual production sale

September 5, 2017 — Buyers from across the country vied for 52 top-notch equines ranging from weanlings to performance prospects to bred mares at the KeSa Quarter Horse Production Sale. Once again, the event took place at the Colorado State University Equine Center's Adams Atkinson Arena. The sale on

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Colt Starting Challenge events benefit horses, trainers and horse lovers

July 28, 2017 — A competitive event at which everyone wins … now that's rare. Nevertheless, Colt Starting Challenge USA returns to Centennial, Colo., Aug. 4-5, bringing with it exactly that outcome for six horses and their owners, six trainers, a local rescue organization and a mesmerized audience. CSC

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Pikes Peak Rangerette Drill Team celebrates 60 years in the saddle

July 24, 2017 — Colorado's western traditions will continue for a long time to come if the Pikes Peak Rangerette Drill Team has any say in the matter — and they do. In fact, the organization was created in 1957 for that very purpose. The Rangerettes are an offshoot

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The Cody Sisters Band release their first CD of what they call Colorado bluegrass

July 17, 2017 — "Twang!" Right in the middle of a big bluegrass performance, the instrument's string snapped just before it was to play a whole bunch of banjo tunes. Musicians always carry extras to swap out but, oops, not this time. The band admits to being pretty flustered,

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Matt Wassam is back in the saddle(ry) again

June 14, 2017 — He's back in the saddle again — or rather, the saddle shop where Matt Wassam and wife, Lesley, are fulfilling a longtime dream. On May 1, 2017, the couple joined Kim and Laurie Haarberg as co-owners of the Colorado Saddlery in Golden, Colo. A deep

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Animal lovers learn about vet care at CSU’s veterinary teaching hospital open house

April 27, 2017 — FORT COLLINS, Colo. — All things veterinary drew huge crowds to Colorado State University's James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital Open House on April 22, 2017. In its 38th year, the annual event featured lectures, demonstrations, tours, children's activities, a petting zoo and a Fort

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Wyoming sculptor creates animal bronzes

April 12, 2017 — "Liz was a small, frail burro that was blind in one eye and covered with lice when I first met her at a 1994 exotic livestock auction," Robin Laws said. "She looked so pitiful and terrified that I bid on her. I had no more

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