Mountain Valley Horse Rescue’s annual Rendezvous returns |

Mountain Valley Horse Rescue’s annual Rendezvous returns

Horseback yoga is one of the training sessions at this weekend's Rescue Rendezvous, presented by Mountain Valley Horse Rescue.
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If You Go

What: Rescue Rendezvous, a benefit for the Mountain Valley Horse Rescue

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 6 p.m. Saturday, dinner and dance

Where: Eagle River Center at the Eagle County Fairgrounds

Cost: The Rescue Rendezvous is free.

Information: The public is welcome to this an annual benefit for the Mountain Valley Horse Rescue. It’s prime adoption season and they have horses that need a home.

Call Shana Davis at 970-376-1743, or go to

Training horses is like training children, and you should probably be required to do the former before you’re allowed to do the latter.

Local rancher Bud Gates said that, and both his horses and kids turned out great.

For example, with both horses and children you’ll get further with a carrot than a whip. And usually, when you want to go to the whip it’s because you haven’t made your expectations clear. Also, neither horses nor children are clairvoyant.

That’s the point behind this weekend’s Mountain Valley Horse Rescue’s fourth annual Rescue Rendezvous, a weekend-long horse exposition where trainers will do demonstrations and classes with rescue horses.

This year’s event features several of the horses the group rescued from a slaughter auction last May in Salida.

“This event has proven to be an amazing weekend of learning, outreach and networking, which has led to real and lasting new ideas and energy of enormous benefit to the horses and our local community,” said Shana Davis, of the Mountain Valley Horse Rescue.

Daytime activities on both Saturday and Sunday focus on the issue of horses in need, and how Mountain Valley Horse Rescue and other organizations are working to help them.

Clinics, classes, and demonstrations are free and open to the general public. Topics range from basic horsemanship, demonstration of specific rescue horses, veterinary, farrier and other horse-care topics, to yoga on horseback, and riding instruction.

There’s also a bareback drill team demonstration. Dani Leniger of Mustang Magic fame trained a wild mustang adopted from the BLM. She’ll demonstrate how to do it.

Around 4 p.m., they segue into party mode. Eddie Joe Walsh plays from 4 from 6 p.m. and First Chair performs from 6 to 10 p.m.

At 10 a.m. Sunday, they open with yoga on horseback to get the event started again.

Vendors will sell everything from art to horse feed, as well as supplements for both people and horses.

The Mountain Valley Horse Rescue was inspired by the rescue of two starved horses that had been abandoned in November 2004. A group of Eagle Valley horse enthusiasts recognized the need for a regional rescue organization and formed Mountain Valley Horse Rescue in April 2005.

A decade after its first inception, MVHR has helped more than 100 horses in need find homes with loving owners. The MVHR horse capacity has swelled from its original number of five horses to more than 20.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and

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