Back in the saddle

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Cynthia Fiala of Albuquerque competes Saturday in the New Mexico Special Olympics Equestrian Games at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Fiala also participated in the Ireland International Special Olympics Equestrian Games in 2003. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Cynthia Fiala rode her mustang, “Dusty,” through a barrel race […]

West Nile threat at peak during summer months

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers The number of West Nile cases in New Mexico has dropped steadily since the mosquito-borne disease was discovered in the state in 2003. No cases have been reported yet this year, according to state health officials. However, summer is the prime time for West Nile, especially with this year’s unusually […]

No slacking off

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Staff photo: Andy DeLisle Jason Amon’s horse Cajun Moon rears up as it leaves the chute Thursday during the 37th annual Pioneer Days PRCA Rodeo at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Amon scored a 77 on his ride. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Two recent PRCA all-around world champs were in the calf roping competition […]

Student profile: Abby Garrett

By CNJ Staff Abby Garrett is a senior at Clovis Christian School. She is the daughter of Skip and Ginger Garrett. Garrett has a 3.0 GPA. Extra-curricular activities: Basketball, FCA Hobbies: Welding, horses, playing pool and hanging out with friends. Future plans: Going to New Mexico State University to study agriculture. Note from student: Dream […]

Walker, George W.

George W. Walker, 80, of Portales, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005 at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born April 1, 1925, in Yuma, Ariz., to Marie and James Walker. He was the son of Scottish immigrants. He grew up in Coronado, Calif., where the family raised polo ponies and operated the stables at […]

Ira Pottard

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Ira Pottard Date of birth: Aug. 4, 1922 Dates of service: 1942 to 1949 Hometown: Clovis Theater and location of service: China Burma India […]

Non-profit group seeking monetary aid

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Destini Morgan, 10, pets miniature horse Snoopy on Friday at the home of Lexie Myers north of Clovis. Morgan, who suffers from a seizure disorder, has been riding with Mini Blessings for three years. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis-based non-profit organization which tries to help children with disabilities in […]

10/13 Student Profiles

Tasha Daale is a senior at Clovis Christian School. She is the daughter of Eric and Tami Daale. What is your idea of a perfect day? A beautiful warm summer day with no wind. I would like to be outside all day just taking in God’s beautiful creation all around me. I would also like […]

Portales boy dies in riding accident

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Ivan Bordayo died doing what made him happy. A horse ride Monday evening ended tragically for the 11-year-old when he died from injuries resulting from a horseback accident west of Portales. Family members didn’t like to relive the accident, but they said they couldn’t imagine him doing anything […]

County fair attracts competitors in categories such as livestock, fine art

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Penny Bryant will enter her “Carousel with Horses” in the Counted Cross-stitch category and “Garden Fairy” in the Adults Crafts category in the Curry County Fair, which starts Monday and runs through Aug. 20. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Thousands of tiny, colorful stitches combine to create the image of […]

‘Flash’ can still compete

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Despite Flash’s relative lack of size, the 20-year-old horse has been doing rodeos since before his rider, 7-year-old Brogan Macy, was born. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Twenty-odd years ago, Flash the basset hound was a regular on the original TV series, The Dukes of Hazzard. Right around that time, […]

Equine calling

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Nik the Qwik is one of the championship horses bred by Clint and Kyle Bunch, who inherited their love of horses and breeding from their grandfather. (Staff photo: CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Clovis sure has a lot of horsing around going on — and it all means business. […]

Thompson, Francis

Francis Thompson Services: Have been held. Francis L. Thompson, 75, of Fort Sumner, died Friday, May 13, 2005, at his home. He was born on June 30, 1929, in Fierro, to Mack Chandler and Ollie Frances Daniel Thompson . He married Juanell Fisher on Sept. 9, 1951, in Fort Sumner. He served in Korea with […]

Program aids in tracking stolen livestock

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Starting this month, the Fort Worth-based Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association will launch a national Web-based theft-prevention service. The initiative, called the Horse Identification Program or HIP, helps ranchers and law enforcement officers locate stolen horses by recording vital information such as color, description, medical history and brand […]

Special athletes take a ride

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Troy Hill gives emergency medical services personnel a thumbs up before competing in the Special Olympics on Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Some of them needed help guiding their horses around an obstacle course. But judging by the expressions on their faces, this weekend’s […]

True cowboy celebrates century of wild-west living

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Frank Dalton, who is nearly all that is left of the old West, according to his friends and family, turns 100 today. One hundred percent cowboy, Dalton is known for his love for livestock, his rough and tumble attitude, and his ability to properly castrate a stallion. “He is […]

Special olympics comes to Clovis

CNJ STAFF Today, 40 special Olympic athletes will be in Clovis to compete in the state special Olympics equestrian competition. The athletes will compete in events such as showmanship at halter, figure eight and pole bending. Gena Hankins is a volunteer helping with the event. Her 14-year-old daughter Brooke is competing in the competition. She […]

Horse rides help special needs children

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Valdemar Ortiz, 10, left, of Portales, pets Peanut at the Mini-blessings Horse Show. Volunteer Gwen Regnier, 15, prepares to lead Peanut on their ride Thursday at the Curry County Fair. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Fairgrounds provided the stage to showcase some of Clovis’ most unlikely horseback […]

Selling CD for a cause makes horse sense

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Trenton Meeks, 17, of Farwell, brushes 3-year-old quarter horse CD before taking the horse out for a ride Saturday during the Spring Horse Sale at the Clovis Livestock Auction. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King Clovis Livestock Auction owner Danny Rogers estimated 1,000 horses would be sold this weekend in the business’ annual […]

First horse auction of the year today

By Jack King Spring must have arrived in Clovis — Clovis Livestock Auction Inc. will hold its first horse auction this year today, Saturday and Sunday in its sale barn at 504 S. Hull. Held four times a year — in March, May, August and November — the event brings hundreds of people, and horses, […]