Westside Briefs:
Annual Horse Show at Norris-Penrose

       About 800 horses and riders will complete in the 28th Annual Colorado Summer Classic Horse Shows June 16-20 and 23-27 at the Norris-Penrose Event Center.
       Sponsored by OSM Horse Shows, the equestrian event will be staged in cooperation with the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Foundation.
       Competition will run daily on the show dates, with a $25,000 Grand Prix at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 19 as well as Saturday, June 26.
       Grandstand seating is free to all the jumping events.
       Each grand prix will also feature a clubhouse “VIP party,” with proceeds benefiting the SaddleUP! Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides horse therapy for the mentally, emotionally, and physically challenged.
       For more information, call Carole O'Brien, show director, at (303) 638-9339, and/or go to www.coloradoclassichorseshows.com.
      
       New OCCHS board
       The new board and directors for the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) were determined at the May 14 meeting. As reported in the June 3 Pioneer, Phil McDonald has replaced Joanne Karlson, who stepped down after two years.
       Other new officers are Vice President Janice deChadenades and Secretary Sharon Swint.
       Johnie Jackson continues as treasurer.
       There are two new board members - Dave Murray and Suzanne Schorsch. Continuing board members are Beverley Disch, Tom Hendrix and Paul Shepard.
       The non-profit, all-volunteer OCCHS owns and operates the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St.
      
       Ranch opening day
       Featuring the annual sheep shearing and weaving demonstrations, the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site opened for the season June 5, and will continue regular hours Wednesday through Saturday until Aug. 14.
       Ranch manager Andy Morris said 400 to 500 people attended the first day, which was a “good crowd” but short of last year's record of 700.
       Rock Ledge is an 1880s-style working ranch at the lower end of the Garden of the Gods, off Gateway Road at 30th Street. It is owned by the city, but because of budget issues this year has become entirely dependent on admission fees and donations.
       For more information, call 578-6781.
      
       Range Riders
       The roughly 160 Range Riders will ride their horses from the downtown to the Norris-Penrose Event Center after their annual Street Breakfast June 23.
       Both breakfast and ride are lead-ins to the 70th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, which will be July 14-17 at Norris-Penrose.
       Starting at about 8 a.m., the riders' route from downtown will take them west on Colorado Avenue then left at Limit Street, across Highway 24 onto Eighth Street, right at Rio Grande Street and up to the Event Center.
       After that, the riders will continue on with the Range Ride, lasting five days in all at an outlying location in the region.
      
       Scholarship luncheon
       The Plains and Peak Club of the Qwest Pioneers held a luncheon at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie 143, 1050 S. 21st St., May 22 to award five $500 scholarships in its Colorado Springs District.
      
       Rabies concern
       People with dogs and cats - and even horses this year - are being advised to give them rabies vaccinations or make sure their shots are up to date.
       Part of the problem is a growing number of rabies-afflicted skunks, according to El Paso County Health officials. In the past year, two cases of horses with rabies (the first in 25 years) have been confirmed.
       Additional rabies precautions are:
  • Do not feed, touch, or handle wild animals.
  • Teach children to leave wildlife alone.
  • Do not leave pet food or livestock feed in areas accessible to wildlife.
  • Maintain control of your pets by keeping cats indoors and dogs under direct supervision.
  • Spay or neuter pets.
  • Call the Humane Society or Colorado Division of Wildlife office if you see an animal, dead or alive, with rabies.

           Book published
           Westsider Chris Swanson designed and laid out a recently published travel essay book titled “University of Gravel Roads: Global Lessons from a Four-Year Motorcycle Adventure,” by Rene Cormier.
           The Mesa Road-area resident works at Memorial Health Systems as their Web Communications and Marketing Strategist, and is also an independent marketing consultant/designer.

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