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A Texas cowboy school


Fri, Apr 13th, 2001
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By Mary T. BellMonday, April 16, 2001

In February, over 1,000 people gathered to participate in a benefit for Tom Dorrance in Fort Worth, Texas. Dorrance is a horseman who has gained respect and admiration for helping to popularize a gentler style of working with horses. Called Natural Horsemanship, it is a logical process of establishing a relationship with a horse through understanding rather than by using force.

This once-in-a-lifetime event began early Saturday morning when Ray Hunt walked his horse into the center of the W.R. Watt Arena at the Will Rogers Memorial Complex. Ray was one of Toms students and is an extraordinary horseman and teacher.

"Were here to honor my friend," he said, explaining that Tom could not attend because of poor health.

For the next two days Ray served as the Master of Ceremonies and Instructor for a Colt Starting and a Horsemanship Class. The audience had the rare opportunity to watch 68 world-class Natural Horsemanship Clinicians become Toms students. The list of Clinicians read like a Whos Who of Cowboys and included Buck Branniman, Brian Newberg, Joe Woelter, Craig Cameron, Lester Mc Clorey, Lee Smith, Michael Richardson and Pat Parelli.

As 40 two-year old horses were ushered into four round pens, Ray said, "Toms here. Hes watching, so make him proud." His voice cracked, "Now, do a good job boys."

Then each Clinician concentrated on his assigned horse, using Natural Horseman techniques to catch and get it "started." "Breaking" is considered a dirty word in the world of Natural Horsemanship.

"Remember, its feel following a feel," Ray said. Even though I had a sense of what he meant, I was puzzled. Whats feel following a feel supposed to mean? Is it possible to explain that concept to a new rider who wants to have a good relationship with a horse?

The Clinicians did not talk to their horses, they didnt even whisperinstead, they worked by feel; carefully coordinating their movements with the horse, getting its attention, then getting it to move in the way they wanted, gently controlling, always working on establishing a one-to-one relationship.

At times it looked like a four-ring circus and was difficult to watch all the Clinicians. It was a circus without whips, shouting or loud music. In fact, it was more like a symphony of motion, with each Clinician displaying an extraordinary sense of feeling, timing and balan .....
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Apr 13th, 2001
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New Homes Remodeling Additions
Poured Basement Walls Driveways Retaining Walls
Agriculture Horse Barns Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Apr 13th, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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Apples, Apples, Apples!

Fri, Apr 13th, 2001
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PINETREE APPLE ORCHARD
Apples for everybody. Apples in pies, apples in doughnuts, rollovers, muffins and bread. Apples in the freshest cider you've ever tasted. Apples for every taste and purpose. C'mon out...we know the ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Apr 13th, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesotas scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Fud 4 Thot

Fri, Apr 13th, 2001
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Maxxximum Madcap

Answer:

HOPPING MAD

Fud 4 Thot

Fri, Apr 13th, 2001
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Maxxximum MadcapWeekly cartoon, Max, Maxxx, Maxxximum, Madcap, food for thought, fud 4 thot

Journal Profile #84

Fri, Apr 13th, 2001
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
Personal Hero: My mother
Hobbies: Se ..... 
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Baked Rhubarb

Fri, Apr 13th, 2001
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Baked Rhubarb

Filling
3 cups rhubarb
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix and put in a greased pan.

Topping
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup butter
1-1/4 ..... 
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