Celebrating the Human and Horse Bond
Man’s current relationship with horses can truly be called a “horse of a different color.”
As John Trotwood Moore famously stated:
“Wherever man has left his foot prints in the long ascent from barbarism to civilization,
we find the hoof print of a horse beside it.”
In recent years, the nature and placement of those hoof prints have changed.
They have changed in unexpected ways, opened new ways of seeing and being with horses.
Rather than simply carrying our physical burdens, horses now ease our emotional pains;
in addition to lifting our feet off the ground, horses buoy our spirits and fill our hearts with joy.
Rather than their being servants to us as masters, horses have become our teachers and guides.
Dunrovin Ranch honors this ever changing bond between horse and human through special events and contests:
HORSE OF A DIFFERENT COLOR
On August 19, the Friends of Dunrovin (a 501 c3 nonprofit) hosted Horse of a Different Color as an artistic extravaganza that brought artists together with Dunrovin’s horses and created horses of different colors to raise money for grants to organizations that offer equine assisted therapy.
The event was broadcast on our web camera network where viewers participated by interacting directly with the artists.
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS – VOTE HERE
The public can vote for their favorite “painted pony” by making a $5 donation to the Friends of Dunrovin in the name of the artist/horse combination they wish to support. Each $5 donation constitutes a vote. The total of all donations raised via voting will be shared with the artists who receive the first and second most votes. The first place winner will receive 20% while the second place winner 10% of the net revenues (donations minus credit card processing fees) received in the voting process.
The public will be given an opportunity to vote onsite during the event and online on this website page during the week following the event. Winners will be announced online on this web page and in the local media by Sunday, August 27th.
Lolo Peak Fire Interrupts, But Does Not Stop,
The Horse of a Different Color
Much of the norther Bitterroor Valley in Western Montana was shrouded in smoke as the Lolo Peak fire swept through the Bitterroot Mountains, causing may residents to flee their homes. While the fire has been clearly visible from Dunrovin Ranch, we are in very little danger of it impacting us directly. However, one of the artists who was scheduled to participate in the contest was prevented from attending as she assisted her family at they evacuated her parents’ home. Thank you, Jeannette Wandler, for your incredibly decorative table centerpieces that she made the week before and for serving as the lead artist for our children’s art and horse camp during the week proceeding the Horse of a Different Color.
LIVING WITH PASSION WOMEN’S RETREAT
On September 8 through 10, Dunrovin collaborates Spirit Dance Equine Guided Coaching, Training and Retreats of Minneapolis, Minnesota to offer a women’s spiritual retreat focused on channeling the power of horses to ignite personal passions to live life with greater meaning and purpose.
Please see the contest above to enter to win an all expenses paid trip for you and a friend to participate in this special event.