Ranchers help raise funds for community children | PostIndependent.com

Ranchers help raise funds for community children

John GardnerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Special to the Post Independent/Charles Hilton

BATTLEMENT MESA, Colo. John Lyons of Parachute is a man who’s made a living on and around horses. Horses are just a part of his life like some folks have cars.Lyons’ Web site boasts that he’s “America’s most trusted horseman” and tells of his great accomplishments spanning his 25-year horse-training career.Even though his career keeps him and his wife Jody busy on their ranch near Parachute, they still find time to give back to their community in the way they know best: teaching people about horses. “We do it because we love the community center, and they are such a wonderful asset for the community,” Jody said. “This is a great way for us to help them out.”

The Lyonses are holding the 2007 Battlement Mesa Activity Center’s Children’s Program Fund Raiser. This is the second time the couple has partnered with the community center to hold the event that focuses on teaching kids how to develop a relationship with a horse.”We did this a couple of years ago, and it was a good turnout,” Jody said. “And with the money we raise the center is able to use the money for whatever they need.”In 2005, the event raised a little more than $3,500, which went to purchase playground equipment for toddlers at the community center. As big a help as that was for the community center, the Lyonses do it for other reasons as well.”We do it because it’s something that we can do at our place because we have the facility,” Jody said. “We make enough to make a difference, but the focus is on the kids. Being able to teach is what John enjoys, and teaching people to be safe with their horse is his goal.”John will be doing demonstrations throughout the day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and there will be dinner and dancing from 5-9 p.m. All proceeds from the event will be used to expand the Battlement Mesa Activity Center’s children’s game room.After all, that’s what it’s all about.

“That’s right,” Jody said. “The focus is on the kids.”Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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