'Evening of Horses' tonight

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On Friday evening, the High Plains Mustang Club will host its 'Evening of Horses' at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. Wild horses, local veterans and the role of horses in history will be featured.

"It's going to be a fun evening of horse-related entertainment," said Dona Shue, president of the High Plains Mustang Club.

Along with recognizing veterans and horses, there will be several demonstrations. The Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard -- the only color guard in the Western region -- will perform a routine and present the colors. There also will be demonstrations on equine massage therapy and how to properly drive with horses.

On Saturday, the Bureau of Land Management Sil-ent Horse Adoption and Colorado Wild Horse Show will take place at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

The adoption and horse show will feature wild horses.

The adoption will begin at 9 a.m. and go to 3:30 p.m. It will be a silent auction, and horses will be awarded at 4 p.m.

This year, there will be 10 wild horses up for adoption, most of which are from Nevada, Wyoming and California.

Valerie Dobrich, a wild horse specialist, said the main intent of the two days is to show how useful wild horses can be.

"In this part of the state, we do use them (wild horses) for everything," she said. "These horses are versatile, usable and adaptable."

She also said BLM needs good adopters to give these horses a home.

Patrons will be able to see the beauty and resourcefulness of wild horses at the horse show.

The Colorado Wild Horse show will take place all day, has 52 classes and will feature only wild horses. The show is part of a three-state circuit that takes place in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming. Colorado is the second leg of the competition.

Patti Mosbey, a BLM volunteer, said the horse show will show the public the value, trainability and beauty of the wild horses.

"They're (the public) going to be amazed by the variety of the wild horses," she said.

For more information about the 'Evening of Horses,' call Dona Shue at 824-9406. For more information about horse adoption contracts, call Valerie Dobrich at 878-3839, and for more information about entering the horse show, call Patti Mosbey at 824-9505.

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