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"Gully Run" and "Spring Forward", exhibited in Ranchlands' 2016 Art Show
December 6, 2016

Ranchlands in Paint

She came to the Chico an architectural painter. Now she’s a renowned Western artist. Spotlight on the longtime Ranchlands art show participant Jill Soukup.

November 8, 2016

The Most Fun You Can Have On Four Legs

Have you ever wondered what a human-sized chicken carrying a giant pumpkin while astride a galloping horse might look like? Of course you have. Well thanks to the first ever Ranchlands Horse Sports, that burning question — and many more like it — will never plague humanity again!

This past Sunday was illuminating in so many ways. Do ponies named Corvette enjoy taking both the littlest and lankiest members of the ranch crew on a double ride? Nope. Does a gold

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November 7, 2016

Pedometer

The pedometer on my phone tells me I’ve traveled an average of 11.62 miles (22,687 steps) per day during my time at the Chico (10 months). Thanks horse!

By Chico Basin ranch management apprentice Eric Sauerhagen

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Sandhill Cranes fill the skies of the San Luis Valley every spring prior to dispersing to their northern nesting grounds.
October 26, 2016

Cranes

Yesterday morning we rode from headquarters in the dark to get a jump start on the cattle. We hit the back of the pasture right at 7 o’clock when the sun was rising. In the distance I could hear an unfamiliar sound at the nearby reservoir. As I went about moving cattle, a flock of Sandhill Cranes took flight from the water and continued on their migration.

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October 10, 2016

Morning

Sunrise on Wednesday morning. The silence before the storm. A minute later the engine of a motorcycle gives the horses their wakeup-call and they start running towards the corrals. Another workday. Good morning Chico!

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August 22, 2016

Ranchlands Down Under: Learning the Lingo

Another important part of working on the station was learning the local slang that the crew used every day. The first week I was a bit confused about what they were saying but I was able to sort it out in no time. Here are a few of my favorites and most common:

Bitchumen- asphalt road
Sanga- sandwich
Crook- sick
Esky- cooler
Gabbies- crawfish
Swag- bedroll
Avo- afternoon
Dary- cigarette
Yards- corrals
Ute- truck
Maccas- McDonald’s
Winge- complain
Kip- nap
Keen- eager
Perishin- thirsty
Pad- cattle trail
Tail out- graze out
Plant- remuda, horse string
Bore- water

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August 19, 2016

Mile High Bug Club

In the film A Bug’s Life the heroes are ants while the villains are grasshoppers. The Pharaoh Ramesses II compared Hittite armies to locusts and in an Aesop fable called The Ant and the Grasshopper ants worked hard all summer while grasshoppers played; the result being ants survived the winter while the grasshoppers perished.  In an Anton Chekov short story, Poprygunya, an unfaithful woman is compared to a grasshopper “hopping from one man to another.”

Under suitable environmental conditions, billions of

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August 15, 2016

Determination

With this kind of work you need to have a good sense of humour. Our spirits were still high, although it took a good three hours of gruelling  determination and numerous alternative methods, for us to realise we really weren’t going anywhere. Luckily for us, a rescue vehicle was called in and we all arrived back at the Chico safely.

By Chico Basin intern Belle Cox

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August 8, 2016

Journey to Ixtlan

“Every warrior has a place of his predilection which is soaked withunforgettable memories, where powerful events left their mark, a place where he haswitnessed marvels, where secrets have been revealed to him, a place where he has storedhis personal power.A warrior has the obligation to go back to that place of his predilection every time hetaps power in order to store it there. He either goes there by means of walking or bymeans of dreaming.”

Carlos Castaneda “Journey to Ixtlan”

When I

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August 2, 2016

Leather

Last week in my rustic office, (know as the Chico’s leather shop and saddle house) smells shifted throughout the day from leather to horse sweat to beeswax as I built products to be sent out to several of our ranches and customers. The projects included card pouches (pictured) for the shop at Zapata, headstalls for our horses at the Wilder Ranch in South Dakota, bracelets and dog collars for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, and jewelry cases for

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