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July 9, 2013
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Pony Express rides into Dangberg Home Ranch

Dangberg melodrama heroine, Kim Copél, is glad she is nothing like her character in life.

“She is pathetic and ditsy, and clueless,” she said. “I’m glad I’m not really her.”

The Saturday and Sunday production of “Tall in the Saddle” is Copél’s first old-fashioned melodrama

“I’m enjoying working with the other actors. They’re fun and they’re very talented,” she added. “The best thing about this is it’s a fun, family event.”

“Tall in the Saddle” or “The Mail Must Go Through” takes place at The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park, with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch.

The production continues the story of Rusty Hinges, a ranch owner who is now working at the Genoa Pony Express Station. Rusty is joined by Pony Mike and his trusty steed, Billy Bob, along with other colorful characters.

“Since the appearance of the horse in last year’s was so impressive, I wanted to have more horses, so I thought I’d write about the Pony Express,” writer and director Dave Thomas said. “We have three people from the National Pony Express Association and two of the horses that have participated in the reride.”

Dwight Borges plays the villain in the melodrama, and said he enjoys being bad.

“I thought being a villain would be the funnest thing ever,” he said. “I get to be a horse thief, and horse around with my wife, the lady sheriff and the heroine.”

Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park Curator Mark Jensen plays a businessman looking to develop a big box store in Carson Valley.

Besides having 30 lines to remember Jensen said he is hopeful the event will bring more people to the park.

“It’s wonderful the park is being used for this kind of event,” he added. “I express sincere thanks to all the volunteers who have made this melodrama a reality, and it’s very funny.”

Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for children 16 and younger. They are available at Joyce’s Fine Jewelry, Plant It Nursery, Battle Born Wine, The Entertainer, or at

Gates open at 4 p.m., with the performance at 5 p.m. Wine and beer will be available for sale by the Friends of Dangberg, and the Carson Valley Lions Club will be selling burgers and soft drinks. Alternately, ticketholders can bring their own picnic, and must bring lawn chairs or blankets as seating is not provided. Visitors can also buy tickets for a your choice prize raffle, and shop in the museum store. Dogs are not allowed, with the exception of certified working animals.

The melodrama is sponsored by Joyce’s Fine Jewelry in Gardnerville.

For more information, call 783-9417, or visit

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The Record Courier Updated Jul 9, 2013 02:16PM Published Jul 9, 2013 02:10PM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.