Clinic draws horses of many colors
March 16, 2016
"Q" the Morgan horse didn't even flinch as he received his yearly vaccinations Saturday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
Sponsored by the Douglas County Sheriff Mounted Posse, the biannual vet clinic drew nearly 60 patients in need of dental work, vaccines, deworming and other routine procedures.
"It's a good thing for the community," Dr. Maria Collins of Great Basin Equine said. "We offer services at discounted rates and donate a portion back to the posse."
Gardnerville resident Sandy Sergott takes advantage of the clinic every year for her horses "Jag," "Beckett" and "Dancer."
"They all got checkups and shots, and Beckett got his teeth floated," Sergott said. "The clinic is wonderful. They give you a better price than what they normally charge. It's a service for the community of people who own horses. I'm here by myself, so the posse helps me manage my horses."
The mounted posse partners with Great Basin Equine twice a year in October and March to offer the vet clinic, however, the spring clinic also offers a tack sale, which boasts more than 20 vendors selling art, tack, jewelry hats, chaps and spurs.
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"It's a little eclectic," Mounted Posse president Linda Garmong said of the sale. "Most of it is horse related, but not all of it. A lot of these people are folks who have things to sell, and needed a venue."
Proceeds from the tack sale help the mounted posse offer free horse evacuations in emergency situations.
Roger Frost of Fernley owns Broken Heart Leatherworks, and has had a booth at the tack sale for three years.
Frost sells handmade belts, purses, chaps, holsters, spur straps and handbags with built-in gun holsters.
"Women spend more money than men do," Frost said referring to his selection of women's products. "A man will buy one holster for one gun, a woman thinks she needs one purse for every outfit."
The 67-year-old retired airman and school bus driver has been working with leather since he was 15.
"I enjoy the creativity," he said. "I will never make two of the same of anything."
Artist Michaele Tristram sold her painted T-shirts and artwork at the sale for the first time Saturday.
After working as a staff artist for the Riverside Press Enterprise in Los Angeles for 12 years, the award-winning artist moved to Washoe Valley in 1974 where she paints and sculpts western designs.
"I'll paint on walls, I'll do horse trailers, I'll paint on anything," she said. "I enjoy art because of the joy people have when you give them a piece of art. It makes them happy."
For more information about The Douglas County Mounted Posse, visit http://www.DCSMPosse.com.
For more information about Great Basin Equine, call 265-7800.