For Wendy Lind, the Hayden Horsepower clinic wasn’t only a horse coaching occasion, however a chunk of one thing a lot larger.
The occasion Saturday marked a return to regular after a 12 months of COVID-19 lock down and a step in the direction of placing Hayden on the map as a vacation spot city of its personal, not only a bed room neighborhood to Steamboat Springs.
Lind, who owns Axial Arts Structure in Hayden, obtained a $10,000 grant from the Hayden Financial Improvement Committee to assist deliver occasions to the city.
The committee awarded the grant in 2020, however COVID-19 compelled Lind to place a halt on occasions. Now that Routt County is again within the low-risk degree, and 67% of residents have obtained their vaccines, Lind is happy to carry extra occasions on the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden.
“We need to be approachable and create an surroundings the place folks can ask us about different occasions and produce other concepts,” Lind mentioned. “We’re simply getting going, and I actually encourage folks, if they’ve an concept or an occasion they went to placed on right here, attain out to us.”
Mary Alice Web page-Allen, Hayden planning and financial improvement director, mentioned the grant is about using Hayden’s assets to advertise the city and supply a wide range of occasions all can get pleasure from.
“It’s about taking the assets that Hayden already had and turning it into one thing that’s actually profitable,” Web page-Allen mentioned.
For one of many city’s first occasions in additional than a 12 months, Lind introduced Kip Fladland, a Montana-based horse coach, to guide a three-day clinic for about 20 folks and their horses on the fairgrounds.
Fladland stood contained in the fairground’s indoor enviornment Saturday and led instructions to the group over a cordless microphone.
“You need to get them to guide and never have to tug them,” he instructed the group in instructing them to instill extra self-sufficiency of their horses.
“We’re attempting to get these horses to experience extra effectively, as if we weren’t driving them in any respect,” Fladland mentioned. “We’re attempting to get them to be extra attentive to our aids and work for higher communication and a greater relationship between the horse and the individual.”
Lind mentioned whereas the occasions are supposed to function a enjoyable outing for Yampa Valley residents, they’re additionally meant to deliver extra income to Hayden’s native companies. Whereas most individuals Saturday have been locals, Lind mentioned they did have a number of from the Entrance Vary.
“It’s actually nice for us small enterprise homeowners, as a result of when we’ve got clinics or occasions on the town, all of a sudden folks come; they’ve breakfast, lunch and dinner right here and go to our companies,” mentioned Tammie Delaney, proprietor of Wild Goose Espresso on the Granary. “It’s nice for us as companies to have one thing that attracts folks in and will get them to remain.”
Whereas Saturday’s occasion was thought of a foundational coaching, a number of longtime riders nonetheless attended the occasion and mentioned they loved it.
“It’s a blessing that I solely dwell 2 miles from the Routt County fairgrounds, and I’ve great entry to this lovely enviornment,” mentioned Sandy Messing, a Hayden resident. “I’ve been engaged on my horses for years, and we simply wanted a refresher course on our fundamental coaching.”