August 14, 2012 at 12:15 PM

2012 National Day of the Cowboy Celebrations in Santa Fe

"Festivities included demonstrations of cowboy polo, team roping, trick roping, barrel racing, pole bending, plus lots of kid's games "

By Susie Morgan

Hoof Prints in Santa Fe

Susie Morgan is a lifetime lover of horses, the outdoors and lives for adventures. She lives in Las Campanas, and is reconnecting with horses after working 27 years in New York City.


Another great day full of Western activities was hosted this year by Clint at Mortenson’s on Bonanza Creek Road. Festivities included demonstrations of cowboy polo, team roping, trick roping, barrel racing, pole bending, plus lots of kid's games both mounted and on foot in Clint’s fabulous arena at the foot of Lone Butte off Highway 14 (Turquoise Trail). One enterprising fellow even wrote “For Sale” on the side of his horse. Later this horse performed in cowboy polo.

Chuck wagon cook Carl Hawkins was on hand and served an amazing lunch just as he did last year. A number of people showed up for the tack swap. It was a fun Western day with no admission charge. Just like the old days. Pictures tell the whole story.

If you failed to put this on your calendar last year and again this year, make a note that Clint plans this for a late Saturday in July. You don’t need a horse to have fun here. Don’t miss out next year.

Clint is a Santa Fe treasure. He is a famous horseman, saddle maker, and nationally renowned silversmith – the official silversmith for trophy buckles at the Cowboy Capital Classic Reining. Visit his shop on Bonanza Creek Road, or check out his website for upcoming events at his ranch.

Pictures courtesy of Bill Manns