May 11, 2012

Bonanza Creek Branding & Graduation

Program Partner Mr. Henry Mc Kinley heelin' calves, showin' how yuh get 'er done...
Army veteran Chris Chaisson learning the ropes of how to flank.
Airman Matt Moody gets in on the action as Program Partner Steve Price brands.
Chris taking some tips from program Partner Grant Mitchell, while Cowboy Up! Graduates Emily Ruch and Sterling Bucholz work on finishing up the job.
All three Cowboy Up! participants working together to get'er done.
Horses For Heroes Cowboy Up! Director Rick Iannucci vaccinating while our very first Graduate, Sterling Bucholz, keeps the calf In place.
Ward on Roper - quite a ropin' team!
Sterling and Chris workin so Eddie can get a perfect brand.
Chris and Matt at the ready to flank.
Matt and Sterling get'er stretched and ready.
Emily getting down and dirty in the action!
Here Emily switches ends to get the feel of both ends!
Veterans helping veterans - correct position is everything.
Rick, Mr. Henry, Chris and Matt just before the next round.

Horseback to get the cows moved out to pasture.
Movin' in to gather...
Four Veterans Cowboying Up!
This little one gets a ride back into the pasture, she just had a busy morning!
Out to pasture they go!
Such beauty!
Unbeknownst to Chris, it is time...
To graduate him into the Order of the Purple Wildrag...
...and into his next phase of learning. Congratulations Chris! Well done!