Roaring Fork Valley Horse Council

KeepHorsesOnTrails

aka n/a   |   Snowmass, CO   |  http://rfvhorsecouncil.org

Mission

The Mission of the RFVHC is to provide a unified voice for equine related interests by working to preserve access to trails, promoting charitable involvement in equine related experiences and activities, educating the public on equestrian issues, providing connections and resources for the equine community, and supporting the overall well‐being of horses and horsemanship.

Ruling year info

2010

Current President

ms Karin Reid Offield

Vice President

Rheta Fulton

Main address

PO Box 127

Snowmass, CO 81654 USA

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EIN

20-3576588

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (Y12)

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Our programs

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RFV Covid-19 Hay Bank

The RFVHC, in cooperation with End of the Trail Rescue from Olathe, CO, is establishing a Covid-19 haybank program. Hay will be available to those in need at either a discounted rate or at no cost. The primary goal of this program is to keep animals IN THEIR HOMES. When disasters such as this current pandemic occur, animals become unable to be cared for at an exponential rate. If we can assist our fellow community members and their animals through this crisis - we can prevent an increase in starving, neglected and unwanted horses and other large animals, not to mention help people keep their beloved animals with them.

Population(s) Served

The Roaring Fork Valley Horse Council is involved with the BLM and other partners in building a 12 mile horse and hiking only trail, the beautiful “Crown Jewel Horse Trail”. This spectacular trail will connect the Glassier Parking Lot off of Hooks Spur Lane in Emma and will traverse Crown Mountain to the Divide Parking Lot at the top of Prince Creek Road and West Sopris Creek Road. The views are breathtaking, there are looped rides if you prefer a shorter distance and the parking is easy to access, safe and excellent. This trail is not open to bicycles or 4-wheelers.

We are pursuing various avenues for grants, and no matter our source of funding the Horse Council will provide a minimum of $3-5000.00 this year adding to the $4000.00, which we spent last year on trails. We are proud to announce that we worked with partners Rocky Mountain Youth Corps; the RF Outdoor Volunteers; and the Roundup Riders of the Rockies; with additional supporters Pitkin County Open Space and Trails; Bob and Sue Pietrzak; Diana and Howard Vagneur and Western Adventures Inc.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Aspen Fire is excited to coordinate a Large Animal Rescue class taught by experts coming up from the Front Range area.The training is scheduled to be held on August 6-7-8, the classes are to help train and equip a valley-wide Large Animal Rescue response team.
This class was initially brainstormed by both law and fire agencies in response to multiple large animal incidents. They will be training a multi-disciplinary team consisting of not only law, fire and EMS responders but also Veterinarians from the valley.


They will be offering two courses. The First Course is targeted at the Awareness/Operations level responders that will be an evening class on how to operate around large animals to keep the responders and animals safe. The Second Class is a two-day hands-on Technician Level Training that will likely be attended by
representatives from all law and fire agencies in the valley, the DOW and Forest Service.


BACK STORY: There have been a number of large animal calls in Pitkin County recently and want to be more prepared as a valley to respond to these incidents whether it’s a horse stuck in an overturned trailer, an elk stuck in a pond, a large animal stuck in the mud or an animal injured on a trail.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Glenwood Vet Clinic and Zoetis will give away 40 vaccines, bringing awareness to our valley about the CoreEQ vaccine that inoculates horses against Rabies, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Western Equine Encephalitis, Tetanus and West Nile Virus. These are all diseases that we do not want in the RFV valley and can be transmitted via vectors or other animals.

The RFVHC asks all our members to reach out to your friends that own horses to tell them about this offer of free vaccines. We will be holding a Zoom educational meeting in September 2020 to answer many questions. Stay tuned for details.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We asked, and You answered! In 2021 RFV Horse Council sponsored a Trail Survey for Hikers and Horseback Riders, with 25 Questions about Trails & the Equestrian Access to Truck and Trailer Parking in the Roaring Fork Valley. So, in the respondents own words, in 2022 the RFVHC included their advice, their reactions and their hopes providing these comments and solutions for solving the signage and parking problems and the multi-use conflicts. There are 12 Roaring Fork Valley trails covered in these documents.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families
Academics
Farmers
Veterans

With a 2021 trails grant from the Roundup Riders of the Rockies and the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, the RFVHC Board of Directors decided to use this labor with our partners to work at Sutey Ranch removing old homestead barbed wire and creating safer travel for wildlife, horses and hikers enjoying the Sutey trails. This immense task was assigned 3 days of work.

During the week of July 26th, the RMYC crew removed approximately 1 mile of barbed wire fence totaling approximately 1,000lbs. The wire and about 2/3rds of the t-posts were recycled at Green Zone in Silt.

Sutey Ranch is managed for Wildlife Habitat year-round and is open to hikers and equestrians from April 15 through November 30th. The Red Hill Bike Access Trail - called the Northside Access Trail to Red Hill SRMA - is open from June 1 – September 30th. No other routes on Sutey Ranch are open to Mountain Bikes.

Population(s) Served

In the summer of 2021, the RFVHC, together with the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, TOSV and a team of RF Outdoor Volunteer leaders improved this trail last week. The two-day work was made possible through the generosity of our partners, RFVHC members and by a grant from the Round Up Riders of the Rockies for RFVHC summer 2021 projects.

Equestrians and hikers will immediately notice the trails improvements. TOSV land manager Brandon Hawksley color flagged the trail, marking each task along the route. Based on the preference from crew leaders of RMYC, the crew remained together for both days of trail work. The first day and a half was spent rerouting the upper section around the pond. This included clearing existing brush and sage, scratching in a trail, and completing the finish work of tread. The remainder of the project was spent corridor cutting from the reroute back down trail to lower fork.


Population(s) Served
Adults
Families
Adults
Families
Farmers
Artists and performers
Academics
Adults
Families
Farmers
Artists and performers
Academics

Where we work

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How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve all the equestrians, and their families in the area of the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond to Grand Junction and to Vail, Colorado.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email, Newsletters asking for feedback,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In collecting the data from an earlier Survey Monkey in 2016, the RFVHC provided the City of Aspen with a response document that addressed the issues revealed in the Survey and the RFVHC laid out guide lines that would assist the local Cozy Point Ranch with better management for their clients, and better care for their animals. Had we not created the survey, we would not have spoken up as comprehensively.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board, Our funders, Our community partners, Land Managers, BLM, USFS, CPW and county staff and council persons. We reach out to Colorado governm,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    They are beginning to entrust us with a louder voice that represents our membership. It is all for our membership and the horses.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It's all a lot of work, we try to get it all done. We are a volunteer Board of Directors/no staff,

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Roaring Fork Valley Horse Council

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Karin Reid Offield

President


Board co-chair

Susan Cuzio

Secretary

Susan Cuzio

Holly McLain

Marty Schlumberger

Sam Johnson DMV

Rheta Fulton

Alexandra Anwyl-Davies

Karin Reid Offield