Horses, riders invited to ranch in Elbert County


The Elbert-Douglas County Livestock Association is hosting the fourth Ride with the Ranchers, raising money for the association's scholarship programs and community activities.

The ride is at 10 a.m. June 29 at association member Tom Conley's J Open A working ranch. The J Open A Ranch is east on Highway 86, six miles past Kiowa, off of Freese Road. Directional signs will be posted on Highway 86 east of Kiowa and along Freese Road to the J Open A Ranch.

“The Conley Ranch provides a relaxed setting for a spacious ride with scenic views overlooking the expansive Bijou Basin,” said Bear Kay, Ride co-chair. “We're excited to once again host a ride that provides a fun and relaxed experience for both horse and rider.”

The ride is expected to last three hours, with an optional hour and a half ride for riders who want less time in the saddle, Kay said.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. with carrots and apples for the riders' horses and the first of three sealed envelopes that contain cards for the poker hand part of the ride. The poker ride awards prizes for the best, second best and worst hands.

The ride begins at 10 a.m., followed by a picnic luncheon at 1 p.m. The cost for the ride is $45 for adults, $20 for riders younger than 12 years and $30 for association members.

Visitors can join for a steak lunch by calling Peggy Roos at 303-646-2656. The cost for lunch, without a ride, is $25 for adults and $12 for children younger than 12.

The association also offers a $50 “Ride Special” which includes a $25 paid association annual membership, along with the $45 poker ride, steak lunch and door prizes. The Elbert-Douglas County Livestock Association membership includes a free hamburger fry July 10, a 5 percent discount at the Elizabeth and Kiowa Country Corner Feed Stores and dinner at the annual meeting.

For a registration form or for more information, visit

Saddle up with the ranchers

What: Ride with the Ranchers poker ride and steak luncheon

When: 10 a.m. June 29; registration begins at 9 a.m.

Who: The Elbert-Douglas County Livestock Association

Where: The J Open A Ranch in Elbert County

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