GMR MEMBER OF THE MONTH
Happy New Year! I am Carole Dutcher and I have been a member of GMR for one month. I first learned of GMR through word-of-mouth while I was checking out the Prescott area in July and August, before moving here in November 2018.
I am an animal lover and have had many pets over the years. Before moving to Arizona 10 years ago, my husband and I had a little 5-acre ranch with 3 horses, 3 border collies and 6 cats. Through attrition we are down to just one cat and one horse – my mare, Ellie.
On January 2nd I will have been married for 22 years. I have two step-daughters and three grandchildren. I spent the last 16 years of my working life at Boeing as a computer programmer.
I was born in Seattle and spent the first 60 years of my life there before moving to Tucson. I have lived in Prescott for just 2 months.
My favorite story about Ellie illustrates her cautious, careful self. When she came to me as a 6 year-old, she had to share pasture with our older gelding, Mow, and another mare. Ellie was subservient to the gelding for an entire year while she felt out the situation. But one day as I was turning the three horses out onto a small pasture, Mow tried to bully Ellie out of the way so he could get the best grazing spot. At that point she planted her front feet and kicked out at him with both hind feet and continued backing up and kicking out at Mow until he was outside of the pasture where she made him stay for a short time. She allowed him to come into the pasture once he had shown some respect. From that point forward she was the boss mare.
I haven’t yet had an opportunity to get involved in any of the GMR activities so I would have to say that the meetings are my favorite event so far and I know I will enjoy the trail rides.