Montrose, Colorado – January 28, 2016
Mountain States Ranch Rodeo announces it will host the Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program’s first Colorado Rendezvous in Montrose this September. The JMHP is a skills development and mentoring program for wounded and disabled veterans from all military branches. MSRR is hosting this event in partnership with the Alpine Bank, Semper Fi Fund, Welcome Home Montrose, J and Ray Outfitters, Toads Guide Shop and other area businesses.
Bringing this program to Montrose came through the efforts of JMHP Foreman, Col. John Mayer, USMC Retired and MSRR’s Doug Roberts. Mayer and Roberts first connected in July of 2015 while on a cattle drive near Sheridan, Wyoming. Roberts along with friend and cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell performed for the JMHP vets around a campfire one evening. “After that night, I knew we have to do more for our veterans” says Roberts. “Spending time with these courageous men and women, learning of their experiences in combat and the challenges of coming home was a life changing experience.” Working together, Col. Mayer, Roberts and a group of Montrose business friends set about creating the Colorado Rendezvous.
After a scouting trip to the western slope last fall, the Colorado Rendezvous quickly began coming together. On September 9th, MSRR will host a fundraising event featuring a barbecue dinner, auction, and performances by western troubadour Brooke Turner and buckaroo poet Waddie Mitchell. 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program. On Saturday September 10th, Col. Mayer and his group will join in the fun at the Mountain States Ranch Rodeo Finals. Afterwards, JMHP vets will participate in a multi-day backcountry horse packing clinic with Larry Franks, owner of J and Ray Outfitters. Upon completion of the packing clinic, those veterans will pack another group of vets into Black Canyon for a Gunnison River fishing trip facilitated by Tim Kenney of Toads Guide Shop.
For more information about the Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program and the Semper FI Funds visit www.semperfifund.org.