Friesian Riders featured at Independence Day Celebration in Delta County

Jul 6, 2012

KLONDIKE- Patriotism will be celebrated on Saturday, July 7 in Klondike. The public is invited to this star-spangled event hosted by the Klondike Volunteer Fire Department.

There will be an All-American supper offered of hamburgers and hotdogs to raise money to support the department as well as carnival games, volleyball and dominoes prior to the must see fireworks show at dark.

New to this year’s event will be Friesian horseback riders from Wind Dancer Ranch in Cooper adorned in patriotic fashion. Ranch owners Bryan Blaylock and Heather Bonser will be speaking on the opportunities offered at their Ranch including Horses for Heroes, Friesian Horse Rescue and Horse Animal Rescue.

“We want people to see them,” said Heather, noting their presentation will be from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. that Saturday.

During the recent Grand Opening of the Horses for Heroes Program, Wind Dancer Ranch invited a Delta County military family, Michael and Amy Ritland, and their daughters, 7-year old Sydney and 5-year old Audrey to be honored guests on the farm.

“This program gives guests a whole farm experience not just a horse experience. It just makes the whole aspect nicer,” said Heather.

The Horses for Heroes Program provides affordable recreational and instructional Equine, health, wellness and healing programs with horses and other animals in a farm setting for active duty military, veterans and wounded warriors, first responders, critical care and hospice care personnel, special needs teachers and their respective families. To find out more information on this program, to find out of you qualify, to apply, or to be a sponsor, contact or call the home office at 888.9US.HERO.

In their four years in Cooper, Wind Dancer Ranch thrives on family.

“They [the animals] are a part of our family and as you can see they all get along,” said the owner.

She is looking forward to the Klondike holiday event and more upcoming events like the day camp they are planning to host in August. They also offer lessons, farm tours and a petting zoo.

They take their work with the many animals they care for – whether it is the smallest chick to a colt or a large Friesian horse – very seriously and with lots of tender loving care.

“We need to look at what God has given us and the animals he has given us…this is something we try to bring where applicable out at this farm,” said Heather.

To find out more information on the Horses for Heroes program, visit the Ranch’s website at or call the Program’s home office at 888.9US.HERO.