THE FUTURE OF THIS VALLEY
The "High Country Horsemen's Association" (Formally known as "Greater Chama Valley Association"), is a not-for-profit organization of volunteers who are dedicated to offering positive activities geared toward youth and families and seeks to serve the full radius of this Valley, including Dulce.
Our primary mission is to provide a local facility for adult and youth residents as an outlet for a wide variety of community activities.
Funds generated through HCHA efforts go directly toward establishing and promoting youth and community programs that emphasize enrichment activities for both recreation and academics.
“The High Country Horsemen's Association” has embarked on a project that will bring Economic Growth and National recognition to the Valley in the near future. This project consists of a 84,000 sq. ft. entertainment center that will seat 1500 for Rodeo’s and up to 3,000 for Concerts. The entertainment venue will consist of everything from full Rodeo’s, Horse Shows, Concerts, Arts and Crafts Shows, Antique Car Shows, Flea Markets, to 4 H, FFA activities and area historical events. At full build out the facility would include a large meeting/reception room that will seat 250 with a full commercial kitchen.
Future components will consist of additional buildings for boarding of animals and a preparation area, RV parking for show participants and ample parking for spectators.
This event center will be centrally located in the Village of Chama, New Mexico. The Village of Chama is 120 Miles north of Santa Fe, New Mexico in this beautiful Valley, surrounded by the majestic snow-capped San Juan Mountains.
Goals and Activities
HCHA's overall mission is to work for the enrichment of youth programs and generate a more positive local environment for opportunities for the entire valley, including Dulce. As a part of its mission, HCHA is dedicated to placing an accessible and usable center for the entire area. HCHA members are working hard to provide a multi-functional indoor/outdoor events center for their community. Placement of a local events center would provide a safe and sustainable place for activities regardless of the weather. While plans and funds for the center are being develope, HCHA continues to work with local and area groups to provide additional activities and bring a more positive climate to the area.
HCHA is currently partnering with several educational and recreational organizations to provide, "Service Learning Projects", and "Student Work Programs".
Development of an improved rodeo and fair facility in the Valley would advance 4-H and other area youth programs allowing for a higher caliber of performance by participants. The Events Center also provides expanded recreational activities for youth that are not available through the school grounds facilities. The center can be used as a staging area for both indoor and outdoor events. HCHA would make these facilities available to youth rodeo free or at a reduced cost. Local youth participate in 4-H and other local rodeo activities but do not have regular access to a facility which allows them adequate time to practice their skills to bring them to the caliber that allows them to be competitive at a regional or national level.
Recent and Upcoming Events
CALENDER OF EVENTS 2007
January 1st 2009, Starting in May we will be holding weekend Horsemanship clinics for Children of all ages. Last years clinics were very successful you will find some pictures on pages 3. We are also scheduling animal maintenance classes.
Starting in June we will schedule Team Roping, Barrel racing and Pole Bending events on the third saturday of June, July, August and September. We will also schedule events to support local 4H clubs to prepare their animals for the county fair.
The Association in cooperation with the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad has constructed a Red Brick Walkway in the center of town. The area is called the "Clock Park", it features a 16 ft high four face clock, picnic tables, and our walkway. The Association decided to use red paving bricks that can be engraved. As a fundraiser we are selling the bricks, you can have up to three lines with eleven characters per line. There is a picture below. These bricks are selling for $150.00 ea. If you would like to help the Association with our project there is a request form available on page four. You can print this page or use it as an example of the information required. Presently we have sold quite a few Bricks but there are still a lot remaining so get yours soon.