Rockin’ M Ranch transforms equestrian arena into community event space
By Daniel Warn / [email protected]
Rockin’ M Ranch was the site of many treasures this weekend as the company hosted a gear sale and swap meet on Saturday, January 15 at its facility.
People came to the ranch at 13102 Vail Road SE and sold their horse-related goods and equipment, with one attendee even giving away equestrian collectibles.
“I’m just selling horse stuff,” said attendee Courtny Bernard, who pointed across her table to horse figurines covered in intricate paints. “These are called painted ponies. …. Each has different numbers and editions. I’m just trying to reduce my collection.
Bernard said business at the sale was “really good”, with many of his items finding new homes. As the Nisqually Valley News spoke with Bernard, a customer came by and bought several of the painted ponies, saying she only liked the “porcelain enamel ones.”
Area resident Heather Williams came to the event to ask for support for her “fur child”.
“I sell stuff to raise money to help pay some (vet) bills for my horse, Pippa,” Williams said. “She fractured her left posterior patella 14 months ago and had surgery. We’re actually going to be able to start rolling next month.
Williams said she has been going to similar local events for the past 14 months as she sells anything she doesn’t want, need or use for the cause. She said people donated items to her to sell to earn money for her vet bills. Although it was not “a cheap undertaking”, Williams noted that “it was worth it”.
“She’s everything to me,” she said. “I’ll never, ever, ever get rid of her. She’s my horse forever – even if I can’t ride her anymore. … I’ll keep her forever. She’ll never be sold. She’s my girlfriend. C is the horse of my dreams.
The event went so well that organizer Kenzie Carson said she plans to offer similar events regularly in the future.
Carson, who owns Rockin’ M Ranch and leases the facility she uses for the business, said the event was more of a community outreach endeavor than anything else. It also helped raise awareness of his business.
“We board horses,” Carson said. “I train horses. We start foals. I start barrel horses and give lessons to children and adults of all ages and riding styles. … We have lots of options – mainly onboarding, training and courses.
Carson has been in Yelm with the company for two years now, although his career spanned 12 years
Originally from Montesano, Carson said she moved the business to Yelm for bigger opportunities. The move also brought it closer to grocery stores and more modern amenities, Carson said. She said the business has thrived at Yelm.
Carson said she was grateful for the event because it helped her let more people know about her offers for horse boarding, lessons and use of the arena, among other offers.
Carson said she was also happy to have been able to offer others a chance to “go out and see people at a local event…and chat with the horse world community.”
Booth spaces at the event had a starting price of $15.
For more information on Rockin’ M Ranch and possible future sales, go online to www.facebook.com/rockinmranch20. Those who want to get involved can contact Carson by phone or text at 360-581-8409.