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Sue and Jewel

Below, you can see our actual show-bill for our last GX Fundraiser Show.  I haven't tried printing one out from the picture, as I'm real low on printer ink.  There are ones that can be taken, hanging at Petro Plus and I have a ton of them here, at home....I'm just 1 1/2 miles from Petro Plus.  So if anyone needs more to put up or have to "fill out in advance", just let me know.
    I'm still looking for volunteers to "run the gate" and picture takers, so I have more pictures to choose from and upload, after the show.
   I also found out, that we may have food, on a small scale, at the show. 

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A Big "Shout-Out" To Our Friend, Donna Klimek

She was kind enough to donate the needed funds, to buy our ribbons for this show!!!

                              
               Updated:  4/7/16

Just wanted to mention that GX Ranch will be having it's final fundraiser show on May 21st.  I'll be putting a lot more info on the GX Facebook page in the next 2 weeks.  Since I am fully retired now, I will have to work to place those that need homes, over the summer.  If I'm successful, I will still want to help as much as I can, but only with 2 or 3 at a time.  That way, it won't be financially difficult.
    This show will require a current Coggins test, as they are required for all other fairground shows.  I plan on also having a silent auction, like we do in the fall.  If anyone has anything to donate, that would be wonderful.  I'm also still hoping to receive 2 more donated trophies.  I'm also looking for someone that is willing to provide & serve food for the contestants.  The money they make, will be all theirs...just leaves me free to help in the arena, take pictures & work at the desk.  Any questions, just email or call.


On another note:  I have 2 new geldings in that are being evaluated by close friends of mine.  They are both doing well and will be pictured on the "For Sale" page, when they come back home!

   

11/14/15: Nigel left for his new home today and part of his sale, involved, taking in a 14 year old, Arab/Quarter Horse.  He's chestnut with a blaze, 3 socks and a flaxen mane and tail.  He's a little guy, approximately 13.2  I plan to take him out for a real ride tomorrow, rode him briefly today.   

 


I've put up most of the 2015 Fall Fundraiser Horse Show pictures on our Great Expectations Facebook page.  
 
 
The Fall Fundraiser Horse Show date for 2015, has been set.  If you scroll down this first page, you will see the details and a copy of the show bill......... 


 

The 2015 Spring Fundraiser was a total success!!!  Great day.....great turn-out.....had so much great help, that I really got to visit with everyone.....couldn't be happier!  To see a ton of photos, go to the "Great Expectations Fundraiser Page" on Facebook.  I'll get a few pics on here, later.

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       The 2014 fall fundraiser was a great success!  Will put up pictures soon.  The first thing I did was to apply for "non-profit" status and we were accepted.  WE ARE NOW OFFICIALLY A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION!!!


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9/7/15  Update:  Our newest gelding, mentioned above, Sultan a.k.a. "Sunny" is at a close friend's stable, being evaluated.  He is doing very well and will post pictures & status, soon.

4/1/15-Update on Sonic:  He will be ridden here in the next week or so, just to be sure he's the same sort of horse he was, when we placed him years ago.  His weight is back on and we'll be putting on new pictures real soon.   He has the most wonderful personality, he's a "people horse" as well as a real clown!

5/1/15-Update on Sonic:  We will be placing him into the right home, at no charge, as a companion horse.  If you go to the page that he's listed on, the "for sale" page....there will be an explanation.




 






 
 
 
 
Here is a copy of our up and coming 2015 "GX Fall Fundraiser" show bill.  I apologize for it's "quality" as I found one from last spring and used "white-out and a pen to make the changes.  Then it got wrinkled, plus a feed can was set on it....so it goes.  At least anyone interested, can see the classes, etc.  It will be the same show that we had last spring.  Hope to see all of you there!  The one difference this fall, is that we will be having the "Silent Auction", as we always do.  It will feature mostly horse related items and art, but there will be some vintage/antique items, as well.  If you have anything you'd care to donate, please contact us, so you can drop it off or we can pick it up!

GX Fall Fundraiser - Show Bill
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The "Fall Fundraiser" for 2015, was the very best one we've ever had.  The weather was perfect, the people were fantastic and the funds that were raised, were "over the top"!  We couldn't be happier!!  We'll be adding pictures, soon.  We want to thank all the contestants, the bidders and all those who helped out, during the show.

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This is a collage I made, using some of the photos taken at out 2014 Fundraiser Horse Show.  I literally ended up printing it out and taking a picture of "the picture", emailing it to us, downloading it a memory card and uploading it on this site.  The site I created it on kept trimming too much off to use their emailed copy.  Just explaining as the quality could have been better.  Will probably add a second one, as I have a lot more pictures.

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These pictures were taken the 2nd day of our Fundraiser Weekend, the day of the trail ride.  There were many more people there, but Brook was only able to grab a few photos as she had her hands full with her horse, that day.  I missed the ride, sadly, as I was extremely sick that weekend, or there would have been a bunch more pictures. 

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Thank you everyone who attended our 2nd annual fundraiser! Thankfully the weather cooperated with us both days, the fun show was a blast and the trail ride was beautiful. The money raised will greatly help with the care of our rescue horses through the winter months.
 
Special thanks to:
Ashley and Mark              Kelly and Joe
Anne N.                             Rene and Lataya
Angie K.                            Shayne and Trista
Nikki and Jade                  Deb
Donna K.                           The Whistlers
Mike N.                               Lena
Jenny S.                            Brandi
Jack and Rosemary         Gwen
Amanda and JoAnn         Josh and Adriane
Janine and Jeff                 Maria and Pam
Donna F.                            J and B Western
Turtle River Equine          A Bit of Tack
Cyrus the Potter              County Line Farrier
Robin                                 Famous Daves
Barb T.                               Rick E.
 
And thank you to those that showed up for the trail ride, it was great to see you all!
 
We will be adding last fall's fundraiser pics in the next week or so......misplaced the memory card and just found it this week.
 
 

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Will be adding more fundraiser photos soon!
 
 
I've been meaning to mention a few of the extraordinary people that have had a big part in helping us out this winter.  I want to thank Carrie for all the beautiful blankets she sent us.  I can't say enough about Ash and Mark and Kelly for all their help when our water froze up this winter....both sources became unusable.  And I really can't forget to thank those of you that have sent donations, always when we need it the most: The Dawsons, the Swansons, Deb,Donna and Barb.  If I'm forgetting anyone, I apologize from the bottom of my heart.
 
Thanks are in order again, this spring!  We'd like to thank Brad, Becky and Pete for their $$$ donation that we were able to use for our annual springtime worming.  Thanks again to Chrissy for her wonderful pony blanket and tack contribution.  We now have pony blankets that are even fancier than our horse ones, not to mention the "Scottish Plaid" pony fly masks.......especially appealing to us, as we're a good part, Scottish......right down to our name!
    A HUGE thank you for the helpers on our spring workdate!!!  Hope to get up a few pictures, soon.  Our good buddies:  Mark and Ash, Kelly and Joe, Trista and Wyatt, Lena and ourselves, managed to set up a huge outdoor arena, they got a hitching post put in for us (our 1st), bad boards replaced on the outside of the barn and remounted feeders and doors adjusted and better latch systems, on the box stalls in the barn.  With all the hard times we all go through, there comes a time like this, when it makes it all worthwhile.
 
We recieved a donation today, that is above and beyond any expectation that we may ever have had.  Vic and Trish Thiedek will be heading for their new home in Tennessee next week.  Trish learned about us through our mutual friend/farrier, Kim Otterson.  She had up to 2 horses/1 donkey that she asked us to take on and place for her as the move would leave her with no time.  She actually was able to place 2 in marvelous homes by herself and in bringing the 3rd to us, today, she gifted us with a driving sulky and a much needed 2-3 horse, slant trailer.  I'm still pinching myself to know that I'm not dreaming!!!  I hope she realizes what a gift this is.  Ours is so in need of repair and to have a back-up trailer is more than we could ever dream of.

Fundraiser 2013:

Below are a series of pictures from our 3rd Annual Fundraiser, they're from our 2nd Annual Fun Show and the following day's trail ride at Pillager State Forest.  Even with the weather being on the "damp" side on Saturday, everyone had a great time! 

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Welcome to Great Expectations Ranch!  We buy and sell and do rescue and rehab.  This is our 14th year doing business.  We always have a variety of horses looking for homes.
 
Please bear with us as "website construction" is a constant learning process for us and it may take a little while to get this site where we want it to be! If you see a horse you're interested in, please feel free to call or email for more information and photos.

Echo Has Found A wonderful New Home

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Sue and Brook McPherson, Pillager, MN (218) 746-4161