What’s Left?

Oct 13th, 2011 | By admin | Category: Opinion

By Lee McLane Editor/Publisher and Simba the late Squeaks adoptive baby

This is a big week in Beebe. First we have Homecoming Friday - with the parade then crowning of the royalty and the football game. Then Saturday, we have Fall Fest - downtown Beebe, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. It will be a fun couple of days and the weather is predicted to be perfect. Come out and enjoy both these events! I know you’ll have fun!

Last night (Tues.) on David Letterman Show, he had a guest who was a young lady who worked at a “dude ranch” - I know they call it something else  but you know, it’s where they ride horses up in the mountains in Utah or Montana or somewhere like that. Anyway, this young lady was the head of a group of 8 people riding up into the mountains. There was a little 8 yr. old boy on a horse behind her and his father on the horse behind him and then the other horses behind the father. Suddenly, the young lady’s leader horse, Tonk, stopped and started looking toward a big bush ahead and a little deer suddenly jumped out and ran right into her horse, then ran down the line of horses and kept going. Right after that, and the young lady knew something big was after the deer, a big 750 lb. grizzly bear came running out of the bush, saw the deer running past the horses, and immediately took sight on the 8-yr. old boy whose horse had turned to the right, off the line of horses. The other horses, except the leader’s horse, Tonk, turned and headed down the hill and back to the ranch. The little boy was barely hanging onto his horse - as this was his first ride on a horse. The young lady, knowing that she had to protect this kid from the bear, directed her horse to charge at the bear - something a normal horse would probably not do and would likely throw the rider off. But her horse, Tonk, bravely complied with his rider’s wishes and they got within 10 ft. of the bear and the bear veered off and still was eyeing the child.  This young lady (I wish I could remember her name - but I can’t) then turned her horse between the bear and the direct line of the child and charged the bear once more. This time the bear stood up on it’s hind legs and was eye level with the young lady. The horse charged on and the bear gave in and ran back into the wilderness. The young child was picked up and safe.

Isn’t that an amazing story? And to make it even better, this young lady ended up buying the horse from the ranch - since she and the horse had really bonded after this experience. That would have been a terrifying experience but this young lady was incredibly brave. She saw the protection of her group as her paramount duty and she lived up to that responsibility. They even had the horse on David Letterman Show. It was a very large horse - 17 1/2 hands high. Big horse. Anyway, it was a good story that I wanted to share with you.

Go to your happy place.

See you next week!