Trainer talks horse ownership

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Christina Calloway Wendy Toombs has been around horses her whole life and that love and knowledge for horses transitioned into adulthood. Owner of Abrazos Adventure, the Horse Connection riding school in Portales, Toombs has researched the cost and care of owning a horse. She gave a presentation to horse owners and prospective horse owners Tuesday […]

A lifetime of riding

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Wendy Toombs of Roosevelt County has gone from a child insisting on pony rides to a woman who finds peace and challenge working with horses. The horseback riding instructor recently earned a denim jacket for logging 750 hours in the saddle of a registered quarter horse over several years […]

Self preservation: Some are residents can their own fruits and vegetables

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Lillie Belle Toombs likes to know what goes into her canned food. Toombs, who lives in the Pep community, cans her vegetables and fruits each year in October. She said she was taught by her mother when she was 17 years old. “It’s become a tradition. I like to […]

Business feature: Portales woman turns love of horses into business

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer Wendy Toombs has been sharing her love of horses by teaching people to ride for the last nine years. “Working with horses, kids and the outdoors, it can’t get much better than this,” said Toombs, who with her husband operate Abrazos Adventure horse riding school in Roosevelt County. Saddling […]

2-10-08 Honors

Toombs Wendy Toombs of Portales recently earned an award for logging 500 hours in the American Quarter Horse Association Horseback Riding Program, according to a news release. The program recognizes members for time spent in the saddle in activities such as trail rides, working cattle, pleasure driving and riding. Toombs will receive recognition in The […]

Dec. 16, 2007 Club Notes

The Pep Extension Club met Dec. 11 at the Portales Estates. President Ruby Parkinson gave a Christmas devotional. Roll call was answered with Christmas plans. Those attending were Merlene Hill-Shaw, Melveta Green, Deana Forrer, Edna Grimes, Migdon Cox, Lillie Belle Toombs, Wilma Parkinson, Marjorie Toombs, Connie Vincent, Marjorie Williamson, Parkinson, Vickie Neece, Andrea Cox and […]

Expo provides horse training clinic

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Combining his love of horses and the chance to teach others to better communicate with their horses, horse trainer Orrin Barnes presented a clinic Tuesday at the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo. Barnes uses his clinics as an opportunity to teach horse owners about the proper bridling and […]

Holiday cooking easy as pie

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Holidays are a time for family and friends to gather, traditions to be passed on, food to be prepared and of course, the all important ending to a meal, dessert, or in this case, pie. Well known for her cream pies, Edna Grimes is a bit of a celebrity […]

April 20 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael The weather is fine but would have been excellent with a little bit of rain. There were thunder clouds and lightning on Thursday night in the Garrison area but no measurable amount of rain. Some oats have been drilled in on turn-rows and are up. This is to prevent the sand from […]

Century of horsemanship involved in business

By Tony Parra Editor’s Note: The following is a part of an ongoing series of stories about local business owners who have been with their respective businesses for five years or longer. Ray and Wendy Toombs are owners of the Abrazos Adventure horseback riding school and between them have 100 years of horse experience. They […]