Rockin’ M Ranch Transforms Horse Arena Into Community Event Space

Community Gathers for Tack Sale, Swap Meet

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Rockin’ M Ranch was the site of many treasures this weekend as the business hosted a tack sale and swap meet on Saturday, Jan. 15 at its facility.

People came out to the ranch at 13102 Vail Road S.E. and sold their horse-related goods and equipment, with one participant even offering up equestrian collector’s items.

“I’m just selling some horse stuff,” said participant Courtny Bernard, who pointed across her table at horse figurines glazed with intricate paintings. “Those are called Painted Ponies. …. Each one has different numbers and editions on them. I’m just trying to downsize my collection.”

Bernard said business at the sale was “really good,” with many of her items finding new homes. As the Nisqually Valley News was speaking with Bernard, a customer came by and purchased several of the Painted Ponies, saying she only liked the “porcelain, glazed ones.”

Area-resident Heather Williams came out to the event to seek support for her “fur-kid.”

“I am selling stuff to raise money to help pay for some (veterinarian) bills for my horse, Pippa,” Williams said. “She fractured her left hind patella 14 months ago and she had surgery. We are actually going to be able to start riding next month.”

Williams said she’s been going around to similar local events for the past 14 months as she sold anything she didn’t want, need or use for the cause. She said people have donated items for her to sell to earn money toward her vet bills. Although it hasn’t been “a cheap venture,” Williams noted “it’s been worth it.”

“She’s my everything,” she said. “I will never, ever, ever get rid of her. She’s my horse forever — even if I couldn’t ride her again. … I would keep her forever. She’ll never be sold. She’s my girl. She’s my dream horse.”

The event went so well that organizer Kenzie Carson said she’s considering offering similar events regularly in the future.

Carson, who owns Rockin’ M Ranch and leases out the facility she uses for the business, said the event was more of a community outreach endeavor than anything else. It also helped get the word out about her business.

“We board horses,” Carson said. “I train horses. We start colts. I start horses on a barrel pattern and give lessons to children and adults of all ages and riding styles. … We have a lot of options — mostly boarding, training and lessons.”

Carson has been in Yelm with the business for two years now, though her career has spanned 12 years

Originally in Montesano, Carson said she moved the business to Yelm for bigger opportunities. The move also brought her closer to grocery stores and more modern amenities, Carson said. She said the business has thrived in Yelm.

Carson said she’s thankful for the event because it helped her tell more people about her offerings for horse boarding, lessons and arena use, among other offerings.

Carson said she’s also glad she was able to provide others with a chance to “get out and see people at an event locally … and chat with the community in the horse world.”

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 reach Carson by phone or through text message at 360-581-8409.

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