Mountain Mayhem: Cowboy Up Carbondale | AspenTimes.com
YOUR AD HERE »

Mountain Mayhem: Cowboy Up Carbondale

May Selby
Mountain Mayhem
Annie and Terri Caine on a mother/daughter night out.
Hal Williams photo
Remy Selby riding the mechanical bull again and again and again.
May Selby photo.
Blair Palmer and Louise Walker in their best Western wear.
May Selby photo.
Mark Campisi, whose t-shirt shop designed the Smiling Goat Ranch logo; Tori Campisi; John Kreuger; Doug and Karla Rohrbaugh, and Debra Krueger at the Midland Clothing table.
Hal Williams photo.
Chris Mathie a.k.a. Gerber working his Gerb's Grub Food Truck.
May Selby photo.
Pat Merritt and her husband, Lieutenant Colonel Dick Merritt, retired, US Marine Corp, and Smiling Goat founding board member.
Hal Williams photo.
Live auction items included an airplane sightseeing tour over the Roaring Fork Valley, a VIP Daytona 500 Experience and a custom-made-for-the-event painting by valley local Lex Lucius.
Hal Williams photo.
Southside Highway, a Western Colorado-based Southern Rock band, brought the rhythm, filling the dance floor all night.
Hal Williams photo.
Cowboy Up Board members Scott Haycock, Jayme Goscha, event auctioneer Dan McCarty, Eric Rudd, and Smiling Goat founder and executive director, Sheryl Barto.. Missing Cowboy Up noard members: Erin Bassett, Natalie Bassett.
Hal Williams photo.
Action on the dance floor from the get-go.
Hal Williams photo.
Wendy and Tinkerbelle, handled by Payton Marlow and Sage Morrison of the Roaring Fork Hounds Pony Club. From left: Sisters Hayleigh and Emma Walker, Payton Marlow, Zoe Owen and Sage Morrison.
Hal Williams photo.

Downtown Carbondale’s Fourth Street Plaza played host to the 12th annual Cowboy Up benefit on Friday, Aug. 27. Guests could sign up for a VIP table or pay a nominal general admission charge to take part in the community-centric event, making it accessible to a wide range of people. Most arrived in their finest Western attire with cowboy boots and hats, getting into the spirit. Each year, Cowboy Up benefits a different cause and this year’s beneficiary was Carbondale’s own Smiling Goat Ranch. Over the years, they’ve helped raise several thousands of dollars for each of the chosen non-profits, which are selected by the board of directors through an application process. Recent recipients include Ascendigo Autism Services and Patrick’s Place Drop-In Center. Smiling Goat Ranch was chosen this year for its mission to use horses to help humans heal while not charging families for their services.

The family-friendly fund-raiser featured live music from Southside Highway, live and silent auctions, a mechanical bull from Tim Nieslanik, wagon rides and cocktail hour with Smiling Goat’s adorable mini horses Wendy and Tinkerbelle. Slow Groovin’ BBQ served family-style meals at the VIP tables while Gerb’s Grub food truck whipped up dinner for the general admission attendees, which made everyone well fed and happy!


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.