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A community asset

Dear Editor:

I have been regular and a seasonal boarder at Cozy Point Ranch since Monroe Summers entered into a lease for the property with the city of Aspen in 2000. When the property was taken over it was in shambles and badly needed much repair and new management.

In the nine years that Monroe and his ranch manager, Patti Watson, have been managing and running the ranch, it has been turned around and become a property that the city of Aspen and the valley community can be proud of. Are more improvements needed? Yes, and the city should provide these good people with the funding necessary.

The attack and accusations by Judy Hill Nelson, Melissa Wight and Red Barn LLC is malicious, unfounded and unproved. Monroe was provided a vision for the land when he took it over and has maintained the stewardship of this land as it was originally intended consistent with the limited funds available.

I recently had a horse, which I was boarding elsewhere, that required surgery and intensive after-care for six months. There was not a question in my mind. I sent him to Cozy Point Ranch and to Patti Watson for his after-care and rehabilitation. After six months of being laid off, I am back to riding him, and he is doing great because of her care. Monroe and Patti care about the people and horses that are at Cozy Point Ranch.

There is a diverse group of horse enthusiasts and disciplines at Cozy Point Ranch, and it is not always easy for those people to see eye to eye on horse issues. Monroe and Patti have done a great job of bridging that gap and providing a safe and pleasant equestrian facility. I urge all supporters of Cozy Point Ranch, Monroe Summers and Patti Watson to attend the June 22 public hearing with the city of Aspen and show your support for the renewal of their lease.

K.C. Belcher

Carbondale


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