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Second grade students at Young Scholars Academy (YSA) received a special visit from twenty-one year old Appaloosa, Chief, and his owner, Tom Gallant. Gallant, a local business owner and rancher, was asked by YSA teachers Nancy Kish and Renee Jensen to bring Chief to school after their students read “How I Spent My Summer Vacation”, a story about a young boy’s imaginary kidnapping by a cowboy.
At 2:30pm Friday, Gallant, dressed in western wear, rode Chief onto the school’s north parking lot. Approximately fifty students plus a half dozen teachers, aides and parents were waiting. Gallant used reigns and verbal commands to direct Chief to back up, turn left, right and to stop. The children giggled watching Chief maneuver through the parking lot.
Gallant dismounted his 1,300 lb. horse, opened his saddle bags, and presented horse shoes and spurs for the children to examine. After a brief presentation, he fielded questions from the teachers and students. “We want to talk about your clothes. What kind of clothes are those?,” asked Kish. “This is called a canvas overcoat,” replied Gallant. He showed how well he was protected from the elements by his canvas coat. Other questions included, “How do you make Chief run?”, “Is it hard to be a cowboy?”, and “Do horses have babies?” Gallant fielded all of these questions and more while his daughter, second grader Pearl Gallant, and his wife, Jean, stood nearby.
Jensen’s class fed oatmeal horse cookies and fresh carrots to Chief who soon became too full to accept more treats. Kish’s class lined up to pet Chief on his muzzle.
The classes used sign language, shaking their open hands, to quietly applaud Chief and Gallant who rode off, away from the sunset, as the school day came to a close.
Gallant owns Around The River Publishing, Inc. which has published the local real estate magazine for the past twenty-four years.
Tom Gallant, owner of Around The River Publishing & Producing, Inc., once again teamed up with Pilot Herb Hess of Laughlin Aviation, LLC to record the 5th Annual Bullhead City River Regatta. At 8:30am while rafters were launching their crafts at Davis Camp, Tom and Herb were flying overhead. Two hours of raw footage was obtained, and many great highlights were captured.
Not only did Tom record the event, he also interviewed River Regatta participants. The majority of those interviewed had positive things to say about the event, while a few mentioned that more signs were needed to signal the exit point at Rotary Park.
Around The River was also pleased to work with Linda Fitzpatrick of the California Historic Route 66 Association in the creation of their 85th Route 66 Celebration – Needles website. They ask that you Join in the fun November 11-12, 2011 as Needles celebrates this prestigious anniversary with a Poker Run, BBQ, and Car Show. Vendor and Car Show applications are available online.