Julia Montoya, 2012 LA County Rodeo Princess, carries the flag of New Mexico into Brewer Arena at the start of the Los Alamos County Horse Show. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com.
After relocating to New Mexico from Maryland in 2010, the incoming Los Alamos County Princess, Julia Montoya, continued to pursue her passion for horses and interest in horsemanship with the Turquoise Trail Wranglers 4-H Club.
The club leaders, Rick Iannucci and Nancy DeSantis, also operate the non-profit Horses for Heroes – New Mexico Inc. Cowboy Up! program for wounded veterans.
One of the program’s founding horses, Sokee, is now semi-retired and living on Julia’s lot at the Los Alamos County Stables. Upon hearing that Julia was looking for a buddy for her horse Chip (who also made the trip from Maryland to New Mexico), Rick and Nancy knew that Julia would provide a good home for Sokee who was ready for a slower pace.
While Rick and Nancy no longer lead the 4-H Club (so they can devote more time to the Horses for Heroes program), Julia has maintained a close relationship with them and provides them with regular updates on Sokee.
Julia has invited Horses for Heroes to the Los Alamos rodeo to acknowledge the work that they do to help our country’s veterans. Nancy DeSantis and a guest plan to attend the rodeo on Saturday, August 11th. More info. on Horses for Heroes can be found at: http://www.horsesforheroes.org/