Dear Editor:

I am writing this letter in support for the CDC and Rich Lindblad. Rich was recommended to me by Mark Weiler, president of Parelli Natural Horsemanship, as an invaluable resource to grow and expand my business here in Pagosa Springs.

Mark was right! Rich has offered countless hours, giving me food for thought as well as active advice for the next vital step to expand my business as a Parelli Professional. Last winter I was approached by the Indian Health Services in Kayenta, Ariz., to provide a Parelli Level 1 Horsemanship program for challenged families and their children. Rich helped me to formulate a plan and proposal. In spring, I was awarded a $20,000 contract with Indian Health Services and I know that Rich Lindblad’s extensive knowledge and experience was the catalyst for my success.

As a former co-owner and founder of a successful computer startup business in Pueblo, Colo., I was a member of the Pueblo Economic Development Cooperation. Therefore, I understand that town and county support is vital and necessary to bring positive and progressive businesses to the area and help established companies to prosper and grow in a challenging economic climate. I have attended several CDC meetings and I am excited about all the hard work and enthusiasm that all board members are putting in to help Pagosa Springs grow and prosper with an emphasis on an environmentally sound and green future.

Since we live in an economically depressed area, I am flabbergasted that the town and county would even entertain the idea of cutting funds to Rich Lindblad and the CDC.

Petra Christensen

This story was posted on September 26, 2012.