I want you all to meet “Miss. Western Wishes”, Mackenzie Matarozzo. At the age of 3, “Kenzie” was diagnosed with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy. Her family was informed that she would be restricted to a wheelchair by the age of 6 and would need to have a heart replacement by the age of 10. What the doctors didn’t know about Kenzie is that she is too strong willed to be in a wheelchair and has far too caring of a heart to have it replaced. Kenzie is growing up on a ranch, right here in Western Colorado, with only three passions; God, her family and horses. Kenzie has always wanted to become a rodeo queen. Her dream came true this year when she was crowned “Miss Western Wishes” at the Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Kenzie is everything a rodeo queen should be and she has done an amazing job representing our western heritage, the rodeo sport, the contestants and the pride that this industry was founded on. I had an opportunity to spend three action packed days with her at the Colorado Pro Rodeo Finals this past weekend. It didn’t take me long to get attached to this young lady nor did it take her long to take hold of the reins of 3,660lbs of horse power! JR’s Carriage Service had the honor of taking her through the grand entry each night of the rodeo – where her smile lit up the entire arena. When we weren’t in the arena, she was parading me around introducing me to everyone she knew (I see a future in politics for you Kenzie!). There are times in our lives that we come across certain individuals who inspire us, who touch our hearts and who make us feel emotions we forgot we had. This young lady is one of those individuals.
JR’s Carriage Service is honored to announce that our services have been nominated and selected for “The Wedding Pink”!! The Wedding Pink is an annual, heartfelt wedding giveaway package presented to a couple whose lives have been recently touched by breast cancer. Cheryl Ungar, the founder of The Wedding Pink, is a 21-year breast cancer survivor and a wedding photographer. In addition to Cheryl donating her own wedding photography services, she has put together an extraordinary team of some of Colorado’s top wedding vendors — all of whom have generously agreed to donate their services and products to ensure The Wedding Pink is a spectacular event for one very special couple. For more information on The Wedding Pink, please visit their heart touching website at: http://www.cherylungargives.com/
JR’s has been a sponsor/supporter of MANY local charities. In 2011, JR’s donated over $10,000 in services to foundations, charities, non-profits and other organizations similar to Cheryl Ungar Gives. Joseph R. Burtard, owner of JR’s Carriage Service, had an opportunity to sit down with Cheryl Ungar and, the recently selected couple, Ben and Erin. To read about their story, visit: http://www.cherylungargives.com/meet-erin-ben/
Ben and Joseph already have several activities planned during their visit from Virgina to Western Colorado. Including experiencing several of the local breweries and hiking Mt. Garfield with high hopes of running into the herd of wild horses. Watch for more information on The Wedding Pink as the May 2013 date approaches. JR’s is really looking forward to this opportunity and our new found friendship with Ben and Erin.
After much anticipation, the Hitched in GJ Bridal Experience event has come and gone. JR’s Carriage Service was featured as the “Grand Prize” vendor after offering a prize package, for one lucky bride and groom, valued at $1,000. The wedding expo attracted hundreds of brides-to-be to partake in the various hands-on activities the Western Slope wedding vendors had to offer.
I spent four hours that morning cleaning “Commander n’ Chief” which we had hitched to our black “New Victoria” wedding carriage. The ‘boys’ are starting to get their winter coats which made them look like giant black teddy bears. Located at the entrance, our booth made a great first impression of the experience the brides were going to get at the show. In addition to featuring our wedding carriage, our booth highlighted our horse-drawn pub crawls and wine tours (the perfect bachelor/Bachelorette party idea). I was very proud of the boys for hanging out at the expo all day – on their best behavior. We would take a break from our booth and give a couple rides around the nearby parking lot to some of the younger spectators.
It was really exciting to see and visit with so many eager brides. September of 2013 seems to be a very popular time of the year to take someone’s hand in marriage. We should be finding out very soon who the winner of the grand prize will be! Can’t wait to be a part of their special day! A huge THANK YOU to the staff at Hitched In GJ for putting on this event!