Bosque Farms family lives the western lifestyle

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The Carl family poses with their horses. Pictured from left to right are Zaden, Zack and Marissa, Zajayda, Zayne, Zayden and Paizley.

The Bosque Farms-based Carl family, run by Zack and Marissa, is the second and third generation of rodeo in their family.

Zack and Marissa have done rodeo and horse care their entire lives and have now passed their love on to their four children Zajayda (15), Zaden (13), Zayne (12) and Paizley (7).

Both Marissa’s and Zack’s families were in the equestrian industry during their childhood, which helped them get into the rodeo early on.

“Zack and I both grew up with the rodeo,” said Marissa. “We always told the kids when they were little that we would support any sport they wanted to try and they kept coming back to the rodeo lifestyle.”

Marissa is not only involved in the rodeo, but is also active in her first year as a 4-H manager for the Bosque Farms Club under the umbrella of the 4-H classes of the Valencian Community. She and her husband both grew up with 4-H, so she took the opportunity to take a leadership role when the opportunity presented itself.

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Zajayda Carl will be attending an event in early 2021.

“(Zack and I) enjoyed the memories and friendships we made,” said Marissa. “When Zajayda, our oldest, was old enough, she showed interest and I was secretly excited that she wanted to join. Our club is a small group and when our leader stepped down I was happy to take the seat. This is my first year as a leader and I look forward to growing the club. “

4-H is open to children between the ages of 9 and 19. Enrollment runs every year from October to January through the NMSU Extension Service of the Valencian Community.

Zack also held a leadership position within 4-H, serving as Vice President of the 2020 New Mexico 4-H Rodeo Board which, in addition to maintaining the 4-H Rodeo Board, helped organize and sanction rodeos across the state, including one in Valencia County helps. H Rodeo rules and statutes of the organization updated if necessary.

4-H Rodeo also helps college students and awards three rodeo scholarships to students across the state each year.

Zayne, Carl’s third child, hit a major milestone in his rodeo endeavors in late June when the 12-year-old competed at the National Junior High Finals Rodeo in Des Moines, Iowa. The six-day event brings sixth, seventh, and eighth grade children from across the United States and Mexico together to compete in 13 different events.

Zayne qualified for the finals in two different disciplines – Team Roping and Breakaway.

“Zayne grew up holding rope and a lowered hat with folded ears,” Marissa said. “He has roped everything in sight. All the kids had different times at some point when they just wanted rodeo. Zayne has always had the rodeo virus and would rather abseil outside than inside. “

Carl took part in the NJHFR twice in the breakaway group and reached places seven and twelve.

“We are so proud of Zayne and everything he has achieved,” said Marissa.

Seeing their children follow in their footsteps was exciting for Marissa and Zack, who enjoy sharing their passion with their children as long as that interest continues.

“When the kids fell in love with the rodeo scene, Zack and I were excited,” says Marissa. “It doesn’t matter what you want to do in life and if you grow from it, we will continue to support you.”

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Zaden and Zayne Carl are pictured on horseback before entering a rodeo competition.

Horses have always been the starting point for the Carls in Rodeo and 4-H and have always brought them back.

“The horses have always been in our lives and I couldn’t imagine not having them in our lives,” said Marissa. “Zack and I can no longer take part in competitions as often as we used to, because the children have taken over our horses, but we couldn’t have done otherwise.”

Most of all, Marissa takes pride in the work and passion her kids put into the rodeo and how they strive every day to get better while taking care of the animals they work with.

“The children have always worked hard to be where they are. They are some of the hardest working kids I know, ”she said. “They get up bright and early, look after their animals and ride horses. You practice every day and want to be better than the day before. “

Marissa also loves to see how the children support each other as they pursue their interests and how the rodeo and the care of horses bring them together.

“They always support each other and we have so much joy to see how they love what they do,” she said.