A True Champion

By Hal Walter In my book, what really sets the greatest athletes apart from the really good ones is what they do off the field of play with the skills they developed through sports. Recently, when I was asked to introduce my good friend Tom Sobal to the Leadville-Lake County Sports Hall of Fame, I began […]

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Hal Walter – Packing it in

This story is an excerpt from Hal Walter’s forthcoming book, “Wild Burro Tales.” The book includes pen-and-ink sketches by Westcliffe artist Lorie Merfeld-Batson, and should be available in May through local booksellers and amazon.com. Check out www.hardscrabbletimes.com for news about the book’s release. Early day prospectors combed the West looking to strike it rich. I […]

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Harrison Walter on Ace the burro

Hal Walter – The Burro Boy

Long before I learned my son Harrison has autism, or what the word “hippotherapy” means, I had this idea he should ride our burros. For me this was a way to incorporate fatherhood into my lifestyle. For three decades I have trained burros for pack-burro racing, including six world championships, as well as for packing […]

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