Thursday, February 21, 2019
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            Cindy Green

We would like to take you on a ride down the trail of Cindy’s memorable life.

The word “ride” is used very literally here, as horseback is how a large portion of her time was spent. She thoroughly loved her horses, dogs, and cattle. She rode for pleasure, first training Lucky for 4-H as a young girl, then riding that horse into the mountains for camping, hunting for elk or shed horns, and on one occasion dragging a pack horse loaded with liquor for destitute thirsty hunters.

Charging wildly through an arena while shooting balloons with a revolver was another lively pastime. Cindy trained many horses and quite often she also trained the friends who accompanied her. Many were told to feel your horse’s movements and relay your desires to your horse.

Other than pleasure, Cindy’s work also required a great deal of time being on horseback. Moving cattle by herself with two eager dogs, Cindy could get more done in a day than a whole crew of riders. She knew how to work cattle with the best buckaroos. Cindy roped wild cattle while racing through mesquite thickets, worked in feed yards, and helped put together a fine herd of Red Angus on the home ranch at Spring Creek. In recent years, Cindy traded a horse for a 4-wheeler, but she still got more done than many men half her age. Cindy was a no-nonsense, get ‘er done western Gal.

The Hertzler work ethic ran strong in Cindy, and many others knew it well. Cindy could run a swather all morning, then haul a load of cattle to pasture, followed by doctoring a horse, making an evening meal and attending a weed board meeting with a couple of drinks afterwards. She was a good fish picker on an Alaskan fishing boat. A great cook in hunting camps while cooking on a wood stove or over an open fire. Cobblestone Players theatrical group greatly prized Cindy’s late blooming drama abilities. She also made country wreaths that were one of a kind. Fashioned from wire, feathers, old parts and boughs, they were highly sought after at Christmas time.

Cindy wasn’t all work and no play. She was a good partier, she loved games, a good drink, and she was an excellent dancer. During the filming of “The Horse Whisperer,” Cindy was asked to help Robert Redford learn to dance the jitterbug. Once a group of friends rode a train back to Wisconsin with Cindy for a multi-day party and to see the Green Bay Packers play.

Cindy was also passionate about living a clean, healthful life. She promoted eating organically. She loved wild game which she hunted, butchered and cooked deliciously. Ranch-raised beef, without steroids or antibiotics, was enjoyed every day by family, guests and friends. Cindy made her own cheese, or while riding she churned cottage cheese in her saddlebags.

Cindy was a small woman, with never an ounce of fat, but she was rawhide tough. Friends or foe alike could tell by the glint in her eyes and the conviction in her voice that Cindy was ready to grab each and every day and make it her own. A galloping horse herd wouldn’t create a space as big as the spot where Cindy stood. We all will look at that space and wonder who will fill it like Cindy did. Happy trails, we love you.

Celebration of Life Services will be held at Nye Church on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at 1 p.m.