Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, January 13 2014 at 4:00 PM, Updated: Wed, January 15 2014 at 12:38 AM
Our 'Horse of the Month' for January is a beautiful quarter horse, who's waiting for a new home.
Meet 'Amber' - an 8 year old quarter horse who came in as a rescue from Lake County.
"Amber came in with a herd of five." Says Dawn Keen of the Klamath Large Animal Division. "She came in with her mother, her mother got adopted our real quickly."
Shelter Volunteer Grace McFarland notes that while Amber isn't completely broke to ride, she's gentle, and makes friends easily...
"Once she bonds with you, she is your buddy. She will follow you. She lets you do whatever. She trusts you."
Amber is one of several horses waiting for adoption at the Klamath County Large Animal Shelter on Miller Island Road.
You'll find more information on the web at: www.klamathlargeanimals.org
Quarter horses got their name for their success in sprint racing...and their ability to beat other breeds in the quarter mile.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.