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Hi! I am Montanabw, I really do live in Montana and I really do own horses—and they graciously allow me to upload their images into Commons from time to time. On Wikipedia, I've been around for a while, and am glad to assist other editors as I can. In real life, I am a small-town lawyer in private practice, which explains why sometimes I am not around to answer questions quickly and other times seem to live online; my work ebbs and flows. I occasionally will write about legal topics, but in general do enough legal writing in my work; I prefer to work on other topics here. I am not compensated for anything I write on Wikipedia.

 This user is is the inaugural awardee of of Master of the Horse Wikipedian of the Week
On request, I sometimes can take photos of objects or locations in western and west-central Montana, particularly for National Register of Historic Places listings in Montana. I take random drive by images when I travel, particularly of county courthouses and other places of interest. I can also access documents in hardcopy at the Montana Historical Society. I choose not to use my real name on WP, but I've met a number of wikipedians off-wiki. I've helped facilitate some editathons in Montana and I've been to a few WP-related events such as WikiConference North America/USA, so if you've seen me in real life, feel free to pop over to my talkpage and say hello!

Neigh! This is a horse.
A horse (crowd-sourced)
I hereby award Montanabw this Barnstar for so much work on Horse related articles without enough recognition! -- Culnacréann
16 August 2007
 This user is one of the 500 most active English Wikipedians of all time.
  This user has been on Wikipedia for 13 years, 6 months and 19 days.
  It is approximately 10:16 AM where this user lives.
“The encyclopedia that anyone who understands the norms, socializes him or herself, dodges the impersonal wall of semi-automated rejection and still wants to voluntarily contribute his or her time and energy can edit."—from "The Decline of Wikipedia"
"To me the key thing is getting it right. And if a person's really smart and they're doing fantastic work, I don't care if they're a high school kid or a Harvard professor; it's the work that matters."—Jimbo
"...force tends increasingly to fall into the hands of those who are enemies of civilization. The danger is profound and terrible; it cannot be waved aside with easy optimism. The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt."—Bertrand Russell, May 10, 1933
"I want to say to everyone else, get stuffed, because women can do anything and we can beat the world."—Michelle Payne (after her win in the 2015 Melbourne Cup)[1]
This editor is a Grandmaster Editor and is entitled to display this Lapis Philosophorum Editor Star with the Neutronium Superstar.
This editor is a Lord High Togneme Vicarus and is entitled to display the Book of All Knowledge: 2nd Edition.
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reignEvery time you say "free reign" when you mean "free rein", this user dies a little inside.


 This user is the owner of multiple Wikipedia accounts in a manner permitted by policy.

Wiki meets worldEdit

Where "my" articles or my photos (mostly photos right now) that I have taken and uploaded on commons have appeared off-wiki (frequently without proper attribution even to Commons, arrgh):

"Having too much fun with userboxes" sectionEdit

 This editor is a Looshpah Laureate of the Encyclopedia and is entitled to display this Book of All Knowledge with Secret Appendix, Free Errata Sheet, and Author's Signature.
 This user has been editing Wikipedia for more than ten years.
 This user has earned the
100,000 Edits Award.
100,000+This user has made more than 100,000 contributions to Wikipedia and, as a result, may be slightly insane.
 This user received the Editor of the Week award.
 This user spends WAY too much time on Wikipedia and really needs to get off the computer... after one more edit.
 This user has created a global account. Montanabw's main account is on Wikipedia (in English).
 This user received a Four Award because they started, had displayed as a Did You Know..., improved to Good Article status, and improved to Featured Article status William Robinson Brown.
 This user has a Triple Crown.
This user has been identified as an Awesome Wikipedian and was awarded his or her own day.
465This user is ranked 465 on the list of Wikipedians by number of edits.
This user has created 262 of Wikipedia's 5,954,223 articles.
 This user is ranked 1379 on the list of Wikipedians by pages created.
 18 of this user's featured articles have appeared on Today's featured article.
 This user has written or significantly contributed to 22 Featured articles on Wikipedia.
 This user has written or significantly contributed to Featured list on Wikipedia.
 This user has significantly contributed to 56 Good Articles on Wikipedia.
 This user has written or expanded 61 articles featured in the Did You Know section on the Main Page.
 This user successfully nominated or updated 6 articles featured in the In The News section on the Main Page.
 This user has contributed 1200+ images to Wikipedia and Commons.
exoThis editor is an exopedian.
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 This user tries to do the right thing. If they make a mistake, please let them know.
This user was an organizer of WikiConference North America 2016.
 This user won the Million Award for bringing Horse to Good Article status.
 This user won the Half Million Award for bringing American Pharoah to Featured Article status.
 This user won the Half Million Award for bringing California Chrome to Featured Article status.
 This user won the Quarter Million Award for bringing Thoroughbred to Featured Article status.
 This user won the Quarter Million Award for bringing Jackalope to Good Article status.
 This user has been awarded a lot of Barnstars on Wikipedia.
 This user assists at the dispute resolution noticeboard.
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Majority ≠ right This user recognizes that even if 300,000,000 people make the same mistake, it's still a mistake.
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 This user has visited 27 of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.27
 This user has visited 3 of the 10 provinces and 3 territories of Canada.3
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 This user listens to NPR.
 A Prairie Home Companion is the answer to life's persistent questions.
 This user wants to stop
global warming.
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 This Wikipedian loves horses.
  This user's Patronus is a horse.
 This user loves Arabian horses.
 This user enjoys riding.
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 This user likes saddle seat.
 This user likes Western riding.
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 Everyone has points of view with inherent cultural biases—recognition is the first step to achieving NPOV.

It's just that some things are misfiled...
 This user STRONGLY advocates the use of more cowbell.
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 This user is a lifelong resident citizen of the U.S. State of Montana.
 This user attends or attended the University of Montana.
en-us-noc-NYer darn-tootin this user's a heckuva North-Central English speaker and was born or raised that wey.
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a rotary dial telephone.
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 Oh no: this user has way too many userboxes.

Things to work onEdit

Currently, this editor has earned a Grandmaster Editor service award.

To get to the next level, Grandmaster Editor First-Class, he or she needs to meet the editing requirement and the time requirement.

Progress towards the next level (by edits): [ 4000 / 18000 ]

22.2% completed


Progress towards the next level (by time): [ 567 days / 730.5 days ]

77.6% completed



I think the following articles need to be created, and I will do so eventually if someone else doesn't beat me to the punch:

Stuff I will deal with eventually, maybe

Hackamore links:

UCDavis rearranged all their genetics stuff, all links broken and need to be fixed in color articles:

UKy web pages: Link to all the places with tests:

Sources to cite somewhere:

  • Article on managing minis, add to nutrition and mini articles

Financial impact of the horse show industry

The following articles, last I checked, are in desperate need of help:

QPQ storageEdit

QPQ: (None)