Nope. Not Thankful

I read an article the other day about a family in New Jersey whose home was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. The...
I read an article the other day about a family in New Jersey whose home was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. The husband, wife and 13 year old daughter’s house had flooded during the night, causing them to flee to the attic to escape the rising water. Eventually the house was hit by a strong surge of water that tore it apart and sent the family into the midst of the storm where they were separated and fought for their lives throughout...
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Vegas Baby!

It’s that time of year again. We are less than 7 weeks away from the richest and most prestigious rodeo...
It’s that time of year again. We are less than 7 weeks away from the richest and most prestigious rodeo in the World. The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is an event like no other, and it is no mistake it is called the “Super Bowl of Rodeo”. If you are a rodeo fan and have never experienced Las Vegas when it is transformed into “Cowboy Town” than you just have not lived. And whether you have been 20 times, or...
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Are Your Ears Burning?

There’s no getting around it, women love to gossip. And the juicier the gossip the better, right? But what if...
There’s no getting around it, women love to gossip. And the juicier the gossip the better, right? But what if you are the subject of the juicy rumor that’s going around? And what if that juicy tidbit just got broadcast to an audience of 1,000+, and others are jumping on board to add details? Hmmm… So there’s this barrel racing association here in the Northwest. It’s a great association. They have some of the biggest and best races, the ground...
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What Your Awards Director Won't Tell You

I just love these people. We deal with at least one "Awards" person a day... whether they are just shopping prices,...
I just love these people. We deal with at least one "Awards" person a day... whether they are just shopping prices, getting ideas, or placing their yearly order, they are the bread and butter of our business and part of the daily routine around here. Many have become so familiar over the years that when we finally get to meet at the NFR or another show, there's usually a hug involved as it just seems appropriate. And being as we do...
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I’ve Got Friends in Lowly Places. Or Just Low Friends.

Today I’m going to tell you a story. It started out as a bit of a drama, and has since...
Today I’m going to tell you a story. It started out as a bit of a drama, and has since turned into one of my favorite comedies. I hope you like it. Several years ago I became friends with a lady who was dating a good friend of my husband’s. They would come out to our arena to rope frequently, and I got to know her pretty well over a few month period of time. This was during the beginning...
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I haven’t Ordered Dessert in Two Years

(Voices of Olympic athletes) “Take a day off? I don’t even take a morning off.” “I haven’t ordered dessert in...
(Voices of Olympic athletes) “Take a day off? I don’t even take a morning off.” “I haven’t ordered dessert in two years.” “You know that best selling book everyone loves? I haven’t read it.” “I haven’t watched TV since last summer. Hey, I’ve been busy.” ~2012 Citibank Olympic commercial     There's something about watching athletes from around the globe compete for international glory and fame that is no less than gripping for me. It's watching the year's of hard-work,...
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Yay for Chic-Fil-A

I'm going to assume you haven't been living under a rock. If you have, then just Google Chic-Fil-A and you...
I'm going to assume you haven't been living under a rock. If you have, then just Google Chic-Fil-A and you can get up to speed in minutes. If you are conservative, if you are liberal... gay, straight, man or woman... please take a moment to hear me out. This has nothing to do with horses, tack, or anything else you thought you were going to hear about, but because I have a big mouth and even bigger opinions I'm going...
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My Throw Away Pony

She was a throw away pony. The kind that would likely end up in the kill pen in today's market....
She was a throw away pony. The kind that would likely end up in the kill pen in today's market. Hard to catch, hard to trailer, ill-broke, borderline dangerous and too old to get away with it. I grew up on a family farm. My sister and our family in one house, my grandparents across the orchard, and my aunt, uncle and 3 cousins at the back of the property. It was a pretty great place to grow up. I...
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Dirtbag Deterrent

13 years ago someone walked onto our property, broke into our horse trailer and took off with 4 saddles, at least...
13 years ago someone walked onto our property, broke into our horse trailer and took off with 4 saddles, at least 20 headstalls and bits, numerous breast collars and saddle pads. I remember the shock and disbelief I felt. I knew there must be some explanation. Did someone borrow them? Did I move them and forgot? Nope, it didn't take long to discover we had been robbed. You could even follow the footprints from our trailer out to the road where...
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Fun Fun Fun!

Nothing beats opening the box from our dye manufacturer and getting to make the first sets of our new styles!...
Nothing beats opening the box from our dye manufacturer and getting to make the first sets of our new styles! Seeing the sketches come to life and playing around with new layouts and color combinations really is a ton of fun. You never quite know how these things will come to life, and it's so rewarding when the finished product is even better then you had hoped. In addition to the fabulous new looks we are building, we are also...
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Why Barrel Racing Stinks

I’m not going to lie to you. There are those days when it just doesn’t seem worth it. Those days...
I’m not going to lie to you. There are those days when it just doesn’t seem worth it. Those days when my “non-horse” friends are snuggled up in their nice warm houses while I’m out cleaning stalls and doctoring horses in 10 degree weather. There’s something to be said for a boat or a snowmobile that you can leave parked for 9 months out of the year. There’s also something to be said for the fact that your boat won’t...
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Scamper: The End of an Era

What makes a champion? What is that special ingredient that sets some so far above the rest? Is it physical...
What makes a champion? What is that special ingredient that sets some so far above the rest? Is it physical greatness, determination, dedication...? No. It's heart. And you can't measure, predict, buy, or replicate that. My heart dropped last Wednesday when I read that the 10 time World Champion, 10 time Rodeo Houston winner, and winner of over $1 million in lifetime earnings had died. My heart dropped to hear that Scamper had died. There's really no way to fully...
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