Cowboys & Cowgirls at Penn Valley Rodeo

May 31st, 2017|

Pick up trucks flanked the side of Spencerville Road, wheels turned into the dirt and dry grass like hoof marks left in ridges of dried mud. Last year the rodeo was postponed due to mother nature’s wrath, but this year’s Penn Valley Rodeo proved a perfect blend of spring sunshine, athletic livestock and friendly cowboys […]

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo in Texas

May 19th, 2017|

Originally known as the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo has grown in popularity faster than a barrel racer blazing down the home stretch. One of the most prestigious events in the city of San Antonio, Texas, the rodeo is family-friendly and attracts horse lovers, 4-H and FFA (Future Farmers of […]

Join the Reno Rodeo Cattle Drive

January 11th, 2017|

Have you ever wanted to fully immerse yourself in the Western lifestyle? I’m not talking about a luxury dude ranch vacation in Montana. I’m talking about a five day, eight hours daily in the saddle, sleep on the ground type of horseback riding vacation in Reno, Nevada. If this authentic cowboy way of life appeals […]

3 Essential Steps to Prepare Mentally Before Competing in an Equestrian Event

July 20th, 2016|

My grandfather grew up with horses, treated his horses like family, and rode most of his life. I’ll never forget what he told me before he talked my dad into buying me my first horse:

“Be careful what you think while you are riding. Whatever it is, your horse will know.”

He went on to explain […]

Medieval Times Offers Royal Good Time

July 13th, 2016|

If you love and appreciate horses and their talent, you are going to love Medieval Times. The majestic Andalusian, Quarter Horse and Friesian perform graceful leaps and jumps and promenades. The horses are masters of the dance and leave the audience in awe at their athletic ability.

One of the most popular parts of the show […]

Bow Hunter Kills Wild Horse

June 29th, 2016|

“In riding a horse, we borrow freedom,” I love this quote by Helen Thompson. I have this quote written in stone displayed in a special place in my house. If, like me, you are a horse lover, you might wonder why anyone would want to hurt, let alone kill wild horses? I was quite saddened […]

Horsemanship Tips with Stacy Westfall

June 22nd, 2016|

Have you ever watched a horse and rider performance that brought you to tears? I confess that my eyes have welled up from watching some of the Budweiser Clydesdale commercials that air during the Super Bowl game, so perhaps you’d call me a push over. Nevertheless, I cried when I watched Stacy Westfall and a […]

Rub Shoulders with Hall of Fame Cowgirls

June 8th, 2016|

“Cowgirls have a can do attitude,” says Barbara Van Cleve. The Montana photographer and National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honoree was the first cowgirl that I encountered when I walked into the huge dining room at the ranch where I was staying. I had signed up for an extended weekend at The Resort […]

Body, Mind, Equine Yoga of Horsemanship

May 18th, 2016|

I’d heard the term equine yoga before, but I never really understood what it meant to combine yoga with horsemanship until I met Cathy Woods. A yoga instructor from the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, Cathy is also a horse owner and trail rider. Our paths crossed during a body, mind, equine workshop on […]