Cowboy Dave Thornbury

January 27th, 2016|

I first met Dave Thornbury at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival at William S. Hart Park. Dressed in leather chaps, cowboy boots, a Western shirt, red scarf and straw hat, he is the real McCoy. He is as comfortable working with leather hides, as he is swinging a rope. The cowboy and custom chapmaker grew […]

Ronald Reagan the Cowboy

May 13th, 2015|

Truth be told, President Reagan hated flying. One time he was heard talking to a staff member regarding some upcoming travel and said, “the highest I want to go is on the saddle of a horse.”

There’s something to be said about seeing the world from the back of a horse. It gives us a different […]

Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival

April 29th, 2015|

You don’t have to be a cowboy to enjoy the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival. Taking place in William S. Hart Park in old town Newhall, California, this annual Western gathering is fun for buckaroos and old timers alike. Walking under the William S. Hart brand, suspending inside a larger than life horse shoe, festival goers […]

Top Western Towns

January 7th, 2015|

What makes a true western town? Is it the cowboys that populate the town, the western-inspired architecture or rodeos that draw folks in? In my youth, our small Northern California town had a hitching post for our horses outside the Taco Bell. While the hitching post is long gone, I thought that was pretty cool. […]

California Cowgirl in Arizona

November 12th, 2014|

Arizona Cowboy College is the equivalent of sleep away camp for adults who want to play in the desert. No, this isn’t Burning Man. Instead, city slickers hoping to escape their corporate cubicles or experienced equestrians wanting to learn new riding skills will find their happy place beyond a gravel road in Scottsdale.

“I’ve been doing […]

Horseback Riding Mistakes

March 26th, 2014|

When you imagine a horseback riding vacation in your mind, you might think of horse and rider loping on the beach with the wind flying through your hair or riding horseback in a meadow filled with wild flowers bordering the trail. No one wants to visualize a spooked horse running back to the barn, sans […]

California Cowboys and Cowgirls

March 12th, 2014|


“There is a difference between the average person who can take a picture and the passionate person who sees the picture and can create it,” according to Equine Photographer Sharon Fibelkorn Chapman. “A big difference.” Let’s take a closer look at California cowboys and cowgirls through Sharon Fibelkorn Chapman’s eyes.

I discovered Sharon’s equine photography during […]

Lanai Horseback Riding in Hawaii

October 2nd, 2013|

Hawaii, the land of Paniolos or Hawaiian cowboys. There is nothing like a horseback riding vacation on the Hawaiian islands; scenic vistas, the salty sea breeze, good horses and miles of riding trails. I’ve been fortunate to go horseback riding on several Hawaiian islands; the Big Island, Hana, Kauai, Maui and Oahu. This was my […]

Cowboy Poetry in Willits, California

August 28th, 2013|

Stretch out on the apple tree lawn for a spell to hear Cowboy Poetry and the Sons of the San Joaquin perform live for this family friendly event to be held on Saturday, September 14, 2013.

The show kicks off at 3:00 pm. Come early to enjoy a day on the farm; walk through the garden […]