Get Ranchy!

The Ranch Rodeo & Cowboy Heritage Festival  is coming up at the end of September and you DO NOT want to miss this fantastic event!

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If you are new to the western lifestyle or just want to know more, bring a friend and head down to Osceola Heritage Park . You will learn all about working Florida ranches at the Cowboy Heritage Festival, get to see Working Florida Cowdogs & a Ranch Horse Competition. If that wasn’t exciting enough, stop by for the Ranch Rodeo at 7pm on Friday AND/OR Saturday night! We all know how rodeos get the blood pumping!

There are tickets still available for a steak supper but seating is limited, so grab your ticket for $20 as soon as you can. There are very few things that could be tastier than Florida home grown beef. Mmmm! My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Discounted tickets to the weekend events (minus the steak supper) can be found here on Groupon: Rodeo and Heritage Festival – Florida Ranch Rodeo

We look forward to seeing you there!

As always, thanks for stopping by.

God bless & stay safe!

~~International Cowgirl 

 

 

 

What The Helmet?

First of all I would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who participated in the brief survey I created to collect data on The Great Helmet Debate. We had a tremendous amount of responses (over 200 people) and I couldn’t be happier! You all spoke your mind & I love it! Thanks again!

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The survey consisted of 10 easy questions, all multiple choice or Yes/No. On the 10th “question”, I gave participants an opportunity to speak their minds on the topic. Below will be the list of questions with the answers except for #10 which I will dabble in and paraphrase so participants can stay anonymous.

Now you are probably wondering what the results were, what others said and how we will be putting the data together. This was an anonymous survey so no personal information will be given when it comes to the opinion section of #10 of the survey but I will be summarizing the results you can get a good idea of others’ opinions on the matter.

Q1. Which equine discipline do you participate in?

A1: Western – 33.96%, English 51.57%, Other (please specify) 14.47%. Other was specified as Western Dressage, Competitive Distance Riding, All seats, both Western & English, Australian, Endurance (all genres), Trail, Competitive Trail, Driving, Mounted Police, Wrangler. 

Q2: What is your gender?

A2: Female – 99.38%           Male – 0.63%

Q3: Do you currently wear a helmet whilst participating in your equine related sport?

A3: Yes – 72.50%         No – 19.38%        Sometimes – 8.13%

Q4: Do you feel people under the age of 18 should be required to wear a helmet during competitions?

A4: Yes – 91.14%        No – 8.86%

Q5: Does the cost of a helmet affect your choice of wearing one or not?

A5: Yes – 4.40%     No – 92.45%    Not Applicable – 3.14%

Q6: If helmets were more fashionable, would you wear one?

A6: Yes – 70.75%    No – 29.25%

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Q7: In what country do you live?

A7: Answers consisted of Australia, Ireland, Panama, United Kingdom & the USA. 

Q8: How would you assess your riding proficiency level?

A8: Beginner/Novice – 5.03%, Intermediate – 33.33%, Advanced – 54.09%, Expert – 7.55%

Q9: Have you ever been in an equine related fall or accident?

A9: Yes – 93.75         No – 6.25%

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For question 10, participants shared with me their opinions on The Great Helmet Debate and I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the responses.

To summarize or paraphrase their responses, we got answers that were strong when it came to which side of the fence they stood on the matter. All the opinions were wonderful and covered the entire topic in many different ways. I saw a lot of responses stating how a helmet saved their lives or how they wish they would have worn one at the time of their accident and mentioned TBI a lot.

TBI stands for Traumatic Brain Inquiry and is common when a horse falls on top of a rider’s head. Bones that are broken in equine related falls or accidents such as arms, legs, ribs for example, can be fixed back to 100% normal for the most part but individuals can have issues years down the line with arthritis, prone to infections or clots depending on the success of the healing process. Brains are different, they cannot be mended like bones can be, so it is understandable when people freak out seeing a 1200lb animal put immense pressure on a human skull. According to the University of California, Department of Neurological Surgery, Equestrian related TBI cases make up 45% of the nations sports related TBI admissions in the US annually.

Please note there is more than one type of TBI. Mild TBI is usually a concussion which is temporary, doesn’t necessarily require a blow to the head and doesn’t always involve loss of consciousness. Severe TBI can be skull fractures, intracranial hematoma, contusions, diffuse axonal injuries or anoxic brain injuries. If you wear a helmet or are debating on wearing one, these are the injuries that your helmet is designed and made to prevent.

 

Others stated that it is purely choice, they know the risks when they place themselves in the saddle or bareback. The majority despite their opinions of the individual themselves wearing helmets, mostly mentioned in some form or other that it should be mandatory for children to wear them. Despite the large percentage of our participants being in an equine related fall or accident, a large majority of the answers were completely split down the middle when it came to individuals wearing a helmet or opting not to.

Much to the surprise of some, there are actually laws concerning wearing a helmet whilst engaging in an equine related sport or activity just like there is when it comes to wearing a helmet whilst riding a motorcycle. Here is a list of the US states & their laws here: Laws Involving Equestrian Safety Helmets so feel free to read through these as it pertains to your state depending on where you stand on The Great Helmet Debate. The law in the UK is a little different and can be found here: Highway Code | British Horse Society  and here  RoSPA – Horse Riders Factsheet – Dorset Police 

For our Australian friends, the regulations changed somewhat recently and can be found here: Helmet Regulations Updated | Equestrian Australia  or here: IMPORTANT INFO – New Helmet Safety Standards in Australia or here: Horse Safety Australia » Regulations

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I love the mohawk design on this one. 

If fashion is a deciding factor for you here are a few places that you can get cute helmets and even customize your own helmets.

  1. From world-renowned barrel racer Fallon Taylor: HELMETS – Fallon Taylor  – Fallon was in a horrible accident and doctors told her she couldn’t walk or ride. After years of recovery she came back in full swing and is now protecting her noggin. We all know how fashion forward Fallon is (say that 5 times fast) so there are lots of cute choices if you are in the market for a helmet.

2. From a Florida local LJT Custom Rodeo Hats offers something for everyone. Custom, hand painted rodeo hats, ballcaps, helmets & more! So whether you want a helmet or something new for an up coming rodeo, LJT can help you design whatever you like.

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A sample of LJT’s custom work – all hand painted and ready for whatever you wish!

3. From a well-known company Troxel Helmets: Equestrian Riding Helmets – they are leaders in the world when it comes to helmets. They sponsor and partner with many top equine athletes such as Fallon Taylor (World Champion Barrel Racer), Tammy Sronce (World Champion Mounted Shooting), Chrissa Hoffman (International Grand Prix) and many more.

I have also seen some awesome helmets and products from SmartPak – Equestrian Helmets – Gifts from SmartPak Equine – I trust their brand and they have products for all your equine and K-9 friends. Plus, their instagram stories are on point.

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If you are on the fence and wear cowboy/cowgirl hats or rodeo hats, there are companies that now make covers for helmets that look like rodeo hats. They like to nickname it the HelHat. Here are a few: Resistol RideSafe Western Hat Helmet or Jackson™ Western Outlaw™ Hard Hat or Equestrian Helmet Cover/Hat Buckaroo Wide Brim Collection – so there are many options to suit everyone.

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We here at International Cowgirl Blog will never tell you if you have to wear one or not, but we DO care about our readers and hope you enjoy your equine activities of any and all kinds in a fun & safe manner. We will never discriminate or judge you on whether you wear a helmet or not. If you are having a hard time finding the helmet laws or regulations in your area or country, comment below or shoot us email at internationalcowgirlblog@gmail.com and we will help you do some research so you can make a sound, confident decision & stay up to date.

 

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Be safe & God Bless!

~~International Cowgirl 

 

To Helmet Or Not To Helmet?

We aren’t Shakespeare, that’s for sure but we do want to know your opinions/thoughts/dream/memoirs on The Great Helmet Debate.

I created a super cool, super easy and anonymous survey so please take the 60 seconds or less to take it – you won’t regret it! You are changing the world, one survey at a time!

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https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HBXQSXK is the link direct to the survey.

You can also access it via our social media platforms: International Cowgirl – Home | Facebook 

So speak to me equestrians, parents & horse lovers alike!

As always, thanks for stopping by! Stay safe and God bless!

~~International Cowgirl 

Equine Dental Care – The what, why, how of it all.

This week’s topic has been on teeth. That’s right, chompers, nashers, teefy-pegs, teeth! Specifically, equine dental care and the ins and outs of it all.

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Cheese! Healthy teeth = big smiles!

This week I got to catch up with local equine dental technician, Sara. She takes care of our four-legged friends’ teeth all over Central Florida! I think what drew me to her most was how passionate she was; as a human being and equine dental technician. She gave me the entire run down of equine dentistry – see our interview here.

International Cowgirl: When training a horse, many trainers resort to changing bits, saddles, techniques but never think that the “behavioral issue” might be the horse’s teeth. Why is that?

Sara: In many cases equine dentistry is overlooked and people simply jump to conclusions. They might automatically think green horse/green rider and think it is behavior, when really, it’s the horse’s teeth. Pain or discomfort makes ANYONE, animal or human, act up. Did you ever see the article about an “aggressive horse” that was euthanized because of his so called behavior issues? Check that out – checking a horses teeth needs to be on the checklist of things to be looked at when trying to correct or train a horse. [Aforementioned article here: This Horse Was Euthanized For Aggressive Behavior  ]

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Sara with one of her clients!

IC: What are the educational requirements for an equine dental technician?

Sara: In Florida you don’t have to be certified to be an equine dental technician but it varies by state. In some states you HAVE TO be a vet to float teeth. All dental technicians are not created equal. Most vets will be honest about their comfort level and expertise level when it comes to equine dentistry. In my opinion, a dental technician who went to school to get an education or is certified in some form or another has an advantage over someone who doesn’t and just decided to buy the dental tool off the internet one day. I got an education to be an equine dental technician so I could be good at what I do. I am dealing with people’s precious horses. Clients need to do their research on what the requirements per their state is. A better relationship between your vet and your dental technician is definitely something we need to see more of these days. A good working relationship with a good vet works wonders, especially if a horse needs sedated to get it’s teeth done. We are both in the business of caring for your animals, so working well together will never take away from each others expertise or reputation.

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Sara at work

IC: Why do I need to float my horses teeth?

Sara: You would be surprised at how many people do not believe in equine dentistry. They seem to think it is unnecessary. If wild horses don’t need it done, then why should my horse need it, type of debate. Wild horses are not feed a commercial grain diet or live in stalls or do what domestic horses or sport horses do so of course it is going to be different. Horses teeth are constantly growing in. They aren’t like ours where they grow in and you’re done. With the constant movement and grinding, sharp points or malocclusions (imperfect positioning of the teeth when the jaws are closed) can occur which cut the cheeks or tongue, making it extremely uncomfortable for your horse to eat. If your horse doesn’t eat, he or she drops weight, we as horse owners, begin to worry and it all can come backs to their teeth being properly cared for.

IC: What is floating?

Sara: Floating is when you use a tool called a float that helps remove sharp enamel points from the teeth in the top and bottom jaw. Equine dentistry has come a long way compared to 30+ years ago. They used to just float teeth, now we can balance the teeth/jaw, take care of malocclusions which by definition is imperfect positioning of the teeth when the jaws are closed such as hooks or waves. We have made tremendous progress and that is very exciting.

 

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IC: How often should floating a horses teeth be done?

Sara: For horses 5 years of age and under, I would recommend just looking, not floating. Just evaluate how the teeth are coming in and how their mouth is looking. Horses in training (say 3 years old give or take) usually have wolf teeth that interfere with their bits. I would recommend their wolf teeth be removed and have an exam to check for caps. For horses 6-20 years of age that is just a trail horse or pasture pet, their exams/floating can be done once a year. Performance horses of course need a bit more maintenance due to the wear and tear of bits on their mouths and the differences in their diets. For performances horses they should get an exam every 6 months and float their teeth every 6 months. For horses aged 20 or older, they have to be done more often as they are beginning to run out of tooth. They don’t necessarily need their teeth floated but they should be examined for malocclusions. If malocclusions are not fixed, it could results in their mouth/jaw not being balanced. If you do not check an “elderly” horses teeth regularly it could end up causing more damage as the horse begins to run out of tooth in its later years. After all, you will want to know if you have to start feeding them “soup” for dinner. 🙂

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IC: How much does it cost?

Sara: To be honest, it really depends on what area you are in. If you are in a more horse-rich area, it can be cheaper but on average it costs about $100.

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Do you have any questions or concerns about your horses teeth? If so, you can comment below or on any of our social media platforms OR even get answers right from the horses’ mouth (get it?) and contact Sara. Her information is right here below.

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As always, thanks for stopping by. Stay safe and God bless!

~~International Cowgirl

 

 

Another Give-Away!

This week’s give-away sure is exciting! They all are but now that we are in summer, I am have been anxiously anticipating this one for a while.

So here it is…for those of you who live and ride in warmer states, you will LOVE this!

Saddle slinkie has come up with the most genius product for those who love to ride in shorts but hate the feeling of being pinched in the saddle. I recently stocked up on these purely for selfish reasons then decided that sharing is caring. So I would love to treat my loyal blog subscribers & social media followers.

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Photo credit: Saddle Slinkie Facebook Page

There is only one catch, to enter to win, all you have to do is tell me why you love riding during the summer so much. You can comment on any of International Cowgirl’s platforms (ie: here on the blog, on Facebook, on Instagram or even on Twitter). That isn’t all that hard is it?!?!?!

I can’t wait to hear/see all your reasons! Good luck!

Please note: these Saddle Slinkies are already purchased so winners do not get to choose what material or pattern the Saddle Slinkie comes in. You can purchase your own custom Saddle Slinkie by reaching out to them via Facebook in the hyper link here: Saddle slinkie

As always, thank you for stopping by! God bless & be safe!

~~International Cowgirl 

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Cha-Ching Champions!

 

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RNCFR Saddle Bronc Champion, Jacobs Crawley

Y’all…I am still reeling from an incredible 4 days at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo. I missed seeing a lot of you there but there is always next year AND the 139th Silver Spurs Rodeo is coming again June 2nd and 3rd 2017. I can officially say I am addicted to rodeo…if that is the worst thing I get addicted to in life, that is fine with me. We cannot wait to start hitting the road & cover other rodeos also.

So one of the main reasons that I love the RNCFR is how they treat their contestants. When contestants qualify to make it to the RNCFR they are given $1000 to help towards travel costs etc since we all know that traveling to Florida can be a pain in the rear end. This year was the 30th anniversary of the RNCFR & they had lots of goodies for the general public who graced us with their presence throughout the 4 days of the rodeo.

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Bareback Rider & World Champion Tanner Aus of Granite Fall, MN. 

 

In addition to the fantastic Tailgating Experience, zip line, vendors & activities for families of all sizes, the quality of the roughstock is absolutely brilliant! Last year at the 2016 RNCFR I fell in love with a buckin’ horse out of Painted Pony Champion Pro Rodeo called Unv. Mama Don’t Know & she was there again this year & man did I drroooooollll! If I could get to hang out with that horse for a day, I would be in heaven. Unv. Mama Don’t Know is a dream to look at & watch perform along with her other roughstock “colleagues”. They never fail to impress at the RNCFR, that’s for sure!

More great news to come from the 2017 rodeo season is that the PRCA has welcomed the Mexico Circuit & the Mexico Rodeo Federation in to the mix along with the RNCFR which builds on the rodeo fan base & helps bring new contestants into the mix. International Cowgirl will cover this more in-depth in weeks to come.

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Barrel Racer Lori Todd of Willcox, AZ

The champions of the RNCFR “receive a $20,000 voucher for a new RAM vehicle, a Polaris RANGER UTV, a pair of exotic boots from Justin Boots, trophy saddle from Cactus Saddlery, and a Montana Silversmith buckle, in addition to their winnings.” – RNCFR Website, About.

The winners of the 2017 Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo are:

  1. Bareback Riding – R.C Landingham out of the California Circuit with an awesome 88.50 points on Korkow Rodeo’s Onion Ring.
  2. Steer Wrestling – Justin Shaffer out of the Texas Circuit with a ninja quick 3.6 second win.
  3. Team Roping – Jesse Stipes & Buddy Hawkins II out of the Prairie Circuit crushing it with a 4.9 second run.
  4. Saddle Bronc – Jacobs Crawley out of the Texas Circuit with a smokin’ 89.5 point ride on Stace Smith Pro Rodeo’s Resistol Top Hat.
  5. Barrel Racing – Emily Miller out of the Prairie Circuit flying that cloverleaf pattern with a 15.27 second run.
  6. Bull Riding – Tanner Learmont out of the Texas Circuit with a cool 78 point ride on Silver Spurs Club’s Hang Em High.
  7. Overall Champion – Josh Peek for the third year running.
  8. Team Title – Prairie Circuit.

Congratulations to all the champions of the 2017 Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo.

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RNCFR Barrel Racing Champion, Emily Miller of Weatheford, OK.
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Marshall, Arkansas Bull Rider Lane Lasley. 
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Bareback Rider Cody Kiser of Carson City, NV. 

As always, thanks for stopping by & stay tuned for more!

God Bless & stay safe!

~~International Cowgirl 

 

Shared/Repost – Tim O’Connell Focused On Repeat by NFR Insider Susan Kanode.

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We are halfway through the rodeo season and bareback rider Tim O’Connell, our reigning world champion, is looking good for a repeat. The 2017 season started Oct. 1, 2016. Tim, who grew up near Zwingle, Iowa, went to a few rodeos to stay sharp and get a start on 2017 before last year’s Wrangler National […]

via Tim O’Connell focused on repeat — NFR Insider

7 Days Too Long!

There is officially only seven days left until dirt flies at the 2017  RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo and I can barely contain my excitement. This is third year of the RNCFR being in Kissimmee at Osceola Heritage Park and each year I get more and more excited.

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Photo credit, courtesy of the RNCFR Twitter page.

This year, they will be celebrating 30 years of the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo being around, so get down to Kissimmee & celebrate with us! There will be a zip line, a tailgating experience, tons of shopping, great food & autograph session for you & your family to meet the contestants after each performance (except for Sunday).

If you have not entered to win tickets via International Cowgirl (see my last post) or you are looking to buy tickets for another night, check out Groupon at this hyper link:  RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo – 32% Off – tickets are selling fast, so get them before they are gone!

A list of the contestants can be found on the RNCFR website (http://www.rncfr.com/meet-2017-ram-national-circuit-finals-rodeo-contestants/ ) – I hope I will see you there cheering for your favourite cowboy and/or cowgirl!

The complete event schedule can be found at Event Schedule – RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo so there are plenty opportunities for day trips, a date night, a family day, or a whole 4 day marathon of one of the biggest rodeos this side of the Mississippi!

As always, thanks for stopping by, God Bless & stay safe!

~~International Cowgirl 

Giveaway Monday!

Good morning y’all! What better way to turn an ordinary Monday into an EXTRAORDINARY Monday, than with a super cool giveaway!

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Today I am giving away two (2) tickets to the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo & all you have to do is comment below with your favourite aspect(s) of rodeo & I will pick a random winner!

Last day to comment/for entries is Monday April 3rd 2017 9am EST.

Terms & conditions of giveaway are below. Good luck!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

God Bless & stay safe!

~~International Cowgirl 

 

 

 

Terms & conditions:

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3. Campaign Period: Entries will be accepted online starting on March 27th 2017 9am EST and ending April 3rd 2017 9am EST. All online entries must be received by April 3rd 2017 8am EST.

4. How to Enter: The Campaign must be entered by submitting an entry commenting on the giveaway post only either online at http://www.internationalcowgirl.org, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. The entry must fulfill all Campaign requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of [your company name]. Optional verbiage to include: You may enter only once. You must provide the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, identities, or devices in an attempt to circumvent the rules. If You use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of International Cowgirl Blog.

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International Cowgirl Royalty visits Silver Spurs Rodeo

Silver Spurs Rodeo welcomed Rodeo Queens from all over to represent their countries resulting in friendships made, little girls being inspired and rodeo go-ers being entertained and wow-ed.

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Photo credit: Kimberly Padfield Photography

Miss Rodeo Canada stopped to chat with International Cowgirl – here is our interview below.

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IC: Please introduce yourself to our readers.

Miss Rodeo Canada: Hi! I am Ali Mullin & I am Miss Rodeo Canada 2017! I grew up in a small town called Cartwright, Manitoba but I am in Alberta now!

IC: What do you love most about rodeo on an international scale (since you come across an international border)?

MRC: Oh my goodness, I was JUST thinking about this earlier today. I think for me, the beauty of rodeo-ing internationally is that you can travel so far & you get to meet so wonderful, amazing people & you get exposed to all these different customs & cultures, different foods…that sort of thing BUT when you come to the rodeo arena everything is still the same & everyone still cheers each other on. It’s a beautiful thing. It really is.

IC: What do  you love most about representing your country?

MRC: There is something really special about being able to put the maple leaf on & just go out be the ambassador for Canada. It is a really beautiful feeling & you grow up kind of hoping that you can do something for your country & for me, being Miss Rodeo Canada is THAT thing that I have the opportunity to do. It makes me so proud…that overall feeling of being able to represent something that I love so much.

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Photo credit: Kimberly Padfield Photography 

The wonderfully talented Kimberly Padfield Photography was kind enough to provide International Cowgirl Blog with amazing images of Miss Rodeo Canada, Ali Mullin. Please check her work out if you are in Canada! I absolutely LOVE how she captured Ali – her images are cleared water-marked & absolutely gorgeous! Thank you Kimberly for improving the blog with your stunning work!

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Thank you Ali Mullen, Miss Rodeo Canada for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with International Cowgirl Blog!

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International Cowgirl (Cat) standing with Miss Rodeo Canada 2017, Ali Mullen

Ali & share interests in hockey, singing and of course, rodeo. She is a pro at winning the hearts of those she comes in contact with & I feel she represents Canada at the highest level. It was honor to meet her and can’t thank her enough for chatting with International Cowgirl Blog. Check out our full video interview at International Cowgirl | Facebook !

Want to see or meet Miss Rodeo Canada? She will be at the Canadian Cowboy Ski Race on March 18th, the Broncs & Honky Tonks Indoor Pro Rodeo | Medicine Hat Exhibition on April 7-9 2017 and a ton more of events that you can find on the Official Website of Miss Rodeo Canada – so keep an eye out for an event near you!

As always thanks for stopping by & God Bless!

~~International Cowgirl 

Live Oak International Slam Dunks!

This past weekend I had the opportunity to cover Live Oak International. From Wednesday to Sunday they had major events in combined driving and international show jumping. Teams & riders from all over the US and world came to Ocala to bask in the sunshine and compete for some huge prizes and major money.

Competitors in the combined driving stated in the press conference that the courses were of international par. The courses asked good questions of the teams & their horses & despite it being challenging, their 5 days at LOI were extremely enjoyable. Marty Bauman spoke for many competitors when he said that if they came here and nothing went right for them at all, that they still would have had an incredible experience.

This satisfaction is partly due to a wonderful host, Chester Weber along with a wonderful Live Oak International team. Chester won the FEI Four in Hand Horse. Pictured below from left to right are the Live Oak International Combined Driving winners; Chester Weber (FEI Four in Hand Horse), Steve Wilson (FEI Pair Horse), Katie Whaley, US Equestrian team member and winner of the FEI Pair Pony and last but certainly not least, the winner of the FEI Single Pony, Tracey Morgan.

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Weber, Wilson, Whaley & Morgan – winners of the combined driving at Live Oak International 2017. 

Moving on to show jumping; the next major event of the week was the  $35,000 Sovaro International Show Jumping Competition (1.50m).

This was probably one of the biggest classes I have seen in a long time with 59 riders. Of those 59 riders, there were 14 clears that moved on to the jump off. There were riders from everywhere from New Zealand & Australia, to Ireland, France, Germany, Venezuela, Columbia and, of course, the USA & Canada.

Crowd favourite from Ireland, Cian O’Connor rode a perfectly clear round in 81.88 seconds.

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Cian O’Connor of Ireland jumping in the $35,000 Sovaro Int’l Jumping 1.50m

It was an intense round of jumping during the jump off between the 14 riders fighting for the $35,000. Top notch riders, top notch horses. In the end it came down to Andrew Ramsay of the USA & his horse, Stranger winning the $35,000 Sovaro International Jumping Competition.

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Hosts Chloe Reid & Chester Weber standing with winner Andrew Ramsay & Stranger. 

Fellow US rider, Devin Ryan, came in as Reserve Champion. Both Ramsay & Ryan showed incredible skill throughout the course so please join me in congratulating them both on their success during the $35,000 Sovaro International Jumping Competition.

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Andrew Ramsay (left) & Reserve Champion, Devin Ryan (right). 

If you would like to hear & see the full press conference from the combined driving and show jumping, head on over to International Cowgirl | Facebook to see the videos. Don’t forget to like our page as you will get to see a lot of behind the scenes & more video interviews at all of the events we cover this year from rodeo to international shows such as Live Oak International.

Stay tuned for more coverage of Live Oak International which includes combined driving cones and the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Qualifier! Exciting stuff!

As always, thanks for stopping by & God Bless!

~~International Cowgirl 

Silver Spurs Thanks LEOs

As the wife of a Law Enforcement Officer (aka LEO), I was brought to tears at the opening of the 138th Silver Spurs Rodeo  Saturday Performance. They enacted a foot chase with trained law enforcement and a K-9 which was super cool! Once the “culprit” was arrested, over 50 Osceola County Sheriff Officers came out on the dirt & was cheered for by a packed arena! How awesome is that? Both the Silver Spurs Rodeo AND the community showing thanks in a major way. I am so proud of our LEOs, my hubby included.

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An officer & the crowd cheering his K9 on! 

After chatting with members of the Silver Spurs Riding Club, I discovered that there is a handful of members who are LEOs themselves or like myself, a LEO spouse.

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An Osceola County LEO doing security at the arena saying hello to a furry friend. 

So, Saturday we thanked our LEOs near and far and Sunday we thanked our troops all over the world. There is something about being at a rodeo…they don’t just bring out the roughstock and say “let’s get down to business”. They take a moment to thank everyone for coming, to thank those who protect, serve & defend our freedom, to pray for everything (the rodeo, the animals, the contestants, the spectators, the volunteers, workers, our city, state, country). It is just a humble sport…a hard working sport…you get out what you put in type of sport.

What rodeos have you been to, where they honored or celebrated a particular group of people? Whether it be professional or not? Did you know that each night of the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo is themed towards thanking or celebrating a particular group of people each night.

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The colours being presented at the Silver Spurs Rodeo Saturday night – look at those stands! They are packed! 

Thursday MORNING is for coffee and cattle – grab your coffee & be at the rodeo bright and early, doors open at 10am & dirt flies at 11am. Kids 12 & under are FREE to get in.

Friday night April 7th is Wrangler National Patriot Night. All veterans, active military AND first responders will receive FREE admission – all you have to do is show your ID or badge at the box office in exchange for your ticket. A portion of the funds from this performance will go to the McCormick Institute, a local charity that helps military men and women through therapeutic horseback riding.

Saturday April 8th is Family Day AND Tough Enough To Wear Pink – so break out your favourite pink outfit to help the RNCFR raise awareness for breast cancer. Kids 12 and under will get FREE admission & can enjoy a bounce house, rodeo games, face painting, zip-lining and more!

Sunday afternoon (finals) is Champions Day and Showdown Sunday! Finals start at 2pm & get ready to see the contestants win some serious money.

You can be involved in the celebrations by coming to the RNCFR this April 6th through the 9th by purchasing your tickets here RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo Tickets – we can’t wait to see you and your family at one or all of the performances this year!

Note for ALL performances per the RNCFR website: Reserved seating to this performance is $20 per person. Children ages 2-12 are free (child ticket required) when accompanied by a paying adult and seniors 55+ receive $3 off. Doors to arena open at 10:00 a.m. and the performance begins at 11:00 a.m. sharp. Kids ages 2-12 are free (child ticket required) when accompanied by a paying adult.

You can find the complete schedule of events right here by clicking on this hyperlink: Event Schedule – RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo

We can’t wait to see you at the rodeo!

As always thanks for stopping by, stay safe & God Bless!

~~ International Cowgirl