It’s The Final Countdown!

If you sang the title in your head like I did when typing it, we need to be best friends. Just sayin’.

Anyway, you guessed it! We are only 2 days away from the kick off of the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo !!!! Are you ready to rodeeoooooooo!?!?!?!?!?

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Photo credit: RNCFR.com 

We will be out there Saturday and Sunday so if you see us, stop by and say hello! We’d love to meet some of our readers!

I want to hear from you this week on a couple of things.

  1. What is your favourite part of the rodeo? It can be anything – there is no wrong answers.
  2. Who are you routing for in what event?

 

Chat with you soon! Stay safe and God Bless!

~International Cowgirl

The Countdown Is On!

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If you haven’t guessed it already, I am so excited about this years RNCFR! That’s probably an understatement but that’s okay…haters gonna hate…and riders gonna ride!

Just 7 days until the kickoff of the 2016 Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo. The first performance starts at 7:30pm sharp on Thursday April 7th.

If you haven’t got your tickets already, head on over to Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo Tickets  OR if you have a Groupon account you can still save on your admission prices by heading over to  RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo – Kissimmee, FL | Groupon and take advantage of your discounts there but it’s limited time only before that deal is gone, gone, gone.

If you see me out and about at the rodeo this year, don’t be afraid to come say hello. I’d love to chat with you about your rodeo experience!

Stay safe & God Bless.

~International Cowgirl

RNCFR – Family Day!

Grandma isn’t available to babysit? That’s okay! April 9th is Family Day at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo and we want to see you and those beautiful kiddos there!

Contact Jason Refermat today at 321-697-3321 or email him at jjrefermat@ohpark.com

Osceola Heritage Park and Z88.3 FM are excited to see you and your family have a memorable experience at the RNCFR this year and every year!

Can’t wait to see you there!

RNCFR

 

~International Cowgirl

Running To The Rodeo!

April is right around the corner and what better time to attend the first major rodeo of the year in Florida?!?!

April 7-10th 2016 is the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo  and we at International Cowgirl are ready to run on down to the rodeo! The question is, are you?

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Photo credit: RNCFR & PRCA

You can follow all the up to date chatter and news on what is going on with this awesome event on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo – Facebook

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RNCFR in Kissimmee (@rncfrkissimmee) • Instagram

You can purchase your tickets from Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo Tickets – Ticketmaster and for a very limited time you can get a discount on tickets from RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo – Kissimmee, FL | Groupon

We have been counting down the days until cowgirls and cowboys from across the nation come to the awesome and beautiful Silver Spurs Arena – Osceola Heritage Park to compete for their chance at competing for over $1 million in cash winnings and prizes. As of today, we have 9 days (that can’t go by quick enough) before kick off of the biggest rodeo in town!

These contestants have worked hard to be the best in each of their regions. The country is split up of 12 regions consisting of 33 states so we have the top dogs heading on down to Central Florida to show us their skill sets and talent in the following categories:

  • Barrel Racing
  • Bull Riding
  • Team Roping
  • Bareback Riding
  • Saddle Bronc Riding
  • Steer Wrestling

Tune in to the Wrangler Network for the Thursday’s, Friday’s and Saturday’s performances. The finals will air on CBS Network on Sunday April 10th.

We send out our best wishes to the qualifiers in the our circuit; the Southeastern Circuit (Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee & Arkansas):

{Qualifier Table credit to RNCFR.com}

Winn Ratliff, Leesville, LA bareback riding
Matthew Smith, Boiling Springs, S.C. bareback riding
Jacob O’Mara, Prairieville, La. bull riding
Jeffrey Joseph Ramgos, Zachary, La. bull riding
Jennifer Mosley, Palm City, Fla. barrel racing
Megan Swint, Lithia, Fla barrel racing
Bradley Massey, Perry, Fla., heading
Jacob Dagenhart, Statesville, N.C. heading
Michael Bratton, Phenix City, Ala heeling
Shane Hester, Lakeland, Fla., heeling
Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., saddle bronc riding
Curtis Garton, Lake Charles, La. saddle bronc riding
Juan Alcazar, Jr., Okeechobee, Fla. steer wrestling
Kamry Dymmek, Kissimmee, Fla. steer wrestling
Tim Pharr, Resaca, Ga., tie-down roping
Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss. tie-down roping

We also wish all the 192 contestants the best of luck during the rodeo!!!

Another great event that the RNCFR is putting on is the 2nd Annual RNCFR Cattle Drive which takes place in downtown Kissimmee, starting at the Osceola County Courthouse and goes from 3pm to 5pm. This event is sponsored by  Spirit of the Swamp Airboat Rides and supported in part by the City of Kissimmee – City Hall, so head on down to Broadway in Downtown Kissimmee to witness a piece of the action.

Are you as excited as I am about this? I sure hope so and I hope to see you all there at the one and only RAM NATIONAL CIRCUIT FINALS RODEOOOOOO!!!!!

Until then, ride safe & God bless!

~International Cowgirl

 

 

Equine Feed & Gastric Ulcers

Man, that title sure does sound super sexy doesn’t it? Hahahaha.

So last week, I attended a seminar on equine feed and gastric ulcers given by the amazing Dr Marty Adams at the Southern States Cooperative hosted at my incredible local feed store; Gregs Feed & Farm Supply.

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There was a great turn out and we all were ready to get our learn on and some questions answered. The purpose of me writing this is to pass along the information to those who were unable to attend or are not near a location to which Dr Marty and his team are headed. Knowledge is power folks.

I shall start out by saying a word or two about Dr Marty (Martin) Adams, PhD, PAS. He is an Equine Nutritionist and Horse Feed Manager with Southern States that passionately loves his research and work which is blatantly written all over his face and heard in his words. It is amazing to see such a fire about something that someone loves to do. Not only was he a captivating speaker but taught everything clearly so that everyone would understand. We communicated via email in the following days & didn’t seem bothered one bit about my inquiries or questions. Again and again, Dr Marty kept obliterating the glass ceilings of great impressions. We need more people like him around in our circles.

So what do you feed your horse? Grain? Grass? Hay? All of the above? What is best to feed your horse and in what amounts? Feed to hay ratios can be difficult. Where you live can be a factor that plays into what and how much your horse eats…but as all us horse owners know; our horses eat better than we do and that is A-OKAY with us.

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So let’s start with hay. Foraging is the foundation of the equine diet as it provides daily nutrient requirements, maintains the integrity of the Gastro Intestinal tract and minimizes vices (undesirable habits). There are three (3) categories of hay; Legume, Mixed and Grass. Legume species of hay include alfalfa, clover & birdsfoot trefoil. Grass hay species consist of timothy, ryegrass, orchardgrass, fescue, bluegrass & brome. Mixed hay species is obviously a mix which is usually made up of some grass and legume plants. Some horse owners will give their horses coastal (or bermuda) hay which is a draught tolerant grass type of hay and is leafier than other grass type hay. Coastal/bermuda hay is more common in the southern states of the US or desert states. I see many horses owners buy two types of hay depending on their horses needs. As you have probably guessed or know by now, every single horse is different (just like people) in the sense that alfalfa hay may work great for one horse but horrible for another. Horses may not need to consume the high level of nutrition that legume hay offers as it may affect different aspects of it’s behaviour, lifestyle and so on.

Here is a table provided by Dr Marty with quality estimates on all of the different types of hay for horses:

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Per The Kentucky Equine Research (KER) micronutients in hay and feed are essential your horses diet. Crude protein is defined as the approximate amount of protein which is calculated from the determined nitrogen content by multiplying by a factor. According to Dr Marty, it is a good idea to keep crude protein limited to an approximate 8-14% on an as fed basis.

ADF (Acid Detergent Fiber) is defined as “The ADF value refers to the cell wall portions of the forage that are made up of cellulose and lignin. These values are important because they relate to the ability of an animal to digest the forage. As ADF increases the ability to digest or the digestibility of the forage decreases.” – Agrianalysis, 2009.

NDF (Neutral Detergent Fiber) is defined as “The NDF value is the total cell wall which is comprised of the ADF fraction plus hemicellulose (present along the plant cell wall). NDF values are important because they reflect the amount of forage the animal can consume. As NDF percent increases, the dry matter intake generally decreases.” – Agrianalysis, 2009.

Grass hay will generally provide sufficient nutrients to all classes of horses except for breeding/lactating mares or growing horses where as legume hay can provide twice as much nutrients for certain classes of horses leaving an excess of both protein and calcium not being absorbed by your horse.

Side note: avoid alfalfa if you have an HYPP horse. HYPP stands for Equine Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis Disease which is a muscular disease caused by an inherited genetic mutation. HYPP has been traced back to one horse named Impressive and has the alternative name, Impressive Syndrome, named after this horse. Symptoms of HYPP may include muscle twitching, unpredictable paralysis attacks which can lead to sudden death, and respiratory noises. Severity of attacks varies from unnoticeable to collapse or sudden death. The cause of death is usually respiratory failure and/or cardiac arrest.

So how much forage for your horse? Dr Marty suggests a minimum 1% DM (dry matter) of body weight per day (10 lbs DMB (dry matter basis) = 11.1 lbs AFB (as fed basis) at 90% dry matter). A mature horse can consume up to 2.5% DM of it’s body weight per day. However, the important thing to take away from this section on hay, is good quality matters! You want greater than or equal to 8% crude protein, 40% or less ADF and 60% or less NDF. Now this doesn’t just mean flakes of hale;  this covers baled hay, hay cubes, chopped hay,  and pasture – you want long stemmed fibers at least 1-1.5 inches in length. Sticking to the 8/40/60 rule helps maintain weight well. When horses chew the hay it produces saliva which has bicarbonates in it which ups the pH. The higher the pH, the less acidic your horse’s body will be.

Dr Marty recommends the following for each of the different types of horses:

  • Mature Performance/Lactating/Maintenance Horses: 1.5% BW/day as fed basis (AFB)
  • Pregnant Broodmares: 2.0% BW/day AFB
  • Foals: 0.5% BW/day AFB
  • Growing Horses (6-12 months): 1.0% BW AFB
  • Yearlings/Two/Three: 1.5% BW/day AFB
  • Older Horses (>25 years): 0.5% BW/day AFB in processed forage (chopped hay, cubed hay – hay that is processed in a finer consistency that is easier for them to eat).

So have I confused the heck out of you yet? I hope not. So let’s now move on…

Horses need NSCs which are Non-Structural Carbohydrates. These can be found in grains, cool-season grasses and molasses. NSCs in horse feed contain starches and sugars that are an important source of energy, especially for active horses. The glycemic reposonse to these NSCs usually occur approximately an 1- 2 hours after the meal. So if your sport horse needs a little get up and go before a race; that is the when he/she will feel the energy from his food the most.

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So how else does the feed you choose affect how your horse? We use food to fuel ourselves, so do horses. We try to eat foods with high nutritional value so we can look and feel our best. As horse owners, we do the same for our horses. Each horse is different so each horse responds to certain feed types in different ways.

Let’s look for a second at the Equine Body Condition Score (BCS) in relation to feeding your horse. The diagram below is provided to us courtesy of Dr Marty Adams again.

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Your horse’s BCS is based off of 6 points on your horse’s body. The 6 points are labeled above; along the neck, along the withers, loin, tailhead, ribs and behind the shoulders. Depending on how these areas look, they are analyzed on a scale of 1-9. A good place for your horse to be, depending on what activities/job your horse has, is anywhere between a 4 and a 6. He recommends an athletic horse to be in the 5.5 to 6 region and brood mares need to be a solid 6 for example.

So for feeding the overweight, easy keeper or Equine Metabolic Syndrome Horse things are a little different. These types of horses can be generally classified for example as Fjords, Icelandics, Morgans, Paso Finos, pony breeds or minis. These horses have a tendancy to “get extra fluffy” shall we say at normal feeding rates which increases the risk of laminitis. Laminitis for those who don’t know, is a painful inflammatory condition in the tissues of the horses’ hooves that bond the hoof wall to the pedal (coffin) bone in the horses hoof. It can affect any horse, of any sex or age, at any time of the year.

Here is Dr Marty’s super cool flow on the 3 components of EMS:

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In the case of these horses, we need to reduce the caloric intake in order to reduce the body condition. Dr Marty recommends feeding moderate quality grass hay at 1% to 1.5% of target body weight then adjust to desired body condition. Along with the hay he also recommends, feeding Triple Crown Lite at 1 pound per 500lbs of body weight and to make up for any other nutritional “holes” to use Triple Crown 30% Supplement or Legends Balancer Pellet at 0.5lb per 500lbs of body weight.

Balancer pellets help meet nutrient needs in certain places that are lacking but you also have to keep an eye on blood glucose & insulin levels. Spring and Fall is usually the time we see the most founders happen because the sugar is higher in hay/pasture. You can give them less hay and balance it out with the balancer pellets. For example if you have an overweight barrel horse but want get up and go, you need to regulate blood glucose and insulin.

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If you have a hot horse lower the sugar and starch in their feed. You can also use supplements. Increasing omega 3s in their diets will help also. Studies have shown that increasing omega 3s in directly correspondent to increase in stride length. Three good omega 3 sources are linolenic (ALA) so flaxseed for example, Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, so fish oil) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, which is fresh water algae). Soy oil and chia seeds are great also. ALA can be converted to EPA and DHA. Every 1/4 -1/2lb of feed, your horse should be getting 20 gms of linolenic acid. For those questioning whether whole or ground flaxseeds make a difference; there is no research to suggest any difference. Flaxseed is not just a great omega 3, it helps in Spring when shedding out that winter coat of your now fluffy baby as they fat supplements help with coat and itchy skin issues.

Another side note: reducing hay intake by 1% 3 days prior to an event or race; reduces body weight by 2% which could make a world of difference when it comes to shaving off speed in the sport/athletic horse side of things. Just remember to keep your horse hydrated at all times, especially if training, stressing or traveling. Flavoring the water can help  if you horse doesn’t like to drink water at a certain arena. Flavor the water a couple of days leading up to the show & then at the show/arena. Add electrolytes and/or salt to keep things normal.

So what kind of job does your horse have? Let’s compare a Western Pleasure Horse and Speed Horse (barrel horse).

The more speed work your horse does, the more starch and sugar (not just fat) your horse needs in its diet. Why? To refuel muscle glycogen & delay fatigue. Fat can (not will but can) help if the only work is mainly aerobic (walk to trot) and even then it is only 5% of their daily diet. So the Western Pleasure horse will need a low starch, low sugar feed and this will allow him to keep his head and be less excitable. A barrel horse on the other hand will need high starch, high sugar but don’t go over 20% for an IR or IRC (Insulin Resistant) horse. There is no one perfect feed out there. Each horse is different so finding the right balance for you horse might take some time but you will get there. Dr Marty and I have faith in you.

If all else fails or you just want to make sure you are giving a great balanced diet to your fur-babies…wait for it….THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT!

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So how does this relate to gastric ulcers? Well all of the above goes where? Your horse’s stomach. Where do gastric ulcers occur? Your horse’s stomach. Dr Marty defines ulcers as “caused by hydrochloric acid secreted by parietal cells in stomach and lactic and other acids formed by fermentation of sugars and starches in stomach” – The stomach is lined with protein. The lower half is protected from mucus and hydrochloric acid. The upper half  of the stomach is unprotected and this is usually where the ulcers will arise. So how do you know if your horse is susceptible to ulcers?

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Research studies that have been done over a number of years have shown that ulcers in horses occur in 90% of racehorses, 67% of endurance horses, 40% of performance western horses (roping, penning, cutting and barrel racing), 58% of show horses and 37% of pleasure horses. So when your horse runs or moves around a lot (performance western horses, endurance horses and racehorses) it causes stress and splashing in the stomach. The stress and splashing hits the upper half of the unprotected stomach lining and voila! You have a recipe for a gastric ulcer.

The risk factors for ulcers are:

  • Stress
  • Transportation
  • High grain/low-hay diet
  • Stall confinement
  • Intermittent feeding
  • Intense exercise
  • Racing
  • Illness
  • NSAID use
  • Management changes.

Do any of these sound familiar? To the performance Western horse, endurance horse and racehorse owners, it sure does! You always have a show to take your horse to each weekend, sometimes you rent a stall, depending on the show, stress, intense exercise and racing usually happens at or around these shows. It is not a bad thing, your horse has a job and loves it but sometimes, like we humans do, we have a bad-tummy day and nothing works right when we are like that. The same goes for our horses.

NSAIDs (non-steroidial anti-inflammatory drugs) such as bute or banamine can decrease muscus production which increases risk and opportunities for ulcers to occur.

So how are you to know that your horse has an ulcer? He (or she) can’t exactly tell you verbally, can they? Signs can be:

  • Acute or chronic colic
  • Excessive recumbency (lying down)
  • Poor body condition
  • Poor appetite or partial anorexia (not finishing grain meal or hay)
  • Poor performance/training/decreased stride length
  • Attitude changes
  • Stretching to urinate
  • Inadequate energy
  • Chronic diarrhea

Scoping for ulcers can be expensive and cost anywhere from $300 and $400 a pop. Omeprazole (Gastroguard and Ulcerguard) can be given but the risk of the ulcers coming back sooner rather than later inevitable. It is expensive to use and can significantly decrease the calcium in your horse’s body. Adding alfalfa to diet one hour before you ride can help MINOR ulcer issues but that is only a band-aid for the problem not a permanent solution.

Dr Marty recommends Gastro-Tech –  “Legends GastroTech Supplement is an innovative nutritional supplement recommended for all classes of horses and is research-proven by Cooperative Research Farms (CRF) to maintain gastric health in show and performance horses. This proprietary blend of ingredients is an excellent recommendation for horses under stress from training, competing and traveling. Legends is a premium horse feed line, formulated with advanced technology and the most comprehensive current research for your horse’s nutritional needs. Our Legends Supplements are additives which have been developed to supplement the nutritional demands of different dietary needs” – Southern States, 2016. Compared to all the other treatments for ulcers Gastro-Tech, the gastric ulcer supplement, the cost comes out to $0.75 a day! Whaaaat?!?!?!?!? You aren’t rushing around and spending chunks and chunks out of your hard earned money on last minute treatments. You know you would rather be spending that money elsewhere…like at tack stores, or tickets for the rodeo, or entry fees for another show.

If you suspect that your horse has ulcers, call your vet or check out Gastro-Tech but if you have any questions for Dr Marty and his team, they are absolutely incredible. His email is marty.adams@sscoop.com and he usually responds rather quickly but the man is in high demand with all the seminars and research studies he is doing so be patient with him.

I hope I passed along some great information to you from a great seminar by Dr Marty Adams, PhD, PAS. I enjoyed it thoroughly and cannot wait to attend another seminar. As horse owners we are always learning as those babies love to throw us curve balls every now and then. Have a great weekend and show those four-legged companions some extra lovings for me!

Your truly,

International Cowgirl xoxo

 

 

 

 

Horses Lend Us The Wings We Lack

Hey peeps! How’s it going?! I miss you guys! It has been too long….things have not slowed down since the wedding and I don’t see them slowing down much anytime soon.

I have a trip coming up….Yay! I can’t wait to go home to the UK but I will update you on that when I get back.

So…some of you have horses and understand what I am about to write on. Those of you who have a horse…or multiple horses, you more than likely have ridden bareback many many times.

It has been a long time since I rode bareback. Since, not fully owning one of my own yet, my riding has been sporadic and in some months non-existent. Gasp! I know….such a horrible feeling. Anyway, not the point.

I had a photo shoot yesterday as gift to me from some friends who knew I have been dying to do this since my wedding back in April and also knew I fell head over heels in love with my neighbour’s Gypsy Vanner gelding named Raven.

Side note: Fresians and Gypsy Vanners are at the top of my favourite breed list along with a handful of others….and Raven is my dream name for the jet black Pinnacle Fresian that I will some day own.

Anywhoooo….I was a little nervous since Raven has never been around a poofy white wedding dress or had me on his back. I had more of an excited-nervous-ness than anything else. So it was somewhat of a slight challenge getting on him in my dress but I got up there and situated and I will be completely honest it was like sitting on a couch. He was SO comfortable. We fit together like a glove.

So we walked around some getting us used to each other. He was absolutely amazing. He could stop on a dime…never had to ask twice about anything. He was so polite, well-mannered, gentleman-like, and just so laid back.

Now, Gypsy Vanners are the type to test you and push boundaries but he was a dream…our other neighbour decided to shoot of his very loud shot-gun (despite seeing us out there) and since I didn’t know how Raven would react to it going off, I prepared myself to eat dirt. BANG went the shot gun…Raven? Twitched his ears…not a flinch or blink whatsoever. So between that and me moving all over him and riding him all around, I couldn’t have asked for a better more well-behaved, gorgeous looking horse.

With each minute I was on his back, I realized that despite not owning a horse of my own, it didn’t make me any less of a rider, any less of a horse enthusiast….and with each passing second I fell more and more in love with him & appreciated ever second I got to spend on his back. There was no saddle, nothing in between us. Just him and I… I was giggling like a child…beyond content. I kept thanking my neighbour over and over again for allowing me and trusting me on him and entrusting him to me for a brief time. I always see that saying: “Horses Lend Us The Wings We Lack”…or “In Riding A Horse, They Lend Us Freedom”. It is so true. It is true enough when you are on their backs in a saddle but there is something so special about riding bareback. I was getting back to basics, back to my heart, back to a feeling of true, genuine, happiness. My heart and soul felt like they were soaring. It was like something out of a movie with his flowing mane and tail…with his masculine features but soul-searching deep, dark eyes.

I could write forever on the feeling…I cannot wait to see the pictures and I know I can’t wait to get another taste of that feeling again…hopefully sometime sooner than later.

Stay safe folks and enjoy those fur-babies.

PBR Blue Def Velocity Tour 2014

Hey folks! Long time! I’ve been super busy between multiple farms and the horse rescue and church and home and…and…and….yeah, you get the idea. Lol. Who cares? Let’s get to the good stuff.

So my fiance and I hadn’t been out to an event together (alone) in some time so I saw PBR tickets for sale and decided to get some. I love PBR. There is just something about the bulls…can’t quite put my finger on it but I love ’em.

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Anyway…so we get there, super excited, getting pumped up etc. I took a walk around and got kind of close to the back pen area. I chatted with some of PBR’s photographers and some other random employees which was nice.

The opening ceremony was AWESOME!

How awesome is that???!!!
How awesome is that???!!!

Our “Rodeo Entertainer”, Mike was HILARIOUS!

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Mike signing autographs afterwards.
Mike signing autographs afterwards.

A big thanks to our other rodeo safety crew and Bobby – the lone cowboy on his horse. Major respect for these folks.

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I was getting decent pictures on my camera phone (since that is all I would risk bringing in) so I do apologize if some of them are blurry.

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The mystery cowboy (#14???) signing autographs afterwards…caught me off guard by tipping his hat and calling me ma’am….LOL! That southern gentleman’s grace….always a good thing. His dog was beautiful too…

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Troublesome Two-some
Troublesome Two-some
Loved this rider's handle-bar moustache.
Loved this rider’s handle-bar moustache.

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And last but certainly not least, Saturday’s Champion with 87.5 points: Jason Malone.

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Despite injuring his hand, he did great and will keep on riding! He still plans on riding internationally in China later this year.

So it was a great night, had a ton of fun and hoping they will come back to Orlando again next year but honestly, with the poor turn out that was there Saturday and PBR having to have the help of Groupon and Living Social to sell tickets, there might be chance they don’t come back, which is a shame. With all the horse and cattle country down here in Florida, we’d love to have more professional rodeos down here. I am super excited about the Ram Circuit Finals Rodeo coming to Central Florida, though – that will be awesome!

You can always check more out at Professional Bull Riders .

Purina Days 2014

This weekend was filled with celebrations and fun activities. One of my cousin-in-law’s daughter had her high school graduation party which was fun. Some of us sang karaoke and we all had lots of laughs. 🙂

The big event of the weekend was Purina Days.

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It was held at our local Tractor Supply and there were lots of vendors there including the 4H clubs too. We brought our new mascot TJ. He is a whole lot of personality in a little itty bitty horse.

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Isn’t he just so cute?!

So we had our table set up with our cowboy boot cookies, t-shirts and bracelets for sale which were all a huge hit. We were also set up for car washes. Despite the heavy rain and lightening chasing off early we had a ton of fun and did well.

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TJ decided that he wanted to go shopping. He heard there were some treats inside…

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There were other local celebrities gracing us with their presence at tractor supply such as…

Toby – the tea-cup pig…

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Cookie: an Arcadia Saints – St Bernard. He is a show dog and is THEE St Bernard that you see on TV at the all the major televised dog shows.

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Cookie and TJ decided to check each other out and say hello. They are both 31-32 inches tall at their withers.

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Cookies also brought along with him Jay Jay…

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LOOK AT THAT FACE! AND THOSE GIANT PAWS!

So all in all, it was another successful event for us. 🙂

Have a great Monday everyone! See you soon!

 

Budweiser 2014 “Puppy Love” Commercial Now Live!

SPOILER ALERT! This is the new 2014 Superbowl commercial. I absolutely love it!!!! Brilliant one this year! They always seem to top the previous years…everytime!

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Budweiser just released one of it’s two Budweiser Super Bowl commercials! Called “Puppy Love”, it’s very cute. After all, what’s not to like about dogs and horses?

Enjoy!

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Liebster Award.

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The Liebster Award is awarded by one person to their ten favorite up and coming blogs (up and coming is defined as a blog with under 200 followers). Furthermore, liebster is German for “dearest.”

I would like to thank Brandi from Lipstick & Tractors. I am truly touched and honored that you nominated me for such an award. Thank you so much! 🙂

Now, you are probably wondering how The Liebster Award works. Well Brandi asked me 10 questions that I now have to answer.

Those questions were:

1. Where did you grow up? In a small town, in a big city, or in the country? On a farm, an acreage, or a downtown apartment?

I grew up on the outskirts of Edinburgh, a major city in Scotland. I spent half my time in the big city and other half out in the Scottish countryside village of Roslin.
2. Do you have any pets? If no, did you have any in the past?

I have two cats; Mittens and Saphy. I have 5 chickens, share 4 horses and I used to have a golden retriever named Lucy.

3. What is your favorite recipe?

I really don’t have one. I bake like crazy so maybe my favourite recipe SO FAR is any type of Peek-a-boo or Surprise cakes. It is a cake inside a cake so to speak.
4. One item you can’t live without? That is a hard one…my phone or my camera.

5. Why did you start blogging? July 2013

6. What was your first vehicle? Oh lord….a 1995 Ford Taurus…a mess. I had it for about 6 months.

7. What’s your family like? Brothers, sisters? Married? Children?

I am engaged, I have one younger sister, my mother is here is the states with me, the rest of my family is back home in Scotland and scattered over the UK.

8. What are your hobbies?

My hobbies are horse riding, dancing, writing, reading, singing, photography, party and event planning, crafting…I have a lot of hobbies but those are just some.

9. Hollywood has decided to film a movie about your life, who did they cast to play you?

Ha! Probably Sandra Bullock, Catherine Heigel or…oh jeez, I don’t know! LOL!

10. What do you want to accomplish in your life?

A lot. I am a go getter so I get my heart set on something and work hard to accomplish it. I would like to be married this year as long we don’t have anymore hick-ups with the plans, I would like to buy a house by this time next year and hopefully have children by 25/26. I would like to accomplish more in the horse circuit, and become an equine and animal assisted therapist. I will probably own a farm or estate in both the states and the UK but probably the UK first. I have so much I would like to accomplish I can’t even begin to start writing the rest down…you would all be reading this for months. Ha ha!

 

Now, it is my turn to nominate 10 people. Should these people choose to accept, they must adhere to the following rules:
Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
Answer the 10 questions given to you by the person who nominated you.
Nominate 10 of your favorite blogs with fewer than 200 followers and notify them of their nomination.
Come up with 10 questions for your nominees to answer.

My nominees are:

1. On The Road With Dawn And Clea

2. Laird Will & Lady Glyn Of Glencoe

3. Hot Rod Cowgirl

4. The Sundog Drift

5. FROM SCRATCH CLUB

6. TBN Ranch

7. Free Range Cow

8. AirportsMadeSimple

9. Turquoise Compass

10. Mountaingmom

Here are my questions for you to answer:

1. If you could do anything in world (which you can anyway) and money was not a worry, what would you do?

2. What is your favourite colour?

3. What is your dream job?

4. If you could talk to and hang out with any celebrity (alive or dead) for a day, who would it be?

5. When did you start blogging and what made you decide to blog?

6. Do you prefer to bake or cook? What is your favourite recipe?

7. If you were President, what is the one thing you would change or try to accomplish first and foremost?

8. Where would you go on a dream vacation?

9. What is one quirky or unique thing about you?

10. Do you follow sports and have a favourite team?

Thanks again to Brandi for nominating me for this award and congratulations to all the nominees.