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Trail riding in Ohio at Mohican State Park…bareback!

May in Ohio is a beautiful time to trail ride and one of my favorite places to go is Mohican State Park. Spring flowers and ferns are still sneaking up and because the leaves are not fully out yet it is possible to see further than you can in full summer. This day it was almost 85 degrees out but under the cover of the trees we stayed nice and cool.

One of my favorite parts of this ride are the multiple water crossings. The horses love to drink and play in the water before we head back up and down the many hills. This trip was also special because a good friend joined us and took her mare out for her first trail ride. I do have to admit that my pants were very wet and not very clean by the time I got done…and my inner legs were a bit sore…but I plan on doing it again as soon as possible!


Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Life, Video


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Horseback riding among the giant saguaro cactus in Arizona

As we travel around the southwest this winter we have been staying at different places where we can both keep our horses and hook up our motor home. This time we stopped at the ‘Lost Cowboy Ranch’ in Scottsdale, Arizona. The owners, Brian and Susan Bowers, were great hosts and gave us great advice about where to ride. We were even able to work our schedules out so that we could go on some rides together.

In this video we loaded up and drove to the McDowell Mountain Regional Park and then rode the horses all the way home. We could have ridden off the property to the park and back…it just would have made for a longer ride. The park trails were very well marked, not only with their names but even with the road numbers. As we headed home we followed signs for 158th Street and when we left the park we road to 160th, which is where Lost Cowboy Ranch is.

The landscape was unique and I loved riding among the giant saguaro cactus. The desert is much more interesting than I had imagined it to be. The variety of plants, birds, rabbits and other things that live there is fascinating and at this time of year (January) the weather can’t be beat.


Posted by on January 27, 2015 in Life, Video


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Horseback Canyon Ride in New Mexico with Stacy Westfall

We started out this ride on the road where we parked the horse trailer but soon we were following an arroyo, a dry river bed, to find our way to this old homestead. Most of this was filmed on BLM land.

We have been staying in New Mexico at Kiva RV Park and Horse Motel which is owned by Robert and Diane Wiltshire. Diane volunteered to be our tour guide and I am so glad that she did, especially on this day.

Newt DID do some of the filming…both from on his head and from on his girth…motion sickness warning for that part, lol.

I have to admit that before riding here I was just thinking of New Mexico as a stop on the way to Arizona and California but now I can see why it is called the land of enchantment. Diane also gave us a book, Saddle Up, New Mexico: The Statewide Horse Trail and Travel GuideI think she is trying to tempt us into coming back..and I think it is working!


Posted by on January 13, 2015 in Life, Video


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Emmie realizes another dream…showing at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Emmie Fisher: The Redheaded Cowgirl and Louie, Phil. 4:13

Visit ‘The Redheaded Cowgirl’ on Facebook to follow Emmie and Louie

Today Emmie will realize a dream she had as a child; to show at the Kentucky Horse Park.

You may remember Emmie from my April 13th blog and Louie has written several blogs here.

I think her story is important because like most dreamers, Emmie could never have predicted the path that lead her to reach this dream.

Emmie may not have been able to predict her path but she still did her part. Many people are confused about how you can work toward something without knowing exactly how to get there. Thomas Edison said it this way, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

Emmie said it this way, “…and A LOT of time and work… and time and work… and time and work…. and more work and time… WE DID IT!!”

Emmie has a Facebook page, The Redheaded Cowgirl, where she will keep you updated and where she supports her ‘horse show habit’ by selling bracelets and more.

The Redheaded Cowgirl on Facebook: Louie in the beginning

Emmie and Louie when they were still dreamers.


If you can attend remember to cheer especially loud for these two as there is a “People Choice Award” being presented tonight!

Here is the video of Emmie and Louie realizing a dream just weeks ago at Equine Affaire’s Fantasia:

For more information on the event itself you can visit the Kentucky Reining Cup website or the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event page, which is where the following information about the event is from:

The equestrian sport of Eventing consists of three distinct elements: dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. Originally, Eventing competitions were held around the world to test the fitness and training level of cavalry mounts. The winner is determined by the horse-and-rider combination with the fewest combined penalties from the three phases.

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (International Equestrian Federation – FEI), the world’s Governing body of equestrian sports, has designated the Rolex Kentucky ThreeDay Event as a Four Star Eventing competition. Stars are used by the FEI to denote the level of Eventing competitions. Four stars is the highest designation and this designation is given only to the Olympic Games, World Championships, and six annual events around the world.

Riders compete for a chance to win the $250,000 in prize money and a shot at the $350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, which is awarded to any rider who wins the Rolex Kentucky, Mistubishi Motors Badminton and Land Rover Burghley Four Star Events in succession.

Reining competition shows the athletic ability of the western type horse in an arena, where competitors are required to run one of several patterns. Each pattern consists of small slow circles, large fast circles, flying lead changes, rollbacks, 360 degree spins in place, back-ups and the exciting sliding stops.

The Kentucky Reining Cup features The Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship which will serve as the Selection Trial for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Reining Team. The Championship will be an FEI-recognized CRI3* event held in two rounds over three days, April 25-27, and will offer $100,000 in prize money.

The Kentucky Reining Cup will also include the World Freestyle Championship which will award the title of “World Champion” in Freestyle Reining, as well as $20,000 prize money that will mark the largest purse for a Reining Freestyle anywhere in the world.


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Posted by on April 26, 2014 in Inspiring, quote, Video


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