Saturday, October 13, 2012

Clinic Reports

The big and the small of rope horses and they both worked

 These photos will not stay where I put them and they are driving me to distraction, so, since I cannot beat them into submission I'll just post them the way they are and add more later on.  These were picked out a random.

Cheryl was recently able to buy back her sweet bay mare and is loving it.

OK.  So this has become one of those blog sites that updates once a year or so.  Roxie refuses to apologize for her extended vacation, so I'm stuck with the responsibility.  Since leaving the TA in Sept we have attended a Wendy Murdoch clinic in Ft. Collins, Co. that was helpful beyond description--both enlightening and encouraging--and Bob has conducted clinics in Colorado and Iowa.  Thanks go out to the clinic sponsors for making the sacrifices and effort that it takes to pull off a clinic, and to the good people and their horses who came for the ranch roping, foundation horsemanship, advancing your horsemanship and cow working clinics. 'Nuff said.  I'll just post photos.   

An Arabian, a Tennessee Walking Horse and some Quarter horses with owners in
the "Advancing Your Horsemanship" class in Iowa.

Linda has just thrown a good heel loop and is celebrating.

It was pretty amazing to observe Wendy analyze each piece of the puzzle
 and pick up the roping so quickly.  She is riding Little Moon at Ft. Collins.

The ranch roping class at Ft. Collins with Carol left front.

Working the cattle through the obstacle course in Iowa

The cow working class, or many of the them,
moving the cattle into the arena in Iowa.
We have the dates set for both the Colorado and the Iowa clinics for next year, and Bob will be doing back-to-back clinics with Wendy again next year, so contact LuAnn Goodyear at Last Resort Equestrienne center at Ft. Collins, or Cheryl Lieurance at Sperry, Iowa for dates and classes.

It looks as if we will be able to do at least one more clinic in Chaska, MN--YAHOO!--so check with Tom Hone early in 2013 for information on that one. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world."

"Just because we think it or believe it doesn't meant its true."
Virginia H. Pearce

Andy, Elsie and Old Blue on the TA Ranch in Sept.2011
 Gluten Free Recipe

Corn Dodgers

Preheat oven to 400degrees

1 cup white cornmeal
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. butter, softened, or coconut oil
1/2 tsp. sugar (more if you have a sweet tooth)
1 cup boiling water.

Grease a baking sheet liberally with butter or coconut oil. Combine the cornmeal, salt, butter and sugar; mix well.  Pour the boiling water over the cornmeal mixture and beat until well blended and no lumps.
Drop the batter from a tablespoon onto the baking sheet.  Bake 20 minutes.  Don't skimp on the baking time.  These should be brown and crisp and eaten immediately. Makes 12-14. 

Good with any bean recipe or for breakfast with pure maple syrup.

This is best made with freshly ground corn meal from white popcorn, but if you can't get that you can probably get a good gluten free cornmeal from your local health food store.  It should contain the germ and be kept refrigerated.  Yellow cornmeal will work also.

It was a cold day for Arizona.  There was a little skim of ice on the cat's water dish this morning and the top of the horse troughs were slushy.  Brrrr!  Roxie was pouting because we penned the calves last night so Bob and Mike could brand them today, but she got to chase the neighbors dogs off, so the morning was not a complete loss for her.

The familiar sound of Sand Hill Cranes flying over head accompanied our typically lovely sunrise.  Sometimes when I look up their Vee formation has fallen to pieces and it looks like total chaos in the sky; as if they are lost, flying in mindless circles. As I watch they begin to reform, like pieces of glass in a kaleidoscope.  Soon, with no signal or communication that I recognize they are back in a lovely victory pattern, not one of them has bumped into another and they fly on oblivious to my concern.  Isn't life, often times, like that?  About the time our lives seem to be falling to pieces and we despair of the outcome, we realize that we were just being shaken up and reformed for something better.

We continue to receive calls every day about Buck's March 16 - 19, Horsemanship 2/Ranch Roping Clinic in Marana, AZ.  The movie has impressed a huge segment of the population that have either not been aware of Buck's work, or have been sitting on the fence, and every one we talked to has reported record numbers for his clinics.  It is so good that he is receiving the recognition he is due.  We hope these folks recognize the value of what he has to offer and continue down the path to a better life for them and their horses.

I have included a picture of my granddaughter simply because I can, and because we love her and her parents--they are doing such a good job with her.  If I remember right, last time they went to the local feed store she ran over, grabbed a rope and yelled Papa, and she insisted on climbing on the saddles.  She is off to a good start!  She was ill during the holidays (aren't they always) and kept them up nights for about a week.  Can anyone out there relate to that?

God bless your day,