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Volume 3, No. 12
December 3, 2008
We've got everything for ridin', ropin', rodeoin' Jeans, hats, and boots & tack for showin' We've got it all from tack to ties So cowboy up down at Roy Frey's!
And we wish you many
Special Guest at Roy Frey Western
You just never know who is going to stop in to shop at Roy Frey Western! This is Cody II from the Money Creek Buffalo Ranch, Houston, MN, www.buffalogal.com. This ranch was recently featured on RFD TV's Best of America by Horseback. Mike, Valerie & Cody were on their way home from shooting a Taco John commercial in California and stopped by the store. Sure made our Sunday afternoon interesting! Yes, Cody did eat the flowers and we let him! What a magnificent animal.
"Twas The Night Before Christmas" -- Texas Style
- author unknown
'Twas the night before Christmas, in Texas, you know.
Way out on the prairie, without any snow.
Asleep in their cabin, were Buddy and Sue,
A dreamin' of Christmas, like me and you.
Not stockings, but boots, at the foot of their bed,
For this was Texas, what more need be said,
When all of a sudden, from out of the still night,
There came such a ruckus, it gave me a fright.
And I saw 'cross the prairie, like a shot from a gun,
A loaded up buckboard, come on at a run,
The driver was "Geein" and "Hawin", with a will,
The horses (not reindeer) he drove with such skill.
"Come on there Buck, Poncho, & Prince, to the right,
There'll be plenty of travelin' for you all tonight."
The driver in Wrangler's and a shirt that was red,
Had a ten-gallon Stetson on top of his head.
As he stepped from the buckboard, he was really a sight,
With his beard and moustache, so curly and white.
As he burst in the cabin, the children awoke,
And were so astonished, that neither one spoke.
And he filled up their boots with such presents galore,
That neither could think of a single thing more.
When Buddy recovered the use of his jaws,
He asked in a whisper, "Are you really Santa Claus?"
"Am I the real Santa? Well, what do you think?"
And he smiled as he gave a mysterious wink.
Then he leaped in his buckboard, and called back in his drawl,
"To all the children in Texas, Merry Christmas, You-all"
| Dear Santa –
Is it too late to be good?
I have been a very good cowboy this year. The folks at Roy Frey Western said you stopped there to do your Christmas shopping and that they would help you pick out the perfect gifts for me, my family and my horse. Mike knows which pair of Ariat boots I want. Dewayne said he would shape my new hat. Saundra will put together an outfit for Mom and top it off with a Montana Silversmith necklace and purse. Lindsay says my sister wants a new pair of Cruel Girl jeans, blouse and matching sweatshirt. Marilyn thinks Dad needs a new pair of Wranglers, George Strait shirt and a vest to dress him up when he goes to town. Liz thinks my horse needs a new saddle pad and I should have a new pair of chinks. I know Roy Frey’s has layaway and gift certificates, plus they will gift wrap all our presents! Santa, you only need to make one stop - at Roy Frey Western!
Well, Santa, just saddle up and get on down to Roy Frey Western! They will help you pick out a new outfit, boots, belt, buckle, hat, jewelry or home décor and gift wrap it for free! Layaway and gift certificates are also available. Roy Frey Western is your one stop western gift headquarters for cowboys and cowgirls of all ages and their horses, too! Located near the corner of Highway 24 and Kansas Ave. Open Monday thru Friday 10 - 6; Sat 9-5; and Sunday 12-4. Western people serving your western lifestyle.
|Set a Western Holiday Table|
• Dinnerware, including fine/formal china, casual and everyday
• Glassware &, Crystal, including stemware and barware
• Flatware, including sterling silver and stainless steel
• Serving Pieces, such as bowls, trays, platters, etc.
• Tabletop Decorative Accents, Gifts and Collectibles, such as figurines, vases, candlesticks, frames, etc.
Accessorize your table with the western dishware and brands glassware shown with western table runners giving your table the finishing touch for your next dinner party or family get together.
Come select from the Buckaroo stoneware, Barb-wire, Vintage Ranch, or Brands dishware patterns complimenting one another for a unique western look at your table. Add matching table runners, chargers, cowhide placemats, silverware, knives, bowls, mugs, and glassware for a wonderful western dining experience.
Does your bathroom need a new set of towels or just a little refreshing? A little change will make for a big new look. Check out the new towels, bath mats and bathroom accessory pieces. These are “cowboy” friendly and will look great in his bathroom.
Get everything you need at Roy Frey Western to spruce up your western lifestyle
Gift Ideas for a Western Christmas!
Christmas is just around the corner and it is always fun to find that unique and special gift for your favorite cowboy or cowgirl and don’t forget your equine partner! Here’s a list of some of my favorite western gifts. I hope Santa will use this list when he does his shopping for me! And, yes, Santa, I have been a very, very good girl this year!
Top 12 Western Gift Ideas:
1. Western Rugs – Many patterns, colors, and sizes – for home, office or horse trailer. Ask us to order one for you.
2. American Ranch Faux Leather & Fleece Throws - Washable, softest feel ever – perfect for the recliner, couch or living quarter horse trailer. Monogram for awards or for that special event.
3. Boots – Can’t have too many pairs of boots! Work or dress, exotic or casual. Two must haves – Ariat Terrains – the leather lace up shoe that is so comfortable with lots of support for walking
and standing; and the warm, dry, lightweight, comfortable, Muck boot, for chores and winter weather! Square toes and Buckaroos are the hottest sellers on the market.
4. Western Apparel – Shirts, blouses, jeans, belts, socks, vests, jackets, sweatshirts, wild rags and gloves! For the authentic cowboy western look – tapestry vests, bib and collarless WahMaker
shirts for cowboys. Retro blouses, vests and split riding skirts for the cowgirls. Always dress your western best and what cowgirl or cowboy doesn’t like new duds!
5. Western Art – Deck the walls with a new piece of western art. Liven up the bunkhouse for your holiday entertaining with a new look and a new picture on the wall will make a dramatic change.
Drape a little greenery over it for a festive holiday look while you are decorating.
6. Hats & Hat Cans – Time to treat yourself to a new western felt hat. Let Mike & Dewayne custom shape it to fit your face. Colors range this year from silver belly to brown to black. Ribbon
brim trim is really in! Another perfect gift is a hat can to store your good hats to protect and retain the shape. Hat cans run $40 and come in all colors – you can even paint or decorate the hat
can if you are creative!
7. Leather Jackets – It is leather weather! Leather works for dress or casual wear. Leather vests are always a popular gift. Lambskin sports jackets with ostrich trim are the hot item for men.
Men’s suede fringe jackets are a must have this year. Ladies have many styles to choose from – suede or smooth leather in tan and black with many different trims – plus leather vests and
shawls for that special event.
8. Unique Western Jewelry – Win that cowgirl’s heart with a beautiful turquoise necklace, bracelet, and earrings. Montana Silversmith has a great collection of vintage cowgirl necklaces this year.
Big, chunky, pieces with a pendant in the center are what’s hot. Cowboys, you can’t go wrong with a piece of jewelry!
9. Western Dishware – Update that holiday table with a new set of western dishware. There are many new patterns to choose from – Brands Vintage Ranch, Barbwire, Old West, and Buckeroo
just to name a few. Now it’s time to add the silverware, glassware, and companion pieces. Don’t forget the cowhide table runners or placemats to show off your new dishware. Or how about
a cowhide wine holder or western vase to add piazazz to your table. Be sure to try the Bob Tallman seasonings on your steaks!
10. Purses, Wallets, Billfolds, Cell Phone Holders, Checkbook or Bible Covers – Any nice quality leather product is not only a functional, but a stylish gift that reminds you of the western lifestyle
each time you use it.
11. Chinks – Now we know why all the real cowboys wear them – they are comfortable, protect your legs, keep you warm, help keep you in the saddle and they look good! All sizes available
from youth to adult. Beautiful browns and some with hair-on! Get ready to trail ride or participate in the Ultimate Horseman’s Challenges.
12. Gift Certificates – Totally confused and don’t know what to get that hard to find person – go for a gift certificate and let them pick out the gift that will fit their needs – makes everyone happy
and it is easy!
Top 10 Western Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas – under $25:
1. Western DVDs –
a. Let ER Buck – For anyone who loves rodeo! This is documentary about how the sport of rodeos started with lots of black and white footage and old time pictures – a real treat!
b. All About Cowboys – Part 1 and Part 2 – For little cowboys and cowgirls. Narrated by real cowkids on their ranch, lots of action from the ranch and rodeo arena and some nice songs too!
c. All About John Deere – Parts 1-4 – For any kid who loves John Deere tractors and watching them work. Great reviews and a real treat for the kids.
d. Turn N Burn – For the barrel racer in your life – a documentary about barrel racing and interviews with some of the top barrel racers talking about their personal experiences on the road
to the NFR. Lots of good barrel racing footage.
2. Boot Socks – can’t have enough boot socks! We love the Ariat boot socks with Teflon toes and heels that never wear out – great support too! Ladies will love the thicker Thorlo hiking socks
that give you great support and a cushioned foot bed. We also have the thinner socks with horses on them – to wear with your slacks.
3. Painted Ponies – What’s not to love about the collectible Painted Ponies – great for gifts for that horse lover to put on their desk at work or add to their collection. The smaller Christmas
ornaments now come in tins for easy storage and wrapping! Get all the ornaments and decorate a small tree for your office, bath or hallway.
4. Western Christmas Ornaments – Look great on a western themed Christmas tree or use individually to adorn a package. These unique western ornaments are so special, that you will want
to keep a small Christmas tree up all year round.
5. Western Horseman 2009 Calendars – Make someone smile everyday of the year when they look at these wonderful western photos!
6. Western CDs – You won’t find these tunes on the radio, because this is real western music and poetry! Make your ears happy this holiday season with a CD from artists like: Geff Dawson,
Dave Boyd, Judy Coder & The Pride of the Prairie Band, Les Gilliam, Pat Meade, Dusty Workman, Brazos Valley Boys, Curly Musgrave and Belinda Gail and Gary Pratt.
7. Books - Camp Coffee: Tales of a Wyoming Cowboy, written by Bob Sullivan. This is a great book about a man who has lived a full life and touched so many people along the way.
Cookbooks – Cheyenne Frontier Days Cookbook is a wonderful collection of recipes and old photos from the “Daddy of ‘em All” beautifully presented in brown leather like cover with
gold lettering. This is a must have for the western cookbook collector or anyone who likes to eat well! Hot off the press are the new Saddle and Sirloin “Feed Bag” cookbooks – filled
with lots of delicious recipes! Stop by Roy Frey Western to get your copy – only $15 – great gifts and really great eating!
8. Cowsies (a coosie covered in cowhide) – This unique beverage holder will get lots of comments when you have it in your hand. It makes a fun gift. Set them on a cowhide coaster and you
are all set to watch TV.
9. Western Soft Stuffed Toys - A must have for the kids stockings! Horses, Jack Russell, Border Collie, Corgi and Aussie dogs, long horn steers, bucking bulls, goats, and many more to
choose from! Soft toys make great package toppers! Don’t forget the stick horse! Best present ever!
10. Picture Frames – Perfect for a photo of your favorite cowboy, cowgirl or horse! Take a picture of your friends out trail riding and then give it to them in a western frame. What a special,
Top 11 Western Equine Gift Ideas:
1. Buckets – You can never have too many buckets! Fill with EasyAll or Cowboy Magic products to keep your horse clean and groomed. Add some treats from Flying Horse Bakery
and other horse products for a custom basket.
2. Oster Grooming Brushes –The handle on the Oster brushes will make you have happy hands! Easy to grip and use and the horses love the feel. They come in pink and blue. The
Oster Grooming kits are super for in the horse trailer. Organized in a nice nylon bag that comes in blue, pink, orange or lime green.
3. Tack – Headstalls, breast collars, halters, leads, etc. Horse people are always needing new tack and appreciate good quality. Even old paint gets tired of the same ole worn out halter and lead.
4. Legacy Boots – Protect your horse’s legs while looking good in the arena. Front, hind and overreach boots come in orange, lime, turquoise, brown, red, blue, black and white in sizes Small – XL.
5. Saddle Pads - Thinline Pads, Impact Gel Pads and ESP saddle pads – a good pad is the most important piece of tack you can get for your horse. New patterns and colors in browns, oranges,
turquoise and lime green are what are showing up in the arena. Purchase the correct pad for the type of riding you do and make your horses back happy!
6. Stowaway Cantle Packs – The perfect pack for trail riding! Never moves and comes in purple, red, green, blue, black and brown. Washable, too!
7. Hay Bags – Top loading, easy to use – lots of colors including orange and purple.
8. Cinches – Mohair, Soft Touch or the new felt from Cavall.
9. Reins – Try the new 9’ Trail riding single rein made of nylon braid that is soft, great width, with leather knot markers for extra grip and a perfect rein balance. Comes in brown or pink.
Prefer leather split reins? Herman Oak Leather from Weaver is the best – well oiled to last a long time.
10. Double Diamond Halter and Leads – The best training halter and leads endorsed by Buck Brannaman. The smaller 6 mm diameter with nylon core and a 16 strand nylon cover, gives
the horseman greater control and response. The knot on the end of the tail allows you to slip the halter over the horses head without untying the halter. Comes in Tan, Rust, Burgundy,
Black and Hunter Green
11. Saddles – Our favorite for trail riding is the Reinsman Comfort Seat Trail Saddle. It is balanced, fits a wide variety of horses, comfortable and fairly light weight for a nice made saddle.
Dewayne’s knees quit hurting when he started riding this saddle because the stirrups hang correctly. For barrel racing, you can’t beat the Crate’s Freedom Barrel Saddle designed by
Meleta Brown. It has an hour glass shaped tree to give your horse more shoulder room to turn, close contact and very balanced where you sit, and wider across the hip to allow the
horse to drive through the turns. Many barrel racers saw their times improve dramatically because the horse now has the “freedom” to work without being restricted by the saddle.
We hope you all have been good cowboys and cowgirls and Santa brings you everything you have on your list! By the way, send your list to us and we will help Santa find the perfect gift for you and gift wrap it too!
Fleece Navidad! FREE Ariat Gift with Boot Purchase
Get a fuzzy fleece (35x60) stadium blanket FREE with the purchase of any pair of Ariat boots with a retail value of $99 or more starting November 10th at Roy Frey Western. Don’t mess around as supplies are limited!
Sabona Bracelet Rebate
|Sabona bracelets make great Christmas gifts. Get a
bracelet valued at $40 or more now thru the end of the year
and receive a $5 mail-in rebate. Choose from many different
styles. Sizes range from small to x-large.
|Gift Certificates, Layaway, and Free Gift Wrap|
Roy Frey Western wants to make your holiday buying easy! Layaway your purchases. Paying on your layaway every two weeks will lighten the financial load. Roy Frey Western will gift wrap your presents so when you pick them up, you are ready for Christmas.
How about a gift certificate for your favorite cowboy or cowgirl so they can select their own special western gift for themselves or their horse? According to National Retail Federation's 2008 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, conducted by BIGresearch, 54.9 percent of consumers would like to receive a gift card this holiday season, up slightly from 53.8 percent last year. Gift cards will be the most requested gift this year, followed by books, CDs, DVDs, videos or video games (50.0%) and clothing or accessories (49.8%).
New Cruel Girl Jeans
|Just arrived at Roy Frey Western are two new styles of Cruel Girl jeans –
just in time for the holiday parties!
Come in and check out the new Morgan
and Sabrina jeans!
Lindsay, our jean fitting expert, will be glad to assist you.
Check out the new line of “Unbroken” tees and sweatshirts designed by a local Kansas artist. Unbroken Apparel provides wild and unruly clothing for cowboys and cowgirls that want to make a statement.
It is a rough and rock edge to the western world. Where cowgirl chic meets urban cool. We encourage you to attack life like it is a steer. Dress for success the cowgirl way. Buck the rules. Give others a
leg up. Dream as big as Texas and die with your boots on! Let Unbroken Apparel help you express yourself and make a statement.
New Flying Horse Bakery – Treats for Your Horse
Flying Horse Bakery Treats – steel cut oats, honey, organic dried apples, raisins, flaxseed meal, cinnamon and vitamin E topped with peppermint centers are beautifully packed and the perfect gift for your equine partner. At the Women’s and Horses Expo in Sedalia, Brother Stewart, Chris Mensch’s equine partner, said these were the best treats he had every eaten and wanted more! Healthy edibles for your equine friend.
New Western Bedding and Pillows
|Select from Serape, Stars, Team Roper, Barrel Racer, Crosses, or Brands – a
great feeling, economically priced 5 piece bed set which includes, spread,
dust ruffle, shams and a pillow.
Comes in several sizes and sheets to match.
Quotes for December
"If your horse says no, you either asked the wrong question,
or asked the question wrong."
- Pat Parelli
New Christmas Painted Ponies
Add to your collection, give as a gift or use to decorate for the holidays – just of few of the many things you can do with a Painted Pony. New this Christmas are ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas; Wooden Toy Horse; Let it Snow and Peppermint Twist. These four new designs come in both the sculptures and ornaments. Ornaments come in a Holiday Gift Tin – a perfect gift. Start a tradition by giving your kids or friends an ornament each year and let them create their own special tree of Painted Pony ornaments (perfect to leave up all year). Tie an ornament on to the bow of a special package to generate that “WOW” response from the lucky recipient.
Roy Frey Western has a standing order for all new releases (first edition) Painted Ponies. Stop by today and add to your collection.
Deck the Walls with New Western Art
We have just received a new shipment of western art. The frames and prints are just breathtaking! From large framed western art for over the fireplace or sofa to smaller more unique shaped frames for those hard to work with areas, we have many pictures to help you spruce up your walls with a new western look for the holiday season.
New Western Fashions – For Kids
Liz’s Trail Corner
Winter trail riding can be truly spectacular by taking some precautions and a good dose of common sense. Some things to consider: air temperature and wind chill factors--as a rule of thumb many do not ride in temperatures below 20 degrees Farenheit, if you are trailering to a destination--be aware of the weather forecast for that location--carry the necessary equipment for your horse and you and know the capabilities of your towing equipment.
Some quick tips for winter:
Long cold winter evenings can be a good time to check your tack for wear and tear. Be sure to warm up leather by bringing it into the house for several hours before conditioning it. At Frey's we recommend Skidmore's Leather Conditioner.
Don't neglect your horse's hooves during the winter months. Hooves require year-round care from your farrier. Many folks prefer to have the shoes pulled before the snow arrives to avoid problems with ice balls. If your shod horse experiences problems with ice balls there are several things that you can do to prevent them--cooking oil sprays like Pam can be sprayed on a cleaned out hoof to prevent ice buildup. I know of other folks who use WD40 and there is also a product called Mushers which can be packed into the hoof to prevent ice build-up.
Make sure that your horse has available and adequate water 24/7 and lots of clean, quality hay.
What’s Cooking? - At Roy Frey Western Lifestyles
Potato and Broccoli Soup
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
• 4 cups peeled and diced all-purpose potatoes (about 4 medium)
• 2 cups chicken stock or 2 chicken bouillon cubes and 2 cups water
• 1 large head broccoli, stalks removed, roughly chopped
• 1 cup milk
• 1 cup light cream
• 1 cup grated cheddar cheese or 6 slices American cheese
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 1 tablespoon butter (optional)
In a medium saucepan, cook potatoes in lightly salted water, covered, 10 to 15 minutes, until tender. In a large saucepan, combine the chicken stock (or dissolve bouillon cubes in water over medium heat) and broccoli. Cook, covered, about 10 minutes, until broccoli is very tender. Remove from heat. Using a large spoon, chop the broccoli into fairly small pieces against the side of the pot.
Drain the potatoes. Place about 1 cup potatoes on a saucer and mash well with a fork. (These will thicken the soup.) Add the mashed potatoes and remaining chopped cooked potatoes to the broccoli mixture, along with the milk and cream. Heat gently until hot but not boiling. Add the cheese and stir gently until melted and well blended. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste; add the butter, if necessary.
Now for New Year’s Eve -
This recipe is perfect for a New Year’s Day brunch if you believe the superstition that eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day will bring you good luck the rest of the year.
“Good Luck” Black-Eyed Pea Salsa
4 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped (Roma’s are best)
1 pkg (16 oz) frozen corn, thawed
1 can (15 ½ oz) black-eyed peas, rinsed & drained (or use frozen)
½ Cup chopped green pepper
3 green onions
2 Tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
1 Cup Italian salad dressing
Assorted tortilla chips
In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Drizzle
with dressing and toss to coat. Serve with a slotted spoon as a salad, with
tortilla chips or over pork.
|To celebrate New Year's Eve -
A Cowboy Toast
A Cowboy Toast
Here's to the passing cowboy, the plowman's pioneer;
His home, the boundless mesa, he of any man the peer;
Around his wide sombrero was stretched the rattler's hide,
His bridle sporting conchos, his lasso at his side.
All day he roamed the prairies, at night he, with the stars,
Kept vigil o'er thousands held by neither posts nor bars;
With never a diversion in all the lonesome land,
But cattle, cattle, cattle, and the sun and sage and sand.
Sometimes the hoot-owl hailed him, when scudding through the flat;
And prairie dogs would sauce him, as at their doors they sat;
The rattler hissed its warning when near its haunts he trod
Some Texas steer pursuing o'er the pathless waste of sod.
With lasso, quirt, and 'colter the cowboy knew his skill;
They pass with him to history and naught their place can fill;
While he, bold bronco rider, ne'er conned a lesson page, --
But cattle, cattle, cattle, and sun and sand and sage.
And oh! the long night watches, with terror in the skies!
When lightning played and mocked him till blinded were his eyes;
When raged the storm around him, and fear was in his heart
Lest panic-stricken leaders might make the whole herd start.
That meant a death for many, perhaps a wild stampede,
When none could stem the fury of the cattle in the lead;
Ah, then life seemed so little and death so very near, --
With cattle, cattle, cattle, and darkness everywhere.
Then quaff with me a bumper of water, clear and pure,
To the memory of the cowboy whose fame must e'er endure
From the Llano Estacado to Dakota's distant sands,
Where were herded countless thousands in the days of fenceless lands.
Let us rear for him an altar in the Temple of the Brave,
And weave of Texas grasses a garland for his grave;
And offer him a guerdon for the work that he has done
With cattle, cattle, cattle, and sage and sand and sun.
- James Barton Adams
James Barton Adams was born in Ohio in 1843. He cowboyed for a short time in New Mexico and later was a Denver journalist. He published a book of poetry, Breezy Western Verse, in Denver in 1889. The above poem and others by Adams also appear in Songs of the Cattle Trail and Cow Camp by John A. Lomax (1920)
Prairie or Brome Hay for Sale
If you are needing good horse hay, either prairie or brome, in square bales, call David Wells at 785-246-2078 in Topeka. Our horses, Kitty, Dunny, Frostee, Kramer and Stoney, love eating David’s hay!
Saddle & Sirloin Extreme Cowboy Race Now on RFD TV
RFD TV filmed Craig Cameron’s Extreme Cowboy Race at Saddle and Sirloin last March 25-26. This race will air on RFD beginning September 4th. There will be 13 thirty minute episodes beginning with the preliminary runs and concluding with the finals and awards ceremony that was filmed in the Saddle & Sirloin Club House. Roy Frey Western and Ariat were proud sponsors of this event.
30 Horse & Rider Teams Compete for $6,000 in Cash Prizes in
Craig Cameron's Extreme Cowboy Race™ at EquiFest of Kansas!
WHAT IS THE EXTREME COWBOY RACE™? Craig Cameron will not only present clinics at the 2008 EquiFest of Kansas in Wichita, Kansas, but he will conduct his Extreme Cowboy Race™ each day at the event. The Extreme Cowboy Race™—as seen on RFD-TV— is a timed and judged race through an obstacle course that is designed not only to push horse and rider teams out of their traditional “comfort zones,” but also to test communication between horse and rider and the horsemanship skills and athletic abilities of each competitor. Spectators will find the competition exciting and entertaining to watch while contenders will address its challenges in a race for $6,000 in cash prizes, and the title of “Extreme Cowboy Race Champion.”
A LITTLE BACKGROUND: The Extreme Cowboy Race™ was created by Ryan Dohrn of HorseCity.com along with Craig Cameron, who has designed and hosted three races at his Double Horn Ranch in Bluffdale, TX, since 2005. HorseCity.com decided to name the event the Extreme Cowboy Race™ to challenge typical reality TV shows with an infusion of horseback riding thrills. Each season Craig Cameron assembles an impressive roster of competitors from around the country who compete for the title of Extreme Cowboy Race Champion. The Extreme Cowboy Race™ spans 15, 30-minute episodes featuring horse and rider teams as they complete the various rounds of the race course. The Extreme Cowboy Race™ airs on RFD-TV and is also available on HorseCity.com for those who do not get RFD-TV.
THE EXTREME COWBOY RACE AT EQUIFEST OF KANSAS: Although the Extreme Cowboy Race™ at EquiFest of Kansas is not currently scheduled to be filmed for broadcast, the competition will include all of the same elements, excitement, and prizes associated with Craig Cameron’s televised productions in Texas. A maximum of 30 horse/rider teams will be selected by Mr. Cameron for participation in the race. The first 15 teams will compete Friday, February 13th with the remaining 15 teams competing Saturday, February 14th. The top ten horse and rider teams will advance to the Extreme Cowboy Race™ finals on Sunday, February 15th.
THE RACE COURSE: The race course will be constructed within the parameters of the arena and will feature obstacles similar to those featured in previous races as well as several new obstacles designed specifically for the race at EquiFest of Kansas. The course is likely to include obstacles and activities such as: saddling the horse, dragging logs, jumping obstacles, loading into a trailer, backing up through a pattern, pole bending or roll backs, navigating a log jumble, penning cattle and working gates, conquering dirt terrain, crossing water obstacles, etc.
OBJECTIVES AND JUDGING: The Extreme Cowboy Race™ will be a timed event during which the performance of each horse and rider team will be judged on each obstacle for quality of horsemanship. Judges will award points on a scale of 1-10 for the horse and rider’s performance through each obstacle based on the following criteria: horsemanship, cadence, control, horse’s attitude, and overall execution. Horses and riders will be required to complete each obstacle within a given time in order to receive points. If an obstacle is not completed within the given timeframe, the contestant will be flagged and must move on to the next obstacle. Times will be translated into points, with the highest overall score winning the race.
ILLEGAL EQUIPMENT: Exhibitors will be disqualified for use of the following equipment: Mechanical Hackamores Tie Downs
PRIZES: Cash prizes will be awarded to the top four finishers. The first place team will receive $2,400 and the title of “Extreme Cowboy Race Champion”; the second place team will receive $1,800; the third place team will receive $1,200; and the fourth place team will receive $600. Prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the final phase of the race on Sunday.
HOW TO APPLY: The Extreme Cowboy Race™ will be open to all riders age 18 years and older and horses of all breeds. All horse and rider teams will compete against each other; there will be no “divisions” based on gender or age.
The entry fee for each horse/rider team is $350. Individual riders may compete with more than one horse in the race, but they must submit a separate application and fee for each horse they wish to enter in the race. Applications and videos will be received by EquiFest of Kansas and then forwarded to Craig Cameron who will select up to 30 competitors for the race. Applications should be submitted by December 10, 2008, in order to be included in the “first batch” of applications forwarded to Mr. Cameron for his review. Applications will be considered until 30 contestants are confirmed.
Once selections have been made, contestants will be notified by phone. Any applicants who are not selected will receive notification by mail along with their entry fee checks. Entry fees of accepted contestants will not be refundable.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT COMPETING IN THE EXTREME COWBOY RACE™ AT EQUIFEST OF KANSAS:
• Because of stall limits, each contestant will receive one stall for the weekend. Check into the stall office Thursday, February 12th from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm or Friday morning from 8:00 am – 9:00 am. If you need to make other arrangements for arrival you must call the office in advance as limited times are available for move-in once the event begins.
• One horse stall will be provided for each contestant in the race. Participants are responsible for bringing their own feed and bringing or purchasing their own bedding (no straw). Shavings will be available for purchase on site.
• The Extreme Cowboy Race™ at EquiFest of Kansas will offer a unique and exciting opportunity to test your horsemanship and compete for valuable prizes. However, applicants should be aware that the race will be conducted in a large arena where there are likely to be large crowds in attendance and activity surrounding the arena. While there will be an arena available on a limited basis for schooling and exercising horses, opportunities to warm up or practice in the race arena will not be available. If you and/or your horse cannot function well in such an environment, we cannot encourage you to apply.
• All horses brought to EquiFest of Kansas must be free of illness and infectious disease.
All horses must be accompanied by:
• a negative test result for equine infectious anemia (Coggins Test) dated within 12 months of February 22, 2008
• A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (health papers) dated within 30 days of February 15, 2009.
A veterinarian will be at the event, and horse owners will be required to present their horses’ health papers upon check-in at the Stall Office.
ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE RACE? If you have any questions,
please contact the event manager, Equine Promotions Inc, at (765) 655-2107, or
via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go to http://equinepromotions.net/EquiFest/EquiFestHome.html for the application.
Dates & Events – Mark your calendars!
(Click on the tabs to www.royfreywestern.com, “Events” for contact info)
Jan 6-8, 2009 – Farm Show featuring Craig Cameron, Ride Smart, at the Kansas ExpoCentre, Landon Arena, Topeka. www.ksexpo.com.
Better Horses Radio
Tune in Sunday mornings at 6:00 a.m. to 106.9 FM radio for the Better Horses show starring Ernie Rodina (Bronco Ernie) and co-host, Dawn Dawson. Ernie highlights area trainers and horse happenings. Listen for Jo & Dewayne to talk about trends in the industry and new product arrivals at Roy Frey Western. For more information, visit www.betterhorsesradio.com
Helping Hands Humane Society
Roy Frey Western encourages you to adopt a Helping Hands Humane Society, Topeka or Jefferson County Humane Society dog that needs a farm/ranch life and would be good around livestock. We are proud to help find these loving dogs a new home. Get a $10 cook book for yourself or give one as a gift and help the HHHS.
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