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Volume 4, No. 1
January 1, 2009
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!
New for the New Year -- Ariat Ladies Boots
|Cowgirls - start the New Year with a new pair of beautiful
boots from Ariat! A picture is worth a thousand words!
Try the new Show Baby boots - square toe wing tips – WOW! Traditional western pointed toes or the new “vintage” square
toes – 2009 is the year for wing-tips!
A cowgirl just can’t
have too many pairs of boots!
Plan to attend EquiFest
of Kansas – Wichita
The perfect way to cure cabin fever is to attend EquiFest of Kansas at the Wichita Coliseum, February 13-15th. It’s being held over Valentine’s week-end this year and what a perfect treat for your sweetheart! Go enjoy the large trade show and stimulate the economy! Take in the informative seminars to learn more about riding and taking care of your horse. Clinicians this year include: Craig Cameron, Steffen Peters, Rick Lamb, Ken McNabb, Peggy Brown, and Nick Karazissis. Don’t miss the great entertainment – Extreme Cowboy Race competition and the All American Cowgirl Chicks! Breed showcases and stallion reviews, plus this year a new Kids Corral! EquiFest of Kansas is for anyone who likes horses regardless of breed or discipline and is ranked as one of the top 5 equine events in the United States. Don’t miss it!
Register to win free tickets to EquiFest at Roy Frey Western.
January Boot Specials
|Try on a pair of Nocona boots and receive a vintage
a pair of Nocona boots and receive a free tee shirt! Check out the
New Zealand Lamb, a soft, supple exotic leather that is similar to
elk but with a richer, more natural grain. It’s casual elegance whether you are stepping out or staying in.
January Special Promotion - 20% off Ariat leather sole
Best of Show “Display” at Merry Mart
Congratulations to Marilyn Domer, Roy Frey Western Store Designer, who won “Best of Show” booth display at the Topeka Junior League Merry Mart! The competition was stiff from the other vendors, but the western Christmas Holiday theme was beautiful and inviting to everyone! Hat’s off to Marilyn who has won many national awards for her displays! She keeps Roy Frey Western looking our western best!
Winter Outerwear Now 25%
We don’t want to have any winter outerwear left when the new spring apparel starts rolling in, so it is now on sale! This is the perfect time to get that new wool vest for dress or the quilted down vest for work or play. Jackets, too! Stop by and shop before your size is gone!
Keep Western Warm this
|Keep your feet western warm this winter with insulated and
water proof boots from
Ariat and Muck Boot Companies. These boots are comfortable, dry and light weight.
While you are at Roy Frey’s get a pair of Heatrac gloves for only $14.99 –what the
feedlot cowboys wear to keep their hands warm! Protect your neck and face with a
colorful wild rag. Roy Frey Western has winter vests and jackets for dress or chores.
To Have A Horse In Your Life
|I had never read this before. I felt obliged to
pass it on to horse-loving friends. You will
probably find yourself nodding in agreement,
and may end up with a lump in your throat or
a tear in your eye.
How lucky we are for our equine friends
(family) and this piece certainly celebrates
that! Happy reading!
Shared by: Kristin Chambers, Executive Director
Winding Road Equine Rescue & Retirement, Inc.
1651 Old Highway 50
Waverly, Kansas 66871
TO HAVE A HORSE IN YOUR LIFE
To have a horse in your life is a gift. In the matter of a few short years, a horse can teach a young girl courage, if she chooses to grab mane and hang on for dear life. Even the smallest of ponies is mightier than the tallest of girls. To conquer the fear of falling off, having one's toes crushed, or being publicly humiliated at a horse show is an admirable feat for any child. For that, we can be grateful.
Horses teach us responsibility. Unlike a bicycle or a computer, a horse needs regular care and most of it requires that you get dirty and smelly and up off the couch. Choosing to leave your cozy kitchen to break the crust of ice off the water buckets is to choose responsibility. When our horses dip their noses and drink heartily; we know we've made the right choice.
Learning to care for a horse is both an art and a science. Some are easy keepers, requiring little more than regular turn-out, a flake of hay, and a trough of clean water. Others will test you - you'll struggle to keep them from being too fat or too thin. You'll have their feet shod regularly only to find shoes gone missing. Some are so accident-prone you'll swear they're intentionally finding new ways to injure themselves.
If you weren't raised with horses, you can't know that they have unique personalities. You'd expect this from dogs, but horses? Indeed, there are clever horses, grumpy horses, and even horses with a sense of humor. Those prone to humor will test you by finding new ways to escape from the barn when you least expect it.
Horses can be timid or brave, lazy or athletic, obstinate or willing. You will hit it off with some horses and others will elude you altogether. There are as many "types" of horses as there are people- which makes the whole partnership thing all the more interesting.
If you've never ridden a horse, you probably assume it's a simple thing you can learn in a weekend. You can, in fact, learn the basics on a Sunday, but to truly ride well takes a lifetime. Working with a living being is far more complex than turning a key in the ignition and putting the car or tractor in "drive."
In addition to listening to your instructor, your horse will have a few things to say to you as well. On a good day, he'll be happy to go along with the program and tolerate your mistakes; on a bad day, you'll swear he's trying to kill you. Perhaps he's naughty or perhaps he' fed up with how slowly you're learning his language. Regardless, the horse will have an opinion. He may choose to challenge you (which can ultimately make you a better rider) or he may carefully carry you over fences - if it suits him. It all depends on the partnership - and partnership is what it's all about.
If you face your fears, swallow your pride, and are willing to work at it, you'll learn lessons in courage, commitment, and compassion in addition to basic survival skills. You'll discover just how hard you're willing to work toward a goal, how little you know, and how much you have to learn.
And, while some people think the horse "does all the work", you'll be challenged physically as well as mentally. Your horse may humble you completely. Or, you may find that sitting on his back is the closest you'll get to heaven.
You can choose to intimidate your horse, but do you really want to? The results may come more quickly, but will your work ever be as graceful as that gained through trust? The best partners choose to listen, as well as to tell. When it works, we experience a sweet sense of accomplishment brought about by smarts, hard work, and mutual understanding between horse and rider. These are the days when you know with absolute certainty that your horse is enjoying his work.
If we make it to adulthood with horses still in our lives, most of us have to squeeze riding into our over saturated schedules; balancing our need for things equine with those of our households and employers. There is never enough time to ride, or to ride as well as we'd like. Hours in the barn are stolen pleasures.
If it is in your blood to love horses, you share your life with them. Our horses know our secrets; we braid our tears into their manes and whisper our hopes into their ears. A barn is a sanctuary in an unsettled world, a sheltered place where life's true priorities are clear: a warm place to sleep, someone who loves us, and the luxury of regular meals. Some of us need these reminders.
When you step back, it's not just about horses - it's about love, life, and learning. On any given day, a friend is celebrating the birth of a foal, a blue ribbon, or recovery from an illness. That same day, there is also loss: a broken limb, a case of colic, a decision to sustain a life or end it gently. As horse people, we share the accelerated life cycle of horses: the hurried rush of life, love, loss, and death that caring for these animals brings us. When our partners pass, it is more than a moment of sorrow.
We mark our loss with words of gratitude for the ways our lives have been blessed. Our memories are of joy, awe, and wonder. Absolute union. We honor our horses for their brave hearts, courage, and willingness to give.
To those outside our circle, it must seem strange. To see us in our muddy boots, who would guess such poetry lives in our hearts? We celebrate our companions with praise worthy of heroes. Indeed, horses have the hearts of warriors and often carry us into and out of fields of battle.
Listen to stories of that once-in-a-lifetime horse; of journeys made and challenges met. The best of horses rise to the challenges we set before them, asking little in return.
Those who know them understand how fully a horse can hold a human heart. Together, we share the pain of sudden loss and the lingering taste of long-term illness. We shoulder the burden of deciding when or whether to end the life of a true companion.
In the end, we're not certain if God entrusts us to our horses--or our horses to us. Does it matter? We're grateful God loaned us the horse in the first place.
- Author Unknown
Men’s Size 14-16 Boots in
|For the cowboy who needs a size 14, 15 or 16 (D or EE
Roy Frey Western has them in stock! Check out the new calf skin
Dan Post Mignon Boots in a traditional western style in black, black cherry or antique brown for $169.99. Remember, if you need a size
we don’t stock, we are happy to special order it for you.
New - Unbroken Apparel
|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 Barrel Racer
Bedding and Towels
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. You will love the feel of the microfiber material and the earth tone tan color. The bedding comes in several sizes and sheets to match.
Roy Frey Western Drawing Winners!
Congratulations to Sharon Batten from Lawrence who was the lucky winner of the $100 Roy Frey Western Gift Certificate drawing during our holiday open house. The winner of the free pair of Road Wolf boots was Tykie Burkdoll from Overbrook!
Quote for January
"If a horse is scared, get off and show him the way. That’s
part of making a horse strong where he’s weak and brave when he’s afraid."
Craig Cameron’s Cowboy Logic – Ride Smart
Western Wedding Registry
For you soon to be brides and grooms, we have a wedding registry and lots of wonderful western home décor for your new home:
• 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.
• Pillows and bedspreads
• Western towels and bathroom accessory sets
• Western wall art
• The complete Montana Silversmith Western Wedding accessories:
|o Cake Toppers
o Serving Sets
o Unity Candles
o Ring Pillows
o Picture Frames
o And many more items to make
your wedding western special!
Don’t forget that we can help outfit your wedding party from
head to toe with hats, suits, ties, shirts, vests, belts, jeans and boots!
Stop by and let us help you select your gifts and make getting the perfect gift easy for your friends and family. Be sure to tell everyone you are registered at Roy Frey Western as they can call ahead and we will have the gift wrapped and ready to go to your shower or wedding.
Liz’s Trail Corner
With our wintery weather and its accompanying ice and snow we riders yearn for that great sunny weather of spring and summer. Believe it or not they are right around the corner. In the mean time everyone I know is eager to find something to do to further their equestrian pursuit. Some suggestions: take advantage of the Kansas Horse Council's EquiFest--there are usually clinicians who have great tips for trail riders and vendors with trail specific equipment, take the time to closely the evaluate the fit of your equipment and make repairs or replace worn-out parts, do some trail- specific reading (Nancy Loving, D.V.M. has a great book on Trail Horses and their management), winter is a great time to have those repairs and revisions done for your horse trailer, and finding a good clinic to attend is always good use of your time. You might even find that this down-time in winter just isn't long enough to get all these things done!
Also check out the Western Horseman books Backcountry
Basics, Problem Solving Volume 2 and The Revised Horseman’s
Scrapbook for lots of good tips and advice for trail riding!
What’s Cooking? - At Roy
Frey Western Lifestyles
I love Mr. Food and catch him at noon on Channel 13, WIBW. Here’s his favorite dip recipe and mine too:
|Yield: 20 to 25 servings
• 2 (9-ounce) cans bean dip
• 3 ripe avocados, mashed (about 1-1 ½ cups)
• ½ cup mayonnaise
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice
• 1 (16 –ounce) container sour cream
• 1 (1.25-ounce) package taco seasoning mix
• 1-1 ½ cups (6 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
• 4 scallions (green onions), finely chopped
• 1 medium-sized tomato, diced
Spread bean dip on a large serving tray (about 12-inch round). In a large bowl, combine avocados, mayonnaise, and lemon juice; spread over bean dip. In a separate bowl, combine sour cream, taco seasoning mix; spread over first two layers. Sprinkle with cheese then scallions then tomato. Cover loosely and refrigerate overnight to “marry” the flavors. Serve with tortilla chips. Enjoy!
Dates & Events – Mark your calendars!
Jan 6-8, 2009 – Farm Show featuring Craig Cameron, Ride Smart, at the Kansas ExpoCentre, Landon Arena, Topeka. www.ksexpo.com
Feb 6-7, 2009 – 6th Annual Priority Clinic, Ransom Heart Ranch, Lone Jack, MO. www.betterhorsesnetwork.com
Feb 13-15, 2009 – Clinton Anderson Horsemanship
Clinic at Kansas ExpoCentre, Topeka, KS
3-Day Horsemanship Clinic open to 20
Clinic Participation cost is just $2000.00 (includes stall fee).
Nothing Beats Live, Step-By-Step Instruction!
Clinton Anderson's 3-day horsemanship clinics cover all of the curriculum in his Gaining Respect and Control on the Ground Series I
and Riding With Confidence Series I DVDs, but your learning is greatly amplified because you receive immediate feedback directly
from Clinton on what is being done correctly, incorrectly and what variations will help owners get better results with a certain horse
personalities. If you've never had the opportunity to be a spectator or participant at a Clinton Anderson clinic, you've got no idea the
depth of knowledge, humor and fun you are missing! It's a 3-day learning workshop, but school was never this fun or entertaining
before! See Clinton's methods in action and watch riders just like yourself accelerate their horsemanship in just three short days.
You'll be amazed at the results!
Feb 20-21, 2009 – North American Trail Riding Conference National Convention, Embassy Suites, Kansas City, MO www.natrc.org
May 24, 2009 – Wright Flight Fundraiser Trail Ride, Eisenhower State Park, Melvern Lake, Lyndon, KS. For more info, call Dewayne Burgess, Roy Frey Western 785-232-0579
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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