Ranch Life Articles

Buckaroo Buys: Sierra Nevada Leather

October 9, 2019
Savanna Simmons

I forever look for opportunities to meet people and get to know who they are. I rode in an Art of the Cowgirl Clinic hosted by Tammy Pate and Lee Smith in Montana this summer, which was attended by so many interesting women, and I failed to visit with them to the extent I had […]


Wind Blown

September 30, 2019
Jan Swan Wood

As I recall, it was early November when this day occurred. Fall works were winding down and we were mostly preg checking cows and moving them to winter pasture. All the calves had been shipped, as had the yearlings. It was cold and windy as we were saddling and loading horses to haul the 40 […]


World’s Greatest Horsewoman Competition Debut

September 30, 2019
By Art Of The Cowgirl

  World’s Greatest Horsewoman Competition Debuts at Art of the Cowgirl By Art of the Cowgirl | September 30, 2019 Art of the Cowgirl, taking place January 24-26, 2020, at Corona Ranch & Rodeo Grounds in Phoenix, Arizona, provides a venue for western female artists and makers in a variety of mediums to showcase their […]


Well Turned Stirrups

September 25, 2019
Jan Swan Wood

I see them at nearly every youth event and on social media. The dreaded un-turned stirrups on a saddle. It’s bad enough on an adult’s saddle, but when I see it on a kid’s saddle it worries me as they can really use the stability of a well turned stirrup that hangs right. With as […]


Casper Ranch Rodeo Sept. 28 Helps Pedro Mtn. Fire Victims

September 23, 2019
Savanna Simmons

As the summer ranch rodeo schedule wraps up in Wyoming, Matt Johnson and Dominick Mongillo are putting on one last ranch rodeo to benefit families that have been impacted by the Pedro Mountain Fire, which is no longer burning, through the Alcova Community Foundation. The idea came from Cork Meyer, of Slip Knot Livestock, and he enlisted […]


The Santa Maria Rig

September 14, 2019
Jan Swan Wood

It’s always so nice to handle horses that have been started right and are gentle around the body and feet. But, they’re not all like that. With all of the good clinicians and forums to learn the “right” way to do things with our horses, it’s probably hard for some people to decide to do […]


Amazon Smile for Charity

September 10, 2019
Savanna Simmons

If you use Amazon as I do, for basic staples, necessities, gifts, and everything in between, you may be leaving a lot of money on the table that could be doing some good. Now, I try to shop local as much as I can, but living 40 miles from town and 120 miles from the […]


Big Horse In A Small Package

September 2, 2019
Jan Swan Wood

Many moons ago when my oldest nephew was just a little feller, my sis told me that they were looking for a good sized pony for him to ride on the ranch. They had three kids, so the pony would probably have to be a starter horse for all three. So, I was looking for […]


The Cowboy Journey

August 25, 2019
Jan Swan Wood

The creek of saddles accompanies, the frosty face beside my knee. The smiling boy on aging horse, brings back the memories.   Like pages leafed through backwards, the images go by. Of miles of horseback living, by a little boy and I.   Days on end spent trotting, over ridges, draws and plains. Checking cattle, […]


East Meets West Clinic, Sheridan, WY

August 23, 2019
Savanna Simmons

If you’re anywhere near Sheridan, Wyoming, Sept. 7 and 8, 2019, and you have an interest in cow working, dressage, or horsemanship in general, count your lucky stars, then head over to Paul Van Dyke’s arena to catch the East Meets West Clinic, featuring Paul and his sister Betsy, pictured below. From Paul’s website: Paul and […]