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A Different Kind of Covergirl

February 14, 2021
Ruth Nicolaus

The 2020 Montana Circuit WPRA Barrel Horse of the Year award has gone to a model. Well, the ten-year-old bay mare may not be a model, but her name is Covergirl, and if you could ask her, she’d probably agree that her moniker fits her. The horse is owned and ridden by Lindsay Kruse and […]


Nightmare the Riding-Stable-Turned-Rodeo Horse

February 1, 2021
Ruth Nicolaus

One of the most influential bloodlines in pro rodeo began with a naughty mare in a riding stable in Detroit, Michigan. When a brown mare started throwing her riders off, she had sealed her fate. But the Zinsers, Jim and Maggie, of Clare, Mich., who at the time owned J Bar J Rodeo, stepped in. […]


Ratey Vs Non- Ratey Barrel Horses

January 19, 2021
Jenn Zeller

How do you help a ratey barrel horse free up? How do you help a free-runner, rate up? Here are my tips. Happy trails and happy training!


Annie and Cody

January 10, 2021
Jan Swan Wood

Back in the days of running a small broodmare band and standing two stallions, I was always interested in older mares with the old time pedigrees and characteristics to add to the band. Even with the extra work and maintenance old mares took, they were nearly always worth the extra effort. I had been taught […]


Collection Continued, Part 4/5

January 2, 2021
Jenn Zeller

Today we’ll wrap up this video series on the basics of collection. I hope you’ve all found it helpful in your journey with your horses. In case you missed them, here’s part 1A, part 1B, part 2, and part 3. I want to talk about a couple things that happen in the video: if you’ve […]


WINDY RIDGE CHRONICLES: A Return on Investment

December 26, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

It’s been a while since I reported life from this windy ridge. The cold December wind is whistling around the house and making the eaves rattle. It makes me glad to have a job indoors to do today. Fall works are done on the ranch where my cows run on shares. When those cows were […]


Christmas, Cowboy Style, with Chris Petersen

December 22, 2020
Jenn Zeller

Chris Peterson, spread some Christmas Cheer this week, Cowboy Style! Chris is Utah native, a cowboy, a talented singer-songwriter that I’m fortunate enough to call “friend”. This video below will make you laugh, and may bring a tear to your eye! They spread some Christmas cheer in the snow, Cowboy style!


Collection From the Ground, Part 1

December 11, 2020
Jenn Zeller

Collection seems to be a commonly misunderstood yet important part of horsemanship. It starts on the ground. When making a saddle horse, I cannot stress enough how important it is to have your ground work working well! In this series we’ll go through the process of how we free up the feet to build a […]


Top Flight, a Top Bareback Horse

December 9, 2020
Ruth Nicolaus

If you were watching the Wrangler NFR during round five, on Dec. 7, you saw the 2020 Pendleton Whisky “Let ‘er Buck” Bareback Horse of the Year and the round winner, Clayton Biglow with a winning ride. Top Flight, a sixteen-year-old bay mare with four white socks and a white spot on her head, carried […]


Cowboy Artist Will Berg

December 7, 2020
Tiffany Schwenke

  Will Berg is a man of many talents and enjoys creating different types of art from painting with oil or watercolor, to music with his guitar, to leather work, and even to the horses he rides. I recently asked Will to tell us a little of his backstory… WB: I grew up with a […]


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