Friday, January 25, 2008

Party at Monty's

Hi everyone,

I'm new to blogging so I'm not sure exactly what I'm supposed to do. I guess just share thoughts with my friends. Anyway, that's how I'm approaching this. Somebody please tell me if that's not right!

Diana and I spent last weekend in and around Solvang, California. It's an absolutely beautiful area north and a bit inland from Santa Barbara. Great horse area. We were invited to Monty and Pat Roberts's annual party at their home, Flag is Up Farm. Wow! Even in winter, it was stunning. Clinician Richard Winters was given the "Equitarian Award" and reining trainer Sandy Collier was given a lifetime achievement award. There was a band and great food. Frankly, I was talking to folks the whole time, so I hardly ate. We shot a TV segment with Dr. Miller the next day at the farm, up against a very cool stone building.

Now before anybody skewers me for socializing with Monty Roberts, let me say this. Monty has always been a real gentleman toward me and Diana. In fact, his whole family is just as nice as can be. Plus, he's an outstanding horseman who has contributed and is still contributing hugely to the revolution in horsemanship. I don't know what is true and isn't true in the whole family feud thing and I don't really care. I learn from Monty every time I talk to him or see him work. That's good enough for me.

We've traveled to that part of California three times in the past couple months. You may have seen the TV episode on the vaquero and another on the Thacher School. Those were shot in that area.

Hope you are all enjoying the TV show. We just love doing it. We just finished our third season of 13 original shows, so we've now done 39 episodes. Hard to believe. The last 13 will rerun, then we hit the ground running again with 13 more new ones. The show is on three times a week on RFD-TV and three different times each week on RFD-HD. Has anyone checked out the HD channel?

Better go. Errands to run.

Rick

2 comments:

Patricia Barlow-Irick said...

Rick,
No one can tell you what your blog is supposed to be like... it's your personal creation and only you know why you are doing it.

So far, this is my favorite post because it shows something about your gracious personality. And after all, who cares about some old feud we will never understand... what counts is if there is something to be learned on the path to great horsemanship.

Have fun with your blog!

Rick said...

Hi Patricia,
Well said. I'll keep plugging away!
R