Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Shooting TV spot with my horses

Today we had a fun day shooting a TV commercial for Ritchie Waterers at our house. All four of our horses got into the act. The challenge was to get them to drink on cue. Remember the old adage about leading a horse to water? Well, Diana proved it wrong. First, she taught each of them to eat a horse cookie out of the dry bowl. Then we added sweetened water and the horses really went after those cookies, just like they were bobbing for apples. Our youngest, Sarah, did best. She's such a ham! I was very proud of Diana and all of our horses. Keep your eyes open for the spot when our new season begins in May on RFD-TV.


Monday, March 17, 2008

On the loose in Durango

Hello from the living quarters of my horse trailer! Diana and I are camped outside Alamosa, Colorado and it's COLD! Luckily we have everything we need in our little home away from home.

We're heading back to Phoenix after a two-week expo road trip (Four States Ag Expo in Cortez and Rocky Mountain Horse Expo in Denver.) First one like this we've done. My music parter (Jay Casmirri, also the editor of our TV show) joined us so we could play some music. I love playing and singing, and people seem to think we do a pretty good job at it. We put Jay on a plane this morning.

Between the two expos, we spent a day in Durango shooting a TV segment on the Rochester Hotel and its connection to fifteen classic Westerns shot in the area. That should be on our show in the next few months. Durango is becoming one of our favorite places, but I do have a little problem. I spend too much money there! We keep finding things that are so cool and not available anywhere else. Last year it was a lambskin jacket for me. This time, we picked up the finished hat Melissa made for me on the TV show. Diana also got hers, a flat brim, flat crown gaucho in black. We decided to treat Jay to a custom hat, too, since he was giving up so much time to do the trip with us. Then I got a new winter coat, charcoal, mid-thigh length and very different. I needed it. Really! I was freezing. Oh, and Jay and I each bought a new guitar. This was all in one day, mind you. Ladies, you've got nothing on me in the shopping department!

On the way up to Denver, we stopped and shot a TV commerical in the snow for next holiday season. I wore my new hat and new coat. It felt really, really good. Know what I mean?

More later.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Cox wins RTTH 2008

Hi everyone,
Still high from this weekend's Road to the Horse colt-starting competition in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The fans were just incredible. Returning champ, Chris Cox, went up against Ken McNabb, Tommy Garland, and the "mystery clinician," Mike Kevil. When all was said and done, Chris won it again. But don't think it was easy. I'll leave all the details for press releases and magazine articles that are surely being written even as I type this. There were some major turnarounds in both good and not-so-good ways, and that made for lots of excitement. Each of the guys did an outstanding job. Each of them got a standing ovation at one time or another. And of course, I learned something from each of them.
On a different note, we sold lots of copies of my new book and some people read it immediately. I got lots of positive feedback. Ken McNabb even told the whole audience that I'd kept him up half the night. That was a big endorsement.
I'm off to the airport. More later.