Horse shows don’t give out awards for having the best time of your young life. However, if the Horse O’ Rama Open Show did, Jason would have ridden away with the ribbon. The six-year-old equestrian guided W A White Lightning around the warm up area of the John Justin Arena in Fort Worth, Texas like an old pro.
Doris Mager and ET
Come join us on Wednesday, February 3rd at 1:00 pm for a birds of prey program at the Thomsen Foundation featuring Doris Mager of S.O.A.R. (Save Our American Raptors, Inc.). Doris is on her last trip to Texas presenting her birds of prey program before retiring. Help North Texas bird lovers give Doris a great send off thanking her for decades of dedication to eagles, hawks, owls and other birds of prey. Check out the full story of her work with birds of prey at www.theeaglelady.com/. Doris travels the US giving her programs accompanied by ET the Great Horned Owl, and an Eastern Screech Owl. Her 50 years of experience provides a wealth of knowledge to share and she is a delight to watch. We attended the show last year and are looking forward to seeing it again this year.
For a donation to S.O.A.R., you can pose with ET on your gloved arm.
Directions to the Thomsen Foundation: Street address is 1859 Parker Dairy Road, Forestburg, TX. Drive west from Denton on Hwy 380(University). On the east side of Decatur exit onto FM 730(Trinity Street) and go north (left at the stop sign). At about 12 miles north of 380 turn left on County Road 2650. Turn left when the road dead ends, then continue as it bends to the right twice. Turn left at the first road on the left, Wise Road. After Wise Road dead ends at Parker Dairy Road, turn right. The Thomsen Foundation will be driveway just after the house on your right.
Kathy definitely had a good time at last years show posing with the Screech Owl.
ET was the star of the show.
Come Visit Greenwood, TX for this year’s Annual Fall Festival on October 10, 2015.
Any Texan will tell you that Fall is a great time in the Lone Star State with cooler temperatures, football, hunting and fall festivals keeping everyone busy in the great outdoors. One of the best festivals is coming soon to our neighborhood. Come join us for a parade, crafts, food, games, door prizes, a silent auction and fun for the kids on Saturday, October 10, 2015 in Greenwood, Texas, a short day trip from Dallas and Fort Worth.
You like tractors? We have a lot of tractors in the parade.
A parade is not complete without floats.
There will be two raffles, one for a quilt and another for a $500 Cabelas’ gift card.
Did I mention fun for the kids? The simple pleasures can be the best.
The local EE Club offers many home made items to tickle your taste buds. My favorite is a jar of pear preserves.
Step into the Greenwood Museum for a glimpse into the past.
Make your bid at the Silent Auction.
They are a motley group of guys, but they make the best beans and cornbread. Are so they say. Come on by and judge for yourself.
While the Greenwood Fall Festival only happens once a year, we are often drawn to Greenwood Grocery for a cheeseburger.
The day started out with a light drizzle and a chill, but soon became the perfect Fall day for this year’s Greenwood Fall Festival sponsored by the Greenwood EE Club. The activities, parade, games, silent auction and vendors displaying their crafts, were enjoyed by children and adults alike. The money the club raised will go a long way to help support many local organizations in the Greenwood area.
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Craig Trynka hammering out his bar shoe for the Eagle Eye Class at the 34th Annual TPFA Contest at the North Texas State Fairgrounds in Denton, TX Friday morning. The contestants got one look at a shoe, then 20 minutes to duplicate it. Craig was one of the farriers choosing to go old school utilizing coal while others used propane furnaces to produce the kind of heat needed to turn a piece of strap steel into a horseshoe. The sound of hammers and heat from the forges filled the air as each competitor relied on quick hands and a steady eye to recreate the shoe they had viewed.
Region 4 of the North American Trail Ride Conference was in the LBJ Grasslands for two days this weekend, taking part in a benefit trail ride. Saturday, I caught up with the riders at mile 17 on the Orange Trail as they paused for a Pulse and Respiration Stop where their horses’ condition was evaluated. After the health of their mount was verified, they were judged going over two obstacles and climbing up a hill out of a wash. This was only a small part of the challenges the participants faced during the two-day event. The horsemanship of the rider and the condition of the horse are constantly being judged and can result in deductions from the 100 points each rider has at the beginning of the ride.
NATRC is based on the philosophies of stimulating the breeding and use of horses possessed of stamina and hardiness for trail riding and to encourage good horsemanship, training and conditioning of the horses.
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Saturday was a beautiful day in the LBJ Grasslands for the Bluebonnet Endurance Race sponsored by the Texas Arabian Distance Riders Association. Full of riders, volunteers, support team members and horses (mostly Arabians), TADRA Point had a circus-like feel when we arrived just as the 50-mile riders were checking in after their first 25 miles on the Orange Trail. The 25-mile riders were also coming in at the half-way point with a Quarter Horse in the lead. They kept Pam and Dan busy recording race numbers and check-in times on their way to a mandatory rest period and vet check.
I went out to the Blue Trail to get a few action shots of the 50-mile horses and riders still going strong with 20 miles to go. If you are interested in equestrian endurance sports, check out TADRA for more information.
On the last day of a three day visit, Eldon, Snoopy and April were enjoying a water break at the edge of the race festivities.