Friday, May 25, 2007

More photos of Pokerjoe and Larry the Cable Guy

Here's a few shots of Pokerjoe's scenes from Larry the Cable Guys upcoming movie.

Pokerjoe and me getting the lighting and sound ready. then Larry joins in to set the shot.Pokerjoe and Larry nuzzling each other.
Larry and Joe take direction from the director on how to play the scene.

Larry nuzzles with Pokerjoe (or his movie name: "Buttercup")
Here is a full shot with the sound and lighting crew, while Larry takes the saddle off of Pokerjoe.
It was a lot of fun and lots of time on the set. We shoot more in June. Ride Fast... Take Chances!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Witless Protection with Larry the Cable Guy

Just got back from the movie set in Plano, IL. Lots of fun, I'll tell you right there. We were at a farm house shooting the next movie with "Larry the Cable Guy". Tommie's horse, Pokerjoe got the movie part of "Buttercup" with Larry and Elmer. I had to work Pokerjoe and get quite a few shots. David Moeller (Elmer) got to ride Pokerjoe. Pokerjoe is quite the star too. He hit his cues like a true professional. Larry TCG (Dan Whitney) is awesome. My husband and I have been listening to Larry the Cable Guy on the radio since we were in Florida 10 years ago. He would call in to the local rock station and use his quickwitted humor. He is so quick and funny and his humor doesn't stop when the camera stops either. A very genuine guy. When we were in Shawinigan training for Cavalia in 2003, we would watch Blue Collar Comedy over and over. Thanks Dan and best of success to ya. You deserve everything that comes your way. Thanks for working with the Funniest Horse Under Saddle, Pokerjoe.
I'm back home now getting ready for the Jr. Rodeo this weekend. Lots of kids, parents, and horses! Tommie is rockin' the house in Australia. You can see the preview here. My bro rocks downunder! Ride Fast... Take Chances! karen

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Cavalia Highlights

Someone emailed me a bunch of links to videos of me in Cavalia.
This is me roman riding during the roman poste. I race the other 2 guys (Eric Martonivich and Ricky Suarez) and then Eric gives me the lines to his team and I race around the stage and jump them over a 3' high jump. Bandit and Hollywood are my team. They were so awesome. Bandit was the bad boy and Holly was the sweatheart. It was a lot of work training them. I'll have to put some video on Youtube of the training it took to open Cavalia.
Here is the trick riding portion. You can tell its me by my call. When you hit the stage it was like a bolt of lighting hitting you.

Here is video of me teaching roman riding during Cavalia. It takes a lot of balance, not mention confidence and control to keep the horses going where they are supposed to go. This is lots of fun.

To answer a few questions, I was with Cavalia from the start in Shawinigan, Canada. I was the Quarter Horse trainer and helped set up the Roman Poste, Voltige en Round and Trick Riding. I brought Ricky Suarez, a friend and fellow equestrian up to Cavalia with me (at the time the show was tentatively called "Voltige".) to train horses. After a month of starting horses we moved to an ice hockey rink in Shawinigan where we practiced as the built the tent and set up the technical aspects of the show. The cast arrived and we started building the show. It was an incredible experience working with Frederic Pignon and Magali Delgado. I had worked with them at Arabian Nights in Orlando and this project was a massive undertaking. In August we performed our first shows and them hit the road. We opened in Toronto, Montreal, San Francisco, Glendale CA, Seattle, Berkley, San Diego, and Santa Monica. After 300 plus shows I left to pursue what I am doing now. As you can see, things haven't slowed down a bit! Tommie is on his way to Australia for a show, I am working horses in a movie tomorrow with Larry the Cable Guy, we are hosting a Jr. Rodeo at our facility this weekend, and I just started training this beautiful Friesan horse named Eve. Good thing it's a slow week. Well, gotta prepare for the shoot tomorrow. Keep the questions coming. I'd love to hear from you. Email me at Ride Fast... Take Chances! karen

Monday, May 21, 2007

Syracuse After the Show

Just wanted to thank everyone for a great turn out for the Syracuse Horse World Expo Show. It was awesome. Thanks for cheering for me during the Chariot Race! Someone sent us this photo of Tommie after the show.

As usual, he signed autographs for an hour after the show. (Thanks to Absorbine for the autograph sheets of Tommie and his horses that we hand out for free after the show. Tommie has personally signed over 10,000 of them!) I know he's tired, hot, dirty, sweaty, and hungry, but he would never disappoint anyone who came to see him. Thanks again to all of you and we'll see you next year. Tell all your friends and come cheer us on again.
Ride Fast... Take Chances! karen

Extend-a-Cool is really cool!

Tommie stops by the Extend-a-Cool booth during the Syracuse Horse World Expo. Tommie travels many miles with his horses and found out how convenient and useful the wraps are. The best part is having a way to cool your horses legs at any time. Keep it in a tack box and when you need it, it's there. Keeps the leg muscles cool to reduce swelling and it is a non chemical product and won't burn or freeze your horses skin. Check it out at Tommie loves finding products that solves problems safely and effectively and Extend-a-Cool does exactly that. Special thanks to Bill Campbell for all the information on their product.
Ride Fast... Take Chances!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

More Photos from Syracuse Horse Expo 2007

Tommie gives a demo on training in the coliseum on Friday. A great turn out and response from everyone. Thanks again to Extend-a-Cool for the "cool" product and information.

Here is Tommie with one of our interns, Holly. She helped Tommie lay down Ace in the demo. Our interns were an integral part of the show. They make sure all the props are set and help keep us moving forward. Thanks Holly and Cambria! I'll have more photos of Lynn Palm and Stacey Westfall driving our Chariots during Tommie's demo in a few days too. That was a lot of fun! Lynn rode with me and she did really good.

Tommie takes time to meet and talk to everyone at the expos. He will stay after the shows and sign autographs until everyone is gone. Some nights we are there for hours waiting for Tommie, but he wouldn't do it any other way. "If people are willing to wait just to say hi or shake my hand, I will stay as long as it takes. It is my way of saying thank you to them for their support." He really does appreciate the fans and supporters. That is what being in entertainment is all about. Without the fans you are just an exhibitor. Thanks a millions Syracuse! See you next year. Ride Fast.. Take Chances! karen

Syracuse Horse World Expo

The staff at Equestrian Promotions did it again! They are ones responsible for the great shows in Maryland and Harrisburg in PA. Now, they just put together a fantastic show in Syracuse, New York at the Fair Grounds. It was a nice setting with lots of vendors, cool stuff to buy, clinicians, all breeds of horses and entertainment. For the first year of a show it was a great turn out. We met a lot of new horse people and our die hard fans who travelled up to 8 hours to see us! We got a lot of fans from the Massachusetts and Ohio areas who had seen Tommie at Equine Affaire a few years ago and wanted to see him again. Tommie did 4 acts in the show and I did the color presentation on Blade, (his FIRST show EVER!) and the Gladiator Chariot Race. Lori skied behind Ceasar too. It was a great show. Matt McLaughlin, Lynn Palm, and Stacey Westfall also performed. The crowds were very enthusiastic. The Chariot race is at the end of the show and everyone was still cheering and booing like crazy. What an awesome feeling.

Here is Tommie during the finale with Joker. Thanks to Jaz for the photos and video! I also want to let you all know too, we do appreciate you putting stuff on myspace, youtube, etc. but please limit each clip to under :10 secs. Tommie's acts and demos are copywritten and trademarked, so we can't have his act just put up on the web. So, please use common sense and limit the video usage you use or we'll have to have it removed completely. In this day and age of media, everyone has a video camera or video phone, we just ask you to use them responsibly. Also, if you do have a photo of Tommie you would like to use on your website, please email us and let us know. Tommie will give you a quote and we'll tell you about it. We hate seeing a photo mislabled or naming the wrong horse. I'm at Well gotta run. Lots to do before we leave for Ohio on Friday. More to come. Ride fast.. Take Chances! karen

Friday, May 04, 2007

Hollywood Charity Horse Show

We just returned from a long trip to Hollywood for a one-night show at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank. It is an incredible event which revolves around a reining show, equine entertainment, silent auction, and a dinner and dance. Each year it is put together by William Shatner and raises money for Ahead with Horses and Camp Max Straus. This is something dear to Bill and his wife, Elizabeth and we have been involved with it for the past 2 years. The daytime is the reining in which you can watch the best in the business compete. Bill and Liz also compete many times with their beautiful horses. Then Tommie and I put on a show to entertain the public and help bring light to the charities. Both charities use horses to help children through therapy. It is a wonderful tool which brings joy to so many children. Tommie performed at Liberty with his horse, Ace along with doing the Riding Instructor Comedy Act. We then got the crowd going and put on a fast action chariot race. Bill was cheering for Tommie and Liz was cheering for me. Well, I WON! (As always...) After the show, everyone goes inside to bid at the auction. Bill does all the emceeing and is the auctioneer. Then people ate and danced all night. Bill stays to the end and was on his horses on Sunday competing. He is such an inspiration to us and a great friend.

Here is Bill and I after the show along with Tommie, Bill and Elizabeth. I love her outfits. She makes all her own! Tommie also did an interview with Mancow for Fox & Friends. Pokerjoe was a hit! As you can see in the photo, Mancow got in on the act.

We had a great time and can't wait to do it again! Thanks to Bill, Liz, Chris, Adam, Karen, Larry, Mancow, Mike, our intern Lou, Lori, and Jamie. It was also great to see a lot of friends like Dana, Christiana, and Jan. Hollywood is always so much fun. Off to Syracuse next!
Ride Fast... Take Chances! karen

Tommie Turvey performs with Pokerjoe