Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A great entertainer, horse trainer, and a dear friend will be missed.

A dear friend of the world has passed. On Oct. 6th, 2007 Gaylord Maynard was taken from this earth where he will forever be remembered in our hearts and laughter. He was truly a man of incredible talents. For those fortunate enough to see him perform, you know how he loved to make people laugh. I was in and saw his comedy act hundreds of times, and I couldn't stop laughing. Even when I was the "vamp", he would try hard to get me to crack up while I was on stage. He never did it to be mean or to make me look bad, he did it because he knew it put me in the right frame of mind to perform. You really had to concentrate, and he would always have me smiling the entire act. It was his way of keeping us on our toes and getting the best he possibly could from us. I learned a lot from this man. He had wonderful ideas and always took the time to share his wisdom. He will always be the man entertainers aspire to be. He was humble and never took his audiences or his animals for granted. He is a legend in the entertainment community and will be missed greatly. Here is a photo of me and Gaylord taken at Arabian Nights. This was my favorite part. I get to hit Gaylord with the blanket! He would whisper to me, "Give it to me baby!" and I would hit him good.

Here is Gaylord with Chief Bear Paw III. Gaylord was an incredible horse trainer. They don't make them like him anymore. Tommie and I learned alot about horses and the business from Gaylord, just being around him and how he kept his eye on his horse, the audience, and could roll with whatever happened. He will certainly be missed but not forgotten. Every time we hit the stage, we will always think of Gaylord Maynard. God Bless. See you on the other side.
Ride Fast... Take Chances. karen

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Here's the new 2008 Rig

Here is the Freightliner with the 6 Horse Trailer. Our horses are very happy!
Ride Fast... Take Chances! karen

Saturday, October 13, 2007

New Rig for 2008

Tommie just got back from picking up his new rig for 2008. This gives us better accomodations for getting our horses down the road. Tommie prefers Ford and I like Dodge, but nothing will give us more piece of mind than a Freightliner Sport Chassis and a 6 horse 8' wide trailer to give them more room, hay troughs, on-board water, a canopy big enough to shade them from the sun, good ventilation, and plenty of room for extra hay and Guardian Horse Bedding. Tommie wants to make sure that his horses are safe and taken care of and he also wants to add more. Cameras to check on the horses while driving, A GPS system to help minimize getting lost and having to make u-turns or sudden stops, a portable misting/fan system to keep the horses cool, and a portable generator to keep the power on during an overnight stop. Everything Tommie does or wants revolves around his horses. Especially when he finds products that help him take better care of the horses. For example, the Extend-A-Cool wraps are perfect for traveling. You can tuck them away and when you need a cool wrap for your horse it is ready to go and stays cool for hours. Before he found Extend-A-Cool, he would have to have an ice box with wraps or ice packs, or stop and find a place to run cool water on their legs for 15 mins. Extend-a-cool saves time, money, and most importantly, does the job of keeping the leg muscles cool and swelling down. We even use strips on the back of our necks when we are working in the hot sun to keep us cool. We've been approached by many companies to endorse products and put their logos on the truck and trailer, but we really take our time to research the products to make sure that it not only benefits our horses, but also to be able to recommend them to other horse owners. It's a tedious process, but one that Tommie doesn't take lightly. He makes sure he loves the product and uses the product before he will wear the logo. We have been fortunate to have companies support us like Alpharma, Absorbine, Wahl Clipper, Guardian Horse Bedding, and the Natural Horse Vet. We welcome companies to talk with us and are always on the lookout for products we can't do without. I have been trying to add a photo of the new rigg, but Blogger is down for some reason. I'll have one added as soon as it gets fixed.(Sorry....)
We've got lots going on here at the Wahl Equestrian Center with the Haunted Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Barrel Shows, Wahl Winter Series, and with the upcoming tours to Arizona and Florida. Well, gotta run while I can.... Ride Fast... Take Chances!

Tommie Turvey performs with Pokerjoe