Thursday, September 25, 2008
Well, we have been working a lot on production the last few weeks. Our mom is producing a Horse Expo in Ocala, called Central Florida Horse Expo. http://www.centralfloridahorseexpo.com/ We are putting together a wide variety of clinicians and entertainment for the show, November 14, 15, and 16, 2008. We will be there performing and Tommie and our dad will be putting on some fun and educational demos. It will be at the HITS Show Time Farm facility in Ocala. The same location as the now defunct and bankrupt "HorseSmart" show which Tina Calhoun put on last year. We really love the people in Ocala and it is a great horse community, perfect for a horse expo and show like this. Check out the website for the line up and more information. We are also planning and producing more instructional books and DVD's as well. We could spend an entire year of just putting Tommie's training in a book for people to learn from. We have been researching what is available and most of it makes the trainer look good, but isn't that practical for a person who wants to have a good horses. There are a lot of myths out there and we hope to bring many of them to light while helping people to truly understand their horses so they can create a great relationship and enjoy their time together. I know people who spend 5 hrs a week with their horse and it is spent training or caring for their horse. They never get to "enjoy" the time. We're hoping to change all that.
We are booking 2009 as we speak. There are so many shows, expos, rodeos, and events that we could be a part of, but only so many dates. I know we travel more than anyone in the business when it comes to where we perform. This fall we go from Florida to Saskatchewan, Canada to Florida and then to Scottsdale, AZ. That is around 10,000 miles in 6 weeks. We have a lot of experience in traveling with horses. It takes a lot of preparation and discipline to get your horses down the road safely. We put our horses safety and well being first, that's why we make sure we do certain things and keep our focus on the horses the entire time. Our stops are calculated, we always monitor temperature, weather conditions, and prepare for emergencies. There isn't one thing that Tommie does that isn't done for a reason. We'll have people ask us why we keep the halters on the horse for a long trip if they are going to be on the trailer for a long time. Our answer is that if there is an emergency and you need to get the horses off quickly, you need to have the horses prepared. If you have a horse who thrashes his head around alot, there is a great product called Equiface Saver. http://www.equifacesaver.com/ This product will help protect his head which is the most vulnerable when traveling. We are putting together a book and DVD to cover the important things you need to think about when traveling. It goes above and beyong the "make sure your tires are good and you have oil in your truck" books. We'll also share many of our on the road stories as well.
Tommie was recently in Kentucky with the Rocky Mountain horse he had trained and snapped a great photo of him and his new puppy, Cutaway.
Gotta Ride. Ride Fast.... Take Chances! karen