March 2, 2015
Dear Friends and Family of Cottonwood Creek Ranch,
What a great few weeks we’ve had here at Cottonwood Creek Ranch! I’m happy to report, we only had a few baby chicken fatalities so we have 40 (oh my) healthy, strong, hungry and growing baby chickens! That’s a record for us, and I credit Teo’s great chicken care and our wonderful post office staff who called me at 5am when they arrived! Here are some more happenings!
Baby it’s Cold Outside!
Kurt and I had a great time meeting up in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the AMHA Convention! As many of you heard, we did a seminar on running a Horse Business and it went very well. As in, no one threw tomatoes, which I consider SUCCESS!!!
I was honored to be given the Cecil Brown Sportsmanship Award and my beloved Kern’s Endeavor GCH was inducted into the Hall of Fame! Kurt also accepted the Breeder’s Award for Springmill Morgans (Stretch’s breeders) during the Gala!
The People Need to Brag!
Congratulations to all of our amazing horses and riders who were named People’s Choice winners this year! How do you feel about running an ad, or even splitting one with the whole crew? The advertising rates for a full page are $480 (black and white) and $875 (full color). The back cover is $1595 in color. The deadline for space reservations and materials is March 5th! Please let me know ASAP if you are interested in advertising, or not at all!
Ducks in a Row!
I got a ton of great feedback from our barn advertising plan for last year, and I thought it worked out GREAT! It made things organized, affordable, and what an IMPACT! Our plan once again is to do a huge spread in the Morgan Horse Magazine in the summer (earlier this year then last year). We will see where the deadlines land, but try to cover Centennial, Big D, Chapter V and Gold Cup with our summer ads, then do Tulsa, Circle J, and Jubilee with our Pre-Grand National Advertising!!! We might think about doing a sharing Saddle Horse Report ad, splitting it a bunch of ways would be very cost effective and hit a different group of folks! We may need to play with some of those lumpings, but at lease you have an idea of what to expect! As always, you aren’t ever required to advertise, and if you wanted to do more, you are more then welcome to do so!
Put it in Writing!
Several articles will be coming out in the next month or so with CCR input! Horse World Magazine is doing an article on my Instructor of the Year award, Jenny Gray interviewed me, and I always enjoy her questions! Jenna Britt is working on a Trainer’s Round Table article about taking a young western horse from a snaffle to curb bit that will be in the Morgan Horse Magazine! I just finished the photo shoot portion of an article for AOPA talking to Jill Tallman about having my pilot’s license, and of course, HORSES! I used Paige Crowley’s UVM Opportunity GCH “Opie” for the shoot, and he was a doll!
Buy to Rule!
We have a 1/10 portion of Annandale’s Born to Rule “ Louie” available if any of you missed out initially and would like to buy into the partnership! He just turned 2 this year and is hooked and driving and has plans to debut at the Oklahoma Centennial! $1000 buys you in, and it’s first come first serve, so let me know ASAP if you are interested!
Big D Needs Big Help!
With the death of the Red River Classic, Big D stepped in and added Morgans and an extra day to their horse show for us! They need help in the form of sponsorships.
Mark Farrar has contacted me about a great outdoor show in Tennessee called Germantown! Would any of you be interested in attending?? Here’s some information he sent to me, “Below is a list of the Top 10 reasons to come to Germantown that we put together last year – and here is a link to that original email – http://eepurl.com/UCWJr Germantown is a horse-loving town and this show gets a huge crowd. I would love to see Morgans represented and will do what it takes to get you there! I’m fine with having your classes earlier in the week so you can get to Gold Cup. In fact, I’m so hopeful that this will work out, we’re planning our exhibitors party on Thursday night to make sure you’ll be there 🙂 We’ll also have daily breakfast, ice cream socials and wine & cheese receptions.”
Bird is the Word!
Have you noticed the Midfirst Bank commercial with me and Karen Cooley’s Fastrak Thunderbird, “TBird” is back in rotation??? What a fun surpise!!
Kelly’s Lessons Cancelled on and between:
Fri Mar 6 – Sat Mar 7th…….US Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup Team Practice in New Orleans, LA
USEF Horse of the Year!
Congratulations to Chloe Farischon’s Hylee’s The Devil IM for being n named USEF Horse of the Year in Morgan Hunter Pleasure Junior Exhibitor Champion in both Region 5 and Region 6! “Ozzy” was also the Road Hack Champion in Region 6! Chloe’s other great horse, D Bar J Habakkuk was Region 5 Road Hack Champion! Congratulations!
Things you didn’t know about CCR:
Once upon a time, a long time ago there was actually a big fire that burned part of the main barn! The pool is what saved the place as firefighters used it to put out the fire! Although it was before I even lived in Oklahoma, you can still see the black burn marks on some of the rafters in the NW corner of the main barn! Check it out!
See everyone at the barn soon! I hear it’s supposed to approach 60 degrees tomorrow and I might actually not wear a jacket. Maybe.