The Arizona Cowgirl

By Jim Olson

bobbi-jeenLet me introduce you to Bobbi Jeen Olson. Cowgirl extraordinaire! The great Rex Allen was known world-wide as “The Arizona Cowboy.” Bobbi Jeen is quickly becoming known in some circles as “The Arizona Cowgirl.” There are several reasons for this.

Raised in the country, and brought up in the ranching lifestyle, she is first and foremost, a real cowgirl. Riding, roping and even branding are all things she has done in real-life situations. Her first paying job was at a cattle auction. And yes cowboys, that championship team roping buckle hanging on her belt is one (of many) she won herself.

As a young lady, Olson became interested in a local Queen contest. That year, she won the title of Torrance County Queen, representing Torrance County, New Mexico (where she lived at the time). From there she competed at the New Mexico State Fair, where, by a slim margin, she finished runner up. What was more important about competing at the state fair however, was that a local talent scout (agent) happened to be there. She took a liking to Bobbi Jeen.

After interviewing with the agent, Olson soon had her first gig. The agency then found she was eager to work in front of the camera and had a natural talent for doing so. In those beginning years, she worked on many projects including commercials and ads for Pemmican Beef Jerky, local Western Wear stores and Wrangler products. She also did riding scenes and doubled many famous actresses in films such as Stolen Women, The Hi-Lo Country, Walker – Texas Ranger and appeared in several music videos. She built a resume which said: Model, Actress, Stuntwoman.

During this period of her life, she also volunteered long hours at a therapy program which helped to rehabilitate the handicapped through horseback riding. Helping youngsters remains a passion of hers to this day.

After moving to Arizona and taking a break to start a family, she got back into the world of modeling and acting, this time with a new spin on it. A slightly more mature person evolved this time. One who now had a mission other than “just getting in front of a camera.” Olson now was determined to promote the way of life she loved and cherished. The Western Way of Life—represented by good, family based, morals and values. She also wanted to inspire people through what she was doing.

Projects she has worked on in the last decade are numerous. As a model, she has been featured on the cover of many magazines, walked the runway in some of the West’s biggest fashion shows and promoted products such as western fashion and accessories for major designers. Being an expert horsewoman, she is still called upon to do riding scenes for Hollywood actresses. However, directors and producers have figured out that, since Bobbi Jeen can Act as well, it saves time and money to just hire her for the part. There is no sense in hiring two people to film one part!

For a while, she did a stint as host of Arizona Country TV. Although the project was short-lived, it is something Olson is proud of. “Promoting the west, it’s wonderful scenery, and interviewing inspirational people is something near and dear to my heart,” said Bobbi Jeen. She has delved into hosting and interviewing on several occasions, for various projects.

In Arizona, a state with a long history of Western projects, Bobbi Jeen is one of the busiest persons in the industry. Arizona personality and spokesperson, The Arizona Duude, said, “I don’t know how she does it, but every time I turn around, Bobbi Jeen is involved in another project.”

As she has made a name for herself, Olson has become more “selective” in what she gets involved with. Her personal motto is all about promoting the Western Way of Life and it’s traditional values. While not every project she works on is necessarily “western,” all of them will be family friendly. “I don’t want to do anything that I would be ashamed for my thirteen-year-old son or my mother to watch,” she said. Her values and ethics must be paying off because she is constantly being offered bigger parts in better projects.

At the time of this writing, she has worked on three different movies—soon to be released. Two are traditional westerns and one a contemporary western. Upcoming projects she has already been signed for include a featurelength mystery film set in modern-day Arizona called Deadly Sanctuary and three different fashion shows. She is also slated to appear at a seminar in Wyoming which will teach modeling and inspire young ladies to go after their dreams.

Somewhere along the way, they started calling her “The Arizona Cowgirl.” As discussed above, she is a real cowgirl. She is also charitable, inspirational, is of good character and ethics and is not afraid of a little hard work. All great cowgirl qualities. Most cowgirls do possess these traits. Bobbi Jeen however is in the unique situation where she has become quite visible due to her public life. Since she projects those same qualities publicly, raising the bar for all who see, it seems quite fitting for her to be associated with the name.

Mother, wife, cowgirl, model, actress, stuntwoman, inspiration—Bobbi Jeen always tells people, “Dream so big that if even half of it comes true, it’s still amazing!”

On a side note, yours truly, is very happy and proud to celebrate fifteen wonderful years of marriage to Bobbi Jeen Olson this April 24th!

Cowboy mounted shooting: Course management 101

By The Baddog’s Gary and Megan Bennett

Well hello again Readers! It has been a busy month for us, the Baddog’s. This past weekend we hosted the first (of three) Club Baddog: “Do it in the West” Buckle Series shooting competitions. We are making use of the Estrella Mountain Park Arena and we love it, as did all of the competitors! Club Baddog is leasing the facility for the summer months and we are looking forward to many fun times to come! Hosting a competition allowed my wife, Megan and me, Baddog Bennett, a bird’s eye view of the arena and each competitor. We studied all the competitors every time they went into the arena and were able to make some valuable observations. Sometimes the horse and rider left happily with good fast times, sometimes both horse and rider hung their heads. Besides the obvious missing of the balloon targets and the time penalties for missing, the differences between a fast run and a slow one can be barely visible in some cases. As competitors and trainers we consider it our job to learn all we can about our sport. We ask ourselves, “Who is winning and what are they doing differently than the other competitors?” We then go a step further and ask, “Why is that working for him or her”? These questions bring us to the topic for this month’s article: Mounted Shooting Course Management.

New shooters to the sport of Cowboy Mounted Shooting begin as level 1’s, fondly referred to as: the Rookies, the New Bee’s, the Gunsels, and the Virgins of the sport. Level one shooters are a mentally overloaded group of individuals; and rightfully so!!! Even if they knew how to ride before they started shooting, it’s a whole different world when you put a gun in their hands for the first time. Some level 1’s are also training new shooting horses as they learn the ropes themselves (stressful for all involved, sometimes even the spectators)! Depending on the individual person and horse of course, there is a 2 month-2 year window of just surviving the mental overload when a rider takes up this fantastic sport. Once the jitters in their head slow down (if it ever does) and the horse and rider know their jobs, the mental aspect of the game comes into play. This usually happens about the time riders move up to level 2 or 3 shooters; the game changes from just shooting your targets to the details of each course. Our years of watching, shooting, training, time keeping and announcing shoots have made the differences between the level of shooter and their course management skills very evident to us. As Mounted Shooting Trainers, we believe that if you start thinking about your course management from the beginning, (hopefully with a trainer’s help so you don’t accidently pick up any bad habits), you will speed your way through the levels faster. We offer the “Team Baddog Course Management 101” book for purchase on line at www.mrbaddog.com or at any of our events. These books are for the shooter looking to give themselves every advantage. The book has a drawn in line on every course to show you where EXACTLY to position your horse for the best results in. Remember, there are 63 different courses. We realized the need for this book because we were overhearing debates with the lower level shooters about which way to run the more complicated courses. We were constantly approached and asked for advice on how to run each pattern, even by those who weren’t our students. But what to do if we weren’t around and you are up next? And thus the book was born! In mounted shooting smooth is fast and fast is smooth: you can’t go in and make sharp jerky turns and get a good time (or stay in your horse’s good graces). You may feel like you are going faster but in reality every time you interfere with your horse’s forward momentum you are losing precious seconds. We have been watching these courses run every which way over the years. The Baddog Course Management 101 book is written with the level 1’s and 2’s in mind specifically. The paths we suggest riders to take in the book are the fastest, smoothest and easiest to maneuver for you and your horse. As you progress up the levels the book is less law and more a guideline. Every horse and rider is different and will customize things to their specific needs and capabilities as they go on in the world of competition.

Today, let’s examine course 50 in depth. I’ve included a picture of what this course looks like in the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association 2013-2014 Rulebook and detailed some of the different ways we have seen this run over the years. There are many courses, like 50, that can be run multiple ways. Because we run the lower level shooters first in competition it isn’t always possible to watch someone better than you go first; this is where the Baddog “pocket guide” comes in. As you can see from the picture, the CMSA Rule book includes all the measurements for setting the courses, mounted-shoot-gungeneral rules for Mounted Shooting and dress code requirements; the pocket guide will simply show you what we, the Baddog’s, believe to be the most efficient path to take through the course. Course 50 has what we call a “run down”. A rundown is a barrel turn with five targets in a line on the way to the timer. The first five targets, the light colored targets, are where the stage is lost or won. Most athletically built horses will make similar times on the rundown portion of the course. It’s all about the first five in the upper levels of this sport. While engaging the first five balloons you might do up to 4 lead changes, shoot targets going through a gate, (a gate is two targets spaced 15 feet apart that you must shoot while riding between). Yah, I know! Holy smokes, right!!

Ranch and Rodeo Roundup

By Kim Dillon

Spring is arriving here in Arizona and what a beautiful time of year to get out and enjoy our horses. Arizona ropers have been taking advantage of a calendar full of ropings.

5 HorsesZamora Roping Productions and Cactus Ropes hosted a trailer roping on February 1st. Approximately 200 teams competed at the Casa Grande Rodeo Grounds. John Henry Gaona took overall top honors and a new horse trailer.

Other winners were:
#10 Handicapped Trailer Roping Average
1st: Roberto Eggurola & Alvaro Vasquez
2nd: Blythe Beshears & John Henry Gaona
3rd”: Mark Waltz & Tommy Jackson Jr.
4th: Chris Sayers & Jose Coronado
5th: Dawson Graham & Trey Nowlin
#8 Handicapped Saddle Roping
Overall Saddle Winner: Larry Saraficio
#8 Handicapped Saddle Roping Average
1st: Quentin De La Cruz & Keaton Schaffer
2nd: Roberto Eggurola & Garrett Hanson
3rd: Blythe Beshears & Dillion Graham
4th: Judson South & Larry Saraficio
#12 with #11 Incentive Roping
Incentive Winner: Joey Nastacio & Tommy Jackson Jr.
#12 with #11 Incentive Roping Average
1st: Denny Nowlin & Trey Nowlin
2nd: Roberto Eggurola & Colten Fletcher

Bob ScottThe Bob Scott Invitational Roping hosted ropers 50 years and better on February 4th and 5th. Held at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Center in Queen Creek, ropers competed to win one of 2 coveted Bob Scott trophy saddles valued at $6,000 each. This was a #10 total event with each team roping 10 steers. Over 96 checks were written and with only 100 teams competing, the generous payout had ropers swinging their best! In the end, Bruce Bolin and Dan Narramore walked away with the beautiful saddles and $12,000 in earnings.

Other winners include:
2nd: John McFarlane and Joey Rezzonico $9,600
3rd: Delvin Stuber and Frank Simpson $8,160
4th: Jim Evans and Arnold Felts $6,240
5th: Sam Scott and Dave Fraser $5,280
6th: Billy Resor and Shorty Burruel $3,360
7th: Bo Ramsey and Scott Hutchins $1,920
8th: Jeff Busby and C.L. Oats $1,440

If you’ve never swung a rope before, there are plenty of ways to get involved in this popular sport. Coming up in a few issues, AZ in the Saddle will tell you how to get started. It’s never too late to try something new!

George StraitSpeaking of ropers, the “Cowboy King” himself graced US Airways Center in Downtown Phoenix. George Strait and his 11-piece Ace in the Hole band entertained a sold-out crowd with his 2+ hour, 33-song show.

Many may not know that George and his son, Bubba Strait, are both members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and partner in team roping competitions. The country music superstar doesn’t just put on a hat and sing some twangy tunes. He’s the real deal when it comes to cowboys and even continues to host his annual George Strait Team Roping Classic held in Texas every March. This year will mark the 32nd year for his event which typically hosts 600 plus teams.

georgestrait2But I digress; back to his concert in Phoenix. His performance was incredible and the crowd was the absolute loudest imaginable. George Strait is such a classy superstar who continues to play traditional country music. No flash. No fancy light shows or costume changes. Strait’s performance is understated, steady and cool. At 60 years old, he continues to top the charts with a matching 60 No. 1 hits and a CMA Entertainer of the Year crown. Here he is pictured with one of his all-time favorite opening acts, Martina McBride, at US Airways Center.

George’s “Cowboy Rides Away Tour” is said to be his last and scheduled to wrap up in Dallas on June 7th.

Much more to come next month. Until then, ride hard and stay safe!

Kim Dillon grew up competing on horseback here in Arizona. As a former Miss Rodeo Arizona and Miss Rodeo America runner-up, Kim enjoys sharing her equestrian love and expertise with others.

Tom Threepersons

The Story of Two Persons

By Jim Olson, ©2014, www.JimOlsonAuthor.com

Tom Threepersons

Tom Threepersons was an Indian who became famous. Research reveals numerous stories claiming he was a Cherokee, or perhaps a Blood (Kainai) Indian; He was born in Oklahoma (1889) or perhaps Canada (1888); he was a mounted policeman, tracker and rodeo star in Canada; a famous lawman and prohibition officer in El Paso, Texas; a cowboy in New Mexico and a successful ranc

her in Canada; he had a leather gun holster named after him and won the World Bronc Riding Championship of 1912; his name was spelled “Threepersons” or perhaps “Three Persons” and he died poor in 1969, in Arizona, or possibly a rich man during 1949 in Canada.

Many accomplishments (and contradictions) for only one man! How did he do so much? A closer examination of the facts reveals there were—ironically, TWO different “Tom Threepersons,” alive and making headlines at the same time. Although the names are spelled slightly different, their stories are often mistakenly jumbled into one. One was a rodeo star, who had a few encounters with the law—the other was a lawman, who had a few encounters with rodeo. Last month we talked about the Canadian rodeo star “Three Persons,” this month we examine “Threepersons,” the Southwestern lawman.

Tom Threepersons was born in Vinita, Oklahoma (Indian Territory) on July 22, 1889. His parents were John and Belle, full blooded Cherokees. Not much is known about this particular “Threepersons” between 1889 and 1916, however much has been speculated and this period of his life is often confused with that of “Three Persons” from Canada (who made headlines in 1912 as the World Champion Bronc Rider). However, from 1916 thru 1929, Threepersons the lawman accomplished a lot and much was written regarding his exploits. During this period, he became a legend and his name will forever be a part of Western history.

In a Douglas, AZ newspaper dated February, 1916, it mentions a Threepersons competing in the saddle bronc riding at a rodeo there. It has been said that the Threepersons from the Southwest held a love of rodeo and was a pretty good bronc rider. This probably adds to the confusion often applied between him and the Canadian Three Persons. Our southwestern Tom, however, was never famous for rodeo like the Canadian Tom.

Then, in March of 1916, Pancho Villa raided Columbus, New Mexico. This caused numerous troops to be sent to the border region. This act also helped propel Tom Threepersons onto a path that took him from being a local rodeo cowboy, to one of becoming a famous lawman. Tom joined the fray and was listed as a civilian scout for the Army under General Pershing—it was his first of many ventures into civic duty. Later, he spent time at Fort Bliss, breaking remount horses during World War I and this continued till about 1920.

In 1919, the Volstead Act (prohibition) was voted in and the new law took effect January of 1920. This unpopular law created a new crime enterprise along the border region between the United States and Mexico. Tom Threepersons spent the next nine years working for the El Paso police department, the El Paso County Sheriffs Department and the United States Prohibition Service battling this new crime. During which time, he became a legend.

According to author, Jim Coffey, “While the men enforcing Prohibition are largely forgotten now, they were legends at the time. Many considered Frank Hamer of the Texas Rangers, the archetypical ‘twentieth century Ranger,’ totally fearless. D.A. (Jelly) Bryce, FBI agent, was so fast with a pistol that he actually ‘beat the drop’ on two separate occasions when outlaws already had their weapons out and trained on him. Manuel Gonzales, who made a name for himself as an honest Prohibition agent, would not back down with armed smugglers breaking the law. Many of these officers brought a frontier mentality to the war on booze. For some, it was a code of honor that prohibited asking or giving quarter; for others, it was unimpeachable honesty…Tom Threepersons was one of these men… A Texas Ranger captain once related, ‘El Paso was one of the toughest towns I’d ever been in. There was a gunfight for 236 straight nights.’ ” This was Tom Threepersons beat.

While serving as a law enforcement official in and around El Paso, Threepersons was involved in several shootouts and hair raising encounters with outlaws and contrabandistas (smugglers from Mexico). Because of his, shoot first, ask questions later methods, he was often referred to as a throwback from the old West, and to this day is considered by many as the last of the old-time, frontier lawmen.

Also, as a way to improve his ability to get his gun out quickly when needed, Tom is credited with designing the first true “quick draw” holster. He approached Sam Myers, an El Paso saddle maker about his design. Myers and Threepersons worked together, and by the mid-20s, the S.D. Myers catalog offered the “Threepersons quick draw holster.” Myers later sold his business to El Paso Saddlery, and the holster was offered in their catalog as well. Today, an original Threepersons holster by S.D. Myers or a vintage one by El Paso Saddlery is a highly sought after western collectible.

In spite of his ‘legend-in-his-own-time” status, Tom was reluctant to discuss most of his numerous gunfights publicly. He said once in an interview, “I never had any desire to be placed in a class with Wild Bill Hickok, Billy the Kid, or any of the so-called Western bad men. My desire was, and still is, to be classed as a respectable officer of the law and its enforcement.”

When asked about the numerous death threats he received from contrabandistas, the brave Threepersons responded, “It doesn’t disturb my sleep.” However, smugglers were said to have put a $10,000 bounty on Tom’s head during the height of prohibition enforcement—a few unfortunate souls tried to collect it.

In 1929, Tom decided to retire from law enforcement. He had taken two bullets—even one in the chest, and was run down by a car—all in the line of duty. He sold his guns to an El Paso collector, a Mr. Powers, who also owned guns formerly belonging to Pat Garrett, John Wesley Hardin and John Selman (the man who killed John Wesley Hardin). Powers valued the guns of Tom Threepersons, equally, with those other Old West legends.

Threepersons and his wife Lorene moved to the Arizona-New Mexico border region where he worked as a cowboy and she worked many years for the Silver City enterprise. Tom worked for many ranches over the next forty years in the rough NM/AZ border area and he died in Safford, Arizona on April 2, 1969.

Both “Tom Three Persons” and “Tom Threepersons” were examples of Native Americans who left their permanent marks on history. Each was one of the first Natives to accomplish what they did.

Although the two are easily confused because of their names, their stories are worthy of separate recognition—and each deserves his own distinct place in history.

Katryna Eastwood

Mounted Shooter or the next Taylor Swift?

Ah, sixteen years old, the age where you get to experience all kinds of things such as high school football games, driving, math tests and releasing a ten song country album? Meet Katryna Eastwood, a Buckeye sixteen year old who balances, school, Cowboy Mounted Shooting and becoming the next country star. Katryna began piano lessons in 2004 and started regularly performing on stage in choir groups and in local talent shows. She was accepted into Anderson Institute of Music as one of their first Arizona –based students in 2006. After her first six months of piano lessons, she signed on for vocal training. Quickly after she learned guitar, bass guitar and flute. katyrina-eastwoodHer spark on stage lead her to be recognized by many people in the industry, inspiring her to write her own music at age eleven. At the same time, Katryna was also being introduced to the world of horseback riding, attending lessons weekly with Megan and Gary Bennett of Sunset Ranch Performance Horses. Megan and Gary showed Katryna the sport of Cowboy Mounted Shooting. A fast action timed equestrian event using two .45 caliber single action revolvers each loaded with five rounds of specially prepared blank ammunition. Katryna, her father, Mike Eastwood and horse JR began attending local shoots and have expanded to events all over Arizona. Katryna progressed rapidly in the sport winning multiple belt buckles, checks and even winning the “Most Improved Rider 2013” awarded by the ACMSA, Western National Champion L1 with SASS 2013. While Katryna was winning and achieves Ladies 2 level in mounted shooting she was also making a name for herself in the music industry.

In 2012, Katryna was signed to local record label Sky Walk Records. For her first release, she decided to make the best of both worlds out of her two loves and write a song for cowboy mounted shooting titled “All the Girls Go Bang.” The buzz from the song lead to an opportunity for Katryna to write a song for a western film called “Copper Wind”. Katryna met with the director through Garry Bennett, one of the stars of the movie, to discuss the opportunity to develop a song for the movie. Chaz loved the idea and gave her the challenge. With this in hand she wrote and sang the title track for the movie. (The song appropriately titled “Copper Wind). Arizona media was filled with articles about Katryna and her debut into the music industry. Both songs are available for download on ITunes. Over the past 6 years Katryna has performed in events all over Arizona. Events such as the county and state fair and opening acts for Train, Steven Page, Voodoo Daddies, Beach Boys, Andy Grammar and other chart toppers. In Spring 2014, Katryna will release her first debut album through Sky Walk Records. The album features songs for music lovers of every kind. This highly anticipated album has been causing a stir on social media everywhere. Little information has been released about the album, but we were able to get some inside information. “The album will be titled Small Town Roads.” Katryna says, “This album is my first step into the music industry. Even though I have released other songs, these are the ones that are mine and not for somebody else. I think listeners will be pleasantly surprised with what Ed Anderson and I have done with this album. We’ve definitely went the extra mile to make sure that every song has their own unique touch and unlike anything else on the radio. My personal followers can expect a new light to my developed sound and a little more mature take on my perspectives.”

To follow Katryna and learn more information about performances and release dates, check out her Facebook page www.facebook.com/KatrynaMusic as well as her website www.katrynaeastwood.com

Ranch Sorting

Speed, Horsepower, Cattle, and Teamwork
Warning: Ranch Sorting Can Be Addictive!

By Wendy McLaughlin

Back at the ranch sorting cattle is just part of any normal day for a cowboy, getting the cattle sorted based on various criteria such as gender, size, age, which one’s need doctoring or vaccinations, transporting etc. For those of us not back at the ranch, this has evolved into an exciting timed competition called Ranch Sorting. Let’s take two 60’ round pens connected with a 12’ open gate, throw in 10-12 head of numbered cattle (0-9, 1 or 2 trash cows with no number), a 60 second time limit, add a couple riders and horses and let the fun begin. Speed is huge but so is an agile horse, knowing your angles, and the ability to read a cow and cut it away from the herd without causing a mini stampede. When you, your partner and your horses get a rhythm going it’s a beautiful thing. A horse that can own the gate is invaluable and is fun to watch as he shuts down the herd preventing your team from being disqualified. Staying clean and having the fastest time equals a trip to the pay window.

ranch-sorting

What people are saying about Ranch Sorting:

“Fun – Exciting – Rewarding.”

“Fun, for all levels of horsemanship, addicting, family sport.”

“Two riders on horseback against the clock. Teamwork is the key with both riders working in harmony to cut out the correct cattle and drive them to the pen.”

“Fun, frustration, fast, lots of friends.”

“It’s a Roller coaster ride of challenges with your partner and cattle. It has its up and downs its highs and lows.”

“Ranch Sorting is a fun family sport for riders of all ages.”

“A fun fast paced competitive sport full of details and limitless mental challenges.”

“Whether you win or lose, just being on the back of a horse and spending time with family and friends is the best part of sorting.”

Essential terms and rules you’ll want to know about:

Trash Cow: Trash cow is any cow that crosses the start/foul line (gate) that is out of numerical order or not numbered or a correctly sorted cow that crosses back into the pen your sorting from (this includes just the tip of its nose), if this happens it’s a DQ.

Roughing the Cattle: This is a call by the judge and can consist of any unnecessary or aggressive contact, running over cattle with horses, stepping on cattle while in pursuit, results in a DQ.

Hazing: This is also called by the judge and is a DQ if it occurs: contact with cattle by hands, ropes, bats or any other equipment or apparel.

Clean Sort: In order to advance (with most associations and producers), you must sort clean (no DQ, trash cattle or cattle crossing into the other pen out of numerical order).

Spotting Cattle: Happens when a person watching the competition vocalized where a cow is and/or describes the cow, warns of a possible trash cow crossing etc. This is a bit of a contradiction as some associations encourage it and with other groups this will be an automatic DQ.

Number of Cattle Sorted: A cow is considered sorted when the entire cow is completely across the start/foul line including its tail.

Cattle cannot be worked on foot, however, in the event of an unplanned dismount, the rider may get back on his/her horse and finish the sort providing they remained clean.

These are just a few terms and rules to think about. Rules and regulations are set by each association/producer and may differ at each event. It’s always important to be aware of rules and regulation no matter what the competition is.

This sport is fun for riders of all levels, beginners to open riders, and while it is being played nationwide there are many opportunities here in Arizona to practice, compete, take lessons, work with trainers and purchase finished ranch sorting horses (please see ranch sorting resources listed below). Ranch Sorting is growing by leaps and bounds with one national association reporting over 6,700 teams at their national finals in 2013. If you see it, you’ll want to be part of it.

Remember, sort ‘em in the back, keep it clean at the gate!

Some of the rules and terms were obtained from association websites. You can check these sanctioning associations at www.rsnc.us or www.ustpa.com for additional information.

Ranch Sorting Resources and places to play (in alphabetical order):

Armour, Robin: 928-420-0269
Specializing in Ranch Sorting, offering lessons, training, and sales of horses. Located just 1 hour South of Phoenix in Marana, AZ.

Black Hills Ranch Sorting
Find them on Facebook. Ranch sorting practice, clinics and round robins in Mayer.

Central Arizona Team Penning Association
Find them on Facebook. Seasonal Ranch sorting practice and jackpots, Chino Valley area.

Cryin’ Coyote Ranch, Yuma: cryincoyote.com
Ranch Sorting jackpot, annual series usually runs November to March.

Estrada, Joe – Twisted J Performance Horses: 520-668-4346
Training, lessons, cow horse sale and consignment, group clinics, located in Catalina by the Miraval resort.

Flint, Morgan – Cave Creek, Desert Hills – Bullseye Productions: 541-610-9156
Facebook: Bullseye Productions
Offering training, lessons, clinics, sales and practice with the focus on ranch sorting.

Hargis, Wen & Terry: 602-297-7918  wenhargis@yahoo.com
Private/group lessons, basic to advanced, with or without cattle, boarding, training and horse sales.

LoneStar Equestrian Center – Coolidge: 520-723-5817,
www.lonestarequestrian.com
Ranch sorting jackpots and practice.

P&M Arena – 480-980-5865
Ranch sorting practice.

Pacheco, Wayne – 3P Performance: 406-431-4004
Ranch sorting jackpots, Penning.

Ray, Jason 480-343-4610
Facebook: JRayequine JC Ray
Horse training, lessons, dry work or on cattle, horsemanship and sorting clinics. Serving the valley easily located off the 101.

Rio Mesa Ranch Sorting
Find them on Facebook
Ranch sorting practice, clinics and round robin jackpots, Parker area.

Wright, Mike – 602-738-0034
Practice and jackpots at Hogs N Horses in Cave Creek and at Wrights Arena in New River. 

Every attempt was made to include all the folks out there helping this great sport of ranch sorting grow, if anyone was omitted please accept our apologies’.

March 2014 Cover

Issue – 5 March 2014

Arizona in the Saddle would like to thank the Scottsdale
Arabian Horse show for the wonderful experience this
year.  We are thrilled that we got to be a part of such a
wonderful show! Congratulations to all of the winners. All
riders and trainers that participated have something to be
proud of.  We had a wonderful time and are pleased to meet
so many wonderful people.
THANK YOU!
Gordon and Casey Grantham

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Issue 4 – February 2014

 

Thank You to all of our Supporters! This month ARIZONA IN THE SADDLE was able to reach our goal of 25,000 issues printed! We are excited that we are able to share this magazine with so many people. This support is enabling us to get ARIZONA IN THE SADDLE into more hands of Arizona residents. Which will help with our ultimate goal of helping equine and western cultures flourish once again. THANK YOU!

 

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