Champion - The Highest Honor Given

Champion - The Highest Honor Given

September 24, 2021

What does it mean to be a champion - to receive the highest honor given?  Winning a championship carries a whole gambit of emotions that are part of the gut-wrenching reality of the journey.  Champions have weathered it all and rose to the top.

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Competitive Concentration

Competitive Concentration

September 01, 2021

Want a lesson in competitive concentration?  Watch a rodeo.  Mental toughness is vital to success.  

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The Genius of How Horses Stay Warm

The Genius of How Horses Stay Warm

February 13, 2021

Horses and humans both generate their own body heat because they are warm-blooded. But horses have extra features that humans do not. Horse's possess a highly effective thermoregulation system that lets their hair create an insulating layer.

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American Hat Co Midnight Blue Felt from Connolly Saddlery

The Deepest Midnight Blue

December 30, 2020

What's the allure of the new Midnight Blue color in Cowboy Hats? American Hat Co. gave Tradition a Twist--Black based with a hint of blue adds flair without taking it too far.  Connolly Saddlery offers free hat-shaping with purchase to give your personal bent to this statement piece of Cowboy individuality that reveals a piece of romance, history and heritage found in every cowboy's life.  

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Rodeo Athletes are American Icons

Rodeo Athletes are American Icons

November 17, 2020

This handmade, hand-tooled custom saddle was built by Connolly Saddlery to honor our country, our western heritage, our barrel racers and all that is great about America. The red and blue WPRA emblem, accentuated by eagle feathers that outline the saddle is symbolic of the strongest and bravest.  

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Why Do You Spend So Much Money For Your Kids To Ride Horses?

Why Do You Spend So Much Money For Your Kids To Ride Horses?

October 10, 2020

I don't pay for horse riding, I pay for the opportunities that horse riding provides my kids with to develop attributes that will serve them well throughout their lives and give them the opportunity to bless the lives of others.

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Attitude and Effort

Attitude and Effort

October 01, 2020

The word 'Try' means -  giving something every ounce of effort you can muster.  Barrel Racers and all rodeo contestants were thrown a curve ball in 2020, an unprecedented year of hardship, yet they stayed focused on what they could control - Attitude and Effort.

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How Personal is your Hat?

How Personal is your Hat?

July 18, 2020

Chris Ledoux expressed the down-deep gut-feeling cowboys have about their hats in his song "This Cowboy's Hat".  Because your hat is an extension of who you are...Ledoux's lyrics tell about his hat and you gain insight into his life.  Hats are personal and demand respect because every cowboy and every hat have a story to tell.

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Things That Impact Your Life

Things That Impact Your Life

July 01, 2020

I love this picture of a team of horses working together to get a job done.  Not a matching team, yet the significance is that they were united in their goal.  Differences made them stronger, but an equal yoke was paramount.  Work was empowered with purpose.

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Inspired by the Genuine

Inspired by the Genuine

June 16, 2020

For a company to become a brand there needs to be a promise associated with what they make and what you will get if you engage with it instead of buying something else.  A company’s brand is shorthand for the feelings that an experience creates and the promises that a product or service brings with it. Our brand promises Quality and Service.  Experience our "Dream Factory" where whatever you can imagine is possible.

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Saddle Up and Ride

May 09, 2020

The ubiquitous quandary of 2020 - What to do when you don't know what to do - Saddle Up! A horse brings out the cowboy way, which offers a treasure to the world, that will leave it poorer if ignored.  When these values are not woven through the everyday cloth of normal life, then the fabric of life is weak.  Cowboys are strong.  Cowboys use creative ingenuity.  They cannot sit back and wait for someone else.  That is not part of a cowboy's DNA.  They're optimistic and the future is exciting b...

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Changing Seasons

Changing Seasons

February 13, 2020

Changing seasons are the keeper of our dreams.  A statement worth reflection because life too has seasons and dreams.

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