Style and Performance

Style and Performance

January 07, 2022

Everyone has their own style. Find yours. Every horse has their own unique style. Find it. Once you do perfecting it becomes much easier. Is there something you do every day that builds a stronger team for you? Is there something you do that builds a bond between you and your horse? Thoughtful affection is powerful.   

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WPRA Saddle Rotation Contestant Saddle for 2021 NFR

WPRA Saddle Rotation Contestant Saddle for 2021 NFR

November 20, 2021

Connolly Saddlery's 2021 WNFR contestant saddle was designed with purpose.  Our 2021 trophy saddle is a visual representation of Barrel racers and what it takes to be a Winner.  Winners are confident, full of life and energy, shining bright, yet grounded and rugged, able to withstand great tests of ability, stamina, and resolution.

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Ranch Rodeo is a Showcase of Talent

Ranch Rodeo is a Showcase of Talent

October 01, 2021

Ranch Rodeo is a team format of cowboys and cowgirls from different ranches competing against each other in events that replicate every day work done on a ranch. Contestants are working ranch hands and this is their way to relax and have a little fun after a hard day's work!  This is a chance to showcase their talents.

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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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