Jun 3, 2017

Staple Cross Branding 2017



May 28, 2017

This Memorial Day

 West wall of our Warrior Bunkhouse.

To each and every man and woman who laid their life for this country through all eras, we salute you.

As a gift to our American Gold Star Mothers (AGSM) Albuquerque, NM Chapter and in a gesture of heartfelt respect we created the only Post 9/11 Memorial honoring the Fallen Heroes of New Mexico.

With great respect, glory and gratitude we honor their sons and daughters. The 4’ X 6’ sculpture is adorned with hand stamped brass dog tags, which contain the name, rank, branch of service, date of birth, and place the fallen hero made their ultimate sacrifice.  A large Gold Star circled with a wreath duplicating the AGSM logo completes the flag like design.

Of the pair, one dog tag is permanently mounted on the wall and the second dog tag hangs from a 4-inch brass chain.  A wind chime effect takes place as the dangling tags flutter in the wind and recessed lighting casts a soft shadow in remembrance of them.

May 23, 2017

Bonanza Creek Branding 2017


Part of the Cowboy Up! Team at Bonanza Creek
More to come in a few days!


Apr 25, 2017

Marine Sessions

April brought back Troy, one of our Marines out of Idaho who has been busy taking care of a pack string in the mountains on guided hunts. This March he also graduated from Dale Moore's Saddle Making School in Montana and built his very own saddle! 
 The very first thing we do is make sure the saddle is a fit -
that's putting it on without the pad to see if it makes all the right contacts in the right areas to keep the horses back comfortable and healthy!
Ready to launch!
"T4" expresses how nice it is to see Troy again!

Here are some pic's from the week:
Warming up.
Arena view and view of the Ortiz mountains. It's why we live here!
Joe and Rick hittin' a trot.
Nice job!
Trying the saddle on Roper this time.
FOOD Break!
Good riding, good food, good company...great crew!

Cowboy Up! Yoga in the morning...
...prepares both mind and body for the day.
Out and about.

On the morning Troy heads back to ID we have a little surprise for him...
Because of his hard work and commitment to learning and to always Cowboy Up! we induct him into the Order of the Purple Wild Rag  
~a commencement to life long learning!
  We've arranged Troy an apprenticeship with stellar leather craftsman Jack Gulley from South Dakota, so he can continue his education in working leather, fixing saddles and cowboyin'.
Alas, riding continues for this Marine!
 Bareback no less.
Trotting poles bareback is no easy feet unless you have a good seat!
A brief rest!
 Horses can be so competitive ~ stop pinning your ears guys!
You got it Joe ~ left lead and everything!

Apr 15, 2017

Happy Easter