Jun 1, 2016

May is for Remembering

A month of remembering



Marines~ Chris and Troy's visit

Our days start with Cowboy yoga - to soften and strengthen the mind and body
in preparation of riding.

 Understanding each others boundaries is essential...

 ...to building a strong partnership. Round Pen work on Day I assists in establishing that.

 Though both Chris and Troy hold a training wand... 

 ...notice they do not employ it.

 After lunch brings us to mounted work...

 ...establishing a foundation of solid riding skills.

 Tacking  up for our second day of instruction.

 One-on-one work allows for focused attention to hone individual skills.

After days three and four of building our riding skills we are ready 
for a ride outside the arena on our place to allow our Marines to put everything together.

 Left to right: Nancy, Chris, Troy and Joe.

Porch time...camaraderie and coffee.

 Saddled up and movin' out for another great day of training!

Always reviewing what has been learned...
 
... and building and progressing as we go.
 
 Galloping into greatness! That's how these Marines roll!

 Left to Right: Rick, Troy, Brian on ground, Troy and Eric. Veterans helping veterans!

 Great session all, and look here, Chris manuvering the gate!
Ending on another high note ~ well done!!

Mealtime, bringing greatness to gratefulness!
~ Thanks Brian for the meal!

Well, Chris had to head back home so off to the airport we went.
The cool thing is we were honored at WAKA Kickball Tournament;
A great community of folks having fun while raising money for charities.
(click image to enlarge)
We were truly honored that y'all chose us ~ thanks again
for all your support!

Troy was able to squeeze in a couple more days, so we
had some fun bareback riding, getting a real feel for our horse.

 Combining challenge with chores; Checking fence line at Staple Cross Ranch...

 What a way to end your stay!


The Spirit Stick. 
On the west wall of our Warrior Bunkhouse we have the Gold Star Memorial for our Fallen OIF -OEF Warriors from New Mexico. Now, on the hill just east of the Bunkhouse, Chris, Troy and Rick put up our "Spirit Stick" in honor and remembrance of the Fallen Heroes who were brothers in arms with those who are staying here with us for the program. On the red, white and blue "battle streamers" are written the names of those who paid the ultimate price, brothers in battle from across the country who will never be forgotten. Among those are LT. Mike McGreevey US Navy SEAL Team 10, Operation Red Wings~ Afghanistan, who Rick worked with when Mike commanded SEAL TEAM 8 Echo Platoon; the Marine warriors from the 3/6 Marines who Chris served with in Marjah, Afghanistan and the Marines who Troy served with in Iraq's "Triangle of Death" 
 
" Greater love has no one than this: that he lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13  




May 7, 2016

Bonanza Creek

Bonanza Creek
May 7th, 2016
(captions on top of photo)

All gathered up and ready to go...
 Rick, 'Roper', Bianca and 'Junior' sort mommas from babies.
Lots of elements to this operation, every man afoot has a job.
 Moo!
 Joe and 'T4' begin roping calves.
Nice roping Joe!
 BC Ranch Manager coaches on how to flank.
Rick and 'Roper' rope another!
 Hot iron branding - it's the law in NM.
Cowboy Up! Pit Crew ~ Flanking, holding and marking.
  "Guess there's no use fighting it..."
Look at all that goes on!
 Team Cowboy Up!
Lots going on at once during a branding!
 After mommas are joined up with their calves we gather...
...and put 'em back on pasture.
Thanks for the help all!
Stellar Day!

Mar 27, 2016

Easter Greetings


Mar 10, 2016

Staff Sergeant Joel Tavera Cowboys Up!

We had Staff Sergeant Joel Tavera out kicking off the season this week
~ an incredible time was had by all!
It all began Saturday night after arriving at the airport we headed over to our dear friends Jeff and Annie Lowdermilk (Jeff Lowdermilk author of Honoring the Doughboys) for a fun evening among friends.

Left to right: Alroy Billiman, Nancy De Santis, General Andy Salas (NM National Guard Adjutant General, Joel Tavera, Helen Patton (General George Patton's grand daughter), General Juan Griego NM National Guard Commanding, Rick Iannucci and Jose Tavera.

First day at the ranch...
 A Sunday gathering of gratitude with beautiful music played by Holly...

... and her apprentice Alroy!

 A bite to eat before heading into town for Jeff's lecture with 
Helen Patton at the Museum of Natural History.

Dinner at Maria's for some authentic New Mexican cuisine.
Crew left to right: SSgt. Holly Bayly, SSgt. Joel Tavera, Joe Tavera, 
 Sgt. Alroy Billman, Rick Iannucci, Nancy De Santis...

... and a visit to see our good bud Leroy Petry's statue
 in downtown Santa Fe "Home Town Hero".

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Monday we started with our Cowboy Up! Yoga...

... a great way to start our mornings before we ride!

The following photos are courtesy of  our dear friend
and photographer Shawn Murphy...

Nancy presents a special gift from
Kathy and Dave Hachlica of Lazy K Corral.

When Dave heard Joel would be spending the week with us he
custom-made this side pull and reins just for him; note the concho
~ Thank you both!

Cowboy Up! Instructor Alroy Billiman saddles up "Knight"...

...while Joel and his father (former USMC) get to know 
their horses "Junior" and "Roper".

One of many moments.

Cowboy Up! Instructor Eric Yorty finishes saddling details with Jose.

Heading to the arena...

... and in the saddle...
...riding.

Cowboy.

All hands were on deck...
Left to right: Eric, Bianca and 'Jack', Alroy and 'Knight', Nancy, 
Jose and 'Roper', Joel and 'Junior', Andrew, Joe and Rick

Father and son.

After learning how to walk, stop,and turn,
Joel even got 'Junior' trotting ~ what a team those two!
Joel is hands-on throughout the whole process; here 
Joe and Andrew work with Joel unsaddling...

...while pop looks on.

 Great smile! Great day!
Just incredible ~ thank you for all the many blessings!
Special thanks to Brian Ray for preparing this feast,
and all who made today possible!