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Earn Your Spurs: Exploring the Cowboy, Horses and All Things Western

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Earn Your Spurs: Exploring the Cowboy, Horses and All Things Western

Alyssa Barnes brings you your weekly dose of cowboy culture through interviews with cowboys, cowgirls, bull riders, rodeo stars, western professionals and other inspiring people within the western space.

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The Earn Your Spurs podcast is a resource for anyone who has ever thought, boy, "I shoulda' been a cowboy." Good news, there's still time. The show will feature interviews with cowboys, cowgirls, authors, horsemen and other inspiring characters who are madly in love with the western way of life - all to help you unleash YOUR inner cowboy. Get your weekly dose of cowboy culture here.
 
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Sandy Collier, Hall of Fame Horsewoman Sandy Collier has an amazing life with horses. She was the first woman to win the Snaffle Bit Futurity. Her peers have inducted her into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame and the NRCHA Hall of Fame. Horse and Rider named her one of the Top 50 Riders of All-time in All Disciplines. In the last few years, she has judged …
 
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AQHA Horse Show Judging with Patti Carter If there are no judges, there are no horse shows. The judge can make or break a horse show experience. Because they are essential to competition, I thought it would be good to talk with an experienced judge. Patti Carter is the Senior Director of Judges at the AQHA (American Quarter Horse Assn.). AQHA certi…
 
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Horse Stories with Joanne Galbraith Joanne Galbraith is still going strong at age 82. Of course, you would guess that's she has been around horses all her life. She worked at feedlots and ranches and held her own with men. She passed along a love of horses to her kids. And she loves competing. Joanne rides in Gymkana events on her good horse, Ricky…
 
Dan Dauphin Talks About Bits and Horses Dan Dauphin knows the mechanics and physics of bits. Honestly, I put a snaffle in my horse's mouth and don't think little more about it. What goes on in there is a giant mystery to me. Oh, I know that when I pull on the right rein; he goes right. But, I can't really see what's going on down there and can only…
 
Jim Masterson Explains His Method Early in my horsemanship journey, I volunteered at Equine Affaire in Pomona. So it must have been around 2006 or 2007, while moving from one exhibit to another, that I saw this man giving a demonstration about massaging a horse. Well, at least that's what it looked like to me. Over the course of the weekend, and th…
 
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BooBoo Stewart From The Movie Let him Go [caption id="attachment_3118" align="alignright" width="300"] Diane Lane (left) stars as “Margaret Blackledge” and Kevin Costner (right) stars as “George Blackledge” in director Thomas Bezucha’s LET HIM GO, a Focus Features release. Credit : Kimberley French / Focus Features[/caption] I must admit, I hadn't …
 
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Equestrian Adventuresses with Krystal Kelly Krystal Kelly knows how to live a global life with horses. She has been to many countries teaching horsemanship. She's been to rich countries and poor countries. She's traveled to places where horses are popular. She has traveled to places teaching first-time riders. But, her true passion is connecting wo…
 
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Jonathan Field Horsemanship Revisits I first interviewed Jonathan Field over four years ago. Earlier this year I had heard he performed a TEDex talk in San Juan. It was one of those deals where you tell yourself, "I've got to listen to that sometime." Time kept getting away from me and I put it off a couple of times. Finally, I had some extra time …
 
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Comanche the Horse of Little Big Horn Janet Barrett wrote a fascinating book about Comanche, the sole surviving horse of the Battle of Little Big Horn, The story begins with Captain Myles Keogh an Irish immigrant who was a soldier for hire. After riding for the Pope in Italy, he came to America to fight in the Civil War. After much research, Janet …
 
The Masterson Method with Will Friday Will Friday is a Masterson Method Certified Practitioner. I ran across Will Friday at the Skills of the Rancho this summer. The Skills celebrates the tradition of the Californio Bridlehorse. I was walking around the stables when I saw this man doing what looked like a cross between chiropractic and massage on a…
 
Learning From the Basics Recently I attended a Working Ranch Cattle Clinic and before we began on the cattle, we went over learning basic maneuvers. It surprised me how much I learned reviewing these very basic exercises. While working on the simple things like small circles, yielding hind and forequarters, and backing up, I notice a lot more detai…
 
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