Monday, August 31, 2009

On The Road Again

Last week we moved 2 houses into 1 house, locations being 2 1/2 hours apart, with just a few days to have everything setup, cleaned up, and packed up it kicked my ASS! Oh yeah we also had to work. All of it well worth it, our home is breathtaking, that is because of all the huffing and puffing packing all my clothes and boots up and down stairs:-)

This week off to design Lucchese boots for National Finals Rodeo held in Las Vegas in December. I fly to Las Vegas for the Magic trade show then its two packed days of designing, and purchasing outstanding product for the upcoming holiday season, did I ever mention I love my job. Thanks great great grandpa for starting our family western retail business in 1876, we've came a long way baby.

Happy Busy Fun Trails,


Sunday, August 30, 2009

Inspire Me

"I found that when you start thinking and saying what you really want, then your mind automatically shifts and pulls you in that direction. And sometimes it can be that simple, just a little twist in vocabulary that illustrates your attitude and philosophy."
— Jim Rohn: Business philosopher, author, speaker

I read this quote and thought, words paired with attitude are two of the key ingredients for a happy successful life. We guide our mind with our words and our words guide our mind in return. We are certainly creatures of habit and our environment plays such a key roll on our vocabulary. Since my move to Park City I have really picked up on lingo from across the globe. I learn so much from listening to my clients, many are in the top 2% in overall wealth and have a confidence with words that truly inspire me.

Closing deals, relaying feelings of love, success or failure comes from thinking thoughts then conveying them into words.

It feels great when the right words flow with the intention of ones desires, it certainly makes the journey a pleasure and the destination a success.



Saturday, August 29, 2009

Rave Reviews and Recipes

You cannot tailor make your situation in life, but you

can tailor make your attitudes to fit those situations.

World famous motivational speaker Zig Ziglar said that, and

he was profoundly right. How you shape your attitude is not

a small part of how you shape your is the only part.

Does it sound as if I'm saying that attitude is everything?

Good. Because I am.

This was sent to me by Neale Donald Walsh.

Rave Reviews for ATTITUDE it is everything.

Have a attitude filled weekend,


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Zen Horse

Training Tip of the Week:
Lateral flexion is the key to
Vertical flexion.
By Clinton Anderson

Everybody wants their horse to be soft in their hands and tuck his nose in vertically. I know I do more than anybody. But before you can ask your horse to soften vertically using both reins, you have to teach him to soften laterally using one rein at a time. Think of it this way: if there’s ten pounds of pressure when you pull on the right rein and ten pounds of pressure when you pull on the left rein, there will be twenty pounds of pressure when you pull on both reins. Whenever I start training a new horse, whether it’s a colt or an older problem horse, I don’t even think about pulling on two reins for at least ten days to two weeks, or in other words, until I’ve gotten him extremely soft laterally. I should be able to flex his head from side to side using just 2 fingers on the reins and be able to do a one rein stop at the walk, trot, and canter by just picking up on the rein with the lightest touc! h. Once the horse is this soft laterally, he will catch on to vertical flexion easily.

Happy Trails,


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Dream Big

"In Your Vision Of The World Is The Image Of Yourself...
Keepers in your life are like don't always see them, but you know they are always there..."

Tonight I spend my last night in my condo, tomorrow a new adventure, a new house, and a new image of myself. As I drive off deep appreciation will fill my heart for the most incredible past year of my life, the year I took the plunge, grew courage, opened a new business and moved from the block I had lived on for 49 years.

So many fond memories of my first home away from home, aspens, pines, ponds, geese, ducks and a cozy spot that welcomed me after long hours of work. Breathtaking walks on the golf course, moon rises and shooting stars, four seasons filled with incredible magic.

Thank you 7 Wilson Court, I hold you deep within my heart and wish the next tenants all the luck and love I found inside your four walls.

Hello Promontory! I smile, you are another testament that DREAMING BIG WORKS, I look forward to spending four seasons with you.

With much appreciation and anticipation,


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tipsy Tuesday

"Enthusiasm is half of the journey to success, and

all of the journey to joy."

If you're going to do something, do it with gusto. Don't

do anything half-heartedly. That dishonors the doing

and the doer. So go for it. Hold nothing back. In life.

Or love. Or anything at all.

Great tip this Tuesday by Neale Donald Walsh.

Loving Life,


Monday, August 24, 2009

On The Road Again

Amazing Day!

On the road again, today the roads led to Ogden, Salt Lake, Park City, then Salina. Signed contracts, bought furniture for our dream home, packed, unpacked, packed, kissed on my beautiful granddaughters, and now I am too tired to make any sense with this blog. We have two days to shuffle treasures from Salina, to Park City, tend one ambitious granddaughter,Jacy Jo, work, drive to the airport to pick up Destiny who has been training acuscope and myopulse in Maryland for the past week, then Thursday morning with luck on our side we head east to our new incredible home in Promontory.

I love my extraordinary life!

On The Road Again,


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Inspire Me

"Fill your mind with the meaningless stimuli of a world
preoccupied with meaningless things, and it will
not be easy to feel peace in your heart."
— Marianne Williamson: Spiritual activist, author, lecturer

In life, the beauty is in the details. Amend that: The beauty is in the RIGHT details. At any given moment, ask yourself this question: Is what I'm doing right now going to in some way improve some part of myself, my family, my career, or something else that's important to me? If the answer is no, ask yourself one more question: Is there a better way in which to spend my time?

Thoughts not only matter, they create matter.



Friday, August 21, 2009

Funny Friday

These are actual laws about horses, I found these on the website

It's illegal in Marion, South Carolina, to tickle a female under her chin with a feather duster to get her attention while she's riding a horse.

In New York City, it is illegal to open or close an umbrella in the presence of a horse.

It is illegal to fish from horseback in Washington D.C, Colorado, and Utah.

Tennessee prohibits riders from lassoing fish.

A British law states that an Englishman must not sell a horse to a Scotsman.

Horses are required to wear hats in hot weather in Rasario, Argentina.

A fine of $25 can be levied for flirting. This old law specifically prohibits men from turning around on any city street and looking "at a woman in that way." A second conviction for a crime of this magnitude calls for the violating male to be forced to wear a "pair of horse-blinders" wherever and whenever he goes outside for a stroll.

In Guernee, Illinois, it is illegal for women weighing more than 200 pounds to ride horses in shorts.

In Kentucky, it is illegal for a woman to appear in a bathing suit on a highway unless she is: escorted by at least two police officers; armed with a club; or lighter than 90 pounds or heavier than 200 pounds. The ordinance also specifically exempts female horses from such restrictions.

In London, England, law required taxi drivers to carry a bale of hay on top of their caps to feed their horses. The law was in force until 1976.

In Arizona, it is illegal for cowboys to walk through a hotel lobby wearing their spurs.

In Raton, New Mexico, it is illegal for a woman to ride horseback down a public street with a kimono on.

In South Carolina, it is legal for adult males to discharge firearms when approaching an intersection in a non-horse vehicle to warn oncoming horse traffic.

A misworded ordinance in Wolf Point, Montana: "No horse shall be allowed in public without its owner wearing a halter."

In South Carolina, no horses are allowed into Fountain Inn unless they are wearing pants.

In Omega, New Mexico, every woman must "be found to be wearing a corset" when riding a horse in public! A doctor is required to inspect each woman to make sure that she is complying with the law.

Broke any horse laws lately?

Have a funfilled weekend!

Happy Trails,


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Zen Horse

Post for Better Balance
By Clinton Anderson

Whether you ride English or western, compete or trail ride, we all have one thing in common and that's to be the best horsemen we can be. A truly great horseman moves as one with their horse and has extremely good balance. One of the best ways to develop good balance with a horse is to learn how to post to the trot. The trot is a two beat diagonal gait, and when you post correctly, you'll be sitting one beat and raising the next. In order to stay in rhythm with your horse, you must have good balance and be in time with his feet.

Most people make learning to post difficult, but in reality, it's as simple as this:

Learn to post at the standstill first by practicing the up and down motion – this way you don't have to worry about your balance as much as when the horse is moving. Start out by standing up in the stirrups and act like you're going to head butt the ceiling. Then sit down. Remember that you have to have rhythm so as you stand up and sit down, count out loud to yourself – "one, two; one, two; or up, down; up, down." You'll find that whatever comes out of your mouth, your body will often follow. Notice that one, two or up, down has two beats to it, the exact same beat your horse's feet will have when he's trotting.

Practice the same motion of posting (up, down; up, down) at the walk. This will be a little trickier since the horse is moving, but it's important to practice the up, down motion while you're going slow before jumping straight to the trot. Remember to keep a consistent rhythm.

Now practice posting at the trot. Put the horse on a loose rein at the trot and let him go wherever he wants – don't steer him. By letting the horse go wherever he wants, you will only have to worry about moving up and down and finding a rhythm, not steering him and worrying about where he's going. Of course, you want to practice in a safe arena or pasture. As you post to the trot, remember to keep counting out loud to yourself and focus on establishing a consistent rhythm. You'll find that at first you'll be flopping and bouncing all over the saddle, but once you get the hang of it, you'll be moving in rhythm with your horse in no time.

Happy Trails,


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Damn Good Stuff


One incredible is not enough to describe Horse Events Inc. last Xtreme Barrel race of the 2009 season. Another great adjective to describe this year’s final was RECORD BREAKING! Over 100 prizes, and over $100,000 paid out in cash! A new arena record set by USHSR champion Shelby Maxfield of Heber City Utah. Shelby was reserve champion in the Xtreme 15 held on Friday night then broke the arena record on Saturday with a 15.071. Bringing her two day total to $5410.00.

The first annual Xtreme 15 held on Friday night was AMAZING! 66 runners vying for $11,000 in cash and awards presented to the top 25. Runners qualified by running in the 15’s in one of the three prior races of the 2009 season. Options were purchased two hours before the race giving the spectators an opportunity to become involved with the event. Colorado cowgirl Sammie Bessert currently sitting in the top 20 in the world run the fastest time of the night and was awarded $4000 cash and a custom lettered jacket.

23 contestants received over $1000 in cash, top 12 money earners for the weekend were.

1. Jackie Keller $5949.00
2. Shelby Maxfield $5410.00
3. Sammie Besseret $4000.00
4. Edria Day $2918.00
5. Kacy Caviler $2093.00
6. Karla Probst $1880.00
7. Rikki Thompson $1869.00
8. Colton Oliver $1785.00
9. Melanie Jaramillo $1704.00
10. Helina Thomas $1615.00
11. Kassie Catoor $1489.00
12. Bonnie Blain $1417.00

Newcomer to barrel racing Idaho Falls cowboy, Mike Crosby was in the lucky zone, he won the rifle that was given away in the cowboy race on Saturday night and luck stayed with him as his card was drawn out for the biggest prize of the weekend, a 3 horse all aluminum Lakota horse trailer. Beginners LUCK!

Bonnie Blain not only hit the top twelve in highest money winners she won the Burns Saddlery custom saddle in the open class.

18/40 contestant Mesa Mitchell won the other Burns Saddlery custom saddle, and 9 year old Jacie Steed won the Yamaha 4 Wheeler.

Derek Dowsett of St. George Utah, official photographer of Horse Events Inc. rode a horse for his first time and entered the cowboy race, Derek was definitely a crowd favorite as his death grip, head bobbing, run took a wall of 4 people to stop him at the gate. Who knew squeezing extra hard with your legs made the horse go faster. Fortunately he stayed on, and as luck would have it he won the Lucchese boots that was given away as a drawing for all the cowboys that entered that race.

Horse Events Inc. holds their Xtreme Barrel Races at the beautiful newly remodeled Blackhawk Arena in Salina Utah; they hold 4 races per year one in April, May, July and the Finals in August check out a full list of results and pictures on their website

Thanks to all who attended and to all the hard working HEI team, it was a fun, fun, weekend.

Love Ya,


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tipsy Tuesday

12 Surprising Signs You'll Live to 100

You're the life of the party.

Outgoing people are 50 percent less likely to develop dementia, according to a recent study of more than 500 men and women age 78 and older from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. Participants also described themselves as not easily stressed. Researchers speculate that their more resilient brains may be due to lower levels of cortisol—studies show that oversecretion of this "stress hormone" can inhibit brain cells' communication. Science-backed ways to cut cortisol levels: Meditate, sip black tea, or take a nap.

You run for 40 minutes a day.
Scientists in California found that middle-aged people who did just that—for a total of about five hours per week—lived longer and functioned better physically and cognitively as they got older; the researchers tracked runners and nonrunners for 21 years. "What surprised us is that the runners didn't just get less heart disease—they also developed fewer cases of cancer, neurologic diseases, and infections," says study author Eliza Chakravarty, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. "Aerobic exercise keeps the immune system young." If you don't like to run, even 20 minutes a day of any activity that leaves you breathless can boost your health, she says.

You like raspberries in your oatmeal.

Most Americans eat 14 to 17 g of fiber per day; add just 10 g and reduce your risk of dying from heart disease by 17 percent, according to a Netherlands study. Dietary fiber helps reduce total and LDL ("bad") cholesterol, improve insulin sensitivity, and boost weight loss. One easy fix: Top your oatmeal (½ cup dry has 4 g fiber) with 1 cup of raspberries (8 g) and you get 12 g of fiber in just one meal.

Try some of these other potent fiber-rich foods: ½ cup of 100 percent bran cereal (8.8 g), ½ cup of cooked lentils (7.8 g), ½ cup of cooked black beans (7.5 g), one medium sweet potato (4.8 g), one small pear (4.3 g).

You feel 13 years younger than you are.

That's what older people in good health said in a recent survey of more than 500 men and women age 70 and older. "Feeling youthful is linked to better health and a longer life," says researcher Jacqui Smith, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Michigan. "It can improve optimism and motivation to overcome challenges, which helps reduce stress and boost your immune system and ultimately lowers your risk of disease."

You embrace techie trends.

Learn to Twitter or Skype to help keep brain cells young and healthy, says Sherri Snelling, senior director for Evercare (part of United-Healthcare), a group that sponsors an annual poll of U.S. centenarians. Many of the oldest Americans send e-mails, Google lost friends, and even date online. Researchers say using the latest technology helps keep us not only mentally spry but socially engaged: "Stay connected to friends, family, and current events, and you feel vital and relevant," says Snelling.

You started menopause after age 52.

Studies show that naturally experiencing it later can mean an increased life span. One reason: "Women who go through menopause late have a much lower risk of heart disease," says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale University School of Medicine.

You make every calorie count.

Researchers in St. Louis reported that men and women who limited their daily calories to 1,400 to 2,000 (about 25 percent fewer calories than those who followed a typical 2,000-to 3,000-calorie Western diet) were literally young at heart—their hearts functioned like those of people 15 years younger. "It's about not just eating less but getting the most nutrition per calorie," says study author Luigi Fontana, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. Study subjects stuck to vegetables, whole grains, fat-free milk, and lean meat and nixed white bread, soda, and candy. If you cut empty calories and eat more nutrient-rich foods, your health will improve, says Fontana. To find out how many calories you need to maintain a healthy weight, go to

You had a baby later in life.

If you got pregnant naturally after age 44, you're about 15 percent less likely to die during any year after age 50 than your friends who had their babies before age 40, reports a recent University of Utah study. "If your ovaries are healthy and you are capable of having children at that age, that's a marker that you have genes operating that will help you live longer," says lead researcher Ken R. Smith, Ph.D., professor of human development at the university.

Your pulse beats 15 times in 15 seconds.

That equates to 60 beats per minute—or how many times a healthy heart beats at rest. Most people have resting rates between 60 and 100 bpm, though the closer to the lower end of the spectrum, the healthier. A slower pulse means your heart doesn't have to work as hard and could last longer, says Leslie Cho, M.D., director of the Women's Cardiovascular Center at the Cleveland Clinic. To get the healthiest heart rate, see "From the Heart Doc".

You don't snore.

Snoring is a major sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a disorder that causes you to stop breathing briefly because throat tissue collapses and blocks your airway. In severe cases, this can happen 60 to 70 times per hour. Sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure, memory problems, weight gain, and depression. An 18-year study found that people without OSA were three times more likely to live longer than those with severe apnea. If you snore and have excessive daytime drowsiness or mood changes, talk with your doctor about a referral to a sleep center.

You have a (relatively) flat belly after menopause.

Women who are too round in the middle are 20 percent more likely to die sooner (even if their body mass index is normal), according to a National Institute on Aging study. At midlife, it takes more effort to keep waists trim because shifting hormones cause most extra weight to settle in the middle. If your waist measures 35 inches or more (for men, 40 inches or more), take these steps:

Work two or three 20-minute strength-training sessions into your weekly exercise regimen to preserve lean muscle mass and rev metabolism.
Eat a daily serving of omega-3s to help combat inflammation and seven daily servings of fruits and vegetables, loaded with disease-fighting antioxidants.
Get 25 percent of your daily calories from healthy fats—such as monounsaturated fatty acids—which protect your heart and may help you store less fat in your belly (for a 1,600-calorie diet, that's 44 g).

You get your blood tested for vitamin D levels.

For optimal disease protection, we need at least 30 nanograms of vitamin D per milliliter of blood, reports a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Nearly 80 percent of Americans have less than that. Vitamin D not only helps bones ward off osteoporosis but may also reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, and infection, says lead researcher Adit A. Ginde, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. If needed, you can take a daily supplement to get your numbers up. Doctors can measure your levels with a simple blood test, but periodic monitoring may be necessary—vitamin D turns toxic at 100 to 150 ng/mL.

Found these on

I am about 3 out of 12, does that mean I have lived longer than expected, since I am half way to 100?

Happy Trails,


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Inspire Me

If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a past or future event, then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system.
William James

William James, what an incredible mind. I love to read his words of wisdom. This quote is one I fall back on regularly.

For years I would watch the news with anx for all the people who were suffering, I suffered right along with them. I felt in some strange way that was what being compassionate was. I would worry about my problems and even caught myself worrying about other peoples problems. I was resonating towards woe and anx and the world returned to me things to be woeful and anxious about.

I then discovered that the best way to be compassionate and helpful is to chose thoughts that strengthen not weaken. All the worry and feeling bad will not make things change for the better, however looking at situations with an attitude of what can I learn from this and how can I help myself accept that which I cannot change, and use my mind to help others by being a positive light on the world will surely be of more benefit than stressing and fussing.

So many people both past and present have contributed to humanity, I am very grateful to them for they truley Inspire Me!

With much Appreciaiton,


Saturday, August 15, 2009

Rave Reviews and Recipes

"Make a gift of your life and lift all mankind by being kind,
considerate, forgiving, and compassionate at all times, in all
places, and under all conditions, with everyone as well
as yourself. This is the greatest gift anyone can give."
— David Hawkins: Psychiatrist, spiritual author, and lecturer

I have rave reviews for David Hawkins, he is one of the most brilliant minds on the planet, I was blessed enough to see him lecture in person and it was simply a thrill to be in the presence of such a great mind, I highly recommend any of his books, one of my favorites is Power vs. Force. It shows how our environment and what we choose to put in our body or minds either strengthens us or weakens us, he uses kineseology to show strength or weakness.

David Hawkins, another forward thinking genius for us to benefit from his mind and work.

Happy Strong Trails,


Friday, August 14, 2009

Funny Friday

A blonde was driving home after work and got caught in a really bad hailstorm. Her car was covered with dents, so the next day she took it to the repair shop. The shop owner saw that she was a blonde, so he decided to have some fun. He told her just to go home and blow into the tail pipe really hard, and all the dents would pop out.

So, the blonde went home, got down on her hands and knees and started blowing into her car's tailpipe. Nothing happened. She blew a little harder, and still nothing happened.

Her roommate, another blonde, came home and said, "What are you doing?" The first blonde told her how the repairman had instructed her to blow into the tailpipe in order to get all the dents to pop out.

Her roommate rolled her eyes and said... "HEL-LOOOOOOOO ...You gotta roll up the windows!!!

I wonder if I could get my dents blown out from my hail storm incident:-)!

Bad, Danna, Really Bad!

Have a Fun Weekend,


PS Come watch the Xtreme 15 Championship tonight at 8PM Blackhawk Arena, Salina, Utah

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Dream Big

"To observe without evaluating is the
highest form of intelligence."
— Jiddu Krishnamurti: 20th century Indian spiritual and philosophical writer

The world's greatest minds and most accomplished leaders have achieved their prowess in part by observing and evaluating just about everything in their own lives. Only by doing so can you expect to be fulfilled. However, once you step outside your own shadow and begin to evaluate others … that's when you take a step away from your goals. That's when you regress to become an average person.

Have an extraordinary day,


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tipsy Tuesday

In a small town in the United States , the place looks almost totally deserted. It is tough times, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit.

Suddenly, a rich tourist comes to town.

He enters the towns only hotel, lays a 100 Dollar Bill on the reception counter as a deposit, and goes to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one.

The hotel proprietor takes the 100 Dollar Bill and runs to pay his debt to the butcher.

The Butch er takes the 100 Dollar Bill , and runs to pay his debt to the pig farmer.

The pig farmer runs to pay his debt to the supplier of his feed and fuel.

The supplier of feed and fuel takes the 100 Dollar Bill and runs to pay his debt to the town's prostitute that in these hard times, gave her "services" on credit.

The hooker runs to the hotel, and pays off her debt with the 100 Dollar Bill to the hotel proprietor to pay for the rooms that she rented when she brought her clients there.

The hotel proprietor then lays the 100 Dollar Bill back on the counter so that the rich tourist will not suspect anything.

At that moment, the tourist comes down after inspecting the rooms, and takes back his 100 Dollar Bill , saying that he did not like any of the rooms, and leaves town.

No one earned anything.......... However, the whole town is now without debt, and looks to the future with a lot of optimism..

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how the United States Government is doing business today.

My tip today is you pay them so they can pay me so I can pay you!

Happy Tuesday,


P.S. Happy 50th Birthday M'Shelle, finally caught up with me! This will be the best decade of our lives!

Monday, August 10, 2009

On The Road Again

Xtreme Barrel Racing Finals this Week!

The trail leads me to my home town of Salina Utah for the Xtreme Barrel Racing finals. With a action packed week full of seminars, exhibits, and barrel racing. One lucky winner will receive a 3 Horse all aluminum Lakota horse trailer, another lucky contestant will receive a Yamaha Grizzly 4 Wheeler. Two more Burns Saddlery custom made saddles will be given to the open class and 18/40 division. 10 pair of Lucchese boots, 20 lettered jackets, horse equipment and over $100,000 in cash. If your a barrel racer or know someone who is, Salina, Utah and the newly remodelled Blackhawk Arena is the place to be this weekend.

The first annual Xtreme 15 will be run on Friday night, pair the best barrel racers with $11,000 in cash 25 awards my prediction will be a new arena record!

The last race of the season, AMAZING how fast this year has flown. Big pay outs, tons of fun you won't want to miss it. Your last chance to win this kind of prizes and money until next year.

Big sales and promotions will be going on all week long at the Salina store in conjunction with our main event, the Xtreme Barrel Racing Finals. So you don't miss any of the great sales at Burns Saddlery, our store hours are Monday - Saturday 9 am to 7 pm and extended This Sunday Only, 10 am to 5 pm. I can't wait until Friday night, the Calcutta will be held at 6PM and the race will be held at 8PM.

Hope to see you all there!!!

Safe Glorious Travels,


Sunday, August 9, 2009

In Memory

Rordan Jule "Rory" Bumgardner, 17 passed away August 6, 2009 while swimming with family members and friends at Palisade State Park.
Rory was born October 26, 1991 in Gunnison, Utah to Joseph Rodney and Barbara Westenskow Bumgardner.
His main interest and love was his family and friends and the many adventures they all had. Rory really knew how to enjoy and celebrate life and if you were close by, you were included. He enjoyed everything from track, baseball, skateboarding and music.
He is survived by his parents of Salina; brothers and sisters, Nicole Bumgardner of Salina, Ryan (Aubrey) Bumgardner of Salina, Randy Bumgardner of Salt Lake Valley, Rusty Bumgardner of Salina; nieces and nephews, Jade Weller, Tye Weller, Mac Giles, Avory Jule Thompson, Shaiden Bumgardner, Keenan Bumgardner, Lainie Bumgardner, Taylee Kennedy, Eisley Bumgardner. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Sam and Venice Westenskow, Jody and Bonnie Bumgardner.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 12:00 noon in the Salina LDS Stake Center. Friends may call at the church in Salina on Monday evening from 6 to 8 and on Tuesday from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Burial will be in the Salina Pioneer Cemetery. Funeral Directors, Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guest book

Rory came into my life six years ago when Annie Veater, his middle school teacher, saw potential in him and invited him to be a barrel setter for the barrel races at the Blackhawk Arena in Salina.

From day one Rory listened and learned, he was certainly a perfectionist, making sure with precise precision the barrel was level.

I was so impressed with his work ethic I invited him to work for our Burns Saddlery team. He did all types of jobs for Burns, he loaded inventory in and out of trailers, and was willing to help out where ever he was needed. Rory always brought a smile to my face, when he walked into work, his wild, fun, fashion sense gave me an opportunity to have fun with him and I told him how cool he was that he was not afraid to be himself and not conform to the "norm".

Rory was unique, his wild blonde hair, soulful eyes, and genuineness always intrigued me.

Many young men have worked for our Horse Events Inc team, Bob Maxwell our President, and over employees is a great influence in these young men's lives, his tough no excuses attitude has formulated a winning team. He lets go of anyone who weakens the team, and Rory has been with us without incident. Bob cares for each one of these fine young men and I know they care for him, so this is an especially hard time for our community of unity.

Rory was a key part of our team, his positive energy and respect for the team and the contestants will be deeply missed. I know he will be with us in formless energy, keeping those barrels straight and the runners safe.

Love is invisible, it needs no form to live, so, Rory ,the whole HEI team sends that love to you and your family. We want you to know you are always invited to be part of our team, we will feel you there on Friday through Sunday at the HEI Finals.
All Our Love,

And all the
HEI Team Members

Inspire Me

On this day of your life, Danna, I believe God wants you to know...

...that fear in the face of the fearsome is what makes the fearsome fearsome.

Yet faith in the face of the fearsome removes the fear, and turns the fearsome handsome. I mean, that which is fearsome can actually be good looking, if we are good at looking at it in a new way.

This takes a change of mind. It takes a new perspective. It takes a sense of wonder in life and an awareness that life itself is working with us, not against us at any level. Or to put it in somewhat more spiritual terms, God is always on our side.

The process of Mastery, then, is one of acceptance. It is a quiet embracing of what is. It is a non-resistence. It is a gentle walking into the moment, knowing that it holds for us, always, what is best for us all ways. Do you believe this? Then it is true.

Love, Your Friend....


I Wanted to share this message that Neale Donald Walsh sent me. His work and contribution to the whole is a gift to humanity.



Saturday, August 8, 2009

Rave Reviews and Recipes

Rave Reviews

I have rave reviews for Dave and Melissa Stamey and the pack trip they host out of Mammoth Lakes Pack Outfitters. 10 riders saddled up at the pack station and road back into the back country for 5 days of riding in one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world, the Sierra's. Dave sang for us nightly around the campfire with his soulful cowboy ballads, and humours fun songs, we laughed, cried, and related our love for the horse and lifestyle through is incredible songs.

Rave Reviews also for the Kelli's, our cooks. Two lovely ladies that not only share the same first name but also share incredible ability to cook gourmet meals over a camp fire, only one complaint ladies, my pants are too small now.

Rave Reviews for friendship the kind of friendship that loves and does not judge, the kind of friendship I am so blessed to have, inspiring individuals who face fears and loves nature, horses and fun, the incredible 6 ladies I traveled with to California and the many others that traveled in my heart that I wished could have experienced the Sierra's.

I highly recommend Mammoth Pack Outfitters/Dave Stamey ride, end of July first of August, get a group together or be adventurous like Sue Reynolds just flew there solo and met some incredible new friends.

Happiest of Trails,


Friday, August 7, 2009

Funny Friday

The Recipe

I knew it...... I knew it!

I knew they would eventually release the ingredients in Viagra!

3% Vitamin E
2% Aspirin
2% Ibuprofen
1% Vitamin C
5% Spray Starch
87% Fix-A-Flat

Have a fun filled "weak end", oh Danna that was bad.

Happy Trails,


Thursday, August 6, 2009

Zen Horse

Training Tip of the Week:
By Clinton Anderson

Long rides…

You can’t expect your horse to get broke by riding him for twenty minutes at a time. You have to put some miles under his feet. Once or twice a week, take him on a two or three hour trail ride, do some concentrated training while you’re out there, and bring him back with wet saddle pads. The best place to ride colts is on a wide dirt road that goes for a hundred miles, because it gives him plenty of room to move his feet. Horses will go sour very quickly by only riding them in a small enclosed space like a roundpen or an arena. The smaller the area, the more it shuts down their mind. Get your horse out on some long trails, dirt roads, or pastures, even if you have to trailer him there.

Last week on the Sierra's I became a better rider by going on long rides, we were riding horses that were solid because of long rides with many obstacles, our group commented several times that our own horses would have struggled while these horses never had to blow or slow up, because of the constant use and long rides.

Happy Long Trails,


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Dream Big

"Every person, all the events of your life are there because
you have drawn them there. What you choose
to do with them is up to you."
— Richard Bach: An American Writer

Where you are in your life has far less to do with your environment, other peoples' decisions, and luck. Make no mistake about it, your health, financial acuity, relationships — EVERYTHING — exists because of you. Take your career for example: Your level and your salary exist because of the education, skills, and choices you made. Today you can choose contentment and never achieve more. OR you can opt to improve, and you'll watch your career accelerate.

Dreaming Big,


P.S. Go out and observe that beautiful full moon tonight!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tipsy Tuesday

Monastery Life
A young monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to helping the other monks in copying the old canons and laws of the church by hand.

He notices, however, that all of the monks are copying from copies, not from the original manuscript. So, the new monk goes to the head abbot to question this, pointing out that if someone made even a small error in the first copy, it would never be picked up! In fact, that error would be continued in all of the subsequent copies.

The head monk, says, 'We have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son.'

He goes down into the dark caves underneath the monastery where the original manuscripts are held as archives in a locked vault that hasn't been opened for hundreds of years. Hours go by and nobody sees the old abbot..

So, the young monk gets worried and goes down to look for him. He sees him banging his head against the wall and wailing, 'We missed the R! We missed the R! We missed the R!' His forehead is all bloody and bruised and he is crying uncontrollably. The young monk asks the old abbot, 'What's wrong, father?'
With A choking voice, the old abbot replies, 'The word was ...


My tip this Tuesday, don't believe everything you read.

Happy Trails,


Monday, August 3, 2009

On The Road Again

It's August!!!! Amazing!!!!

Well my travels lead me to Mammoth Lakes California last week where seven of my most adventurous friends packed into the John Muir Wilderness, nestled in the east side of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.

We spent a fun filled week full of laughter and adventure. Dave and Melissa Stamey as well as our strong stoic trail guide Forrest led us into some of the most incredibly beautiful country I have ever witnessed.

Dave Stamey provided nightly entertainment, as we sit around the campfire at 10,000 feet. If you are not familiar with Dave Stamey's music you need to get familiar with it. His song writing is simply the best. We sell his CD's at our Salina store or you can visit his website at

Monday we arrived at the pack station, anticipation filled my cells wondering what type of horse I would be riding for the next 5 days. Turns out to be a chestnut mare with 4 white socks and a blaze. The ride into base camp was a climb, we trailed over some of the steepest most rugged granite mountain passes I had ever been on. Got to camp, picked out our tents and unpacked our wares. 30 lbs of dunage was our limit, carrying it over to my tent I certainly felt I may have extended my allowance.

Tuesday: 10 paid riders and 3 guides head off to search for Virginia Lake, breathtaking rugged granite peaks, paired with water, amazing amounts of water. Glacier packed ridges jet towards elevations of 14,000 feet. Weather to say the least can switch in a moment, unsettled is an understatement. 50 yards before our tie up and have lunch, half way turn back around spot the sky opened up and gifted us with marble size hail. Horses and mules and riders taking on these stinging forces of nature. Forrest yells at us to get off get under a tree and tie up. I took one foot out of my stirrup, horse is very upset, the next thing I know I am wishing I had both stirrups, horse spins, bucks and as Dave's song the Bronc Ballet goes, farts me off! When you hit the ground it's hard to catch your breath. Of course I hit a granite rock, that is what 80% of the Sierra's are made of. Thank God I lit on my most padded body part. Talk amongst my peers reverted to a air rescue, the moment I heard the words helicopter rescue I forcefully declined. I would find a way to mount up and ride out, despite the pain and uncertainty of my injures. The mind is an amazing tool, once you decide you can do something, well, you can! Rain, more hail, lighting and thunder, were our escorts off the mountain. Everyone was incredibly caring and helpful and hours later I was pulled off the back of my horse with a new found appreciation for health and friends.

Wednesday: With the forecast of rain and thunder showers our fearless leaders decide Wednesday will be a stay in camp day. Many went fishing, the rest of us hiked and the weather really was of little threat. New wildflowers were introduced to my visual pallet and appreciation again for the healing that was occurring in my body.

Thursday: Big ride day, my challenge had arrived, the challenge to get back on, smile off the pain and enjoy the ride. Breathtaking and rugged are the two words that come to my mind about Thursday's ride. Cliff hanging rides, crossing a bridge that looked down into a rushing river hundreds of feet below, big step ups and bigger step downs had my derriere talking too me. They say not to mix drugs and alcohol, that was another rule I broke on my Sierra adventure.

Friday: Pack up and ride off those incredible mountains we made lifetime memories on. New friends were made, Dan and Pam from Santa Ynez, Sue from Southern California and Forrest, Dave and Melissa our guides and camp hosts. The Kelly's our cooks were outstanding, both in cooking and their fun personalities. Our group of seven strong independent friends headed off the Sierra Nevadas full of a new memories and a stronger appreciation for the friendship and life.

Saturday: Depart Bishop California where we had stayed and took our first shower is 6 days. There is nothing better than water, especially heat controlled, falling out of a shower head onto a tired, sore body. Destination back to reality! What a wonderful experience a group of girl friends can have going away together for a weeks worth of fun, a big THANK YOU to all of them for making my life more enjoyable.

Sunday: Last day of Arts Festival in Park City. Back to hard work and making clients. Appreciation fills my soul for the ability to live, work and play in this amazing life experience.

The Magnificent Seven, Celia, M'Recia, Jean, Deb, Lana, Leslie, and myself head back to separate lives but for one week we shared the raw beauty and mystery of the Sierra Nevada's.

Thanks again, Ladies. What A Ride!!!


Sunday, August 2, 2009

Inspire Me

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.

All of us have dreams, very few take those dreams and follow with action and create steps to formulate a plan. Dreaming is fun, it requires very little effort, making them come true, requires effort.

But so worth it.



Saturday, August 1, 2009

Rave Reviews and Recipes

Cowboy Breakfast Pie

1 pound regular bulk sausage
1 pound hot bulk sausage
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 or 5 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 (4.5 ounce) can mild diced green chile peppers
8 slices bread, toasted, or 3 cups flavored croutons
1 can cream of mushroom soup
4 eggs 2 1/2 cups milk 10 ounces Cheddar, mozzarella or jack cheese
In a large skillet, cook both sausages together until done.
Drain off grease.
Chop onions and celery fairly fine and add to fried sausage.
Fry onions and celery with sausage until onions and celery are about half cooked.
Pour sausage, onions, and celery into a large pan or bowl.
Add croutons, eggs, peppers, mushroom soup, and milk.
Add 1 cup cheese and mix well.
Spoon 1/2 mixture into a buttered 9 x 13-inch dish.
Spread 1/2 remaining cheese lightly over layer.
Spread remaining mixture and cover with remaining cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes.
Uncover and bake at 300 degrees F for another 30 to 35 minutes.
Remove from oven when cheese starts to darken around edges.
Best to let cool before serving so it can set up some.
Serve with picante sauce.


Happy Trails,