Monday, March 29, 2010

Augustus meets Aztec

Aztec is our newest arrival at Shiloh. He is a 5 month old Alpaca who just arrived on Saturday from the NSPCA. He is so adorable and so affectionate. Gus was very curious to see what this little guy was all about, and I think they hit it off pretty good. It was neat to watch them check each other out. Gus is very social, so he wanted to make sure he gave Aztec his formal introduction and welcome him to Shiloh. Maybe they will be good friends? :)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Lazy Thursday!

I love this picture! As you can see, it was a lazy Thursday.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

TDK Photo Shoot 3/11/10

I would like to thank my good friend and photographer, Tara Kilpatrick, for coming out to the ranch and shooting some fantastic photographs of me and my boys. I am considering venturing back into Stunt Riding / Film and needed to have some updated pictures taken, both headshots and action shots. I used both Augustus and Sawyer, and both sets came out perfect! I wanted to share some of Gus' photos with was hard to pick out just a few favorites, but I am feeling good with the choices here. It was so much fun doing this shoot, and I think Augustus had a great time too...he isn't camera shy at all :)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

On the dusty trail

Well, folks, the time has finally come. Augustus and I completed our first, long two hour ride together on Friday. Gus was awesome and had so much fun being out there, and I was of course a very proud Dad. The weather was perfect, and we were joined by Sharil and Elisa, who rode their horses Cochise and Calamity. We rode way out to the Mesquite trail, back down toward Kingston Ranch, and then passed the Longhorns before returning back to the ranch. We had a few Jackrabbits scurry underneath us, trudged through some mud, hopped over a small bush, and crossed some deep, soft, sinking sand with no issues at all. The ride was perfect. My boy is definitely all grown up now. Whose ready for a trail ride?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The West is the Best

There is no better way to describe the last few days than to call them AWESOME. I am definitely a proud Dad, and I couldn't be happier with Augustus. He has been doing so well. We have been spending lots of time riding around the property and showing off in the arena. The arena was a blast on Monday as we picked up the speed and surprisingly we went the whole day without a buck. It must be the arena, because when we pick up the pace in the Round Pen I sometimes think I am on a bronc! But, of course, thats always fun too. :)Anyway, it was a perfect day on Monday, and we enjoyed showing off for my friend, Megan. She is a great friend of mine, knows her horsemanship, and we were even wranglers together a few years back. She is taking ownership of another horse and is now the newest Boarder at the ranch. We are very excited to have her join Shiloh, and I look forward to spending more time with her and enjoying ourselves out on trail.

After some riding at the ranch, we decided to venture off into the desert for a nice ride. The Las Vegas area was under a storm watch, so we had some really neat clouds hovering above the valley, and as usual this created some awesome scenery and an amazing backdrop for our adventure. No matter how many times I look at the same mountains (especially on horseback), I just can't help myself but stop, shake my head in amazement, and just say "Wow."

The West is definitely the Best.