FarmTek Timers For Sale

For Sale:
2 – complete sets of wireless FarmTek timers.
With tri-pods, and hand buttons for ranch sorting (if needed)
$600.00. ($975.00 plus tax and shipping new)
1 – 10″ LED Display board with wireless interface.
$1000.00. ($1400.00 plus tax and shipping new)

All of this equipment is in new condition. It was use for the AQHA World Show in November only.
For more information call Mike@ 419-208-1010

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Kaci Riggs: Charlie 1 Horse Hat Designer

…and that’s just the beginning with this Texas cowgirl. Kaci Riggs has made some of the most popular and stylish hats in the barrel racing (and Western) world, and that’s a combination that’s not always easy to create. Her Charlie 1 Horse hats have popped up everywhere from the National Finals Rodeo to the IBRA Nationals, and every barrel race and roping in between. (And quite a few Best of the Best competitors looked fabulous in them this fall!) 

Kaci’s taken her knowledge of the fashion industry and combined it with her in-the-arena know how to produce some of the finest hats we’ve ever seen. Whether she’s jet-setting across the West or kicking the boys’ butts in the roping pen, Kaci is looking fabulous in one of her designs.   

Tell us about how Charlie 1 Horse started, and how you came aboard to create these hats.
Charlie 1 Horse started in 1978. It was HUGE during Urban Cowboy. Many, many celebrities have worn Charlie 1 Horse; the list is long. It’s so cool to look back at the old stuff. They are TRULY works of art. Richard Petty, Kid Rock and Eddie Montgomery still wear the old ones.

I was hired as an assistant to the Resistol designer, Bob Posey. In spare time, we worked on C1H styles. When I was hired, we just didn’t sell many of the fancy ones. I chose to make a few things I thought I could relate to and wear. I kept the competitive cowgirl in mind, but I also had to consider the business woman who needed to look fabulous at a Cattle Baron’s ball. We started seeing a lot of success within the barrel racing industry and fashion industry.

What is your background in the horse industry?

I grew up in 4-H, junior rodeos, high school, amateur and college rodeo…. I ran barrels when I was little. I rode English for a couple years. I started roping when I was 11; my dad needed a heeler ;-D

My senior year of high school, I qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo in the breakaway roping. I placed at Nationals that year in Gillette, Wyo. and received some scholarship money. That helped me continue my education and attend Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX with additional rodeo scholarships. I qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. my senior year of college. Since college, I have always continued to rope. No matter where I was in my career, I have always continued to rope. I feel very fortunate that my career allows me to cross over into many disciplines of the equine industry. I’m passionate about the western lifestyle.

How does that background affect your designs?

My background really helps me to know how important the FUNCTION of a hat is. When you compete, you can NEVER have to worry about losing your hat. It has to fit, be comfortable on your head, stay on during competition and you have to feel good wearing it. It has to fit your personal style and not make you feel awkward…. And it has to be affordable. I believe your horse, your rig, your entry fees have a higher priority than fashion. That is why Charlie 1 Horse is committed to making the most FABULOUS~LOOKING hat at the most affordable price.

When you’re making a hat, what kind of cowgirl are you thinking of as you design it?

I’m thinking of a cowgirl with the most original style. She wants a look that is her OWN. She DOES NOT blend~in. She’s a leader; not a follower – she blazes trails…. She respects the lifestyle, but she likes to put a modern TWIST on her own personal look. Her appearance is important to her and her hat is how she expresses her eccentric personality. I have to make a hat that appeals to a variety of women – I personally prefer the more core-western styles, but I also design some that are completely outlandish. You gotta give ‘em what they want….

So far, what has been your favorite moment of your career?

Gosh, that’s tough… I enjoy each moment. I guess seeing it come full-circle is best. It’s really fun to see C1H published in magazines. I love when girls WIN BIG who wear our hats – I LOVE seeing C1H in win-picts. I love seeing the flag girls at the NFR totally blinged-out wearing our stuff. I love getting tagged in photos on Facebook of little-bitty girls that look SO gritty and tough wearing Charlie 1 Horse – it makes me laugh! I guess the most rewarding part is to see how happy the hats make people.

Tell us about your all-time favorite hat, either one you’ve made or otherwise.

Hahahaaa… that’s like asking a mother to pick her favorite kid! LOL!!! I really love the tonal trimmed felts. I’m not a HUGE fan of flashy…. I love the tacky leopard prints, but they’ve been hard to make. Honestly, my favorites change each season we launch a new line.

What do you do when you aren’t busy making hats or working for Hatco?

I try to spend a lot of time with my family, but I’m sure my family would attest that I ROPE every chance I get! There are a handful of ropings that I like to go to each year. The Open to the World, the Windy Ryon, our Resistol Roping and the USTRC Finals…. I guess I travel a lot and spend a lot of time with friends. I’m all about a road trip…

What is one style tip that every hat-wearing cowgirl should know?

No matter what you think, if it’s creased right, you look GREAT in it. Women are SO UNCOMFORTABLE in hats. It drives me crazy…. They just aren’t used to wearing them, or they don’t wear the right one. I could pick a hat for any woman and I promise she would look great in it! A flattering crease makes all the difference. Don’t EVER just wear it straight out of the box. All brims need to be hand creased.

What is your favorite outfit to rock your Charlie 1 Horse with?

You didn’t really just ask me this…. Every day is a fashion show for me, you know. I’m all about dresses with cowboy boots…. Maybe funky tights? I love my cowgirl suit too!!! (CTC jeans & Barranada shirts) Whatever it is, it CAN’T overpower the hat!!! IT’S ALL ABOUT THE HAT. Sorry, but I just can’t answer this one directly…..

What is next for you and Charlie 1 Horse?

I have a new commitment and dedication to Hatco in product development for Stetson, Resistol, Wrangler, and Dobbs brands. Charlie 1 Horse will always be the most creative and fun line to design and will continue to surprise us each season. You will see a handful of fedoras with western twists (inspired by a fellow cowgirl fashion diva). They are for the cowgirl who wants to cross over into fashion without forgetting her roots ;-D I’m so excited about the new felts we will launch in January at Denver Market. Some can be found at NFR in December with ML Leddy’s.

Charlie 1 Horse has set some pretty high standards…. We will keep moving forward!

Our friends at Rod’s Western Palace in Ohio carry Charlie 1 Horse Hats, as do many fine retailers across the U.S. For a great deal on a Charlie, download and print this coupon! 

Cheyenne Frontier Days

This weekend I was lucky enough to score some tickets to the Saturday and Sunday performances of the Cheyenne Frontier Days, where I got to see Sherry Cervi and Lindsay Sears battle it out for the average title. Sears came out on top after Cervi’s usually trusty palomino mount blew out the back side of the third barrel (likely because of tough ground conditions).

The 700-foot arena left at least 400 feet behind the third barrel, so horses had no fence, wall, etc. to help them turn. The longgggg alleyway forced the ladies to inch up to the timer to try and get a good run at the first barrel. It blew me away how perfect most of them turned the first. They really knew their horses and hit it at just the right angle, despite the super strange alleyway and straight approach. But, that’s why they’re the pros.

For more on Cheyenne, head over to AmericanCowboy.com, where I wrote a story on the event and shot some video interviews with the PRCA Queens that I caught up with.

Attention Readers in the Southwest: Stolen Horse!

A 9-year-old bay mare was stolen from a USTRC event in Stephensville, Texas, this past weekend, and the owners believe it may have been stolen to sell as a kids’ horse. This horse was their 6-year-old son’s rope horse, and the family is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the return of the mare.

Berry Family Photo

The mare, Sandbox, belongs to Kade Berry and parents Kirby and Micah. The family believes someone pinpointed the horse to steal, as it was in the middle of a barn with hundreds of horses.

For more on the horse and this story, click here.

A Well Spent $15

So, after the second show in the mud and muck this winter and dozens of trips to the roping pen left the back tack of my trailer filled with some of the nastiest splint boots I’ve seen in years, I decided to do something about it. With the sun shining yesterday, I did some spring cleaning and went to war with my splint boots.

After about an hour, I decided my boots – Classic Equine’s pink, blue, black and zebra print boots and nearly every design of Classic’s bell boots – had won this battle. No matter how I tried, those boots weren’t going to stay neatly in the old gym bags and plastic bins at the bottom of my trailer. And what was worse, when I would swing my saddle rack out, the boots would cling onto my stirrups and fly back out of the trailer down my ramp.

SO – I came home with a new determination – I would beat those splint boots at their own game. I new Classic made a splint boot organizer for on the door of my trailer, but in the past it had been around $30. A little too pricey for organization for me, but I looked on NRSWorld.com, and found that those organizers are now on sale! For just $14.99, I bought back my sanity! And I went with the pink paisley pattern, despite objections from the team roper in the family that has to share my tack compartment with me : )

Does anyone else have some spring horse trailer organizing tips? How are you all getting your rigs ready for the spring/summer hauling season?

A True Testament to the Barrel Racing Community

Bobby “Booger” Barter’s death is devastating to the barrel racing and team roping industries. With that said, his death has underscored the fact that these so-called industries are much more than just that – these are communities of people who love and care for one another in ways not comparable in many other areas of life.

While the details of Barter’s death remain unclear and may never truly be known to anyone but his immediate family and Barter himself, what will always be known is how Barter lived. His devotion to barrel racing and team roping as sports and as communities of people produced forums like BarrelRacingBuzz.com, where still today complete strangers are coming together to morn his loss. Though they are in morning, conversations continue on about Christmas recipes, the National Finals Rodeo and more.

Already, an NBHA district in Texas is organizing a fundraiser for Barter’s young son, Bandera, selling $5-arm bands. Friends of Barter are uploading videos of his fun-loving ways to the forum, and some are discussing having a Booger Barter Memorial Show.

For some reason that I’ll never know or begin to understand, barrel racers come together because we get each other. In times of grief, we can relate to one another like few others in our lives. In times of joy, we celebrate together. When Sherri Cervi and Tammy Key ran Stingray and Dinero, respectively, in the Round 6, we all knew that we were witnessing a special moment in barrel racing history. Unfortunately, we also knew that that moment would be overshadowed by the heartbreaking moment that occurred in Athens, Texas, earlier that same day.

Yesterday, I posted a short blip about Barter’s death, linking to The Barrel Racing Report that ran what appeared on the World Barrel Racing and World Team Roping websites. That short post received more views than any other story in the nine-month history of this blog. In fact, it received more than twice as many views as any other post I’ve ever put on the site.

Normally, most of the Barrel Racing Blog’s readers come from Pennsylvania and Ohio, but yesterday, a national audience flocked to this small site. Readers came in from Athens, Texas, and Athens, Ohio. Obviously, most visited the post about Barter’s death, but many poked around at what else the Barrel Racing Blog had to offer. If I were to guess why, I would say it’s because we as barrel racers can’t help ourselves – if we see an article about Joe B Jammin or a listing of results from a small town rodeo in Ohio, we can’t resist.

Bit of the Week – Lance Graves Rope Nose Sidepull

We haven’t had a chance to throw together our “Bit-of-the-Week ” section lately, but this one is definitely worth a mention.
This Lance Graves’ sidepull  is way more than just a hackamore. It’s shanks rotate outwards, giving you the feel and connectivity of a snaffle bit while maintaining the pull of the hackamore.
Right now, I’m using it on my six-year old that needs a little bit of a check before a barrel but still needs the lift and guide around a barrel like a snaffle would provide. I can lift her shoulder with this bit and still reach down and pull her around with it if she needs more help. My team roping, horse-stealing boyfriend also heels off of the same horse using this, and it gives him enough pull to slide to a stop on the heeling side.