Elko Favorites

When you come to your senses and put a winter Elko pilgrimage on your Must Do list, here are some favorite bits to pique your interest. Read more about the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering here.  Favorite Alternative Event to the NCPG: If the NCPG is […]

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Why Elko and the NCPG?

Northern Nevada may be beautiful, but is not lush. In the winter, it is windy and cold. One might even call it “unwelcoming.” So the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, hosted by the Western Folklife Center and held annually for the last 35 years, stands in […]

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Cowboys: Don’t Rush to Judge

Editor’s Note: Nicole Grady, together with her partner, Justin Reichert, put on the Outside Circle Show, a raucous, celebratory, two-day show of musically gifted, working cowboys at the Star Hotel in Elko. She wrote this opinion piece after getting some guff for the show’s shirt designs (in […]

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Learning to Learn, Not to Follow

In the horse world, as in others, there is a desire for people to group in to “camps” and follow someone whose teaching they like. There is nothing wrong with this until it becomes blind following. People get excited about the ideas of some teacher […]

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Sensitivity Training

Katrin Silva grew up riding dressage in Germany before moving to the United States at age 19 to learn to ride Western. She’s been riding both disciplines for the last twenty years. Silva has competed successfully through fourth level dressage on quarter horses, Morgans, Arabians, […]

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Crissi McDonald on Time and Timing

Editor’s Note: This week, we hear from Crissi McDonald. The Colorado horsewoman has worked with thousands of horses and riders for the past 20 years, She teaches lessons, performs Masterson Method® equine bodywork and teaches clinics with her husband, Mark Rashid, throughout the United States. Read more […]

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John Moore Moves On

This week, we heard from John Moore, a Colorado horseman who spends months teaching in Sweden. He wrote this note to fans, followers, friends: I’ve been counting the years since I first began touring overseas to make the bulk of my living, and it adds […]

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Amy Skinner: Advice I Cannot Accept

Advice on best trainer practices heard over the years from my colleagues: Control your online content. Censor what you say. Don’t ever, ever come across like you don’t know something. I tried this for a while, and felt insincere and cheap. As my students ran […]

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Nicker Review: Toad&Co Cold Spring Pullover

We hear from Katrin Silva, horsewoman and ultrarunner extraordinaire. She reviews the Cold Spring Pullover from Toad&Co: After running 20 miles in cold and windy conditions, I normally throw on an old, grey sweatshirt and yoga pants. I thought nothing could beat changing out of […]

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Watch the Ears, Spend less time between them

Editor’s Note: We hear this week from Nancy Lowery of Calgary, Alberta. Lowery has been blogging about her Leadership Learning through Horsemanship Experiences for more than a decade. A recent interview series by Lowery explored what Calgary leaders have learned through their relationships with horses. “I […]

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