Featured Cowgirl: Bobbi Jeen Olson

by Mike Satterfield

Bobbi Jeen Olson practically grew up on the back of a horse, riding with her mom before she could even walk. So it is no wonder that she has made her living as a cowgirl. Better known as “The Arizona Cowgirl” Bobbi Jeen is an actor, model, and perhaps most interesting Stuntwoman.

She always wanted to be an actress, like many she started out as an extra but her talents behind the reigns and in front of the camera quickly landed her some key roles. The stunt work started out with Walker Texas Ranger (the episode where Walker goes back in time and plays a ranger in the 1800). Bobbi Jeen was a featured Saloon Girl and the stand in for Jamie Rose, when the director needed a stunt double for Jamie Rose, Bobbi Jeen quickly stepped up and told the director that she could do it. That impromptu performance as a stunt rider has allowed her to rob armored stage coaches, throw spears, drive “runaway wagons” and many more adventures.

Bobbi Jeen has worked on projects for CBS, Animal Planet, PBS and a number of other networks and film projects. But it’s not all glitz and glamour the life of a hard riding stuntwoman has its costs. “While jumping off a cliff for Animal Planets-I Shouldn't be Alive, I knew they hadn't brought the right bag yet I jumped anyways. The first jump the bag sucked me in and I couldn't roll out of it, hurting my ankle..the next jump got me good and I was rushed to the hospital. It took out 6 months before I was working, riding & roping again…We have those gut feelings-those little voices for a reason and when we do, we should listen!”

In addition to her work on film, you might recognize Bobbi from her print work in magazines promoting some of the top brands in the western world. Being one of the top requested western models in the county means that Bobbi Jeen has represented brands like; Cowgirl Kim, Country Life, Lone Eagle Studio, and Meredith Lockhart there is good chances you have see her work in countless regional and national publications.  Her love for the western lifestyle is her driving force. Promoting the western lifestyle through, acting, modeling, stunt work and TV hosting that promotes the values of the west has made her career more difficult, but it has its rewards. “Being able to  pick and choose the projects that will BEST represent who I am and the positive, inspirational, motivational message that I'm trying to convey; Stay true to yourself, be anything and everything you want to be, treat others the way you want to be treated, lead by example and Dream so big , if only half of it comes true, it's still amazing!”

Many industry insiders told Bobbi that sticking to her guns would mean she could never make it in the entertainment industry, but her long resume of film accomplishments and her upcoming roll in the feature film Deadly Sanctuary alongside Daniel Baldwin would suggest otherwise.

When she is not on the road Bobbi resides on her family ranch near Stanfield, Arizona, transitioning from fashion model to cowgirl. Once owned by legendary film star John Wayne the working ranch is Bobbi’s daily connection to the western way of life that she promotes in the hope to pass the values and heritage of the American Southwest on to the next generation. On any given day you may finder her working cattle at the ranch, speaking at local events, teaching youngsters the cowgirl/cowboy way of life, or riding off into the sunset on the silver screen. No matter where you know Bobbi Jean from you know she is living life the cowgirl way.

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This story originally ran in our Spring 2014 Print/Online Issue that featured Bobbi Jeen on the cover. 
Read the entire issue for free HERE

Desert Warriors

 Just outside the upscale community of Scottsdale Arizona, a small group of athletes gather to hone their skills and to let out their battle cries. Their team known as The Desert Warriors of the Southwest are part of a small, but growing, group of dedicated individuals that keep the tradition of mounted archery alive.  Their training facility nestled in among rural homes and Saguaro cactus is one of just a few dedicated training camps in the North America.
The tradition of mounted archery started in Mongolia with Genghis Khan and later spread across Europe and the Americas. In the United States the heritage of mounted Native American warriors and hunters is an image romanticized in the Westerns. The level of horsemanship that is required to not just ride at speed, but to load, draw, and fire an arrow on target is hard to describe until you actually see it firsthand.

The type of events are based on the different mounted archery disciplines from around the world. From Korean there is the Mogu ball, from Europe the Hungarian three-sided target, while from the Middle East comes the Qabag target. Each exercise tests both the riding and archery skill of the competitor, with the most exciting event being the Qabag. In the Qabag the rider must draw their arrow, and while at speed lean forward while twisting around allowing them to fire at the target mounted about 20 feet above them.
We were fortunate enough to spend the day with Diana Troyk the founder of The Desert Warriors and the chief instructor at the mounted archery facility. Diana’s skills have been tapped for the filming of the History Channel’s “The Secrets of Genghis Han” as well as other projects where mounted archery is required. In 2010 she took the Bronze in Korea, and Third in the North American Championship. She has also competed in Poland, Japan, and Mongolia

“Shooting and hitting a flying target off my horse at a gallop was such an adrenaline rush, I knew I wanted to do this” Diana Troky

Diana and her students hope to see the sport grow here in the USA through the Mounted Archery Association of the America. This group is the sectioning body in the USA, Canada, South and Central America. The organization and its dozen or so recognized clubs host clinics, demonstrations, and competitions across the United States and Canada. For more information on the sport and how you can get involved please visit

Kahn Design Land Rover Defender

Chelsea Truck Company and Kahn Design have teamed up to create the one-off Land Rover Defender 2.2 TDCI XS 110 Wide Track. The seven-passenger vehicle has been “adorned with a wealth of rugged and luxurious amenities that set it apart from your average Defender”. It features a completely redesigned front fascia, a new bumper with integrated lighting, “cross-hair military headlights”, wider front and rear wing arches and a set of 1948 Defend wheels in satin black with 265/75/16 tires. On the back there is a twin exhaust system and new mud flaps.

Moving on to the interior, the front and rear seats have been replaced with GTB sport seats with quilted and perforated tan Nappa leather. The door panels, the center glove box and the dashboard are all upholstered to match.

Kahn Design is currently offering the tuned Defender for 72,875 GBP (91,510 EUR). Powered by a 2.2-liter TDCI diesel engine, the machine has 122 HP (90 kW) under the hood and has covered only 900 miles (1,450 km).

Source: Chelsea Truck Company

The Best of Me: Special Nashville Screening & Concert by Lady Antebellum

Photo Caption: Lady Antebellum and Nicholas Sparks attend a Special Screening and Concert Event for Relativity 
Media´s upcoming release  "The Best of Me" with special guests Nicholas Sparks, Michael Hoffman, Bobby Bones, and Lady Antebellum held at the CMA Theater of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, TN on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. Credit Alan Poizner

Nashville, Tennessee…October 10, 2014…Grammy-Award winning trio Lady Antebellum treated fans of the upcoming movie, THE BEST OF ME, to a special concert event last night at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. They were joined on stage by host Bobby Bones and other artists featured on the just released soundtrack, SHEL with Gareth Dunlop, Thomas Rhett, and Colbie Caillat, and photos are now available to download! Relativity Studios' new romantic drama - based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks - stars Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden, Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato. 

credit Alan Poizner

El Cosmico: Nomadic hotel and Campground

El Cosmico is an 18 acre nomadic hotel and campground in Marfa, Texas. In keeping with the belief that life should be a balance of adventure and do-nothingness they offer shelter, occasional entertainment, opportunity for learning/doing/making, and access to the majesty of the high plains desert. From its wide open spaces to the vast canopy of stars above, El Cosmico provides temporary liberation from the built world. It is second home to intrepid travelers and wanderers from all corners of the planet.
Accommodations at El Cosmico include renovated vintage trailers, safari and scout tents, Sioux-style tepees, and tent campsites. The property also offers several communal spaces for guests – a hammock grove, an outdoor kitchen and dining area, a community lounge and mercantile, an outdoor stage, a reading room. For more information and booking please visit their website

Road Trip: The Barnsdall Rio Grand Service Station

The Station as it stands today
by Michael Satterfield

Sometimes when you are out on a road trip you run across a old building or sign and wonder what it once was. This is what happened on a recent road trip along the California Coast, when I came across and old Spanish style service station outside of Santa Barbara California.

I looked into the station when I got home and it has some interesting history. The Barnsdall Rio Grande service station was built in 1929 and is similar in style to a Richfield station just a few miles from my home just off Route 66, in Rancho Cucamonga. It should be since the same firm designed both. Constructed in the classic Spanish colonial revival style of its time, one design element that sets the station apart is the tall central tower, which was built to hold a 2,000 gallon water storage tank which provided pressurized water to the station. The station was so well designed that it received a beautification award from the Garden Club of Santa Barbara and the Montecito Roadside Committee. 

The road where the station sits is now considered a side road, but back in 1929 it was the main coastal highway, until highway 101 bypassed it completely. The station was built on an oil field owned by Richfield. The oil field is famous itself, the Ellwood oil field was the site of the only attack on the mainland USA during World War II in February of 1942 when a lone Japanese submarine lobbed a shell onto the shores of Ellwood beach, the only attack on American soil during World War II. 

On set of The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
You might also notice that this gas station is the same one from the Jack Nicholson film, The Postman Always Rings Twice. 

A historic shot, the building in the background is the corporate office for the Barnsdall Oil Co.

Santa Fe Fashion Week

Designer Meggen Connolley's brand Magnetic Threads

Santa Fe Fashion Week has the distinction of being one of the only fashion weeks that focuses on Southwestern designers and brands. Unlike the big coastal fashion weeks that are global events, Santa Fe Fashion Week has a more localized feel, with designers from the surrounding states coming together to showcase their unique styles. The event, in its third year, was hosted at the Santa Fe Convention Center just blocks away from the historic plaza. The event had to move to a larger venue as its popularity has been building as more designers choose Santa Fe as the place to unveil the latest trends in Southwestern style. 

Featuring established and emerging designers the show is full of one of a kind conceptual garments and limited production speciality apparel. This years feature designer was Santa Fe gown maker Orlando Dugi who showcased his "Timeless Collection" at this years show. 

Jewelry by Shane R Hendren

Designer: Di-Ana e.s. Rael

Designer: Dean Cheek of DC Knits

Designer: Catalina Cansino
Jewelry by Shane R Hendren

Designer: Melissa Dulanto

Designer: Catalina Cansino

Jewelry by Shane R Hendren

Designer: Di-Ana e.s. Rael

Jewelry by Shane R Hendren

Designer: Catalina Cansino

Jewelry by Shane R Hendren

Designer: Catalina Cansino

Jewelry by Shane R Hendren

Designer: Catalina Cansino

Designer: Edison Ritchie of  Revolution Couture

Designer: Ezra Estes

Designer: Dean Cheek of DC Knits

Designer: Orlando Dugi

Designer: Susan Soderberg

Designer: Susan Soderberg

Designer: Allie Olson

Designer: Montoya Costura

Designer: Orlando Dugi

Designer: Orlando Dugi
Designer: Salwa Owens

Designer: Montoya Costura

Designer: Ezra Estes

Designer: Ezra Estes

Designer: Ezra Estes
For more on these designers visit Santa Fe Fashion Week's official website HERE