Ariat Signs Trevor Brazile

Ariat International, the leader in innovative Western and English footwear, apparel and accessories, announces its footwear sponsorship of legendary, renowned cowboy, Trevor Brazile.

Brazile has a long history of victories, including the following ProRodeo World Championships: 12 all-around, 6 steer roping, 3 tie down roping, and 1 team roping (heading), he has become one of the most well-known cowboys competing in the professional rodeo today. One of his most recent accomplishments is being among an eight-member class inducted into the 2016 Texas Sports Hall of Fame, other hall of famers include NFL and MLB players, among many other professional and collegiate athletes.

“Trevor is without question one of the most decorated cowboys of all time, his drive and athleticism in the sport of rodeo is unparalleled,” says Susan Alcala, vice president of partnership marketing at Ariat International. “Trevor brings an exceptional technical expertise in a variety of rodeo disciplines and with this partnership, the Ariat team looks forward to collaborating with him to bring even more unique, innovative performance footwear collections.”

“Ariat footwear is one of a kind, their performance features, incredible comfort and all around quality make them incomparable; the innovative footwear Ariat is bringing to the industry is truly cutting edge,” says Brazile. “I am honored to be added to the Ariat athlete roster, and look forward to working with their team!”

Neglected Ducks Get Their First Swim

After the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary rescued a group of neglected ducks from living for years with a hoarder who had them in small pens. The birds without adequate access to water or food were needing serious rehabilitation. The rescuers did not realize that the the ducks had never seen a pond or even swam. At first the rescuers have to get them to go into the water but then they take to the pond well... like ducks to water.

I love how some of the ducks react! Share this uplifting video with your friends and family!

Spanish Romanticism-The Fine Art of JoAnn Peralta

 oil on linen
25 x 30 in (63.5h x 76.2w cm)

Spanish Romanticism: The Fine Art of JoAnn Peralta. This showcase of new works by the California based figurative painter will be on display at the Trailside Gallery from November 2 through November 30. An Open House is scheduled for Saturday, November 7 from 1:00-4:00 pm.

 oil on linen
16 x 30 in (40.64h x 76.2w cm) 
JoAnn Peralta has captivated collectors with her keen sense of mood and lush brush-work. Each painting invokes a timeless romantic flair towards life and sets a tone of intrigue through her use of lighting and color. The beauty of light with a contemporary, modernist touch is what Peralta describes as her inspiration. As well, her passion for the West, historical and romanticized, dominates her vision and scope and it is clearly influenced by her Hispanic and Italian ancestry. She notes,"I produce many works which demonstrate sometimes subtle, yet notable ways in which Latinos have contributed to the fabric of western society."

Peralta's early training came via an opportunity to attend the illustrious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California on a full-time scholarship. Shortly after leaving the Art Center, she began a successful career as an illustrator and naturally drifted into fine art.

 oil on linen
12 x 16 in  (30.48h x 40.64w cm)
Since 2010, Peralta has been an annual exhibitor at the prestigious Masters of the American West Exhibition and Sale held at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. Recently, she was given the honor of displaying her painting, "Heart of the West," in the Longworth Building of the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, D.C.

JoAnn Peralta's work has appeared in various publications including, Art Business News Magazine, International Artist, Southwest Art, Western Art & Architecture, Cowboys and Indians, Art of the West and Western Art Collector.

For further information please contact the gallery at 307.733.3186 or via email at

Max Charlton named Land Rover Ambassador

Land Rover UK has today announced leading British polo player, Max Charlton as its first polo ambassador.

Charlton joins Land Rover’s illustrious stable of equestrian ambassadors, which includes Olympic gold medallists, show jumper Ben Maher and dressage rider Laura Tomlinson, and World Championship team silver medallists, eventers Zara Phillips and Harry Meade.

At just 25 years old, Charlton has risen through the polo ranks at spectacular speed since first picking up a polo mallet at the age of 11. Now playing off a handicap of seven goal, he is regarded as one of the most exciting home-grown polo talents that the sport has seen for some time.

Charlton has played in most of the world’s major polo tournaments and has won notable silverware at every level. He has represented England on several occasions, most recently in the Coronation Cup against South America where he was awarded ‘Most Valuable Player’. He has been awarded ‘Most Outstanding British Polo Professional’ for the last two seasons.

Charlton, who is based in Windsor during the UK polo season, said: “To be a Land Rover ambassador is an amazing opportunity for me. Land Rover has such a unique and long associated heritage within equestrian sports. I am really looking forward to working with them in the future.”

Land Rover UK has been a long term supporter of equestrian sport for over 25 years, and the ambassador appointment comes off the back of a successful first season for Land Rover as Official Vehicle Partner of Guards Polo Club.

Jeremy Hicks, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover UK, said: “It is really exciting to have Max join the Land Rover stable of equestrian ambassadors. His sporting CV at such a young age is truly remarkable – we are proud to be supporting such a wonderfully talented sportsman.”

Alexandra Demetree's Acoustic Music Video, "Outta My Head," Premieres Today On THE BOOT

Popular Country newcomer Alexandra Demetree’s new acoustic music video, Outta My Head,” premieres today on THE BOOT. Filmed at a vast, aged warehouse in Nashville’s historic Germantown district, the video is stunning in its stark simplicity. Demetree’s emotionally-charged vocal and the song’s high-impact lyrics take center stage, while abundant natural daylight, a sense of space and timelessness play supporting roles. Producer/director Brian Harstine’s (Dolly Parton, Ke$ha) minimalistic approach kept the camera focused on Demetree, three supporting musicians (Josh O'Keefe, Jason Roller and Jaran Sorenson), and a few quirky “abandoned” props.

“It was a very straightforward concept,” explains Alexandra. “The entire focus was on showcasing the emotion and musical validity of the song in an organic way.” For Demetree, returning to the basics was an exciting challenge. “To go back to square one and make an acoustic version of this dynamic, mid-tempo power ballad was just a fantastic experience.” The single, produced by Bobby Huff (Reba, 3 Doors Down, Journey, Heart) and written by Mark and Cherie Oakley, is rising on the MusicRow CountryBreakout™ Chart, currently sitting at # 60. “Outta My Head” delves into the reminders left behind when a relationship ends: the photos, the empty space beside the bed and more. It’s a tale that most listeners can relate to, and it follows the petite brunette’s three previous successful Country radio releases, including the popular single/video duet of her own composition, “Lay It On Me,” with The Bachelorette’s Wes Hayden.

Demetree wraps a four-day radio promotion tour of Oklahoma today; the tour will resume in a few weeks. She continues to work on her upcoming EP. Fans can learn more about Alexandra from recent features at The Daily Country, Music News San Francisco, Digital Rodeo and One Stop Country.

Alexandra’s first performance, at the tender age of two, was singing Christmas carols for her Grandma’s bridge group. Throughout her childhood, she sang in her church choir – in Latin. Music quickly became Demetree’s passion and her life goal – to the extent that this true “Southerner,” traveled all the way to Illinois to secure a degree from Northwestern University’s prestigious musical theater program. With musical influences ranging from Motown, Celine Dion, LeAnn Rimes, David Nail, Garth Brooks, Adele and The Eli Young Band, it’s no surprise that this native Floridian is an inspiring and energetic performer. Demetree has entertained crowds at Festivals, Fairs and venues ranging from New York’s world-famous Carnegie Hall to stages in Cape Town, South Africa. She’s performed for First Lady Barbara Bush, at Walt Disney World and at the Toyota Gator Bowl. She’s opened for Andy Griggs and toured with singer/actor Wes Hayden. Alexandra has released three successful Country radio singles to date, including the popular single/video duet of her self-composed, “Lay It On Me,” with The Bachelorette’s Hayden. The singer/songwriter is most comfortable wearing jeans and cowboy boots. In her spare time, she enjoys creating Lebanese dishes, reading and traveling. Demetree supports The Children’s Hospital at Oklahoma University Medical Center and resides in Oklahoma City with her family.

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New TV show showcases everything we love about Barns

Old and new, simple and extravagant, urban and rural, barns remain a powerful symbol of the American landscape.   WILD ABOUT BARNS celebrates this icon showcasing historic, backyard and show barns across North America.    Hitting back roads from coast to coast, hosts Ariel Koester and Ingrid Schaffenburg share personal stories from ranchers, farmers and city folk alike who have a passion for barns and all things equine.

Barn owner Jenny Armendariz and host Ariel Koester cuddle baby goats
Wild About Barns airs weekly on RIDE TV, a 24/7 high definition network dedicated to the horse culture and lifestyle.  Tune in to DISH Network, Channel 248 in the US or catch us on The Rural Channel in Canada.   We showcase everything from small, affordable backyard barns to renovated 19th century event barns and multi-million dollar Olympic training facilities. We talk to barn architects, builders, horse trainers and horse owners who work with horses of every breed and discipline.

So, saddle up and hit the trails with Wild About Barns – we want to share your barn story – FB, Instagram and Twitter @WildAboutBarns. Visit our website at!

The Ultimate Power Wagon

Produced from 1945 through 1980 the original Dodge Power Wagon is a legend in all around toughness, perfect for the ranch, farm, or off road adventure the classic Power Wagons have long been collector’s items. But with the last new Power Wagon being sold over 30 years many have been parked to rust away in behind a barn or in a field forgotten to time. But that is where Jackson Wyoming based Legacy Classic Trucks stepped in, they don’t just restore these classics, they reengineer them from the ground up adding modern amenities.
These new Power Wagons leave the factory with a modern Cummings Turbo-Diesel engine, 5 speed manual or 4 speed automatic transmission, front and rear locking differentials coupled to an Atlas transfer case. The body is restored to better than new condition, repainted, and then over 200 hours is invested into the custom leather interior. They come with four wheel disc brakes, power steering, modern three point seatbelts, and of course air-conditioning. Depending on options a Legacy Power Wagon can set you back well over $100,000.

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Bourbon Lime Carne Asada Tacos

By Sophia Del Gigante

This dish packs on so many layers of flavors:  tangy, sweet and spicy. I have slimmed down this amazing dish for your guilt free pleasure! So now you cowgirls can have your steak and eat it too!

What you need:

Pineapple salsa
1 pineapple, skinned, cleaned and diced
2 jalapeño peppers, cleaned and diced
2 medium red onions, diced
1 orange bell pepper, diced
5 strawberries, diced
3 sprigs cilantro, chopped finely
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 2 lines
1 teaspoon salt 

Bourbon- line marinated carne asada steak
1.5 pounds London broil
1/3 cup bourbon
Juice and zest of 1 lime
1/2 teaspoon salt
Corn tortillas (this recipe makes about 12 tacos.)

Honey lime cream
1.5 cups fat free Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
2 sprigs of cilantro, finely chopped 
Zest and juice of 1 lime
Salt and pepper to taste

How to make it:

The steak
1- Marinate the steak with the lime zest, juice and bourbon.
2- Grill until cooked to your liking. To be cooked medium, a 1 inch steak will take 6 minutes on each side, a 2 inch thick steak will take about 10 minutes on each side.

The Pineapple Salsa
1- Place all the diced fruits and veggies into a large bowl
2- Pour in your lime juice, cilantro and lime zest and mix well. Taste and add sat to taste, I put in about 1/2 teaspoon.

Honey lime cream
1- In a food processor combine all ingredients until mixed well
2- Pour into a squeeze bottle for more controlled use.
Assemble into a corn tortilla and let the fun begin!

Route 66

By Michelle Blixen

This road holds a special place in the American consciousness; everyone has a story of triumph, heartbreak, interesting strangers, and stranger locals. It is a road that encapsulates the spirit of the American West; it stands for new beginnings, hope, and freedom. Connecting Chicago to Los Angeles, the route rolls through 2,400 miles of small towns, big cities, and open range.  Since 1926 this road has been the embodiment of the freedom of the open road, it was that longing for discovery that prompted me to pack up the car, grab a friend and head down the highway seeking to experience a bit of that freedom for myself.

We started just outside of Chicago and made our way down the road to the small town of Gardner, Illinois; a town now known for its historic place on Route 66 and a countryside hangout of Al Capone. Most of the drive is like this, small towns, now bypassed by the interstate highways. Each has their local claim to fame, mostly kitschy roadside attractions. With every turn you discover another historic marker, some official, others commercial, but it is this Midwestern Americana that really makes the trip worthwhile. Plus there are the big icons like the Saint Louis arch that appears on the horizon with the city skyline behind it. The old route is not accessible as you come to the Mississippi River towards St. Louis. The original bridge is now used for pedestrian/bicycles and is worth a short diversion to see.

Pushing west into Oklahoma most of the small towns along the road seem abandoned. Empty downtowns with just a few shops catering to the tourists that drive the route, shadows of the former communities that had been. Stopping in the small town of Vinita, Oklahoma we searched for a restaurant. Many of the classic roadside diners you would hope to find are long gone, but we discovered the Clanton’s Café, the ideal Route 66 restaurant that has been serving classic American dishes since 1927.

In preparing to drive Route 66 you think about the spirit of adventurers that went before you, the hope that once was traveling west to start a new life. As you drive though so many dying towns you can’t help but think about the dreams that were crushed as the world sped up. Not that progress is a bad thing, but taking a trip like this does make you reflect on the virtues of slowing down, taking the long way home, shopping from mom & pop stores, and eating a family owned restaurants.

Pushing west the towards the Texas panhandle, the hills slowly disappear as the ground flattens out. Many parts of the old road are not bypassed by Interstate 44, and they are completely replaced, giving you no choice but to take to the highway. As we cross the Texas border we stop in the town of Shamrock, home of one of the most famous gas stations in the world, the U-Drop Inn. There is little else in the town so we push on after taking some photos. But one Texas icon is a must visit when you are driving down Route 66, the Big Texan Steak Ranch, home of the 72oz steak challenge. While we would not recommend attempting to eat four and half pounds of meat, the regular size steak is worth a stop.

The sign welcoming you into New Mexico calls it “The Land of Enchantment” but this stretch is anything but, with little civilization and lots of abandoned old roadside souvenir shops and gas stations. It can be hard to stay awake on these long stretches of nothingness, but we push on to Albuquerque. Taking some time visit some of my favorite spots in old town before heading out so we can make Gallup by dinner time. Gallup is another must visit destination along Route 66, and if you can stay the night at the El Rancho Hotel. Built in 1937 to serve as a hub for the Hollywood Studios while making western films, the hotels lavish western décor is impressive and stars like Kirk Douglas, Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Virginia Mayo, and John Wayne all have stayed at the El Rancho. They have a great restaurant as well on site making it the perfect place to stop and relax.

The next morning the drive down the road to Holbrook Arizona and take some pictures of the Wigwam Motel, another iconic roadside attraction. This one is alleged to be still open, but the office was closed and no one was around.  This section of the road has much more to see towns like Winslow, where you can stand on a corner and have your photo taken. Flagstaff the gateway to the Grand Canyon has a number of cool hotels and neon signed cafes. At the town of Seligman, Route 66 departs the highway and takes you to the town of Peach Springs; a small mostly forgotten town is home to a few hundred residents. Pushing through a few other mostly abandoned settlements we stop at the Hackberry General Store, it looks like one of those old stops you expect to find on Route 66, a classic Corvette is parked out front and vintage gas pumps look almost as if you could pull in and say “fill’er up” but it is just a tourist stop today.
Heading down the highway we pass through Kingman on our way to Oatman Arizona, this stretch of road is full of twists and turns and takes you to the small tourist town full of donkeys. It is one of the most active tourist towns on this end of the route because of its close proximity to the Colorado River. With gun fights, saloons girls, and little shops and restaurants, lining both sides of Route 66.
We push through after a quick stop and make our way across the border to California and we are nearly home. California surprisingly has the most intact sections of Route 66 allowing you to drive almost all of it from the Colorado River to the Santa Monica Pier.

After such a journey it is a mix of excitement and disappointment upon returning home to California. Life gets back to its manic pace once again, but there is comfort in knowing that there are sleepy towns and friendly people just a short drive away.