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Michael Jung Crowned Winner of Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by Land Rover


After four thrilling days of world-class equestrian sport, Germany’s Michael Jung made history once again, claiming a third consecutive title of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by Land Rover, aboard his 12-year-old mare, fischerRocana FST. It was second place for France and Maxime Livio, with Land Rover Ambassador Zara Tindall MBE (GBR) finishing in third place after a flawless clear round aboard High Kingdom
Following Saturday’s tough cross-country ride, 39 horses headed into the final phase of the competition. The show jumping course set by Richard Jeffery’s, which featured a 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible and a 2017 Range Rover Sport, proved tricky for the field with only four competitors finishing clear within the time. Third-to-go, Zara Tindall, produced a stunning clear round aboard her 16-year-old bay High Kingdom, the echoes of cheers from the 25,000 spectators confirmed this and put the pressure on the final two competitors. Maxime Livio, who beat Michael Jung in Pau, France, last year, kept his cool to ride the fourth and final clear round of the day with his partner, Qalao Des Mers. The stadium fell silent as the formidable pairing of Germany’s Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST began their round, with a fence in hand, hoping to make history once again. Despite incurring four faults, the crowd erupted as Jung pumped his fist in the air celebrating a special moment in his career to claim the coveted Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event title for a historic third consecutive year. 
Jung commented on his achievement, “fischerRocana FST is a top horse, the mare fights so hard for me and our partnership is so strong. She gave me a very good feeling in the warm up ring which made me feel good entering the arena. I did not have enough power in the triple combination so I was little nervous with two jumps to go! I am so grateful for my team and really pleased with the result”. 
Land Rover Ambassador, Zara Tindall spoke of her third-place finish, “I am so lucky to be here and I am very thankful to Land Rover and Rolex to have me back here, I wouldn’t be here without their support. My horse is fantastic, all through the competition he has been amazing, he owes me nothing and I have loved riding him this weekend. I have really enjoyed being here it as it is an amazing event to be a part of”. 
Olympic bronze medallist, Phillip Dutton (USA), moved up the leader-board with his Irish Sport Horse gelding, Mr.Medicott, to not only take fourth place but also the USEF Championship Trophy awarded to the highest placed American rider, a prize presented to him for a record fifth year. 
“It is particularly rewarding to finish as the top US rider,” said Dutton, who also celebrated his 40th Rolex Kentucky completion, “It has been a great event and it is the perfect way for Mr. Medicott to finish his four-star career.” 

LAND ROVER BEST RIDE OF THE DAY
Saturday’s cross-country saw Erin Sylvester produce a thrilling round aboard her 13-year-old thoroughbred mare Mettraise to win the “Land Rover Best Ride of the Day” that rewards the top U.S. rider to complete the cross-country course closest to the optimum time without jumping penalties. Sylvester was presented with a 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport 24-month lease by Helen McDonald, Events and Partnerships Manager, Jaguar Land Rover NA LLC. at the 2017 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by Land Rover. 
The optimum time of 11 minutes and 17 seconds proved difficult for the horse and rider combinations with only five out of 57 starters finishing within the time set by renowned course designer Derek di Grazia. Despite accurate clear rounds from fellow U.S. team mates, Holly Payne Caravella and Matthew Brown, Sylvester demonstrated true perfection, finishing spot-on the optimum time of 11 minutes and 17 seconds, to win the Land Rover Discovery Sport 24-month lease.  
“I was really pleased with Missy, this is her first four star! I didn’t go out with the aim to get closest to the optimum time but towards the end I realised I could do it. The conditions were perfect for her and she tried her heart out,” Sylvester commented on her result. “I am really happy with the ride today but I am especially excited to win the ‘Land Rover Best Ride of the Day’ and can’t wait to have my new Land Rover Discovery Sport at home”.   
“Congratulations to Erin Sylvester and Mettraise for completing the challenging cross-country course in front of the packed crowds today and hitting the exact optimum time,” said Helen McDonald, Events and Partnerships Manager, Jaguar Land Rover NA LLC. “We were really pleased to present her with the keys to her new Land Rover Discovery Sport and wish her the best of luck for the show jumping tomorrow.”   
The entry point into the Land Rover Discovery family, the Discovery Sport is a premium compact SUV that upholds the brand’s core values of capability and versatility. Its unique design provides seating for up to seven passengers while maintaining a compact exterior footprint. The Discovery Sport features a 2.0L turbocharged engine producing 240hp and 251 lb ft of torque, paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission and intelligent all-wheel drive for a refined combination of performance and refinement.   

Pictorial: Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival


More than two decades ago, City leaders were inspired by the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. They saw an opportunity to create a unique celebration of Santa Clarita’s own Western history – from art and music to film and television.  In 1994, the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival made its debut, honoring the authentic Old West through music, poetry, cowboy gear, food and storytelling in a setting that was unique to the area. For more on the festival visit cowboyfestival.org


















Jim Beam Game 7 Batch


Kicking off their first season as Official Bourbon of the Chicago Cubs, Jim Beam® Bourbon is releasing Jim Beam® "Game 7 Batch," a limited edition expression and commemorative label featuring bourbon that completed its 4 years of barrel maturation the history-making date of the Cubs' Game 7 World Championship game last fall and set aside for release in the 2017 season.
To celebrate this first-ever release of a unique batch of Jim Beam's 4-year Kentucky Straight Bourbon, global partner Mila Kunis visited Wrigley Field on Saturday, April 15, to throw out the game's ceremonial first pitch before surprising bar goers with a preview of the product, which will be available in limited quantities at select Chicagoland retailers starting in June 2017.


With appearances at three of the neighborhood's most iconic Wrigleyville bars, Kunis gave unsuspecting Cubs fans a sneak peek at the limited edition Jim Beam® "Game 7 Batch" bottle and toasted the crowd to another historic season.


"We're proud to call the Chicago Cubs part of our growing family, so in celebration of the Cubs' history-making victory, we wanted to release a history-making bourbon for the occasion," said Jim Beam's 7th Generation Master Distiller Fred Noe. "This exclusive Jim Beam® 'Game 7 Batch' is our gift to the fans in Chicago from our home in Kentucky."
"We love to see passion between our team and our Legacy Partners, and Jim Beam's 'Game 7 Batch' is a perfect example of two historic brands coming together in the spirit of celebration," said Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations, Crane Kenney.
Jim Beam "Game 7 Batch," created with a hint of victory, is aged 4 years; however, this hand-selected batch features liquid that was completed its barrel maturation on the exact day the Cubs won the World Championship, delivering an oak vanilla aroma and a sweet finish that mirrors the ending of last year's historic season. The product, packaged with a commemorative blue cap, batch sticker and specialty label to celebrate Cubs heritage, has a suggested retail price of $17.99 for 750mL and will be available for purchase in the Chicagoland area this June.
To learn more about Jim Beam's "Game 7 Batch," visit www.JimBeam.com, and keep up with Jim Beam news throughout the year on Twitter @JimBeam, Instagram @jimbeamofficial and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/JimBeam.

Pennsylvania woman wins HGTV Dream Home Giveaway 2017


Kutztown, Pennsylvania, resident Anna Spangler thought she and her husband were going on a typical Friday night double date with friends. Little did Spangler know that while at the painting studio, HGTV designer and host Tiffany Brooks would show up to let her know she had won the HGTV® Dream Home 2017.
"It was surreal," Spangler said. "It is absolutely unbelievable."
Spangler's name was drawn at random from more than 131 million entries in the sweepstakes. She wins the approximately 3,200-square-foot residence on St. Simons Island, Georgia, a new Honda Pilot and $250,000 from national mortgage lender Quicken Loans®.
Spangler, who works in marketing, said that she signed up on HGTV.com to receive daily email reminders to enter the sweepstakes. "During my lunch break, I would enter," she said. "It was definitely my dream."
The home was restored to a one-of-a-kind seaside getaway with a design aesthetic that can be described as Southern Transitional. With Sea Island as the backdrop, the 1980s-built home maintains a traditional look that embodies true Southern charm with an emphasis on architecture reflective of its coastal location.
Spangler and her husband will have their first chance to see the home in the coming weeks. Viewers can witness her reaction to the ambush and the home itself by tuning in to the HGTV Dream Home Giveaway Special premiering Friday, May 26 at 1 p.m. ET on HGTV.
Learn more about this year's giveaway and its sponsors – Honda; Lumber Liquidators, Inc.; Quicken Loans®; Wayfair; Cabinets To Go; Delta Faucet; CESAR® Canine Cuisine; Realtor.com®; Trex Company, Inc.; Belgard; Bush Brothers & Company; ICON Health & Fitness; SimpliSafe Home Security; Sleep Number®; Greenworks Tools; and Bose Corporation – at HGTV.com/HGTVDreamHome.

Glen Campbell Says 'Adiós' With Final Studio Album


Legendary singer and guitarist Glen Campbell's final studio album, Adiós, will be released June 9 on UMe, capping off an extraordinary career that has spanned more than five decades and 50 million albums sold. The album will be released on CD, vinyl and digitally and is available for pre-order beginning today. Pre-order Adiós here: https://UMe.lnk.to/AdiosPR
Adiós was recorded at Station West in Nashville following Campbell's "Goodbye Tour" which he launched after revealing he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The album was announced today via People.comwith an exclusive statement from Kim Campbell, Glen's wife of 34 years. In her touching notes, Kim reveals the genesis of the album, details the recording process and explains why Adiós is finally being released.  Kim writes: "A new Glen Campbell album coming out in 2017 might seem a bit odd since he hasn't performed since 2012, and even more odd – if not absolutely amazing – when you consider that he has Alzheimer's disease. Glen's abilities to play, sing and remember songs began to rapidly decline after his diagnosis in 2011. A feeling of urgency grew to get him into the studio one last time to capture what magic was left. It was now or never." She concludes, "What you're hearing when listening to Adiós is the beautiful and loving culmination of friends and family doing their very best for the man who inspired, raised, and entertained them for decades – giving him the chance to say one last goodbye to his fans, and put one last amazing collection of songs onto the record store shelves." Head over to People.com to read Kim Campbell's full note as well as hear the album's first track, "Everybody's Talkin'," Campbell's take on the Fred Neil-penned hit made famous by Harry Nilsson in the film "Midnight Cowboy."
For Campbell's final recording session, Glen and Kim turned to Glen's longtime banjo player and family friend Carl Jackson to helm the production, play guitar and help his old friend. In preparation for the recording, Jackson, who joined Campbell's band in the early '70s as an 18-year-old banjo player, laid down some basic tracks and vocals for Campbell to study and practice. Jackson encouraged him every step of the way and although Campbell struggled at times because of his progressing dementia, he was clearly ecstatic about being in the studio.
The 12-track collection features songs that Campbell always loved but never got a chance to record, including several from Jimmy Webb, his longtime collaborator behind some of his biggest hits like "Wichita Lineman" "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," and "Galveston." In addition to the bittersweet title track, "Adiós," first popularized by Linda Ronstadt, Campbell also sings Webb's longing love song "Just Like Always" and country weeper "It Won't Bring Her Back." He revisits "Postcard From Paris" with his sons Cal and Shannon and daughter Ashley singing the line, "I wish you were here," resulting in a powerful and heartfelt message of a family singing together one last time.
Adiós sees Campbell putting his spin on several classic songs including "Don't Think Twice It's All Right," inspired by Jerry Reed's version of Bob Dylan's timeless tune and "Everybody's Talkin', a banjo-filled take on the song that Campbell never recorded but famously performed on the "Sonny & Cher Show" in 1973 with a 19-year-old Carl Jackson. Campbell's daughter Ashley plays banjo on the song and joins her dad on several tracks on the album. Other songwriters featured include Roger Miller with "Am I All Alone (Or Is It Only Me)," which begins with a home recording of Miller singing the tune at a guitar pull before going into Campbell's rendition with Vince Gill on harmonies, Dickey Lee's honky tonk heartbreaker "She Thinks I Still Care" and Jerry Reed's Johnny Cash hit "A Thing Called Love." Willie Nelson joins his old pal for a poignant duet of Nelson's 1968 "Funny How Time Slips Away" while Jackson tells Campbell's life story in "Arkansas Farmboy." "I wrote 'Arkansas Farmboy' sometime in the mid- to late-'70s on a plane bound for one of the many overseas destinations I played with Glen between 1972 and 1984," reveals Jackson. "The song was inspired by a story that Glen told me about his grandpa teaching him 'In The Pines' on a $5 Sears & Roebuck guitar when he was only a boy. That guitar led to worldwide fame and fortune, far beyond what even some in his family could comprehend."
Adiós was a labor of love and a way for Glen Campbell to have one more chance to do what he loves to do and leave a musical gift for fans. Campbell, who turns 81 on April 22, is in the final stages of Alzheimer's disease. He lives in Nashville where he is surrounded by his loving family and getting the very best of care.

Cara Cowgirl Peacock Boot


Cofi Leathers sent over a pair of their new Cara Cowgirl Peacock Boots for use to use in our recent photo shoot. Due to a last minute switch up with our model they didn't fit, but we still wanted to share these amazing boots with you. Featuring a traditional western-style topline with pull straps, distressed leather sole and a stacked 2.5" heel with bold colors perfect for summer. 

Boot: Cofi Cara Cowgirl Peacock Boot
Price: $350
Where to get them: www.cofileathers.com



New Colors for 2017 Ram Laramie Longhorn


Ram Truck today unveiled a new exterior color shade for its luxurious and capable Laramie Longhorn line of pickup trucks.

RV Match Walnut Brown will serve as the model’s new two-tone contrast color, replacing White Gold.

“The Ram Laramie Longhorn has deservedly become the world’s benchmark for upscale, capable pickup trucks,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand, FCA – Global. “The Laramie Longhorn has earned the title Luxury Truck of Texas from the Texas Auto Writers Association and there’s no better place to show off these updates than at the Dallas Auto Show.”


The luxurious Laramie Longhorn-edition model is available across the Ram pickup truck lineup, including 1500, 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty models.

With more than 30,000 pounds of trailering capability, Ram Heavy Duty Laramie Longhorn editions have become a popular choice among buyers who rely on their truck to tow a camper or recreational vehicle. In fact, the new RV Match Brown was chosen to closely match or complement a shade of brown that is frequently used in the exterior design of RV travel trailers, including premium fifth-wheel models.


Ram Laramie Longhorn edition models are known for distinctive exterior badges. A chrome metal Laramie Longhorn edition badge with painted accents is mounted to the tailgate while eye-catching, model-specific (1500, 2500 or 3500) Laramie Longhorn edition badges adorn the doors.

Ram’s RV Match Walnut Brown lower-body two-tone, wheel flares, painted front and rear bumpers and running boards complement a bright chrome grille and painted tow hooks.


Two-tone Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn editions are equipped with 20-inch polished aluminum wheels with brown-colored pockets, while monochromatic versions roll on polished silver aluminum wheels. Ram 2500 and 3500 (single rear wheel) models get 18-inch polished aluminum wheels with brown-colored pockets, while monochromatic versions roll on polished silver aluminum wheels. Twenty-inch wheels are optional. Ram 3500 duallies get polished silver aluminum wheels with Laramie Longhorn edition-badged center caps.

RV Match Walnut Brown is available as a two-tone combination with nine exterior colors, including Black Forest Green, Bright Silver, Bright White, Brilliant Black Crystal, Delmonico Red, Granite Crystal, Maximum Steel, Pearl White and True Blue.


Ram Laramie models will continue to be offered in an optional Bright Silver two-tone contrast, but for 2017 will also be available in two-tone RV Match Brown color. Non-two-tone paint is standard on Ram Laramie models.

Ram RV Match Walnut Brown models will go on sale in Q2 2017.

Kim Lewis' 77 F-150


Texas-based designer Kim Lewis, no stranger to the spotlight, has come to appreciate the value of iconic design. As a production designer on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” Lewis helped design and renovate more than 120 homes across America over the course of six years.

“No pressure there,” laughs Lewis, sitting on the back of her treasured workhorse – a vintage 1977 blue-and-white Ford F-150 Ranger she calls “Pearl.” She bought the truck after moving back to Austin from Los Angeles to launch Kim Lewis Designs, and it’s become an integral part of her global design business.
Lewis, hailing from a longtime Ford truck family, learned to drive in her grandfather’s 1978 Ford F-150. That truck remains in the family to this day, and is what inspired her to find her own vintage Ford truck. “All around Texas, people know Pearl – we’re two peas in a pod,” says Lewis. “She’s exactly what I needed to start my business and has become part of my brand. My Ford truck was built for life and built for my work.”

In 2006, working as a marketing manager for a furniture company, Lewis seized on an opportunity to design for “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Her first project, which took her all the way to Alaska, was a success. Within two years, she would take over managing the show’s entire design team.
“I was constantly running to and from the airport to work on projects all around the country,” says Lewis. “It was a modern-day barn-raising, as we worked with local communities to help raise people up and inspire them.”

Today, Lewis designs restaurants and tiny homes all around the world – using Pearl whenever possible to travel to job sites or to deliver furniture and accessories. She recently worked on a Thanksgiving Day makeover of Dallas Fire Station No. 43 with the Dallas Cowboys, Fox Sports, Leary Firefighters Foundation and Ford Motor Company, which donated a 2017 F-Series Super Duty to the firefighters.
Lewis has also launched an accessory line to provide women in places like Ethiopia, Ghana and Honduras with sustainable economic opportunities. She frequently travels to developing countries to train and assist women, finding new inspiration for design along the way.

For details on Ford’s 40 Years Tough series, including more on Lewis and Pearl, or to share your F-Series story, visit www.40YearsTough.com.

Palm Springs Weekend Getaway


Sometimes you just need a weekend off and there is no better place for a weekend off than Palm Springs. So when the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs invited me out for a few days I jumped at the chance to unwind in one of my favorite cities. Palm Springs is located just over 100 miles from both Los Angeles and San Diego making it a popular getaway in Southern California. Known as a mecca for biking, golf, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, and tennis, it is a very active city. I, however, planned on enjoying some 4-wheel-drive activities out in the surrounding desert thanks to Jeep.

Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, the Hard Rock Hotel is within walking distance to top restaurants, shopping, and entertainment, meaning you can drop your car off at the valet and not need it again until you check out.

Rockstar Suite

Rooms at the Hard Rock Hotel are spacious, especially if you step up to the Rockstar Suite which features a full living room, lounge, bedroom, and kitchen. Major celebrities and real life Rockstars have stayed in this room. Every room at the HRH Palm Springs is stylish and feature subtle design elements that point back to Hard Rock's musical roots.

Rockstar Suite Living Room
Music really is at the heart of the Hard Rock Hotel brand, from being able to check out a guitar to take to your room for jam sessions to incredible live music events, if you love music, you'll enjoy your stay at Hard Rock Palm Springs.

Sotomayor Rocking at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

HRH isn't just about heavy metal and hair bands, on the weekends in the club, they host local bands and international musicians like electronic artists Sotomayor  from Mexico City who played while I was there and rocked. With great music, drinks, and a relaxed vibe it's a great club just steps away from your room. We planned to go out and check out some other local bars.But we ended up just staying at the hotel and enjoying some really amazing performances. 

HRH Palm Springs Lobby / Club
Walking around the hotel you will see memorabilia from countless musical celebrities including Lady Gaga's Vespa, Frank Sinatra's jacket, Bono's Guitar, etc. Around every corner, you discover more art, collectibles, and musical treasures. As you explore the property you will pick up that there is a soundtrack playing in all the public area, that music is curated by the hotel's "vibe manager" who makes sure that it's always playing at the perfect volume, loud enough to enjoy, but soft enough you can still have a conversation as you sit in the lounge. 

Lady Gaga's Vespa
The top notch on-site restaurant 'The Kitchen' serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Every Sunday Morning they have a Drag Show Brunch, it is Palm Springs after all. But if you can't find your way out of bed and down to the restaurant, room service is just a phone call away. 

Biscuits & Gravy at The Kitchen 
Staying at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs is a treat, not just because of the cool rooms, awesome shows, and great food, the staff is what really stands out. From the valet and front desk to the bar and restaurant every interaction was professional, polite, and made me feel like a Rockstar.

For more information on Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs or to book a stay visit hrhpalmsprings.com.


Art is everywhere at the HRH Palm Springs

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