Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Reno-Ruby BLM Mustang 
Today is Reno-Ruby's first full day at the ranch. She is settling in well but it has been raining constantly since last night! Not only is it raining but it's also a tad chilly out with a slight breeze. The forecast calls for rain all this week but I won't let me stop me from spending lots of time with her. 

Reno is such a sweet little filly and the Saddle Tramps 4-H club have done an amazing job with her! I'm so excited for the weather to warm up so I can continue to work with her. I'm thinking I should set up a little trail course for her and also start ponying her behind WindDancer on little rides.

Reno & I inside the barn out of the rain!

Reno enjoying the shelter from the rain.
I just love this little filly and I'm so lucky that I am able to give her a good home. For everyone involved with the Saddle Tramps check back here for updates on Reno-Ruby!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Idaho Horse Expo and Reno-Ruby

I just returned from the Idaho Horse Expo. It was a long three days of passing out sacks and brochures, but it was a good expo for the lodge to go to. We got some girls signed up for horse camp (which is great) and we got a lot of interest from people.

Cornucopia Lodge Booth
But the most exciting part of the whole trip was finding Ruby-Red! Who is this I speak of? The cutest little red roan BLM mustang EVER. Long story short, the BLM gives different Idaho 4-H clubs yearling mustangs. The 4-H clubs then train the horses for 9 weeks (I believe) and they are then auctioned off at the Idaho Horse Expo. The Cornucopia Lodge booth was next to the BLM booth and I couldn't resist bidding on Ruby-Reno. She is the cutest nicest little mustang out there and she's going to make one heck of a horse!

Check out this link for more information about the 4-H BLM program: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/prog/wild_horses_/4-h_program.html

Monday, March 31, 2014

Horsin' around with Shannon

WindDancer learning to jump... Kind of.

Shannon and Twiggy

A ride across the hill.

Up on the top of our property.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Northwest Horse Fair and Expo 2014 in Albany, Oregon

It has been a busy few days for me lately. Last Thursday I picked Jane up from the Portland airport and we proceeded to set up the Cornucopia Lodge booth for the Northwest Horse Fair & Expo in Albany, Oregon. I know that my booth can be a pain to set up (and take down) but I love it and I’m thankful Jane puts up with my antics.  After checking into the hotel we hit the hay. Or so I thought… Apparently I was singing in my sleep. (I’m so sorry Jane!)

Friday we headed to the expo and tried to get people interested in the lodge and coming to stay with us during the summer. We had lots of interest considering it was the first day of the show so that was good. In the afternoon my dad and Bobbi dropped by to see the booth and explore the expo. After a tiring day on our feet Jane and I meet my dad and Bobbi at Novaks, a fabulous Hungarian restaurant. But really. If you are in Albany eat at Novaks. The rest of the night was good, although I didn’t sleep well - but alas another day at the expo waited.

Saturday was a blur in terms of talking to people and passing out bags with brochures and samples. We met some really great people and hopefully we will get to see some of them at the lodge this summer if they book. Sunday the expo was especially slow. I think the fact that it was warm and spring break didn’t help an event that was, for all practical purposes, indoors. Still, it was a good expo for the lodge to attend.

Let’s see… what else happened? I got to talk with Mitch Hoover from MJ Rising Ranch. I spent time talking with my friend Lea from PayneWest Insurance. I got an Outback Trading jacket embroidered with Cornucopia Lodge – it’s black with purple lining. Very fun. Bought a cowhide. Didn’t sleep a whole lot. And overall had fun with Jane. It was a busy, but very good, few days.

AND I got a cinch! But not just any cinch, one that Jane hand made for me. I am so in love with it. Part of me wants to use and part of me wants to hang it on my wall. It’s amazing. I am so excited. Thank you Jane! (Side note: I tell Jane she is fantastic all the time… but she really is. I hope she knows it.)

My beautiful cinch!!

Now I think its time for dinner and then bed. I am ready to hit the sack. I think Scout would agree with that statement, he looks content now that I am home.  Oh and I do apologize for any spelling or grammatical mistakes in this blog post. I am tired enough I’m not even going to proof read it.

Waterfalls Round Two

Here is round two of the waterfalls from my drive on the Historic Columbia River Highway. Plus a photo of the gorge, an over-edited photo of the Vista House, and some scenery.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Historic Columbia River Highway

The Columbia River Highway is my new favorite road in the Pacific Northwest.  I absolutely love it! Right now I Ridgefield Washington visiting my sister Lisa, but before I made it here I took a little detour off I-84 onto the historic and beautiful Columbia River Highway.  I only drove half of my route today and on the way back to Union I plan to hit up the remaining section of road.

The whole reason for this detour? Waterfalls. I was inspired by my friend Jill who recently did a road trip with her husband Ian and they went to the most amazing waterfalls. As a native Oregonian I felt it was my duty to also visit these amazing falls. On the way back I plan on visiting the falls I didn't get a chance to see today.

Below are photos of Horsetail Falls, Multnomah Falls, and Wahkeena Falls. As well as a few smaller falls. I missed Oneonta Falls, but maybe I'll catch it on the way back.

Horsetail Falls

Horsetail Falls

Horsetrail Falls

Lower Multnomah

Random side waterfall.

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls

Wahkeena Falls

Wahkeena Falls

Tomorrow I'm going to get Jane from the airport then set up our booth for the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo. The expo runs from Friday through Sunday. We will be advertising the lodge and all of our great summer adventures.

For now though I'm going to hang out with my sister Lisa and enjoy some delicious pizza!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Horseback Riding Through Cove

Thanks to Shannon for organizing this fun ride through Cove and up high valley.  I got to meet new people, ride WindDancer, and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Deer on the Ridge

Sweaty WindDancer

Following the Crowd

Going through the Drive-Through 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Team Driving Round Two

Yesterday (Wednesday) I got the opportunity to drive mules again with Darice over in Richland. I just love driving and I love that I am learning this art. I am so thankful for Darice's expertise and the fact that I am to have this wonderful experience.

I hope that Darice and Jim don't mind, but I am borrowing some of their photos (and videos) to post on here.

Harnessing the Mule Team

Driving Past the old Richland School House

Ben and Katie (Katie did most of the pulling)

Heading Down the Road

Ground Driving Katie and Ben

Ground Driving Katie and Ben

And now for two videos...



Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Kiwi's First Time Saddled

Yesterday I saddled little Kiwi for the first time. She was wonderful. I expected flinching, bucking, shifting, anything like that... but she just stood there and let me put the saddle on. I had to do a fair amount of cinch adjusting (because she is so small) and she still stood there. Like she had done it a hundred times. Here's a little video I put together. Proof I saddled her and she didn't freak. )