Sunday, September 21, 2008

Auction Results

Word on the street is that Jackpot sold for $1800 today.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Results are in!!

Buddy and Jackpot did very well in the riding portion, but because of the in-hand score, it did not put them in the Top 10. They placed 14th overall. 

Not bad!!

Auction tomorrow, and there is lots of interest in Jackpot. 

Videos to come next week of their performances.

Friday, September 19, 2008

In-Hand Results

Today was the In-Hand/Halter competition. Jackpot got a little squirrelly coming into the arena, so it cost them. They ended up placing 48 out of 69 competitors. However, tomorrow is the riding portion of things and Buddy hopes to do much better. 

Horses were also scored on body conditioning, and Jackpot scored 100% on that! So fingers crossed tomorrow will do better and put them in the top 10 overall. 

That's your update!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Waiting on word

No word on how they did today. Hopefully news tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

They have arrived

Buddy and Jackpot have arrived and checked into the Extreme Mustang Makeover, as of 8 a.m. this morning!!

A minor setback

Word from Buddy and Kim is that they broke down outside of El Paso, TX. The truck is in the shop and they have gotten a replacement and as of this evening at 9 p.m. are back on the road. 

They are 7 hours from Ft. Worth and expect to be there in time for the check-in Wednesday morning. 

Keep your fingers crossed! More to come as I get updates.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Less than a week now

Buddy and Jackpot hit the road for Texas this Sunday bright and early!!

Thank you again to all who have sponsored this endeavor. It just couldn't be done without your support.

The Benefit Auction was a huge success!! Total money raised:


Remember, anything left over (and there will be leftover $$, Buddy and Kim are not staying in a fancy hotel) goes to the Wickenburg High School Scholarship Fund

So thank you, everyone. You did a great job!!

I'll keep you posted. Check in time is 8 a.m. Wednesday in Ft. Worth, Texas

Starting that Wednesday, there will be daily updates on this blog, so come back soon!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

The Auction

It was a great success!

Thank you to all who came out 
and generously opened their checkbooks

Thank you to our many sponsors!!

Fielding questions

Security detail

Buddy and Jackpot


A one minute clip

Thursday, August 28, 2008


So what should we do today?

Learn to bow

Stand up tall

Rope tricks

Not much longer
till the big day
September 18th!!!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Working the course

All photos courtesy of

A walk-thru is always in order
Practice on the ground first
and then in the saddle

Backing the L

Both ways...

A nice jump

They're lookin good!!!

Ready for Texas

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Update! Finally...

Sorry it's been so long to update

As the finals draw closer
you'll see less of what's really going on
because I am sworn to secrecy as to
what their Freestyle will be about
and that's what they're working on

We aren't spilling it on this blog

If you want a sneak preview
show up at the Benefit Auction
Sept. 6th 
Gates open at 4 pm
Demonstration at 4:30 pm
Auction at 6 pm
Wickenburg Rodeo Grounds

That's the only time Buddy will show 
the general public a preview of his freestyle finale

But here's some pics from the 9th
Thanks to Mike Thomas for taking them

Working the gate while ponying Big Al

Jackpot is having a fabulous time with this

Big Al belongs to this lady here
Nancy Rae Lee
who blogs about him here
Sending Big Al around

while Jackpot waits patiently


Nancy and Big Al successfully
negotiate the gate

Off they go!

Jackpot has turned into a really nice horse
capable and willing to do anything

More updates to come
but remember
we're not giving any secrets away

Friday, July 25, 2008

Big Bear

If any of you are in the Big Bear Lake, CA area

head on over to the Los Vaqueros arena tomorrow
Saturday the 26th 

and meet Jackpot!

They will be there all weekend 
for the Horsemanship Clinic

Come on over!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Jackpot's First Shoeing

Big day yesterday
Jackpot got his first set of shoes

Now before everyone gets all up in arms
wondering why we are shoeing a mustang
 let me explain

Yes, he needs shoes
If you've ridden Arizona at all
you know it's real rocky in this area

If you haven't ridden this area
come on down
we'll show you what we mean

If you expect to ride many miles
or gather cattle
your horse better be shod
mustang feet or not

Buddy's been doing these things lately
and Jackpot needs 
to come in and do his first set to shoes

"Are you ready, Jackpot?"

Meet Buddy's brother Wade
The Fearless Farrier

Slow and easy gets it done

Looks like Buddy did the ground work 

Farriers DO appreciate that

Jackpot was very well behaved

Hmm, hard feet?

Hoof stand?
No problem

Nailing that first one on

with a few distractions....

Look - monkey children

Nothing bothers Jackpot

The back end - no problem

He even enjoys and uses the Hoofjack stand

If you're a farrier of any sort
and you don't have one of these stands
stop right now
go. get. one.

Almost done...

The finished product

A job well done

A family portrait
Brothers Buddy and Wade
Mom Zona
kids Jet and Mercy
and Jackpot!

Let's not forget Jackpot's favorite
"That lady with the grain"

Did y'all catch the July Bridle and Bit article?


Did you see this in the August Western Horseman?
Wickenburg residents Jeff Alder, Carson Thomas,
Beaver Bird, and Russ and Mary Dolven
on page 114 in an article about Wickenburg

If you see them around town
get an autograph!!