Monday, August 31, 2009

Saturday afternoon was a beautiful day, and once again, The Texas Thunder, Priefert Percherons performed, and I announced. Immediately following their performance, we were able to let our Meridian Dairy Days princess, Jeni Hagler, have a ride aboard the freight wagon, back to the barns. Just like my experience, getting down was the hardest part, and I too had to have someone guide my feet to the steps.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Yes, you guessed it, they let me climb aboard, and take a ride back to the stalls.

This is Friday afternoon, these are the mighty, Priefert Percherons, the Texas Thunder. I announced their performance today at the fair, and tomorrow, Saturday too.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

This week is the Western Idaho Fair, and I will be announcing the Draft Horse Portion of the horse show. So things in the arena get started today, Thursday, pictures will follow of the Texas Thunder Perchirons team.

Monday, August 24, 2009

The choir from the Love Abide Christian church in Mt. Home. Super chorus, with their leaders Daniel and Linda, have alot of soul, as they sing classic spiritual and early american tunes. They bring to life the melodies sung in the Underground Railroad, and songs sung in the cotton fields of the old south.

Introducing the Love Abide Christian church from Mt. Home. They have a great sound, and sing spiritual songs. The history of the southern states, and the songs the slaves sang in the fields, come to life with this great chorus.

Saturday was a busy day. I started announcing the Gem State rodeo in Emmett at 9:00am, at 11:00am I hit the road for Mt. Home, where I emceed the Great Basin Blues festival. Then at 4:45 I raced to Caldwell, announced the finals of the Caldwell jr rodeo, and then returned to Mt. Home to finish out the Blues festival. Whew, and all without any traffic citations!

I have just finished announcing the Caldwell Night Jr. Rodeo, and here I am with Randy Corley and Hadley Berrett. These two announce the PRCA CNR performance, they have also announced the NFR in Las Vegas.

Arriving for work on Thursday evening, it is Tough Enough to Wear Pink night.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

This is my first belt buckle, handmade by my friend, Jim Hagler of New Plymouth, Idaho. District 2 gave me this buckle in 2003.

This buckle is for the Wrangler Junior High Finals announcer. I have been their announcer since Wrangler started the program, 6 years ago.

This is my most recent belt buckle, for announcing the Idaho State HS Finals, there are 7 jewels for the seven years I have been the finals announcer, in Pocatello Idaho.

Wednesday at Caldwell again, I worked with Benje Bendele, he is the sound and music maestro for not only Caldwell and the Snake River Stampede, but famous for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada too.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tuesday was the first perf in Caldwell, here I am with long time friends and co-workers Linda Richardson and Ruth Rhoades. We have been working together nearly every weekend for 10 years now. They are superstars with their stop watches, and loved by all the rodeo family in Idaho. I am glad they put up with me rodeo after rodeo!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Starting the day off, a beautiful Garden Valley sunrise as seen off our deck. This week is Caldwell Night Rodeo week. I will get on down the road to Caldwell, and announce the pre-show jr. rodeo each night this week.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Ryan made one of the most important trips of his life on Friday, he walked and received his diploma from BYU, in Provo Utah. He is looking forward to being a golf course superintendant.
We travelled to Provo Utah to be with the graduate, and on Saturday, Ryan and Lisa and her husband Ryan2 all took off down the highway to Missouri, where Ryan2 and Lisa will live for the next couple of years while Ryan2 attends med school.
Thursday in Bountiful Utah, I had a bridal photo shoot, here I am helping pose the beautiful bride and groom, below you can see a few of the shots they'll be able to choose from.
Traditional kiss under the veil
Love the arches, and the bride and groom just make it more spectacular!
One more kiss, yes a kiss to build a dream on....

All in a days work

Monday, August 10, 2009

In Filer, watching senior team roping, the weather both days was in the 90's, excellent conditions for a day long rodeo marathon!

About 160 miles east of New Plymouth, just down the highway, (3 hrs) is Filer, Idaho. Each night, after the ICA performance, I drove to Filer for a daytime junior rodeo, the High Desert Classic. I have announced this rodeo since it began, 6 yrs ago. So I commuted between the two rodeos Friday and Saturday nights, arriving in Filer between 3:30 and 4:00am both mornings. With me, are Crystal and Shelby Wheeler, great timers and now great friends. A big hat tip to both of you, and Alexis too!

New Plymouth, Idaho, was the scene on Friday and Saturday night. Scooter Lacrone and I announced together, and I ran the music too. Everything went well, less the arena sized mud puddle on Friday, due to a week of rain, but by Saturday things had dried out a bit and we had a great crowd and exciting show!

Friday, August 7, 2009

As I go down the road, sometimes my friends accompany me. Let me introduce you to Jeni and her best friend Sophomore. We went to the Stampede luncheon and were able to meet Tom Dale, mayor of Nampa. Freya Ford, Miss Rodeo Idaho 2009, and the next Miss Rodeo America. And Dusty Tuckness, a daring and brave PRCA bullfighter and all around great guy. I didn't know it at the time, but sophomore is deathly afraid of all clowns, but Dusty made her feel comfortable.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

4th of July at grandpas in Garden Valley, Ryan takes Andrew, Hallie, Brendan and William for a ride on four wheeler. We had a great week together.
here I am at the Nampa Idaho, Snake River Stampede, thats me in the arena with the camera photographing the coronation of the new Miss Rodeo Idaho, 2010 again, camera in hand, getting photos for the Stampede board for advertising and PR purposes

my weekend travels

this weekend I will be involved with 2 rodeos. The New Plymouth ICA show, and the 7th Annual High Desert Classic in Twin Falls Idaho. Friday night the New Plymouth show starts at 8pm with a second performance on Saturday evening. Saturday morning, at 8:30am I will announce the High Desert Classic, and then drive back to New Plymouth, for an evening there and then return to Twin Falls for the Sunday short go. Should be a busy weekend. I was approached to do the Fox 12 TV broadcast for the Homedale ICA show, but was already committed to these other two shows. It would have been some good air time on TV, but you can only do so much.
michael and william at the Ogden PRCA rodeo, nice shirts guys
here I am with andrew, william and brendan. My little PBR cowboys, love 'em!

my granddaughter, Hallie, watching Little Mermaid

here are two of my grandsons, Andrew and Brendan, on their john deere gator

welcome to my world, now lets get out on the highway.

a new era...

Today, I have entered the cyber world of blogging. With help from my daughters, I will now document my travels and experiences in our modern world.