Author: Valerie Mellema

Ride & Tie: Combining the Love of Running with Horses

Contributions by Stan Kent and Korinne Sharp Do you love to run? Do you love horses? If so, Ride & Tie is the sport for you! Two local horse lovers and runners are working on making a sport that is popular in California and the East Coast a reality in North Texas. Korinne Sharp just moved to the DFW area last year and has competed in Ride & Ties in Virginia. Missing the sport, she has started the process of planning a Ride & Tie in the North Texas area. Stan Kent is located in Sulphur Springs and is...

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The Story of Teaspoon

I work with the Humane Society of North Texas as the Equine Assistant to Dawn Foil. She is the Equine Coordinator.  I have a small boarding business on 40 acres. We call it Six D Ranch, because we have 6 daughters. Many people tell Dawn and I that we ought to write a book, or make a television show….. and I don’t know if people are really ready for that! We are much akin to a ranch version of Lucy and Ethyl; and Dawn is definitely Lucy. We work hard. We do our best. In the end, that has...

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How To Utilize Social Marketing for Your Equine Business

Equine businesses are the perfect candidates for social media marketing. You’re in the “field” every day and you have the opportunity to take pictures and videos regularly and quickly. Because these can be easily shared with a variety of social media outlets, you are just a few clicks or finger touches away from sharing with your audience. However, just because you can post to social media at all hours of the day doesn’t mean that you should. In this article, we will discuss best practices for using social media. Where to Post Facebook is a definite must. There’s a...

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Farm Spotlight: Aiming High Ranch

Cliff and Julie Bailey are well known in East Texas for training and breeding performance horses. Julie’s training focuses on starting colts and training barrel horses. She started riding at the age of 5 and was galloping her father’s Quarter Horse racehorses by 10 years old. Julie showed in western pleasure, reining and halter as a child, but began training barrel horses professionally at 18. In 1991, she met and married Cliff Bailey and has ridden and trained many of his Thoroughbred racehorses since. Julie has many accomplishments under her belt including the 1997 APHA Jr. Barrels World Championship...

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