We don't do alot of running around from Az but did this year we made a day trip to the Annual Arizona Cowpunchers Reunion on July 29, 2010 in Williams, Az. traveling with our daughter, Traci Butler (Texas). Cooler temperatures & fun time with our daughter lured us away...we had a really nice time visiting with folks we just don't get to see on regular basis. For additional information see: Bill Owen Cowpunchers Scholarship information. In case you aren't acquainted with this annual event see:
Williams Tourism Examiner
& for exciting photos of earlier years & this years event click here.
We had a good visit with Mr. Boots O'Neal from the Four Sixes Ranch in Guthrie, Tex. Mr. O'Neil is one of the most gracious gentleman I have ever met. Boots is the Brand Inspector at the Sixes. Twister knows Boots from many years ago when we were all young & Twister was running the horse program at the ORO Ranch North of Prescott, Az.
I am working on more videos this years to showcase our horses for sale...Ann Ellis, one of our clients got me started with a great little camera, "Flip." For that nudge in the right direction I'am very thankful that she shared Flip video with me. ...If you need something easy to work with & fantastic software, user friendly try the "Flip" camera. They are exceptional, reasonably priced, super user friendly. I think it is an exceptional value for the money. I am having fun & soon will have more videos online, visit us at Youtube & www.equine.com Also, visit our website video page for previews of what you can expect from our horse training program & horses for sale and/or sold thru our videos.
Today we are visiting the Ariz Cattle Growers annual Calf Sale & BBQ, this is in it's 78th year of celebration held in Peeples Valley, Az, north of Yarnell, South of Kirkland,Az. It is hosted at the Maughn Ranches (orginally it was the annual Hays Ranch Sale)..There is mutton riding for the little ones in the AM, BBQ at noon & sale starts at 1pm. There will be some horses for sale & short demonstrations. Book your calendar & see ya there!!! Family atmosphere, it is a fun time. It's an annual event so book it for your calendar for next year. Visit: Arizona Farm Bureau Calendar of events to plan some neat trips around Az. There is plenty of interresting activities without expense in this versitle state of Arizona. Family friendly atmosphere, budget friendly to hard working Arizona families.
This is our reputation:
Honest job... Honest price... Durn good horse!
WE ARE UNIQUE:
Working Ranch setting, we sell ranch horses, train horses,work cattle, train students. Our mares are turned out, the babies grow up outside. Our program gives horses a well balanced life, they are not penned up in a stall. Those in training get 25-27 days of riding each month: outside miles and arena exercises.
Let’s get serious about excellence in horses and horsemanship.
Pray for our Troops, God Bless the USA !!
Twister & Sandy
and AQHA Professional Horseman
Alittle about Mrs. Heller....
I am one of these gals who has lived long enough & is truly blessed & grateful to enjoy this western lifestyle.
From as long as I can remember I dreamed of being married to a cowboy, ranching & anything that had to do with a horse…I wasn’t born horseback but started riding in early high school years….hooked for life. Western lifestyle is a “disease, of which there is no cure!.”
In 1985 I married Twister Heller & we both worked our hardest for whatever we found to do. Between the two of us we have 3 children: Traci Butler (Texas), Lisa Livingston (N. Carolina) & Jud (here with us on the facility). We finished raising a family, we prospered & starved out some too, which was a great inspiration to launching Twister’s horse training business in 1994. He was always training horses on no matter what outfit he worked but we had dreams of having a home of our own. We camped in an old batchlor’s camp (also known as the “Sugar Shack”) north of Congress,Az, worked hard & took care of the camp & took care of business. The pens were great, the shack was just that…a shack but we had a lot of hope.
Now, I don’t tote buckles or titles of any special recognition except did a lot of what has to be done from riding horses, grooming horses, chores, cooking for a crew. I am what you call also a “Domestic Engineer, Office Manager & Webmaster (sort of) & Video Media Specialist.” All of this resume gets me an “on call” degree in the business of life. I doctored plenty of cowboys & a husband who is in pretty good shape for 64 yrs old this year.
Well, to sum it all up: There are plenty of memories, some wonderful, some I’d rather forget, but most of all I am a blessed lady. The hard work never did scare me, in my younger days it was how I survived, then found out it was a life preference….just never figured out how to get paid well for it!!! At least not in payrolls….but, today, I can declare we have seen “the goodness of God in the land of the living”…I love our lifestyle.