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May 23, 2017
Story of a… Florida Cowboy
Fifth-generation rancher Kevin Whaley maintains the traditions and bloodlines of Old Florida.
The family legacy. Whaley runs his approximately 6,000-acre ranch, which was passed down through his family, with the help of his 24-year-old daughter, Laci, two brothers and a nephew.
Growing up cowboy. When he was only 6 years old, Whaley participated in the quadrille, a type of intricate square dance that is performed on horseback, at the Silver Spurs Rodeo. By then, he was a veteran rider. “I imagine I was two or three years old when I first started riding.”
A day in the life. His typical day can include building or fixing fences, herding cattle or getting them out of the road, watching for coyotes, or lending a hand to a fellow rancher, among a host of other duties. “I get to do a lot of different things, but don’t think I don’t get tired,” laughs Whaley, who studied ranch management at Texas Christian University. More info...
May 12, 2017
Watch: Rescue Crews Hoist Horse to Safety
By Hetty Chang
A horse was airlifted after it and its rider fell 300 feet over the side of a trail in Angelus Oaks. Officials said the horse was in good condition and the rider was transported to the hospital in unknown condition.
A woman and her horse were home safe Thursday night after rescue crews hoisted the animal by helicopter that was stuck on the side of a mountain road in San Bernardino County. More info...
May 12, 2017
Nat: A Tribute to My ‘One’
By Sydney Woodsum
We all have that one horse, that one horse that really just makes us realize why we love riding horses so much. When I was about 13 years old my barn got a new school horse, a big chestnut OTTB named Nat. For such a small girl I had a thing for big horses.
Let me tell you, though, he was a bit naughty. He loved throwing people off and being silly, and he was strong so that it made the fight all that much harder. I was a very green rider for a horse like him, but two years later and lots of begging my trainer I got to half board him. More info...