May 23, 2017 Story of a… Florida Cowboy CHERI HENDERSON
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 10, 2017 Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show will go on, despite protests Panama City, FL
Dozens of horses from across the country are making their way to Panama City Beach this weekend to compete in a horse show.
The 19th annual Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show and Music Festival takes place at Frank Brown Park from Thursday to Saturday.
There will be live performances, concessions and 150 Tennessee Walking horses, who will be competing in a variety of shows to raise money for local charities.
Martha Blackmon Milligan, also known as "Sister," has been hosting the horse show for almost two decades. Animal activists have been confronting her, for about the same amount of time. More info...