Oct 8, 2011

An Award

Ever so often in Blogland, a fellow blogger passes along awards to those whose blogs they read.  I would like to thank Arlene at Grey Horse Matters for recognizing Horsetrailriders. 

Like many of you, most of the blogs I read are horse related.  While geographically, Arlene and I are a half a country apart, I have enjoyed following Grey Horse Matters, seeing her beautiful farm via her pictures (the landscaping is to die for!) and sharing weather woes while we wait for the next spring.  And, we both have horses named Blue.  I started following her blog when she rescued Sami and Sweetie, or perhaps read back to the story, but was hooked ever since.  Thank you again, Arlene, for the award and especially for your kind words when we lost Ginger. 


The award has a couple of conditions.  1) To pass it on to fifteen other bloggers and 2) To mention seven facts about me. 

I read a lot of blogs – many of those all of you read – so I will call out a few that may not be on everyone’s blog roll but definitely worth it to click over and visit. 

The Cheyenne Chronicles takes us to Scotland.  Don’t we all dream of riding there someday?  And do any of you who tune in to Cheyenne, read it with an accent like I do?

Mindee’s Our Front Door is another local blogger who I have been following for some time now.  Her blog has given me many laugh-out-loud moments. 

I love Shiloh Horse Rescue.  If I were to ever do a rescue, that is the one I would clone it after.  I love the that she has a “gummie” corral and pigs named Lindsey Lohan and Jimmie Dean.  This is what I would do if I were to win the lottery. 

Horses Are Our Lives:  Brenda is from my area and one of my riding buddies.  She is a trainer by trade and Windy has spent many days at Camp Messick for tune-ups.

Painted Creek Farm and Ranch Girl Diaries:  Bloggers, horse lovers, sisters. 

Funder, of It seemed like a good idea at the time..., is a distance rider from Reno.  I love reading about her rides, her Dixie mare and she is incredibly funny.

Fantastyk Voyage:  Val, and her daughter Sheila, from New Mexico, was a special guest at the Friday Before Mother’s Day ride a few years ago.   It’s great to keep in touch with her via our respective blogs.

MiKael of MiKael's Mania is the “mini-series” writer of blogs – focusing on a story line and bringing it to life over several days.

Maery Rose, also from the midwest is a Cowgirl by Proxy.  She is a writer, mom to dogs and horses and a wonderful photographer. 

When it’s It's Sunny in SD, it is probably sunny here, too, as we share state lines. 

The Barb Wire:  Raise your hand if you want to look and ride like Tamara!  (My hand is up!)

50 + Horses:  The title got my attention even though I wasn’t quite there… yet. 

KC at All Horse Stuff and I have bay mares separated at birth.  And some day, I am going to ride those Oregon trails with her. 

Follow Robin and Steen On the Trail to Somewhere.  And, she is bringing her husband along for the ride.  His blog is Diplomatic Bear

And finally, Debi from Greener Pastures.  I so wish we were closer as I would love to meet her in person.  I think we could talk for days. 

Please - be sure to check out my blog roll to the right of this post.  These are all must reads!

And…. drum roll…. the 7 (dreaded) facts about me.  Hmmm.  I am such an open book that it is hard to come up with something I haven’t already shared…

1)  For those who follow football, although I am a Nebraska native, I am not particularly a Nebraska Husker fan.  Oh, I want them to win and all, but the game is on while I am typing and probably 2.8 out of 3 televisions in our state is tuned in, I couldn’t care less. 

2)  I was 31 when I got married.  We have been together 23 years.  My mom was 30 when she got married (her first and only time). 

3)  My first car was a Ford Torino.  I think it was a 1968 and disgusted that I can’t remember for sure because, for a girl, I am pretty good about knowing years of cars. 

4)  I am a speeder.  It has taken too many tickets and a teenaged boy on our insurance to finally get me to slow down.  But there are still some days I will glance down and be going 80 mph.  My Durango with a hemi stays garaged most of the time and I commute in a 2000 Ford Focus.  It keeps me out of trouble. 

5)  I love to mow the lawn.  And I don't like vegetables.  I know, technically 2 things but I thought they went together.  ;)

6)  Dogs love me.  As I sit here, my “team” of dogs are all nearby and would be on my lap if I’d let them.  (I don’t think they like Husker football either.)

Am I done yet?

7)  There are a few people in my life who can make me laugh until I cry:  my sister and brother, my boss and my friend, Jules.  There are others, but these four come to mind first and foremost.  I have totally lost it in churches, meetings and stores when with one of these culprits.  And in my book, there is nothing better than laughter. 

(PS:  To sound like I am somewhat interested, I just asked John what the score is.  And I have no idea what he just told me.  That is just how interested I am…. )


  1. Nice to get to know you better Tammy. I'm not a big football fan either and like you hate veggies. Have got many tickets for speeding too, those cops just don't seem to have a sense of humor around here. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Congratulations on your award! So nice to get to know you. I, too, got married at 31 and still married 24 years later, we share an appreciation of muscle cars and dogs (I have 3) and we like to laugh. Cool! :-)

  3. Congrats on the award! I think yours was the first horse blog I really followed regularly. I've learned a lot from it and I have found so many other great bloggers through you. Thanks.


  4. Thanks for the mention Tammy. :)

    I tuned in for the 4th quarter last night - mostly because Rich and Faith were at the game and I was trying to determine when they'd get home. I had no idea I was watching a "dramatic come-from-behind win".

  5. Hello! I received this award from Wolfie and found you! I enjoy your blog!

  6. Thanks so much for the mention and the award! I'll have to do a bit of thinking (and some checking out of the other blogs you listed that I haven't read yet) and I'll get something up. Very cool :)

  7. Well thank you for the award! Made me feel really good! I also think we could talk for days. We have a lot in common Tammy. Except for the vegies. I love them. I even like peas.

    You're right. Laughter is great. And you made me laugh about your fake interest in the game.

    People come up with some good blog names, don't they?


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