ROPERS SPORTS NEWS - The Best Kept Secret - Mane 'n Tail

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November ROPERS SPORTS NEWS
The Best Kept Secret - Mane ‘n Tail
By Amy C. Witt

Since I was nine years old, I use to spend endless hours washing, scrubbing, grooming and polishing my horses and lambs with Mane ‘n Tail to keep them looking sparkly, lustrous and healthy for 4-H shows and rodeos. At a young age, I observed the quality of the product and its’ growth enhancements and quickly began using their shampoo and conditioner on myself. So when Straight Arrow most recently reached out to me and asked if they could send me product for review, I was beside myself. Now I know many of you have also been dedicated users and lovers of Straight Arrow’s products like the Original Mane ‘n Tail or everyone’s favorite, Cowboy Magic. Therefore, I am really excited to share with you a variety of new and exclusive Mane ‘n Tail products that not only can be used on all of your animals, but safe and wonderful for you and everyone you love!

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ULTIMATE GLOSS SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER

Although I have not used the Ultimate Gloss shampoo and conditioner on myself, it is my favorite go-to for my horses and dogs. With a very mild fruity scent, the shampoo allows for deep lathering and gentle cleansing that targets dirt and stains. The moisturizing formula is pH balanced so it is great for horses and other animals with sensitive skin. After easily rinsing the shampoo out, my animals are left with a super glossy and silky coat. Following up with the conditioner, I am instantly delighted with the softness, smell and finish. After using both the shampoo and conditioner, a long lasting reflective shine literally intensifies and brightens Mo’s palomino color. After using both the products on my Australian Shepherd, Lily, her coat is always left silky and shiny for well over a week. I did notice that if you don’t brush the mane, tail, coat or hair while it is still wet, hair will be very free and lively. For example, Mo has a frail, short forelock and if I do not brush it while it is still wet, it will literally stick straight up. Also, I typically do not need to follow up with a detangler because both the shampoo and conditioner have detangling agents. The Ultimate Gloss shampoo and conditioner is the real deal and if you want to blind others with shine, this product was made for you!

 

DETANGLER – The Tangles and Knot Solution

I use this Detangler every day on myself and every time I ride my horses. I have really thick hair and many times I get rats’ nests or knots right at my hair line and the back of my neck. I like to spray a generous amount and use a brush (oppose to a comb)to brush it out. I’ve used a ton of different oils and products and this detangler is really the only thing that is effective on my hair. For some reason, my horses like to roll around in bur-clovers or cockleburs and without this detangler, it is nearly impossible to brush out the hundreds of stickers stuck in their forelock, mane and tail. When brushing out these troublemakers, I like to spray a lot of the detangler in the hair and let it soak for a few seconds before smoothly brushing all of the bur-clovers and cockleburs out. The detangler always leaves the hair soft and looking clean even when the animal hasn’t been bathed. Not to mention, it is formulated with natural herbal extracts and is paraben-free, dye-free and aluminum-free.

 

COLOR PROTECT SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER

Every time I wash my hair I use the new Color Protect shampoo and conditioner. It has significantly helped keep my bleached blond hair healthy and fresh. I also am not a fan of brassiness, and I noticed it has helped maintain my color. The Color Protect shampoo and conditioner has also contributed to hair growth and keeps my ends super healthy. Some shampoos are really harsh and leave my ends super crispy and brittle, but this shampoo does not! The smell is nice, but I wish it would be a little stronger because when it dries, it doesn’t leave the hair super fragrant, but rather clean and thriving. And cowboys, this isn’t just for us cowgirls, it is for you also! My brother Zeb and his crew, the Fulton Hotshots – also share the big bottle of shampoo and conditioner when they’re camped out on a fire.  

 

DEEP MOISTURIZER SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER

The Deep Moisturizer is very new to the market and was created with a focus to target and revitalize dry and damaged hair.  Although my hair is not damaged, I absolutely love this shampoo and conditioner for myself and my horse. My horses’ hair, as well as my hair, a lot of times is dry but this product has a natural moisturizing retention treatment combined with micro-enriched proteins that provides for extra moisturizing, gentle cleaning and super soft locks. With Vitamin E and Provitamin B5, it really nourishes and hydrates the hair leaving it silky and easy to manage. I also like to leave the conditioner on for five minutes or longer to really let the product saturate because it always intensifies the health, strength and softness of the hair.

 

SHINE ON

If you want instant, and I mean instant shine on you and your horses’ mane and tail, I highly recommend this finishing spray. Providing maximum shine, the Shine On spray is oil and alcohol free. With a wonderful fragrant smell, this product is long-lasting, repels dirt, eliminates frizz and conditions hair. Combining the Shine On with the Ultimate Gloss shampoo and conditioner, will really turn some heads…you will literally be glittering and shinning! What I found is a little goes a long way and if you have hair that absorbs product quickly, you will need a very small amount to prevent locks from looking greasy.  I sprayed the Shine On to my dry hair before a trail ride and left my hair down - I had absolutely no tangles or frizz and my hair looked super healthy and of course, shiny!

 

Mane ‘n Tail contains compounds like collagen, glycol distearate and coconut oil derivatives to rebuild damaged hair, achieve growth, maintain hydration, and keep locks gleaming while never stripping natural oils. The products are affordable, convenient and available at almost any department store. For nearly 40 years, Mane ‘n Tail has continued to evolve and create crossover products that speak for themselves.

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SADDLE TRAMP BRAND - ROCKN W REPORT - OCTOBER ISSUE

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It’s a Saddle Tramp Nation

You’ve seen Saddle Tramp Brand’s bold ritzy earrings and swanky leatherwork on the likes of Blake Shelton’s backup singer and SiriusXM Outlaw Country Radio DJ, singer songwriter, Elizabeth Cook. Circumnavigating the globe, Breann Beasley puts her spin on western fashion, stamping and sprinkling her glitter and signature on every magical horizon. From Canada to the United Kingdom, fashionistas and lovers from all over are cinchin’ up to whip and spur to the Saddle Tramp Nation.

An educated and well traveled cowgirl, Beasley was born in Utah and raised in Wyoming and has traveled to over 34 countries, with South America stealing her heart as the favorite continent visited.  After graduating college, she held many titles from a catering services manager, to fields of greenhouse gases and archaeology and even an environmental scientist in Alaska. But, going through the motions and being employed by corporate America wasn’t satisfying or even propelling her towards her dreams. With her father’s voice always ringing in her ear, “Baby, don’t be afraid to be your own boss,” Beasley walked out of her salaried position on July 8, 2016  – dumping gas and lighting a match to the fire that ignited her creativity!  Creating things that she liked, the Saddle Tramp Brand grabbed her boot straps and hit the ground stompin’, offering functional statement designs, jewelry, purses and leather work unlike any other.

Working hard to build her leather empire and with the help of Instagram and social media, in a year Saddle Tramp increased her sales by literally, 15,000%. And, her work speaks for itself as she sells out of hot items like the concho earrings, unicorn buckles, thunder bird satchels or trucker hats within hours of listing them to her website.  Now, she runs to the post office with garbage bags full of orders, shipping across the United States and internationally as women of all walks of life strut their Saddle Tramp Brand handmade jewels proudly.

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A comedian, fashionista and super hustler, Saddle Tramp truly inspires and encourages us to live our best life, “Follow your arrow, folks!”

Your styles and designs are really fun and different – where does the inspiration come from?

I really like weird things! I love retro, high fashion with a mix on western fashion. But, the western industry isn’t really some place I get inspiration from…(unless it’s Dolly Parton.) I try to get inspo from everything! A lot of the times it can come to me at the most random times or even in the middle of the night.

What is your favorite thing to make? And, what has been the most challenging?

Bolo ties, for sure are my favorite.  Pistol cases have been the most challenging. And a lot of times, custom orders are extremely hard - I want to make sure that it is perfect and the customer is going to love it. In fact, unfortunately I am no longer offering custom orders.

What is your favorite part of the project process?

My favorite part is after the tooling is over. I get the opportunity and freedom to really explore with colors and depth, incorporating my personality. My wheelhouse is colors, painting and dyes. Love it!

 

Literally, woman around the world are wearing your products. How does that make you feel?

I can’t really express it, except exciting! Incredible.  It’s insane really. I can walk into a bar in another state and the bartender may recognize me. Or my friends or customers will tell me they will get stopped and asked are those Saddle Tramp earrings? I am just waiting for the day that I am in another country or at the airport and there are numerous women and men rocking things I made.

Lately, people have been trying to replicate your work – how do you approach the situation?

I am annoyed. In the early 90’s when my dad was going to shows and rodeos, people were only seeing the product displayed at trade shows or events, so you literally were showing up with work that no one had ever seen. Obviously with social media, that’s not the case.  Before, I was calling them out and putting them on my story and messaging them. My dad would say, “Just always keep moving because you know it is going to happen.” Now, I’m just trying to a better business owner and woman so I just block them and move on. I understand they’re not worth the effort.

How would you describe your style and who are your fashion icons?

I believe fashion is an expression of self. I don’t think it is about trying to outdo each other which I kinda feel has been done on Instagram. Fashion shouldn’t be sterilized and watered down – we all aren’t supposed to look or dress alike. With that said, I feel I have a distinct style – its bold, loud, not polished but it is eclectic. Like retro/vintage high fashion with a spin on western. I wear what I like and want. Grace Potter, Rihanna, Kate Hudson, Buck Owens, Elizabeth Cook and Dolly Parton are definitely my icons!

Tell us about styling for Elizabeth Cook

Man, I am lucky and timing really is everything! I’ve been a follower of Elizabeth for years and somehow we just connected. We’re kindred spirits. It really just snowballed from me providing jumpsuits for a photo shoot, making a custom guitar strap, styling her and her backup singers for the Ryman Auditorium and in September, flying to the UK to style her for a music festival she performed at. I just feel super lucky that she believes in me the way she does and supports my visions. 

Was there anyone who has really inspired and pushed you to pursue your dreams?

My dad, that man has truly forged his own path and always motivated and encouraged me to do what makes me happy. My brother Kalyn too – we’re both following my dad’s footsteps. Elizabeth Cook also, she’s a real hustler and business woman. And, Zach. He is my biggest supporter.

It is clear that you and Zach have a beautiful relationship – is there any advice you could give other women?

We work so well together because we are both just naturally ourselves. We maintain a very high level of communication and he is just an incredible individual. I am so lucky. But, he truly believes in me. And, I believe it is so important to communicate a lot and that you’re in a relationship with someone that inspires, pushes and supports you.

 

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5 things on your bucket list

1.       Attend and sell at the maker tradeshow in Tokyo, Japan

2.       Learn how to ride a motorcycle and definitely take several road trips

3.       Drive the Pan American Highway – Starting in Alaska and ending at the tip of South America

4.       Hiking in Nepal

5.       Ride horses in Mongolia

What advice would you give women who fear taking the leap in really pursue their dreams?

A lot of people make too many excuses. It could be time, money, knowledge and resources, whatever. If you tell yourself you can’t do something, you’re not even going to try to take the steps to move forward. But you know, there is no time like the present. Get a fire in your belly and go for it!

What’s next?

Continue to grow. Expand, eventually become main stream. Start outsourcing and integrating technology better. I want to start styling more and really dive into some vendor pop-ups, tradeshows, musical festivals, rodeos, events, and really become more involved in face to face opportunities with customers, artists, entrepreneurs and women.  I will continue to evolve as an artesian, never compromising quality.  The best is yet to come!

“Never underestimate the power of Instagram. It doesn’t have to be decisive and negative. Have fun with it. Take charge of your destiny,” Beasley laughs.

Follow Saddle Tramp Brand on Instagram @sadletrampbrand and shop at www.saddletrampbrand.com.

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ROPERS SPORTS NEWS - September - Looking at Best Ever Pads

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ROPERS SPORTS NEWS - SEPTEMBER
Looking at Best Ever Pads

Have you been searching for a saddle pad that provides top grade biomechanical purpose, style and could possibly be the best saddle pad you ever owned? Well, look no further because Best Ever Pads provides top grade comfort and support that allows your horse and you to constantly strive to be the best, in and out of the arena.

Established in 2002 by creators and founders, Ryan and Tammy White, Best Ever Pads has been producing high quality innovation and cutting-edge designed saddle pads to help with saddle-fit, increasing the horse’s comfort, improving saddle balance for the rider’s benefit, absorbing sweat, and protecting the saddle. Best Ever Pads are specifically cut to allow the cinch to mold naturally around the horse’s girth area, allowing for closer contact for the rider’s legs. Each pad is American made and constructed with high quality 100% natural wool material. The wool allows the pad to breathe as a horse sweats.  The wool fibers work as pressure and heat distributors under saddles and can also reduce friction. Wool is used as it endures repeated pressure better than its synthetic competitors because its natural wool materials do not break down quickly like synthetic materials do when exposed to the heat, pressure, and sweat salts of heavy use.

Saddle pads are one of the most fashionable pieces of equipment we put on our horse. And, Best Ever Pad highly encourages customization. Each handmade pad is fully customizable with a variety of options to choose from. Starting with a wool foundation, there are five different saddle pad styles, each meant to serve a specific need. Additionally, you have the option to choose between three different types of gullet styles. The Regular Gullet provide wither clearance and reduced spinal pressure for average withers to round back/mutton withers. The Open Gullet eliminates pressure on high wither horses while the Closed Gullet continues the contour up and over the withers for higher withered horses. With over 40 different 4.5-ounce wear leather options, you are greeted with an opportunity to create a pad unlike anyone else! Taking personalization to the next level, Best Ever Pads knows how important details are as your pad can showcase your very own cutouts, custom brand, initial/name embroidery and even custom hand tooled or printed designs. If you are really looking to show stop – your pad’s finishing touches can include buck-stitching, fringe, crystals or metal embellishments.

Athletes like Jade Corkill, Brittany Kelly, Cesar De La Cruz, Charles Pogue and Katie Pascoe are just a few professionals who are riding into the winner’s circle proudly sporting their custom Best Ever Pad.  Enhance your performance and journey to the top of your game riding your Best Ever!

 “It is our mission at Best Ever Pads to use our 30-plus years of experience to continue producing the highest quality, best-looking saddle pads on the western market. It is also our goal to have the best customer service and public relations in the industry,” Ryan and Tammy White, exceptional people, ropers and horseman/woman.

 

Anything new/upcoming you would like to share?

We will soon be offering lasered logos and brands. Also, we will be launching our rancher collection offering extra thick wear leathers in roughout and oiled leather. We recently created a roughout/lasered pad for the Pendleton Round-Up. They’ll officially be launching in December for the NFR.  Saddles are now on our website that we launched this last year.

What is the best pad(s) for team roping? barrel racing? calf roping/breakaway?

Most barrel racers like our 1” OG or Kush. Most ropers like our 1.25” Kush pad. However, some saddles are poor fitting and some horses are hard to fit, which is why we also have our CEO collection to help with hard to fit issues.

What’s the difference between the OG Wool & Kush Wool?

Our OG and Kush wool options offer the greatest compression protection, and are also soft and durable, requiring little to no break-in time. The denser the pad, the less it will compress over time under the pressure of the saddle. Wool also meshes with the natural direction of the horse’s hair, reducing saddle slippage and increasing the comfort of the horse.

Our OG Collection has been the core of the company since 2002. This top quality 100% needle-punched F11 grade wool pad is 112 ounces per square yard, making it firm, durable and breathable. This pad is dark gray in color, and comes in either 3/4″ or 1″ thicknesses, to best suit your needs.

Needle punched refers to wool that is made by vertically needling fibers together to achieve a desired thickness and density. When viewing a cross-section of needled punched, the fibers lay vertically, as opposed to pressed felt, where the fibers lay horizontally.

The Kush Collection is made from 100% high-quality, F11 grade washed and pressed wool that is 136 ounces per square yard. It is durable and resistant to compression, yet soft and flexible. Properties of this pad allow it to absorb moisture, which aides in removing heat from the horse’s back. This pad is light gray in color, and comes in 1.25″, 1″ or 3/4″ thickness options.

What is the CEO Collection?

Our CEO collection, which we specially designed in 2010 for barrel racers, team ropers, calf ropers, senior, high-withered horses, sway back horses, and poor saddle fit. The CEO Collection is comprised of a series of three different saddle pads – The Fleesar, BHS and Cadillac Series,  all created to serve a specific purpose. Each CEO pad will have a wool foundation of either our OG or Kush collection. Any of our CEO saddle pads can be customized additionally with a neoprene or fleece lining to further fit your horse’s comfort needs.

The Fleesar Series, is a fully customizable and adds a fleece lining to create an especially soft feel for added comfort, with more shock absorption, and even better moisture-wicking ability. It is a great option if your current pad is rubbing your horse, or if your horse has thin or sensitive skin.

The BHS Series adds a 3/8″ closed-cell foam insert to help distribute saddle pressure over the bars of the saddle, and reduce the breakdown of the pad over the bars. This pad is great for high withered horses and poor saddle fit. This layered design is great for an everyday work pad and is designed for lasting wear. Pair it with a 1″ or 3/4″ wool base pad for a great all day cowboying pad, or try it paired with a 1/2″ felt for what we like to call our “1D Lite,” designed with the barrel racer in mind.

The Cadillac Series adds a 3/8″ closed-cell foam inserts throughout the bars of the saddle, and an additional 1/4″ closed-cell foam insert placed strategically over the shoulders. It helps prevent the pad from collapsing in the area behind the shoulders by offering extra support. A great pad for team ropers, calf ropers, steer ropers and performance horses. Also recommended for senior and extremely high withered horses.

The Cadillac pad also has an option for shoulders inserts only that can help to level out a saddle that tends to fall forward. Shoulder inserts are available in 1/4″, 3/8″, and 5/8″ thicknesses.

Fleece Lining creates an especially soft feel for added comfort, with more shock absorption, and even better moisture wicking ability. Neoprene Lining is shock absorbing as well as being anti-fungal and antibacterial, it won’t absorb sweat, and is easy to clean. But, we do not recommend this feature if you are unfamiliar with it, as it is not a very breathable option.

Visit www.besteverpads.com to build your own pad now!

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Mane 'n Tail Blog - Swimming with Horses 101

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Swimming with Horses 101 by Guest Blogger Amy C. Witt
Photography and video by Jamie Changala (@changalaaussies)

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Amy C. Witt of caliidreamin.com tells us about how she has fun in the sun this summer!

Being born and raised in California’s gorgeous Central Valley, I am no stranger to the danger of high temps and long summer days. Our record high temperatures can make it extremely discouraging to even consider adventuring horseback too far from home. But, living in the state’s heartland offers some of the most authentic and rich experiences amongst nature to share with my favorite equestrian friends. So instead of staying indoors on sunny afternoons, I load my horse and head to the lake where we stroll through the sunflower adorned paths that lead us to a refreshing glittery shoreline.

Swimming with my horse, Mo has been a life-changing experience. It’s not only made me a better rider, it has taught me a lot more about my horse, our communication, and the connection we share. I’ve had Mo since he was two years old. He and I have forged our bond through years of shared experiences. From running through barrels and poles, to heading and healing steers, breakaway roping or dragging calves to the fire for a brand — Mo has become an extension of myself. Our bond has only been furthered by our favorite activity, swimming! Last summer, my good friend and photographer, Jamie and I decided to take our horses to Lake Success in Porterville, CA, for some water therapy.

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The opportunity to swim horses provides an immense benefit to the body by offering a new stimulating environment to navigate. As they work their way through the water, horses’ powerful legs, muscles and tendons are elongated, giving them the ability to stretch freely which promotes muscle symmetry, flexibility and balance. Swimming also increases the range of motion in their limbs, prevents muscle spasms, and contractures. Additionally, this form of hydrotherapy allows horses to build strong respiratory and cardiovascular systems. It’s an ideal way to help your horse build a strong heart and increase their level of cardiovascular endurance without hard impact on their soft tissues, bones, and joints.

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I know you’re sold on this but before you set out on your cruise, remember safety comes first. Here’s a few things you should consider: make sure you take someone with you, don’t go alone – because just like anything else, (especially if this is your first time) you don’t want to put yourself in any situation that could inflict harm onto you or your horse. You don’t want to have to think about being left alone in the event of an accident. It’s almost mandatory that you take a horse that is gentle, broke, one that you trust and have full control of – especially because, this can be a test of bravery and trust to see just how connected you and your horse really are. Find a lake, pond, river (or even ocean) that has a recreation center or area where there is not a lot of people or distractions. Putting yourself in a position where there is heavy water traffic like boats, jet-skis or people could cause anxiety, dangers and be uncomfortable for both you and your horse. Make sure you’re confident that the water is safe before your maiden voyage. Check the conditions under the water – are the banks steep or are there sharp rocks or standing sticks/trees?  In some states and countries, bodies of water can be contaminated by diseases, blue-green algae, insects, fish or animals that could contribute to risky or harmful conditions to you and your horses’ health. Also consider that rattle snakes (and possibly other snakes depending on where you live) enjoy water and rocks near water – so check your surroundings and be aware.

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When you find your perfect swimming hole, introduce your horse gradually into the water as your friend(s) and their horse(s) do the same. Doing it together, makes it easier on the horses and gives everyone support and encouragement. You can welcome them into the soothing water two ways – either by leading them or riding bareback. When I first started, I led Mo in the first couple times to get him acclimated to the water. When we drifted to deeper waters and actually began to swim, I grabbed his mane and swam alongside of him. Now, I prefer to ride bareback straight into the water. I’ve found that riding into the water bareback is more effective as it gives them a sense of safety and security while they seem to ease in rather, smooth and quietly. Not to mention, you can learn so much more about yourself and horses’ systems.

Jamie and I swim our horses at a local lake, Lake Success. We found a paved road that leads us into the water. With this being said, I would suggest finding an old recreation road or boat ramp that is not used. Boat ramps are cemented, so they can be slick and slippery – however, they do provide support and a bit of security for horses as they travel into the water. If you make sure to stay on the boat ramp, you are able to obtain a better sense of depth and direction. The ground outside of the cement is different and horses are very aware of this. If a boat ramp or road is not an option, make sure the ground is hard enough to support the horses’ weight and traction. As you feel more confident to venture into deeper waters, be conscious to give them their head and make sure not to hinder them with your body.

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his summer, I encourage you to spend time with your best horsey friends and go for a rejuvenating swim! It is simply amazing to spend hours in water with your friends on a warm summer day take some floaties, sunscreen and your camera and relax with your horse as together, you enjoy a fun day in the sun! But, most importantly, have fun! Swimming your horse should be an exciting and rejuvenating time.

After a day on the lake, I wash Mo with the Ultimate Gloss Shampoo and Conditioner by Mane ‘n Tail. But he’s not the only one who gets pampered. I keep myself fresh with Mane ‘n Tail Color Protect Shampoo and Conditioner.

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