Sunday, January 24, 2010

Hair Care Tips for Rodeo Queens

by Kendra Sagers

If you normally blow dry and use hot curling tools every day, try and give your hair a break during the summer month. Consider letting your hair air dry or take time out from curling. Hair braided when wet will air dry into beautiful waves.

When the summer heat is hottest contain potential frizzies by wearing your hair up in a knot, bun or braids. Also, it is good for your hairs if you leave it wet, apply a leave in conditioner, and then braid it. It helps it stay moist and healthy.

Be careful using shine products to control frizzies. They often contain silicone and can coat your hair after just a few times. This will make only make the problems worse in the long run and can make your hair harder to curl.

Be religious about your trims. Make sure you have the ends trimmed every 6-8 weeks during the summer months. When your ends are fizzy, it’s a sure sign that they are either damaged, split or both.

Hanging out in the sun without protection for your hair and scalp is the worst thing you can do. Use leave in hair products with SPF protection when you know you will be in the sun if you are unwilling to wear a hat.

Always try your hair style at home before you try it at a contest.

If your hair is hard to curl, remember it will curl better if it is a bit dirty. Don’t wash your hair directly before you curl it if you can help it. At least let it air dry with some product such as moose in it for it to take a curl the best.

My favorite product for a super hold on "Queen Hair" is Aussie Instant Freeze. Only use this to set your hair for the final look, as it will not curl or change much once it is sprayed.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Worth Quoting

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. "
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Saddle Rodeo - Upcoming Events

Little Britches Rodeo

February 12-15
Washington County Fairgrounds
Hurricane Utah

Saddles for All Arounds for the Weekend
Jackpot Rodeo

Sponsored by All Horse Utah
Stock by Perkins Ranch

Friday February 12 Rodeo at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday February 13 Rodeo at 11:00 a.m.
Sunday February 14 Rodeo at 9:00 a.m.
Monday February 15 Rodeo at 9:00 a.m.

Entries must be mailed by February 1. Entry forms are available at Entry fees are $15 per event with $5 stock charge for roping events and $15 stock charge for rough stock. No Late Entries will be accepted. Stalls are $15 per night. To reserve a stall fill out the stall reservation form on and mail with payment and entries.

For More Information Contact and Mail Entries to:
Teresa Fackrell 375 W 700 N Nephi, UT 84648

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Jumping Off - Picture of the Week

I love to watch the kids in action! I am sure that I would not have the nerve to make that jump!

Monday, January 18, 2010

January Motivation and Goals

So here it is half way through January and we all need a little motivation. The hustle and bustle of the Holidays is gone. The lights have been turned off. It is cold and gloomy outside and we are half way into January. It’s not too late! So I have found 9 ways to get motivated and some simple things to keep us motivated.

1. WHEN YOU MAKE A PLAN ANTICIPATE BUMPS. When I read this I thought about it and went yeah. That is perhaps the biggest reason none of us make goals and resolutions because we never keep them. Why do we not keep them? Because “Life” happens. So if you plan and prepare for bumps and Life then when it happens you won’t be as apt to give up. You will deal with it and then when life lets you, go back to your plan.

2. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF If you think you can then you will have better luck at succeeding. For me as a mom this can be hard. I am so use to buoying everyone else up I forget to buoy myself up.

3. SET REALISTIC GOALS If not it is to easy to burn out, backfire and this can actually demotivate you because you see no success. If it is a large goal break it down into smaller bite size pieces. By breaking it down you can have sooner success and it will actually increase motivation.

4. GO PULBIC WITH YOUR GOALS There are several ways to do this. Share them with a friend or loved one. Blogging has turned into a great way for people to go public with their goals. It makes them accountable and gives people a way to give support and encouragement.

5. LEAN ON A POSITIVE SUPPORT GROUP Staying positive and surrounding yourself with positive people is essential. You want to lean on people who want to see you succeed. Who have stood beside you through other struggles? All of us will go through periods of depression and disappointment that crush our motivation. This goes back to those bumps discussed in #1, so we need people who can help us through those times and get us back on track.

6. MAKE YOURSELF A PRIORITY Whoa! This is a hard one for moms. We tend to put our needs, wants, and desires, last. Then when we do put them first we have quit? Even though this seems so selfish if we don’t put ourselves first we will fail. For example you have decided no treats, but a co-worker has made some treats for everyone at the office. You don’t want to offend her but in taking the treat you have sacrificed your goals for someone else. A simple explanation of I am trying to avoid treats for health reason so even though they look delicious I am going to refrain. Same goes with your family. It is not being selfish to accomplish something for yourself it is actually a benefit to those around you.

7. MAKE IT CHALLENGING AND CHANGE IT UP Be creative on how to accomplish your goals. The old saying, “there are many ways to skin a cat,” applies here. To keep the fire going you need to change things up so it doesn’t get boring. Think of new ways to do it. When it comes to rodeo there are so many aspects to practice that you can practice different things everyday and still accomplish the end goal. Doing housework is the same thing. Change it up make it fun!

8. KEEP ON LEARNING There are so many resources to learn from the internet, libraries, school, workshop, ect. Having as mush knowledge as you can about your specific goal gives you more tools to complete it. You can never learn enough. This helps expand your mind and broaden your thinking.

9. MAKE SURE YOU GOALS HAVE A DEEP MEANING Sometimes in order to reach a goal there are great sacrifices made. If those sacrifices are tied to a deeper meaning they are easier to make and the outcome is worth it. For example, Sue wanted to get her masters degree. This meant many hours spent studying. There would be little or no time for family or friends. Sue was the first member of her family to receive an education so achieving her masters was important. The deeper meaning was a sense of accomplishment and rising above her circumstances. Maybe the goal is to better a relationship but in order to do so sacrifices and learning must come first. Make sure that your goal is for the right reasons and you will have better success in accomplishing them.

Goals can be made on many different levels, as individuals, as spouses, as families, and even as friends. The steps are still the same but everyone must put forth the same effort. It is never too late to start goals or even finish them. Some take a lifetime to accomplish. Most important is that we are ever growing and learning. Baby steps are how we all started.

When it comes to rodeo I think we have to make goals as a family but more importantly we have to let our kids make their own goals. Dan recently had a conversation with a dad who said, “if your son wants help and he want to learn from me and my son he will call us. We don’t work with parents.” Dan was offended by this and when we were discussing it I said, “he is right!” We can do everything, buy the horses, feed the horses, ride the horses, pay for the entries, and drive them to the rodeos, but if our kids don’t have goals and ambition on their own, nothing we do or say will help them win. They might get lucky once in a while but ultimately we cannot reach “our” goals for them. As parents we have to give them the tools to set and accomplish their own goals. Then be the support they can lean on. So here is to 2010 make it your best ever!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

New Year's Clean Up

By Terrie Vickers

Now that the New Year is beckoning we should take time to do one of what I call life’s necessary evils.

1. Go to your tack room and trailer. Gather up all your bridles and halters and let's begin.
2. Gather up some leather cleaner and conditioner, old rags, and a little brush(I like old tooth brushes because they can get in little places.)
3. Also grab a screwdriver and some pliers you will need these to take your bridles and halters apart.
4. And the most important a good movie and some chocolate. This make the job go faster.

Now let’s get started:
1. I like to start by taking the bridle apart and then cleaning them.
2. Then you want to inspect and check for any thing that should be fixed or replaced take care of this now. Don't forget the bit! It is so important check it for any damage that could hurt your horse.
3. Condition your leather and put the headstall back together and if you chose not to take them apart be sure to tighten all the screws.
4. Check your chin strap for wear.
5. Check your reins for any weak places & if you have buckles check them. Also, I like to spray mine with a little W-D 40 to keep from sticking.
6. Try to involve the kids. It’s good for them and won't kill them
7. Now pat yourself on the back.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Goal Setting

by Shawnee Sagers

What is a Goal?
You set a Goal whenever you say, "I want to..." Your Goal might be that you want to get a pet dog. Or that you want to learn to dance - or to play football well. Or your goal might be to get better grades at school. 

For example, I set a goal to become the National Little Britches Rodeo Association Princess.

Why are Goals important?
When you have a Goal, it gives you something to look forward to. Goals are kind of like a ladder. We start at the bottom of the ladder and with each step we take to reach our goal we climb the ladder until we are at the top achieving our goal.

When is a Goal a good Goal?
It's always good to have a wish. But, in order to make a wish become a goal you have to work at it. Here is a list of four things that make a good Goal:

1) A good Goal says EXACTLY what you want.
For example, when I set my goal to become the NLBRA Princess, I didn’t just say “I want to be a princess.” Instead, I said “I want to become the 2008 National Little Britches Rodeo Association Princess.” Once I had the goal imagined exactly as I wanted to achieve it I wrote it down. You can choose any goal you want for yourself, but remember, in order to really have a goal you must write it down!

2) A good Goal says WHEN you want it.
When I decided what I wanted my goal to be then I had to set a target date for when I wanted to achieve the goal. I had it really easy because the date was set for me because it was a competition. You may have a goal to get better grades in school, so you may have a certain time you MUST have it done. But, you may set a goal that doesn’t have a certain time for completion. If this is the case you need to set your own time.

3) A good Goal is when you believe it.
In order to reach a goal, you must really believe that you can achieve the goal. For example if you say ”I want to play in the NBA next year.” that isn’t a real goal. However, if you say “I want to play in the NBA when I am 20 years old.” That is a goal that could happen. For me, I have a future goal of becoming Miss Rodeo America by the time I am 24. I knew that I could not set this as a goal for right now, but becoming the NLBRA Princess is a smaller goal that I could achieve right now, and it also helps me get closer to my future goal. If you believe it you can do it.

4) A good Goal says HOW you're going to get it.
In order to reach a goal, you have to list the steps it will take to do that. For me I knew that I had to practice all of the parts of my contest. I wrote down things such as when and what to practice, I set a daily schedule for myself, I made up and took practice tests, I had to practice riding my horse each day. No matter what your goal is you need to write down and then follow the steps that you must take to reach the goal.

5) A good Goal has an ENDING
You will know when you have reached your goal because certain things happened. I knew that I had reached my goal when I had completed my contest and had been announced the 2008 NLBRA Princess.

6) A good Goal will keep you motivated
In order to reach a goal, you must really want to do it. I suggest writing things down that will help keep you motivated. If the goal is worth achieving, it will be very hard at times. Good goals require work. Sometimes you can become discourages. By writing down some reasons why you want to keep working on your goal you will be more likely to stick to it. I stayed motivated even during the HARD hours and hours of practices because I knew how exciting it would be to win the saddle and wear the crown. I keep a picture of the 2007 Miss Rodeo America as the wallpaper on my phone also, because looking at her helps to remind me of my goal.

Sometimes we don’t achieve our goals the first time. Does this mean that we have failed? Absolutely not, Thomas Edison failed many times before he successfully made a light bulb. Can you imagine if he had given up on his first failed try? Luckily for us he kept trying. I too, failed my first try. I set a goal to be the 2007 Princess and was awarded the 1st attendant. This didn’t stop me from trying again, in fact, it made me try harder to achieve my goal the next year.

I truly believe that each one of you has the ability to do or become whatever you want to, But, life will pass you by and your wishes will just be wishes if you don’t set goals and stick to them.