Friday, October 29, 2010

Collinsville, Texas and in the News

Hi All,

We are all delayed for a few weeks as Baby has a rope burn that has made her "limpy".  We are not worried though as plans take shape for resuming our ride.  All 4 of us are safe and sound...and will keep you posted as to what is going on in the meantime with her healing.

Meanwhile I have a few more days of blogging to catch up on ...so that is forthcoming.  And we are happy to say that we were given great press in Gainesville, TX just the other day.  Here is the Links to the News Article and pictures.  For those who have trouble loading links...here is the text of the article below them

http://www.gainesvilleregister.com/local/x652347176/Legacy-Ride-for-Cancer
http://www.gainesvilleregister.com/archive/x104119684


Couple hits the trail to help raise awareness of disease

Cooke County — Two riders are in town after hitting the road on horseback for their 1,200-mile “Buffaloo Moon Ranch Legacy Ride for Cancer.”

Megan Carter and Mark Dube started their ride Oct. 10 from her Buffalo Moon Ranch in Faxon, Okla. and roughly estimate they will reach their destination of Largo, Fla. around Valentines Day.

Part of their purpose for the ride is to hear life stories about how cancer has affected people’s lives and they are meeting up with people along the trail. In their own words they are “traveling America by horse to bring hope to families who have been touched by cancer.”

Their Cancer Memorial and Legacy Wall on their website includes the names of people they have met and heard about on their legacy ride.

Their travel style is similar to that of Anthony Bordain, whose “No Reservations” on the Travel Channel documents his travels as he takes things as they come each day. Their smart phone which includes the internet and Google maps, is a great trail tool and is helping them to navigate even bridges, interstates and eventually the Mississippi River.

Their travels are recorded on their website at www.buffalomoonranch.com through video and text blogs and a link to their Facebook site. They invite comments and communication as they ride the road.

Prior to hitting Gainesville, they came through Nocona and Muenster on their “trusty steedetes” Baby and Fancy.

“It’s all about them too. We take impeccable care of them,” Carter noted of their horses. “We don’t go very far. Today we only went six miles. Yesterday we went 11. We typically ride three days on and take one day off. It’s very easy on them. We have all the correct, lightweight gear.”

Hosts often help the riders by taking their gear to the next place of rest.

“We have ridden just one day with gear out of the last four, making the miles so easy on our horses,” Carter notes. “A big thank you for all our hosts to make this happen.”

Dube said that although they are “riding as a charity,” Buffalo Moon Ranch is not a non-profit organization.

“Those who want to donate money to help search for a cure for cancer should donate to a cancer charity of choice,” he noted.

They do welcome the help of hosts and sponsors as they venture the trail. They are hoping that suppliers and manufacturers of horse feed and other horse supplies will help them care for their horses and sponsor them.

One way to participate in finding the cure for cancer and bringing hope can be to help the riders and horses out with food and shelter and they continue on the legacy ride. Their next stops are along the Whitesboro, Sherman, Tom Bean and Dorchester trail, so if locals know of a place they can camp out or shelter with someone for the night, Carter and Dube can be contacted easily through their website.

Another way to participate in the legacy race is to join in the ride with your own horse. The rules are participation at a minimum of one day and a maximum of five days unless prior arrangements are made.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Meet Donna Howel Sickles at www.DonnaHowelSickles.com

Arrival at Donna's Art Gallery - a slice of Artistic Treasures in Saint Jo, Texas

This little gallery alot people say, "NO WAY.. here in Saint Jo?" Yep, here in St Jo. Many artists have their work displayed in her gallery. Each are unique pieces of artistic license and it's the kind of gallery you would see in a fine arts place like Denver or L.A or some other urban mecca. But St. Jo's little treasure really sits in the heart of Northern Texas....and epitomizes the American Cowgirl. This is just a brief update and the pictures below are a pictorial of our meeting with Donna (and Tiffany) at her Gallery on main street. Check her work out at www.donnahowellsickles.com and see how her american cowgirls come to life!

More on our rest day a few days away...and maybe sooner than that if we have the time. A few things before I close

THANK YOU TO

Mayor Tom Weger for his barn for our horses and ourselves. He owns the Texas Kings hotel in town but we have opted to stay near the girls tonight and camp out. We are very comfy.

Sonny Cole for featuring us in next weeks paper

TRACY.... you have outdone yourself sister! Bringing all our gear, feed and hay here....and also helping us get situated two towns away in Gainesville.

Stepheny....thanks for setting us up with the Nocona newsman and all your hospitality last night and the hay today.

Donna Howell Sickles --- you made it all happen for us here in St. Jo. We hope to return and PURCHASE something when we are able to carry something back home with us.

SO that's it for now and enjoy the pictures...see you all on down the trail...we think of all of you often who are involved in this ride. Because I have said it before and will say it again a million times that each time we swing up into the saddle, you are RIGHT HERE WITH US in spirit!!!!






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