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Volume Fourteen - Issue Five
ropin’ dreams ranch rodeo - providing smiles to ill or injured children
The Y Bar Ranch Grounds in New Braunfels on and the grit and determination smiles to the child
took top honors at the Ropin’ November 14, 2009. was evident at the rodeo. who faces daily chal-
Dreams Ranch Rodeo, and Gil- The Ropin’ Dreams This is also the only lenges due to serious
bert Gonzales, Team Captain Ranch Rodeo is the final quali- fund raiser that Ropin’ Dreams illness or injury.”
captured the Top Hand award. fier for the South Texas Ranch holds each year. Ropin’ Dreams They focus on chil-
Second place went to the South Rodeo Finals that will be held is a 501(c)3 children’s char- dren from rural agri-
Texas Cattle Marketing team on February 21, 2010 at the San ity that was founded in 2002. cultural backgrounds
and M&M Cattle was awarded Antonio Stock Show and Ro- Their goal is summed up by or children who are
third place. All the action took deo. It came down to this final the mission statement: “We are excited about the
place at the Comal County Fair event for the teams to qualify dedicated to bringing a day of western heritage.
Marketing success...
The main
focus of the group
gypsy horses making their mark
is to give the child a
“day of smiles” and
remove them for a
By Marilyn E. Short
while from the chal-
How do you market
lenges that the child is currently
to attend the San Antonio visit their website at www.
an unfamiliar breed, new to
facing. Be it a day at Sea World
Stock Show and Rodeo. This
the U.S. in a weaker economy?
or a Spurs Basketball game or
year on February 7, 2010; 25 Top: Ranch Bronc
We went to Linda Brown of A
going to the Stock Show and
children will hang out at the riding. Bottom Left: Top Hand
Wizards Spell Ranch, one of
Rodeo, the 100% volunteer
Chuck Wagons, meet PRCA Award Winner Gilbert Gon-
the largest, most prestigious
board is happy to assist.
Cowboys and then attend the zales, Team Captain of the
breeders of Gypsy Horses in
In addition to the
San Antonio Stock Show and winning team - Y Bar Ranch
the U.S. located in Burleson,
individual dreams, Ropin’
Rodeo. of Tilden, TX.
Texas to find out how she gets
Dreams invites 25 families
For more informa- Photos: Andy Buja-
the word out and markets her tion about Ropin’ Dreams nos Photography.
Gypsy Horses. and how you can be involved;
The horses from
this ranch are rapidly selling
to happy new buyers. How
does she accomplish this? Her
response was, “First, you need
your breed to be one that suits
the needs of today’s potential
buyers. Many people are get-
ting nearer retirement age and
want something calm, quiet, not
dangerous, but still flashy. They
want something well trained and
very forgiving of their new own-
On Dec. 10 the team You are invited to
ers’ lack of horse experience.”
of driving Gypsies from this stop by either event and ask
These are traits that
ranch escorted the Radio City Linda about the breed and see if
very much apply to the Gypsy
Music Hall Rockettes in their they might be right for you. But
Horses. The buyers from A
Grand Opening Ceremony at the be careful as she may hand you a
Wizards Spell Ranch receive
Nokia Theatre. brush while you are talking.
an extensive training program
If you would like to For those with more
about general horse care, as well
see A Wizards Spell Gypsy experience, this ranch provides
as the specifics of their specific
Horses, plan to attend the Fort assistance with Gypsy Horses
horses’ personalities and quirks.
Worth Stock Show for the Gyp- who will be involved in ranch
If the buyer is comfortable and
sy Horse World Show January versatility including cutting,
the match is right then there
29-31. Last year was the first roping, reining, as well as dres-
are many happy years ahead
year the Gypsy Horses were sage and driving. Breeding
of them.
at the Fort Worth Stock Show stock is also available along with
Advertising the breed
and the aisles were packed with the education of establishing a
is the first approach. After that,
people learning about the breed. quality breeding program and
the breed must come out in front
Linda had to enlist additional how to market their offspring.
of the public and be available
help to insure a knowledgeable For information on
for hands-on interaction. Linda
person could answer the many these incredible horses from A
invested in renting the Cowtown
questions being asked. Wizards Spell Ranch, please
Coliseum in the Historic Fort
A new venue for A visit www.GypsyHorsesIn-
Worth Stockyards for her buyers
Wizards Spell this year is in
to learn and demonstrate their
the educational area of the San
Photo: A Wizards Spell
Gypsy Horses’ show skills in
Antonio Stock Show, Febru-
front of the 3,000 people who
Winstons Brighton, his breeder,
ary 4-21, another opportunity
attended…some of which are
Linda Brown and his trainer Pete
for interested horse lovers to
her potential buyers of cur-
Lichau in the Historic Fort Worth
experience this personable and
rent and upcoming 2010 stock.
Stockyards. Photo: Gail Finger,
flashy breed.
Many of Linda’s foals are sold
as weanlings.
830-914-2201 830-303-2502
Standing at
Elm Creek Ranchexas 78240 T Antonio, San
AID P . ictory Pass Dr 4 V  92
AGE U.S. POST 830-401-0487
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