Editor's Postcard

The Best of the West

The Best of the West
Catherine Madera

Equine Events for Everyone

by Catherine Madera


Photo credit Catherine Madera

I started my year of equine event attendance early, and with a bang, by attending the National Finals Rodeo in December. The shopping and action are similar, in some ways, to an Expo experience—pumped up on steroids! I saw things in Vegas that were beyond over-the-top: a bronc that sold for $100,000 plus at auction; fashion that included feathers, lace, leather, and fur (in one outfit); rhinestone medallions the size of salad plates (bullet-proof vest anyone?), and a tractor trailer limo. And that’s the short list.

Forget the endless supply of casino food, for a writer the word “buffet” of interesting names at the NFR was the best.

 No ordinary handle will do in Vegas and I loved bucking bulls and broncs like Witch Doctor, Prom Night, Freak Show, Empty Pockets, and, my favorite, Pimp My Ride, (definitely a Vegas style bull). The importance of an unusual name for a professional athlete shouldn’t be overlooked, either. Cowboys like Tuf, Tate, Taos, and Turtle all passed the unique-name-equals-athletic-excellence test. All in all, it was an experience I won’t soon forget.

This month we celebrate Equine Events. Make sure 2012 doesn’t pass by without enjoying the outstanding rodeos, expos, and clinics we have here in the West. There’s something for everyone. In this issue we highlight a top quality expo in Sacramento, CA—The Western States Horse Expo and historic Frontier Days in Cheyenne, WY, along with our regular fare of articles devoted to horse care and training. As always, send your thoughts to editor@nwhorsesource.com.

Ride on!


Published April 2012 Issue

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Editor's Postcard
Catherine Madera

Catherine Madera attended Walla Walla University in Eastern Washington where she majored in communications/journalism. After winning a national competition for Guideposts Magazine in 2004, Catherine concentrated on non-fiction inspirational stories. Since then, she has published numerous personal and ghosted stories for Guideposts and their affiliate publications. Catherine has published in many regional and national magazines/newspapers and her work is included in several anthologies. She specializes in equine-related topics and profiles and serves as editor of The Northwest Horse Source. In 2010 Catherine’s non-fiction story, A Hero’s Work, received the Merial Human-Animal Bond award given by American Horse Publications. She has also authored three works of fiction and provides editing/writing assistance through Word Horse Writing Services.

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