The Posse of the Western Way!
Howdy y'all! This here's the sheriff of the Western Way! Now, y'all know that a sheriff is only as good as his posse in rounding up the outlaws. I have got one heck of a posse working for me, I'm here to tell you! Here's a line up of 'the gang' of contributing writers, without who, this page could not have come to fruition, I guarantee. So without further adieu, here are my partners who are riding herd on these equine articles.
Mr. Bobby L. Jolley is a horseman's horseman. He hails from the state of Washington and is the Director of the Battle Simulation Center at Ft. Lewis, Washington. Mr. Jolley has more than 35 years of experience as a U.S. Army Officer and a Department of the Army Civilian. He served 22 years as a Regular Army officer, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He is an avid horseman, living history enthusiast and participates in historical cavalry reenactments. Mr. Jolley has been a horseman since boyhood in Texas. He currently breeds and trains registered Arab and Quarter Horses at his farm in Puyallup, Washington and on his son's ranch near Hagerman, New Mexico. He is a life long student of Western Horsemanship and stays abreast of modern resistance free training. He practices these techniques on breaking and training colts he raises for sale in the western pleasure and cattle working market. He does historical cavalry reenactments at the Little Big Horn in Montana annually, recreating the Battle of Custer's Last Stand, and rides extensively in the mountains of Washington State and New Mexico. Mr. Jolley is a bit expert and will give us some fascinating information on western bits and bitting.
Our next western cowgirl writing for you is Lori Haverkamp,
a student from Kansas. Known as Allie on the board, she
has two horses, a 6 year old dapple gray grade mare named Calypso and
a 6 year old palomino ½ quarter
horse named Champagne who is shown in the photo with
her. Besides her western riding experience, she also rides in stock seat,
hunt seat and saddle seat. Lori volunteers at a therapeutic riding center
in her spare time, helping those with disabilities know the joy of riding.
She also teaches at a Girl Scout riding camp. She acquired both of her
horses green, and trained them successfully herself.
Cathryn LeAnn, also a student and known as Katie_85, hails from Florida. Although she is new to riding in general, she is a quick study and is taking lessons even as we speak. She has already had her share of falls from a spooking horse, but determination keeps her coming back for more! She also enjoys literature, music and foreign languages. I wonder if she speaks horse? She will be telling us about western neck reining with an interview of her current instructor.