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Shoot Week

Greetings,  Ill be home for a lot of the month and I hope to get a final push on riding Dually. Rich and I will go to one more Versatility Ranch Horse clinic this month but will probably not compete this time. I just havent gotten enough time in the saddle this past month and Rich feels like he needs a little more time to get in sync with his new horse Diggs. But well attend the clinic portion, which is a lot of fun and we get good concentrated practice in.

For now, I am here in MA preparing to film new episodes of the TV show the next three days. Shoot days are long and hard for everyone on the crew. I am really fortunate to have such a hard-working and talented crew around me that it makes my job pretty easyjust show up and talk. We always have a good time at shoots, but work really hard too.

We start filming at first light, which I discovered this morning is about 6:30a here. If the day goes smoothly, we should be finished filming by 4-5 in the afternoon. Well start three episodes tomorrow, then finish them up the next morning, after the riders have had time to practice their new-found skills. Then well start three more the second day and finish them on the third. By Thursday evening well have six new episodes in the can; these shows will play in January 09. On Friday, well be catatonic.

This morning will be spent organizing wardrobe, scouting shoot locations, and making sure all the equipment and props are ready to go first thing in the morning. Once weve got those details out of the way, we hope to head for the beach to enjoy whats left of the week.

Tomorrow is Rich and my wedding anniversary and I am sad not to be spending it with my husband, but sometimes work gets in the way. It is certainly not a reflection of how I feel about our relationship, because I value it every day. Well find a way to celebrate it when I get home next weekend. Oh yeah, Im not going home then, just to Denver, where Ill attend the Western & English Trade Assn. fall market show. Its a good time to see all the manufacturers in the industry and get in touch with the retail side of things. I always enjoy the marketeven when it delays my trip home.

Enjoy the ride!


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  1. Happy Anniversary!
    Ours is the
    10th and hubby is going to a “bike” (as in Harley) week and I am having a yard sale. Aren’t we the romantics?
    We want you back in PA and MD area too.
    I guess you should have been twins so one can take half the country and the other the other half.
    Have a great week.


  2. My son rode in one of your clinics at the Equine Affaire in Ca in 2007. We are very excited to see you back on the list for 2009 ! We love your new series. Our Labor Day was fraught with opinionated horses – but a quick review the episode of the horse who had mounting difficulties helped my horse. We hope to ride with you at Equine Affaire in 2009.

  3. Julie,
    Happy Anniversary! onthebit answered my question about MA. and november. we’re selling the condo, so who knows, maybe I’ll use a few hunj for a modest getaway and say hello. It’d be a hoot and a thrill to meet you. how ’bout coming to Horse Park in Jersey? Ride and travel safe.

  4. I am very excited to come out and see you at the Equine Affair in Massachusetts in a few months. I know that this is probably a stupid question, but how come you choose to shoot the shows in Mass. now and not when you are coming back in November? I look forward to watching these new episodes and Happy Anniversary…even if you are far away.

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