"Jessica's obviously really, really talented. Her material floated to the top because of the quality of her presentation and her material."
~Charlie Seeman,Executive Director of the Western Folklife Center
"Jessica's ability to take a common, everyday experience, such as cooking dinner or doing laundry, and put a ranch life spin on it has made her poetry popular with both men and women alike. She has also drawn the attention of a younger crowd that is searching for a grounded lifestyle that is real in a fast-paced, computerized society."
~Jennifer Denison, Western Horseman
"When Jessica writes poetry about the buckaroo lifestyle she is writing from a firsthand knowledge of the things she has actually seen or experienced. This puts her apart from many other western poets that tend to glamorize or write about the way they 'think it was.' When you add this hands-on knowledge to her keen, observant eye and sensitive nature, you come up with a very unique individual that can write poetry that truly touches the souls of those of us who have lived it and also those that wish they could have."
~Mackey Hedges, author of Last Buckaroo and Shadow of the Wind
There are some people that are going to judge this next post, but that's ok. If it helps just one person know they are not alone, it's worth it.
Today I roped my first cow. It was not pretty and I'm almost positive it was agonizing for all involved. But it's done.
For the last 10 years, Sam and I have battled each other regarding roping. He was worried about my safety but wouldn't teach me. The few times he tried, I was set up for failure. He admits to all of this.
When I finally got the go ahead to rope, my fears of every wreck or could be possibly would take over. It was easier to blame him than it was to take responsibility for my lack of courage. The whole roping situation was a mess.
Today was a step towards a greater marriage. Here's to many more years to come ♡
#cowboymarriage #cowboygirl #buckarette #roping #ranchlife #ranchhorse #stringhorse
Because even the kids help keep the wheels turning!
Don't buckle to mediocrity or complain that things are not like they use to be. Work so that every interaction maintains a little bit of the tradition you hold so fondly to.
"From the hackamore to the two rein from the two rein to the bridle
Steeping in Spanish tradition he's every cow pony's idle." #cowboypoetry #hackamore #tworein #bridle #bridlehorse #getdown #cowpony #cowboygirl #horsewoman #buckarette #desertlife
There hasn't been much time for running lately but it makes me appreciate it that much more when I get to go! Zeus is learning more with every adventure, even saw a llama for the first time today. Add in a new area to explore and a beautiful day, I'll call it a success!
#5ktraining #motherrunner #fitfam
Normally kids, chores, or paying jobs get the best part of my day.
But this day, the blank page gets a few minutes of quiet, undivided attention while I'm at my best (well, its quiet except for my clunking washer and squeaky dryer :/ ). #blankpage #writer #writing #cowboypoet #cowboypoetry #coffee
I must say, Cinch was the most adorable side kick today, but I may be bias ;) This little guy moved cows for the first time and kept jabbering about being a "super cowboy boss with daddy." Although he's not quite as horse crazy as big brother, I think he's coming around :) #cowboymom #ranchwife #buckaroointraining #ranchlife #ranchkid #ranchmama
There are so many moments worth remembering today, but this is one of my favorites!
Sam had the opportunity to try out an off the track thoroughbred as a possible ranch horse. He's been off on an injury and has never been exposed to western tack. I really enjoyed watching Sam find middle ground with this animal. The fine line of compassion and expecting manners.
Quirt was apparently just as enamored.
#mybuckarooman #chazmitchellcustomhatz #flathat #thoroughbred #ottb #nextgeneration
Any day spent with this hunk is a good one, but for the first time all 4 of us went to move cows! I'm so proud of our boys, pictures to come soon ♡
#mybuckarooman #chazmitchellcustomhatz #mare #ranchhorse #stringhorse #sagebrusholdwest #cpunch #pershingcounty #nevada #homemeansnevada