I drove a mini van to Road to the Horse 2012…

I drove a mini van to Road to the Horse this year. That is how I forgot my boots. No kids, no horses, just my husband and myself for six days-five nights. That is a record in our 15 years of marriage.

Forgetting the boots looked suspicious though. Jesse and I stopped by the RTTH to get our passes the day before it opened and I pointed out a pair of Corral boots at Rusty Spur Couture….

The next morning my old faithful boots were no where to be found in the mini van. I tried to convince Jesse that I could wear my hiking boots all weekend. He did not agree and looking at this photo I think he was right…and I got a NEW pair of boots!


We feel like kids again being out with no commitments! Having some free time made it easier for us to explore Tennessee a little more. I guess that was a good decision as Tootie Bland announced yesterday that Road to the Horse 2013 would be moving to Lexington, Kentucky next year!

We had fun hanging out and talking to everyone at RTTH including spectators (which we are too) and the competitors. I hope my friendly warning to the newer competitors helped. I told them that they needed to get some sleep tonight…but that they were probably going to be running and re-running the round pen over and over in their heads all night…and then when that slowed they would be imagining the next days round pen. At least that is what happened to me.

As if in some sort of payback my brain decided to run on over drive all last night. In my dream (or nightmare) I was in a colt starting

competition in some unknown, small dusty arena with about 50 spectators. Nothing was working out for me. My horse was missing, I was required to do a freestyle reining and my dress was locked up and I didn’t have keys…and on and on! I am hoping that the guys slept better than I did.

I am excited that I finally got to hold the first copy of my new (and first) book. People have been asking for a book for years and now I have one! It was fun writing the chapters in the beginning that explain the way I see horses and how I balance them in training. More about this later. Well, time to head back to RTTH for the second go round!


  1. Starr Zizza on March 17, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Hi Stacy. Starr here from Rusty Spur Couture. I love you in our boots. And thanks so much for your support. And everyone, I can tell you that Stacy and Jesse are two of the most down to earth people you can find. And yes you deserve those boots and looked great in both pairs. Jess come to me if you need Xmas ideas….
    I hope to see you in Ohio.

  2. Elaine Olson on March 12, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Hi Stacy,
    It was nice seeing you at RTTH. I guess we caught you in the middle of trying on your boots and both pair looked fabulous. Glad you and Jesse got some time away from everything to spend together.

    I am so thankful to have gotten you to sign the Roxy horse from one of the shows and will cherish it always. While sitting at the show this year, I thought of the Titanic theme you rode to at the last RTTH, It was absolutely beautiful. I look forward to reading your new book and happy that it is completed. I wish you luck and may God richly Bless you in whatever you do.

  3. Deanna on March 12, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Can’t wait to get a copy of the new book!

  4. Katherine Brown on March 11, 2012 at 10:08 am

    LOVE your boots!!!! We cannot get Western boots in South Africa…..and I SO want a nice pair!!! Am afraid to order on the internet as I KNOW i will need to try them on for a perfect fit!! Where can I get a copy of your book? Glad you guys had such fun together!!! Sometimes one needs a “couples weekend” away from the kids to recharge the batteries a bit!! 🙂 🙂

  5. Rebecca Reed on March 11, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Thanks for keeping us up on what you have been doing at RTTH. It was great to see you on TV. I am watching through the live webcast as I am unable to attend. Glad you are getting some fun time!! Thanks for sharing your adventure!!

  6. Heidi Wedge on March 10, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    I love Corral Boots! Those are a sharp pair. Every girl needs shoes 🙂 I really enjoyed you at Equine Affair and have since on your blogs.Thanks!

  7. Pat on March 10, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Great pictures. Love the boots!! You do deserve new boots every now and then. I am sooo excited about reading that Book. Have a nice weekend together. Talk to you soon.

  8. nikki on March 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    🙂 its important to have some time off from the kids and be like lovers again with you partner… just on a one on one basis. Feels good even so, you probably do miss the kids and horses. 🙂

    oh boy, I know those night mares and I had a smerk on my face, while reading it!!

    Now my question to you ????

    Where can I German get this book?? Is it out already?? Not sure, if I can wait til April, when we visit the States!!!

    Happy Weekend all!

  9. Gardenjoy Tales and Poems on March 10, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Swell post! Have a great vacation with your beloved hubby and kids 🙂 and don’t miss your horses too much,

  10. debi on March 10, 2012 at 10:17 am

    What a great story! I love that you and your husband are having such fun! Love the pic in the rocking chair! Would love to get a copy of your book…here’s wishing you well at RTTH, have fun!

  11. taime estrella on March 10, 2012 at 10:02 am

    stacy you are just too mutch! glad to hear you are having fun, and what a dream glad to hear you are participating in mounted shooting. i have a good friend,jerry that is really into that. hey maybe i will even see you at chico y cheryls one day. wow if that wasnt off the whole subject. roxy may have a surprise coming up in the near future,via the new boots! love the giant rocking chair photo! AWSOME POSSUM! tam

  12. MP Hedges on March 10, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Congrats on the boots! I’ll have to remember that tactic 😉 Sorry to hear about the sleepless night; hope the remainder of your little vacation is restful and enjoyable!

  13. Jody Brittain on March 10, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Look forward to more posts….and LOVE the boots!

  14. carlacarrabino on March 10, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Happy about your boots and even more about your book. Can’t wait. Enjoy! I know you will.

  15. claudia on March 10, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Think you are a wonderful and talented lady!!!! Hell yea you deserve a new pair of boots!!!! Enjoy!!!!

  16. lakota on March 10, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Happy you got new boots – I love the original boot combo though. ,smile>. Congrats re the book. I look forward to picking up a copy.

    Enjoy RTTH abundantly

  17. Emily on March 10, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Yay, Jesse! I agree, you needed/deserve the boots 😉

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