Roping & Racing-The Horsepower of Bill Casner

One of the fun parts of my writing career has been meeting some very interesting people and learning about their unique lives. When a friend recommended I speak with Bill Casner of WinStar Farm about team roping a couple of years ago, I was perplexed–Huh? A big-time Thoroughbred owner knows about team roping?

Let me tell you, Casner does, in fact, know about team roping–and he’s pretty successful with the sport as well. The story was picked up by Rodeo News, and I think one of my favorite tales was when Casner (who has sold his part ownership to Kenny Troutt a few years ago) was explaining how he has ridden Dubai World Cup Champion Well Armed (who is retired on Casner’s Rafter C Ranch in Texas), but he won’t make much of a roping horse: “He loves to do the ‘doo-si-doo’–you better be screwed down on him when you ride him because if he sees a bird or something he loves to do a little dance.”

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Bill Casner rides champion Thoroughbred Well Armed on his Rafter C Ranch in Flower Mound, Texas.

Read more about Bill Casner and his life in the roping box and outside of the racetrack:

Rodeo News-Bill Casner

 

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Thankful for a Successful 2014

The time between Christmas and New Year’s is usually a time to reflect on the previous 365 days and how far we’ve come. I’m always guilty of this because I’ve caught myself saying that the year has gone by so quickly, but then again, you feel as though it hasn’t.

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. — Herman Melville

This past year has seen MA Communications grow exponentially. What started as just a side gig to fill in time and keep in touch with my favorite industry has turned into a second full-time job with a growth in contacts that I appreciate everyday. Last week I sent in my last article for 2014, and I have already been working on articles for the 2015 editorial calendar.

Overall, in 2014, I wrote 80 articles–both online and in print–and covered four live events in person, as well as a couple from afar. I’ve been published in eight print magazines, as well as eight websites.

It was exciting covering the World Equestrian Games for two websites, bringing the excitement of reining to everyone.

It was exciting covering the World Equestrian Games for two websites, bringing the excitement of reining to everyone.

 

I launched my Facebook page.

I love sharing my work and experiences on my Facebook page for everyone.

I love sharing my work and experiences on my Facebook page for everyone.

I traveled to South Carolina to receive my first independent award from the American Horse Publications.

First time entering an awards contest independently =  not too shabby.

First time entering an awards contest independently = not too shabby.

I’ve expanded my horizons and stepped out of my comfort zone to bring the best of what I could offer to different audiences–and I’ve loved every challenge.

I’ve brought along clients for social media marketing and to help grow their business from just starting to thriving in just one year.

I’m looking forward to another great year in 2015. I already know there will be challenges (in February the newest member of the MAC family will joining us as Matt and I welcome our little girl), but that will only make it more interesting!

Thank you for supporting and reading everything from MAC. If you have any article suggestions or topics you’d like to see covered more in any genre, please let me know!

Thank you to the following websites and publications that worked with me in 2014:

America’s Horse
American Paint Horse Journal
American Quarter Horse Journal
American Quarter Horse Journal Online
Canine Chronicle
CanineChronicle.com
Clean Run
The Daily Corgi
DressageDaily.com
Equine Chronicle
EquineChronicle.com
GoHorseShow.com
HorsesDaily.com
The Reiner
Rodeo News
Western Shooting Horse Magazine
The Wrangler–Horse & Rodeo News

Rodeo News: The Oleika Shriners’ Pro Rodeo

Back in November I was invited to cover the Oleika Shriners Pro Rodeo for Rodeo News by my friend, and freelance photographer, Rick Samuels. It was great to get back to my roots–I did high school and college rodeo and fell in love with the sport. I saw some old friends, met some people whose name I only knew from press and seeing them competing at rodeos, and introduced my husband to the sport I once devoted my life to.

The Oleika Shriners started hosting an International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA) rodeo at the Alltech Arena in the Kentucky Horse Park three years ago as a way to raise money to help support the Shrine’s work. When the group noticed their trademark circuses weren’t grabbing the attention of families as much as they used to, John Bourne came up with the idea of hosting a professional rodeo.

Now, after three years, the rodeo has grown so much in attendance and notoriety that the IPRA has decided this rodeo will now be the home of the All Region Finals, a prestigious rodeo for members of the IPRA before the International Finals Rodeo. This shows the IPRA’s appreciation for the great work the Shriners have done bringing professional rodeo to Central Kentucky.

You can read the article here in the latest issue of the Rodeo News. Photos by Rick Samuels.