Florida’s Favorite Equestrian Magazine Features Cindy Meehl and 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN in April Issue

Check out the feature about Cindy Meehl and 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN in the April issue of Sidelines Magazine

Check out the feature about Cindy Meehl and 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN in the April issue of Sidelines Magazine



Don’t miss “Follow Your Heart, Wherever It Leads,” the feature story in the April issue of the popular Wellington-based equestrian magazine Sidelines. Writer Kayla Starnes details the story behind how BUCK the award-winning documentary came to be made, and how 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN, the seven-disc instructional series, was the follow-up director Cindy Meehl knew had to be made.

“This, to me, is the way training should be done,” Cindy says about 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN in the article. “What I put in 7 CLINICS, I believe, will astound people with the results they will get. I don’t care what type of riding you do, Buck’s tools can take you much farther than you ever dreamed.”

Pick up a copy of the April issue!

Pick up a copy of the April issue!

Cindy also shares a little about her current projects, including the forthcoming documentaries Unbranded (about four young men riding mustangs from Mexico to Canada) and Dogs on the Inside (about stray dogs that are retrained for adoption by inmates). Pick up your copy of Sidelines (you can order the issue online by CLICKING HERE) for the scoop.


7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN and BUCK the documentary are available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.




7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN is the winner of two Telly Awards! Click the image above to find out more about these excellent instructional DVDs.

7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN is the winner of two Telly Awards! Click the image above to find out more about these excellent instructional DVDs.



And did you know? Kayla Starnes, writer of the Sidelines feature about Cindy Meehl and her film projects, is the author of TEAM ROPING 101,which is on sale now!


The Secret Lives of Horse Book Authors: Kayla Starnes and Her Surprise Champion Toy Australian Shepherd

"Rocky," TSB author Kayla Starnes' surprise champion Toy Aussie. Photo courtesy of Kayla Starnes.

“Rocky,” TSB author Kayla Starnes’ surprise champion Toy Aussie. Photo courtesy of Kayla Starnes.


We all know that riders, trainers—and yes, horse book authors—have lives that extend beyond the barn and outside the paddock. Ever wonder what they like to do when they’re not on the back of a horse or teaching a clinic?

TSB author Kayla Starnes, author of the USTRC-endorsed TEAM ROPING 101, is on her way to the Toy Australian Shepherd Association of America (TASAA) National Championships in Ridgefield, Washington, October 16-18, 2013. And Kayla’s not flying all the way from Texas to Washington to ogle Toy Aussies—she and her own pup “Rocky” are competing for the National Championship.

The TASAA National Championships is a specialty show put on once a year for competitors to show off their best Toy Aussie. According to the TASAA website, it is the highest honor to be crowned a TASAA National Champion.

“Toy Australian Shepherds are a smaller version of the standard-sized Aussie,” explains Kayla. “They have the same look and herding ability, in a 13-inch tall package and have become very popular with the horse crowd the past few decades because they are perfectly-sized for the road.”


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“The fact that we are going to the National Championship is still crazy to me!” Kayla admits. “Six months ago, I hadn’t ever seen a dog show and Rocky had lived seven years in obscurity as a ranch dog. Then, an acquaintance invited me to a show and we went, just to watch. There, the show secretary told me I really should consider entering my dog, so I did. A fellow competitor was kind enough to show me the ropes and help me with some quick grooming. Rocky ended that day Reserve Best In Show!

“That evening, Rocky managed to steal my chili dog when I wasn’t looking, so I had to buy myself a new dinner. I forgave him, of course, and now it’s tradition—every time he wins, he gets a hotdog. Rocky has eaten a lot of them this summer! He has earned his championship title in conformation, as well as an international championship.

“Nationals will be his last competition. He’s retiring from the show ring and gets to come home and be a dad. In fact, his first puppies are already on their way! That litter should be here just in time for the holidays.”

Kayla assures us that win or lose at Nationals, Rocky gets a chili dog. He’s earned it!

Everyone at TSB wishes Kayla and Rocky the best of luck at the TASAA National Championships next week.

(And stay tuned to the TSB blog for more Secret Lives of Horse Book Authors!)




TEAM ROPING 101, by Kayla Starnes and endorsed by the USTRC, is available from the TSB online bookstore.



What they’re saying about TEAM ROPING 101:

“This book will walk you step by step through picking out the perfect team roping horse to preparing for your first competition, and all the training in between. ” —Clinton Anderson, Trainer, Clinician, and Author

“With information covering everything from picking the right horse to roping your first steer, this book will help you on your way to becoming a great team roper.” —Horse & Rider

“The title should have been Team Roping 1001, because it is so full of great information. . . . It’s all here, and it’s a keeper.” —Working Ranch

TEAM ROPING 101 should be the essential tool for team ropers and horse enthusiasts of every age alike!” —Chris Cox, Trainer, Clinician, and Team Roper

TSB Authors Kick Off Summer at AmerEquine June 1-3 in Fort Worth, Texas!

If you are planning your weekend of horses, music, and magic at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, TX June 1–3, 2012, be sure to make time to visit two of our bestselling authors! Melinda Folse, author of THE SMART WOMAN’S GUIDE TO MIDLIFE HORSES, and Kayla Starnes, author of TEAM ROPING 101 will both be on hand, talking horses and signing their books.

Melinda Folse and THE SMART WOMAN’S GUIDE TO MIDLIFE HORSES can be found at Booth #532/530, where she’ll also be talking about her new blog for DiscoverHorses.com. Melinda will be giving presentations over the weekend–she’s invited a few of the women featured in her book to stop by and share more of their stories from very different perspectives on the “Midlife Horse Adventure.” Discussion will open up for audience questions and encouragement (possibly in the form of chocolate!) in order to build and emphasize awareness of the wonderful the community we all share when we love and ride horses.

Kayla Starnes will be in the USTRC booth with her book TEAM ROPING 101. The public is invited to try roping a Hot Heels in the booth all three days, and  an instructor will be on hand to guide novices and answer questions.

Highlights of the three-day equine exposition and music festival include:

• More than 100 clinics, demonstrations and seminars in many disciplines in four venues led by expert presenters such as Craig Cameron and Gina Miles.

• Five major Coliseum shows starring 12-time Grammy-winner Emmylou Harris and five-time Grammy-winner Marty Stuart.

• A Texas-sized Xtreme Marketplace in the Amon G. Carter Building offering everything from tack, equine health products and ranch equipment to apparel, accessories, art, and home furnishings.

Kick off your summer with our TSB authors at the AmerEquine Festival of the Horse June 1-3 in Fort Worth, Texas! And don’t forget, THE SMART WOMAN’S GUIDE TO MIDLIFE HORSES and TEAM ROPING 101 are both available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

Blog Bonus!!! Enter coupon code TSBBLOG15 at checkout and receive 15% off your entire order!!

TSB Author Kayla Starnes Celebrates an NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire and Looks Forward to the Upcoming AmerEquine Festival of the Horse in Fort Worth, Texas

When the eye-catching palomino stallion named Nu Chex To Cash—an NRHA Hall of Fame inductee—recently became the tenth NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire, TSB author Kayla Starnes couldn’t help but smile. His offspring’s official NRHA earnings now total $2,002,150. Hilldale Farm, of Brashear, Tex., has owned Nu Chex To Cash since 1995 and has bred his top three earning offspring.

Hilldale Farm was also formerly the home of Helluva Chex, a Nu Chex To Cash son who sired Kayla’s 2011 colt “Chex” (and who TSB featured on our 2011-2012 catalog, which you can download on our homepage HERE).

“It is quite an accomplishment for Nu Chex To Cash to reach the two million dollar mark,” says Kayla. “Congratulations to him and his owners for such consistency producing champions. I am proud to own a grandson!”

Despite facing some adversity in his first year, including a barn fire (which he luckily escaped with only minor injury), Kayla’s colt is blossoming into a beautiful horse his famous grandsire can be proud of—check out the recent photos Kayla shared with us:

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Kayla, a writer and a photographer, is the author of TEAM ROPING 101: THE COMPLETE SPORT FROM HEADER TO HEELER, a super introduction to the popular family sport, endorsed by the USTRC. Kayla and her book will be part of the USTRC booth at AmerEquine Festival of the Horse, June 1-3, in Fort Worth, Texas. Representatives from Hot Heels roping dummies will be there, as well, and the public is invited to stop by, meet Kayla, and try their hand at roping.

Watch our blog and Facebook page for more information about our authors at the AmerEquine event in the month to come!

And you can order TEAM ROPING 101 from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE! BLOG BONUS!! Enter the coupon code TSBBLOG15 at checkout and get 15% off your entire order!


Horse&Rider Magazine Says Kayla Starnes Has Written THE Book for Team Ropers!

“New to team roping? Or dying to give it a try? Kayla Starnes has written the book for you,” says the review of TEAM ROPING 101 in the January issue of Horse&Rider Magazine.

“Endorsed by the United States Team Roping Championships, and with a foreword by Clinton Anderson, this book has all the facts you need to get your team roping career started,” writes book reviewer Laura Downey. “It provides information on what to look for in a roping horse; what kind of tack, ropes, and other equipment you’ll need; the horsemanship skills you can’t rope without; and of course, simple drills for the roping horse from H&R contributor Clinton Anderson.

“Throughout the book, you’ll also find tips from professional team ropers Speed Williams and Rickey Green. With information covering everything from picking the right horse to roping your first steer, this book will help you on your way to becoming a great team roper.”

TEAM ROPING 101 author and photographer Kayla Starnes signed books at the Hastings in Stephenville, Texas, in November.

Some of you may have had the chance to meet TEAM ROPING 101 author and photographer Kayla Starnes during her November book signing at the Hastings in Stephenville, Texas. “It was my first book signing in my hometown, which was a really fun dynamic,” says Kayla. “I had the opportunity to visit with supportive friends and family, as well as roping enthusiasts. Some of my models for TEAM ROPING 101 are local amateur ropers, and more than one visitor was excited to discover that they recognized friends and family in the pages. That sense of community and devotion to learning about their sport is exactly why I chose to portray everyday ropers, as well as professionals, in this book.”

TEAM ROPING 101 author and photographer Kayla Starnes really enjoyed signing books in her hometown of Stephenville.

TEAM ROPING 101 is available from the TSB online bookstore, where standard shipping in the US is always FREE. CLICK HERE TO ORDER TEAM ROPING 101 NOW.

Happy Cyber Monday: The Five Best Horse Books You Can Give (or Get) for Christmas This Year, Plus 15% Off and Free Shipping

With Thanksgiving over, many of us have entered the fun-filled season dedicated to holiday shopping…and what wasn’t purchased on Black Friday can always be bought on Cyber Monday!

Still not sure what to get the horsey friend or family member when you’re on a budget? Here are five SUPER books for five different kinds of horsemen or women, and all for less than $30.

1  For the grownup girl who always wanted a horse, but maybe never got one….


Funny, smart, self-help with a shot of reality, a dash of dreams, and a whole lotta horse.

2  For the ambitious young rider with big-time competitive dreams…


Whatever the discipline, whatever the finances, here’s the how-to for going somewhere both in riding, and in life.

3  For the Western rider with a passion for fun, family, and the rush of roping…

TEAM ROPING 101 by Kayla Starnes, endorsed by the USTRC

All you need to know about the exciting, big-money sport of team roping—how to get started, and get good.

4  For the philosopher-in-the-saddle, the dressage aficionado, the classicist…

MEDITATIONS FOR TWO by Dominique Barbier and Keron Psillas

Beautiful, poignant, poetic, and deep—a book to ponder and move you.

5  For the son, daughter, grandchild, niece, or nephew…

TEX by Dorie McCullough Lawson

A beautiful children’s picture book about hard work, the American West, and sleep! (See a short video HERE) Through January 1, 2012, 10% of all online sales of TEX from HorseandRiderBooks.com will go to the Pajama Program—join us in our efforts to give warm pajamas and good books to the children who need them most! Read about TSB’s donation HERE.

These books, and many more, can be found at the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE, and where you can get 15% your order all this week by entering the coupon code THANKS15 at checkout.

Offer ends 12-2-11 and cannot be combined with other offers.

Stop By the Trafalgar Square Books Booth at Equine Affaire in Springfield, Massachusetts, November 10-13, 2011

Trafalgar Square Books will be on-hand at this year’s Equine Affaire in Springfield, Massachusetts. We have a booth in the Better Living Center–come find us at stand #843-844–and we’ll be there all four days of the event. Not only will we have our bestselling books and DVDs available, we’ll also have our newest releases and hottest new items for sale at special show-only discounts.

Stop by and you’ll find books and DVDs to suit you, or your favorite horse-crazy person, whatever your favorite breed or equestrian discipline. We’ll have our new release RIDER & HORSE BACK TO BACK by Susanne von Dietze, as well as her two new DVD programs and the perennial bestseller BALANCE IN MOVEMENT. The United States Team Roping Championships endorsed our new book TEAM ROPING 101, which features all you need to know to get started in the sport, including tips from top team ropers Rickey Green and Speed Williams. Plus, you can find copies of our completely charming children’s book TEX, signed by the author and the perfect gift for your favorite little cowboy or cowgirl this holiday season. (Have you seen the video for TEX? If not, check it out HERE.)

We’ve got practical, how-to texts WHERE DOES MY HORSE HURT and BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE, both spiral-bound and great for using at the barn. Not to mention THE SMART WOMAN’S GUIDE TO MIDLIFE HORSES, as you’ve no doubt seen featured in EQUUS, HORSE & RIDER, and COWGIRL MAGAZINE this fall. And if you’re looking for the show-stopping gift-book for the horseman-at-heart, Dominique Barbier’s MEDITATION FOR TWO is sure to provide both reading pleasure and riding inspiration.

In addition, the TSB booth will host book signings with top riders and EA presenters, offering you the chance to meet your riding mentor or idol!

We’ll have Anne Kursinski, EA presenter and author of ANNE KURSINSKI’S RIDING AND JUMPING CLINIC, on Thursday, November 10, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.

Denny Emerson, eventer and author of HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD on Saturday, November 12, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm.

Jim Wofford, EA presenter and author of CROSS-COUNTRY WITH JIM WOFFORD on Saturday, November 12, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, and Sunday, November 13, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.

Don’t miss our sale bins and special discounts for Equine Affaire…it will all be waiting for you at the TSB booth in the Better Living Center at EA in Massachusetts. See you there!

TSB Authors of THE SMART WOMAN’S GUIDE TO MIDLIFE HORSES and TEAM ROPING 101 Check Out Red Steagall’s Cowboy Gathering & Western Swing Festival

Texan Melinda Folse, author of THE SMART WOMAN'S GUIDE TO MIDLIFE HORSES, at her booth during Red Steagall's Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival.

Texas writers Melinda Folse, author of THE SMART WOMAN’S GUIDE TO MIDLIFE HORSES, and Kayla Starnes, author of TEAM ROPING 101, were on-hand at Red Steagall’s Cowboy Gathering & Western Swing Festival over the weekend. There they signed books and joined in the fun at the Fort Worth Stockyards. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday featured cowboy music, poetry, rodeo events, horsemanship clinics, and a marketplace where attendees could check out the latest and greatest in cowboy trappings and equestrian gear.

Melinda Folse, author of THE SMART WOMAN'S GUIDE TO MIDLIFE HORSES, with Cowboy Storyteller Red Steagall and his wife Gail.

Sounds like the weekend, voted “Best gathering and best family event” by the readers of American Cowboy magazine, was a terrific way to brush up on your horse know-how and your appreciation for the traditions of the American West…while also doing a little holiday shopping, to boot!

If you missed your chance to meet Melinda and Kayla this weekend, you can pick up a copy of THE SMART WOMAN’S GUIDE TO MIDLIFE HORSES and TEAM ROPING 101 on the TSB website, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

TSB Author Kayla Starnes Talks About Her New Book TEAM ROPING 101, Working for the APHA, Her New Colt, and Jane Austen

This month, TSB had a chance to catch up with author and photographer Kayla Starnes and talk about her brand new book TEAM ROPING 101, as well as what it was like to work with the USTRC and champion team ropers Speed Williams and Rickey Green. (TEAM ROPING 101 is available now from the TSB bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.)

TSB: You have been working publicist and photographer for the APHA for a number of years. What first got you involved with Paint Horses and/or the organization?

 KS: I worked for APHA for almost four years, and can honestly say I loved every day I was a part of the PR & Marketing team. I was the worst kind of marketing person—one who truly believed in their product. Today, I am in the same field, working in PR and media relations for a manufacturing company called Pro Equine Group, as well as working for myself.

TSB author Kayla Starnes and her Quarter Horse mare "Cutie"

I first got involved with Paint Horses and APHA as a young teenager, when my parents bought me a Paint mare and a Youth membership. Later, I got a job at APHA because I was too nosey for my own good and God just put me in the right place at the right time. I had just finished a college internship with a horse magazine and my last assignment for them was supposed to be interviewing some APHA officials at a special competition. But, I couldn’t accept because the event was set for the same day as graduation. Fortunately, it was held in my hometown and one of my friends was assigned the story instead. So, that afternoon, I traded my graduation cap for a Western hat and went to the arena to see what I was missing.

When I got there, my friend was interviewing a few APHA Executive Committee members. Because she hadn’t had time to prep like I had for that event, I thought she was missing some of the hard questions that I believed readers would really want to know. So, she let me cut in and fire away. And, the EC members were kind enough to accommodate me.

Afterward, my friend had to leave for a bit to chase down another interview. So, I decided to wait for her, and happened to find myself standing next to Jerry Circelli, APHA’s Director of PR & Marketing. We struck up a conversation, and before I left, he asked me to send him my resume.

With that, I moved back to Fort Worth, where two weeks turned into four years.

TSB: You have a new foal that was born right around the time you were finishing up TEAM ROPING 101. What made you decide to breed your mare and what are your future plans for your colt?

Kayla, "Cutie," and her new Helluva Chex colt.

KS: Yes, my foal and Team Roping 101 were “born” at the same time. Those last couple of weeks I spent my nights sitting around watching my mare for signs of foaling while reviewing final proofs. He’s a palomino overo AQHA/APHA colt, whose name is still pending with the associations. His mother has the kindest, most forgiving personality, and she gave me my first taste of showing. When I retired her, it was time to think about a replacement and I knew I wanted a foal from her. I chose a stallion that was a mix of two bloodlines I highly respected and thought would cross well with her Bell Ranch breeding. The sire, Helluva Chex is a son of Nu Chex to Cash and a King Ranch mare.

The little guy seems to have inherited the best from both parents. His mother gave him her mild temperament and tough-as-nails conformation, and his father gave him his stunning color and refinement, like a beautiful head.  Future plans are to direct him to the show pen when he is old enough.

TSB: You worked with the USTRC in putting TEAM ROPING 101 together. What impressed you most about the organization?

KS: I can’t say enough great things about the staff at USTRC and their level of professionalism. The first time I stepped into their offices, I was immediately impressed with the cutting-edge handicapping system they have in place. I have seen nothing in the equine world that is similar, and they work very hard to stay at the forefront of that technology. The enormous volume of performance statistics they maintain for any given run or roper is amazing. The only sports I can think of to compare it to are golf or baseball.

TSB: You had the opportunity to watch champion team ropers Speed Williams and Rickey Green in action, as well as interview them as they are featured in TEAM ROPING 101. What were some of the most important pointers you gained from their expertise?

KS: I am always in awe of a professional athlete in action. Whatever they do, they make it look so effortless. When I visited Rickey Green for one of the book’s photo shoot, he had such control of the entire run. He actually asked me to show him exactly where I wanted him to place an uncooperative steer for me to get a certain shot during a run. And, he did it perfectly—more than once, with three independent-minded animals and a novice teammate to consider. However, he is the first to say he didn’t get that amount of control overnight, as does Speed. They both have worked very hard to reach that level.

Both pros stress that talent begins on the ground, learning the basics. That is where correct technique is born and developed. I think that is the most important lesson they have to share. Each is acutely aware of novice safety, and I think they take great care to ensure their students learn properly and gradually step up the challenge.

TSB: If you were trapped on a desert island with a horse and a book, what breed of horse would it be and which book would you choose?

KS: Of course, I would need The Black Stallion, by Walter Farley. It was always one of my favorites and a must-have manual for deserted island living with a horse. However, I’d have to say my equine companion would have to be a stock horse. It’s hard to beat a Quarter Horse’s or Paint’s calm, easy-going temperament.

TSB: What’s in your refrigerator at all times?

KS:  Something green and hairy! I’d rather be outside on a sunny day than cleaning the fridge, so I’m afraid I put it off way too long, especially during the summer.

TSB: What is your idea of perfect happiness?

KS: A warm summer evening, sitting on a bucket, petting the dog and listening to the horses eat dinner. I have had much more exhilarating experiences with horses, but not much beats the everyday stuff.

TSB: Tell us about the first time you remember sitting on a horse.

KS: I don’t remember the first time I sat on a horse, but I definitely remember my first horse. Her name was Goldie. She was an old, grade palomino Quarter Horse that my brother and I shared. She let me be everything from the Kentucky Derby-winning teenaged jockey from the Thoroughbred book series, to a world champion with giant rosette, to just a little, horse-crazy girl with big dreams.

TSB: Tell us about the first time you remember falling off a horse.

KS: See the jockey reference in the previous question. I was riding bareback, pretending to cross the finish-line Secretariat style, and bounced right off. Goldie stopped, looked down at me, and if horses could roll their eyes and sigh, I think she would have. Of course, I was fine. It was soft grass and I was young!

TSB: What is the quality you most like in a friend?

KS: Loyalty

TSB: What is the quality you most like in a horse?

KS: The natural ability to think through a problem, rather than just react.

TSB: If you could do one thing on horseback that you haven’t yet done, what would it be?

KS: I would compete in reining, either as an exhibitor as a proud owner. I love the precision and obedience of it, which carries over to any task.

TSB: What is your idea of the perfect meal?

KS: Anything involving pasta or chocolate is heaven. Wish I could say that about water and lettuce!

TSB: What is your idea of the perfect vacation?

KS: Anywhere without cell phone or internet service! Really, I enjoy vacations that teach you something about the people and landscape you are visiting.

I’d love to visit the beautiful and little-known Abaco Wild Horses. Believed to be the direct descendents of horses brought over by Spanish explorers like Columbus, they are the rarest breed in the world. With only five left, they exist today only on one tiny island. But, they have a tireless supporter named Milanne Rehor, who has made it her mission to save them. And, with recent scientific breakthroughs in equine breeding, she has a better chance than ever.

TSB: If you could have a conversation with one famous person, alive or dead, who would it be?

KS: Jane Austen. She may have lived in a different era, but she nailed human interaction.

TSB: What is your motto?

KS: Hmmm. I don’t really have one, but I think Dorrie from Finding Nemo had it right: Just keep swimming.

No matter what happens, never give up.

Author of New Team Roping Book Shares Photos of Her Helluva Chex Colt–He’s a Doll!

TSB author Kayla Starnes' new colt--a Helluva Chex baby.

TSB author Kayla Starnes had a tough week near the end of April–her new book TEAM ROPING 101: THE COMPLETE SPORT FROM HEADER TO HEELER–was in the final stages of proofing prior to going to print, and her mare was due to foal any minute. She spent several late nights on “pregnant mare watch” while scanning the pages of her book-to-be…and we’re happy to say both were safely delivered in the end!

Playin' with Mama!

What a lovely family portrait!

Kayla’s colt is a palomino overo AQHA/APHA son of the stunning reining stallion Helluva Chex. She shared pics from his first evening of “freedom” out in the pasture with his mama—we think he is an absolute doll!

And her book, TEAM ROPING 101—a fantastic beginner’s guide endorsed by the USTRC—is available for pre-order at the TSB bookstore NOW! Check it out HERE.

Congrats on both your new “babies,” Kayla!