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Templeton Thompson has captured a bit of the holiday magic in her sweet new video.

Templeton Thompson has captured a bit of the holiday magic in her sweet music video.

 

When I was a little girl with horses of my own at home, I’d wake up early on Christmas morning and heat hot water, chop carrots, and mix in bran, grain, and molasses for a warm and sweet holiday mash I knew my pals down in the cold barn would love. The smell was intoxicating. I’d load my pockets with apples and pieces of candy cane and carry the buckets across the frozen field to where my “herd” waited. Their nickers were audible long before I reached the door…they could hear my boots crunching through the snow.

 

Templeton's Quarter Horses Jane and Beau sure are lucky!

Templeton’s Quarter Horses Jane and Beau sure are lucky!

 

I miss those moments, some of the best holiday memories I have…and they always happened before presents, before cinnamon rolls and pastries and cookies and turkey-emblazoned feasts. It’s good to have a herd of your own, a little snow, and warm bran mash on cold dark mornings.

Templeton Thompson has captured this magic in her delightful “Happy Yee-Halidays” music video. Take a few minutes to check it out!

 

Templeton’s SONGS FROM 7 CLINICS CD is part of the TSB ULTIMATE BUCK GIFT PAK, which also includes BUCK the award-winning documentary, the complete 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN DVD series, and a BUCK tote bag! Order yours by Tuesday, December 17, 2013, and you’ll get FREE SHIPPING in the US in time for Christmas!

 

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–Rebecca Didier, Senior Editor

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Equus Film Fest

7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN and WHEN I GET THAT PONY RODE are at the 1st Annual Equus Film Festival!

 

TSB congratulates Cindy Meehl, Director of the award-winning documentary BUCK and award-winning instructional series 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN, along with singer/songwriter Templeton Thompson, for winning Best Music Video for “When I Get That Pony Rode” at the 1st Annual Equus Film Festival, going on now through this weekend (August 15-18, 2013).

“It was AMAZING to see our video in the Arcada Theater, on the BIG screen,” says Templeton. “That’s a first for me, and I could definitely get used to it! None of this would have happened if not for our dear friend the incredibly talented Director, Cindy Meehl.”

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After debuting online on CMT.com on February 19, 2013, “When I Get That Pony Rode” became one of the most requested videos on that site, on its second day hitting #1 over many other major country artists. The video, along with 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN, is an official selection of the Equus Film Festival, and Templeton traveled to St. Charles, Illinois, where the film festival is running in conjunction with the Festival of the Horse and Drum,  to perform—as well as see her song on the “big screen”!

If you haven’t seen “When I Get That Pony Rode,” check it out here:

Speaking of the big screen, if you are planning to check out the Festival of the Horse and Drum, or if you’re just in the St. Charles area, you can attend a one-hour screening of 7 CLINICS on Sunday, August 18, at 2:30 pm. Tickets to event are available at the Arcada Theater–only $6.00 for an all-day pass to see all the horsey film selections!

If you haven’t been there, the Arcada Theater is worth a visit! Built in 1926 by local millionaire and Chicago Tribune cartoonist Lester J. Norris, it became known as one of the outstanding Vaudeville houses of its day. Many legendary stars have graced the stage, including George Burns and Gracie Allen, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Olivia DeHavilland, the John Phillip Sousa Band, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Vincent Price, Jeanette McDonald, Walter Slezak and Maria Von Trapp, to name a few. In 2005, the Arcada was fully renovated and now plays hosts to festivals and entertainers, including today’s hottest stars.

 

It's a thrill to have 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN and WHEN I GET THAT PONY RODE on the big screen at the historic Arcada Theater!

It’s a thrill to have 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN and WHEN I GET THAT PONY RODE on the big screen at the historic Arcada Theater!

 

7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN is available from the TSB online bookstore.

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GAC Daily Countdown host Shannon Alexander with Templeton Thompson, whose music is featured on the 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN DVD series.

GAC Daily Countdown host Suzanne Alexander with Templeton Thompson, whose music is featured on the 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN DVD series.

Whether you’re just rolling out of bed and hitting the button on the coffee maker, or you’ve already been to the barn and back, don’t miss singer/songwriter (and our friend!) Templeton Thompson’s interview on the GAC (Great American Country) Daily Countdown Show, Tuesday, April 30, at 6:00 a.m. EST. (Not a morning person? Don’t worry! The show re-airs at noon and 4 p.m.)

Templeton takes a few moments to speak with Countdown host Suzanne Alexander about the making of the hit music video for her song “When I Get That Pony Rode,” featured on the bestselling 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN DVD series and Templeton’s CD release SONGS FROM 7 CLINICS.

Since debuting online on CMT.com on February 19, 2013, “When I Get That Pony Rode” has been one of the most requested videos on that site, on its second day hitting #1 over many other major country artists. The video premiered on GAC’s Daily Countdown on March 7 and has now been featured more than seven weeks in a row.

Here’s Templeton on the set of the GAC Daily Countdown…and don’t forget to tune in at 6:00 a.m., noon, and 4:00 p.m. EST!

 

 

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Haven’t seen the video for “When I Get That Pony Rode”? Check it out here:

 

 

You can order 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN and SONGS FROM 7 CLINICS from the TSB online bookstore.

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WH May Issue

TSB is thrilled to have Buck Brannaman, renowned horseman and 2013 Western Horseman Award winner, featured on the cover of the May 2013 issue of Western Horseman magazine! Be sure to pick up a copy of the May issue wherever quality equestrian or Western lifestyle magazines are sold, and check it out.

Inside, the feature article about Buck tells how he has positively influenced the horse world for more than 30 years, traveling almost constantly to give hands-on clinics, sharing his stories and insights in his books, and offering instruction in his DVDs. Everything Buck does is intended to promote a kinder, gentler way of working with horses.

Buck’s influence reached mainstream audiences through the award-winning 2011 documentary BUCK, which was directed by Cindy Meehl, who most recently released the instructional follow-up series to BUCK, seven DVDs entitled 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN, in conjunction with Trafalgar Square Books. (Cindy also directed the hit music video for Templeton Thompson’s song “When I Get That Pony Rode,” and recently signed on to a new film project called UNBRANDED.)

“At my clinics, I get everything from the backyard horse owner, to really good ranch cowboys, to Olympic show jumpers,” Buck says in May’s Western Horseman article. “My clinics are neutral ground, and that’s cool because then people are in an environment where they will learn something.”

Viewers can join Buck on “neutral ground” anytime with the 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN DVD series. The seven instructional DVDs feature over 10 hours of clinic footage filmed during the making of BUCK. They allow you to watch Buck work with riders and horses from all different backgrounds and of all different abilities; listen to their questions; see them try, fail, try again, and do better. Best of all, you can turn to Buck’s wisdom whenever you need it, and as many times as necessary, to become a better partner to your horse.

“The tone of 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN is undoubtedly one of learning and communicating with the horse,” says Western Horseman Assistant Editor Kate Bradley. “Followers of Brannaman’s style of horsemanship will recognize his methods and have the opportunity to watch him work with problem horses first-hand. Those new to Brannaman’s style, or who have seen his work only in the documentary BUCK, will be able to understand how he thinks about the horse…Brannaman’s message from the documentary rings true in the seven-disc package: Do better by the horse in order to do better in life.”

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As Cindy Meehl, director of the award-winning documentary BUCK, was putting the final touches on the follow-up release to the film—the bestselling 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN instructional DVD series—we absolutely loved the addition of music from Nashville singer/songwriter Templeton Thompson and her husband Sam Gay. Their moody, bluesy guitar and vocals, mixed with lyrics that hit home for the horse-lover, gave the 7 CLINICS DVDs (which were created from much of the unused footage shot while filming the documentary BUCK) a certain “feel,” evoking both dirt and dust and wide open grasslands, inspiring a sense of both hard work and hope, and the unbelievable partnerships that can be the result.

Cindy and Templeton then teamed up to create a music video for “When I Get That Pony Rode”—one of the songs featured in the 7 CLINICS DVDs. This was a pretty special first-time experience, for both of them.

“Getting to make the video was a dream come true for me,” says Templeton. “I’ve only ever been a ‘fly on the wall’ on a music video set like that…but I’m plannin’ on doin’ MORE of THAT! I like it A LOT and I’m dreamin’ BIG!!”

“It was so much fun working with Templeton and her horses (who double as the ‘difficult horse’ in the video),” adds Cindy. “The only problem was when we were trying to make them look wild and troubled, they only wanted to hook on to her and love their mom!”

Just a month ago, the video premiered on CMT.com as part of their Independents Day feature. By the next day, “When I Get That Pony Rode” was the Number One Most Watched Video on CMT.com, over many other major country artists and Templeton was promoted to the CMT.com front page as part of the “CMT Video Spotlight.”

Earlier this month, “When I Get That Pony Rode” premiered on the Great American Country (GAC) Daily Countdown, and again, due to views and requests, Templeton was promoted to GACTV.com front page as part of their “Must See Music Videos” list.

Now, we are so excited to announce that due to incredible number of requests, “When I Get That Pony Rode” is re-airing on the GAC Daily Countdown today and tomorrow (March 20 & 21) at noon and 6:00 p.m. Be sure to tune in and vote—there are many ways to do it!

CALL: 1-855-504-2288
EMAIL: requests@gactv.com
TWEET using #GACDailyCountdown

Just make sure to mention Templeton Thompson and “When I Get That Pony Rode.”

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It’s been a great ride so far…help us keep it going! Haven’t seen the video for “When I Get That Pony Rode” yet? Check it out here, and make sure to tell GAC how much you like it!

 

 

And watch for “When I Get That Pony Rode” on TNN (The Nashville Network)! The video will soon be featured on “Country Music Today” (weekdays at 2:00 p.m.) and “Third Shift” (from 2:00 a.m.–7:00 a.m.).

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Templeton Thompson’s most recent release SONGS FROM 7 CLINICS, which includes “When I Get That Pony Rode,” is available from the TSB online bookstore. CLICK HERE TO ORDER

7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN, the seven-disc DVD series of Buck’s best teaching moments from clinics around the country, is available in three individually priced sets or as a complete series. CLICK HERE TO ORDER

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We were all sorts of excited when we first heard that Cindy Meehl, Director of the award-winning documentary BUCK and the instructional DVD series 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN, was directing Nashville singer and songwriter Templeton Thompson’s new music video! And now the video for “When I Get That Pony Rode,” which is featured on the 7 CLINICS DVD series and Tempy’s SONGS FROM 7 CLINICS CD, is premiering on CMT.com (CLICK HERE TO WATCH IT NOW!)

Here’s what Tempy had to say about making the video for “When I Get That Pony Rode”:

Singer/songwriter Templeton Thompson during the filming of her new music video.

Singer/songwriter Templeton Thompson during the filming of her new music video.

‘When I Get That Pony Rode’ is one of the songs we re-recorded exclusively for the 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN project. It was inspired by Buck’s book, The Faraway Horses. At a point in the book, Buck talks about ‘the consequences of a fast turn,’ and we actually tried writing a song with that title, but it just wasn’t working. And then, magically, like they often tend to do, the title ‘When I Get That Pony Rode’ appeared…the song is for everyone out there working their tails off doing what they LOVE and what they’re passionate about and knowing, really knowing, that they really are going to have somethin’ to show when they ‘get that pony rode.’ The song is a metaphor for that journey and everything that goes with it—the joy and the pain of it all, what ya gotta go through to ‘get there.’

“Making the video with Cindy and her team was AMAZING!! I still can’t believe the opportunity and gift that Cindy has given us…it was an absolute honor to work with the crème de la crème of the music video world.  And, I am such a PROUD mama cowgirl of my big, beautiful Jane and Beau [Tempy’s two Quarter Horses, who appear in the video]. They shined like the diamonds they are on the screen.

“Getting to make the video for ‘When I Get That Pony Rode’ was a dream come true for me.”

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Tempy’s wonderful collection of songs inspired by and written for the 7 CLINICS DVD SERIES are available on the CD SONGS FROM 7 CLINICS, which is available from the TSB online bookstore.

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And if you haven’t checked out the 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN DVD series, be sure to visit the TSB online bookstore to view trailers and order your copy!

Thanks to Jen Stamps for the fabulous photos from the video shoot!

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We at TSB were thrilled to steal a little of singer/songwriter Templeton Thompson’s time, giving us a chance to ask her a little about her new album—a collection of the music inspired by and featured in the 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN DVD series—as well as the opportunity to ask her a little about her past with horses and her path to Nashville. SONGS FROM 7 CLINICS is available now on the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

TSB: How long have you been writing and singing and how did you know it was what you wanted to do with your life?

TT: Well, I started getting paid to write professionally in 1995. I had moved to Nashville, or “Nashvegas” as some of us call it, in 1992, right after I graduated from the University of Virginia. I had a gig as an intern at Arista Records when I got to town. I waited a lot of tables and tended bar to pay my rent and basically spent my “free time” learning how to write songs. I was “green as grass,” really clueless about singing, writing, the music biz, but I feel like those three years I spent in Nashville before I landed my first publishing deal were “grad school” for me. I think from a very young age, I knew in my heart and soul that I wanted to make music my career, but I had a lot of people in my life telling me to take the safe path, so, those were my plans for a while. I went to college with the intention of going to law school, I even took the LSATs (and promptly cancelled my scores after taking the test!) I knew to my soul that that wasn’t my path. I literally decided right then and there, “I’m going to Nashville!!” I am SO glad I followed my heart and not my head on that one.

Templeton Thomposon and her horses, Jane and Beau.

Templeton Thomposon and her horses, Jane and Beau.

TSB: Horses are often a feature in your songs. How long have you had horses in your life and how have they become a source of creative inspiration?

TT: I’ve had horses in my life even before I was born! My sweet horse crazy mommacita was riding while she was preggers with yours truly…I came into this world horse crazy!! I’ve had my big, “beauty~full” ROCKSTAR horses Jane and Beau for what feels like forever now. Sam and I met them when they were yearlings, and they came to live with us in Tennessee (and officially became our babies) when they were around two.

I’ve been writing songs with the “wonder~full” horses in my life since I was a kid. Now, who knows what kind of songs—I’m certainly not sayin’ they were any good but nonetheless, I’ve been singin’ from my horses’ backs since I was a kid. Jane and Beau are AMAZIN’ co-writers; they’re my horsey muses. They keep me honest and in the moment and are great at helping me “turn the editor OFF!!”

TSB: Your songs are featured on albums by country music superstars, including Reba McEntire, Jo Dee Messina, and Little Texas. What is it like to hear a song you wrote sung by someone else?

TT: AWESOME!! Truly AWESOME!!:) I’ll never forget going through the drive thru at Taco Bell a while back now and hearing Reba singing the song of mine that she recorded…AND I was singing background with her on the record! I still can’t BELIEVE that!! she’s an AMAZING lady and cowgirl and I’m dreamin’ BIG that one day she’ll record another of my tunes. Maybe I’ll even get to sing with her again…

TSB: Your wonderful music adds so much to the new DVD series 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN, and you now have an album available for purchase and download called SONGS FROM 7 CLINICS. How did you come to be involved in the project?

TT: Our ROCKSTAR COWGIRL dear friend and angel Patti Hall, who first introduced me and Sam to Buck Brannaman, is who introduced us to another ROCKSTAR COWGIRL, Cindy Meehl [the director of BUCK the documentary and 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN]!! While Cindy was filming the BUCK documentary, Patti kept trying to figure out ways for me and Sam to meet her. It never could come together while the documentary was being filmed BUT one “beauty~full” and life-changing April day, back when BUCK the film was being shown at the Nashville Film Festival, Patti made that meeting happen, and well, as they say, the rest is 7 CLINICS history!! We gave Cindy some music that day, stayed in touch and became buds. About a year later, she asked us to be a musical part of the 7 CLINICS series. We were SO GRATEFUL for the opportunity, and we feel INCREDIBLY BLESSED to be a part of the project, it is FANTABULOUS!!!!

TSB: You have had the wonderful opportunity to ride with Buck Brannaman, and you have said that 7 CLINICS “feels like being at a Buck clinic.” If you could be sure that viewers take away one lesson from the 7 CLINICS series, what would you hope it would be?

TT: I had to REALLY think about this question, and I had a REALLY hard time narrowing it down to just one thing…it’s ALL SO GREAT, and I know I may sound biased since I’m such a BIG FAN of both Buck and Cindy, but I mean it. This series has set the bar on a whole new level in the world of horsemanship DVDs. Even if I’d never ridden with Buck before, I’d be able to “get” what he’s talking about. I LOVE that the DVDs really get a point across, so if you missed something and you’re thinking, “Wow, I wish he’d explain that again,” well, he does, right at that exact moment when you need and want him to. It’s perfect!! The series is put together beautifully—not only am I learning every moment, I’m also entertained and drawn in, like I’m watching a continuation of, oh, I don’t know, the multi-award-winning documentary, BUCK! Like I said, this DVD series has set the bar HIGH.

I’ll say for me, that until I watched the series, I wasn’t aware of where my horses’ feet were. Now I find myself really paying attention and wanting to know where they are and finally starting to FEEL where they are. YEE HA!! Little light bulbs…I LOVE those moments!! I hope this series will help folks to slow down, to breathe, and to always, always CELEBRATE the TRY. It’s helped me SO MUCH and continues to help me be a better cowgirl for my horses and to ultimately just be BETTER. I’m a work in progress, but I’m gettin’ there.

CLICK HERE to order the music inspired by and written for 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN.

CLICK HERE to order the music inspired by and written for 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN.

TSB: Cindy Meehl, director of the award-winning documentary BUCK and 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN, is directing your new music video. Can you tell us a little about the song from the video and what it has been like putting the video together?

TT: The song’s called “When I Get That Pony Rode,” and it is one of the songs we re-recorded exclusively for the 7 CLINICS project. It was inspired by Buck’s book, The Faraway Horses. At a point in the book, Buck talks about “the consequences of a fast turn,” and we actually tried writing a song with that title with our co-writer on the song, but it just wasn’t working. Then, magically, like they often tend to do, the title “When I Get That Pony Rode” appeared…the song is for everyone out there working their tails off doing what they LOVE and what they’re passionate about and knowing, really knowing, that they really are going to have somethin’ to show when they “get that pony rode.” The song is a metaphor for that journey and everything that goes with it—the joy and the pain of it all, what ya gotta go through to get there.

Making the video with Cindy and the whole ROCKSTAR team was AMAZING!! It was an absolute honor to work with Cindy, Jen, and the crème de la crème of the music video world…I am forever GRATEFUL to some of our ROCKSTAR friends in the business who helped us put together an over-the-top INCREDIBLE team. And, I am such a PROUD mama cowgirl of my BIG “beauty~full” horses Jane & Beau…they shined like the diamonds they are on the screen. I can’t wait for everyone to see them doin’ their thang.

I’ll be forever grateful to Cindy for her AMAZING kindness, friendship, belief, and generosity…getting to make the video was a dream come true for me. I’ve only ever been a fly on the wall on a music video set like that…I’m plannin’ on doin’ MORE of THAT…I like it A LOT!

Dreamin’ BIG!!

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

TT: For some reason I remember sitting bareback on an AWESOME horse named “Shorty” who belonged to my Godpapa, Charlie, in Texas. What a great horse and what an AWESOME cowboy. Even though he did try and convince a very naïve little girl that ropes actually grew in the ground! He got a kick out of pulling ropes out of the ground and acting as if it was their latest ranch “crop.” He thought he had me fooled but I knew what was goin’ on! Makes me grin BIG thinkin’ about him and sweet Shorty.

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

TT: You know, for the life of me I can’t remember but what IS coming to mind is me as a kid in Texas, probably 8 or 10, leadin’ my “beauty~full” sorrel mare, Anna, and not payin’ attention. I tripped and fell right in front of her and she did everything in her power not to step on me. She protected me. I’ll never forget that. She taught me so much.

Just thinkin’ about her and recalling that memory, I DO remember one time when we lived in Virginia, years later, loping through a pasture. Anna would jump everything—twigs, bushes, you name it—and she’d jump everything BIG too. I remember getting the giggles while we were running and suddenly Anna Banana shot me like a cannon straight up and out. I swear I was up in the wild blue yonder for what seemed like a lifetime! I remember bracing for impact and it hurting since I came down like, what does Buck say, “a lawn dart”! Oh yeah, it hurt, but I didn’t get hurt. That was back when I was young and I BOUNCED!!

Funny, I suddenly do recall a really, REALLY black eye somewhere around my year 16…shoot, that was nothin’ compared to the bumps and breaks I wound up with down the road, but “what doesn’t kill ya, only makes you stronger…there’s always a “lesson in there somewhere,” which reminds me of a little song:

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?

TT: An AQHA mare named Jane and an AQHA appendix gelding named Beau…we’d read Seabiscuit and have too much fun playin’ on the beach and in the surf…we’d be like Alex Farley and the Black Stallion (oh yeah, we’d have that book too!!)

TSB: If your desert island had an iphone, WiFi, and 10 free song downloads, what would be on your playlist?

TT: Emmylou Harris, James Taylor, Pink, Trisha Yearwood, Bonnie Raitt, Sara Bareilles, Dan Fogelberg, Kenny Edwards, Linda Ronstadt, The Eagles, Sheryl Crow…dang, that’s more than 10!

It’s too hard and there are too many other artists I’d LOVE to be listening to and too many songs to name, ughhh!!

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

TT: Canned cat food and carrots!

TSB: What is your idea of perfect happiness?

TT: Where I am right now. I am so, SO BLESSED and over the moon HAPPY and GRATEFUL. My “beauty~full” two- and four-legged family is happy and healthy, and I’m married to THE MOST AMAZIN’ COWBOY on the PLANET!! We have INCREDIBLE people in our lives who are family to us:) I know I keep usin’ the word but I mean it, we’re so dang BLESSED!!

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

TT: Loyalty, authenticity, honesty, communication.

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

TT: EVERYTHING I mentioned above! I LOVE how honest horses are and how they keep us two-leggeds honest and accountable. They will NOT let us lie, to ourselves or to ANYONE. I LOVE that. I swear this world would be such a better place if everyone spent some time with a horse.

TSB: What is your idea of the perfect meal?

TT: Four-cheese pizza, Greek salad, and LOTS of CHOCOLATE!!

TSB: What is your idea of the perfect vacation?

TT: What’s a vacation? HOME with my man and my babies!

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

TT: Man, y’all ask really hard, REALLY cool questions, hmmmm…Shakespeare, I’d LOVE to talk to him about his craft. I LOVED my Shakespeare class in college. I had an AMAZING Shakespeare professor at UVA. I can still see and hear him teaching with SO much JOY and PASSION; he obviously loved teaching and that love washed over his classroom. He was like a big kid talkin’ about Shakespeare. You know, for the life of me I can’t think of that “wonder~full” professor’s name, but just this moment, i’m realizing he played a really BIG part in me wanting to make a career in doing something I LOVED.

I reckon I owe that sweet man a BIG thank you and a BIG HUG!!

Here’s to doin’ what you LOVE and LOVIN’ what you do!

TSB: What is your motto?

TT: My hippie chic cowgirl philosophy pretty much sums it up…dream big * work hard * have faith!

The hippie chic cowgirl philosophy:

it’s a way of thinkin,’ livin’ and lovin’

it’s dreamin’ and doin,’
 always reachin’ and never quittin’

it’s jumpin’ in with both feet without worryin’ too much if your boots get wet

runnin’ wide open with the wind in your mane
 and havin’ it made in the shade of the tallest tree

it’s seein’ through kind and loving eyes 
and knowin’ who you are clear down to your soul

it’s sittin’ down when you need to rest
and standin’ up for what you believe in

it’s followin’ your heart, hangin’ on by your fingernails and learnin’ to let go

it’s seein’ a beauty~full blue sky beyond the clouds, even if it’s rainin’
and always keepin’ a little sunshine in your pocket, saved up for that rainy day

it’s takin’ the trail less traveled even if it’s a bumpy road 
and bein’ in the here and now and right at home in the company of dreamers, colorin’ way outside the lines

and it’s always sayin, “now, bring on that horizon, i am not afraid, ’cause i know who i am…
for I am a hippie chic cowgirl, proud to call this planet cowgirl home!!!!!!!!!

dream big 
work hard 
have faith 

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Each year about this time I like to touch base with our authors and find out what they’re grateful for–what they feel are their blessings this Thanksgiving week. It’s so important that we don’t just go through the motions of dressing a turkey and opening a bottle of wine…most of us have many things, little things, that made us feel happy, loved, or lucky in 2012. It makes sense to share them.

We at Trafalgar Square have been very thankful to have come to know the wonderful, vibrant soul and talented singer/songwriter Templeton Thompson this year. Her music brought so much heart to the 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN DVD series, and we are thrilled to now offer her SONGS FROM 7 CLINICS CD for sale on our website. Tempy recorded her thanks so we could hear it right from her—check out the video below, which kicks off our list of “author thanks.” (And for a wonderful unplugged version of the song “Believe,” which is featured on SONGS FROM 7 CLINICS, check out the second video at the bottom of this post.)

“I am thankful to my students whose continual desire to improve allows me to be creative and innovative in my approach to riding. I’m thankful that they also desire to understand how they can better communicate through their mind and body rather than demand unquestionable obedience from their horse. And I am thankful to the horses that sense my own desire to help both them and their riders.” –Wendy Murdoch, author of 50 5-MINUTE FIXES TO IMPROVE YOUR RIDING and the RIDE LIKE A NATURAL DVD series

“I am thankful for my horse-crazy girls, my wife Alisha and my daughter Madilyn.”  –Sean Patrick, author of THE MODERN HORSEMAN’S COUNTDOWN TO BROKE BOOK and DVD set

“2012 has been a really great year for me! But I am most thankful for my great employees, wonderful clients, supportive family and friends, and my Kerig coffee maker, which I could not function without.  I am also thankful for all of the support from Trafalgar Square on my first book project and I can’t wait to see it on bookshelves in 2013.” –Susan Tinder, author of JUMP COURSE DESIGN MANUAL and owner of Tolland Falls Equestrian Facility

“I’m thankful for many things, including many wonderful friends, a career that I love, and a life complete with horses. But more than anything, I’m thankful for the love of my wife and children. They are what make every day worth living, and I feel blessed to have them in my life.” –Daniel Stewart, author of RIDE RIGHT WITH DANIEL STEWART

“Oh my, I am thankful for so much! My family, my faith, living in a country where I can worship God openly, my friends, and my good fortune to share my life with so many of God’s furry creations.  I’m thankful I live out in the country and can ride my horse in so many beautiful places across the United States. I’m also very thankful to have a new book coming out in 2013!” –Eunice Rush, co-author of KNOW YOU, KNOW YOUR HORSE

“I am thankful for my family, good friends, and my companion Brad who listens to me ‘talk horses’ for hours and hours. I am thankful for the horses I have met in my life. There are no better teachers in this world than the equines who inspire us to enjoy life, who encourage us to learn more, and who let us know, if we listen, how well we are doing as humans.”  –Marry Morrow, co-author of KNOW YOU, KNOW YOUR HORSE

“I am most thankful for my wonderful husband and my great friends. Many of my friends have faced health issues this past year, so I am also thankful at this time for my own good health.”  –Janet Foy, author of DRESSAGE FOR THE NOT-SO-PERFECT HORSE

“I am thankful for so many things, but mostly I am thankful for having the privilege of helping put smiles on children’s faces, many of whom otherwise would know them not.”  –Kerry Thomas, co-author of HORSE PROFILING

“While I am thankful for so many things in my life, like my family, my husband, my horses, and my work, the most precious gift that I have in life is the gift of learning. To always be able to grow and understand more about my family, my husband, my horses, and my work…….for that I am VERY thankful!” –Janice Dulak, author of NINE PILATES ESSENTIALS FOR THE BALANCED RIDER and PILATES FOR THE DRESSAGE RIDER BOOK and DVD

“Here’s one author who’s thankful for the usual – family, friends, good health – and also thanks for all those in-foal mares that carry our dreams for the future.”  –Linda McLoon, author of CROWN PRINCE and CROWN PRINCE CHALLENGED

“Several in my family have had major health issues this month. I’m glad I can say we will all be present and healthy to celebrate the holidays. Also, I get to welcome a new niece to the festivities this year. As for my horses, I am thankful I have gotten to start my colt (the TSB catalog cover model last year), and I can’t wait to send him to the trainer soon!” –Kayla Starnes, author of TEAM ROPING 101

“Apart from the usual thankfulness for freedom from sickness and loss, I do think very often how lucky I am to live in a place like Vermont that hasn`t been run over by the terrible version of prosperity that equates growth with progress. Under that dreary scenario, more houses and more businesses are better than more fields and woods. I`m thankful that many Vermonters don`t buy into that vision, and I still have trails to explore and open spaces in which to ride.”  –Denny Emerson, author of HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD

“I’m thankful to wake each morning able and eager to continue the wonderful practice of horse training. Like anything, it has it’s difficult sides, but I can’t think of a more creative and exciting way to spend my time. Also, I’m thankful for the many students who share my passion. My idols, legends who will never die. The works of the past masters, the teachers I have had the pleasure to work with, and my treasured mentors. My colleagues and friends, and my wife who loves me. I’m even, somehow thankful for the winds of adversity that assail me on this intrepid journey. I’m thankful to all whom I owe many debts of gratitude, those who have also spent their lives, and have cared enough to share, who I can never fully repay.” —Douglas Puterbaugh, author of THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS OF DRESSAGE

“Let’s see… I want a pony, an’ a submarine… an’ a… oh wait, that’s Christmas…This year Conley and I are extremely grateful and cognizant of the fact that we are so fortunate to be able to make our living doing what we love to do, and to be surrounded and supported by people who are so passionate about what they do. We are thankful to all of you who have felt inspired to do just that little bit more for your horses, and we are thankful of course for horses—the ultimate silent teachers of life. We hope you all feel as blessed. (But I also want a pony an’ a submarine.)” —Jim Masterson, author of BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE the BOOK and DVD

And what am I thankful for as 2012 nears its end? I am thankful for my bright and shining son, who I love with all my heart; for a country that although populated by very different people with very different beliefs can still hold free elections and collectively determine a way forward; for my brother’s safety during Sandy and now his resilience as his town battles back after the devastation of the storm; and for finally finishing the book I’ve been working on with Linda Tellington-Jones for four years, entitled DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL. I honestly and fervently believe it can make a difference in the way we ride and train dressage horses.

As you move through your week and rev up for the holiday, as you welcome family into your home or travel elsewhere to meet friends, remember to take a moment to be thankful in your daily interactions with your horse. As Linda says in our book, “The horse deserves to be thanked when he performs well, when he does as you bid, when he controls his innate and natural impulses to fight, flee, or freeze. This self-control on his part is a small miracle, and you should not take it for granted.”

Happy Thanksgiving to All from the TSB crew.

—Rebecca Didier, Senior Editor at Trafalgar Square Books and co-author of DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL

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