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A Few Tips for Caring for Horses in the Winter
A Few Tips for Caring for Horses in the Winter
Posted by AA Callister on 1/19/2015

Horse in WinterHorses need the best of care to keep them healthy and happy, and that doesn’t stop during the winter. When it gets cold and snowy outside, be aware that, for the most part, your horse can take care of itself, but there are a few things you can and should do to help.

Highlights from the 2014 NFR
Highlights from the 2014 NFR
Posted by AA Callister on 1/5/2015

NFR FinalsAnother fantastic year for rodeo has come to an end, bringing with it a spectacular finale that took place at the beginning of December 2014. This event boasted over five and a half million dollars in prizes for cowboys and cowgirls alike. This 10 day event is the time set aside each year to find the kings and queens of rodeo’s seven events: bareback riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, team roping, and tie-down roping. This year, there were a lot of returning faces, including Kaycee Feild and Trever Brazile, as well as more than 30 rookies.

The Best Western Holiday Gifts Around
The Best Western Holiday Gifts Around
Posted by AA Callister on 12/15/2014

Western giftsIf you know a few people who absolutely love country-western everything, you’ll want to look into getting each of them a western gift that they’ll love this holiday season. To aid you in your search, take a look at this guide to the best western gifts of the year.

A Peek at the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo
A Peek at the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo
Posted by AA Callister on 12/1/2014

NationalsAside from the actual rodeo events, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR), which comes around every December in Las Vegas, features 10 full days of special events every rodeo fan will want to attend.

Western Outerwear Must Haves
Western Outerwear Must Haves
Posted by AA Callister on 11/17/2014

As the temperatures begin to drop and the sun becomes a less frequent visitor, it’s time to shop around for warmer clothing. If you love western-style apparel, or you want to try integrating some of that warm, flattering style into your wardrobe this winter, you need to consider this list of western must haves for the upcoming season.

Thanksgiving Gone Western
Thanksgiving Gone Western
Posted by AA Callister on 11/3/2014

Western ThanksgivingIf you love the Old West and the holiday season, bring them together by serving fabulous western cuisine this Thanksgiving. Instead of sticking with your usual oven-baked turkey, mashed potatoes, green-bean casserole, and pumpkin pie, make your holiday country-themed by giving traditional holiday foods a western twist.

Planning a Halloween Party with Western Flair
Planning a Halloween Party with Western Flair
Posted by AA Callister on 10/20/2014

Western HalloweenHalloween is just around the corner—can you believe it? It feels like summer flew by. But alas, the grocery stores are putting out the pumpkin spice candles, the blowup jack-o-lanterns, and the candy corn.

Are you hosting a Halloween party this year, but are stumped on the theme? Let’s face it, Harry Potter, Nightmare Before Christmas, and Edgar Allan Poe-themed Halloween parties are last year’s social media posts. Plus, you want to create a party around a theme everyone will enjoy. Many people are turned off by Halloween because of its scary elements. And if you have young kids, you don’t want to make it too spooky.

Try something new this year and go with a western theme. You can still incorporate all the fun Halloween and fall traditions, but with an all-American twist.

Fall Fun: Make It Better with Horses
Fall Fun: Make It Better with Horses
Posted by AA Callister on 10/5/2014
Fall Fun with Horses

Fall is the season when the weather is just right. It’s not too hot like in the summer months and not freezing like in the winter. Fall offers the most pristine conditions for time with family outside. Take advantage of this wonderful time of year by doing exciting fall activities outdoors.

Have you considered that horses would make a fall activity twice as fun? Bonding with an animal, especially a creature as majestic as a horse, provides an added specialness to any outing.

Here are some ideas of how you and your family can incorporate horses into your fall fun:

Fall-ing in Love with Horses
Fall-ing in Love with Horses
Posted by AA Callister on 9/20/2014

Horse in fallFall is a beautiful time of year. As the leaves began to change colors and the temperature outside cools from the summer heat, many people take the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the splendor of nature. For many, enjoying these surroundings on horseback can add another layer of adventure to the outings. Here are three fun things to do in the fall that are even better when done on horseback:

Hunting on Horseback
Hunting on Horseback
Posted by AA Callister on 9/5/2014

Hunting on horsebackThere are few activities quite as exhilarating as the thrill of the hunt. Man vs. nature, hunting is a popular pastime for many a sportsman around the world. For many hunters, the harsh and oftentimes rocky terrain can make it difficult to effectively track and bag their prey. On foot, a hunter is often no match for the quickness and climbing abilities of wild animals.


On horseback however, a hunter can go almost wherever their game can go, and of course they can do it much quicker. Although hunting on horseback provides a number of advantages, there are a number of things to remember in order to make the most of your outing.

Choosing Western Boots for Your Everyday Life
Choosing Western Boots for Your Everyday Life
Posted by AA Callister on 8/20/2014

BootsFor someone dedicated to western wear, the trick is finding both subtle and standout moments to flaunt your inner cowgirl fashionista. One of the best ways to create those moments is through your choice of boots. Boots are the number one asset to any cowgirl’s wardrobe and can keep you stylish all year round.

While full-on bedazzled boot can be fun, it is best to save them for a special occasion. If you are looking for boots that you can wear in your everyday life, there are five choices that you need to make in order to find the perfect boot.

Western Wear: The Back-to-School Must Haves for Girls
Western Wear: The Back-to-School Must Haves for Girls
Posted by AA Callister on 8/5/2014

Western Trends for GirlsWestern wear was all over the Fall Collections on the New York Fashion Week Runways. Designers from Michael Kors to Alexander Wang found ways to pay homage to the classic American style in their collections.  Whether it was in a scarf, a boot or a coat, these designers have succeeded in emphasizing the great look of Western style clothing.

Of course, you don’t need to buy designer clothes to fit into the western wear trend. The keys to western wear lie in four specific pieces: the shirt, the pants, the boots and the jewelry. If you are looking to add some western wear to your back-to-school wardrobe, check out this quick guide to each piece. Each one will help you set the style trend at your school this fall.

Our Favorite Rodeo Clowns and Bull Fighters
Our Favorite Rodeo Clowns and Bull Fighters
Posted by AA Callister on 7/21/2014

Rodeo ClownWhether they’re stealing the show or playing the unsung hero, rodeo clowns and bull fighters are an indispensable part of rodeo. While they play the part of the life of the party, a rodeo clown has a serious job that requires skill and guts. The professional athletes keep the crowd entertained, protect cowboys, and save lives as they play the shameless fool.

A Quick History of Rodeo
A Quick History of Rodeo
Posted by AA Callister on 7/5/2014

CowboyConquistadors and Vaqueros


Before anyone began working the range of the Wild West, spaniards searching for opportunities on this continent began setting the stage for the American cowboy. Horses and cattle brought over by Spanish conquistadors would later provide stock for Mexican settlements and ranches. The lower Rio Grande area was being settled by the 1600s by Mexican vaqueros with a knack for working the land. Many of the terms used in rodeo today, including the word “rodeo” are of Spanish origin.

Utah Rodeo Highlights
Utah Rodeo Highlights
Posted by AA Callister on 6/20/2014

Utah RodeosUtah is a place where you can still find true blue cowboys, working the land and caring for their animals. The cowboy spirit is alive and well here in Utah, which makes us a popular stop on the PRCA circuit, and other rodeo circuits as well. You can catch some of the country’s best rodeos, right here in the Salt Lake City area, and summer is the season to do it.


These events aren’t just for rodeo fans either. You can also catch live bands, play at the carnival, eat the best food, and purchase unique handmade items from the locals at boutiques.

Rodeo Road Trip
Rodeo Road Trip
Posted by AA Callister on 6/5/2014

RodeoSituated at the heart of the wild west, Utah is the perfect jumping off point to see some of the best rodeos in the nation, both here at home, and in neighboring states. Jump in the car and you’re within a few hours of the biggest money makers on the PRCA circuit.

Finding the Right Trail Saddle
Finding the Right Trail Saddle
Posted by AA Callister on 5/20/2014

Trail RidingAlso called pleasure saddles, trail saddles are the most widely used saddles in horseback riding. They’re built mainly for comfort to accommodate riders who will spend the better part of the day in the saddle. For those who work or compete in the saddle, another option may be better, but for the majority of riders who just want to spend some time with their horse, a trail saddle is perfect.

Camping With Horses
Camping With Horses
Posted by AA Callister on 5/5/2014

Camping with HorsesChances are if you love horses, you also love being outdoors, so camping with your horse seems like the natural thing to do. Getting out into the wild with your best equine friend can be a very rewarding experience, but a little preparation and planning are required to make sure you both stay comfortable, safe and happy.

Top 5 Western Movies
Top 5 Western Movies
Posted by AA Callister on 4/21/2014

Top Western MoviesAre you looking for a Western night in?  To get help set the Western mood, check out one of these top 5 Western movies.

Bringing the West home
Bringing the West home
Posted by AA Callister on 4/5/2014

Western HomeDoes your heart long to live out West?  Do you see yourself living out in the country with nothing but open skies and never-ending fields?  Whether you find yourself living among skyscrapers or cattle, if you live in a high rise apartment or a cozy suburban home, you can focus your interior decoration to resemble the Western lifestyle.

How Modern Day Cowboys Maintain Old West Culture
How Modern Day Cowboys Maintain Old West Culture
Posted by AA Callister on 1/20/2014

Modern CowboyIf you were thinking the days of the Great American Cowboy were long gone, think again. Cowboys are still out there, doing pretty much the same jobs they’ve always done, with a few changes.

Famous Cowboys: Buffalo Bill
Famous Cowboys: Buffalo Bill
Posted by AA Callister on 1/6/2014

Buffalo BillFor a perfect example of the quintessential cowboy, Buffalo Bill Cody is perhaps the best specimen. Born in Iowa in 1846, William Cody would go on to live an extraordinary life, proving to be a hero of the Wild West, both in his own time and in the history books.

A Cowboy Salute to Veterans
A Cowboy Salute to Veterans
Posted by AA Callister on 11/11/2013
Today is Veterans Day, and everyone at AA Callister would like to take this moment to thank those who have fought so valiantly to preserve our freedoms. 

When Veterans Day (then called Armistice Day) was first instituted by President Wilson, he said, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.” 

We take this opportunity to show our sympathy, as well as our gratitude for the service of all of our veterans and their families.
Wearing Jewelry The Western Way
Wearing Jewelry The Western Way
Posted by AA Callister on 10/29/2013

If you’re like me, you’ve probably spent the entire summer in shorts and a t-shirt, even ignoring your favorite cowboy boots for a pair of flip-flops. The weather is cooling down now, giving us the opportunity to return to our favorite western wear trends. When you’re revamping your fall wardrobe, don’t forget to keep an eye out for some eye-catching western jewelry to polish off your look. Cowboys, don’t leave all the fancy stuff for the cowgirls. There are plenty of pieces to compliment your style as well.

Turn Heads in Tin Haul Boots
Turn Heads in Tin Haul Boots
Posted by AA Callister on 10/15/2013

Founded in 2008, Tin Haul Boots are the new kids on the block, but they’ve made quite a splash. Quality meets outrageous style in so many different varieties, there’s something for everyone. The founders of Tin Haul were looking to incorporate urban and surfer styles into their western boots, and they’ve done a remarkable job. If you’re looking to kick up your country style, Tin Haul makes a boot to help you do that.


Pick a Pattern


The designers at Tin Haul are constantly coming up with new ideas, and turning them into some pretty fabulous boots. Whether you’re looking for a specific theme (Pirates, Panda Bears), or a simple, yet unique pattern (plaid, polka dots), Tin Haul should be the first place you check.



 A Few Tips for Caring for Horses in the Winter
 Highlights from the 2014 NFR
 The Best Western Holiday Gifts Around
 A Peek at the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo
 Western Outerwear Must Haves
 Thanksgiving Gone Western
 Planning a Halloween Party with Western Flair
 Fall Fun: Make It Better with Horses
 Fall-ing in Love with Horses
 Hunting on Horseback

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