with Olva Stewart Pharo
February 1 starts the first week of the
Great Southwest Equestrian Center 2017 Winter Series,
four weeks of hunter/jumper shows in Katy.
February 1 - 26, 2017.
Hope to see you at the shows coming up.
I will not have a booth but I will be around.
Want to see the Grand Prixs (one every week)
and the Hunter Derbys for sure.
Four such weeks comes again with
the Tyler Four at the Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler
with four h/j shows produced by
Southbound Show Management,
April 26 - May 29.
Just spent three weeks at Great Southwest Equestrian Center:
Patrick Rodes Harvest Show (first time at GSEC),
GSEC Autumn Classic and The Final Chase. Lots of
horses and lots of people.
Have to go to these shows just to know who all the new
riders are. Nowadays I am watching their grandchildren ride.
During all three shows GSEC was trying out a "Rider's Lounge"
in the Texas Children's Hospital Arena Club. Great lunches
everyday, professional massages, charging stations, a cool
or a warm place to sit and eat or study or get a little
business done. In the three weeks we enjoyed the A/C as
well as the warmth. Crazy Texas weather.
Looking forward to next year.
GAIG/USDF Region 9 Dressage Championships/
Southwest Dressage Championships/
HDS Autumn Classic at
Great Southwest Equestrian Center, Katy,
October 6-9, 2016.
Brought along a new "friend" for my booth
and did he get some notice.
Hope everyone who got
a "selfie" with "Bones"
uploaded to FACEBOOK.
Photo courtesy of Kayce Douglas, GSEC Director of Marketing.
Maybe Bones will have to acompany me to more shows.
driving back and forth from Cypress to Dripping Springs.
We are finally going to get started on our new home.
Finally have a road down to the house site.
Now the electric can come in, the engineers can take
their core samples, the water well company can drill,
the septic people can take their soil samples and the barn
builder can mark where the pad will be. All of this was waiting
on a road. That's what happens when you build on raw land.
I will finally have a view.
May 25, 2016, marked one year since the devastating flood
on the Blanco River in Central Texas.
April 15, 2016, brought flooding to
southeast Texas along Cypress Creek and
the Brazos River. Places that had never flooded
before had 3' of water in their homes.
We paid the cost in human lives, as well as,
livestock lost. In the Houston area Hwy. 6 west
of town was closed for weeks.
Now, barely a month later, Brenham
received 14"-18" of rain in one day.
Spring Creek rose out of its backs
and homes and property that had been
flooded only a month before
were flooded again.
Roads were impassable north of Houston
as other creeks and bayous rose.
Off Hwy. 290 west of Houston 100's of cattle
that grazed along the Brazos Valley
were lost or drowned.
North Texas has been getting weather
we associate with Oklahoma, Kansas and
Nebreska: tornadoes and huge hail.
This is a time to help your neighbor
and do what you can to be safe.
But why is this happening here?
We have lived on our little three acres
in Cypress for almost 24 years.
Never have we seen flooding like this.
We used to be "out in the country".
Few houses, lots of pine trees.
The nearest chain grocery was a
20 minute drive away.
It didn't bother me. I liked the peace and quiet.
Hwy. 290 was still a 4-lane ground level
highway with a wide grassy ditch in the middle.
There was little past Cy-Fair High School
but farms and pasture until you got to
Hockley and Waller.
Was your property 'way out in the county?
An easy 30 minute drive from town.
All that open ground used to soak up a lot
of water and runoff. 25 years previously
we saw our first 50-year flood of the
Brazos River at Richmond.
Urban sprawl and lack of zoning brought developers.
It was cheaper to build in the county.
Lower taxes, fewer restrictions.
People loved the beautiful tall pine trees,
the quaint lanes through the forest.
But they loved their comfort more.
They were commuters. They did not stay
there all day, tending their livestock,
giving riding lessons, caring for their
breeding stock. They got in their cars
everyday and drove 25-30 miles into
the city. They began to hate the narrow
picturesque roads and clammered for wider
streets and traffic lights.
They didn't like having to drive 20-30 minutes
to shop so they brought their stores and
strip centers and added more concrete.
Soon the area looked just like any other part
Gone were the towering pine trees
to make room for wider streets and
more shops and more houses.
What trees were left, now unprotected
by the forest, died in the drought.
Now our pastures are flooding.
Our livestock is drowning.
Because the creeks can no longer handle
the run off from acres of concrete and 1000's of rooftops.
Virginia passed the Open Space Land Act:
"The Act preserves rural areas and
combats sprawl by providing a way for
landowners to permanently protect the
Commonwealth's rural lands from urban
and suburban growth."
That's in VIrginia. What about Texas?
What can we do to preserve our
open-spaces and farmland?
March 22 - April 3, 2016
at Great Soutwest Equestrian Center,
Katy, was an exciting two weeks of
breed shows featuring
American Saddlebres, Hackneys, Standardbreds,
Andalusians & Lusitanos as well as
hunters and jumpers. The crowds came out
to see the grand prixs and hunter derbys.
All for a good cause: Texas Childrens Hospital,
The Ronald McDonald House of Houston
at Great Soutwest Equestrian Center,
Katy, was a success.
Good weather prevailed this year.
Missy has become a pampered house cat.
I'm sure she will have a better life that way,
but I'll miss her at the shows.
and clinics around Texas go to:
Texas Horseman's Directory Show Schedule
July 2016 issue of
Cowboys & Indians.
MarketPlace ad, unique handpainted cow skull
See more at: Painted Skulls
See my new ad in in May/June 2016 issue of
Cowboys & Indians.
"Madoc All Dun", Welsh Cobb shown in dressage,
owner Michele Miles. Unique patina on bronze,
mounted on black marble. 10.5" x 11.5".
See more at: Portrait Bronzes
See my ad in in Nov-Dec, 2014 Cowboys & Indians.
"Csn I Come, Too" - my first "Western" sculpture.
A cowboy and his cowdog set off for work. Limited
edition bronze mounted on walnut bases. See more at:
Limited Edtion Bronzes
See my ad in in Feb-March, 2014 Cowboys & Indians.
Two of my painted cow skulls. The exposure in C&I
sold "Sunset on Blue", the skull on the right in October, 2014.
I offer painted skulls of horses, goats, deer and pig,
as well as the cows.
Go to: Painted Skulls to see more.
Email for more information.
January, 2014 in Cowboys & Indians.
See my ad in in November/December, 2013 Cowboys & Indians.
New clay model of a cowboy with his cow dog ready for work called
"Can I come, too." Special Pre-casting offer available until 12/30/2013. Email
for more information.
See my ad in in April, 2013 Cowboys & Indians.
See my ad in in Spring 2013 Show & Tell.
See my ad in in 2012 Cowboys & Indians.
See my ad in in December, 2011 Sidelines.
See my ad in in November, 2011 Sidelines.
See my ad in in August, 2011 Sidelines.
See my ad in in June, 2011 Sidelines - For Horse People - About Horse People,
See my ad in Show & Tell, Spring 2011, the new official magazine of
Great Southwest Equestrian Center and
in Sidelines - For Horse People - About Horse People, May, 2011 issue.
I was sorry to hear that Great Southwest has suspended publication of their magazine Show & Tell. The facility celebrated 27 years in 2012 and I wrote an article for Show & Tell. I enjoyed the many articles about local talent and activities. It was a class act. I will miss it.
In 2015 Great Southwest published their first VISITOR'S GUIDE 2015-2016. It was great! See it here.
April, 2010, issue of The Exhibitor,
the previous "Official Magazine for the GSWEC".
Cover art, commissioned pencil portrait of
Dun Gotta Gun, Champion Reining Sire
by Olva Stewart Pharo