Back from the Rodeo

Sunday, Dec 16

Well, my Canadian wrangler, Mary Ann’s husband, Larry, is bunged up, so I’m back in the barn goddess business. This morning, bright and early, with the land blanketed in pristine snow, I headed for the barn to feed the crew–Coco, Skye, Buck, Banjo, Traveler and April. When they’d had time to munch their morning hay and a scoop each of Equine Senior, I went back and let them out to roam the 10 acre pasture. (Traveler came shooting out of that door like a bullet–best to stand back. :)) Later on, I’ll be mucking out stalls and refeeding and all, with some help from Mary Ann, who is my first cousin as well as my housekeeper and right-hand woman, and that’s hard work. Still, if you’re gonna have horses, you’ve got to be able to do all the work yourself, even if you’re lucky enough to have some good ranch hands around.

I’ve got so much to tell you about the National Finals Rodeo that it will take several days to cover it all, probably. Steve Miller and the crew from Montana Silversmiths ( did so much to make it an exciting experience, that I hardly know where to start. For now, suffice it to say, they treated me like a reining rodeo queen–and several members of my family, too. Thank you just doesn’t seem like enough to cover all these people did!

When I arrived, Judy Wagner, of MSS, called to say there was something waiting for me at the guest services desk. I went down to investigate 🙂 and there was this beautiful western handbag, completely STUFFED with fabulous MSS jewelry! I’m telling you, this was one happy cowgirl!!

But since it’s Sunday, and I have horses to look after, I’ll save stories for the coming days.

It was fun in Vegas, but it’s even better to be home.

Stay tuned for the highlights!

About Linda

The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West.

Raised in Northport, Washington, Linda pursued her wanderlust, living in London and Arizona and traveling the world before returning to the state of her birth to settle down on a horse property outside Spokane.

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