Horsin’ Around 10-5-09
Hobbies never seem to amaze me, I have one that is the most interesting one I could find and have stuck with it all my life. It is horses, and I have found that there are many folks who also enjoy the horse world. However at my late age I have also found that it is an expensive hobby to be in when you are on a fixed income. However, I do have a friend who grew up ranching and has found a way to continue in the horse industry.
My friends Bob Taylor and his wife Charlie are ranch caretakers for Gunpoint Ministries owned and operated by Heidi and Randy Gunn. I say it is a laid back job, if you don’t count taking care of haying, cleaning stalls, caring for horses, and driving the Motor Home and horse trailer (70 feet in all) over the United States when Heidi and Randy have flown somewhere.
Heidi and Randy are very busy conducting Cowboy Church at rodeos and other events, competing in Cowboy Mounted Shooting contests and personal singing events. Randy and Heidi have both won numerous cowboy shooting contests as well as country music awards, all of this keeps them on the road all but about three months a year.
About a year ago Hemisphere Entertainment asked them to star in the movie “Set Apart.” The movie which included Richard Roundtree, John Schneider, and Jennifer Neill is a story about four inter city kids who move to the ranch with Heidi and Randy for the summer, then accompany them to a cowboy shoot contest. I was able to attend this special viewing of the movie and recommend it to everyone.
With all the time on the road, this leaves Bob and Charlie with a lot of work on the ranch. However Bob still has time to work with his horses and he trained a nice paint horse to drive a wagon. After driving out to the county road and entering into traffic, with the horse’s response being very calm, Bob decided to try the ultimate test. He loaded his wife and another passenger in the wagon and drove five miles to a McDonald’s for a burger. Appearing at the drive up window totally sent the staff into a tail spin. Bob calmly ordered hamburgers and drove off. It’s all in the effort of Show Business but proving Bob can train horses.
Prior to his retirement, Roger Thompson was a CHA certified instructor of advanced Western horsemanship and beginning English riding.
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