Mighty Broke - 2021-12-03 3:18 PM
Don't get me wrong, he will be doing this with intent to make money. Go watch some videos on him on Youtube, amazing stuff. But he looks for industries that are under represented. He feels that the equine industry is under represented as far as profesional athletes go. Imagine---20-25 of the best barrel racers competeing on TV live---how exciting would that be for our industry. Think of all the young kids watching and say---I want to do that. Instead of people looking down at what we do, they would be lloking up at us. This is the man to do it---he has the means and he has the connections.
I feel the same way, maybe just my optimism but country is "cool" right now. its the perfect time to invest in an industry thats underrepresented and seemingly popular.
I just saw a TV report on results from a big horse sale very recently where all the top dollar horses were bought by them - guessing they bought more than just the top dollar ones.
I would have to agree with several on here, VERY skeptical - a lot of things don't quite add up. In and of themselves, each thing seems very little - but when you start putting them all together, starts to smell just a little fishy.
They just applied for their Foreign LLC in Texas in early September.
Their website was just made in 2021.
They are buying up or trying to buy up every western production - PRCA, NFR, American, BBR, and many more.
In a search of who owns Teton Ridge Ranch, I found this: "Who owns Teton Ridge Ranch? The ranch was purchased in 1993 by Microsoft founder Paul Allen. There are only seven guest rooms at this two-story log cabin on 4,000 acres, as well as a 45-horse stable, and a spectacular view of the Tetons can be had from the vaulted main lounge." Granted he has since passed and no longer owns it, but that seems a little too closely aligned with Bill Gates.
These are just a few odd things I have found in the last day or two - I didn't even know about Teton Ridge until just before the NFR started when Sherry Cervi posted her partnership with them.
I heard someone during an interview today at the NFR talking about how rodeo is about country lifestyle, prayer, the pledge of allegiance, loving your country, God, family, etc. - that is exactly what some do NOT want for our country. The western lifestyle is what is a target right now because of the faith and belief of all of the cowboys/girls. My husband and I feel that buying up all of these things is totally about controlling an entire group and way of life that they haven't been able to get control of during this past year. When they, Teton Ridge, gets control of all of the big events and the "big" participants, it is only a matter of time before that house falls. I don't see anything good coming from this. I hope I am very wrong and that I don't know enough about them yet, but that "gut" feeling is there and just can't be ignored.
One thing I know for sure, the acquisitions are what they are. All the whining, suppositions and conspiracies theories in the world will not turn back time and facts. So why not take a deep breath and watch instead of crossing bridges that are nowhere in sight. Seems it would save a lot of wadded panties. The energy may be needed if all the predictions come true.
Copied and pasted this post I found this morning on Facebook from some socialite I've never heard of, it was shared on a page that I actually do follow. . Some of the comments made me LOL .
So you’re telling me that in order to call myself a cowgirl or cowboy I have to meet a bunch of made up requirements by ding dongs on social media?
I saw several conversations on social media after the NFR that were embarrassing.
They didn’t earn it.
They don’t deserve it.
They don’t even get it.
They aren’t qualified.
Those ???? are just a few of the small minded (insecure) phrases that were being thrown around. Sometimes in simple memes and sometimes in lengthy posts. Both equally as toxic. This has to stop.
In your eyes the city girl on the right in impractical clothes may not have earned the right to call herself a cowgirl, but if you write her off too soon you’ll never know she’s also the girl on the left.
Mark my words nobody gets to decide if and how you embrace cowgirl and cowboy culture.
You don’t need to live on a ranch to love and appreciate cowboy culture. You don’t need to know how to ride a horse or even the rules of rodeo to attend one. You don’t need to earn anything. If you have an appreciation for this way of life then you get to be in this space.
I’m exhausted with this rhetoric that only people who are “qualified” get to wear a cowboy hat, carry a rope, wear cowboy boots or attend a rodeo.
The only way this industry is going to grow and evolve is if we start being a little more welcoming. This whole “but they didn’t earn it” narrative is worn out.
We can still protect and honor the traditions that make cowboy culture great while allowing non-traditional representatives to step into our community. We desperately need fresh perspectives, ideas and representation in the Western and agriculture communities.
I’m not trying to destroy deep rooted cowboy ways by bringing in radical outsiders. Quite the opposite. I’m trying to ensure that people who celebrate and appreciate our way of life aren’t run off simply because they don’t know all the nuisances attached to the lifestyle.
I think it’s an honor that people want to dress like cowboys and buy tickets to rodeos. I think the fact that people who may not fully understand it want to be part of it is flattering.
Nobody gets to determine if you belong.
There are no prerequisites.
want2chase3 - 2021-12-21 7:23 AM
I had to LOL at the second to last paragraph. Nuisances vs. nuance.
I can assure you the "socialite" you are referring to is the farthest from a socialite that you can find. She is a cowgirl in every way. She comes from generations of cowboys and cowgirls, ranchers and farmers. She was a high school and college rodeo contestant. She often posts pictures of her working cattle along side her grandparents and parents. She is not afraid to work hard and getting
y'all seem pretty worked up over this deal.
Some things are not for sale. You can't buy respect, no matter how much you spend or who you buy.
tebar - 2021-12-22 6:33 PM
Agreed, respect is something you have to earn!!!!!!
CHUTE HELP - 2021-12-22 1:15 PM
Good for her! I've never heard of her.... but I just don't agree with all that she wrote.
stayceem - 2021-12-09 4:58 PM
I see something like "Run for the Million" that promoted the reining industry ..... " Run for the American" promoting barrel racing....makes since with the "teams" formed recently and acquistions.
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