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September 2010 - Vol 2, Issue 9
In This Issue
Feature Story: A Race to End All Races, by Ron Soodalter
Featured Photo: Pictorial View of Western Americana....Featuring Mike Thompson
Linda's Feed Bag: Completely Wicked Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake
A Tip of the Hat and a Pat on the Back: Congratulations to Robin Ireland
In The News: My Day at Santo Domingo Pueblo, by Lora Sandroni
Dealer Spotlight: Christin Miller, the Diva of Western Design and Marketing
Expressions: Angelica writes about her Roy Rogers Auction experience
and Furthermore...Cowboy Poetry by Russell Petter
Upcoming Events: Don't miss these upcoming Western and Native American events
Feature Story

Etching of Francois AubryA Race to End All Races
The true exploits of horseman Francis Aubry

By Ron Soodalter

The nineteenth century American West was the time of the horse, in both fact and romance. It was also the time of the Great Western "windy" - the tall tale, or the outright lie, depending on the sensibilities of the listener. By now, every true fan of Western History knows that this year marks the 150th anniversary of the Pony Express, which gives us a splendid opportunity to consider afresh the countless claims - mostly spurious - of would-be Express and long-distance riders. No sooner had the Pony Express passed into legend than dozens of men from all over the country - including such luminaries as Buffalo Bill Cody and Wild Bill Hickok - claimed to have been connected in one way or another with the little corps of mail riders.

Nor were the many claims of fantastic deeds a-horseback limited to the Pony Express. If the film "Hidalgo" is any indication, there was never a rider to match the verve and stamina of Frank T. Hopkins when it came to endurance riding. Sadly, Hopkins' claims to have successfully ridden over 500 races, to have belonged to Cody's Congress of Rough Riders, to have been half-Sioux, to have coursed the Arabian desert, to have, in fact, played even the slightest role in the settlement of the West, appear to be just so much...well, horse-pucky. It's almost enough to destroy our faith in heroes. Almost.

Featured Photo by Mike Thompson - Bluebonnets

Mike Thompson photo of 2 steers in the field
Mike Thompson is an award winning writer and photographer. He's been an entrepreneur, bartender, carpenter, oil land man, cowboy, stage and screen actor (Coming in November on PBS, Theodore Roosevelt, A Cowboy's Ride to the White House), an explosives project engineer and a military museum curator. His military career includes active duty Air Force and Army, Reserves and National Guard. Vietnam medic, Class of 1966-67. Much of his time is spent writing but he still carries cameras with him, winning awards from Arizona to Texas.

Mike Thompson

Did You Know?

1. An Edition, or set of identical prints sometimes numbered and signed, are pulled by or under the supervision of the artist.

2. The Colt Peacemaker, the weapon that became known as "the gun that won the West" was a .45-caliber manufactured by Colt's Fire Arms Manufacturing Company in Hartford, Connecticut in 1873. At the time it sold for $17.00.

3. Most pottery from Hopi, Acoma, Zia and Picuris is Matte, with a dull surface finish far less glossy than the burnished black or red ware.

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Linda's Feed Bag
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Estee Roll's Semi-Home-Made, but Completely Wicked Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake

Wheew...that's a lot to say!

1 box of Duncan Hines Devils Food cake mixDelicious and Wicked Chocolate Cake
1 small package of chocolate INSTANT pudding mix
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup warm water
4 eggs
1 tablespoon of instant espresso powder
8 oz. carton of sour cream
6 oz. package each of milk chocolate AND semi-dark chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients for 3 minutes with an electric mixer. Fold in chocolate chips. Bake in a greased bundt pan @ 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Check with a toothpick at 45 minutes.

(High altitude adjustment: add 1/4 cup flour and bake at 365 degrees)

Icing/Glaze: Pillsbury's Ready-Made Creamy Supreme Dark Chocolate icing nuked on medium until it's pour-able, then drizzle it over the cooled cake.


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A Tip of the Hat and a Pat on the Back

Photo of Robin IrelandCongratulations to
Robin Ireland

Winner 2010 AHP Awards!

She's the face and look behind the elegance and beauty of the High Noon catalogue, the High Noon website and everything that visually represents who we are. She's our designer extraordinaire and now, a very deserving winner of several national design awards.

On June 19, 2010 in Lexington, KY, the American Horse Publications Association held their annual awards ceremony honoring the best works in published materials for 2009. Winner of the top two awards, namely Overall Publication and General Excellence was given to Cowboy Way Magazine, published by the Paragon Foundation. And it's our own Robin Ireland who is the design force behind this amazing publication.

Awards Program CoverThe following statements were given by the judges:
Regarding Winner, Overall Publication -
From cover to cover, the design work in this publication is flawless. This is a shining example of when less is more. The understated, expert use of typography is a breath of fresh air. The photographic treatments are enhancing. Each section is flowing and cohesive. The entire design never once deviates from this publication's statement of purpose. The staff that worked on this could write the book on designer guideline.

Cover of Cowboy Way MagazineRegarding Winner, General Excellence -
Outstanding cover photography. You immediately get a sense of the purpose of this magazine from first glance at its covers. Innovative yet elegant layout and design. Beautiful writing and outstanding photography throughout. This publication meets its mission with style and passion.

And who's the Art Director behind this award-winning magazine? Yup, that's our Robin. Well done Robin, you are A-list all the way and we are so proud of you!

For more information about the American Horse Publication Association, visit www.americanhorsepubs.com

For information about Cowboy Way Magazine, visit www.paragonfoundation.org

Consignments Wanted

High Noon Western Americana Auction is accepting high quality consignments.

Indian Items at AuctionHigh Noon Western Americana Auction is accepting high quality consignments for our January 29-30, 2011 Auction in Mesa, Arizona. January will be here before you know it, so call us at (310) 202-9010 or email us information and photos of your treasures: info@highnoon.com

In the News

My Day at Santo Domingo Pueblo

By Lora Sandroni

A Pueblo DancerOn August 4, 2010, I attended my first feast day at the Santo Domingo Pueblo, about 20 minutes north of Albuquerque. The largest Indian dance ceremonial in the southwest is held during this feast day honoring Saint Dominic, with more than 1,000 Santo Domingo Pueblo Indians performing their colorful corn dance. This wonderful event is open to the non-native public and I was a fortunate observer that day in August.

The Santo Domingo Pueblo is one of the 19 pueblos in this area, 17 along the Rio Grande plus Zuni and Hopi. I knew very little about the pueblos and even less about their feast days. With no preconceived notions about what I might see or experience, my girlfriend and I started out early to avoid the heat of the day, enjoying the coolness and mist in the air. It was raining lightly when we arrived at the pueblo and I already had a sense of excitement.

Caked in chalk-like paint, elders of these Pueblo Indians lead the others carrying Saint Dominic down a dirt path towards the plaza, and the chanting and dancing began, continuing until sunset. The dance was a procession, with members of the tribe ranging from toddlers, school-age children, adolescents, middle-aged members, including the elderly. To my eye, they were all a vision of color, texture and design.

Our Inner Cowgirl

Photo of Christin MillerChristin Miller
The Diva of Western Design and Marketing

Los Angeles is not necessarily the place where a woman whose passion runs to all things exquisite and western, will find the compadres she yearns for to fuel her love of the Western Lifestyle and all that it encompasses. But make no mistake, there's a reason her company is named Maverick Style - she's a renegade who has ignored the glitz and glamour of her hometown LA and has become the ambassador of the sophistication, elegance and romance of Western Style. Meet Christin for lunch at any of Los Angeles' chic eateries and she's the stand-out. Always impeccably dressed in the finest western-inspired clothes and jewelry, from boots to handbag, she walks the walk and talks the talk - but it's from the heart.

Somehow, Jackson Hole (WY) always seems to play a role when inspiring and then converting us urbanites to the richness of the West. Family vacations there as a child left their indelible mark on this LA Diva. "I just loved the mountains and horseback riding and I never forgot how beautiful it was. I still have the little cowboy hat and western belt I got there when I was just 11 years old. Well, they don't fit anymore," she laughs, "but I still have them."

Christin's life and career back in Los Angeles took her away from her real love. But her years in retail, a successful career with the Walt Disney Company, then as Vice President of Domestic Licensing at Paramount Pictures, all contributed to the success she has realized today. Her extensive knowledge of marketing, branding and promotions plus her keen eye for the finest designs is the foundation upon which she has built Maverick Design and Marketing.

Even though she lived the "corporate" lifestyle for years, her husband was an avid Western aficionado. Her honeymoon took her back to Jackson Hole where she re-discovered how much a part of her soul Western lifestyle was. It was on a subsequent trip to Dallas that she was exposed to the high-end couture and designs of Western fashion. "I had never seen anything like this before. I realized Western wasn't just boots but there was this spectacular high-end side of western fashion." She started collecting Native American jewelry and the clothes to go with it.

Now back in LA, she was restless and knew it was time to make a change. She was driven to focus her energies and professional life on the world she loved. "I woke up in the middle of the night on my 50th birthday with an epiphany!" she laughs. "I would launch my new company, Maverick Style Western Design and Marketing, and embrace myself into the western world. That was an evening in July and by November, the company was up and running and she was at Cowboy Christmas moving and shaking, marketing and promoting.

Today, Christin and her company are unstoppable in promoting the finest in western design and lifestyle. From the trendiest accessories, upscale clothing, sophisticated home décor, Western art and artists and the music that makes it all so infectious, she's your one-stop shopping if you're looking to promote your creations. She penetrates the country, traveling coast to coast, always looking for new artists that need to be exposed to the world. From creating marketing strategies, promotional materials, social media, blogs and email marketing to complete special event planning, she will catapult your work to the world. And, when you get the call that one of the "big guys" want to talk to you about carrying your line, well, she's the woman for that too. Her years as VP of Domestic Licensing at Paramount Pictures makes her just a bit of an expert in this area as well.

Christin Miller, she Brands the West and we are so honored to welcome her into our High Noon family of cowgirls and cowboys!

Christin Miller
Maverick Style Western Design and Marketing
(818) 508-1928


Photo of Angelica and her drawing of Roy RogersA letter from one of our younger readers, Angelica

Dear Smoke Signals,

I am 17 years old. I am in 12th Grade and home schooled by my parents. I have two sisters and live in New Milford CT. I really started getting into Roy Rogers and Dale Evans when I was 11 or 12. My grandmother gave me one of his movies to watch (The Bells of San Angelo) and I loved it. I thought it was the best movie I ever watched and I loved the music. I started looking on the computer to see if Roy Rogers was in any other movies. I began collecting Roy's and Dale's movies, music, and the original 1950's chapter books. Just last year on my 16th birthday I got the last movie that I needed to complete my collection (Pals of the Golden West). I also have collected all the chapter books, some comic books, pictures, and books about Roy and Dale. I have written about my experience at the Roy Rogers auction and hope you print it.
A Fan of Roy Rogers

I have been a big fan of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans for many years. So, when I discovered that the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum closed I was heartbroken. Ever since I found out that there was a museum, I have been waiting for the day that I would actually be there. But, now I won't get that chance. Even though the museum closed I got the second best, some of the museum came to me. From July 9-14 Christie's Auction House and High Noon presented the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum Collection in New York City. The items from the museum were auctioned off on July 14-15. Since my birthday was on July 17, my parents gave me an early present. On July 11 I got to go to the City with my mom to see the exhibit. I was so excited that I was bursting with happiness. When I walked into Christie's I was amazed. I felt as if I had stepped back in time and was part of the exhibit.  Everything was so amazing. There were costumes, boots, pictures, musical instruments and much more on display. As I walked thru the exhibit I took my time looking at everything and taking pictures. But best of all Trigger, Buttermilk, Trigger Jr., and Bullet were there. It was amazing seeing them face to face for the first time. They looked just like they did in the movies and the TV shows.

      The best parts of the exhibit were the people who were in charge of the auction (High Noon) and the workers at Christie's Auction House. These workers came up to me and asked me about Roy Rogers because they could not believe a person as young as I am could know who Roy Rogers was. Little did they know that Roy Rogers is my hero. As the day went on they let me try on Roy Rogers hat, see items locked up in the display cabinet, and even let me sit in Roy Rogers personal car made specially for him. Since they let me do all these extra things at the auction it made my experience feel like I was in a dream.

     When I was looking at all the different items up for auction my heart was filled with heartache. This would be the last time all of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum Collection would be together. I knew the only chance to see the items again would be when I watched a movie or TV show. I was so happy that I collected all of Roy Rogers movies and that by doing so I could see all of the items up for auction again. I was so happy that I took so many pictures at the exhibit for I can look back days, months and years to come and remember that I was not dreaming. I really did get the chance of a lifetime to see my hero up close and even if he was not there in person he was there in my heart.
Written By:
Angelica M
A Fan of Roy Rogers

and Furthermore...

This month we present cowboy poetry by Russell Petter...

Living His Dream
by Russell Petter

He was this many years old,
as held up his little hand.
The man taking the tickets had asked him
as he collected the ticket stub, from the little man.
It had been the little boy's dream
to attend a real live rodeo,
Now he was here, He was Living His Dream.

Well the whole sha-bang got started
with lots of music, and lots of horses in a Grand Entry,
A few clowns, and some spotlights from above.
A whole bunch of cowboys and pretty cowgirls,
all wishing for some luck,
They had gathered tonight driving old pick up trucks.
They had all arrived, To Live Out Their Dreams.

The smell of popcorn and hot dogs, along with sweet cotton candy;
combined to fill the air.
There was lots of laughter from the rodeo clowns,
some introductions of important people;
more smiles, the posting of the colors and a short prayer.
Everyone stood for the Anthem, a hat crossed their chest,
and they all paused just a moment, before it was time,
for the Cowboys and Cowgirls to live out their Dream.

Well the horses, they did buck,
and the Cowboys, they did ride,
The Cowgirls all sparkled in their rhinestones,
with glitter on their hats, and a twinkle in their eyes.
All the Rodeo contestants had gathered
to Live Out Their Dreams.

Now it's twenty years later:...He was finally here.
In a town that never sleeps, electricity filled the air.
He was at the Big One, the National Finals Rodeo,
where only the best Cowboys and Cowgirls were invited,
to Live Out Their Dreams.

He watched the Grand Entry, and he said a short prayer,
He sang with the Anthem, while the music and smoke from the fireworks filled the air.
The young man thought back to twenty years ago, shook his head, and smiled a Big Texas Grin.
It was finally his turn, every young bronc riders dream.
The chute gate swung open, the Big Red horse reared,
the cowboy marked him out, as he gritted his teeth.
He spurred him long, he spurred him high,
from the neck to the big red hip;
In a short ten seconds, that felt more like ten years,
The pick up man was beside him, congratulating him on his ride
he was finally a real live cowboy, at the biggest rodeo of his career.

It had been the little boys dream, to attend a real live rodeo.
Now he was here, Living His Dream, at the BIG SHOW.
Ten long days later, to his surprise,
he was now a sure enough bronc rider, and a Rodeo Champion.
He was now a real live cowboy, who had lived every young cowboy's dream...


Russell grew up in a small town, Robinson, Texas, and got married and moved to an even smaller town, McGregor, Texas, where he lived for over 20 years. Years later, a new neighbor moved in next door, (15 minutes away) President George W. Bush who decided to buy a ranch in Crawford, Texas.
Russell started writing about 20 years ago, just for fun. His writing is an expression of what he knows, what he doesn't know, and what he still wants to know.
Russell Petter
The Keywest Kowboy

Upcoming Events
ONGOING  The Red Rock Ride - A horseback adventure...  Tropic, UT
NOW thru October 31, 2010  Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art   Cody, WY
NOW thru November 7, 2010 
The Art of Native American Basketry - A Living Tradition  Autry Museum, Los Angeles, CA
NOW thru January 9, 2011 
21st Century Regionalists: The Art of the Next West  Rockwell Museum of Western Art, Corning, NY
September 15-18, 2010  100th Pendleton Round Up  Pendleton, OR
September 21-25, 2010 
Rendezvous Royale  Cody, WY
September 24, 2010 
12th Annual TCAA Exhibit and Sale  Oklahoma City, OK
September 30 - October 3, 2010 
2010 Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Durango, CO
September 30 - October 3, 2010 
Will James Society 18th Annual Gathering  Elko, NV
October 1-December 5, 2010 
6th Annual Heart of the West Art Exhibition  National Cowgirl Museum, Ft. Worth, TX
October 2, 2010 
Picture This: A Scavenger Hunt @ Cowgirl Hall of Fame  Fort Worth, TX
October 8-10, 2010  The Trailing of the Sheep Festival  Hailey, ID
October 8-10, 2010 
The Lone Pine Film Festival  Lone Pine, CA
October 9-10, 2010 
The Golden California Antiques Show  Glendale, CA
October 15-16, 2010 
Cowboy Artists of America Sale  Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
October 16, 2010 
Buckaroo Bash  Indianapolis, IN
October 16-17, 2010 
Pumpkin Festival  Calabasas, CA
October 20-24, 2010
  Grand National Rodeo  San Francisco, CA
October 27, 2010  6th Annual Heart of the West Art Sale  National Cowgirl Museum, Ft. Worth, TX
October 28, 2010 
35th Annual National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon  Ft. Worth, TX
October 30, 2010 
Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)  Los Angeles, CA
November 5-7, 2010 
Tombstone 9th Annual Western Music Festival  Tombstone, AZ
November 6, 2010 
Western Stock Saddle Collection Opening  Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, TX
November 11-14, 2010 
Annual Cowpoke Fall Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering  Loomis, CA
December 2-11, 2010 
Cowboy Christmas  Las Vegas, NV
December 2-11, 2010 
Wrangler Rodeo  Las Vegas, NV
December 4-5, 2010 
Bill Pickett Invitational Championship Rodeo  Kansas City, MO
December 10-12, 2010
  Monterey Cowboy & Music Festival  Monterey, CA
January 29-30, 2011  High Noon 3-Day Shopping Event  Mesa, AZ
May 6-8, 2011  DesignAmerica Texas, Grapevine, TX
June 24-26, 2011
  Brian Lebel's Old West Show & Auction, Denver, CO

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