A letter from my new friend Michael Martin Murphy!!
Here's a letter I recieved from my new friend Micheal Martin Murphy.
A great singer and fellow horseman. Love that song "Wildfire"
Regards, and "Just Ride" Smokie
I loved the book! It's so practical, and down-to-
earth; a real breath of fresh of air and dose of reality in the
midst of all the "new age" horse stuff that's going on. Some of that
stuff gets a little too weird for this cowboy!
My family ranch in Wisconsin, The Rocking 3M Ranch, is deeply
involved in equestrian activity of all kinds. We are breeders,
horse trainers, and competitors- as well as the show business
activities that I do. We mainly show Paint and AQHA horses
though we do work with some pony breeds and draft horses,
mostly in Working Cow Horse Events. Our oldest daughter,
Jessica, is studying to be a Large Animal Doctor at
UW- River Falls, and is the one who is most motivated about Paint
Horses. Our middle daughter, Sarah, spent all Summer working for Bill
Freeman in Texas, and has huge talent as cutting horse competitor.
She came within one point of the Superstakes Finals on her first
competitive ride! Sarah is also a very talented cowgirl poet. Morgan,
my youngest daughter, buys-trains- sells ponies( she does very well-
and is the most naturally talented rider in our family) and is
attracted to the farming side of agriculture, too. She is currently
working for, and being mentored by, an excellent dairy operator in
My wife, Karen is the real driving force behind the horse side of the
Rocking 3M Ranch. That's not to say that she doesn't do an awfully
lot of work with our Texas Longhorn Cattle and other critters on the
ranch- and she loves them all.
We'll be in touch soon, as soon as we hear from Mike. And regardless
of what happens with the event at Steven's Point, I'm hoping that we
can get to know each other as time goes on.
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