Boo Goes To School

Every now and then, around here we like to get out of the office.  Last week Tracy and I did just that.  I was asked by a friend if I wouldn’t mind coming to the school and talking to her second grade class about cowboys, cowgirls, and horses.  I jumped at the opportunity and with that, Tracy and I loaded up my 2013 Hart Medallion and my seventeen year old mare ‘Boo’.  (Boo just had a birthday on April, 17th)

When we first arrived to the school, there were children EVERYWHERE.  Not just everywhere, but SCREAMING CHILDREN everywhere.  It doesn’t end there, they were screaming and running….straight towards my retired barrel horse.  Boo handles things in stride and is really cool headed.  It is hard to get her upset.  As the kids were running and screaming running across the playground right at us I felt Boo take a deep breath in.  Pretty sure she gave me a side glance that said “what have you gotten us into now?”.  I can’t be sure but I think it is a safe assumption.  I smiled to myself because for a moment I felt as though I was watching Gru meet the minions for the first time.  There were too many parallels in my mind.

However once the kiddos were settled and Boo realized they weren’t actually ‘hunting’ her she was just fine.  She was more than ready to greet them and she even snuck a few nuzzles in!

The kids were really excited to get to see, touch, feel and interact with a horse in person.  They had lots of great questions about horses and the equipment used on them.

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Most of them were surprised at how soft her muzzle was.  There were a few timid ones but after a couple of minutes they all warmed up to her.

Boo is a center piece in my family.  When I was a kid my parents rescued a foundation bred mare that was nearly starved and had pneumonia.  They got her well and then she went on to be my brother’s roping horse for several years.  Down the road they had her bred to Bully Bullion.  That is where miss Boo comes in.  We started her on the track but she just never had that ‘want to run’ to her.  Once she broke a track record in a work at 250 yards as a two year old….with her ears up and what seemed like little effort.  You can’t make them love something they don’t and with that Boo never entered the starting gate for the real deal.  We brought her home and she ended with me.  She found her passion in the arena where we also found success.  Despite her ‘main’ job Boo is the best hand on the farm as well.  She has earned her keep.  Now she is spending her time educating others about horses and giving them their confidence as well.  Getting an opportunity such as this one was just a little bit of icing on the cake.

I never could have foreseen all that she and I would have the opportunity to do together.  She is a special one for sure.

P.S. Anyone recognize the trailer?  A little more dusty than the first time that we put it in front of you.  I still LOVE it.

Until next time,

-Amanda & Boo

 

 

Stories From The Hart: Jade Corkill

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The morning started out cold.  Not just cold.  Bitter cold for those of us who are use to our southern winters.  The sun was not yet up when we arrived on site at the Fightin’ 7 Ranches, owned by Kyle Caylor and his wife, Susan Caylor of Stephenville Trailers.

The four of us (Tracy & Amanda of Hart Trailer, and two additional members of Intellego Media) met Kellie, from Stephenville Trailer dark and early.  Kellie was a big help and helped make sure that everyone was on the same page and same schedule.  She helped us to have a really successful day shooting.

Shortly after our arrival Jade Corkill and his crew started arriving.  Jade was fresh off of the road from the night before.  Regardless, he showed up on set with a smile on his face, ready to go to work.

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If you aren’t familiar with Jade Corkill, we will take a second to catch you up.  Jade is a professional heeler, a three-time world champion and a family man.  Jade currently lives in Stephenville, Texas but his roots stem from Nevada.  One might suspect that Jade first picked up a rope, not out of interest but perhaps out of necessity due to his family’s lifestyle.  He started helping his family rope and doctor cows on the ranch as a young child.  No matter the reason that he found himself with a rope in his hand, we are glad that he did.  Jade started roping professionally in 2005 and was named Rookie of the Year in heeling the following year in 2006.  The rest is pretty much history.  He is one of the most fun heelers in the industry to watch rope.  He makes it look effortless and there is no doubt of the amount of talent that he possesses.

Jade is married to his beautiful wife, Haley Corkill, and together they have two boys, Colby and Kelton Corkill.  Jade’s sister Bailey is also an accomplished roper and she was nice enough to join us on a cold morning in Texas.

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If you think Jade looks in his element with a rope in his hand, you should see him with his family.  The Corkill family are a breath of fresh air.  A midst all of the success, they still know what really matters.  One another.  To hear Jade talk about his family, helping his family as a kid, roping with his sister, we were easily convinced of the convictions of his heart.

With donuts and coffee on hand we quickly went to work capturing Jade in his element.  He talked to us about his career, about his childhood, about his family.  It was nice to sit down and talk to a world champion outside of all of the bright lights.  Jade is the real deal.  He just is who he is.  After we had the opportunity to interview him he and his sister Bailey, and his eldest son, Colby saddled up the horses before heading to the arena.

We were able to watch Jade and Bailey take a few trips down the arena, which was really something on it’s own.

Then we had the chance to see Jade go to work with Colby.  Jade had the biggest, most obvious smile on his face when he was watching Colby.  Again…those priorities.

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What did Jade have to say about his Hart Trailers?  Well, we’ll let him tell you that himself.  Find out why he chose Hart, not once but twice.  You can get Jade’s story from the Hart below:

All in all, hanging out with Kellie and the Corkills was an opportunity that we enjoyed through and through.  It is always a fun thing to get to connect with your customers on a different level, one outside of the office.

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Left to Right: Bailey Corkill on Shy, Colby Corkill on Taco, Jade Corkill on Rosie, Kelton Corkill on Caveman (2x PRCA/AQHA Heel Horse of the Year), and Haley Corkill

Jade, Haley, Bailey, Colby, and Kelton, thank you.  Thank you for giving your time out of a crazy hectic schedule to sit down and talk to us.  The pleasure was ours and we are so proud to have you guys pulling a Hart down the road.

Kellie Hohertz, thank you for working out all of the little details and for getting the steers up and every other little and big thing that you did to help us pull this off.  Thank you for representing our brand well!

Kyle & Susan Caylor, thank you for taking amazing care of another Hart customer and for opening up your ranch to us.  Thank you for your hospitality, customer service and commitment to Hart Trailer.

If you were wondering…it never did warm up a whole lot.  But when you get to meet Jade, Haley and the entire crew, it is entirely worth it.

Here are a few more photos taken from the shoot and behind the scenes:

 

 

My Hart Story: Amanda (Update Post #1)

A few of you may remember a few years back when I purchased my very first Hart Trailer.  Not only was it my first Hart, but it was also the very first horse trailer that I ever purchased.  Before this time I was using and sharing a trailer with my parents and my sister who I also hauled with.

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If you are not familiar with how I came to purchase a Hart trailer, please check out my original photo journal and blog right here.

You can see my post regarding my trailer nearly a year ago right here.

Why another update post?  Well, because our lives change.  Our needs change.  In a year, a ton has changed in my life as a horse owner and a barrel racer.  My life looks entirely different than it did when I very first purchased my trailer and even from the last time that I posted on it.  In light of our 2018 Series, #StoriesFromTheHart, I thought what better a time than now to go over my story and my thoughts on my personal Hart trailer?

So that is exactly what I intend to do.  SOON.  How many horses am I hauling?  How am I using my trailer today?  Does my trailer still work for me?  Do I still love my Hart trailer?  Would I change anything now that I’ve had it nearly 5 years?  (P.S. My Hart Trailer anniversary, the moment when I became an official Hart Trailer OWNER is April, 12th.  Do you know yours?)

Stay tuned because this April I will be posting a pretty in depth look at my trailer as a five year old and I’ll be taking the time to sit down and tell my Hart Story as it looks today.  As 2018 is now upon us, my girls and I are ready to hit the road and that means lots of miles.  Will my trailer up for the task?  You know the answer to that but just in case you don’t, check back next month for an in depth look!  I’ll take you guys inside and outside, scratches, blemishes and all.  We like to keep it real around here and we aren’t afraid to show you a trailer as it ages.  We want you to know exactly what you’re getting and what you can expect out of your Hart trailer.

In the mean time, here is a throwback picture of myself and one of my mares at the 2016 Doxa Extreme Rodeo that Hart is a massive sponsor of.  Photo courtesy of Oklahoma Horses.  If you guys haven’t made it out the last two years, be sure and make plans for August of 2018!  Last year we had an AWESOME group of trailers there!

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Until next time,

-Amanda

 

Stock Trailers: Yes. Those Too.

You may know that we build quality, custom horse trailers.  Did you know however, that we also take that same quality and those same design innovations and put them to work on a different kind of trailer?  We do.  Stock trailers.

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Maybe you’ve seen our Lariats or our Short-Gos?  Awesome!  But have you seen our pig, cattle, sheep and goat haulers?

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This week you can get an up close and personal look at a couple of them at the Grady County Livestock Show.  Tommy Farrell and his team from  Farrell Livestock Trailers will be on hand to answer any questions that you might have!

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You can crawl in them, through them, over them and under them.  Need something a little more custom?  Give Tommy a call and see how we can meet your stock trailer needs!

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Custom Lariat Trailer: Snyder

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Today we are going to take you through a very neat custom trailer that we recently built and delivered.  This trailer was designed while working with the customer and with the customer’s specifications in mind.  It has several neat attributes that you may not have seen before in our trailers.  We offer a wide variety of customization options, however you can really see several of them come together in this trailer.  If you want to take a look at the trip out to deliver this trailer you can catch it right here just in case you missed it: Trailer Delivery: Albuquerque, NM

You can find the specs on this trailer just below:

2018 Lariat

  • 7ft wide x 7ft 1in tall x 23ft on the floor
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • 10 total exterior tie rings mounted in both standard and lower positions
  • 6ft hayrack
  • Hydraulic Jack with Battery Package.
  • 5 L.E.D. Exterior Loading Lights
  • 16ft Stock Area with 1 cut gate
  • WERM floor in Stock Area
  • “Large” L.E.D. in Stock Area and Dressing Room
  • 7ft Dressing Room with rubber mats on floor
  • 2 – 42” doors in dressing. One on each side of trailer.
  • 16 hook Bridle Carousel mounted low for access from the ground.
  • 24 Bridle hooks & 6 bell boot hooks on the partition wall.
  • 4 Seat “Saddle Slide” saddle rack in dressing room.
  • 6 pole blanket bars & 3 bell boot hooks on each dressing room door.

Take a virtual tour of this trailer with Anthony Gelvin!

 

Trailer Tuesday: Mobile Office Cargo Trailer

Time for #trailertuesday and we’ve got a cool one for you today!  This is a little cargo trailer that we built for a customer who is using it as a mobile law office.  Steve purchased his trailer from one our dealers here in Oklahoma, Farrell’s Livestock Trailers.

Cargo Bumper Pull Trailer

14ft 6 in long.

7ft 6in wide.

7ft 1 inch tall.

30 inch wide side and rear entry doors.

Built in battery box and generator compartment.

The conversion was designed and installed by Signature Quarters right here in Chickasha, Oklahoma.

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  • • R-16 Insulation Package (Roof, Side Walls, and Floor)
  • • Soft Touch Walls and Ceiling o Oak Hardwood Wainscot
  • • Vinyl Flooring
  • • Raised Hardwood Floor Sofa Seating Area
  • • Custom Pull Out Sofa
  • • Oil Rubbed Bronze Hardware
  • • Synthetic Leather Window Covers o Solid Wood Window and Door Trim
  • • Solid Oak Cabinets and Flat Panel Doors
  • • Full Height Wardrobe with File Drawer Storage
  • • Standing Custom Desk
  • • 9k BTU Mini-Split Air Conditioner with Heat Element and Remote
  • • 12v Fantastic Vent Fan
  • • Quartz Composite Bar/Prep Sink
  • • Oil Rubbed Bronze Faucet w/Pull Out Sprayer
  • • 18 Gallon Fresh Water Tank and Equivalent Grey Water Holding Tank o 12v Water Pump
  • • 110v USB Outlets throughout
  • • 110v Power Inverter for Short Term Battery Only Power Usage
  • • 3.0 cuft 110/12v Dometic Fridge
  • • Single Burner Electric Cooktop o 12v Rangehood
  • • Solar Ready
  • • Cell Phone Signal Booster Mounted to Roof Ladder
  • • Smoke/CO₂ Detector
  • • TR Arnold Approved
  • • Exterior Generator Compartment with Pull Out Tray
  • • Interior Battery Compartment with High Capacity Battery Bank
  • • Backup Camera System

2018 Smart Tack Weekender

Smart Tack…….Smart Tack XL……Smart Tack Living Quarters……or maybe just a Smart Tack the way you want it! The most customized trailer available today can still be more customized! There are so many ways to personalize one to fit your very own personality. Maybe you want just a bathroom…..or maybe just a microwave and a refrigerator….or it could be you’d just like to have a/c and a place to sit and drink your morning coffee. The possibilities are endless, and still keep your Smart Tack. Functionality at it’s best!

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We gave you a sneak peek at this trailer on Tuesday.  However we did not show the INSIDE of the trailer.  We teamed up with Signature Quarters right here in Oklahoma for this one.  In this weekender package from Signature Quarters you will find:

  • 2 Knockout Windows in Gooseneck
  • 14′ One-Step Electric Awining
  • R-16 Insulation Package (Roof, Side Walls, and Floor)
  • Soft Touch Walls and Ceiling
    • Hardwood Wainscot
  • Vinyl Flooring
  • Carpet Gooseneck Floor & Steps
  • Custom Over-Sized Mattress in Gooseneck
  • Oil Rubbed Bronze Hardware
  • Night shades in Solid Wood Valances with Leather Overlays and Nailheads
    • Solid Wood Window and Door Trim
  • Solid Alder Cabinets and Raised Panel Doors
  • 13.5k BTU Air Conditioner with Heat Strip
  • Single Leg Hydraulic Equalizer Jack
  • 110v USB Outlets throughout
  • 1.0 Cu. Ft. Microwave
  • 28″ LED T.V.
    • AM/FM/CD/DVD Stereo w/ Interior and Exterior Speakers
  • Omni-Directional TV Antenna
  • Satellite Ready
  • 4.0 Onan Gas Generator with 14 Gallon Triangle Fuel Tank
  • Smoke/CO2 Detector
  • TR Arnold Approved
  • Integrated Smart Tack System
  • Interior Cooler Storage
  • Integrated Hanging Wardrobe

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Specs:

  • Tradition 4 Horse GN in Champagne color.
  • 8 ft Shortwall Weekender Package – Electric awning, soft touch walls & ceiling, Solid Alder Cabinets, microwave, L.E.D. TV, Sat. ready, built in Yeti cooler.
  • With Hart’s exclusive Smart Tack XL , featuring a “Bridle Carousel” with 28 hooks, 6 saddle racks, 12 blanket bars, 6 bell boot hooks and 18 bridle hooks.
  • Drop down windows on the head and hip side.
  • Two mangers with an escape door on the 1st stall.
  • Broom closet
  • 6ft hay pod with generator compartment and 4000 KW Onan mounted on the roof.

 

If you are interested in this trailer and you think this trailer might be the perfect trailer for you and your travels, you can contact Coast to Coast Trailers because they actually have this trailer available today!