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Big Boss Mare with Brandy Von Holten
53 minutes | Aug 2, 2022
44. Shayla Shipley/1st Generation Cowgirl/Horse Breeder/Maine Coon Breeder/St. Berdoodle/Newfi Poo/Bergerpiccard/AQHA Congress/Modern Cowgirl/
Welcome back to Big Boss Mare with Brandy Von Holten! Today is a first-generation cowgirl that is blazing the way for her mother and niece to join in the passion of being top performing cowgirls! You will love the freedom and dedication of horsewoman, Shayla Shipley! I first met Shayla at a clinic where she was a way more advanced competitor that I am and I WAS TEACHING THE CLINIC! Shayla is helping develop her niece, Carissa, and helps her mother, Nina. In addition to being a versatile competitor, Shayla and her family breed horses, dogs, and cats. The dog breeds are St. Berdoodles and Newfi Poo. The cat breeds are either pure Maine Coon or a half Maine Coon. They apparently like everything big because Shayla’s family is also now breeding half draft horses! You will be amazed by Shayla’s knowledge and cowgirl spirit!
69 minutes | Jul 12, 2022
42. Lee Hart/Road to the Horse Wildcard Challenge/American Cowboy/World Champion Bronc Rider/Family Man/Calgary Stampede/Top Notch Horse Trainer/True Cowboy/Ranch Hand
Welcome back to Big Boss Mare with Brandy Von Holten! Today’s guest is international clinician and world champion horseman, Lee Hart! He is my trainer and is the longest returning clinician at Von Holten Ranch. Lee has a staggering list of accomplishments including WRCA World Champion Bronc Rider to WRCA Top Hand to the American Royal Colt Starting Champion to the EXCA World Pro Champion and EXCA World Futurity Champion. Lee Hart has also completed in the invitation only Calgary Stampede Cowboy Up Challenge where he won the Reserve Champion title! Lee Hart has helped numerous people with their equine and helped even more equine with their people. His clinics are highly sought after and always have people giving him raving reviews and asking to sign up for his next returning clinic. Lee recently was selected to compete in the Road to the Horse Wildcard Challenge. This competition is composed of six trainers. The person that wins the Wildcard Challenge will then go head-to-head in the Road to the Horse in March of 2023. Lee is always a crowd pleaser and always does right by any animal. It is with great pleasure to introduce one of my greatest mentors and friends, Lee Hart.
60 minutes | Jul 5, 2022
41. Mary White and Alicia Stickel/ 84y.o. Cowgirl Still Cowgirling/Horseback Riding at 80/Never Let Me Know My Last Ride
Welcome back to Big Boss Mare with Brandy Von Holten! Today we have the pleasure of interviewing two cowgirls from West Virginia! Mary White, 84, and Alicia Stickel, 61, drove separately from West Virginia to attend a Big Boss Mare Production called Chix in the Sticks! Mary drove herself and set her trailer up herself! With owning a trail riding facility, it was refreshing to see an older cowgirl out there COWGIRLING!!! Mary had amazing stories about how she married her divorce attorney from her first marriage who later became a Senator! There’s not one cowgirl out there that doesn’t want to be Mary! She already has her next adventured planned for later this year. Alicia invited me to come ride with them in Utah, in Kentucky, and on the beach! Have you ever met someone and knew you would be friends until the end? I met two when I met Mary and Alicia!
63 minutes | Apr 26, 2022
40. Phantom V, Chris Groves and Mike Hammerly/Distillery/Alcohol/Doing Things Differently/Innovative Business/Brandy/Distilled Specialty Spirit
Welcome back to Big Boss Mare with Brandy Von Holten! Today we have two of the five owners of Phantom V Distillery, Chris Groves and Mike Hammerly! Five friends came together to create an innovative alcohol that is closely related to Brandy (the alcohol, not me). Brandy is made from fruit, but cannot be distilled greater than 160 proof. Phantom V’s alcohol is coming in at 192 proof. When you reach numbers that are above the normal classifications, the alcohol becomes a “Distilled Specialty Spirit”. Now, they are also able to create other alcohols such as vodka by lowering the alcohol’s proof down to 80. Phantom V Distillery built enough room for a restaurant to rent a space. Colton’s Steakhouse was the perfect restaurant. Both Colton’s and Phantom V benefit from this mutualistically beneficial relationship. Plus, the location of the distillery is filled with history and a connection with the 1904 World’s Fair. You will have no problem understanding why people are tailgating to get into Phantom V! They truly are doing things differently. You would think that an alcohol that comes in as 192 proof would taste awful or make you grow chest hair. Nope! It is the exact opposite. Their Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookie Brandy will have you doing a double take to see how many bottles you can bring home with you! Why is it called Phantom V? Guess you’ll have to listen to find out.
47 minutes | Apr 12, 2022
39. Sarah Leonhard/Purina/Animal Nutrition/Women in Agriculture/Barrel Racer/Embryo Transfer/Cattle Rancher
Welcome back to Big Boss Mare with Brandy Von Holten! Today’s guest does not need an introduction from me at all! Sarah Leonhard was worked for Purina for an extensive length of time. She is now an Associate Sales Manager and the Farm Consultant Team Leader. Sarah discusses Land o Lakes, the largest farmer owner cooperative in North America and its proud representation of the Purina brand and it’s feed division along with other products and services important to agriculture. The Purina brand has stood the test of time and multiple ownerships. Nestle also is represented by the 4-Square checkerboard on pet food and proudly represents its deep roots. Sarah is also a humble cowgirl. She and her daughter, Shelby Wells, barrel race together! Sarah also runs a cattle operation that focuses on an embryo transfer program. This podcast is proof that smart cowgirls are getting things accomplished now and were paving the way for others in the past. It is a great honor to have Sarah Leonhard as a guest of Big Boss Mare with Brandy Von Holten.
62 minutes | Apr 5, 2022
38. Kim Abney Shrader Shabby2ChicBoutiques/Clothing and Accessories/Retail Store Owner/Business Woman/Taking the Plunge/Married to a Farmer
Welcome back to Big Boss mare with Brandy Von Holten! This week’s guest is Kim Abney Shrader. She is the owner and manager of Shabby 2 Chic Boutiques which is a retail clothing and accessories store that has a store front, a mobile boutique, and is available online! Kim manifested her boutique, after being in real-estate for years. Steve, her farmer husband, told her to go for it and that is exactly what she did! When Kim created the name of her business, she knew she would open more than one location, so she went ahead and put the S on the word boutique! Her love of adding joy and confidence to women’s lives by seeing them in the clothes is the best part! This is truly the driving force behind Shabby 2 Chic Boutiques....where you can be a little shabby or you can be a chic diva.
49 minutes | Mar 8, 2022
37.Nikki Freeman/Weight Loss/Improved Health/Counting Macros/Cross Fit Instructor/Barre/Piyo/University of Central Missouri/College Professor
Welcome back to Big Boss Mare with Brandy Von Holten. Today’s guest is Nikki Freeman! Nikki is a diversely talented “smartie pants and health nut”! She is a college professor at the University of Central Missouri and is a cross fit, barre, and piyo instructor! Nikki is currently working on her nutrition certification. After turning 40 she realized she needed to change, and the current diet culture was not the answer. Restricting calories to 1,300-1,500 per day left her without energy and without muscle. This led Nikki to focusing on macros, which are fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. It is Nikki’s goal is to educate and empower others to take control back over their health and host retreats that focus on this combination for improved health: physical, mental, and emotional needs. It is with great pleasure to introduce Nikki Freeman.
96 minutes | Feb 8, 2022
36. Jason Worthley/Law Enforcement and BBQ/Sheriff's Deputy/Water Patrol/Support Law Enforcement/Patio 52 Bar and Grill/Restaurant near the Ozark International Speedway
Welcome back to Big Boss Mare with Brandy Von Holten! If you love law enforcement and BBQ, then you are going to love this interview! Meet Jason Worthley! Jason is a homegrown Missouri boy! Jason started as a 911 dispatcher but then has had the titles of jailer, deputy, K-9 deputy, and undercover narcotics while working with the Mid Missouri Drug Task Force. After Jason left the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, he joined the Water Patrol which became an extension of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. With being so close to the Lake of the Ozarks which is a popular vacation area in Missouri, law enforcement is going to racking up some hard to believe stories. Jason said that he has seen the worst in good people, and the good in people that others would consider bad. Jason and his best friend, Chuck Black, are serving up some of the best foods in Missouri at a restaurant called Patio 52 Bar and Grill, which is located in Stover, Missouri. Chuck, who is also Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputy, is the owner of Patio 52. Jason co-manages the restaurant and is the voice the public hears. In addition to the restaurant, Jason, Chuck, and one of Chuck’s brothers who is a combat veteran named Billy Black, are co-owners to accustom BBQ sauce called Patio 52 BBQ Sauce. My husband and I love this restaurant and what they stand for! We eat at Patio 52 at least once a week, but sometimes three or four! Our ranch became one of the first five locations to carry their sauce! After listening to this interview, you will know why we are such large supporters of Patio 52 bar and Grill and Jason Worthley!
48 minutes | Jan 23, 2022
35. Sydney Kotow/Lady Farrier/Horse Shoer/ Canadian/Helping Horses and Mules/Love of the Forge
Welcome back to Big Boss Mare with Brandy Von Holten! This week’s interview is with Sydney Kotow. She is a hot shoer, AKA a hot farrier that works with a forge. There are not a lot of lady farriers, and even less that work with a forge. Sydney is not a shy person and will tell you how it is! She and I will have many adventures together over the next four decades. Our latest adventure included riding my mules, JoJo and CoCo, in the University of Central Missouri 150th parade that was part of the Guinness Record Book for the most mules ridden in a parade! Sydney lives in Missouri but use to call Canada home! You will have to listen quick to hear all of this story!
73 minutes | Dec 23, 2021
34. Leslie Waymack Ballard/Mule Trainer/Mule Fest/Ozark Mule Days/Mule Makeover/Chuckwagon Races/Outfitter/Female Trainer/American Cowgirl
Welcome back to Big Boss Mare with Brandy Von Holten! Today’s interview is with Arkansas mule trainer, Leslie Waymack! She and I were both presenters at the 2021 MidWest MuleFest. Leslie is super close to retirement from teaching high school social studies. Her plan is to become an outfitter that can go where the wind takes her. Leslie and I have several parallels but the main one is that you do not have to guess what she is thinking. The firecracker is putting in some real work with mules and having great successes. Leslie is an up and coming clinician that is easy to love.
52 minutes | Dec 14, 2021
33. Gary Vaughn, Jr/Coping with the Loss of a Child/Coping with Suicide/From Felony Charges to Fatherhood/Second Chances
Welcome to Big Boss Mare with Brandy Von Holten. This episode is with Gary Vaughn, Jr. from Greenbrier, Arkansas. He is living proof that a man can go through heartache and move forward. Gary has turned his life around from multiple felony charges to an active member in his church. He has come back from bankruptcy to having a well-paying job that he has been at for years. The largest heartache in this life was when his 15-year-old daughter committed suicide. From a rough childhood to a troubled early adulthood, to a thriving second chance, Gary’s story is sure to give others hope. It is with great love and respect for me to introduce my brother, Gary Vaughn, Jr.
66 minutes | Dec 7, 2021
32. Jason Cook/American Cowboy/Humble/Ranch Horse/Reining/Colt Starting/Roping/Dealing with Sour Competition Horses
Jason Cook is an American Cowboy that had a huge influence by his great grandfather. When someone tries to explain the term “humble”, they just need to have a 5 minute conversation with Jason. He believes in a solid foundation is the root to all great horses! To excel with your equine you need to have consistency and quality. In smartness, he ranks equine in this order (in general): Mules, mares, studs, and geldings. He is more of a horse man and prefers mares! That right there is enough reason to admire this man. The next paragraph was taken from a flier of a clinic that was at Von Holten Ranch. www.jc-horsemanship.com This clinic will work on creating a versatile horse with a focus on body positioning, creating a giving equine, and rating to different speeds. If you have a horse that is SOUR to competing, this is an area of specialty for Jason. Jason is a professional competitor and judge in numerous ranch and stock horse associations.
45 minutes | Dec 4, 2021
31. Hanna Perry/Custom Baby Clothes/Stay at Home Mom/First Baby/C Double H/One of a Kind Clothing
Welcome back to Big Boss Mare with Brandy Von Holten. Today’s interview is with one very creative first-time momma, Hanna Perry! I met Hanna when she competed in extreme cowboy racing and then crossed paths again when she was the competition photographer for the Country Tough Trail Versatility National Championship! Once a year, I have a Goal Setting Sisterhood private group. It was there that I was able to see that Hanna had started sewing custom baby clothes! The prints, fabrics, and the quality of the clothes was jaw dropping! I do not even have children and they got my attention! You will believe in Hanna and be motivated by her drive!!
69 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
30. Tinker Turner/American Cowboy/Family Roots/Coming Back From Tragedy/Working Cow Horse/Reining/AQHA
Tinker Turner is a professional. His full time job is horses. He is a trainer, instructor, clinician, and judge. He has trained, showed, and judged Professionally for 30+ years. He has won countless events in Europe and the U.S. in reining, roping, trail classes, working cow, pleasure, halter, versatility ranch horse, & colt starting challenges. Some to mention- World Shows in reining, working cow, & ranch classes. He has worked with all breeds and all disciplines and is open to work with your horse! Tinker and his family live on their 4th generation farm in Arkansas that has been family owned since 1845. All he knows is horses! You will love this American Cowboy! I cannot wait for you to hear the joy in his voice when he speaks about his daughter, Nevada. What an honor to present Tinker Turner with Tinker Turner Performance Horses to you!
81 minutes | Nov 15, 2021
29. Ashley Raetz/Community over Competition/Marketing Coach/Profitable Sign Maker
Welcome to Big Boss Mare with Brandy Von Holten! Today’s interview is with Ashley Raetz! Ashley is what I strive to be! If you have ever just busted your butt putting in the work, but then see someone that is working just as hard as you do, but they are exponentially growing faster. This is what I see from Ashley! She has found her niche, is incredibly smart, is not afraid to take calculated risks, and is SUCCESSFUL! She is a small-town girl with global reach! Ashley’s footprint on this world is a positive one for sure! Rather than keeping all her knowledge to herself, she is willing to help others experience the business success and financial prosperity she has found. This girl has more layers than a Vidalia onion, so pay attention! Ashley Raetz is truly gifted and believes in community over competition!
55 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
28. Stacie Smith and Mary Bell/ MidWest MuleFest, Friend to the Mule
Meet Stacie Smith and Mary Bell! They are two of the three ladies hosting the MidWest MuleFest! 2022 will mark their 5th year! These two ladies are a hoot! In this interview you will get to meet these two and hear their love and compassion for inclusion in the equine industry for mules. Normal people can make extraordinary impacts in the world. Stacie and Mary are making the mule owners top priority at this annual event hosted at a trail facility called Panther Creek located in Tuscumbia, MO. Stacie and Mary will make you feel like family and welcome you with open arms.
86 minutes | Sep 4, 2021
27. Andrea Caponetto/Capo Custom Saddles/USA Made Saddles/Ride Like a Boss/Female Owned Business
Meet Andrea Caponetto! This lady owns a custom saddle company called Capo Custom Saddles! Capo translates to “Boss” in Italian! Andrea is a 4th generation Italian that prides herself in coming from a long line of entrepreneurs from Sicily! She can ride, she can cook, she can rock her custom saddle business, and look good doing it! Capo Custom Saddles are 100% USA made other than the conchos coming from Italy! You will love Andrea’s stories and downhome love for her family, friends, horses, and the passion she has for her custom saddle business. It is with great pleasure for me to introduce Andrea Caponetto!
43 minutes | Jul 24, 2021
26. Scott Simms/ Importance of Giving Back to Create the Next Generation of Cowboy
Scott Simms has many judging certifications in numerous associations. As his personal equine goals change, his focus is now on giving back and helping develop the next generation of knowledgeable cowboy and cowgirl! There's always lots to learn from people that have been there and done that. Scott is an excellent role model and has a plethora or agriculture knowledge and is willing to share. Thank goodness for cowboys like Scott to light the way for tomorrow's generations!
66 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
25. Bailey Marriott/ American Cowgirl, Business Woman, and Female Entrepreneur
Bailey Marriott is blazing her OWN way through this world! She loves her family, her country, her modern day western heritage, and business! Her story will motivate and captivate you! Coffee shop, cattle rancher, and clothing and western apparel store owner/manager!! Bailey is a small town girl with big dreams!
70 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
24. Sean Beaver/ Veteran, Entrepreneur on a Mission to Bring Communities Together/ Great American Kites and Events
When you are around Sean Beaver, you feel like you are in the presence of greatness! He's a mover, a shaker, a Veteran, and is not afraid to take chances on a business venture that SCREAMS USA!!!!! Being around strong, independent thinkers will help you become a strong, independent thinker! I would highly recommend listening to this episode multiple times! Go check out Great American Kites and Events on social media!
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