17 Jul 2017

Summer Fun: Western Trivia Answers


1) Who is this fictional cowboy who starred in Hanna Barbera’s Emmy Award winning TV cartoon?

A) This is the one and only Quick draw McGraw.  Quick Draw was a sheriff in a series of cartoons set in the Old West.  Quick Draw was often accompanied by his deputy, a Mexican burro named Baba Looey .  Both were voiced by Daws Butler.  All 45 of his cartoons that originally aired between 1959 and 1962 were written by Michael Maltese, known best for his work at the Warner Bros. cartoon studio. The cartoon was one of six TV shows to win an Emmy Award in 1960.

Quick Draw with Baba Looey

2) What is the upright portion at the back of the saddle seat that is a backrest and support to help keep the rider in the saddle, as well as anchoring the bars of the saddle tree?

A) The upright portion at the back of the saddle seat is called the cantle.  According to our friends at Horse SaddleShop, the cantle height, angle and style can be varied to accommodate the rider and the needs of the riders for what task is being done from the saddle.

Photo courtesy of Freckers Saddlery

3) What animal is the official Mammal of the United States?

A)  The official mammal of the United States is the North American bison.  The bison’s status was upgraded by the National Bison Legacy Act signed into law by then President Barack Obama on May 9, 2016.  This is a great milestone for an animal that once faced extinction at the turn of the 19th century. The bison has played a central role in America’s history and culture, helped shape the Old West, and continues to be an iconic symbol of the west.  In July 2017, the National Bison Association kicked off their Bison One Million Campaign with the goal of restoring one million bison to North America.

American Bison - Buffalo - acrylic on canvas
North American Bison – National Mammal of the USA
06 Jul 2017

Newly Featured in Cowboys & Indians!

I’m delighted to report that our Western Wagon Wheel Chandelier has been selected to be a feature item in the On the Horizon section of the upcoming August/September issue of Cowboys & Indians magazine.

26 Jun 2017

Summer Fun!

Howdy and greetings from Ponderosa Ranch Outfitters! It’s hard to believe that summer is upon us, but the 100+ temperatures, bring that reality to our notice, quickly. I sure am thankful that we installed our solar panels last year.

If you have not yet been following our Facebook posts, please do. We have put a lot more effort into our Facebook page, including some personal images from here at the Ponderosa Ranch. It’s easy to follow us. First, go to our Facebook page. Simply click on the Facebook script f logo on the top of our Home page. Then click on the Follow or Like icons.

New Products:
Here at the Ranch we’re getting ready for our next new product launches. Our next products will continue the theme of rustic, western ranch décor and unique artistic creations using natural wood and iconic western hardware. SPOILER ALERT: Upcoming will be a beautiful, wall mounted wine rack using horseshoes and cowhide and some smaller items including PRO branded coasters. So stay tuned…

Now for today’s PRO Western trivia. Shoot me the correct answers by July 4, 2017 to be entered into a drawing for 10% off your next purchase at Ponderosa Ranch Outfitters. (You may Facebook message us for an [admittedly, obscure] hint):

1) Who is this fictional cowboy who starred in Hanna Barbera’s Emmy Award winning TV cartoon?

2) What is the upright portion at the back of the saddle seat that is a backrest and support to help keep the rider in the saddle, as well as anchoring the bars of the saddle tree?

3) What animal is the official Mammal of the United States?

06 Mar 2017

Exciting Updates for Spring 2017

There are some exciting updates that I’d like to share with you. We will be advertising in Wild West Magazine this spring, featuring the Timeline of the Old West products. The Timeline is our most ambitious product to date and it includes 75 of the (arguably) most influential people, events and inventions that shaped the 19th century west into the country we have today. As you know, we introduced this product at Country Christmas at the NFR last December and I’m excited to start to get it into broader exposure.

Also, we have renewed our ad with Cowboys & Indians Magazine for another spot this spring, featuring our most successful product line, the Western Saddle Stools. Our Saddle Stools continue to delight folks with their amazing ability to transform a room into a western lifestyle statement. I’m looking forward to moving them also into commercial spaces this spring.

Saddle up and get ready. We’ll be galloping into a busy spring season!

23 Jan 2017

Sorry for the Delays

Apologies to all our customers that were expecting deliveries this week. We have been closed, ironically enough here in drought stricken Southern California, for flooding. We had to evacuate the horses twice and sandbag the shop just to keep from floating away. The weather forecast says that we should be drying out later today, 23 January. So, back to work tomorrow and I project that we should be able to catch up next week.
Once again, I apologize for the delays and thank you for your forbearance.

13 Dec 2016


For all of you that stopped by to see us and introduce yourselves at Stetson Country Christmas, held in conjunction with NFR the last 2 weeks, we thank you! It is always great to meet our customers face-to-face and to show off our products. It seems that the Western Saddle Bar Stools were the biggest success of the show. At least once we told everyone that they were stools and that we were not refurnishing old saddles. Thank-you as well for all the kind comments. It seems that there is a bar in Jackson Hole, Wyoming that has similar western saddle stools at its bar, but all of you agreed that ours were nicer and our swivel motion was a big hit.

If you have not yet seen them, please check them out here http://ponderosaranchoutfitters.com/project/western-saddle-stools/
Also, our new fine art products including western icons of bison and historic landmarks in original paintings in acrylic on canvas and photography of Barbed Boundaries and Westbound Wagon Wheels got many favorable reactions.

Finally, the Timeline of the Old West was as interesting to many of you as it is to me. The interactions of influencers of 200 years ago and their impact on today offers a fascinating reflection of today’s world through patinaed lenses.

Again, thanks to all who visited us.

28 Nov 2016

New Products Announced for Stetson Country Christmas!

Not only are we delighted to be meeting with you in Las Vegas next week, we have rolled out exciting new products to celebrate the NFR.  Be sure to check out our new Timeline of the Old West.   This oversize wall mural depicts the most significant 75 People, Events, Clashes and Inventions that shaped the Old West into the predecessor of the our United States.  Look for the interactions of people and inventions to produce events that literally created the world as we know it.  This Timeline is both a beautiful piece of artwork as well as educational.

Also, we are introducing our new Collection of Western Artwork, including original paintings!  Look for Bison and historic landmarks in large framed original acrylic paintings.as well as limited edition prints.

And, of course, look for these iconic Western symbols in large and small limited edition prints.

Look for them all, as well as most of our standard line-up in Booth 4084 at Stetson Country Christmas!

28 Nov 2016

Look for us at Stetson Country Christmas!

Yep, we’ll be in downtown Las Vegas December 1-11, displaying at Stetson Country Christmas.  Between your times at the NFR, we look forward to seeing you there.  Booth 4084.

07 Sep 2016

Saddle Stools Are Rolling Out of the Shop!

They look as if they start as roadside rubble but end up both as furniture and as a work of art.  The western saddle stools are rolling out of the shop, thanks to your enthusiastic response!