Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Bullrider Koozie Vest

Promote your rodeo and protect your beverage! That’s what the Bullrider Koozie Vest will do for you. The Bullrider Koozie Vest is the invention of Adam Carrillo, a retired professional bull rider. Just as a bull rider must protect himself in the arena, Adam decided he should offer the same protection for beverages.

After a long and impressive career as a bull rider, Adam decided to start a new venture one day while fishing and enjoying a cold beverage with a buddy. As he was reaching for his jerking fishing pole in the water, he knocked over his beverage and broke his bottle. His friend told him he needed a protective vest for his drink and the Bullrider Koozie Vest was born.

With warmer weather on the horizon, many people will soon be enjoying cold drinks. Keep your drink cool and protected with your own Bullrider Koozie Vest. Or if you’re looking for a unique promotional item for an upcoming cattle show, trade show or other event, order your koozie customized with your company’s logo.

Visit the Bullrider Koozie Vest web site today and check out the one-of-a-kind beverage protector!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spring Parties!

It always seems like once the weather warms up that everyone is ready to get out and about and socialize! Springtime means lots of parties! From birthday parties to graduation parties to baby showers!

If you have an upcoming event like these, we hope you will consider choosing Ranch House Invitations for your invitation needs! We've been placing lots of orders through our affiliation with Tiny Prints. You can choose from thousands of designs, and even upload your own photos if you want! Here are a few designs recently ordered by our Ranch House Invitations customers. Check it out! Everyone needs a reason to have a party this spring!
This one was recently chosen from our affiliation with Tiny Prints for a baby shower invitation....

And another recent baby shower invitation choice from the Tiny Prints catalog...

And finally, another cute choice from our partners at Tiny Prints. Here is one that Rachel chose for her wedding rehearsal dinner where else? Larry's Mexican Restaurant!

Rhinestone Cowgirl

If you’re looking for some fun, creative and unique jewelry, be sure and check out our newest web site Rhinestone Cowgirl.

Kelly Rock, owner and designer, has been designing her own custom jewelry for several years. She offers necklaces, bracelets and earrings, and features a specially designed line of sport-themed necklaces. Check out her selection for any sports team, cheerleaders or your favorite Nascar driver.

If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, contact Kelly. She’ll be happy to discuss with you what you need and work with you to get the jewelry pieces you’re looking for.

Rhinestone Cowgirl also offers jewelry selections for bridal parties that make great gifts, and matching mom and daughter sets.

Visit Rhinestone Cowgirl today and find your inner bling!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Crystal Young: Be Very Jealous

This past week I had the opportunity to take a "vacation" and go with the V8 Ranch Brahmans down to the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show in Mercedes, Texas. For those of you who aren't familiar with Texas geography, this is a little town approximately 6 miles from Mexico.

But...even if you haven't heard of the town of Mercedes, I would bet that most of our readers know something about this little Texas town, also known as the home of Rios of Mercedes and Anderson Bean boots!

Being the self proclaimed boot snob that I am, I was ecstatic to get myself within the vicinity of the Mercedes boot store. As soon as I could tear myself away from the stock show, I headed over to the boot store. Now there is a rumor going around other boot snob circles that you can go to this factory store and get boots for next to nothing. Or, that you can drop off your worn out boots there and get them re-soled and re-conditioned. And I am  happy to report, yes, these rumor is true. There were boots priced there from $100 on up.

Though I perused the store for about 30 minutes, unfortunately I did not find anything that I felt I necessarily HAD to have. But, one of my friends picked up 7 pairs of boots at the show, and another friend of mine got 2 pair.

Nonetheless, I'm still happy to say that yes, I have personally visited the Rios of Mercedes and Anderson Bean Boot headquarters. So go ahead Crystal, be jealous. :)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Strait Ranches

Yancey Strait, owner of Strait Ranches, was a classmate of Rachel’s at Texas A&M. He sat by her in Math 141 and made an A, while Rachel made a D. He soon became her tutor and helped her out in all those math and economics classes she was forced to take. Fortunately Yancey knew Ranch House Designs had an industry-wide reputation for designing outstanding web sites, so when he was ready, he booked his web site with RHD.

The Santa Gertrudis cow has been the backbone of Strait Ranches for almost 60 years. They continue to raise Santa Gertrudis and Santa Gertrudis influenced cattle because the cattle can withstand the ups and downs of South Texas pasture conditions. Strait Ranches relies on the breed’s ability to reproduce in less than favorable conditions and produce calves that grow out fast; they strive to raise bulls that can produce superb replacement females and top gaining steer calves.

In an effort to continuously improve their operation and sale offerings, 75% of their mature cows are artificially inseminated each year. The goal at Strait Ranches is to raise functional, fertile and efficient cattle.

Cattle are available for sale all times at the ranch, located in Carrizo Springs. Please contact Yancey to check current availability.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Burke Holvey Livestock

One of our newest web sites Burke Holvey Livestock is somewhat unique in that the ranching entities are completely run by three generations of women. Burke Holvey Livestock is a branch of Titan Farms and since 1972, Titan Farms has been breeding registered Simmental and Angus cattle. Burke, her aunt and her grandmother run the day-to-day operations of the business.

Burke Holvey Livestock is committed to breeding cattle that will work for the commercial producer and the purebred breeder. Their cattle are selected for disposition, fertility, and fleshing ability, as well as performance in both the feedlot and the show ring.

Located in Sand Fork, West Virginia, Burke is always happy to talk "cows". Call or stop by for more information on quality Simmental or Angus cattle.

To keep up with things on the West Virginia ranch, follow Burke’s blog at

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Black Cattle Company

Many of our most recently designed web sites have been our Texas neighbors. We have clients all over, so it’s kind of unusual for us to have this many from one state so close together.

Rex Black Cattle located in Muleshoe, Texas, in the southern Panhandle of Texas, offers a great selection of quality cattle. They also have an upcoming sale so be sure and check out their selection of spring born calves.

Visit often, they are continually updating with new calf photos.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Grimes County Fair Association

When you visit the Grimes County Fair web site, it will make you long for sunshine, green grass, tall glasses of lemonade and good old fashioned fun. And if you visit the Fair in Navasota, Texas, in June, you’ll find that and much more.

The Grimes County Fair grounds are located just one hour north of Houston. With just a short drive from the big city, you can leave the fast lane behind and enjoy the beautiful country side, the friendly folks and a more relaxed pace.

The fair brings together the best of everything — entertainment, 4-H and FFA projects, food, rodeos and all kinds of animals. The 2010 fair promises great food, exciting livestock shows, thrilling rodeos and top-notch entertainment. There is truly something for everyone.

But if you can’t make it out to Grimes County to experience for yourself the people, rural character and great traditions, at least visit their web site at:

Friday, March 12, 2010

Trademark Genetics

Trademark Genetics could be considered a one-stop shopping source for all things cattle. Whether you’re in the market for a junior project, some elite Red Brangus seedstock or quality hay to keep all of your animals fueled, Trademark Genetics can supply your livestock needs.

They are passionate about the cattle industry and recognize that the juniors are the future of the industry. They have enjoyed watching the success of their customers in the show ring and are always glad to help young people get off to a good start with quality show cattle.

A family owned operation located in Houston, Texas, Trademark Genetics’ cow herd consists of structurally sound females that are bred to perform to their highest potential. They strive to produce superior cattle that will excel in the show ring and still perform in the pasture.

The hay division of Trademark Genetics can produce up to 12,000 horse-quality square bales per year, as well as a small number of 5x6 net wrapped round bales. Hay is sold throughout the year in Palestine, Texas, and Katy, Texas.

Visit our newest web site for your cattle and hay needs.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Rambo Furniture

If spring fever has you wanting to redecorate your house, be sure and visit Rambo’s Furniture for a huge selection of Dining Room, Living Room, and Bedroom furniture. Or if you have a baby on the way, visit their Baby furniture section.

Located in Clute, Texas, near the Texas gulf coast, Rambo’s Furniture offers a large selection of quality furniture and a hassle-free buying experience. In the furniture business since the 1940s, the Rambo family prides themselves on creating a friendly atmosphere for shopping, while providing personalized attention for each customer.

Rambo’s Furniture offers professional delivery, usually the same or next business day, and has many payment options available, including layaway, interest free financing and credit cards.

Visit their web site and check out both the traditional and trendy furniture they have available.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Our Version of the Oscars....February Update Winners

And the Oscar for February’s Best Web Site Updater goes to ….. American Brahman Breeders Association. For the second straight month, the ABBA was RHD’s top web site updater. Topping the category for the Leading Web Site updater was the V8 Ranch. And following closely on the red carpet was the Washington County Fair.

The awards wouldn’t be complete with mentioning Salacoa Valley Farms & Independent Cattlemen’s Association of Texas, who each played a strong supporting role in the February Web Site Updates competition.

There were 286 web site updates last month and the average turnaround time was less than one day. The competition for our top updater for March 2010 is just getting started. Keep sending in those web site updates!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Meeting Ben Spitzer - Salacoa Valley Farms

Last week while we were attending the Houston Livestock Show, I had the chance to put a name with a face for one of our new clients, Salacoa Valley Farms of Georgia. Ben Spitzer, who is the General Manager of SVF, was also attending the Houston Livestock Show for the Brangus events.

Ben is an outstanding young leader in the beef industry, and was recently elected as the Chairman of the NCBA's Young Producers Council. I had a great time visiting at the show hearing more about what is going on at Salacoa Valley and finally meeting Ben face to face!