Thursday, June 30, 2011

RHD Rep: Ashley Middleswarth

Meet Ashley Middleswarth, an RHD Rep from Torrington, Wyoming.....

Ashley is a sixth generation Hereford breeder from Torrington, Wyoming and represents Ranch House Designs, Inc. at Hereford events throughout the United States. Middleswarth graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2008 with a degree in agricultural education. She enjoys the multitude of opportunities associated with her role in Middleswarth Hereford Ranch and is excited to incorporate that into her new role with RHD. Look for Ashley at all major Hereford events including the National Junior Hereford Expo, Denver, Western Nugget in Reno, American Royal, and Ft. Worth. She also represents us at events out west including Wyoming State Fair.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

RHD Rep: Briana Bishop

Meet our RHD Rep for Florida....Briana Bishop!

Briana represents Ranch House Designs, Inc. at a variety of events throughout the southeast. She grew up on a diversified livestock operation on the IS Ranch in Trenton, Florida. Briana has a world of experience with the cattle business including travelling throughout the United States exhibiting Brahman cattle and steers. She is a national director of the American Junior Brahman Association and former national Brahman queen. She has also been published in Working Ranch Magazine as one of the 'ranch diary' authors where she described a typical week on her family's ranch. Briana enjoys any type of activity that helps promote agriculture, and is a great person to talk to if you are a cattle rancher from the southeast who would like to learn more about RHD.

La Herradura Restaurant Menu Designs

We love eating at the new Mexican restaurant in Wharton so when they asked us to design their menus, we were especially excited. This is RHD's first menu design and it was so much fun to do! Now, we hope we get more opportunities like this in the future!
If you are a small restaurant owner and need to spice up your menus, give us a call! 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Working Hard at the Lake....

Now this is dedication. Jessica Hobbs took a week vacation to go with her family to the lake, and here she is working on web updates from the lake. All the more reason why she's our "employee of the year"

Friday, June 24, 2011

RHD Reps

We are excited to announce the creation of our new "RHD Reps" positions! What is this? Well, we have lots of fans all across the country who help spread the word about RHD and our service. So we've created an official title for y'all.

"RHD Reps" are our informal company representatives who help promote us to our current and prospective clients.  We'll hook you up with some RHD goodies like caps and t-shirts to help us pass out. AND.....we also pay :)

If you're interested, e-mail for an official application. Tell us a little bit about yourself, and why you think you'd be a good RHD rep, and we'll get you set up!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Never thought I'd do this....

Never in a million years would I have thought I'd agree to do this, but.....this morning, RHD agreed to become the corporate sponsor of the Miss TJLA Pageant!

Yes, anyone knows me (Rachel) is probably thinking...what? I don't wear a lot of makeup. I don't wear fancy dresses. I sure as heck can't walk in high heals and despite my best efforts, I cannot tease my hair. One time in my life (1995) I DID run for the junior Brahman queen, but ripped off my contestant sash while showing because it was spooking my heifer and I wanted to win grand champion heifer way more than I cared about wearing my queen sash. This resulting in my losing points for not "wearing my sash at all times"....thus resulting in me getting the dreaded 1st runner up position. Of course I was disappointed at that night, but in the grand scheme of my life, it didn't turn out to be that big of a deal.

But this morning, my perspective changed thanks to a very nice email I received from Kylie Patterson, who is one of the TJLA directors.....

Ms. Williams,

Howdy, my name is Kylie Patterson and I am a TJLA Jr. Director. I know that growing up you were highly involved in the TJLA, Brahman, Shorthorn and FFA. Even today, you still work to support our livestock youth. (SEE COMMENT #1 BELOW)

I would like the opportunity to discuss sponsoring the Miss TJLA Queens Pageant. This pageant teaches young ladies to work hard, be dedicated, develop speaking skills, as well as present themselves with self confidence. However, this contest also teaches today's youth to become an ambassador, role model, and spokes person for not only our organization, but agriculture in general. The TJLA Sweetheart, Princess, and Queen are more than just a pretty face, big hair, and sweet smile. The TJLA Royalty consists of girls who are not afraid to work.  (SEE COMMENT #2)

I feel this would be an excellent promotional opportunity for Ranch House Design - since you are the essence of what many of these young ladies aspire to be. (SEE COMMENT 3).
There was more to Kylie's letter, but I have to say, I was just in a state of total admiration when I read this letter from this young lady. I've never met her, and probably never will, but I'll tell you, I'm a fan of Kylie Patterson!

COMMENT #1.  This girl did her homework! I HATE it when I get form letters of any type, either in a solicitation or thank you note. We just finished up our local fair and we are getting quite a few thank yous from kids around town that we supported. It really burns me up when I donate $ to a kids premium auction project then they can't even take the time to write Dear Rachel instead of Dear Buyer. So obviously Kylie is a young lady who took the time to at least learn something about me and make it personal. Already into this letter I'm thinking....WOW, this girl is smart!!

COMMENT #2.  This is the selling point that gets she says the TJLA queens aren't just pretty faces, they are girls that know how to work! Now that's the kind of girl I love! I'm all about looking good when necessary but a very important trait I respect in a person is someone who works hard. Lazyness and sitting around while someone else does things for you doesn't get too far with me.

COMMENT #3.  Of course anytime you are trying to solicit a donation, a little flattery goes a long way ha ha. But, seriously, I do hope that all of the ladies at RHD can be role models to other young professional women. That's what we try to be, and believe me, we think about this in every action that we do. I never thought that when I was a 20 year old doing a few web sites from my college bedroom that RHD would be what it is today. But with a dream, a little confidence and a LOT of can achieve anything you set your heart on!

So, wow, RHD is now officially the sponsor of the Miss TJLA Pageant! We're excited! You go girls!!! Everyone of us here at RHD is proud of all of you and we wish you all of the success in the world. Now go start teasing that hair! Good luck at the pageant!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Cattlemen's Pocket Cards

Here's another recent addition to the RHD products....Cattlemen's Pocket Cards.

Now I should back up by saying that these really aren't "NEW"....but we'll call them new because we just started offering them to the public. Prior to today, we were designing them on a limited basis for our special friends and family.

My granddad has been using these pocket cards for probably 50 years, and he can't function on a daily basis without his "Wharton Livestock Auction" pocket card. I bet he uses 1000 a year from Billy Schwertner.

So I started printing some that say V8 Ranch for my dad a while back, and even got all the men on V8 Ranch these as a gift a while back.

Then last week while Travis Pembrook was down making his usual inspection of the V8 Shorthorn herd, he asked me if I would make some for him, since he loves my Dad's cards so much.

So here they are. These cards are black and white, fit perfectly in your front shirt pocket, and are on a heavier card stock type paper so they are great for jotting down notes in the cow pens.

We can do these for $150 for a set of 1000 cards....which should last a while unless you have someone like Sloan Williams who takes your cards. But with that said....these pocket cards make a great promo give-a-way because I promise you cattlemen will use these!

You can personalize the cards with anything you'd like, logo, name, address, phone #, web sites, etc. Call 979-532-9141 or email if you want some.

Thursday, June 16, 2011


We're always on the lookout for new services we can offer our clients to help give their businesses the extra edge over others. Here is one of our products...STICKERS! These are great for all kinds of projects, and they are VERY affordable and come in bulk.

We can do all kinds of sizes depending on how big or small you need the stickers to be. If you have a retail business that does a lot of shipping -- you need some stickers! This little touch adds a lot of pizzazz to your gift wrapping....just wrap your products in colorful tissue paper then fasten with a sticker like this and you're looking good.

These stickers are also great for things like product labels, wine labels, decals and more. There is no limit to our imagination so let us help you do something cool.

As always if you'd like some info on this, just email our lovely project manager, or our "retail product specialist" Christa -

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

May 2011 Web Updates Report

Another busy month here at RHD for the web updates team! Last month we completed 379 total web updates for our customers. Of those, 85% of the updates were done with SAME DAY SERVICE. Our average turnaround time for web updates this month was 1 hour.

Every time a potential new web site client calls they always ask how we do it! Customer service is our top priority. We know how exciting it is when you get those new pictures or have news to share on your web site and that is why we make updating our customers web sites in a timely manner our highest priority.

If you've been thinking of getting us to do a web site, give us a call! 979-532-9141.