Friday, May 31, 2013

the Cory Cross Foundation

The story behind this website will bring tears to your eyes, and we are proud to be the creator of such a bright, colorful and outstanding foundation website. Please check out the Cory Cross Foundation, one started after the untimely death of a young cancer fighter. Cory Cross was diagnosed with an extremely rare and aggressive form of brain cancer a few days short of his 1st birthday.

He launched an amazing fight, enduring treatment after treatment, to become cancer free by the two year mark. He was only given a 10 percent survival rate! This happiness only lasted a few short weeks, as the cancer came back full-force. On July 28, 2007 Cory left his beloved family to go to Heaven.

In the time since his passing, his family created the Cory Cross Foundation to raise money to give financial and mental support to families enduring the same fight. It is a 501(c)3, non-profit group that hosts annual bike cruises, bowling events and breakfast with Santa. This years Cory's Crewz for a Cure is scheduled for Sept. 14, 2013. The details, as they take shape, will be put up on their website,

People from all aspects of life, from the showbarn to the meeting rooms, have donated money to support this foundations endeavours and their motto: Compassion, Support, Inspiration. The money has gone to... Scholarships for adolescent cancer survivors planning to attend college.
  • Purchase of a motorized wheel chair & accessories for an adolescent who requires assistance to maintain “normal” childhood activities after cancer therapy.
  • Support for St. Baldrick’s, an organization instrumental in providing research grants to those working tirelessly to find a cure for childhood cancer.
  • Providing financial assistance to families in the form of mortgage, rent and car payments in addition to heating electric bills, or even gift cards for food and gas.
  • Supporting local 4-H members by purchasing animals in the livestock auction.
  • Proud Sponsor of other organizations whose mission we believe in: The Emily Yott Foundation, Brandon Couch Memorial Scholarship & Jackson’s Journey
    Please take a moment and look at this amazing, inspirational story that we are fortunate enough to be a part of via the creation of their official web site.

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    Use of Trademarks...A Basic Primer

    It seems like today if you want to be cool, you throw a ™ or a Registered Trademark  - ® - Symbol after your twitter profile, or after something you think is a cool name. 

    I feel it is important to state that these symbols are not things you should just throw around -- they are serious symbols that should be used correctly because they represent the law. Here's a great link from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: Trademark Basics

    The ™symbol is a basic common law trademark symbol that you want to designate as a trademark. 

    The only time you can use the ® - (Registered trademark) symbol is once you have obtained a federal trademark registration from the U.S. Patent and Trademark office. This is a legal process that you can do yourself, or in our case here at RHD, we have a copyright lawyer who handles all of this for us. It is quite a lengthy process, I can say from experience. In our case here at RHD, it took us about 2 years to get both RHD and V8 Ranch as a registered trademark. During this time we were in high level of communication with the trademark office to complete the process. (See this link... Trademark Process)

    Even if you have applied for a trademark and are in the process, it is illegal to use the ® symbol until you get the official designation from the U.S. Patent and Trademark office. 

    So to all you anonymous twitter users out there who have a catchy funny name and want to "trademark" careful in how you do it. Make sure you do it the right way. Don't think that you can just slap a  ® on something and it's yours forever -- in actuality, doing that is against the law. 

    Friday, May 17, 2013

    Freight Solutions:: New Advanced Website

    We would like to welcome Freight Solutions, of North Dakota, to the Ranch House group of advanced sites. The growing popularity of these type of sites inspired them to launch Their core values are safety, efficiency and customer service.

    Based out of Hurdsfield, ND, they specialize in hopper freight, with a liquid shipper option, in over 25 states and three Canadian provinces. They provide on-time delivery with clean equipment and amazing customer service.

    They give potential, and current clients, quotes daily. Freight Solutions has a number of selling points: online bill viewing and load location status updates, clean and variable sized trailers and customer service that is attentive and goes out of their way to help. The online options are a part of our advanced websites, along with their online driver portal. Drivers can look at load options, update their location and save their user name and password for quick access each time.

    We encourage you to visit their website, get a feel for who they are, and ask them for any shipping needs you may have. Also, look at this type of site and see if it is right for your operation.

    Ranch House will keep clients like Freight Solutions and YOU on the cutting edge.

    Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    New launch: Habeger Show Stock

    I say new launch, not new site, because we have had the pleasure of working with this crew for a while and we just re-designed their site to combine their cattle and sheep businesses. Also, they are featuring news and blog, both good reads, so click on them.

    If you know the Habeger family, from Burt, Iowa, you know they are passionate about livestock and the people involved in it. They work hard, as a family, to produce high quality, winning livestock and have been doing so for over 30 years. They could easily become your source of steers, heifers, embryos and even show lambs!

    Currently under the management of their son Ryan, Marti Habeger and the late Kent Habeger trust the work ethic, eye for livestock and belief that family and farming go hand-in-hand they instilled in him and the rest of their family.

    If you look on their sire page, you will see their bulls Icy Hot, Born Free, Cool Customer and many more. If you would like information on any of their bulls, or their program in general, you can always contact Ryan at

    This family has been around for years and there looks to be many more years of greatness behind them. The team at Ranch House would like to thank them for allowing us to continue designing their site! Check them out at

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

    Fall Livestock Marketing & Photography Workshop Announced -- AND NEW Louisville Workshop!

    We are very excited to announce the dates for our Fall 2013 Livestock Marketing and Photography Workshop, which is held here in Texas at the RHD headquarters. The Fall dates will be September 20-21, 2013. The classroom part of the workshop will be held in the thriving metroplex of Iago, Texas with hands-on sessions held at V8 Ranch.

    And other exciting news....
    Since starting the workshops, we have had many people ask if we would have a workshop in their location. So...we're taking the RHD Livestock Marketing Workshop series on the road! We are excited to announce that we will be having a special workshop on November 9, 2013 in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Expo in LOUISVILLE!! That's right!  So this will be a great chance to walk conveniently across the street from the barns to the Hilton Garden Inn and spend an afternoon with us!

    This workshop is $75 and includes a 4 hour workshop on livestock marketing, advertising, and photography. Participants will then have the opportunity to choose their own hands-on photo experience at the barns or around the grounds to practice their own camera settings and creativity!

    We have a GREAT panel of participants lined up for the very popular Livestock Marketing Panel Q&A..which many participants say is their favorite part of the workshop.