Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Day 12 of RHD 12 Days of Giveaways

Having a Facebook for your business is a must these days, and with this giveaway you can win a set of custom designed timeline graphics from Ranch House Designs to spiff up your business Facebook!
These custom designed graphics are valued at $250, do don't delay, enter the raffle today by midnight!
You can also check out our gallery of past Facebook graphic designs here:https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153463880455601.1073741838.95922760600&type=1&l=10f3f0e9a0
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Monday, December 23, 2013

Day 11 of RHD 12 Days of Giveaways

This Spring we are taking the Ranch House Designs Livestock Marketing and Photography Workshop on the road to Redlands College in El Reno, Oklahoma! For our Day 11 Giveaway will award 1 lucky entrant FREE admission to the Livestock Marketing Workshop on April 4, ($150 value). At the workshop, you will spend the day with professionals from the world's leading livestock ad agency and learn how to take your marketing to the next level!

Enter here for a chance to win!

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Day 10 of RHD 12 Days of Giveaways

Needing a belated Christmas gift, or want to treat yourself to a new shirt to wear in the new year? Our Day 10 Giveaway is a $25 gift certificate to Agrarian Apparel! Don't miss out, enter below:

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Day 9 of RHD 12 Days of Giveaways

Keep your ears warm with our Day 9 Giveaway! This RHD fleece ear warmer is sure to keep you nice and toasty this holiday season, and out in the yards at Denver!
Enter below for a chance to win: 
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Friday, December 20, 2013

Day 8 of RHD 12 Days of Giveaways

Deck the Halls with our Day 8 Giveaway! We are giving away 10 Ranch House Designs Inspirational Livestock Metal Artwork. Enter the raffle below, by midnight tonight for your chance to win.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Day 7 of RHD 12 Days of Giveaways

Our Day 7 Giveaway is your first chance to get one of the newest items in the Stock Show Sweethearts line of accessories! Actually, it's so new, we haven't even stocked this item yet - so the winner of this raffle will be the very first recipient of the Stock Show Sweethearts iPhone case!
Here are some more up close pictures of the case designs:

Enter the raffle here:

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Day 6 of RHD 12 Days of Giveaways

You can never have too many hats! For the Day 6 Giveaway, 10 lucky entrants will receive a free cap or visor from the Ranch House Designs online store.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Day 5 of RHD 12 Days of Giveaways

Enter the raffle below for a chance to win, one of 5 free Stock Show Sweethearts car decals. Choose from Stock Show Mom, Stock Show Diva, or Stock Show Sweetheart!
For more information on these stickers visit: http://www.agrarianapparel.com/accessories/

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Day 4 of RHD 12 Days of Giveaways!

Today's giveaway is a free Livestock Motivation poster! 30 winners will be selected, so be sure to enter the raffle below by midnight tonight (CST).

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Day 3 of RHD 12 Days of Giveaways!

It's the third day of our annual Ranch House Designs 12 Days of Giveaways! Use the coupon code: STOCKING to receive FREE SHIPPING on all orders from Agrarian Apparel.

This is perfect for those of you looking for last minute Christmas gifts! Whether you are shopping for the stock show sweetheart or the modern agriculturalist, Agrarian Apparel has a great selection of shirts and accessories that are sure to please.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Day 2 of RHD 12 Days of Giveaways

Our Day 2 giveaway is 5 copies of the Livestock Merchandising Handbook. This is a must have for anyone wanting to learn the basics of livestock advertising and promotion!

Enter the raffle by midnight tonight for your chance to win!

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Be sure to check back tomorrow to see what goodies we have in store!

Friday, December 13, 2013

RHD 12 Days of Giveaways!

Ranch House Designs 12 Days of Giveaways is back! Today's prize is a chance to win one of 20 FREE RHD Koozies. These are perfect for keeping your hot drinks hot in this cold weather, or keeping your cold drinks cold in the summer months.

Enter below by midnight tonight for your chance to win!
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Monday, December 9, 2013

Still getting excited over Denver projects after 10 years!

Today I designed my first Denver bull banner of the year, and it was for a Shorthorn bull named IFS Robjoy Copyright owned by two of my favorite Shorthorn friends...the Ippensens and Larry Wilson. As I was sending out their first proof today, I got to thinking fondly of how awesome of a feeling it is that I still get excited over doing Denver bull banners even after nearly 10 years.

As a designer, I guess I've gone through lots of phases in my Denver bull banner design career. I remember vividly my very first one: Bleeding Purple for Matt Lautner. Ironically Matt and I had dated, and just broken up right after the Nebraska AGR Show. A few weeks after the breakup, he called me and said he had this awesome bull and even though we were broken up - I had to do the banner. That was good for me on a couple of levels -- first, a good way to get over the breakup and second, I had never done a bull banner. Matt assured me that between he and Phil he could direct me on how to do a killer bull banner so there we went. I remember seeing that Bleeding Purple banner up on display in the yards....and I have to admit it seriously was the best ever Denver bull banner at that time.

When we did Bleeding Purple, it was one of the first full color digital banners ever done in the yards. For lots of "yards" history buff you probably remember the standard old white banners the NWSS offerered. Or the awesome handpainted or hand-lettered ones that Christy Collins would do on her bulls. Those were exquisite and so professional. But for that time, no one had digital full color banners. Bleeding Purple had that totally eye-catching banner and those purple shavings...it really was a sight to see.

After I did Bleeding Purple and everyone fell in love with that banner, we pretty much got a reputation as one of the best Denver banner designers out there. I remember how in our early years, my sister Catherine and I would spend our Christmas holidays sitting at a laptop designing bull banners at her kitchen table. I probably designed over 100 banners for Phil Lautner over the phone while he was showing down at the Arizona National.

Or, I remember how after maybe 3-5 years of doing Denver bull banners that we would keep a running tally of how many banners we had to do....Catherine and I. The highest value I seem to remember was something over 50 banners. Now days, I really don't keep up with the final number count, but it's still a lot. Every year around this time my dad always asks me..."How many Denver banners do you have to do?' and every year it's always fun to talk about the banners we have coming up and the exciting bulls we are working with.

Those early years, I tried to make a point to walk through the yards and picture every bull banner I did. My friend Charlee Jo Teague did this for me for several years...she and I would walk together and look at all the bulls and banners and get pictures.

Or, I will never forget the feeling when I first saw the "Wave Goodbye" banner I designed hanging in the yards in that corner Habeger spot. A banner that I got to design with Ryan and Marti Habeger to honor a man and a client that I loved working with so much.

In a way, it's sad that I have gotten so busy that I don't have the chance to leisurely stroll through the yards and study every banner, or know the exact count of banners we do in a year. I guess that's a downfall of age and experience. But no matter what, anytime I do a Denver bull banner, I still get that feeling of excitement. And that to me is the most important thing...more important than making sure I get a photo in the yards.

When I design a Denver bull banner, I can't help but think how excited my clients -- the bull owners-- are. I mean, how cool is it to take a bull to Denver? I think about the excitement, the preparation, the money that goes into it. When people take a bull to Denver, it's because they feel so strongly about that bull that they want to show it off to the rest of the industry. And I guess that's why I take my job so seriously...because I've seen both sides of the spectrum as both a person who displays a bull, and a person who walks through the yards to look at bulls. I feel like my job as the bull banner designer is just as important -- if not more important -- than the person who's back there rinsing the bull, or clipping him for the show -- because my job is to help get the bull noticed. Not just noticed...but remembered. And a great design can do that. Because let's be honest, if you saw Bleeding Purple's banner in the yards that year, you probably still remember it. You can probably still picture that purple dripping blood on the black background onto the purple shavings.

So, I've got my first Denver bull banner of 2013 under my belt. 49 more to go hopefully :) And each one is just as exciting as the other!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Clothing to inspire Agricultural Agvocacy

Recently, RHD has launched a totally new clothing line featuring clothes that are designed to inspire agricultural advocacy - or "Agvocacy" as lots of folks call it. We are really excited about these shirts. We feel they are cool enough for the high end fashionista to enjoy wearing yet also casual enough for a college student to wear to class.

The major brand name for the new venture is a•grar•i•an, as in agrarian, as in agriculture. Within that parent brand, we have two major lines: Stock Show Sweethearts and Ag Aware. Originally we had the idea to name the Ag Aware brand Ag A-wear (like you wear it), but decided on Ag Aware.

Stock Show Sweethearts is a great upscale brand for young ladies on the livestock show circuit,

Ag Aware is themed for an older audience - college age and up - to focus on shirts that help explain and positively promote agriculture.

After our initial product launch about 2 weeks ago, we are really excited about the orders. They are coming in steadily every day from farmers, ranchers and ag enthusiasts nationwide.

Here are a few of our favorites!

There are lots more great shirts available at www.stockshowsweethearts.com and www.ag-aware.com. We hope you will check them out.