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|Posted by Ann & Rod on November 5, 2012 at 7:45 PM||comments (97)|
Hi to all our Shire, Spotted, Drum fans out there!
We are excited to announce that we will be participating in the Equifest of Kansas on Feb. 8th, 9th, and 10th (Fri,Sat,Sun) of 2013! This year we will be demonstrating with our group The Feathered Friends Horse Society and will only be taking two of our Shires (Sunrise and Webber) under saddle. Also we are very excited to be planning for Rod's special girl Sunrise to be participating in the Battle of the Breeds, where horses of different breeds compete in a multitude of events including English Pleasure, Jumping, Trail Challenge, Speed, Dressage, and Horsemanship. Amanda Barnum, our trainer will be riding Sunrise for these events and it's sure to be fun for all the spectators!
Look us up in the PURPLE Feathered Friends aisle and hospitality booth as we look forward to seeing you all there!
|Posted by Ann & Rod on November 5, 2012 at 6:25 PM||comments (0)|
Welcome Visitors! We have had a FANTASTIC time at all the shows/parades/events this year and have enjoyed all of you visiting our Gentle Giants. Rod, Ann and the entire ODR crew Thank You for coming! To wrap up this year we will be doing a couple of lighted Christmas parades and the Lawrence, KS all-horse Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade on Dec. 1st. This is the largest All-Horse Parade in the country and a fantastic parade to see. We will be participating in this with our group "The Feathered Friends Horse Society" along with our Gypsy, Fell Pony, Clydesdale, Drum and Friesian friends. Please come see us! The parade begins at 11am but come plenty early as it is HUGE!
Keep checking our calendar for our next appearance - it may be near you!!!
|Posted by Ann & Rod on July 22, 2012 at 6:30 PM||comments (0)|
Whew! It's been a whirlwind this year. We've done numerous parades and events. both as O'Bannon's DunRovin' Ranch SHIRES and with our friends as the Feathered Friends Horse Society. From the Kansas Equifest in Wichita, Lee's Summit, MO Emerald Isle St. Patty's Day parade, the Nevada, MO 4th of July parade, the Clinton, MO Old Glory Days parade, the Urich, MO reunion parade, the Cass County parade in Pleasant Hill, MO and more - five of our Shires have been fantastic at their appearances. Moon, Apollo, Lily, Sunrise, and young Webber are now going to have a well-deserved rest until it cools down.
Possible future appearances include the Neewollah Parade in Independence, Kansas the last Saturday in October and several Christmas parades and lighted Christmas parades (fun stuff)!
Thanks to our intern Amanda, our Spotteds are getting ready to do some performances of their own. We are hoping next season to have our N. A. Spotted Drafts Laddie and April join veteran Iris and her sister Lacey in making some parade appearances.
Thank you's go out to all of you who have come out to support ODR Shires and Spotted Drafts and special thanks to those who have helped at the parades so far. Keep checking for more events to come!
|Posted by Ann & Rod on February 24, 2012 at 9:45 AM||comments (1)|
Come see us at the Lee's Summit Emerald Isle Parade Saturday, March 10th at 1:00p.m.
The ODR Shires Lily and Moon will be pulling our treadplate wagon with Sunrise and our mascot Big Red under saddle. Joining us will be our group, The Feathered Friends Horse Society with Gypsy, Drum, and Clydesdale horses being both driven and ridden. There are also rumors of a little donkey leprechaun pulling his green cart joining us for this one. With over 5 driven vehicles and the same amount being ridden it's sure to be a hit!
Our latest rescue dog Irish will of course be riding in the wagon with us joining in on the St. Patricks Day celebrations. If you catch us at the end of the parade you may get a chance to get a pic with either Irish or one of our Big Equines.
|Posted by Ann & Rod on February 24, 2012 at 9:45 AM||comments (0)|
We had a fantastic and successful long weekend at Wichita and enjoyed each and every one of you that came to see us, especially those visiting our Big Shoe Avenue aisle. The horses loved the special attention and the crew had a great time educating the public on our Gentle Giants!
|Posted by Ann & Rod on February 1, 2012 at 1:20 AM||comments (0)|
Come meet us at the Equifest of Kansas February 10 - 12 at the Kansas Coliseum in Wichita. We will be performing at 6:20pm on Friday, 5:00pm on Saturday, and 12:00pm on Sunday. On Friday we will also be in the EQUINE EXTRAVAGANZA that begins at 7pm. You can visit us any of the 3 days by coming by our Turquoise O'Bannon Shire aisle located right beside our purple Feathered Friends aisle. Can't wait to see you there!
|Posted by Ann & Rod on May 10, 2011 at 1:45 AM||comments (0)|
We are proud to announce the establishment of the
"Feathered Friends Horse Society".
The FFHS members are all devoted owners of heavily feathered horses of different breeds. All horses being registered in their respective breed organizations. We have aligned in order to present these stunning breeds to the public in a platform of team drills at various events such as horse expos and parades. We are now underway and planning our Events calender.
Aside from a full day of practice and planning enjoyed by all, we agreed on an "In it to Win It" theme. This means practice, performance and hard work is our main goal. We also decided that aiding deserving organizations by using our equine performances to help others would be our secondary. It was decided that The MISSION of the Feathered Friends Horse Society is to enlighten the public about these different breeds while entertaining them as well.
Our new website is www.featheredfriendshorsesociety.webs.com
|Posted by Ann & Rod on November 5, 2010 at 8:10 AM||comments (2)|
It is with heavy hearts that we let you know our magnificent Brutus passed away yesterday while sleeping on his cammo bed in front of his Daddy's recliner where we all gathered in the evenings before bed. We had been treating him for congestive heart failure for a while and his hips had been getting worse and worse. Although, he'd had a couple of really good days this past week. The night before his death when Dad helped him up the stairs to bed he almost made it by himself. At the top of the stairs he turned & looked at Rod as if to say 'See, I can still do it - but Thanks Dad.' He woke up this morning, ate his breakfast fine, went out and sat by the door just enjoying the wind and sniffing at all the smells with his Labrador nose as good as ever. Then he barked to come in and went to his cammo bed. Hunting season starts next week and he didn't want to miss out on any of it this year. For the hundreds of birds you brought Rod, for the many, many hours of staying by his side in the fields and blinds, for being the perfect companion and hunter for him, for teaching him how to be soft even though he has such a hard front, for being so sweet and kind to all your fans in the public, for being the highly respected leader of the pack and keeping everyone in line for Ann, for the many stolen loaves of bread, for the trips and ribbons and awards, for the running, and barking, and nipping, for the many puppies you gave us with Daisy and for those most wonderful Brutie kisses, we thank you Brutus. We are the luckiest people in the world to have been blessed with YOU. We love you and we will miss you deeply.
|Posted by Ann & Rod on September 24, 2010 at 10:24 AM||comments (0)|
Our stallion Apollo took Reserve Grand Champion at the Nat'l. ASHA show in Oklahoma City last week. Our yearling colt Web took third and we were happy to bring home numerous rib- bons (with a little prize money on the way) from second to sixth places in various divisions. Sunrise was the only horse in any riding divisions and did extremely well. Although ex- tremely exhausting, hot & humid - we are glad we went. But we really enjoy the horse Expos and Equifests so much more because we get to be hands-on with all you equine enthusiasts out there!!!
Our next appearance will be on Oct. 30th at 11a.m. at the Independence, KS Neewollah (halloween spelled backwards) Parade. We'll be riding Sunrise and Charlotte in costume and we'll have Moon & Lily on our custom oak/treadplate hitch wagon pulling an old wooden casket with our whole crew in costume and some frightening effects. Come see us after the parade & stay for a visit, we'll make time for you!
|Posted by Ann & Rod on September 19, 2010 at 11:37 PM||comments (0)|
Just returned from a successful trip to the Shire Nationals in Oklahoma City. What an experience! Placed well in several divisions. Apollo and Webber were the most adorned with Apollo winning Reserve Grand Champion Stallion. Way to go Apollo! More will be posted later after we get things put away and settle back into everyday life again.
|Posted by Ann & Rod on August 10, 2010 at 1:43 PM||comments (0)|
With Ann gone for a few days for the birth of our grandson Jax - procedures around here have been on Rod-time. But everything is now back to normal operations. We're also back to getting ready for the ASHA Nationals in Sept. and trying to keep everyone cool in all this heat.
|Posted by Ann & Rod on August 10, 2010 at 1:31 PM||comments (0)|
The newest addition to the O'Bannon's DunRovin'
Ranch gang is Jaxon. Baby JAX, born early, early
Thursday morning to Kati & Luke, is doing great.
The gorgeous little fellow is just precious!!!
|Posted by Ann & Rod on July 13, 2010 at 6:54 PM||comments (0)|
We delivered Tormey on Sunday and he is now settling into his new home in the mountains at Trinidad, CO. Although we already miss him, his new owners are great and seem to be very pleased with him. Please see pictures of him at his new home on our SOLD page.
|Posted by Ann & Rod on July 13, 2010 at 6:49 PM||comments (0)|
We were able to pull off another first place and got another trophy last Saturday at the Urich parade. We didn't plan to go with the long trip to deliver Tormey planned, however, Rod decided to at the last minute. It was great weather and we took Lily & Sunrise to pull the custom treadplate wagon. Good job Rod! Great work Lily and Sunny!
|Posted by Ann & Rod on June 29, 2010 at 3:12 PM||comments (0)|
We've been swamped with work around the ranch. Trying to keep the front 40 mowed to keep feathers from breaking has been a challenge this year. All 7 horses going to Nat'ls are up and in the stable and respective runs, mucking stalls & runs is once again a twice daily exercise & large electric and water bills from all the fans & water running is the norm.
Still haven't finished the Shire Info Page and not quite done putting horse pics on the album but it will happen soon.
Big 4th of July shin-dig will be this coming weekend and our last hooplah until after Nationals. Wish us luck and see you all there in Ok City on the 16th-18th of September.
|Posted by Ann & Rod on June 14, 2010 at 11:34 AM||comments (0)|
Saturday - First we, of course, mowed. Then put in new electric fence area for the mares (to hopefully keep feathers from being chopped off) & finished up just as it started raining. Thank You Rachel - you are a fantastic help. Went to town for supplies during the storm and finished up the day with a good ride for Rachel on Sunrise, while Rod took Lily on the ranch trails for the first time (only her 2nd official riding lesson). Naturally, my special girl Lily did fabulous and looks amazing under saddle. Sorry Rod, but my girl is the best looking mare on the ranch - always has been - always will be.:)
Sunday - got up the new water gap and only 1 work day left to finish it all. Actually got to enjoy the pool today before the lightning and quickly approaching storm forced us out.
!!!!! 3 months to ASHA Shire Nationals !!!!!
|Posted by Ann & Rod on June 1, 2010 at 10:36 AM||comments (0)|
!!!!!!!LIVING THE DREAM!!!!!!!
On top of our everyday chores - we also......................
Friday - Fixed 2 mowers and tractor - MOW.
Saturday - Put up 216ft. of metal fencing, got entire section done - YESSSS!
Sunday - Clean up old fencing, mow, Mow, MOw, MOW.
Monday - Wash 6 horses, fly spray 15, treat 5 for scratches, 2 Shires ridden for a couple hours, watched Rod ride Lily in round pen with full saddle and she did GREAT! That's my favorite girl - what a sweetheart. Oh, and did I mention MMMMOOOOWWWWW!
Rod is ready to get off of this holiday weekend and back to "work".:)
No the front 40 is not done as we are having to mow it all twice due to the thick grasses before our big girls are allowed back on it.
Typical holiday long-weekend for the O'Bannon's and truly life couldn't be better.
|Posted by Ann & Rod on May 4, 2010 at 11:35 AM||comments (0)|
WELCOME to all of you Facebook people that stop by to visit our site. Hope you enjoy browsing it as much as Ann did building it. Take your time, look around and if you have any questions just go to our contact page. Enjoy!!!
|Posted by Ann & Rod on March 14, 2010 at 9:01 PM||comments (0)|
Just returned from NE - had a great time. Thanks to you nutty Gypsy people for the great entertainment i.e. Garrett, Lesa, Randy, Brenda, Kathy. Too bad we couldn't get those rugrats out of the hot tub!
Elizabeth, Thank you so much for helping me to get my mane rolling finally learned. Your helpful attitude and kindness are really appreciated. You are going to be a fun show friend to enjoy.
|Posted by Ann & Rod on February 16, 2010 at 2:26 PM||comments (3)|