St. George Cowgirl Passionate About Others Learning Benefits Of Horses

“No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.”

It’s an often repeated quotation originally credited to Winston Churchill.

Diane Haffener at the D-Bar Arena near St. George often restates the remark true to heart, believes, and  most obviously lives it.

“Horses are my life,” Haffener stated emphatically.

Born and raised in the ranching life near her arena and related operations, Haffener explained, “I’m the third generation of my family involved in horses. I trained my first horse at the age of 13, developing my own training techniques, which led me to the journey I am on today. Continue reading →

Best To See At Night

“And, then there was light.”

There hadn’t been any electricity in the barn for several months, since we started major renovation.

All of the old wiring and fixtures were removed before any work began. Some of it had probably been there since rural electricity came to the farm early last century. Continue reading →

Kansas Agriculture Leader’s Lifetime Goal Is To Help Develop Others

“Horses can change children.”

Al Davis of Manhattan proudly quoted his grandpa’s philosophy from nearly four decades ago on the small family farm in Pennsylvania.

Never forgetting that statement and relating it often, Davis is “children, horses, Extension 4-H, agriculture leadership,” and a whole lot more.

Appropriate quick synopsis of the always-smiling, most-congenial, never-knew-a-stranger cowboy, there are even more terms appropriate to distinguish his true diversity. Continue reading →

Children’s Tractor Brightens All

“Sign up and win a tractor.”

The invitation alone attracted considerable attention, but when passersby saw the tractor, broad grins spread across every face, and nearly all came to our farm show booth.

Heavily involved in operating farm show booths more than 300 days in 43 years, coaxing farm folks to get a free paper, or sign up for a prize, this was the biggest attraction ever. Continue reading →

Salina Appaloosa Breeder-Longhorn Producer Has More Western Collectibles Than Imaginable

“I’m Old School”

Stitching on his weathered cap is telltale notice.

If one isn’t immediately aware, within short order, it becomes quite apparent those three words are the most concise description possible.

Not only because Stan Seuser proudly repeats the self-description, “I’m old school,” frequently, but because his philosophical lifestyle, vast collections and agricultural operations and interests all back it up time and again.

“I never cared that much for history in school, but even in my early adulthood I became interested in things that had happened in the area and around the country,” the Salina cowboy reflected.

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