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E46S3  Humans, Horses & Healing

The Cowboy Up Podcast

Release Date: 05/27/2023

E2S5 - The Future of Dude Ranching? Ask the Cowboy Who Knows show art E2S5 - The Future of Dude Ranching? Ask the Cowboy Who Knows

The Cowboy Up Podcast

Many guests at White Stallion Ranch get to know Russell and some are successful at teasing stories out of him from time to time. People frequently ask ... "Russell, is that a story or is it a True story?"  In true Russell style, he smiles and says, "Well that's for you to decide." In today's episode, Steven sits down with Russell and teases new stories about the world of dude and guest ranching today and where Russell thinks its heading. Spending time at a dude ranch is all about someone having their own personal adventure and getting in touch with their inner cowboy.

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E1S5  Franklin: Behind-the-Scenes with Kirk Ellis show art E1S5  Franklin: Behind-the-Scenes with Kirk Ellis

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Benjamin Franklin has been the focus of many books and movies. Most recently, the esteemed man of many talents is the focus of the eponymous TV mini series, “.” Michael Douglas stars as the 70-year-old Franklin, who is sent over to France with his grandson, Temple Franklin. Franklin’s assignment? Enlist the help of the French government in defeating the British. The series is written by Kirk Ellis, who also penned the screenplay for the Emmy-winning TV mini series, “John Adams.” Kirk joins the podcast to talk about his experience researching and writing the story of Franklin’s...

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E52S4  Unraveling Equine DNA show art E52S4  Unraveling Equine DNA

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Christa Lafayette, the innovative CEO of returns to the podcast, this time with the results of the genetic tests that her company ran on two of Russell True’s horses. He’s learning the results in real time, as are you. Christa shares her insights on how genetic information can enhance breeding programs, improve horse health, and even predict performance traits. Whether you’re a horse lover or a science geek, this episode is an enlightening journey into the genetic blueprint of our equine companions and how genetic research is shaping the future of the horse industry.

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As a kid, Phil Spangenberger became enamored with guns, courtesy of Davy Crockett and television. Now a renowned firearms expert, historian, writer and True West Magazine editor, Phil joins the podcast to share captivating stories and insights from his extensive research and experiences in Western history, firearms and cowboy culture. In addition to doing some of his own shooting, including mounted shooting, Phil also trained actors how to brandish firearms in films. What American guns helped settle the West? What are the differences between a single-action and double-actions guns? Was...

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Vacations, travels, bucket lists. Sometimes you just have to get away and explore, whether it’s within your state, across the country or on the other side of an ocean. Who better to offer travel tips and suggestions than someone who has visited over 65 countries. Kim Wilkins joins us to talk about what life is like when the travel bug bites you at age six and you end up living in Europe after graduating from college, then eventually become a travel consultant and guide. First stops in a foreign city? How best to explore the Croatian islands? What to pack for that classic Old West adventure...

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Twenty years ago, two individuals started a company focused on sustainable agricultural and the humane treatment of animals. Over two decades later, that company now employees upward of 100 people, has expanded its products from its original no-sugar-added bacon, and more than ever adheres to its original philosophy. When we learned about , we were so impressed that we invited vice president Neil Dudley to join us. Neil talks about how innovative sustainable agricultural practices can lead to healthier ecosystems, more ethical food production, and a balanced relationship with nature. Whether...

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E48S4  Riding the Rails: The Al Harper and American Heritage Railways Story show art E48S4  Riding the Rails: The Al Harper and American Heritage Railways Story

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When the opportunity to purchase a western railroad company dropped in Al Harper's lap, he was a real estate executive living in Florida. But the opportunity intrigued him, and sooner than later, he became the CEO of As a result of Harper's passion to preserve and celebrate America's railroading history, company operations now reach nearly 1,500,000 rail passengers annually on three directly owned railroads and license special events on over 50 additional railroads. No surprise Harper was awarded the True Westerner Award by True West Magazine this past March. Give a listen to this...

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Who better to explore the culinary legacy of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody than Steve Friesen, the Director of the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave for over 25 years? Friesen joins us to introduce his newest book, “” Buffalo Bill’s culinary roots began on the American Plains with simple foods such as cornbread, fried “yellow-legged” chicken, and hardtack. While leading buffalo-hunting expeditions and scouting, he discovered gourmet dining. As his fame increased, so did his desire and opportunities for fine dining; his early show business career allowed him to dine at some of the...

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E46S4  Behind the Scenes of Dude Ranching with Russell True show art E46S4  Behind the Scenes of Dude Ranching with Russell True

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What’s it like to grow up on a dude ranch? Few people can answer that question. One of them is Russell True, who grew up on the in Tucson and eventually became owner and manager.  Our newest podcast team member, Steven Clauson, interviews Russell about his experiences as and how dude ranching has evolved over the decades. By the way, Russell was inducted into the Dude Ranch Hall of Fame in January 2024. "In my opinion the world needs more good people and more of the culture of the American West. The world’s fascination with cowboys and the West is for good reason." -

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E45S4 Trash Talk: For Cowboys, Dudes, and Everyone on Earth show art E45S4 Trash Talk: For Cowboys, Dudes, and Everyone on Earth

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It’s estimated that we consume a credit card of plastic every week. Alarming on one hand, too easy to ignore on the other hand. But we all share the problems of garbage, no matter how we vote or where we live. How pervasive are these problems and can we do anything about them? Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist  says, you bet we can! The author of the new eye-opening book, “Total Garbage: How We Can Fix Our Waste and Heal Our World,” Humes joins Russell and Alan to highlight what innovative people are doing to help our planet and what we can in our daily lives.

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