american cowgirl # 2shell abbottour cowgirl ambassadorforourrescue.org
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american cowgirl #2shell abbott - arizona the abbott ranch
the painting “ American cowgirl #02 - shell abbott - arizona ”
Lana’s tribute video coming soon after completion of her painting.
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american cowgirl #2shell abbott - arizona
Shell and her husband Russ own and manage their ranch justoutside of Maricopa, Arizona
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why I believe
shell abbott was on-boarded into the line-up as American Cowgirl #02 on february 15, 2014PHOTOSHOOT DATESLOCATIONS february 16 2014 preshoot - wardrobe selection - maricopa, arizona february 23, 2014 hidden valley, arizona december 7, 2015 hidden valley, arizona - joint shoot with american cowgirl #1AUGUST 10 & 12, 2018 thunderbird farms, arizona The actual image which was THE inspiration for shell ’s painting was taken in hidden valley, arizona
IwasborninArizonaandsincetheageoffourhavebeenonafarminthetownofMaricopa.Ihavehada passionforhorsesaslongasIcanremember.Wealwayshadanassortmentofanimalsonthefarmbutthe horsewastheonethatprovidedmewithfreedomandstrength.Ithinklearningtorideandworkwithsucha large animal as a young girl taught me more then I will ever know.Irememberbeggingformyfirstrealhorse,notlikethe30-yearoldhorsethatbelongedtoeveryoneandhad diedafewyearsback,nowIwantedoneofmyown.Iwastoldyes,butonlyifIboughtitwithmyownmoney whichdidn'thindermeonebit.So,aftertwoyearsofyardwork,bakesales,anddoortodoorsales,Ifinallyhad awhopping$700!IpurchasedmyfirstRegisteredAppaloosa,withnospotsandithadaturnedoutleg,atan auction.Evennow,whenIthinkbacktothathorseitbringstearsofjoy.Shewasfast,alittlecrazy,patient,and asan11-yearoldthat'swhatIwanted.Iwasn'tstrongenoughtoputasaddleonandmymomdidn'thavenear thetimetoputitonmy16.1handhorseeverytimemyheartdesiredtoride,whichwaseveryhourofeveryday. So,IlearnedtoridebarebackdoinganythingandeverythingIcould!Wedideverythingtogether,andwhenIgot in trouble there was nothing worse than getting grounded from my horse. Asanadult,Istillgetthesameloveofridingandpleasurefromjustlookingatandtouchingmyhorses.Iamnow adogtrainerandraiseGermanShepherdsonmyfarminThunderbirdjustoutsideofthecity.Mydogs,Ithink, lovethehorsesasmuchasIdoandgowithmeoutriding.Dogsandhorsesmightnotbethesame,butlearning toworkwiththehorsesasachildtaughtmethatsizedoesn'tgetinthewayofwhatyouwant,it'sallaboutthe techniqueandattitude.Iliveonly2milesfrommyparentswithmyhusband,doingwhatwelovearoundthose we love.
Growing up, my Mother was very open about the evils in the world and she wanted us to be aware of it, pray about it and do what we could to help stop it. I have been fortunate and personally driven to support several nonprofits over the years but the fight against human trafficking has been deep rooted in me. During my teenager years, my sister and I raised $4000 to help an organization whose goal was to free girls from captivity from the perpetrators of these horrific crimes against humanity. There is a movie that was recently released called Operation Underground Railroad that was made by OURRESCUE.ORG. It is this organization that I hold so dear to my heart and I am proud to be our American Cowgirls Ambassador to this Organization and to continue to support their cause through our Corporate donations.
shell shares the difference thatthe american cowgirls projecthas made to her cowgirl life