was successfully added to your cart.

By in Fan Blog on on Mar 07, 2016

Barn Bites: Sunset at The Farm – Fan Photography Showcase

In our first Barn Bites Fan Photography Showcase we see “Sunset at The Farm” through the eyes of Wild About Barns fans from all over the country!

Sunset is easily my favorite time to be outside. Chores are done, horses munch happily on their evening hay, Chickens line themselves up to roost for the night…and the sun puts on one last glorious show before giving way to the night sky.

 

 

Thank You so much to everyone who participated!! What should next week’s theme be?

Until next time,

Alyssa

0 Read More
RHR Arena 1800x1200

By in Fan Blog on on Jan 19, 2016

Dreams are coming true at Red Hawk Ranch

Journal Entry:
Thursday, January 14, 2016, 7 pm — rode my horses in the new indoor arena for the first time with  Jordan and Dave. A dream come true! Bucket List! Miracle! Sheer JOY!

I am 53 years old. A lifelong horse lover. And, a lifelong dreamer. A lifelong fan of BARNS!

The thought of riding my horse in competition footing 365 days a year in any type of weather — pipe dream, right? Well not anymore! All my hard work has finally paid off and I achieved a lifelong dream. And, you can too!

The arena (under construction)

The arena and round pen during construction.

What I love most about the arena (200 x 125) is being able to trot and canter my horse without constant tripping, slipping and falling all over the place from uneven ground, just makes riding so much more fun! We had the best of the best help us build our arena: Clayton Boyd Industries provided the arena structure; Ty Bains and Lawrence Morris built the 5-rail fence around the arena and Kiser Arena Specialists installed the competition arena footing. The final To-Do list will include fixing some draining issues around the arena sides, constructing metal screen doors around all three open sides, hanging Big Ass fans and installing sound system with wireless mic for clinicians — oh and big ass stereo system to boot!

(more…)

0 Read More
EFF Winner

By in From The Field on on Dec 04, 2015

New York Minute: a short recap of our trip to The Big Apple.

I never truly understood the term “New York Minute” until after my first trip to the city two weeks ago for the Equus Film Festival. From the moment we stepped onto the sidewalk outside of LaGuardia to the moment we boarded the plane heading back home to Dallas, the hurried pace of the city is a common theme…traffic being the only exception! The constant sea of people on the sidewalks, all walking in the same ‘no-nonsense I’ve got places to be’ way, was a stark contrast to the laid-back southern pace I’m used to. New Yorker’s get where they need to go…and quickly!

The weekend was a whirlwind of parties, press-events, screenings, pop-up shops and of course the awards ceremony on the final evening. Our hotel was fairly close to the quaint cinema where the films were being screened so we used the walk to and from as an opportunity to explore a bit of Manhattan.

(more…)

0 Read More

By in Fan Blog on on Jun 09, 2015

Flies: The Struggle is Real

Summer a.k.a the season when flies/mosquitoes rule my life. Flies are a constant battle for many of us who live and breathe for a life with horses. I just want my horses to be comfortable but it seems the flies just want to drive my horses INSANE. Fly spray, fly salve, fly mask, fly sheet, fly collar, fly trap, fly predator. So. Many. Flies.

Fly spray meme

 

(more…)

0 Read More
Mustian Front 1800

By in From The Field on on May 26, 2015

Behind the Scenes: The Mustian’s Rustic Barn Home.

Who turns an old cinder-block stud barn into a beautiful, rustic home? Brandie and Mike Mustian, that’s who!

The original stud barn at Mickle's Valley View Ranch, before renovation. Photo courtesy of Brandie Mustian.

The original stud barn at Mickle’s Valley View Ranch, before renovation. Photo courtesy of Brandie Mustian.

The front of the barn which is now a fully functional home

The front of the barn which is now a fully functional home

The Mustian’s kept as much of the barn’s original structure as possible.

Mustian Kitchen back 800

The perfect Barn Home Kitchen.

(more…)

1 Read More
The T.A Moulton barn - Now being looked after by the U. S. Park Service at home in Grand Teton National Park. Photo Credit: Pamela Kettle

By in From The Field on on Apr 30, 2015

Guest Blogger Chuck Bultman: Saving Orphan Barns

The T. A. Moulton Barn is arguably the most known barn in America. Sitting at the base of the Teton Mountains just north of Jackson Wyoming it is said to be the most photographed barn in the country. So it is no surprise that when Wild About Barns set out to launch a new program about barns, and how people enjoy them, that they started here. And why wouldn’t they? Every picture of this barn, with the mighty Tetons as a backdrop, illustrates the historic importance the barn plays as a small place of shelter in the vast North American landscape.

Barns have an interesting place in the built world. They are icons in the landscape and as such it is easy for us to assume a familiarity, and an expectation. They have been there for as long as you can remember and you expect them to be there long after you are gone. We think of barns not as in the landscape. Instead, like rivers or mountains, they seem part of it – an inseparable part of the countryside, coloring the landscape with distinct personalities. And as a result, they are variously described as timeless, strong, and permanent… but sadly they are not.

There are also many other less well known barns across our country, that have a presence just like the Moulton Barn. They are the old wood barns that line the rural roads of every county in America. These are the barns that draw your eye as you drive down the highway, when you lean over and say, “Hey, there’s a nice one.” These are older barns built before the word ‘pole’ was ever a modifier for ‘barn’. So when I was asked to share my thoughts about the plight of barns today it was those barns that came to my mind. You see, while I am wild about barns too, I am also a bit of a worrier. And I worry because I know what has been happening to barns over the last century.

It is difficult to count all of the older barns in the country but some estimates say there are no fewer than 600,000 barns that date back to 1960 and before. And to some, that may seem like a great many barns. But when I consider that one hundred years ago, when farming was at its height in America, there were approximately six million farms, that number seems frighteningly small.

I do not worry about the Moulton Barn. It is now a part of Grand Teton National Park and has plenty of people looking after it. I do worry about the many many other barns that dot our landscape that are no longer considered useful, for one reason or another, that are just as noble as the Moulton Barn but are not in as striking of a location, and are not being cared for. These are the barns that silently fall prey to the elements. These are the barns that we lose every year.

The Star barn in Middletown PA - Built in 1872 and a landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. Nevertheless, by the beginning of the 21st century the Star barn found itself crowded on three sides by homes, and a mere 70 feet from PA State Route 283 on its fourth. Despite its place on the National Register and the uniqueness of this Greek Revival barn, it's only hope of survival is to move it to another site. That process has begun and the move could possibly be completed in 2016. Photo Credit: TheStarBarn.com

The Star barn in Middletown PA – Built in 1872 and a landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. Nevertheless, by the beginning of the 21st century the Star barn found itself crowded on three sides by homes, and a mere 70 feet from PA State Route 283 on its fourth. Despite its place on the National Register and the uniqueness of this Greek Revival barn, it’s only hope of survival is to move it to another site. That process has begun and the move could possibly be completed in 2016. Photo Credit: TheStarBarn.com

(more…)

5 Read More
Char O Lot foal 1800

By in From The Field on on Apr 28, 2015

New Episodes coming soon!

Hey WAB fans!

We would like to Thank each and every one of you that made a pledge and spread the word about our recent Kickstarter campaign. Though our fundraising efforts were unsuccessful, we gained experience and support from so many of you who are working hard with us to ensure that WAB keeps going strong both online and on the air.

We are currently wrapping up post production on a few new episodes for you! Episodes 107-110 will feature some incredible barns! Brothers and talented craftsman turn barns slated for demo into new and amazing design pieces, miniature horses steal our hearts, we explore the Winter Equestrian Festival at Wellington… and so much more!

The Tennessee Barn Project

The Tennessee Barn Project

Miniature horses and their guardian at Little America Miniatures

Miniature horses and their guardian at Little America Miniatures

Winter Equestrian Festival 2015, Wellington FL

Winter Equestrian Festival 2015, Wellington FL

Make sure you stay tuned… announcements will be made when the new episodes have final air dates.

We aren’t going anywhere so keep sharing your barn stories with us and make sure you are following us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter!

 

0 Read More
Doncaster Round barn

By in Fan Blog on on Mar 20, 2015

Kickstarter: Help WAB Finish Season One!

Hey there fellow barn lovers,

We wanted to fill you in on the latest WAB news. As you all know, we recently had our “mid-season finale” halfway through season one so that we could get back on the road to film the barns for the remaining episodes. We made it to the Texas Hill Country and to Florida. We have incredible barns lined up in Montana (like the Doncaster barn shown above) and California to finish up the season.

 

Co-Author of The Driftwood Legacy, 92 year old Jim Morris of Exeter, California has an incredible story worth sharing with the world... and has a great granddaughter that many of you may already recognize...

Co-Author of The Driftwood Legacy, 92 year old Jim Morris of Exeter, California has an incredible story worth sharing with the world… and has a great granddaughter that many of you may already recognize…

We can't wait to meet "Little Maggie" Jim's great granddaughter, who's pictures we frequently share on our Facebook and Instagram ( @Feedin_fairytale )

We can’t wait to meet “Little Maggie” Jim’s great granddaughter, who’s pictures we frequently share on our Facebook and Instagram ( @Feedin_fairytale )

The incredible barn at Friesian Focus, on schedule for our California trip!

The incredible barn at Friesian Focus, on schedule for our California trip!

This Greenbarn® from architect John Blackburn is also on the schedule!

This Greenbarn® from architect John Blackburn is also on the schedule!

 

Wild About Barns is a family business and we have been self-funded up to this point. So far 100% of our travel, production, marketing and any other costs associated with the start-up of a small business have been paid out of pocket. The creation of a television show isn’t cheap, and we’ve learned the hard way that even with a very small crew, travel and production expenses add up so quickly (400K this far, gulp). That is why we have decided to use a Kickstarter campaign to help us fund the production of the remaining episodes. Out of money and instead of throwing in the towel with an incomplete first season, we are taking a leap of faith. We love our WAB family and have faith that if enough of you get involved, if enough of you spread the word, we can finish the season with your help!

(more…)

0 Read More
Photo Credit: Kevin Kirkwood

By in Fan Blog on on Feb 19, 2015

It’s our Mid-Season Finale! Win a One-of-a-kind Painting!

In our next episode we meet Zach Lowry, a young film director from New York who had a grand vision of making a commercial for Coca Cola featuring a picturesque American barn. When Zach put out a request for barns that met his criteria to be used for the commercial the winning photo (shown above) belonged to Kevin Kirkwood, a Kansas farmer who runs a photography business on the side. Permission for the barn to be used in the commercial was granted by the owner and Kevin, along with several other dedicated volunteers, helped bring Zach’s vision to life. The WAB team was lucky enough to see this commercial at the 2014 Kansas Barn Fest and we wish Zach and his team the very best of luck, they have a bright future ahead of them in the film industry.

“”Flex Collective is still negotiating with Coca-Cola over the distribution of the story and commercial.” Zach Lowry, Director

Also in episode 106 we meet Jenny Armendariz, an Artist who works out of her barn/studio at Firefly Ranch. We love Jenny’s equine art so much we asked her if we could give away one of her gorgeous paintings on our Facebook page! We will be posting a picture of the painting on Tuesday the 24th at 7:35pm CST, right after the episode airs. **Like, Comment, Share** the post for the chance to win! A winner will be announced on Friday Feb. 27th! Good Luck Y’all!

Painting by Jenny Armendariz  -Firefly Ranch Art Co.

Painting by Jenny Armendariz
-Firefly Ranch Art Co.

Photo Credit: Jenny Armendariz

Photo Credit: Jenny Armendariz

(more…)

2 Read More