photo by Robert Ross
photo by Robert Ross
Amy Nelson remembers horses being around the place herÂ entire life.Â So it didn’t take much for her to talk her dad Willie into taking in some paints that had been bought at a slaughter auction in Stephenville, Texas
They weren’t just any horses.Â They were 13 of more than 300 that had once belonged to the late breeder Doug Edwards, an early member of the American Paint Horse Association, which was founded in 1962.Â The entire lot was sold at an auction that was closed to the public and open only to livestock buyers for slaughterhouses called “killer buyers.”
Amy says it was a snap to talk her dad into adopting the horses and bringing them to the family ranch in Luck, Texas, near Austin,Â Accompanying the horses to Nelson’s spread was Jerry Finch, founder of Habitat for Horses, the largest non-breed-specificÂ equine rescue organization in the United StatesÂ Habitat paid more than $5,000 to rescue 14 horses (one died).Â Those that survived had the luck to end up with Willie in Luck; the remainder of the Edwards’ horses ended up on dinner plates abroad.
Finch asked Nelson to join his board and the Country-music legend, never one to forsake a cause, jumped at the chance.Â He is now serving his third year with Habitat.Â Since his initial involvement, Willie has become a passionate and effective voice against the slaughter of American horses, urging passage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, which is currently under consideration of Congress.
“It sure has driven down the price of horses,” says Nelson’s friend, breeder, and fiddle player Charlie Daniels when asked about his pal Willie’s and others’ activism in helping close the abattoirs.
Nelson has brought others to the movement, some times from unlikely places.Â During a recent tour of Europe, Willie appeared with rapper Snoop Dogg and talked him into recording a public-service video encouraging the public to save America’s wild horses.
And Willie keeps bringing slaughter-bound paint horses to Luck.Â The count is up to 51, andÂ now aligned with a facility in South Carolina called Luck Farms (owned by a close friend of the Nelson family) to house more horses that are sure to come.Â Amy says Willie hasn’t given up any of his heard for adoption as originally planned.Â “He’s too attached to them.Â He’s promised them a home forever.”
by Stephen Long
Editor, Texas Horse Talk
[Thanks so much to Mr. Stephen Long and Texas Horse Talk)
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Luck Farms, a South Carolina farm, Â is now a foster home for Willie Nelson Signature Series Horses.Â Â Willie Nelson has rescued horses through Habitat for Horses, and is on their Board.Â He raises a herdÂ of hisÂ adopted horses on hisÂ Texas ranch.Â For information about Luck Farms, and how you canÂ adopt horses,Â visit Habitat for Horses at www.habitatforhorses.org.
â€œThere are a lot of horse organizations out there, but I have yet to come across any that go to the lengths that Habitat for Horses does to save and protect horses. Everyone that loves horses should join and support Habitat for Horses.â€– Willie Nelson
Here is how you can help the horses!
by Joe AlberoÂ
“It was an honor and a pleasure to have been invited to the Wicomico County Civic Center and take some shots of a Living Legend, Willie Nelson.
Ladies & Gentlemen, I have to admit, this guy sounds exactly like he does on the Radio. For those who were fortunate enough to enjoy the show, they know what I’m talking about.”
TORONTO â€” The following is HMV Canadaâ€™s top 10 CountryÂ CDs based on national sales for the week ending JulyÂ 31st, 2008:Â
1 Love on the Inside (Deluxe Fan Edition) – Sugarland
2 Taylor Swift – Taylor Swift
3 Cowboys and Cadillacs – Jaydee Bixby
4 Carnival Ride – Carrie Underwood
5 Two Men With the Blues – Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis
6 Kicking Stones – Johnny Reid
7 All I Intended to Be – Emmylou Harris
8 Good Time – Alan Jackson
9 Dawn of a New Day – Crystal Shawanda
10 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – Miranda Lambert
by Alex Witchel
February 23, 1995Â
Most men will tell you Willie Nelson is a hero. With a copy of his 1982 hit “Always on My Mind” and the phone number of a good florist, they can get away with murder. “Girl, I’m sorry I was blind,” indeed.
They learn from a master. Mr. Nelson, who is married to wife No. 4, may be most recognizable for his Pocahontas braids, but it’s those eyes that start the trouble. Even now, at 62, they are perfectly almond shaped, deep brown and, well, just deep. Look into them for too long and you may regret it.
CliffbrockÂ submitted a beautiful version of the song about peace written by Willie Nelson and his daughter Amy:Â ‘A Peaceful Solution.’Â You can see the video of him at the Willie Nelson Peace Research site, at:
There are many, many inspired people, from all over the world, who have recorded that song, thanks to Willie and Amy who have made the song available for anyone to record.Â You can see and hear all the versions at the Peace Research Institute site:
http://WillieNelsonPRI.com.Â Also, Willie has recorded the song many times, and you can listen to them all at the site.
Thanks to Jay and Liz, for keeping that site fresh , inspiringÂ and important.
I believe in a peaceful solution if all sides will talk.
I also believeÂ everyone should pray for peace and these peace talks to start.”
Thanks again to Katie, from LA, for letting me share her pictures here.
Barbara Lee (D-CA) Barney Frank (D-MA) and William Lacy Clay (D-MO)
“Today something rather historic on a number of counts occurred in the nationâ€™s capital. Firstly, Congress is for the first time in a generation (1978) taking a serious look at reforming components of cannabis prohibition laws. In todayâ€™s Congress, the support of the Congressional Black Caucus is pivotal to passing any substantive cannabis law reform. So I was so very heartened that Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and William Lacy Clay (D-MO) joined us on this very hot and oppressively humid day in DC, along with the always jocose Barney Frank (D-MA), the billâ€™s primary sponsor (along with Rep. Ron Paul, R-TX).
Second, the media attending todayâ€™s press conference on HR 5843, a bill that would decriminalize marijuana possession and use for responsible adults, fairly captured the eventâ€™s narrative, i.e., â€˜it makes no sense to treat cannabis consumers like criminalsâ€™ and â€˜why not start controlling cannabis in the same way society (and government agencies) already control alcohol products?â€™ with no double entendre or goofy â€˜stoner stupidismsâ€™. You can view a CNN video of the press conference here.
Here are some of his opening remarks uploaded to YouTube:
To read the rest of the article, visit the NORML blog here:
There’s so much good information there, and they have a newsletter that you can sign up for, to get updates (like this one.)
Willie talked about it on the Bill Mack xm satellite radio show today, and praised the lawmakers’ efforts.
1949 Dodge Meadowbrook.Â Previously owned by Willie Nelson.
Who knows if WillieÂ ever drove it, but it is a nice looking car.