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Highlander Trophy taking a rest in 2017

With so much more going on Saturday afternoon, and most folks who ride the trials want to check out the Show & Swap just next door at the ballfield, we’ve decided to let the mighty Highlander sword hang on the wall at the Ranch this year. Added benefit is that Judy the Ranch Manager should be able to get some good use out of it if those darned golfers get rambunctious.



Calling all Videographers!

We’re looking for a few good videos – no, not cat videos (although there’s nothing wrong with a good cat video) – Steel Stampede videos!

If you have video of previous years’ events, you could help us go big this year promoting the 10th annual event on local and national television spots.

Send video (or links) to


Poster Art in Progress

Thought I’d give you a little insider view on the creation of this year’s poster art.

The new design is a continuation of last year’s art, which seemed to be a real fan favorite. Keeping the theme of 1950’s SciFi B-Movie poster, I start with a rough draft in the computer – cutting and pasting elements from rider photos I’ve taken at events over the years. Once the design is roughed in, it’s time for the fun part!

Using a print of the cut and paste image I just created in the computer and a copy of last year’s poster so I keep the styling similar, I start hand painting the main elements. I’ve never found a way to digitally create the same look and feel using photoshop, so for these throwback designs, I need to get out the old-fashioned paints and brushes. I paint on transparency paper that has the front surface roughed up to accept the initial pencil sketch and paint. The transparency allows me to easily cut away the background once these images are scanned into the computer, and also adds a bit more of a 3-dimensional look to the art. This particular design was done in two separate layers to create an even more 3-D look.



Once the paintings are complete, they’re scanned into the computer then incorporated into the complete design. I add other graphic elements that tie everything together and hopefully end up with a finished product that has some of the cool look and feel of those old movie posters of yesteryear.

Tune in on April 2nd to see the completed poster!

2104 Steel Stampede photos

“Photos, get ‘yer photos here! Hot off the presses!”

Skilled photographers abound, and lucky for us, plenty of them showed up at the event! If you have photos posted, we’d love to add a link to your shots here. Either send me an email at, or leave a link on our Facebook page.

Trials Pix

Pam Falcioni:

MX Pix

Kurt Windisch:

Pam Falcioni:

Trials and MX