Current Edition – Fall 2018
Erath County Living magazine is published twice per year and distributed throughout Stephenville and Dublin. We produce each edition with exceptional quality and content to become long-lasting, coffee table-quality magazines.
The magazine is printed on high quality thick paper stock to give it a better feel and increased thickness. The spine of each publication is perfect-bound to resemble a book, and to hold together for many years to come. The covers are UV tinted to withstand exposure and maintain a quality our readers have come to expect.
Editions of each publication are proudly displayed throughout businesses, professional waiting rooms and state legislative offices around the area. Being area-specific, the content within the pages of each publication is sure not to become dated or out of style. Residents have stated that each edition is a legacy, holding information about its people and events that one can reflect on and show for years to come.
We would like to say Thank You for all those who’ve made Erath County Living possible. We look forward to bringing you many more editions for years to come. Please let us know if you have any article suggestions, or have an event you’d like featured in the pages.
Tuff Tells It: The History of a Hometown Vet
Meee-owww! I’m Tuff, Green’s Creek Veterinary Hospital’s in-house cat. I’m six-years-old and have spent all my life roaming around the halls, countertops, x-ray machines and other interesting things in this place. I’m purr-fectly happy with my life as a vet cat. I’m very grateful that I was rescued after I was found abandoned as a small kitten behind the water park in Stephenville, all covered with ants and almost dead. The people at the waterpark called the hospital and explained the situation and Sharyn Cannon, the wife of the veterinarian, Dr. Joe Cannon, came and got me. She is so nice. They bathed me and because I was super “tough” to survive all I went through, the staff decided to call me Tuff. Sharyn sent pictures of me to Dr. C. (who was out of town that day) and said, ‘This is Tuff, our new cat.’ And that was that and here I am. Anyhow, I’m king of the place—NOT Dr. Joe Cannon. He just thinks he is. But, as everyone knows, cats rule.
Tricks for Entertaining ~ The Cowgirl Way
Madison MacDonald-Thomas, a twenty-five-year-old Stephenville beauty, has been called one of the most sought-after trick riders in the history of the sport by Boyd Polhamus (four-time winner of the Announcer of the Year award). One of the world’s top equestrian athletes, Madison began her trick-riding journey at the age of six and rode into the performing arena at the age of twelve. I caught up with Madison as she prepared for shows out of state and followed her to the Oklahoma State Fair by way of the Madison MacDonald – Trick Riding Facebook page. As we talked, she shared her passion for this extreme sport.
“As a child, I dreamed of being like the ladies that I saw at the Calgary Stampede. I was born and raised in Okotoks, south of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada, and my mom produced wild west shows for the Calgary Stampede. My family has always been involved with horses. They had me riding at the age of three. My dad trained horses and worked as a farrier. When I turned four, I started bugging them about trick riding. My mom asked Jerri Duce, a performer from the Stampede, if she would teach me. Well, she came out of retirement to teach me. Since then I’ve had four different coaches to guide me. My parents still live in Okotoks and we visit for six months every summer.”
High School Trainer of the Year
Skillfully working their magic in a back room, out of the glare of the stadium lights where athletes display their prowess heroically on the field–is the indispensable athletic trainer. Athletic trainers are where sports and medicine intersect. Under the supervision of a licensed physician, as well as other medical staff, athletic trainers work with people to prevent, diagnose and treat injuries and illness. They not only bring their medical expertise to an athlete’s physical injuries, they are psychologists and cheerleaders, keeping the injured athlete’s spirits up and focused on the goal of recovery and rejoining their team.
Locally, Stephenville High School employs a much beloved head athletic trainer who cares for both high school and junior high athletes in a room tucked away from the gym. But her skills, combined with compassionate care, recently brought her into the limelight when she won Texas Coaches High School Coaches Association’s Athletic Trainer of the Year award. I sat down with her to visit about her life and her passion for her job. Surprisingly, instead of a warm up suit, Debby was stylishly dressed in a fashionable black outfit (she slips on her tennis shoes when needed). Glittery gold nail polish complimented her sparkly blue eyes. Warmth and friendliness also shine through those eyes.