Iris Tuftin

Biography

Iris Tuftin, a retired school teacher, has lived the rodeo life. Although she didn’t grow up with horses, she was introduced to them by her husband, Nels, and soon became a knowledgeable and proficient horse person. Over the years, the family involved themselves in gymkhana, 4-H and rodeo.
Both sons qualified to the National Finals High School Rodeo and went on to make names for themselves at the professional level, Daren as a bullfighter and clown, and Dean as a team roper, becoming the first Canadian to qualify to the NFR in that event.
Iris and Nels have competed in team roping, with Nels claiming a Canadian Senior championship, but Iris’ claim to fame in rodeo proved to be in the barrel racing event. She was a multiple amateur champion, a qualifier to the Canadian Finals Rodeo in the mid 80’s, and a Canadian Senior Pro barrel champion.
Iris and Nels live in central Alberta, Canada, hauling their horses south to their Arizona winter home for training.
Music has always played a major role in Iris’ life as she played and sang in family bands from a young age and still performs with an all-female band called The Hinge.

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Books

Reunion
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,910. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Inspirational
The Double H Ranch summer guests are overweight twins of part Native origin, who have suffered a history of bullying. Root for these teens as they train their assigned mounts for an up-coming race and work on their own physical and emotional transformations.
Cowboy Up, Cole
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,660. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Sports & Recreation / Equestrian, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Western
The Double H Ranch family is challenged to pry the chip off the shoulder of twelve-year-old city boy, Cole. In spite of what is, at first, his unwilling participation in their lives of rodeo competition and ranch life, Cole quickly develops skills as a rider and roper. However, when Cole’s abusive father defies his court order and reappears to claim his son, heroic action is called for.
Heartbreak and Heroes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,350. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
A beautiful but resentful fourteen-year-old spends the summer at the Double H Ranch. The family’s activities of gymkhana, 4-H and rodeo give her opportunity to fulfill her secret obsession but lead to an unbearably sad event. Who is to blame?
Wheelchairs and Watermelon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,770. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Lifestyles / Farm & Ranch Life
Jesse deals with the challenges of his paraplegia as he is expected to get mounted and contribute to work on the Double H Ranch. Dealing with a nasty neighbor becomes destructive and deadly. Learn the philosophy and training methods of Natural Horsemanship.

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