Whether you are in the business or just sittin' the fence you will get a hilarious, inside scoop on ranching from these homespun anecdotes. Debby Schoeningh's perspective on how things happen out on the farm is a whole new look at the lesser-known moments in a rancher's life.
Laugh-Out-Loud Entertaining!Reviews:“An author’s second book is like being a sophomore in High School: either you are trying to live up to a good reputation established as a freshman or trying to live it down. I am happy to report that with this book Debby Schoeningh proves that she was definitely not a “one hit wonder.” She did not use up all her good stuff the first time around but has produced another classic that anyone who likes cows, horses and the country lifestyle will enjoy. If she keeps this up it’s going to put second-rate storytellers like me out of business… which is probably incentive enough for you to buy this book.” — Lee Pitts, Executive Editor of Livestock Market Digest and Syndicated Humor Columnist“Anyone who lives in the rural West, visits here, or wishes they lived here will appreciate Debby Schoeningh’s new book, ‘The Horseless Rancher.’ It is hilarious. Debby has the unique ability to take ordinary events, common throughout the rural west, twist them around and wring out every ounce of humor and absurdity. This is not a Roy Rogers, Dale Evans western myth type of book.This is the real deal — life on the ranch. I enjoyed every word and every photograph. I laughed out loud and read passages to friends. Great job, Debby! — Rick Steber, western author
Between the floods on the coast and endless political wrangling in Salem and Portland, where does an Oregonian go to get a laugh? Head east, to the wide-open spaces at the base of the Elkhorn Mountains, where Debby Schoeningh turns the stuff of her everyday life into comedic essays.
“The Horseless Rancher,” published by Schoeningh’s own The Country Side Press, tackles ranch style (where most jeans are fashionably “distressed”), animal wrangling (or more appropriately, getting knocked around by cattle) and the vagaries of inclement weather. In and among the animal talk, Schoeningh wryly comments on marriage, family and what Santa’s life would be like if he owned cows. — Katie Schneider, Special to The Oregonian