Around The Barn Hosts
Julie Fox Pomilia, Nancy Pitchford-Zhe and Bobbi-Jean Bell
Around the Barn every Saturday 9 AM - 10 AM
Julie Fox Pamilia
Julie Fox Pomilia grew up “around the barn,” so to speak, with her grandparents, western screen legends, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. She is a wife, a mother of 3 and an elementary school teacher here in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Appearing at various western festivals, shows and events around the country she drifted quite unintentionally into on-air co-hosting at KHTS 1220 after being interviewed as a guest on “Around the Barn.” Roy use to call Dale “The President of the Talkers Club.” Apparently, it must run in the family.
I am often asked, “How did you start Heads Up Therapy On Horseback?” I often quip, “I was born with manure in my veins, and that started it all.”
At sixteen months old, I received a Christmas gift. The gift was a rocking horse named Tony. I grew up in a dysfunctional family and animals were my best friends. We understood each other, I could communicate with them.
My uncle Walter was blind. The first time we met I was three years old. I was fascinated by what he could do without sight. Play the piano. Take care of his invalid sister. I baby sat a child with mental retardation.
Then I went through a life altering experience. That is when my horse “Dusty” entered my life. Some deaf friends taught me a little sign language. One day while riding Dusty, I thought about what she meant to me. I thought about deaf children, and other children who used sign language to communicate. “Who could teach them to ride?” That thought was the birth of Heads Up Therapy On Horseback.
In 1986 she founded Heads Up Therapy On Horseback for Disabled Children, she was set advisor for the North American Riding For The Handicapped Association on a project with President and Nancy Reagan. In addition, she was one of the founding members of CALNET (California Network for Equestrian Therapy) and conducted many training workshops for this association. She is a Master Instructor and Administrator in the discipline of equestrian therapy. From 1995-1996 she produced and hosted “Animal Talk” for SCVTV.
Now, 26 years later we are adding a new program to Heads Up. Horses For Heroes for returning combat veterans. They have taken care of us, now it is time for us to take care of them. We are fundraising this year to raise $35,000 to launch this program as soon as possible. All donations are tax deductible, and services are free to veterans.
Bobbi Jean Bell
Co-Owner of OutWest Boutique and Cultural Center
Bobbi Jean Bell, Co-Host, is passionate about the American West. The truth and the myth, the fiction and the facts, the people and the art they create. With her husband and business partner, Jim Bell, she is a Purveyor of Fine Western Goods. Together they scout for unique and distinctive apparel, accessories, home décor, and general merchandise that are a reflection of Western lifestyle. They hunt for artisans and craftsmen who are inspired to create “decorative art you can wear” based on their own love for the story of the West. OutWest rounds it up and brings it to you. Offering over 6,000 unique Western items on their website www.scvoutwest.com, they serve the world delivering the West door-to-door and coast-to-coast.
As husband and wife, they have more than 50 years of retail experience in apparel, accessories, home décor, and jewelry. For several years Bobbi Jean was on staff at the Autry National Center of the American West working directly with visitors and curatorial staff. During her years there she was involved in the operation of Visitor Services and the Museum Store. She never stopped learning and appreciating the history and culture of the American West. The Autry National Center's collections are world class and the exhibits spellbinding.
The years at the Autry Museum exposed her to the complicated, compelling, and engaging history of the West and her life's calling. Hence, OutWest was born! Launched in late 2007 as an on-line Western boutique, then with a "by appointment only" charming location in Pasadena, and finally on the National Day of the Cowboy 2009, OutWest opened a "brick and mortar" store in Old Town Newhall.
Located on the Walk of Western Stars and just up the street from Santa Clarita's two major historical landmarks, The William S. Hart Park and Museum and the Santa Clarita Historical Society, OutWest is right at home!
OutWest is home to live, intimate concerts many have been filmed by local cable channel SCVTV. You can watch these fun, intimate concert events at SCVTV Presents The OutWest Concert Series. From there, choose the concert you want to watch from the drop down menu.
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OutWest on the Western Walk of Stars
Bobbi Jean Bell