FROM OUR CORPORATE PARTNERS ANDERSON BEAN BOOTS It’s the little things that matter most, and it is very apparent that the folks at Anderson Bean Boots realize that with everything they do. by Steve Kahla he National Reining Horse Association is blessed to have many wonderful corporate partners. Recently, Sr. Director of Sponsorships, Todd Barden, traveled to Mercedes, Texas, to visit with the folks at Rios of Mercedes and An-derson Bean Boot Company. This is the first of a two-part series about Todd’s Rio Grande Valley adventure. TODD DESCRIBED HIS TRIP FOR THE REINER T “The thing that stood out the most throughout the entire process was the reoccurring word, American,” says Todd Barden, NRHA Sr. Director of Sponsorships. Mercedes, Texas, is home to many wonderful things. When you arrive you are instantly re-minded of a deep history in agriculture, horses, cattle, farming and the way of life that makes all these things possible. This is also where you will find a group of people, many related, that are carrying on a tradition of bootmaking that has been around for over 160 years. My tour started out in the Anderson Bean Boot Company building. The smell of leather in-stantly tantalizes your senses as you enter through the doors. The sounds of sewing ma-chines and hammers fill the air. Here is where the fun begins. I took the time to see each step of the boot making process with the guidance of Ryan Vaughan, General Manager of Anderson NRHA Sr. Director of Sponsorships, Todd Barden, (L) learned about the craft of bootmaking from Anderson Bean General Manager, Ryan Vaughan (R), on a recent visit to Anderson Bean Boot Company in Mercedes, Texas.