The entries for The Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook giveaway elicited quite a range of emotions. I laughed. I cried. I laughed some more. I dreamed of having my own horse and naming it Maverick and riding along the hillsides of St. Lucia in search of the perfect pineapple. If you have the time, read through the entries yourself. It’s so fun to share even something as silly as naming an imaginary horse.

I wish everyone could win one of these cookbooks – they really are fun! But there can only be 10 winners. With only 99 entrants, the odds were good. Here they are*…

“If I had a horse I think her name would be Belle; I would ride her at a full trot through a field of daises in Texas that stretches for miles and miles. Then I would need an air conditioned four wheel drive vehicle to come pick me up because I’ve never ridden a horse and I’m sure I would be too sore to ride Belle back to the barn. Somebody else would have to take the saddle back to the stall.” ~Martha

Anne B.
“We always named our horses based on their personalities and color…..always wished that we had one that the name Pumpkin would have fit! My favorite place to ride has always been my great-grandparents ranch in Texas….where the sky and land goes on forever!”

Melissa McDonald
“My horse would be sweet caramel color with a dark brown mane. His name would be Soul and I would ride him everyday on the warm beaches of South Carolina. Specifically Folly and Edisto Beaches. Ahhh…”

“I would name it Mr. Ed (just because I think it would be funny) and ride it to school. I live in Texas, so that would fit the stereotype that everyone has.”

“If I had a horse I would name it HELP LET ME OFF and I would ride it Nowhere! Seriously… I’ve only been on a horse once and that was on a field trip in the 3rd grade. My best friend and I wanted to ride next to each other on the trail and our teacher so kindly worked it out for us. The only problem? Our horses HATED each other and we were smack dab in the middle of the long line of classmates on a winding trail. SCARED me half to death and I’ve never been on a horse since. My daughter on the other hand absolutely adores horses and still dreams of owning one.”

Dianne H.
“My horse would be named Blaze and we would blaze a path down the beach.”

“If I had a horse, I would name it Misty because Misty of Chincoteague was one of my favorite books when I was a child. I wanted a horse so badly after reading that book. So of course, if I had one I would ride it on the beach in Chincoteague VA.”

“I would name my horse Sierra and would like to ride along ocean shorelines without any other people, quiet and tranquil in the warm sun, unlike here, snowy, noisy and cold!”

Lauren S.
“I would name a horse Sherman because that’s the name of the horse I learned to ride on when I was little. He was a nice guy kind of horse, unlike the bucking bronco type my older brother preferred. I would like to ride in Montana or Wyoming, somewhere out west where the vistas are truly incredible. We are going out there this summer for a family vacation and I can’t wait. National Parks here we come! Sherman, I’ll always remember how you stood in the creek and splashed me until I was soaked!”

“If I had a horse, I would have a palomino. I would name him Aureus or if it was a girl, I’d name her Havilah. I would take him into the redwood forests. It seems like a place to ride a horse.”

*(All winners, please email me your mailing address. If you don’t receive your fantastic prize in a few weeks, please let me know.)

Happy cooking and I hope y’all have a Merry Christmas!