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Bald and Fabulous

Flores LaDue

Equine Sarcoid

Cowboy Gathering

Terri Heshk – come back reiner

Book chronicles her amazing adventure

Treating cancer in horses

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OUT FRONT Welcome to Ho rs e s A l l perspective


Enough is enough TWO-BITS FROM A TWO-BIT COWBOY Craig Couillard - Editor


K… I’m probably stepping out on the political correctness limb here but I’ve had enough. Seriously. I’ve had enough of the west coast socialists and the eastern liberals judging how we run our rodeos and chuckwagon races. The Vancouver Humane Society is trying to grab media attention… again. A friend posted on our Facebook page that the Calgary Stampede was being vilified in the Toronto media. Bob Barker and Pamela Anderson are beeking off to get attention. What the hell do these people know about rodeo and the western lifestyle? And what’s worse, who’s in town to capitalize on the incredible publicity of the Calgary Stampede? Thomas Mulcair, leader of the federal NDP party who trashes Alberta oil sands every chance he gets. Hypocrite! Yes… it is tragic and extremely sad when horses and livestock are hurt

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and sometimes euthanized. Nobody wants to see these things happen. But the Vancouver Humane Society and the liberal media would have us believe that there is literally a slaughter going on of rodeo livestock. And what’s sad, there are people that believe this crap. A recent Facebook posting from someone inside the industry helped bring some perspective on the recent deaths on the chuckwagon track: “I’ve read that there have been 50 chuckwagon horse deaths over the past 26 years at the Calgary Stampede. To put this into perspective, do you know how many horses race each night at the Stampede? 288 per night, 2880 per Stampede, 74,880 for 26 years. And of those 74,880, many would have died long ago when nobody else had any use for them. These horses love to do what they do and the people that have them love them and care for them…” A lot of people don’t know that most chuckwagon horses are rescued from the race track. They are bred to run and love it, and they get many more years of pampered care to do it.

Like I said, it saddens us all when these things happen. The great show jumping horse Hickstead sadly died last fall while competing. It was a loss for our entire country. I’m sure there are other injuries and deaths in this sport as well. But does that mean we should ban show jumping because it is merely here to entertain us humans? Of course not. Horses are still used extensively in the ranching industry across western Canada. It can be a dangerous occupation for horse and rider. Badger holes… rouge bulls… rattlesnakes… wild rivers. Ranch horses get hurt. They sometime die. So do the cowboys. But does that mean we ban horses from working cows and covert to quads? What the left-wing radicals fail to understand is that people in the agricultural and livestock industries care about their land, their animals, and their neighbors. You only have to see the interview with wagon driver Chad Harden to see the emotion behind his loss. I was fortunate enough to be next to the Alberta Humane Society at a

recent equine trade show. Nice folks. We had a great discussion about the rodeo industry and specifically about the Calgary Stampede. Rather than grandstanding before the media to ban certain events, they work effectively and co-operatively behind the scenes to effect meaningful change. That’s because they are from Alberta… they have insights and an understanding of this great province that their counterparts to the west will never have. Thankfully most rodeo sponsors won’t kneel down to the strong arm tactics of the Vancouver Humane Society and others who disparage us. These sponsors have similar values to all Albertans… that’s why they grow and prosper in Alberta. So to those who choose to cast stones at rodeo and chuckwagon racing, I say, “Leave us the hell alone… 1.4 million people that attended the Calgary Stampede loved it and will continue to do so for the next 100 years.” Go have your lattes on your urban patios, and find a rare bug that you can protect. We’ve had enough of your mindless, self-serving belly aching.

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Notes from the field

This letter is being written to express my extreme disappointment on the direction you are now taking the above newspaper. I have been a subscriber for many years but I will not now be renewing my subscription. If I wanted to read nothing but articles about humans, I’d have subscribed to the People magazine.   — Patricia Albrecht via e-mail Just got the latest Horses All issue – new format looks AWESOME! I really enjoyed reading your articles, and how you introduced the personality behind each of the names involved in the publication. — Viv Harding via e-mail

Amie Peck has been involved with hunter/jumpers and dressage for almost two decades, competing up to the National level. After obtaining her Equine Science degree, she trained horses and coached students for five years — until it was time to get a “real” job. Now she is (literally) learning the ropes at the cattle company she works for, and praying she keeps her thumb. She is a sucker for chestnuts with a blaze.

Snapshots from our field editors

Darley Newman is the three time Daytime Emmy Award nominated host and producer of the Emmy-winning Equitrekking TV show on PBS and on international networks in over 65 countries. Darley travels the world horse riding with locals to experience great ranches, history, culture and trails. Watch videos and learn about riding vacations and ranches at and www.equitrekkingtravel.

We’ve heard some good response so far (re: article in May issue). We’re looking so forward to you joining us this year! Horses All rocks! — Shelley Repka-Willard, Saddlestrings and Heartstrings FFAC Charity Ride via Facebook Hi Craig! Happy Stampede! Just wanted to tell you that a woman drove down from Red Deer specifically to buy one of my Swanky Shanks purses after seeing me in HORSES ALL magazine! Thank you again for the fabulous feature. — Heather Kyle via Facebook

Carol M. Upton is a freelance writer, editor, dream chaser and horse-related publicist at her company Dreams Aloud Promotions - Her work has appeared in numerous print and digital magazines / newspapers internationally. Carol lives and writes at a 50-year-old B.C. west coast cabin. When not in front of her computer, she can be found playing with horses or following her dogs along the beach.

 Executive Vice-President of Spruce Meadows, Nancy Southern, had the winning bid for the Flores LaDue painting by High River artist Ruth Vickers (shown here on the right). Part of the proceeds go to scholarships provided through the LaDue Ladies Lunch. The painting was featured on the June cover of Horses All.

 Horses All was well-represented at the Ladue Ladies Lunch held on July 5th at Stampede Park in Calgary. L to R Allison Keene; Crystal McPeak, Field Editor with Horses All; Ruth Vickers, Artist; Alberta Premier Allison Redford; and Horses All writer Cindy Bablitz.  Horses All Field Editor Crystal McPeak returned to the barrel racing circuit in high style, winning the Mountain View 4D Barrel Jam on her horse Striker.

April Clay is a Registered Psychologist with an independent practice focused in: counselling, consulting, and sport psychology. April has worked with many types of athletes and performers from youth to elite. As an adjunct to her practice, April writes for several local and national magazines, and offers workshops on a variety of topics. As a sports consultant, she draws on some 15 years of experience as a competitive horse show-jumper. April also works as a service provider for the Canadian Sport Centre Calgary.



profiles Stories from People who Live, Work and Compete with Horses HEAVY HORSES


Youth driver Blake Beelby makes his mark

Eighteen-year-old is already starting young horses, competing in the show ring, plus works for experienced competitors. YOUNG GUNS Up and coming stars

By Heather Grovet Galahad, AB


ighteen-year-old Blake Beelby graduates from high school this fall, and he’s already considering his options for celebrating the occasion. “I might drive a heavy horse team to my grad night instead of taking a limousine!” Beelby says. Most teenagers wouldn’t know how to handle a team, but Beelby has grown up working with heavy horses. “My dad’s great-great Grandpa had Clydesdales,” Beelby says. “Our family has been involved with draft horses for a century. Driving horses has been a natural part of my life. And light horses, I enjoy them, too.” “But Percherons are my breed of choice,” Beelby continues. “I really like their attitude and appearance. I started Draft 4-H four or five years ago, buying a colt from Lucasia Ranch for my 4-H project. I did all its training including halter breaking, working with his feet and ground driving. When he was two I hooked him to a cart, and began driving. It was a great experience.” Family friend Bruce Roy notes Beelby is modest enough to miss parts of the story. “Blake is an accomplished horseman with the patience of Job,” Roy says. “When his colt was two years old, Blake needed a show cart. He ordered cart wheels from the Amish, and then constructed the rest himself. As you can imagine, this was the talk of his 4-H club!” Roy explains that Beelby’s talent with his colt was soon noted by experienced drivers, who began offering him jobs and young horses to train. “Blake has worked for Pat Fisher of Patrick’s Belgians for the last two years,” Roy says. “He is excellent help; he’s quiet, reflective and attentive. He also breaks and schools heavy horses for many breeders across the province.” Beelby enjoys working for Fisher. “I’m his all-round guy; I groom, decorate horses, shovel manure, drive at the farm, and do anything else necessary,” Beelby says. He also competes as a junior in both halter and driving. “Draft shows are a bit different than light horse shows,” Beelby explains. “Horses are kept in tie stalls, and we decorate them, which means we braid their tail and roll it into a bun with ribbon. We also put the mane in rosettes with

Blake Beelby rides Roman on his Percheron team at home.

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“When his colt was two years old, Blake needed a show cart. He ordered cart wheels from the Amish, and then constructed the rest himself. As you can imagine, this was the talk of his 4-H club!” – Bruce Roy

Blake Beelby winning a youth driving competition at the Calgary Stampede.

ribbon. There are even Youth classes for decorating, where the class is given 30 minutes to decorate, and then judged on the end results. And yes, it can be tough to reach a draft horse’s mane, so we stand on rolling benches, or even sit on their withers to work.” But there is more than showing in Beelby’s life. “This winter I started fourteen horses at home,” Beelby says. “They ranged in age from yearlings to seven-year-olds. Some had been tied

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before, but none had been driven, so I had my hands full. It was fun, but kept me busy. I do everything outside, in the cold, using a little Pioneer breaking cart. The cart has wheels for summer and skis for the winter, and can be used for either singles or doubles.” It would appear the draft horse community is keeping their eyes on Beelby. Bruce Roy shares a story that occurred at a recent draft horse auction. “Blake’s father, Myron, consigned a team to the

Olds sale. Blake had broke and schooled this team, and they performed their manoeuvres beautifully at the sale. As the bidding advanced, Blake stood on the wagon seat and cracked a bull whip over the heads of both Percherons and they never moved a muscle. He also Roman rode them around the ring. When the auctioneer’s hammer fell on a $5,800 bid, the crowded ringside applauded the skill of the young horseman.”





P   ROFILES western artist

Spunky sextarian artist paints from historical photographs Ruth Vicker’s painting of Flores Ladue fetches $30,000 at fundraising luncheon I DID IT MY WAY Personal Profile

By Cindy Bablitz Calgary, AB.


Ruth Vickers painting of Flores LaDue (shown in background) sold recently for $30,000.  photo: Cindy Bablitz

here’s  something  very  sixy about  Ruth  Vickers.  She paints in oils using only six colours; she raised six children as a single mom; and her career as a fine artist is taking off in her sixties. In fact, she was 66 years old when she  created  the  historic  painting of Flores LaDue on horseback that would come to find its way to being the featured auction item at the prestigious 2012 LaDue Ladies Lunch, held July 5th at the BMO Centre, unofficially launching the start of the centennial edition of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. “I like to use restricted palates so that I can work at implied colours,” says Ruth. She’s  a  consummate  artist  — though, until this summer, her brilliant eye and hand for art has only been exploited in private collections primarily as mural’d wall art in people’s homes — and her feisty attitude about art could paint her an elitist if it weren’t for the fact that she’s so darn endearing. “If I had to advise someone of, say, complete non-interest in art, (poor

soul) who suddenly decided to mend his ways, I’d tell him to start in Japan, early 18th century... in particular Hiroshige and Hokusai,” Ruth opines. “And,  there  should  be  orange in every room. It’s such a cheerful colour. A colour with a sense of humour. There’s solace in orange. So there.” Ruth is the kind of artist who makes you want to wonder how you can hone your own appreciation for art. Because she sees it everywhere — beauty, art — she makes you want to, too. “I wake up in the morning and I’m on the hunt for objects, events or trees that can become more than themselves.” Earnestly, she adds, “I challenge anyone to say that it is not utterly compelling that when I’m looking at stuff, it’s differently than how others look at stuff. I look at stuff and always gauge its aesthetic appeal... any activity can have it.” Currently working from her home studio in High River, AB., Ruth passes her painting hours listening to Gregorian Chants, “filling the room with beauty  and  tranquility.”  Lest  her international favour for such highbrowed  appreciation  as  Japanese landscape masters and monophonic liturgical music make you suspect there really is something unreachably ethereal in the true artist’s nature,

Ruth brings you right back to her humanity with a single flick of her irreverent tongue. “I have to have enough artistic shit lying around or I can’t concentrate for long.” Ruth paints largely from historic photographs,  rendering  candid researched moments from the past into realistic, current relevance. Like her painting of the plucky and steelyeyed Ruth Law, who became the first woman to purchase a plane from the Wright Brothers... boys who would sell Ruth their airplane, but would refuse to teach her to fly it. Ruth Law became the first pilot, of any gender, to perform the loop-the-loop... not once, but twice. In our Behind The Cover in June’s issue of Horses All, we said, “There’s a little Flores LaDue in Ruth Vickers.” There’s a little Ruth Law in Ruth Vickers too. Ruth’s debut public offering featuring the inimitable Flores LaDue fetched the tidy sum of $30,000 in a hotly contested bidding war at the live auction held at last month’s LaDue Lunch. A collection of her other originals can be viewed at In a self-fulfilling prophecy, Ruth warns, “That moment when beauty and art reveal their grace to you will come without warning... and you  have to be ready to catch it when it flies by.”

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Smart Chic Olena dies at age twenty-seven HOMEWARD BOUND Celebrating lives lived

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wo-time AQHA world champion Smart Chic Olena passed away at age 27 in June 2012. The sorrel stallion was well known in the Western performance world for being an outstanding athlete, but was also famous for producing talented offspring who earned $2.6 million in NCHA, $5.5 million in NRHA and $2.4 million in NRCHA. Chic sired 14 world champions and 24 reserve world champions. Chic was owned for 22 years by Jim Babcock, a native of Ontario who later moved to Texas. Chic had sustained a serious injury to his hock but Babcock took a chance and purchased the damaged 4-year old. Chic went into rehabilitation, and eventually returned to the cutting pen and won big. Most owners would have retired the horse to stud at that point, but Babcock felt the horse wasn’t finished competing. Craig Johnson retrained the cutting horse into a reiner, a difficult if not impossible task for most

horses. But Chic went on to win nine reining classes, eventually earning the 1993 National Reined Horse Association Open reserve championship. Chic is the only horse in history to earn AQHA championships in both cutting and reining. Brian Knutson of Bar K2 Ranch in B.C. is proud to own Lakota Chic, a son of Smart Chic Olena. “I saw Smart Chic Olena several times, and I really liked the horse,” Knutson  says.  “Lakota  is  athletic, has a lot of heart, and equally important, has stayed sound through all his training and show career,” Knutson continues. “As far as I’m concerned, Smart Chic Olena was one of the top producers of performance horses, and we’re thrilled to have those bloodlines in our stallion.”





Curtis Anderson:

Continues his remarkable comeback journey

Injured rodeo cowboy makes courageous recovery and works to increase brain injury awareness Brain Injury Awareness

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Catching up with heroes of the past

The Courage Canada Trail Ride for Brain Injury Awareness is held the last Saturday of May each year.

By Dianne Finstad


f you’re ever feeling bogged down by the daily hassles of life, you’d better have a visit with Curtis Anderson. The cowboy has one of the most inspiring stories you’ll ever hear. And he’s more than willing to tell it. Ten years ago, Curtis Anderson was living his rodeo dream as a bull rider. He paid his fees, and came to get on his bull June 26th at the Ponoka Stampede. It was a decision that changed his life. Just days before, the young competitor from Minburn had his ‘bell rung’ by a bull at another rodeo. But being ‘cowboy tough’, and with the chance at some bigger bucks ahead, Anderson kept on going. But on this day, this bull, and two blows to the head later meant Anderson left the arena by stretcher. “I remember setting my bull rope in the chute… and then the next thing I remember was the ambulance ride from the University hospital to the Glenrose, and that was three weeks later,” Anderson explained. Anderson had suffered severe head trauma, which resulted in left side paralysis. “In the beginning, it took two nurses to get me out of bed,” he recalled. From there, it’s been a decade long journey that Anderson has tackled inch by inch. The determined cowboy worked hard on his recovery. He first got to therapy by wheelchair, before graduating to a quad cane, then a single cane, as he relearned how to walk. But that wasn’t the only life skill he had to start from scratch on. He also wanted to be able to talk again. “At first, I wrote things down in a scribbler to communicate, then I put vowels into words, and words into sentences.” Anderson’s left side took a lot of work, because he couldn’t even move his left arm. And his sense of balance was gone too. But incredibly, Anderson’s uphill climb netted results, and nothing got in his way. “You don’t get better sitting on the couch”, he stated simply, and that philosophy became his motivator. “A year after my accident, I had an interview with (rodeo reporter) Dwayne Erickson and I said I wanted to be able to walk around as if nothing happened… and I’m almost there.” “Now I’ve written two songs and a multitude of poems. I started with

“There is no reason to feel sorry for yourself, you just have to “Cowboy Up and Keep On Keepin On.” Just when you think you are in bad shape, have a walk around a Brain Injury Centre, see happy survivors and how proud they are of themselves.” — Curtis Anderson Excerpt from Anderson’s Poem “I Believe” “If you want to pick up your chin Watch the sparrows in the wind If you want to see God’s beauty and power Have a look at the flowers.” Curtis Anderson on Real Handy bull SB13 at the 2002 Ponoka Stampede. photo: Mike Copeman

pureed food, now I’m able to cut my steak. I can carry a pail of grain in each hand weighing 40 pounds apiece,” he states proudly. Two years ago, Anderson was able to get his driver’s license back. A year ago, he put a trailer on land, and is living on his own. He has a small cow herd, and helps his brother and father with that. “I had a custom fencing business before my accident, and for the past two years, I’ve been able to hold a staple and put the wire back up, so I’m going to start doing some more fencing.” Anderson  celebrates  each  new victory as he continues to work on mobility with his left hand, from turning on taps to running the windshield wipers in his car. “I can take the wrapper off a cheese slice now!” His one year in therapy included eight months at Halvar Johnson Centre for Brain Injury in Ponoka, where  those  who  worked  most closely with him continue to be encouraged by his progress. “I stop in at the Centre every time I’m through town. They’re pretty amazed. One lady said seeing me is worth more than any amount of money they’ll ever pay her.” Anderson  credits  the  support of family and friends for his comeback, as well as a therapeutic riding course. But another major focus for Anderson has become sharing his story and helping others. He started an annual Courage Canada Trail

“You don’t get better by sitting on the couch.” — Curtis Anderson

Ride in his home region of Innisfree eight years ago, that this year attracted more than a hundred riders, plus a dozen wagon teams and others who rode in the wagons, including some of his therapy staff and other brain injury survivors. “I just wanted something to raise more awareness of brain injury and do something that people from the area could be involved in,” he explained. The ride raised $20,000

this year. Anderson has also begun sharing his “Road to Recovery” speech at schools, with 4-H and hockey groups and at oilfield safety meetings,  focusing  on  helmet safety. “You don’t get a second brain, so it’s cooler to wear a helmet and being able to skate or ride a horse the next day, than not wearing a helmet and maybe not do it again.” “One of the things with concus-

sion is people go back too soon, and your brain heals when you rest.” Anderson has developed a flair for cowboy poetry and goes to gatherings to speak, and plans to put a book out this fall. His journey is one that puts life in fresh perspective “That’s the biggest thing — to appreciate what you have today because  tomorrow  it  might  be gone.”

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HORSES ALL: Celebrating 35 years of telling equine stories All-breed, all-discipline magazine still in stride By Wendy Dudley


Priddis, AB


hirty-five years ago, a little girl with pigtails handstuffed the newspaper sections of Horses All. She learned at a young age to take and develop photos, to interview people who were her parents’ age, and to ignore those who tried to say she was too young to be a real reporter. Today, that little girl is all grown up, with a farm family of her own in Manitoba. But the memories of maturing with a newspaper founded by her mother and father — Doug and Jacki French — remain vivid. “It was like having another sibling. It was always part of my life. I was a Horses All kid. Whether I was attending the Stampede or Spruce Meadows, I was representing Horses All,” said Shanyn Silinski who, along with her brother Shawn, was involved with the paper from age six to 23. In later years, she sold ads and helped with the layout. Horses All, celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, was born in 1977, founded by Doug and Jacki French. In the early days, it was printed in Montana, the issues then hauled to Alberta in a stock trailer, where address labels were printed, said Shanyn. “Then the local ladies would divvy them up by postal code because they were bagged by

Features of today’s Horses All: • 20,000 copies distributed across western Canada (double any other horse publication) • Proud to cover ‘all breeds, all disciplines’. • One of the few ‘monthly’ equine publications • Large page size allows for more photos and articles

“We hauled our hides, talking to people and making connections.”  SHANYN SILINKSKI Shawn and Shanyn French were active in the family business at a young age.

the codes.” Years later, the printing moved to Calgary. It was a home-crafted affair, with most of the work done in the French home in Nanton until an office was set up in Hillspring, after the Frenchs purchased a ranch on the Waterton River. In the beginning, there were no


desktop computers, digital cameras, or Internet. Stories were typed, photos were developed in dark rooms and ads were mailed in — and on one occasion, ad copy with photos was delivered by plane. “It was a stallion ad, and the guy dropped it from his plane in a Minute Maid container. He buzzed us

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twice, then dropped it in the laneway,” said Shanyn who, over 17 years, collected volumes of stories about putting out Horses All. When not punching the keyboards, she and her family were making the rounds to rodeos, jumping shows, draft horse pulls, and 4-H events. If they weren’t covering equine events, they were working their own registered Paint Horses, she said. “We covered everything, and right across the country,” said Shanyn who also contributed a Kids column. There were stories and advertisers from Quebec, Texas and the Pacific Northwest. “We hauled our hides, talking to people and making connections. It was more an international paper back then.” In 1994, the paper was sold to North Hill Publications in Calgary. It went through several different editors, and its revenues began to drop. When Cindy and Steve Mark took over (they bought it in 2004), it was struggling. “It was going downhill because they weren’t investing in it,” said Steve. And the copy was no longer relevant, added Cindy. “There were too many general how-to stories.” The club news boosted circulation, giving it a grassroots profile, and a third section was added for Western Performance events. Specialists were brought on board, such as April Clay who continues to contribute an equestrian sport psychology column. The couple put the paper together in their home, turning two bedrooms into offices, one for Cindy as editor and the other for Steve who was in charge of sales. At night, the two would lie in bed, thinking up headlines at 3 am. “That was our pillow talk. It was just so much part of our lives,” laughed Cindy. “As a mom-and-pop operation, it

could make money. We didn’t have the overhead that a corporation has,” said Steve. “We had free rein, and we made it huge.” Issues ran as big as 100 pages, and every issue made money. Revenues in the first two years grew by 200 per cent, and over their four-year ownership, the numbers quadrupled. How did they do it? The two waded knee-high into the equine community. “Horses All is a hands-on paper. You have to be out there, meeting people,” said Cindy, a barrel racer-turned-dressage rider. “I would be up at 5 am., taking issues down to Pincher Creek, or up to Red Deer. You had to be in front of people. It was a sevenday job. And that’s what it takes,” Steve added. “It was our life. Horse people saw me out there, sweating and freezing. If horse people don’t respect you, they will blow you off.” Club news was integral to its success, he said. “We had 50 different clubs and they all ran ads. This is what Horses All was built on. Those are the readers. It is a grassroots publication, and you have to make them feel like they are part of it. We went to horse shows every single weekend, and if you don’t do that, you’re toast. It needs that commitment. That’s how we grew it.” When Cindy and Steve moved east to Port Hope, Ont., the paper was sold to Vancouver-based Glacier Publications. That was four years ago, and coincided with a downturn in the horse economy. “The price of horses fell and the steam went out of the industry, so horse publications had to go into change mode,” said Tom Mumby, in charge of special projects with Glacier. “We had to move Horses All to where it needed to be within a really » Continued on next page



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crowded marketplace. There are more players in the horse publication industry than ever before.” A survey conducted two years ago revealed the majority of Horses All readers are western riders, so there is now an increased emphasis on those disciplines, he noted. “At the same time, we want people stories and horse stories. There are interesting things about every discipline and every breed.” With the majority of readers in Western Canada and specifically Alberta, 20,000 copies are mailed each month to households in B.C., Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Recognizing the importance of social media, Mumby said the Horses All web site has been upgraded, and its Facebook is under development. “The print media landscape has certainly changed over the past 35 years”, indicates current Editor, Craig Couillard. “Horses All is no longer the primary communication tool for clubs and associations. Most now have their own websites. Many are involved in social media such as Facebook and Twitter. And some even have their own e-mail database. Information

is being delivered virtually as it happens. “It’s a busy world we live in. People don’t have time to read a 100-page publication anymore. They not only want it to be interesting and relevant, but they want a quick read.” “We are still proud of our roots — all breeds, all disciplines,” Couillard said. “But now we need to work harder to uncover the interesting or even inspiring stories from the various associations about their people and horses, places and events. We believe a show jumper will be just as interested in an inspiring story about a barrel racer. The common thread is our love of the horse.” For Shanyn Silinski, who is still a writer, Horses All will continue to be part of her life, as she keeps track of it on-line, and looks for it on stands in Manitoba. “I always keep an eye on it. It is still family. I grew up with it. It meant I missed a lot of other things kids were doing, but it also meant I was able to do things no other kid could do.” As for Steve Mark, he sums up his years as owner by saying, “It was the best job I ever had. I lived it and breathed it. It was my passion.”

Cindy Mark, who owned Horses All for four years, poses with Cartier, a handsome Hannoverian.   Photo: Courtesy Cindy Mark




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Shannon Smith was 10 years old when she got her first pony. That was around the same time she began reading Horses All. Twenty years later, she still thumbs through every issue. “I liked the horse health articles, from clover rash to navicular. And the classifieds, because you always wanted to see what was out there for sale,” said Smith, who works at Bar T5 Trailers, near Millarville, Alta. For Les Burwash, who heads up Alberta Agriculture’s horse industry branch, the paper has always been a go-to read for health news and club and association references. “I’ve been reading it since Doug and Jacki French started it 35 years ago, and the one thing it has always had is broad appeal. It has been a survivor because of the various interests, and that’s where its value is.” Long-time readers have grown up with the paper, watching it evolve as the industry also changes. Its grassroots connections are what makes the paper different from other equine publications, said Tanya Goodwin, who shows draft horses, as well as doing dressage and combined driving. “It embraces the horse industry, rather than a specific breed or discipline, so it’s good for targeting new members or getting people to a show,” added Goodwin, an administrator with the Olds Agricultural Society. Karen Mix, who co-owns K & K Livestock Co., gives a nod to the

Shannon Smith, who works at Bar T5 Trailers, started reading Horses All when she was 10 years old.   Photo: Wendy Dudley

increasing emphasis on western disciplines. “We’ve got guys in penning and cattle work who are picking it up. They never touched it before. People drive out here for a cup of coffee and to get a copy of the paper.” The fact the paper is monthly and not quarterly also keeps it relevant, Mix added. “That way, it’s in tune with every discipline and every type of riding.” For Deb Laderoute, general manager of Equi-Products tack store on the outskirts of Calgary, the paper’s newsprint format has kept her a regular reader for 15 years. “I like the feel of a newspaper,” she laughed, “and I don’t tend to go on-line as much so I like having things as hard copy.” She also is a fan of club and regional news, especially anything to do with standardbreds and chuckwagons since she was

involved for years in the driving community. She was the first woman to qualify for the World Equestrian Games in combined driving with a four-in-hand team. As Horses All moves into its next decade, readers believe it will remain relevant as long as western Canada has a horse culture. While some readers shy away from online information, others welcome Horses All to Facebook and other forms of social media. “Our industry is really going that way,” said Goodwin. “If you are looking for a horse for sale, you tend to go on-line, and a lot of show registrations are all on-line.” As long as it keeps its balance, Horses All will maintain its edge, said Burwash. “Not a lot of papers have survived as long, so it’s done something right. For me, I like to read human interest stories, but I also read to learn something.”





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Young mare gets the Olympic nod

Millar to break Olympic record Veteran show jumper plans to stay in the saddle

Ian Millar says his horse, Star Power, is up to the Olympic task. On the eve of his record-breaking 10th Olympics, Ian Millar says he has no intentions of retiring. At age 65, he remains keen to compete.   Photo: Wendy Dudley

By Wendy Dudley Priddis, AB.


y age 65, most of us are looking forward to hanging up the work harness. But not Ian Millar. On the eve of his world record-breaking 10th Olympics, he says he has no plans to retire. There’s no pension plan in show jumping, he notes, and besides, he loves what he does. It’s the exercise and being in the outdoors that has kept him in shape, so why stop now, he said during competition this summer at Spruce Meadows. Millar is not the oldest competitor in the Summer Games. Japanese dressage rider Hoketsu Hiroshi is 70. Equestrian events take place between July 28-Aug. 9. Team show jumping is Aug. 6, and individual finals go Aug. 8. Millar is humbled about being the veteran on the team, which also includes Eric Lamaze, Tiffany Foster, Jill Henselwood, with alternate rider Yann Candele. “I never had a grand plan. It was all about the journey because the destination is at best very uncertain, as it is in life,” he said. There was also a move to have Millar declared Canada’s flag bearer at the official opening ceremonies on July 27. “It would be such an honour,” he said. “And it would be so great to have someone from equestrian carrying the flag. It would be tremendous for our sport.” This Olympics, Millar predicts, will be a true celebration of equestrian performance because of the British love of horse sports. All equestrian events have sold

out. “I think the focus on equestrian will be like no other.” Millar, who helped Canada win team silver in Beijing in 2008, has had a rocky ride these past four years. His 2008 Olympic horse In Style never fully recovered from an injury so was retired. And now, on the eve of his historic 10th Olympics, there is the painful reminder of the passing of his wife, Lynn, who died of cancer just months before the 2008 Games.

“The highlight of my life was my wife.” — Ian Millar

The hurt remains, as it is Lynn he refers to when asked to define his career highlights. It isn’t his upcoming participation in his 10th Olympiad, nor the team silver medal he received in 2008. Nor the arrival of his granddaughter, when his daughter Amy, also a jumper, gave birth to Lily in 2010 “My wife,” he said, in a private moment on the same day it was officially announced he had earned a ticket to London. “The highlight of my life was my wife.” Lynn Millar kept the family in line and together. She was their organizer, and their best coach from the rails, always there to give tips for the next round. She was the first one called whenever Ian, Jon-

athon, or Amy completed a competition in some far-away place. “I miss her,” Ian said, his voice trailing off. But Jonathon and Amy will be there with him in London. “To help me and support me,” he said, a smile returning to his face. And what of his chances in London? “You never know, on any given day,” he said. Unlike other sporting events, show jumping has variables. “A 100-metre sprint in Calgary is the same as a 100metre sprint in London. But with horses, you are dealing with different footing, and different jumps. They will be doing jumps they have never seen before. They may take an exception to one.” And fingers are crossed that Star Power, his Dutch-bred gelding, will peak at just the right time. The Olympic selection committee gave Millar permission to stay home in Perth, Ont., during the observation trials held in Calgary in June so that Star Power could be rested. It was kept quiet that he was suffering some foot soreness, but Millar believes the horse is back on track. “He needed to freshen up physically and mentally. So we just did some hacking around the countryside.” It was the last major contest before the Games. “It is a very delicate process to get a horse to peak at the right time, but Star Power knows his job. He’s capable of getting it done,” Millar said. While the sport may be unpredictable, Millar remains steadfast in his plans to stay in the saddle for years to come. “I hope someday my granddaughter will be watching me.”

by Wendy Dudley, Priddis, AB. She’s brave and careful. But she’s also inexperienced. That’s how Eric Lamaze describes Derly Chin de Muze, the nine-year-old Belgian mare that was given the nod as his mount for the London Olympics. “But she has a great brain, and that makes up for her inexperience,” he said. “She is very dependable and very scopey.” The world’s third-ranked rider believes her talent is in the depth of her attitude. So, with input from team coach Torchy Millar, he chose her over the more experienced mount, Verdi, a grey Dutch Warmblood gelding. “I really like Verdi. But I just don’t know him as well,” Lamaze said. He has been riding Derly longer than Verdi, having only purchased the gelding after the sudden death of his Olympic horse Hickstead last November. There was some doubt as to Derly’s abilities when she balked at a combination jump during the Spruce Meadows Canada One tournament, and then a week later in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup Grand Prix. Upon leaving the arena, Lamaze indicated he would review the decision to take Derly. But in a post-analysis of the refused jump in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup, it was determined the young mare was asked to take off too soon, leaving her too far away from the jump, said chef d’equipe Torchy Millar. “It was just a miscommunication between the two,” he said. And what was important is that even after that, she collected herself and finished the course clean. During the Canada One grand prix, it was a case of Lamaze riding her as if she was experienced. “It was a wake-up call for me,” he said. “It reminded me that she can’t be ridden that way.” The mare may be young, but her potential is huge, said Lamaze who reiterated he is not out to defend his gold medal. “I can’t defend my title. I could if I was on Hickstead. Maybe, on this horse, in another four years I could.” Millar has great faith in Derly’s abilities. “She’s probably as good a nine-year-old show jumper as there is on the planet. You pair that with as good a rider as there is on the planet, anything could happen.” While there were no major contests between Spruce Meadows and the London Olympics, Lamaze intended to jump Derly in smaller classes during the weeks leading up to the Games. “Just to get everybody’s confidence back,” Millar said. “If this had happened to a new or less experienced rider, I would be concerned about what it would do to their confidence. But this is Eric. He’s a gold medalist. He’s tough mentally.”

Eric Lamaze chose the young mare Derly Chin de Muze as his London Olympic horse. She is inexperienced, but has the smarts.   Photo: Wendy Dudley

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Martha Birkett – inspired woman Alberta woman rode across Canada in 2008 to raise funds for Alberta Wish Foundation and continues to work tirelessly for children around the world WOMEN OF THE WEST Personal profile

By Cindy Bablitz


here’s another name for a woman of the west, and it’s multi-tasker. It’s also Martha Birkett. Martha founded Giddy Up For Wishes, a fundraising charity donating money to the Children’s Wish Foundation; Women of the Wild West, an impersonation troupe entertaining, educating and fundraising in the character and spirit of the feisty women whose pragmatism settled the west as well as any pioneering cowboy; The Amaryllis Centre with her daughter Sarah, a yoga and healing center in Cochrane, Alberta; and Red Deer Hot Yoga, (formerly called The Amaryllis Centre) with her daughter Shauna, another yoga and healing center in Red Deer, Alberta. And in her spare time, Martha gets productive. Building houses for people in need in Mexico. Serving in orphanages in Indonesia. Rehabilitating elephants in Sumatra and orangutans in Borneo. Writing a book. Practicing and teaching BodyTalk for humans and animals. Providing electroacupuncture therapy and homeopathic remedies for humans and animals. And stuff like that. “I was raised in a house with nine children, and when I got married at 20, I had kids right away,” says Martha. “So when my last daughter (Samantha) moved out, I was like, ‘holy crap, now what?’,” laughs Martha who, out of her very empty nest syndrome decided to take her ‘crazy love’ for children in a ride across Canada. On horseback. “I remember when I was just a little kid, saying prayers and asking God to help me make a difference in the lives of children. Three months before the ride I woke up and realized, this was my prayer being answered.” ‘The ride’ was a three and a half month trek that was a year in the planning, starting in Canada’s capital city and ending in the 2008 Calgary Stampede parade. Giddy Up For Wishes raised over $210,000, supporting children living with life threatening illnesses and registered with the Children’s Wish Foundation to have equestrian-related ‘wishes’ made true. Martha’s passion for children doesn’t quite pale in comparison to her passion for life... but you can’t help but notice, this youthful grandmother, (who, frankly, looks more vivacious than many half her age) seems to be having a whole lot of fun. She truly embodies the western spirit as work and play have always gone hand in hand in Martha’s life. “Horses do so much for the soul,” says Martha. Coco, a 20 year old Morgan Quarter Horse cross, was one of four horses she took on the Giddy Up ride. Coco became the star of the jour-

ney, carrying not only Martha from Ottawa to Calgary, but sharing her gentle, healing spirit with terminally ill children who met up with the team along the route, through the Children’s Wish Foundation. The parents of one seven year old child, living with cancer and the chemo treatments to battle it who smiled and started giggling uncontrollably when she was set up on Coco’s back, told Martha their daughter had literally not cracked a smile in six months. Last year, at 23 years of age, Coco died of a heart attack. “I told everyone it was because her heart got too

big on the ride, as it grew with every experience we shared,” says Martha. “I pack out in the mountains... I’d love to do that more than I do... but I spend as much time as I can hunting on horseback and camping. I enjoy horses to the fullest. “And now I have five grandchildren and I want to make sure they’re all set up for a life of enjoying horses too.” For more information on this feisty, multi-tasking Woman of the West, (try to keep up... we dare you) surf to,, www., and


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Champion Percheron proves to be priceless Lucasia Rosebud shines in the show ring and on the ranch HORSE HEROES Profiles of exceptional horses

By Robyn Moore


t’s summer and many people’s thoughts turn to catching a local rodeo for the thrill of watching bull riding or a chuckwagon race. Brett Lucas’ then 3 year old son is no different, except he wanted to take the excitement further by driving a team in a chuckwagon race when he picked up the lines of a team of Percherons at the family’s ranch and cried out “Yah! Yah!” One of the 2000 lbs horses

hooked up was just a green youngster in training, but luckily for him, the other horse hooked up was Lucasia Rosebud, a dapple grey veteran and gentle giant who knew not to take off like she was running the “Half Mile of Hell.” That, not surprisingly, is Brett Lucas’ favorite memory of Rosebud, although he has had many other opportunities to be proud of her. Rosebud has many accomplishments in the show ring as well. Rosebud was bred by Brett’s parents Wayne and Judy Lucas of Lucasia Ranch, but she is considered Brett’s horse. Lucasia Ranch is perhaps best known for sharing their western

heritage through ranch vacations on the historic cattle and horse ranch in Claresholm, Alberta, that was established in 1881. But many people also know them as Quarter Horse and Percheron breeders. The Lucas family purchased their first registered Percheron in 1969. Rosebud was born in Claresholm on April 24, 2003. She is sired by Rose Hill Bud, and out of Ylxus of Livingston Valley. As a yearling filly, Rosebud began her show career. Highlights of her show career are extensive. She was awarded second in her class at Calgary and Reserve Champion Junior Mare at Olds as a yearling. In 2006, as a three year old, Rosebud was

Lucasia Rosebud - a Percheron with an extensive show career.   photo: submitted


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CIRCUIT : CANADIAN FINALS STANDINGS SADDLE BRONC 1 GEIGER RYLAN (19) . . . . . . .$20,531.35 2 BERRY JIM (21) . . . . . . . . . .$18,545.87 3 BUTTERFIELD LUKE (20) . . .$17,915.42 4 FLUNDRA DUSTIN (16) . . . . .$17,390.93 5 SUNDELL WADE (7) . . . . . . .$16,491.63 6 KELTS SAM (19) . . . . . . . . . .$14,325.12 7 THOMSON KYLE (19) . . . . . .$13,902.73 8 DAINES DENVER (9) . . . . . . .$11,259.45 9 MUNCY TAOS (8) . . . . . . . . . .$8,882.37 10 RUDOLF BRAD (6) . . . . . . . .$8,229.68

STEER WRESTLING 1 MILAN TANNER (8) . . . . . . . .$18,268.51 2 MOORE CLAYTON (18) . . . . .$14,236.23 3 CASSIDY CODY (18) . . . . . . .$13,503.56 4 SANTUCCI SEAN (12) . . . . . .$12,141.12 5 REEVES MATT (9) . . . . . . . . .$10,592.58 6 BOUCHARD CHAD (10) . . . . . .$9,058.36 7 REAY TRAVIS (19) . . . . . . . . . .$8,479.51 8 CURE HUNTER (10) . . . . . . . .$8,120.43 9 LEDOUX GABE (7). . . . . . . . . .$8,020.90 10 MILAN STRAWS (19) . . . . . .$7,964.10

BAREBACK 1 LAVALLEY DUSTY (14) . . . . .$26,574.41 2 VOLD JAKE (12) . . . . . . . . . .$12,207.55 3 YOUNG JOSIAH (9) . . . . . . . .$12,071.59 4 SOLBERG MICHAEL (16) . . . .$12,049.31 5 TAYPOTAT TY (12) . . . . . . . . .$11,014.79 6 BREUER TY (3) . . . . . . . . . . .$10,124.00 7 LAIT MATT (18) . . . . . . . . . . .$8,989.96 8 PEEBLES STEVEN (9) . . . . . . .$7,938.80 9 BUNNEY CLAYTON (19) . . . . .$7,915.81 10 HAVENS JASON (9) . . . . . . .$7,882.04

LADIES BARREL RACING 1 PIERCE CARLEE RAE (10) . . .$31,808.62 2 RUST LEE ANN (15) . . . . . . .$21,721.21 3 ROBERTS CRANNA (21) . . . .$16,680.80 4 POZZI BRITTANY (7) . . . . . . .$14,096.57 5 LOCKHART LISA (12) . . . . . .$13,909.04 6 BESSERT SAMMI (7) . . . . . .$11,858.85 7 BLANCHARD SYDNI (12). . . .$11,560.30 8 SEARS LINDSAY (11) . . . . . .$10,137.46 9 CERVI SHERRY (6) . . . . . . . . .$9,756.26 10 CHURCHILL TRULA (15) . . . .$8,636.60

BULL RIDING 1 SCHIFFNER SCOTT (18) . . . .$23,477.47 2 TURNER JODY (16) . . . . . . . .$16,396.70 3 BUTTAR DAKOTA (18) . . . . . .$14,958.56 4 GREEN GARRETT (15). . . . . .$14,954.80 5 BYRNE TANNER (15) . . . . . . .$14,157.14 6 EDGE DENTON (10) . . . . . . .$13,547.47 7 POZZOBON TY (13). . . . . . . .$13,533.46 8 BESPLUG CHAD (11) . . . . . .$12,963.26 9 TURNER STEVEN (18) . . . . . .$12,499.21 10 HILL BEAU (17) . . . . . . . . .$12,376.95

TR HEELER 1 DALLYN ROCKY (16) . . . . . . . .$9,834.33 2 COOPER JIM ROSS (8) . . . . . .$9,310.04 3 EAVES PAUL (9) . . . . . . . . . . .$8,418.49 4 BUHLER JEREMY (20) . . . . . .$7,962.73 5 WILSON RILEY (19). . . . . . . . .$7,827.04 6 MOTES RYAN (6) . . . . . . . . . .$7,704.80 7 CRESTA BROC (6). . . . . . . . . .$6,411.56 8 FLEWELLING TYREL (20) . . . .$6,390.04 9 ROSS ROCKY (20) . . . . . . . . .$6,132.60 10 JOHNSON CHAD (19) . . . . . .$5,832.77

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Supreme Champion Mare in Olds and Grand Champion Mare at the Calgary Stampede. And, at the 2009 Calgary Stampede, Rosebud won first in the Aged Mare class, Champion Senior Mare and Reserve Champion Percheron Mare. Now, she spends her days, not only helping young boys experience the rush of “chuckwagon racing,” but also raising foals of her own and training the new crop of youngsters. In the training of young horses in a hitch, Brett admits, “she does all the hard work.”

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It’s not uncommon to see kids leading her around the property. Rosebud is very easy going and everyone that is around her loves her, so it would have been easy to sell her for a decent price. “I priced her really high at one point,” Brett says, “but I regretted it because what would happen if someone wanted to pay it?” So, sorry folks, she is not for sale. It’s safe to say she’ll be a standard attraction at Lucasia Ranch for many more years to come. If you have or know of a horse hero, tell us why, send us a photo and each month we’ll feature a horse that stands out from the herd. Robyn Moore is the Manager of Horse Industry Association of Alberta, email

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An international man of mystery Alberta man to open back gate at his 5th Olympic Games OUR WAY OF LIFE Making a living with horses

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he Games in London represent Pedro Cebulka’s fifth Olympics, yet most of the viewing audience will not even be aware of him or the important responsibilities he shoulders as the master of the back gate. “The Olympics are different than any other competition; there’s not just horse fans watching. It brings all  nations  together  and  that reflects in the atmosphere with tension and added pressure. The riders are not competing directly for prize money, but for their country’s honour, for national funding of their sport, for the prestige of the horse breeders or owners and for the positive influence on the horse industry. “I like to get up early and go to all the meetings (riders, organizers, officials) and go to the stables to talk to the grooms and riders to see if there are any problems.” That way he knows the particular quirks of the horses. Maybe one horse

kicks, maybe one needs a running entrance into the ring, and so on. “It’s all about communication, and the more the people see me, the better the communication.” How did a man born in Germany come to be a Canadian resident? In 1977, after two days of hard work, Pedro was the only one left from a group of German youths earning a bit of travelling money by working at Spruce Meadows, and that’s when fate intervened. The Mexican showjumping team and grooms arrived for a tournament and no one spoke English, but Pedro’s ability to speak Spanish provided him with a new role. He also speaks English, German, Spanish,  Dutch,  Italian,  Portuguese and he’s studying to improve his French. “French is one that I would like to be fluent in because WEG 2014 is in Normandy. I studied Spanish in Guatemala — when I was a tour guide.” He’s often asked if he does this for a living. “No, no, it is just a hobby. It is something I like to do, that I enjoy, and it is very fulfilling and rewarding. I don’t do it full time because I like to keep it fresh and make it special…and fun!

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He does his job efficiently; he does it with humor; and, when the show allows, he does it in costume. Even when the occasion calls for ‘reserved’ attire, Pedro can be seen with mismatched socks in vivid colours. He definitely has a style all his own. Everybody wonders what will he wear next. Even the riders are curious, and most have a favourite Pedro story. “One day he’s Bob Marley; the next day he’s George Washington,” said one, and another laughed, “I saw him once… it had been raining… and he had on a diving mask, windshield wipers, snorkel, flippers.” The 2008 Olympics saw Pedro given permission to dress up the official uniform for the first time. He honoured the host nation by wearing traditional hats, but “chop, chop” became his mantra when told that one particular hat was not worn by the emperor, as Pedro believed, but by the emperor’s eunuch! Where to after the Games? Upon his return, Pedro will be ringmaster at the Rocky Mountain Classic II at Anderson Ranch (August 15th to 19th), which is just down the

Whatever you do, you should enjoy it; people can feel it.” Although there is a lot of prestige from things like the Olympics, there isn’t a lot of income. In fact, Pedro often performs his duties at a financial loss. And that is without considering the cost of his outfits. Fortunately, he has made a living as a real estate developer for the past 26 years. Pedro is so well-respected in part because of his ability to communicate in so many languages while juggling logistics such as veterinary checks and the timely entry/ exit of competitors. He also liaises with organizing committees, security, television crews, announcers, national delegates, veterinarians, farriers, stewards, technical delegates, riders, grooms and so on. “If something unexpected happens, I have to react quickly and properly. I have to relay information so everyone can do their job. In Hong Kong (2008) I walked with all the dressage horses from the warm-up ring to the competition ring so they wouldn’t spook. The chefs d’equipe recognized what I did and gave me a standing ovation!”







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The next generation of Longmuir Quarter Horses Jack Longmuir’s daughter and grandsons continue the AQHA breeding legacy in Empress, Alberta A BREED APART Horse breeder profile

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he name Jack Longmuir is familiar to many people in the quarter horse industry, not only just in Alberta, but also throughout Canada and the United States. After all, he was the second Canadian to ever receive the AQHA Legacy award in 2009 for 50 years of Quarter Horse breeding. Longmuir Quarter Horses Ranch started after Jack’s parents Gordon and Clara Longmuir, who were originally from Campbellford, Ontario, settled in near Empress, Alberta. Jack was interested in horses from the very beginning. “His goal was to raise a good ranch horse and he found the American Quarter Horse was the answer to his dream!” says Sheila Howe, Jack’s daughter. In the late 1950’s, Jack purchased 5 mares and stallion. He bred and registered horses with AQHA for 50 continuous years, earning him the Legacy award. Over the 50 years, he owned over 20 stallions and countless mares. He became interested in

Jack Longmuir, in 2008, with a blue roan Quarter Horse stallion he had purchased in Nebraska. He continued to be a respected breeder into his 90th year, and had special interest in roans. Jack died in 2011 but his daughter and grandsons are carrying on the family tradition. PHOTO: SUBMITTED

genetics, especially in the breeding of blue roans. In 1978, Sheila and her husband Ron came back to Empress to help with the breeding operation and to raise the next generation of the family, sons Dale and Brad. At age 89, Jack was still raising horses. His horses can be seen in the rodeo arena competing in a vari-


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ety of events like steer wrestling, calf roping, barrel racing and team roping. They are also seen being used in 4-H or working on family ranches. Jack passed away in April 2011, but his family ensures that his legacy will live on. “Jack had a good ride! Some people gamble, some drink, it was

“Jack, as all horse breeders, had his ups and down but he weathered all storms. Out here in the dry hard grass, it was tough some years to grow enough grass when it forgot to rain! You just have to pick the best and try to keep your head up. It was tough with the BSE crisis as we rely on ranchers to buy our horses. No money for cows, no money for horses! The downfall of the economy has killed a lot of horse ranches but we plan to continue on and looks like Jacks great grandchildren may carry on to 5 generations.”

Jacks breeding program that gave him that thrill! Kept him going to a ripe old age. He would tell people to dream your dream! Get involved with AQHA horses! And just keep it simple!” says Sheila. Sheila and Ron, along with their son’s Dale and Brad, are carrying on Jack’s dream. “We all live within 2 miles from each other. Each with our own outfit but close enough to help each other,” Sheila says. Sheila and Ron have taken over the blue roan program with two stallions, a grandson of Blue Boy Quincy and a son of Two ID Bartender, and 15 mares. Dale and his wife Jen continue breeding and have added a grandson by Shining Spark, Shiners Wild Card, to their program. According to Sheila, this was “a goal Jack never got to live out.” The same brand Jack registered in 1943 is carried on by Dale. Brad and his wife Mona recently purchased a grey cutting stallion Lil Pepto Pistol to add some cow to their ranch horses. Sheila says, “It’s new and exciting for both families to see if they can continue raising the right kind of horses that their grandfather would be proud of.

Robyn Moore is the Manager of Horse Industry Association of Alberta. If you own or know of an exceptional horse breeding operation , email rmoore@, and we’ll chose one that stands out from the herd to feature each month.

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Inspirational reiner comes to terms with alopecia Terri Heshk returns to the competitive arena free of the stigma of being bald WOMEN OF THE WEST Personal profile

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hen she was eight years old, Terri Heshka was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder that doctors didn’t have a name for. And then, all her hair fell out. She was prescribed Rogaine, in the days when this treatment for hair loss was still available only by prescription. She underwent aggressive steroid injections into her scalp every six months — some 100 injections per treatment — and prayed for her hair to grow back. “I was completely bald at nine years old,” says Terri, who started riding at about the same time, turning to the unconditional and mutual love she found in horses and eventually finding her way to membership and competitions with Reining Alberta. “I wore a wig to school, and was bullied and teased. It was very tough... very, very tough. I didn’t understand what was going on in the first place… and having my wig pulled off in the hallways between classes made everything harder. Later, I would learn that stress is the biggest symptom trigger for people living with autoimmune disorders.”

Through her twenties, the alopecia worsened again, and Terri did her best to hide the hair loss, while focusing her energies on living the best life she could muster in light of her highly visible condition, a disease that carries with it the added burden of social awkwardness. “You can’t watch a commercial or TV without seeing someone flipping their hair around, having it blowing in the breeze. Alopecia is such a shameful disease,” Terri says. “People just go into hiding. I’ve talked to so many people who live with alopecia who are crying all the time.” The last time Terri competed in the Reining Alberta ring, she says she was more concerned about her appearance than riding and enjoying her horse. “I was desperately trying to hold on to my cowboy hat, which was pinned to my bandana, which was pinned to the few strands of hair I had left. I was just way too uncomfortable, too scared, too nervous.” It was too much. Terri gave up competing. She’d enjoy her beloved Ares in private — named after the Greek god — now a 14 year old quarter horse Terri’s had since the day he was born of her mom’s mare, entering the stable only when she knew no one else was around. Until last month, when Terri re-

“All of a sudden, all those years of hiding ... hiding Terri ... I’m liberated from all that.”  TERRI HESHKA

entered the show ring at the Reining Alberta Summer Classic in Red Deer July 6-8. It was her first foray back into public competition after a self-imposed three year hiatus. She and Ares scored a personal best. And she did it bald. “Two years ago, on September 3, 2010, I shaved my head. All of a sudden, all those years of hiding... hiding Terri... I’m liberated from all that. Even though society says healthy people have long flowing hair, I know now I can still be beautiful, even with no hair.” She did it with Ares’ horse clippers. “My mom had just bought me a beautiful new wig, and when I took it off, at the end of the day, and looked in the mirror, I said, ‘I can’t continue living like this’.” She walked down to the stable. “I was constantly cleaning up hair, from the floor, in the bath-

Self-titled ‘Bald and Fabulous’, this photo was taken outside her mother’s barn. PHOTO: SUBMITTED

tub. It always felt like I was throwing myself in the garbage. I had been using the little horse elastics to tie up little pigtails, and when I shaved them off, and was holding them in my hand, I was struck in that instant with how desperate I had become to try to hold on to this tiny little amount of hair... like it was my lifeline. “I gave Ares a great big hug and he nuzzled me like he always does, like he still loved and accepted me the same.” Still, it took Terri another six months before she’d show her bald head to anyone, including her mom and her boyfriend. “It’s only been in the last year that I started going around with-

out anything on my head. I love who I am now, and I know where I stand in the world. “There are still moments I struggle socially. Every once in a while I’ll get the jaw dropping gawking stare — ‘oh my god it’s a bald woman!’ And I get the cancer question a lot. I had one woman ask me if I’m contagious. I’m now strong enough to just help people understand, I’m bald and this is what it is.” “It was so gratifying to experience so much support at the Reining Alberta Summer Classic. People were happy to see me back in the ring, and I couldn’t be prouder of Ares and me for earning the highest score we’ve ever earned.”

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Alberta bronze artist inducted into Hall of Fame Lynda Stewart has been creating lifelike bronzes for 3 decades from her home in Fort McLeod

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inda Stewart is the newest inductee into the Calgary Stampede’s Western Showcase Hall of Fame, just 33 short years after beginning her professional artist’s career as a bronze artist working out of her then Okanagan home. “I was drawing and painting since I was a little girl, and my family really encouraged me,” says Linda. “It wasn’t like all of a sudden I decided one day to become an artist.” It was, however, quite all of a sudden that Linda earned her first commission just six short months after first discovering her passion for bronze sculpture. It was her Alberta-born husband, familiar with and fond of the bronze western art form — something seen more prolifically at the time in Alberta than in BC — that first ignited Linda’s enthusiasm for this protracted and exacting process. In May 1979, four young Canadian professional rodeo cowboys, (Calvin Bunny, 19, Lee Coleman, 20, Brian Claypool, 25 and Gary Logan, 21) died when their single engine Cherokee plane crashed in the mountains of

“I think about my new creations for a really long time – sometimes a year or longer.” — Linda Stewart

Northern California. When the wreckage was discovered, funds that had been raised in support of the search effort were diverted to the commission of bronze statues that would forever commemorate the foursome. “Because of that commission, I got into the Calgary Stampede, and I’ve been there every year since.” That serendipity has propelled Linda’s professional artistic career as she’s sold her exquisitely smooth and detailed bronzes through the Western Showcase and all over the world. “I think about my new creations for a really long time — sometimes a year or longer — to completely envision how I’m going to put it together. Then, once I’ve got it in my head, the creative work just goes.” Indeed, Linda’s hallmark is her meticulous exactitude to detail, and her success as a bronze sculptor reflects her precise standards for getting things just right. Her sculptures are so perfect, in proportion and finishing, they look like miniaturized living people, horses, bison, cattle ... a flawlessness not easy to obtain in the many-stepped process of lost wax casting process most commonly used by bronze artists. To view Linda’s work, surf to




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e hails from Milo, Alberta and sings songs people can relate to…especially the working class who he dedicates his latest CD to. When you get the chance to sit across from Larry Vannatta, you will find a down-home, first class guy who loves music.  This born and raised farm boy is an ambassador to small town spirit and life.  In fact his Mom played in his band for 18 years with his former band ‘Straight Clean & Simple.’  There probably isn’t a town in Southern Alberta he hasn’t played in. Although he’s not searching for awards to confirm his passion, talent finds a way to get recognized.  He is a two-time, Canadian Juno nominee and was awarded the Songwriter of the Year award by the European Country Music Association (ECMA) in 2011.  He was also nominated for best male artist and fan choice award by the Association of Country Music in Alberta in 2012.

After taking a break to raise a family (3 kids) with his wife of 30 years, Vannatta is back with his solo project Working Class Man. When asked, he can’t recall if this is his 10th or 11th CD but nonetheless he is passionate about his latest work. Vannatta tells me he loves to write honest songs with good morals.  He grabs his inspiration from everyday life...from his background and even from “driving down the road and a melody pops into your head.” Over the years he has had a number of musical influences from the Nitty Gritty Dirt band, Ozark Mountain Dare Devils to Alan Jackson and the Zac Brown Band.   The title track of his new CD was released in Canada in February of 2012, and then in April 2012 across Europe, UK, Australia, France, Spain, Sweden, New Zealand, Norway, Demark, and Netherlands. He was a feature artist on ‘Made in Alberta’ which is aired on 99.7 Sun Country and AM 1140 Radio.  You can hear his current single Paradise on country radio now.  You will find the CD online and at his shows.  More details on Larry Vannatta can be found on Facebook or his website

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ummer reading time has arrived and if you have a child in your life or are still one yourself, you will be completely drawn into this spirited tale about the Magical Horses. Living with his grandparents in a small town is not nine-year-old Kiran’s idea of a good time. However, his grandfather tells interesting stories and gives him an old notebook, encouraging him to write down his thoughts and feelings. When words begin to mysteriously appear in the book each morning, readers are as captivated as young Kiran. What is this story and who is writing it? An amazing journey begins. We are transported back to a time when people still remembered the old stories about the Magical Horses, tales of lush green grass in the Land Behind the Rainbow. People eventually forgot these stories; other creatures, like the mice that frequented the barns and the countryside, remembered them. In an effort to bring back the magic, two mouse twins, Leo and Poldy, travel into the ancient forest to find out more about the horses and about life the way it was once lived. As the story unfolds, Kiran’s life also shifts, sometimes in painful ways. He learns about finding strength in the challenges that come to us all. Epp’s writing itself creates exceptional visu-

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by Terri Mason In the sunrise shadow of the Three Sisters mountain I rode out to check the fence Of the Swamp, where John’s old trail horses go Once their retirement has commenced The throaty roar of my chainsaw Shattered the still morning air As I cleared the trail of brush and trees That the winter snows had dropped there As we poked along ol’ Jimmy’s ears pricked up And he muttered a greeting At the small band who had rounded the bend Full from their morning feeding Standing apart from the small herd – A sorrel mare with the strangest mane It was shot through with red and white And purple and green and gray And it was curly! I don’t mean waves But fluffy curls that bounced And caught the sun’s rays and reflected them back My eyesight I darn near renounced Then with a flick of her also curly tail That flashed purple and blue and green She wheeled and thundered into the bush The last of her I hoped I was seeing I was some shook up and thought of some ways I could ask John ‘bout this mare I’d seen I didn’t want him to think I was crazy That my head was full of beans “Naw,” he laughed, “That’s Sandy’s horse Ginger, And that just goes to show What happens when a hairdresser’s business Get’s to be kind of slow.” Terri Mason is a prolific writer and enthusiastic entertainer. She is the editor of Canadian Cowboy Country magazine, and was also an editorial consultant of the popular Cowboy Country television show that ran for 7 seasons.

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Flores LaDue

Behind every good man there is a good woman

Book gives long overdue credit to wife of Calgary Stampede founder Guy Weadick TIME TO CHILL Book and movie reviews

By Cindy Bablitz


ifty years after her death, Flores LaDue, wife of Calgary Stampede founder Guy Weadick, was inducted into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas... and that’s how southern Alberta writer Wendy Bryden came to write about this formidable force of a cowgirl about whom little beyond her professional rodeo accomplishments was known. A story published December 8, 2001 in the Calgary Herald mentioned that a long time friend and Longview ranching neighbor of Guy and Flores, (also known as Florence, but born Grace Maud Bensel) had travelled to Texas to accept LaDue’s award.

“Immediately after the Christmas holidays were over, I phoned every McLean in the High River and Longview phone book and finally found Lenore at her ranch near Pekisko,” Wendy says. “I had never met Lenore McLean before and had absolutely no idea she was so well known. Over the telephone I pitched the idea of the book to her and asked her if my husband and I could drive out to her ranch to meet her.” It took another ten years for The First Stampede of Flores LaDue: The true love story of Florence and Guy Weadick and the beginning of The Calgary Stampede to come to completion... just in time to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the very festival the plucky young trick roper helped launch some one hundred years ago. The book reveals how Flores, whose mother died in her infancy, fought against gender biases of the

day, leading her to flee the confinement of her father, Judge Charles Bensel, sweeping away her tracks in the dust so as to leave no trail of her departure. Her name change was further insurance from being found while she played with and mastered her skills at roping, riding and rodeo, traveling throughout North America and Europe in vaudeville and rodeo circuits. Flores LaDue literally ran away from home to join the circus. “She hated her father for his obstinacy, his bullying, and the way he failed to understand what made her happy. She hated school in Montevideo, she hated English riding, and she hated the thought of being a so-called lady,” Wendy writes in Chapter 4, The Birth of Flores LaDue. Flores’ father forbade her from pursuing her passions, “echoing the popular wisdom of the day,

which held that women should not sweat or get dirty, let alone ride around on horses, lest they damage their reproductive organs.” In time, Flores/Florence/Grace and her father did reconcile, and eventually Charles even came to live at the Stampede Ranch with his daughter and Guy. “All three of them — Guy, Flores and Judge Bensel — are buried at the cemetery in High River, where the Calgary Stampede dedicated benches to them in June,” says Wendy. As much a tribute to the western pioneering spirit — ironically, a signature that many new Calgarians wanted to diminish in significance in their quest to promote Calgary as a modern, urban center at the turn of the century — The First Stampede of Flores LaDue celebrates the life of one woman who profoundly impacted the very fabric of a city, a province, a way of

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HIGHandWILD Wilderness horsemanship adventures By Glenn Stewart Baldonnel, B.C.


ry something new and expand you horsemanship! As you are reading this month’s article, we are either in the mountains or just came out. There are two hundred and fifty head of horses born and running wild up there, four days riding from the nearest road. Some of the horses have never had a halter on, many need to learn to have their feet handled for trimming and shoeing, and lots that need to be started under saddle. Every year for the past thirty-two years (except for one) I have been going to the mountains and working with the horses. This is the tenth year that we have been taking clients with us and offering them an opportunity to handle and learn from one or multiple horses raised in the wild. There are definite differences between wild and domesticated horses. A wild horse makes sure you are polite and clear about your intentions. If not, they soon fix you up, keeping the human very present in the pen. Most people don’t have a chance to halter break twenty-thirty horses in their lifetime, let alone in a week. Some clients are there to observe, and others have been coming many years in a row getting in the middle of it as much as they can. It’s one thing to play with a horse you know, and yet another to be able to practice and learn to read horses you have never seen that have raised on a mountainside or valley without the interference of humans. Earning the wild horses trust and respect is a very rewarding experience. They are happy to do as you ask but they need to know that you are trustworthy, and possess the skills for them to give you the role of leadership. They are very wary at first of any move or request you make, until you get to a point of understanding that you want to do something with their feet. Whether you want to pick one up, or have them go backwards, sideways, move their shoulders or hip, they need to know it is safe. They have been trusting the group’s lead mare and the stallion to move them around the mountains so to allow a human that privilege is a big step. (No pun intended.) Some of the clients will halter break or start a colt(s), and others will get an older seasoned trail horse depending on the situation. Whether it is a freshly started three year old or a seasoned trail horse, we get out on the trails to do some learning and enjoy the scenery. There are many things to be learned or noted when riding in the mountains or in the bush that make good common sense. Here are a few points that can make your time safer and more enjoyable. ✦ Going up and down hills and riding for hours can

cause the saddle, pad, or cinch to move out of place and need to be watched and re-adjusted.

✦ When you are going by a tree that might hit

your leg, put your hand on the tree and push. It is fairly easy from the saddle to move the horse over a few inches. The obvious one is to lift your leg up over the swell but it seems many people get their leg scrunched before moving them in time.

✦ Getting on a horse in the bush, and especially in

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the mountains is the easiest place to get on there is. You are always near a rock, or a tree that fell

The benefits of riding in different environments or on different horses…or both! over, or uneven ground or hillside, so getting your foot in the stirrup is usually easy. Put the horse on the downhill side and get on. ✦ When you are riding in a group, make sure your

horse walks at the speed of the lead horse or you will be getting behind, then trotting to catch up. If the trail ahead is a bit narrow and steep, let the horse in front get up to the top or through so you are not traffic jamming. Make sure you don’t stop at the top of a tricky or precarious spot and cause everyone else to be standing on the middle of the tricky spot.

✦ Watch for rocks in the creeks and river crossing

or trees in the water, and ride around the bigger slippery ones.

✦ Tie your horses high if you are going for a hike

and make sure to use a knot at a spot that won’t slide down the tree so that the horses’ leg doesn’t get wrapped around the rope.

✦ If you are riding very long you will likely bring

a coat or rain gear. Roll it up tight and neat and tie it good to the front or back of the saddle. You don’t want it to come loose and swinging down one side of the horse. He might not get bothered but he might spook. The gear you do take with you in saddlebags or tied to the saddle needs to be weighted evenly from side to side. If you put a pound or two on one side more than the other side, the saddle will want to rock and roll to the side with the extra weight. The horse will be uncomfortable and can end up with a cinch or wither sore.

✦ Riding your horse downhill is hard on their

joints; uphill just takes the weight off. It does the same for us. Getting off and leading your horse gives them a break and helps us get limbered up so we won’t be sore at the end of the day.

Riding in the mountains is always our favorite trip of the year! The environment and the horse do most of the training and we do most of the learning. There is a tremendous amount of horsemanship to be learned by getting away from familiar surroundings and experiencing the many different horsemanship learning opportunities that are available. So get out this summer and try something new, expand your comfort zone and knowledge of horses, and watch your skills and confidence grow! Whether I’m riding my own horses or someone else’s in an arena or a ranch in Brazil or in the mountains, each offers a unique chance to expand our foundation of horsemanship. To see more articles, please visit Glenn Stewart travels extensively conducting clinics, demonstrations, and colt starting sessions, and also offers Camps and a 3 month Horsemanship Course at his home The Horse Ranch, as well as the Horsemanship Learning Adventure Series; two completely different experiences, High & Wild in the Northern BC Rockies, and Working Equitation with Lusitanos in Brazil. He rides 30-60 client horses per year, including young horses, restarts, challenging horses, and foundation training. Glenn is a former Champion of the Cowboy Up Challenge at the Calgary Stampede and was chosen as one of the Canadian representatives in the 2012 Road to the Horse, the World Championship of Colt Starting in Murfreesboro, TN. More information by calling 1 877 728 8987 or visiting




H   ORSE, HEALTH & HOME Psychology

Is your thinking in need of a serious overhaul? Mind makeover - practical tips on re-training your thought process RIDING OUT OF MY MIND Equestrian sport psychology

By April Clay. Psychologist


ou walk into the ring and from the outside you’re looking pretty good. Well scrubbed tack, freshly bathed horse, laundered riding coat, killer sunglasses and shiny boots. But on the inside, things are a little messy. You’re feeling somewhat confused and overwhelmed. Inside your head it’s like you have a gps and the worst backseat driver battling it out and no one will win. You are in desperate need of a mind makeover. Identify the parts that aren’t working and get some productive chatter going. And, with a little work it can be just as doable as putting together an immaculate turnout. The “shoulds” and the “have-tos” Many riders don’t see the initial problem with telling themselves they should and have to do something. It can feel motivating to some. But if the sheer number of these kinds of statements accumulates, it can feel more like pressure. “Not only did I think I should not have bad riding lessons or make mistakes, I thought my horse should always behave the way I wanted him to. And I do mean always” says Dennis, a self proclaimed perfectionist. Not surprisingly, ‘should’ thinking often goes along with perfectionism. If you tend to think this way, you

also need to ask yourself whether you extend these statements to others. Do you believe your horse, your coach and your friends should behave a certain way? Do you often feel disappointed when they don’t? Makeover:  There are a few fixes. One is to be a little freer in your thinking. Instead of rigid, impossibly high expectations, try adapting some flexibility. Instead of one acceptable outcome, encourage yourself to aim for a range. Dennis came to realize that good and bad days are necessary to training. “Now I really keep in mind that my horse is going to have good and bad and everything in between days. He will not be perfect, no matter how much I want him to be. He is no machine, and neither am I, so I decided to choose not to treat both of us that way.” The second fix is one Dennis just described, it involves changing your shoulds to “I want to” or “I choose to”. This language shift will help you dissolve the pressure that goes along with this habit. Instead of feeling like you are forcing yourself to do something, you will be refocusing yourself on what you have the power to choose. What if? ‘What if’ thinking is the hallmark of the anxious mind. What if I fall off, what if I make a fool of myself, what if I can’t get my nerves under control, what if my pace is too fast. In the ‘what if’ land of thinking, thoughts breed like rabbits. There is no end to the number of catastrophes your mind can dream up.

Kara has such a mind. “Especially just before a show, I can spend hours thinking of things that might go wrong. It’s like I want to get ahead of the game by thinking of how I could prevent all these things from happening. But, usually I just get exhausted.” ‘What if’ thinking takes a lot of brainpower to keep up with the onslaught of possibilities. It’s also tiring in another way, as it is tied to the stress reaction and an overactive adrenal system. So no, that physical sensation of tiredness is not just in your head, it’s very much in your body. Makeover:  Practice  thinking, ‘what is’. Every time you feel the urge to predict the future, bring yourself back to the present and anchor yourself there. This way, you will be dealing with what is happening in the moment and lower your overall sense of anxiety and doom and gloom. Chanting ‘what is’ to yourself as your mantra when you are tempted to think ahead can assist you in staying in the ‘now’. Kara adopted a slightly different

twist for her mantra: “I decided to keep going back to ‘what now’. I like those words, they feel calming and help me focus on what is directly in front of me. Sometimes I also use the phrase ‘ride your now horse’ to remind me of what is happening right now underneath me- not what I think could happen or might happen. A cue change has been very powerful for me”. “I’ll try” There once was this strange looking little guy who proclaimed “Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try”. His name was Yoda and he was full of pearls of wisdom just like that one. Have you ever tried to pick up a pencil? You either do or you don’t. Usually when people say “I’ll try” it’s a weak statement of intent. Stephanie’s coach was the one who first caught onto her ‘try’ habit. She kept hearing her say it again and again. “I’ll try to keep my leg on better”, “I’ll try to keep better control of my pace.” Her coach says: “I really started to see a definite pattern in

Stephanie’s language. Whenever I would give her instruction on what to do in a lesson she would often respond with ‘I’ll try’. Then a weak attempt would follow. I would reiterate the directions, and get the try thing again. I felt like pulling my hair out some days”. Stephanie’s coach is right, a whole lot of ‘trys’ in your language usually signals  doubt  and  apprehension. Typically there is a lack of commitment in whatever follows. Makeover:  Forget  about  trying. Commit to what you are doing. When Stephanie’s coach would give her instruction, she began to routinely say out loud “I commit to getting those five strides” or whatever the direction might be. It made her feel like she was attacking her task instead of shrinking from it. “I love my new word commit”, she says “it makes me feel like I am really going after something. It also makes me think more about what I need to do to make it happen. I think before, I was just being more passive all around.”




H   ORSE, HEALTH & HOME horse health

The equine sarcoid – treating cancer in horses Some sarcoids resolve on their own but others require careful consideration by a vet HORSE HEALTH Expert advice

By Dr. Carol Shwetz


lthough equine sarcoids are not fatal, their presence can affect a horse’s value and function. This tumour is unique to the horse and is highly variable in wappearance and behaviour. It is a benign type of cancer that does not spread to internal organs, yet can be locally aggressive, compromising sensitive tissues. The cause of sarcoids is multifaceted with both genetic and viral components having been shown to play a role in their appearance. This tumour ‘flies under the radar’ of the horse’s immune system so all elements which influence the horse’s immunity must be considered when addressing  sarcoid  development and treatment. These include, but are not limited to, nutrition, environment,  stress,  and  emotional makeup of a horse. Sarcoids typically occur in horses between the ages of three and six but can occur at any age. Although they can occur anywhere on the horse’s skin, they are more com-

mon on the face, especially around the eyes and mouth, the neck, groin, sheath and legs. They present themselves in many different ways. The occult sarcoid is a circular or oval flat area of hairless thickened skin. This form commonly occurs on the side of the head or neck. Most often this superficial tumour remains quiescent for many years and is best left untouched. It can be mistaken for ringworm. If aggravated it has the potential to develop into one of the more serious types of sarcoids. The verrucous form has a roughened grey surface, and often resembles a wart. They flake off easily and can transform into more dramatic forms of sarcoid if aggravated. The nodular form of sarcoids are freely movable tumours of variable size under the surface of the skin. These are not troublesome until they begin to ulcerate. Common sites for the nodular or verrucous sarcoids are the head, sheath, or groin. The “fleshy” or fibroblastic sarcoids look like exuberant granulation tissue, or proud flesh, and may grow slowly or rapidly. They are cauliflower-like fleshy masses that bleed easily, smell putrid, and often have ulcerated surfaces. They prefer

cancerous tissue

Sarcoids typically occur in horses between the ages of three and six but can occur at any age.

the leg, eyelids, and sites of previous injury. It is the most aggressive form of tumour. Sarcoids are unpredictable in all aspects of their development and treatment, and so each needs to be assessed on an individual basis. Their variable nature makes them a therapeutic challenge for both owners and veterinarians. Time is often an initial approach strategy, particularly when the sarcoid is not bothersome to the horse. If given time, some equine sarcoids can spontaneously resolve. Under  certain  circumstances these tumours can change, becoming unsightly, an annoyance, or interfering  with  sensitive  tissue such as an eyelid or a joint. Patient

The occurrence of cancer is relatively rare in horses. Of those cancers that do occur, the equine sarcoid accounts for a third of all the reported skin tumours.

and owner compliance, budget, and clinical experience of the veterinarian and available modalities are all equally important to the treatment method selected. Success rates are variable with all methods of treatment. Sarcoids may  reappear  for  all  treatment options, even after apparently successful treatment. They behave similar to a weed — as long as the roots remain within the skin and the horse’s immune system is compromised, the sarcoid continues to grow.

As such, surgical removal may only prune the sarcoid, with its rapid and often more aggressive return in 50 per cent of the cases. As a result, surgical removal or debulking is generally combined with other therapeutic methods. Cryotherapy,  thermo-therapyNtopical and  intra-lesional  chemotherapy are considerations, each with their advantages and disadvantages. Carol Shwetz is a veterinarian specializing in equine practice at Westlock, Alberta.

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River crossings: They can lead to a wreck

Know how to read the river and terrain before crossing BACKCOUNTRY TRAVELS Trail riding tips and information

By Terri McKinney


ugust is here and a great month for riding… and the month we run our pack trips. The horse flies are gone and weather is usually amazing this month. The river is running clear and easy to cross (not like June). Speaking of rivers, I have to tell you my thoughts on them. If any of you were out riding in June, you know some of the roads and staging areas seen a lot of water. With all the snow melt and rain, the river requires your attention. We generally can’t cross the Clearwater River to our high camp with the wagon till the end of July. We have to cross it 9 times with the wagon and, if you’re the first up river, you always pack a shovel and chainsaw. I get asked a lot by guests “so

what are you more scared of — the bears or the cougars?” My response is — the river. The river can go up and down so quick with just a little bit rain not to mention the ton of rain we did get in June combined with snow. In one day we watched the river go from running slow, clear and low to muddy, fast with full grown tree’s floating by. Chancing a fast, muddy river is asking for trouble. It is best to camp on the side you’re on and wait till it goes down. We once packed in some guests for a drop camp and we crossed the river at 10 am that morning, un-loaded their gear, and headed back. By 3 pm she was so fast and muddy it was one of the scariest moments for me. We were riding our draft cross’s and I threw my daughter on behind me and tied her horse to the back of the string. We threw the dogs on and crossed. Now would I do this again? NO! I would go back and camp with the guests till the next morning. Living out here you learn, and I

was lucky that day. But my strong advice is be safe and wait. I have seen friends go down with their horses and passed too many graves of folks who didn’t make it. Reading the river is key. A good rule of thumb is to find the widest crossing and look for ripples. That means there are rocks and it will be shallower. Smooth water is deep. Avoid corners in the river as they tend to be very deep because the amount of water that hits them digs deep ditches. When you’re looking for a crossing, look at the bank on the other side and remember you might drift so give yourself and horse some room. If you get trapped at a steep bank, you’re asking for a wreck. When I cross a swift current, I poke my horses head into the current and I don’t go straight across to avoid drifting. Another rule we tell all of our guests “don’t look down” as you can get disoriented. Look to the horse in front of you or the other


side. Remember the bottom is rocky and the current can look worse than it looks. I tell people if you don’t believe me just pull your shoes and socks off and give it a go. Respect the river and enjoy your August riding as for me it’s my favorite month! See you next time and may your trails be clear, your pack string safe and your camp just around the corner.

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t is as much about anticipation as it is about expectation. That is what hangs in the air, like a morning mist, on opening day of the ‘Masters’. Just one month removed from the London Olympiad, Spruce Meadows will welcome the world’s best to the world’s most recognized tournament From the spectacular MercedesBenz Evening of the Horse with its night sky ablaze with fireworks and the spectacular Hanoverian stallions of Celle, to the team spirit of the BMO Nations’ Cup, to the tension-filled and packed stands of the $1 million CN International, the Masters promises an autumn cavalcade of diverse cultures, supreme athletes, well established traditions and top prize money. Only at Spruce Meadows do the four converge each September to make for a show jumping spectacle like no other. Last year’s CN International, the final event of the Spruce Meadows’ FEI season, was a study of great expectations and unimaginable emotion. The collective eruption from the record crowd told the story, signaling a dramatic cel-

ebration and salute throughout the grounds as Canada’s Eric Lamaze rode Hickstead to a memorable closing chapter in the history of our sport. History was well on its way to being written with their second CN International title. What wasn’t know at the time was that the 89,632 fans that converged on Spruce Meadows that day were witness to the fabled teams’ final day of perfection at Spruce Meadows. The day before, Hickstead and Lamaze had posted a rare, in fact the lone, double clear in the 10 nation BMO Nations Cup. The clutch performance on Masters Saturday vaulted Canada to the silver medal behind France and provided a remarkable penultimate chapter in the story of Eric Lamaze and Hickstead at Spruce Meadows. Indeed it was a week of perfection to highlight his final season. On opening day Eric and Hickstead provided an emphatic welcome to the best in the world with a convincing victory in the Finning Welcome. This year Spruce Meadows will celebrate the extraordinary career

The Masters promises an autumn cavalcade of diverse cultures, supreme athletes, well established traditions and top prize money.

of  Hickstead  with  Eric  Lamaze (50 Spruce Meadows medals in 77 starts, including 20 victories) with ceremonies and special tributes scheduled for Sunday, the final day… a day where the 2 often shone brightest against the best in the sport. A new chapter begins a month from now when the show jumping powers of the world, fresh from living their Olympic dreams, or having them dashed, arrive at Spruce Meadows for the 2012 Spruce Meadow Masters Diamond Jubilee edition.

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Calgary Stampede MANAGER, RODEO AND CHUCKWAGON RACING Reporting to the Management Director of Rodeo and Chuckwagon Racing, the Manager assists with the creation and execution of all events related to the rodeo and chuckwagons, including developing relationships with industry associations and key stakeholders. This role supports opportunities to develop the rodeo in meaningful ways and works in collaboration with team members and organization leaders to coordinate strategies and activities. This key position works to continuously improve animal welfare codes through analysis and operational and risk management reviews, and helps to manage and execute operations to meet these codes. The Manager supports strategic direction, and communicates with employees to ensure they are both engaged and informed. The ideal candidate demonstrates a strong managerial acumen and is adept at agricultural event design and execution. Along with entertainment production experience, the successful applicant brings to the role proven success in negotiating contracts and managing revenues, costs and the bottom line. This role calls for a professional who has proven leadership skills in motivating a wide variety of staff and volunteers by inspiring a high level of customer service. Applicants will need solid negotiating abilities to successfully balance the needs and influences of various stakeholders and have experience managing complex projects involving multiple stakeholders. Knowledge of rodeos and/or chuckwagon races and an understanding of the agriculture business are required. For a detailed position description or to submit your resume, please email We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The Calgary Stampede is a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values. The Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through its world-renowned 10-day Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. This year, the Calgary Stampede will mark its 100th anniversary. This will truly be a community-wide celebration, and an opportunity for all Calgarians and organizations to help profile Calgary as an amazing city to visit and wonderful place in which to live, work and play.


Agrium Western Event Centre Calgary Stampede to build new facility with a lasting legacy For more than a century, Stampede Park has served as one of the most important gathering places for competitions, agricultural events, entertainment and activities. To continue the rich tradition of agriculture, the construction of the Agrium Western Event Centre is a significant step in the Calgary Stampede becoming a year-round gathering place. The Agrium Western Event Centre will be at the heart of Stampede Park, located between the current Agriculture building and the Grandstand. The centre is planned to be completed in 2014. “The Calgary Stampede Agriculture vision is to create meaningful year-round experiences for urban and rural audiences by producing and hosting signature western events,” says Max Fritz, director, Agriculture, Calgary Stampede. “These events will showcase excellence in agriculture while profiling the diversity of industries, people and animals.”

The Agrium Western Event Centre will be the largest facility of its kind in Canada and one of the most significant infrastructure projects in Stampede history. At 150,000 square feet the facility will dramatically increase the available agriculture space for holding yearround events at Stampede Park. The world-class building will include the Main Arena, with 2,500 spectator seats, a show arena floor measuring 125 feet by 250 feet, and generous concourse space. The centre also features an Exhibition Hall, a 20,000 square-foot clear-span space. The hall can be used for a variety of events including livestock shows and auctions, trade and consumer shows, and can also serve as an entertainment venue. “The Calgary Stampede is looking to revitalize the traditional approach in showcasing the agriculture industry, and will continue to create connections by building a unique venue experience,” notes Fritz.

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Thumbelina, the world’s smallest horse by Heather Grovet, Galahad, AB In 2006 the Guinness Book of World Records certified a chestnut miniature mare named Thumbelina as the world’s smallest horse. Thumbelina currently stands 17.5 inches tall (44.5 cm) and weighs 57 pounds. Her website describes Thumbelina as a “mini mini” as she is a dwarf born from two regular miniature parents. Guess her size at birth?



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hinking of making a career in the horse industry? Frustrated that you current job working with horses isn’t paying the bills? Or do you simply want to enhance your skills for your own use and enjoyment? If so, there are plenty of full and part-time education opportunities to choose from. Here’s some we thought you should know about. Olds College Located in Olds, AB, this agricultural college has various equine programs relating to almost every sector of the industry. Equine Science is a two-year diploma program available in four majors: Horsemanship (English and Western), Breeding and Production, Business and Event Management, and Coaching. There are also two-year diploma courses in Animal Health Technology, where students learn how to become a valuable member of a veterinary practise, and Farrier Sciences. Shorter programs, such as the Exercise Rider and Jockey Training, as well as Racehorse Grooming, are 15 weeks in duration, and

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prepare students for fast paced jobs in the racehorse industry. Website: Contact: (403) 556-8281 Lakeland College  The Vermilion, AB campus of Lakeland College offers a one year certificate program in Western Ranch and Cow Horse. This unique course teaches students equine husbandry and beef production skills needed to work on a cattle operation. Courses focus on identifying and treating diseases of beef cattle, range and forage crops as well as training stock horses for everyday ranch tasks such as moving, sorting, roping and doctoring cattle. Students are required to supply their own horse and tack for the program. There is also a one year Veterinary Medical Assistant program for those aspiring to work in animal clinics. Website: www.lakelandcollege. ca  Contact: (780) 853-8400 Kwantlen University  Set in Surrey, B.C., the Kwantlen University offers a nine month certificate program in Advanced Farrier Training. Courses are comprised of three blocks of three months each, allowing students to complete the program in nine

consecutive months, or to obtain work experience and internships in between courses. Participants are able to complete basic, intermediate and advanced level courses on their way to graduation and at their own pace. The program was created in response to the huge demand for qualified farriers in BC and the western provinces. Horse handling skills and physical fitness are essential for this demanding program. Website: Email:  Contact: (604) 599-2100 British Columbia College of Equine Therapy  This Vernon, B.C. college offers a two year, part-time Equine Sport Therapy Program. Students learn through classroom and handson instruction, practicums and research projects. Courses include anatomy, massage therapy, saddle and tack fitting and principles of movement among others. The College is operated by Dave Collins, a well known and respected Equine Therapist. At the completion of the program, students may create their own Equine Therapy business, or be equipped to treat minor injuries and performance issues in their

own horses. Email: Contact: (250) 542-5953 Hoof and Paw Body Workers  A Calgary, AB.- based company, Hoof and Paw offers courses in Equinology that may be taken as continuing education classes, one course of interest at a time or to become a certified Equine Body Worker, or Master Equine Body Worker. Courses are designed and taught by veterinarians and other qualified industry professionals to ensure superior education and allow participants to complete their certifications at their own pace. Areas of instruction include massage and bodywork, saddle fitting, acupressure, nutrition and dissection. Students complete externships where they are able to learn from case studies and under the mentorship of an experienced Equine Body Worker. Website: Email: info@  Contact: (403) 556-0716 Okanagan Saddlery  This Vernon, BC saddlery offers a six week Western Saddle Making School, where students are able to learn how to create their own sad-

dle out of any tree and design they wish. Each step to making a saddle is covered including designing, cutting, shaping and fitting each individual piece to create a unique, one of a kind saddle. There is also a four week Braiding School or the four week English Saddle Making School. Prospective students need only to bring a notebook and a desire to learn the art of saddle making. Website:  Email: sales@  Contact: 1-877-723-3534 Lynes Custom Cowboy Company  For those wishing to learn the fundamentals of bit, spur or buckle making, there is a four week course held in Bonnyville, AB for exactly that. With only one student at a time, individual attention is guaranteed while learning the basics of engraving, creating and customizing bits, making rowels and proper bitting techniques. At the completion of the course students will have 4 handmade items that they have created through the program along with a certificate of Bit and Spur Making. Website: Email:  Contact: (780) 826-2047

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HAPPENINGS Events and News of Note horse sale

Big expectations for fall horse sales Average sale prices are predicted to rise at most horse auctions and sales By Amie Peck Cochrane, AB

“Quality horses will fetch a high price, especially well broke ranch, roping or performance horses.”


f you have been thinking about picking up a new prospect, or a seasoned competition or trail horse, this fall there is an auction or sale for every taste and budget. From rodeo and ranch horse to racehorses and futurity nominated foals, this year’s sales are gearing up to offer up some great mounts in the auction and sale ring. With the buzz of a ‘boom’ coming back to Alberta and other western provinces, predictions are that the average sale prices will climb this year from 2011 results. For buyers with a need for speed, the 2012 Alberta Thoroughbred Sale, hosted by the Canadian Thoroughbred Society, is set for September 16, 2012 at Northlands Park Expo Centre in Edmonton, AB. The sale will be offering primarily yearlings but also horses of racing age, weanlings, mares and a few select stallions. The average sale prices have been steadily rising for the last couple years with 42 yearlings averaging $7445.29 a head in 2011 up from $5,389.13 in 2010. The Alberta Quarter Horse Racing Association’s Yearling Sale will be held September 29, 2012 in Lethbridge, AB at the Exhibition grounds. Sale prices there have also been on the rise with 2011 prices up over $500 on average from 2010.

FK Frostbite, a 2009 AQHA Gelding, is offered for sale at the Patten-Pollitt Performance Horse Sale.

Barrel racers will be flocking to the Canadian Barrel Horse Incentive Breeder’s Sale in Ponoka, AB on October 6, 2012. A selection of mostly yearlings and weanlings, of which almost all are Super Stakes nominated, will be up for auction out of proven stallions like Six Moons Guy (Frenchman’s Guy) and Hezgot-

2012 in Eckville, AB. This sale primarily offers experienced rodeo and jackpot ready rope horses but also started 3 year olds and younger stock. The average on 18 rope horses sold in 2011 was $9,488 demonstrating the value of a broke and ready to go rope horse for  competitions.  The  PattenPollitt Sale also prides itself on offering a seven day unconditional guarantee on all riding horses sold, ensuring buyers feel confident in the quality stock they are purchasing. The largest and most attended sale in Canada is the Western Horse Sale, held during the Canadian Supreme show on September 28, 2012 at the Westerner Exhibition Grounds in Red Deer, AB. 60 head of cutting, reining and working cow horse prospects as well as some finished ranch horses will be up for auction. Again, the trend of increasing sale averages has been seen at this sale, with a 2011 overall average sale price of $3,543 up from


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$3,150 in 2010. This sale is a must see for those looking for a western performance horse from prestigious bloodlines. There are also several all around and production sales offering up horses that could easily become trail companions, ranch horses or competition mounts. The Montana Breeders Group Sale, held at the Livestock Pavilion in the Montana Expo Park will be on September 2, 2012. The 15th annual sale will feature 50 horses and foals from every age group including ranch broke aged horses. Horses are consigned from leading AQHA breeders in Montana and Alberta and the sale is a great opportunity to pick up a registered horse from proven bloodlines to start in the discipline of your choice. The largest sale of the fall, Perlich Bros 2 Day Fall Horse Sale, is set for October 5 and 6, 2012 in Lethbridge, AB. Over 300 head will be up for sale from all classes of horses – well broke ranch horses, performance horses, young prospects and yearlings. Both attendance and prices are expected to rise at this fall’s horse sales in accordance with increasing levels of employment and industry in the western provinces. As always, quality horses will fetch a high price, especially well broke ranch, rope or performance horses. There will also be plenty of opportunities to get that horse you have been dreaming of within your budget, especially at the larger horse sales. Happy horse hunting!


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H   APPENINGS trail riding

Stunning hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park Darley Newman rides in a land virtually unchanged over hundreds of year lenging terrain. As you descend into the canyon on the Rim Trail, there’s Travelling the globe a drop off on the other side that can make a rider nervous. The Kid gave me confidence as we descended By Darley Newman amid the wild hoodoos that define eing a conservation-minded Bryce’s landscapes. Hoodoos are pinnacle shaped traveler and horsewoman, I relish the chance to explore rocks that have been sculpted away America’s wild spaces on horseback by the elements over time. Abunand have been privileged to ride and dant in Bryce Canyon, part of the film in many of our great National fun of riding here is picking out Parks as I travel the world for my TV shapes within the eclectic hoodoos. show Equitrekking. Horseback rid- My guide Tawn, who’d ridden the ing is a great way to experience the Rim Trail countless times, had his remarkable landscapes, wildlife and own vision for each formation we adventures in National Parks as far spotted, including boats, seals and flung as Maui and as close to home castles. Hearing Tawn share stories of local myths and legends brought for me as North Carolina. There are many advantages to the hoodoos of Bryce to life. Paiute Native Americans, who seeing these natural spaces on horseback. Riding horses, you may lived in the area for centuries called feel more at tune with nature and the hoodoos of Bryce, The Legend the environment. By riding with People, believing that they resemlocal guides, you can learn things bled people who had been turned that aren’t in the guidebooks and to stone as a punishment for bad not published on the internet, like deeds. 19th century settlers, who the horse traditions of the Chero- harvested timber in the canyon, had kee in the Great Smoky Mountains other ideas about the maze-like foror the Navajo in Canyon de Chelly. mations of hoodoos. Some of these weathered rock I also really like being able to share my adventures with an equine spires tower as high as a ten-story building. Riding here, you’ll often friend. In Bryce Canyon National Park, look up, so packing sunglasses or one of my favorite National Parks, I having a brim on your riding helwas paired up with a veteran mount met is a good idea. The skies were named “The Kid,” a 10-year-old a beautiful bright blue for the first black Quarter Horse Thoroughbred half of my day of riding in Bryce. Cross who knew the trails well. It Exceptional air quality, along with helps to have a good equine partner the park’s isolation from developfor any trail riding, but especially in ment and high elevation can grant 1/6_10,16X15,25 10/03/12 17:41 1 overPage 100 miles of views. areas that are new to you with chalEQUITREKKING





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If you’re riding here, you won’t have to look far to discover the park’s unique vegetation and geology on the Peekaboo Loop Trail. Considered a tough trail for hikers, the horses handled it just fine. Make sure to look out for the distinctive Bristlecone Pine trees, one of the oldest living organisms on earth. You’ll want to be prepared for the changing altitudes in Bryce. In particular, keep yourself and your horse well hydrated. Pack layers, because the weather can change quickly. While I started the day with blue skies, I ended it with massive cloud cover. Enjoy…the scenery in Bryce Canyon National Park is truly spectacular! Darley Newman is the two-time Daytime Emmy Award winning host and producer of the Equitrekking TV show on PBS and on international networks in over 65 countries. Darley travels the world horse riding with locals to experience great ranches, history, culture and trails. for MORE INFO:

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Stony Plain Cowboy Poetry Gathering Come and enjoy music, Western art and cowboy poetry GOING DOWN THE TRAIL Places and events of interest

By Heather Grovet Galahad, AB


he  Stony  Plain  Cowboy Poetry Gathering is set to meet again August 17-19. So what exactly is a cowboy poetry gathering, anyhow? Organizer Donna Cowan laughs when she  attempts  to  describe  the event. “When people come for the first time, they often end up saying ‘Wow, I had no idea it was like this! We thought it would just be a bunch of old guys sitting around, telling stories!’Instead they spend three days listening to music from a wide variety of talented entertainers. Interspersed among the music is some incredible cowboy poetry, with stories about a horse wreck along the trail, or a cow incident in the corral. The combination of music and laughter makes for a memorable weekend.” The music at the gathering should appeal to a wide cross-section of Albertans. Genres include traditional country, new country, folk, bluegrass and gospel, with unique twists thrown in to add interest. For example, performer Eli Barsi is a musician and songwriter who has performed with the Sons of the Pioneers, and on top of that, yodels! Ed Peekeekoot

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can play a foot-stomping fiddle and a virtuoso classical guitar, and as an added bonus, also performs on the Traditional native flute and drums. One featured entertainers this year is Tim Hus, who just finished touring for twelve weeks with Canadian icon Stompin’ Tom Connors. Described as having “a voice sweeter than a Husqvarna chainsaw, a wit sharper than rusty barbed wire and a list of songs longer than a Saskatchewan fence line” Hus is worth the price of admission alone. Another

musical highlight is the Tribute to Ian Tyson. This group, mostly composed of Tyson alumni,  performs  renditions  of Tyson’s music Friday evening. Humor figures prominently in the Stony Plain gathering. Award winning cowboy poet Doris Daley performs  all  weekend.  Daley describes herself as “coming from a gene pool that includes ranchers, cowboys,  Mounties,  good  cooks, sorry team ropers, Irish stowaways, bushwhackers, liars, two-steppers and Saskatoon pickers” and uses that legacy to celebrate the Western way of life. “I’ve performed all across North America,  but  I  still  love  Stony Plain’s gathering,” Daley says. “People will enjoy live entertainment that is wholesome and unique. They’ll laugh until tears roll down their cheeks. More than that, they’ll be taken back in time. People always tell me ‘I hadn’t thought about my grandmother for years, but you took me back there’ or ‘I had a horse just like that!’ You don’t have to be a cowboy to enjoy the gathering.” Numerous other entertainers will perform at Stony Plain this year, including Hugh McLennan, singer and story teller from Spirit of the West, and Ben Crane, cartoonist and Leanin’ Tree artist. For more information on the program and its performers, go to

Mountain horse sale unique in Canada Experienced, well-broke horses By Donna Quick


he 8th annual Working Mountain Horse Competition and Select Sale, presented by Wild Deuce Retreats & Outfitting, will be held this Sept. 28-30th at their Kingman property, 45 minutes southeast of Edmonton. Head honchos Terri and Chuck McKinney operate their trail riding business from two mountain camps accessed from Highway 734, the Forestry Trunk Road, southwest of Rocky Mountain House. With so much time spent in the mountains, Terri and Chuck have been able to develop extremely well-broke horses with the ability to handle any obstacle found on the trail under any level of rider. The horses are hauled back to Kingman for the winter and receive additional experience in the many activities the couple participate in including ranch and pasture roping, sorting, penning, reining, and barrel racing. New horses are purchased each year from different Alberta breeders. Terri feels that it usually takes at least two years in the mountains to produce a completely trail-ready horse. “I have a very high standard for the sale horses, and if they aren’t ready, they stay for another year.” Wild Deuce also accepts a limited number of carefully screened consignment horses for the sale. Last September over 1,300 spectators and buyers were on hand for an action-packed weekend with the main attraction being the trail horse competitions on Saturday and the auction itself on Sunday. Each horse in the sale had to negotiate 17 very tough obstacles

A flapping tarp is just one of the many obstacles horses are asked to do at the Working Mountain Horse Sale.  photo: Terri McKinney

within 12 minutes to demonstrate its trail worthiness. Vet checks were held out in the open before the auction, and would-be buyers had a chance to try out sale horses. By the time of the actual auction on Sunday, there was no doubt that every horse was superbly qualified to be there. Fourteen horses were sold for an average price of $6,800, with four of them at $8,000 or over. The bottom price was $3,600 for a 13 HH Quarter Horse pony. The success of the sale shows that the market is still strong for very well-broke, all-round using horses. The key factors are top-notch horses, good advertising, and a chance to showcase the talents and abilities of each sale horse. Terri likes to relate a conversation overheard at the sale last fall, when one buyer said, “I can’t believe there is a place to buy horses where they tell you the whole story and they sell the horses most people keep.” For details, check the website at, and be sure to read Terri’s regular column, Backcountry Travels, in Horses All.

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H   APPENINGS Old times


Heritage Park preserves Canadian horse breed LOOKING BACK Images from yesteryear

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ander down the streets of Heritage Park Historical Village in Calgary and take a step back in time. False fronted shops rise from behind wooden boardwalks, vintage vehicles and horse drawn wagons share narrow roads, while shopkeepers and homesteaders greet you with a friendly, “Good day.” Heritage Park is a museum dedicated to the preservation and accurate representation of early 20th century life on the prairies. Not only are the artifacts and exhibits true to the time, vegetables grown in gardens and horses grazing the fields represent the prairies one hundred years ago. The Park is home to teams of Percherons, Clydesdales, Belgians and Canadians. Many of these heritage breeds would work the fields or lead wagons, as they do today at Heritage Park. The Canadian breed has secured its place in the pages of history. Canada’s national horse, the Canadian came to Canada in 1665 from the stables of King Louis XVI. The breed nearly disappeared due to crossbreeding and overuse. Once 150,000 strong, their numbers dwindled to less than 400

by the mid 1970s. The small and sturdy breed was hardworking, versatile and adapted easily to its environment. Because of this, the Canadian became popular on the streets, in the fields, with the military and the newly formed North West Mounted Police. In 1874, three hundred newly appointed North West Mounted Police (NWMP) took part in a historic march west to restore order and put an end to the illegal whisky trade. They endured hardships including water shortages and severe weather. Lieutenant Colonial French, Commissioner of the NWMP, documented that through all the adversity, Canadian horses were found superior to red river ponies. No wonder the Canadian was nicknamed the little iron horse. Heritage Park opened in 1964, but it wasn’t until the early 1980s that the Park acquired its first team of Canadians, Nick and Nat, believed to be the only two in Western Canada. The acquisition of this team was as much for preservation of the breed as it was for representation of their role in history. In 1989, to commemorate Heritage Park’s 25th anniversary, two new teams of these rare Canadian horses joined the Park’s family. In total, Heritage Park has been home to nine Canadian horses and all but three have been retired. Tuck is set to retire this month, and visitors can still enjoy a wagon ride with

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Jesse and Canuck. Like the Mounties and the settlers who endured the hardships of Western Canada and thrived and prospered despite

them, this tough little horse represents the fortitude and endurance of what a Canadian–human or equestrian– truly is.

The first Annual AEF Wild Rose Ride at the world famous Rafter Six Ranch Resort goes September 16, 2012. This is a fundraising venture that the Alberta Equestrian Federation is hosting to raise funds for affiliated Therapeutic Riding Associations. Almost all therapeutic riding associations are non-profit organizations, and therefore funds are always limited. These associations struggle to find funding, horses and facilities to continue to grow and provide much needed services to an increasing number of people from all walks of life and conditions. Join the AEF for brunch before the ride (included) and bring your own horse, or rent one from Rafter Six. This will be a wonderful day riding through the Kananaskis backcountry with great people for a great cause! Please help us, help others.

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ASSOCIATION NEWS Chinook Team Penning Association The third and final show of the Okotoks Ag. Society Series was held at the Agriplex on June 2nd and included the Hi-Point Awards presentations. Hi-Point teams received monogrammed sheets and Hi-Point Junior and Senior Youth riders took home beautiful headstalls. The lucky winners are as follows: The Mill Store Open Class Cory Bond/Jaycee Spangler/Rick Bond Canmark Roofing #10 Class Kerry Lariviere/Kurt Robson/ Sabine van Laere Rolling Mix Concrete #7 Class J.R. Johnstone/Micaela Bethlehem/ Barrie Price O’Reilly O’Rena #5 Class Andy Chen/Dale Glover/Ken Slovak Hamilton International Consulting Youth Classes: Junior - Sonya DiStefano Senior - Cassidy Allan Visit our website to see who took home the day money and view pictures of all our lucky winners at

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Team Luke with driver Judy Orr-Bertelsen from Kevisville, Alberta and navigator Logan Pratt from Carbon, Alberta.  Second in Level 5

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Sheryl Hilton & ‘PP Diamonds To Invy’, champions of the 2 yr. old Western Pleasure walk/jog stake.

Performance Standardbreds hopes you’ll join us for the 5th Annual Chaos to Collection All Breed Schooling Show on August 19 at the Cochrane Ag Society grounds. The focus is always on fun and learning. For a list of classes, entry forms and rules check out our web page: The lead line class for children of participants (above) was a big hit last year, with all “competitors” receiving red ribbons. See you August 19!

On June 9 &10, the Olds show grounds were literally packed with paints! The annual ‘Hay City Classic’ kicked showing season off into high gear with nearly 600 entries, 140 horses shown! The weather was another story…torrential downpours, lightning/thunder, and wind that brought on tornado warnings! However, despite these conditions, the classes were huge and fun was had by all. This year, the American Paint Horse Association is celebrating their 50th Anniversary. We took a break from the business of showing and enjoyed a cake in celebration. August 2-5 is the Zone 10 ‘Zone-O-Rama’ show in Ponoka.

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“Paddy”, a Connemara gelding owned by John and Jennifer Mills meets “Orion”, a small pony gelding owned by Natalie Lobo.

On June 17, 2012, the Northern Lights Driving Club held the second of its Driving Practice Days in preparation for their annual show. Several drivers and spectators enjoyed a fun filled day beginning with a practice Level 1 Dressage Test with instructor Cyndie Crook. They then practiced several cone patterns designed by John Mills.  Everyone had a great time and we are looking forward to the show on July 22 at the Rich Valley Agricultural Fair Grounds, Alberta.

The Alberta Donkey and Mule Club’s recently sponsored a very successful first Equine Show at Nanton, Ab. Over 50 horses, mules and donkeys competed in varying classes over a 2 day period which included a scrumptious prime rib supper and fun auction. The photo shows 3 southern Alberta members with show judge Ryan Smith L to R. Sue Burles, Les Sjogren and Ed Burle. Our next Show is TEES LONGEARS DAYS, August 18 & 19, at Tees Rodeo Grounds, Tees, AB. Everyone welcome, call Russ Shandro 780 603-7510 or check out



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Trail Riding Conference of Alberta The sport of Competitive Trail is one that can be enjoyed by one and all. Trail Riding Alberta Conference (TRAC) runs great rides from May through October, taking you from the north end of the province near Hinton, down into the Hoodoos at Writing On Stone Provincial   Park… not all in the same ride of course. To compete in Competitive Trail, you don’t need fancy equipment or specialized tack. Safe basic tack (no tie downs please), comfy clothes (helmets required for individuals under 18, but really a smart choice for everyone), a watch and a pack for your scorebook and a water bottle are the basic needs for any rider. Shoeing your horse is optional for most rides and are acceptable as well.

Go to the TRAC website and join a great club. All riders must have Alberta Equestrian Federation insurance www.albertaequestrian. com . Upcoming ride dates are on the website and pre-register as required. August 3 – 6, 2012 Brule Lake Combined Ride, Brule, contact Ken Vanderwekken August 24 - 26, 2012 Turtle Mountain Trot, Crow’s Nest Pass contact Charlene Price September 14 - 16, 2012 Rattlesnake Roundup, Milk River, contact Serena Hollihan

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ach year the Horse Industry Association of Alberta accepts nominations for the Alberta Horse Industry Distinguished Service Award. Recipients are chosen based on their impact on the growth and development of the horse industry in Alberta in the areas of breeding, manufacturing, facilities, organization, education, auction sales, export sales, training people & horses, or communication. The award was first presented at the 2000 Horse Breeders & Owners Conference to Bill Collins. Since then the outstanding recipients have included: 2001 — Marg and Ron Southern; 2002 — Hans Hansma; 2003 — Joe Selinger; 2004 — Bruce Roy; 2005 — Dave Robson; 2006 — Dr. David Reid; 2007 — John Scott; 2008 — Doug Milligan; and 2009 — Peggy McDonald and Eldon Bienert. To nominate someone for the Distinguished Service Award, visit www. and look under “Projects” for more information. The recipient will be recognized at the 31st Annual Alberta Horse Breeders and

Owners Conference on January 12th, 2013 in Red Deer. Deadline for nominations is November 15, 2012.


he National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) is conducting a third stakeholder survey to gain further input as the Equine Code of Practice is revised. The Code will serve as our national understanding of equine care requirements and recommended best practices. The Equine Code of Practice will be scientifically informed, practical, and reflect societal expectations for farm animal care thanks to a Code Development  Committee  which  brings together a broad range of expertise and industry knowledge. The Committee is also seeking stakeholder input through national surveys. This survey is the third to be conducted for equine and is focused on two topics that are to be addressed in the Code: health management and tail alterations. Equine owners and others concerned with their welfare can give their input by taking the survey. To complete this survey, go to www.nfacc. ca/codes-of-practice/equine and click on survey three. The survey takes between 10 to 15 minutes to complete.



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AUGUST July 29-August 4 Fort St. John, BC Natural Horsemanship with Glenn Stewart. High & Wild Colt Starting. For details, call: 1-877-728-8987, email: Dixie@ or visit: www. 3-4 Red Deer, AB Heart & Soul Workshop. Women Only. $310/person. For details, call: 403-348-5636, email: or visit:

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4 Nanton, AB Bar U Ranch Trail Ride. For details, call: 403-395-3330 or visit

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18 Reining Alberta North Branch Clinic with Cheryl Mitchell. For details, visit: www.reiningalberta. net


18 Kananaskis, AB Alberta Wish Trail Ride. For details, visit:

19 Rainbow Society of Alberta Trail Ride. For details, call: 780-4693306 or visit: 25-26 Nanton, AB Harvest at the Historic Bar U Ranch. All teamsters and teams welcome. For details, contact Debra Pigeon: 403-395-2212 or email:


AUGUST 6 Shamrock, SK 35th Annual and Final Edition Shamrock Quarter Horse Breeders Production Sale. For details, call Lloyd: 306-395-2615 or visit: 11 Spruce Lake, SK Sinclar’s Flying S Ranch 5th Annual Production Sale. For details, call: 306-845-4440 or visit: www. 25 Hanna, AB Hayes Brothers Skipper W Quarter Horse Sale. For details, call: 403-854-2550 or email: 31-September 1 Keystone Center, MB 26th Annual Rocking W Fall Horse Sale. For details, call Rick: 204-325-7237 or email: rocking@

18 Millarville, AB Millarville Fair Wagon Rides. For details, call David Farran: 403-519-0641 or email:


AUGUST 4-5 Calgary, AB Rocky Mountain Show Jumping Special. For details, visit: www. 8-12 Calgary, AB Rocky Mountain Show Jumping Classic I. For details, visit: www. 11-12 Rocky Mtn. House, AB 17th Annual Miniatures in Motion Horse Show. For details, contact Jody Saarela: 403-8466595 or visit: 15-19 Calgary, AB Rocky Mountain Show Jumping Classic II. For details, visit: www. 18-19 Kevisville, AB Eagle Ridge Combined Driving Trials at Bertelsen Farms. For details, contact Leanne: 18-19 Tees, AB Tees Longears Days. Longest Running Mule & Donkey show in Canada. For details, call Russ Shandro: 780-632-7510 or visit:

17-19 Okotoks, AB Alberta Reined Cowhorse Show. For details, visit: www.cowhorse. ca 18 Crossfield, AB Open 4D Barrel Racing Series at Irvine Tack & Trailers. For details, contact Stacy: 403-932-3283 18-19 Reining Alberta South Branch Show at Prairie Mountain Ranch. For details, visit: 18-19 Saskatoon, SK Saskatoon Cutting Horse Show. For details, contact Colleen West: 306-699-2323 or email: dc.west@

21-26 Red Deer, AB Canadian National Quarter Horse Show & Alberta GoldRush Equine Foundation Futurities. For details, visit:

3-5 Claresholm, AB Alberta Reined Cowhorse Show. For details, visit: www.cowhorse. ca 3-5 Kamloops, BC Riverslide Reining. For details, call: 250-577-3637

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29-September 2 Calgary, AB Rocky Mountain Show Jumping Special. For details, visit: www.

2-5 Moose Jaw, SK Moose Jaw Cutting Horse Show & Limited Age Event. For details, contact Colleen West: 306-6992323 or email: dc.west@sasktel. net

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11-12 Dawson Creek, BC Peace River Cutting Horse Association Show.

19 Reining Alberta North Branch Show. For details, visit: www.



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25 Thorsby, AB Alberta Ranch Horse Versatility Show. For details, email: 25-26 Moose Jaw, SK AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse Event. For details, contact Sherry Clemens: 306-692-8393 or email: 26 Crossfield, AB Open 4D Barrel Racing Series at Irvine Tack & Trailers. For details, contact Stacy: 403-932-3283 31-September 2 Red Deer, AB Reining Alberta Fall Classic. For details, visit: www.reiningalberta. net

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