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COLUMNS A Breed Apart . . . . . . . . . 10 Doing it my way . . . . . . . 10 Equitrekking . . . . . . . . . . 3 0 Eye on the Industry . . . . 34 From the field . . . . . . . . . 4 Get a Grip. . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Going Down the Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Horse Health . . . . . . . . . . 29 Horse Heroes . . . . . . . . . 11 Inspirations . . . . . . . . . . . 23 My Tunes . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24


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


More than just a horsemanship camp TWO-BITS FROM A TWO-BIT COWBOY Craig Couillard - Editor


had the privilege (and I don’t use that word lightly) to attend a 5-day horsemanship camp with Doug Mills out in Kamloops, B.C. this summer. To say it was interesting would be a disservice. Inspiring… yes. Possibly transformational. In one of my previous columns, I stated I knew enough about horsemanship to know I don’t know much. And that’s after nearly 30 years in the saddle. Mercedes is a five-year grulla QH filly of mine that was rescued at a horse sale as a yearling. I’ve done all of the foundation work on her, and except for a couple of weeks with a trainer, I’m the only one that has ridden her. I must admit, rolling into Kamloops I was feeling pretty good about me and my horse. I’ve been to clinics and seminars, and hung around with a suspect bunch of cowboys. But Doug Mills humbled me… not intentionally, but humbled me about the fact that I’m not as good as I perhaps thought I was. Doug Mills is just simply an

exceptional instructor and has an amazing program — Training through Trust. I learned so much it was hard to absorb it all, but fortunately I returned home with his DVD collection. It’s no fluke he’s won five Trainer’s Challenges (plus his kids have won five more). The liberty training was incredible. I had no idea how connected I could be to Mercedes without any form of physical attachment. I could spend a lot of time and a bunch of words trying to describe what I learned, but I would only end up confusing myself… and you. Doug’s obviously extremely knowledgeable… and an excellent and patient communicator. With only seven students, we had lots of quality time with him. But there is more to him than being an excellent horseman and clinician. There is something about the man that draws you in. As an editor, I’m always encouraging our writers to find that emotional connection between man and horse. Doug Mills takes that connection to a higher spiritual level that is hard to put into in words. We would stumble around in his arena or round pen with our horses, trying to get it right. But as soon

as Doug stepped into our saddle to personally show us how to do it, our horses knew it was “game on.” He was not physically rough with our horses as some can be. His method of earning their trust changed things almost immediately, and it was quickly evident to us and our horses who the trusted leader was. But there was still more to Doug than that. As I drove home, I realized that here is a man that lives his Faith. Not all preachy but just quietly leading by example, much like he did with our horses. Every meal he led us in a short grace. Some may think “big deal” but to me it was further confirmation of his western values and roots. There were people camped at his ranch that have had some tough luck thrown their way so Doug and his wife Lynette allow them to park their RVs and help out. Some stay a few weeks… some a few months. And kids… they flock to this place in droves. Yes, it’s about the horses, but what are horses without good people? The two neighbour boys are there every day… just to hang out and help. I know people who would be irritable with all the kids, but not Doug, his family, or his staff. They have dogs and cats, horses

Doug Mills and Craig Couillard. 

and donkeys, rabbits and goats. It’s not for their enjoyment but for their many visitors. It’s seems as though this is a mission for Doug and Lynette, and when I asked her about it, she was quick to confirm they feel this is their purpose in life. In this selfcentred culture we live in, it was refreshing to see how much they give… day in and day out. In the end, isn’t that what we are here to do — help others? I’m sure the day-to-day grind wears on them, and they have their moments. But for this two-bit cowboy, their commitment and service to others was not lost on me. Nor was the blessing I’m sure they receive by giving so much. Thanks for a great week.

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Notes from the field Snapshots from our field editors

 Horses All Editor, Craig Couillard (bottom right) attended the five-day Doug Mills Horsemanship Camp in August near Kamloops, B.C. Also in the camp were (back row, l to r): Karen Chobotar, Jessie Wallis, Lynette Mills, Doug Mills, Garth Mulholland. Front row (l to r): Alison Kosic, Montana Weaver, Rachell S. Trudel.

 Irvine Tack and Western Wear near Crossfield, Alta. had some really great visitors in August — the Cooper families. These children lost their fathers to a horrible plane crash last year. Canadian Cowboy Country Magazine put up a Facebook auction to raise money for these families. Irvine’s donated a full year of clothing to the kids. Talk about giving back!!

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Saskatchewan Equine Expo grows for 2013


he Saskatchewan Equine Expo, to be held February 15-17, 2013 in Saskatoon will include new and exciting events, skilled participants in the Trainers Challenge, and an expanded trade show. 2013 will introduce Canada’s Ultimate Cow Horse Competition. This three-day competition will include reined work, herd work, fence work and will be one of the features of the two evening Equine Extravaganzas. Participants will be competing for prizes, cash, and the championship title. Dale Clearwater from Hanley, Sask. will return to defend his 2012 Trainer Challenge title and will compete against Clint Christiansen from Bracken,

Sask., and one other to be announced. Horses will again be provided by John & Bernice King of Diamond K Ranch at Corning, Sask. Educational seminars will be presented by the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in the Information Theatre located in the trade show complex. Another new program for 2013 will be scheduled, guided tours of the new Equine Centre at the WCVM. Registration will be limited and participants will be required to pre-register for the tours. Due to the overwhelming response from trade show exhibitors, another 17,000 sq. ft. of display space has been added to allow for larger indoor displays as well as extra food and beverage areas and a

vendor lounge. An extra day has been added so the show will now be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Due to the overwhelming response in 2012, the Equine Extravaganza program will be now be featured on both Friday and Saturday evenings and will include a Parade of Breeds; demonstrations from feature clinicians; and many other attractions that will celebrate the diversity of the equine industry in Saskatchewan. For further information on Saskatchewan Equine Expo, please call the Agriculture Department at Prairieland Park (306) 931-7149; email; or visit our website

Glen Stewart travels extensively conducting clinics and colt starting sessions, and also offers Camps and a 3 month Horsemanship Course at his home The Horse Ranch. 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.

Jody Seely was born and raised on a farm west of Nanton, Alberta. She grew up on a horse, loved to ride, and dreamed of being a barrel racer. That dream ended when her family moved away from the farm life. Recently Jody made her way ‘back in the saddle’ after not having done it for over 15 years. It was like “coming home.” Jody is the Morning Show Announcer on 99.7 Sun Country radio in High River where she lives there with her husband Bryce and son Kaiden.

Kelly Sidoryk is a long-time horse girl from Lloydminster. She ranches with her family and enjoys riding, writing, photography and meeting new people. She recently joined forces with a friend to develop KT & Company, which organizes unique local events including the Cowgirl Yoga Retreat, the Harvest Festival (local food event), and the Inspiring Women Conference. You can also follow her on her blog — cowtrailsandponytales.

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Mane Event announces line-up for Chilliwack


he Mane Event, Equine Education and Trade Fair is pleased to announce their opening line-up of clinicians for the upcoming event at Heritage Park in Chilliwack, B.C. October 19 – 21, 2012. It will be a first time appearance in B.C. for Arizona horse trainer, equine behaviourist and clinician Karen Scholl who will be conducting sessions on Horsemanship for Women. This superb communicator will address all areas of horsemanship but will specifically address the confidence issues that women encounter when working with horses. Joining Karen will be well-known Canadian reining trainer and competitor Clay Webster. Clay was one of the first reining clinicians that the Mane Event had the pleasure of working with in 2004 and they are thrilled to have him return. Nick Karazissis of California will be conducting sessions on jumping and equitation for the hunter rider. Nick is a USEF R Judge and helped produce the “Get Connected” DVD which is used by the USEF in their hunter/equitation clinics. Dr. Cesar Parra, a leading dressage rider and Olympian will be conducting the dressage sessions at the expo, and if you have never had the chance to see him in action, his sessions are not only educational but extremely entertaining — they are not to be missed!

Clinics that were extremely popular in Red Deer this year are also being offered at the Chilliwack Mane Event as JoLinn and Mitch Hoover will be presenting a series of sessions on Extreme Trail, one of the fastest growing events in the equine world. A new component to this year’s Chilliwack expo is the addition of Dan James, Dan Steers and Niki Flundra. Niki will be presenting demonstrations on trick training and Dan James will be presenting sessions on liberty. Dan James’ name may be familiar to many equine enthusiasts in North America as this young Australian recently won the Road to the Horse competition in Tennessee with team mate Guy McLean. He and partner Dan Steers were featured as clinicians throughout the WEG games and were one of the acts during the opening ceremonies in Lexington, Kentucky. Dan is sure to entertain with his horses in the sessions and the Double Dan demonstration with Niki Flundra during the Saturday Night Equine Experience is going to be a crowd pleaser. Niki was just featured in the AQHA member ’s publication America’s Horse and has entertained audiences six times at the NFR in Las Vegas, 14 times at the CFR and eight times at the Calgary Stampede.

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Doris Fenton — 98-year old cowgirl Alberta rancher nears her centennial and has no plans to ease up WOMEN OF THE WEST Personal profile

By Kelly Sidoryk


he is one truly amazing lady. Doris Fenton is 98 and until just a few months ago was still riding. A broken hip (non-horse accident) had her off the horses for awhile but she is just waiting for the go ahead from her doctor to mount up again. The first thing she said to her doctor after surgery was, “Will I still be able to ride?” He assured her she could in the fall. Doris, who lives near Irma, Alberta, says for her learning to ride was much the same as learning to walk. They were both so long ago she doesn’t remember the first time. She was born in 1914 and her father farmed with horses. She remembers often going into their barn full of draft horses. Her dad bred the mares to whatever stallion came down the road. She recalls even at that time wondering how the offspring was going to turn out and thinking about bloodlines. “I had no brothers, so my dad let me do most things. We had no Shetland ponies or light horses, so we broke calves to ride. My sister and I made special bridles with bits. We even rode the calves to the neighbors. It was bareback as we were not allowed to ride in a saddle until we were 12,” she reminisces. The same rule was passed on to her own children. Doris recalls harrowing 100 acres with a team, actually eight horses abreast. “I was 11 or 12 years old and school was out and I was in bare feet. We just rode what we had and trained what we needed,” she says. In the early ’40s, buffalo were cleared out of the park near Wainwright and ranchers could lease ground to put up hay. Doris and her new husband, Stuart, went on the project right after getting home from their honeymoon. They needed six horses and it was a motley crew. Doris recalls a really old mare with bad breath. “She likely had bad teeth. There was a good old saddle horse, but he had never been driven. Also a miserable grey mare that reared and a good little horse on the end. I had to use these to drive. They were not used to working together nor had they been used on that type of equipment.” The hay fields were 30 miles from home and after it had been put up and stacked, the hay had to be hauled home. It took two to three weeks to put up and the newlyweds stayed there. “We had no tent but an old tarp we had found on the highway and a horse hide, with lots of hay to sleep on. The mice and frogs travelled over us at night,” she tells. Doris and Stuart had five children. Al is the youngest and he was born when Doris was 43. He started


riding with his mom when he was about five and rode constantly with her while growing up. He recalls a time when he was out riding with his mom on a horse the neighbour had given him. Part way out they went through a hornet’s nest and Al got bucked off and broke his arm. But his mom did not think it was that bad so they kept riding for the rest of the day and rode home in the moonlight with the coyotes following. They discovered when his arm had swollen up the next day that it was definitely broke. Fentons had Horned Hereford cattle and the horses played an important role on the ranch. Doris took over the cows in the spring when the others started doing the farming. In addition to the children, they always had hired men and she had 10 people around the table for three meals a day. She did all the others things associated with running a

house, as well as looking after the cattle. “But I did hate housework,” she admits. Neighbours and friends were always dropping off horses for Doris to ride. She often rode stallions. One was a palomino named Navaho. “He was hard to manage around other horses but he was an excellent horse,” says Doris. Al tells another story. “We had just imported a bull from England and he got on the fight. Mother was riding a horse named Velvet that was good looking but liked to buck. The bull hit Velvet in the chest who started bucking. Mother came off but landed on her feet.” Al talks of his mother having such good hands and a good feel for the horses and their abilities. “She could make them believe, feel important and build their confidence so they could do anything,” he says.

Her horses were good walkers, with a loose rein. She would go for miles and miles at a travelling trot, not posting. She rode straight legged and always sat deep in the saddle. Doris rode with a loose rein before it was popular. She was not on their head and they knew what she wanted. She would find their comfortable spot and they would give her the best of their abilities. Al remembers coming into the house and seeing Doris with her foot up on the counter. When asked what she was doing she said, “Just want to make sure I can still get my foot in the stirrup.” Doris never broke a bone until she was in her 80s when she broke her collar bone. She was on a black three year old and they were sorting pairs in an old slough bottom. The horse got into some wire and Doris ended up in the cattails.

Another time they were moving cattle up the road. Near the end she stepped off to visit with a neighbour. The neighbour boy stepped on her horse to finish up but the horse fired him off, so in her ’80s, Doris got back on and finished the move. Al says his mother has ridden hundreds of horses over the years, but Doris counters, “That’s not that many.” She adds, “All the good horses just happened to me. I never went out and bought a horse or looked for one. They were given to me or born on the place.” “This living old is not what it is cracked up to be. You do things you should not and I have outlived all my school and horse friends,” says Doris. Daughter-in-law Lori says, ”She never wanted to outlive her mind.” And she definitely has not. She is also back in the saddle. On August 10, 2012, Doris Fenton, at 98 years young was riding again.



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P   ROFILES hockey on hors e bac k

Polocrosse: It’s a real racket

Rene Hicks and Team Canada win European tournament on borrowed horses

YOUNG GUNS Up and coming stars

By Heather Grovet Galahad, Alta.


his past July, 21 year-old Renee Hicks flew to France to compete in a European polocrosse  tournament.  Polocrosse, an equestrian sport that is relatively uncommon in Canada, has been compared to hockey on horseback, and requires a rider with strong skills in the saddle and good racket abilities. And how did Team Canada do? They won the event, with the final game being against Team France, which hadn’t lost a game in the previous two years! Hicks grew up in the Millarville area where she became immersed in polocrosse at an early age. “When I was a toddler my parents tried the sport and really enjoyed it,” Hicks says. “I started playing when I was 13. My sister and I were also involved in Pony Club but my father told us ‘We won’t be going to horse shows all the time; instead we’re going to do our horse activities as a family.’” “Polocrosse is a terrific game and more horse people should consider trying it,” she continues. “It’s fun and addictive, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money

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to get started in the sport. And best of all, it’s an excellent family activity because people of all ages can play together. For example, the Canadian team that went to France included my older sister, Kayla, and my cousin, William Horne. But that isn’t all — my mother went as a spare, and my father was the coach!” Horses of all breeds can compete in polocrosse. Hicks notes the majority of Canadian competitors are mounted on Thoroughbreds. “My family really appreciates the Thoroughbred’s speed and endurance,” Hicks says. “At polocrosse tournaments you’ll play twice a day all weekend on the same horse, and most other breeds can’t take that level of work. We purchase our horses off the track, looking for specific bloodlines and horses that haven’t been raced much. On the other hand, I played polocrosse in Texas for a year, and there most competitors were riding Quarter Horses, so breed choice is obviously a personal preference.” The Canadian team did not take their own horses, but instead competed on borrowed mounts. “It was interesting, to say the least,” Hicks explains. “We’re used to Thoroughbreds, but in this case we were mounted on Henson horses, a small draft breed similar to Fjords. And to make things even more challenging, those horses

had never played polocrosse before, but instead were horseball mounts. Horseball is a sport that is big in France; they play using a modified soccer ball.” “You’d be surprised at how easy it is to desensitize a horse to the swinging racket,” Hicks continues. “The most challenging part is teaching your horse to gallop with the group, and then stop while the others run past.” Team Canada went to France a week before the competition, which allowed them time to prepare their borrowed horses for the upcoming tournament. “We rode twice a day all week,” Hicks says. “Luckily all our team had experience training horses, and had good racket skills to start with. “I missed my own horses,” Hicks admits. “Yes, I’m competitive, and I like to win, but my horse is more important than winning. When my horse is responsive and turns and stops exactly when I ask, I’m happy even if the game didn’t go perfectly. That’s one of the interesting things about polocrosse. Some competitors enjoy it for the racket skills. Others enjoy it because it gives them a purpose when riding. “I think I’ll be playing polocrosse for a long time,” Hicks concludes. “I play ringette, but it just doesn’t compare. For me polocrosse is more than a sport, it’s a lifestyle, and I love it!”



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Endurance training pays gold

Sixteen-year-old Jessica Yavis wins team gold at the North American Young Rider Championships in Kentucky YOUNG GUNS Up and coming stars

By Heather Grovet, Galahad, Alta.


ast time you went for a trail ride, how far did you travel? Five kilometres? Ten? Well, 16-year-old Jessica Yavis of Winfield, Alta. just returned from endurance racing in the North American Young Rider Championships at Lexington, Kentucky. She and her Arabian gelding, Jahlad, rode 120 kilometres (75 miles) in seven hours, winning team gold with two Ontario youth, Lee Hutton and Emma Webb. Yavis is an experienced competitor, riding in her first race at age eight. “I rode one of my mom’s horses — a big Morgan gelding called Mike,” she says. “We raced 35 miles. It was fun, and I’ve been competing ever since. In the last few years I’ve attended about eight races a year, with most of those being here in Alberta.” Yavis’s main mount is 10-yearold Jahlad, a straight Egyptian Arabian with a very desert-y appearance. The family acquired the 15.2 hh grey gelding when he was three, but it wasn’t love at first sight. “My mom had a friend in Ontario who had raised this horse, but couldn’t sell him,” Yavis explains. “Actually he was sold three times, but each time he was returned. Jahlad was mean; he could bite and kick. Finally the owner offered him for free to mom, if we’d pay for his shipping.”

The gelding tested the family when he arrived in Alberta. “He was very dominant and cranky,” Yavis said. “And he had no endurance; we could only ride a short distance and he’d play out. But even then he had something special about him. Now we have a great bond. Jahlad might still be temperamental, but he’s a one-person horse, and that person is me.” Yavis rides six to seven days a week, year round, only stopping when temperatures drop dangerously low. “Several times a week we’ll ride 17 miles,” she says. “Other days we’ll go only 10. We’ve been working on speed training lately, so we’ll canter most of that distance. On average it will take an hour and a half to go 17 miles.” This was the second year that Yavis and Jahlad have competed in the North American Young Rider Championships, which also include the disciplines of dressage, show jumping, eventing and reining. “We had to travel alone to Kentucky since the rest of the endurance team was in eastern Canada,” she explains. “We took our truck and horse trailer, but it was still an expensive trip due to fuel and hotels.” Yavis has qualified for the World Endurance Race in France next year, but isn’t certain how she will pay her way unless she can get funding or a sponsor. “Last year the World race was in the United Arab Emirates and the Sheiks there paid the expenses for every rider in every country


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Jessica Yavis with Jahlad at the final vet check at Young Riders 2012 in Kentucky.   Photo credit: Mike Tomlinson.







Alberta breeder seeing spots Appaloosa breeder does not take any short cuts when it comes to breeding program A BREED APART Horse breeder profile

By Robyn Moore Calgary, Alta.


o for your dream... do not die wishing you had done things.” These were the words of advice given to Linda Hokanson by her father, Art Allen, who passed away in April, 1994. That same year Linda and her husband Lynn founded Starmyri Appaloosas. Linda says, “We looked at many, many farms before finding ‘our’ place!” Starmyri Appaloosas is located on a quarter section of land located northeast of Edson, Alta. When they first purchased the land, there was only a house and one shed on it. “Our first project was to fence a 10 acre area for the horses we already owned (that were boarded out in Hinton), then a barnyard area.” Starting out with “Mighty Red” a 1984 registered Appaloosa mare, they began building their breeding herd almost as fast as they were building fences. The first few years were a lot of hard work, but Linda kept at the dream. Linda and Lynn’s son Joe and daughter Kristin were involved in 4-H and Linda pursued becoming a Certified Horsemanship Instructor. Linda and Lynn also host European students during the summer months through Internex RanchStay program who help out with chores and training. In addition, they also have two Green Certificate Equine Technician students helping on the farm.

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The breeding program is focussed on increasing the Appaloosa genetics in the stock. Linda says, “We are striving to reach purebred status, which requires eight generations of registered Appaloosa to registered Appaloosa breeding. We are now producing five generation foals. This process takes a long time to achieve!” Starmyri Appaloosas has two stallions — Stars Fim Koppur and Starwalker. They also keep a number of broodmares. “Most of our breeding stock are three and four generation App X App,” Linda says, “We do not outcross at all to any of the acceptable breeds (Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred) in our program but do accept them from outside clients.” Linda says, “All of my herd but one, are either already registered with Colorado Ranger Horse Association or in the process of being registered. All are also registered with the Appaloosa Horse Club of Canada.” The breeding program also strives to produce horses with a smooth gait called the Indian Shuffle. Linda

says, “It is an extremely smooth and comfortable gait to ride. “When you are involved with producing a colour breed, it is always a challenge to be able to produce those coloured babies,” says Linda, “and those babies must also have all the other required characteristics: good dispositions, good conformation, athletic, etc. They must be complete packages.” Linda is most proud of consistently being able to produce quality coloured foals. Another high point for her is the selling of a colt to Greece, “Stars Red Hawk was the first horse to be exported to Greece from Canada,” she says. Growing up with horses her whole life since her father was an outfitter, Linda’s dream horse has always been Appaloosas. She says, “As far back as I can remember, having Appaloosas was a dream I had, especially black leopards.” She is currently living her dream in an abundance of spots. 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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and especially horses, and somehow, that connection has always felt most acute when a horse itself feels it’s in trouble. “Many of the horses I’ve come to assist at the end of life seem almost drawn to me. Even when I’ve never met the animal before, they’ll nudge my hand to be touching their head, or move their body to be near me, even when they’re clearly in a lot of pain. It’s not like they’re just looking to be petted... it’s deeper than that.” Greg tells the story of one of his own. “I had a horse for years that had a terrible knee, but he was a big old tough rope horse and never let that knee get him down. He was a spirited horse... the horse that if you looked away for a minute, he’d be gone. He was terrified of needles and would pull back — to the point of hurting himself — to get away when he saw one coming. But one day I went by the pen and I could see that spark in him was gone... the spirit, the soul... all the life had drained from his eyes. He knew it was time to go, and I could see it too. When it was time for him to be euthanized, he didn’t flinch. I kinda knew he wouldn’t. He was ready.” This is the person you want beside you and your horse when that traumatic moment happens. Greg can assist you and your vet with humane euthanasia as well as provide the service for dealing with the body remains after death of your horse has happened. His service is shockingly affordable given the mechanics and emotional toll of the task. For more information on how Greg can help you and your horse at the end of life, surf to www. or call 403-680-4177.





Fancy Pants dreams of Olympics

Joni Lynn Peters and her Red Deer-bred horse Travolta finish top 7 in Canada for dressage team HORSE HEROES Profiles of exceptional horses

By Robyn Moore


fter first being featured in this column in March 2011, Travolta and his owner Joni Lynn Peters have been training hard and been rewarded for all their efforts. This last year has been a whirlwind for Joni and Travolta. They are both back from a successful winter tour competing in Florida as a declared Canadian Olympic athlete. Joni and Travolta were included in the top seven in Canada to await notice of final dressage team selection for the Olympics. Only five horse/rider teams went to London. While not quite making it to London, being short listed for the Olympics is a huge accomplishment. “It is what I have worked toward all my life and yet was still a unique and profound experience,” says Joni. “It is one thing to train, and to compete at Grand Prix, it is quite another to do this amongst Olympic contenders in an Olympic year at Olympic selection trials. Simply to have qualified for this privilege was an accomplishment I am proud of. To be competitive while there was a great boost to my confidence. I have known my horse Travolta is a good one; to have this confirmed at this level by finishing top seven in the nation means a great deal.” Travolta was bred in Alberta at Bosch Farms in Red Deer and

foaled there in July of 2000. Canadian Warmblood registered Travolta is by Dutch Warmblood stallion Ferro and out of the Landwind II mare Lurosa. Joni purchased him the 2003 Canadian Warmblood Fall Classic Breeders Sale in Olds. “It was love at first sight,” says Joni. She knew she had to have him, placed the winning bid, and brought him home to Armstrong, B.C. Joni trained and developed Travolta from a three year old youngster into an international Grand Prix star herself by personally handling all training, conditioning,

grooming and nutrition. She was awarded the HCBC Athlete of the Year award for 2011. The past year has included competing all around North America, including California, Florida, Ontario and Kentucky. Joni comments, “The value of this winter for myself and my horse Travolta was incredible. There is no doubt in my mind it will be a boost to our continuing competitive career, as we look forward.” The experience added to her expertise as a rider and a trainer in many ways through training and competing alongside

some of the world’s best, as well as working with classic master Ernst Hoyos and team coach Markus Gribbe. And Travolta loves his job as a dressage horse. Spectators and his fans have affectionately nicknamed him “Mr. Fancy Pants.” For Joni, the experiences of this past year are almost indescribable: “There was tremendous exposure, experience, education, and atmosphere the entire winter season. One cannot imagine, or totally mentally rehearse this without having been there, I believe. The tangible pressure, the crowds, the

venues, the world class footing, the dinner parties, the big name trainers and riders present and mingling was both memorable and overwhelming.” And now, she says, it’s good to be home. “I will take some welldeserved down time — training without the immediate pressure of showing.” 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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Profiles and insights into the world’s top show jumping competition nation’s cup

Olympians to compete at Spruce Meadows Masters Fans invited to show their support for Olympic show jumping riders from all over the world By Wendy Dudley Priddis, Alta.


how jumping fans will have a chance to cheer on and support Canadian Olympic riders when they return to Calgary to compete at the Spruce Meadows Masters Tournament, Sept.5-9. Canada will be one of several teams competing in the $350,000 BMO Nation’s Cup, one of only two held in North America and the only Nation’s Cup held in Canada. Team members were not yet named as of press time, but the Maple Leaf contingent will no doubt include some of the Olympians who jumped to a fifth-place finish in London only a month ago. And how about the British? They have entered a team since the first Spruce Meadows Nation’s Cup more than 35 years ago, and this year they won the Olympic gold medal for the first time in 60 years. What a perfect addition to Spruce Meadows’ celebration of the Diamond Jubilee and its close ties to the British Monarchy. All class entries were still being finalized, but it’s a sure bet that Canada’s Ian Millar, who turned in his best Olympic performance ever with a ninth-place finish, will be there aboard Star Power. This is a chance for the public to applaud his record-breaking 10th Olympic Games. And Tiffany Foster, formerly of B.C., will certainly appreciate the support after her controversial disqualification that continues to make the news. Foster was devastated

Eric Lamaze rode Derly Chin in the London Olympics. It is expected he will now ride for Canada at Spruce Meadows, after initially threatening to pull out because of lack of support in protesting the disqualification of Tiffany Foster at the Games.  Photo by Wendy Dudley

After being disqualified at the London Olympics because of a scratch above her horse’s hoof, Canada’s Tiffany Foster would appreciate a heartwarming welcome home when she returns to Canada to compete at Spruce Meadows in September.  Photo by Wendy Dudley

when the FEI ended her Olympic dream by declaring her horse Victor unfit for competition because of a superficial nick above his hoof. To see the support of a packed grandstand would go a long way in bringing a smile back to her face. On Friday, Germany’s magnificent Celle stallions will be featured during the Mercedes-Benz Evening of the Horse. Blessed with incredible temperaments and athleticism, the Hanoverian stallions are the result of selective breeding over generations, as they evolved from farm horses to

dressage horses and sires of Olympic show jumping champions. Sunday’s $1 million CN International Grand Prix, the richest show jumping event in the world, will also include a lineup of Olympians from around the world. Watching the world’s top riders compete for such a large cash prize is like watching an Olympic round, as riders scale huge jumps and burn up the turf in hopes of hitting the podium for a gold, silver or bronze medal.



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Olympic riders shut out Equestrian events marked by heartbreak and misfortune By Wendy Dudley Priddis, Alta.


f there was a London heartbreak hotel for Canadian equestrians, it must have been full. From the controversial disqualification of Tiffany Foster’s horse Victor in show jumping to the spectacular falls in eventing to the sudden spooking of David Marcus’s horse Capital in dressage, riders had more than their share of misfortune at the 2012 Olympics. But, in the end, the Canadian show jumping team placed a respectable fifth, and veteran rider Ian Millar turned in his best individual Olympic performance ever, placing ninth on Star Power. But Tiffany Foster’s dashed Olympic dream still has riders fuming. By now, everyone knows that Foster, originally from B.C., was robbed of her chance to compete in the Olympics when the FEI ruled her horse Victor wasn’t fit to jump because of a scratch on his left front leg, just above the coronet. That left only three riders on the team to fight for a medal, and considering all the horses were young with limited international experience, it was an amazing feat that Eric Lamaze, Ian Millar and Jill Henselwood were able to place fifth. After the first round, Canada was carrying five faults (Lamaze had a single time fault, Millar was clear and Henselwood had four faults).

Ian Millar rode Star Power to a ninth place finish in the London Olympics, his best Olympic performance ever.  Photo by Wendy Dudley

But the second round was a huge and technical course, with Lamaze and Henselwood picking up a combination of 17 faults. Millar had only one rail down. Henselwood, of Oxford Mills, Ont., admitted she wished she could have jumped better to make up for losing a team mate. While her horse George is a superb jumper, he has plenty of attitude and is a difficult horse to control.

Lamaze, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist, gave it his best, but his horse Derly Chin is only nine years old and was asked to step up to the plate earlier than intended. Millar, competing in his tenth Olympics, was a strong contender from the get-go, riding Star Power. Over two rounds, he collected only four faults. All team members were vocal about the difficulty of having to

compete without a fourth rider, meaning there was no drop score. And Lamaze threatened to boycott future team events, unless the national equestrian federation took a stronger stand in support of Foster. “I am ashamed of our sport. This is a complete miscarriage of justice,” he said, noting the FEI veterinary exam of Victor failed to check for soundness. “There are people

here who are not up to riding at an Olympic Games, but no one is saying that is unfair on their horses,” he told reporters. “The system killed us.” But no one questioned the worthiness of the British win, as the team turned in three clear rounds in a jump-off against the Netherlands who took silver. Saudi Arabia came third and Switzerland was fourth. It was the first show jumping gold for Britain in six decades. With the team event out of the way, that left Millar and Lamaze to move on for the final rounds of individual competition. Collecting 12 faults on Derly Chin landed Lamaze in twentyninth place, but Millar turned in his best-ever Olympic performance, taking eight faults to place ninth on Star Power. His previous top Olympic ranking was in 2000, when he placed thirteenth in Sydney. “My mare is tired,” Lamaze told CTV. “She has jumped a lot of big courses here and she hasn’t a lot of experience. I did not wake up this morning imagining myself on the podium so I am not too sad.” Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat won gold, Gerco Schroder of the Netherlands took silver, and Ireland’s Cian O’Connor claimed bronze. Within moments, Millar was suggesting he was ready to prepare for the 2016 Games. “If Star Power wants to go, he cannot go without me,” he said. “So I will go.”

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All the Queen’s Horses Spruce Meadows celebrates Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee By Wendy Dudley Priddis, AB


ecked out with hundreds of maroon Diamond Jubilee banners, Spruce Meadows honoured Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne with much pomp and ceremony during July’s North American Tournament. Representing the Queen, Alberta Lt.-Gov. Donald Ethell attended the Queen Elizabeth II Cup grand prix, arriving in a horse-drawn carriage just like her Majesty did when she opened the inaugural jumping event in 1990. Many may wonder why Spruce Meadows is such an obvious monarchist, but the focus of the facility is the horse, and when it comes to equines, the Queen is a huge fan. Her Majesty kicked off her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Britain by attending the Epsom Derby. And there isn’t a day that goes by that she doesn’t scrutinize the Racing Post, as she has bred and raced Thoroughbreds throughout her 60-year-reign. She is also the patron of several equine charitable organizations, including the British Horse Society, Fell Pony Society, Shire Horse Society and Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association. Many members of the Royal family are

obsessed with horses, especially on the polo field. And the Queen’s granddaughter, Zara Phillips, recently competed in eventing at the London Olympic Games. Her fifth greatgrandfather, King George III, established the Hanoverian, the same breed showcased by Spruce Meadows in its horse program. In 1990, Her Majesty attended Spruce Meadows’ inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Cup, with Spruce Meadows’ co-founder Marg Southern serving as the Queen’s Lady in Waiting. The Queen was presented with Wigwam, a black Hanoverian gelding. Spruce Meadows continues its Diamond Jubilee celebration with British Day held during the Masters Tournament this September. Crazy about horses since she was a little girl, Queen Elizabeth received her first pony at age four. Its name was Peggy, a Shetland pony presented as a gift from her grandfather King George V. Today, her stables still house a number of mounts used for riding and for pulling carriages. She also owns and breeds Thoroughbreds, many that have won races. In 1954 and 1957, she was listed as one of Britain’s leading race horse owners. In 1977, she enjoyed a number of wins by the filly Dunfermline. To date, she has had 19 Royal Ascot winners. Horse trainer and author Monty Roberts

credits Her Majesty in his best-selling book, The Man Who Listens to Horses, for much of his success. She endorsed his gentle training methods after he worked with her race horses. As honourary commissioner of Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Queen Elizabeth II has particular admiration for the horses used in its Musical Ride. During her reign, the RCMP has presented the Queen with four horses, including Burmese, a black mare that became her favourite mount in the Trooping of the Colour, her annual birthday parade. Burmese was trained to accept a sidesaddle, as that is the riding style preferred by the Queen. She rode her for 17 years, from 1969 to 1986. In 1987, the mare was retired to Windsor Castle. A statue of Burmese also stands outside the legislature in Regina, sculpted to celebrate the Queen’s visit to Saskatchewan during its Centennial year in 2005. She also selected a horse while visiting the RCMP Rockcliffe Stables near Ottawa in 1973, the 100th anniversary of the RCMP. She named it Centenial (sic). Burmese and Centenial were the chosen mounts for President Reagan and the Queen when they were photographed riding together at Windsor Castle.

Spruce Meadows is decked out in Diamond Jubilee banners, in celebration of Her Majesty’s 60-year-reign.  Photo by Wendy Dudley

In 1988, marking the RCMP’s 125th anniversary, she received a horse she named Saint James. More recently, in 2009, she received George, named in honour of her grandfather King George V. The gifted horses undergo extensive training, preparing them for cannon fire, pipes and drums, and massive crowds. They also must learn to stand still for hours. The RCMP also have been on the receiving end, accepting in 2002 an Irish sport horse called Golden Jubilee. Referred to as “the Queen’s horse,” the mare performed in the Musical Ride for two years. It’s not just this year that there is an ambience of Royalty at Spruce Meadows. The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and Her Majesty’s Household Cavalry serve as honour guards at all major tournaments.

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SIEMENS Presents the Celle Stallions Aristocratic stallions are known for their elegance and athletic prowess By Lisa Murphy, Ian Allison and Wendy Dudley


he magnificent Celle Stallions are returning to Spruce Meadows! A rare sight for those residing outside of Europe, these aristocratic stallions are known not only for their elegance and equine perfection, but also their athletic prowess and innate show jumping skill. It’s been several years since the stallions’ last sold out performances at the Masters, and their impressive display of musical dressage, taking place daily in the International Ring, has become a spectator favourite. The beauty and elegance of the horses, along with the pageantry and skillful horsemanship of the riders, make their presentation a spectacle not to be missed. These  handsome  stallions will be making the journey from the Hanoverian State Stud in Celle, Germany. This facility was founded in 1735 by the order of George II, King of Britain and Elector of Hanover. Although it was established by this royal decree, the stud has always been exclusively for the improvement of horse breeding. At the time of the creation of the State Stud of Celle, it was very important to keep up the quality of local stock. Well bred horses could have an impact of both the

trade and the safety of a region — in that era horses were utilized by many industries that they are no longer involved with today — and George II requested that English Thoroughbred stallions be introduced into the bloodlines of heavy “coldblood” farm and military horses. The history of the Celle Stallions is that of the Hanoverian breed, a warmblood horse with a natural balance and a graceful sense of movement. The Celle Stud book is one of the oldest in existence, tracing the Hanoverian breed’s development from a German work, carriage and military horse to today’s high performance horse. Refinement  is  maintained through infusion of Thoroughbred, Trakehner and Anglo-Arabian and other respected bloodlines. Hanoverians dominate the competitive sports field and are recognized as one of the premiere breeds for dressage and show jumping. In 1975, Spruce Meadows became the first facility in Canada to establish a Hanoverian breeding program. With pedigrees stretching back to the founding of the Hanoverian State Stud, the Celle Stallions are bred to the highest standard. At age two, they are selected for their conformity, movement and freejumping ability. A year later, they undergo intensive training

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and are performance tested for their jumping and dressage abilities, as well as their disposition. When they turn eight, they are reassessed for their ability to pass along such qualities to their offspring. Such rigorous testing ensures that only the top stallions are bred, making them breed ambassadors. Spruce Meadows and Siemens

are pleased to present the Celle Stallions during the Masters Tournament. They are certain to mesmerize Masters audiences with their quadrille dressage, executed with precision and pride. For a full schedule of performance times, visit any of the Spruce Meadows’ information booths on the grounds or www. spruce

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Battle of the horse breeds Four-member team must compete in jumping, driving, barrel racing, and trail course By Lisa Murphy, Ian Allison and Wendy Dudley


o define what makes a breed of horse exceptional, many different aspects need to be considered. Is it just speed, or speed and agility? Is it endurance and strength — or is it the indefinable combination of all of these desirable traits? The TELUS Battle of the Breeds tests horses (in some cases ponies) and riders in many different areas of skill — and up to ten breeds will vie to see who can boast that they are the most versatile breed of all. Even though the Battle is considered a friendly fight for bragging rights, none of the teams would ever say that it is not a serious competition once on course! Ten four-member teams will take part in the battle’s five different events: Compulsory Skills, Jeopardy Jumping, Precision Driving, Barrel Racing and Trail Riding. Two riders from each team compete in each event, with points awarded according to placement. Riders must be well versed in both Western and English disciplines. Every event will present different challenges to the horses and riders. Compulsory Skills tests the athlete’s ability to ride and/or drive basic skills like walking, trotting, cantering, loping, stopping and backing up. Jeopardy Jumping ups the ante with a set jumping course that competitors must navigate within a given timeframe.

Equi-Fair and Lifestyle Show hat’syour style? Whether you live in the country or the city, are looking for that perfect gift, ride horses competitively or simply enjoy all things horse related, Equi-Fair and Lifestyle at Spruce Meadows has something for you. The Equi-Fair is one of the largest equine trade shows in Canada. Occurring annually during the Masters Tournament, it features over 100 exhibitors and is well known as a shopping destination for a diverse and unique range of products. Recently Spruce Meadows added a new element to the Masters formula — Lifestyle. This creates an exhibition that appeals not only to horse lovers, but to anyone looking to be inspired by the many facets of acreage, rural, cultural and contemporary living. Exciting and diverse vendors have offerings for the discerning visitor, featuring landscape design, outdoor living, recreation opportunities, and much more. Another important element is an artist showcase featuring twenty plus artists from different disciplines. If you are looking for the perfect piece of art to complement your home or office decor, this is the place to start! Equine portraits, pastoral farm scenes, landscapes, bronze sculptures and photographs will all be on display within the Equi-Plex. Outfitting your barn? You can find the latest up-to-date innovations in livestock supplies, mini-barns, rubber flooring, trailers, fencing, shelters and stall matting. Wondering if you are aware of the best methods of horse care? EquiFair can help you find farrier suppliers, custom saddlery, supplements, grooming tools, clippers, therapy products, vaccination information, leg wraps, boots, head protection gear and — of course — nutritional treats. The all-new Equi-Fair and Lifestyle: an exhibition guaranteed to provide something for everyone!

Deb Clary and TLR Night Image helped Team Morgan to a first place finish at the 2011 Telus Battle of the Breeds.  photo: spruce meadows

After the finish line, an optional bonus obstacle awaits. If it is jumped successfully, bonus points will be given; if not, points subtracted. This additional jump adds an exciting element to the event, as a competitor’s placement can change drastically in a brief moment. Precision Driving tests both speed and agility: competitors must navigate a course of 20 obstacles successfully and in the time allowed. Barrel Race brings manoeuvrability and speed into the challenges. With competitors moving around barrels at high speed, they have to use extra care not to knock any barrels down. A barrel down would mean a five second penalty, and the competitor with the fastest time wins. Trail Riding, the last and most complicated event, usually provides the opportunity for one team to pull ahead of the rest! It requires

teams to navigate many different types of obstacles of varying point value (based on difficulty). How they are completed and the order it is completely up to the team. With such challenging tasks as requiring a horse to drive, jump, race and bunt a monolithic inflated TELUS ball between goal posts, it’s no wonder the Battle of the Breeds has become a fan favourite! The teams competing this year are Paint, Connemara, Arabian, Shetland Pony (2011’s fan favourite), Quarter Horse, Canadian Horse, Pinto and last year’s top three winners Team Morgan, Team Appaloosa and Team Saddlebred (first, second and third respectively). With events running Thursday through Saturday of the Masters, spectators will have ample opportunity to cheer on their favourites. It’s anyone’s guess who might be the victor of 2012’s TELUS Battle of the Breeds!






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Super horse’s record unbeatable Hickstead’s record at Spruce Meadows will be honoured in special ceremony at Masters By Lisa Murphy, Ian Allison and Wendy Dudley


eptember 12, 2011 and the reigning Olympic Champions had just laid claim to their second CN International title on the final day of the Spruce Meadow’s Masters. Eric Lamaze and Hickstead were continuing to show the world that they were deserving of their lofty perch atop the Rolex FEI World Ranking. Rarely in the history of the jumping sport had a combination overcome the long odds of long term success in a manner that could be compared to Eric and Hickstead. Less than two months later the story, which seemed bigger than life, came to a tragic end. On November 6, 2011 the remarkable combination jumped their final round together in the Rolex World Cup of Verona (ITA). Immediately after crossing the finish line Hickstead suffered a fatal aortic rupture. Hickstead was gone and the world of show jumping collectively went into mourning. The passing of Hickstead brought with it an outpouring of emotion on a global scale. From Verona to Toronto, from Geneva to Wellington to Spruce Meadows, fans, organizers, sponsors, media

Eric Lamaze and Hickstead bid a eerily final farewell at last year’s Masters   photo: spruce meadows and athletes were dealing with the loss of a sport icon that had seemed invincible. With the arrival of the new millennium, Eric Lamaze had acquired the little Dutch stallion somewhat as an afterthought. As a young horse, Hickstead had been overlooked many times by many horsemen. He lacked the size. He

lacked the scope. He lacked the stride. What he didn’t lack was quickness, carefulness, or heart. A fter  winning  Individual Olympic Gold and Team Silver for Canada at the 2008 Olympic Games, Hickstead’s star just continued to rise. Ironically on the heels of his Olympic victory, Eric was pretty confident that by the

time the next Olympic quadrennium passed, the stallion would be retired to stud at the age of 16. The 2012 London Games were never really in the plan for Eric to defend his title with Hickstead. But seemingly Hickstead defied time, getting better with age. Championship medals at the Rolex World Cup Final and World Equestrian Games were complimented by countless FEI competition victories and FEI Grand Prix titles in Rome, La Baule, Aachen, Wellington and Spruce Meadows. In 2010 Hickstead was awarded Best Horse at the FEI World Equestrian Games in recognition of his perfect week. Best Horse. These are lofty words. But if ever they might apply they might well apply to Hickstead, and not just over the five days of the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games. In his career he constantly seemed to be punching up a weigh division and delivering victories against other remarkable horsepower of his time. Horses like Authentic, Sapphire, Arko, Cumano, Flexible, Presley Boy and Shutterfly were a few of the notable challengers of his era. Those victories were delivered and revered in stadiums around the world — but nowhere more

than at Spruce Meadows. At Spruce Meadows alone, through seven seasons commencing in 2005, his resume is impressive enough to merit Best Horse consideration — out of 77 FEI competition starts he scored a remarkable 20 wins, 50 top three finishes, two CN International titles and an unprecedented four victories in the ATCO Power Queen Elizabeth II Cup, including the 2011 title. November 6, 2011, marked a tragic loss for our sport with the passing of Hickstead. One will never know what might have been in the summer of 2012. What one does know is that if you were ever fortunate enough to see Hickstead and Eric Lamaze enter a stadium, pick up the canter and master the most demanding tests in international show jumping, you were fortunate enough to be treated to a special chemistry of horse and rider, working as one, defying the odds, and soaring where no one believed they ever could. If you experienced this you experienced a moment in sport you should always remember and cherish. A special ceremony to honour Hickstead will take place on Sunday, September 9 at the Masters at Spruce Meadows.


Lamaze outraged over disqualification Equine Canada re-issues statement about Tiffany Foster in hopes of changing EFI rules By Wendy Dudley Priddis, Alta.


ric Lamaze usually makes headlines in the show jumping ring, but in the last month, he made them in the sport’s political arena. And he may have earned a medal on that podium. Mentally tough, Lamaze has always marched to his own drummer, and he did it again following the disqualification of his student and stable trainer Tiffany Foster, whose Olympic dream was crushed when her horse Victor wasn’t allowed to compete because of a superficial scratch above his hoof. Outraged by the lack of support from Canada’s equestrian federation over what Lamaze believed was an injustice and improper interpretation of the FEI rules, he threatened to boycott riding on any Canadian team. He told reporters he was offended by Equine Canada’s (EC) original statement which said it appreciated the FEI’s hypersensitivity testing protocol. Lamaze expected more support against the FEI decision.

Lamaze had called Foster’s disqualification “a joke,” and his decision to drop out of team events would have included the Nation’s Cup at Spruce Meadows, to be held Sept. 8 in Calgary. “The system just killed us. It’s a terrible system,” said Lamaze, who was a member of the Canadian Olympic team that placed fifth, riding with the disadvantage of only three riders, with no drop score. His outrage was followed by a piece in the Globe and Mail national newspaper, written by Akaash Maharaj, the former CEO of Equine Canada. He stated that while the regulations about hypersensitivity are legitimate, their application in Foster’s case was “absurd.” Maharaj did not mince words. He noted there was no evidence to indicate the horse was in any distress, yet Foster was punished by being expelled from the Games. The FEI had acknowledged that Foster did nothing wrong. “By wrapping indefensible decisions in the false flag of horse welfare, the FEI has done more than wrong individual athletes. It has brought its commitment to horse

Eric Lamaze threatened to quit riding for Canada over lack of support for disqualified rider Tiffany Foster.   photo: wendy dudley welfare into disrepute, and demonstrated a willingness to make its most important rules the enemies of the most basic standards of justice,” Maharaj wrote. “How is such a state of affairs possible? The FEI regulations state baldly, “there is no appeal against the decision of the Ground Jury to disqualify a horse for abnormal sensitivity.” There is explicitly no remedy for those who have been treated unjustly; there are no consequences for those who wield power capriciously. And power without accountability inevitably invites abuse,” he noted. Maharaj declared the weak

response from Equine Canada a “public obscenity.” “In response,” Maharaj stated, “Eric Lamaze... chose to announce that he will never again compete under Equine Canada’s authority, unless the federation reverses its position. This is more than a fight over the treatment of a single athlete. This is more than a struggle for the future of equestrian sport. This is a battle for the values, the honour, and the very soul of our country’s national sporting system.” In response to such pressure, Equine Canada reissued a statement, stating it felt there should be a review of the hypersensitivity

protocol, and that the Canadian team’s vet felt Foster’s horse was fit to compete. If a review does follow as a result of Lamaze’s threat to quit riding for Canada, then he may leave yet another huge and lasting hoofprint on this sport. Equine  Canada  president Michael Gallagher has indicated that Lamaze is comfortable with the new statement, so fans should expect to see him in the International Ring at Spruce Meadows. It took guts for him to speak out and risk backlash, but then he didn’t get to where he is in the sport by being timid.






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All-round horseman

Competition will be tough at the Canadian Supreme, Canada’s biggest reining show By Heather Grovet Galahad, Alta.


grew up roping and working cows on my parent’s ranch,” Jim Anderson of Strathmore, Alta., says. “But my introduction to reining came when I was a teenager. When I was 18 I spent the summer in Saskatchewan, learning how to build bits and spurs with Jim Hyde. Jim was also a horse trainer, and he gave me some lessons on a nice little reining horse. That kind of hooked me. I was interested in starting colts and horsemanship, and I could see that reining would be a way for me to advance my skills.” Anderson has been competing in reining at the Canadian Supreme for over ten years now. “My first real success at the Supreme was on a horse called Smart Little Checkers,” Anderson says. “I trained her from start to finish, and as a three-year-old she won the Limited Open and the Open To The World, earning us over $21,000. It was a really great feeling to do so well on a nice young horse.” This year Anderson will be taking two client horses to the Supreme. “I’ll be showing Brassy, a sorrel AQHA filly, for Dale and Joy Reed,” he says. “I have high hopes for this little mare; she’s a big stopper and I really like her. Plus, she’s out of Brassy Merit, our stud, and that makes her special to me. I’ll also be taking Katie, a baldfaced red dun daughter of Gunner. Katie is another really nice mare. We were Reserve Champion at the Spring Classic this year.” Anderson enjoys competing in reining, but he also enjoys the process of starting young horses. “After three months I normally have a good feel for each horse as an individual,” he says. “I look for a young horse with a lot of turn, a great stop, and a lot of try. That type of horse just naturally wants to stay with me, and he’ll normally make a great reiner.” Anderson raises some of his prospect, and purchases others. When selecting a reining prospect, Anderson looks for a horse with a nice top line, low neck, and a lot of reach. “Pedigree is important when you look at youngsters,” he explains. “If both their sire and dam were good horses, then most likely they will be, too. On the other hand, there are some horses with incredible pedigrees that never work out and others with poorer quality pedigrees that can really succeed. I’ve found you’ve got to be willing to give them all a try, and see how they do.” Training and competing in reining aren’t Anderson’s only equine interests. He also hosts riding clinics, shoes a few horses each day, competes in extreme trail, and even has an interest in working with horses at liberty. “You can learn something from great horsemen in every discipline,” he says. “For example, you might not think you’re interested in liberty training, but liberty work can really improve your relationship with your

Jim Anderson, shown here doing a “liberty slide,” believes the key to being a well-rounded horseman is to learn from a multitude of disciplines and trainers. SUBMITTED PHOTO


“After three months I normally have a good feel for each horse as an individual. I look for a young horse with a lot of turn, a great stop, and a lot of try.” — JIM ANDERSON

horse. When you train your horse at liberty, he’ll learn to look at you as the leader — he’ll trust and respect you, while wanting to be with you. For example, when I walk out to my pasture, my mare trots up to me, and then I can lead her to the barn, away from the rest of the herd, without a halter or lead rope. That type of relationship can benefit horses in any discipline.” “It’s the same thing with reining,” Anderson says. “You might not want to compete in reining, but the skills you learn there are helpful to all equestrians. Training a horse to perform at that level would be a good goal for anyone that rides. That’s why I think almost every horse person can enjoy reining at

the Supreme. It shows them what a well trained horse is capable of doing.” “The Canadian Supreme is the biggest show for reiners in Canada,” he concludes. “There you’ll get to see the cream of the crop. When you watch a class, you’ll see how willing a good reining horse can be. He must do all his manoeuvres with little or no resistance. He’ll run as fast as you want, then lope as slowly as you need. He’ll spin with cadence and speed, and it will be pleasant to watch. The good ones can turn, and they can also slide to a stop. At the Supreme it isn’t unusual to have horses slide twenty feet, or more.” Wouldn’t you like your horse to be able to do the same?

Cowboy Up Winner Jim Anderson is not only a top reiner, he’s also an experienced Cowboy Up Challenge competitor. “Two years ago I saw the Calgary Stampede’s Cowboy Up Challenge and thought it looked fun and exciting,” Anderson says. “I went home and started working my horses on the necessary skills.” Anderson must have done something right, because this year he ended up as Cowboy Up Champion winning against talented horse and riders from all across North America. “It takes a special horse to be successful in Cowboy Up,” Anderson explains. “They need to be athletic, but more than that, they need to be tolerant and kind. We expect them to run hard, jump through obstacles, pull a scary object, and then wait quietly while we stand on their backs to open a mailbox!” “Reining and Cowboy Up have several things in common,” he continues. “For example, in both disciplines horses score higher if they perform with a soft, willing manner. Also, Cowboy Up patterns often call for lead changes, or spins, and a reining horse knows how to do these properly.” “Good reining skills also allow me to be faster than other Cowboy Up competitors. Others have to lope up to an obstacle, slow to a trot, finally stop, and then work the obstacle. With my finished reining horse I could run to the obstacle, come to a sliding stop, and be finished our task 30 seconds before the others.”





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Saddlemaker knows his suspenders Bob Hickman makes saddles, chaps, silver bits, and yes, buckaroo suspenders OUR WAY OF LIFE Making a living with horses

By Cindy Bablitz

Bob Hickman.   photo: submitted

This picture is our Canadian made saddle from the Calgary Stampede. Bob Hickman’s throwback saddle to 1912 is a Visalia 3-B saddle to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede. This is Bob Hickman’s first saddle he has made since moving to Okotoks Alberta in March of this year. “I am honored to have been selected as an artist’s during this milestone of Canadian history.”  photo: submitted

ber 23-29 at the Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alta. “I started my shop in Colfax in 1987, and when I married my wife Tara five years ago, and she took over the marketing, the business just exploded,” Bob beams. Hickman Saddlery is perhaps best known for their carbon fibre saddles, bullet proof and lightweight and made with an innovation of Bob’s design. “You can drive over a Hickman saddle with a truck and not wreck it,” says Bob, with just a trace of cowboy pride, “And we incorporate a cable for the latigo instead of the traditional metal plate rigging.

That alone takes 14 pounds off the total weight of the saddle.” Bob won the honour of participating in the Western Art Showcase at the Calgary Stampede centennial and built a saddle on site during the exhibition. He’ll be bringing some of that showmanship to the Canadian Supreme too, but with chaps. “I’ll be at the Supreme with my sewing machine, making custom order chaps right there on site throughout the show.” Bob’s a man who really knows the gear he makes, he knows from firsthand experience why he makes it the way he does, and he’s a man

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he person you want designing and making the tools you need to use is a person who needs to use the tools you’re buying. “I was born and raised on a cattle ranch on the Snake River in Colfax Washington,” says Bob Hickman, founder of Hickman Saddlery, “And that’s how I got started working with gear and making gear.” Bob’s a man who knows what gear works well on a working ranch, because he’s spent a lifetime working with the gear he still uses every day. Hickman Saddlery is one of the vendors showcasing the kind of working horse gear that makes the Western Lifestyle Showcase at the Canadian Supreme so renowned as the all-things-western shopping opportunity not to be missed. The event runs Septem-

This fully carved Alberta Rose saddle is truly a work of Western art, with 66 Alberta roses within the tooling which includes Fleming sterling silver Conchos to for the flower centers. This saddle is being sold for $9000.00 dollars with the serial number of 12422-1.  photo: submitted

who’s proud to show others that he really is the actual working person behind the solid, quality products that are growing into a world class line of working horse gear. Along with the famous Hickman saddles, the hand sewn chaps, a great assortment of tack, rawhide goods, silver bits, spurs, and conchos, another infamous line out of Hickman Saddlery is their line of cowboy buckaroo suspenders. “Our suspenders were rated number one for service and durability,” says Bob. “I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a rating program for suspenders, but, there it was, and

we were rated first. I was kind of proud of that,” he grins. “It was kind of a feather in my hat! “There’s something to be said for working horse gear that’s made by somebody that’s used it, and knows what it’s all about. Even the very best craftsman might not make the very best working horse products if they don’t know the gear intimately from really using it.” To meet Bob and Tara, make your way down to the Hickman Saddlery booth at the Canadian Supreme in Red Deer this month. Or surf to, or phone 403 938 2818.


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Past champion chomping at the bit Heather Baumgardner enjoys the speed and challenges of Working Cow Horse at Canadian Supreme By Heather Grovet Galahad, Alta.


eather  Baumgardner enjoys spending time with both her husband and her horses, but it was the difficulty of combining the two that started her down the path to competing in working cow horse. “I grew up in the city of Regina, but was always horse crazy,” she says. “When Darren and I got married, we wanted to live in the country. Once we bought our acreage, we just had to get some horses, and things snowballed from there. Before long Darren was team penning, and I was involved in reining and cutting on a Morgan stallion called Ida Ho Cocoa Ron. Soon we were going different directions, and I never saw Darren anymore. It was obvious we needed to find an equine sport we could both enjoy.” In the early 2000’s Darren leased an Appaloosa from Thunderstruck Ranch and began competing in working cow horse. He was immediately hooked on the sport. Wanting to spend more time with her

husband, Heather started her Morgan stallion on cow horse as well. “What most people don’t realize is that some of the old Morgan bloodlines were really cowy,” Heather says. “My stallion and I enjoyed ourselves and were able to get the job done. But there were some limitations; Morgans just don’t have the ideal hindquarters for the hard stops and turns.” Before long Heather and Darren purchased an Appaloosa cow horse prospect of their own, and then in the following years a number of young Quarter Horses followed. The couple looked for prospects that were athletic, built correctly, good tempered, and from a sire and dam they knew. When their first youngster was three they competed with him at the Canadian Supreme. “The Supreme was great,” Heather says. “And we haven’t missed a year since we started.” The Baumgardners compete as amateurs but they train their own horses, a challenging task since the sport of working cow horse involves three diverse skills; dry work (reining), herd work (cutting), and fence work (working a single cow through

“My English friends compare cow horse to three-day eventing, with the challenges of preparing one horse for three very different tasks.” – Heather Baumgardner





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a prescribed pattern). “It takes a lot of riding and practice to compete in cow horse,” Heather says. “My English friends compare it to three-day eventing, with the challenges of preparing one horse for three very different tasks.” The couple hopes to show several horses at the Supreme this year. “If everything goes as planned I’ll ride Eddies League, a four-year-old sorrel AQHA gelding,” Heather says. “I’ll also compete on Meradas Starlet, a three-year old Quarter Horse gelding. Darren will ride Bo Jangles Boon, a five-year-old bay roan mare.” The bay roan mare, nicknamed Sally, is a family favourite. “Sally is a great little horse,” Heather explains. “She’s sweet, willing, very athletic and good on the cows. And she’s a real people’s horse; she loves to be around us.” The mare did come with her share of challenges, though. “When Sally was three we had an unfortunate episode when working a buffalo,” Heather says. “Many cow horse trainers work buffalo since they stay fresh much longer than cattle. But this specific buffalo was a bit aggressive. It got behind Sally and charged her. This is the sort of thing you want to avoid, especially with a young horse, but I figured she’d soon get over it. But after that everything in the pen was a big deal to Sally. We had a really tough three-year-old year.” But Heather had faith in the mare, and persisted. “We paid for a lot of entries, and at first it didn’t

2011 Canadian Supreme champions Heather Baumgardner (left), mounted on mare Bo Jangles Boon, who were Non-pro Derby Champions. On the right is her husband Darren Baumgardner, mounted on Mr Blew Boon, who were reserve Champion Non-Pros. The two horses are half siblings out of Mr Roan Freckles, and were bred by Bob Butz of Stony Plain, AB.   photo: barb glazer

seem to help much,” she says. “But I knew Sally could do it, so we kept going. And eventually things began to turn around. Last year Sally was four, and we had an excellent year — we were even the Non-Pro Derby Champions at the Supreme! Sally’s turned out to be a great cow horse; she’s a pretty mover in our dry work, and bang on when we go down the fence.” Heather encourages spectators to attend the event at the Supreme. “Cow horse is fun to

watch because it’s different every time,” she says. “If they get a fast cow and can handle it, they’re going to earn a big score, or it can quickly go downhill — you just never know. Saturday night at the Supreme is especially exciting. They turn up the tunes, the dirt gets flying and the crowds are pumped. I think that’s what the audience really appreciates when watching cow horse; there’s the speed and the challenge of handling what comes their way.”

h o r s e sa l e

Supreme best up for sale Top cutting, reining, and barrel prospects on the block at Western Horse Sale GOING DOWN THE TRAIL Places and events of interest

By Cindy Bablitz


t’s looking to be a good year for hay. And a bumper crop year for feed is a good time to buy a new horse! “Holding the Western Horse Sale in conjunction with the Canadian Supreme means we tend to attract a good number of quality consignments,” explains Western Horse Sale Co-ordinator Elaine Speight. Crowds are usually pretty tight for the annual Canadian Supreme’s Western Horse Sale, this year being conducted on Friday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m. at Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alta. 2012’s incoming roster of quality stock is sure to once again attract passionate attendance... and bidding. The event is one of the most attended horse sales in western Canada. “Spectator attendance at the sale really is overwhelming, standing room only,” Elaine continues.

This year, some 65 head of cutting, reining and barrel racing prospects, along with broodmares and ranch horses will be showcased under the gavel of Dan Skeels. “We pride ourselves on conducting the auction in a large sale ring that accommodates cutting and reining demos... and that tends to platform the quality offerings we consign,” says Elaine. One of those offerings is a consignment from Gary McElroy of Rimbey, Alta., a yearling filly from the daughter of Playgun and semen from Texas-based Quarter Horse Sophisticated Catt, a famous cutting horse boasting $192,507 in lifetime earnings. “This little filly’s been nominated to the Canadian Supreme, the Breeder’s Invitational, the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Superstakes, the Augusta Stakes, The Bonanza and the National Reiner’s Breeders Classic (NRBC). “We also have Diel and Jessica Hiner of North Powder, Oregon

bringing three well bred horses for the sale, and a partial dispersal for Northern Star Quarter Horse Ranch from Lannie and Louise Chernipeski of Rocky Rapids, Alta.,” explains Elaine. Hiner’s horses being offered are 12-year-old High Brow Cat, a show mare with an NCHA lifetime earning of $50,000, 10-year-old champion cutting mare sired by Master Merada, in foal to Hydrive Cat and two-yearold cutting prospect sired by Hes A Peptospoonsful. The Northern Star Quarter Horse Ranch consignments being offered are three-year-old Smooth As A Cat gelding, being trained by John Swales of High River, Alta., twoyear-old Meradas Money Talks mare in training with Dale Clearwater from Hanley, Sask., and three yearlings. The entire listing of horses you’ll see auctioned this month at the Canadian Supreme’s 2012 Western Horse Sale can be viewed online in the catalogue at www.





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Kevin Baumann high on adrenaline rush Red Deer horseman’s unusual start in the sport of cutting takes him to the Canadian Supreme By Heather Grovet Galahad, Alta.


evin Baumann of Red Deer, Alta., became involved in cutting in an untypical way. In 1988 he watched a few cutting competitions, grew interested in the sport, and purchased an AQHA yearling filly. Next Baumann bought every cutting DVD and book available, and began training that young horse himself. “If you asked me now I wouldn’t recommend beginners start that way,” Baumann says. “Instead I’d suggest they purchase a horse that has already earned money in the cutting pen. Then they should take that horse to the trainer and learn what to do with it. Instead I did it all myself, and it was the difficult and expensive way to learn the sport.” But in spite of the extra challenges, Baumann’s method seemed to work. In 1990 that first horse won the Non-Pro at the Canadian Supreme! Since that time Baumann has continued to cut, training his own horses. He and his fiancée, Michelle, plan to bring three three-year-olds and two four-year-olds to this year’s

Kevin Baumann has been enjoying cutting horses since he competed with his first mare in 1990.   photo: submitted

Canadian Supreme. “We’ve raised some of these horses ourselves,” he says. “And others we purchased as yearlings. I look for horses with good breeding, conformation and trainability. Some prospects don’t work out the way we hope, but often the really good ones just stand out from the crowd.”

The couple will be competing on a pair of three-year-old geldings out of Lil Pepto Pistol, a stallion Baumann owned for several years. “It was challenging making ends meet breeding, so we decided to sell the stallion at the Billings Horse Sale,” Baumann explains. “We got a decent price for him, and even better yet, he came

back to Alberta. Still we’re now having seller’s regret. His colts are just getting into the cutting pen, and they’re turning out really well. They’re athletic, good looking and strong. Many cutters are breeding smaller sized horses, often with small feet, and that concerns me a bit. Lil Pepto Pistol is good sized, and we think that will help keep his foals sound as they compete. We’ve kept some life-time breedings to him, but now I think we should have kept the horse himself!” Baumann keeps his contact with the yearlings to a minimum, basically halter breaking them and then allowing them time to grow up. “When they turn two we send them to Jamie Dodds, a young fellow up north for two or three months,” Baumann says. “When they come back to us we start working them, and basically getting them more broke. They won’t compete until they’re three, and many can go on to long careers in the cutting pen. I have one cutting horse that’s 11, and he just keeps getting better and better as he ages. But we don’t overwork our broke horses. At that point in time they only need to cut once or twice a week, because they know their job. A lot of work on a

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broke horse just makes them tired and sore.” “I really enjoy taking our young horses to the events,” Baumann continues. “Years ago I was tempted to take them a bit too soon, and it was no fun thinking ‘Oh boy, can we get through this run?’ Now we’re careful to wait until they’re ready, and we only take the really good ones, anyhow. That means I can relax and enjoy them. Cutting should be enjoyable. I like to watch the young horses advance, and riding them is a real adrenaline rush!” Baumann has been a long time fan of the Canadian Supreme. “The Supreme is the best show in Canada,” he says. “The only thing I’d change about it is the size of their cutting pen. I’d like to see it a bit bigger so the cattle don’t feel as though they’re under too much pressure when we work them.” Baumann recommends horse people take the time to watch the cutting classes at the Supreme. “Notice what those horses do when the rider puts his hand down on the horse’s neck,” Baumann says. “The rider leaves the control to the horse, and it’s amazing how they do their job. I think more people should try the sport.”

OTHER EARLY CONSIGNMENTS: CAT N PEPPY ‘04 sorrel mare Sire: High Brow Cat (High Brow Hickory) Dam: Tari San Peppy Star (Peppy San Badger) A very pretty, well trained “Cat” mare! Big stop, bright on a cow! Leonard McCullough, Mornville, AB.

Selling some of Canada’s finest performance horses and prospects! Friday, September 28th at 6 pm at the Westerner Show Grounds in Red Deer, AB. MERADA CEE ‘02 sorrel mare Sire: Master Merada (Freckles Merada) Dam: Sneakin Cee (Maxi Lena) Well trained show cutting mare, In foal to Hydrive Cat Diel and Jessica Hiner, North Powder, Or.

Held during the Canadian Supreme Show and Trade Fair Sept. 25-29th. Early Consignments featuring: The Partial Dispersal of “Northern Star Quarter Horses” of Rocky Rapids, AB.

NORTHERN SMOOTH CAT: ‘09 bay gelding Sire: Smooth As A Cat (High Brow Cat) Dam: Rose Holly (Mr Play Holly) Dam is a money earner in Cutting/Reining Cow horse. Showing in 2012 Canadian Supreme by John Swales!

NORTHERN DUAL CHECK ‘11 sorrel gelding Sire: I’m Counting Checks (Smart Lil Ricochet) Dam: RHL MS Double Pep (Dollys Little Peppy) The dam has produced offspring with NRCHA earnings in excess of $48,000.Canadian Supreme Eligible!

NORTHERN LITTLE DOC ‘11 sorrel gelding Sire: Kit Dual (Dual Pep) Dam: MS Peppy Lena (My Own League) Top Cutting Bloodlines! Nominated to Cutting Breeders Invitational for 2015. Canadian Supreme Eligible!

NORTHERN MERADAS ‘10 bay mare Sire: Meradas Money Talks (Freckles Merada) Dam: BP Lucky To Get Even (Get Even) In training with Dale Clearwater, and a half sister to a money earner in NRCHA. Canadian Supreme nominated!

NORTHERN ROYAL CAT ‘11 brown gelding Sire: Smooth As A Cat (High Brow Cat) Dam: Rose Holly (Mr Play Holly) Bred to be a Cutting Horse! Dam a money earner! Canadian Supreme Eligible!

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CATTY JEWEL ‘00 sorrel mare Sire: High Brow Cat (High Brow Hickory) Dam: Clarks Jewel (Clark’s Doc Bar) NCHA LTE $50,000, Champion Cutting mare Diel and Jessica Hiner, North Powder, Or.

MACS DRY BETSY ‘01 sorrel mare Sire: Quixote Mac (Doc Quixote) Dam: Betsy Dry Doc (Dry Doc) NCHA Cutting earnings in excess of $8,000. 2007 Bonanza Am. Reserve Champion. Very Solid! Herle Holdings, Medicine Hat, AB.





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Former champion far from the Grave From Peppy San to Doc O’Lena’s Request, Art Graves has competed on and trained some of the best cutting and working cow horses in the game WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Catching up with heroes of the past

By Dianne Finstad Red Deer, Alta.


inning a major title at an event as prestigious as the Canadian Supreme is a highlight for any horse trainer. For Art Graves, excelling at the Supreme was part of a storied career in the horse business, which included being one of the Canadian riders of the legendary cutting horse Peppy San. Graves was born in Hythe, Alta., but raised in B.C. He showed an early knack for working with animals, especially horses. In the 1960’s, he took on a training position at the famed Douglas Lake Cattle Company in B.C. There he worked under Jim MacDonell, considered the forefather of cutting horse trainers in Canada.

“I was breaking their two-year old colts,” explained Graves. “Mr. CN Woodward was purchasing wellbred quarter horse mares, to establish a broodmare band.” But every horse program needs a top stallion at its base, and Woodward found that in Texas, in the stallion Peppy San. “I worked Peppy San in the winter months as a four-year-old, and showed him the next spring,” Graves recalled. “He was a very good cow horse, and is probably one of the top sires in Canada. He was good to work worth.” Peppy San ended up returning to Texas and his original trainer, Matlock Rose, who had a stellar show career with him, including a National Cutting Horse Association world championship. Peppy San’s accomplishments earned a spot in the AQHA Hall of Fame. “This was the beginning of my career training horses,” said Graves. “In the winter of 1966, I went south to enhance my training skills.” About then, Graves’ talents with a horse also caught the eye of the 1965 Calgary Stampede Queen Donna Israelson. “I had a horse at the Pinebrook Stables outside Calgary where he was working, and I was impressed with what he was able to do with a horse,” smiled Donna, who’s been Mrs. Graves for 45 years now! Art and his bride set up their horse training business in B.C. and it was in those years that Graves competed in what is now the Canadian Supreme.

Winning it on the fence, Art Graves takes Docs Sweet Yucca to the 1980 Snaffle Bit Futurity Championship at the Canadian Stakes and Futurity in Claresholm in a memorable run.  PHOTO: SUBMITTED

In 1977, he won the bridle class on a horse called Just Fine, when the show was in Claresholm and called the Alberta Stakes and Futurity. Then in 1980, he claimed the Open Snaffle Bit title on Doc’s Sweet Yucca, owned by Gerald and Charlotte Porteous of Crossfield. “I had high hopes, because I knew I had a nice horse, but I was still a little nervous. It was my first big win.” Graves also had success with horses he owned and trained, such as

“I liked the fence work. There was a lot of action, especially if you have a horse that can go down the fence and rate a cow, and circle with it.” Art Graves with Sky, a dog Art trained for the sequel to Little House on the Prairie that was filmed in southern Alberta.  photo: submitted

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Velvet Boots, Magnolia Sun, Magnolia Bar Maid and Cotton Ginny. The working cow horse events are demanding for young horses, incorporating elements of reining, cutting and fence work. The fence work involves one-on-one interaction with a single animal, and includes plenty of turns. It can get western, and that suited Art Graves just fine. “I liked the fence work,” he commented. “There was a lot of action, especially if you have a horse that can go down the fence and rate a cow, and circle with it.” But Graves also shone in the straight cutting competitions, particularly with equine partners like Zandy Zona, Doc O’Lena’s Request and Jo Lynx. During that time, Art and Donna were also raising two boys, Wade and Lee. “The boys grew up on horses, and being around horses leads to rodeo,” smiled Graves, who dabbled in the sport in his own younger years. Wade rode bareback horses for a few years professionally, while Lee specialized in the timed events, and yes, that is the same Lee Graves who’s won two World Steer Wrestling Championships, as well as five Canadian champion buckles. But Lee is also renowned for training the great horse Jesse to a pair of World Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year titles as well. “I like to think he learned a little bit from me,” chuckled the senior Graves. “It’s unreal what he’s done. Lee was always interested in horses. He’s dedicated to it, and you’ve got to be.” “Art’s helped Lee enormously with Jesse,” confided Donna. “It’s been a big asset for Lee to have him there to ask for advice.” Meanwhile Wade, who has his own construction company, has developed his own interest in working animals, building up a herd of reindeer which are in high demand during Christmas season.

“Everyone thought he was crazy, but the reindeer are a very nice animal. The people line up to see them,” added Graves. While spending their early years in several B.C. locations, the Graves family eventually moved to Black Diamond, where Art did some work wrangling for movie sets, and even training dogs for movie work. He also judged at horse events. While Graves left his formal training business after 30 years, he’s by no means fully retired. Even while wintering in Arizona, he’s usually had several young horses he’s been working on. Still trim and fit at 74, Graves stays active. In fact, when asked if he still rides regularly, Graves responded with a twinkle. “Oh, I haven’t rode…” and he paused for dramatic effect. “…in the last four days,” he teased. “You can’t just sit in the house,” he added. “I’ve got one little horse I’m working on now, and Lee’s always got a couple around here.” As well, Graves has another unique hobby. “I like to do prospecting. I go up to the Yukon, sniff around and fight a few mosquitoes. I just got back from there. It’s about getting out, and doing some fishing, but you could find something. You never know what you might see!” Both Art and Donna Graves comment on the wide circle of friends the horse training world has given them. In fact, while rodeoing, Lee still runs into people across the country, who remember and ask about his Dad. As much as the people, Art Graves remembers the animals he’s spent time riding and training. “I do like dogs and horses. A nice horse, I like to work ’em.” And hanging on the wall of his home is a picture of Graves going down the fence the year he won the snaffle bit futurity at the Supreme. “That was a special deal,” he smiled.




INSPIRATIONS Inspired by People and Horses supreme art

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TALENTED artist & cowgirl The Supreme Horse will be on display and for sale at The Canadian Supreme

By Cindy Bablitz


eauty is in the eye of the beholder and when it comes to art, diversity in creativity means that even the most specialized enthusiast can find art to reflect personal passions. Artist Paige Albrecht is literally building a career on it. “I was bored one Christmas and did a pencil sketch,” explains Paige, whose art capitalizes on the fast action and unique perspectives of working cow horse, reining and cutting competition, “And when he saw it, my dad said, ‘I think you’ve found your calling and you’d better find a way to make a business from this.’” So she did. Since 2000 Paige has been taking her pencil sketching talent pretty seriously, and her talent at capturing both the pounding action of working horse competitions and the resplendent quiet solitude of a prairie landscape is capturing the appreciation of a growing audi-

ence in people who appreciate the western lifestyle. Her art is especially beloved by the kind of people who hang around events like the Canadian Supreme but the great appeal of Paige’s artistry is that her renderings are contemporary interpretations appreciable by anyone who respects a fine talent for representational art. The 2012 Canadian Supreme features Paige’s drawing The Supreme Horse as the cover art for the event’s poster and information brochure. It’s also being offered as a limited edition giclee measuring 38 x 12 which will be made available for sale at the 2012 Canadian Supreme, unframed, for $300. Demand for the prints is high and you may want to order in advance. The original is also still available for purchase. Paige’s fine attention to detail is actually quite stunning — the depth and texture of each image is meticulously drawn to enhance

every element — a concho, a buckle, the mane of a horse or the intricate architecture of a well worn saddle. The subtle nuance of depth she’s able to translate using the simple tools of pencil and paper draws viewers of her work into her etchings. Looking at a Paige Albrecht drawing is like being invited in to stay a while and set down for tea. She has a penchant for drawing your attention to the grit and muscle and intensity, and away from the human companions in her work... so much so that she often designs her work so the identifying features of the riders at work in the drawings are simply beyond the edge of the page. “I do that because I draw a lot of action shots, and I want to focus on the action and the event and the horses I’m drawing. I don’t want my pictures to end up looking like they were drawn of someone in particular,” Paige explains.

“I think I managed to capture the progression from baby to young horse to the ultimate working horse”. – Paige Albrecht

Coming from a family of working competitive horse people, Paige has spent a lot of years in reining competitions herself, and the draw to capture the gritty essence of reining, cutting and working cow horse contests comes with an up close and personal appreciation for the athleticism in these sports. “With The Supreme Horse in particular, Darren Baumgardner [Canadian Supreme committee member] wanted the picture to be geared toward the stallion and the breeding aspect,” says Paige, “But I’ve always dreamed of doing a picture with some crazy action shots. I wanted a wow factor. I think I

managed to capture the progression from baby to young horse to the ultimate working horse. “I’m so in love with the events of cutting, reining and working cow horse and I want my passion to come through in my drawing. Not everyone can appreciate a reining horse but I hope my passion for both the horse business and my art comes through in my work.” To view more of Paige’s work, s u r f   to   w w w. Pa i g e A l b re c h t . com.  To purchase a print of The Supreme Horse, attend the Canadian Supreme being held September 23-29, 2012 at Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alta. or call 403-4430062.






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orn and raised on country music, Alberta artist Craig Moritz fell naturally into the role of country singer. “I was country, when country wasn’t cool” he says. In fact, when he was young he was grounded by his father for buying a Michael Jackson cassette from K-Mart. He quickly abandoned the king of pop to stay with the greats like Randy Travis. Years later and 3 of his own CD’s out, Craig Moritz is coming into his own sound of country music. He started out his career with the drive to “just get songs on the radio.” His latest album with OnRamp/EMI “Only When You’re Lonely” features a bunch of songs he wrote or co-wrote himself. He says “it feels like it’s more me.” Over the years Moritz has had a number of musical influences, from Don Williams and Merle Haggard to George Strait, Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney and Garth Brooks. His CD has a mix of different sounding songs too. He writes the country stories, he hits on the love ballads, and he delivers when it comes to a good ol’ party song. Moritz is one of the artists who has really embraced the social media world and reaches out to fans. In fact he has over 27,000 fans on Facebook, which puts him into the top five in Canadian Country Music. Moritz says “it’s one of the tools that record companies use now to determine working with you. If you have a

plugged-in fan base to start, it’s less of a risk.” Other than country music, Moritz is a real lover of animals. He and girlfriend Jill took a trip to Cuba, found a stray dog at their resort, and wished they could bring it back with them. Upon returning to Canada, Moritz heard about Cats and Dogs International. He fell in love with what this organization does so he started to volunteer and became a spokesperson for the group. He has taken a couple trips into Mexico to assist with some spay and neuter clinics to help get strays off the streets. He is hoping to get back down there again this winter. As you can imagine, he now owns two dogs imported from Mexico to round out his dog family of four. He is one of those guys you meet, instantly like, and see how big of a heart he has. “Only When You’re Lonely” is available in-stores and online. You can follow Moritz on twitter @CraigMoritz or find him on Facebook. More details on his show schedule and plethora of music videos at


orses and burros were born of a wedding of power and beauty, and all past history has now joined – shall we say “conspired” in the positive sense – in order to again grant them a piece of freedom here in their ancient cradle of evolution, the North American continent.” — Craig C. Downer No matter which side of the wild horse debate readers may find themselves on, it is worthwhile keeping an open mind when presented with new evidence concerning the history and evolution of wild horses in North America. Craig C. Downer is an ecologist who grew up observing these colorful animals in the Western U.S. and he offers here the most compelling proof to date that wild horses and burros truly belong in North America, and that they are not semi-domesticated livestock. Although this book covers wild equid history in the United States, the scientific studies Downer has undertaken will assist Canadians like Ken McLeod, who is documenting the wild horses here in Alberta, and other groups who are doing the same for the wild ones of British Columbia. An entire chapter is devoted to new solutions for the future. These include natural barriers and buffer zones to limit wild equid expansion and the establishment/design of sanctuaries, viable in the long term for eco-tourism purposes. The author also points out the many ways in which wild horses enhance native ecosystems, for example by building soils, dispersing grass seed, and consuming flam-

mable vegetation in much more rugged areas than those grazed by cattle, thereby reducing fire danger. The book’s last section is an excellent photo album of wild horses, some running magnificently free on various ranges, and some in captivity, where they languish pointlessly at taxpayer cost to this very day. It becomes apparent that we must find new ways of resolving such issues. Clearly needed, Downer says, is a shift in priorities, and it is one that has already begun. We are learning a better way forward, how to share the land in a more natural balance with not only the wild horse herds, but with all species. Downer’s message in this book is one on which our own survival may ultimately depend. Craig C. Downer has defended wild horses/burros against attacks for over 40 years. He enjoys nature photography, lives in Nevada, and is a proud companion of two mustangs, both of whom he knew in the wilds of Nevada before they were captured by the Bureau of Land Management in 2010. The Wild Horse Conspiracy by Craig C. Downer Soft Cover, 2011, $17.00 ISBN: 9-781-461068983 Available at Amazon


Festival of the Horse Inside the arena the parade of horses begins: Arabians with tails and necks arched, high-spirited Thoroughbreds, smooth Peruvian Pasos and a six-horse hitch of Clydesdales with harness bells jingling. Quarter horses built for roundups and roping. Miniatures, multi-gaited Tennessee Walkers, colourful Paints and Appaloosas. The spotlight traces patterns and rhythms around the arena. Then a small boy maneuvers his walker, step halt, step, onto the grounds behind a black gelding. The boy’s mother lifts the boy onto the horse’s back and the parade becomes much more than choreography, more than braided manes and tails and brushed coats and riders who have trained for years. This is perfect communication between a horse and a four-year-old boy who reaches down and pats the smooth muscles along the horse’s neck. This is a boy’s dream and a mother’s hope reaching beyond the diagnosis of spina bifida and the doctor’s words: He’ll never walk. This is a Therapeutic Riding Horse, strong and gentle, carrying its young rider and marching to music while an audience watches and listens with their eyes and their hearts— until a shuffle of feet, the crowd of twelve hundred rising, their applause a crescendo reaching down and around the boy and his horse. About the Poet: Raised in the Cypress Hills of Saskatchewan, Doris Bircham is a versatile, prolific poet known for her generous spirit, her love of the landscape, and her lyrical, authentic voice. She was very active in organizing the Maple Creek Cowboy Poetry Gathering and has travelled throughout the west as a favourite at many poetry festivals. Doris makes her home in the Cypress Hills and has been a “hands on” ranching partner with her husband Ralph for over 40 years.






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am sure if you have been around horses very long, your horse or someone else’s horse has tried to kick. It is natural for horses to kick one another and they do it often in the herd as a way of establishing dominance and to protect themselves. However,  when  people  are around it is very dangerous and we don’t handle a kick as well as another horse can. A good rule of thumb for safety’s sake — if the horse is with you whether on the ground, tied to a fence or being rode, there is no kicking allowed. We are responsible for our horses and their behaviour. Other people are responsible for their horses and shouldn’t allow their horses to stick their noses on or threaten other horses. If they do allow it, there will usually be a squeal, strike, or kick from one or both horses, and very soon a person can end up being the target. If you watch your horse you will see warning signs that they are thinking about kicking or biting. They will look at the target, their eye changes to something not so friendly, their tail often swishes at the other horse, and then they will shift their weight in preparation for the kick if they aren’t already in position. At the first sign of trouble, it is our job to give them something productive to do with their feet and minds, and make the right thing easy and the wrong thing difficult. For example if you are riding past someone and your horse shows you a sign that it is threatening in any way to another horse, give his feet something to do — side pass, hindquarter yield, stop, back up — whatever is appropriate for the situation. Some horses are just as happy to use their teeth as their feet and the same reasoning applies. I like to move the part of the horse that is doing the threatening. If it is the mouth, then redirect the horse’s head. If it is the hind feet, move his hindquarters. Before he moved his hip towards the other horse, he would have shown some body language, forecasting his plan. The sooner you act on it, the less it will take to correct it. Horses kick for various reasons. Some act out of fear, often because they lack confidence around other horses. Others are trying to assert themselves and let the other horses know they think they should be at the top of the pecking order.

“The horse needs to know it is unacceptable...” – Glenn Stewart

If they kick out of fear, you can help by riding the horse that is unconfident near another horse and then have the rider of the other horse rub the scared horse. It’s usually easier to ride the scared horse up, rather than have it be the one ridden up to. I like to use a horseman stick to do the rubbing so I don’t get kicked until it’s safer to stand close and the horse realizes there isn’t anything to worry about. Then you will have to do the same procedure moving and with many horses. You are probably thinking this could take forever, but it doesn’t at all. You will generally see results the moment you start the rubbing. No matter what the reason your horse kicks, the owner or rider needs to have enough respect and confidence earned with their horse that it will not kick. The horse needs to know it is unacceptable and that the handler will look after it and keep it from being kicked by other horses, and that the handler is at the top of the pecking order. You want your horses to look to you for guidance and not be doing their own thing. If you are riding or leading your horse and all of the sudden it is kicking and squealing at another horse, then your horse is not with you mentally. You are not in charge; he is not looking to you for guidance, direction or leadership. It is our job to have enough respect built into our relationship with our horses that they stay mentally with us and not be looking for other horses to kick. Pay close attention to the early signs and do something productive with the horse’s mind and feet to get them back with you. You must consistently make the wrong thing difficult until the poor behavior is changed to a better one. If your horse is deciding what he will do with his feet when you are around, then you are not really there as far as the horse is concerned. Glenn Stewart travels extensively conducting clinics, demonstrations, and colt starting sessions. He rides 30-60 client horses per year, including young horses, restarts, challenging horses, and foundation training. More information by calling 1 877 728 8987 or visiting

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How do you flip your switch? Mental recovery is as important as physical recovery RIDING OUT OF MY MIND Equestrian sport psychology

By April Clay Psychologist


t the time of this writing, the Olympic Games are in full swing. Even if you never plan to make it to the big show, there are many tips you can glean from the best in the world. The Olympic athletes now competing have planned exactly how they will get themselves into the ideal state to compete. The riders among the bunch also know how their horses will reach their best performance state, often referred to as the zone. T h e y h av e re h e a r s e d a n d rehearsed how to switch on that state — on demand. What you might not realize is that they have to be just as proficient in how they flip that switch off again. The Games are an endurance event unto themselves. Even if an athlete’s sport takes mere seconds to complete, there is all that anticipatory time after they arrive and of course sometimes the in-between competing time. Anyone who has ever been to a horse show knows all too well about all the “hurry up and wait time.” So what do you do with this “offtime?” For the best in the world, this phase cannot be left to chance any more than their performance can. These athletes know that how they manage this time can add or subtract from their chances at producing their best. Of course they will all respect the well-known concept of physical recovery. Stress the muscle, then rest the muscle and you get stronger. If you don’t respect this concept as an athlete, some sort of physical break down or injury is all but guaranteed. But the really prepared athletes will also have diligently planned their mental recovery. The brain needs a rest just as much as the body does to function at its best. Over thinking during their down time will rob them of energy- and passion for their sport. No one, including you, can think about their sport 24/7. Learn from the best — here is how they, and you can recover mentally. 1. Know how to relax efficiently True relaxation means both letting go of tension and quieting the mind. There are many options athletes can use to gain confidence in changing the state of their body: progressive relaxation, visualization, music and meditation. Choose your tool and practice it often, so when you get to the larger competitions you will have confidence in your ability to refresh body and mind. 2. Seek out social support Elite athletes know who their “go-to people” are, and how they will access them. They have identified those supports that help them with their emotional needs. The friend that makes them laugh, the friend that offers perspective or even the

friend who can be counted on not to talk about sport! Who are your “go-to people?” 3. Practice consistent debriefing When their pre-competition training at the Games is complete, athletes will have various strategies for putting the information from that session into perspective. Some will debrief with their coaches, some will choose to check off certain tasks in their minds, others will mine the positive stuff and toss the rest away. How will you close the book on your training during a long competition? Writing down what you need to

remember or take forward can be a great way to take it off your mind. Then leave it on a page, and literally close your book and move on to another activity that is non-sport related. 4. Create space from your sport The world’s best need to have their own personal get-aways from their sport. Watching DVDs, listening to music, watching comedy, playing cards with teammates or just getting away from the competition venue. Know what will suit you best is the key to success here. What really gives your head a rest? What refreshes your perspective?







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HORSE HEROES Profiles of exceptional horses

By Natalie Sorkilmo “


t ’s Angel… really bad… I think it’s broken… her leg.” The words all jumbled together with an incredible sense of lost dreams. The call was from Elyse Thomson after leaving the Montana Reined Cow Horses Futurity in October, 2010. Just a day prior, Dancin Angel was a rising star in the Working Cow Horse sport and, more importantly, fulfilling an aspiration for Jesse and Elyse Thomson — a winner all their own. She placed reserve in the futurity and danced right into the spotlight that weekend. That is when bad luck struck in the form of a gust of wind carrying two plastic shavings bags. Angel spooked and was caught in between two trailers and subsequently lacerated her extensor tendon on the bumper hitch. “It was very, very disappointing,” says Jesse. “We had such high hopes for her in the near future before the accident. We would have definitely showed her everywhere we could.” Such an injury causes a horse to be unable to place their foot on the ground in sequence. Their hoof dangles upon lifting, and upon placement the horse can do nothing but set it directly on top of the front of the fetlock. The words debilitating and devastating lead directly to decision-making with this type of injury. A slow, time-consuming and unguaranteed recovery, or euthanasia were facing Angel on that day. Luckily for her, the Thomson’s

chose to try their hardest to heal this mare that had fulfilled so many hopes for them already. I remember clearly the Thomson’s expecting Angel to have enough mobility one day to fulfill her life as a broodmare. “That was kind of the hope,” says Elyse “But Chad said to be optimistic, so we tried.” Chad Hewlett with Energ y Equine Veterinary in Airdrie, Alberta, was the first to attend Angel upon her arrival back at home. He says, “I’ve seen this particular injury six or eight times and have had great luck in recovery. They don’t always come back to show soundness, but it is still our goal. ” Thus Angel began her road to recovery, first with a splint and bandage changes every four days, followed by an orthotic brace, and finally to a cast which required changing every three weeks. As the months passed by with short walks in the barn, new toys in the stall, and slow hay feeding nets to help occupy her mind, Angel’s tendon reattached, strengthened and began to show phenomenal promise to the Thomson’s. At the end of January, 2011, the decision was made to pursue rehabilitation for Angel at Anchor R Ranch Equine Wellness, in Lacombe, Alta. “Her rehab went so well, Chad told us we could have started riding her right away,” said Elyse. “For her sake we waited the year out and began light rides on her in August, 2011, and she went to a few smaller winter shows to get her ready for the spring season.” “She really pretty much picked up in 2012 where she left off,” said Jesse. “She’s what trainers like to call a ‘money horse’ and rises to the occasion.” She’s sure to impress at this year’s Canadian Supreme.

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Scratches — several names, several causes Once the horse is placed in a favourable environment, a variety of treatments can be undertaken HORSE HEALTH Expert advice


cratches, greasy heel, mud fever, mud rash, or equine pastern dermatitis are all various names for a skin condition that occurs on the backside of a horse’s pastern. The area of skin on the underside of the pastern becomes inflamed and ulcerated, oozing and weeping to form scabs and crusts. The thick, crusty, black scabs often coalesce in a linear fashion across the back of the pastern region resulting in the name “scratches.” As the lesion progresses, crusty black scabs become generalized across the back of the pastern, occasionally including the bulbs of the heel and/or fetlock. If left untreated lameness may occur. This location is particularly tender, continually flexing as a horse moves. Horses with white feet seem to be more prone to scratches as unpigmented skin is more sensitive to environmental agents than skin of a darker colour. Scratches has many contributing factors and generally investigation is necessary to uncover the actual problem that initiated the skin condition. Fungi and bacteria bear the brunt of blame, yet that an infection exists is only partially true. Often underlying causes occur first, weakening the immune system , and so creating an opportunity for the existence of fungi and bacteria to take hold. Weak immune systems, overactive immune systems, photosensitivities, allergies, poor or improper nutrition,  dietary  intolerances, overburdened livers and even copper deficiencies can predispose a horse to scratches. Since the skin only has a limited number of ways to express irritation it means that

As the lesion progresses, crusty, black scabs become generalized across the back of the pastern, occasionally including the bulbs of the heel and/or fetlock.

a myriad of conditions can present themselves as scratches. Horses living in unrelenting wet or muddy conditions are especially vulnerable to the development of scratches. The incidence of scratches also increases during July and August when morning dews are heavy. Dampness softens the delicate pastern skin, weakening skin barriers. In addition a fungus found on mature clovers favours these environmental conditions, exposing the horse to a greater than normal fungal burden. Treatment Due diligence is often required to uncover the underlying conditions that contribute to and masquerade as scratches. Some cases are simple and respond to good hygiene. Removal of the horse to a clean dry area brings relief to the sensitive skin. Additionally, it is advisable to remove affected horses from pastures laden with clovers and alfalfa as some horse can develop scratches from a dietary sensitivity to such legumes. Clinically this sensitivity can appear as scratches. Once the horse is placed in a favourable environment a variety of treatments can be undertaken to care for the skin lesion itself. Salves and ointments containing antibiotics, anti-fungals, carrying agents such as DMSO, and antiinflammatories can be used as medications. A n o t h e r   e q u a l l y   e f fe c t i v e method is to apply a poultice bandage to the area, drawing out inflammation and toxins. Although it is tempting to clean the affected area of scurf and scabs, it can be very painful for the horse. A soothing poultice bandage will soften the crusty debris, allowing for a thorough cleansing of the affected area once the bandage is removed. While medicated salves and ointments can effectively treat the affected region, it is helpful to remember that symptoms may continue to reappear until the underlying problem is addressed. Since bandages hold in dampness it is best to minimize their use. Once the affected area is clean, creams used to treat diaper rash in babies can be applied to the affected skin to form an effective soothing barrier from dampness until the horse fully heals. Carol Shwetz has been a veterinary practitioner for 26 years. Her country practice near Westlock, Alberta focuses upon a horse’s overall well-being, bringing years of experience and study to educate owners on the care of their horses. Studies beyond veterinary schooling have included dentistry, nutrition, hoof care, alternative therapies, and of course her favorite study, horsemanship. Information has become her “medicine” of choice giving owners a strong foundation for sound decision-making.

Weak immune systems, overactive immune systems, photo-sensitivities, allergies, poor or improper nutrition, dietary intolerances, overburdened livers and even copper deficiencies can predispose a horse to scratches.

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HORSEBACK Volcanoes and rainforest

Emmy-award winning journalist Darley Newman rides the trails on the Big Island in Hawaii By Darley Newman Bethesda, Maryland


aleakala National Park on the island of Maui is one of the most diverse national parks for horseback riding and is also on my list of top extreme rides. Where else can you horseback ride into the crater of a volcano? During two different days, I rode through two separate sides of Haleakala, the lush rainforest out of Kipahulu and into the dramatic caldera of Haleakala’s dormant volcano on the Sliding Sands Trail. I rode into the crater with Doug Smith, who owns Pony Express Tours with his wife Kathryn. His horses are fit for the challenging trails here. It’s a walk-only ride, but as you slide a bit on the volcanoes cinders and steep inclines, you’ll understand why running’s not possible or desirable. The environment is fragile here, with a variety of rare insects right off the trails. The summit to Haleakala Crater, at over 10,000 feet, provides arresting views of this colorful environment. The vibrant greens and reds of the crater contrast with the prickly, rare Haleakala Silver-

sword, a plant that is found only here. Hearty plants like the Silversword endure hot days, freezing nights, and little rain. The tiny, silver hairs of this plant reflect the sun’s rays and protect it from freezing temperatures inside the crater. Inside this massive crater, you can view cinder cones, a reminder of Haleakala’s volcanic past. The round trip is 7.5 miles and takes around four hours. Prior riding experience is a must for this ride, and if you have issues with changes in elevations, this is not the ride for you. I’ve suggested the volcano ride to many other riders who have given me feedback on their experience calling it “awesome, awe inspiring and a spectacular adventure.” It’s certainly a ride that will earn you bragging rights. “Dusty and slow” is how one rider described it, but at the same time, she wrote, “I would absolutely recommend it to everyone, just take Aleve before you head out, and have some waiting when you get back!” It’s a once in a lifetime journey and given the chance, I’d certainly do it again and most certainly on horseback.

“Where else can you horseback ride into the crater of a volcano?

The other part of Haleakala where you can saddle up is the rainforest area of Kipahulu, which is situated along the Hana Highway, a scenic roadway on the Northeastern coast of Maui. Though it’s only 52 miles long, driving this road takes about three hours, because there are over 600 curves. Here, residents try to keep old Hawaiian culture alive. A highlight of visiting this area is having the locals share this unique culture with you. My guide Keoni from Maui Stables told me about his ancestors, who lived off of the land in this lush section of the island, as we cantered up an incline towards a spectacular waterfall. Behind us, the bright blue Pacific Ocean sparkled in the distance. The trails were rocky and muddy at times,

but again, the well acclimated horses took it in stride, as Keoni picked fresh fruit from the trees and introduced me to a couple of wild cows. Riding on Maui is a beautiful and interesting experience! For more details on these rides, contact or For details on self-drive equestrian vacation packages on Maui and the Big Island contact or call 877-490-7786 or (646) 535-6115.





September full of poetry and music Maple Creek and High River hosting top notch festivals GOING DOWN THE TRAIL Places and events of interest

By Cindy Bablitz Calgary, Alta.


here’s lots of pathos in our lifestyle,” says Eleanor Bowie, chair of the Maple Creek Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Western Art & Gear Show committee. “Or,” she adds with a giggle, “There can be. There’s a spiritual context as well. And it’s good for everyone to be able to articulate their feelings... and I think our gathering is a good venue to do that.” September is a rich month for cowboy poetry enthusiasts as the 23rd annual Maple Creek Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Western Art & Gear Show happens through the weekend of September 14-16. And on the weekend of September 28-30, Trail’s End 2012 is presented by the Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association in their 25th anniversary year. B oth festivals will gather renowned poets, musicians, artists and artisans mostly from the four western provinces in celebrations of the cowboy and western way of life. “This function originally started out as a membership function to encourage our members to perform,” explains Wendy Vaughan, poet and president of the Trail’s End event. “As it grew, there was a draw to bring top notch performers at the night shows, and that’s how we came to bring in Ben Crane. He’s one of Canada’s best performers in my opinion... to me, he’s an underground star that nobody’s discovered.” Indeed, Ben Crane is reputed as one of western entertainment’s best-kept secrets, (though, he says self deprecatingly, “some secrets are best kept...”). He’s a singer and songwriter and storyteller who plays guitar and mandolin, incorporating his award winning, top-selling cartoons in live presentations that are unique and engaging. Ben’s cartoons may be best recognized as the twisted greeting card art with western greeting card giant Leanin’ Tree. “People who see him really want to see him again,” says Wendy. Some 30 poets and musicians will be performing alongside Ben at the Trail’s End event, and planners are keeping tight lipped on a special tribute being offered at the festival to honour the Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association’s 25 years of volunteer presidents. Organizers of both events acknowledge the significant role volunteers play in pulling off decades of weekend long special events, as without hundreds of volunteer hours, cowboy poetry festivals simply wouldn’t exist. Though the very backbone of the western way of life is rooted in the kind of lyrical self-deprecation long cel-

ebrated by poets and songsmiths, there ain’t a lot of corporate sponsorship floating around cowboy poetry circles. Eleanor says cowboy poetry is really about finding the humour in life... and sometimes, ranching and farming are hard, backbreaking, occasionally sad and once in a while, frustrating. Using rhymes, songs, shared meals and campfires as a way of easing the burden of day-to-day, cowboy and western writers and musicians may have found the secret to a life well lived. There aren’t a lot of miserable cowboy (and cowgirl) poets.

“At our event, the Maple Creek Cowboy Poetry Gathering, our focus this year is on youth. We’re trying to capture the interest of the next two generations... that’s where the longevity of our lifestyle is coming from. The culture of farming and ranching — the western lifestyle — is being kept alive through music and rhyme and storytelling and we really want to encourage and support the youth in our community in that,” says Eleanor. Tickets to Trail’s End 2012 are $35 for a full weekend pass if purchased before September

25, and $55 for the same access if purchased later. Phone Wendy Vaughan at (403) 946-5482 for tickets, or email acpatrailsend@ Attendees can purchase tickets for just Friday or Saturday night, or just Saturday afternoon. There is also a hot dinner served on Saturday night for an additional $20, and these meal tickets do need to be purchased before September 25 for event planning. Saturday evening we have a dinner. Sunday’s events are free, beginning with cowboy church at 9 a.m. and ending the weekend with an open mic from noon to 2 p.m. For more

information about the Trail’s End event, surf to Tickets to the Maple Creek Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Western Art & Gear Show are $65 for a full weekend pass and include guaranteed seating for the Friday and Saturday evening performances as well as a hot beef buffet supper on Saturday night and a pancake breakfast on Sunday morning. Phone the Jasper Center at (306) 6622434 for tickets or Eleanor Bowie at (306) 558-4428 for more information. You can also surf to www.

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Cavalia: A magical encounter between human and horse Caring for Cavalia’s equine stars onstage and backstage is top priority GOING DOWN THE TRAIL Places and events of interest

By Eric Paquette


avalia  returns  to  Alberta this September with its first shows in the Capital City at Edmonton City Centre Airport. Explaining  why  Cavalia  still enchants audiences around the world after nine years of success, founder Normand Latourelle says, “Horses are the most beautiful animal in nature, and Cavalia is a love affair, a dream about harmony between human and nature.” With nearly 2,000 perfor-

“It’s not only their look that is important, we want horses who will enjoy this type of life,” – Benjamin Aillaud

mances in 54 cities for more than 3.5 million people in those nine years, that’s an enduring love affair with Cavalia fans. Clearly, audiences enjoy sharing the love affair between the people of Cavalia and their horses. It’s a unique relationship that shines through each performance.

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CPRA Unofficial Rodeo Standings up to and including Dawson Creek Stampede As of August 14, 2012

CIRCUIT : CANADIAN FINALS STANDINGS SADDLE BRONC 1 GEIGER RYLAN (27) . . . . . . .$32,899.14 2 BUTTERFIELD LUKE (29) . . .$31,802.02 3 BERRY JIM (30) . . . . . . . . . .$26,261.16 4 KELTS SAM (27) . . . . . . . . . .$23,561.45 5 FLUNDRA DUSTIN (19) . . . . .$21,327.94 6 THOMSON KYLE (26) . . . . . .$16,999.09 7 SUNDELL WADE (7) . . . . . . .$16,491.63 8 DAINES DENVER (11) . . . . .$11,259.45 9 HAUSAUER DUSTY (26) . . . . .$9,465.37 10 RUDOLF BRAD (10) . . . . . . .$9,024.11

STEER WRESTLING 1 MILAN TANNER (19) . . . . . .$20,021.51 2 CASSIDY CODY (28) . . . . . .$19,580.74 3 FLOYD CHASON (18) . . . . . .$16,111.65 4 MOORE CLAYTON (25) . . . . .$15,231.85 5 REAY TRAVIS (33) . . . . . . . .$13,511.33 6 HANKEL ZANE (34) . . . . . . .$13,488.32 7 HAYS JD (35) . . . . . . . . . . .$13,024.38 8 REEVES MATT (12) . . . . . . .$12,996.12 9 WOODWARD TODD (34) . . . .$12,155.97 10 SANTUCCI SEAN (13) . . . .$12,141.12

BAREBACK 1 LAVALLEY DUSTY (19) . . . . .$31,805.46 2 MARSHALL JAKE (28) . . . . .$20,035.97 3 LAIT MATT (28) . . . . . . . . . .$17,037.87 4 YOUNG JOSIAH (12) . . . . . .$16,871.07 5 SOLBERG MICHAEL (24) . . .$15,873.08 6 VOLD JAKE (17) . . . . . . . . . .$14,430.09 7 TAYPOTAT TY (18) . . . . . . . .$13,818.81 8 BUNNEY CLAYTON (33) . . . .$13,490.59 9 LAYE CLINT (19) . . . . . . . . .$13,345.23 10 PEEBLES STEVEN (10) . . . .$10,657.28

LADIES BARREL RACING 1 PIERCE CARLEE RAE (12) . .$31,808.62 2 RUST LEE ANN (19) . . . . . . .$23,908.59 3 ROBERTS CRANNA (30) . . . .$22,194.41 4 LOCKHART LISA (14) . . . . . .$14,413.11 5 POZZI BRITTANY (6) . . . . . . .$14,096.57 6 CHURCHILL TRULA (19) . . . .$13,386.66 7 CERVI SHERRY (6) . . . . . . . .$13,116.76 8 SEARS LINDSAY (14) . . . . . .$12,828.21 9 BLANCHARD SYDNI (15) . . .$12,030.68 10 MCKENZIE RYLEE (27) . . . .$11,941.08

BULL RIDING 1 SCHIFFNER SCOTT (27) . . . .$31,545.94 2 POZZOBON TY (22) . . . . . . .$26,680.21 3 TURNER JODY (25) . . . . . . .$26,302.02 4 BESPLUG CHAD (19) . . . . . .$24,704.45 5 GREEN GARRETT (27) . . . . .$22,581.55 6 BUTTAR DAKOTA (30) . . . . .$22,057.64 7 PANKEWITZ TYLER (27) . . . .$21,981.33 8 HILL BEAU (27) . . . . . . . . . .$21,559.34 9 MEZEI DEVON (31) . . . . . . .$20,055.65 10 EDGE DENTON (19) B . . . . .$19,916.35

TR HEELER 1 EAVES PAUL (11) . . . . . . . . .$13,024.02 2 BUHLER JEREMY (30) . . . . .$11,161.54 3 DALLYN ROCKY (25) . . . . . .$10,743.55 4 COOPER JIM ROSS (8) . . . .$10,586.56 5 WHYTE KLAY (31) . . . . . . . .$10,112.03 6 WILSON RILEY (26) . . . . . . . .$9,197.79 7 ROBERTSON JOHN (27) . . . . .$9,095.87 8 JOHNSON CHAD (31) . . . . . .$8,617.29 9 RICHARD RHEN (15) . . . . . . .$8,607.10 10 LONG JAKE (8) . . . . . . . . . .$8,058.93

TIE-DOWN ROPING 1 HANCHEY SHANE (14) . . . . .$35,323.10 2 COOPER CLIF (11) . . . . . . . .$23,054.70 3 PEEK JOSHUA (16) . . . . . . .$17,715.43 4 OHL CODY (7) . . . . . . . . . . .$16,597.75 5 ROBINSON CLINT (17) . . . . .$15,288.83 6 JOHNSON CHAD (33) . . . . .$13,420.52 7 HERRIN HUNTER (9) . . . . . .$12,774.50 8 DEPAOLI STEELE (34) . . . . .$12,592.86 9 HOFER LOGAN (24) . . . . . . .$11,971.30 10 WARREN RILEY (35) . . . . .$11,771.91

TR HEADER 1 BIRD DUSTIN (13) . . . . . . . .$13,902.94 2 MCFADDEN ROLAND (29) . .$12,564.03 3 BUHLER CLINT (30) . . . . . . .$11,161.59 4 CRAWFORD CHARLY (8) . . . .$10,586.56 5 ROBSON JEFF (31) . . . . . . .$10,112.05 6 ULLERY CLAY (26) . . . . . . . . .$9,197.78 7 SIMPSON LEVI (27) . . . . . . . .$9,095.88 8 TRYAN TRAVIS (8) . . . . . . . . .$8,058.95 9 SIMPSON CHASE (32) . . . . . .$8,026.83 10 DEPAOLI STEELE (33) . . . . .$7,985.54

ALL-AROUND 1 TURNER STEVEN . . . . . . . . .$22,178.00 HIGH POINT 1 PEEK JOSHUA . . . . . . . . . . .$25,969.72 NOVICE SADDLE BRONC 1 GREEN LAYTON . . . . . . . . . . .$7,908.37 2 NEELY COLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,626.67 3 ELLIOTT CLAY . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,098.06 4 WATT LANE . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,826.28 5 WATSON JAKE . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,799.42 NOVICE BAREBACK 1 BILTON DYLAN . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,424.73 2 LAMB KODY . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,998.41 3 STEMO JACOB . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,840.23 4 JAMIESON COLE . . . . . . . . . .$3,023.01 5 GILBERTSON RYLEY . . . . . . . .$2,683.02 STEER RIDING 1 SCHMIDT KAGEN . . . . . . . . . .$6,359.32 2 SMELTZER GRIFFIN . . . . . . . .$4,740.89 3 FUCHS GUNNAR . . . . . . . . . . .$4,711.95 4 BIEVER LOGAN . . . . . . . . . . .$3,840.54 5 THOMSON K’S PERMIT 1 MARSHALL KY . . . . . . . . . . . .$8,024.33 2 GREEN LAYTON . . . . . . . . . . .$5,765.45 3 PRESCOTT CODY . . . . . . . . . .$4,974.35 4 NASH JERETT . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,797.95 5 DELEMONT . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,574.75 ROOKIE 1 FLOYD CHASON . . . . . . . . . .$16,111.65 2 LAYE CLINT . . . . . . . . . . . . .$13,345.23 3 WARREN RILEY . . . . . . . . . .$11,771.91 4 EFURD EMILY . . . . . . . . . . .$11,056.97 5 MARSHALL KY . . . . . . . . . . . .$8,024.33

scenes, which reveals the loving care Cavalia’s horses enjoy. Keeping Cavalia’s horses happy and healthy,  is  Equestrian  Director and Choreographer Benjamin Aillaud’s responsibility and joy. Aillaud explains the deep connection at the heart of Cavalia’s training: “When your horse understands what he is being asked to do, he will do it with pleasure. When he does it with pleasure he will do it many times without problems. We do not put them in a routine until they are sick of it; we do not ask them to do the same work and use the same muscles until they are sour or sore.” Each horse’s care is personalized for the individual he is, and they are all “he” — stallions and geldings only, no mares, thus no distractions for the four legged artists. Cavalia’s horses come from all over the world and a variety of breeds. “It’s not only their look that is important, we want horses who will enjoy this type of life,” explains Benjamin. Their enjoyment shines onstage, where often the horses are at liberty to roam around, to play with each other and the human performers, or gallop with freedom on the immense stage. It’s just like their playground. Behind the scenes, practical concerns such as stabling, feeding, shoeing, vet care, training, conditioning, turnout, footing, and more are overseen by a large staff, including a stable manager, farrier, vet techs, and grooms in addition to Benjamin and the riders. Ongoing  horse  care  reflects Cavalia’s love in the details of stable life. Horses are showered with water, and natural shampoo is used only as necessary, to preserve the natural oils in the horses’ coat. No Cavalia horse ever performs on medication. If a horse isn’t feeling quite right, he gets a rest and a backup horse takes his place. If that isn’t enough, he returns to Cavalia’s Canadian farm for treatment or more time off in the company of Cavalia’s retired equine performers. Cavalia’s loving bond with their horses is reflected in the beauty of every performance, celebrating the unique relationship between horses and humans. Cavalia  opens  September 11 in Edmonton. To buy tickets, visit www.cavalianet or call 1.866.999.8111.




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e should be thankful Canadian Olympic riders returned home in one piece, medals or no medals. Eventing, which includes a daunting cross-country course littered with frightening obstacles, is a high-risk sport, and the 2012 Games in London proved the point, with three Canadian riders  somersaulting  to  the ground, including Hawley Bennett-Awad of Langley, B.C., who suffered a concussion and broken pelvis after she fell off her horse Gin and Juice. By the time the dressage, cross-country  and  jumping events that make up Eventing were done, Canada stood 13th in the final standings. Eventing’s top Canadian rider was Jessica Phoenix of Uxbridge, Ont. After finishing 50th in the dressage portion, she made a clean run on the cross-country course, catapulting her into 28th position. Riding Exponential, a 14-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, she ranked 22nd after completing the jumping phase. “It was an awesome Olympic experience,” said Phoenix, who won individual gold and team silver at the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. In Dressage, any chances of a team score were erased when one of Canada’s horses came undone during its performance (Great Britain took the gold, Germany silver and the bronze went to the Netherlands).

s someone who has ridden and owned horses for over two decades, I am sometimes amazed at the amount of horse stuff I possess. Whether it’s in my tack locker, basement, horse trailer or even in the trunk of my car (which resembles a mobile tack store), I have a lot of it. There are certain items that you accumulate over time with owning horses — halters, blankets and apparel to not even mention the big ticket items like saddles. If you have ever bought and sold horses, or changed disciplines, you undoubtedly have items that are no longer in use. One fantastic solution for the tack hoarders among us, or those just looking for a great deal, is tack consignment stores. There are various types of consignment shops in the Alberta area. Many retail stores will accept used saddles that they sell along with their selection of new or custom saddles. Irvine’s Tack in Crossfield offers a huge selection of western saddles and accepts consignment items to be sold on your behalf. This can be a terrific opportunity to get that brand of saddle that you have been looking for at a discounted price. Most stores will only accept sad-

The unique aspect of equestrian events is that it involves two athletes — the horse and its rider. And that means the unexpected can happen. Just ask David Marcus of Campbellville, Ont. Was it the torrential rain? Was it something in the crowd? Who knows? The otherwise calm Capital did a quick spin, making it clear he had had enough of this Grand Prix level. “Every one who has been in horses for any amount of time has gone through this stage at some stage in their career. It is a humbling experience sometimes with horses,” Marcus said. The  two  were  eliminated from  the  Olympics  because they needed to score in this test to move on to the individual events. The mishap also meant Canada’s dressage team was eliminated,  leaving  Jacqueline Brooks of Cedar Valley, Ont., (riding D Niro), and Ashley Holzer of Toronto (on Breaking Dawn), to compete as individuals. Brooks finished 41st and 53339 did Highway 21 Sherwood Park AB not advance to the individual final, but she did make historyCanada by T8A-4V1 being the first-ever Olympic dressage rider to wear a safety helmet instead of the traditional top hat. Holzer, a member of the bronze medal team at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, also failed to advance, placing 24th out of 50 athletes. Still, Holzer had nothing but accolades for her mount after the Grand Prix test. “The horse has not even competed at the Grand Prix level for a year,” she said. “He’s a phenomenal horse and I’m privileged to be his rider.”


skilled craftsman, Cam Johnston makes Double D Custom Hats today using the same authentic, time-tested tools as hats made in the Old West: blocking, steaming, dying, cutting, marking, and measuring with an antique crowncalibrating device. These traditional practices


dles that are in good working condition, clean and well maintained. The other advantage of buying a used saddle from a retail location is the ability to take the saddle on trial to ensure fit — something that cannot always be done when shopping the classified ads. Heartland Saddlery in Okotoks is also primarily a retail store that accepts used english saddles for consignment. All saddles are “thoroughly safety checked by the saddle fitter for possible defects in the leatherwork or tree,” and items that do not pass will not be offered for sale at the store. There is a six month sale period for  each  saddle,  with  periodic mark-downs required in price the longer the saddle is on the shelf. Their commission rates are in line with other stores around the Calgary area at 15 to 20 per cent of the purchase price. The Tack Trunk in Rocky Mountain House sells not only used english and western saddles, but “tack and stable equipment for all sizes of horses from mini’s to drafts.” With the affordable prices on most used equipment, they cater particularly to the 4-H, Pony Club and recreational market. There are also speciality consignment stores in Alberta which only offer second hand items. Horse’n Around in Red Deer prides itself on having a large selection of tack and supplies for all disciplines, while also  providing  embroidery  and blanket cleaning services. They will accept any items that are clean and

in good condition with no appointment needed. The Tack Collector is a busy and well-known consignment store in Priddis that offers primarily english specific equipment, but always has some great Western saddles, headstalls and equipment on hand. This is the store for everything you are looking for: bits, halters, blankets, saddles, bridles, girths, boots, apparel and even used clippers. “The Tack Collector has very experienced staff to help you with everything from finding a saddle to proper riding attire,” explains satisfied shopper Michaela Ralph. The guidelines for selling tack at most stores is to thoroughly clean the item and have all repairs completed before bringing it for consignment. Have a general idea of the price you would like, keeping in mind the approximate 15 to 20 per cent commission from the store. If you are unsure on the value of an item, ask the store staff as they know what is selling and for how much.  Be  prepared  to  negotiate with potential buyers or to discount the price if the item hasn’t sold in a month or two. If you are in the market for a saddle, blanket or other horse related items, be sure to check your local consignment store first. Generally there are great name brands for sale in excellent condition — and the saddles are already broken in! Even small items taken to consignment can equal dollars in your pocket — and a chance to buy more tack!


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On July 22 the Northern Lights Driving Club held its annual driving show in conjunction with the Rich Valley Agricultural Society. Eight competitors and several volunteers and spectators turned out for a sunny, fun-filled day of competition. Driver Shannon Morin and her horse Magic were presented with the Old Bill’s Memorial Award by Dr. Sarah Fryer (see photo), an award given to the driver who had the most fun during the show. This day would not have been possible without the many fantastic volunteers who came out to help. Thank you! The club also thanks Judge Sandra Sanche, Show Secretary Valerie Harris, Show Chairman Jennifer Mills, Ringmaster Ray Miller and Safety Officer Roy O’Meara for the wonderful day. New website

ADMC members once again participated in demonstrations for the public at the Calgary Stampede this past July. In the foreground is Sonney, the donkey being driven by Alice Todd and assisted by her grandchildren Kora Todd and Dylan Todd. Riding the “well dressed” mule is Les Sjogren, and Bob Leggette is driving his mule Jesse with Ida Newell in the passenger seat. Club members participate in many activities each year, helping to educate the public and spreading the word that mules and donkeys are a viable and rewarding choice for those looking for an equine friend. Please visit our website for up-to-date information and educational articles on ‘’longears’’

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n July 26 and 30 2012, representatives  from Horse Industry Association of Alberta attended meetings in Lethbridge and Vermilion with provincial and federal ministers. The meetings were information sessions and round table discussions about Growing Forward 2, which will continue after Growing Forward expires on March 31, 2013. The governments are working to develop a new agreement for signing in September 2012. Growing Forward is an agreement between the federal, provincial, and territorial governments to collaboratively work together to address common issues, discuss concerns, and provide programs and initiatives to Canada’s agriculture industry. We were able to communicate the need for the horse industry to be included in their frameworks, including Business Risk Management programs, such as the 2010 Pasture Recovery Initiative, and the Strategic Initiatives. To learn more about Growing Forward, please visit If you have comments about the current framework, or suggestions for the next framework, please forward them to

Silver Slate Series #5 Class Winners - Mandy Royko, Marcie Hamilton, Ken Royko

Silver Slate Arena and Chinook penners lucked out with a beautiful weekend of competition for the first two shows of the Series. Corinne Smith made the trek south and it certainly paid off for her, winning the Open & Limited Open Classes BOTH Saturday and Sunday! Doug Ohlmann also travelled south and also won two classes, namely the #7 Class on Saturday and the #10 Class on Sunday… with Corinne Smith! Carther Rice took to the road from Hinton and he won the #10 Class on Saturday and the Open and Limited Open on Sunday. The two shows on July 28 & 29 will determine the winners of the Hi-Point buckles sponsored by the Santangelo Family of Silver Slate Arena… results next month! Visit our website to see a detailed list of all the lucky money winners and also view the winners’ pictures at

The Bruce Stampede has been held the last weekend of July for the last 99 years. It is Canada’s oldest, most consecutive Pro-Rodeo. The population is 60. Over 4,200 people were in the bleachers and along the fence for Sunday’s Pro Rodeo Performance. Mule Racing has been a part of the Stampede for 32 years, and the 2012 Bruce Stampede Mule Race champion was Dave Simpson (far left). Also picture (l to r) are racers Nicole Kroetch, George Hines (age 79), Clay Giebelhaus, Russ Shandro, Connor Giebelhaus, Debbie McKinny, Grant McKinny, Les Giebelhaus (he’s been racing mules since 1980).



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1-7 Langley, B.C. Equine Massage Therapy Course. For details, contact Sidonia McIntyre: 1-888-EQUINE2 or visit: 5-7 Water Valley, Alta. Natural Horsemanship with Glenn Stewart. Stage 1 Clinic. For details, call Candice: 403-8040334, email: or visit: 8-9 Water Valley, Alta. Extreme Horsemanship Canada Clinic & Competition with Glenn Stewart. For details, call Candice: 403-804-0334, email: candy@ or visit: 9 Innisfail, Alta. Introduction to working Buffalo clinic with Geoff Hoar. For details, call: 403-507-3126

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7-8 Nanton, Alta. Thrashing at the Historic Bar U Ranch. All teamsters and teams welcome. For details, contact Debra Pigeon: 403-395-2212 or email: 8 Heart Strings and Saddle Strings Trail Ride. For details, call: 403652-4776 or visit: 8 Cypress Hills, Alta. Alberta Wish Trail Ride. For details, visit: www.albertawishride. ca 9 Innisfail, Alta. Innisfail Ride for Cancer. For details, visit: www.albertacancer. ca/innisfailtrailride2012 16 AEF Wild Rose Trail Ride. For details, visit: 23 Millarville, Alta. Millarville Trail Ride for STARS. For details, call: 403-516-2763 or visit:


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2012 StAndingS up tO & inCLuding vALLey vieW BAREBACK #1. KYLE GOLINSKI . . . . . . . $8,056.62 #2. KODY LAMB . . . . . . . . . $3,289.09 #3. RYLEY GILBERTSON . . . $3,107.54 #4. TRAVIS BERG . . . . . . . . $2,016.46 #5. CODY ROBERTSON . . . . $1,941.42 SADDLE BRONC #1. MARK O’DEMPSEY . . . . $6,247.53 #2. BEAU WATERS. . . . . . . . $5,351.38 #3. JEREMY TENNANT . . . . $3,859.52 #4. STEED CLINE . . . . . . . . $3,143.37 #5. JACKSON LAURIE . . . . . $2,624.83 BULL RIDING #1. BILLY WEST. . . . . . . . . . $6,690.93 #2. TY PARKINSON . . . . . . . $4,408.09 #3. CURTIS NEUFELD . . . . . $2,702.09 #4. KALE MARKS . . . . . . . . $1,702.96 #5. MICHAEL OSTASHEK . . . $1,417.64 TIE DOWN ROPING #1. CHRIS VERHUN . . . . . . . $9,116.22 #2. JIM GUNSCH . . . . . . . . . $8,365.38 #3. STEVE HORRICKS . . . . . $6,080.84 #4. BILL MELANEY . . . . . . . $5,969.97 #5. SHAWN MILLER . . . . . . $5,682.71 STEER WRESTLING #1. LAYNE DELEMONT . . . . $8,085.95 #2. JERRY STOJAN . . . . . . . $7,361.81 #3. SCOTT GUENTHNER . . . $6,983.06 #4. RUDY NIEBORG . . . . . . . $4,750.42 #5. GLEN ALLEN NASH . . . . $4,506.17

TEAM ROPING- HEADERS #1. MURDOCK KEITH. . . . . . $9,651.22 #2. GRADY BRANDEN . . . . . $6,835.63 #3. TEL FLEWELLING . . . . . $6,513.64 #4. KEVIN CHIPEUR . . . . . . . $5,065.18 #5. SHELBY FOSTER . . . . . . $4,920.68 TEAM ROPING - HEELERS #1. KODY POTTS . . . . . . . . . $9,651.22 #2. TYREL GORDON . . . . . . $6,792.06 #3. JENNER MESTON . . . . . $4,920.68 #4. DAVID SCHMIDT . . . . . . $4,726.79 #5. DYLAN KNAPP . . . . . . . . $4,396.31 LADIES BARREL RACING #1. REBECCA BEEBE . . . . $1 0,418.15 #2. MELISSA DAINES . . . . . $8,889.03 #3. REBECCA PARADIS . . . . $7,789.35 #4. LORNA KIFF . . . . . . . . . $7,144.34 #5. KIM ALLEN . . . . . . . . . . $6,345.01 NOVICE HORSE RIDING #1. COLEMAN KELTS. . . . . . $1,320.60 #2. KODY LAMB . . . . . . . . . $1,272.11 #3. BRADFORD TRENERRY . $1,188.82 #4. JOEL RANGEN . . . . . . . . $1,048.18 #5. CLAY MADSON . . . . . . . . $854.52 JUNIOR BULL RIDING #1. LONNIE WEST . . . . . . . . $2,164.25 #2. BRIAN SYMINGTON . . . . $1,803.78 #3. AUSTIN NASH . . . . . . . . $1,453.32 #4. BROCK RADFORD . . . . . $1,389.36 #5. SHANE PETERS . . . . . . . $1,209.67

JUNIOR STEER RIDING #1. KREO ZIEMMER. . . . . . . $1,637.91 #2. KAGEN SCHMIDT. . . . . . $1,545.42 #3. LINDEN ROHLOFF . . . . . $1,490.18 #4. BRYCE WEST. . . . . . . . . $1,381.47 #5. CYLAS BIGCHILD . . . . . . $1,362.62 JUNIOR BARREL RACING #1. VAL FREY . . . . . . . . . . . $4,519.07 #2. TAYLOR BABCOOK . . . . . $2,409.86 #3. KOLBY ANTONIUK . . . . . $2,217.93 #4. JORDAN JOHNSON . . . . $1,898.86 #5. SAM SMITH. . . . . . . . . . $1,617.97 PEE WEE BARREL RACING #1. PAIGE MANNING . . . . . . $1,970.71 #2. KALLIE BEEBE . . . . . . . . $1,308.88 #3. TORI GRAHAM . . . . . . . . . $944.50

British Columbia Rodeo Association 2012 OveRALL StAndingS BAREBACK 1 CASH KERNER . . . . . . . . . $5,550.92 2 JARED MARSHALL . . . . . . $5,240.68 3 STEVE HOHMANN . . . . . . $2,730.09 4 DAN KETTER . . . . . . . . . . $1,714.43 5 MATT BATES . . . . . . . . . . $1,366.25 SADDLE BRONC 1 GARRETT MADLEY . . . . . . $3,504.59 2 STEVE HOHMANN . . . . . . $3,078.25 3 RYLAND DEROSE . . . . . . . $2,854.82 4 KAYLAN EEK. . . . . . . . . . . $1,691.08 5 WACEY MARR . . . . . . . . . $1,399.76 TEAM REGENCY DODGE CHRYSLER BULL RIDING 1 MIKE GILL . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,272.11 2 RYAN JASPER . . . . . . . . . $3,255.43 3 CHARLIE ATTRILL . . . . . . . $2,432.48 4 JUSTIN WILLIAM . . . . . . $1,843.50 5 BRADY FULLER . . . . . . . . $1,515.17 TIE DOWN ROPING 1 RILEY ISNARDY . . . . . . . . $3,143.99 2 CLAYTON HONEYBOURN . $2,489.08 3 BROCK HERMAN . . . . . . . $2,272.86 4 CASH ISNARDY . . . . . . . . $1,949.33 5 COHORD MASON . . . . . . . $1,770.39 20X WRANGLER LADIES BARREL RACING 1 LAURA JAMES . . . . . . . . . $4,392.90 2 JUDY HYDE . . . . . . . . . . . $3,888.91 3 MONICA ORAM . . . . . . . . $3,375.46 4 COLEEN DUGGAN . . . . . . . $3,164.97 5 JOLEEN SEITZ . . . . . . . . . $2,846.90

GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. TEAM ROPING – HEELERS 1 TY LYTTON . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,772.78 2 JEFF WILLS . . . . . . . . . . . $3,075.83 3 CAREY ISNARDY. . . . . . . . $2,910.57 4 KYLE MACNAUGHTON . . . $2,512.08 5 GLEN BROWN . . . . . . . . . $1,740.70 JENNA WILLS MEMORIAL JUNIOR BARREL RACING 1 LANE WILLS . . . . . . . . . . . $2,110.94 2 BACARDI ZIMMERLEE . . . $1,410.50 3 BRETT WILLS . . . . . . . . . . $1,021.00 GJ RODEO CO ROOKIE ROUGH HORSE RIDER 1 TYRONE HUNLIN 1265 2 DAVE POTTER 1100 3 KAYLAN EEK 705 NORTHERN HEALTH ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 1 RYLAND DEROSE . . . . . . . $2,854.82 2 TROY GERARD . . . . . . . . . $2,347.82 3 VANESSA LEGGETT . . . . . $2,177.19 ALL AROUND COWGIRL 1 ALLISON EVERETT . . . . . . $3,483.61 ALL AROUND COWBOY 1 MIKE GILL . . . . . . . . . . . . $6,071.57 ALL AROUND JUNIOR 1 JAKE GARDNER . . . . . . . . $2,432.87

QUESNEL DOOR SHOP / DOWNTOWN TIRE & AUTO STEER WRESTLING 1 WADE MCNOLTY . . . . . . . $4,016.37 2 COHORD MASON . . . . . . . $2,520.37 3 RILEY ISNARDY . . . . . . . . $2,124.81 4 MIKE GILL . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,577.16 5 GRANT FOSBERY . . . . . . . $1,284.66 BREAKAWAY ROPING 1 KYLE BELL . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,519.14 2 DENISE SWAMPY . . . . . . . $2,428.61 3 TROY GERARD . . . . . . . . . $2,347.82 GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. TEAM ROPING – HEADERS 1 RYAN MACNAUGHTON . . . $4,907.27 2 JOSH CAHILL . . . . . . . . . . $2,992.75 3 GARY NICHOLSON . . . . . . $2,119.26 4 AVON ISNARDY . . . . . . . . $1,709.24 5 JODY COE . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,680.62 PG KLASSIC AUTOBODY PEE WEE BARREL RACING 1 TYLER CHERRY . . . . . . . . . $779.50 2 ELLY FARMER . . . . . . . . . . $656.50 3 DYSON LENEVE . . . . . . . . . $615.50 KD. SPIERS JUNIOR STEER RIDING 1 CLAY WATERHOUSE . . . . . $1,245.47 2 TRISTAN HOLT . . . . . . . . . $1,156.73 3 JAKE GARDNER . . . . . . . . $1,137.01 ROCK CONSTRUCTION & MINING JUNIOR BREAKAWAY 1 JAKE GARDNER . . . . . . . . $1,295.86 2 TROY GERARD . . . . . . . . . . $895.28 3 KYLE BELL . . . . . . . . . . . . . $715.35

Chinook Rodeo Association up tO & inCLuding CARdStOn TEAM ROPING HEADER UDAL - SHELTON . . . . . . . KELLETT - TRAVIS . . . . . . . . MILLER - SHAWN . . . . . . . . MICHALSKY - LUCAS. . . . . . DURFEY - MADDY . . . . . . . . TEAM ROPING - HEELER MCNINCH - MARK . . . . . . . . MILLER - RYAN . . . . . . . . . . DOLGOPOL - SHANE . . . . . . MICHALSKY - ALAN . . . . . . . DURFEY - LUC. . . . . . . . . . . STEER WRESTLING MILLER - JUSTIN . . . . . . . . TROTZ - COOPER . . . . . . . . KURTZ - JUSTIN . . . . . . . . . RUTLEDGE - COLE . . . . . . . BOHMER - CHANCE . . . . . . CALF ROPING NELSON - TREVOR . . . . . . . MOEBIS - TREVOR. . . . . . . . SMITH - BLAIR \*4 MOTHER RODEOS . . . . . SOMMERFELDT - BRAD . . . HOFER - CHASE . . . . . . . . . LADIES BARREL RACING SCHUURMAN - TAMMY . . . . DOENZ - JODI . . . . . . . . . . . MCKENNA - MAXINE . . . . . . BEARNES - JESSICA . . . . . . GOODWIN - BOBBIE . . . . . .

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BREAKAWAY WILLIAMSON - PAIGE . . . . . . $709.12 WRIGHT - MADISON . . . . . . . $638.22 FRENCH - SHAYLEE. . . . . . . . $574.51 JUNIOR BARREL RACING ZUR - ABBY . . . . . . . . . . . . $1148.42 WRIGHT - MADISON . . . . . . . $782.90 WILSON - JAYDEN. . . . . . . . . $455.90 LIL RASCALS POWELSON - TALIA . . . . . . . . $933.28 URASAKI - JENNA . . . . . . . . . $864.97 CROMBEZ - JUSTISE . . . . . . . $646.41 BAREBACK BERTSCH - DANTAN . . . . . . $1479.03 WILLEMSEN - TOM . . . . . . $1009.70 WOODS - LINDEN . . . . . . . . . $912.83 STUART - BRANDON . . . . . . . $478.80 PATTERSON - RYAN. . . . . . . . $349.80

As of August 14, 2012

inCLudeS ALL ROdeOS up tO AuguSt 12 nOt inCLuding CARdStOn exCLuding WARmAn fOR pOintS But WARmAn inCLuded in ROdeO numBeR COunt STEER WRESTLING LADIES BREAKAWAY ROPING ALL AROUND 1 KAWALEZ LIN . . . . . . . . . . $1,224.98 1 UDAL SHELTON . . . . . . . . $5,377.30 1 MILLER JUST . . . . . . . . . . $8,897.81 2 LANGMAN COD . . . . . . . . . $956.34 2 PETERSEN WES . . . . . . . . $1,363.07 2 REAY TRAVIS . . . . . . . . . . $7,731.67 3 EHGOETZ CAN . . . . . . . . . . $761.76 CANADIAN HIGH POINT AWARD 3 WALKER DUST . . . . . . . . $6,366.24 LADIES POLE BENDING 1 SIGFUSSON SCOTT . . . . $13,824.01 4 WILLICK TYS . . . . . . . . . . $4,201.51 1 REATH JAYMI . . . . . . . . . . $1,894.28 2 WILLIAMSON SHAWN . . . $10,631.12 5 SIGFUSSON S . . . . . . . . . $4,067.86 2 WALLACE ANN . . . . . . . . . $1,505.12 3 MILLER JUSTIN . . . . . . . . $9,299.55 LADIES BARREL RACING 3 BROCK JESSI . . . . . . . . . $1,467.40 4 ELFORD LEVI . . . . . . . . . . $8,160.82 1. ROSS CHRIST . . . . . . . . . $9,566.06 TR HEELER 5 REAY TRAVIS . . . . . . . . . . $8,074.47 2. MOEN JANET- . . . . . . . . . $9,553.93 1 WILSON R. . . . . . . . . . . . . $7,628.98 SADDLE BRONC 3. DINIUS DANN . . . . . . . . . $8,712.29 2 MCLEOD SCOT. . . . . . . . . $6,444.41 1 THOMPSON KI . . . . . . . . . $7,648.15 4. MATHER STEF . . . . . . . . $8,439.34 3 ROSS ROCKY . . . . . . . . . . $6,406.25 2 WATT COLEMA . . . . . . . . $6,428.33 5. CROSSMAN KA . . . . . . . $7,985.01 TR HEADER 3 COX CLINTON . . . . . . . . . $6,192.43 JUNIOR STEER RIDING 1 ULLERY CLAY . . . . . . . . . . $7,628.98 4 HARDEN JERE . . . . . . . . . $5,509.35 1 JANS NOLAN . . . . . . . . . $1,540.67 2 MCLEOD TUFT . . . . . . . . . $6,444.41 5 TENNANT JER . . . . . . . . . $5,333.85 2 CUTLER CHAN . . . . . . . . . $1,072.72 3 LILLICO MAR . . . . . . . . . . $6,406.25 BAREBACK 3 RESCH BRADY . . . . . . . . . $830.48 PERMIT 1 STRUTT CLAY . . . . . . . . . $8,056.76 JUNIOR GIRLS BARREL RACING 1 DODGINGHORSE BRE . . . . $1,374.30 2 BERTSCH DAN . . . . . . . . $5,387.27 1 YARSHENKO M . . . . . . . . . $4,678.64 2 SIGFUSSON ROSS . . . . . . $1,120.95 3 TUCK MICHAE . . . . . . . . . $5,003.19 2 PANA NICOLE . . . . . . . . . . $2,900.61 3 PEWAPSCONIAS LYL . . . . . $991.76 4 BERTRAM BRA . . . . . . . . $4,980.78 3 BOWDITCH CA . . . . . . . . . $2,321.11 ROOKIE 5 KOOPMAN MON . . . . . . . . $3,186.60 NOVICE BAREBACK 1 BERTSCH DANTAN . . . . . $7,533.24 BULL RIDING 1 CHAPLAIN LU . . . . . . . . . . $1,802.74 2 WATT LANE . . . . . . . . . . . $3,410.64 1 COVERCHUK C . . . . . . . . . $6,520.91 2 LINK LANE . . . . . . . . . . . . . $662.40 3 BROWNLEE CL . . . . . . . . $3,400.65 2 GINNIS KORY . . . . . . . . . $6,218.32 3 BERTSCH DAN . . . . . . . . . . $593.63 LADIES BARREL RACING ROOKIE 3 LIPSETT TIM . . . . . . . . . . $4,193.17 NOVICE SADDLE BRONC 1 DOENZ JODI . . . . . . . . . . $2,982.65 4 ALLEMAND TA . . . . . . . . . $3,808.62 1 BREDHAUER J . . . . . . . . . $2,091.16 2 SCHUURMAN BRITTN . . . $2,314.45 5 HODGSON TEA . . . . . . . . $3,650.10 2 SWANSON JOR . . . . . . . . $1,223.31 3 SCHEFFLER ASHLEY . . . . $2,137.51 TIE DOWN ROPING 3 BERTSCH DAN BIGGAR . . . $633.65 1 WILLIAMSON . . . . . . . . . . $8,214.55 NOVICE BULL RIDING 2 SIGFUSSON S . . . . . . . . . $7,648.59 1 MOEN JB . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,382.76 3 DUNHAM BRUC . . . . . . . . $6,194.63 2 IRELAND AUS . . . . . . . . . . . $852.84 4 SWITZER BLA. . . . . . . . . . $5,632.01 3 ANDERSON WA . . . . . . . . . $649.52 5 DUNHAM KEVI . . . . . . . . . $4,226.21

foothills Cowboys Association inCLuding BOx SpRingS fCA ALL AROUND 1 LAYE BRENDAN . . . . . . . . $3,181.15 SADDLE BRONC 1 O’DEMPSEY MARK . . . . . . $4,365.82 2 DILLMAN BRANDEN . . . . . $3,137.66 3 WATERS BEAU . . . . . . . . . $2,954.50 4 KREMP KRIS . . . . . . . . . . $2,948.41 5 REINHARDT KEENAN (SB). $2,214.74 BAREBACK 1 BILTON DYLAN (BB) . . . . . $4,450.07 2 ASPDEN JUSTIN . . . . . . . . $4,384.65 3 MACDONALD TATE . . . . . . $2,757.48 4 MYERS JUSTIN . . . . . . . . $2,717.00 5 JAMISON COLE . . . . . . . . $2,251.63 BULLRIDING 1 PARKINSON TY . . . . . . . . . $4,602.95 2 JAMISON ADAM . . . . . . . . $3,694.26 3 WEST BILLY . . . . . . . . . . . $3,139.28 4 NEILL TEHIKO. . . . . . . . . . $1,723.59 5 GLEESON WYATT (BB) . . . $1,591.96 CALF ROPING 1 MILLER SHAWN . . . . . . . . $6,091.73 2 HEGGIE JUSTIN . . . . . . . . $5,625.85 3 GUNSCH JAMES. . . . . . . . $5,066.96 4 PEROZAK MACE . . . . . . . . $3,247.86 5 GALLAIS TODD . . . . . . . . . $3,043.24

STEER WRESTLING 1 NIEBORG RUDY . . . . . . . . $3,262.62 2 JOBER WADE . . . . . . . . . . $3,221.77 3 LAYE DERRIC . . . . . . . . . . $3,065.62 4 GAGNON BLAKE . . . . . . . . $2,772.12 5 POLLIT TROY . . . . . . . . . . $2,455.12 LADIES BARREL RACING 1 ROBERTSON BROOK . . . . $9,592.62 2 GOODWIN BOBBIE . . . . . . $8,426.22 3 BEARNES JESSICA . . . . . . $5,349.16 4 DAINES MELISSA . . . . . . . $4,501.82 5 CARTER SANDRA . . . . . . . $4,271.59 JUNIOR BARREL RACING 1 TERRY KELBY . . . . . . . . . . $2,493.72 2 LONGEWAY RAYNA . . . . . . $1,798.45 3 COY ERYN . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,680.23 4 TERRY KIPTY . . . . . . . . . . $1,495.45 5 SMITH KENNEDY . . . . . . . $1,390.85 BOYS STEER RIDING 1 ZUR COOPER . . . . . . . . . . $1,368.58 2 WEST BRYCE . . . . . . . . . . $1,342.56 3 JANS NOLAN . . . . . . . . . . $1,013.62 4 BROWN CAMERON . . . . . . . $998.36 5 BERRETH OWEN . . . . . . . . $887.69 JUNIOR BULL RIDING 1 WEST LONNIE . . . . . . . . . $1,512.47 2 HENDERSON TANNER. . . . . $722.60 3 RADFORD BROCK . . . . . . . $650.61 4 CLARK SEAN . . . . . . . . . . . $649.65 5 WARD TYRELL . . . . . . . . . . $610.09

PEEWEE BARRELS 1 LESLIE QUINN . . . . . . . . . . $115.71 2 WILSON SHANAY . . . . . . . . . $55.86 TR HEELER 1 SCHELLER TREVOR . . . . . $3,683.30 2 WIGEMYR DEVIN . . . . . . . $3,529.35 3 BONNETT KEELY . . . . . . . $3,139.83 4 GORDON TYRELL . . . . . . . $3,087.28 5 HAMILTON SAMMY . . . . . $2,570.14 TR HEADER 1 WIGEMYR DENTON. . . . . . $4,184.61 2 MORASCH CLINT . . . . . . . $3,529.34 3 BONNETT LOGAN . . . . . . . $3,139.82 4 FLEWELLING TEL . . . . . . . $3,087.25 5 BECKER CORY . . . . . . . . . $2,570.14

Wildrose Rodeo Association inCLuding vALLeyvieW & BARRheAd

SADDLEBRONC ELDER - MARK . . . . . . . . . . $2360.09 UDAL - SHELTON . . . . . . . . $2099.85 SIPPOLA - DUSTIN . . . . . . . $1189.49 MARR - CALL . . . . . . . . . . . . $819.58 CARSON - ASHTON . . . . . . . . $624.02 BULL RIDING REDCROW - RYLAN . . . . . . . $1202.75 MONKS - JORDAN . . . . . . . . $809.63 HAGEL - BRODY . . . . . . . . . . $565.13 NEIL - TEHIKO . . . . . . . . . . . . $388.89 STEER RIDING ZUR - COOPER . . . . . . . . . . $1387.19 JANS - NOLAN . . . . . . . . . . $1112.99 CLAYPOOL - RILEY . . . . . . . $1108.03 JUNIOR BULLS WARD - TY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $685.87 BOCK - QUINTON . . . . . . . . . $611.33 ZUR - COOPER . . . . . . . . . . . $592.83 NOVICE RIDING DOENZ - JACE . . . . . . . . . . . $590.57 MARR - CALL . . . . . . . . . . . . $289.45 LINK - LANE . . . . . . . . . . . . . $147.20

BAREBACK 1 GOLINSKY, KYLE . . . . . . . . $3,650.00 2 LAMB, KODY . . . . . . . . . . $1,500.00 3 GILBERTSON, RYLEY . . . . $1,487.50 4 BERG, TRAVIS . . . . . . . . . $1,412.50 5 GOODINE, COLE . . . . . . . . $1,350.00 SADDLEBRONC 1 O’DEMPSEY, MARK . . . . . $2,600.00 2 WATERS, BEAU. . . . . . . . . $2,125.00 3 CLINE, STEED . . . . . . . . . $1,725.00 4 TENNANT, JEREMY . . . . . . $1,562.50 5 VERNON, CASEY . . . . . . . . . $937.50 BULL RIDING 1 WEST, BILLY . . . . . . . . . . . $2,100.00 2 WASIECZKO, JORDAN. . . . $1,112.50 3 MARKS, KALE . . . . . . . . . $1,000.00 4 EVARTS, CLAYTON . . . . . . . $925.00 5 KUEFLER, JIM . . . . . . . . . . $612.50 STEER WRESTLING 1 DELEMONT, LAYNE . . . . . . $2,937.50 2 STOJAN, JERRY . . . . . . . . $2,337.50 3 NASH, GLEN ALLAN . . . . . $2,075.00 4 GUENTHNER, SCOTT . . . . $1,887.50 5 RADFORD, MAX . . . . . . . . $1,312.50 CALF ROPING 1 GUNSCH, JIM . . . . . . . . . . $2,537.50 2 HORRICKS, STEVE . . . . . . $2,075.00 3 MELANEY, BILL . . . . . . . . $2,050.00 4 VERHUN, CHRIS . . . . . . . . $1,737.50 5 KEITH, MURDOCK. . . . . . . $1,575.00

TEAM ROPING - HEADERS 1 KEITH, MURDOCK. . . . . . . $2,312.50 2 FLEWELLING, TEL . . . . . . $1,887.50 3 BRANDEN, GRADY . . . . . . $1,700.00 4 FOSTER, SHELBY . . . . . . . $1,425.00 5 FLYNN, VINCE . . . . . . . . . . $1,187.50 TEAM ROPING - HEELER 1 POTTS, KODY . . . . . . . . . . $2,512.50 2 GORDON, TYRELL. . . . . . . $1,712.50 3 SCHMIDT, DAVID . . . . . . . $1,250.00 4 MESTON, JENNER . . . . . . $1,225.00 5 FLYNN, MARK. . . . . . . . . . $1,187.50 LADIES BARREL RACING 1 BABCOOK, KERRI . . . . . . . $2,025.00 2 LECLERCQ, RENE . . . . . . . $1,687.50 3 BEEBE, REBECCA . . . . . . . $1,525.00 4 PARADIS, REBECCA . . . . . $1,462.50 5 MARKS, SONDA . . . . . . . . $1,300.00 6 ALLEN, KIM . . . . . . . . . . . $1,300.00 NOVICE HORSE RIDING 1 TRENERRY, BRADFORD. . . $1,562.50 2 MADSON, CLAY . . . . . . . . $1,450.00 3 BORRIS, RYLIE . . . . . . . . . $1,225.00 JR BULL RIDING 1 WEST, LONNIE . . . . . . . . . $2,516.66 2 RADFORD, BROCK . . . . . . $2,237.50 3 SYMINGTON, BRIAN . . . . . $2,000.00 JR. STEER RIDING 1 ZIEMMER, KREO. . . . . . . . $2,400.00 2 SCHMIDT, KAGEN . . . . . . . $2,106.25 3 ROHLOFF, LINDEN . . . . . . $1,770.82

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JR. BARREL RACING 1 FREY, VAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,725.00 2 JOHNSON, JORDAN . . . . . $2,400.00 3 BABCOOK, TAYLOR . . . . . . $2,050.00 PEEWEE BARRELS 1 AUCLAIR, MACY . . . . . . . . $3,750.00 2 MANNING, PAIGE . . . . . . . $3,375.00 3 BEEBE, KALI-RAE . . . . . . . $1,975.00 BREAKAWAY ROPING 1 BONNETT, KEELY . . . . . . . $1,137.50 2 BRANDEN, QUENTIN. . . . . . $787.50 3 SCHMIDT, KAGEN . . . . . . . . $525.00







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