• Back to School

      Whether you’re preparing to send the kids back to school, or headed to back to work, or simply looking to update your wardrobe with the latest fall fashions, we have some ideas for you! Starting out with our list of favorites is an outfit from Cody & Sioux in Calgary, AB. Here, the model is… [Continue Reading]

      Back to School
    • S is for STAMPEDE

      Have you seen our new book yet?? S is for STAMPEDE follows the alphabet and beautifully positions artwork with explanatory dialogue to describe the events, people, animals and history of the Calgary Stampede. Topics include the Stampede’s famous founders, legendary rodeo stock and the one-of-a-kind experience visitors can only gain from a trip to the… [Continue Reading]

      S is for STAMPEDE
    • Birria Tacos

      Not your average “Taco Tuesday” evening dinner. By MIKE EDGAR, Photos by TWISTED TREE PHOTOGRAPHY Birria tacos are becoming all the rage and after one bite, you’ll want them for supper every night too. Birria is traditionally a Mexican dish consisting of a meat stew made from goat meat, and occasionally beef or mutton (but… [Continue Reading]

      Birria Tacos
    • KEEPING IT 100

      This model slash influencer, slash broker and barrel racer has an impressive list of credentials on his resume. His positive attitude and continued conversation around inclusivity in barrel racing makes him a game-changer for the ages. By Aleesha Harris Charles McKay of Vancouver, BC, recalls with a laugh, the transaction that garnered him his first… [Continue Reading]

      KEEPING IT 100
    • Fireside Trout

      By Chef Mike Edgar This Rainbow Trout dish is best enjoyed next to the fire with your favourite people and a setting sun. Fireside Trout Pouches go amazingly well with Fennel Roast Baby Potatoes and Bannock on a Stick. Make these recipes over the campfire on your next trail ride and it’s a trip no… [Continue Reading]

      Fireside Trout
    • Mental Wellness Pt. II

      This blog is a continuation from our Embracing Mental Health blog. If you’re struggling with mental health, you’re not alone. The pressures added to society due to Covid-19 are two-fold. Here, we get some meaningful advice from Psychologist Vanessa Goodchild, for navigating the world we currently live in. THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOMDepression looks different… [Continue Reading]

      Mental Wellness Pt. II
    • Johnny Cakes

      These old fashioned pancakes are best served stacked high and with sides of Saskatoon blueberry compote or vanilla whipped cream. Sunday morning breakfast will never be the same again. By MIKE EDGAR, Photos by TWISTED TREE PHOTOGRAPHY Ingredients• 1 Cup Flour• 1 Cup Cornmeal• 2 Eggs• 2 1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder• 2 Tbsp. Sugar• 1 Tsp. Salt• 3/4 Cup Buttermilk• 1/2 Cup Water•… [Continue Reading]

      Johnny Cakes
    • Embracing Mental Wellness

      With so much loss associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s easy to understand why a significant number of mental health issues started rearing their ugly heads in 2020. The good news is, horses are a healthy coping mechanism for dealing with it all. In this two-part blog, we get some meaningful advice from Psychologist Vanessa… [Continue Reading]

      Embracing Mental Wellness

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Back to School

Photo by Rockin A Photography. Outfit from Cody & Sioux.

Whether you’re preparing to send the kids back to school, or headed to back to work, or simply looking to update your wardrobe with the latest fall fashions, we have some ideas for you!

Photo by Rockin A Photography. Outfit from Cody & Sioux.
Photo by Rockin A Photography. Outfit from Cody & Sioux.

Starting out with our list of favorites is an outfit from Cody & Sioux in Calgary, AB. Here, the model is wearing a mid-length navy Tasha Polizzi skirt ($99.95), copper concho belt ($89.95), Shotgun Willie tee ($59.95), Wild leather jacket ($324.95), bone and pearl necklace ($225.95), and her own Doc Marten’s boots.

Photo by Rockin A Photograpy. Outfit from Cody & Sioux.

Next are the Kimes Ranchwear Sarah jeans ($199.95), a Tasha Polizzi Josie shirt ($174.95), Double D Ranchwear Consuela belt ($199.95) and the model’s own vintage Old Gringo boots.

Photo by Rockin A Photograpy. Outfit from Cody & Sioux.

Lastly, we have some Kimes Ranch high-rise Jennifer jeans ($179.95), Leave the Road tee ($54.95), Lack of Colors Sierra Hat ($144.95), Old Gringo boots ($425.00), and a vintage suede Scully jacket.

Photo by Tara McKenzie Fotos. Outfit from Classic Rodeo.

Then we take you to Classic Rodeo in DeWinton, AB. Featured above is a Tasha Polizzi denim, long sleeve shirt ($259), long turquoise necklace (inquire within), Genuine Handcrafted Sterling Earrings ($350) and turquoise ring. Tooled turquoise Juan Antonio purse – $705. Boots are model’s own.

Photo by Tara McKenzie Fotos. Outfit from Classic Rodeo.

Fall is the perfect time for cozy blankets! This one is by Tasha Polizzi. Hat by Charley 1 Horse.

Photo by Tara McKenzie Fotos. Outfit from Classic Rodeo.

Above is a Double D Ranch jacket with soutache embroidery ($675), and Navajo string pearls from Classic Rodeo. Hat is a custom-built Smithbilt.

Photo by BAR XP PHOTO.

Next, we take you to Lammle’s Western Wear, with styles for the whole family! Above is a Girl’s Panhandle shirt with Aztec print and jeans by Grace with jeweled feathers on the pockets.

Photo by BAR XP PHOTO.

Above is Lammle’s own oilskin vest, perfect for the chillier temperatures of fall.

Photo by BAR XP PHOTO.

Rock & Roll Cowgirl Women’s Southwest Print Vest ($39.95), jeans and white tee are model’s own.

Photo by BAR XP PHOTO.

And the Pandhandle Ladies shirt snap dress, Rough Stock For Her. Featuring a tie front, stretch fabric and western yoke, this versatile piece can be worn alone as a dress or open as a duster. Hat from Smithbilt.

We wish everybody a successful September!

S is for STAMPEDE

Have you seen our new book yet?? S is for STAMPEDE follows the alphabet and beautifully positions artwork with explanatory dialogue to describe the events, people, animals and history of the Calgary Stampede. Topics include the Stampede’s famous founders, legendary rodeo stock and the one-of-a-kind experience visitors can only gain from a trip to the Stampede!

E is for Elbow River Camp. Artwork by Karen Coe Fine Arts.

Featuring the brilliant artwork of Karen Coe Fine Arts and written / published by Jenn Webster, S is for STAMPEDE is a 40-page book of Canadian discovery and western heritage. Additionally, this 8.5″ x 11″ soft cover book was illustrated, published, printed and bound in Canada.

Here is what readers are saying (names have been omitted for privacy reasons):

Just a brief note to say that your book is awesome. Good work!! 👌🏼🥰

“Tired kids after a long day… your book has just come to the RESCUE!! Love ❤ it! Great work.”

The book has also received a fair amount of press across the country. Check out our interview with Global News:

If you love western heritage and want to share it with our younger generations, or simply want a little of the “Calgary Spirit” to place on your coffee table, this is the book for you!

To order, visit us online at: www.westernhorsereview.com

Birria Tacos


Not your average “Taco Tuesday” evening dinner.

By MIKE EDGAR, Photos by TWISTED TREE PHOTOGRAPHY

Birria tacos are becoming all the rage and after one bite, you’ll want them for supper every night too. Birria is traditionally a Mexican dish consisting of a meat stew made from goat meat, and occasionally beef or mutton (but never pork). The stew is slow-cooked and has a savoury, sweet and sour flavour, with a hint of spice.

In Birria tacos, the stew is placed inside a tortilla shell with cheese, dipped in broth and fried up. This isn’t an easy dish to prepare, but once you taste a bite of a Birria taco’s sizzled, cheesy, crispy, goodness – you’ll never want a normal taco again.

BIRRIA STEW INGREDIENTS
 
For the Meat:
1 lb Beef Chuck
1 lb Beef Shank
1 lb Beef Shortrib
2 Tsp. Salt
2 Tsp. Ground Black Pepper
2 Tsp. Ground Cumin
 
For the Broth:
4 Dried New Mexico Chilies
4 Dried Ancho Chilies
1 Can Chipotle Pepper in Adobo
2 Tsp. Whole Peppercorns
2 Cloves
10 Whole Star Anise, Dry
4 Bay Leaves
5 Three-Inch Cinnamon Sticks
1 Tsp. Ground Cumin
1 Tsp. Ground Ginger
8 Garlic Cloves
1 Spanish Onion, Sliced
2 Cups Crushed Tomato
1 Litre Beef Stock
2 Oranges Sliced
1 Tbsp. Salt
1 Cup Brown Sugar
 
For the Tacos:
Tortillas of Your Choice
Diced White Onion
Fresh Cilantro
2 Cups Oaxaca Cheese, Shredded 
Fresh Lime
Fresh Jalapeño
Shredded Stew Meat

METHOD FOR THE MEAT
Remove stems and seeds from chilies. In a pot, bring two cups of water to a boil. Add the chilies and simmer until tender (around two minutes). Add chillies and half the water to a blender and puree until smooth, then add the canned chipotle and puree again until smooth. Set aside until its time to build the stew.
 
Cut your meat into manageable pieces and season with salt pepper and cumin. In a heavy dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil until you start to see it smoke. Brown your meat a little at a time, ensuring you get a good sear. Then remove it from the pot.

Using the same pot, sauté the onion and garlic until soft. Add peppercorns, cumin, ginger, bay leaves, clove, star anise, cinnamon sticks and salt. Sauté for another two minutes. Add your beef, crushed tomato, beef broth, oranges, sugar, and chillie puree.

If the meat is not covered by liquid, add an appropriate amount of water to cover. Bring to a boil, cover and place in a 350-degree Fahrenheit oven for four hours. If after four hours the meat is not tender enough to shred, then put the lid back on and continue to cook until tender.
 
After the meat has reached desired texture, remove from the oven and let the meat cool in the broth. Once cooled, remove the meat from the broth and shred with a fork or by hand. Set aside in a bowl.
 
Strain the broth into a pot, making sure all the spices are removed. Keep the broth in the fridge until needed.
 

The stewed meat is placed inside a tortilla with cheese, dipped into broth and then placed into your cast iron pan for frying.
Once one side is fried to crispy goodness, fold the tortilla and fry the other side.

METHOD FOR THE TACOS
Mix the oaxaca cheese into the shredded stew meat. Remove the broth from the fridge and place half of it into a bowl or shallow plastic container. Warm the other remaining half of the broth on low heat, on the stove.

In a large cast iron pan on medium high heat, warm some vegetable oil. Fill your tortillas with the shredded meat and cheese, then quickly dip into the cold broth (which was set aside in a bowl) and fry in your cast iron pan on each side – until golden brown and until the cheese melts.

Place the now fried Birria tacos on a serving platter. Pour the warm broth into a ramekin or bowl and place next to the tacos for dipping. Garnish with chopped onion, sliced jalapeños, lime wedges, and cilantro. Grab a taco and plunge it into the warm Birria broth and enjoy! 

When you are ready to enjoy your Birria tacos, dip into the warm broth and enjoy!

KEEPING IT 100

This model slash influencer, slash broker and barrel racer has an impressive list of credentials on his resume. His positive attitude and continued conversation around inclusivity in barrel racing makes him a game-changer for the ages. By Aleesha Harris Charles McKay of Vancouver, BC, recalls with a laugh, the transaction that garnered him his first […]

[Continue reading…]

Fireside Trout

By Chef Mike Edgar This Rainbow Trout dish is best enjoyed next to the fire with your favourite people and a setting sun. Fireside Trout Pouches go amazingly well with Fennel Roast Baby Potatoes and Bannock on a Stick. Make these recipes over the campfire on your next trail ride and it’s a trip no […]

[Continue reading…]

Mental Wellness Pt. II

This blog is a continuation from our Embracing Mental Health blog. If you’re struggling with mental health, you’re not alone. The pressures added to society due to Covid-19 are two-fold. Here, we get some meaningful advice from Psychologist Vanessa Goodchild, for navigating the world we currently live in. THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOMDepression looks different […]

[Continue reading…]

Johnny Cakes

These old fashioned pancakes are best served stacked high and with sides of Saskatoon blueberry compote or vanilla whipped cream. Sunday morning breakfast will never be the same again. By MIKE EDGAR, Photos by TWISTED TREE PHOTOGRAPHY Ingredients• 1 Cup Flour• 1 Cup Cornmeal• 2 Eggs• 2 1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder• 2 Tbsp. Sugar• 1 Tsp. Salt• 3/4 Cup Buttermilk• 1/2 Cup Water• […]

[Continue reading…]

Embracing Mental Wellness

With so much loss associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s easy to understand why a significant number of mental health issues started rearing their ugly heads in 2020. The good news is, horses are a healthy coping mechanism for dealing with it all. In this two-part blog, we get some meaningful advice from Psychologist Vanessa […]

[Continue reading…]

New Years 2021

By JENN WEBSTER, PHOTOS BY TWISTED TREE PHOTOGRAPHY What are you doing for New Year’s Eve? I can tell you – my family has been waiting for this day all year long… That’s not to say we expect 2021 to morph us immediately into an easier time, but we do have hope for the upcoming […]

[Continue reading…]