• Espresso Granita 

      BY CHEF MIKE EDGAR Host a fabulous New Year’s Eve gathering this year, with this special dessert made just for congregating. Granita is a coarse, Italian-style flavored ice. Topped with an espresso pudding-like layer and served with Beignets for dipping, this is one dish your guests won’t be able to stay away from as you ring in 2019!… [Continue Reading]

      Espresso Granita   
    • Make Plans for the 2019 Saskatchewan Equine Expo

      The 8th Annual Saskatchewan Equine Expo takes place February 14-17, 2019 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, SK. The event is produced by Prairieland Park Agriculture department in partnership with volunteers from Saskatchewan Horse Federation, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and various equine breed groups. The event presents equine related lectures, presentations, demonstrations, entertainment and… [Continue Reading]

      Make Plans for the 2019 Saskatchewan Equine Expo
    • Pozzobon Rip(p)s It Up at the WNFR

      Courtesy of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association While several of the Canadian storylines were exciting at the 60th annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, none was more so then the one featuring first-time qualifier, Carman Pozzobon. The British Columbia cowgirl, riding her talented mare Ripp, (Ripn Lady), posted her fastest time of the week, a 13.68… [Continue Reading]

      Pozzobon Rip(p)s It Up at the WNFR
    • Canadians Go Six For Six On Canada Night

      Courtesy of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association Every year on Canada Night (Round 8 of the WNFR), Canadian flags are an even bigger part of the action than they are during the other nine performances.  And, with all six Canadian competitors getting to the pay window, Canadian fans were on top of the rodeo world.… [Continue Reading]

      Canadians Go Six For Six On Canada Night
    • The Tahoe Verona

      Are you still looking for the perfect gift for the horseman or woman in your life? The new ‘Tahoe’ shank from Tom Balding finds inspiration in the Vaquero style that is part of California’s history. This beautifully crafted bit features a Tahoe© shank in a stainless finish with antiqued silver engraved plates and dots. This… [Continue Reading]

      The Tahoe Verona
    • Holiday Giving – For Her

        Stuck on the perfect gift idea for her? In this four-part blog series, Western Horse Review has rounded up several of our favorite tidings of joy. This is Christmas shopping made easy! You’re welcome. By Louisa Murch White & Jenn Webster   POP SOCKETS – Never drop your phone again with these sweet handcrafted,… [Continue Reading]

      Holiday Giving – For Her
    • Dramatic Championship Sunday at Red Deer CFR

      Courtesy of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association It came down to one run. As steer wrestler, Scott Guenthner, backed into the box for his final run of CFR ‘45, he knew what he had to do. Guenthner had already watched some of his closest competitors and travelling partners have varying degrees of success. The Provost,… [Continue Reading]

      Dramatic Championship Sunday at Red Deer CFR
    • DOC WEST – Steel Dusts

      Doc West returns with his sage advice for the lost and lonely gunsel. Q. Doc, an old-timer friend sometimes refers to my Quarter Horse herd as a band of “Steel Dusts.” What does he mean by this term? 
 A. There was a time where the horses that we call today, Quarter Horses, were known simply… [Continue Reading]

      DOC WEST – Steel Dusts

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Espresso Granita 

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

BY CHEF MIKE EDGAR

Host a fabulous New Year’s Eve gathering this year, with this special dessert made just for congregating. Granita is a coarse, Italian-style flavored ice. Topped with an espresso pudding-like layer and served with Beignets for dipping, this is one dish your guests won’t be able to stay away from as you ring in 2019!

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

GRANITA

½ cup sugar

2 cups brewed espresso

Add sugar to hot espresso and stir until dissolved.

When espresso has cooled, place in a 9 x 13″ Pyrex baking dish and put in the freezer. Let sit in freezer until ice crystals start to form (approximately 45 minutes.) Remove from the freezer. Using a fork, stir the ice crystals from the edges of the dish to the center. Return to freezer. Repeat every 30 minutes until the liquid has frozen into a nice soft crystal (approximately 2 hours). Store in freezer until it is time to serve.

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

ESPRESSO SYRUP

2 cups Sugar

2 cups Brewed Espresso

Combine ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 25 minutes until the liquid comes to a syrup consistency.

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

AMARETTO ZABAGLIONE

This part of the dessert is made just before serving the dish.

6 Egg Yolks

1/3 cup Amaretto

3 tablespoons Sugar

Combine ingredients in a stainless steel bowl and whisk over over simmering water vigorously until thickened (about five minutes total.) When thickened, place over an ice bath and whisk. You need to cool it down before you finish the dessert. Whisk over ice bath for 2 to 3 minutes.

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

BEIGNETS

2 ¼ teaspoon Active Dry yeast

1 ½ half cups Warm Water

½ cup Sugar

1 teaspoon Salt

2 Eggs

1 cup Evaporated Milk

7 cups All Purpose Flour

¼ cup Shortening

¼ cup Confectioners Sugar

In a large bowl dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar, salt, eggs and milk and blend well. Mix in 4 cups of flour and beat until smooth and then the remaining 3 cups of flour. Cover and chill up to 24 hours. Roll dough out to 1/8 inch thick and cut into 2 ½ inch squares, fry in 360 degree Fahrenheit oil. Drain on to paper towel. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar while hot.

To make the dish:

Fill a rocks glass half-way up with Granita. Place in freezer until Zabaglione is ready. Drizzle espresso syrup over the Granita then fill the glass with the cooled Zabaglione. Place on a plate next to the Beignets for dipping. Serve with a spoon and enjoy.  

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

Make Plans for the 2019 Saskatchewan Equine Expo

The Saskatchewan Equine Expo includes thrilling equine demonstrations, like mounted shooting.

The 8th Annual Saskatchewan Equine Expo takes place February 14-17, 2019 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, SK. The event is produced by Prairieland Park Agriculture department in partnership with volunteers from Saskatchewan Horse Federation, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and various equine breed groups.

The event presents equine related lectures, presentations, demonstrations, entertainment and a full industry-related trade show. As a participant or spectator, you can experience the newest equine products, techniques and technology.

In 2019 enjoy a feature demonstration from Jonathan Field, a world renowned horseman and clinician. Field has been featured on national TV, in major equine publications, has authored a book titled ‘The Art of Liberty’ and was the recipient of the Jack Brainard Horsemanship award for overall horsemanship during the International colt starting competition “Road to the Horse”. 

The NAERIC Trainer’s Challenge also returns this year with trainers, Scott Todd, Jason Irwin and Amos Abrahamson vying for top honours in the colt starting.

Other fun activities for the equine enthusiast include the Equine Extravaganza, Off-Track Thoroughbred Challenge and trade show.

The NAERIC Trainer’s Challenge is an exciting colt starting competition with three top trainers from across Canada.

Tickets are on sale now and the show includes the extravaganza, tradeshow, demonstrations and clinics and can be found here: http://saskatchewanequineexpo.com/

A schedule of events can be found here: http://www.saskatchewanequineexpo.ca/events/

Within the Saskatchewan horse industry a need exists for a quality event that will showcase the newest technological advances, the latest developments in equine health, and a demonstration of horsemanship excellence that is equally entertaining and educational.

Saskatchewan Equine Expo will celebrate the diversity of the equine industry with the live demonstrations, breeds on display, and events featuring outstanding horsemen and women on February 14-17, 2019, Make plans to be there!

www.saskatchewanequineexpo.com

The Off-Track Thoroughbred Challenge takes an English twist on the predominately western-dominated colt starting challenges.

Pozzobon Rip(p)s It Up at the WNFR



Courtesy of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association

While several of the Canadian storylines were exciting at the 60th annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, none was more so then the one featuring first-time qualifier, Carman Pozzobon. The British Columbia cowgirl, riding her talented mare Ripp, (Ripn Lady), posted her fastest time of the week, a 13.68 for third in the round and a cheque for $15,653. But more importantly, Pozzobon was the only cowgirl to keep the barrels standing through all ten rounds, which means that in addition to her three go-round placings, Pozzobon won the first-place aggregate cheque of $67,269 to garner her over $117,884 in Vegas. That left her in 4th place overall (she came to the WNFR in 15th place) with a season money total of $204,831.

But the last night was not without a little drama as Pozzobon and Ripp brushed one of the barrels, putting it on tilt and dangerously close to a costly five second penalty. “I looked back at that barrel and said you better stay up, damn it,” Pozzobon laughed after the run. And like so many barrel racers she was quick to credit her horse. “I don’t know how she did it,” the 2017 Canadian Champion admitted. “Even when I was falling apart, she was the one that was keeping it together. She’s amazing.”

It was Cotulla, Texas cowgirl Hailey Kinsel who won her first world title. Though she finished out of the money in the final round, Kinsel was dominant over the ten days with four go-round wins en route to the championship and a record $350,699 in season earnings.

Tim O’Connell was the first World Champion crowned on Saturday night. The talented Zwingle, Iowa bareback rider made it three in a row as he put the finishing touches on another brilliant season with a round ten 5/6 split 87–point ride on a J Bar J bucker called All Pink. That ride propelled O’Connell to a ½ split of the aggregate and a season total of $319,801 – a $63,000 margin of victory over second place man Steven Dent of Mullen, Nebraska who was the other half of the aggregate split with O’Connell. The lone Canadian in the field, Manitoba’s Orin Larsen, fashioned a remarkable story of his own as he overcame the effects of knee surgery just three weeks before the Finals to finish eighth in the aggregate with $92,000 earned over the ten days of the WNFR. The likable four-time finalist won round seven at the Thomas and Mack Arena and placed in four other rounds en route to wrapping up the season in eighth spot with $222,732 in overall earnings.

Tyler Waguespack of Gonzales, Louisiana won the second steer wrestling title of his career. The newly-wed Cajun’s 5.1-second run was out of the money in the final round that was won by Nick Guy with a 3.7. But Waguespack finished first in the average and collected $260,000 for his season total to give him a comfortable $43,000 cushion over the second place man, Montana’s Bridger Chambers. The two Canadian qualifiers, Curtis Cassidy and Scott Guenthner both finished out of the money in the final round. Cassidy, the Donalda, Alberta man who owns 12 Canadian titles, came to Las Vegas as the number one man in the world standings and finished up 4th overall with $188,355. Guenthner, the Provost, Alberta product and newly-crowned Canadian titleist finished just $1,500 behind Cassidy in fifth place overall. Guenthner took home a tidy $94,000 from Las Vegas with Cassidy pocketing $82,000.

It was a tough night for the two Canadian saddle bronc riders in round ten of the Finals. Two-time and reigning Canadian Champion Clay Elliot bucked off in round ten at the seven second mark. Nevertheless, the Nanton cowboy placed in three rounds and will take $44,692 back to Canada as he finished up 10th in the world standings. 2016 World Champion, Zeke Thurston, was also bucked off in round ten and while that spelled an end to the Big Valley cowboy’s championship aspirations, Thurston placed in eight rounds, including a couple of go-round wins, for $149,400 as he finished up 3rd in both the aggregate and world standings.

The saddle bronc title went to the popular Wade Sundell, sending two world championship buckles to Iowa competitors. Sundell was 87.5 for 4th in the round ten. That gave him second in the aggregate and when Rusty Wright was disqualified for missing out the Calgary Stampede’s Wild Cherry, the race was over and Sundell was the champion for the first time in his outstanding career.

Clay Smith and Paul Eaves won their first World title in a ‘down to the wire’ final round in the team roping. Though the talented team has been in the lead in the World standings for most of the 10 day Final – picking up two round wins and 5 additional placings along the way – the title was determined tonight in a close race that saw Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira put the pressure on with a 4.1 second run – good for second in the round. Smith and Eaves roped in 4.4 – which gave them third in the round and third in the average… $174,576 each in WNFR earnings, $289,921 overall and the title. And despite not placing in Round 10, Aaron Tsinigine and Trey Yates stayed in the lead to win the Aggregate – courtesy of a very consistent ten day run – with placings in 7 of 10 rounds for $128,461 each. Tsinigine ended his year in with $212,506 and Yates with $226,900 – 3rd in the World overall standings.

Prior to the final round of this Finals, the big question making the rounds was, “What’s wrong with Sage Kimzey?” The four-time champion bull rider had come to Las Vegas with an insurmountable lead but he’d struggled through the first nine rounds, riding only three of his bulls. But on Saturday night, Kimzey answered the question about what was wrong with the Texas superstar. The answer—nothing.

Kimzey rode Beutler and Son’s Record Rack’s Shootin’ Stars to the highest bull riding score of the week—93 points. The Strong City, Oklahoma talent won his fifth title in his five year career and finished up with an amazing $415,252.

It came down to the final round in the tie-down roping before Caleb Smidt was declared both the World Champion and the Aggregate winner. The Huntsville, Texas cowboy, who won his first title in 2015, placed in 6 out of 10 rounds (83.70 seconds on ten head) for a total of $142,846 in WNFR earnings and $232,817 for the year. Tonight’s round was won by the legendary Trevor Brazile who roped in 7.2 seconds.

In fact, it was a fitting conclusion to one of the greatest stories in the history of rodeo. Trevor Brazile, the “King of the Cowboys” announced earlier in the week that he was reducing his schedule after this year in order to focus more time on his family. And in a script only he could write, the brilliant Texan won one more title, his 24th, this one the All-Around championship with $336,679 giving him $25,000 more than brother-in-law, Tuf Cooper. That dollar margin was almost exactly the difference between Brazile’s final round winning run in the tie-down roping and Cooper’s no-time, the result of a disqualification for a jerk-down of the calf.

For WNFR final results, stories and highlights, go to http://www.rodeocanada.com

Canadians Go Six For Six On Canada Night

Courtesy of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association Every year on Canada Night (Round 8 of the WNFR), Canadian flags are an even bigger part of the action than they are during the other nine performances.  And, with all six Canadian competitors getting to the pay window, Canadian fans were on top of the rodeo world. […]

[Continue reading…]

The Tahoe Verona

Are you still looking for the perfect gift for the horseman or woman in your life? The new ‘Tahoe’ shank from Tom Balding finds inspiration in the Vaquero style that is part of California’s history. This beautifully crafted bit features a Tahoe© shank in a stainless finish with antiqued silver engraved plates and dots. This […]

[Continue reading…]

Holiday Giving – For Her

  Stuck on the perfect gift idea for her? In this four-part blog series, Western Horse Review has rounded up several of our favorite tidings of joy. This is Christmas shopping made easy! You’re welcome. By Louisa Murch White & Jenn Webster   POP SOCKETS – Never drop your phone again with these sweet handcrafted, […]

[Continue reading…]

Dramatic Championship Sunday at Red Deer CFR

Courtesy of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association It came down to one run. As steer wrestler, Scott Guenthner, backed into the box for his final run of CFR ‘45, he knew what he had to do. Guenthner had already watched some of his closest competitors and travelling partners have varying degrees of success. The Provost, […]

[Continue reading…]

DOC WEST – Steel Dusts

Doc West returns with his sage advice for the lost and lonely gunsel. Q. Doc, an old-timer friend sometimes refers to my Quarter Horse herd as a band of “Steel Dusts.” What does he mean by this term? 
 A. There was a time where the horses that we call today, Quarter Horses, were known simply […]

[Continue reading…]

War Horse

BY DEBBIE MACRAE The year was 1914. The man was 42, a doctor, pathologist, soldier, teacher, artist, writer and more. The gift – a chestnut gelding, schooled for fox hunting with an admirable conformation. This is their story. John McCrae was born in Ontario, the son of a military family, with strong spiritual values and […]

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