• Praise Hemp

      There is something exciting on the horizon of equine nutrition. As a relatively new food to western cultures, hemp is a tiny seed with gigantic nutritional benefits. So why choose hemp for your equine? Hemp seeds are a nutrient dense, all natural, low processed, easily digested form of healthy fats ad and exceptional source of… [Continue Reading]

      Praise Hemp
    • Canadian Eh? 2017 Ladies of Canadian Pro Rodeo Fashion Show & Luncheon

      Each year during the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, Alberta the Ladies of Canadian Professional Rodeo hosts a Luncheon & Fashion Show fundraiser. This year WHR was on hand at the event to witness all the fun and fashion that was had at the Canadian Eh? 2017 Ladies of Canadian Pro rodeo Fashion Show &… [Continue Reading]

      Canadian Eh? 2017 Ladies of Canadian Pro Rodeo Fashion Show & Luncheon
    • The Signs and Symptoms of PPID

      Have you ever heard the term “Cushings”, and been unsure as to what that means? In reality it is Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID). Western Horse Review sat down with Dr. Doug Myers, a veterinarian from Boehringer Ingelheim Canada Ltd, to discuss PPID. PPID is a common condition of aged horses and as we learn… [Continue Reading]

      The Signs and Symptoms of PPID
    • 2017 Canadian Champions Declared

      Courtesy of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association Edmonton, ALTA – November 12, 2017 It was simply a case of unfinished business. For Canadian team ropers Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler, CFR44 offered the opportunity to fulfill a dream that had been left incomplete up to now. While Ponoka, Alberta header, Simpson, had a Canadian championship… [Continue Reading]

      2017 Canadian Champions Declared
    • Edmonton’s Premier Western Events Shine

      Courtesy of Northlands  EDMONTON, AB (November 12, 2017) – For the past five days, Northlands was honoured to host the 44th annual Canadian Finals Rodeo and Farmfair International from November 8 – 12 at Northlands Coliseum and the Edmonton EXPO Centre. Two of Edmonton’s largest annual events spurred western excitement throughout the Northlands grounds and the entire city of Edmonton, with a… [Continue Reading]

      Edmonton’s Premier Western Events Shine
    • The Boutique Boss Babe

      Bobbie Eskdale owns and operates Bold & Brassy Boutique, an online fashion boutique that totes itself as offering “today’s trends with a touch of twang!” Eskdale’s energy and positive is infectious, and she manages to run a successful business while also being a wife, and mother to two. WHR sat down with Eskdale to discover… [Continue Reading]

      The Boutique Boss Babe
    • Eggs Benedict

      There is honestly nothing we love more on a lazy Sunday morning, than the chance to sleep in and make Eggs Benedict for a late morning brunch. This recipe has been handed down to me and the Hollandaise sauce is truly what makes it – no packaged sauces around here! The sauce is honestly the… [Continue Reading]

      Eggs Benedict
    • CFR Fashion Inspiration

      If you’re headed to the Canadian Finals Rodeo next week, we’ve got some outfit inspiration for you! There’s no denying it’s the perfect venue to bring out the good stuff. We also know it can  be tricky to stay warm in a Canadian winter and look amazing at the same time. Not to worry, we’ve… [Continue Reading]

      CFR Fashion Inspiration

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Praise Hemp

There is something exciting on the horizon of equine nutrition. As a relatively new food to western cultures, hemp is a tiny seed with gigantic nutritional benefits. So why choose hemp for your equine? Hemp seeds are a nutrient dense, all natural, low processed, easily digested form of healthy fats ad and exceptional source of plant-based protein. Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) are essential to tissue growth and help regulate many internal functions. EFA’s are by definition, essential because they can’t be produced by the body and must be obtained through diet for proper growth and body functioning.

Essential Amino Acids (EAA’s) are the building blocks found in protein and hemp offers an excellent protein quality which rivals many grains, as well as soy and whey. By supplementing hemp oil, topping and protein finer to our equine’s diet, you may notice an improvement in immune system, energy, digestion, skin and coat, mobility, muscle health and cardiovascular health.

Amanda Smith at the Calgary Wrangler Futurity. Photo by James Hudyma.

Western Horse Review recently got the chance to speak with cutter Amanda Smith of Wembley, AB. Smith has been using Praise Hemp products for the past year-and-a-half and loves the changes she has witnessed in one of her top competition geldings.

“I started giving it to my gelding that I show (Im Short And Smooth, aka ‘Fred’),” she explains. “Fred used to be spooky, nervous, lots of anxiety – he was wound pretty tight. I could tell a huge difference in Fred’s demeanor after two weeks of being on it. He was soft and quiet to be around and I could actually take him out on a trail ride and enjoy it! Plus he was super shiny. Once Fred had been on it for a couple of months and I noticed all the positives that came from it, I put the rest of our horses on it, along with the Praise Hemp Protein Fibre.”

Smith says that in her barn, her horses have all responded very well to the Praise Hemp products. The great thing for show horse owners is that horses will not test positive for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Praise Hemp’s Canadian hemp producers follow stringent guidelines under Health Canada’s Industrial Hemp Regulations. It is tested multiple times in the field and has virtually 0% THC. The company can even provide certificates of analysis to verify.

Additionally, horses enjoy the taste of Praise Hemp products.

“We don’t have a single horse that won’t eat it, they all love it!” says Smith. “What I’ve noticed the most across the board with all the horses is their body condition – they’re shiny and full. With the show horses I find they have more stamina and recover faster, they also maintain their weight throughout the show season.”

Smith also uses Praise Hemp products with her younger and breeding stock, including her broodmares. “All of our horses; weanlings, yearlings, show horses, broodmares and our stallion get both the Oil and Protein Fibre. My favourite thing about the product is that ALL our horses benefit from it!”

Amanda Smith. Photo by James Hudyma.

 

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For more information about Praise Hemp products, check out www.hempcocanada.com

Canadian Eh? 2017 Ladies of Canadian Pro Rodeo Fashion Show & Luncheon

This year the Ladies of Canadian Professional Rodeo celebrated Canada’s 150th Anniversary.

Each year during the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, Alberta the Ladies of Canadian Professional Rodeo hosts a Luncheon & Fashion Show fundraiser. This year WHR was on hand at the event to witness all the fun and fashion that was had at the Canadian Eh? 2017 Ladies of Canadian Pro rodeo Fashion Show & Luncheon.

The luncheon & fashion show, a long time stand-out on the Canadian rodeo social scene, has generated over $291,000 to charitable causes. The funds raised by the event are distributed to the Cowboy Benefit Fund and the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sport Medicine Team (CPRSMT). The Cowboy Benefit Fund was established to provide emergency funding for Canadian Pro Rodeo Association members who are injured or placed in hardship due to injury. The fund relies on donations by rodeo fans, businesses and groups to maintain its resources. The CPRSMT plays an important role in and out of the rodeo arena, with their help rodeo athletes maintain a level of health in order to be better prepared to compete, reduce the effects of injuries and add longevity to their rodeo careers.

The event doubled as Miss Rodeo Canada 2017, Ali Mullin’s, final runway walk. Photo Credit: Classic Rodeo Boutique

Dr. Blaine Bugg, manager of the CPRSMT was on hand at the event, and took to the stage to commend the Ladies of Canadian Pro Rodeo for all the hard work they put into the luncheon and fashion show, and thanked them for their support. Another poignant moment came when Jim Nevada, of Roper Apparel and Footwear, took to the stage to introduce a memorial song to all the cowboys that were lost in 2017. With collaboration from Stacy Roper, Norm Swen and Don Johansen, and performed by Stacy Roper, Gord Bamford, and Duane Steele, the song was a beautiful tribute to the rodeo community. The luncheon serves many purposes, aside from raising money for great causes, it brings together the rodeo community for an afternoon of fun and fashion. There were lots of laughs around the room, and even more glitter and bling from the visiting rodeo queens from around Canada, and the world, including Miss Rodeo Australia, and Miss Rodeo Warwick.

Former Miss Rodeo Sundre, Kyla Williams, was in the running for Miss Rodeo Canada, and showed off a beautiful gown for her final walk. Photo Credit: Classic Rodeo Boutique.

Western fashion, with a Canadian twist, was the focus of the fashion show, with clothing provided by Roper and Wrangler through Lammles Western Wear and Tack. Audi Roy, of Classic Rodeo Boutique, was on hand to style and accessorize the outfits. The fashion show also shone a spotlight on the Miss Rodeo Canada pageant contestants who were vying for a chance to be crowned Miss Rodeo Canada 2018. Each of the five spectacular young women walked the stage in different fashions, while being evaluated for the final judged portion of pageant week before the crowning at the rodeo later in the evening. Despite what could be a nerve-wracking situation, all of the ladies were poised and beautiful as they made their way down the runway. Of course, Miss Rodeo Canada 2017, Ali Mullin, stole the show, as she sauntered down the runway for her final walk as Miss Rodeo Canada.

Former Miss Rodeo Medicine Hat, Brittney Chomistek, rocked fashion from Lammles Western Wear. Chomistek was crowned Miss Rodeo Canada 2018 later that evening at the CFR. Photo Credit: Classic Rodeo Boutique.

Overall the luncheon and fashion show was a massive success. Live music, entertainment and a delicious lunch was topped off with a fun fashion show, all while raising money for amazing causes within the rodeo community. If you have plans to head to CFR next year, make sure to put the Ladies of the Canadian Pro Rodeo Luncheon and Fashion show on your “to-do” last night, it’s a lot of fun – and for a great cause. What’s better than that?!

Former Calgary Stampede Princess, Lizzie Ryman, got a chance to catch up with the freshly crowned 2018 Calgary Stampede Royal Trio.

The Signs and Symptoms of PPID

Have you ever heard the term “Cushings”, and been unsure as to what that means? In reality it is Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID). Western Horse Review sat down with Dr. Doug Myers, a veterinarian from Boehringer Ingelheim Canada Ltd, to discuss PPID. PPID is a common condition of aged horses and as we learn more about the care and wellness of geriatric horses, increasing attention is being paid to the role of PPID in their lives.

Myers noted that recent study on PPID has suggested a link between horses and ponies that are afflicated with Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) developing PPID. It is now recommended that all horses with EMS over 10 years old be monitored for the signs of PPID.

These signs can include, but are not limited too, lethargy, loss of skeletal muscle mass, rounding of the abdomen, regional adiposity, abnormal sweating and laminitis.  The confirm PPID and assess the severity of the disease in your equine partner single sample resting Adrenocorticotrophic Hormone (ACTH) testing is required. As with most things in the equine world, horses in the early stages of PPID are more of a challenge to diagnose and confirm. You may exhibit reduced performance, loss of muscle tone, or change of attitude. Other signs can include the horse taking a few weeks longer than normal to shed its winter hair coat.

Myers says, “In the fall of 2014, Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. embarked on a pilot project to test horses across Canada that their veterinarians suspected PPID. All horses had a single plasma sample run for resting ACTH levels. The majority of these samples were taken in October, 2014. This project as well as the follow up 2015 testing program was done in attempt to assist Canadian veterinarians diagnose PPID suspect horses for the owners. A positive diagnosis of PPID can assist the owner with commencing treatment with Pergolide mesythlate (Prascend- Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd.).”

He continues, “Of the 98 horses for which ACTH results were available in 2014, 55 (56%) had resting ACTH levels consistent with a diagnosis of PPID. Three horses (3%) had borderline resting ACTH levels (10.4-11.3 pmol/L), and forty horses had normal seasonally-adjusted ACTH concentrations (<10.4 pmol/L). Of the horses with PPID, 10% were less than ≤ 10 years of age.”

In 2015, the Canada wide PPID testing program was repeated with a total of 200 submissions. Multiple breeds, including pony, pony crosses, quarter horses, warm bloods, thoroughbreds and arabs were involved. Of the 198 horses with ACTH results available, 151 (76 %) had a test result consistent with a PPID diagnosis (> 11.3 pmol/L). Six horses (3 %) had borderline ACTH results (10-4-11.3 pmol/L) and 41 horses (21 %) had levels found to be within a normal seasonally adjusted ACTH concentration (< 10.4 pmol/L). The two highest resting ACTH levels found were both in Miniature horses, 600 and 420 pmol/L respectively. Furthermore, of the horses tested, 65 % were 16 years of age or older, 29 % were between 11-15 years old, and 6 % were 10 years of age or younger.

Veterinarians were asked to state what clinical signs the horse had that made a differential diagnosis of PPID a possibility. Many horses had more than one clinical sign that was indicative of PPID. The most common clinical sign noted was laminitis (often chronic) in 51 reported cases. Hair coat or shedding issues were the second most reported sign accounting for 39 cases. Other clinical signs of note included weight changes (increased or decreased) , lethargy, other causes of lameness and chronic infections.

When Canadian equine veterinarians selected clients horses they suspected may have PPID, they were correct the majority of the time. In 2014, 56 % of the cases selected were positive for PPID based on a resting ACTH submission, while in 2015, 76 % of the horses tested positive for PPID when evaluated using a resting ACTH test.

In summary, subtle changes to your horse’s appearance could signal something big. But identifying PPID early may help ensure a better quality of life for your horse. Visit www.bicanadaequine.ca to find out if your horse is eligible for a free PPID test from Boehringer Ingelheim, and to learn more about PPID.

2017 Canadian Champions Declared

Courtesy of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association Edmonton, ALTA – November 12, 2017 It was simply a case of unfinished business. For Canadian team ropers Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler, CFR44 offered the opportunity to fulfill a dream that had been left incomplete up to now. While Ponoka, Alberta header, Simpson, had a Canadian championship […]

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Edmonton’s Premier Western Events Shine

Courtesy of Northlands  EDMONTON, AB (November 12, 2017) – For the past five days, Northlands was honoured to host the 44th annual Canadian Finals Rodeo and Farmfair International from November 8 – 12 at Northlands Coliseum and the Edmonton EXPO Centre. Two of Edmonton’s largest annual events spurred western excitement throughout the Northlands grounds and the entire city of Edmonton, with a […]

[Continue reading…]

The Boutique Boss Babe

Bobbie Eskdale owns and operates Bold & Brassy Boutique, an online fashion boutique that totes itself as offering “today’s trends with a touch of twang!” Eskdale’s energy and positive is infectious, and she manages to run a successful business while also being a wife, and mother to two. WHR sat down with Eskdale to discover […]

[Continue reading…]

Eggs Benedict

There is honestly nothing we love more on a lazy Sunday morning, than the chance to sleep in and make Eggs Benedict for a late morning brunch. This recipe has been handed down to me and the Hollandaise sauce is truly what makes it – no packaged sauces around here! The sauce is honestly the […]

[Continue reading…]

CFR Fashion Inspiration

If you’re headed to the Canadian Finals Rodeo next week, we’ve got some outfit inspiration for you! There’s no denying it’s the perfect venue to bring out the good stuff. We also know it can  be tricky to stay warm in a Canadian winter and look amazing at the same time. Not to worry, we’ve […]

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You Never, Ever, Quit… Not When it’s for Real

  By Todd Lemieux The photograph above was taken in August 1944 at St-Lambert-sur-Dives, France. It shows Major David Currie, South Alberta Regiment, with pistol in hand, accepting the surrender of a German officer. Tanks are smouldering in the streets behind him. The noted Canadian military historian, C.P. Stacey, described the scene, “as close as […]

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