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      Showdown Sunday at the Calgary Stampede is known as the ‘Richest Day in Rodeo.’ After nine days of battling it out in the rodeo arena, winners of each event  took home a cheque for $100-thousand dollars. Here are your 2018 winners: SADDLE BRONC: Ryder Wright of Milford, Utah, scored a career high 93 points on… [Continue Reading]

      Calgary Stampede 2018 Winners
    • Beauty in Chaos

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    • 2018 Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show

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      2018 Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show
    • Internal Parasites and Your Barn Cat

      By Dr. Bronwyn Atkinson & Jennifer Council of Barrett Veterinary Practice Barn cats are an integral part of a farm/acreage environment and play an important role in rodent population control. Hardworking barn cats can be very useful to keep rodent populations in check as well as a pleasure to have around. So, how can we… [Continue Reading]

      Internal Parasites and Your Barn Cat
    • Centennial Buckle Means A Lot to Green

      Courtesy of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association Layton Green is hoping history might just repeat itself. It was one year ago that the Meeting Creek, Alberta bronc rider rolled into Falkland on the May Long and left town a while later as the Falkland Stampede champion. But just as importantly, the Falkland win propelled the… [Continue Reading]

      Centennial Buckle Means A Lot to Green
    • Yogurt Parfait Breakfast

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    • An Interview with Cieran Starlight

      How the 2018 Calgary Stampede Indian Princess is breaking barriers and maintaining the ethos of Stampede. BY JENN WEBSTER If you haven’t picked up a copy of the May/June Western Horse Review, you need to – soon! In this issue, we had the opportunity to photograph and interview Cieran Starlight, the 2018 Calgary Stampede Indian… [Continue Reading]

      An Interview with Cieran Starlight
    • Understanding Praise™ Hemp

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      Understanding Praise™ Hemp

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Calgary Stampede 2018 Winners

Ryder Wright scored a career high 93 points on Stampede Warrior to become the $100,000 Saddle Bronc Champion. Photo by Shellie Scott Photography.

Showdown Sunday at the Calgary Stampede is known as the ‘Richest Day in Rodeo.’ After nine days of battling it out in the rodeo arena, winners of each event  took home a cheque for $100-thousand dollars.

Here are your 2018 winners:

SADDLE BRONC: Ryder Wright of Milford, Utah, scored a career high 93 points on Stampede Warrior to become the $100,000 Saddle Bronc Champion.

BAREBACK RIDING: Richie Champion of Dublin, Texas, rode Virgil to the championship of the $100,000 Bareback title.

BULL RIDING: Marcos Gloria of Brazil is the $100,000 Bull Riding champion.

STEER WRESTLING: Matt Reeves of Cross Plains, Texas, won the $100,000 in the steer wrestling with a time of 4.7 seconds.

BARREL RACING: Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas, and her horse Sister are your $100,000 champions with a time of 17.078.

TIE DOWN ROPING: Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, TX, is the $100,000 Tie Down Roping Champion.

GMC RANGELAND DERBY: Kurt Bensmiller, Dewberry, AB, wins the Dash for Cash at the Calgary Stampede.

Hailey Kinsel and her horse, Sister dominated the competition every day they were up. They are your $100,000 champions. Photo by Shellie Scott Photography.

 

Tuf Cooper is the $100,000 Tie Down Roping Champion. Photo by Shellie Scott Photography.

 

Marcos Gloria of Brazil is the $100,000 Bull Riding champion. Photo by Shellie Scott Photography.

 

Kurt Bensmiller, Dewberry, AB, wins the Dash for Cash at the Calgary Stampede. Photo by Shellie Scott Photography.

 

 

Beauty in Chaos

“Take your life and make it the best story in the world. Don’t waste that opportunity.”

 

I’ll be honest. I’m currently sitting in my car composing my latest Publisher’s Note, watching my kids from afar in a bouncy castle at a birthday party. They’re having a ball. They’re safe. And the opportunity affords me a chance to truly be present in this moment of writing. That’s when a brutal thunderstorm rips in and threatens the bouncy castle’s very existence. The kids don’t want to abandon their fun. Time to shut my laptop, find their shoes and force them indoors.

The entire thing makes me laugh. As though it’s a euphemism of my current life.

Lightening and thunder roar – the kids would rather be blown away in a plastic toy than miss out on a moment of childhood joy.

Trying to balance the many facets of business while raising a family and maintaining some semblance of an extra-curricular life, is tough. Any mom-prenuer will tell you that. Aside from being “Mom” and owning a business, I also happen to have 50 horses in my backyard where my husband conducts his business. A calendar full of horse shows to keep up with and a house full of varied pets. (Have I told you about the leopard gecko and more recently, bunnies?)

There are other things too. Hashtag, Life

Sometimes I simply have to give myself permission to choose progress over perfection. No one can balance it all. There are months that pass without any time spent in the saddle. Times when the laundry pile goes untouched and is traded for late night shifts at my computer. Days when dry shampoo is the solution for picking up the kids on time. And afternoons when I have to skip soccer with my family, just so I can finish up my assignments.

I believe in working. I don’t think it makes me a lesser mother, or lesser in business. I think being a mother makes me try harder. I am better as an entrepreneur, because of my kids. As we live rurally, being an entrepreneur also allows me to contribute to the family income without leaving the farm. Best of all, I can authorize myself an afternoon off to volunteer at school or go watch a talent show where our daughter has advanced to the second round. Lord knows, I’ve probably logged 40+ hours over time in the last month leading up to a press date.

Still, there are days when I feel weary and worn out and surrounded by nothing but stress and deadlines. Then, there’s the mom guilt… I bet there isn’t a mom-preneur out there who can’t relate.

At times such as those, I draw strength from my family. The following quote popped up on my Insta feed the other day and it really struck a chord:

Love your damn life. Take pictures of everything. Tell people you love them. Talk to random strangers. Do things you’re scared to do. Screw it, because so many of us die and no one remembers a thing we did. Take your life and make it the best story in the world. Don’t waste that opportunity.

Love your damn life.

I do. And I will never apologize for taking too many pictures.

I’ve learned a lot in the last little while. There’s clarity in the haze. And there’s beauty in the chaos.

Just like all those precious children running barefoot from the bouncy castle.

– JW

2018 Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show

Welsh Mountain Pony 2-year-old colt, Sunburst Heart of Jubilee (Sunwillow Jubilee x Young’s Heart Breaker) was the 2017 Supreme Champion Welsh. Shown and owned by Kasandra Miller. Michelle Walerius Photography.


2018 Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show
Centered on Welsh. Open to all.
Date: August 10-12, 2018
Location: Amberlea Meadows Equestrian Centre, Leduc County, Alberta
Website: www.piperp13.wixsite.com/wildroseshow (all show forms found here)

This is a family-friendly show with competitive and fun classes for all ages and skill levels. A variety of in-hand, riding, and driving classes are offered—from Welsh breed, Sport Pony, and Model Hunter halter classes to English, Western, Hunter, Sidesaddle, and gymkhana ridden classes to driving, trail, showmanship, and costume.

Berrylyn Alexi, 15-year-old Half-Welsh mare (Alvesta Folklore x TH Centrefold), 2017 Grand Champion Sport Pony and Half-Welsh breed class winner. Owner: Nancy Haverstock; handler: Eliza Haverstock. Michelle Walerius Photography.

Classes for Welsh Ponies and Cobs, alongside many open classes—registered and unregistered ponies and horses are most welcome.

Judges:

– India Baker (Waterford Welsh Cobs, ME): Sat – Sun double-judged show
– Karen MacLeay (Seldom Rest Farm, CA): Sat – Sun double-judged show
– Kathy MacLeay (Seldom Rest Farm, CA): Friday Young Stock Futurity & Performance Stake
Sarah Lindsay Miller of Sarah’s Equine Design will be the show photographer.

Join us on Facebook for show announcements: www.facebook.com/WildRoseShow

 

Alvesta Sedona, yearling Welsh Section B (Llanarth Tarquin x Alvesta Fairy Lustre) was 2017 overall Welsh Gelding Champion. Owned by Alvesta Farm; shown by Karen Podolski. Michelle Walerius Photography.

Internal Parasites and Your Barn Cat

By Dr. Bronwyn Atkinson & Jennifer Council of Barrett Veterinary Practice Barn cats are an integral part of a farm/acreage environment and play an important role in rodent population control. Hardworking barn cats can be very useful to keep rodent populations in check as well as a pleasure to have around. So, how can we […]

[Continue reading…]

Centennial Buckle Means A Lot to Green

Courtesy of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association Layton Green is hoping history might just repeat itself. It was one year ago that the Meeting Creek, Alberta bronc rider rolled into Falkland on the May Long and left town a while later as the Falkland Stampede champion. But just as importantly, the Falkland win propelled the […]

[Continue reading…]

Yogurt Parfait Breakfast

Tired of horse show concession food? Here’s a healthy breakfast recipe you can pack to take with you, as featured in our May/June issue of Western Horse Review. BY MIKE EDGAR, PHOTOS BY TWISTED TREE PHOTOGRAPHY INGREDIENTS: 2 litre Jar 1 litre Greek Yogurt, plain 1 pint Strawberries, quartered 1 pint Raspberries 1 pint Blueberries […]

[Continue reading…]

An Interview with Cieran Starlight

How the 2018 Calgary Stampede Indian Princess is breaking barriers and maintaining the ethos of Stampede. BY JENN WEBSTER If you haven’t picked up a copy of the May/June Western Horse Review, you need to – soon! In this issue, we had the opportunity to photograph and interview Cieran Starlight, the 2018 Calgary Stampede Indian […]

[Continue reading…]

Understanding Praise™ Hemp

If you are curious about the upward trend of Praise™ hemp products and their numerous benefits for horses on the equine nutrition front, it’s no illusion. Horse owners everywhere are discovering the healthy advantages Praise™ hemp can offer to equines at a rapid pace. If however, you’re still on the fence about feeding hemp to […]

[Continue reading…]

Try a Bit Before You Buy It!

There’s no question – top riders across the globe favour Tom Balding’s handcrafted bits and spurs. With Balding’s meticulous attention to detail, knowledge of the horse and high quality materials used to create his bits and spurs, it’s no wonder Balding’s company is a leader in the field. Fans include the National Reining Horse Association […]

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