• A Riding Safari

      BY INGRID SCHULZ It’s hard to beat life in the West. Ours, after all is an unparalleled view – one of greatness and freedom, fiery blue skies, magnificent mountains and earthy plains. In our rein hands lie the exhilaration of a run down the fence, the adrenaline rush from the back of a cutting horse,… [Continue Reading]

      A Riding Safari
    • Get Ready for More Heartland!

      BY JENN WEBSTER Have you heard? There will be a season #13 of Heartland! For all you Heartland fans out there, Season 12 airs Sundays at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT) on CBC and CBC Gem through early April. The current and past seasons are available on-demand on the free CBC Gem streaming service. But if… [Continue Reading]

      Get Ready for More Heartland!
    • The Timelessness of Fringe

      By Guest Blogger ALEESHA HARRIS Fringe is as much a part of cowboy culture as, say, denim and roper-heeled boots. While various tasseled styles, many of which have origins in First Nations culture, where fringe was first introduced as functional elements of design (the long strips of suede or leather worked to wick rainwater away… [Continue Reading]

      The Timelessness of Fringe
    • DOC WEST – Ranch Roping

      Doc West returns with his sage advice for the lost and lonely gunsel. Q. Doc West, explain if you will, the nuances of difference between ranch roping and team roping? A. The answer to this question if asked a few years ago would have been as simple as team roping is what the cowboys do… [Continue Reading]

      DOC WEST – Ranch Roping
    • Kevin Costner Among Notable Honorees Appearing at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s 2019 Western Heritage Awards®

      Annual ceremony recognizing outstanding contributions to Western culture will also honor Michael Martin Murphey, Howard Keel and Clark McEntire. OKLAHOMA CITY — The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will host the 59th annual Western Heritage Awards, April 12 – 13, 2019, in celebration of creative works in literature, music, film and television that reflect the significant… [Continue Reading]

      Kevin Costner Among Notable Honorees Appearing at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s 2019 Western Heritage Awards®
    • 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

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A Riding Safari

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BY INGRID SCHULZ

It’s hard to beat life in the West. Ours, after all is an unparalleled view – one of greatness and freedom, fiery blue skies, magnificent mountains and earthy plains. In our rein hands lie the exhilaration of a run down the fence, the adrenaline rush from the back of a cutting horse, or a barrel equine, or almost any rodeo animal, while out of the competitive arena and out on the range, in the mountains, the prairie – our vista of a view, wide and endless – is unequalled in the world.

Except, perhaps . . . in South Africa.

The Triple B Ranch, near Waterberg, South Africa was settled by the pioneering Baber family over a century ago, and today, several outfits offer adventure-based horseback safaris into the grounds of the 20,000 acre ranch. Horizon Horseback is one such company. Established in 1993, it is based in the malaria-free Waterberg Biosphere Reserve in northern South Africa, an unspoiled part of the country with varied topography, from bushveld savannah, to rocky outcrops and mountains. Over the years they have developed a collection of horse riding safaris which offer not only close encounters with game, but also a diverse range of other rewarding riding experiences: polocrosse, western games, jumping, cattle mustering (Africa-speak for round-ups) and swimming with your horse.

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Loping across the grasslands of a 100-year-old cattle ranch in South Africa, with herds of giraffe and wildebeest in your peripheral is a pretty decent equal to our Wild West. Weave in evenings with the endless song of the cicada, the smells of the land permeating your tent, and just outside of the canvas walls of your luxury tent – the stars running over the sky, and impetuously the idea of falling in love with another land becomes a plausibility. For Africa is a special land. And, seeing it by horseback could be nothing less than magical.

Safaris in Africa are an intimate experience: there is simply no better way of taking in the African bush, than by horseback. Becoming part of a herd of zebra as they canter across the plains, or quietly approaching a browsing giraffe or basking hippo is a truly amazing feeling. Perhaps it is just as author and African coffee plantation owner, Karen Blixen wrote in her love story, Out of Africa: “You know you are truly alive when you are living among lions.”

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Sample Eight-Day Itinerary

Day One: land at Johannesburg International and transfer to Camp Davidson. Meet your safari horse. Day Two: ride out to track herds of giraffe, zebra, eland, wildebeest, kudu and impala. Day Three: visit the historic Baber homestead for a poolside lunch, followed by a culture tour with a trip into the local village. Finish off with dinner under the stars back at camp. Day Four: a big-five (rhino, lion, elephant, buffalo and leopard) game day with afternoon craft workshop visit back at the Triple B. Day Five: a last ride through the reserve soaking up the sights and the sounds of the African bush at sunrise. Day Six: Now in the Tuli block, renowned for its large herds of elephant, as well as antelope, zebra, fox, jackal, hyena and the big cats. Later ride along the Limpopo River. Day Seven: The option of a game day drive, more riding in the reserve, or a visit to a local village to mesh with the locals. Day Eight: after a last morning ride, a quick breakfast and drive back to Johannesburg.

Cost: $323.00 per person per night based dependent on current exchange rate. Land transfers extra and flights to South Africa not included.

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BIO – Thank-you to Patricia Blanchard for providing us with the research and details for this trip. Blanchard is an independent advisor with Travel Professionals International. She moved to Calgary in 1993 from Newfoundland and has always had a passion for travel and helping others. She made the leap to being a travel agent and is now doing travel full-time from Chestermere, AB. Blanchard has contended in both reining and western pleasure since moving to Alberta but now has just one retired horse. She loves to ride her Harley and travels at any opportunity. For more info please visit: tpi.ca/PatriciaBlanchardTPI/

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Get Ready for More Heartland!

Photo credit: Andrew Bako. Courtesy of CBC. 

BY JENN WEBSTER

Have you heard? There will be a season #13 of Heartland! For all you Heartland fans out there, Season 12 airs Sundays at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT) on CBC and CBC Gem through early April. The current and past seasons are available on-demand on the free CBC Gem streaming service. But if that isn’t enough, recently we had the opportunity to interview Amber Marshall. In a Q & A-style dialogue, here are a few highlights from that visit:

Q. What’s next for the characters or the show? What is something you would like to see within the show in the next few years?

AMBER – My favorite aspect about season 12 is the “togetherness” between Amy, Ty and Lindy. We’ve seen them go through ups and downs and we’ve watched them focus on building a business together. It’s really great for fans to see them working together towards a common dream. And to see them as parents.

This year we introduced “Luke,” a troubled kid who comes to Heartland to escape the troubles of his own life on weekends and spend time with Ty. It’s a neat dynamic between these characters. Ty gets to witness some of his past through this young child. And he is able to help the child because of what Ty has gone through.

In their loft home above the Heartland barn, Amy (Amber Marshall), Ty (Graham Wardle) and their daughter Lyndy (Ruby/Emmanuella Spencer). Photo credit: Andrew Bako. Courtesy of CBC.

Georgie is with a new jumping trainer this season and we see her reaching new levels. That’s exciting! That’s one thing I love about Heartland, the fact that we cover so many different disciplines. Amy is more western but Georgie is more English. Alisha Newton herself, is a really talented English rider, whereas, and I’m more western. The writers of the show picked up on that. That’s going to make the stories more real and make us as actors, interact in better in our roles better.

Ep. 1210 | Alisha Newton stars as Georgie, seen here with her horse Phoenix, on Heartland. | Air date: Sun, March 31 at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT) | Photo credit: Andrew Bako.

Q. You have been a contributing producer to the show for about five years now. What do you like about that position?

AMBER – I love what I can contribute to the show in terms of practical horse sense. We feature so many different horse aspects on the show. Sometimes an idea is brought up and although I may really love the idea, I will often speak up about how I feel the idea can be accomplished. Our writers do an extreme amount of research and they are very talented, but often they have never owned a horse or experienced the day-to-day to life on a ranch. I live this life on a ranch. And I’m always trying to create the most real experiences I can for Heartland. Whenever something happens interesting in my life, I take it to the writers. Sometimes that say say “Great!” Other times they think about it.

However, my absolute favorite part about that role of contributing producer is, I attend all the meetings ahead of time and go through a step-by-step process to create the show. There is so much prep-work before we ever begin filming! There are weeks put in with the directors and writers in finding locations, the right horses, and the right aspects for the upcoming scenes. There is so much time put into prep, that make our days on set run smoothly. But if the prep not done properly, it doesn’t run smoothly at all. All these things must be choreographed. I think my favorite part about the producer role is that I get to understand all those steps. I’m no longer blind to why certain decisions have been made before we get there. I get to understand everything that goes into making the show.

Ep. 1210 | Amber Marshall stars as Amy Fleming on Heartland. | Air date: Sun, March 31 at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT) | Photo credit: Andrew Bako

Q. Will any of our favourite character horses make an appearance in season 12?

AMBER – I loved working with the mare and foal in season 12! We do get to see them in the wild herd. Of course, Amy wants to check up with them in herd! There’s also a really great story with a Thoroughbred racehorse owned by Lisa Stillman. We also see more of Spartan, who Amy is penning on in the future! Geogie has a great season with Pheonix. And we do introduce new palomino.

Q. You are very involved with many of the horsemanship and stunts on the show – is there any particular new discipline, sport, or type of horse that you would like to see on an upcoming episode of Heartland?

AMBER – Over the last 12 years, we have covered so many disciplines; jousting, mounted archery, every discipline in the book. One thing we’ve never done however is, mounted shooting – but that would be neat. I also think a seeing eye pony would be cool. We really try to reach out and try new disciplines to show the world.

I’ve had so many people come up to me over the years and tell me, “Heartland has inspired me to get on a horse and take lessons!” at whatever age they might be. And they do!

My grandmother even rode her very first horse at the age of 80 because she was inspired by Heartland. It was on her bucket list. She actually took lessons for over a year and now every year, she comes out to my ranch to ride with us on the trails. She’s in her mid-80s!

A CBC original series, HEARTLAND is produced by Seven24 Films and Dynamo Films, and stars Amber Marshall, Michelle Morgan, Graham Wardle, Chris Potter, Shaun Johnston and Alisha Newton. 

Find HEARTLAND online:

Stream all episodes | CBC.ca/Heartland

facebook.com/CBCHeartland | @HeartlandOnCBC

#iloveheartlandinstagram.com/Official_HeartlandonCBC

The Timelessness of Fringe

Photo by Callaghan Creative Co.

By Guest Blogger ALEESHA HARRIS

Fringe is as much a part of cowboy culture as, say, denim and roper-heeled boots. While various tasseled styles, many of which have origins in First Nations culture, where fringe was first introduced as functional elements of design (the long strips of suede or leather worked to wick rainwater away from the body, for example) — these days, they are largely centred around making a fashion statement.


From jackets and chaps, to accent-hemmed skirts and even tassel-adorned handbags, fringe is one of the most identifiable elements of western wear today.

Photo by McKenzie Fotos.


But it’s not just riders who are buying into the look.


Thanks to the growing popularity in recent seasons of what’s being referred to by many fashion magazines as the “Americana” trend, fringed fashions have reemerged in mainstream style, as well. Several designers, such as the American brands Calvin Klein and Coach and the French brand CELINE, began prominently featuring fringe designs during their Spring/Summer 2018 collection shows. Appearing in various forms, from soft strands that fluttered in the breeze, to bold swaths of fabric swinging from the hem of mini dresses, the message was made clear: fringe has gone mainstream.

Photo by McKenzie Fotos.


And, ongoing appearances in the latest collections showed on the runways in recent months during fashion weeks in Milan, New York and Paris proves that it’s here to stay. And, fringe isn’t the only element of Western wear that’s seeping into mainstream fashion in 2019.


High fashion brands like CHANEL, Gucci and Dior have touched on elements of equestrian culture in recent seasons — moving away from more predictable influences of English riding styles such as polished field boots and sharply tailored hunt coats — instead, showcasing western-inspired elements such as prairie dresses, handkerchief neckties, yolked button-down shirts, denim-on-denim, cowboy boots and more.

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.


And the proliferation of such pieces has surely led to an increase in Hollywood celebrities popping up wearing the trend including Gwen Stefani, Kendall Jenner and  Rosie Huntington-Whitely, further introducing the western aesthetic to a broader audience of fashion fans.

Gwen Stefani at a recent performance in Las Vegas, NV. Photo by @imalazyj


So, while these  influences have enjoyed a long history of appearing and reappearing in mainstream fashion throughout the years, it’s safe to say that these western wear pieces are sure to continue to leave an impression on fashion, this year and beyond.

DOC WEST – Ranch Roping

Doc West returns with his sage advice for the lost and lonely gunsel. Q. Doc West, explain if you will, the nuances of difference between ranch roping and team roping? A. The answer to this question if asked a few years ago would have been as simple as team roping is what the cowboys do […]

[Continue reading…]

Kevin Costner Among Notable Honorees Appearing at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s 2019 Western Heritage Awards®

Annual ceremony recognizing outstanding contributions to Western culture will also honor Michael Martin Murphey, Howard Keel and Clark McEntire. OKLAHOMA CITY — The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will host the 59th annual Western Heritage Awards, April 12 – 13, 2019, in celebration of creative works in literature, music, film and television that reflect the significant […]

[Continue reading…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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. […]

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