• Ansel, Our Photoshoot Dog

      BY JENN WEBSTER Just in case you’re not on our subscriber list, we thought we should bring you all up to speed on our latest photoshoot, appearing in the Jan/Feb issue of Western Horse Review. Through this publication, I truly believe we are changing the world in a perhaps small, but significant manner. Even via… [Continue Reading]

      Ansel, Our Photoshoot Dog
    • Ringing in 2020

      BY JENN WEBSTER & ALL PHOTOS BY Twisted Tree Photography. Make-up by Ivonne Arsenault of One Beauty, Calgary, ABHair by Michelle Walsh of One Beauty, Calgary, AB How are you ringing in the New Year? We’re skipping the resolutions and the big bash parties this time – instead choosing to spend the evening with friends… [Continue Reading]

      Ringing in 2020
    • Horses with Heart – Sergeant Reckless

      BY DEBBIE MACRAE She was truly a gift of love – her life exchanged for a limb. His sister had stepped on a land mine and $250 meant that Kim Huk Moon could buy her a leg prosthesis. It was the Korean war. But to do so, he had to let his filly go… He… [Continue Reading]

      Horses with Heart – Sergeant Reckless
    • Cowgirl Room Revamp

      Check out this beautiful revamp of a little cowgirl’s bedroom. We are so in love with this room makeover, that is nearly finished! This special cowgirl wanted a farm/ranch/cowgirl theme. Her grandfather assisted in bringing her mother’s vision for her bed come to life. Underneath, the shelves can house books, toys or Breyer horses. In… [Continue Reading]

      Cowgirl Room Revamp
    • Your Winter Home in AZ

      Are you thinking of venturing to Arizona this winter? With blizzards already in full force here in southern Alberta, Siggins Horse Company, located in Eloy, Arizona, is a full service equine facility offering full care board services, team roping practices and jackpots, and much more. Horse training, lessons and horse sales are also part of… [Continue Reading]

      Your Winter Home in AZ
    • Doc West on Rural Crime

      In light of the southern Alberta story of Edouard Maurice who recently filed a counterclaim against the convicted criminal who drove onto the Maurice property south of Okotoks, AB, on Feb. 24, 2018 and rummaged through his vehicles, we thought it might be prudent to run an archive from our Doc West March/April 2017 column.… [Continue Reading]

      Doc West on Rural Crime
    • Ranch Country Horse Sale 2019

      The 15th Annual Ranch Country Horse Sale Inc. (RCH Sale) was held at the Maple Creek, SK, Agricultural Grounds, on Saturday, Sept 14th, 2019. The Ranch Country Horse Sale members include the Perrins, the Parsonages, and the Bertrams. The High Selling Saddle Horse was Lot #47, MM Docs Cowboy, a 2015 buckskin gelding consigned by… [Continue Reading]

      Ranch Country Horse Sale 2019
    • Behind the Scenes

      BY JENN WEBSTER The Western Horse Review fall fashion shoot didn’t go as planned. Originally centered around a specific location, the Sept/Oct. photojournalism piece was forced in a new direction when Mother Nature rained us out. Which in turn, forced us to move the shoot location. There was however, a beautiful consolation in moving the… [Continue Reading]

      Behind the Scenes

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Ansel, Our Photoshoot Dog

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

BY JENN WEBSTER

Just in case you’re not on our subscriber list, we thought we should bring you all up to speed on our latest photoshoot, appearing in the Jan/Feb issue of Western Horse Review. Through this publication, I truly believe we are changing the world in a perhaps small, but significant manner. Even via western fashion photoshoots.

One of the ways we are doing that this issue, is by bringing your attention to the Heaven Can Wait Animal Rescue Foundation out of High River, AB. WHR readers have probably noticed, fashion photoshoots have become an important part of our editorial over the last few years. This issue was no exception. The only difference this time was that we included “Ansel,” the Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute-mix, seen in the spread you can find starting on page 46. (Trust me, you’re gonna want to renew your subscription if you haven’t already: www.westernhorsereview.com).

A sneak peek of the Jan/Feb 2020 Photoshoot, featuing “Ansel” and “Pickles” the pony. Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

With a western winter and skijor theme, Ansel fit right in. He even made friends with “Pickles,” the pony belonging to my kids who casually walked inside the mansion we used for our shoot location, like she had done it a million times before. (Gotta love good-minded animals!)

Now here’s the real story. Ansel is the survivor of an atrocious hoarding situation that occurred in Milk River, AB, five years ago. He was one of 201 dogs seized by the Alberta SPCA from a property occupied by April Dawn Irving, 59. Animals found there were malnourished and dehydrated, with parasites and filthy, matted fur. Some had broken bones and gaping wounds. Five dead dogs were also found on the property.

Heaven Can Wait provided emergency care for Ansel and three other huskies, as well as three Komondors and an Irish Wolfhound. All eight were brought to health – treated for parasites, vaccinated, spayed and neutered, groomed, and fed with supplements for weight gain and coat health. After being worked with and having their personalities assessed, they were adopted into loving homes.

Ansel is now thriving and was a pleasant addition to our photoshoot. Aged six, he lives with a Calgary, AB couple and a Siberian husky companion. He is affectionate and healthy, and loves his home comforts and outdoor adventures.

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

Heaven Can Wait is a no-kill shelter and serves a wide area of rural communities in southern Alberta including farms, ranches and acreages. It has approximately 40 dogs and 150 cats in its care. Many are available for adoption, although some are considered sanctuary animals due to health or behavioural issues. The rescue has an ongoing need for donations – its biggest expense is veterinary care. For information on how to help and details of adoptable animals, visit www.heavencanwait.ca or follow their Facebook page.

We learned in December 2019 that sentencing in the Milk River case was delivered at Lethbridge Provincial Court. Irving was banned for life from owning animals in Alberta after pleading guilty to four counts of causing an animal to be in distress. Although issued $15,000 in fines, she did not have to pay due to time served in custody.

Ringing in 2020

BY JENN WEBSTER & ALL PHOTOS BY Twisted Tree Photography.

Make-up by Ivonne Arsenault of One Beauty, Calgary, AB
Hair by Michelle Walsh of One Beauty, Calgary, AB

How are you ringing in the New Year? We’re skipping the resolutions and the big bash parties this time – instead choosing to spend the evening with friends and family and the genuine people in our lives.

Here’s what our evening will look like:

Friends gathered, with drinks in hand, dressed to the nines in the amazing western lifestyle clothing now being offered at Lammle’s Western Wear.

(From Left to Right): Cruel Denim horse print burgundy women’s shirt, $79.95; Cruel shimmer duster with lace, $89.95; Rock & Roll Cowgirl Take No Bull striped women’s blouse, $79.95; Rock & Roll Cowgirl velvet bell bottom women’s leggings, $59.95; Tuf Cooper performance stretch poplin brown and cream men’s shirt, $74.95; Powder River Outfitters wool heather men’s charcoal vest, $119.95; Tribal stretch velvet burgundy rose women’s shirt, $69.95; Miss Me Abstract Life bootcut women’s jeans, $149.95; (Sitting in Front) Ariat Showtime Ancho Chile women’s top, $69.95; Ariat Lady Luck bomber White Sands women’s jacket, $109.95; and Scully floral embroidered western sport coat, $239.95; Stetson Diamond Dot burgundy print men’s shirt, $89.95.

There will be lots of food. Mostly appetizers, so people can visit and graze as they go by. Finger food is the perfect compliment for a New Year’s Eve get together. Like these chicken schnitzel and smoked salmon sliders, prepared for us by Chef Mike Edgar:

Or this plate of Arancini, which are small balls of rice stuffed with a savory filling, coated in breadcrumbs, and fried.

Or this delicious Prosciutto & Melon Caprese Salad…

Prosciutto & Melon Caprese Salad
INGREDIENTS:
• Prosciutto x 10 slices
• 1/2 cantaloupe thinly sliced
• 1/2 honeydew thinly sliced
• 5 Red vine tomatoes quartered
• 5 balls buffalo mozzarella quartered
• Fresh figs cut in half x 5
• Fresh nectarines quartered
• Fresh basil leaves x 10
• Fresh mint leaves x 10
• Extra virgin olive oil
• Aged balsamic vinegar
• Salt & Pepper

METHOD: Randomly place Prosciutto, tomato, cheese, melon, figs, nectarines, mint, basil on your choice of serving platter. Drizzle with oil and vinegar so that everything on the board has a bit of each on it. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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Before the daylight fades away, we’ll grab the horses and our skies or snowboards and charge out for a little bit of skijoring fun.

And then, it’s time to warm up a bit around the fire…

There is nothing more comfortable than Manitobah Mukluks when you simply want to unwind.

Of course – if you know us – we usually get a second wind around 9:00 pm. So then it’s time to pull out the cocktail dresses and boots…

All dresses from Blondie Boutique. Jewelry by RKR Jewelry. On Him, outfit all from Cody & Sioux. Boots all from Alberta Boot Co.; (LEFT) Blue / Gray Python ladies boots, $785; (ON HIM) Peanut Brittle Alligator men’s boots, $1,800; (RIGHT) Electric Blue Lizard ladies boots, $975.

And when New Year’s Eve finally winds down, there’s nothing better than a hot bath and a whiskey.

Wishing you all a wonderful and safe New Year’s Eve!

Horses with Heart – Sergeant Reckless

Reckless with her main caretaker, US Marine Sergeant Joseph Latham.

BY DEBBIE MACRAE

She was truly a gift of love – her life exchanged for a limb. His sister had stepped on a land mine and $250 meant that Kim Huk Moon could buy her a leg prosthesis. It was the Korean war. But to do so, he had to let his filly go… He cried.

Purchased as a pack horse on October 26, 1952, the little filly was originally named Ah Chim Hai. The translation in Korean is “Morning Flame” or “Flame of the Morning.” Moon called her Flame. She was thought to be of Mongolian blood, but she did have some Thoroughbred similarities. She weighed less than 900 pounds and stood only 56 inches or 14 hands high.

As a pack-horse, she would learn to carry 24 pound shells for recoilless rifles used by the Recoilless Rifle Platoon of the 5th Marine Regiment of the Anti-Tank Company, 1st Marine Division. Her name, Flame, was modified to reflect a contraction of the name Recoilless – and she became known to the Marines as “Reckless” – quickly becoming part of the unit and creeping into their tents, their hearts – and their meals – eating everything from scrambled eggs to potato chips and drinking Coca-Cola and beer with the best of them. At one point, she consumed about $30 in poker chips! Not your usual equine fare.

Reckless was taught to be a Marine. She was trained in battlefield survival skills; she would lie down under fire. She knew not to become entangled in barbed wire. On hearing the cry “Incoming!”, she learned to run for a bunker – and even appeared to take interest in the operation of the rifles she was carrying. She learned to deliver the guns and shells to the front lines, and when learning a new route, required to be led only a few times before she learned the route on her own. There was a standing order not to ride her, but on one occasion that order was violated and Reckless sprinted through a minefield with her mount, surviving in spite of her rider.

During the Battle of Outpost Vegas on Vegas Hill in March of 1953, she made 51 solo trips in one day, covering over 35 miles and carrying over 9,000 pounds of ammunition – rider-less, no lead, under fire. She travelled through rice paddies and steep mountain ridges, carrying her load; sometimes guns, sometimes ammunition, even the wounded. They would tie them on, send them back down, and at the bottom, they would turn her around, slap her rump and she would head out again.

The whole battle lasted 3 days. She was wounded twice. At the end of the battle her fellow Marines were so grateful for her service, they offered her a beer, which she drank down lustily, like a true soldier, and begged for more.

Sergeant Reckless beside 75 mm recoilless rifle, circa 1952 – 1955, Andrew Geer, Public Domain.

On one occasion, Reckless approached a group of Marines, and nuzzled one unsuspecting marine on the back of the neck, nipping him in the process. He jumped and started screaming obscenities at her yelling at a Marine Lieutenant to remove the nag from his presence. The Lieutenant blasted the marine, “That horse has done more for the United States Marine Corps than you have, or ever will do. And besides, she outranks you. If I ever hear you talking to that horse like that again, I’m going to have you written up and court-martialed.” 1 Sgt. Reckless, America’s War Horse by Robin Hutton

Her role didn’t end on the front lines. She packed telephone lines for her platoon – stringing as much wire on her own, as 12 men on foot. She was the first horse in the Marine Corps to have engaged in an amphibious landing.

Her platoon played on her “Reckless” reputation, challenging Kentucky Derby contender, Native Dancer, to a “Paddy Derby” on the “Upsan Downs,” over a 1.5 mile course of rice paddies and hills, carrying 192 pounds of ammunition and no riders. Their challenge went unrequited, although Native Dancer would come in second in the Kentucky Derby, thereafter winning the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, and the Belmont Stakes in New York. All in good fun, Sergeant Reckless won her own red and gold blanket with insignia, and was promoted again to staff sergeant (E-6) on August 31, 1959 at Camp Pendleton, California, where she was honored with a twenty-one-gun salute and a 1,700-man parade of Marines.

Reckless was a hero. She was awarded two purple hearts, and the battle of Outpost Vegas prompted a promotion to the official rank of Sergeant for the only animal, before or since, in history.

Sergeant Reckless was retired from active service with full military honors in 1960. Her Marine Corps documents provided her with free room and board in lieu of retirement pay. She was treated like the VIP she was, well cared for and respected. She bore two colts and two fillies, at Camp Pendleton, the last of which survived only a month.

Eight years after her retirement, Reckless would injure herself, ironically by falling into a barbed wire fence. She died under sedation for treatment at approximately 19 or 20-years-old.

As we approach the Anniversary of Remembrance on November 11th, we salute our war heroes, and war horses, with honor and respect for the service they have offered in the protection of our countries, our front lines, and our troops.

Sergeant Reckless is honored with a statue by sculptor Jocelyn Russell in Semper Fidelis Memorial Park at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, a memorial at Camp Pendleton, as well as a monument at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.

Cowgirl Room Revamp

Check out this beautiful revamp of a little cowgirl’s bedroom. We are so in love with this room makeover, that is nearly finished! This special cowgirl wanted a farm/ranch/cowgirl theme. Her grandfather assisted in bringing her mother’s vision for her bed come to life. Underneath, the shelves can house books, toys or Breyer horses. In […]

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Your Winter Home in AZ

Are you thinking of venturing to Arizona this winter? With blizzards already in full force here in southern Alberta, Siggins Horse Company, located in Eloy, Arizona, is a full service equine facility offering full care board services, team roping practices and jackpots, and much more. Horse training, lessons and horse sales are also part of […]

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Doc West on Rural Crime

In light of the southern Alberta story of Edouard Maurice who recently filed a counterclaim against the convicted criminal who drove onto the Maurice property south of Okotoks, AB, on Feb. 24, 2018 and rummaged through his vehicles, we thought it might be prudent to run an archive from our Doc West March/April 2017 column. […]

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Ranch Country Horse Sale 2019

The 15th Annual Ranch Country Horse Sale Inc. (RCH Sale) was held at the Maple Creek, SK, Agricultural Grounds, on Saturday, Sept 14th, 2019. The Ranch Country Horse Sale members include the Perrins, the Parsonages, and the Bertrams. The High Selling Saddle Horse was Lot #47, MM Docs Cowboy, a 2015 buckskin gelding consigned by […]

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Behind the Scenes

BY JENN WEBSTER The Western Horse Review fall fashion shoot didn’t go as planned. Originally centered around a specific location, the Sept/Oct. photojournalism piece was forced in a new direction when Mother Nature rained us out. Which in turn, forced us to move the shoot location. There was however, a beautiful consolation in moving the […]

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Summertime Pasta

BY MIKE EDGAR, PHOTOS BY TWISTED TREE PHOTOGRAPHY With a silky sauce, a beautiful colour palate and all the elements of summer, this fresh pasta dish is a fun twist on a hearty meal. This cheesy, fresh, seasonal dinner showcases just how versatile a noodle dish can be. DOUGH 6 Eggs 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour […]

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