Country Festival Survival Kit

    Essentials for attending country music festivals this summer.

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    Determining Towing Capacity

    Here's how to ensure you get what you need when it comes to trucks and towing capacity.

    Determining Towing Capacity Determining Towing Capacity

    Doc West: Hat Crimes & Courage

    On the straw and felt hat seasons and the real meaning of courage – John Wayne style.

    Doc West: Hat Crimes & Courage Doc West: Hat Crimes & Courage

    Guy Weadick Days 2016

    Bringing back the Pro Rodeo.

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    Falkland Pro Rodeo Results

    Sam Kelts climbing the ladder on both sides of the border

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    Q’s & A’s With Stampede Royalty

    We have a look into the life of the second Stampede Royalty Princess Chelsey.

    Q’s & A’s With Stampede Royalty Q's & A's With Stampede Royalty


Country Festival Survival Kit

Craven Country Jamboree, Craven, SK.

Craven Country Jamboree, Craven, SK.


Summer music festivals are a blast and may be a highlight of the season. But they can go downhill very fast if you don’t have the right essentials. With a long list of country music festivals happening this summer like Craven Country Jamboree, held in Craven, SK on July 14-17 (featuring Eric Church, Alabama, Kacey Musgraves and the Zac Brown Band!) or the inaugural Country Thunder in Calgary, AB at Prairie Winds Park on August 19-21 (headlining Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Chris Janson, Big & Rich, and more!), you’ll want our list of hacks to make your experience that much better.



The smell of sunscreen isn’t always fragrant, especially if you need to douse yourself in it to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. So why not get an amazing smelling sunscreen that can also double as a perfume or body spray? Sun Bum makes the perfect sun protection (that also smells amazing) and is available in travel size. You can find scents such as mango, pineapple and jasmine, fresh lavender or banana coconut daiquiri.


Don’t rely completely on your cell phone to communicate, while at an outdoor festival. Often, cell service slows or Wi-Fi stops completely. It may something to do with population density and overloaded networks. Plan accordingly. Walkie-talkies can be a concert lifesaver – especially if you want to split up from your group to see different bands or singers.


Backseat Air Mattress

If you prefer to camp in a car instead of a tent, these nifty amazing mattresses that fit the back seat of your car. This way you can still get a pretty good sleep – depending on if people party through the night in your camping area, without the worry of falling off the back seat of your car.

The Full Suite


Head Torch

Sometimes, walking back to camp in the dark after a night of partying can be somewhat difficult – especially if there is no light to guide the way. It’s always handy to pack a head torch to make that lovely walk back to camp much more safe and enjoyable.



Fringe Fanny Packs

When anyone thinks of fanny packs, it’s likely to recall the ugly models of the 80’s and 90’s. Thankfully, fanny packs have been revamped to stylish, new country designs. A functional and fashionable fringe fanny pack could be the icing on the cake for your festival outfit, especially because it will hold all your necessities. Providing you with peace of mind from losing something important.


Lip Balm

Lip balm is always important, especially if the festival is in a really dry, hot place. You could opt go for your typical cherry chapstick, but why not try something a little different? Long Winter Farms has created all kinds of unique lip balms and “Pony Breath” – with its apples and sugar cubes fragrance – is one of them.

Polaroid Camera

Polaroid cameras are a must have if you want genuine pictures of the memories you had at the festival. Sure you can use your iPhone or Android, but its not the same as a polaroid. You can easily get your pictures within a minute ans decorate your campsite with all the crazy adventure you had during the festival.

Temporary Metallic Tattoos

A fun accessory that will bring any outfit to another level is Metallic temporary tattoos. You can get everything to feathers, Aztec patterns and much more. The metallic shade will glimmer in the sun add more pizazz to an outfit. A Bonus about them is that they only last 4-6 days. Under $10



If you have all these essentials and some of these fun accessories you’ll be sure to have a memorable time at any music festival you go to! Be sure to see our July/August Western Horse Review for a full summer line-up of country music festivals and gatherings!




Determining Towing Capacity

Wainalta Motors...

Wainalta Motors has the experience and inventory horse owners need, when purchasing a towing vehicle.


Are you in the market for a new truck? When it comes to vehicles built for hauling livestock, there’s a lot to consider. How do you determine the right kind of a truck for your needs? Wainalta Motors has been serving clients since 1962, carrying new Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge vehicles as well as a wide selection of used inventory. Their staff has knowledgeable and personal experience in the hauling of horses and truly understands what’s riding in the back. In this blog, Wainalta Motors answers several of our questions about towing capacity and the changing world of trucks. Here’s what they had to say.


Q. If I want a vehicle that can tow a 4-horse + Living Quarters gooseneck trailer? And For Ex: If I just need a vehicle that can tow a 2-horse bumper pull?

A. It all comes down to two important factors; 1) how much you’re pulling and; 2) how often you’re pulling that weight. If you find yourself pulling a heavy trailer like a living quarters option, you’ll want to get into a 3500 dually. This would make pulling the LQ, a breeze. The 3500 Ram dually has the highest towing capacity while still getting you the best fuel mileage because your truck doesn’t have to work as hard.

For the 2-horse bumper pull, a 1500 would be more than enough to pull it, but this is where the question of how often are you pulling it comes in. If you’re pulling once every 3 months and just mainly using the truck to get back and forth from work or city trips, the best bet is the Ram 1500, however if you’re pulling all the time you should consider stepping up to a 2500 Ram or 3500 Ram to save money on fuel in the long run.

Q. What does GVWR stand for? (What does it mean?) How do I know I have the proper towing capacity I need?

A. GVWR stands for Gross Vehicle Weight Rating which is the maximum operating weight/mass of a vehicle, as specified by the manufacturer including the vehicle’s chassis, body, engine, engine fluids, fuel, accessories, driver, passengers and cargo but excluding that of any trailers.

It’s important to understand that GVWR isn’t towing capacity – GVWR is the max your vehicle should weigh according to manufacturer’s specifications. GCWR is the maximum allowable combined mass of a towing road vehicle, passengers and cargo in the tow vehicle, plus the mass of the trailer and cargo in the trailer.

The easiest way to check what the capacities of your vehicle would be is to look in your owner’s manual. They also have the GVWR listed on the sticker by the VIN on the driver side door. If however, you want something more specific to your vehicle’s options, you can always call us with your VIN and we would be happy to find out exactly what your vehicle is capable of.

Q. The world is changing – are there any features on trucks today that can help me feel better about my carbon footprint? Is there such a thing as an electric truck, powerful enough to tow livestock?

A. Ram is constantly improving their vehicles. With the introduction of the 1500 Ecodiesel you can get up to 8.4L/100km in realistic driving conditions. Less fuel consumption means a lower carbon footprint. The Ram also has the diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) system which works with a catalyst to reduce nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions. There isn’t an electric truck yet powerful enough to tow. Perhaps we will see one in the future.



Q. What are some 2016/2017 features coming out in Ram Trucks that may add to the comfort my family can benefit from while traveling?

A. Ram offers a ton of comfort features from navigation built right into the console, to heated and ventilated seats. Push-button fold-able mirrors for those tight spaces, built in remote start works with the diesel preheat in the winter, and if you want even more options, you can get automatic windshield wipers and automatic high beams.

IMG_2252Q. Tell us about the back-up camera? How can it assist with hooking up a trailer?

A. If you ever went to back up to a trailer and had to jump in and out 5-7 times, then you’re in luck. The Ram offers two different back up cameras one for backing up to a bumper pull and one that shows the box of your truck. Both of them make hooking up to a trailer a breeze.

Park-assistQ. Are there any park assist / collision prevention / self-driving features available in Ram trucks?

A. The Ram trucks currently offer front and rear park assist. This is a device that senses objects in front or behind the vehicle. It alerts the driver with a tone increasing with volume and frequency, the closer you get to any object. This in conjunction with the backup camera means for less chance of having a fender-bender.

Q. What other safety features can you tell me about in the latest Ram truck models?

A. The big one everyone is talking about right now is distracted driving – and Ram has a solution for it. It offers a hands-free system build right into the interior that can sync up to your phone. It allows a driver to answer calls, or even have texts read aloud to you while you’re driving. Altogether, the system allows you to keep your eyes on the road

Q. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

A. We deliver all over Alberta and Saskatchewan. If you have any questions about vehicle tow rating or want to know if you need to trade up to something that can pull better, don’t hesitate to give us a call we’re here to help! (780) 842-4471


Doc West: Hat Crimes & Courage

Hat-CrimeIllustration by Dave Elston

Q: I attended a western horse event mid-Autumn, and was chided by a rather stylish appearing mature woman for wearing a straw hat in the middle of October. Now, I know the old-time rule: felt is worn between Labour day and the May long weekend, and straw in between, but my question is . . . is it really necessary to abide by this rather outdated – in my mind – fashion statute of western etiquette in the 21st century?

 A: Necessity my friend, is a relative term. There are few items in the culture of the West that carry the same iconic weight as the cowboy hat. As an old cowboy saying goes, “It’s the last thing you take off and the first thing that is noticed.” First designed in 1865 by John B. Stetson, the “Boss of the Plains” were originally all felt of some variety, worn by cowboys from the North Saskatchewan all the way to the Rio Grande. Straws and palm leafs followed to add comfort and coolness for those southwestern cowboys working in the Texas Panhandle heat.

As straw hats gained popularity, they were found to be superior in the heat of the summer, protecting from heat and sun while felt hats were generally worn in winter (protecting from moisture and cold). Eventually this evolved and crystalized into the ‘Labour Day/May long weekend’ customary switch. Now, here in Canada, you will see northern cowboys wearing felt on cooler days past the May long weekend or alternatively our southern cousins wearing a straw well past Labour Day. Many working cowboys in Canada wear a felt year round, while a cowpuncher in New Mexico might own only straws or palm leafs.

So, no it’s not necessary. 

However, as I stated, necessity is relative. It never hurts to respect long standing western traditions and wearing the correct hat at the correct time of year will help you with that. More important than the felt/straw rule is to pay attention to the manufacture, shape and condition of your hat. Make sure your hat doesn’t look like you drove over it with a skidster. Mud, slop and other organic matter on your hat is not cool and does not make you a real cowboy. Ladies, please try to avoid the ‘bar star’ leopard print and zebra stripe hats with chin strings. For the fellas, the black crushable $9.99 ‘felties’ and the Corona straw beach hats are a ‘no no’ in the real West.

Finally, whether you wear felt or straw, or something else, the cardinal sin is a cowboy hat worn backwards. Frontend front, backend back – and in Alberta, that goes for you too, Premier Notley.

Q: What exactly, do you think John Wayne meant when he said, “Courage is being scared to death – and saddling up anyway?”

A: John Wayne had a way of breathing American realism into English abstraction. Before Hollywood began to influence western culture at the turn of the 20th century, courage was the exclusive realm of gilded knights with pleasant sounding Wessex accents and impeccable manners. Whether it was St. George slaying a dragon or King Arthur with Lancelot and Galahad charging down upon Saxon invaders, courage was a lofty ideal for great men, in a far, far away land.

However, in the early 1900’s, in the New World, in a new continent, and an unfamiliar and dangerous country, a brand-new mythology began to evolve, one shaped by the vast expanse of the American West. Courage was slowly but surely redefined, largely by ordinary men doing ordinary things. Every slouched-back cowpuncher, every bent-back sod buster, every crooked-back card speeler was just as fine a gentlemen as England’s most grand heroes, and equally courageous. Staking a claim in the Klondike, maintaining a trap line off the North Saskatchewan, saddling a green colt in the Texas Panhandle, or even stepping one foot from civilization into the abyss of endless prairie to do anything, simply anything at all, alone, took courage. The West didn’t change the idea of courage – it individualized it, as it individualized most everything. Every man who climbed into a saddle, and most men climbed into a saddle every day, faced some version of personal risk. Being scared, and saddling up anyway, was a necessity to life in the American West. It was okay to be scared, you saddled up nonetheless, and that took courage. 

Today the analogy of “saddling up” is all but lost to the modern urbanized hipster, irrespective of the frontier beard and woodsman flannel. Yet the idea that courage is not some high falutin’ ideal from folklore, but instead is real, and dirty and smells of rust and sweat and is both ordinary and exceptional at the same time – that lives on. And we can thank John Wayne for it.

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Guy Weadick Days 2016

Deomostration of Roman Riding during Guy Weadick Days Media day.

  HIGH RIVER, AB – Saddle up and get ready to experience Guy Weadick Days like you have never before, taking place June, 24th- 26th, at the High River Agricultural Society Grounds. The High River Ag. Society, together with C5 Rodeo Company, will bring forward a professional rodeo, World Professional Chuckwagon action and a variety […]

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Falkland Pro Rodeo Results

Photo by Mike Copeman

FALKLAND, B.C. – The rain might have been pouring down this May Long Weekend as the Falkland Stampede took place, but Saddle Bronc Rider Sam Kelts found the sunny side of the weekend’s weather forecast. Heavy rains left the Falkland Stampede wet and muddy but Kelts says the sun peaked through the clouds during his […]

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Q’s & A’s With Stampede Royalty

Photo by Laura Parry of Wildheart Photography.

  Western Horse Review sat down with Chelsey, the second Calgary Stampede princess about her experiences, her stampede horse, beauty, learning experiences and much more about her exciting life experience as Stampede royalty! Can you please tell me what has been one of your most memorable experiences of being part of the royalty to date? […]

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Q & A With Stampede Royalty

Photo by Laura Parry of Wildheart Photography.

  Western Horse Review sat down with Bailee recently – one of the Calgary Stampede princesses – about her experiences, her Stampede horse, beauty tips, learning experiences and much more about her exciting life experience as Stampede royalty! Can you please tell me what has been one of your most memorable experiences of being part […]

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Doc West – Distracted Texting & Cutting 101

Illustration by Dave Elston

Welcome to the inaugural column of Doc West – our no-holds barred, brand new column on modern western culture. Watch each print edition for the latest sage advice for the lost and lonely gunsel, and this column for the occasional reprise of the print edition. Q: It seems like everywhere you look today, people have […]

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Emergency Aid Needed for Equine Community


  In light of the wildfires in Fort McMurray, AB, Equine Canada (EC) would like to share the following update from the Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) with the Canadian equestrian community: The Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) greatly appreciates the outpour of support of the Alberta equine community and have been assembling a growing list of […]

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