CRPA and Edmonton Northlands Launch New Partnership

    The CFR stays in Edmonton.

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    Canadian Barrel Horse Incentive 2016

    Highlights from the CBHI Futurity & Derby and sale in Ponoka, AB.

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    Moose Jaw Limited Age Cutting Event

    Highlighting the winners of the Limited Age Cutting Event

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    2016 Wild Rose Welsh Pony Show

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    Sleepy Cat

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CRPA and Edmonton Northlands Launch New Partnership

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Photo credit: Mike Copeman, Courtesy of the CPRA.

Excitement was the order of the day as Canadian Professional Rodeo Association and Edmonton Northlands negotiators made it official. The Canadian Finals Rodeo will remain at its traditional home – Northlands Coliseum.

“We’re happy to be back!” noted CPRA Canadian Finals spokesman Jeff Robson. “We’ve enjoyed 43 great years in Edmonton and we’re excited the partnership doesn’t have to end. We’re eagerly anticipating a future with Northlands as we extend our CFR contract for two more years.”

Robson went on to say, “The 2017-18 deal is similar to what we have at present in some respects, but the event will enjoy a new flavour. We’ll streamline a few things. And this is the first of a number of exciting initiatives with Northlands.”

As far as contract specifics, both organizations are still working to confirm details.

“The money for the contestants is relatively close to what it is now. We’re staying with six performances and we’ll tie in 100% with Farm Fair. As far as dates, these will be announced in due course.” indicated Robson.

A new component that both partners are excited about is an endeavour where a reasonable dollar figure will be set aside to give back to rodeo committees. “We value our member rodoes,” emphasized Robson. “We want them to know that. And we’d like to help them be viable on a long term basis.

“We’re positive, moving forward and looking ahead!”

With just 21 days until the 2016 edition of the Canadian Finals Rodeo kicks off, today’s announcement was welcome news for competitors, committees, partners and fans.

Tim Reid, CEO of Edmonton Northlands, echoed Robson’s optimism.

“This is an opportunity to get close to the agriculture industry and showcase its diversity through both Farm Fair International and the CFR,” Reid commented. “The economic impact of the two events is $50 million for the city. It is a great time to be in the Capital region and we look forward to celebrating and growing the western lifestyle.”

Canadian Champion tie-down roper and CPRA board member Alwin Bouchard sees the announcement of the new agreement as a positive for future competitors.

“For me, it gives the kids coming up in my sport a chance to have what I have. It opens the door for rodeo to be even better than it’s been for me.”

2016 ladies barrel racing season leader and three time CFR qualifier, Kirsty White added, “I’m proud of the CPRA, Northlands – everyone involved – for rallying together, overcoming obstacles and getting the relationship happening. And as a member, I’m ecstatic!”

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Canadian Barrel Horse Incentive 2016


Nicole Pana & Streakin N Perks, sired by Signature Perks were the Futurity winners with a 17.481 and earning $30,600. Photo courtesy of CBHI.


This past Thanksgiving weekend (October 6-9) in Ponoka, AB, saw the 2016 rendition of the CBHI Superstakes and CBHA Select Breeders Sale.  With over $195,000 given away, once again the weekend was a realization that this program is headed in the right direction at an amazing pace. Since its inception, the CBHI has grown to over 200 stallions, with co-sanction events in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba; and last weekend in Ponoka boasted one of the biggest Futurity/Derby and open Barrel Racing weekends in Canada aside from the CFR – held in conjunction with one of the most popular sales in western Canada.

Here are some of the top results:

Nicole Pana & Streakin N Perks sired by Signature Perks – 17.481  $30,600,
breeder Joanne Winther  $10,200.
Carman Pozzobon & Rimes Girl sired by Frenchs Hula Guy – 17.529  $10,200, breeder Keri Schweer $3,400.
Lisa Groves & ALG Juno My Rooster sired by Little Lenaroo – 17.629  $6,120, breeder Aaron &  Lisa Groves $2,040.
Rene LeClerq (owner Jodie Neudorf)  Sheza Famous Gem, sired by Frenchs Hula Guy – 17.632  $4,080, breeder Keri Schweer  $1,360.

Carman Pozzobon...

Carman Pozzobon & Ripn Lady sired by Frenchs Hula Guy – 17.314 earned $7,650. Photo courtesy of CBHI.


Carman Pozzobon & Ripn Lady sired by Frenchs Hula Guy – 17.314  $7,650,
breeder Keri Schweer  $2550.
Eileen Willoughby & SR Famous Ta Da Moon sired by Hezgottabefamous –   17.523  $2,550, breeder Doug & Carol Schaffer $850.
Shalayne Lewis & Timetoraisethebar sired by Timeline – 17.537  $1,530,
breeder Rendal & Marti Bishop  $510.
Marci Laye & Unleashed Ta Speed, sired by LDS Unleashed – 17.561 $1,020,
breeder Billy & Marci Laye  $340.

Lynette Brodoway... Photo courtesy of CBHI.

Lynette Brodoway was the Open Average Winner. Photo courtesy of CBHI.



Andrea Udal, main futurity winner. Photo courtesy of CBHI.

Andrea Udal, main futurity winner. Photo courtesy of CBHI.

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The high selling colt was consigned by Sandy Ridge Stallion Station. Photo courtesy of CBHI.

The high selling colt was SR Guysleading Asset, consigned by Sandy Ridge Stallion Station which sold for $16,000. Photo courtesy of CBHI.


Moose Jaw Limited Age Cutting Event

IC The Biscuits - Photo by: Barbara Glazer

IC The Biscuits – Photo by: Barbara Glazer


The Golden Mile Arena in Moose Jaw was the place to be July 28 &29, 2016 to watch 125 horses vie for their share of over $15,500 in prize money in the Moose Jaw Cutting Horse Show Limited Age Event. This competition designed by the Saskatchewan Cutting Horse Association (SCHA) with presenting sponsor Barry and Elaine Good, gives young cutting horses an opportunity to compete against horses of their own age and the only competition of it’s type in the province. This event is particularly noteworthy because it is the very first time that the three year old “futurity” horses will have come to town and is seen by all competitors as a stepping stone towards the major “Limited Age Events” scheduled this fall.

The 3 year old Open Futurity Aggregate sponsored by Tinman Welding and Maintenance Ltd. went to “IC The Biscuits,” a sorrel daughter of “Dual R Smokin” out of the mare “CDS Modern Millie,” owned by Scott wardley, Okotoks, Alberta. Purchased in Texas in December 2016 trainer and rider, Keith Stewart, High River, Alberta, describes her as really fun to train because she has so much feel and is so cowie. He said “[coming into the show] I was really confident that she would be good but the cow threw some surprises as her and she handled it well. I was pleasantly surprised!”

“Lill Rockin Lena” under the saddle of Gale Aykroyd took the Non-Pro Futurity Aggregate for Gale and Grant Aykroyd, Wrainwright, Alberta. Aykroyd’s purchased this sorrel mare sired by “Rockin W” out of mare “little Holly Lena” from Equistar as a yearling and with Gale’s preference for mares, she took over. Gale describes her as “a pretty cool little mare, trying to be kinda cute on a cow. She’s a lot of fun!”

Lil Rockin Lena - Photo by Barbara Glazer

Lil Rockin Lena – Photo by Barbara Glazer


As her name implies, the pretty sorrel mare “Pretty Lil Splendor” Claimed the 4 year old Open Derby for owners Wayne & Kim Knaap, Maple Creek, Saskatchewan. Sired by “Pretty Boy Cat” and out of the mare “lil Autumn Splendor” she was started as a 2 year old by James Payne in Oklahoma; Knaap’s turned her over to Mike Belof, White City, Saskatchewan in May of her 3 Year Old Year. Mike sums her up as “real smart on a cow, real gritty and physical just a real nice horse!”


Pretty Lil Splendour - Photo by: Barbara Glazer

Pretty Lil Splendour – Photo by: Barbara Glazer


The Non-Pro Derby Aggregate went to the roan stud “Grated Cocanut” for owners Les and Coreen Jack, Rocanville, Sasketchwan. Sired by “Metallic Cat” and out of the mare “Legacy Of Style” Les Purchased Grated Cocanut from John Mitchell, Weatherford, Texas early in his 3 year old year, then got him ready for the Futurity in Ft. Worth last December. Les considers Grated Cocanut to be a special horse with a good future ahead of him. He’s a pretty mover and smart on a cow: the right ingredients!


Grated Cocanut - Photo by Barbara Glazer

Grated Cocanut – Photo by Barbara Glazer


“Spoonful of Trix” sired by “Hes A Peptospoonful” out of the mare “Shes A Cuttin Cat” claimed the 5/6 year old Classic Aggregate marking solid 74’s each go fo owner Kali Fortnerr, Bracken, Saskatchewan. Trained and shown by partner Clint Christianson, this 6 year old roan mare has enjoyed a successful show career including being a 2013 Futurity finalist at the Big Sky Aged Event & Futurity, Canadian Supreme and Wrangler Futurity. In 2014 she came back as a Derby finalist as Big Sky and was the Canadian Supreme Open Derby Champion.


Spoonful Of Trix - Photo by Barbara Glazer

Spoonful Of Trix – Photo by Barbara Glazer


The Non-Pro Classic went to “Ginas Rey,” a six year gelding sired by “Dual Rey” out of the mare “Gina Badger” for owner and rider, Don Hudson of Sherwood Park, Alberta. With earnings just shy of $100,000 Don describes this horse as “the Best one he’s ever had. He’s very smart on a cow and a super athlete!” Don Purchased Ginas Rey as a 2 Year old as a sale in Reno, Nevada; Chris Johnsrude rode him ’til he was 4, then Paul Hansma took over; Don continues to work with Paul in Texas during the winter months.

Ginas Rey - Photo by Barbara Glazer

Ginas Rey – Photo by Barbara Glazer


The Non-Pro 7 Up is open to any horse 7 years of age and older, owned and shown by a Non-Pro. This year we had co-champions: “Catty Midget” owned by Les and Coreen Jack and shown by Les; and “Dualing Merada” owned ans shown by Marilyn Anderson, Calgary, Alberta. “Catty Midget” is an eight year old bay mare sired by “Little Oakie Cat” and out of Les Jack’s great producing mare “Biscas Instant Jewel”. She is one of those very special mares that don’t come along very often. Both Les and his daughter Monica have shown her with great success. “Dualing Merada” is a seven year old sorrel mare sired by “Cats Merada” and out of mare “Dual Flo.” Marilyn purchased her a a 4 year old and does all work and showing with her so can take full responsibly for this wonderful horse. This pair make a formidable team and were the 2015 CCHA Non-Pro Champions!


Catty Midget - Photo by Barbara Glazer

Catty Midget – Photo by Barbara Glazer

2016 Wild Rose Welsh Pony Show

Wild Rose Young Stock Futurity Supreme Champion Welsh, Sunburst Heart of Jubilee, yearling Welsh Mountain Pony colt owned by Kasandra Miller of Didsbury, Alberta. Photo credit: Sarah's Equine Design.

  July 16-17 weekend saw another Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show alongside the Futurity & Performance Stake on Friday, July 15 in Red Deer, Alberta. We welcomed three judges in total: Shirley Cane, Elizabeth Russell, and Molly Rinedollar. With challenging weather and economic climate, we had lower entries than usual though unlike many shows across […]

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Baby Back Ribs


BY JEFF GRIMSHAW Baby Back Ribs Total Time: 3.5 hours Prep Time: 30 min Cooking Time: 2.5 hours Assembly time: 15 min Total Servings: 4-6 Difficulty: Moderate Fall off the bone… that’s what it’s all about when it comes to a rack of ribs. When you slow roast the ribs first, the meat will be […]

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Sleepy Cat


BY JENN WEBSTER (Archive from 2005 Western Horse Breeders Guide, presented by Western Horse Review) He was a dun-colored paragon 
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The Gain, The Pain and $17.04

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Equine Events at Farmfair International


   Blog by TJ NASH Starting November 7, 2016, Farmfair International will be hosting several different equine events. Men, women and horses from all across Canada will be competing to showcase tomorrow’s champions! Exciting raw talent will take part in the Canadian National Team Roping and Northlands Barrel Racing futurities, as well as the new […]

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Canadian Supreme Turns 40!

Canadian Supreme action this week in Red Deer. Photo by Krista Kay Photography.

The Canadian Supreme is marking 40 years, as it showcases and promotes the training traditions of the western horseman in the cutting, reining and working cow horse events. Offering $400,000 in prize money, the show has attracted nearly 600 entries from across western Canada and the northern U.S. states. The skilled competitors will be at […]

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