Win Dinner With Amber Marshall

    Win a private dinner with Amber Marshall, star of Heartland!

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    Equine Photography

    Essential techniques. Insights. Inspirations & How-To's from the top equine photographers!

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    Calgary Stampede Cutting Futurity

    Tough competition at this year's Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity.

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    Grass Roots Finals Success Stories

    The inaugural Grass Roots Pro Rodeo Tour Finals in Calgary was all about second chances.

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    September in Pics

    A day at Spruce Meadows, picking the perfect pumpkin and more!

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Win Dinner With Amber Marshall


Photo by Denise Grant.

Sometime in the spring of 2013, we undertook an ambitious endeavour and focused our editorial attention to the ernest task of finding 25 youth under the age of 25, who, in a nutshell, embodied and rang true to a modern Code of the West. We wanted young people who embraced independence, a love of the outdoor life, close connection to animals (in particular, horses), showed a fierce determination to follow their own path, buck convention, (and occasionally, conventional wisdom), and radiated all of these western measures of character through their daily lives.

As we worked our way down the long list, we were constantly reminded that the dreams often fostered in young minds and hearts can translate to adulthood, and that good old fashioned determination can still achieve what many think is impossible. We loved the true western code of ethic each of our top 25 exuded.

Included in that issue’s Top 25 Under 25 was the then 25-year-old Amber Marshall, star of the CBC hit television show, Heartland, a talented actress, who has managed to segue her passion for horses into a successful acting career.

Amber has been around horses as long as she can remember. She has been riding since a very young age and says that the two things she loves the most – acting and horses – have come together to create this dream role of Amy on the Heartland series.

In between filming and occupational commitments, Marshall lends her time and celebrity to a multitude of causes. Most recently she appeared with Niki Cammaert at Cowboys for Kingdom House, a fundraiser for special projects in Africa.

As Heartland films in Alberta, Marshall has made a home for herself on a small ranch outside of Calgary where she is surrounded by her many animals, including horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, turkeys and Jerseys. She stays true to her western roots and honours the people and animals around her while enjoying great professional successes. Grounded and focused, she is well on her way to creating a fulfilled, enriched life.

Her latest venture is partnering with Rustic Ranch, a furniture, home decor and gift store, located just 10 minutes north of Cross Iron Mills Mall, in Airdrie, Alberta. Located on the Giles family farm, the unique store shares a 30,000 square foot showroom with Airdrie Trailer Sales and Decked Out Vinyl, and specializes in log, reclaimed and rustic furniture and decor.

I’m pleased to let you know Rustic Ranch is offering you an opportunity to win a VIP evening with Amber Marshall!

Ballots are available in the store, and entries close on December 31.

Take the opportunity to meet Amber on November 1 when she’ll be in the store for a signing from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Perfect timing as Rustic Ranch’s yearly clearance sale is Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.

In the meantime catch up with Amber Marshall at her site, and view Rustic Ranch’s latest offerings at here.

Equine Photography

Photo by L.Haughton, Epona

Photo by L. Haughton, Epona.

Love pictures like the above? So do I!! Horses and beautiful photography. Whether you choose to embrace it on the walls of your home or keep a mental image of it forever in your mind, with beautiful imagery like this you just can’t go wrong.

“Photographers deal in things in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson.

I had the privilege of working on a special project this summer, one I would like to share with you. Introducing Western Horse Review’s Special Interest Publication – Equine Photography:

Equine photography book

Inside the covers of this special coffee table book, you can peruse a medley of photos – each a visual stunner, featuring the horse. Equine Photography profiles 19 photographers. Every one is a leader in their field and altogether, are some of the industry’s most talented equine photographers.

Within the pages, you’ll find beautiful photography like this:

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Photo by Nicole Wade Photography.


*And this:

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Photo by Billie-Jean Duff.


Can’t you almost feel yourself wrapped in mud and adrenaline in the above image?

And you’ll also find amazing pictures like this:


Tony Stromberg is an equine photographer with the ability to bring out the true essence of the horse, his authentic spirit, his strength and his archetypal nature. His images never show tack or saddles of any kind. Stromberg has found his niche (and subsequently, a large audience) in capturing the horse in his most essential form, at the deepest level of his being.

It is photographers like Stromberg and many talented others, who give Equine Photography an inexplicable edge. I can’t even put it into words… You simply have to flip the pages and let the horse imagery grace your eyes to understand.

Altogether, the stunning work inside makes this one, gorgeous coffee table book. Yet, what also sets this publication apart from all the others is its insider information and advice from each of the pros. From amateurs to seasoned professionals, Equine Photography offers how-to secrets for capturing the most alluring equine images on the back of your viewfinder.



Such celebrated photographers as Neville Palmer share their tips for embracing light to compose the best possible shots at rodeos:


Cheryl Smythe discusses all the little nuances of equine conformation, head shot and profile images that best help to market individual animals:

Image by Cheryl Smythe Photography.

Image by Cheryl Smythe Photography.


And Krista Kay talks about the beauty of women and horses. If a picture is worth 1,000 words, the picture below is enough said:

From Equine Glamour, to Immortalizing the Senior Horse, to photographing Western Weddings, this book has everything you could possibly imagine about photographing horses. Even I was surprised upon interviewing each of the photographers to realize that not one person spoke of the same thing – every photographer profiled had something very individual and unique to offer.

And yet the common denominator between each of them was the horse and the lifestyle unique to the passion that surrounds these beautiful animals.

Photo by Rob Kendrick

Photo by Rob Kendrick.

Robb Kendrick is a photographer who uses the latest high-tech gear but is partial to an old fashioned feel. Kendrick is one of the only photographers in the world who shoots Tintypes: a wet-plate process photographers used in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It gives his images an authentic, vintage feel and helps keep his technique alive. If you’re interested to see how Kendrick does it, check out this video from National Geographic:

Equine Photography even delves into the concept of Smartphone photography and features 12 of the most popular Photography Apps – and how they can be applied to equine photography.







*If you’re looking to perfect your portrait, learn essential digital photography techniques or for secrets on how to capture beautiful moments in western weddings, Equine Photography from Western Horse Review is the perfect book for you! Be sure to pick one up before they’re all gone! You can either visit the link here to order now, or check out your nearest Walmart, Rexall, Chapters or various other locations that carry Western Horse Review. Happy Reading! (And snapping!!)


Calgary Stampede Cutting Futurity

calgaryfuturityFeed your passion for horses with a free weekend of entertainment at the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity, presented by Wrangler. Cutting is a sport of speed, agility and cow-sense – the ultimate challenge between horse and cow. You’d be surprised how fast and agile a solo cow can be when trying to get back to its herd, and even more impressed with how these young “futurity” horses can anticipate, out-think and out-maneuver the cow.

Local horses and riders take on the best from across North America, with added prizes and commemorative saddles drawing ever more competitors to the event’s first year in all-new Agrium Western Event Centre at Stampede Park.

The Bill Collins Bridleless Showcase is sure to be a big hit with visitors on the evening of Saturday, October 18. The show features top professional cutting horses that work without reins while wearing novelty costumes, plus silent auctions and more fun to raise funds for youth horsemanship scholarships.

More information and a detailed schedule can be found here.

Cowgirl Dirt $400 giveaway!


Love Cowgirl Dirt? Wanna see more of their stuff in your vanity drawer? Well, now here’s your chance! Cowgirl Dirt recently announced their upcoming, largest sweepstakes ever!! Starting on October 13 and running until October 31, 2014, NINE (9) winners will be announced during this event – including one winner of a $400 Cowgirl Dirt […]

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Grass Roots Finals Success Stories


The inaugural CINCH Grass Roots Pro Rodeo Tour Finals in Calgary was all about second chances. The two-day finals on October 3-4 at the Agrium Western Event Centre at Stampede Park in Calgary provided Pro Rodeo Canada competitors with another opportunity to gain qualification into the 41st Canadian Finals Rodeo at Rexall Place in Edmonton, […]

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September in Pics


I know I’m a few days late in posting this. Seems as the months go by in 2014, time goes faster and faster! September was a strange month… if I can say that. It started warm and beautiful. Then progressed into full blown winter with a freak snow storm that brought the city of Calgary […]

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Cypress Hills Horse Sale


BY DONNA BEIERBACH They say records were made to be broke. That was truly the case in the sale ring on Saturday, September 20th, at the 38th Annual Cypress Hills Registered Horse Breeders Production Sale. The longest running horse sale in Canada drew in a good sized crowd of horse enthusiasts from British Columbia to […]

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Days Like This

Not a great scene to start your day...

Ever start your day off with a scene like this? There’s nothing more gut-wrenching then walking out the pasture in the morning to witness something like the broken fence above. As you look around and try to make sense of it all, you take a good count of all the ears and tails bopping around. […]

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100-Day Hydration Challenge


Signal-Health – the North American distributor of the Equiwinner™ non-invasive dermal patch – is on a quest. The company wants to alert owners and trainers that healthy horses will stay well hydrated on their own and to provide the solution to achieve such a healthy state. Company owner, Barbara Socha, says, “We know people are […]

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