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Our September/October issue is out, and with it, my feature with Ian Tyson – My Life in Seven Horses. It’s a piece I’ve been longing to write with Ian for some time. There are few iconic individuals in our western universe that I can think of that are seemingly as passionate, visionary, steadfast and bold as Ian Tyson is. He grew up riding “Indian” ponies, then broncs in the interior B.C., he’s shared trails and whisky with the best of the vaqueros, and ridden into the herd at the NCHA Fort Worth Cutting Horse Futurity. There is so much more to Tyson, of course, but a lot of what he is, relates through the telling of  his stories with horses . . . hence, My Life in Seven Horses.

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By the way, Ian has a beautiful new CD out, a fitting addition to his library of work. It’s called Carnero Vaquero (Carnero is the Spanish word for ram, and Vaquero is Spanish for cowboy), his 13thalbum for Edmonton-based roots music label Stony Plain.

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As the weather gets colder, it’s a given your thoughts turn to making sure your horses are ready for winter. Given how much of the country experienced dry conditions this summer, many will be looking for suitable substitutes in the event of a hay shortage. Jenn Webster provides a number of options for keeping your horses healthy and in their best condition in “Hay Alternatives.” Winter preparations also include horse wear; we look at 12 styles of winter turnout blankets, made for varying temperatures and needs, to keep horses warm and protected from the elements.

Also appropriate for this time of year is “A Buyer’s & Seller’s Guide to Horse Sales,” written by Deanna Beckley, with Billy Williams. Williams, a professional horse trainer from Tioga, Texas, shares his expertise on preparing horses to get top dollar at auctions, just in time for the fall horse sale season.

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Our Futurity Road series ramps up as Quarter Horse trainer Lindsay Soderberg reveals a little surprise. Meanwhile there’s a few bridges to cross yet before Soderberg’s class of futurity prospects wind up “on deck” at the first of the shows.

Tara Muldoon was the only Canadian barrel racer to make it to the final four round of Championship Sunday at the 2015 Calgary Stampede. We visit with her about competing at the Stampede this year, her barrel horse, Revy, and how the team prepares for and approaches a run.

Photo of Archie McLean, George Lane and the Prince of Wales courtesy of the Calgary Stampede Archives.

Photo of Archie McLean, George Lane and the Prince of Wales courtesy of the Calgary Stampede Archives.

In late September, Calgary will host the first Canadian qualifier for The American, the richest one-day rodeo in the world. This stop on the road to The American will feature around $80,000 in prize money up for grabs that day. On the topic of Canadians breaking into the American spotlight, legendary rancher George Lane will be posthumously inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, the first Canadian to receive this honour. Find both these stories in our Out West department.

In the Health department, we look at the choices available in equine joint injections, and compare five different options based on ingredients, where they are injected and effects.

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Barkerville, B.C., is a National Historic Site of Canada, steeped in the history of the Gold Rush, and a perfect western getaway. With a number of trails in the area and plenty to see in this beautiful mountain setting, we give this adventure our “Best Canadian Trails” title for this issue.

Everyone has an opinion on this, and now Ron Anderson gives his take on Tuf Cooper’s controversial fall from grace at this year’s Calgary Stampede. Look for Anderson’s opinion in his “Over the Back Fence” column.

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Carnero Vaquero

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Ian Tyson. (photo by Karyn Scott Drake)

“Way out West, on the lonesome trail, where a man and his horse seldom ever fail, they ride the range, from sun to sun, for a cowboy’s work is never done,” sings cowboy music troubadour, Ian Tyson in Doney Gal, a traditional cowboy ballad, and sweet lead-in to Tyson’s newly released Carnero Vaquero.

If it rings of an ancient ballad, it is, with Irish-Scottish roots, he explains, during an interview for my feature about him and a cast of his favorite horses in the next issue of Western Horse Review.

“The great cowboy songs all are. You see, those people mainly came from Tennessee and Kentucky, after the Civil War, Scots-Irish mostly. And they adapted them. Doney Gal’s kind of a mystery, because it wasn’t from that Charles Goodnight cattle driving period. Those boys couldn’t have mares on the drives. So it was all geldings, no mares. Doney Gal is from the earliest of times, and usually refers to a woman. Maybe it somehow slipped over to be a horse.”

So, it’s a metaphor?

“Yes, a metaphoric thing. But it’s a beautiful song; I love that song. I asked Catherine Marx to come up from Tennessee and play on it, and she just totally smoked it. She’s superb; she just knows what to do.”

There aren’t many who can match Tyson for authenticity. Just as Charlie Russell – who Tyson admittedly still idolizes – more than a century earlier, painted and understood that his work would be essential depictions of the last of a way of life in the West, so Tyson understands that what he writes and sings about represents the last of his generation’s West, with another reinvented version, constructed by “downtown cowboys” in big hats and fancy trucks, just over the rise.

He points to Will James, the master of the phenomena, a Quebec wannabe who reinvented himself as a cowboy of the West. His 1984 tribute to James is included in this collection.

I love Tyson’s approach to song writing, for it’s often a strange brew of old and new, such as in Jughound Ronnie, composed with Calgary writer and musician Kris Demeanor. He casts the character of an unfaithful wife who leaves her babies at home with the nanny, and returns her “high heeled boots made of embroidered leather” and “white Escalade,” to her husband, in favour of running off with her lover, all an adaptation from Woodie Guthrie’s, Gypsy Davy, and can be trailed further back in time to Raggle Taggle Gypsy, a traditional Scottish folk song.

“There are many, many variants of it,” Tyson explains. “In all the versions, and they go back, way back, she never comes back to the babies, and none of them are his. You’d think there’d be variations of these old songs, but no, not with Gypsy Davy.”

Call it a few centuries old, but I love Ian’s “oil and gas” version of it.

Ballads such as the telling Wolves No Longer Sing, co-written with his longtime friend, Tom Russell show he has no interest in mellowing out his disappearing West message as he sets into his 80th decade on this earth.

 

Now the old man sold his horses, and his children sold the ranch,

And there’s roads all through that valley, where his ponies used to dance,

The dry wind sings a lonesome tune, a longing for the Spring,

And love no longer matters, and the wolves no longer sing.

 

The Old Man sold his kingdom for a song,

What’s happened to the music? Where have the wild ones gone?

 

Not that it’s all parabolic fire and brimstone in this collection. There’s The Flood, also co-written with Demeanor, which speaks to the Alberta floods of 2013, but also feels metaphoric of other, perhaps all, things lost, as well as Cottonwood Canyon, which has been picked up as an environmental ode.

It’s fitting it all came together at the stone house, a mile or so up the road from his ranch, and it could be said, on the edge of the passing West, a spectacle he told me he never quite expected to see in his lifetime.

The other day I stepped into the truck and flicked on Outlaw Country radio, to hear Cottonwood Canyon playing. Neat. I couldn’t help thinking how Tyson, just like his West, has reinvented himself from his Ian and Sylvia days to an important canon of solo work. Lucky for us.

Be sure to check out my piece with Ian Tyson in Western Horse Review. You can’t miss the issue – he’s on the cover.

Reaching for the Top

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RELEASE BY PRO RODEO CANADA If Dayton Roworth finishes off the 2015 Pro Rodeo Canada season the way he began the campaign, he may find himself riding in a new season leader saddle next year. The 25-year-old had collected over $9,000 in earnings by mid-June while flirting with the number one spot in the Canadian […]

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Horse Property: Equine Components

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STORY BY PIPER WHELAN The search for the right horse property leans heavily on the equine components involved. When meeting with a real estate professional, arrive with a carefully thought-out list of your needs and wants. This will depend on how many horses you have, what type of riding you plan to do at this […]

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Maintaining Condition with Less Forage

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In times of drought, which can lead to a hay shortage, what can horse owners to do ensure their equine friends maintain their condition? The answer lies in the proper and complete digestion of forages: in order for a horse to completely digest forages, digestive health is key. Just like in humans, horses require pre- […]

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Morgan Grant – Hot in Stretch Drive

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RELEASE BY PRO RODEO CANADA Just five weeks ago, Morgan Grant was considering his Plan ‘B.’ Now, with just eight rodeos left on the Pro Rodeo Canada schedule, his plans for qualifying for the Canadian Finals Rodeo have taken a decidedly different direction. “I’m now in the fight in both event to make the CFR,” […]

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Vold Rolling Again

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RELEASE BY PRO RODEO CANADA   If you’re Canadian bareback champion Jake Vold, how do you top last season? Well, how about by winning more already this season than you did during the entire 2014 season leading up to the Canadian Finals Rodeo. “I was so lucky last year and drew so good everywhere pretty […]

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Major Cutting Action in Moose Jaw

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STORY BY ELAINE GOOD PHOTOS BY BARBARA GLAZER “Awesome!” was the word used to describe the action at the 2015 edition of the Moose Jaw Cutting Horse Show Limited Age Event. This competition was designed to help start new cutting horses in their careers and has become an annual event. It is organized by a […]

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