CQHA Scholarships

    Shannon Burwash Memorial Fund selects three recipients for 2016.

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    Roasted Corn and Pepper Soup

    This warm, comfort soup is perfect to make ahead and have in your LQ for fall horse shows.

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    Highlights from the Okotoks Pro Rodeo this past weekend.

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CQHA Scholarships


The Calgary Foundation is very pleased to announce the following scholarships have been awarded from the 2016 Shannon Burwash Memorial Fund. Qualified students from across Canada applied for the three available scholarships this past June.

Jenna Lambert awarded $2,000.

Jenna Lambert awarded $2,000.

Jenna Lambert was born and raised in Calgary, AB, and is entering her third year of study in the Veterinary Medicine Program at the University of Calgary. Jenna started riding at a young age, and her love and passion for horses has carried forward into a passion for veterinary medicine. Over the past four years, Jenna has worked on a research project alongside veterinarians from UCVM, with a focus on predicting disease severity and outcome in critically ill horses in Alberta. Being part of this study allowed her to work alongside numerous equine specialists and truly solidified her decision to become an equine veterinarian. Jenna has a strong interest in equine surgery, and upon completion of her DVM hopes to pursue the path of becoming an equine surgeon. In the future, Jenna plans to take the knowledge and skills she gains as a equine veterinarian abroad to help working equids in need.

In the past, Jenna has enjoyed the opportunity to become involved in her local horse community. One notable experience was spending one year as the Calgary Stampede Queen. She was able to participate in numerous community based charity and fund-raising events, and meet people from various horse communities. Jenna is actively involved in the UCVM Equine club, which hosts annual community events focused on horse health and educating members of the public, specifically 4-H and pony club. In addition to this, Jenna is also a team-lead on the equine committee for Vet-U-Can, an open house for UCVM which is hosted every two years.
Growing up riding Quarter Horses has left a particular soft spot for the breed. Currently, Jenna enjoys training her young Quarter Horse mare, Stella, during study breaks. In the past couple of years she began competing in the Extreme Cowboy Racing circuit, and hopes to continue this sport which promotes trust and partnership between horse and rider.

                                   Brooklyn Collard awarded $1,000.

Brooklyn Collard is a 17-year-old honours student from Calgary, Alberta. She will be attending the University of Calgary Honours Zoology program in the fall. After her undergraduate degree, she plans to attend veterinary school working towards becoming an equine vet.
Brooklyn has been in 4-H for eight years, completing the horsemanship and English jumping projects. Her passion lies in jumping horses, and she has attended weekly jumping lessons, as well as Pony Club for eight years. Brooklyn has been training her 14-year-old smoky buckskin mare, Zorra, for the last seven years. She competes with Zorra in English, western, trail, gymkhana and jumping events. She is an active volunteer for both 4-H and Pony Club and in the community, including flood clean-up at the Millarville Racetrack, cleaning tack for the Therapeutic Riding Association, and baking for families in need through the Made by Mama’s organization.

Alisa Brace awarded $1,000.

Alisa Brace was raised on a small farm east of Sundre, Alberta and spent much of her childhood either doing chores on a small beef operation or riding horses. Her first time on a horse was when she was three months old and even just as an infant she knew that her place in life was in the saddle. Alisa started small with just pleasure riding at home and around her property then branched out to competing in local Light Horse shows in both English and Western, and most recently she has begun to take part in the drill team for her hometown pro rodeo running sponsor flags between events.

As well as various horse activities Alisa was also an avid dancer at her dance club in Sundre where she danced for eleven years and got the opportunity to compete in various competitions as well as take leadership roles as both an assistant dance teacher in her younger years and a role model to the younger dancers in her last few years. She also played on both the Eagles and Scorpions basketball teams in middle and high school. Alisa is currently a student at Lakeland College and having completed her certificate as a Veterinary Medical Assistant she will be heading back in the fall to complete her diploma in Animal Health Technology. She looks forward to finishing school and starting her career in a clinic with a main focus on equine and bovine herd health and reproduction, as well as equine performance.

“We were extremely impressed with all of the scholarship applicants this year,” said Dr. Wayne Burwash. “This is the second year that The Calgary Foundation has awarded the scholarships since Shannon’s passing in 2013. We realized that there are differences in academic achievement, leadership and volunteer activities depending on the number of years a student has been involved in their studies. The changes we made in the qualification criteria have addressed these aspects and I am very pleased to say that the awards this year more clearly achieve the goals of the fund.”

In 2016, there were two different categories of scholarships. One going to first or second year students (2 – $1,000 awards). Click here for the http://calgaryfoundation.org/grants-awards/student-awards/high-school-students The other goes to students advancing past their second year of studies ($2,000 award). Click here for the http://calgaryfoundation.org/grants-awards/student-awards/undergraduate-graduate-students

Shannon Burwash was a leader and a lover of the horse industry across Canada. The scholarships are awarded to deserving students who are focused on getting a post-secondary education, and being involved in the horse industry in their future.

Roasted Corn and Pepper Soup



It’s a question almost everybody asks at some point, “How can I eat homemade, healthy food at a horse show?” It’s not easy, but with a little planning and some pre-preparation, you can get organized and have most of the work done well in advance. If properly portioned and stored, your homemade creations can be ready to eat in minutes from a camper stove. Anyone who shows horses knows how chaotic it can be getting ready to head out. Grooming horses, cleaning tack, kids… the list goes on. If you can have a bunch of pre-portioned lunches and dinners ready to throw into the cooler or fridge, you’re already halfway there. Just make a quick stop to pick up some last minute, fresh ingredients and you’re done!

This is a recipe for a delicious corn soup that takes just over an hour to prepare. The recipe is broken down into three basic parts, preparing the soup, freezing it in usable amounts and final preparation. Steps 1 and 2 can be done up to a few months in advance, giving you plenty of time to get it in the freezer and scratch it off your To Do list.

This, as with most recipes, is simply a guideline. The procedure is what’s important here. Roast your veggies, add it to the simmering stock and blend. Use veggie stock instead of chicken to keep it vegetarian, or add chunks of left over pot roast to make it meaty.

Roasted Corn and Pepper Soup
Total Time: 1 hour 20 min
Prep Time: 10 min
Cooking time: 1 hour 10 min

Total Servings: 6-8
Difficulty: Easy

Onion – 200g/7oz
Red Pepper – 250g / 9oz
Sweet Corn (frozen) – 450g / 16oz
Olive Oil – 30ml / 2Tbsp
Sea Salt – 5ml / 1tsp
Cracked Black Pepper – 2ml / 1/4tsp
Chicken Stock – 2L / 8cups




#1 – Roughly chop and toss onion, red pepper, corn, oil, salt and pepper. Roast on a sheet pan in a 350F oven until golden brown. Bring stock to a simmer in a pot and add the roasted vegetables. Simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and blend until smooth. Strain to remove corn skins and season to taste.
Cool and refrigerate overnight.


#2 – Label medium-sized zipper bags with the name and date. Portion bags in 500ml/2cup amounts. Close the zipper most of the way, squeeze out air and close zipper. Lay flat on a baking tray and freeze overnight. Keep frozen until ready to use.


#3 – Thaw frozen soup in warm water for 30 minutes.
Heat in a pot and serve adding a little heavy cream if desired.
Serve with a salad, bread or garlic toast.


Timely Win For Derek Frank

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Photo by Jeremy Wombold. Courtesy of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association.

Blog courtesy of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association

For steer wrestler, Derek Frank, the timing was perfect. The Stony Plain, AB, cowboy put together one of his quickest runs of the year (3.5 seconds) to win the Okotoks Pro Rodeo and secure an important $1,297 pay cheque. It’s that time of the year when every ride and every run is vital. With just five regular season rodeos and the Cinch Pro Series Finals in Calgary (September 30 – October 1) remaining, the battle for the 12 Canadian Finals Rodeo berths has reached the critical point.

“We (steer wrestlers) talk about it all the time,” Frank admitted,” and we figure there are maybe eight guys who are safe and another eight or nine guys who are fighting it out for the final four spots in Edmonton.”

Frank is one of those in that latter group and for a cowboy who has never been to the CFR the tension is tough but exciting. “I’m just trying to do what I have all season,” the bulldogger stated. “I want to be honest on the barrier but I also don’t want to miss it. Anytime I try to safety up and get a little careful, that’s when the crap happens.”

For Frank, a trip to the CFR would be extra sweet. The 27-year-old blew out his knee at
Ponoka in 2014 and he missed the rest of that season and the first part of 2015.

“One of the problems last year was when I did get back, I hadn’t been able to practice,” Frank recalled. “This year, I was able to practice a bunch all winter and it really helped.”

Another plus for the likable cowboy is his 12-year-old gelding, Tadpole. “I’ve ridden him for the
past few years and he’s rock solid,” he noted. “If it doesn’t work, it’s usually my fault not his.”

The Okotoks result vaulted Frank from 13th place in the Canadian standings to 10th, ironically just $300 ahead of older brother and four-time CFR qualifier, Dallas. And just as important, the Okotoks win solidified the younger Frank’s place on the roster of the Cinch Pro Finals.

“That could be huge,” Frank admitted. “There have been quite a few people who have made it to the CFR because of that Calgary Finals. To be honest, I hope I have Edmonton clinched before that but if I don’t it feels good to know I’ll be in Calgary.” (The top ten competitors from the Pro Rodeo Canada Series throughout the year make the cut for the Calgary event.)


Other cowboys and cowgirls who enhanced their CFR fortunes over the weekend were Eastend,
SK, bareback rider, Dantan Bertsch, who moved from 13th to 11th with his $781 payday at Okotoks; Rimbey, AB, tie-down roper, Dean Edge, whose $1,222 second place cheque at Okotoks vaulted him from 16th to 13th; the Bonnett brothers (Ponoka, AB) and the Saskatchewan-based Chappel cousins in team roping who finished first and second respectively in the team roping at Okotoks with both duos remaining very much part of the CFR conversation; and barrel racer, Colby Gilbert from Maple Creek, SK, who moved into the top 15 in the standings with her third place, $891 Okotoks result.

The rest of the Okotoks winners included Tremonton, UT, bareback rider, Caleb Bennett, who rode Vold’s Shifting Sands for 84 points and a $1,411 haul; Pouce Coupe, BC’s Chelsea Moore who posted a 12.282 time for the win and $1,248; Jake Watson, the Hudson’s Hope, BC, bronc rider who continued to solidify his hold on CFR and WNFR qualifications with his 83-point ($1,439) ride on the Vold bronc, Apache Trail; the seemingly unstoppable tie down roper, Logan Bird from Nanton, AB, who chalked up another win, this one for $1,405 courtesy of a 7.8-second run; and the veteran, Scott Schiffner from Strathmore, AB, who managed a 71-point ride on the Vold bull Jersey Dip, good for a $1,548 boost to the bank account.

For complete unofficial results see www.rodeocanada.com
Next up the CPRA calendar are the IPE and Stampede in Armstrong, BC August 31-September 4 (Wrangler Tour Finals on the 4th), and the Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo in Merritt, BC September 3 and 4.

South of 49 Update:
Nine Canadian competitors remain in the top 15 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (World) standings as the season winds down. Steer wrestler, Clayton Moore moved from 16th to 11th place courtesy of a win at Bremerton, WA, and a strong placing at San Juan Capistrano, CA. The biggest weekend winner was Orin Larsen who moved to second in the World with an $11,000 win at the rich California stop. See prorodeo.com for details.

Cow Up on the Coast

Cayley Wilson and Drivin Stylish earning a composite score of 217 in the Open Futurity, bringing them to the top of the leader board. Cayley won a buckle and took home a cheque for $3,000!

The Open Futurity

  The saying goes, “There is a first time for everything” and in the case of the Cow Up On The Coast horse show it was an event of many firsts. This National Reined Cow Horse Association approved show was the first Futurity/Derby and Horse Show offered by the newest affiliate club, The Canadian Coast […]

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First Year Sell Out for Country Thunder AB!

Calgary love for Country Thunder AB.

Due to the overwhelming interest in the inaugural year for Country Thunder Alberta, organizers announced today that the festival has reached capacity and is officially sold out. “We are so grateful to the people of Calgary for their overwhelming support. Our walk up sales were incredibly strong yesterday, helping to drive our attendance to capacity,” […]

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Country Thunder AB is Here!


The debut of Country Thunder Music’s inner city festival in Calgary, Alberta starts tomorrow! Featuring Luke Bryan, Big & Rich, Tim McGraw and many more as they invade Prairie Winds Park in NE Calgary for one unforgettable time, the festival takes place all this weekend (August 19-21, 2016). In case you’re curious about some “insider” […]

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Two-Time Champ Returns to Action


A trip north for reigning Canadian bareback champion, Jake Vold turned into an early wedding present. The 29-year-old, who will marry Sara Rutley in Ponoka, Alberta, on Saturday, has an extra $3,268 to put towards the cost of the nuptials thanks to a pair of high-marked rides in La Crete, Alberta and Dawson Creek, BC. […]

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Parasite Burdens

by Clix Photography.

Article By Jenn Webster When Dr. Ela Misuno, DVM, MVSc first came to Canada from Denmark to pursue her veterinary residency program, she was surprised to learn of the differences our country presented in terms of equine deworming strategies. By comparison, Denmark had been employing routine fecal egg examinations since the 1990s and dewormers were […]

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Trail Ride Sandwich

Our 5-star chef serves up the perfect sandwich for a mountain ride.

  BY JEFF GRIMSHAW Sandwiches built for a trail ride should have four basic components: a good quality crusty bread such as french baguette or individual rolls, a flavorful spread, a sliced meat and fresh or grilled vegetables. Try to keep it simple, too many ingredients and flavors will over-complicate taste. Avoid watery vegetables like tomato […]

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