10 Year Anniversary of The Mane Event

    Highlights from the recent Red Deer Mane Event.

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    Record Breaking Year at Agribition

    A Record-Breaking Year at Agribition.

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    Doubling Down at Coleman and Camrose

    Competitors doubling down at Coleman and Camrose.

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    Freeze Frame

    Lindsay Soderberg tells us all about the show gear she uses.

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    Streaming the Arena

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    Good Advice

    16 more notes of advice curated from the Alberta Horse Conference.

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10 Year Anniversary of The Mane Event

K & K Livestock Booth

K & K Livestock Booth at The Mane Event, Red Deer.

 

Western Horse Review attended the 10th anniversary of Mane Event Expo at Westerner Park from April 21-24, 2016. The Mane Event had speakers and clinicians from multiple disciplines, from dressage to trick riding to reining, all different breeds and don’t forget the very popular trainers challenge. The trade show had a little something for everyone, from booths with cute little nick-knacks, to tack of all disciplines, ponies to pet and even some of the trailers we dream of owning were there.

 

Gyspy Vanner

Gyspy Vanner horse being petted by a happy little girl.

 

 

JT Heritage Sales and Services Trailer Booth

JT Heritage Sales and Services Trailer Booth.

 

On Sunday afternoon of Mane Event we had an awesome visit from the Calgary Stampede Royalty, who help draw names for our daily give-away of the day. They also stuck around to help give out little Western Horse Review goodie bags and had pictures taken with little kids who dreamed of meeting a queen and princesses.

 

Calgary Stampede Royalty draws a name for out Country Thunder Prize

Calgary Stampede Royalty draws a name for our Country Thunder prize.

 

Later that day we stumble upon one of Pat Parelli clinics with two girls between the ages of 12-15, where he taught them the natural approach to horsemanship. He teaches them how to control their horse with body movements and motions. He teaches these through 7 games: friendly, porcupine, driving, yo-yo, circling, sideways and squeeze. He introduces the ball to show the horse that the tools he uses aren’t a threat and to get them use to the motion of objects.

 

Pat Parelli, with demonstration of circling in the background

Pat Parelli, with demonstration of circling in the background.

 

 

Parelli teaching the game of friendly, teaching the horse that the tools are not a threat

Parelli teaching the game of friendly, showing the horse that the tools are not a threat.

 

After Parelli’s clinic, the final of the trainers challenge was about to commence. Over the past four days, four trainers – Doug Mills, Patrick King, Scott Purdum, and Steve Rother put their skills to the test to show their method of training the unbroke horse. The trainer’s progression is not normally this fast, they usually take 30-60 days to do what they are demonstrate in 4 days. After the final session, Steve Rother was announced the winner of the Trainers Challenge.

 

Doug Mills demonstrating his training

Doug Mills demonstrating his training.

 

The closing of the well attended Mane Event followed shortly after the Trainers Challenge. The next Mane Event is being held in Chilliwack, British Columbia from October 21-23, 2016

Record Breaking Year at Agribition

Photo Courtesy of ShowChampions

Photo Courtesy of ShowChampions

 

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN – Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) announced today at their Annual General Meeting a profit from operations of $844,606 and a provincial economic impact to $56 million annually.

Attendance for the show was the highest it’s been in six years with 130,200 visitors over the six-day event.

“This year’s show felt more festive than any in recent memory. Our music lineup has expanded and programming has evolved to include educating consumers about where their food comes from. These changes, combined with the health of the agriculture industry, made for a great show,” says CWA President, Stewart Stone.

CWA’s reputation as an agriculture marketplace was amplified by significant growth in livestock sales. For the first time since 1975, overall livestock sales reached $3.4 million and purebred beef sales exceeded $2 million.

The rodeo opened with a free admission night courtesy of The Mosaic Company and numbers stayed strong all week resulting in a record of 23,560 fans over five performances.

“Our partnership with Mosaic set the stage for an attendance record that will never be broken,” says CWA CEO, Marty Seymour.

The show was visited by over 800 international guests from 70 different countries, with a 25 per cent increase in active international buyers.

Adding to the show’s banner year, CWA was recognized for marketing and promotional achievement at the Paragon Business Excellence Awards. CWA is also up for Marquee Event of the Year at the Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence to take place on April 14.

Dates for the 2016 Canadian Western Agribition are November 21-26, 2016.

 

 

 

Doubling Down at Coleman and Camrose

Scott Schiffner's Winning Ride in Round 2 of CFR 2015. Photo by: Mike Copeman

Scott Schiffner’s Winning Ride in Round 2 of CFR 2015.
Photo by: Mike Copeman

 

CAMROSE/COLEMAN, ALTA – If you were going to make a bet this past weekend, it would have been safe to go double or nothing on the two-time Canadian Champion Bull Rider. Thirty-six-year-old Scott Schiffner is showing no signs of slowing down this season after winning the Kananaskis Pro Rodeo with an impressive 90 point ride on Kesler Rodeo’s “Flight Plan”.

The winning ride was actually made on a young bull that was in the re-ride pen, Schiffner says the bull proved to be even better than expected. “Duane said ‘you probably want to get on him Scott, he’s pretty good’,” said Schiffner when making the decision to take his re-ride draw after his first bull of the night stumbled, “He wasn’t pretty good, he was pretty exceptional.”

The Strathmore cowboy also battled it out and split the win at the Camrose Spring Classic with the “Young Gun” Lonnie West who is 16 years Schiffner’s junior. The two tied with a pair of 87.5 point rides, Schiffner’s done on the Outlaw Buckers bull “Brahma Boots Chrome”.

“I was pretty excited to go there because that’s the bull that I turned out in the sixth round last year at CFR, that was the first time in my 15 year history at the CFR that I didn’t get on a bull so it was kind of nice to have him again and know that I could ride him,” said Schiffner.

The Bull Rider has been there, done that, in the Canadian rodeo world and is still proving he has what it takes to be among the top 12 in Canada on a consistent basis, but Schiffner says he’s hoping to enjoy life outside of the bucking pen a little more this rodeo season.

“I want to try to go to a few less rodeos and still make the CFR. I still support Canadian rodeo but I’ve got a lot going on and my girls are getting to the age now where they’re pretty fun and I don’t want to miss out on things that they’re going to do maybe once or twice in their lifetime,” said Schiffner.

Between the two rodeos Schiffner will pocket $3,032.10 unofficially, making him the top bull riding earner of the weekend.

A competitor that was just shy of a double win this weekend was Okotoks Barrel Racer Crystal Christman. The cowgirl placed first at the Kananaskis Pro Rodeo with a speedy time of 12.951 seconds on her horse “Blazin Boy” otherwise known as “Binger”. She was then barely edged out for the lead at Camrose by Canadian Champion Barrel Racer, Deb Guelly.

Christman, who is not currently well known on the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association trail, has placed at all three of the first Canadian Professional Rodeos and surpassed her entire life earnings record in just two weekends, but with two kids at home and a busy work schedule, Christman says she’s just out there to have fun.

“I’ll make it to the ones I can get to and try to take it easy on the old boy,” Christman says of the 16-year-old horse she describes as a warrior, “We’re just going to go out and have fun, we’re going to get to where we can go and enjoy the ride.”

Christman was your highest earning barrel racer, and overall rodeo competitor, of the weekend with an unofficial total of $3,833.08 to go on the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association season leaderboard. At this rate, a Canadian Finals Rodeo qualification may start to be on her mind and who knows, stranger things have happened to people when they’re having fun.

Whether it’s competing at CPRA rodeos or enjoying life at home, Christman says there are many people to thank for the fun she’s had along the way and wishes to send a special shout out to the Webb and Depaoli families as well as her own family including her two little girls.

Other competitors that collected two paychecks this weekend include: your top Bareback money earner, Caleb Bennett with $1,822.57 in total earnings, Dustin Walker who topped the class in the Steer Wrestling with $3,070.51 between his win at Camrose and third place split in the Kananaskis Country, Team Ropers Braidy Davies and Chase Simpson placed twice this weekend to earn $1,687.76 each, in the Saddle Bronc it was Cole Scott who took home the most cash with a total of $1,988.38, and the top earner in the Tie Down Roping was Cody Brett with $2,282.32 on the board.

Find complete rodeo results at www.rodeocanada.com

Next up on the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association schedule is Drayton Valley April 29th to May 1st.

 

Freeze Frame

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Western Pleasure There’s no shortage of equipment out there. With Freeze Frame, we’re going for “useful” too. This month, Lindsay Soderberg tells us about a few of her favorite things for the western pleasure ring. Although this Alberta native has only been training professionally for three years, her accomplishments have really been racking up with […]

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Streaming the Arena

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Show coverage for the digital age: A look at the business of live webcasting western performance events.  By Jenn Webster  Illustration By Deanna Kristensen   With bona fide perks associated to its use, an army of viewers, and a steady eye towards the future, webcasts have all the makings of a technology most likely to […]

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Good Advice

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Sensible counsel prevailed at this year’s Alberta Horse Conference, hosted each year by the Horse Industry Association of Alberta. In the April issue of Western Horse Review, we featured 44 notes of advice curated from those two days of lectures. Here are 16 more. Billy Smith (speaking on transitions in the horse industry) Billy Smith […]

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Bucket List: Equine Vacations

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  If you haven’t seen the April issue of Western Horse Review yet, you must! In it we have reinvigorated our Getaways column, a regular feature that highlights adventurous equine-related travel ideas. With insight from Travel Professionals International consultant, Patricia Blanchard, this month’s installment features a riding safari in South Africa for the trip of […]

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Cowboy Challenge Through Cooperation

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STORY & PHOTOS BY GUEST BLOGGER Cyndi Rowat The Wheatland County Cowboy Challenge (WCCC). That is quite a moniker. But this ‘grass roots’ series is growing rapidly into its britches and what a boon for horse enthusiasts East of Calgary and in particular for the Strathmore Region. The brainchild of three local arenas, Lausen Arena […]

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Kamloops Cowboy Festival Celebrates 20 Years

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By Guest Blogger, Debbie MacRae The Kamloops Cowboy Festival held annually in Kamloops, BC, celebrated its 20th anniversary this past March 17-20. The festival stuck to its roots, bringing back many of the same fabulous entertainers who have brought the sparkle to this musical feast and story-telling celebration for two decades. Having attended the 20th […]

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