Also in the health department, two potentially crippling lamenesses: navicular disease and laminitis are explored. As well we take a look at the benefits of packing a hoof boot along in your trailer.
We’ve decided to host another giveaway for TWO MORE passes to the Mane Event.
Simply let us know in the comment section below, what clinician you’re most looking forward to seeing at the event. We’ll do a draw Friday at noon and post the results on Screen Doors & Saddles.
Finally, remember you have until April 30 to win that gorgeous saddle pad as well. Enter here.
It’s been a bit distracting around here lately. Really, for the past two months. All in a good way. For one thing, spring arrived in the usual yard work and seasonal cleaning sort of way. More on that later.
The girl’s 4H club is in full swing. In addition to their regular activities one of the highlights of their month was a clinic with Keith Stewart at the Bullpen Arena, just east of Airdrie.
Keith and his wife, Denice operate The Key Ranch, southwest of High River, along with their two daughters, where they work at their craft and style of horsemanship which is Ray Hunt and Buck Brannaman inspired.
It was a great opportunity for our 4H’ers to get to spend a day with Keith, who took such careful and thoughtful time with each of them – working on groundwork in the morning, and then in the saddle for the afternoon. We all sure did appreciate Keith’s time.
At the Western Horse Review office, the past two months have been a blur of two back-to-back issues – March and April, plus the Canadian Supreme Register. This year’s Register was our largest since 2009, making us pretty darn happy, but insanely busy with it all.
Thanks to all of the stallion owners who support the Register. The Canadian Supreme nomination program is a brilliant way to showcase the Canadian performance horse industry and set yourself up for the prestige of earning a Canadian Supreme championship buckle. Mare owners, be sure to get yourself a copy. Not only was it packaged with the April issue, but we distributed many to arenas and events all over western Canada, and we’ll have them at the Western Horse Review booth at this weekend’s Mane Event in Red Deer. If you happen to be a clinic participant at the show, you’ll receive one in your swag bag.
We also completed two special projects in collaboration with the Horse Industry Association of Alberta: Horses 101 – the third edition of which rolled off the press about a week ago, as well as a new brochure, focusing on basic care considerations for horses. Both publications are handy guides and will be available at this upcoming weekend’s Mane Event in Red Deer, Alberta at the HIAA’s booth. Please drop by and visit with the Robyn, Heather and crew and pick up your copies.
Speaking of which, we have two tickets to give away to the event! Simply let us know in the comment section below, what you’re looking forward to at this year’s event. We’ll do a draw Thursday at 6:00 a.m. and post the results on Screen Doors & Saddles.
Finally, remember you have until April 30 to win this saddle pad. Buddy the cat included. Enter here.
At the 1912 Calgary Stampede, there was a rodeo, a parade, and a Charlie Russell Exhibition. Next to the rodeo the artwork of Charlie Russell was perhaps the highlight of the inaugural Stampede. For Russell’s career it was a defining moment, both critically and financially. He not only sold 13 of the 20 paintings he brought to the Exhibition, his work gained international attention and a host of new and wealthy patrons, including the titled Englishman who bought four, and the wealthy Torontonian, who took home three.
That year, Russell’s artwork was also featured on the first Calgary Stampede poster.
For eight weeks from June 2 to July 29, the Glenbow Museum in Calgary will be featuring 18 of those 20 works showcased at the 1912 Calgary Stampede, for a special exhibition, titled “Charlie Russell and the First Calgary Stampede.”
Aspiring journalist, Jenny Antonenko is currently interning with Western Horse Review, and yesterday she caught up with Glenbow Senior Curator, Lorain Lounsberry to ask her a few questions about the Exhibition. She discovered one of the greatest challenges of tracking down 18 (for the Glenbow already held two of the original 20) 100-year-old paintings was following the trail of title renamings over the past century.
As Lounsberry related to Jenny, “Not only are they scattered in private and public institutions over nine states and one province, the names kept changing on those paintings, so to be able to match up those paintings with the title that they now exist under was a bit of a challenge.”
The Glenbow crew worked with Dr. Brian Dippie, a Russell scholar, based out of Victoria, B.C., and they now have most of them nailed down, although, “there a couple that may not be the exact ones but they are very similar. We’ve been very careful; we do have a companion book [for the Exhibition], and Dr. Dippie in his essay indicates that it’s not one hundred percent certain, but it’s so close and so compelling an argument that we feel that if this painting wasn’t the one, it’s a good stand-in.”
The paintings were gathered from private lenders and such leading galleries as the Amon Carter Museum (Fort Worth, Texas), the C.M. Russell Museum (Great Falls, Montana), the Tucson Museum of Art and two works from the Glenbow’s own collection.
Undoubtedly this collection of Russells’ represents his greatest work, and all of his passions – the landscape, the wildlife, the ranches, the First Nations people, the cowboys. The Old West as Russell viewed it.
I believe we have been gifted with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view this collection of iconic art from the Cowboy Artist.
Russell’s links to the Canadian West were many, and his work is forever a testatment to his love of the land and people. After he died in 1926, A. E. Cross – one of the “Big Four” of the Calgary Stampede expressed what Russell’s passing meant for western Canadians with a note to his wife, Nancy. Within it, he penned this sentence:
“You have not only my entire sympathy, but the sympathy of all the old cow men in this country.”
Perfectly put, I’ve always loved that quote. And, I can’t wait to visit the Glenbow for this Exhibition.
It’s spring, and we happen to have just the right ingredient for your riding pleasure – a new saddle pad!
Please excuse the fact this photo has a decidedly autumn feel to it. When I sent Teenage out last week to photograph this pad over an old fence, I neglected to mention I desired a spring color palette for the end result.
And she refuses to run out and conduct another photo shoot.
Teenagers. . . . .
I love the shades on this saddle pad.
They match any and all of my brown horses.
Which, with the exception of a certain red roan pony include all of them.
I’m turning this contest into an informal Reader’s Survey. All you have to do to be entered to win is let me know what your favorite reads in any of the 2012 issues thus far were.
That would the following issues:
And this one – March.
And finally, the latest – April.
We’re about to begin planning 2013 editorial. And, knowing what you appreciated this year will help us plan.
So, in the comment section below, tell us what article(s) you enjoyed – small or large, feature or department. And thanks for the feedback!
At the end of April, we’ll do a draw from all the answers and the lucky respondent will win the saddle pad pictured above.