• Your Winter Home in AZ

      Are you thinking of venturing to Arizona this winter? With blizzards already in full force here in southern Alberta, Siggins Horse Company, located in Eloy, Arizona, is a full service equine facility offering full care board services, team roping practices and jackpots, and much more. Horse training, lessons and horse sales are also part of… [Continue Reading]

      Your Winter Home in AZ
    • Doc West on Rural Crime

      In light of the southern Alberta story of Edouard Maurice who recently filed a counterclaim against the convicted criminal who drove onto the Maurice property south of Okotoks, AB, on Feb. 24, 2018 and rummaged through his vehicles, we thought it might be prudent to run an archive from our Doc West March/April 2017 column.… [Continue Reading]

      Doc West on Rural Crime
    • Ranch Country Horse Sale 2019

      The 15th Annual Ranch Country Horse Sale Inc. (RCH Sale) was held at the Maple Creek, SK, Agricultural Grounds, on Saturday, Sept 14th, 2019. The Ranch Country Horse Sale members include the Perrins, the Parsonages, and the Bertrams. The High Selling Saddle Horse was Lot #47, MM Docs Cowboy, a 2015 buckskin gelding consigned by… [Continue Reading]

      Ranch Country Horse Sale 2019
    • Behind the Scenes

      BY JENN WEBSTER The Western Horse Review fall fashion shoot didn’t go as planned. Originally centered around a specific location, the Sept/Oct. photojournalism piece was forced in a new direction when Mother Nature rained us out. Which in turn, forced us to move the shoot location. There was however, a beautiful consolation in moving the… [Continue Reading]

      Behind the Scenes
    • Summertime Pasta

      BY MIKE EDGAR, PHOTOS BY TWISTED TREE PHOTOGRAPHY With a silky sauce, a beautiful colour palate and all the elements of summer, this fresh pasta dish is a fun twist on a hearty meal. This cheesy, fresh, seasonal dinner showcases just how versatile a noodle dish can be. DOUGH 6 Eggs 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour… [Continue Reading]

      Summertime Pasta
    • The Cowboy Sound

      BY PIPER WHELAN Whether it’s through music or photography, Chris Petersen is passionate about providing a glimpse into the western lifestyle he loves. The Utah born-and-raised musician writes country songs with a distinctly cowboy feel, and his popular photography account, Diehard Cowboy, has a huge Instagram following for his images of a working cowboy’s everyday… [Continue Reading]

      The Cowboy Sound
    • MOOSE JAW 2019 LIMITED AGE EVENT CHAMPIONS

      Here are results and photos of the champions from the Saskatchewan Cutting Horse Association, Moose Jaw Horse Show & Limited Age Event, held August 1-4, 2019 at the Golden Mile Arena in Moose Jaw, SK, Horse Non-Pro Futurity Rider Score Payout Score Payout Score Total Payout Its Not A Swoosh Danielle Oslund/same 65 $371.80 70… [Continue Reading]

      MOOSE JAW 2019 LIMITED AGE EVENT CHAMPIONS
    • 2019 League of Legends Sale

      It’s the weekend you’ve been waiting for! Make plans to be in Livingston, Montana this September 6 & 7 2019 for the League of Legends Invitational Horse Sale! Hosted by Turner Performance Horses, 70 selectively approved horses and Registered Stock Dogs-in a League of their own will be on offer. There is no better place… [Continue Reading]

      2019 League of Legends Sale

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Your Winter Home in AZ

Are you thinking of venturing to Arizona this winter? With blizzards already in full force here in southern Alberta, Siggins Horse Company, located in Eloy, Arizona, is a full service equine facility offering full care board services, team roping practices and jackpots, and much more. Horse training, lessons and horse sales are also part of their beautiful facility, which includes covered stalls, wash racks, tack rooms, a barrel racing arena, team roping arena, lights for night riding, RV/Trailer Hookups and an atmosphere that is sure to make everyone feel like they’re at home!

Those who choose to stay at Siggins Horse Company in one of their 11 RV hookups are invited to join them for happy hours, BBQ cookouts, and opportunities to get involved in gathering cattle from the desert, branding, and breaking in steers. Hookups are located in grass covered areas, with trees allowing for privacy if desired. 

On Mondays through Friday mornings, the facility hosts team roping practices for ropers of all levels. They also host weekly roping jackpots where they’re known to award some great money and prizes. 


The Siggins Horse Company staff ensure that your horse’s health and wellness is their top priority offering a full care program, 24-hour onsite staff, daily stall cleaning, premium feed and if requested, access to the area’s top vets, farriers, and equine body-workers. 

Siggins Horse Company is located in Eloy, Arizona, an easy one-hour drive from the urban centres of Phoenix and Tucson. The smaller communities of Casa Grande and Coolidge are in close proximity for any of the daily essentials like groceries, dining and entertainment.  


The facility offers rates for nightly layover services, short stays, and all inclusive discounted rates for longer stays. They’re inviting Canadians to enjoy more of what makes them happy this winter by inviting you to join them at Siggins Horse Company this year! 

Find them at:
www.sigginshorsecompany.com

IG: @sigginshorsecompany 

FB: facebook.com/sigginshorsecompany

Doc West on Rural Crime

Cartoon by Dave Elston.

In light of the southern Alberta story of Edouard Maurice who recently filed a counterclaim against the convicted criminal who drove onto the Maurice property south of Okotoks, AB, on Feb. 24, 2018 and rummaged through his vehicles, we thought it might be prudent to run an archive from our Doc West March/April 2017 column. The Maurice story has received national attention as Maurice was charged with gun offences and his court appearances have garnered the attention of hundreds of people supporting his right to defend his home.

This real-life nightmare experienced by Maurice has many rural folk asking, “What can we do to protect ourselves legally?

Doc West returns to help answer that question…

Q. In all the years I’ve been living out West, I’ve never encountered or heard about property theft as much as in recent times. More than several of my country neighbours have experienced thefts of varying degrees – from fuel to equipment, some have even lost their prized horses. Audacious thieves are committing their crimes in the middle of the night, while country-folk sleep soundly in their beds, and not much seems to get done about it. Maybe there’s something to be said about the Old West and it’s way of dealing with thievery. Are our current property theft laws substandard? What’s a rural property owner to do? 

Cartoon by Dave Elston.

DOC – The Old West had its own unique brand of justice cooked up just right for the frontier. Back in those days the law didn’t require a cowpoke riding solo on the high plains to holler for help before drawing down with his Colt on midnight rustlers fixing for his best horse. The lonely pioneer widow could still swing a double-barrel Coach gun from the veranda with authority on a peeping scoundrel and wouldn’t be charged with careless use of a firearm. However, those days are long gone and today we live in a more civilized and gentile age where it seems you must treat robbers, murderers, bandits, and thieves with courtesy and serve them tea as they load up your wares and ride off into the sunset. So what can you do and what can’t you do?

As a starting point, know that legalese is not ole’ Doc’s forte – so don’t go quoting me to the judge if you accidentally get a bit twitchy and start blasting away at some wayward visitors.

First off, Doc is a firm believer in the old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Thieves always look for the easiest target, and will often “case” properties for a good haul and a quick easy getaway. You don’t need rows of razor wire, nor a moat to make your property an uninviting target, but there are preventative measures you can take. Thieves don’t want to be seen, they work most comfortably under the cover of darkness and anonymity. A bright, well-lit farmyard or acreage might just be the only thing he needs to see to move on to another target. Security cameras and alarms also enhance the deterrence effect – so long as the culprit knows that they are there – so if you have them, make sure they are visible and the intruder is alerted as to their existence. Gates are a terrific source of deterrence, crime statistics will attest that gated residences have significantly lower incidents of break-ins than ungated properties. A grumbly old yard hound will make a racket and if he’s mean enough might take a chunk or two out of a bandit’s backside. Remember that your acreage doesn’t have to be Fort Knox, it just needs to appear to be more impenetrable than your neighbour’s.

However, I know as a wannabe John Wayne you’re really not interested in all the panzy stuff that the police tell you to do, and hell, you’ve not moved way out to scenic acres just to hide in your closet and dial 911. You want to know (not withstanding all reasonable precautions of course), if a determined rustler breaches the sanctity of your property and is in the process of loading up your best roping horse, can you draw down? Well, the answer is – it depends.  
 
In 2012, the Conservative government passed Bill c-26 (also known as the Lucky Moose Bill after Chinatown store owner David Chen – who was charged with assault after he chased down, tied up and detained a shoplifter at the Lucky Moose Food Mart), which streamlined Canada’s antiquated and convoluted “defence of property” provisions. Overall, a successful claim of defence of property in the law requires three things:

• A reasonable perception of a specified type of threat to property in one’s “peaceable possession”;
• A defensive purpose associated with the accused’s actions; and,
• The accused’s actions must be reasonable in the circumstances.

In acreage cowpuncher terms, that translates to:
• That ropin’ horse you believe is belongn’ to you, needs to be legally belongn’ to you;
• What you do must be for the purpose of saving your roping horse from theft; and,
• The force you use to save your roping horse from theft must be reasonable in the circumstances.  

Each case will turn on its individual facts. For example, farmer Brian Knight of Lacombe, AB, pleaded guilty to criminal negligence causing bodily harm after giving chase to, running down and shooting ATV thief Harold Groening in the hiney with a shotgun. Whereas Saskatoonian Hugh Lindholm was never charged at all for firing two warning shots with his hunting rifle at a stranger who had hurled a brick through his front window, and was standing on his deck demanding his car keys.

The rule of thumb is there is no rule of thumb. Each situation is different and so is each prosecutor and each judge. There are no hard and fast rules, but a good dose of common sense which will tell you what force is reasonable and legal, and what force is going to land you a free stay at the crowbar hotel.     

Ranch Country Horse Sale 2019

The High Selling Saddle Horse – Sold to Kaleb Hofer, Rachel Hofer, and Dennis Hofer of Murray Lake Farms. Consigned by Amos Abrahamson, and Seth Abrahamson (on horse). Pictured with Ken Perrin – Pres. of the Ranch Country Horse Sale Inc, and Boaz Hofer.

The 15th Annual Ranch Country Horse Sale Inc. (RCH Sale) was held at the Maple Creek, SK, Agricultural Grounds, on Saturday, Sept 14th, 2019.

The Ranch Country Horse Sale members include the Perrins, the Parsonages, and the Bertrams.

The High Selling Saddle Horse was Lot #47, MM Docs Cowboy, a 2015 buckskin gelding consigned by Amos Abrahamson and Seth Abrahamson of Broderick, SK. This horse sold to Murray Lake Farms of Medicine Hat, AB, for $11,000. As such, they also received a handwoven saddlepad donated by Rachelle Sundeal. Seth Abrahamson too, received a $2,000 bonus from RCH Sale) for consigning the high selling saddle horse.

The High Selling Colt (L to R): Borden Sunderland – Buyer. Seller, Roger & Lou
Parsonage – Seller. Ken Perrin – Pres. of Ranch Country Horse Sale Inc. also pictured here.

The High Selling Foal was Lot #12, a bay stud colt sired by Chex My Magic and out of Yaki Jo Drifter, consigned by Roger Parsonage. The colt sold to Borden Sunderland of Maple Creek, SK, for $1,900.
 
32 Foals averaged $1,075

18 Saddle Horses averaged $5,165

Top 5 Saddle Horses averaged $8,700

Thanks to the all the volunteers, consignors, bidders and buyers for making this a successful sale. See you next year!


 


Behind the Scenes

BY JENN WEBSTER The Western Horse Review fall fashion shoot didn’t go as planned. Originally centered around a specific location, the Sept/Oct. photojournalism piece was forced in a new direction when Mother Nature rained us out. Which in turn, forced us to move the shoot location. There was however, a beautiful consolation in moving the […]

[Continue reading…]

Summertime Pasta

BY MIKE EDGAR, PHOTOS BY TWISTED TREE PHOTOGRAPHY With a silky sauce, a beautiful colour palate and all the elements of summer, this fresh pasta dish is a fun twist on a hearty meal. This cheesy, fresh, seasonal dinner showcases just how versatile a noodle dish can be. DOUGH 6 Eggs 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour […]

[Continue reading…]

The Cowboy Sound

BY PIPER WHELAN Whether it’s through music or photography, Chris Petersen is passionate about providing a glimpse into the western lifestyle he loves. The Utah born-and-raised musician writes country songs with a distinctly cowboy feel, and his popular photography account, Diehard Cowboy, has a huge Instagram following for his images of a working cowboy’s everyday […]

[Continue reading…]

MOOSE JAW 2019 LIMITED AGE EVENT CHAMPIONS

Here are results and photos of the champions from the Saskatchewan Cutting Horse Association, Moose Jaw Horse Show & Limited Age Event, held August 1-4, 2019 at the Golden Mile Arena in Moose Jaw, SK, Horse Non-Pro Futurity Rider Score Payout Score Payout Score Total Payout Its Not A Swoosh Danielle Oslund/same 65 $371.80 70 […]

[Continue reading…]

2019 League of Legends Sale

It’s the weekend you’ve been waiting for! Make plans to be in Livingston, Montana this September 6 & 7 2019 for the League of Legends Invitational Horse Sale! Hosted by Turner Performance Horses, 70 selectively approved horses and Registered Stock Dogs-in a League of their own will be on offer. There is no better place […]

[Continue reading…]

Sparkling Saskatoon & Rhubarb Drink

As the summer temperatures heat up, here is a crisp, refreshing drink to keep you cool – made right from the garden. INGREDIENTS: Mint, Saskatoon Berries, Sparkling Water, Grenadine or Sugar Syrup, Rhubarb and Wildflowers for garnish. METHOD: Muddle Saskatoon berries and fresh mint together in the bottom of your drinking glasses. Add sparkling water. […]

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