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Meet our Models

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

Have you seen our September/October issue of Western Horse Review yet? Photographed by the talented Shelby Simmonds of Twisted Tree Photography at Webster Ranch, WHR put together one of our most elaborate fashion shoots to date. Focusing on fall fashion, we had several wonderful people come together to bring this shoot to life. This includes the make-up talents of The Aria Studios and hair by Amber BigPlume. We also shot some amazing Food of the West dishes for future editorial – but we’re going to have to share those with readers in the future. So stay tuned!

For now, we’d like to introduce you to the lovely models seen in our Sept/Oct. fashion spread. Priding ourselves on featuring real people of the horse industry, we thought you might like to get to know them a little bit as well (if you don’t already).

Wearing a couple of outfits from Cody & Sioux, plus modelling some fantastic jewelry designs by Scott Hardy was Wendy Nelson. Wendy owns and operates Wendy Nelson Reining and Performance Horses – a training and breeding facility near Cochrane, Alberta. Wendy has been an active part of the Equine and Reining Horse Industry for 25 years throughout Canada, Europe and the USA. She has bred, trained, and produced many Reining Horse champions and finalists in Futurities, Derbies and Aged events. Wendy has accomplished year-end championship titles in NRHA Germany, Ontario Reining Horse Association, Reining Alberta, Alberta Reined Cow Horse Association, AQHA, and Reining Canada as well as being in the NRHA ‘Top Ten.’ Her coaching skills have led many of her Non-Pros and Youth to the same success.

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

 

Next we have our youngest models. Wearing the new EQ3™ helmets from Back on Track and some lovely  back-to-school fashions from Lammle’s Western Wear & Tack these two cuties kicked off the shoot. Both girls are avid riders in real life and can be found playing around with their Miniature horses, or taking in a trail ride on their senior mounts whenever the opportunity presents.

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

 

Next we have have Maggie Short. Maggie was the 2016 Calgary Stampede Queen and an avid show jumper. (Check out the past blog we ran about her here!) Besides the “Blake Lively” look she has going on, Maggie is one of the kindest people you could ever get to know and is always eager to help. For instance, on this shoot we had Maggie helping with everything from picking wildflowers, to looking after kids, to picking up our photographer, to packing up clothing at the end. And then, she steps in front of the camera and absolutely nails the shot…

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

 

Next we have Amber BigPlume, who has helped us with a few WHR fashion shoots already. Amber was the 2013 Calgary Stampede Indian Princess and helped spread the word of Indigenous communities in trouble, during the torrential floods Alberta witnessed that same year. She is a talented musician and has been a performer in the Trans Alta Grandstand Show. She is additionally a very skilled hair stylist and has helped us create many looks for WHR fashion spreads. As if that weren’t enough, Amber is a fabulous model and always helps us bring the entire feature together.

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

 

Sporting a Smithbilt hat, neckace from Cody & Sioux and a belt from Scott Hardy is Whitney Watson Wilson. As an accomplished competitor in the reining and cow horse competition arenas, Whitney is making a name for herself on the professional show circuit under the guidance of Clay Webster Performance Horses Inc. She recently won the Int. Open Hackamore at the Alberta Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity held in Claresholm, AB, and took the championship of the Level 1 Open Derby at the Equistro Cowtown Derby earlier in the year. She helped us saddle and prepare horses for this shoot and although she’s never had to model for WHR before, she pretty much killed it.

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

 

You won’t see this shot in the magazine, but we’re so glad it was suggested that Maggie try on one of our signature Skijor shearling coats, created by Janine’s Custom Creations. We think it was the perfect way to end the day. Stay tuned for some more behind-the-scenes looks from our autumn feature!

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

Q & A With the Calgary Stampede Queen

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The Calgary Stampede kicks off this week! Western Horse Review sat down with Maggie, this year’s Calgary Stampede Queen about her experiences, her Stampede horse and much more about her exciting life experience as Stampede royalty.

Can you please tell me what has been one of your most memorable experiences of being part of the royalty to date?

My most memorable experience so far has been our time spent at Aggie days. Not only was this our first time doing an even with our horses, it was our first grand entry! All of the kids were so enthusiastic which made the event even more memorable.

The Stampede Royalty on a promotional trip to London.

The Stampede Royalty on a promotional trip to London.

What have you learned about the experience thus far?

I’ve learned that this year is full of surprises. The committee works so hard and does such an amazing job taking care of us that we always seem to be being surprised with something special they’ve done for us or arranged for us to do. We are so lucky!

Can you tell me about your clothes and boots? Do you have a favorite outfit?

All of the clothing we wear is sponsored. Our cowboy hats are provided by Smithbilt, our cowboy boots from Alberta Boot Company and our clothing comes mainly from Janine’s Custom Creations and Lammles. My favourite outfit is our formal outfit that features Flores LaDue. The outfit is comfy but also formal and highlights this amazing cowgirl, giving us the chance to explain her role in the start up of the Calgary Stampede.

 

How do you ladies always look so beautiful? Any hair, make up or nail tips you can share?

Well thank you! Aria, our skin care and make up sponsor, definitely plays a huge role in keeping us looking our best. Katie Kempthorne keeps our hair looking fabulous and Lushus Nail Concepts keeps our nails fresh! All of these things are definitely difficult when you spend a lot of time with horses, so if you need some help in any of these areas those are the people to talk to!

Maggie on her Stampede horse, Kansas.

Maggie on her Stampede horse, Kansas.

Can you please tell me about your Stampede horse?

My Stampede horse for this year is Kansas. Kansas is a bit of a goof in the sense that everything seems to frighten him but that’s what makes him so unique. He’s always the one to walk up to you out in the pasture as if to say, “Yup I’m ready to go mom!” The girls and I decided that his celebrity personality match up was Jimmy Fallon because of his jokester personality.

In the Banff, AB, parade.

In the Banff, AB, parade.

Can you tell us about a day in your life, when you are required to appear as part of the Stampede Royalty? When we are required to make an appearance, the getting ready starts a few hours before we’re needed at the event itself. We always go to events in full make up and curling our hair can take a bit of time. I usually leave at least half an hour before attending the event to research what it’s about and the organization that’s hosting it.

Queen Maggie, being herself.

Queen Maggie, being herself.

For others who might aspire to try out for the Royalty competition, do you have any tips or advice to offer? Always be yourself! People can always tell when you’re being genuine and I think that really shines through and means a lot to everyone you meet. Also, don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. Although it may be terrifying, it is always worth it.

Maggie, in her spare time.

Maggie in her spare time.

Q’s & A’s With Stampede Royalty

Photo by Laura Parry of Wildheart Photography.

Photo by Laura Parry of Wildheart Photography.

 

Western Horse Review sat down with Chelsey, the second Calgary Stampede princess about her experiences, her stampede horse, beauty, learning experiences and much more about her exciting life experience as Stampede royalty!

Can you please tell me what has been one of your most memorable experiences of being part of the royalty to date?

It’s so hard to pick just one, but one of the especially memorable moments was during Aggie days.The entire week was such a blast, we got to do so many exciting things and I loved hanging out with the kids, and of course It was our first grand entry as a trio so that in itself was sure something! But the very first time we were waiting in the alleyway on our horses, when they began to open up for the rodeo they began playing AC/DC (which of course is a heartwarmer for me on any day!), and when the announcer began his line “welcome to the Calgary Staaaaaampeeede!” which we’ve all heard so so many times as spectators, it was almost surreal for me. It really hit me, I think possibly for the first time, of the role that I’m in and that I was in a once in a lifetime spot, preparing to do what I love to do most. Really geared me up for the rest of the season and especially Stampede itself.

What are you still looking forward to?

Of course Stampede week will probably be the most exciting part of the whole year, however, I’m really looking forward to attending the Handhills Lake Stampede. Not only is this their 100th year, but coming from Drumheller, it is like a hometown rodeo for me. I already have so many friends and family members that are planning to be there to see us and I’m so excited to be able to be a part of something larger and hopefully make my hometown proud!

 

Chelsey all cowboyed up.

Chelsey all cowboyed up.

 

What have you learned about the experience thus far?

Well of course we’ve been through tons of great training, which has offered an incredible amount of knowledge for the role, but on a more personal level I’ve learned a lot about myself as well. Coming from the country, I was raised pretty much a tomboy (when I was little my dream was to be a NASCAR driver). But I grew up tinkering on vehicles, riding quads, playing in the dirt, and hunting. Having this opportunity introduced me (and everyone else) to a completely new side of me, which even I didn’t know existed. I have opened up and discovered that I can be, for lack of a better description, a Princess, and even enjoy getting pampered and all dolled up for events while still remaining true to myself and my roots.

 

Going for a nice relaxing trail ride.

Going for a nice relaxing trail ride.

 

Chelsey bow hunting.

Chelsey bow hunting.

 

Can you tell me about your clothes and boots? Do you have a favorite outfit?

We are so incredible lucky to be able to work with the sponsors that we have. Each and every outfit and pair of boots seems to out-do the last and we are beyond grateful. One of my most favorite outfits though, was one that we received from Janine of Janine’s Custom Creations, it is a full leather jacket and skirt that is white leather and brown lamb suede (SO soft!). It has fringe all throughout as well as some subtle bling of course, but whenever we wear it, we truly feel like royalty. It pairs with a pair of custom cow hide boots from Alberta Boot Co. that are a shimmery brown and actually have our crowns lasered onto the front! It means the world to us that with these boots, we get to carry our crowns with us and don’t have to completely give them up at the end of September.

How do you ladies always look so beautiful?? Any hair, make up or nail tips you can share?

Let me tell you, we certainly don’t wake up like this! To start with though, we use all Aria skin care products specialized for each of our skin types as well as the Aria makeup line, which has been a lifesaver! The trick with the makeup is to apply it inside and then go sit in your car and re-evaluate, because no matter what, it always looks different in natural sunlight! For the hair, I never curl freshly washed hair or else it becomes limp and unmanageable within a few hours, go spend some time with your horse before curling it to get it a little dirty first which helps lock in the curl! For nails, our sponsor nail technicians at Lushus Concepts are miracle workers, I had never touched my nails before this year and they make them look amazing. I keep them short otherwise they break pretty quick working in the barns and such.

Chelsey enjoying some nice hot Starbucks.

Chelsey enjoying some nice hot Starbucks.

 

Can you please tell me about your Stampede horse?

I’ve been told that my Stampede horse, Snoopy, and I are kindred spirits. I think we’re the most competitive pair out of the group, no matter what we’re doing. Snoopy has one of the biggest personalities I’ve seen in a horse and makes me laugh every time I’m with him. He always has to be watching and waiting to help out while I groom and tack up, he will have his head literally cranked right around to ensure he doesn’t miss a thing. He also has to get every job done as fast as possible…life is a race for Snoop, and let me tell you, he usually wins. We have compared him a couple times to Justin Timberlake with his charming personality, and his love to dance (especially in the arena to O’Canada). He is a quirky guy who knows his job inside and out, and we definitely feed off of each other’s energy, especially when AC/DC comes on.

Chelsey cruising down the street in Calgary with Snoopy.

Chelsey cruising down the street in Calgary with Snoopy.

 

Can you tell us about a day in your life, when you are required to appear as part of the Stampede Royalty?

First off, there is hardly a routine to our lives, each day is different, and sometimes a surprise! But a typical day starts off with getting ourselves all dolled up and into whatever casual or formal outfit required. We usually meet on park and carpool over with our chaperone to the event itself. We check in with whoever is the contact for that event and carry on with whatever duty is expected of us. After it’s done, I like to come home and do nothing but unwind for about 15 minutes before even taking my makeup off. We typically like to prepare for each event by researching the event itself as well as who the guests and audience will be so that we can go in knowing as much as we can to avoid any unexpected surprises. It also makes the hosts feel more appreciated that we took the time to learn about their cause or hopes for the event, whatever they may be.

 

Chelsey, Maggie, and Vanessa chatting it up with etalk.

Chelsey, Maggie, and Vanessa chatting it up with etalk.

 

For others who might aspire to try out for the Royalty competition, do you have any tips or advice to offer?

For me, during the whole competition, I kept being told to just be myself and let my real personality shine. So that’s what I did and here I am. I typicall am very positive and bubbly and I didn’t hold back at all. The judges are looking for three genuine girls who are true to themselves and are grateful for the opportunity to represent the Stampede and what it stands for. So being your true self is a huge step in the right direction, nobody wants to see someone become somebody they’re not just because they’re in the spotlight or feel they need to impress others.

Chelsey pictured with the London bridge.

Chelsey pictured with the London bridge.

 
The 2017 Queen and Princesses Contest is now open. Applications accepted until August 15, 2016.
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Q & A With Stampede Royalty

Photo by Laura Parry of Wildheart Photography.

Photo by Laura Parry of Wildheart Photography.

 

Western Horse Review sat down with Bailee recently – one of the Calgary Stampede princesses – about her experiences, her Stampede horse, beauty tips, learning experiences and much more about her exciting life experience as Stampede royalty!

Can you please tell me what has been one of your most memorable experiences of being part of the royalty to date?

The most memorable moment so far has probably been our first grand entry at Aggie Days. I was a ball of nerves leading up to it, but my horse, Hawk, as well as Maggie and Chelsey, helped to ease my nerves and we had an absolute blast going full speed around the arena full of cheering kids!

What are you still looking forward to?

Definitely the actual ten days of Stampede! In particular, I’m really looking forward to riding in the parade – what better way to kick things off?! Every year I look forward to eating pancakes for ten days straight, and that hasn’t changed either – haha.

What have you learned about the experience thus far?

I thought that I knew a lot about the Calgary Stampede and I thought I was very passionate about it when I first tried out for Royalty – but that knowledge and passion of this organization has only grown! Learning about everything the Stampede does year round, from agriculture education to animal events to supporting youth programs has only made me love it more and I know I will remain involved long after my year as Princess is over.

Bailee giving some scratches to a week old foal.

Bailee giving some scratches to a week old foal.

 

Can you tell me about your clothes and boots?

We are so lucky to have our whole wardrobe sponsored for the year! Lammles, Janine’s Custom Creations, Alberta Boot Company and Wrangler do an amazing job of making sure that we look and feel our best whether we are at a pancake breakfast with elementary school kids in town, or at a party with the Canadian Ambassador in Berlin. I love wearing any of our Alberta Boots with skinny Wranglers and a fancy top – I feel just a little dressed up, but could also hop on my horse in that outfit!

Bailee's gorgeous Stampede Royalty journal.

Bailee’s gorgeous Stampede Royalty journal.

 

How do you ladies always look so beautiful? Any hair, make up or nail tips you can share?

Liz from The Aria Studios gets full credit!! She provides us with all the skin care and make up products we need throughout the year and teaches us how to use all of it. My go-to’s are matte powder, blush and bright lipstick – always bright lipstick! I’m not a good person to talk to about nails, I bite mine so much! I don’t know how they do it, but Lushus Concepts always manages to make my manicure beautiful though. I love pastel colours on my nails year round. As for hair, we curl our hair a lot so I like to put coconut oil in my hair over night to help ease the heat damage. It also makes my hair smell awesome.

Photo by Laura Parry of Wildheart Photography.

Photo by Laura Parry of Wildheart Photography.

 

Can you please tell me about your Stampede horse?

My horse is a stunning dun named Hawk. He has year-round natural highlights through his mane and tiger stripes down his legs. I like to compare Hawk to George Clooney: he’s super handsome, one of the best at what he does and is always relaxed under pressure. A couple of things Hawk and I have in common are that we are both the oldest members of our trio and we both love snacks and laying in the sunshine. We call him “Hawk the Rock” because he is always a good balancing board for me; when I am energetic and little crazy Hawk levels me out and brings me back down to earth and when I’m down or having a bad day, he always lifts my spirits.

Bailee's Stampede horse Hawk.

Bailee’s Stampede horse Hawk.

 

Can you tell us about a day in your life, when you are required to appear as part of the Stampede Royalty?

Typically, Maggie, Chelsey and I are in touch throughout the day, planning what outfit to wear and what jewelry to pair it with. I’ll crank up some Keith Urban or AC/DC about an hour before I have to leave the house, because doing make-up in silence is no fun! I have a big rolling rack of my royalty wardrobe in my room so everything is easy to find. If it’s not something I’ve done already, I’ll double check the event information and make sure I have an understanding of the company/organization hosting us and what we are there to do. Then I kiss my puppies good-bye and I’m out the door – I’ll meet up with Chelsey and Maggie at Stampede Park and we’ll head off to our event together! Everyday is a little bit different, but that’s the general way things go for me.

Bailee attending the 2013 Grey Cup.

Bailee attending the 2013 Grey Cup.

 

For others who might aspire to try out for the Royalty competition, do you have any tips or advice to offer?

This is definitely a role that will require 110% commitment, so just know that you really have to put your heart and soul into it! If you decide you want to be a part of the trio, don’t be afraid to commit to pursuing that dream wholeheartedly. I was selected the second year I was in the competition and it has without a doubt been worth it. It may seem like a crazy dream or something that might be out of reach, but it’s not!

Bailee packing for her trip to Berlin.

Bailee packing for her trip to Berlin.

The 2017 Queen and Princesses Contest is now open. Applications accepted until August 15, 2016.
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4th Annual Prairie Futurity

A well-attended and very successful 4th annual Prairie Futurity was held on April 18th, 2014 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon. The entries were up and the competition was fierce! Over $20,000.00 was presented in prizes & cash thanks to the assistance & support of our many generous sponsors. Horses eligible to compete in the Futurity are those horses purchased at past PQHB Sales.

OPEN 2 YEAR OLDS: Lunge Line, Trail in Hand & Conformation Class

Awards: payouts of $2100.00 CASH, an award blanket, 2 award chairs, Equine 2000, Masterfeeds ,Equine feed, Hoffman’s minerals, 2 X $100 Cowtown gift certificates, 6 X $20 Early’s gift certificates, Hi-Pro feed

PH(4) Open 2 Yr Champion

Open 2 Year Old Champion, The Next Great Jewel

  Champion Handler: Shauna Getz, Lucky Lake, Sk.

Horse: The Next Great Jewel # 5466565 – 2013 Dun Filly

Sire: The Jewel Snipper

Owner of Horse: Steve Wick

Breeder of Horse: Whitby Farms, Lucky Lake, Sk.

 

PHRes Open 2 yr old class

Open 2 yr old Reserve Champion, Boom Boom Olena

Res. Champion Handler: Courtney Kwasnica, Aberdeen, Sk.

Horse: Boom Boom Olena #5467123 – 2013 Sorrel Filly

Sire: Solanos Boom Olena

Owner of Horse: Courtney Kwasnic

Breeder of Horse: Southern Springs Stable, Rockglen, Sk.

3rd place Handler: Kristi Anne Naaj, Saskatoon, Sk.

Horse: Shesa Smokin Annie # 5451625 – 2013 Bay Filly

Sire: Smokin Boonsmal

Owner of Horse: Keith Bryenton

Breeder of Horse: Haight Ranch, Hanley, Sk.

4th place Handler: Chad Haaland, Hanley, Sk.

Horse: My Butz Blue Velvet # 5464563 – 2013 Blue Roan Stallion

Sire: Butzie Boon Bar WF

Owner of Horse: Chad Haaland

Breeder of Horse: Allen Quarter Horses, Turtleford, Sk.

5th place Handler: Halle Stewart, Watrous, Sk.

Horse: MJ Bingos Cutie # 5501746 – 2012 Dun Filly

Sire: MJ Dual Power

Owner of Horse: Dean Stewart

Breeder of Horse: MJ Quarter Horses, Ste. Rose du Lac, Man.

6th place Handler: Cindy Quiring, Asquith, Sk.

Horse: Smart Shena Girl # 5506417 – 2013 Bay Filly

Sire: Smart Jack Bar

Owner of Horse: Cindy Quiring

Breeder of Horse: Southern Springs Stable, Rockglen, Sk.

 

YOUTH 2 YEAR OLDS: Trail-In-Hand & Conformation

Awards: payouts of $400.00 CASH, $100 Cowtown gift certificate, equine totes/goodies, Equine 2000, Masterfeeds Equine feed, 5 X $20 Early’s gift certificates, Hoffman’s minerals , Hi-Pro Feeds

 

PH(3) youth  2 yr horses class

Youth 2 yr Old Champion, Solboons Royal Lace

Champion Handler: Josey Black, Swan River, Man.

Horse: Solboons Royal Lace # 5478119 – 2013 Sorrel Filly

Sire: Solanos Boon Olena

Owner of Horse: John Black

Breeder of Horse: Coldwell Ranch, Davidson, Sk.

 

PHYouth 2 yr old class - 2nd pLACE

Youth 2 yr Class 2nd Place, Oh San Lynx

Res. Champion Handler: Abby Black, Swan River, Man.

Horse: Oh San Lynx # 5449351 – 2013 Bay Filly

Sire: Little Oakie Cat

Owner of Horse: John Black

Breeder of Horse: Red Spring Ranch, Okla, Sk.

3rd place Handler: Cobi Quiring, Asquith, Sk.

Horse: Smart Shena Girl # 5506417 – 2013 Bay Filly

Sire: Smart Jack Bar

Owner of Horse: Cindy Quiring

Breeder of Horse: Southern Springs Stable, Rockglen, Sk.

4th place Handler: Halle Stewart, Watrous, Sk.

Horse: MJ Bingos Cutie # 5501746 – 2012 Dun Filly

Sire: MJ Dual Power

Owner of Horse: Dean Stewart

Breeder of Horse: MJ Quarter Horses, Ste. Rose du Lac, Man.

5th place Handler: Courtney Kwasnica, Aberdeen, Sk.

Horse: Boom Boom Olena #5467123 – 2013 Sorrel Filly

Sire: Solanos Boon Olena

Owner of Horse: Courtney Kwasnica

Breeder of Horse: Southern Springs Stable, Rockglen, Sk.

 

NON-PRO PERFORMANCE “Affordable Barns” Futurity CLASS – 3 YEAR OLD HORSES

Awards: payouts of $600.00 CASH, an award blanket, award stirrups, award buckle, 2 chairs, Equine 2000, Masterfeeds Equine feed, Hoffman’s minerals ,2 x $100 Cowtown gift certificates, 2 X $20 Early’s gift certificates

PHNon Pro Permance Champion

Non Pro Performance 3 yr Old Champion, MTR Pistolpackinmama

Champion Rider: Mike Bertrand, Lloydminster , Alta.

Horse: MTR Pistolpackinmama # 5436718 – 2011 Gray Filly

Sire: Circle Bar Gray Gun

Owner of Horse: Mike Bertrand

Breeder of Horse: Myterra Ranch, Cadogan, Alta

Reserve Champion Rider: Jessie Wruck, Saskatoon, Sk.

Horse: Smart Oakie Cat # 5383203 – 2011 Bay Gelding

Sire: Little Oakie Cat

Owner of Horse: Scott & Jesse Wruck

Breeder of Horse: Red Spring Ranch, Okla, Sk.

 

OPEN PERFORMANCE “Affordable Barns” Futurity CLASS – 3 YEAR OLD HORSES

Awards: payouts of $600 .00 CASH, an award blanket, award stirrups, award buckle, 2 chairs, Equine 2000, Masterfeeds Equine feed, Hoffman’s minerals ,2 x $100 Cowtown gift certificates, 2 X $20 Early’s gift certificates

PH( 1) Affordable Barns Open Champion

Open Performance 3 yr Old Champion, CD Wilywood

Champion Rider: Bonnie Gerich, Delisle, Sk.

Horse: CD Wilywood #5393739 – 2011 Dun Gelding

Sire:Tuko Two Wood

Owner of Horse: Sarah Watamaniuk Paddison

Breeder of Horse: Frank & Bonnie Gerich, Delisle,Sk.

PH( 3)  Open Performance Reserve Champion

Open Performance 3 yr Old Reserve Champion, Wkk Playin Safe

Reserve Champion Rider: Heather Chow, Prince Albert, Sk.

Horse: Wkk Playin Safe # 5362039 – 2011 Sorrel Gelding

Sire: Smart Lil Marmoset

Owner of Horse: Heather Chow

Breeder of Horse: Wayne & Kim Knaap, Maple Creek, Sk

 

Greenhawk’s OPEN HORSEMANSHIP CLASS

Awards: payouts of $500.00 CASH, an award blanket, awards valued at $500.00 , Equine 2000, Masterfeeds Equine feed, Hoffman’s minerals

PHopen horsemanship champion

Open Horsemanship Champion, Good Little Talker

Champion Rider: Danielle Bergen, Warman, Sk.

Horse: Good Little Talker # 5327026 – 2011 Bay Roan Mare

Sire: Dimensions Cowboy

Owner of Horse: Danielle Bergen

Breeder of Horse: Mc Burney Farms, Coronach, Sk

2nd place Rider: Richard King, Saskatoon, Sk.

Horse: Scotch Time Sarge # 5218084 – 2009 Sorrel Gelding

Sire: Whisper In Scotch

Owner of Horse: Richard King

Breeder of Horse: Haight Ranch, Hanley, Sask.

3rd place Rider: Marilee Farrow, Dalmeny, Sk.

Horse: Sparkle Jack Sparrow # 5198368 – 2009 Bay Gelding

Sire: Footworks Freckle

Owner of Horse: Ron & Marilee Farrow

Breeder of Horse: Horseshoe Ranch, Frobisher, Sk.

 

K & K Land Management’s SEASONED RIDERS “DAY ON THE RANCH ” CLASS

Awards: payouts of $450.00 CASH, an award blanket, an award buckle, Equine 2000, Masterfeeds Equine feed, Hoffman’s minerals , 2 chairs, $100 Cowtown gift certificate, Early’s gift certificates

PH(3) day on the Ranch

Seasoned Riders “Day on the Ranch ” Champion, Scotch Time Sarge

Champion Rider: Richard King, Saskatoon, Sk.

Horse: Scotch Time Sarge # 5218084 – 2009 Sorrel Gelding

Sire: Whisper In Scotch

Owner of Horse: Richard King

Breeder of Horse: Haight Ranch, Hanley, Sask.

PH(3) day on the Ranch Reserve Champion

Seasoned Riders “Day on the Ranch ” 2nd Place, WKK Promise

2nd place Rider: Wendy Naclia, Norquay, Sk.

Horse: WKK Promise # 5284739 – 2010 Sorrel Mare

Sire: Smart Lil Marmoset

Owner of Horse: Brian & Wendy Naclia

Breeder of Horse: Wayne & Kim Knaap, Maple Creek, Sk.

3rd place Rider: Mike Bertrand, Lloydminster , Alta.

Horse: MTR Pistolpackinmama # 5436718 – 2011 Gray Filly

Sire: Circle Bar Gray Gun

Owner of Horse: Mike Bertrand

Breeder of Horse: Myterra Ranch, Cadogan, Alta

 

Greenhawk’s NERVOUS NOVICE & YOUTH HORSEMANSHIP CLASS

Awards: payouts of $450.00 CASH, an award blanket, awards valued at $500.00 , Equine 2000, Masterfeeds Equine feed, Hoffman’s minerals

PH( 2) Greenhawk's NN & Youth Champion

Nervous Novice & Youth Horsemanship Class Champion, Showdown Farrah

Champion Rider: Whitney Nepinak, Swan River, Man.

Horse: Showdown Farrah # 5293683 – 2011 Sorrel Mare

Sire: Whisper In Scotch

Owner of Horse: Ken Layng

Breeder of Horse: Barrie & Angela Stewart, Rockglen, Sk.

 

PH(2) 2 nd place NN & Youth Horsemanship

Nervous Novice & Youth Horsemanship Class 2nd Place, Ms Jewel Bar

2nd place Rider: Cobi Quiring, Asquith, Sk.

Horse: Ms Jewel Bar # 5338827 – 2010 Bay Mare

Sire: Smart Jack Bar

Owner of Horse: Cindy Quiring

Breeder of Horse: Southern Springs Stable, Rockglen, Sk.

3rd place Rider: Josey Black, Swan River, Man.

Horse: Silverado Coco Puff # 5339200 – 2010 Palomino Mare

Sire: Dox Silverado Gold

Owner of Horse: Southern Springs Stable

Breeder of Horse: Lazy J Bar Livestock, Borden, Sk.

4th place Rider: Abby Black, Swan River, Man.

Horse: Nitro Quill # 5420288 – 2011 Sorrel Gelding

Sire: Nitro Glycerine

Owner of Horse: Southern Springs Stable

Breeder of Horse: Running Bar F Quarter Horses, Grandora, Sk.

5th place Rider: Lacey Stewart, Watrous, Sk.

Horse: MJ Snickels Maggie #5326293 2010 Grullo Mare

Sire: Snickelsfritz Flip

Owner of Horse: Dean Stewart

Breeder of Horse: MJ Quarter Horses, Ste. Rose du Lac, Man

 

YOUTH RANCH HORSE COMPETITION

Awards: payouts of $100.00 cash, an award blanket, $100 Cowtown gift certificate, $20 Early’s gift certicate, equine feed , Hoffman’s minerals

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Youth Ranch Horse Competition Champion, Showdown Farrah

Champion Rider: Whitney Nepinak, Swan River, Man.

Horse: Showdown Farrah # 5293683 – 2011 Sorrel Mare

Sire: Whisper In Scotch

Owner of Horse: Ken Layng

Breeder of Horse: Barrie & Angela Stewart, Rockglen, Sk.

 

NON-PRO “K&K Livestock” RANCH HORSE COMPETITION

Awards: payouts of a WORKING COW HORSE SADDLE, RESERVE CHAMPION BUCKLE , $1000.00 CASH, 2 award blankets, Equine 2000, Masterfeeds Equine feed, Hoffman’s minerals, 2 X $100 Cowtown gift certificates, 2 chairs, Hi-Pro feed, 2 X $20 Early’s Gift certificates.

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Non Pro Ranch Horse Champion, Lena Is San Smart

Champion Rider: Wendy Naclia, Norquay, Sk.

Horse: Lena Is San Smart # 4953682 – 2006 Sorrel Mare

Sire: Smart Adversary

Owner of Horse: Brian & Wendy Naclia

Breeder of Horse: Nanette & Mickey Choquer, Rockglen, Sk.

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Non Pro Ranch Horse Reserve Champion, Sparkle Jack Sparrow

Reserve Champion Rider: Ron Farrow, Delmany, Sk.

Horse: Sparkle Jack Sparrow # 5198368 – 2009 Bay Gelding

Sire: Footworks Freckle

Owner of Horse: Ron & Marilee Farrow

Breeder of Horse: Horseshoe Ranch, Frobisher, Sk.

 

OPEN “Moose Jaw Toyota Trailer Sales” RANCH HORSE COMPETITION

Awards: payouts of a one year lease of a Horse Trailer , RESERVE CHAMPION BUCKLE , $800.00 CASH, 2 award blankets, Equine 2000, Masterfeeds Equine feed, Hoffman’s minerals, 2 X $100 Cowtown gift certificates, 2 chairs, Hi-Pro feed, 2 X $20 Early’s Gift certificates.

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Open Ranch Horse Champion, Lena Is San Smart

Champion Rider: Dale Clearwater, Hanley, Sk.

Horse: Lena Is San Smart # 4953682 – 2006 Sorrel Mare

Sire: Smart Adversary

Owner of Horse: Brian & Wendy Naclia

Breeder of Horse: Nanette & Mickey Choquer, Rockglen, Sk.

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Open Ranch Horse Reserve Champion, Kings Crystalite

Reserve Champion Rider: Seth Abrahamson, Broderick, Sk.

Horse: Kings Crystalite # 5273218 – 2010 Palomino Mare

Sire: Silver Sage Dually

Owner of Horse: Beth Manz

Breeder of Horse: Coldwell Ranch, Davidson, Sk.

PQHB Barrel Futurity and Derby
Futurity Rider Horse Breeder Run 1 Run 2
Nikki Ballard Classy Stage Pass Allen Quarter Horses 16.603 16.061
Dale Clearwater Profits Julianne Haight Ranch 16.476 16.432
Whitney Nepinak Showdown Farrah Haight Ranch 18.802 19.286
 
 Derby Rider Horse Breeder Run 1 Run 2
Karletta DeWitt Ruby Lookin E Breitkreuz 16.102 15.851
Tyrelle DeWitt Hawklands Andromeda Dave & Shirley Chostner 16.365 16.738
Kim Salmond Pepolenas Rebel Moon Scott Performance Horses 15.298 NT
Jade Lenard MTR Royal Chip It Ed Masson NT NT

 

Stories of Bill

It can be said that horse people, while deeply attached to the trappings of our West, are not overly nostalgic about many things, except perhaps a favorite horse, faithful dog, or particularly memorable run down the pen. Maybe it’s the cowboy in us. We seem to lay our courses through the decades, nodding fondly to good old horses when they leave us, and acknowledging with great respect the work of our kin in the industry, yet always with an eye to the present, and moving on down the trail. Much in the way an old cowboy on the range would bury a good friend who may have come to an untimely end, offering up with a kind of direct sincerity a quote from the Good Book or memory, before swinging himself back into the saddle to complete the day’s journey.

But when it comes to Bill Collins, it seems even the toughest of the cowboys among us can get teary-eyed and wax poetic on the subject of our personal acquaintance with this iconic figure of our West. Perhaps it is rightfully so, as our love affair with Bill has spanned over decades and even generations of our collective western roots.

Bill was born in 1924 into a ranching family and grew up working cattle and horses north of Drumheller, Alberta. It was a neighbor, Phil Bischoff, who became Bill’s mentor, teaching him the nuances of livestock trading, and taking the wide-eyed young man to his first Calgary Stampede in 1945. Soon after, he began to compete in calf roping, winning several Canadian championships in the 50’s, as well as trying his hand in chuckwagon racing, as both an outrider and driver. But it was in 1955, when fate appeared to step in – in the form of a friend who asked him to help out at a cutting demonstration in Bassano, Alberta.

The rest truly is history. The stuff of legends.

Bill’s legacy in cutting spanned over half a century, and he may very well be Canada’s most unanimously considered hero of the sport of all time. It is simply quite unimaginable what the sport might be today, had it not been for Bill’s devout hand in it. As one of the country’s esteemed trainers of today, Gerry Hansma tells it, “There will never be a more devoted man to the sport of cutting in Canada.”

Longtime cutting enthusiast, and much admired for his work with Canada’s pinnacle western performance events, Dave Robson enjoyed a steadfast relationship with Bill over many decades. He recognizes, “Bill made several contributions to the cutting industry. Firstly, he truly was a pioneer to the sport and worked very hard to become good at it. He fostered relationships with many of the greats in the industry to advance his knowledge. Secondly, Bill had a very strong value system. His integrity and passion for the sporty was unwavering. And anyone who deviated from these areas would be dealt with directly or indirectly.”

Bill and his wife, Pearl are largely credited for bringing cutting to the Calgary Stampede in the mid ’70s, while a decade prior, his cutting escapades with Prince Philip and the 1964 Royal Cutting Horse Tour in Great Britain are well documented.

As profound as his influence on the sport was, he remained a steadfast critic of the three-year-old futurities in Canada. Any spectator sitting next to Bill and Pearl in the stands of a cuttin’ might soon find him or herself on the receiving end of a tremendous insight – or as Pearl would teasingly call it, with a twinkle in her eye, “Bill’s lecture.”

At the heart of his objection to the Canadian three-year-old futurity stood the athlete. Bill didn’t believe our young horses could stand up to the same pressure as their Texas counterparts, and there were several facts of climate and country supporting his side in this philosophical debate. He explained them in this excerpt from the 1990’s book by author Maggie Glynn-Jensen – Alberta’s Best.

“The three-year-old futurities are one of the biggest disasters we’ve ever had in the country. Tom Fox and myself and several of the older cutters fought the three-year-old futurity in our country for so long that finally the younger people come on and voted us out. If you stop and analyze it, a lot of our three-year-olds are six months younger in maturity and work than the ones in Texas that go to the NCHA Futurity in December. We have our colts born in May and June up here, sometimes July. We work in indoor buildings with these colts for six or eight months of the year when we can’t be outside, and in Texas they work 10 months of the year outside, and their colts are born in January, February and March. They already have three months over ours. Then our management start having these futurities in September and October, which is three months earlier than the big one in Fort Worth. Now we’ve got six months off them (Texas) colts. It just isn’t reasonable.”

Collins believed that one of the greatest cutting horses of his career, Peponita – two-time World Champion under Matlock Rose, would never had made it if Bill had asked the three-year-old futurity of him.

“I won the Four-Year-Old Futurity [Canada originally began with a four-year-old futurity, later evolving to the three-year-old aged event] on him [Peponita] in 1973 and went on and won the Novice and Open Championship on him in 1974. It was the first time it had ever been done by one horse. I did it again on a daughter of Peppy San that I brought along in the same way. Peponita was sold to Matlock Rose in 1977, and he won the NCHA Open World Championship, and an American Quarter Horse Association Championship in the same year. They used him for breeding in 1978, and in 1979 he came back and duplicated it again. It’s never been done before. There again, it’s those babies not being pushed and just doing with the horse what they are capable. Things come full circle, but for me this has never changed.”

If the movers and shakers in the association boardrooms had any grievances with Bill’s quiet outspokenness on the subject of the futurity, they sure didn’t show it, placing him in nearly every Hall of Fame known to the western horse world; the Canadian Cutting Horse Association (1987), Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (1994), National Cutting Horse Association (1995), and the American Quarter Horse Association (2007).

In 1997, he joined the ranks of one of his admirers, musician Ian Tyson, when he became a member of the Order of Canada, and in 2000, the Horse Industry Association of Alberta bestowed its grandest award on the man – the Distinguished Service Award. Peter Fraser, President of the HIAA, discloses, “The truth is, Bill was given so many distinguished awards and honours during his lifetime that it’s hard to imagine he was shortchanged, unless they break tradition and finally issue Sainthood to a cowboy.”

When this magazine interviewed Bill in 1997, he let the writer know his most prized possession was not an accolade from the competitive ring, but a bronze sculpture commanding a prominent position in the Collins’ then Bearspaw home. Titled Pro Talk and created by British Columbia sculptor and cowboy, Len Monical, the bronze depicts Bill’s life in all its glory – cowboy, cutting horse trainer and stewart of the horse. It was presented to Bill in the ‘80’s during a casual steak-fry amongst friends and colleagues, who wanted to honor Bill “while he still had his boots on.”

Long after his competition and judging days were over, Bill continued to impart what affectionately became known as his “Collinisms” – valuable lessons, cherished advice, a little banter and friendly torments – always projecting in that soft-spoken demeanor, often beginning the invitation to sit down and prepare to be party to some invaluable lesson with the words, “well, folks. . .”

Trainer Brad Pedersen recognizes Bill as the ultimate gentleman, who “was never afraid to offer advice if you were struggling with training a horse. He always approached you in such a manner as to never make you feel like a fool, and he always made sure to tell you when you were doing something right too.”

It’s hard to imagine anyone arguing with Bill, for he backed up his lessons not only with the empiricism of a lifetime, but proving his training methods consistently in the arena. Trainer and founding member of the Canadian Supreme, Gary Coleman recalled in a 1997 interview, “We all know the great things that Bill has done on some great horses, such as Peponita. But as I’ve watched him over the years, I’ve always marveled at what Bill did with the average horse. Bill beat a lot of us on a lot of horses that were average, and to me that’s a great credit to his training methods.”

Trainer Kevin Tienkamp concurs, “I always admired his ability to get a really rank horse trained. I can recall a few that he showed that nobody else wanted to be around.”

Above all the accolades and awards, the horses and strength he bestowed upon a budding horse industry, most will remember the consummate gentleman. In an industry often marked with a cliquish standoffishness, we could count on Bill to greet each of us with a smile, and as sincere a handshake as we’ll perhaps ever know. Competitor Heather Pedersen reminisces. “I personally will never forget how he always grabbed my hand with both his hands and would look directly at me. I even remember the look on his face. I would always walk away wiping tears from my eyes because he was always so nice to me.”

Bill Collins passed away on Dec. 31, 2013 at 6:00 a.m. in the morning, a timing that somehow fits the quintessential Bill; his final assignment, flawlessly taking his leave before a minute of daylight was to be wasted. He would have been 90 on March 25. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Pearl, his children: Russell, Billie-Lynn, Philip and Gary Coleman, as well as numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

It’s said the good ones never live long enough, but a few of us in the equine world can honestly say that several generations of our families were given the opportunity to be present for the accomplishments and teaching of this great Master firsthand.

That’s a pretty good lifetime.

Excerpted from the March issue of Western Horse Review.  A Celebration of Bill’s life will be held this Friday, May 9 at 2:00 p.m. at the Palomino Room, at the Calgary Stampede grounds. Friends and admirers of Bill and his lifetime of accomplishments are welcome. 

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Bill Collins and Peter Fraser enjoying a moment at the Horse Owners and Breeders Conference.

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Bill exemplified the cowboy way and ethics.

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The iconic photo of Bill bridle-less cutting in England, during the 1964 Royal Cutting Horse Tour. The mare he is riding is Bonita Tivio, dam of Peponita.

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Bill and Marion Stav at the Canadian Supreme in 1981.

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Bill cutting at the Canadian Supreme in 1990.

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Bill and Pearl at the Canadian Supreme.

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Bill Collins and Peponita in 1973.

Paint Horse World Championship Results

Paint Horse World Show

Paint Horses hit the world’s stage to face off for this year’s championship titles. More than $500,000 awarded in cash and prizes among 1,029 horses during 11-day show

Owners and exhibitors from 43 states, Canada, Australia, France and Mexico shared a common goal recently at the 2011 World Championship Show in Fort Worth, Texas, hosted by the American Paint Horse Association—to be named “champion.”

The show offered classes in a full range of disciplines, from halter to hunter under saddle, and showmanship to reining. This was the second phase of World Championship competition for the Association, featuring 235 classes. While the 178 World title classes are the backbone of the action, APHA also offers slot, Breeders’ Futurity, challenge and sweepstakes classes that offer cash payouts instead of a championship title. The total number of entries was 2,294.

Preliminary payout numbers indicate over $339,000 in cash was paid out to top exhibitors at the APHA World Show, including $116,761 in the Breeders’ Futurity; $110,250 in the slots; $78,300 in Challenge classes; and $19,020 in Sweepstakes payouts.

New classes
The largest group of classes added to the World Show was the Open and Amateur cattle and reining classes, which have been held during the summer installment of the show for the past several years. This change created a more uniform feel and timeline for our competitors, bringing them into the fold with the other Open and Amateur events.

APHA also teamed with other organizations within the industry to offer several opportunities for exhibitors to earn incentive money while in the show ring. Eight Southern Belle Breeders’ classes added $500 each, along with jackpotted entry fees; and two National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) Stallion Incentive Fund classes paid out $1,250 each plus jackpotted entry fees. Novice Amateur Hunt Seat Equitation Over Fences was added as a World Championship class. A Limited Division was offered within each slot class. Meanwhile, the Breeders’ Futurity added six performance classes for 2-year-olds in the program. Appropriate classes were approved by NSBA and the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA).

High-Point & All-Around Winners
The Association recognized All-Around titlists in the Amateur and Novice Amateur division on Tuesday, November 8 with a special ceremony at the conclusion of Amateur competition.
· All-Around Classic Amateur (19-44)
Chelsea Bain of Scottsdale, Arizona
showing Sensational Blonde: 9-year-old sorrel overo mare (Breeders’ Trust nominated)
· Reserve All-Around Classic Amateur (19-44)
Maggie Griffin of Tomball, Texas
showing Gallant Zippo: 4-year-old chestnut overo gelding (Breeders’ Trust nominated)
· All-Around Masters Amateur (45 & over)
Coleen Bull of Reed City, Michigan
showing Timeless Assets: 6-year-old bay overo gelding (Breeders’ Trust nominated)
· Reserve All-Around Masters Amateur (45 & over)
Sid Karr of Aubrey, Texas
showing Dont Rock My World: 11-year-old sorrel overo gelding
· All-Around Novice Amateur
Kristen Shaw of Oregon City, Oregon
showing Too Hot To: 8-year-old sorrel overo gelding (Breeders’ Trust nominated)
· Reserve All-Around Novice Amateur
Erica Miller of Troy, Ohio
showing Pines Royalty: 10-year-old chestnut overo gelding
· Non-Pro Versatility Challenge Champion
Maggie Griffin of Tomball, Texas
showing Gallant Zippo: 4-year-old chestnut overo gelding (Breeders’ Trust nominated)

Overall awards were presented for the Open division with a ceremony on Saturday, November 12. APHA corporate sponsor Hart Trailers presented ownership of a beautiful 3-horse slant trailer to the All-Around Open Horse.
· All-Around Open Horse + Super Gelding + High-Point English Horse
Roses And Chocolate: 8-year-old sorrel overo gelding (enrolled in Breeders’ Trust)
Owned by Bret Sanders of Mansfield, Texas
· Reserve All-Around Open Horse
Ill Be Sensational: 7-year-old red roan overo gelding (Breeders’ Trust nominated)
Owned by Leroy Poignant of Pilot Point, Texas
· High-Point Western Horse + Oscar Crigler Cattle Award
Gay Bar Drummer: 11-year-old dun tobiano stallion (enrolled in Breeders’ Trust)
Owned by Joni Voloshin of Craig, Colorado
· Reserve Western Horse + Reserve Oscar Crigler Cattle Award + Reserve Super Gelding
Dreamers Knight: 5-year-old sorrel tovero gelding
Owned by J.O. & Janie Haley of La Vernia, Texas
· Reserve High-Point English
Hes Worth The Gamble: 5-year-old brown overo gelding
Owned by Jennifer Schexnayder of New Roads, Louisiana
· High-Point Exhibitor
Ryan Painter of Pilot Point, Texas
· Reserve High-Point Exhibitor
Jack Wright of Penrose, Colorado

Breeders’ Trust Select Sale
The APHA Breeders’ Trust Select Sale presented by Markel Insurance was held Saturday, November 5 and offered Paint enthusiasts the perfect place to find a great horse. A total of 44 horses were consigned to the sale with JUST SAY JOSE coming out as the top-selling horse of the day, bringing former owner, Calvin Emig, $10,500.

A Yearling Sale Stakes session was added this year with 20 yearlings consigned. Yearlings selling in this session are now eligible to show in the 2-Year-Old Western Pleasure Sale Stakes class at the 2012 World Show. APHA will guarantee $2,500 in added money, and will match private sponsorships up to an additional $5,000 for a grand total of $12,500! The minimum payout is currently estimated at $19,300.

Social events
Although everyone was on hand to show their horses, not all of the action took place inside the arena. Exhibitors were treated to complimentary food and beverages at the Amateur Welcome Reception sponsored by Ron & JoAnna Shelly on November 2. World Show Sponsor eyeD Equine Identification hosted two socials in preparation for the Breeders’ Trust Sale, plus two horsemanship clinics conducted by “Road to the Horse” Champion Richard Winters toward the end of the show. Julie Marweg and Gillespie Show Horses hosted dinner for all on November 9 to promote Living Large. Championship dog races proved popular once again as well, as did shopping dozens of vendors in the Colors of the Season gift show.