Remembering Laurel

Do not shed tears when I have gone
but smile instead because I have lived.

You can remember me and grieve that I have gone
or you can cherish my memory and let it live on.

~ David Harkins

Photo courtesy James Hudyma

We lost our friend Laurel Wood on Sunday, April 18. Our greatest sympathies to Tim and family. Please join us in remembering Laurel – a horsewoman who lived with joy, passion and courage.

Photo courtesy of James Hudyma

Photo courtesy of James Hudyma

Photo courtesy of James Hudyma

Photo courtesy of Sandy Hansma

Photo courtesy James Hudyma

Photo courtesy James Hudyma

Comments

  1. Neil Stanley says:

    Indeed we will cherish many memories of Laurel…..and they will live on. Those who visited the Stanley Brothers Ranch and met Laurel were touched by her spirit, passion and courage. I will feel her energy and free spirit whenever I ride “Stompy”, who sent her airborne one day, and left us with an unforgettable memory!

  2. Thank you. Laurel is my sister and I know this tribute is what she would have wanted. We grew up riding horses and loving every bit of it.
    I miss her.
    Lee

  3. ingrid says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Lee. I met Laurel through her work, and then later our paths often crossed in the cutting circles, where I was often set back in awe, by her determination, courage and just plain happiness to be out riding. We’ll be thinking of her in the loping pen!

  4. Oh wow! I hadn’t heard this news. I worked with Laurel at the Calgary Stampede when I did contract work there. She had an awesome spirit. Thanks for sharing this tribute Ingrid.

  5. Rest in peace Laurel. You were a fighter, and you had an amazing spirit. Your cutting horse family misses you, and will always remember you.

  6. Janice Gill says:

    My sisters and I had the priviledge of growing up with Laurel and Lee and her wonderful parents. It was always so much fun and Laurel was the sweetest and nicest person. We will miss her tremendously and wish all her family our very deepest condolences. Laurel – may you be riding free in a better place now.

  7. I met laurel many yeas ago and we have mutual friends form BC days as well as Alberta days.
    She always had a smile even following her diagnosis. She was an inspiration, she dealt the hand that was presented with true courage and determination. I will never forget her.

  8. Thank you Ingrid for the wonderful pictures and tribute. I had not seen Laurel for a couple of years but will always remember her fondly. I am certain she met her last challenge with determination as always. We spent time together over the years from show jumping to team roping arenas to the cutting pen. She always brightened up the place with her smile and offered to help whenever and wherever she could. My sympathies to her sons Gus and Luke and the rest of her family and close friends.

  9. Patti James says:

    I met Laurel through her work at the Calgary Stampede, and her kindness, thoughfulness, and hard work was so much appreciated by we volunteers. She was a great lady, and the way she lived the last months of her life were an inspiration to many of us. Thanks, Ingrid, for sharing.

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