A Cowboy Love-In

BY DAINYA SAPERGIA

Dave Stamey flanked by two of Shannon Lawlor’s newest works, Friday night.

Foretelling of a vicious southern Alberta storm couldn’t even keep hardcore western music fans away from the historic East Longview Hall last Friday and Saturday night.

It was a beautifully planned event by Delilah Miller, showcasing the likes of Californian western singer Dave Stamey, Turner Valley, Alberta cowgirl poet Doris Daley and Nanton, Alberta famed equine artist Shannon Lawlor. Held within the walls of the East Longview Hall, we knew we were in for a special event.

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A down to earth gentleman, Stamey took time to sign cd’s and fraternize with the locals.

In a sea of expertly shaped hats and well-worn boots, the show couldn’t have pulled off western authenticity better. Doris Daley kicked off the

show reciting a small collection of some of her melodic tales, covering everything form the great love story of Flores Ladue and Guy Weadick to the conundrums of being a not-so-punchy cowgirl.

But we were all thrilled when the great Dave Stamey strolled up the aisle to take the stage. His very first time performing north of the 49th, Stamey’s performance kept the audience enthralled and giggling, with the perfect amount of both. His words flow like a hot knife through butter and, maybe most importantly, are truly authentic, ringing true to every fan there. It would be hard to pick a favourite of the night, but his Buckskin Horse song had a comical introduction, with a poignant message…

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The historic and revered East Longview Hall.

“…and she always wanted a buckskin horse and though life, can push a dream aside within the ranges of the heart there are miles and miles to ride if you ask, she’ll say it’s nothing, just a fantasy of course but like a secret hidden just behind her eyes there’s a buckskin horse”

But with all of the artistry flowing Saturday night, we were allowed a special treat when Ian Tyson meandered up the aisle to join Stamey in an impromptu rendition of the great ‘Bob Fudge’, flanked by two of Lawlor’s newest works. Two legends of western music before us, we all just sat and listened.

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Shannon Lawlor and Doris Daley, standing in front of Lawlor’s painting Casey.

If Stamey ever decides to venture up our way again, make sure you get yourself a ticket and be in that room… and the trip out to the East Longview Hall isn’t that bad, either.

Spectacular Western Weddings Part III

Published in the January/ February 2012 edition of Western Horse Review.

BY DAINYA SAPERGIA & DEANNA BECKLEY

A western wedding exhibits ample opportunities for stunning and expressive photography. With blossoming western culture molding beauty and elegance with tradition, the choices for modern day brides and grooms are endless. Here’s one of three weddings we featured in the Jan/Feb, 2012 issue of Western Horse Review.

Brook McGovern & Clint Buhler

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Being avid horsepeople and team ropers, it was important that their horses be included in Brook and Clint’s day. Photo by Krista Kay Photography.

Venue: A photographer’s dream, Manning Park provided the ultimate in stunning backdrops, for western wedding photographer, Krista Kay. The couple chose dramatic the Park as the setting for their vows. The ceremony was held at Lightning Lake, and the dinner was hosted in the Cascade Room of the Pinewoods Lodge, also located in Manning Park. For dancing and festivities, the wedding migrated to the Bears Den Pub where they danced the rest of the night away.

Colour Scheme: Simple and elegant, with chocolate brown and black.

Jewelry: A simply stated Victorian-esque necklace with a tear drop design adorned Brook’s neck. For a very personal touch, Clint had Brook’s platinum engagement and wedding rings designed especially for her, and Brook chose a strong carbine tungsten band for Clint, inscribed with the promise “Will Love You Forever.”

Men’s Attire: Clint and the groomsmen wore black western influenced blazers, crisp white collared shirts, dark wash jeans, black hats and brown boots.

Ladies’ Attire: The bridesmaids pulled in the chocolate brown element with their cotton halter dresses with brown cowboy boots. The two flower girls looked pristine in white ‘princess’ dresses accented with a wide brown sash and cowboy boots.

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A bit of magic from Brook and Clint’s engagement photo session. Photo by Krista Kay Photography.

Wedding Dress: Keeping her outdoor plans in mind, Brook went with a hardy taffeta material that would easily shed dirt and grasses which could cling and snag traditional materials. It was a princess ball gown, with a modest train and a beautiful back. Knowing that the ceremony would involve horses, she made sure it had plenty of body and flowed nicely when she was riding.

Flowers: Brook chose Abby Florist of Abbotsford, British Columbia to create her unique arrangements. Wanting something completely different, she went with fresh white roses, and accented with white gerbera daisies, dried grasses and wheat.

Centerpieces: The tables were adorned with a clear glass votive holder with a rose set in pebbles underwater and a tea light floating in the center. Spread throughout the center of the table were dried leaves to tie in the strong outdoor presence laced through the day.

Favours: Tying in Clint’s profession as a farrier along with a shot of whimsy, Brook chose a pony shoe with fine wire for a hanger, making a unique and useable momento for guests to remember the day. Cake. Personal and simple, the cake was a small nineinch round carrot cake (Clint’s favourite), decorated with a pretty paisley pattern.

Something Borrowed: Brook filled the old adage “something blue” with a blue garter. Also hidden under her beautiful gown was “something borrowed” – her mother’s garter.

Last year we featured three western weddings for readers to derive inspiration from for their upcoming nuptials. This year is no different! You are going to want to pick up the Jan/Feb issue of Western Horse Review, or purchase the current issue online

Southwest Style

I like to think we have plenty of cowboy and country style back home, but when we’re here in Arizona I really look forward to a day or two of southwest shopping. One of our favorite places is only a few minutes away in the quaint western town of Cave Creek, where, over the past three years, I’ve come to be drawn to a few favorite places. Such as Valerie’s Furniture where an eclectic selection of cowboy culture to western chic can be found.

You’ll find a strong influence of a southern style essential – the cross – in this store.

Whether in jewellery or ornaments, crosses and turquoise just work together, don’t they?

Mexicana Rose is one of the newest shops on Cave Creek Road, and with weekly containers arriving from their factory location in Mexico, we’re now able to appreciate and see some of the best of Mexico style in this store.

Artwork, pottery, lamps and furniture, such as this reclaimed wood sideboard I fell in love with on our last trip, are staples of this store,which now sprawls over two buildings.

As, are accessories with Mexican detail. . . .

. . . and iron work and tapestries.

Mexican culture often expresses it’s artistry in religious elements. Among my latest obsession – the folk-art like retablos. These are small oil paintings or sculptures on tin, wood, or copper – traditionally displayed on home alters to express devotion to (often) Catholic saints. Nowadays, they are considered collectable pieces of art. I found this one at one of our favorite consignment store stops in Cave Creek – the Lazy Lizard. A wonderful store, filled with cowboy culture, Mexican and western style pieces and charming purveyors. Not to mention – great deals!

A few other favorites – pretty ceramic bird found at Valeries.

This blue chair, modern sleekness with western undertones in the stitching and leather, found at the recently expanded True West Design, now occupying a gorgeous building on Cave Creek Road.

And conveniently located across the street from the Dairy Queen, Wee would add. When she’s not devouring strawberry-marshmallow sundaes and a large order of fries, I can sometimes cajole her into modelling for me (mostly out of boredom, on her part).

This rather interesting armchair that Wee is settin’ upon would make most of my female friends recoil in horror, but I can think of a guy or two who just might treasure it. I would suggest it is very likely one of a kind and for a limited time, or perhaps even a very long time (smile), you can find it at the Red Truck Trading Company.

While still incorporating two man-cave essentials – hide and horn – I sense this bench might enjoy better odds of getting the nod from the opposite gender.

And what would a man-cave be without a guitar or two in the shadows?

We found these beautiful Spanish-style bottles at Valerie’s.

Vintage cowgirl graphics and motifs are resplendent in many items, such as this pillow. . .

. . . or, this Andy-Warhol inspired lampshade, paired with an industrial-type base.

Cowgirl humor, particularly when it pokes a bit of fun at the opposite gender, appears to be universally in style.

What about this western-inspired trash can, found at Big Bronco, a western store popular with tourists.

Or, this Navajo-patterned table runner and pot.

And, finally, I loved these bowls which embody the classic southwestern colors of turquoise, red and earthy browns.

So, I’m curious. What piece pictured in this post tweaked your fancy most? Let me know in the comment section below. Later this week, I’m pulling out two names from all of the comments, and sending each of them a Horse Savvy Annual Planner. These planners are one of the most useful equine record books you’ll ever handle, so be sure to have a chance to win one with your comment!

Spectacular Western Weddings Part I

Published in the January/ February 2012,  edition of the Western Horse Review.

BY DAIYNA SAPERGIA & DEANNA BECKLEY

Say the phrase “western wedding”, and many of us get mental images of lace-up Victorian boots and satin fringes. But there is a movement within the engaged couples of the contemporary western world to create a day that bears witness to that which brought them together – the horses that are so important in their everyday lives, the traditions of their western backgrounds and the great, wide open West. We feature three couples who took these elements and created a day burgeoning with western flair, a love for horses and warmth for each other. Here is part one of our Western Weddings feature.

Photos by TJ Photography.

Deanna Paulsen & Jesse Beckley: An old ranch barn served as the ideal backdrop to reflect the couples’ western lifestyle.

Wedding Invitation: Deanna wanted a rustic wedding invite that represented the laid back ranch wedding she was planning. She worked together with a designer on Etsy.com to put it together, and printed them herself.

Venue: Three Bars Ranch – Cranbrook, BC. Colour Scheme. The main color was turquoise – the western world signature color and Deanna’s favourite. The turquoise was adorned with orange and a splash of pink for a very bright and fun color palette.

Grooms Attire: Jesse wore a turquoise Cinch shirt, starched Cinch White Label jeans and Rios of Mercedes ostrich boots. His groomsmen wore black Cinch shirts and Cinch White Label jeans (also starched, of course!).

Wedding Gown: Deanna chose a strapless A-line gown from Mena’s Bridal Boutique, Calgary, Alberta. Shoes. These were Deanna’s “something borrowed”. She chose a cute pair of pink high heels she discovered in her mother’s closet.

Jewelry: Deanna kept it simple with a small bracelet and earrings, while her bridesmaids were adorned with chunky turquoise necklaces that she found online.

Bridesmaids: Deanna’s bridesmaids had the liberty of choosing their own dresses, so long as they were short and black.

Cake: The couple went non-traditional, opting for cupcakes from Craves Cupcakes in Calgary, Alberta.

Flowers: For the bride – a beautiful combination of orange and pink gerbera daisies and orange dahlias in her bouquet, adding a splash of turquoise in her centre pieces with the spider mums she chose.

Party Favors: Guests could choose from an array of sweets and take home goody bags full of all their favorites.

Centerpieces: Deanna used antique turquoise jars from Jesse’s grandmother’s personal collection and filled them with beautiful flowers. Each table was numbered on a chalkboard, using NRHA patterns 1 through 11 – adding a nice reining-related touch.

Wine: The Show, a California made Cabernet Sauvignon.

On each place-setting at the reception was a “Matchmaker” for each guest’s enjoyment, filled with questions and answers about the happy couple. Photo by TJ Photography

For more Western weddings ideas…Check out Western Weddings Part IIWestern Weddings Part IIIWedding Bliss  & Cowboy Weddings


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