Classic Pork Chops

By Chef Mike Edgar, Photos by Twisted Tree Photography

Now that meal prep is top of mind for many, here’s a pork dish that is easy to make and features a delicious cranberry touch. Thick and juicy oven-baked pork loin chops, smothered in a savoury, brandy reduction and topped with a cranberry-mustard are a wonderful way to enjoy a sit-down meal with your family.

BRINE

2 Cups Water
1/2 Cup of Salt
1/2 Cup Sugar
6 Cloves of Garlic
2 Tbsp. of Whole Black Peppercorn
Handful of Fresh Thyme
2 Cups of Ice Cubes

BRINE METHOD
Dissolve the salt and sugar in water. Add aromatics. Bring to a boil and pour over ice cubes. Stir until melted.
 

PORK CHOPS METHOD
Sear your pork chops to start. Place two double cut pork chops, (bone in) into the brine for a minimum of eight hours. Remove from brine and dry. Preheat your oven to 425℉. Sear pork chops in a cast iron pan, for approximately five minutes a side. Place in oven, flipping every three minutes until you have an internal temp of 145℉. Bring out and rest for a minimum of five minutes.
 
SPICED SQUASH PUREE

1 Butternut Squash, Diced (Uncooked)
2 Tbsp. of Butter
1 Tbsp. of Olive Oil
1 Tsp. of Allspice
1 Tsp. Turmeric Powder
1 Tsp. of Ground Ginger
1 Tsp. of Salt 
1 Tsp. Pepper
1/4 Cup of 33% Whipping Cream
1/4 Cup of Water

SPICED SQUASH PUREE METHOD
Roast squash and spices in a preheated 425℉ oven for 25 minutes, until soft. Place in a blender with water and cream and puree.


CIPOILLINI ONIONS
1 Onion per person, Peeled
 
CIPOILLINI ONIONS METHOD
Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Pre-heat oven to 425℉. Roast onions seven minutes per side.
 

When arranging your pork chop plate, the asparagus & goat cheese strudel pairs well with the spiced squash puree.


ASPARAGUS & GOAT CHEESE STRUDEL

12 Asparagus Stalks
1/2 Cup Goat Cheese
3 Sheets of Phyllo Pastry
1 Tsp. of Salt
1 Tsp. of Pepper
1/2 Cup of Melted Butter
 
STRUDEL METHOD
Lay one sheet of phyllo pastry down on the cutting board, and brush with butter, repeat two times. Cut the phyllo into four rectangles. Season with salt and pepper and place three asparagus on each rectangle and then crumble equal portions of goat cheese on top. Roll phyllo around the asparagus and goat cheese. Roll to wrap them towards the centre of the spear. Preheat oven to 425℉. Place each pastry on a greased baking sheet and place in oven for six minutes a side.
 

This sweet and savoury brandy reduction is the perfect addition to pork chops.

BRANDY REDUCTION 

2 Cups Chicken Stock
2 Cups Brandy
1 Cup Honey
1 Tbsp. of Tomato Paste
Handful of Fresh Thyme

BRANDY REDUCTION METHOD
Place all ingredients in a pot and bring items to a boil. Boil until the consistency is that of a syrup.
 
CRANBERRY MUSTARD

1/2 Cup Yellow Mustard Seeds
1/4 Cup Brown Mustard Seeds
1 and 1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
1 Cup Dry Cranberries

CRANBERRY MUSTARD METHOD
Cranberry Sauce:
Soak cranberries in water for two hours. Strain the water off. Puree in a food processor with half the maple syrup.

Mustard:
Place all mustard seeds and vinegar in a jar. Seal the lid. Shake well. Let sit in a dark place for 48 hours.

After 48 Hours
Remove half the mustard seeds and puree in food processor with the cranberry sauce and the remaining maple syrup.
Mix with the remaining mustard seeds. Serve with your pork chops. 

Ansel, Our Photoshoot Dog

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

BY JENN WEBSTER

Just in case you’re not on our subscriber list, we thought we should bring you all up to speed on our latest photoshoot, appearing in the Jan/Feb issue of Western Horse Review. Through this publication, I truly believe we are changing the world in a perhaps small, but significant manner. Even via western fashion photoshoots.

One of the ways we are doing that this issue, is by bringing your attention to the Heaven Can Wait Animal Rescue Foundation out of High River, AB. WHR readers have probably noticed, fashion photoshoots have become an important part of our editorial over the last few years. This issue was no exception. The only difference this time was that we included “Ansel,” the Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute-mix, seen in the spread you can find starting on page 46. (Trust me, you’re gonna want to renew your subscription if you haven’t already: www.westernhorsereview.com).

A sneak peek of the Jan/Feb 2020 Photoshoot, featuing “Ansel” and “Pickles” the pony. Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

With a western winter and skijor theme, Ansel fit right in. He even made friends with “Pickles,” the pony belonging to my kids who casually walked inside the mansion we used for our shoot location, like she had done it a million times before. (Gotta love good-minded animals!)

Now here’s the real story. Ansel is the survivor of an atrocious hoarding situation that occurred in Milk River, AB, five years ago. He was one of 201 dogs seized by the Alberta SPCA from a property occupied by April Dawn Irving, 59. Animals found there were malnourished and dehydrated, with parasites and filthy, matted fur. Some had broken bones and gaping wounds. Five dead dogs were also found on the property.

Heaven Can Wait provided emergency care for Ansel and three other huskies, as well as three Komondors and an Irish Wolfhound. All eight were brought to health – treated for parasites, vaccinated, spayed and neutered, groomed, and fed with supplements for weight gain and coat health. After being worked with and having their personalities assessed, they were adopted into loving homes.

Ansel is now thriving and was a pleasant addition to our photoshoot. Aged six, he lives with a Calgary, AB couple and a Siberian husky companion. He is affectionate and healthy, and loves his home comforts and outdoor adventures.

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

Heaven Can Wait is a no-kill shelter and serves a wide area of rural communities in southern Alberta including farms, ranches and acreages. It has approximately 40 dogs and 150 cats in its care. Many are available for adoption, although some are considered sanctuary animals due to health or behavioural issues. The rescue has an ongoing need for donations – its biggest expense is veterinary care. For information on how to help and details of adoptable animals, visit www.heavencanwait.ca or follow their Facebook page.

We learned in December 2019 that sentencing in the Milk River case was delivered at Lethbridge Provincial Court. Irving was banned for life from owning animals in Alberta after pleading guilty to four counts of causing an animal to be in distress. Although issued $15,000 in fines, she did not have to pay due to time served in custody.

Ringing in 2020

BY JENN WEBSTER & ALL PHOTOS BY Twisted Tree Photography.

Make-up by Ivonne Arsenault of One Beauty, Calgary, AB
Hair by Michelle Walsh of One Beauty, Calgary, AB

How are you ringing in the New Year? We’re skipping the resolutions and the big bash parties this time – instead choosing to spend the evening with friends and family and the genuine people in our lives.

Here’s what our evening will look like:

Friends gathered, with drinks in hand, dressed to the nines in the amazing western lifestyle clothing now being offered at Lammle’s Western Wear.

(From Left to Right): Cruel Denim horse print burgundy women’s shirt, $79.95; Cruel shimmer duster with lace, $89.95; Rock & Roll Cowgirl Take No Bull striped women’s blouse, $79.95; Rock & Roll Cowgirl velvet bell bottom women’s leggings, $59.95; Tuf Cooper performance stretch poplin brown and cream men’s shirt, $74.95; Powder River Outfitters wool heather men’s charcoal vest, $119.95; Tribal stretch velvet burgundy rose women’s shirt, $69.95; Miss Me Abstract Life bootcut women’s jeans, $149.95; (Sitting in Front) Ariat Showtime Ancho Chile women’s top, $69.95; Ariat Lady Luck bomber White Sands women’s jacket, $109.95; and Scully floral embroidered western sport coat, $239.95; Stetson Diamond Dot burgundy print men’s shirt, $89.95.

There will be lots of food. Mostly appetizers, so people can visit and graze as they go by. Finger food is the perfect compliment for a New Year’s Eve get together. Like these chicken schnitzel and smoked salmon sliders, prepared for us by Chef Mike Edgar:

Or this plate of Arancini, which are small balls of rice stuffed with a savory filling, coated in breadcrumbs, and fried.

Or this delicious Prosciutto & Melon Caprese Salad…

Prosciutto & Melon Caprese Salad
INGREDIENTS:
• Prosciutto x 10 slices
• 1/2 cantaloupe thinly sliced
• 1/2 honeydew thinly sliced
• 5 Red vine tomatoes quartered
• 5 balls buffalo mozzarella quartered
• Fresh figs cut in half x 5
• Fresh nectarines quartered
• Fresh basil leaves x 10
• Fresh mint leaves x 10
• Extra virgin olive oil
• Aged balsamic vinegar
• Salt & Pepper

METHOD: Randomly place Prosciutto, tomato, cheese, melon, figs, nectarines, mint, basil on your choice of serving platter. Drizzle with oil and vinegar so that everything on the board has a bit of each on it. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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Before the daylight fades away, we’ll grab the horses and our skies or snowboards and charge out for a little bit of skijoring fun.

And then, it’s time to warm up a bit around the fire…

There is nothing more comfortable than Manitobah Mukluks when you simply want to unwind.

Of course – if you know us – we usually get a second wind around 9:00 pm. So then it’s time to pull out the cocktail dresses and boots…

All dresses from Blondie Boutique. Jewelry by RKR Jewelry. On Him, outfit all from Cody & Sioux. Boots all from Alberta Boot Co.; (LEFT) Blue / Gray Python ladies boots, $785; (ON HIM) Peanut Brittle Alligator men’s boots, $1,800; (RIGHT) Electric Blue Lizard ladies boots, $975.

And when New Year’s Eve finally winds down, there’s nothing better than a hot bath and a whiskey.

Wishing you all a wonderful and safe New Year’s Eve!

Horses with Heart – Sergeant Reckless

Reckless with her main caretaker, US Marine Sergeant Joseph Latham.

BY DEBBIE MACRAE

She was truly a gift of love – her life exchanged for a limb. His sister had stepped on a land mine and $250 meant that Kim Huk Moon could buy her a leg prosthesis. It was the Korean war. But to do so, he had to let his filly go… He cried.

Purchased as a pack horse on October 26, 1952, the little filly was originally named Ah Chim Hai. The translation in Korean is “Morning Flame” or “Flame of the Morning.” Moon called her Flame. She was thought to be of Mongolian blood, but she did have some Thoroughbred similarities. She weighed less than 900 pounds and stood only 56 inches or 14 hands high.

As a pack-horse, she would learn to carry 24 pound shells for recoilless rifles used by the Recoilless Rifle Platoon of the 5th Marine Regiment of the Anti-Tank Company, 1st Marine Division. Her name, Flame, was modified to reflect a contraction of the name Recoilless – and she became known to the Marines as “Reckless” – quickly becoming part of the unit and creeping into their tents, their hearts – and their meals – eating everything from scrambled eggs to potato chips and drinking Coca-Cola and beer with the best of them. At one point, she consumed about $30 in poker chips! Not your usual equine fare.

Reckless was taught to be a Marine. She was trained in battlefield survival skills; she would lie down under fire. She knew not to become entangled in barbed wire. On hearing the cry “Incoming!”, she learned to run for a bunker – and even appeared to take interest in the operation of the rifles she was carrying. She learned to deliver the guns and shells to the front lines, and when learning a new route, required to be led only a few times before she learned the route on her own. There was a standing order not to ride her, but on one occasion that order was violated and Reckless sprinted through a minefield with her mount, surviving in spite of her rider.

During the Battle of Outpost Vegas on Vegas Hill in March of 1953, she made 51 solo trips in one day, covering over 35 miles and carrying over 9,000 pounds of ammunition – rider-less, no lead, under fire. She travelled through rice paddies and steep mountain ridges, carrying her load; sometimes guns, sometimes ammunition, even the wounded. They would tie them on, send them back down, and at the bottom, they would turn her around, slap her rump and she would head out again.

The whole battle lasted 3 days. She was wounded twice. At the end of the battle her fellow Marines were so grateful for her service, they offered her a beer, which she drank down lustily, like a true soldier, and begged for more.

Sergeant Reckless beside 75 mm recoilless rifle, circa 1952 – 1955, Andrew Geer, Public Domain.

On one occasion, Reckless approached a group of Marines, and nuzzled one unsuspecting marine on the back of the neck, nipping him in the process. He jumped and started screaming obscenities at her yelling at a Marine Lieutenant to remove the nag from his presence. The Lieutenant blasted the marine, “That horse has done more for the United States Marine Corps than you have, or ever will do. And besides, she outranks you. If I ever hear you talking to that horse like that again, I’m going to have you written up and court-martialed.” 1 Sgt. Reckless, America’s War Horse by Robin Hutton

Her role didn’t end on the front lines. She packed telephone lines for her platoon – stringing as much wire on her own, as 12 men on foot. She was the first horse in the Marine Corps to have engaged in an amphibious landing.

Her platoon played on her “Reckless” reputation, challenging Kentucky Derby contender, Native Dancer, to a “Paddy Derby” on the “Upsan Downs,” over a 1.5 mile course of rice paddies and hills, carrying 192 pounds of ammunition and no riders. Their challenge went unrequited, although Native Dancer would come in second in the Kentucky Derby, thereafter winning the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, and the Belmont Stakes in New York. All in good fun, Sergeant Reckless won her own red and gold blanket with insignia, and was promoted again to staff sergeant (E-6) on August 31, 1959 at Camp Pendleton, California, where she was honored with a twenty-one-gun salute and a 1,700-man parade of Marines.

Reckless was a hero. She was awarded two purple hearts, and the battle of Outpost Vegas prompted a promotion to the official rank of Sergeant for the only animal, before or since, in history.

Sergeant Reckless was retired from active service with full military honors in 1960. Her Marine Corps documents provided her with free room and board in lieu of retirement pay. She was treated like the VIP she was, well cared for and respected. She bore two colts and two fillies, at Camp Pendleton, the last of which survived only a month.

Eight years after her retirement, Reckless would injure herself, ironically by falling into a barbed wire fence. She died under sedation for treatment at approximately 19 or 20-years-old.

As we approach the Anniversary of Remembrance on November 11th, we salute our war heroes, and war horses, with honor and respect for the service they have offered in the protection of our countries, our front lines, and our troops.

Sergeant Reckless is honored with a statue by sculptor Jocelyn Russell in Semper Fidelis Memorial Park at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, a memorial at Camp Pendleton, as well as a monument at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.

Cowgirl Room Revamp

Check out this beautiful revamp of a little cowgirl’s bedroom. We are so in love with this room makeover, that is nearly finished!

This special cowgirl wanted a farm/ranch/cowgirl theme. Her grandfather assisted in bringing her mother’s vision for her bed come to life. Underneath, the shelves can house books, toys or Breyer horses.

In one corner her Grandma’s old trick riding saddle is featured, along with one of her Great-Grandfather’s bridles hanging at the entrance and a toy barn her Grandpa made for her.


It’s a special room full of love. Her mother made a lot of the pieces hanging on the walls.

There are still more plans for this bedroom, but we’re in love with how it turned out. ? Stay tuned to a future WHR for an update on the entire space.

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

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography. The Bainbridge Wool Jacket from Pendleton Canada; black skort from Boa-Kae Ranch; Onyx Bracelet with stainless Steele tassel, Long Tourlamated Quartz necklace, with onyx, quartz , crystal, and hematite, Vintage Phoenix pendant necklace with onyx, black stone and obsidian,
all by RKR Jewelry.

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.

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography. Double D buckskin jacket from Classic Rodeo Boutique.

There was however, a beautiful consolation in moving the shoot to one of our regular sites. The surrounding fields of wheat at the time were stunning. And blessed with three beautiful models (Tara McKenze – above, Sara Bernier and Paige Wilson), it became clear that our team can pull off a shoot under nearly any circumstance.

Wild rag by Brown Creek Wild Rags. Bracelets and necklace by RKR Jewelry.

Plus, we had kittens.

We also had a convertible to showcase our “business cowgirls.” Which, we had to close up in between storms. And hide in the hay shelter when things got really intense.

Shoots like these are very time consuming and we easily worked our way in the evening hours. That was cool too, as a beautiful moon and a pink sky came out to enhance the ambience.

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

Above Sara (LEFT) is wearing the Feather and Floral Kimono, from Boa-Kae Ranch, www.boa-kaeranch.com; Moonstone, quartz and hematite necklace with feather charm and tassel, by RKR Jewerly; and Navajo pearl, large bead necklace, $375, from Classic Rodeo.

Tara (MIDDLE) is wearing the Blush Light Ribbed rose cardigan and Lariat necklace from Boa-Kae Ranch; Dragonfly lariat with moonstone, quartz and dragonfly charms necklace by RKR Jewerly, and the to die-for tall brown boots by Alberta Boot Co.

Paige (RIGHT) is wearing the HyFyve Pink Cheetah coat from Classic Rodeo; and Tiger’s eye stones with onyx , black agate and tassel necklace, by RKR Jewerly.

* Hats, tanks and belts are models’ own.

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

A big thank-you goes out to make-up artist, Ivonne Arsenault of One Beauty, Calgary, AB, and Cierra Ross also of One Beauty, Calgary, AB, for working her magic on hair!

Wild rag by Brown Creek Wild Rags. Necklace by RKR Jewelry.

And I’d like to mention the talent of Randi Hamre of RKR Jewelry at this point! Creating one-of-a-kind western and contemporary jewelry, the pieces coming from RKR Jewelry never cease to amaze me. If you want to get your unique CFR or NFR look, be sure to get in touch with RKR Jewelry immediately!

Boots by Alberta Boot Co. Bracelets by RKR Jewelry.

We’ve also got some exciting new things happening at the WHR Boutique, like this beautiful, handmade cross-body purse, designed by Janine’s Custom Creations, exclusively for Western Horse Review. Crafted from real Pendleton® Blankets, this purse is made from Chief Joseph Pendleton® blankets and finished inside with a beautiful, Kasha lining. Inside you’ll find a pocket to safeguard your small items and keep everything together with a top zipper closure. Finished with dark beige leather strap and tassel.