Vold Rolling Again


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Photo courtesy of Jeremy Wombald, JKW Photo.


If you’re Canadian bareback champion Jake Vold, how do you top last season? Well, how about by winning more already this season than you did during the entire 2014 season leading up to the Canadian Finals Rodeo.

“I was so lucky last year and drew so good everywhere pretty much all year,” recalled Vold of his championship season. “I had a slower start this spring and I knew better than to even be thinking that I could do the same thing. But I went home and got some things worked out and it started to come around.”

The 28-year-old’s unofficial 2015 Pro Rodeo Canada earnings now sit at $40,371 after a $3,329 weekend, which included a first-place cheque from the Field of Dreams Stampede in LaCrete, AB, for an 86-point ride on Outlaw Buckers’ Hair Trigger and a second-place finish at the Wrangler Canadian Professional Rodeo Tour stop in Dawson Creek, B.C.

“Rodeo’s a roller coaster ride,” offered the 2007 Canadian novice bareback champion, who had only won just over $4,200 by mid-June. “Last year was the dream year that I had been waiting for and it finally came. And I wanted to repeat it so it was getting hard to keep a positive outlook.”

But, in fact, it’s been the Airdrie, AB, cowboy’s ability to stay positive that has helped him win over $36,000 since June 14.

“I’ve got my eyes on the prize again,” concluded Vold, who is not only number one in the Pro Rodeo Canada bareback standings but sits just outside the top 15 in the world standings. “I’m just hoping to finish strong. We’ll just have to see how things go from now to the end of the year.”

South Dakota saddle bronc rider Troy Crowser knows all too well about the rodeo roller coaster. The 27-year-old missed qualifying for last year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo by a mere $152. This season, he’s currently on the outside looking in when it comes to a CFR berth.

“I’m sitting just out of it,” declared Crowser when analyzing his position in the Pro Rodeo Canada bronc riding standings. “I really needed this and I need a few more, too.”

Crowser topped the bronc riding at the Dawson Creek Stampede with an 87.5-point ride on Kesler Championship Rodeo’s big bay stallion, Spanish Pair, to win $2,617. That, coupled with a win in late July in High Prairie, AB, has boosted Crowser’s earnings over the $10,000 mark.

Other top money winners this past week included steer wrestlers Cody Cassidy ($2,563), Lochlan O’Neill ($2,497), Stephen Culling ($2,496) and JD Hays ($2,235); barrel racer Nicole Pana ($2,453); bareback riders Dusty LaValley ($2,414) and Kevin Langevin ($1,877); bull rider Dakota Buttar ($2,346); tie-down roper Dean Edge ($1,596); team ropers Kolton Schmidt and Dustin Searcy ($1,757 each); all-around competitor Josh Harden ($1,800 SB, $176 SW); novice bareback rider Wyatt Gleason ($1,513) and novice saddle bronc rider Ricky Warren ($1,575).

Next up on the Pro Rodeo Canada schedule are the Jasper Heritage Rodeo in Jasper, AB (Aug. 12-15), the Cranbrook Pro Rodeo in Cranbrook, B.C. (Aug. 14-16) and the Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo in Pincher Creek, AB (Aug. 14-16).

Major Cutting Action in Moose Jaw



“Awesome!” was the word used to describe the action at the 2015 edition of the Moose Jaw Cutting Horse Show Limited Age Event. This competition was designed to help start new cutting horses in their careers and has become an annual event. It is organized by a great group of volunteers within the Saskatchewan Cutting Horse Association (SCHA) with presenting sponsors, Barry and Elaine Good of Fillmore, Saskatchewan, and was held in conjunction with the Moose Jaw Cutting Horse Show, July 30 to August 2, 2015. It featured more than 140 entries competing for more than $15,000 in prize money.

The Three-Year-Old Open Futurity Aggregate went to Bet Shes Hot, a sorrel mare sired by Spots Hot and out of the mare Bet Shesa Cat. Owners Albert and Colette Benson, Lac La Biche, Alberta, purchased this strong, good moving mare form the Oxbow Ranch as a two year old and their resident trainer, Jeff Schwitzer started working with her in January of her three-year-old year.

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Jeff Schwitzer rides Bet Shes Hot in the Three-Year-Old Open Futurity.

Sophisticated Bling, owned by Grant and Gale Aykroyd of Wainwright, Alberta, claimed the Non Pro Futurity Aggregate. Sired by Sophisticated Catt and out of the mare Cowhorse Scootn Lady, this sorrel mare is close to 15 hands tall. Gale Aykroyd, who has done all of the training and showing with this horse, commented that “she’s bigger than I like, but this one’s been a really good fit for me!”

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Gale Aykroyd on Sophisticated Bling in the Non Pro Futurity.

Mike Belof of White City, Saskatchewan and his mare Dry Smokin Dually struck a home run, winning both goes of the Four-Year-Old Derby with an aggregate score of 148. Mike purchased this cowy mare sired by LNC Smart Lil Dually, out of the mare Sheza Smokin Freedom, as a weanling from Lloyd and Jan Turner of Mortlach, Saskatchewan. Dry Smokin Dually is currently leading the 2015 SCHA Stallion Incentive Fund Competition.

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Mike Belof rides Dry Smokin Dually to victory in the Four-Year-Old Open Derby.

The Non Pro Derby Aggregate went to Smart Instantly, a bay gelding owned by Les and Coreen Jack of Rocanville, Saskatchewan. Sired by Smart Little Jae Bar and out of the great mare, Biscas Instant Jewel, this gelding made it to the second go of both the Open and Non Pro Futurities in Fort Worth last fall. Other money earning offspring produced by Biscas Instant Jewel include a full brother, Smart In An Instant; half siblings Catty Midget and Instantly Catty, owned by Barb Mills, also won aggregate awards in the show.

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Les Jack and Smart Instantly capture the win in the Non Pro Derby.

No Mates In The Bar took the Five and Six-Year-Old Open Classic Aggregate shown by trainer Clint Christianson of Bracken, Saskatchewan. Kali Fortner, also of Bracken, purchased this good moving five year old bay gelding from Kevin Baumann of Red Deer, Alberta, in the fall of his three-year-old year. This talented cow horse is shown successfully by everyone from Kali to the kids and does ranch work during the week.

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Clint Christianson rides No Mates In The Bar in the Five and Six-Year-Old Open Classic.

The Non Pro Classic Aggregate went to the personable sorrel gelding, Super Cats Boonsmal, for owner and rider Sandy Reid of Leduc County, Alberta. Sandy purchased this six-year-old son of Peptoboonsmal out of the mare Highbrow Supercat as a three year old through the Fort Worth Futurity sale. Her daughter, Deejay’s “on line” pick has been a good one. They’ve placed in every aged event they have entered, winning Red Deer as a four year old. At the time of this show, Deejay was sitting third for Canada with him in the $15,000 Novice Horse Non Pro.

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Sandy Reid on Super Cats Boonsmal in the Non Pro Classic.

Les Jack was back in the winners circle to collect the Seven and Up Non Pro Aggregate with Catty Midget. This bay mare, sired by Little Oakie Cat (subscribed to the SCHA Stallion Incentive Fund) and out of the mare Biscas Instant Jewel, is an extremely good athlete and smart on a cow. Successfully shown by Les and Coreen’s daughter Monica, this little mare recently packed Kassidy Williamson of Mankota, Saskatchewan, to the a Reserve Championship in both the Canadian High School Rodeo Finals and the Youth Cutting at the Calgary Stampede.

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Les Jack and Catty Midget in the Seven and Up Non Pro Competition.


Horse Property: Land Considerations


Quality pasture, adequate space per horse and access to water are all factors to consider when viewing  a horse property.

Quality pasture, enough acreage for the number of horses and access to water are all factors to consider when viewing a horse property.

Whether you’re buying your first horse property, changing your focus or looking for your dream ranch, there are many elements to consider in your search for the perfect property. In this article, we list some of the most important geographical factors to think about when identifying your needs, and what to look for when viewing properties.

Work with a real estate professional specializing in rural properties who also knows the area well. Not only will they know what to look for and be familiar with the area’s land use bylaws, they can better meet your needs by understanding the lifestyle you want.

Start your search with a trip to your county office to learn about the land use bylaws for rural properties. The regulations on property use, environmental considerations and how many animals are allowed per acre vary by each county or municipal district.

The purpose of your horse property will determine a number of factors, including size, best possible layout, necessary facilities and land use regulations on agricultural businesses and livestock units per property. It’s also important to think about what you may want to do with your property in the future, and factor in the extra acreage that may be needed for any expansion.

Think about how much land on the property is actually usable. A larger property covered in trees and water may have less usable space than a smaller property without those features. Depending on your needs in a horse property, you want to ensure the property meets those needs. Are you looking for trails for riding? A large, flat space for an arena or barn?

Land with good drainage is particularly important for grazing livestock. Pastures need dry footing, and creating well-drained areas can be expensive. Land with a slight slope, around a 2-5 percent grade, is considered ideal for pasture because it drains well and is less likely to lead to major erosion. Look for the high spots on the property, and ideally you will find wide, narrow drainage paths for slow-moving water. You want to avoid flood plains, as well as low-lying areas where rain tends to pool.

Sufficient water access is a necessity. The generally-accepted standard for abundant well water supply is no less than 10 gallons per minute. Regulations depend upon the county and the number of animals per acreage. Will you need to dig a well or dugout to have enough water for your horses? Be sure to examine all the water access points, and know that the further you have to haul water to your livestock, the greater the time commitment.

When examining pasture quality, check for the growth of good forage. Land with substantial weed growth and marsh vegetation are less suitable for grazing, and be sure to check for plants that are toxic to horses. Reseeding a pasture takes time and money, but is generally a good investment. Check the soil quality — clay-based and rockier soils are less productive. There are many good grazing resources, such as the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association, to give you an idea of proper pasture management and rotation based on acreage and number of animals. Also consider whether or not you will have to produce hay. How much hay land will you need? Will you have to purchase additional hay?

Next week, we will discuss infrastructure considerations when viewing a horse property, such as renovations, building from the ground up and fencing.

Visit our Real Estate webpage to check out current horse property listings.


Western Wedding – Beautiful B.C.

Date: July 13, 2013

Photographer: Sharon Fibelkorn

Ceremony Location: The home of Mike and Carol Roberts Ojai, Califonia

Reception Location: Abbotsford, British Columbia

The Horses: “I had a surprise entrance planned for myself and Ryley Ray (Cayley’s daughter) that only my parents and my bridesmaids (and just a few others) knew about. We were delivered in a horse drawn carriage from a nearby horse. I will never forget the look on Cayley’s face when we came up the driveway, I could see tears that were streaming down his face. I wanted to include Ryley Ray in as much as possible, and this entrance made her feel so special!”Wilson---horses

The Rings: Katie’s ring was a surprise that Cayley had chosen himself. It features a perfectly round, brilliant Certified Canadian Eskimo diamond. Cayley’s ring was chosen by Katie in California; a smooth platinum band with a beveled edge for comfort when he’s riding.



Their Story: Katie Montague is a successful Realtor from Ojai, Califonia who never imagined she would end up married to a Canadian working cow horse trainer, but fate had its own way of making other plans.

The horse industry is a small on,e and the working ow horse industry is smaller yet. So when a mutual friend had ideas of setting up Montague and British Columbia trainer, Cayley Wilson, Montague had her mind already made up. However, after a chance meeting in the fall of 2011 and a phone call shortly after, she realized maybe Wilson was a person she had more in common with than she knew.

“What I came to find out was that we were both traveling down similar paths, one that we could share our experiences with and perhaps help each other out in others. We decided to be friends with no expectations. During the four months we talked on the phone, I began to see some amazing traits in this man that I would not have guessed. He was a sincere, honest, integral man and I began to admire him greatly for those attributes. He was passionate about his little girl Ryley Ray, and I loved that too.”

The long distance friendship soon turned into something more when Montague visited Wilson at an Arizona horse show.

“We hit it off well and Cayley drove me back to California on his way home to Canada. An hour later, I got a phone call from him saying that he really didn’t think we could make it work with the distance, and he needed to be close to his daughter . . . I think I fell in love with him a little bit right then and there.”

One year later, they were engaged, and six months following was the small, intimate wedding that they both wanted.


Dress: Katie was stunning in a simple lace gown with material that runched across and tied in at the hip with a lace flower. It had a slit at the hip that allowed some flowered tulle to spill out. The train was minimal, in keeping with Katie’s theme of beautiful simplicity.

Bridesmaids: Dressed in Katie’s colours of coral and turquoise, the bridal party consisted of four ladies. Her maids of honour were her sister and best friend, then her step-sister and sister-to-be rounded out the girls’ side of the party. They wore simple sundresses Katie found at Old Navy with the intent of dressing them in something they could wear again. The flower girl was none other than Cayley’s little girl, Ryley Ray. She was dressed similar to the bride in a darling off-white dress.


Men’s Attire: Cayley’s best man was his brother, with three friends making up his groomsmen. They were dressed in starched jeans, Cinch shirts and their own boots and hats. Cayley was set apart with a classy black jacket.

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Cake: Katie went with a 3-tiered stacked carrot and lemon cake and found a cute cowboy and cowgirl topper. She topped off the cute western design by asking the caterer to decorate the rest with a horseshoe design.

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Flowers: In a unique twist, Katie chose all silk flowers for the wedding. “The wedding was July 13 in Southern California, so we had to be prepared for the heat. I didn’t want to have to worry about wilting flowers and silks made it so much easier. No one would have known had I not told them!”Wilson---wedding-party

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Meet Mr. August


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“(Hall of Fame writer) Dwayne Erickson gave me that name,” recalled Erik Dublanko shortly after capturing the Strathmore Stampede tie-down roping championship on Monday afternoon. “In one of the last articles he wrote before he passed away, he related me to Reggie Jackson. Those are pretty big shoes to fill.”

But Dublanko is doing his best to live up to the moniker, coined from Jackson’s “Mr. October” nickname given to the New York Yankee’s baseball star for his prowess to deliver big hits during his many World Series appearances. In fact, since 20111, when he first qualified for the Canadian Finals Rodeo, the Thorsby, AB, roper has won close to $19,000 during the month of August.

“I only need to win another four or five thousand (to make the CFR) and I have six weeks to do it,” calculated the 27-year-old, who jumped from 49th to near the top 20 of the unofficial Pro Rodeo Canada standing with the win in Strathmore, AB. “It’s a good time to get hot. I think it’s easier to come from behind than hold guys off. It’s better to be on the offence than defence.”

Dublanko won the first round in Strathmore with an 8-second run and tied his calf in 9.2 seconds in the final round to win the aggregate title with a two-head time of 17.2 seconds.

“When you come back with a lead, you know you don’t have to blast out (of the box),” offered the eight-year Pro Rodeo Canada veteran. “But it’s never easy. Sometimes when all you have to do is tie them down, that can be the hardest thing to do.”

A small 8th place cheque from the North Peace Stampede in Grimshaw, AB, helped push Dublanko’s long weekend earnings to $5,999, leaving the three-time CFR qualifier with just over eight thousand dollars in 2015 season earnings.

Just as you can bank on Dublanko winning in August, you can also bet on bareback rider, Caleb Bennett riding Wayne Vold’s True Grit for a big cheque.

“I’ve been on her probably six times and I’ve never been less than 85 points,” revealed the Utah cowboy who posted a 91.25-point score on the 2013 Pro Rodeo Canada Bareback Horse of the Year during the final round in Strathmore. “I’ve been 90 on her before so I knew I had an opportunity to take this home.”

“The first year she cracked out was my first year at the Calgary Stampede and I was 90 on her in the ten round. I helped boost her career and she helped boost mine.”

Bennett, who won $5,658 for his efforts, wasn’t the only rider in the 90s during the Strathmore shortgo. Manitoba’s Orin Larsen was 90.75-points on Vold’s other superstar, Mucho Dinero. He won $3,325.

The new partnership between 22-year-old header Clay Ullery and 35-year-old heeler Kevin Schreiner is paying early dividends. The pair won the Elks Pro Rodeo in High Prairie, AB, placed 2nd at the Mighty Fraser Rodeo in Abbotsford, B.C. and topped the aggregate standings in Strathmore.

“Three weeks ago we decided to hook up and we’ve been winning ever since,” offered Schreiner, who was mired in 29th spot in the Pro Rodeo Canada heeling standings before he and Ullery each won $6,041 this past week. “I really need this. It should put me in the top ten now.”

Other top money winners included bareback riders, Ky Marshall ($5,141), Jake Vold ($4,433) and Ty Taypotat ($3,778); steer wrestler, Travis Reay ($6,463); barrel racers, Taylor Jacob ($6,808); Kendra Edey ($5,526) and Deb Guelly ($3,914); saddle bronc rider, Cody DeMoss ($5,424); bullriders, Jordan Hansen ($6,304) and Beau Hill ($5,805); ropers, Steele DePaoli ($1,780 TDR, $2,064 TR) and Riley Warren ($3,950 TDR, $1,219 TR); All-Around contender, Josh Harden ($3,747 SB, $3,425 SW); novice bareback rider, Wyatt Maines ($1,835) and novice saddle bronc riders, Lane Cust ($1,784) and Keenan Reinhardt ($1,717).

Next up on the Pro Rodeo Canada schedule is the Field of Dreams Stampede in LaCrete, AB (Aug. 4-5) and the Dawson Creek Stampede in Dawson Creek, B.C. (Aug. 7-9).



Olds Welcomes the Return of Pro Rodeo

Story by Piper Whelan

Pro Rodeo Canada General Manager Dan Eddy shares his excitement for the inaugural Oldstoberfest at a press conference last week (photo: Olds College).

Pro Rodeo Canada General Manager Dan Eddy shares his excitement for the inaugural Oldstoberfest at a press conference in June (photo: Olds College).

Professional rodeo will return to Olds, Alberta, this fall, and it’s arriving with a cultural twist. The first Oldstoberfest, a celebration combining the tradition of rodeo with Bavarian culture, will be held Sept. 18-20 in Olds. The highlights of this event are a Pro Rodeo Canada-sanctioned rodeo at the Olds Regional Exhibition Grounds and a Bavarian-themed beer gardens in the Olds Cow Palace.

“Oldstoberfest is the first event of its kind, and unique to anywhere else in the world. Combining our western prairie heritage with German tradition gives an opportunity for incoming visitors to our community to celebrate our history in a new and innovative way,” said Gillian Shields, general manager for Oldstoberfest, at a press conference in June.

Gillian Shields, general manager for Oldstoberfest and a former Miss Rodeo Canada, introduces this new event to the people of Olds (photo: Olds College).

Gillian Shields, general manager for Oldstoberfest and a former Miss Rodeo Canada, introduces this new event to the people of Olds (photo: Olds College).

The event will feature rodeo performances on Friday and Saturday. The beer gardens will be fashioned after the German-inspired theme, and there will be two evening grandstand concerts after the rodeo. The weekend will also feature a variety of community activities, including an open house at Olds College to spotlight a number of their programs.

“The idea behind the Oldstoberfest rodeo is unique, innovative and a perfect example of what Pro Rodeo Canada is striving to accomplish moving forward,” said Dan Eddy, general manager of Pro Rodeo Canada. “The Oldstoberfest team is thinking outside the box in their efforts to change the face of Canadian rodeo, build on its excitement and bring it to new audiences.”

Oldstoberfest promised cowboys and cowgirls going Bavarian style for a fun and innovative weekend of rodeo (photo: Olds College).

Oldstoberfest promises cowboys and cowgirls going Bavarian style for a fun and innovative weekend of rodeo (photo: Olds College).

Olds formerly played host to a pro rodeo during the now-defunct Olds Fair & Rodeo. Last year, Olds hosted a small Octoberfest celebration at the Pomeroy Inn & Suites, one of the partners of this new event. With these two types of community events meeting to create a larger and more inventive celebration, it is hoped this will become an annual event.

The organizers are projecting 8,000-12,000 visitors for “the world’s first Bavarian rodeo,” and they are sure this creative spin on rodeo will become a must-see event. “We want to raise the standard of rodeo, increase community engagement and maximize economic impact for the Town of Olds and Mountain View County,” said Shields.

Correction: an earlier version of this story stated there was a rodeo performance on the Sunday night. The performances are actually on the Friday and Saturday of the event.


Marshall Tops Inaugural Hometown Event


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For the first time, Pro Rodeo Canada bareback riders were in the spotlight this past weekend. While there are a handful of bullriding-only events and the annual Wildwood Bronc Bustin’ for saddle bronc riders on the yearly schedule, bareback competitors have never before enjoyed a night for themselves until now. And the organizers of the event in Bowden, AB, last Saturday night couldn’t have written a better script.

“It was an amazing feeling when they crowned me champion,” offered Ky Marshall, who won the event in his hometown with an 87.5-point ride on C5 Rodeo’s Fabio in the final round. “There were lots of local people there that I knew. The crowd was pretty wild. It was a good, fun night.”

Marshall, who split the first round with four-time Canadian champion, Dusty LaValley with an 83point score, won $4,270 on the night. He also added another $1,143 from the Bonnyville Pro Rodeo in Bonnyville, AB, and the 102nd annual Bruce Stampede in Bruce, AB.

“I only had about sixty-four hundred won before this,” revealed the 23-year-old, reigning Canadian All-Around champion, “This could be a big turning point for me for the CFR.

“Once you get through the big rodeos like Ponoka, and you don’t have much won, you start scrambling and worrying. But there is still lots of money to be won. Some guys start slowing down now and there aren’t as many Americans coming up, so you can still win a lot.”

Cole Goodine is also hoping his two wins in Bonnyville and Bruce will be a turning point for him. The 25-year-old grabbed cheques worth $2,296 to push his unofficial Pro Rodeo Canada bareback season earnings to nearly 77-hundred dollars.

“Considering how this year’s been a struggle with consistency and injuries, it’s nice to be able to pick up a couple of wins,” said Goodine, shortly after his 81.5-point trip on Franklin Rodeo’s Twenty Three on Sunday afternoon in Bruce. “That was my third time on that horse. At the CFR last year, she threw me over the front, spun me around, pulled me underneath and stomped on me. That was in the back of my mind before I got on today.”

“I’m really fighting to move up in the standings. The cheques are starting to add up. I’m getting closer to the target.”

Tie-down roper, Riley Warren considered himself on the bubble for a CFR berth before winning $4,044 from the Medicine Hat Stampede in Medicine Hat, AB, and the Bruce Stampede.

“This should shoot me right up there in the standings now,” speculated Warren, who was 8.3seconds in Bruce to win the rodeo for the second time in four years. “Seems like you have some rodeos that you always do good at. This is a lucky place for me.”

There was also a pair of bullriding-only events to round out the Pro Rodeo Canada schedule. Ty Pozzobon on Merritt, BC won the Cochrane Classic Bull Riding in Cochrane, AB, as part of his $5,528 weekend while Tim Lipsett was the champion of the White Lightning Dodge Professional Cowboy Crunch in Oyen, AB, part of a $5,554 weekend payday for the Saskatchewan cowboy.

Other top money winners from the weekend included bareback riders, Logan Hodson ($4,084), Matt Lait ($3,986) and Dusty LaValley ($3,199); bullriders Tanner Girletz ($3,866), Jordan Hansen ($3,571) and Zane Lambert ($3,356); saddle bronc riders, Tyrel Larsen ($2,786) and Sam Kelts ($2,612); steer wrestlers, Rowdy Hays ($3,812) and Straws Milan ($2,800); barrel racers, Deb Guelly ($3,478) and Braidy Howes ($2,983); tie-down ropers, Clint Arave ($2,927) and Ryan Jarrett ($2,683) and team ropers, Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler ($2,692 each) and Brett/Justin McCarroll ($1,936 each).

Next up on the Pro Rodeo Canada schedule is the High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo in High Prairie, AB (July 28-29), Bulls for Breakfast in Camrose, AB (July 30-Aug 2), Mighty Fraser Pro Rodeo in Abbotsford, BC (July 31-Aug 2), Strathmore Stampede in Strathmore, AB, the ninth stop on the Wrangler Canadian Professional Rodeo Tour (July 31-Aug 3) and the North Peace Stampede in Grimshaw, AB (Aug 1-2).


Western Wedding – Prairie Love

An excerpt from our January/February issue, where we annually carry a western wedding feature. Be sure to subscribe and catch next years edition.

Date: August 10, 2013

Photographer: Nicole Wade

Ceremony Location: Willow Creek Ranch, Saskatchewan


Their Story: Ashley is a Saskatchewan farm girl who grew up riding good horses and making her way through the 4H ranks. She was soon led to the rodeo arena, where she competed in college rodeos and progressed to many rodeo associations across Alberta and Saskatchewan. Tyler, on the other hand, did not grow up in the industry, but got his first taste of agriculture at 19, working on a grain farm, outside of Kindersley, Saskatchewan. He stayed with farming, going on to attend Olds College. It was there that he developed a love for roping, which would lead him to compete on the University of Lethbridge college rodeo team when he moved on to study there.

It was the commonality of the love of the rodeo and farming industries that brought the two together. In 2009, the couple met while both were employed at a feedlot outside of High River, Alberta.

“It was love at first sight. After getting to know one another, we realized how much we had in common and found it hard to beleive we were both living in High River, but grew up not far from each other near Kindersley, Saskatchewan.”

After a short time of travelling back and forth, trying their hand at a challenging long-distance relationship, both Ashley and Tyler moved back to Saskatchewan and were engaged by the spring of 2012.


The Horses: With a background heavily laden with horses, the couple wanted to include them in their big day. Tyler’s uncle drove the groom and groomsmen with his grand team of Clydesdales, while the bride and bridesmaids made their entrance in a wagon driven by a local neighbor.

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Dress: Ashley’s dress caught her eye as soon as she laid eyes on it. It had a pretty sweetheart neckline and feminine layers of lace lining the bottom.

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Bridesmaids: The bridal party dresses were made by Alfred Angelo; chocolate brown in colour, with matching Macie Bean cowboy boots and turquoise jewelry from Arizona.DSC_3766-ruby

Men’s Attire: To pick up on Ashley’s chosen colours, the groom and groomsmen wore turquoise shirts, chocolate brown tuxedo jackets and Cinch jeans; their attire was wrapped up with boots and hats, of course.DSC_3482-ruby


Cake: The cake was a 3-tiered creation, wrapped in turquoise and brown ribbon. With a Montana Silversmith cake topper and fondant horseshoes adorning the front, it made a pretty statement for their western wedding.

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Favours: Ashley’s bouquet was one of her favorite parts of the day. It was fashioned from old antique brooches that she had collected, stuffed into the center of white Gerbera daisies and roses. The arrangements were wrapped in burlap and accented with turquoise pieces.

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Cow Horse on the Prairies



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Ron Farrow on Smokin Frizz at the Martensville SRCHA show, held May 23-24.

The Saskatchewan Reined Cow Horse Association has had a few challenges this year, as have most associations requiring cattle for their events. We cannot thank Clint and Krista Kowalski enough for hosting the SRCHA Show at the OK Corral in Martensville, SK. Special thanks go out to JAG – Brennin Jack for supplying the cattle. This show was held May 23-24, thanks to the efforts of Clint and his crew, and a great time was had by all. Clint, with the help of his wonderful wife Krista, was chute boss, barn boss and all-round boss of the show. In light of all the challenges they faced organizing this event, I’m sure his exceptional sense of humour that we all appreciate came in handy. It keeps us smiling and, most of the time, all-out laughing.

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Clint Kowalski on YOR Pretty Woman.

This event was judged by the capable Rod Thiessen, manager and trainer at Frehlick Quarter Horses of Estevan, SK. Rod is a highly successful competitor in a number of disciplines, including cutting, reined cow horse and reining. Thanks to him and his capable scribe, the show moved along smoothly.

We would also like to thank Ray Kneeland, owner of the OK Corral. He has been a great supporter of the SRCHA  in his willingness to provide his facility for these events. The OK Corral is looking to host a Reined Cow Horse Saddle series in 2016, and we look forward to learning more about this exciting new adventure in the coming months.

Ron Farrow is our SRCHA president and a tough competitor. Ron, Clint and our board of directors are  the driving force behind our organization. Ron has competed on a number of talented horses, one of which is Smokin Frizz. She has won the Horse of the Year award, and loves to show as much as Ron loves to compete.

Donna Reid is also on our board of directors, and when she hits the show pen she is always well mounted on one of her great mares. Donna’s hackamore horse for this event was A Sparkling Chaching. She also breeds of quality cow horses, so be sure to check out her offerings if you’re looking for a prospect.

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Donna Reid on A Sparkling Chaching.

Sandi and Blair Marchant have competed on the SRCHA circuit for a number of years. Blair has another great horse coming up, and Sandi has taken the reins on a horse that Blair showed for a number of years, BH Continental. From what we saw at the Martensville show, it looks like they’ve got it going on.

Sandi Marchant on BH Continental

Sandi Marchant on BH Continental.

Willie Thompson has competed in SRCHA events since the start of the organization. When you compete against Willie, you’d better have your hat pulled down tight and be ready to ride. He is a gritty competitor; whether he is riding Duchas Perfect Image, pictured here, or his new horse, he will blow you out of the pen if you’re not riding tough.

Willie Thompson on Duchas Perfect Image

Willie Thompson on Duchas Perfect Image.

We’d like to thank the sponsors of this SRCHA show, SCM Ranch (Neil, Connor, Mark and Susan Wonko) and BNJ Ventures (Ben and Jacquie Fehr). The Wonko Family and Ben Fehr are also competitors in our association. Our thanks also go out to PCS Patience Lake.

These awesome shots from the show have been provided by Kimberly Dillistone. Kimberly is a good hand with horses and a talented photographer, and we are more than happy to have her show off both her talents at our shows. Kimberly now has a website where you can view and order your photos.

The Beaver Creek Ranch SRCHA Show on May 9-10, had just wrapped up when we last wrote, so here is a small recap. The judge for this event was Larry Clifford of Brandon, MB. We would like to thank him for providing his expertise. The high scores for the weekend in each division are as follows:

High Point in cutting: Jaret Farrow, Mandi Quam, Deb Flegel, Bobby Ann Loewen, Evan Pierlot, Taylor Farrow, Darlene Tingtved, Sandi Marchant, Meghan Brill, Barry Clemens

High fence score winners: Jaret Farrow, Rayel Kaczmar, Taylor Douglas, Barry Clemens, Sandi Marchant, Meghan Brill, Deb Flegel. Evan Pierlot, Dayle Leoppky, Deb Flegel (won in both her divisions).

Thank you to the sponsors of this event: Beaver Creek Ranch, Barry and Brenda Clemens, Sherwood Animal Clinic, Edwards Ranching Ltd, Cowtown/Masterfeed, Horse and Rider, Chatterson Janitorial Supply and Gerd Martin Farrier.

A number of our trainers have been doing their part to further the sport by hosting Youth Reined Cow Horse clinics over the summer. This is a great way to introduce our youth to the sport, and an opportunity for them to see if they would like to come out and compete. If you know someone who might be interested in these youth clinics, keep checking out our SRCHA Facebook page. Details are being posted as each clinic is organized, so check often to ensure you claim a spot.

Our next SRCHA Show will be hosted by Deb Flegel at Hidden Meadows Ranch, July 25-26, 2015. There will be a free youth clinic with Rod Thiessen on Friday evening prior to the show. This is for any youth who will be competing in this show. Also on the agenda are the Friday night social and a Saturday steak supper. We’re all getting excited about another round of competition and fellowship, with a bit of tomfoolery thrown in. We’re always up for a laugh at our own or someone else’s expense! We hope everyone has their entries in for this event.

We wind up our 2015 show series at the SRCHA Tim Hortons Classic Futurity and Derby, held at Prairieland Park, Saskatoon, SK on Aug. 28-30. The entry form for this show is on the SRCHA website, which is to be printed out and mailed in. Entries for the futurity and derby are due Aug. 10.

That’s it for now; I hope you’re all having a great summer that includes a lot of riding.