A Showcase of Western Culture

Swift Current Agricultural and Exhibition Association

2013 Ranch Horse participants (from left): Tom Graham, Judge, Blake Smith, Junior Ranch Horse winner, and, Beau Smith, President of Ranch Horse.
Photo by Lenora Bells.

Welcome to Ranchman’s Ridin’ & Recitin’! This was Swift Current Agricultural and Exhibition’s Cultural Days call to Kinetic Exhibition Park. Whether you were from the city or the country – here was an opportunity to witness and be a part of Swift Current’s agriculture and western heritage through ranching events, music, food, entertainment and good ol’ fashioned country fun.

The Swift Current Agricultural and Exhibition Association invited everyone down to the barns at Kinetic Exhibition Park for a Western Cultural Day presentation of “Ranchman’s Ridin’ & Recitin’ on Saturday, September 28th, 2013. Ag & Ex Association Board Members organized entries from all across South-western Saskatchewan and Alberta, some from Manitoba. Guests of all ages were able to observe stock dog trials, a heavy horse pull, cow-pen show, ranch horse competition, ‘hooves & feathers’ show and sale, Young Ranchman’s All Breed Show and Little Ranchers Program. The Association’s expectations were exceeded as approximately six hundred and fifty visitors took in the activities – a very successful round-up!

Local exhibitors included very talented artists: a rope-maker and a saddle-maker. Doc’s Town was very popular as they set up near the barns at the Burnham Booth and supplied participants and visitors with pie and ice-cream throughout the day, and cowboy chilli at lunch. The cowboy roast beef supper was put on by the Swift Current Ag & Ex Livestock Committee and cowboy poets and musicians (a very important part of the western culture) finished off the Ranchman’s Ridin’ & Recitin’ Day. All who attended had an opportunity to witness ranching and farming community life as it was in the past and as it continues to be practiced today.

The Ag & Ex was very pleased to be part of the Cultural Day Celebrations, as The Ranchman’s Ridin’ & Recitin’, now in its ninth year at Swift Current Exhibition Kinetic Park, is a true celebration of our western culture.

We would like to extend our thanks to the regional and local advertising from the various media outlets for providing opportunities for interviews and getting the word out about our events – as well as our appreciation to those who organized the Cultural Days community happenings!

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2012 Ranch Horse Competitors (from left): Beau Smith, Blake Smith, Allan Bakkie, Jorstad, Rylee Miller, Pat Hanke.
Photo by Lenora Bells.