Canadian Supreme Turns 40!

Canadian Supreme action this week in Red Deer. Photo by Krista Kay Photography.

Canadian Supreme action this week in Red Deer. Photo by Krista Kay Photography.

The Canadian Supreme is marking 40 years, as it showcases and promotes the training traditions of the western horseman in the cutting, reining and working cow horse events. Offering $400,000 in prize money, the show has attracted nearly 600 entries from across western Canada and the northern U.S. states. The skilled competitors will be at Red Deer’s Westerner Park for six days of action, September 27th-October 2nd.

Red Deer area breeder and competitor Jim Dobler sees it as a key show for his business.

“For 40 years, it has been the fall showcase for really, really nice horses. I know many people that became Cow Horse competitors and even trainers, just because of coming to the Supreme,” said Dobler.

Innisfail trainer Geoff Hoar agrees.

“The Supreme is bigger than a lot of the shows we go to, and has a different feel. What I see, too, is that it shows off the sport to people who maybe haven’t seen it before. It gives exposure, and people may end up saying ‘that looks like fun, how can I get involved?’” noted Hoar.

Young trainer Travis Rempel brings over horses from his barn in Fort Langley, B.C.

“The Supreme was a huge career builder for me,” acknowledged Rempel. “It was somewhere to go that’s relatively close to compete against the best in Canada and from the northern U.S. That’s who you want to play against.”

“The Canadian Supreme is a show we believe has made its mark in the western horse world,” said Show Chairman Jeff Robson.  “As we celebrate 40 years, we want to give a big shout-out to our hard working committee members. Without their dedication, we wouldn’t have a show. They’re the backbone of it.”

“We’re so encouraged to see our sponsorship higher than ever this year, which is quite a feat given our current economy.”

Longtime exhibitor Dennis Nolin has stepped up to become the overall show sponsor this year with his company MTE Logistix.

Along with the exciting competitions, and the trade fair of horse-related products and services, a highlight is always the Saturday night feature performance. This year, a key component will be the induction of the Robson family into the Canadian Supreme Hall of Fame.

“The leadership of Dave Robson and his family is really behind the show’s great success,” related Les Burwash, of the Horse Industry Association of Alberta.

Dave Robson served at the helm of the show from 1982 until 2013, when his son Jeff Robson took over the leadership. Dave’s late wife, Val Robson, was a real spark of light for the show for many years, and son Kurt continues to be a big part of the show’s organization as well.

“The Canadian Supreme has been great for the sport, and that was our intention all along,” commented Dave Robson.

The one program change this year at the Supreme sees the Western Horse Sale on hiatus.

“It was a very hard fought decision to cancel it,” explained co-Sale Manager, Ron Anderson. “But we recognize the current state of the economy and the industry, and will review the fees associated with the sale, to reflect that for 2017.”

Replacing it on the Friday night will be the first ever Invitational Barrel Racing Trainers Challenge, where you can cheer on your favorite trainers or lopers as they tackle a barrel course for the top prize and bragging rights. Then it’s a ‘blast from the past’ with the fan favorite fence work done by some of the top trainers from years gone by, all as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations.

Once again this year, the public is invited to take in the show free of charge. The live webcast of the classes is back, which can be accessed, along with daily schedules, on the website www.canadiansupreme.com.

The Western Horse Sale Results

PHOTOS BY CHERYL SMYTHE

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Shes Kitty Mirage, consigned by Don Hudson, was the high seller at the 2015 Western Horse Sale, going for $15,000 to 2M2 Land & Cattle.

A highlight of the 2015 Canadian Supreme, this year’s edition of the Western Horse Sale took place on October 2 at Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta. Organized by Perlich Bros. Auction Market Ltd. of Lethbridge, AB, buyers were in for a treat with a lineup of “top selected cutting, reining and barrel prospects, broodmares and well-broke ranch horses” on the auction block.

Lot 13, High Sign Coy, consigned by Edward Turco and sold for $8,000.

lot 19

Lot 19, Hollys Lil Cat, consigned by Equistar Enterprises Ltd. and sold for $10,500.

lot 26

Lot 26, Shesa Hydrive, consigned by Equistar Enterprises Ltd. and sold for $8,600.

The 2015 high seller was Lot #15, Shes Kitty Mirage, consigned by Don Hudson. This horse was purchased by 2M2 Land & Cattle for $15,000.

lot 27

Lot 27, Tweakend High, consigned by Edward Turco and sold for $9,600.

lot 30

Lot 30, Ote Quixote Gun, consigned by Lauren Hall and sold for $10,000.

lot 32

Lot 32, Smart Scootin Rio, consigned by Equistar Enterprises Ltd. and sold for $10,000.

The full list of sale results is below.

Horses Name Lot Number ConsignorPrice
I AM SONITAS LAST1COMPASS PERFORMANCE HORSESSCRATCH
CAUGHTMEACAT2LOUISE  ALLCHURCH$3,100
CHAUTAUQUA CD3DAVE  FREELAND$2,100
XREYED4DARCY  GEHERMAN$3,500
BET SHESA PLAYBOY5EQUISTAR ENTERPRISES LTD.N/A
NORTHERN KETCH CAT6LOUISE  ALLCHURCH$6,000
MOLLY N TIME7DONNA L. WILLIAMS$7,200
NORTHERN DIESEL CAT8LANNY  CHERNIPESKI$2,700
LENAS  NIGHTMARE9ROBERT  HAWKINSN/A
HOLLYCATWHOSTHAT10LANNY  CHERNIPESKI$5,500
RS VALENTINE MIST11RAFTER 7 QUARTER HORSESN/A
STARS FROM SEVEN12BRAD BLACKMORE$6,200
HIGH SIGN COY13EDWARD TURCO$8,000
NORTHERN  GUNS14LANNY  CHERNIPESKI$7,500
SHES KITTY MIRAGE15DON HUDSON$15,000
FILOS NEVERY16DOUG  REINHARDTSCRATCH
LIGHTS OUT MATE17COMPASS PERFORMANCE HORSES$1,200
HALCAT18DEAN NESS$5,200
HOLLYS LIL CAT19EQUISTAR ENTERPRISES LTD.$10,500
CHROME KATT20RON BIRD & FRAN KORNFELDSCRATCH
SMART ASNIC21KELVIN & SHELLEY CLARK$4,000
RAGS TO RICHES CAT22DONNA L. WILLIAMS$7,600
MISS ATTA CAT23LANNY  CHERNIPESKI$2,000
WOODS BLUE HANCOCK24RAFTER 7 QUARTER HORSES$4,200
HEZA SNEAKY CAT25LAUREN HALL$7,500
SHESA HYDRIVE26EQUISTAR ENTERPRISES LTD.$8,600
TWEAKEND  HIGH27EDWARD TURCO$9,600
BLONDE AND BOON28COMPASS PERFORMANCE HORSES$1,000
NORTHERN  LEAGUE29LANNY  CHERNIPESKI$2,900
OTE QUIXOTE GUN30LAUREN HALL$10,000
JACKS PEPPERED PETE31TED & JOLAYNE EVANS$2,500
SMART SCOOTIN RIO32EQUISTAR ENTERPRISES LTD.$10,000
MS NICTO BOONSMAL33KELVIN & SHELLEY CLARKN/A
LENAS BLACK34ROBERT  HAWKINSN/A
MISSIN NITAS35MICHAEL BELOF$7,500
CR DOC MAR36ADAIR & SUSAN MCDONALD$6,000
CATCH A SHINING STAR37LOUISE  ALLCHURCH$900
JUICED UP SALLY38LISA SLASYNSKI$1,400
PAPARAZZI RED39DWIGHT & KATHI FISHER$4,200
CHIC IN THE BOONLIGHT40DWIGHT & KATHI FISHER$3,900

 

30 Years of Canadian Supreme

If there’s one enduring stream to what we’ve always strived for at the magazine, it’s championing the western way of life, and central to it, our competitive horse sports. This week, the pinnacle event for cutting, cow horse and reining happens at the Canadian Supreme in Red Deer, Alberta, running today through Sunday.

It’s tough to find a competition that has successfully showcased these three disciplines anywhere in North America, never mind one with the tenacious band of volunteers behind the scene, especially when you consider the factors that go into running a show of this caliber across three disciplines – the ground, cattle management and all of the various individual sport demands. Throw in a horse sale on the Friday night, a trade show, and special event on the Saturday night (by the way, Western Horse Review will be presenting a special award on this night, one close to our hearts!), and you can’t come away with anything but respect for the longevity and success of the event.

Core to the competition are the horses and people we’ve come to admire and look forward to cheering on each year. A decade or so ago, the organization gifted me with dozens of CDs of old photos. Since the event is just shy of 40 years I thought it’d be fun to look back at some of the highlights of the past sets of decades – 1985, 1995 and 2005. Enjoy and see you at the show.

2005. . .

trainers

paulismith jim&heather gary&dave brad&clay batty&hook

1995. . .

Bonnie Becker

Bonnie Becker

Gerry Hansma and Genuine Sand Flake.

Gerry Hansma and Genuine Sand Flake

Carl Gerwien and Got Pep

Carl Gerwien and Got Pep

Rick Hook and Genuine Ime Sure

Rick Hook and Genuine Ime Sure

1985. . .

Bill Speight and Lees Quest

Bill Speight and Lees Quest

David Hansma

David Hansma

Duane Latimer and Stylish Major

Duane Latimer and Stylish Major

Gerry Hansma and Docs San Badger

Gerry Hansma and Docs San Badger

Jason Grimshaw and Diamond Tiara

Jason Grimshaw and Diamond Tiara. Dave Robson presenting.

Jim Paradis and Fintry Mission

Jim Paradis and Fintry Mission

lestimmons_urbancowgirl_pres_1985

Les Timmons and Urban Cowgirl. Bill Collins presenting.

Canadian Supreme in Growth Mode

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Red Deer – It’s easy to say a long-standing successful show is ‘bigger and better’ each year, but it can be harder to achieve. Yet the Canadian Supreme has managed to do just that, in a time of economic uncertainty.

“Our entries have climbed ten per cent this year,” related Canadian Supreme Chairman Jeff Robson, about the event coming to Red Deer September 29th to October 4th. “We’ve got over 600 entries, with horses coming from as far away as Texas and California coming to compete.”

For almost 40 years, the Canadian Supreme has celebrated the equine disciplines of Cutting, Cow Horse, and Reining. All of the contests showcase the working cow horse of the western world. Trainers demonstrate how much these cow-savvy horses can learn, even at a young age.

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Another healthy growth sign for the Canadian Supreme is the addition of two new classes, to go along with the four added last year. All of them are designed to encourage newcomers to the sport to enjoy the thrill of competition.

“We reached out to competitors last year and asked them ‘what are other shows doing? Are we missing anything?’ They suggested we add more mainstream classes for less experienced competitors. We did, and have gotten a good response,” explained Robson.

As well this year, the Canadian Supreme debuts a bigger size for the main competition arena at Red Deer’s Westerner Park.

“This is a major step forward in both our development and in our partnership with Westerner Park,” stated Robson. “Expanding the cutting and cow horse arena to 110 feet wide and 226 feet long keeps us in step with the arena size competitors and their horses experience at other elite shows. This has long been a priority for the Supreme Board of Directors.”

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Last year, two of Alberta’s best in the western horse world managed to dominate their competitions at the Canadian Supreme, picking up both top prizes. Shawna Sapergia of Cochrane took two horses to the NRHA Open Reining Finals championship, splitting first with herself by posting two identical 147 point runs. Cayley based trainer Dustin Gonnet did much the same in the Open Classic Challenge Cutting Finals, when he rode two different horses to first and second place. Both those competitors will be back and eager to defend their titles. Others who are no strangers to the winners’ circle are Lacombe’s Brad Pedersen, Vince Kaglea of High River and Suzon Schaal of Calgary. Central Alberta’s own Kevin Baumann and Michelle Lund are hometown favorites, along with Geoff Hoar of Innisfail, Jim Dobler of Delburne and Bill and ElaineSpeight of Rocky Mountain House; while Dale Clearwater of Hanley leads a strong Saskatchewan representation. Keep your eyes on Clay Webster of Okotoks and young Austin Seelhof of Cochrane, as well as veteran Locke Duce of High River in the reining.

Friday night’s signature Western Horse Sale will see over forty horses offered, ranging from prospects to competition-ready mounts. More information on this year’s sale is available at www.thewesternhorsesale.com.

Cash and prizes totalling well over $410,000 will be paid out after the six days of competition, making the Canadian Supreme the event where every contestant wants to excel. For fans, it guarantees some exciting fence runs, daring equine dances with determined cows, and the sizzle of fast spins and sliding stops. Plus, the Saturday Cinch Night at the Supreme is back, with some of key Finals, as well as the popular Bridleless Cutting and last year’s big hit, the Team Doctoring contest. The Trade Show returns with a wide range of horse related and western lifestyle products, as well as western art. It opens daily Thursday-Saturday at 10:00 am. Best of all, admission to the Canadian Supreme is again free.

Enthusiasts can also keep up with the action thanks to the live webcast, which can be accessed, along with daily schedules, on the website www.canadiansupreme.com.

For further details contact Betty Kunka at 403-313-8673.

The Canadian Supreme

Expect to see plenty of cowboy hats and spurs right now in Red Deer, as the Canadian Supreme, the largest cutting, reining and working cow horse event in the Pacific Northwest has filled every inch at Westerner Park for a full week of top level competition.

With nearly 500 horses entered, the city of Red Deer gets a big business boost from the participants and fans taking in the exciting action. This fall, the Supreme marks its 30th year in Red Deer.

“It’s our biggest horse event by far,” states Westerner General Manager John Harms. “We’re delighted to have worked with the organizers and watched this show grow over the many years.”

Calgary’s Dave Robson has served as chairman of the Supreme for 30 years of the show’s 37 year history.

“We are really trying to show the elite of the Western horse world,” says Robson. “I think we do that well.”

Photo by Krista Kay

During the show, there are horses competing in both the Prairie Pavilion and the Agri-Centre. The featured Saturday night performance, the Cinch Night at the Supreme, is an ideal way to see a great variety of talented horses and riders in some of the most exciting classes. As well, there is the Western Lifestyle Marketplace, featuring all things equine, along with renowned western artists. It runs from the Thursday through the Saturday of the show. On the Friday night, the stands fill early for the Western Horse Sale, organized by Elaine Speight of Rocky Mountain House. The sale features select horses that range from prospects to competition-ready mounts.

With close to half a million dollars available in cash and prizes, the Supreme is the richest western horse event in Canada. It’s a reputation builder for superstar horses, but an important business event for horse trainers.

“A special treat this year will be an extra bonus for the twelve Canadian Supreme Futurity Class Champions,” said Robson. “They’ll each receive a limited edition framed Paul Van Ginkel giclee art print, valued at $950 along with the trophy buckles.”

Another distinctive feature this Supreme will be additions to the event’s Virtual Hall of Fame.

“We have a category for Founders of the event, and this year we’ll be honoring two of those founders, whom we’ve recently lost – Roger Heintz and John Miller.”

In 2012, the Canadian Supreme decided to open its doors and invite the public to attend free of charge. That proved to be a popular move, and so will be in affect again this year.

The 2013 Canadian Supreme began on Monday and concludes Sunday, October 6th at Red Deer’s Western Park. The exciting Cinch Night of the Supreme, goes 7:00 pm on Saturday, October 5th. The Western Lifestyle Marketplace opens at 10:00 am Thursday October 3rd, and runs through until Saturday night at 9:00 pm. Admission this year is free.

If you’re unable to attend, you can catch the live feed here.

Performance Horse Art

If you’re a regular attendee at Canada’s performance horse pinnacle event, the Canadian Supreme, you’ll already be familiar with the paintings renowned Western artist Paul Van Ginkel was commissioned to paint over the course of three years to depict the three events of the Supreme: cutting (2007), cow horse (2008) and reining (2009).

Each year, the originals were unveiled at the event, and auctioned off to a frenzied bidding crowd.

What you might not know is that each year, the images were also reproduced into a limited edition of 50 giclee art prints. Each print is signed by Paul, measures 30 x 20″, and sells for $950.

This year, buckles will still be the top honor, but accompanying them will be one of these gorgeous limited edition prints. It’s a fantastic way to hang the artwork of one of Canada’s greatest western artists on your wall, and celebrate the passion you have for the performance horse.

Remember, entries to the Canadian Supreme close September 1.

Note: I originally reported the limited edition prints were in lieu of buckles this year, which indeed was the case, but since then the Canadian Supreme has decided to award both buckles and a limited edition print to each of the 12 Canadian Supreme class champions. Savvy decision!