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Smokin’ Q

 

BY ESTEBAN ADROGUE

For many, Sunday morning came around smelling of fried eggs and homemade pancakes, with a fresh glass of squeezed orange juice. Tip-toeing all the way to Mom’s room…  For others, Sunday morning had a completely different meaning.

 

The sound of wood burning away in the BBQ’s, heating up the air, spreading that familiar smell, that aroma that takes us back to our childhood… It can only mean one thing: The Smokin Q BBQ Pitmasters Competition was finally here!

 

Lynnwood Ranch (Okotoks, AB) once again played host to the 3rd annual KCBS sanctioned BBQ Competition and BBQ Feast. The Smokin Q gathered 35 of the best Pitmasters and their crews from all around Alberta, in a sizzling battle against the toughest judges to become this year’s Pitmaster Champion.

The competition consisted of four different entries: first entry was BBQ chicken, a classic! Half hour later, competitors presented the judges with their best smoked ribs. Third entry consisted of delicious tender pulled-pork. And last, but definitely not least, judges were delighted with a low and slow roasted brisket. Makes you want to become a judge, doesn’t it?!

 

But before Sunday’s competition all participants had a chance to put their skills to the test.

Saturday night hosted the BBQ Bash Feast and Frolic. This year’s event consisted of competitors displaying a little preview of their abilities, not only to the judges, but to almost 300 guests as well. Everyone was eager to taste the pitmasters’ wonderful creations, which included everything from chorizo tacos with coleslaw, to a delicious fig and shrimp canapés

After sampling magnificent delights, guests were treated to a delicious brisket and salmon dinner, with a side of locally grown steamed veggies, salads and corn on the cob; followed by a dessert course of seasonal fruit trays and sweet delicatessens.

Once dinner was over, it was time to get up from those seats and shake that body to the rhythm of live jazz-fusion music. People came together to share a great time, laughed, had a few drinks and danced the night away as this year’s BBQ Bash came to an end.

To fully appreciate and understand the hard work behind such a fantastic culinary experience, we must venture back to Saturday morning; 10:00 am brought with it the first few trailers loaded with BBQ equipment, food, and competitors ready and full of ambition to demonstrate what they are capable of.

While pitmasters got their fires going, Western Horse Review went around interviewing different cooks and their crews, and talked about which elements a BBQ team should include to be the best.

 

They each described a “perfect BBQ” as having two crucial factors: food and atmosphere.

 

“It has to be the perfect balance among smoke, spices and meat. Not overpowering any single one of them.” – shared pitmaster Chris, head of Rocky Mountain Smokers.

 

All competitors also shared one unanimous tip: low and slow.

 

“…the best? Low and slow! It is a long and slow process, 250 degrees fahrenheit for about 8 to 12 hours” – said pitmaster Danny Cooper, from Fahrenheit 250 BBQ.

 

Sydney from Bordertown Bar-B-Que commented – “It’s all about friends coming together to have fun, a good time. You want to create a ‘party’ rather than a competitive atmosphere.”

 

Not only did they talk about friendship between their crew, but amongst their other rivals too. “We are all (competitors) a big family. If we don’t win, we are thrilled they (rivals) did! Barbecue it’s like golf; it’s not you against the competitors, it is us against those judges.” – Logan, part of the crew of Rocky Mountain Smokers.

 

As a very thankful attendee, I must admit with every bite of the tender brisket I took, I tasted that camaraderie, I felt that love, effort and passion pitmasters put in every single BBQ they cook.

 

Western Horse Review can’t wait to see y’all there again next year!

 

For more information, visit the Lynnwood Ranch website.

 

Boots ’N Diamonds

At the log house we’d just started thinking about how our New Years Eve might look this year when a grand idea came across my desk – The Boots ‘N Diamonds New Years Eve Gatherin’.

This semi-formal evening of western and cowboy art, food and entertainment is set to happen just southwest of Calgary and features some of our favourite artists, artisans and live entertainment.

shannon'sartworkBest of all the evening ends with a live auction featuring some unique western art such as this original Shannon Lawlor painting.

gina'sbronzeA sweet and collectable vintage Gina Cohoe bronze.

karen'sartworkA gorgeous original from a southern Alberta western artist whose work we’ve been keenly attuned to lately, Karen Coe.

holly'sphotoAnd, finally, a framed print of the photo which won the Western Horse Review 2013 photo contest, captured by amateur photographer, Holly Nicholl. How gorgeous would this look in your home?

These and a few other select pieces will all be auctioned off in the first few minutes of 2015 to benefit the Shannon Burwash Memorial Award. If you aren’t familiar with this scholarship check out http://www.eslvet.ca/info.html for more information. Succinctly, the award is for students in any field of study with emphasis on the horse, agriculture, business, or equine veterinary medicine at an accredited Canadian post-secondary institution.

Each piece of art, western gear and donated item will sell with 100% of the proceeds going to the scholarship.

And, because we want to get the word out about this event, and put bums in those last few seats still available, we’re giving away two tickets to the event.

Of course, you might want to secure your seats to this unique western-styled evening and that can be done by contacting organizer Ryan Smith at (403) 897-3787, or visit the event’s Facebook page.

But, be sure to enter the contest too! All you have to do is let us know what your New Year’s Eve plans are below in the comment section and we’ll enter you in a draw to win two tickets. Even if you already have plans, I bet you can come up with two special people to gift these tickets to!

Good luck and perhaps we’ll see you there!

Jonathan Field Giveaway

We seem to be contest-crazy lately, and this latest is a fabulous once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

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And, if you’re a fan of Jonathan Field (and who isn’t?) and Recovery EQ, this is one contest practically tailor-made for you.

Whether our horses are our teammates, our best friends, or part of the family, we take the necessary steps to make sure they are as happy and as healthy as possible. For many supplements such as RECOVERY EQ is an important part in making sure our horses perform to the best of their ability.

Designed to unlock your horse’s potential, Recovery EQ aims to provide healthy joints, circulation, and works to help fight tissue damage. This is all achieved through a unique blend of anti-oxidants from foods that have been proven to support cellular health such as green tea, and red grapes.

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Seeing the effect Recovery EQ has had on his own horses, proven horseman and trainer Jonathan Field personally vouches for the life changing product. The supplement has allowed him to take his horses down the road and to be confident in the fact that they are healthy and sound enough to make the journey.

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Now, we want to hear what Recovery EQ has done for you and your horse!  In the comment section below, please tell us about the positive effects this supplement has had on your animal in 200 words or less.

The best story will receive two VIP tickets to the Jonathan Field and Friends International Horsemanship Education Conference in September!

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Total value for this prize is $520, so get to pennin’ about your success with this fab product.

Small print: The contest will run until August 20, 2014 and the winner will be announced the following day. Prize does not include transportation to the venue. Winner must agree to have their story published in a future issue of Western Horse Review.

Reader Survey – July/August

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We would love to get your feedback on our July/August issue. To thank you for your time, we are offering a pair of Professionals Choice splint boots as a prize – we’ll randomly draw one winner from all the responses received.

The survey closes after a definitive number of responses so don’t delay. It won’t take but 5 minutes and we truly appreciate every response we receive.

Click here to take survey

(Readers and subscribers to the print or digital magazine only, please)

Calgary Stampede 10-Day Highlights

Photo By Kelsey Simpson

A beautiful horse rode in the RCMP Musical Ride Sunday afternoon. Photo By Kelsey Simpson

Calgary – There’s a reason why the Calgary Stampede’s posters usually depicts a horse, or horses. Simply put, the Stampede has its origins in the horse-powered agricultural world of over a century ago and it remains the world’s greatest celebration of the Western horse culture.

There has always been an unbreakable bond between cowboys and their horses. This year, in the annual Cowboy Up Challenge, the Extreme Cowboy Association’s annual big Canadian event, it was a cowgirl who won the big buckle. Kateri Cowley of Exshaw, AB, and her faithful steed Kokanee demonstrated the combination of trust and training that is the only formula for success in this most-challenging competition. Kateri, a former Stampede princess, was among the first competitors when extreme cowboy racing came to Canada and her victory came over a very strong group of riders, including some former World Champions.

The Working Cow Horse Classic is another test of the partnership between horse and rider. In the 15 classics to date, the name of John Swales of Millarville is listed as the winner of the Open Bridle Class an amazing ten times. This year Swales rode Maximum Echo, owned by Flo Houlton of Caroline, AB. Longview, AB.’s Clint Swales, John’s brother and perhaps his closest competitor, won Open Hackamore riding HR Chic Nic, owned by Bruce Bamford of Calgary. Another Calgarian, Suzon Schaal, rode her mare Genuine Brown Gal to the Non-Pro Bridle title for the fifth time.

When it comes to hard work for both horse and rider, there’s nothing quite like Team Cattle Penning. Finding three cows in a herd of thirty and then persuading them to move downfield and into a pen, when they don’t really want to go, makes for a real challenge, and some great entertainment. In the super-competitive 10 class, the Millet, AB father and daughter combination of Brian and Paige Cardinal teamed with Calgary’s Alex Hansen to take the buckle. In the 14 class, the multi-generational team of Pat Bolin from Stettler, AB, Lesley Marsh of Arrowwood, AB, and Josie Abraham of Carstairs, AB combined for the win. The top-ranked riders compete in the Open class, and it was Donna O’Reilly of Millarville, AB, Kirk Cottrell, also of Millarville, and Devin Antony of Calgary, AB, beating the best of the best. In the 7 class, Mason Cockx of Millarville, AB, Bruce Stewart of Canmore, AB and Mike Street of Penticton, BC, finished on top.

Stampede visitors wanting a little closer look at light horses were welcomed to Horse Haven presented by TAQA. There were 17 different breeds of light horse on hand, along with their passionate owners. There were also demonstrations of the capabilities of these remarkable animals in a Wild West Show format, presented four times during the Stampede.

Not too far from Horse Haven was Draft Horse Town, where the heavy horses hung out. There was more than horses there, however, as equipment from the age of horse-power was on display to illustrate the technology of days gone by. Each day in Draft Horse Town, Lady – the beautiful Belgian mare whose visage graced this year’s Stampede poster – made an appearance in Draft Horse Town to meet her public.

The Stampede’s oldest event, the Heavy Horse Show and World Championship 6-Horse Hitch happened for the 128th time. The Eaglesfield Percherons of Brian and Randi Thiel of Didsbury, AB won their fifth World Championship 6-Horse Hitch title as the musicians of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra played in the background. Y.E.S. Mystique, a Percheron belonging to Chad Munns of Garland, UT, won the class and was also Best of Show.

For those who like to watch the powerful heavy horses in action, the Heavy Horse Pull is a must-see. On Friday night, Randy Dodge of Albany, OR, drove Belgians Bud and Red to the Lightweight crown. The team is co-owned by Stan Grad of Airdrie, and was sponsored by Calmont Leasing. On Saturday night, it was another Dodge/Grad outfit winning the buckle. It took a pull of 11,500 pounds and 11 rounds of competition for Simon and Mike to take the win for New West Truck Centres. It was the same sponsor, but a different team that topped the nine-horse Heavyweight class. Martin Howard brought Joker and Sandy, the two biggest horses in the Stampede pull this year, down from Rocky Mountain House and took them home as the Stampede heavyweight champions on Sunday night after outpulling the outfit of Randy Dodge and Stan Grad by all of a foot.

For those who like their equine entertainment in smaller doses, there’s the Canadian National Miniature Horse Show and the miniature donkey exhibit. They may be little, but these little animals will really perform for their owners and never fail to win the hearts of visitors.

From cow ponies to draft horses, fans of horsemanship and horseflesh got a full helping of both at this year’s Stampede. The cowboys and teamsters have packed up for another year, but they’ll be back with their beautiful horses in less than 51 weeks.

Welcome to Summer!

Pic by Jenn Webster.

Pic by Jenn Webster.

Whether you’re celebrating a long weekend or just a summer weekend, I hope it was a great one! The last couple of days seemed to bustle with activity. From all the graduations, to the road trips embarked upon, to new babies being born… y’all have a lot going on!

Our barn hit up a horse show in Claresholm, AB, this weekend. And when back at the ranch, I love looking at this view. Nothing better than some mares and foals and mountains.

Lately, the kids and I have been spending some time visiting these little cuties too:

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We try to get outdoors as often as we can these days as it seems you never know when it’s gonna be like this:

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Watching Daddy work with a horse outside in the rain.

Our hearts go out to our neighbors in Saskatchewan and Manitoba who are currently experiencing extreme flood concerns. Stay safe everyone!

Also in the news this weekend, Jason Vanlandingham, of Whitesboro, Texas, and Not Ruf At All won the Open NRHA Derby. The win is doubly exciting because this pair were the 2013 NRHA Futurity Open Champions as well.

And, did you know that Alberta is now the epicenter for jousting in Canada? Check out this video from Alberta Prime Time, shot at the Brooks Medieval Fair in 2012.

My hubby is introduced to Soula Jule Star.

My hubby is introduced to Soula Jule Star.

Soula Jule Star recently sold to Brazil which caught my attention because it seems there is a lot of interest from Brazilian buyers lately in the western performance industry. Soula Jule Star was a stallion we became very fond of a few years ago, following a visit to Polo Ranch. I guess it’s a good thing we bred to him back then!

And as promised, it’s time to reveal the winner of our Cowgirl Dirt Giveaway! We had an overwhelming response of comments to this giveaway and when asked which eyeshadow color combo she would pick, Brandy wrote:

Barnwood prairie fresh!! Been wanting to try this line of makeup wish they had it in stores!

Congratulations Brandy, you’re the lucky winner of a pressed eyeshadow from Cowgirl Dirt! Please email us at editorial@westernhorsereview.com to arrange to claim your prize!

 

Cowgirl Dirt Giveaway!

Pic by Jenn Webster.

Pic by Jenn Webster.

As a mother and a trainer’s wife with limited “me” time, products in my makeup kit need to be long-lasting and color true to hold up against the hours of errands, meetings, horse shows and travel my life course often sees. Plus, when it’s time to just be a Mommy, I like natural ingredients and minerals that protect me from the sun, rejuvenate my skin and give me a natural look.

When I first came across Cowgirl Dirt, their fresh new products had all of this plus, they spoke to my character. And with cheeky product names (they seriously have a lipstick called “Hollywood Dun It”), I couldn’t resist.

For those who know me, I am particularly picky about my eye shadow. I need a product that will glide on smooth without a “cakey” or creased look and hold the style no matter what the day might throw at me.

Cowgirl Dirt’s new pressed powder comes in complementary dual tones, which makes their already fantastic product even better. On meeting days, I like to use the Arena Sand as a base, which creates a perfect foundation for an application of Barnwood on my eyelids. Then using a contoured brush, I like to sweep another light dusting of Barnwood into my creases in small circular motions. Both colors in this combo are demi-mattes.

On days when I’m after just a quick, simple and natural glow (you know, for the grocery store and running-into-town errands with my kids,) a smooth application of Arena Sand alone does the trick.

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Barnwood (top) and Arena Sand color combo.

But for any of you ladies who ride regularly like I do, the real question is…

How do these eyeshadows hold up after a hot afternoon of riding around in arena dirt, atop a sweaty cow pony?

Well! I can happily attest that after the last couple of hot summer days I emerged from the arena looking exactly as I did walking in. You know, other than the big smile on my face! (A fast-paced, high-torque workout on the pro-cutter will do that to ya <grin>).

The colors didn’t fade away despite dust or sweat.

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The other exciting aspect about Cowgirl Dirt is that all products have the following characteristics:

• Non-Allergenic and Gluten free: perfect for roseacea, acne-prone, and sensitive skin.
• Sun Resistant: contains ingredients with natural properties to protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays.
• Anti-Inflammatory: contains ingredients that calm irritated and sensitive skin.
• Concentrated: only small amounts of products are needed for beautiful results.
• Natural: contains no toxic chemical, artificial preservative, dyes, nano particles, talc, or parabens.

And if you have sensitive skin, Cowgirl Dirt products are 100% natural and organic! You can review a full ingredient list by reading this.

Pressed-Eye-ShadowSo now here’s the best part! Wanna win a pressed eyeshadow from Cowgirl Dirt for yourself? Drop me a comment below and let me know which color combo you’d like best and why. Here are your choices:

• Rusted Wire / Dust

• Barnwood / Arena Sand

• Barnwood / Prairie Fresh

• Huckleberry / Silky Leather

• Oklahoma Storm / Rodeo Queen

• Saddle Up / Renegade Rust

• Muddy Boots / Golden Spurs

• Emerald / Diamond Dust

One winner will be drawn at random and announced on Monday. Good luck!

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Canada’s Greatest Western Town

CGWTOur idea of West much less geographical, than it is a mindset. No matter where we live in this country it is about a life that is engaged with western culture – appreciative and honoring the land, from the cowboy tradition to current views. It’s modern, but respectful and mindful of tradition and history. It’s photography, books, gear, travel, music and food. It honors the cowboys, competitors, artisans, musicians, authors, photographers and artists who spend their lives devoted to keeping our idea of the West in Canada alive.

For most who embrace this idea it includes the horse in some respect. At home, in our pastures and barns, on the magnificent trails of this country, and certainly, in the competition arena. Also in our accruements and passions. In our appreciation of the majesty of the animal, in the subtle nuances of the horse’s work and our various sports.

One could say, in our identities.

Which is why, when we think about where to live, we think Western. And, living the Western way, recognizing its authenticity, and celebrating how it enriches our lives.

Now is your chance to help Western Horse Review unfold the real West. Many of Canada’s greatest western hotspots aren’t just great places to live in the western lifestyle: they’re Canada’s best-kept secrets. And its time we celebrated them!

THE BATTLE FOR THE GREATEST WESTERN TOWN IN CANADA IS ON!

We’ll begin this competition with a nomination period from now until June 27th.

Then the voting begins!

For this purpose the moniker “towns” can refer to towns, cities, hamlets, really, wherever there is a great gathering of western culture. So think small. Think city. Think your corner of this great country. Just keep it Western.

Send us a short (50 word or less) nomination for your western town now. E-mail it to editorial@westernhorsereview.com with the subject line of CGWT, or just go ahead and comment right here.

Remember, the nomination period ends June 27th, so be sure to get your favourite western corner of this country in on the action!

Your Father’s Day Submissions

Happy Father’s Day to all you wonderful Dads out there! Earlier in the week I posted Father’s Day Giveaway! We have an awesome prize to give away but first, I need to share your submissions. We were looking for pictures of the Cowboy Dads in your crew. Your favorite pictures of your fathers or grandfathers, or even a male you believed to be a great example and a hero of the Western culture. And my heart seriously melted when I received some of these!

Check out what Angie Lang sent in:

Here is a twofer for ya. My dad and my hubby prepping my Lil girl for her horse show. Both are the best dad's I have ever known. 

“Here is my dad and my hubby prepping my Lil girl for her horse show. Both are the best dads I’ve ever known.”

Awe!! How adorable is that?

Jen Fleischhacker sent us this one:

This is my husband and our first child , he has shown her to be compassionate and to work for what you believe in !! She was almost 3 in this picture and the gelding I. This picture was a 2 yr old . Keith Fleischhacker is his name .

“This is my husband Keith Fleischhacker and our first child , he has shown her to be compassionate and to work for what you believe in!! She was almost 3 in this picture and the gelding in this picture was a 2-year-old.”

Melanie Copeland sent us this beautiful submission:

Just want to say what a great dad my husband (Craig Copeland) is to our 3 munchkins and part of that is always teaching them right from wrong, the way real cowboys behave and instilling in them a great sense of respect and love for the western lifestyle that we lead.  Thanks for the opportunity to enter this contest!

“Just want to say what a great dad my husband (Craig Copeland) is to our 3 munchkins. Part of that is always teaching them right from wrong, the way real cowboys behave and instilling in them a great sense of respect and love for the western lifestyle that we lead.”

This touching tribute comes from Sharon Gates:

Here is my photo for the contest. You did not say if the fathers must be living and of course, Dad is not but I love this photo and all that it says. (Check out the details…)  His name is Harold Irving Gates but everyone called him Slim. He was a calf roper and trick roper and later ranched with my mother in the Coteau Hills of Sask. Like most of us whose parents have passed, I wish I had listened more to his stories and asked more questions…

“Here is my photo for the contest. You did not say if the fathers must be living and of course, Dad is not. But I love this photo and all that it says. His name is Harold Irving Gates but everyone called him Slim. He was a calf roper and trick roper and later ranched with my mother in the Coteau Hills of Saskatchewan. Like most of us whose parents have passed, I wish I had listened more to his stories and asked more questions…”

Kelly Bell sent in this great shot of a father / son High Five:

"I love this photo captured at the Reining Alberta Spring Classic this past weekend. Our son, Blade (5), had just completed his very first short stirrup class and Daddy (Lachlan) gave him a big High 5 for a job well done."

“I love this photo captured at the Reining Alberta Spring Classic this past weekend. Our son, Blade (5), had just completed his very first short stirrup class and Daddy (Lachlan) gave him a big High 5 for a job well done.”

Kristen emailed us this excellent picture of her husband multi-tasking:

This is my husband Boyd Stuart with our two year old daughter at a branding this spring. He loves sharing the western lifestyle with our kids.

“This is my husband Boyd Stuart with our two year old daughter at a branding this spring. He loves sharing the western lifestyle with our kids.”

Brad Dickson sent in a perfect note:

My Dad taught me everything I know about horses

“My Dad taught me everything I know about horses.”

All the way from Hanley, SK, here is a beautiful letter from Teri Clearwater:

"This is a picture of my husband Dale Clearwater, whom I think is the best dad ever! (Maybe I am bias!) Most mornings Dale gets up and goes out to work before the boys wake up, but he is always sure to come in before Caleb gets on the school bus to do morning devotionals with the boys. This one particular morning was beautiful outside so they decided to do their devotionals on the front sidewalk. I think this picture says so many things, but most importantly I love the fact that Dale places his family as priority number 1."

“This is a picture of my husband Dale Clearwater, whom I think is the best dad ever! (Maybe I am bias!) Most mornings Dale gets up and goes out to work before the boys wake up, but he is always sure to come in before Caleb gets on the school bus to do morning devotionals with the boys. This one particular morning was beautiful outside so they decided to do their devotionals on the front sidewalk. I think this picture says so many things, but most importantly I love the fact that Dale places his family as priority number 1.”

This great shot comes from Karly Robeson:

My husband Darren and his youngest son, Elias with my horse "Elijah"

“My husband Darren and his youngest son, Elias with my horse Elijah.”

This one comes to us from Kristin York:

Here is a pic of my dad, riding his favorite horse Tanner... Tanner has passed on to greener pastures, but a nice bit like this might inspire my dad to look for his next riding partner!

“Here is a pic of my dad, riding his favorite horse Tanner… Tanner has passed on to greener pastures, but a nice bit like this might inspire my dad to look for his next riding partner!”

And this picture from Farrah McArthur is darling:

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“No matter how much work he has to do or how many horses he still has left to ride Cody always finds time for his children.”

This next one is an adorable pic from Amber Lobert:

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Erin Durrell emailed this wonderful vintage shot:

This is my dad Brian Durrell and I (about a yr old) on his home raised mare Baby Horse. She was from some very old QH lines and her registered name was April Lauder. Baby Horse became my first horse And I gymkhana, chased cows and junior rodeo'd on her until she was retired to raise babies. We are still riding her sons and granddaughters on the ranch and in the rodeo arena. Dad is honestly the hardest working man I know and everything he has done is for his children. (Myself, sister Keely and brother Iaian) We are a multi generational ranch family in BC and own the Wineglass Ranch in Riske Creek BC.

“This is my dad Brian Durrell and I (about a year old) on his home raised mare Baby Horse. She was from some very old QH lines and her registered name was April Lauder. Baby Horse became my first horse and I used her to gymkhana, chased cows and junior rodeo’d on her until she was retired to raise babies. We are still riding her sons and granddaughters on the ranch and in the rodeo arena. Dad is honestly the hardest working man I know and everything he has done is for his children. (Myself, sister Keely and brother Iaian) We are a multi generational ranch family in BC and own the Wineglass Ranch in Riske Creek BC.”

Gail Johnson submitted this one with love:

“Grampa Al with grandson Maddox getting to know “Poke.” Poke has since gone on to greener pastures, but while he was with us, Maddox considered Poke his horse. Grampa Al had a special relationship with Poke and passed that on to his Grandson Maddox.”

From Cranbrook, BC, Jenna Beckley sent us this one:

Because he's the centre of our whole world. Tyler is the kindest, most involved, loving father.

Because he’s the centre of our whole world. Tyler is the kindest, most involved, loving father.

Pauline Watson told us the story of her father:

Here a picture of Nick Friesen, my Dad, and I when we lived at the Matador pasture near Beechy, Sk. He was a great horseman and one of the last of the traveling horseman. He was also a wonderful artist and gentle of spirit. I miss him and all the stories he used to tell, 99% of which were about horses and his experiences with them.

Here a picture of Nick Friesen, my Dad, and I when we lived at the Matador pasture near Beechy, Sk. He was a great horseman and one of the last of the traveling horseman. He was also a wonderful artist and gentle of spirit. I miss him and all the stories he used to tell, 99% of which were about horses and his experiences with them.

Thank-you to all who entered! And a big thank-you to all the great Dads out there! Hope you have a wonderful day.

The winner of the Jeremiah Watt bit (compliments of our friends at K&K Livestock), and valued at $120 is Erin Durrell. Erin please email us at editorial@westernhorsereview.com to arrange to claim your prize!

Have a great day everybody <smile>

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More western riders are opting to trade in their stetsons for helmets, still, perceptions are slow to change. In this issue, we profile four western riders who in the minority – they wear helmets.

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Barn Sour or Barn Sweet
In this two-part installment, we show you how to make your horse comfortable in his own company.

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Back by popular demand, experts analyze the worth of equine investments.

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Everything you need to know before kicking your equine companions into the back pasture for the most challenging Canadian season.

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Preserving the future of rodeo by giving kids a helpful start into this high-profile sport.

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Choose your mentor from this roster of some of Canada’s most talented horse trainers.

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Develop your seat with Jonathan Field’s advice for becoming an active rider.

Blanket Buyers Guide
Custom made or off the rack, we give you a clue about the latest fabrics, fills and fashions – everything you need to know to protect your horse from the elements.

Step Up, or Step Off
In this exclusive book excerpt, 15-time reining world champion Craig Johnson, helps you refine your rundown and utilize fencing drills to the fullest.

Top Notch Quarter Horses
Our October breeder profile features a Stony Plain family with a great deal of heart and love for the western performance horses.

Price: $5.00

BACK ISSUES September 2007

Through the Crystal Ball
A look at pre-purchase evaluations. The associated truths and misconceptions you need to know before you buy your next prospect.

Raising a Healthy Hoof
The role genetics, movement, shoeing, diet and early care play in the development of your horse’s feet.

Horse Health Products
Some new, some tried and true. 10 health products that might be beneficial in your equine medical box.

Equine Ulcer Report
New research about Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome reveals useful – and surprising – results.

Price: $5.00

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Equine Health

A Complete Guide to Selecting and Caring for Your Horse

This video gives solid advice for selecting the right horse, care and feeding,
effective communication and safe handling, grooming,
exercise and hauling. With Dana Hokana.
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Price: $28.95

A Healthy Horse, the Natural Way

A horse owner’s guide to using herbs, massage, aromatherapy, homeopathy and other natural therapies. Discusses how and when to use a combination of these therapies and when to use them in conjunction with veterinary treatment.

Price: $45.95

All Horse Systems Go

SC Book – If only one comprehensive horse care were to be chosen for a library, it should be this extensive and well-illustrated reference. Written by a horse vet specialist, it packs in not only the anticipated horse care and health solutions chapters, but includes tips on fitness, conditioning, and much more. Small color photos throughout add interest but the meat is in the chapters of medical insights backed by a practicing vet’s long-time experience: chapters which can save a horse’s life whether consulted quickly in an emergency or used as preventative points.

Price: $51.95

Anatomy in Motion – The Visible Horse

This DVD contains slow-motion studies of the English and Western gaits. It is clear and understandable for 4-H or Pony Club groups, but comprehensive enough to be of interest to other equine professionals.

Price: $45.95

Anatomy in Motion – The Visible Rider

Peggy Brown wears a custom-painted “skeleton suit” to show how a rider’s body works when riding. She demonstrates in all gais in English and  Western. Guaranteed to help identify good and bad posture

Price: $45.95

Barn Guide To Horse Health Care & First Aid

A guide to basic equine health procedures that will prove invaluable in your barn. Turn to the job you need, hang the book on a nail, and go to work. Large illustrations and straightforward instructions.
HC fold-out book • 124 pages
 
Price: $28.95

Concise Guide to Laminitis in the Horse

SC book –  A guide that shines light on this unpredictable and traditionally misunderstood disease with accessible information and current thoughts on prevention, treatment and recovery.

Price: $17.95

Concise Guide to Medications, Herbs and Supplements

The most common drugs, hormones, supplements, and herbs for horses are discussed and evaluated in this long-trusted guide. New products have been added to the already extensive guide for better understanding.
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Price: $17.95

Concise Guide to Navicular in the Horse

SC book – $19.95  – The facts imparted in this guide will help owners formulate a rational approach to the prevention and treatment of laminitis. It is meant to be read and discussed with one’s veterinarian and farrier. Use it as a first line against this dreaded disease.

Price: $19.95

Concise Guide to Respiratory Disease

Chapters include the anatomy of a horse’s respiratory system, techniques your vet uses for diagnosing problems, how those problems are treated, and common issues in the upper and lower airways. There are also chapters specific to four of the most common respiratory issues: shipping fever, strangles, heaves and EIPH (exerciseinduced bleeding).

Price: $17.95

Controlling Your Horse’s Speed

DVD 1 hr 45 min. Total control is the single most important aspect of training. Gain control of your horse at the walk, trot or canter. This training applies to any style of riding and to any level rider from novice to advanced. Control the elevation of your horse’s head to help him calm down, while developing shoulder control, side passing, bridle control and a better stop

Price: $45.95

Dr. Kellon’s First Aid Guide Book

SC book – 254 pages – In addition to step-by-step instructions on what to do in case of an emergency, Dr. Kellon provides a rating system to help determine the urgency of the situation. Directions are clear in the color-coded pages equipped with index and appendices

Price: $38.95

Dr. Kellon’s First Aid Guide DVD

DVD – Learn to care for wounds and other major injuries as well as how to diagnose and treat acute conditions in all major organ systems with step-by-step demonstrations.

Price: $64.95

Equine Massage Book

SC book – 256 pages – Jean-Pierre Hourdebaigt, RMT, introduces the techniques you will use during a message, its integral role in sport therapy, and then presents a series of routines designed to target specific trouble spots and various disciplines.

Price: $34.95

Equine Massage DVD

DVD 90 minutes – This video offers demonstrations for every chapter of the book. The sections on individual techniques and complete routines are especially valuable.

Price: $59.95

First Aid for Horse and Rider

This book provides advice from both a DVM and an MD about handling all the common injuries and conditions that can arise when people and horses come together.

Price: $14.95

Fitness in Motion

Specific exercises name targeted muscles, are illustrated with clear photographs and explained in words. A chart summarizes the purpose, frequency and duration for each activity.
Spiral bound book
 
Price: $34.95

Give a Horse a Second Chance:Adopting and Caring for Rescue Horses

HC book. 186 pages. How is a rescue horse different? What do people need to know to be a good partner for a previously abused or neglected equine? A complete guide to giving healthy and productive lives to deserving horses.

Price: $26.95

Healing Horses Their Way

SC book  Every horse needs their owner to read this book. Equine nutritionist Marijke van de Water has done an extraordinary job of helping thousands of horses. Includes natural health programs o successfully treat a variety of equine health conditions including digestive disorders, colic, cribbing, parasites, immune conditions, respiratory disorders, laminitis, metabolic syndrome and detoxification. Know how, what and when to feed grass, hay, and grain. Complete with successful case studies.

Price: $45.95

Help Me Help My Horse

Book. Develop a partnership and working relationship with your horse. Help your partner to understand the cues, when to teach a new lesson getting consistent performance and understanding learning cycles.

Price: $30.95

Horse Anatomy – A Coloring Atlas

SC Book. This anatomy atlas is split into sections covering every aspect of the equine anatomy by system. Drawings outline each system, organ features, common ailments, diseases, and functions.

Price: $43.95

Horse Conformation

The most comprehensive guide to the horse’s body – inside and out – ever published. From the Equine Research Center. The comprehensive text focuses on ideal and abnormal conformation features, balance and symmetry, relationship between conformation faults and athletic ability, colors and markings, anatomical elements, teeth and aging, digestive, neurological, respiratory and circulatory systems, and the relationship between structure and function. Highly recommended.

Price: $28.95

Horse Health Care

This pictorial how-to book illustrates basic health care, from the daily check to vital signs, wound care and vaccination.
SC book • 160 pages
 
Price: $22.95

Horse Hoof Care

Cherry Hill teams up with Richard Kilmesh to address the topics of hoof care and horseshoeing. This book covers what every horse owner needs to know about this critical key to a horse’s overall health and well-being.
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Price: $22.95

Horse Housekeeping

Authoritative, inspirational, highly accessible, full of common sense and downto- earth advice, all of it based on twentyfive years of experience, the Korda’s book is a basic resource for anybody who wants to keep horses in a safe, content, healthy, and cost-effective way at home, from detailed lists of things you need to have on hand to the basic (and not so basic) dos and don’ts of horse care.

Price: $24.95

Horse Journal Guide to Equine Supplements and Nutraceuticals

Complete with comparative charts, useful sidebars, and practical insights, it guides you in making decisions about optimal nutrition and preventive care for your horse.
HC book • 304 pages
 
Price: $34.95

Horse Lover’s Encyclopedia

A-Z entries offer insight into all aspects of English and Western horsemanship. Everything from equine health issues to horse breeds is covered in this amazing book.
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Price: $29.95

Horse Owner’s Veterinary Handbook

HC book – 538 pages – This easy-to-navigate reference tool includes almost every conceivable veterinarian concern – from snakebites to reproduction and parasites. The graphic photographs are helpful in identifying a problem.

Price: $49.95

How to Use Leg Wraps, Bandages & Boots

SC Book, 112 pages. Leg coverings are not the easiest things to use, and can be the sign of what separates a professional from a novice. This book explains wrapping the correct way, as well as different types of boots and caring for leg ailments.

Price: $20.95

How Your Horse Moves

A unique view of how a horse uses its body is presented in a graphic and easy-to-follow way. It will help you improve your riding and your training. Discover the true effect of riding and training on each part of the horses body.
 
Price: $34.95

Lameness

SC book –  This highly acclaimed book analyzes the causes, diagnoses, and management of the myriad causes of lameness. Defining and identifying the lame leg; spotting gait abnormalities and non-muscular causes; physical examinations and evaluations; diagnostic tools and other tests; the role of the veterinarian and farrier in prepurchase examinations.

Price: $32.95

Massage Techniques

HC Book – Superb photographs and detailed line drawings, in addition to an in-depth discussion of the circulatory, muscular and nervous systems of the horse as they relate to massage make this a vital reference source for all who are interested in massage.

Price: $28.95

Miniature Horses A Vet Guide

SC Book. Providing all the information needed to safely and correctly treat Miniatures, this guide gives special attention to Miniature-specific problems and concerns.

Price: $32.95

Riding For Life

A horsewoman’s guide to lifetime health and fitness. Syndicated columnist and physician Rallie McAllister offers women riders the tools they need to get maximum enjoyment through healthy lifestyle choices.
SC book • 224 pages
 
Price: $26.95

The Book of Miniature Horses

HC Book. 160 pages. The complete guide to caring for and showing this diminutive breed.

Price: $29.95

The Horses Pain-Free Back and Saddle-Fit Book

Dr. Joyce Harman, veterinarian and renowned saddle-fitting expert, advises on why saddle fit matters to both horse and rider, western saddle evaluation, off and on the horse, ensuring the saddle fits the rider, proper use of saddle pads and accommodating conformational challenges.

Price: $37.95

Western Saddle Fitting for Comfort

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Ensuring your horse’s comfortable and free to move is a focus of master saddle maker, Todd Bailey, as he demonstrates how to measure your own horse.
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Price: $34.95

Western Saddles How to Fit Pain-Free

DVD 45 min. Dr. Joyce Harman, veterinarian and renowned saddle-fitting expert, advises on why saddle fit matters to both horse and rider, western saddle evaluation, off and on the horse, ensuring the saddle fits the rider, proper use of saddle pads and accommodating conformational challenges.

Price: $34.95

Whole Horse Wellness Guide

The first and only book of its kind to combine traditional veterinary care with holistic treatments for an integrated medical approach to the care of horses.
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Price: $45.95

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Breeding & Foal Raising

Blessed are the Broodmares

A classic source book on breeding and foaling including the latest information on drugs, medications, immunizations and an all-new chapter on difficult births.

Price: $34.95

Blessed are the Foals

HC 44.95 – Beginning with delivery, emergencies such as failure to breathe, to rise and to nurse are addresses along with developmental conditions. A classic equine bible on the foal’s first year.

Price: $34.95

Breeder’s Guide to Mare, Foal & Stallion Care

SC 304 pages – An excellent guide to help breeders sift through the myriad of details about breeding and focus on what’s most important to the health and well-being of their animals.

Price: $22.95

Bringing Up Baby

John Lyons offers his proven program for starting young horses on their way to becoming reliable partners. In 20 progressive training sessions, laid out in clear photos and concise step-by-step instructions, Lyons demonstrates how to start a weanling horse. Each lesson builds on the previous one using stress-free, conditioned-response techniques so that the young horse is never over-faced. A bestseller!

Price: $28.95

Early Learning Imprint Training with Dr. Miller

VHS – These techniques take just minutes during the imprinting and critical learning times which occur in foals as soon as they are born crucial training at the right time that can last a horse’s lifetime.

Price: $45.95

Foal Handling The Lyons Way

DVD – Sacking Out vs. Desensitizing – Making the round pen a safe and stress-free environment for your foal.  Preparing your foal to accept the halter and bridle and Teaching your foal to yield to pressure from the halter and bridle.  Step by step guide to prepare your foal for the farrier. Safe trailer loading and transporting of your foal.

Price: $45.95

Illustrated Guide to 96 Horse Breeds of North America

SC book Most horse breed books are written for European readers but this book was written specifically about North American horses for North American readers. This comprehensive guide features in-depth profiles and photographs of the breeds that call North America home.

Price: $34.95

The Book of Mules

Book A book about mules and other equine hybrids such as hinneys and zebra crosses. This wonderful book also contains information of how to choose, breed, and use mules.

Price: $26.95

The Book of the Draft Horse

HC book This book is all about the wonderful heavy horse breeds including Clydesdales, Percherons and Belgians.

Price: $26.95

The Color of Horses

SC Book. 128 pages. This longtime classic doesn’t just categorize horse colors, it explains why they exist, with a perfect blend of art and science.

Price: $26.00

The Stallion

SC Book 228 pages – A complete breeding guide for stallion owner’s. The definitive source by renowned author James McCall.

Price: $28.95

Ultimate Guide to Horse Breeds

SC book Once formulated as a landscape Encyclopedia, this wonderful book is now in a portable, gift-giving, paperback format. With its beautiful, full-colour illustrations, it is the perfect addition to any horse lovers library.

Price: $14.95

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