Father’s Day Giveaway!

Photo by Krista Kay Photography.

Photo by Krista Kay Photography.

Father’s Day is just around the corner – this Sunday to be exact! Picking out the perfect Father’s Day gift is not my forte, sadly. My hubby is flawless when it comes to choosing thoughtful gifts. Me, not so much.

So I figure this year, I’m going to work on it a little harder. Gonna find the perfect gift.

And in my quest for the ideal present, I came across a few other random (but cool) Father’s Day related links. Check them out below:

This picture of a girl about to go out surfing with her father. Wearing his cowboy hat. Not sure where it comes from but since I have a love affair with the ocean, I just thought it was kind of awesome:

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Next is this interesting read in The New York Times called Why Fathers Really Matter. Since both my husband and I fall into that interesting demographic of “older parents,” I find articles like this intriguing. If you have a few minutes, it might be worth a read.

Then I came across this Cowboy cooler. How many of the Father figures in your life wouldn’t love to have this in the barn? A very cool way to spruce up a cooler with old pallet wood, made by Sawmill Creek.

Cowboy-cooler

When it comes to manly food, you can’t go wrong with bacon. Bacon. In a Jar. On the Shelf is guest post we ran on My Stable Life, contributed by Memories of Home. Surely the Father in your house wouldn’t mind a year’s supply?

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Have you heard about Dick and Rick Hoyt? If you’re a runner, you probably have. This is possibly one of the best  inspirational father / son stories of all-time. Check out the video at Dick & Rick Hoyt. But just a word of warning – you’ll want to have some Kleenex nearby!

Then, here’s an easy make-at-home gift with the right amount of wit. This idea was found at Sassy Dealz.

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If your cowboy is in an office by day, perhaps you’ll want to try your hand at this awesome DIY gift:

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Shrink a picture of your child and there you have it! A tie pin like no other. Instructions for making this great gift can be found at Oh Happy Day.

And how brilliant is the new Calgary Stampede campaign, What Kind of Champion Are You?? With a plaid couple and more specifically – a baby-wearing Dad – focused at the forefront of the Stampede’s newest YouTube promo video, I had to take a look.  I wasn’t disappointed.

But, I’m saving the best for last! If you’re in need of a perfect Father’s Day gift, have I got a giveaway for you!

JW Bit

Compliments of our friends at K&K Livestock comes this Jeremiah Watt bit, Sagebrush series with flame engraving. Valued at $120 and featuring custom saddlemaker Jeremiah Watt’s signature style engraving, this bit is designed for years of beauty and function. The stainless steel design features a 5″ chain mouth with port and 7-3/4″ cheeks with flame engraving.

If you’d like to win it for the Cowboy Dad in your crew, just send me your favourite picture of your Dad or grandfather, or even a male you believe is a great example and a hero of the Western culture. Email it to me at editorial@westernhorsereview.com You don’t have to write a lot, if you don’t want to – just mention the person and send us your name. All entries will automatically be entered. Entries close on June 14 at 8 pm. The randomly drawn winner will be revealed on Father’s Day. Good luck!

Reader Survey – April

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We’d love to get your feedback on our April issue. As a thank-you for your time, we’re offering up 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)

P.S. – congrats to Kimberly Quam, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – winner of the March issue Reader Survey giveaway!

Reader Survey – March

Mar2014coverWe’d love to get your feedback on our March issue. As a thank-you for your time, we’re offering up 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)

And remember you still have time to enter our fun Straw or Felt survey from last week. We’ll be doing the drawing for that later this evening!

Straw or Felt?

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Photo by Krista Kay Photography.

Because it’s a gorgeously warm Wednesday morning, and the first real inklings of spring are finally manifesting themselves in abundance across the country, I thought it would be a good day for an impromptu contest.

This week the enquiring minds at the magazine want to know about your hat preferences. So, in the comment section below, please answer the following question:

What sort of hat do you prefer to ride in?

1) Straw

2) Felt

3) It’s a seasonal thing – straw in summer, felt in the cooler seasons

4) Riding in my ball cap is preferred

5) It’s always a helmet for me when riding

And, finally . .  is there a specific time of year you prefer to purchase a new hat? Answer this, and you’ll receive a double entry into the draw!

At the end of the week, we’ll do a draw from all the answers and the lucky respondent will win a brand new set of Professional’s Choice splint boots!

Reader Survey

JanCover2014webWe rolled out the first issue of the year a few weeks ago, incorporating a few design changes and new departments and features. We’d love to get your feedback on it! As a thank-you for your time, we’re offering up 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)

Reader Survey

Our September/October cover, illustrated with the stunning photography of Michele King.

The September/October issue has been all yours for a few weeks now. We’d love to get your feedback on it, so we’re offering up a prize for all those who take a few minutes to help us out and answer the survey questions.

We’ll randomly draw one winner from all the responses and award that person with a pair of Professionals Choice splint boots! The survey closes after a definitive number of responses so do it now! It won’t take but 5-10 minutes and we’ll appreciate every response we receive.

Click here to take survey

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

Art, Whisky & Cake Contest

A few weeks ago we announced the Art, Whisky & Cake Contest. It was your chance to nominate an up-and-coming artist as Alberta Whisky Cake’s newest Unbridled Spirit selection. It’s been fun working with the Whisky Baker, Kamla McGonigal, and her company’s mission of promoting the western culture, especially in light of the recent flooding devastation in Alberta. The theme fits beautifully with the “unfolding the real West” mission statement of Western Horse Review, and besides, who could resist partnering with such an enthusiastic entrepreneur as Kam.

Check back here for the original post, but the gist of the contest is that each Alberta Whisky Cake comes with an exclusive AWC Unbridled Spirits certificate, which can be presented directly to a select list of AWC artists to receive $35 off of your purchase price, on an individual piece of art valued at $100 or more. Viewers were charged with nominating their favorite artists to be the next Unbridled Spirit. These artists are folks who are involved heavily in the arts, and have not yet become renowned or rewarded for their exceptional dedication to their creative work.

Kam was charged with choosing three finalists, and via this post and Facebook, you get to determine one final Unbridled Spirit winner.

When she wasn’t testing out new recipes in her kitchen, Kam poured over all the nominations and began to make her choices. I could tell she was having a difficult time; given all the amazing talent that had been dished up, choosing three finalists was going to be difficult.

Sometime during the process she wondered in an e-mail to me. . . ” if I should just go with using ALL of these (love them all!)”

No, Kam, you have to choose three. Those are the rules.

So, she did. She picked three artists, and I’m going to show you a piece of each of their work here. In the comment section, go ahead and vote on your favorite. The bonus: all original nominations notes and all votes will go into a hat and we’ll draw a winner for an Alberta Whisky Cake.

I suppose I can’t really vote, but if I could, I would be all over this for that reason alone.

Meet the finalists:

Take Your Eight and Shove It by Karen Coe.

Karen Coe is a Lethbridge, Alberta artist who recently received the distinction of having two of her pieces juried into the prestigious Calgary Stampede Art Auction.

Ranch Branding by Julia Palmer.

Julia Palmer is a photographer and rancher who lives in southern Alberta. Her subject matter is primarily cattle, cowboys and the changing seasons.

Between Classes by Heather Gessell.

Heather Gessell is a fine artist from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with a focus on pets, horses and vintage cars.

There you have it, three talented western artists. Vote for your favorite in the comment section below and be entered to win an Alberta Whisky Cake!

The Art, Cake & Whisky Contest

It took Alberta baker Kamla McGonigal four years to perfect her recipe. The fourth generation Calgary native wanted to use whisky, locally distilled from grain at nearby farms as one of the main ingredients in her delectable cakes. Finally after countless hours over an oven, McGonigal developed one of the best tasting and most unique baked-goods available to those with discerning palates – the Alberta Whisky Cake (AWC).

Which is exactly why we picked her as one of our Artisans of the West (in the food category) in the March issue.

But on June 20, disaster struck Alberta Whisky Cake when High River flooded.

This is a picture Kamla sent me on June 24. The shot is of 3rd Ave. The Cakery Bakery, which had been producing Kamla’s cakes, is located on the far left of the photo – it is completely ruined and will have to be refurbished, replaced with new equipment etc. Most of AWC’s  inventory of packaging/printing/labels were stored at the bakery and also destroyed. In addition, Highwood Distillery, which supplied the all-important whisky ingredient, also incurred flood damage.

At that time, Kamla didn’t know when she would be able to supply AWCs again. She had a few dozen in storage, most of which she later donated to a flood fundraising effort. It seemed Alberta was completely out of stock of the unique Alberta Whisky Cakes.

But Kamla is a passionate soul – and determined to get the cakes back into production.

On July 13th, she posted on Alberta Whisky Cakes Facebook page:

“Good morning. I’m headed to the Millarville Farmers Market for the last time this season, with the last of my inventory (until Cakery Bakery is back up & Highwood Distillers rye whisky available again). The kindest thing I can do right now is get AWC bigger & better than ever before – people REALLY want JOBS, not handouts.” ~ Kam

Her farm, west of High River, has a healthy beautiful crop of canola (an important ingredient in the cake) nearly ready to be harvested, and it turns out the Cakery Bakery was covered by insurance, and a rebuilding is in process. It will take 2 to 3 months, and in the meantime, Kamla is using the time to tweak the current product and invent new versions of it. Look for perhaps a fruitcake version, or even, gluten-free in the future of AWC.

One of the unique aspects of the Alberta Whisky Cake is that each comes with an exclusive AWC Unbridled Spirits certificate. This certificate can be presented directly to a select list of AWC artists to receive $35 off of your purchase price, on an individual piece of art valued at $100 or more. These artists are local people who are involved heavily in the arts, and have not yet become renowned or rewarded for their exceptional dedication to their creative work.

Past recipients have included such artists such as Whitney Wilkie – Whittie Girl Leathers (www.whittiegirlleathers.com)

Or, Jane Romanishko – Jane Romanishko (www.janeromanishko.com)

And Neville Palmer – Reflective Eye Photography (www.reflectiveeye.com)

Now the Whisky Baker and Western Horse Review have knotted their tendrils of love for western art and culture together to come up with the Art, Whisky and Cake Contest.

Kamla needs an emerging western artist to showcase when her new set of post-flood AWC’s begin rolling off the production line in a few months and she’s inviting Screen Doors & Saddles and Western Horse Review readers to put forth nominations of your choice.

In the comment section below simply state your nomination of a Canadian emerging western artist. Include the name and if possible, website url, of the artist and a simple line or two detailing why you’d like to nominate this individual. From all of the nominations, Kamla will make a selection of three finalists. These three finalists will be profiled here on Screen Doors & Saddles and on Western Horse Review Facebook and viewers will have the opportunity to vote and ultimately, choose the next AWC Artist!

In addition, we’ll do a random draw from all of the nominations, and the winner will receive an Alberta Whisky Cake, compliments of Kam. I’m sure it will be one of the first cakes to be pulled from the Cakery Bakery’s ovens once they are up and running again.

It’s possible we might be dubbing the first few as “celebration cakes.” For in a small way, we hope this contest symbolizes the hope we extend toward the people of High River and surrounding areas, many of whom have lost so much and are still struggling, and foster feelings of a brighter future!

As Kamla says, “out of hope comes clarity, energy, focus & optimism!” So, go ahead and nominate your favorite up-and-coming western artist in the comment section below. We’re counting on your support and feedback for this contest.

Embrace Your West Photo Contest

Have you heard about our Embrace Your West Photo Contest yet? Have a look at the details – and big change, we’ve opened up the contest to all photographers – amateur, professional – y’all can now enter. And thanks to those photographers who contacted us to let us know they wanted to participate but, couldn’t because of their professional status. We listened, deliberated, agonized (not for long), and decided you were all correct – the contest should be open to all, and so it now is.

That’s not what this post is about though. What I really wanted to let you know is the outstanding piece of art we have up for grabs for this contest. This stunning oil painting measures 36″ tall and 48″ wide – it’s a showcase piece. I know this because at this moment it lives in my living room. In fact, it has resided ringside to our editorial meetings for the past year or so, as we’ve deliberated what event or competition might warrant a prize of this magnitude.

We finally decided on a western photography contest. Doug’s artwork speaks to western values and traditions, so we found it a beautiful fit.

The icing on the cake was learning that Doug Levitt was selected by the Calgary Stampede Western Art Auction Committee as the 2013 Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award Recipient. Completely serendipitous, and welcoming news for us. For the artist chosen for this award is recognized in the international art community as being a master of their craft. Doug’s high artistic standards and his remarkable talent make him more than qualified for such an award.

Congratulations, Doug Levitt!

Read more about this award and the work of Doug Levitt here or visit his website here.

P.S.  You might find it interesting to know the Calgary Stampede commissioned Doug to paint the 2008 Calgary Stampede poster. The original oil painting, “A Man of His People,” sold for a record $63,000. Given that perspective I wouldn’t want to guess at the value of this piece, but it does make me pine for a little leeway on the “employees of WHR” clause. . .