Mane Event 2017

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It’s Spring and that means the Mane Event, Red Deer, AB, is just around the corner!

Elevate your riding skills and learn how to communicate better with your horse at the upcoming Mane Event, Equine Education and Trade Fair April 21 – 23, 2017 at Westerner Park in Red Deer, AB. Horse owners and enthusiasts are in for a treat at this very diversified horse expo.  The Mane Event is very proud of their commitment to providing the very best equine related education, shopping and entertainment all at one location.


The mini-clinics this year include some of the best equine educators and clinicians available in a variety of disciplines including; Peter Gray – Jumping; Shannon Dueck – Dressage; Craig Johnson – Reining; Sharon and Storme Camarillo – Barrel Racing; Van Hargis – Ranch Horsemanship; Garn Walker – Cowboy Dressage; Kalley Krickeberg – Horsemanship; Nate Bowers – Driving; and Nicole Tolle – Gaited Horsemanship.

Attendees will also be enlightened by a variety of presenters in the lecture area on saddle fitting, nutrition, equine health, and much more.


The Trainers Challenge is set to be a scorcher this year with Martin Black, Glenn Stewart  and Shamus Haws working with horses from the Ace of Clubs Quarter Horse. The goal of the Mane Event is to have everyone learn including the trainers. In addition, Glenn, Martin and Shamus will each be presenting an arena session on Saturday, and participants are being accepted for their arena sessions.

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Organizers of The Mane Event have not forgotten the upcoming young horse owners and riders – 4H, Pony Clubs and riding clubs! This year they will have a special Youth Lecture Area which will feature some of the clinicians doing special presentations for youth.

Also, be sure not to miss the Friday night Youth Pro-Am sponsored by “Back On Track”. This is an event that teams youth riders and their horses up with Mane Event trainers to ride a timed obstacle course. When the concept was first introduced at last year’s Red Deer Mane Event, the demand to bring it back was very high so here it is again! There is no cost to ride in this competition and prize packages will be offered by Back On Track. Applications are available on the Mane Event website and it is limited to youth riders only.

Youth writers are additionally invited to enter the Youth Essay Contest to win a beautiful, registered AQHA filly generously donated by the Rocking Heart Ranch. The deadline for entries is April 10th – please visit the website for more information.


What would a horse expo be without shopping?!? In the trade show, you will see a diverse group of vendors from across the USA and Canada with only equine products and services, western clothing, equine décor and home furnishings for horse owners and enthusiasts.

After you have shopped and learned from some of the very best in the equine world today, it’s time to relax and enjoy some great entertainment in the “Equine Experience.” This year’s lineup includes the Calgary Stampede Showriders; trick riding by Morgan Stewart; the Millarville Musical Ride, a demonstration by Glenn Stewart, and one by Kalley Krickeberg plus more to come. A schedule for the Equine Experience will be posted closer to the event.

This is a weekend jam-packed with equine education, fun, knowledge and shopping.  Tickets are available in advance (which will save you some money!) or lots at the door – plan now for 3-days of nothing but horses, horses, horses!
Come and experience what people call “The Mane Event”
Visit www.maneeventexpo.com for more information.

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.

Freeze Frame – Equipped to Work

Travis Rempel runs TR Performance Horses, based in Abbotsford, British Columbia, specializing in working cow horse, reining and cutting horses. He is charging onto the scene, claiming limited open and open victories in all three disciplines across western Canada. When Rempel steps into the show pen, he is there to win and these are the products he relies on to get him to the pay window.

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1.) HAT. “It is an American Hat Company straw. These hats look good, hold their shape well and are durable.”

2.) SHIRT. “This shirt is made by CR Ranchwear out of Texas. They are 100 percent handmade shirts, made in Texas. They have a really nice cut to them and nice patterns – really sharp and crisp.”

3.) CHAPS. “These chaps are made by Diane Olsen of Armstrong, B.C. They are a toast colour with tooled belt pieces. Diane’s chaps are super comfortable and look great.”

4.) BOOTS. “My boots are Tony Lama. They are kangaroo tops, which make them soft, comfortable and I like the look of the lighter bottoms.”

5.) BIT. “The bit in this photo is made by Frank Principe. It is a handmade cow horse bit with lots of tongue relief, balance and feel. Also, Frank does beautiful silver work. Horse really work well and take to this bit.”

6.) HEADSTALL. “By Cowperson Tack, I like their tack because it’s stylish and affordable.”

7.) REINS. “Romels by Steve Guitron. Well-built, affordable and durable for everyday use and showing.”

8.) SADDLE. “This saddle is made by Vaquero Saddlery. There aren’t many around here, but it’s a super soft, comfortable saddle and fits this mare great. A lot of feel to the saddle, I can really feel the horse under me when I ride in it.”

9.) CINCH. “By Weaver, it is an affordable wool cinch. I believe wool fleece is best for pads and cinches.”

10.) SHOW PAD. “This pad is made by Yucca Flats. Like all Yuccas, it has a great pattern and they always turn a horse out nicely.”

11.) UNDER PAD. “I use a Diamond Wool Pad Co. under my pad. I think soft wool fleece is the best thing to have on a horse’s back. It is the most comfortable for them and doesn’t burn or rub like rubber or hard felt can.”

12.) HORSE BOOTS. “I use polo wraps by Classic Equine, they are inexpensive and easy to keep white. When they are wrapped properly, they can supply good support for the horse’s legs. Bell boots and skid boots are by Classic Equine, I like their products because they are durable and tough.”

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. . .

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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

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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.

Major Cutting Action in Moose Jaw

STORY BY ELAINE GOOD

PHOTOS BY BARBARA GLAZER

“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.

 

Calgary Stampede Cutting Futurity

calgaryfuturityFeed your passion for horses with a free weekend of entertainment at the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity, presented by Wrangler. Cutting is a sport of speed, agility and cow-sense – the ultimate challenge between horse and cow. You’d be surprised how fast and agile a solo cow can be when trying to get back to its herd, and even more impressed with how these young “futurity” horses can anticipate, out-think and out-maneuver the cow.

Local horses and riders take on the best from across North America, with added prizes and commemorative saddles drawing ever more competitors to the event’s first year in all-new Agrium Western Event Centre at Stampede Park.

The Bill Collins Bridleless Showcase is sure to be a big hit with visitors on the evening of Saturday, October 18. The show features top professional cutting horses that work without reins while wearing novelty costumes, plus silent auctions and more fun to raise funds for youth horsemanship scholarships.

More information and a detailed schedule can be found here.

Interviews – Dick & Brenda Pieper

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Brenda and Dick Pieper, with Playgun.

In my career, I have many perks. One of them includes the opportunity to interview people in the horse industry. People who making a difference. People who are famous. People who are exciting. And people who are just amazing with horses. In April 2008, I had the opportunity to visit Pieper Ranch in Marietta, Oklahoma. Pieper Ranch is home to the legendary Playgun and both Dick and Brenda are legendary breeders, riders and owners in the western performance industry. Here is the interview that resulted from that visit:

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Q. Brenda, you are originally from Canada. When did you move to the States?

BP – I was born in Kitchener, Ontario. Dick was born in Ohio. I met him for the first time when he came to Ontario to compete in an AQHA show we were hosting. He was showing a horse named Mr Jim 45. It was a real boost for the reining industry in the province of Ontario. In that day, Mr Jim 45 was a really good reining horse. It was also a difficult era to make a living showing horses.

A couple of years later, Dick took a job with some folks around the Toronto area. He helped a lot of people. I knew him as a friend for 14 years before we ever were involved. We started seeing each other in 1986 and Dick was president of the National Reining Horse Association at the time. He had been since 1983 – the first year the NRHA Futurity paid $100,000 to the winner, when it was still held in Columbus, Ohio. 1986 was the first year the NRHA Futurity was held in Oklahoma City, so it meant we had to come to Oklahoma. Bob Loomis had moved here (Marietta) the prior year. He told us, “Bring your horses early to my place and that will make it handy to run back and forth.” We packed up four trailers, moved into Bob’s barn and went to work. We first arrived late in the evening and when we drove out in the morning from our hotel in Ardmore, I remember how beautiful it was down here. I loved it! We were able to purchase the ranch we live on today, in March of 1987.

Q. Both you and Dick have expressed that Playgun is the ideal horse to move the Pieper breeding operation into the future. You knew this from the moment you spotted him too. How could you both be so sure at the time?

BP – Looking at his conformation, you can see Playgun’s balance up close and from far away – it just hits you in the face. Dick and I are so fortunate that our eyes see the same things on a horse. I can’t think of one horse in 21 years that we didn’t agree on completely. Both of us had a very strong gut feeling when we looked at Playgun and got that “Wow!” feeling, as soon as we looked at him. His breeding is impeccable and his show and produce record have lived up to what his conformation and pedigree promised.

Q. Have you come across your ultimate broodmare yet?

BP – Oh lots of them! Many are our own and many are other peoples’ mares. There are many I look at that his me like Playgun did. Nearly all of our mares are like peas-in-a-pod. They’re similar to Playgun. They may be different sizes, but they all hold the same balance. It you apply that principle (breeding like-to-like) to your breeding program, your offspring are going to be very consistent as well.

What you can’t do is try to offset a flaw in one parent by going to the opposite extreme in the other. The best chance at consistency in the offspring is breeding like-to-like.

Q. Is there a horse from history you would like to ride?

BP – Many. But one that Dick and I both would like to ride is Miss Silver Pistol. She was so expressive, busy and frantic on a cow. Boy, it would be fun to try her out with today’s methodical approach to working a cow, with the Ferrari engine she had, speed expressiveness and big stop. Today’s cutters have to run and stop a cow more than they used to. Miss Silver Pistol always had the cow mesmerized in the center of the pen. It would be so cool to see if you could train that mare with today’s methods (end to end without letting her cow up so much), and having to show on today’s cattle – how great she would be now. Having had the opportunity to have that mare here at one point, studying her conformation and balance, I know she had all the great parts to be competitive today also.

Q. What has held your passion for the horse industry all these years?

BP – The pure, pure love of horses. We love the way they smell. Brushing them. Turning them out. The learning curve into cutting has kept our passion for the industry. Playgun has become the catalyst for our success in that industry. To have met all the people we have met, training, the pursuit of being able to do this event: Dick always had the passion, but Playgun was the ticket in. That horse made the relationships for us. He helped us meet the people.

Q. If you could sip coffee with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?

BP – I think it would be anyone who really loves horses. To talk and discuss and analyze horses. There’s such a huge list of people who like to do this! You get to Fort Worth and the person you look forward to sitting beside is the person you can do this with. Dick says he would love to be able to visit with Don Dodge for the same reason.

 

Father and Daughter Combine To Win 10 Class Penning

10 Class Team Penning Results

Champion Team:

Brian Cardinal, Millet, Alta.

Paige Cardinal, Millet, Alta.

Alex Hansen, Calgary, Alta.

Aggregate time over 4 runs: 123.64 seconds

Reserve Champions:

Amanda Goodwin, Priddis, Alta.

Bob Bolin, Stettler, Alta.

Rene O’Rourke, Priddis, Alta.

Aggregate time over 4 runs: 137.97 seconds

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Calgary – Winning a buckle at the Calgary Stampede for the first time is a pretty exciting thing. Just ask Paige Cardinal, who was on the team that won the 10 Class Cattle Penning title on Sunday evening. “It’s a very big day,” she smiled. “It just worked out amazingly.” Her father, Brian Cardinal, would probably say that he knew of something even better – being part of the same winning team as your daughter.

“I’m very proud to be riding with my daughter, as any parent would be,” said Cardinal. “This is my second buckle. I won the 10 Class in 2011.” Brian has only been penning for 8 years, meaning that the 54-year old has just four more years of experience than 22-year old Paige.

The veteran of the team is 24-year old Alex Hansen, who said he’s been penning “since I could walk, 20 years or so.” 2014 was his sixth Stampede, and he already had a penning buckle –earned in the 7 class in 2012. Although Alex had ridden with Brian a few times, the two hadn’t teamed up in about two years.

After this year, however, they think it might be a good idea to get together more often. It wasn’t just his teammates that were kind of new to Hansen, he was also riding a horse that he had not competed on before. “I may have to write a cheque, I think,” Hansen quipped. That shouldn’t be too hard as Hansen and the two Cardinals will split the winning purse of $30,469.

A total of 222 teams began the 10 Class competition with two rounds of qualifying on Thursday at the Okotoks Agricultural Society. The Stampede’s Team Cattle Penning Competition has drawn a record 551 teams from across the continent this year, with purses and prizes valued at nearly $300,000.

Coming into Calgary, the winning team was a respectable seventh. While some other teams ran into some fairly uncooperative cattle, the Cardinals and Hansen had an excellent time of 26.64 in round three, putting them into the lead in the final. A solid 32.61 was good enough to put them on top of the standings, 14.33 seconds ahead of the next-best team. “Everybody did what they had to do and it worked out,” said Brian.