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.

Cutting at Calgary Stampede

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Calgary – In 2009, the Calgary Stampede teamed with Mercuria and the National Cutting Horse Association to take the sport of cutting to a new level. By sweetening the pot in each of the Non-Pro and Open classes by an extra $25,000, the Stampede cutting event became the first show in what has become the Mercuria NCHA World Series.

With just 8 events considered part of the Mercuria NCHA World Series, this year’s Stampede cutting classic will draw the top cutting competitors from across North America. “It’s definitely a major event,” says NCHA competitor and board member Dan Hansen. “We have venues all over the country vying for one of these events.”

Hansen himself has four NCHA World Championships to his credit, two in the Non-Pro class and two in Novice Horse. He’s won the Stampede Non-Pro class twice, as well, scoring in both 2008 and 2010. Not bad for a guy who waited almost a quarter of a century to get into the sport.

“My wife and I started pursuing rodeo in high school,” Hansen explains. “We were both exposed to cutting there and we enjoyed it.” After building a business and raising a family, he continues, the couple was in their 40s before they were in a position to start competing. They joined the NCHA in 1992. “As we campaigned more at the weekend and local level, we began to understand more about it and kind of learned how to be better competitors,” Hansen says. By 1998, the Hansens had expanded their range from the area around their home in Nampa, Idaho and begun wintering in the Fort Worth, Texas area – the world capital of the cutting sport.

“That kind of worked into an early goal that I had set, and that was to be a World Champion,” says Hansen. Not only was that goal accomplished, but Hansen notes that in 2009 both he and his wife Karen qualified for the World Finals in Fort Worth.

The opportunity for men and women to compete on an equal basis is, he insists, “One of the unique and satisfying aspects of the sport. For my wife and me, it’s a great way to share our love of cutting horses and the sport.” The 63 year-old Hansen notes, too, that age is not a consideration as he regularly finds himself competing with young people who might not yet have a driver’s licence.

The sport of cutting shines a spotlight on the pure athleticism, instinct, agility and intelligence of the cutting horse. With horse-and-rider teams attempting to cut three individual cows out of a herd within 150 seconds, cutting has evolved into one of the most exciting equine events in North America. The NCHA counts more than 20,000 members from a wide range of backgrounds, and sanctions more than 2,200 events across North America each year, with tens of millions of dollars in prize money awarded.

Cutting horses are usually American quarter horses, and tend to be on the smaller side, says Hansen, partly so they can go nose-to-nose with the cow being cut. He adds, however that his prize mount – Woody Be Lucky – who is one of the top-ten money earners in the sport, is fairly large, especially for a cutting horse. “His barn name is ‘Freak’,” says Hansen, because the big horse is entirely comfortable crouching down to be at eye-level with the cow he is working. The horse’s instincts are what makes a competitive cutting combination work, Hansen says. As for the rider, “You make sure you start your horse on a good cow in the middle of the pen and try and help your horse when they need it, but it’s as important to stay out of the horse’s way.”

Cutting events this year will all be held in the Agrium Western Events Centre. The action starts on Monday, July 7th with the first go for the Non-Pros at 4pm. On Tuesday, July 8th, the Open class has its first go beginning at 5pm. The finals in both classes are on Wednesday, July 9th at 5pm.

There’s a handsome trophy at the Stampede with Hansen’s name on it in two places. Adding it a third time, he says, “would really be sweet. I would certainly be proud to put my name on that trophy again, I promise you that.” And if it was Karen’s name going on the trophy? “That would be even better!” he says.

Catch the live feed of the first go of the Non-Pro today at 4:00 p.m. here. 

Stories of Bill

It can be said that horse people, while deeply attached to the trappings of our West, are not overly nostalgic about many things, except perhaps a favorite horse, faithful dog, or particularly memorable run down the pen. Maybe it’s the cowboy in us. We seem to lay our courses through the decades, nodding fondly to good old horses when they leave us, and acknowledging with great respect the work of our kin in the industry, yet always with an eye to the present, and moving on down the trail. Much in the way an old cowboy on the range would bury a good friend who may have come to an untimely end, offering up with a kind of direct sincerity a quote from the Good Book or memory, before swinging himself back into the saddle to complete the day’s journey.

But when it comes to Bill Collins, it seems even the toughest of the cowboys among us can get teary-eyed and wax poetic on the subject of our personal acquaintance with this iconic figure of our West. Perhaps it is rightfully so, as our love affair with Bill has spanned over decades and even generations of our collective western roots.

Bill was born in 1924 into a ranching family and grew up working cattle and horses north of Drumheller, Alberta. It was a neighbor, Phil Bischoff, who became Bill’s mentor, teaching him the nuances of livestock trading, and taking the wide-eyed young man to his first Calgary Stampede in 1945. Soon after, he began to compete in calf roping, winning several Canadian championships in the 50’s, as well as trying his hand in chuckwagon racing, as both an outrider and driver. But it was in 1955, when fate appeared to step in – in the form of a friend who asked him to help out at a cutting demonstration in Bassano, Alberta.

The rest truly is history. The stuff of legends.

Bill’s legacy in cutting spanned over half a century, and he may very well be Canada’s most unanimously considered hero of the sport of all time. It is simply quite unimaginable what the sport might be today, had it not been for Bill’s devout hand in it. As one of the country’s esteemed trainers of today, Gerry Hansma tells it, “There will never be a more devoted man to the sport of cutting in Canada.”

Longtime cutting enthusiast, and much admired for his work with Canada’s pinnacle western performance events, Dave Robson enjoyed a steadfast relationship with Bill over many decades. He recognizes, “Bill made several contributions to the cutting industry. Firstly, he truly was a pioneer to the sport and worked very hard to become good at it. He fostered relationships with many of the greats in the industry to advance his knowledge. Secondly, Bill had a very strong value system. His integrity and passion for the sporty was unwavering. And anyone who deviated from these areas would be dealt with directly or indirectly.”

Bill and his wife, Pearl are largely credited for bringing cutting to the Calgary Stampede in the mid ’70s, while a decade prior, his cutting escapades with Prince Philip and the 1964 Royal Cutting Horse Tour in Great Britain are well documented.

As profound as his influence on the sport was, he remained a steadfast critic of the three-year-old futurities in Canada. Any spectator sitting next to Bill and Pearl in the stands of a cuttin’ might soon find him or herself on the receiving end of a tremendous insight – or as Pearl would teasingly call it, with a twinkle in her eye, “Bill’s lecture.”

At the heart of his objection to the Canadian three-year-old futurity stood the athlete. Bill didn’t believe our young horses could stand up to the same pressure as their Texas counterparts, and there were several facts of climate and country supporting his side in this philosophical debate. He explained them in this excerpt from the 1990’s book by author Maggie Glynn-Jensen – Alberta’s Best.

“The three-year-old futurities are one of the biggest disasters we’ve ever had in the country. Tom Fox and myself and several of the older cutters fought the three-year-old futurity in our country for so long that finally the younger people come on and voted us out. If you stop and analyze it, a lot of our three-year-olds are six months younger in maturity and work than the ones in Texas that go to the NCHA Futurity in December. We have our colts born in May and June up here, sometimes July. We work in indoor buildings with these colts for six or eight months of the year when we can’t be outside, and in Texas they work 10 months of the year outside, and their colts are born in January, February and March. They already have three months over ours. Then our management start having these futurities in September and October, which is three months earlier than the big one in Fort Worth. Now we’ve got six months off them (Texas) colts. It just isn’t reasonable.”

Collins believed that one of the greatest cutting horses of his career, Peponita – two-time World Champion under Matlock Rose, would never had made it if Bill had asked the three-year-old futurity of him.

“I won the Four-Year-Old Futurity [Canada originally began with a four-year-old futurity, later evolving to the three-year-old aged event] on him [Peponita] in 1973 and went on and won the Novice and Open Championship on him in 1974. It was the first time it had ever been done by one horse. I did it again on a daughter of Peppy San that I brought along in the same way. Peponita was sold to Matlock Rose in 1977, and he won the NCHA Open World Championship, and an American Quarter Horse Association Championship in the same year. They used him for breeding in 1978, and in 1979 he came back and duplicated it again. It’s never been done before. There again, it’s those babies not being pushed and just doing with the horse what they are capable. Things come full circle, but for me this has never changed.”

If the movers and shakers in the association boardrooms had any grievances with Bill’s quiet outspokenness on the subject of the futurity, they sure didn’t show it, placing him in nearly every Hall of Fame known to the western horse world; the Canadian Cutting Horse Association (1987), Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (1994), National Cutting Horse Association (1995), and the American Quarter Horse Association (2007).

In 1997, he joined the ranks of one of his admirers, musician Ian Tyson, when he became a member of the Order of Canada, and in 2000, the Horse Industry Association of Alberta bestowed its grandest award on the man – the Distinguished Service Award. Peter Fraser, President of the HIAA, discloses, “The truth is, Bill was given so many distinguished awards and honours during his lifetime that it’s hard to imagine he was shortchanged, unless they break tradition and finally issue Sainthood to a cowboy.”

When this magazine interviewed Bill in 1997, he let the writer know his most prized possession was not an accolade from the competitive ring, but a bronze sculpture commanding a prominent position in the Collins’ then Bearspaw home. Titled Pro Talk and created by British Columbia sculptor and cowboy, Len Monical, the bronze depicts Bill’s life in all its glory – cowboy, cutting horse trainer and stewart of the horse. It was presented to Bill in the ‘80’s during a casual steak-fry amongst friends and colleagues, who wanted to honor Bill “while he still had his boots on.”

Long after his competition and judging days were over, Bill continued to impart what affectionately became known as his “Collinisms” – valuable lessons, cherished advice, a little banter and friendly torments – always projecting in that soft-spoken demeanor, often beginning the invitation to sit down and prepare to be party to some invaluable lesson with the words, “well, folks. . .”

Trainer Brad Pedersen recognizes Bill as the ultimate gentleman, who “was never afraid to offer advice if you were struggling with training a horse. He always approached you in such a manner as to never make you feel like a fool, and he always made sure to tell you when you were doing something right too.”

It’s hard to imagine anyone arguing with Bill, for he backed up his lessons not only with the empiricism of a lifetime, but proving his training methods consistently in the arena. Trainer and founding member of the Canadian Supreme, Gary Coleman recalled in a 1997 interview, “We all know the great things that Bill has done on some great horses, such as Peponita. But as I’ve watched him over the years, I’ve always marveled at what Bill did with the average horse. Bill beat a lot of us on a lot of horses that were average, and to me that’s a great credit to his training methods.”

Trainer Kevin Tienkamp concurs, “I always admired his ability to get a really rank horse trained. I can recall a few that he showed that nobody else wanted to be around.”

Above all the accolades and awards, the horses and strength he bestowed upon a budding horse industry, most will remember the consummate gentleman. In an industry often marked with a cliquish standoffishness, we could count on Bill to greet each of us with a smile, and as sincere a handshake as we’ll perhaps ever know. Competitor Heather Pedersen reminisces. “I personally will never forget how he always grabbed my hand with both his hands and would look directly at me. I even remember the look on his face. I would always walk away wiping tears from my eyes because he was always so nice to me.”

Bill Collins passed away on Dec. 31, 2013 at 6:00 a.m. in the morning, a timing that somehow fits the quintessential Bill; his final assignment, flawlessly taking his leave before a minute of daylight was to be wasted. He would have been 90 on March 25. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Pearl, his children: Russell, Billie-Lynn, Philip and Gary Coleman, as well as numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

It’s said the good ones never live long enough, but a few of us in the equine world can honestly say that several generations of our families were given the opportunity to be present for the accomplishments and teaching of this great Master firsthand.

That’s a pretty good lifetime.

Excerpted from the March issue of Western Horse Review.  A Celebration of Bill’s life will be held this Friday, May 9 at 2:00 p.m. at the Palomino Room, at the Calgary Stampede grounds. Friends and admirers of Bill and his lifetime of accomplishments are welcome. 

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Bill Collins and Peter Fraser enjoying a moment at the Horse Owners and Breeders Conference.

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Bill exemplified the cowboy way and ethics.

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The iconic photo of Bill bridle-less cutting in England, during the 1964 Royal Cutting Horse Tour. The mare he is riding is Bonita Tivio, dam of Peponita.

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Bill and Marion Stav at the Canadian Supreme in 1981.

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Bill cutting at the Canadian Supreme in 1990.

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Bill and Pearl at the Canadian Supreme.

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Bill Collins and Peponita in 1973.

Denver to Host NCHA Western Nationals

 

Photo by Karyn Scott Drake

The National Cutting Horse Association and the National Western Complex of Denver, Colorado have reached an agreement to host the NCHA Western National Championships in Denver, April 28-May 9, 2014. It has previously been in Reno, Nev., and Ogden, Utah.

While NCHA did not solicit bids for the Western National Championships, Denver and Nampa, Idaho, submitted bids along with Reno. The NCHA will rotate the event between Midwestern (Denver or similar) and Western (Reno or other) locations on an annual basis through at least 2017.

For the 2014 site selection, the committee voted to go to Denver because of the city’s competitive financial bid, number of anticipated entries and drive time. Substantial numbers of NCHA members called and/or emailed in support of both Reno and Denver.

NCHA members have until November 10 to qualify to compete in the Eastern Nationals to be held in Jackson, Miss., and the Western Nationals in Denver. Qualification requires that an entry fee be paid and the rider rides to the herd in the event in which they wish to qualify. A total of $200,000-added is offered at each event, along with a significant prize packages.

~ with files from the NCHA 

The Canadian Supreme

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

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

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

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

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

Photo by Krista Kay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moose Jaw Cutting Horse Limited Age Event

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Open Futurity Aggregate winner Cats Little Taz, owned by Bill and Elaine Speight, of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. Barbara Glazer Photography

The Golden Mile Arena in Moose Jaw was the place to be August 1 to 4, 2013 for the Moose Jaw Cutting Horse Show and Limited Age Event, presented by the Saskatchewan Cutting Horse Association. The Limited Age Event brought 36 horses to town to compete for over $9,300 in prize money. The ground was great, the cattle came to play and you had to pinch yourself to remember that it was the first trip to town for the 3 year-olds!

When Bill and Elaine Speight, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, purchased Peptos Painted Lady she was in foal to Dually Cat. The resulting sorrel filly was Cats Little Taz, winner of the Prairie Mud Service Open Futurity Aggregate. Elaine describes her as a horse that loves cows and accepts the challenge of being a good horse. She was a very consistent performer and despite her small stature, showed like a big horse for trainer, Bill Speight.

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Open Classic Aggregate winner Ettaful, owned by Chad and Lisa Eaton, of Arcola, Saskatchewan and shown by Clint Christianson. Barbara Glazer Photography

DFL Gaia captured the Supreme Oilfield Construction Ltd. Open Derby Aggregate under the saddle of Clint Christianson, Bracken, Saskatchewan, for owner Barry Good, Fillmore, Saskatchewan. When Barry bred his LNC Smart Lil Dually mare to Zirnhelt’s Doc Freckles Leo he was breeding cow horse to cow horse with the intent of producing an open caliber horse and she is on track to do that. DLF Gaia is currently leading Saskatchewan’s 2013 Stallion Incentive Fund.

Non Pro Derby winner Instantly Catty, shown and owned by Les and Coreen Jack, of Rocanville, Saskatchewan. Barbara Glazer Photography

The Non-Pro Derby Aggregate went to Instantly Catty for Les and Coreen Jack, Rocanville, Saskatchewan. Shown by Les, this bay mare sired by Oakies Little Cat and out of the mare Biscas Instant Jewel, has won 3 aged events in her short career. Les says she is a real nice horse to have around and is looking forward to a bright future with her! She is one of 6 foals that Les owns that were produced by Biscas Instant Jewel, who he finally purchased!

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Open Derby winner DFL Gaia, rode by Clint Christianson. Barbara Glazer Photography

The Open Classic Aggregate was claimed by 5 year-old Ettaful for owners Chad and Lisa Eaton, Arcola, Saskatchewan and shown by Clint Christianson. Eaton’s purchased the roan daughter of Peptospoonful and out of the mare Etta Rey during her 4 year-old year and got her home in time for last fall’s aged events. Chad describes her as “a gooder” – very smart on a cow, reads cows well and a very consistent performer.

Non Pro Classic Aggregate winner Miss Flo N Ethyl ridden by owner Rob Leman, of High River, Alberta. Barbara Glazer Photography

Miss Flo N Ethyl took the Non-Pro Classic Aggregate for owner and rider Rob Leman, High River, Alberta. Rob purchased the daughter of Dual Pep out of the mare Flo N Ethyl as a yearling. She made several finals as a 3 year old under the saddle of Dustin Gonnet; was with Clint Christianson for her 4 year-old year, scoring a 222 at the Calgary Futurity; and Kathy Mageno for her 5/6 year-old years. Kathy has really been able to get her to soften.  Rob says “the mare is super “cowy” and lots of fun to show!”

Performance Horse Art

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

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

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

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

Remember, entries to the Canadian Supreme close September 1.

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