July/August Sneak Peek

This issue is about to hit the stands. Here’s a sneak peak of what you’re about to receive in your mailbox. (If you’re not a subscriber, you’re really missing out – subscribe here, and in the meantime look for it on your local newsstand.

JULYcover2014Our cover. Brought together by our own Dainya Sapergia, art direction by Kendra Roberts and featuring Niki Flundra and her fabulous trick horse, Ace. This talented duo will be performing at this year’s edition of the Calgary Stampede and succinctly represented on the cover, our feature piece on the Greatest Show on Earth.

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Photo by Dainya Sapergia Western Lifestyle Photography

Within the Calgary Stampede feature, regular contributor Ted Stovin of Everything Cowboy takes a critical look at the rise of stand-alone rodeos such as the Calgary Stampede and the American.

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Photo by Deanna Kristensen Photography

Still within the genre, Deanna Kristensen’s interview with with this issue’s chosen maverick, produced some candid thoughts from one of the most influential rodeo producers of all time, Winston Bruce.

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Photo by Jenn Webster

Owner of the Rona store in Black Diamond, Alberta and shelter expert, Robbie McKay offers exclusive inside tips on building one.

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Photo by Ingrid Schulz

Dr. Mike Scott, of Moore Equine, helps us decipher the real story behind stem cell therapy.

Photo by Dainya Sapergia Western Lifestyle Photography.

Photo by Dainya Sapergia Western Lifestyle Photography

Deanna Kristensen tackles the controversy behind this year’s government-driven cull of Alberta’s wild horses.

spwilljamesOne of our favourite photographers, and a true western folk herself, Mary Williams Hyde illustrates our Getaways guide to the Will James Round Up Ranch Rodeo in Hardin, Montana, with her spectacular photographs of the event.

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Photo by Dainya Sapergia Western Lifestyle Photography

They say she’s an old cowboy soul in a young body. Extreme cowboy competitor, Obbie Schlom tells us about her favourite gear in this issue’s edition of Freeze Frame.

Photo by Rod Honig.

Photo by Rod Honig

Vaquero aficionado, Rod Honig takes us through a historical tour of the origin of the spur. 

spscarfslideThese nifty scarf slides by Tom Balding are just one of seven new pieces of western gear featured in our regular Magnificent Seven western product profiles.

Photo by Dainya Sapergia Western Lifestyle Photography.

Photo by Dainya Sapergia Western Lifestyle Photography

Cutting horse trainer Dustin Gonnet continues our cerebral tour through the year of a cutting horse prospect with this issue’s discussion of keeping the minds of his three-year-olds in futurity training fresh and sharp for the aged event season just around the corner.

spkirstyKirsty White discloses her own, personal favourite barrel bloodlines in our Bloodline Buzz column.

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Photo by Krista Kay Photography

A Texas-inspired recipe for rib rubs.

Amanda Brumley talks about the success of executing the runaway success of such shows as Reining By The Bay, a full recap of show scenes from the late spring, a horse called Red Hot Jade who’s taking the cow horse world by storm – just a few more hot items in the issue.

Photo by Krista Kay Photography.

Photo by Krista Kay Photography

You might think of enjoying our Wild West cocktail of the month, the Bakon Vodka Caesar, as you peruse it.

4th Annual Prairie Futurity

A well-attended and very successful 4th annual Prairie Futurity was held on April 18th, 2014 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon. The entries were up and the competition was fierce! Over $20,000.00 was presented in prizes & cash thanks to the assistance & support of our many generous sponsors. Horses eligible to compete in the Futurity are those horses purchased at past PQHB Sales.

OPEN 2 YEAR OLDS: Lunge Line, Trail in Hand & Conformation Class

Awards: payouts of $2100.00 CASH, an award blanket, 2 award chairs, Equine 2000, Masterfeeds ,Equine feed, Hoffman’s minerals, 2 X $100 Cowtown gift certificates, 6 X $20 Early’s gift certificates, Hi-Pro feed

PH(4) Open 2 Yr Champion

Open 2 Year Old Champion, The Next Great Jewel

  Champion Handler: Shauna Getz, Lucky Lake, Sk.

Horse: The Next Great Jewel # 5466565 – 2013 Dun Filly

Sire: The Jewel Snipper

Owner of Horse: Steve Wick

Breeder of Horse: Whitby Farms, Lucky Lake, Sk.

 

PHRes Open 2 yr old class

Open 2 yr old Reserve Champion, Boom Boom Olena

Res. Champion Handler: Courtney Kwasnica, Aberdeen, Sk.

Horse: Boom Boom Olena #5467123 – 2013 Sorrel Filly

Sire: Solanos Boom Olena

Owner of Horse: Courtney Kwasnic

Breeder of Horse: Southern Springs Stable, Rockglen, Sk.

3rd place Handler: Kristi Anne Naaj, Saskatoon, Sk.

Horse: Shesa Smokin Annie # 5451625 – 2013 Bay Filly

Sire: Smokin Boonsmal

Owner of Horse: Keith Bryenton

Breeder of Horse: Haight Ranch, Hanley, Sk.

4th place Handler: Chad Haaland, Hanley, Sk.

Horse: My Butz Blue Velvet # 5464563 – 2013 Blue Roan Stallion

Sire: Butzie Boon Bar WF

Owner of Horse: Chad Haaland

Breeder of Horse: Allen Quarter Horses, Turtleford, Sk.

5th place Handler: Halle Stewart, Watrous, Sk.

Horse: MJ Bingos Cutie # 5501746 – 2012 Dun Filly

Sire: MJ Dual Power

Owner of Horse: Dean Stewart

Breeder of Horse: MJ Quarter Horses, Ste. Rose du Lac, Man.

6th place Handler: Cindy Quiring, Asquith, Sk.

Horse: Smart Shena Girl # 5506417 – 2013 Bay Filly

Sire: Smart Jack Bar

Owner of Horse: Cindy Quiring

Breeder of Horse: Southern Springs Stable, Rockglen, Sk.

 

YOUTH 2 YEAR OLDS: Trail-In-Hand & Conformation

Awards: payouts of $400.00 CASH, $100 Cowtown gift certificate, equine totes/goodies, Equine 2000, Masterfeeds Equine feed, 5 X $20 Early’s gift certificates, Hoffman’s minerals , Hi-Pro Feeds

 

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Youth 2 yr Old Champion, Solboons Royal Lace

Champion Handler: Josey Black, Swan River, Man.

Horse: Solboons Royal Lace # 5478119 – 2013 Sorrel Filly

Sire: Solanos Boon Olena

Owner of Horse: John Black

Breeder of Horse: Coldwell Ranch, Davidson, Sk.

 

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Youth 2 yr Class 2nd Place, Oh San Lynx

Res. Champion Handler: Abby Black, Swan River, Man.

Horse: Oh San Lynx # 5449351 – 2013 Bay Filly

Sire: Little Oakie Cat

Owner of Horse: John Black

Breeder of Horse: Red Spring Ranch, Okla, Sk.

3rd place Handler: Cobi Quiring, Asquith, Sk.

Horse: Smart Shena Girl # 5506417 – 2013 Bay Filly

Sire: Smart Jack Bar

Owner of Horse: Cindy Quiring

Breeder of Horse: Southern Springs Stable, Rockglen, Sk.

4th place Handler: Halle Stewart, Watrous, Sk.

Horse: MJ Bingos Cutie # 5501746 – 2012 Dun Filly

Sire: MJ Dual Power

Owner of Horse: Dean Stewart

Breeder of Horse: MJ Quarter Horses, Ste. Rose du Lac, Man.

5th place Handler: Courtney Kwasnica, Aberdeen, Sk.

Horse: Boom Boom Olena #5467123 – 2013 Sorrel Filly

Sire: Solanos Boon Olena

Owner of Horse: Courtney Kwasnica

Breeder of Horse: Southern Springs Stable, Rockglen, Sk.

 

NON-PRO PERFORMANCE “Affordable Barns” Futurity CLASS – 3 YEAR OLD HORSES

Awards: payouts of $600.00 CASH, an award blanket, award stirrups, award buckle, 2 chairs, Equine 2000, Masterfeeds Equine feed, Hoffman’s minerals ,2 x $100 Cowtown gift certificates, 2 X $20 Early’s gift certificates

PHNon Pro Permance Champion

Non Pro Performance 3 yr Old Champion, MTR Pistolpackinmama

Champion Rider: Mike Bertrand, Lloydminster , Alta.

Horse: MTR Pistolpackinmama # 5436718 – 2011 Gray Filly

Sire: Circle Bar Gray Gun

Owner of Horse: Mike Bertrand

Breeder of Horse: Myterra Ranch, Cadogan, Alta

Reserve Champion Rider: Jessie Wruck, Saskatoon, Sk.

Horse: Smart Oakie Cat # 5383203 – 2011 Bay Gelding

Sire: Little Oakie Cat

Owner of Horse: Scott & Jesse Wruck

Breeder of Horse: Red Spring Ranch, Okla, Sk.

 

OPEN PERFORMANCE “Affordable Barns” Futurity CLASS – 3 YEAR OLD HORSES

Awards: payouts of $600 .00 CASH, an award blanket, award stirrups, award buckle, 2 chairs, Equine 2000, Masterfeeds Equine feed, Hoffman’s minerals ,2 x $100 Cowtown gift certificates, 2 X $20 Early’s gift certificates

PH( 1) Affordable Barns Open Champion

Open Performance 3 yr Old Champion, CD Wilywood

Champion Rider: Bonnie Gerich, Delisle, Sk.

Horse: CD Wilywood #5393739 – 2011 Dun Gelding

Sire:Tuko Two Wood

Owner of Horse: Sarah Watamaniuk Paddison

Breeder of Horse: Frank & Bonnie Gerich, Delisle,Sk.

PH( 3)  Open Performance Reserve Champion

Open Performance 3 yr Old Reserve Champion, Wkk Playin Safe

Reserve Champion Rider: Heather Chow, Prince Albert, Sk.

Horse: Wkk Playin Safe # 5362039 – 2011 Sorrel Gelding

Sire: Smart Lil Marmoset

Owner of Horse: Heather Chow

Breeder of Horse: Wayne & Kim Knaap, Maple Creek, Sk

 

Greenhawk’s OPEN HORSEMANSHIP CLASS

Awards: payouts of $500.00 CASH, an award blanket, awards valued at $500.00 , Equine 2000, Masterfeeds Equine feed, Hoffman’s minerals

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Open Horsemanship Champion, Good Little Talker

Champion Rider: Danielle Bergen, Warman, Sk.

Horse: Good Little Talker # 5327026 – 2011 Bay Roan Mare

Sire: Dimensions Cowboy

Owner of Horse: Danielle Bergen

Breeder of Horse: Mc Burney Farms, Coronach, Sk

2nd place Rider: Richard King, Saskatoon, Sk.

Horse: Scotch Time Sarge # 5218084 – 2009 Sorrel Gelding

Sire: Whisper In Scotch

Owner of Horse: Richard King

Breeder of Horse: Haight Ranch, Hanley, Sask.

3rd place Rider: Marilee Farrow, Dalmeny, Sk.

Horse: Sparkle Jack Sparrow # 5198368 – 2009 Bay Gelding

Sire: Footworks Freckle

Owner of Horse: Ron & Marilee Farrow

Breeder of Horse: Horseshoe Ranch, Frobisher, Sk.

 

K & K Land Management’s SEASONED RIDERS “DAY ON THE RANCH ” CLASS

Awards: payouts of $450.00 CASH, an award blanket, an award buckle, Equine 2000, Masterfeeds Equine feed, Hoffman’s minerals , 2 chairs, $100 Cowtown gift certificate, Early’s gift certificates

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Seasoned Riders “Day on the Ranch ” Champion, Scotch Time Sarge

Champion Rider: Richard King, Saskatoon, Sk.

Horse: Scotch Time Sarge # 5218084 – 2009 Sorrel Gelding

Sire: Whisper In Scotch

Owner of Horse: Richard King

Breeder of Horse: Haight Ranch, Hanley, Sask.

PH(3) day on the Ranch Reserve Champion

Seasoned Riders “Day on the Ranch ” 2nd Place, WKK Promise

2nd place Rider: Wendy Naclia, Norquay, Sk.

Horse: WKK Promise # 5284739 – 2010 Sorrel Mare

Sire: Smart Lil Marmoset

Owner of Horse: Brian & Wendy Naclia

Breeder of Horse: Wayne & Kim Knaap, Maple Creek, Sk.

3rd place Rider: Mike Bertrand, Lloydminster , Alta.

Horse: MTR Pistolpackinmama # 5436718 – 2011 Gray Filly

Sire: Circle Bar Gray Gun

Owner of Horse: Mike Bertrand

Breeder of Horse: Myterra Ranch, Cadogan, Alta

 

Greenhawk’s NERVOUS NOVICE & YOUTH HORSEMANSHIP CLASS

Awards: payouts of $450.00 CASH, an award blanket, awards valued at $500.00 , Equine 2000, Masterfeeds Equine feed, Hoffman’s minerals

PH( 2) Greenhawk's NN & Youth Champion

Nervous Novice & Youth Horsemanship Class Champion, Showdown Farrah

Champion Rider: Whitney Nepinak, Swan River, Man.

Horse: Showdown Farrah # 5293683 – 2011 Sorrel Mare

Sire: Whisper In Scotch

Owner of Horse: Ken Layng

Breeder of Horse: Barrie & Angela Stewart, Rockglen, Sk.

 

PH(2) 2 nd place NN & Youth Horsemanship

Nervous Novice & Youth Horsemanship Class 2nd Place, Ms Jewel Bar

2nd place Rider: Cobi Quiring, Asquith, Sk.

Horse: Ms Jewel Bar # 5338827 – 2010 Bay Mare

Sire: Smart Jack Bar

Owner of Horse: Cindy Quiring

Breeder of Horse: Southern Springs Stable, Rockglen, Sk.

3rd place Rider: Josey Black, Swan River, Man.

Horse: Silverado Coco Puff # 5339200 – 2010 Palomino Mare

Sire: Dox Silverado Gold

Owner of Horse: Southern Springs Stable

Breeder of Horse: Lazy J Bar Livestock, Borden, Sk.

4th place Rider: Abby Black, Swan River, Man.

Horse: Nitro Quill # 5420288 – 2011 Sorrel Gelding

Sire: Nitro Glycerine

Owner of Horse: Southern Springs Stable

Breeder of Horse: Running Bar F Quarter Horses, Grandora, Sk.

5th place Rider: Lacey Stewart, Watrous, Sk.

Horse: MJ Snickels Maggie #5326293 2010 Grullo Mare

Sire: Snickelsfritz Flip

Owner of Horse: Dean Stewart

Breeder of Horse: MJ Quarter Horses, Ste. Rose du Lac, Man

 

YOUTH RANCH HORSE COMPETITION

Awards: payouts of $100.00 cash, an award blanket, $100 Cowtown gift certificate, $20 Early’s gift certicate, equine feed , Hoffman’s minerals

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Youth Ranch Horse Competition Champion, Showdown Farrah

Champion Rider: Whitney Nepinak, Swan River, Man.

Horse: Showdown Farrah # 5293683 – 2011 Sorrel Mare

Sire: Whisper In Scotch

Owner of Horse: Ken Layng

Breeder of Horse: Barrie & Angela Stewart, Rockglen, Sk.

 

NON-PRO “K&K Livestock” RANCH HORSE COMPETITION

Awards: payouts of a WORKING COW HORSE SADDLE, RESERVE CHAMPION BUCKLE , $1000.00 CASH, 2 award blankets, Equine 2000, Masterfeeds Equine feed, Hoffman’s minerals, 2 X $100 Cowtown gift certificates, 2 chairs, Hi-Pro feed, 2 X $20 Early’s Gift certificates.

PH(4)-Non-Pro-Ranch-Champion

Non Pro Ranch Horse Champion, Lena Is San Smart

Champion Rider: Wendy Naclia, Norquay, Sk.

Horse: Lena Is San Smart # 4953682 – 2006 Sorrel Mare

Sire: Smart Adversary

Owner of Horse: Brian & Wendy Naclia

Breeder of Horse: Nanette & Mickey Choquer, Rockglen, Sk.

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Non Pro Ranch Horse Reserve Champion, Sparkle Jack Sparrow

Reserve Champion Rider: Ron Farrow, Delmany, Sk.

Horse: Sparkle Jack Sparrow # 5198368 – 2009 Bay Gelding

Sire: Footworks Freckle

Owner of Horse: Ron & Marilee Farrow

Breeder of Horse: Horseshoe Ranch, Frobisher, Sk.

 

OPEN “Moose Jaw Toyota Trailer Sales” RANCH HORSE COMPETITION

Awards: payouts of a one year lease of a Horse Trailer , RESERVE CHAMPION BUCKLE , $800.00 CASH, 2 award blankets, Equine 2000, Masterfeeds Equine feed, Hoffman’s minerals, 2 X $100 Cowtown gift certificates, 2 chairs, Hi-Pro feed, 2 X $20 Early’s Gift certificates.

PH(-3)-Open-Ranch-Horse-Champion

Open Ranch Horse Champion, Lena Is San Smart

Champion Rider: Dale Clearwater, Hanley, Sk.

Horse: Lena Is San Smart # 4953682 – 2006 Sorrel Mare

Sire: Smart Adversary

Owner of Horse: Brian & Wendy Naclia

Breeder of Horse: Nanette & Mickey Choquer, Rockglen, Sk.

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Open Ranch Horse Reserve Champion, Kings Crystalite

Reserve Champion Rider: Seth Abrahamson, Broderick, Sk.

Horse: Kings Crystalite # 5273218 – 2010 Palomino Mare

Sire: Silver Sage Dually

Owner of Horse: Beth Manz

Breeder of Horse: Coldwell Ranch, Davidson, Sk.

PQHB Barrel Futurity and Derby
Futurity Rider Horse Breeder Run 1 Run 2
Nikki Ballard Classy Stage Pass Allen Quarter Horses 16.603 16.061
Dale Clearwater Profits Julianne Haight Ranch 16.476 16.432
Whitney Nepinak Showdown Farrah Haight Ranch 18.802 19.286
 
 Derby Rider Horse Breeder Run 1 Run 2
Karletta DeWitt Ruby Lookin E Breitkreuz 16.102 15.851
Tyrelle DeWitt Hawklands Andromeda Dave & Shirley Chostner 16.365 16.738
Kim Salmond Pepolenas Rebel Moon Scott Performance Horses 15.298 NT
Jade Lenard MTR Royal Chip It Ed Masson NT NT

 

September/October Sneak Peek

Coming soon to your mailbox and newsstand, I’m excited to preview the September/October issue for y’all here.

When I watched seasoned chuckwagon driver Chad Harden’s lead horse collapse and the subsequent pile-up of horses, humans and wheels during a heat of the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby on July 12, my heart leapt to my throat. Reviewing it on film, it was unimaginable the humans escaped injury, but fortunately they did. Three horses however, were lost; the Harden family and his barn subsequently devastated and heartbroken. Those immersed in the chuck racing circuit culture know and understand the level of care and love that goes into these animals, where horses are truly a part of the family.

Chad Harden racing at the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby. Photo by Deanna Buschert.

 Just three nights later on July 15, after the last heat of the races, 40-year veteran driver Grant Profit, sold his entire outfit including horses, during a retirement auction at the same barns Harden’s team had pulled out of three days before. A highlight of the sale was the right and left lead of Profit’s team – Forever Grand and Anglian Prince, a pair of former race horses. The 13-year-old Thoroughbreds sold for a combined $179,000 to another experienced driver, Kelly Sutherland. He later stated he felt the two horses who had been “barned together” for many years should stay together, illustrating the value these horses represent to their owners – not only in monetary means, but emotionally as well.

I spoke with Shelly Profit after the sale and she reiterated their devotion to their animals:

“All of our horses that we sold meant the world to us and we spent hours every day with them. Caring for them, feeding, brushing and training, each one of them have their own personalities and likes and dislikes. Even in the winter we would just go out in the pasture with them and they would all come up to us for a pet on the nose, and most of them loved peppermints and that was their treats. They were truly a part of our family, and we miss them dearly.”

A study on chuckwagon horses during races is currently in progress by a University of Calgary researcher who was on the scene at this year’s Rangeland Derby conducting a series of medical trials on the horses. Deanna Buschert’s piece, Scientific Experiment, reveals how that research may help not only chuckwagon horses, but other equine athletes as well.

Max Gibb is confident of the Balzac racetrack’s future. “It will make us the Woodbine of Western Canada,” he says. “And, it will be a big, big boost for horse racing.” Photo by Jessica Patterson

The remains of a track of another sort stands abandoned in a field northeast of Calgary. The Balzac racetrack was destined to restore and nurture the growth of horse racing in Alberta. Instead it dissolved into a field of unrealized dreams. Writer Jessica Patterson spent a good month researching the timeline of how this dream went down for her story, Field of Dreams. There is a faint hope the track will move forward, though on a much reduced scale and with mini-steps. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.

When we came across this photo of Chantal Sutherland in a recent issue of Vanity Fair, we knew we had to include the Ontario born jockey in Jenn Webster’s feature piece, Generation Y Cowgirl. 

With numbers estimated as high as 70 million, Generation Y (those born 1981-1994) is the fastest growing segment of today’s workforce. This group of achievement-oriented individuals are both tech-savvy and conversely, uninterested in the fast track. They’ll gladly trade in the security of a job for a flexible work schedule and doing what they love. They are attention-cravers and motivated by praise and reassurance, whether by mentors or a much larger audience. Outside of the baby boomers, they are the most influential demographic group in our population. I love Jenn Webster’s interviews with four such incredibly driven females, including Chantal, in her story.

 This feature quickly came forward as the subject for this issue’s cover. Thanks to photographer Neville Palmer for his conceptualization of this cover shoot.

Also in this issue, Managing Editor, Dainya Sapergia, also takes a up close and personal look at the relatively underground sport of polocrosse.

Photo by Krista Kay.

Western Lifestyle Editor, Deanna Beckley, together with photographer, Krista Kay, put together an eight page Fall Fashion feature, which simply wowed us all.

Photo by Deanna Buschert.

Deanna Buschert and I enjoyed a positively lovely afternoon hanging out with this gal and her Corgi’s in her incredible western home, and I was able to write about it in my feature, Western Retreat. 

With show season in full swing we covered some of the very many events already completed, took a look at the Calgary Stampede’s Cowboy Challenge champion Jim Anderson’s favorite bit and kicked off a new regular feature, Show Ready, this issue showcasing must-have items every reiner has on their list.

In the realm of horse health, don’t miss our Equine Practitioners Guide, showcasing a selection of the top professionals in the business. As well, we take a look at five favorite equine supplements, get yourself versed on how to recognize and understand lameness, and develop an understanding for why some two-year-olds are shod.

Photo by Larry Wong.

Writer Melissa Sword penned a fascinating piece on barrel racer Gaylene Buff, in her piece, Driven to Succeed. As you will read, this is a competitor with a hard working attitude and intense determination to succeed.

Finally, it’s sale time! Check out the best sales of this fall in our annual Fall Sale Guide. (Be sure you are subscribed to our e-newsletter feed to catch updates on these sales and heads up of late additions.)

We hope we’ve hit the right mix of horsemanship, western culture and style for y’all with this issue. I hope you love reading it, as much as we enjoyed building it.

In This Issue: May/June

As promised we did the draw for the second set of Mane Event tickets to give away at noon. Congratulations Denise Pezderic, you’ve got yourself two passes to this weekend’s Mane Event in Red Deer, Alberta. Pick up your tickets at the front ticket booth at the show.
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Denise’s response to the question of what she’s looking forward to at this year’s event:
“Hands down my favorite part of Mane Event is Jonathon Field. So much fun to watch him work with his horses. Just amazing. I love the problem solving and skill shown in the Trainers Challenge too, fun to watch the progress over the weekend. Jackie Johnson is fun and talented Saskatchewan gal that puts on a fun clinic as well. Mane Event rocks!”
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Our May/June issue just rolled off the press, and I want to share some of the contents with you.
We interviewed three Canadian barn builders and profiled a barn from each, timely and great ideas for anyone considering a build or reno this spring.

photo credit: Crimson Chickadee Photography

Our regular feature Out West, celebrating life in the West, pays homage to mothers and daughters and their horses, just in time for Mother’s Day.

Hayfork Steer by Vel Miller, Atascadero, California – wall mounted bronze.

This magnificent bronze is hanging on the wall of the horse person we’ve featured in our new Western Art feature – What’s Hanging on Your Wall, which asks just that question of horse people. We also profile B.C. artist Liz Mitten Ryan and tell you how the Glenbow Museum Senior Curator gathered up almost all of an original 17 Charlie Russell originals featured in the Calgary Stampede #1.
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Western Style Editor, Deanna Beckley shows you how to build four outfits for the show ring and profiles the best in equine shampoo and conditioners of the season.
Also kicking off this issue is a series we’ve discussing at editorial meetings for some time. Our Alternative Therapies begins with a look at the infrared light therapy and it’s benefits.

photo credit: Krista Kay Photography

Also in the health department, two potentially crippling lamenesses: navicular disease and laminitis are explored. As well we take a look at the benefits of packing a hoof boot along in your trailer.

While she generally tackles health related articles for the magazine, in this issue, Equine Health Editor Susan Kauffmann details the step-by-step plan she and her husband employed to build these sturdy and beautiful horse shelters. Don’t expect these to blow away in the next wind storm.

Futurity Road prospect, McCabe.

In the third instalment of the series Futurity Road, we continue to follow the paths of five futurity bound barrel racing prospects. In this segment, five becomes four as one of the prospects is sold, trainer Raylee Walters reveals her barn must-haves, catches us up with an analysis of the latest events the hopefuls competed in and also discusses the bit she has been using for each of the four remaining horses.
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Speaking of bits, cutting and cow horse trainer Dustin Gonnet reveals his handy go-to bit in our Bit of the Month.
Trick rider and Cavalia star Sally Bishop talks about the ups and downs of stunt riding and life on the road. She’s an incredibly brave woman with such a positive outlook on life, it’s not hard to find inspiration through the eyes of this accomplished horse woman.
Our ranch profile spotlights an ambitious and incredibly functional facility near Bozeman, Montana – Copper Spring Ranch.
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Lisa Scheistel continues her series on training the two-year-old, and, drum roll. .  we’re really pleased to present an exclusive article with Shawn Flarida, in our Secrets of a Four-Million Dollar Man. It seems he doesn’t appear to be stalled at four million dollars either, as he just won the Open at the NRBC Classic.
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Finally don’t miss 15 charming bed and bales stops across Canada, and a recap on the high sellers so far in spring sales (prices appear up!).

A billboard campaign posted by Angel Acres (a US based anti-slaughter group), displayed along an Ottawa, Ontario highway.

Last, but certainly not least – it’s an emotionally charged subject and one close to Canadian horse people, whether we like it or not, as our country allows horse processing. Feature writer Deanna Buschert examined her own thoughts and feelings on the subject as she visited a horse meat processing plant in Alberta to document the tender subject of horse slaughter. We hope you appreciate her candidness and professionalism on the subject.
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Hope you enjoy the issue. If you’d like to subscribe do so here. As well, we’ll have some single copies of this issue for sale at the Mane Event. Please stop by the Western Horse Review booth, not only to pick up a copy, but check out our giveaways and contests. We look forward to chatting with you.
Thanks so much for tuning in, and have a great weekend!

Living the Dream

BY GUEST BLOGGER DEANNA BECKLEY

The NRHA Futurity is what dreams are made of. As a little girl I dreamed of being apart of such an amazing world-class show. This year was my fourth time attending the futurity and one thing never changes – the feeling I get from being surrounded by incredibly talented horses and horsemen. It’s indescribable. I feel so fortunate to have a life that is filled with horses.

This year was even more special because my husband Jesse made the Intermediate Open finals on a exceptional individual – Ten Reasons (Hang Ten Surprise x Hotrodden Catalyst).

Jesse had Ten tuned and dialed in – he was ready to run through that gate!

I apologize for the lack of photos of Jesse and Ten, but I could not keep the camera still because of the shakes.

The coliseum was packed and ready for action.

I headed up to the stands to cheer. Jesse ran Ten through the gate hard and fast and Ten committed whole heartedly to the stop with a huge slide.

Jesse then turned Ten to the right on a loose rein. When he said whoa for his shutoff his right rein fell to the ground. Everyone gasped. I quit breathing.

I stood in shock, now what! I’m not sure what all crossed my mind and what actually came out of my mouth, but I do remember chanting, “Figure it out.” Apparently I was weaving back and forth because horse trainer Patrick Flarhity came by and asked why I was swaying back and forth.

This is a very difficult position for a competitor to be in, especially when competing in the finals at the NRHA Futurity. Jesse took his time,  scratched his head and thought about how to approach the challenge set before him.

He could not drop the rein in his hand on the horse’s neck or it would result in a zero. He could not touch the horse with his hand or the bit for that matter. So with his remaining rein, Jesse squeezed his legs on his horse and picked up his hand – a signal to Ten to hold still. He then leaned forward and reached for the rein. Because he had to lean right over top of his horse, consequently his spurs were now in Ten’s flanks.

The crowd was silent and I was pale faced. Ten didn’t move a muscle. Jesse managed to grab the dropped rein, even out his reins and was ready for the next maeuver. The crowd went wild.

From there Jesse and Ten laid down an incredible run, with a cheering crowd backing him up all the way. He had a late lead change (this time the other way) and Ten once again stopped huge.

Ten has to be one of the best minded horses I have ever been around. He never left Jesse for a second and he gave everything he had into that run. That’s worth more than you know.

I don’t think I have ever screamed so loud and been so excited. Jesse said that was one of the funnest runs he’s ever had and good freind and horse trainer, Brad Geisbrecht had the quote of the day, “Ten Reasons to hang on to your rein.”

I, however, am not sure I can survive being a horse trainer’s wife – if he has runs like that I’m either going to age very quickly or die of a heart-attack.

Jesse and Ten marked a 217.5 for 13th place in the Intermediate Open and a pay-cheque worth over $8,000.

The Beckley crew quickly unsaddled Ten so he could have a well deserved rest.

And a bath to get cleaned up for the Finals Ceremony.

Assistant Annette Jessiman taking Ten for his bath.

Jesse heading in for the awards ceremony.

“It’s not about the amount of breaths you take, but about the moments that take you breath away.”

Through out the week, several people approached Jesse about buying Ten. In the end trainer Doug Allen and his wife Francesca Sternberg of Sterling Ranch UK, purchased Ten at the end of the show.

Ten’s journey will continue with the couple. Doug plans to show him at the European Futurity in February and then they plan to school him lightly to get him ready to show at the World Equestrian Games in 2014. We look forward to watching Ten continue his success in Europe.

He’s been a very special horse to the entire Beckley Reining crew, especially owner George McIvor who bred and raised the young stallion.

 

The Open Finals were exciting. It was draw number one that took the title of the 2011 NRHA Open Futurity Champion. Andrea Fappani showing Lil Cash Joe (Nue Chex To Cash x RS Lilly Starlight) owned by Russell Giles, set the mark high with a 227.5 – one that couldn’t be beat.

2011 NRHA Open Futurity Champion

Andrea also took the reserve spot with Arcese’s mare Spook Off Sparks (Smart Spook x Setting Off Sparks) with a 225.5, tying associate trainer and valued team member at Fappani Performance Horses, Arno Honstetter and Show Me The Buckles.


Arno Honstetter and Show Me The Buckles.

The Intermediate Champion was determined by a run-off. Jason Vanlandingham riding A Smokin Whiz marked a 223 to lead the Intermediate Open.

Later that evening Eduardo Salgado rode in on Gunner Boy owned by Jefferson Abbud of Brazil. The pair marked a 223 to tie with Vanlandingham.

Gunner Boy & Eduardo Salgado

This was not only Salgado’s first time to make the NRHA Futurity Open finals, it was the young Brazilian’s first time to show at the NRHA Futurity.

Vanlandingham and Salgado dualed it out for the championship. Vanlandingham came out on top by half a point, marking a 226.

Intermediate Open Champion

The award  ceremonies are always memorable for competitors and fans alike.

 

Gunner Boy

Show Me The Buckles

 “We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving. And we all have some power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.” – Louisa May Alcott

 

 

 

 

Bring on the Finals!

BY GUEST BLOGGER DEANNA BECKLEY

The road to the futurity is a long one. It takes determination, and dedication, a good trainer/rider and a great horse to just make it to the futurity.

This horse show is one of the most motivational, inspiring, eye-opening, exciting and frustrating shows to compete at. The hours of work put in out-number the hours of sleep and rest (we have been averaging about 4-5 hours every night if we are lucky) and the emotional side of things can take a toll on your mental state of mind.

Warm-up pen

 For the past two years, trainers and riders have worked to get that special horse through the hard work of everyday training, the difficulties of keeping their horse sound and healthy and preparing it to show. Two years of hard work comes down to just two runs. One bobble could cost everything.

Jesse knows all to well what it takes to get here and what it takes to succeed. If you don’t work hard, there is someone else who is – the harder you work the more likely you will succeed.

Jesse showed Ten Reasons in the second go of the NRHA Open Futurity. I was of course a nervous wreck, but cheered as loud as I could.

This is my designated area.

The pair were having a smoking run when Ten came through for his second lead change. The first lead-change was sweet and effortless so Jesse thought he would show him off a little and threw some rein out, leaving Ten to take the lead. Ten was just a bit behind the cue, dragging a lead and picking up a one point penalty per judge.

Jesse guided him to his stops and the little stallion stopped huge all three times. People are still talking about how big he stopped.

Jesse and Ten marked a 216, securing them a spot in the Intermediate Open Finals. The lead change penalty cost them the Open. Although slightly frustrated about missing the Open finals by a point, Jesse was excited to make it to the Intermediate Open Finals.

That night we headed to the draw party.

It was a packed house. The draw party had dinner and live entertainment for the finalists.

Jesse picking his chip with his draw.

Lucky number 28!

Next Jesse got his picture taken for the prgoram.

Then he got to pick out his finalist vest.

 

 Jesse wasn’t the only Canadian to make the finals at the NRHA Futurity.

Janet Mathies made the Level 1 Non-Pro Finals on her mare A Little Surprise.

Jesse & Janet

 Bailey Kolsun and her gelding Rock Solid Tag made the Level 1 & 2 Non-Pro Finals. The pair placed third in the Youth Futurity division.

Loris Epis put two in the Level 1 & 2 Open Finals – Resting Whiz and GottaMagnum Dream. Amanda Antifaev and Sugarplum Nic made the Level 1 & 2 Open finals. Mathew Hudson and Ima Easy Whiz made the Level 1, 2, & 3 Open Finals.

Way to go Canucks!

The support Jesse has had through the futurity is incredible. We’ve been receiveing emails from friends and horsemen across the world with words of encouragment. Friends from Austraila and Germany getting up at all hours of the night to watch Jesse and his horses show. Thanks for all the support!

Beckley Reining fans.

Needless to say, Saturday will be a day filled with excitement. And though we may not be able to hear the cheers from friends afar, we know they’ll be watching – cheering for Jesse and the little horse that could.

Ten Reasons to Love Ten

BY GUEST BLOGGER DEANNA BECKLEY

Jesse showed the last of his three horses on Sunday – Ten Reasons. He was really looking forward to showing Ten – he’s been really good all year and is fun to show.

There are so many reasons to love Ten.

1. He’s a cute little bugger.

2. He may be little but he sure is mighty. He has a huge heart and a whole lot of try.

3. He’s dependable. He’s the same in the warm-up pen as he is in the show pen – he’ll never let you down.

4. He’s just one of those horses that catches everyone’s eye, one that everyone wants to take home.

5. He’s never moody, doesn’t hold a grudge and loves his job.

6. He’s a huge stopper, big turner and pretty mover.

7. He marks big and is easy to show.

8. He’s a stud that doesn’t know he’s a stud.

9. As gritty as they come.

10. He marked a 217.5 in the first go of the Open Futurity.

What more could you ask for in a horse!

Jesse worked Ten lightly the night before showing. Ten doesn’t take much prep.

Putting skid boots on to stop.

He worked the stop up and down center.

Jesse was very happy with how Ten showed. With a 217.5 going into the second go, that puts him in good contention for the finals. Looking forward to Wednesday for his second run. I’ll be a nervous wreck, but cheering as loud as I can!

Two More Runs

BY GUEST BLOGGER DEANNA BECKLEY

Jesse showed one more of the boys on Saturday, this time it was CJ.

The night before show day, Jesse was working his stop when CJ pulled a shoe off. I’ve never seen a shoe fly so far – I had to go searching for it in the back stands of the coliseum!

Which meant it had to be put back on.

Luckily friend and farrier, Roger Wigen arrived just in time. Roger is a great farrier. Jeff was very capable of putting CJ’s shoe back on, but he didn’t bring his farrier tools with him.

Unfortunately, the shoe took some hoof wall with it so it took a little time to get it put back on and the hoof in good shape.

But CJ was back in working order for the next day. We got his all prettied up for his debut in the NRHA show arena.

And Jesse made sure to duct tape and electrical tape CJ’s feet so as not to pull a shoe off again.

Jesse was a little unsure how CJ would perform because he hadn’t been shown much. He worked his turn, loped some circles and stopped him a couple times before heading over to the show arena.

Jesse and CJ getting ready to run through the gate into the large daunting arena.

The ground was better this time around and CJ got stopped really good at the far end. He got a little stuck in the rollback, but ran down nicely to his second stop. Rolled back better and got stopped a third time. He turned big to the right, but Jesse couldn’t quite get him shut off in time with CJ’s big swooping step and the pair incurred a big over-turn penalty.

CJ was a bit sluggish in his left turn. He circled really pretty and had a nice final stop. The pair had a really nice run, but CJ looked a bit tired in the pen. They marked a 212 for their efforts.

Onto the Non-Pro, Jeff showed his horse Buddy.

Jeff usually doesn’t get nervous when it comes to showing, but we could tell he was nervous here. When offered food and a drink he refused and couldn’t stand to sit for more than 10 minutes. Can’t blame him, there is a lot of pressure here and a lot of horses.

Jeff getting his pre-check done.

April and I headed up to the stands to cheer while Jesse stayed back at the gate to encourage Jeff on.

Jeff and Buddy started pattern eight off with a big turn to the left. Great start. Next came the right turn. Jeff asked Buddy to take a step forward because Buddy has a tendency to suck back a lot in his turns. Buddy however, was thinking lope and took a couple trot steps forward before Jeff got him settled into his right turn.

Although a little rattled from the turn, Jeff proceeded into his circles. Buddy circled very nice with his head low. They had a little trouble through their lead changes and Jeff had to pull Buddy through them.

On the rundowns, Buddy pushed to the wall and didn’t get stopped like he could. Unfortunately for Jeff and Buddy, it just was not their day. The pair did not have an ideal score and more than likely they will not be showing in the finals. This will be the end of the futurity road for this young stallion and his rider. But, looking on the bright side, these two had a very successful year, placing in the top three everywhere they showed leading up to the NRHA Futurity.

Jesse also showed Ten on Sunday, but I think I’m going to save that post for Monday. I’m hoping to have some video for that run. You’ll just have to tune in Monday for the remaining results :)

Jesse and Jeff weren’t the only Canadians to have shown on the weekend. Shayla Malmberg of Grand Prairie, kicked some butt in the Adequan Arena. She showed Whizzen In The Rein to the NAAC Rookie Professional Championship and the NAAC Limited Open Championship with a score of 218.5.

What an awesome run for this young pair!

And they took home a pile of loot!

Show Time – First Horse First Go

BY GUEST BLOGGER DEANNA BECKLEY

Thursday was day one of the first go at the NRHA Futurity.

Jesse was set to show Cooper and they drew up 85th in the first go of the first day. He was able to ride Cooper in the Coliseum a few times leading up to show day, getting him comfortable with the ground and acquainted with his surroundings.

Getting ready for the first ride.

 Jesse was eager to get in the pen and felt like he had done everything he could to prepare his horse to show. He wasn’t nervous. I was.

Working the rundown.

 

 

Circling in the Coliseum.

 I am a nervous wreck when it comes to Jesse showing and I try my best to not let it show so I can help him get ready.

My favorite show shirt color – turquoise, shows up so nice in the ring. This shirt happens to also be the shirt Jesse wore for our wedding this past September.

Warming up.

At the Futurity they do a pre-check where they check the bit to make sure it is legal and there are no marks on the horse.

Jesse checking in with the bit judge.

 

Ready to show.

Cooper and Jesse were first after the drag giving them fresh ground. The ground at the far end, and where they complete their first stop (NRHA pattern #1) was not great. It had some holes and competitors were having a hard time getting their horses stopped in it.

Cooper was no exception. He ran in great to his first stop and tried hard, but couldn’t quite hold it. Four of the five judges scored the maneuver a 0, one judged marked it a  -1/2.

Jesse rolled him back and headed for his next stop – much better, but Cooper walked out of it slightly at the end. Maneuver score 0.

Roll back to the right and stop past center – nice stop. All but one judge were in agreement marking it a 0.

Turned to the right four times. Nice turn, half point over turn.

Turned to the left four and a quarter. Good.

Cooper was a little funny going into his lead departure, but once loping into his large fast he settled in nicely, dropped his neck and loped beautifully. Down to a small slow and then back into a large fast and change leads. His next set of circles were even nicer. Most of the judges scored the first set of circles a +1/2 – all five judges marked the second set +1/2.

Jesse guided Cooper around the end and into his last stop. Awesome! Plus ½ on all five scorecards.

With the high and the low score dropped, the pair marked a very respectable 213.

Scoreboard

It was day one of showing and its been a known fact that the first dayof showing the judges are pretty tight on their marking, but as long as they are consistent throughout it’s not a problem. They seemed to be marking fair and that is all we can ask for. I was hoping to have a video of his run to share with you, but I am waiting on the videographer to work out some kinks with the marketing department. I am hoping to have videos for the rest of the runs.

Coming out of the arena after showing Cooper.

Jesse was happy with his horse and looks forward to showing him again in the second go. I’m happy my heart rate has returned to normal, until Friday anyway when he shows CJ.

 The high score of the day was a 222.5 from entry #182 Jay McLaughlin riding Guapo Lena for Carol Rose. Check out their run below.

Guapo Lena – Jay McLaughlin – Carol Rose – 222.5 from NRHA on Vimeo.

Thursday was also Thanksgiving down here, which meant everything was closed. IHOP had to suffice for supper, but it was better than Burger King as those were our only two options. No turkey with all the trimmings for these Canadians. But if Thursday was Thanksgiving that means Friday is Black Friday which means I’ll be putting my shopping shoes on and head out to closest western store :)