Full Circle

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He came first, into the life of my husband. The sorrel horse was 18-months-old – unbroke, but had a solid temperament. He was sired by Super High Gear, out of the mare Ms Lyndi Lou, born in 1991 and came from John Miller’s breeding program.

My husband, Clay spent countless hours with the gelding who eventually became known as “Doc.” Clay could lead Doc by his tail, send him to the far end of an arena, make him wait patiently and then call him back again. Clay used Doc in his clinic demonstrations, rode him bridleless, brought the cows in at the ranch, and to help start other colts.

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Then as often happens in a trainer’s life, came a moment when Doc could become a safe mount for someone else. In 1999, Doc was sold to new home. But as fate would have it, we had the opportunity to buy Doc back in 2001. Clay and I had recently become engaged and shortly afterwards, I incurred a bad ankle break after coming off a polo horse. When I had healed up enough to ride, I needed something to help build my confidence again. Doc was the horse for the job.

I learned to ride western on Doc’s back. I got my first showing experiences with him and truly got a chance to refine my horsemanship. When Clay and I were married, our friend Gabriele Noll painted Doc’s portrait.

Painting by Gabriele Noll.

Painting by Gabriele Noll.

But again, as life sometime goes in chapters, Doc was sold again – to another loving person who really needed him.

Christa Vindum purchased Doc back in 2008. Before that sale, we had said we never wanted to part with Doc again. But never, say never. Christa too, needed a mount that would build her confidence. Doc was 15 at the time. Considering his age, it would have been hard for anyone to take a chance on an “old horse.” But during her time with Doc, Christa has ridden him on trail rides, in cowboy challenges, in shows, clinics… you name it. All the youngsters in her family also learned to ride on his back. Christa would later move to Idaho and she took Doc with her, where they continued their adventures.

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So again as life turned over another chapter, Christa contacted Clay and I earlier this year (2016). Now at age 25, Doc was still in great condition and still, the miraculous type of horse that could teach riders and instill confidence in them. His brand is faded, he has a lot more gray hairs now and in theory, he might not have many more years left in him.

But Christa wanted to know if we wanted Doc back.

Obviously, we agreed to take him back immediately – although we weren’t quite sure how to work out the logistics of shipping him up from Idaho at the time.

Christa offered to trailer Doc straight up to us.

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And we found it ironic as she told us the story of crossing the border.

“The Customs officer wanted to know what Doc’s value was,” she chuckled. “I’m looking at the guy – telling him that Doc is 25, suffers from ‘excessive sleepiness,’ and requires some special supplements for joint maintenance because of his age. How do you put a price on a horse like that?”

With a smile on her face and perhaps a tear in her eye, Christa continued. “To me, a horse like that is priceless.”

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We think so too.

Doc has had amazing homes with the other people on his papers. But he has returned to us for his remaining years. We are so grateful to have him back for the things he will teach our young children, are invaluable. He’ll teach them to ride a couple times per week. He’ll teach them about responsibility and empathy. He’ll teach them about commitment and love.

Doc has come full circle. He will live in the barn, be turned out during the day and given all the necessary joint supplements. He deserves it.

While we can’t take all of our horses sold throughout the years back, there are definitely a few that deserve to live out their days with us. We could never regret giving the mounts that have given their wisdom and precious gifts of education to us, a good home in their senior years.

They’re worth it.

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If you have a special story of a horse that’s come Full Circle, please let me know by firing WHR an email at: editorial@westernhorsereview.com

 

 

 

 

Big Country Farm Toys Sponsorship of Joe Frost

Joe Frost earns 83.5 points on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock’s Cowboy Cool in Round 9 of the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (Ric Andersen photo).

Joe Frost earns 83.5 points on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock’s Cowboy Cool in Round 9 of the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (Ric Andersen photo).

 

Big Country Farm Toys, the fastest growing line of 1:20 scale farm, ranch and rodeo toys in America, has partnered with Joe Frost and the Frost family to offer creative, interactive farm and rodeo life toys which promote great character and values.

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Announcing the partnership during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, President and CEO for Big Country Toys, Greg Huett, said, “Joe Frost is a college graduate and avid rancher, who just so happens to be the number five bull rider in the NFR going into the Finals in Vegas.”

Joe Frost after the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Round 5 buckle ceremony at South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pictured to Joe’s immediate right is Craig Latham, Joe’s college rodeo coach at Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU), to whom he dedicated his round win. Also pictured: Clyde & Elsie Frost, as well as Joe’s parents, Shane & Lisa Frost (Sara Rempelos photo).

Joe Frost after the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Round 5 buckle ceremony at South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pictured to Joe’s immediate right is Craig Latham, Joe’s college rodeo coach at Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU), to whom he dedicated his round win. Also pictured: Clyde & Elsie Frost, as well as Joe’s parents, Shane & Lisa Frost (Sara Rempelos photo).

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“I noticed common elements in working with both Clyde and Elsie Frost as well as their nephew, Joe. All are interested in creating a positive message for our kids, and both are generous with their own charities,” Huett, explained. “The Frost family giving 100% of their proceeds from the Lane Frost figurine to the Lane Frost Scholarship fund, and Joe Frost donating all of his proceeds from his Frost Fever line of T-shirts at the WNFR to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund.”

Joe Frost on his family’s ranch in Randlett, Utah (Sara Rempelos photo).

Joe Frost on his family’s ranch in Randlett, Utah (Sara Rempelos photo).

 
Huett and Big Country Toys introduced the figurines “Challenge of the Champion’s” in 2015 featuring Hall of Fame legend Lane Frost as well as John Growney’s Hall of Fame bull, Red Rock. The successful introduction of the toy and a growing relationship with the Frost family led to the partnership with Joe, second cousin to Lane.

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“Although Joe is his own man, and does not want to live in his cousin’s spotlight, the comparisons are there,” Huett said. The two share more than just a last name. Joe Frost will be competing, like his cousin, for the prized championship buckle. But deeper than talent, Joe Frost carries the known and respected name and character of the Frost family.

Joe Frost receives the 2014 Linderman Award from PRCA Media Director, Kendra Santos, and PRCA Commissioner, Karl Stressman. Joe won $26,624 more than his next closest competitor, 2013 Linderman Award winner Trell Etbauer, the largest margin in the history of the award (Sara Rempelos photo).

Joe Frost receives the 2014 Linderman Award from PRCA Media Director, Kendra Santos, and PRCA Commissioner, Karl Stressman. Joe won $26,624 more than his next closest competitor, 2013 Linderman Award winner Trell Etbauer, the largest margin in the history of the award (Sara Rempelos photo).

Joe Frost won his first national bull riding title in March 2015 at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo (RNCFR) in Kissimmee, Florida (Sara Rempelos photo).

Joe Frost won his first national bull riding title in March 2015 at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo (RNCFR) in Kissimmee, Florida (Sara Rempelos photo).

 
Big Country Farm Toys is excited about having Joe Frost be a part of the Big Country team. His values of integrity, education and generosity have always been a key part of the western lifestyle and will help the company fulfill its mission of providing wholesome products and role models for today’s youth.

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Parents are tired of the imagination lacking, technological culture that their young kids are being immersed in, and the poor role models that are all too prevalent in today’s media. Big Country Farm Toys promotes the alternative to the disappointment of parents when dealing with bad role models and children being consumed with the tech culture that has consumed this generation, leading to a lack of creativity and imagination brain drain.

Joe Frost earned his degree in Agri-Business from Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU) in May 2015 (Waymen Trujillo photo).

Joe Frost earned his degree in Agri-Business from Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU) in May 2015 (Waymen Trujillo photo).

 
Big Country Farm Toys products are cobranded with some of the top Ag brands including Ford Super Duty Trucks, Sundowner trailers, Aermotor windmills, the PBR and the PRCA.  Their line of over 30 products includes hand painted animals, figurines, vehicles and all the great accessories kid’s need to build their own farm, ranch or rodeos. The toys are both collectible and playable.

Big Country Toys - "For the Country in all of us."

Big Country Toys – “For the Country in all of us.”

 
For more information about this topic or to schedule an interview with Greg Huett please call 1-888.801.4391.

Trust Us, Say the NDP. Not, Say Albertans

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(L to R) Alberta Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour, Lori Sigurdson, and Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Oneil Carlier. Photo by Jenn Webster.

 

The “Legislate First, Ask Questions Later” approach to Bill 6 is still not flying with Alberta farmers and ranchers.

By Jenn Webster

They came in sprayers, grain trucks, round bale haulers, tractors, combines, on horseback and in a variety of agriculture modes of transportation. There were elderly folks with walkers, feedlot workers, mother and baby strollers, members of Hutterite colonies, team penners, grain producers, hay suppliers, horse trainers, cattle producers… literally thousands of Alberta agriculture folks united against Bill 6. Some might tell you hundreds of people showed up. Some may show you angles of images that make it appear only a “few” of Alberta’s farmers and ranchers showed up – simply not true. The agriculture industry joined arms today and met the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Oneil Carlier and the Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour, Lori Sigurdson, head on.

The turnout in Okotoks today was impressive, to say the least.

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The masses in Okotoks at a rally about Bill 6, December 2, 2015. Photo by Jenn Webster.

 

A convoy left from the Fort MacLeod Agriplex at 6:30 a.m., met up with folks in Granum, who met up with folks in at the Claresholm Weigh Scale area, who met folks at the Stavely MD building, who – well, you get the point. Frustrated farmers and ranchers continued on to the Best Western hotel in Okotoks where an Alberta Farm and Ranch session was being hosted by the Alberta Ministry of Jobs, Skills, Training & Labour. The session was scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and was initially supposed to be housed inside the hotel meeting room where attendees were required to preregister for a seat. The topic of discussion was Bill 6, the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act.

It was decided today that the Okotoks meeting would be held outside in the parking lot, as there were so many people in attendance, officials couldn’t possibly address the masses any other way.

“Our officials are currently working on amendments that we will share very soon to clarify our intentions…” said Carlier.

“Specifically WCB coverage and rules will only apply to paid employees, unless the farm or ranch operator chooses to opt their family and neighbors into the coverage, as some already do. On Occupational Health & Safety, the rules will set minimum safety standards – only paid employees will be included. These amendments will take effect at the same time the Bill does. Rules that relate to employment standards, (things like hours of work and other employment standards) won’t take effect until spring 2016. The same is true for labour relation-related provisions. We need to make sure that the specifics of how the Bill is implemented works for farms and ranches and that’s why we’ll continue our consultations with you throughout the winter…”

It was at that point that someone from the crowd yelled, “We don’t want the Bill!”

Pretending not to hear, Minister Oneil Carlier continued on, underscoring what could have perhaps, began the entire feud in the first place.

Sigurdson had her turn on the stage but was met from the beginning with more of the same vocal opposition from the crowd.

“I understand there’s a lot of passion out there…” she started.

Which was immediately countered by an angry voice – “A LOT OF PASSION?!?”

This is farming and ranching we’re talking about. Bill 6 might be a very passionate topic, but that’s because the people it affects are the ones feeding the world, teaching your kids to ride, harvesting grain, calving out calves, producing honey, producing eggs, hatching fish, etc. etc. etc.

Their way of life isn’t only about passion. It’s who they are.

Bill 6 is causing a showdown all across the province this week as people of the farming and ranching community have come out in droves to let the government know what they think. And it appears they all very passionate about safety – after all, our families are precious to us.

So what is Bill 6 really about?

Unionization? A tax grab? A decoy to distract the masses from the Alberta Carbon tax bill?

While the answer to that question is still not clear, one thing is for certain– another convoy is planned for southern Alberta tomorrow. Destination, Lethbridge. And for those in more northern parts of the province of Alberta, a rally is planned for the steps of the Legislature Building in Edmonton, AB.

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Photo by Jenn Webster.

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Comment heard from the audience, “This bill is draconian. You will make criminals out of law abiding citizens… We are standing outside and there’s not even enough chairs for the seniors…”  Photo by Jenn Webster.

Photo by Jenn Webster.

Photo by Jenn Webster.

Photo by Jenn Webster.

Photo by Jenn Webster.

Photo by Jenn Webster.

Photo by Jenn Webster.

Photo by Jenn Webster.

Photo by Jenn Webster.

Photo by Jenn Webster.

Photo by Jenn Webster.

 

 

 

 

 

Bill 6

Photo by Natalie Jackman, www.have-dog.com

Our unabashedly, proud agriculture family. Complete with pony and buffalo. Photo by Natalie Jackman, www.have-dog.com

 

RE: BILL 6

Dear Premier Notley,

I find it gut wrenching to receive the following email (please see below). As the owner of an equine training breeding and boarding facility, Bill 6 will directly affect my family. I tried to register to attend the information session being held in my area on December 2, 2015 but sadly all the seats are full. The following email from the Ministry of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour suggests that I should attend the next closest meeting in ATHABASCA.
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Are you seriously suggesting that I pack up my children, leave our animals, our farm, our businesses and drive 489 kms (4 HOURS + 41 MINS) to have a chance at an information session?

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Please understand, a horse training business is somewhat dangerous in nature and therefore, we already do carry WCB coverage for our business. We have done so for the last +10 years. My husband, a professional horse trainer, is a great man and works very hard to support us. We truly understand the consequences of having him injured, sidelined or worse. But please know that we have struggled to pay the WCB premiums at times – so I’d like to know – will there be any government financial assistance when it comes to requiring farmers and ranchers to carry WCB? What about government financial assistance for helping us deal with the Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code?

I have questions. I want to understand.

I can assure you that rarely ever, do horses colic between the hours of 9-5, Monday to Friday. Automatic waterers typically freeze in the middle of the night. And a plethora of other things happen around here at times outside of “business hours” because the animals have their own minds too. We have  to deal with them, regardless of how many hours we have already logged, or what day it is.

We have animals to feed, even on Christmas morning.

Furthermore, our children stay alongside us feeding the animals and assisting around the farm because they truly love it. How and who will determine what a “chore” is vs. “employable work?”
Who will be writing the safety manuals? I implore the government to seek the guidance of knowledgeable individuals in our industry before this legislation is passed. I am sincerely asking for a chance to educate myself before this goes through.

Thank-you for the consideration,
– Jennifer Webster

PS – Thanks for adding me to the “waitlist.”

 

 

Ringing in a New Year

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Christmas has come and gone and a new year has begun! I hope y’all had a wonderful break, filled with happy memories and times of friends or family. We most certainly did.

Though our New Year celebration was relatively quiet, I feel like I’ve already hit the ground running  in 2015. I’m not one for big resolutions, but I’m definitely a fan of having goals and having things to work towards. I’ll keep you posted if my plans work out!

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We had a new critter recently join our crew.

Meet “Pickles.” (Above).

Pickles actually belongs to our God daughter, however, my children have the luxury of access to her at any time (as she’s in our backyard). She’s pretty fabulous with kids but she’s quick to assert her “alpha horse” status amongst her fellow equines. I’m certain this trait will make for some funny stories in the future.

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Clay and I also had a chance to visit a favorite Calgary venue after Christmas, along with several of our friends. Aussie Rules is a duelling piano bar that is guaranteed to get everyone out of their chair, dancing amongst strangers and singing at the top of one’s lungs. Song requests are taken from the crowd (from the 60s to the present) and the musicians sing and play it live to a pumped up audience. The motto at Aussie Rules is –  Come early, sing loud, stay late.

Yep, that’s pretty much what we did.

Zoo-lightsThe Christmas break also offered an opportunity to take in the Calgary Zoo Lights. Flashing mugs of hot chocolate in hand, we ventured out on a beautiful winter night – along with hundreds of other like-minded folk!

Goodness..! Bring on a warm winter eve and Canadians will come out in droves!

All in all however, it was a fabulous family experience and one that will continue to be a Webster tradition for many Christmases to come.

As to be expected, Christmas break was also filled with a bit of work for us too. There were horses to feed. Food to prepare. Nomination forms to send in before the December 31 deadline… (And yep! In case you’re wondering – I got it all done!!)

I also have an exciting interview with renowned horse professional, Martin Black coming up in the next issue of Western Horse Review, scheduled to hit the stands soon. Plus, we have the upcoming Horse Breeders & Owners Conference in Red Deer (January 9-11) on our minds. I’m sure we’ll see many of you there!

Until the next blog, take care and happy New Year!

– J

What Christmas Looks Like in Canada

 

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Happy December! Ever wonder what Christmas looks like in Canada? Under the subdued light of a winter sky, Christmas in Canada is altogether beautiful, challenging and jovial.

Around here, Christmas is also downright comical. Take our gingerbread house of 2014, for example:

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The kids and I made it from scratch. And I’m pretty darn proud of it, I’ll tell ya! Pretty. Durn. Proud.

That kit never saw us coming…

As it’s only natural when winter rolls around, many of our international friends like to chide us Canadians about, “living in igloos,” and “driving dogsleds…” We get a chuckle out of it too. After all, Canucks must be tough to withstand the six feet of snow we might receive one day and the -30 temperatures the next.

But, the truth is – sometimes we do! Make igloos and ride in dogsleds, that is.

Riding in a dogsled in winter is one of the most exhilarating and festive things you can do.

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And remember what I said about the six feet of snow and minus temperatures? Our horses are pretty tough too. Still, I don’t understand why they prefer to be outside of their shelters on days like this.

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Around here, we take our Christmas gift wrapping very seriously.

Simple yet, creative is what works for me.

Xmas-tree-tagsSugared snow in the winter is a Canadian must. Careful! This stuff is addicting.

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Getting a Christmas manicure with a loved one is a perfect way to spend time together.

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And speaking of loved ones… some of our children are terrified of Santa…

Photo courtesy of Jaime Krausert.

Photo courtesy of Jaime Krausert.

 

…But have no hesitation when it comes to handling a reindeer with cloven hooves and antlers.

 

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As horse people, you can bet we will haul through crazy storms and road conditions just to make it to the next cow practice. Because you know, Christmas is coming. But so are the January shows. And we wouldn’t want to miss a beat.

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As horse professionals, Christmas decorations like these are plentiful on our trees:

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Frost on barbed wire fences is beautiful.

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And absolutely nothing beats a little ice skating on a frozen, outdoor pond.

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The CP Holiday Train was a new custom we incorporated into our Christmas affairs this year. As a fund-raiser for food banks in Canada and the U.S., the CP Holiday Trains — one travels through Canada, the other in the U.S. — have covered over 100,000 miles and raised close to $9.5 million and 3.3 million pounds of food since the program started in 1999. And with a healthy donation to the food bank, we got to listen to Jim Cuddy, for free, from a box car turned into a live stage.

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As Canadians, we are always mindful of others in need during this time. Young and old alike, ’tis the season for sharing, caring and joy.

More importantly than that however, this is a mindset we try to hard maintain throughout the year.

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With only a few days left to go, I hope Christmas is looking as wonderful for all of you as well!

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New Case IH Line of Rain Boots

 

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Case IH recently introduced their brand-new collection of pink rain boots for toddlers, girls and women and we jumped at the opportunity to test them out!

“After the success of our red rain boots for boys, we teamed up again with our footwear licensee Eastman Footwear to create a collection of boots that women and girls could wear in a variety of settings,” said Sarah Pickett, Licensing and Merchandising Manager with Case IH.

And that’s precisely what drew me to these awesome boots. With a pair of agriculture-immersed children, I have found it relatively easy to purchase tractor apparel for boys. But finding equivalent tractor gear for our daughter has sometimes proven difficult.

Case IH Boots

 

Our kids literally squealed when we received their new boots – a pink pair for her. A red pair for him. Since that day the twins have pretty much worn them everywhere. My kids cannot avoid puddles, so I was pretty happy to have those boots as well! Around here, you never know what the terrain near the barn might bring, nor what the weather will offer. But even on sunny days, my kids prefer to wear their Case IH boots:

Case IH BootsWhether they are playing in the arena waiting for their Dad, at the horse show or in the mud (where Mom really reaps the benefits of these rain boots,) if they’ve got the choice you can bet my kids will reach for their Case IH rubber boots first.

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The toddler boots feature the Case IH logo and the character Fern Farmall. They come available in sizes 7 to 13 and girls size 1. All children’s boots are made with thick treads for maximum traction and loop handles to allow small children to pull them on with ease – this is an absolute must-have in toddler rain boots, if you ask me.

Case IH toddler boots.

 

The boots also come in adorable boxes too, so if you’re like us – with no shortage of LEGO or small toys hanging around – the boxes are ideal to use for storing items. I realized my kids weren’t going to let me send the boxes out of the house when they pulled them back out of our recycling bin, so I figured I could put them to good use elsewhere anyways.

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The women’s and girls’ boots in the collection come in the color very pink camo and are available in full sizes 7 to 10. All women’s boots feature premium comfort, patterned lining; a reflective black seam for safety; and an adjustable buckle for a custom fit.

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To order Case IH rain boots, visit www.shopcaseih.com or see your nearest Case IH dealer.

Win Dinner With Amber Marshall

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Photo by Denise Grant.

Sometime in the spring of 2013, we undertook an ambitious endeavour and focused our editorial attention to the ernest task of finding 25 youth under the age of 25, who, in a nutshell, embodied and rang true to a modern Code of the West. We wanted young people who embraced independence, a love of the outdoor life, close connection to animals (in particular, horses), showed a fierce determination to follow their own path, buck convention, (and occasionally, conventional wisdom), and radiated all of these western measures of character through their daily lives.

As we worked our way down the long list, we were constantly reminded that the dreams often fostered in young minds and hearts can translate to adulthood, and that good old fashioned determination can still achieve what many think is impossible. We loved the true western code of ethic each of our top 25 exuded.

Included in that issue’s Top 25 Under 25 was the then 25-year-old Amber Marshall, star of the CBC hit television show, Heartland, a talented actress, who has managed to segue her passion for horses into a successful acting career.

Amber has been around horses as long as she can remember. She has been riding since a very young age and says that the two things she loves the most – acting and horses – have come together to create this dream role of Amy on the Heartland series.

In between filming and occupational commitments, Marshall lends her time and celebrity to a multitude of causes. Most recently she appeared with Niki Cammaert at Cowboys for Kingdom House, a fundraiser for special projects in Africa.

As Heartland films in Alberta, Marshall has made a home for herself on a small ranch outside of Calgary where she is surrounded by her many animals, including horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, turkeys and Jerseys. She stays true to her western roots and honours the people and animals around her while enjoying great professional successes. Grounded and focused, she is well on her way to creating a fulfilled, enriched life.

Her latest venture is partnering with Rustic Ranch, a furniture, home decor and gift store, located just 10 minutes north of Cross Iron Mills Mall, in Airdrie, Alberta. Located on the Giles family farm, the unique store shares a 30,000 square foot showroom with Airdrie Trailer Sales and Decked Out Vinyl, and specializes in log, reclaimed and rustic furniture and decor.

I’m pleased to let you know Rustic Ranch is offering you an opportunity to win a VIP evening with Amber Marshall!

Ballots are available in the store, and entries close on December 31.

Take the opportunity to meet Amber on November 1 when she’ll be in the store for a signing from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Perfect timing as Rustic Ranch’s yearly clearance sale is Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.

In the meantime catch up with Amber Marshall at her site, and view Rustic Ranch’s latest offerings at here.

Equine Photography

Photo by L.Haughton, Epona

Photo by L. Haughton, Epona.

Love pictures like the above? So do I!! Horses and beautiful photography. Whether you choose to embrace it on the walls of your home or keep a mental image of it forever in your mind, with beautiful imagery like this you just can’t go wrong.

“Photographers deal in things in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson.

I had the privilege of working on a special project this summer, one I would like to share with you. Introducing Western Horse Review’s Special Interest Publication – Equine Photography:

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Inside the covers of this special coffee table book, you can peruse a medley of photos – each a visual stunner, featuring the horse. Equine Photography profiles 19 photographers. Every one is a leader in their field and altogether, are some of the industry’s most talented equine photographers.

Within the pages, you’ll find beautiful photography like this:

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Photo by Nicole Wade Photography.

 

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Photo by Billie-Jean Duff.

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Can’t you almost feel yourself wrapped in mud and adrenaline in the above image?

And you’ll also find amazing pictures like this:

 

Tony Stromberg is an equine photographer with the ability to bring out the true essence of the horse, his authentic spirit, his strength and his archetypal nature. His images never show tack or saddles of any kind. Stromberg has found his niche (and subsequently, a large audience) in capturing the horse in his most essential form, at the deepest level of his being.

It is photographers like Stromberg and many talented others, who give Equine Photography an inexplicable edge. I can’t even put it into words… You simply have to flip the pages and let the horse imagery grace your eyes to understand.

Altogether, the stunning work inside makes this one, gorgeous coffee table book. Yet, what also sets this publication apart from all the others is its insider information and advice from each of the pros. From amateurs to seasoned professionals, Equine Photography offers how-to secrets for capturing the most alluring equine images on the back of your viewfinder.

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Such celebrated photographers as Neville Palmer share their tips for embracing light to compose the best possible shots at rodeos:

 

Cheryl Smythe discusses all the little nuances of equine conformation, head shot and profile images that best help to market individual animals:

Image by Cheryl Smythe Photography.

Image by Cheryl Smythe Photography.

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And Krista Kay talks about the beauty of women and horses. If a picture is worth 1,000 words, the picture below is enough said:

From Equine Glamour, to Immortalizing the Senior Horse, to photographing Western Weddings, this book has everything you could possibly imagine about photographing horses. Even I was surprised upon interviewing each of the photographers to realize that not one person spoke of the same thing – every photographer profiled had something very individual and unique to offer.

And yet the common denominator between each of them was the horse and the lifestyle unique to the passion that surrounds these beautiful animals.

Photo by Rob Kendrick

Photo by Rob Kendrick.

Robb Kendrick is a photographer who uses the latest high-tech gear but is partial to an old fashioned feel. Kendrick is one of the only photographers in the world who shoots Tintypes: a wet-plate process photographers used in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It gives his images an authentic, vintage feel and helps keep his technique alive. If you’re interested to see how Kendrick does it, check out this video from National Geographic:

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Equine Photography even delves into the concept of Smartphone photography and features 12 of the most popular Photography Apps – and how they can be applied to equine photography.

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*If you’re looking to perfect your portrait, learn essential digital photography techniques or for secrets on how to capture beautiful moments in western weddings, Equine Photography from Western Horse Review is the perfect book for you! Be sure to pick one up before they’re all gone! You can either visit the link here to order now, or check out your nearest Walmart, Rexall, Chapters or various other locations that carry Western Horse Review. Happy Reading! (And snapping!!)