Canadian Supreme Turns 40!

Canadian Supreme action this week in Red Deer. Photo by Krista Kay Photography.

Canadian Supreme action this week in Red Deer. Photo by Krista Kay Photography.

The Canadian Supreme is marking 40 years, as it showcases and promotes the training traditions of the western horseman in the cutting, reining and working cow horse events. Offering $400,000 in prize money, the show has attracted nearly 600 entries from across western Canada and the northern U.S. states. The skilled competitors will be at Red Deer’s Westerner Park for six days of action, September 27th-October 2nd.

Red Deer area breeder and competitor Jim Dobler sees it as a key show for his business.

“For 40 years, it has been the fall showcase for really, really nice horses. I know many people that became Cow Horse competitors and even trainers, just because of coming to the Supreme,” said Dobler.

Innisfail trainer Geoff Hoar agrees.

“The Supreme is bigger than a lot of the shows we go to, and has a different feel. What I see, too, is that it shows off the sport to people who maybe haven’t seen it before. It gives exposure, and people may end up saying ‘that looks like fun, how can I get involved?’” noted Hoar.

Young trainer Travis Rempel brings over horses from his barn in Fort Langley, B.C.

“The Supreme was a huge career builder for me,” acknowledged Rempel. “It was somewhere to go that’s relatively close to compete against the best in Canada and from the northern U.S. That’s who you want to play against.”

“The Canadian Supreme is a show we believe has made its mark in the western horse world,” said Show Chairman Jeff Robson.  “As we celebrate 40 years, we want to give a big shout-out to our hard working committee members. Without their dedication, we wouldn’t have a show. They’re the backbone of it.”

“We’re so encouraged to see our sponsorship higher than ever this year, which is quite a feat given our current economy.”

Longtime exhibitor Dennis Nolin has stepped up to become the overall show sponsor this year with his company MTE Logistix.

Along with the exciting competitions, and the trade fair of horse-related products and services, a highlight is always the Saturday night feature performance. This year, a key component will be the induction of the Robson family into the Canadian Supreme Hall of Fame.

“The leadership of Dave Robson and his family is really behind the show’s great success,” related Les Burwash, of the Horse Industry Association of Alberta.

Dave Robson served at the helm of the show from 1982 until 2013, when his son Jeff Robson took over the leadership. Dave’s late wife, Val Robson, was a real spark of light for the show for many years, and son Kurt continues to be a big part of the show’s organization as well.

“The Canadian Supreme has been great for the sport, and that was our intention all along,” commented Dave Robson.

The one program change this year at the Supreme sees the Western Horse Sale on hiatus.

“It was a very hard fought decision to cancel it,” explained co-Sale Manager, Ron Anderson. “But we recognize the current state of the economy and the industry, and will review the fees associated with the sale, to reflect that for 2017.”

Replacing it on the Friday night will be the first ever Invitational Barrel Racing Trainers Challenge, where you can cheer on your favorite trainers or lopers as they tackle a barrel course for the top prize and bragging rights. Then it’s a ‘blast from the past’ with the fan favorite fence work done by some of the top trainers from years gone by, all as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations.

Once again this year, the public is invited to take in the show free of charge. The live webcast of the classes is back, which can be accessed, along with daily schedules, on the website www.canadiansupreme.com.

A Sale to Remember

STORY & PHOTOS BY LARRY LARSON

EXPLOSIVE TALENT, a 2013 Buckskin Mare consigned by Copper Spring Ranch and sired by their ranch stallion Prime Talent SI 107, was the HIGH SELLING CONSIGNMENT at the 2015 Myers Ranch/Copper Spring Ranch Performance Horse Sale on August 22nd in Bozeman, Montana.  After active bidding, she commanded a record $100,000 final bid from the Cok Family from Montana.

EXPLOSIVE TALENT, a 2013 Buckskin Mare consigned by Copper Spring Ranch and sired by their ranch stallion Prime Talent SI 107, was the HIGH SELLING CONSIGNMENT at the 2015 Myers Ranch/Copper Spring Ranch Performance Horse Sale on August 22nd in Bozeman, Montana. After active bidding, she commanded a record $100,000 final bid from the Cok Family from Montana.

One word – STELLAR. The decision to offer a sale merging two of the Nation’s leading Quarter Horse Performance and Breeding Operations has proven to be the right one. Myers Performance Horses, long established as the Nation’s leading 2-Year-Old Prospect Program and home to $9 Million Leading Sire Frenchmans Guy, joined forces with the Copper Spring Ranch for their 2015 Performance Horse Sale. The auction was held on Saturday, August 22 at the spacious CSR Indoor Performance Arena near Bozeman, Montana, offering 59 head including a majority of well-started arena prospects. The performance horse market is huge and records were definitely broken. The 54 head changing hands cashed in approximately $1.5 Million for an overall average of $27,306 selling to 18 states and Canada.

The pace was fast and the shavings were flying during the 2015 Myer Ranch/Copper Spring Ranch Performance Horse Sale.  Bill Myers is shown demonstrating one of their consignments during the sale on August 22nd.

The pace was fast and the shavings were flying during the 2015 Myer Ranch/Copper Spring Ranch Performance Horse Sale. Bill Myers is shown demonstrating one of their consignments during the sale on August 22nd.

Myers Performance Horses, owned by Bill and Deb Myers along with their sons Chad, Billy, Brandon and Brady from near St. Onge, South Dakota, stand the still vibrant 28-year-old Leading Sire Frenchmans Guy, along with A Smooth Guy and Cowboys Cartel SI 93. They have recently introduced their Junior Sires Ima Special Kindaguy and This Guyz A Keeper, both promising young sons of Frenchmans Guy. Two and 3-year-old Arena Prospects and yearling stallion prospects sired by the 3 senior sires and World Speed AA were included in their 2015 sale offering.

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Copper Spring Ranch, a state-of-the-art facility designed for the breeding and training activities they offer, is owned by Klein and Karen Gilhousen. Managers Brian and Lisa Anderson oversee the daily ranch operation and Dr. Chris Ray operates his Equine Services at the updated veterinary clinic located right on the ranch. They stand the proven producer Prime Talent SI 107 – a Multiple Stakes Winner and race sire of nearly $1.5 Million in earnings with numerous AAAT racehorses.

Sired by Leading Sire Dash Ta Fame SI 113 and out of Betta Takemeserious by Frenchmans Guy, the 2013 Bay Gelding TAKE ME TA FAME was the second high seller for the Copper Spring Ranch at $48,000.  New owners are the Hatch Family from Florida.

Sired by Leading Sire Dash Ta Fame SI 113 and out of Betta Takemeserious by Frenchmans Guy, the 2013 Bay Gelding TAKE ME TA FAME was the second high seller for the Copper Spring Ranch at $48,000. New owners are the Hatch Family from Florida.

Topping the 2015 Myers Ranch/Copper Spring Ranch Performance Horse Sale was a 2013 Buckskin Mare sired by the CSR stallion Prime Talent. Explosive Talent, paid in full to the Future Fortunes and WPRA Pro Elite Stallion Incentive programs, left the ring on a record-breaking bid of $100,000 from the Cok Family from Montana. The eye catching mare is out of the CSR broodmare Blondies Dy Na Mite – a daughter of Dealing An Ace SI 96 out of an Oklahoma Fuel SI 108 daughter. The CSR second high-seller was Take Me Ta Fame, a 2013 Bay Gelding by Leading Sire Dash Ta Fame SI 113 and out of Betta Takemeserious. His dam is by Frenchmans Guy and a full sister to BFA World Champion Futurity Champion Guys Cash Perks. He found a home in Florida on a bid of $48,000 from the Hatch Family. The CSR consignments sired by Prime Talent had an overall sale average of $21,036.

GUYZ SMOOTH AMBER, sired by A Smooth Guy and out of the proven producer Amber Holland SI 88 by Holland Ease SI 109, was the HIGH SELLING MYERS RANCH CONSIGNMENT.  The 2013 Bay Mare left the ring on a final bid of $56,000 from repeat buyer Harry LaToush from Kansas.

GUYZ SMOOTH AMBER, sired by A Smooth Guy and out of the proven producer Amber Holland SI 88 by Holland Ease SI 109, was the HIGH SELLING MYERS RANCH CONSIGNMENT. The 2013 Bay Mare left the ring on a final bid of $56,000 from repeat buyer Harry LaToush from Kansas.

Topping the Myers Ranch consignments was a daughter of A Smooth Guy – a futurity and slot race champion sire. He was the 2013 Future Fortunes Champion Juvenile Sire at the BFA World Championship and the 2015 Future Fortunes Champion Freshman Sire at the Old Fort Days in Arkansas. Guyz Smooth Amber, a 2013 Bay Mare, is out of their perennial producer Amber Holland SI 88 by Holland Ease SI 109. The ¾ sister to Guys Amberetto, already proving herself in the early 2015 futurities, caught the eye of repeat buyer Harry LaToush from Kansas and a final bid of $56,000. The A Smooth Guy consignments averaged a strong $35,700 with many going into the training programs of the Nation’s leading barrel racing trainers.

FLITS FRENCH BLONDIE, out of a daughter of Fire Water Flit SI 86 and sired by Frenchmans Guy, was consigned by the Myers Ranch and caught the eye of the Plundel’s from Iowa.  She also left the ring at $49,000.

FLITS FRENCH BLONDIE, out of a daughter of Fire Water Flit SI 86 and sired by Frenchmans Guy, was consigned by the Myers Ranch and caught the eye of the Plundel’s from Iowa. She also left the ring at $49,000.

 

GUYS GIRLS SHAKEM UP, a 2013 Gray Mare consigned by the Myers Ranch, was sired by Frenchmans Guy and out of a daughter of Royal Shake Em SI 104.  She sold on a bid of $49,000 from the Hill Family from Texas.

GUYS GIRLS SHAKEM UP, a 2013 Gray Mare consigned by the Myers Ranch, was sired by Frenchmans Guy and out of a daughter of Royal Shake Em SI 104. She sold on a bid of $49,000 from the Hill Family from Texas.

The Frenchmans Guy consignments broke all records with an amazing $41,714 average and two 2-Year-Old daughters left the ring on bids of $49,000. Flits French Blondie, out of the mare Two Bit Flit, an own daughter of Fire Water Flit SI 86, found a new home with the Plundel’s from Iowa. Out of the Myers Ranch broodmare No Shake For Deb by Royal Shake Em SI 104, the gray mare Guys Girls Shakem Up drew considerable attention and is now in Texas with the Hill Family. Both prospects are enrolled in the Future Fortunes program.

Sired by the Myers Ranch stallion Cowboys Cartel SI 93, COWGIRLS LUV COWBOYS commanded a bid of $54,000.  Out of an own daughter of Paddys Irish Whiskey, the 2013 Bay Mare now calls the Province of Alberta home with the Howes Family.

Sired by the Myers Ranch stallion Cowboys Cartel SI 93, COWGIRLS LUV COWBOYS commanded a bid of $54,000. Out of an own daughter of Paddys Irish Whiskey, the 2013 Bay Mare now calls Alberta home with the Howes Family.

Their ranch sire Cowboys Cartel SI 93 is a son of World Champion Producer Corona Cartel SI 97 and out of Multiple World Champion Race Mare Dashing Folly SI 108. His consignments commanded an impressive average of $30,250 and his top seller was Cowgirls Luv Cowboys, a 2013 Bay Mare out of Paddys Irish O Lena by Paddys Irish Whiskey. Her bid of $54,000 from the Howes Family takes her to a new home in Alberta.

Bill Myers, St. Onge, SD, is shown during opening remarks along with Auctioneer Lynn Weishaar, Announcer John E. Johnson, CSR Manager Brian Anderson and CSR Owner Karen Gilhousen.

Bill Myers, St. Onge, SD, is shown during opening remarks along with Auctioneer Lynn Weishaar, Announcer John E. Johnson, CSR Manager Brian Anderson and CSR Owner Karen Gilhousen.

Auctioneer for the 2015 sale was Lynn Weishaar, Reva, South Dakota, and Announcer was John E. Johnson from Piedmont, South Dakota. Clerking, video and live Internet coverage of the sale was handled by Frontier Stockyards, Miles City, Montana.

The 2015 Myers Ranch/Copper Spring Ranch Performance Horse Sale took a large combined staff to keep things running smoothly.  The Myers Ranch Staff (in blue) is shown in the auction block and the Copper Spring Ranch Staff (in red) are pictured below in the sale ring following the record setting sale at the CSR Indoor Performance Arena in Bozeman, Montana on August 22nd.

The  Sale took a large combined staff to keep things running smoothly. The Myers Ranch Staff (in blue) is shown in the auction block and the Copper Spring Ranch Staff (in red) are pictured below in the sale ring following the record setting sale at the CSR Indoor Performance Arena in Bozeman, Montana.

AVERAGES

Overall sale averages:

Myers Ranch (28 Sold): $30,946

Copper Spring Ranch: $22,720 (Prime Talent SI 107, $21,036 Average)

Myers Ranch Stallions:

  • Frenchmens Guy: Two-Year-Olds sold, $41,714 Average
  • A Smooth Guy: Two-Year-Olds sold, $35,700 Average
  • Cowboys Cartel: Two-Year-Olds sold, $30,250 Average