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.

Working for the Weekend

BY DARLENE TINGTVED

PHOTOS BY KIMBERLY DILLISTONE

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Rayel Kaczmar doing a great job of turning her cow on the fence with Eaton Some Cash.  This horse was raised by Chad and Linda Eaton and trained by Mandi Quam. They are a team that is hard to beat in the youth division.

On July 25 – 26, 2015, Hidden Meadows Ranch owner Deb Flegel, invited the Saskatchewan Reined Cow Horse Association to come play at the third show weekend of the summer. Deb is also a competitor in our association; she is a very versatile lady, showing both in the English discipline and Reined Cow Horse.

Deb also participated in a Saskatchewan Cutting Horse Association show hosted by her neighbours, Lee and Joanne Ganzert, just two weeks prior to hosting her first SRCHA show. In an unfortunate turn of events, Deb broke her leg at this SCHA show.

Deb is a great lady with a multitude of friends. An army of 28 volunteers, which included friends and family, showed up to help and with Deb in the drivers seat of her speedy little golf cart, her first SRCHA show came off without a hitch. There were also 23 sponsors for this event. The SRCHA members would like to thank all the volunteers and sponsors who participated in this SRCHA show. Our thanks to Deb for being such a wonderful host and allowing us to play at her beautiful ranch.

As Deb put it, “71 entries, 156 cows, friends, families, spectators, officials, coaches, volunteers, sponsors, great weather, fearless competition, the utmost in horsemanship, awesome food, fabulous friends and much, much more made for a fantastic weekend for all at Hidden Meadows Ranch. Same time, same place next year!”

I could not have phrased it any better myself.

Rod Thiessen was our judge for the show and he was assisted by his capable scribe, Shelby Clemens. There were High Point and Reserve High Point awards for each division. The following are the winners for each class:

Limited Non-Pro Rider 

High Point – Bryan Birkett and Blue Freckles O Lena

Reserve – Evan Pierlot and Northern Royal Cat

Non-Pro Rider

High Point – Ron Farrow and Smokin Frizz

Reserve – Willie Thompson and Duchess Perfect Image

Open Bridle Horse

High Point – Taylor Douglas and Whiz n Chicalena

Reserve – Brenda Clemens and Majors Smoke Signal

Novice Horse

High Point – Taylor Douglas and Hang Ten Lil Pearl

Reserve – Taylor Douglas and Kat Me Lookin

Novice Non-Pro Rider

High Point – Rob Labrecque and This Guns Smokin

Reserve – Kelsie Boy and CD’s Captain Call

Hackamore/Snaffle Bit Horse

High Point – Dale Clearwater and Northern Kit Kat

Reserve – Willie Thompson and Smart Starlight Gypsy

Intermediate Non-Pro Rider

High Point – Doug Ebach and Shined N Dandee

Reserve – David Coates and Major’s Twisten Jack

3 Year Old Snaffle Bit Horse

High Point – Dale Clearwater and Very Harry Remedy

Reserve – Seth Abrahamson and PG Thunderstruck

10 – 13 Youth Rider

High Point – Rayel Kaczmar and Eaton Some Cash

Reserve – Emma Stafford and Drizzled With Gold

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Deb Flegel presents Emma Stafford and Drizzled With Gold with their 10-13 Youth Rider Reserve High Point award.

Emma and her little Appaloosa mare have been a tough pair of competitors this season. Emma has only been riding for about a year and a half. She found this pony for herself when Drizzled With Gold was just four. They are doing outstanding and having a pile of fun as well.

Deb was unable to show due to her injury, but she had the excitement of watching both her horses win High Point in their divisions. Taylor Douglas won High Point Open Bridle horse with her horse Whiz N Chickalena and Dale Clearwater took High Point Hackamore/Snaffle Bit Horse with Northern Kit Kat.

Dale Clearwater competes on Northern Kit Kat.

Dale Clearwater competes on Northern Kit Kat.

Hidden Meadows Ranch also hosted a fundraising steak supper on Saturday night to help out Deb and Keith Torgerson, as Deb Torgerson continues her battle to come join us next year when we all show up to play again next year.

I told Deb her place was just like the other famous meadows but better because she had cows. This was our last show before the SRCHA Tim Horton’s Futurity and Derby in Saskatoon August 28 – 30, 2015.

Thank you once again to Kimberley Dillistone and Dilli’s Photography for providing us with the great photos.

Hope everyone is having a great fall and that you will come join us next year when we start the season in May at Beaver Creek Ranch.

 

30 Years of Canadian Supreme

If there’s one enduring stream to what we’ve always strived for at the magazine, it’s championing the western way of life, and central to it, our competitive horse sports. This week, the pinnacle event for cutting, cow horse and reining happens at the Canadian Supreme in Red Deer, Alberta, running today through Sunday.

It’s tough to find a competition that has successfully showcased these three disciplines anywhere in North America, never mind one with the tenacious band of volunteers behind the scene, especially when you consider the factors that go into running a show of this caliber across three disciplines – the ground, cattle management and all of the various individual sport demands. Throw in a horse sale on the Friday night, a trade show, and special event on the Saturday night (by the way, Western Horse Review will be presenting a special award on this night, one close to our hearts!), and you can’t come away with anything but respect for the longevity and success of the event.

Core to the competition are the horses and people we’ve come to admire and look forward to cheering on each year. A decade or so ago, the organization gifted me with dozens of CDs of old photos. Since the event is just shy of 40 years I thought it’d be fun to look back at some of the highlights of the past sets of decades – 1985, 1995 and 2005. Enjoy and see you at the show.

2005. . .

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paulismith jim&heather gary&dave brad&clay batty&hook

1995. . .

Bonnie Becker

Bonnie Becker

Gerry Hansma and Genuine Sand Flake.

Gerry Hansma and Genuine Sand Flake

Carl Gerwien and Got Pep

Carl Gerwien and Got Pep

Rick Hook and Genuine Ime Sure

Rick Hook and Genuine Ime Sure

1985. . .

Bill Speight and Lees Quest

Bill Speight and Lees Quest

David Hansma

David Hansma

Duane Latimer and Stylish Major

Duane Latimer and Stylish Major

Gerry Hansma and Docs San Badger

Gerry Hansma and Docs San Badger

Jason Grimshaw and Diamond Tiara

Jason Grimshaw and Diamond Tiara. Dave Robson presenting.

Jim Paradis and Fintry Mission

Jim Paradis and Fintry Mission

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Les Timmons and Urban Cowgirl. Bill Collins presenting.

Cow Horse on the Prairies

STORY BY DARLENE TINGTVED

PHOTOS BY KIMBERLY DILLISTONE

Ron Farrow on Smokin Frizz

Ron Farrow on Smokin Frizz at the Martensville SRCHA show, held May 23-24.

The Saskatchewan Reined Cow Horse Association has had a few challenges this year, as have most associations requiring cattle for their events. We cannot thank Clint and Krista Kowalski enough for hosting the SRCHA Show at the OK Corral in Martensville, SK. Special thanks go out to JAG – Brennin Jack for supplying the cattle. This show was held May 23-24, thanks to the efforts of Clint and his crew, and a great time was had by all. Clint, with the help of his wonderful wife Krista, was chute boss, barn boss and all-round boss of the show. In light of all the challenges they faced organizing this event, I’m sure his exceptional sense of humour that we all appreciate came in handy. It keeps us smiling and, most of the time, all-out laughing.

Clint Kowalski on YOR Pretty Woman

Clint Kowalski on YOR Pretty Woman.

This event was judged by the capable Rod Thiessen, manager and trainer at Frehlick Quarter Horses of Estevan, SK. Rod is a highly successful competitor in a number of disciplines, including cutting, reined cow horse and reining. Thanks to him and his capable scribe, the show moved along smoothly.

We would also like to thank Ray Kneeland, owner of the OK Corral. He has been a great supporter of the SRCHA  in his willingness to provide his facility for these events. The OK Corral is looking to host a Reined Cow Horse Saddle series in 2016, and we look forward to learning more about this exciting new adventure in the coming months.

Ron Farrow is our SRCHA president and a tough competitor. Ron, Clint and our board of directors are  the driving force behind our organization. Ron has competed on a number of talented horses, one of which is Smokin Frizz. She has won the Horse of the Year award, and loves to show as much as Ron loves to compete.

Donna Reid is also on our board of directors, and when she hits the show pen she is always well mounted on one of her great mares. Donna’s hackamore horse for this event was A Sparkling Chaching. She also breeds of quality cow horses, so be sure to check out her offerings if you’re looking for a prospect.

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Donna Reid on A Sparkling Chaching.

Sandi and Blair Marchant have competed on the SRCHA circuit for a number of years. Blair has another great horse coming up, and Sandi has taken the reins on a horse that Blair showed for a number of years, BH Continental. From what we saw at the Martensville show, it looks like they’ve got it going on.

Sandi Marchant on BH Continental

Sandi Marchant on BH Continental.

Willie Thompson has competed in SRCHA events since the start of the organization. When you compete against Willie, you’d better have your hat pulled down tight and be ready to ride. He is a gritty competitor; whether he is riding Duchas Perfect Image, pictured here, or his new horse, he will blow you out of the pen if you’re not riding tough.

Willie Thompson on Duchas Perfect Image

Willie Thompson on Duchas Perfect Image.

We’d like to thank the sponsors of this SRCHA show, SCM Ranch (Neil, Connor, Mark and Susan Wonko) and BNJ Ventures (Ben and Jacquie Fehr). The Wonko Family and Ben Fehr are also competitors in our association. Our thanks also go out to PCS Patience Lake.

These awesome shots from the show have been provided by Kimberly Dillistone. Kimberly is a good hand with horses and a talented photographer, and we are more than happy to have her show off both her talents at our shows. Kimberly now has a website where you can view and order your photos.

The Beaver Creek Ranch SRCHA Show on May 9-10, had just wrapped up when we last wrote, so here is a small recap. The judge for this event was Larry Clifford of Brandon, MB. We would like to thank him for providing his expertise. The high scores for the weekend in each division are as follows:

High Point in cutting: Jaret Farrow, Mandi Quam, Deb Flegel, Bobby Ann Loewen, Evan Pierlot, Taylor Farrow, Darlene Tingtved, Sandi Marchant, Meghan Brill, Barry Clemens

High fence score winners: Jaret Farrow, Rayel Kaczmar, Taylor Douglas, Barry Clemens, Sandi Marchant, Meghan Brill, Deb Flegel. Evan Pierlot, Dayle Leoppky, Deb Flegel (won in both her divisions).

Thank you to the sponsors of this event: Beaver Creek Ranch, Barry and Brenda Clemens, Sherwood Animal Clinic, Edwards Ranching Ltd, Cowtown/Masterfeed, Horse and Rider, Chatterson Janitorial Supply and Gerd Martin Farrier.

A number of our trainers have been doing their part to further the sport by hosting Youth Reined Cow Horse clinics over the summer. This is a great way to introduce our youth to the sport, and an opportunity for them to see if they would like to come out and compete. If you know someone who might be interested in these youth clinics, keep checking out our SRCHA Facebook page. Details are being posted as each clinic is organized, so check often to ensure you claim a spot.

Our next SRCHA Show will be hosted by Deb Flegel at Hidden Meadows Ranch, July 25-26, 2015. There will be a free youth clinic with Rod Thiessen on Friday evening prior to the show. This is for any youth who will be competing in this show. Also on the agenda are the Friday night social and a Saturday steak supper. We’re all getting excited about another round of competition and fellowship, with a bit of tomfoolery thrown in. We’re always up for a laugh at our own or someone else’s expense! We hope everyone has their entries in for this event.

We wind up our 2015 show series at the SRCHA Tim Hortons Classic Futurity and Derby, held at Prairieland Park, Saskatoon, SK on Aug. 28-30. The entry form for this show is on the SRCHA website, which is to be printed out and mailed in. Entries for the futurity and derby are due Aug. 10.

That’s it for now; I hope you’re all having a great summer that includes a lot of riding.