Arizona Western Go-Sees

By far one of the most prominent horse events in February is the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show & Shopping Expo, beginning February 14 and running through to February 24. It’s held at the beautiful WestWorld facility and whether Arabians are your breed of choice or not, this show is a must-see if you’re in the area.

This year, the 58th edition of the show will host more than 640 colorful classes, which will collectively pay out over $1 million dollars in prizes. Check back to my post in 2011 for a few photos and words about the show. From the tradeshow, to the stall fronts, to the many classes, It truly is an amazing show.

One of the highlights of the show and a significant draw for western riders is the lucrative reining division. Watch for a Canadian representation in the Reining Futurity Classic, which offers a full and part-bred division and pays out $150,000. In addition there is a Non-Pro Derby and a Limited Futurity division.

 

Currently ongoing and through to Feb. 3 is the Arizona Sun Circuit, a fantastic Quarter Horse circuit which we featured in our Getaways section of the Jan/Feb issue of the magazine, and I believe a number of Canadians are competing at as well. There’s a number of excellent free clinics over the course of this show, definitely worth the entry gate admission.

Still in January, western lore aficionados can meander down to Mesa, Arizona and take in the massive High Noon Western Americana Collectors Weekend, Jan. 26-27. Covering all genres from antiques to cowboy chic, I’m guessing there will be interesting collections of both saddles and spurs, amongst other treasures.

Fan of horsemanship and cow sorting? Trainer Paul Dietz is hosting a horsemanship clinic Jan. 26 and a cow working clinic Jan. 27 at his Desert Hills facility. Team sorting practice is every Sunday afternoon.

Looking for something new to do with your horse for 2013. Western Dressage is taking off at Carefree Dressage in north Scottsdale.

Finally, we’ve been driving by these tents on our sojourns into Scottsdale. If you happened to miss Cavalia when it was in Canada, I imagine experiencing it in the desert would be equally magnificent. It’s running from now through to the end of Jan.

MORE HORSE EVENTS IN THE PHOENIX AREA:

There’s a Blue Ribbon Horse Show Feb. 10 at the Arizona Horse Lovers Park. 

If you

haven’t experienced the town of Wickenburg, their annual Gold Rush Days, Feb. 8-10, might be a good time to take a drive there. The town celebrates it’s ranching and gold-mining heritage with a parade, rodeo, dance, arts and of course, a staple of Arizona’s Wild West – gunfighter’s shootouts.

If you are hankering for some desert riding, hook up with the Arizona Fox Trotter Gaited National Trail Ride, Feb. 28 to March 3. Held at the historic Boyd Ranch, near Wickenburg, this ranch is nestled in the gorgeous Sonoran Desert. The trails are said to pass magnificent saguaro cactus’s and historic sites from the 1800s along the Hassayampa River. I don’t believe it is a full 5 day ride, but rather day rides with hitching rails for horses, and showers and restrooms for riders. Saturday features a dance., contact Clare Ross at (928) 925-6595 or clareross@mindspring.com

Dunn’s Arena, at Litchfield Park is a roper’s and sorter’s paradise with weekly events in both sports, as well as barrel racing. Check out the link for a full calendar of events.

The Scottsdale Saddle Club, Arizona’s oldest and one of its most active saddle clubs, has a Western Show on Feb. 17, more details at the site.

Cowboy mounted shooting offers up a vibrant culture in Arizona. Head down to the Ed Hooper arena in Casa Grande on Feb. 25-26 for what’s headlined as “not your Gramma’s shoot!” –  The Gunfight in Arizona.

In Germany, I happened to have a chance to attend a medieval jousting festival. Held on ancient castle grounds, it was a completely unexpected and fascinating side trip, learning and experiencing this vibrant equine sub-culture, which exists surrounding the Middle Ages and the sport of jousting.

Arizona also has it’s own Renaissance Festival. It runs every Saturday and Sunday from Feb. 9 to March 31, held near Apache Junction.

Finally, this year’s Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival, Jan. 25-27, features a rich display of native American art, music and dance.

Cowgirl Celebrates 106 Years

SUBMITTED BY NATIONAL COWGIRL MUSEUM & HALL OF FAME

When Isora DeRacy Young saw her first day of life in 1904, it was without the fanfare that she has since experienced as an independent woman who developed a national reputation in the rodeo arena, as well as a rancher and business woman.

Set to celebrate her 106th birthday on May 20, Isora Young of Stephenville, Texas, is the oldest living member of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. She may also be the oldest living woman in Texas following the death of Eunice Sanborn of Jacksonville, Texas, on January 2011, at the age of 114.

The Texas Legislature will honor Young with a proclamation on May 20th and will fly a flag over the Texas Capital Building that will be later presented to her.

Young was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1979 and was honored for her role as a champion calf roper and barrel racer from a time when women in rodeo were very rare. She began competing in the early 1930s and was promoted as one of only two cowgirl calf ropers in the world. She followed the rodeo circuit all across the country and aided in the organization of the GRA until she retired to ranching.

“Isora is a great testimony to the resiliency of women raised in the West,” said the Museum’s Executive Director Pat Riley. “Women of today can learn so much from her life that included fame, a long marriage and the birth of her entrepreneurial spirit.”

Young, who still lives independently with a cat named Sugar, was recently profiled in Erath County Living where she speaks of a life that did not include public school until she was 15 and being named a deputy sheriff in Reeves County where she carried a pearl-handled revolver while she collected taxes.

She married I.W. “Dub” Young in 1939 and the two traveled throughout the West competing in rodeos before buying a ranch near Stephenville. After leasing their ranch in 1947, they moved to South Dakota to ranch and continue rodeoing until their retirement from the sport. The couple returned to Erath County and Isora began an income tax service business. When Dub died in 1976, Isora had 400 customers and moved to Stephenville.

“I wanted to stay on the ranch but Dub told me when he was gone, I should move to town,” she related to the magazine. “So that’s what I did.”

Young enjoys a family that includes three granddaughters, six great-grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.

“I’ve sure had fun,” she said. “I can eat anything I want and I really like spicy food. I haven’t been sick that much; my hearing and eyesight are not what they used to be, but I can still get around all right. I’ve got wonderful memories, but all my old friends are gone.”

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honors and celebrates women, past and present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience, and independence that helped shape the American West, and fosters an appreciation of the ideals and spirit of self-reliance they inspire.

Located at 1720 Gendy Street in Fort Worth’s Cultural District, the museum includes interactive exhibit galleries, three theaters, a retail store and a grand rotunda housing the Hall of Fame. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $10 and $8 for children ages 3 to 12 and seniors ages 60 and up. Please visit www.cowgirl.net or call 817.336.4475 or 800.476.FAME (3263) for more information.

 

 

Canada’s Greatest Horseman

John Swales and Nic O Lena Badger.

The results are in from Canada’s Greatest Horseman competition held at Farmfair. Competitors participate in herd work, roping, steer stopping, reining and fence work over a four day period.  These events demonstrate the talent and versatility that a great horseman displays.  The competition was very close, with only 5 points seperating the top three riders.

John Swales of Millarville, Alberta, earned the prize leather jacket and championship buckle with his top score of 579.5 points.  Riding Nic O Lena Badger, Swales out-roped and out-rode the competition.

John Swales and Nic O Lena Badger.

 

 

In a close second was Veronica Swales on Will James Smokey.  Veronica was the only female to compete, and was just four points behind John with a score of 575.5.

Rounding out the top three was Brad Pedersen, a working cow horse and cutting trainer from Lacombe, Alberta.  Aboard Smart Sassy Date, Pedersen earned a total score of 573.5.

Place Rider Horse Total Points
1 John Swales NIC O LENA BADGER 579.5
2 Veronica Swales WILL JAMES SMOKEY 575.5
3 Brad Pedersen SMART SASSY DATE 573.5
4 John Swales MAXIMUM ECHO 571
5 Geoff Hoar NU CASH SIGN 567.5
6 Jesse Thomson PICKACHICLET 566.5
7 Clint Swales PURE LATIGO 562
8 Vance Kaglea PEPINICS FANCY 534.5

 

Farmfair Team Roping

The following are results from the Team Roping Competition held at Farmfair:

Heeling
Owner Town and Province Horse Rider Total
Vaughn Warken Coronach, SK TESOROS PICA PRIDE Marty Becker 733.5
High Kelly Ranch Logan Lake, BC BUCK Kiel Wilson 732.5
Jeff Quam Madden, AB QUESTION THE REBLE (MOJO) Jeff Quam 731
Brian and Patti Gardner Olds, AB SWIFT KING Tyrel Flewelling 731
Janice and Rocky Dallyn Nanton, AB TEXAS CHARMED Rocky Dallyn 726.5
Glen Laweryssen Big Valley, AB HERMAN Matt Fawcett 726
Colin Mikkelsen Kamloops, BC MATRIX COWBOY Mike Beers 724.5
Doug Wilkinson Arrowwood, AB TEE J NIC Rocky Dallyn 722.5
Howard and Toni Dixon Calgary AB TUFS BONANZA CHEX Riley Wilson 720.5
Reg Pomeranz Drayton Valley, AB STEAKIN’ SIX LYNX Clint Sandercock 716.5
Rick Sidden Longview, AB ALL REDDY KIDDY Steele DePaoli 716
Stump Lake Ranch Okotoks, AB WIMPY PISTOL Marty Becker 716
Travis Gallais Olds, AB PINES TROUPER Marty Becker 713
Doug Wilkinson Arrowwood, AB TWO TIMES Stacey Cornet 710
Janice and Rocky Dallyn Nanton, AB HEZA TUF PEPPY DOC Rocky Dallyn 583
Glen Flewelling Lacombe, AB CASH FROM FILO Tyrel Flewelling 582
Alton and Leah Wood Drayton Valley, AB DD ZOOMS CLASSIC Justin Potts 581
Willow Springs Ranch Strathmore, AB TRAVS TAZ Matt Gingras 574.5
Get R Done Ranch Barrhead, AB STRIKER Kody Potts 573
Stump Lake Ranch Okotoks, AB ROYAL REVELLO Dan Fremlin 419

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Owner Town and Province Horse Rider Total
Doug Wilkinson Arrowwood, AB TEE J NIC Clint Buhler 732.5
Art Gallais Olds, AB BAR U CHARRO Trey Gallais 730
Terry O’Lineck Lacombe, AB TWO EYED LASER Tyrel Flewelling 728
Get R Done Ranch Barrhead, AB STRIKER Kody Potts 727
Stump Lake Ranch Okotoks, AB SWING TULE Peter Bews 724.5
Howard and Toni Dixon Calgary AB TUFS BONANZA CHEX Clint Buhler 722
Chris and Rhonda Sayer Delmas, SK FREE KING CASH Randy Smith 720
Doug Wilkinson Arrowwood, AB TWO TIMES Doug Wilkinson 588
Doug Wilkinson Arrowwood, AB BUDDERBOB THE BANKER Doug Wilkinson 586
High Kelly Ranch Logan Lake, BC TUFFYS PIK Kiel Wilson 579
Dexter Knoblick Cardston, AB FRENCHMAN’S BLACK ICE Jim Shields 571.5
John Paarsmarkt Red Deer, AB WICKED LITTLE HIGH Geoff Hoar 545

Cinch National Finals of Team Roping

Loops will fly at the Cinch National Finals of Team Roping (NFTR) as more than 3,000 team ropers converge on Oklahoma City October 23-31 for their chance at a piece of the $4 million prize package. Ropers from across the U.S., South America, Mexico and Australia are expected to attend.

Produced by the United States Team Roping Championships (USTRC), this is the 21st edition of the NFTR, one of the richest championships events in the western lifestyle industry. More than $15 million in cash has been awarded at USTRC sanctioned events during the 2010 season that included more than 80 team roping competitions across the nation.

“USTRC members are among the most competitive and loyal in the country and they’re the reason for the success of this sport and event,” said USTRC President Kirk Bray. “Team roping is one of the few events where, for an entry fee of anywhere between $150 and $300, you can rope for prize money in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, as well as an unbeatable prizeline of Dodge trucks, Case tractors, Martin saddles and Gist buckles.”

Only the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity, which offered $4.2 million last December, comes close and requires a $2,500 nomination fee per horse.

A highlight of the NFTR is the U.S. Open, taking place October 23-24 at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, where team roping fans can see the best in team roping compete for an estimated purse of $250,000. World Champions such as Speed Williams, Clay O. Cooper, Walt Woodard, Chad Masters, Allen Bach and Clay Tryan are among the many expected to compete.

Top female ropers will also be featured at the NFTR during the Cruel Girl Championships October 28. Competing for an estimated $50,000 cash purse, women ropers from across the country have competed throughout the season in a race to become the high-money winning female roper of the year, sponsored by Cruel Girl jeans and shirts. It will be a tight race to the finish with only a few thousand dollars separating the top four. Currently in the lead is Janet Mickelson of Flagstaff, Ariz., with total earnings of $26,983, followed by Barrie Smith of Stephenville, Texas, with $24,480, Shelly Granzin of Bryan, Texas, with $24,389 and Jacque Woolman of Dayton, Texas, with $22,421.

Team roping enthusiasts can still get in on the action at the NFTR through its preliminary roping competitions, which will qualify top finishers to the “Shoot-Out” finals, as well as in the USTRC Challenge Roping and Guthrie Championships taking place throughout the week. Youngsters under age 13 are also invited to compete in the Junior Looper Championships where boys and girls show their skills on a roping “dummy” and compete for saddles, buckles, jackets and other prizes, as well.

Howard Smith Memorial Roping

Team ropers in action at the Howard Smith Memorial arena in Eagle Valley, Alberta.

On Friday, August 20, 2010 team ropers from across central Alberta travelled to the Howard Smith Memorial Arena in Eagle Valley west of Sundre to raise money for ALS and participate in a fun & energetic evening of team roping followed by a BBQ supper.

Presenting 1st Place winners, Darcy Erion & Guy Kelley with the two Cold Cast Bronze Statues are brothers Jim & Glen Smith with Rosalie Smith (middle).

Presenting 2nd Place winners, Darcy Erion & Greg Smith with two Leather Breast Collars are sisters Cathy Erickson & Joanne Overguard with mother Rosalie (middle).

Overall 95 teams entered this years event raising an outstanding amount of $3840 for the ALS Society with winners of this years team roping donating their prize money back to the cause. According to the ALS Society of Alberta’s website ALS also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease is a rapidly degenerative, always fatal neuromuscular disease. It attacks the nerves that the body would normally use to send messages from the brain to the muscle, resulting in weakness and wasting. Eventually, the individual with ALS is left completely immobilized, with loss of speech and eventually an inability to swallow and breath. Approximately 3,000 Canadians live with ALS and two to three Canadians die each day from the fatal disease. The family of Howard Smith has organized the event each year since Howard lost his 11 year battle with the disease to raise money and increase awareness for ALS. Jane Riveft, of the ALS Society was able to attend the event for the fourth year in a row. “This is the biggest turn out ever,” she said,”Thank you for your generosity. The money raised from this event will go directly to help patients in Central Alberta currently battling ALS. I am so happy to see everyone here.”
“Thank you everyone for coming out,” said Rosalie Smith, wife of Howard. “We are just so grateful for everyone’s support and participation in the team roping each year.”
This years Howard Smith Memorial Team Roping winners were:

1st Place Darcy Erion & Guy Kelley
2nd Place Greg Smith & Darcy Erion
3rd Place Colin Terigan & Colin Gorr
4th Place Colin Terigan & Luke Smith
5th Place Bridget Walker & Garth Dorin
6th Place Greg Smith & Daniel Gratton

The Fast Time was won by Guy Kelley & Roy Gardner

~ Submitted by Heidi Overguard

Battle in the Saddle

Trainer and competitor Brad Pedersen at last year's NCHA World Series stop at the Calgary Stampede Cutting. Photo courtesy of James Hudyma.

Although it would require a serious commitment in travel hours for any cutter, the 2010 Mercuria National Cutting Horse Association of Cutting is an exciting string of competition held in world-class arenas, and often, in conjunction with venues which at the same time, host a variety of recreational opportunities.

The World Series of Cutting is a series of eight events across the United States and Canada that draws the world’s best Open cutting horses and Non-Pro riders. Each of the World Series shows offers $25,000 in added money to both the Open and Non-Pro events. Every finalist cashes a cheque and the crowd-pleasing format helps bring cutting to new audiences all across North America.

Battle in the Saddle, the country’s newest equine event has been selected as a tour stop in the National Cutting Horse Association’s Mercuria World Series of Cutting.

“The Mercuria/NCHA World Series showcases the sport’s best seasoned horses, and attracts tens of thousands of fans,” said Jeff Hooper, Executive Director of the National Cutting Horse Association. “We are excited to add a tour stop to Battle in the Saddle, itself a unique event in our industry.”

The Mercuria/NCHA World Series of Cutting began its 2010 tour in February at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo and then made a visit to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo in March. From there, the tour hit the Breeder’s Invitational May 15 and 16, and continues on to the following locations:

June 24-26 – Reno Rodeo, Reno, Nevada

July 5-7 – Battle in the Saddle, Oklahoma City

July 11-15 – Calgary Stampede, Calgary, Alberta

September 16-18 – El Rancho Futurity, Rancho Murieta, California

October 7-9 – All American Quarter Horse Congress, Columbus, Ohio

Battle in the Saddle was announced last November in Oklahoma City and is an exciting new competition owned by State Fair Park and managed by AQHA. The competition will take place July 5-10. Battle in the Saddle is open to all breeds and will feature $130,000 in added money for an estimated $300,000 in total purses. Cutting, reining, roping and working cow horse classes will be recognized as AQHA special events. All breeds are welcome but Quarter Horses competing will receive AQHA points. The ranch horse competition is open to all ranches that meet the criteria of the AQHA-Bayer Best Remuda Award.

Roping events will be recognized by the American Rope Horse Futurity Association and follow ARHFA rules. Horses competing in the cutting will receive National Cutting Horse Association recognition. Ancillary reining classes will be approved by the National Reining Horse Association and NRHA affiliate Oklahoma Reining Horse Association. The National Reined Cow Horse Association will be involved as well.

Adding to the excitement of the competition, the selection trial for the United States Reining Team that will be representing the United States at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games will take place during Battle in the Saddle. See who will join the U.S. Equestrian Team as reining members to go for the gold at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games,www.alltechfeigames.com.

Battle in the Saddle will be held in conjunction with AQHA’s Youth World Cup, a team competition between youth from 17 nations scheduled to attend. In addition to the exciting equine competition in the arena, Battle in the Saddle will also feature a trade show. Other special events are also being planned to be held during the competition.

State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, often referred to as “The Horse Show Capital of the World,” is a premier equine facility that annually hosts the American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show, the National Reining Horse Association Futurity and Derby, the U.S. Team Roping Championships, the International Finals Rodeo and many other major equine events. With more than $70 million in recent renovations and stalls available for 3,000 horses, State Fair Park has become the go-to destination for top-tier equine competitions and events.

For more information, or to enter, visit www.battleinthesaddle.com.

Oden Cattle Company

This is Mike Oden of Oden Cattle Company. You can probably tell, Mike is quite a character. Here he offered to “pose” for me.

Oden cattle company is a unique operation in that it is one of the remaining ranches that still relies heavily on horses to get the work done each day. With ranches in Northern Arizona and North Eastern New Mexico, Oden Cattle Company has the capacity to run 1,400 to 1,500 mama cows: therefore, the proper term in the industry for what Oden Cattle Co. does is “Cow Calf Operator.”

Here's a close-up of Mike's Arizona boots.

In order to graze this many cows, Mike needs a lot of land. At Oden Cattle Co. there are about 100,000 acres or 156 square miles of land. They gather cows two-three times per year for branding, weaning, and shipping, or just to move them from one pasture to another. That’s why they have such a big need for horses.

Horses at Oden Cattle Co. all wear the 7Up brand.

Mike, along with his wife and head book keeper, Jamie, are crucial elements to the operation. They also have two children –  Abigail is now 6 and Sam is 12. Sam won 10th place in the 2009 AQHYA in Oklahoma City in heading, aboard Topless Valentine.

Last year was Sam’s first world show and he continues to do well with his horses. Sam loves to play all sports but roping is his passion and he has even started to win some money doing it!

Sam (left) and Mike (right) get ready to rope together.

The other cool aspect about Oden Cattle Co. is their chuckwagon –  they honestly have an ol’ time wagon that can be rented for parties, weddings or reunions. However, you will have to do the cooking and hosting yourself! <smile>

Photo courtesy of Oden Cattle Co.

The Odens are neat people. They have an impressive herd of horses and place a big emphasis on their mares. For that matter, they place a lot of emphasis on their heifers as well.

“In order to raise good calves you need a good bull, but most important is the cow. Same goes for horses,” Mike says.

If you want to check out more about this notable operation check out www.odencattlecompany.com

Photo courtesy of Oden Cattle Co.