We\’re currently on deadline with the Jan/Feb issue of Western Horse Review, so before I get into anything else I want to let you know what we\’re finalizing in this issue.
• A fantastic and may I say, cutting-edge piece on cloning by our own Deanna Buschert. I have to say, this was an article which challenged my stand on the issue of equine cloning. Don\’t miss it, much has transpired in the past two years.
• Western Wedding Style. Wow, I\’m in awe of the new generation of cowgirls and guys who embrace their unique western tradition, with a twist of modernist. Fourteen pages of amazing photography, and three gorgeous western weddings.
• Nearly two years ago, we ran one of our very first contests on The Barrel Patch blog. The swag was Petrol jeans and the question was: If you could pick your all time favourite barrel racer to go out to dinner with, who would it be and why? One of the most mentioned competitors was Deb Renger. Hence, the article idea. Hey, it ain\’t dinner with, but it\’s a fabulous profile of arguably, Canada\’s top longstanding barrel racing competitor.
• Results, pictures and interviews from both the Team Roping Futurity and the Canadian Snaffle Bit Futurity, both held during Northland\’s recent Farmfair.
• Profiles of competitive riders and horses remain a core mandate in Western Horse Review. This issue we also interview an up-and-coming cow horse trainer from Saskatchewan, and an Ohio Congress champion.
• Winter chores the old-fashioned way is the theme of the photographic essay in this issue\’s Out West.
• Dainya Sapergia\’s sweet interview with the modest Blake Schlosser – on his final days as pick-up man, and his heartfelt reasons for giving up the rodeo trail. I love the photo. So much, I\’m not about to reveal it before the issue.
• Our health feature follow up on EHV – what top equine health professionals are advising as move-forward strategies. And leading Thoroughbred breeder and therapeutic equine care center – the impressive Bar None Ranches is featured in Horse Farm.
• My interview with Katie Tims, who is scheduled to appear this mid-January at the annual Horse Owners and Breeders Conference in Red Deer, Alberta. Fantastic insights from Katie on the trends we in the horse industry can expect over the coming years.
By the way, if Red Deer is too far for you to travel in the dead of a Canadian winter, there are two equally inspiring educational seminars on our radar in the New Year: the Horse Council of British Columbia\’s Equine Education Conference, and Saskatchewan\’s first annual Equine Expo.
• Speaking of equine education, we host a section of equine schools in Canada in this issue as well.
• Don\’t let me forget – Deanna Beckley also profiles six amazingly talented spur makers in Product Showdown, and one barrel racer determined to meld her passion with her business in Storefront.
And . . . more, so much more. If you\’d like to make sure you receive this issue by subscribing, you can do so here.
This week, I admired these photographs by Montreal photographer, Irene Suchocki. Currently the top-selling photographer on Etsy, I\’m in love with her series capturing the gentle nature and graceful power of the wild horses of Camargue, a region in the south of France. Visit her Etsy store here.
I\’m impressed by the new Equine Lameness Online Lab, brought to us by Pfizer Animal Health and the Equine Guelph, particularly the Video Challenge, which shows a video of four different horses, allowing viewers to identify which horse is lame, and which leg is lame. Make your assessment, and then view the incredibly insightful audio commentary version from equine veterinarian, Dr. Nicola Cribb. Resourceful idea!
In case you missed it Bobby Kerr and Poncho were clearly the fan favorite of the 2011 Extreme Mustang Challenge.
And finally, it\’s a bit of a lengthy view, but Emma Massingale\’s Synchronicity with Horses is all about peace, understanding and love. We can always use a little more of that.
Thanks for tuning in to today\’s post, I hope to be back with one final post prior to Christmas Day, with some last minute Christmas ideas and links.