Archives for May 2010

Kylie Whiteside

May Long Weekend Barrel Racing Wrap-Up

Sammi Bessert of Loma, Colorado was happy to receive an invitation to the 2010 Cloverdale Rodeo, and the talented barrel racer made her first Canadian rodeo count. She and her 8-year-old gelding, Tommy, took home $27,000 in earnings. The 2009 Black Hills Pro Rodeo Co-Champion and Wilderness Circuit Finalist rides a son of Dash Ta Fame (registered name is Terrible Tommy Twist) out of a Bugs Alive in 75/Hempen bred mare. Bessert purchased Tommy off the track as a 3-year-old.

“I was excited to get an invite to Cloverdale,” Bessert commented. “I traveled to B.C. with friend and fellow contestant, Sue Smith. It’s a great opportunity to see a different part of the country.”

In second spot at the invitational ‘non-CPRA/PRCA-approved’ event was St Paul, Alberta’s Rylee McKenzie who won a first and third in Pool A earning a total of $16.250.

Aside from the barrel racing event at Cloverdale, it’s certainly worth noting that Cochrane, Alberta bull rider Steven Turner enjoyed an amazing weekend as well, winning a total of $52,000. ($2000 in Pool A and the entire bull riding short go purse of $50,000, as he was the only bull rider to ride his bull in the final round on holiday Monday.)

Additional pro rodeo action this past weekend, included Luxton Rodeo where Kamloops barrel racer, Julie Leggett won first and Falkland Rodeo where Rylee McKenzie enjoyed more success, winning the championship there.

The Foothills Rodeo Association featured Caroline Rodeo this past weekend. Successful barrel racers there included:
1. BOBBI GOODWIN  15.689
2. VAL GILLESPIE  15.764
5. STACY LUNDE  16.060
6. KR ROBINSON  16.065

May Long Weekend Rodeo Action

The May long weekend has traditionally been a big weekend in Canadian rodeo circles with much of the action taking place in British Columbia. Unfortunately, what was once one of Canada’s biggest pro rodeos, Cloverdale, B.C., is now an invitational rough stock and barrel racing event – not sanctioned by either the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) or the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). That being said, it remains a big payday… and a win or even a placing at Cloverdale can translate into entry fees and diesel for the next few weeks of rodeo travel. The event is set up in two pools (with two rounds in each pool) and a short go on holiday Monday. Riley McKenzie of St. Paul, AB won the first Pool with a 16.1 and a 16.44 for a total of $4750. to lead the Pool A barrel racing qualifiers heading into Monday’s short go. Lauren Chad of Calgary enjoyed two solid runs as well, and will be among those contestants running on Monday. Pool B is currently underway with Colorado’s Sammi Bessert in the lead going into the Sunday afternoon performance.

On the CPRA roster this weekend is Falkland, BC and the only Vancouver Island-based pro rodeo, Luxton, BC. As of Sunday morning, (May 23), Elaina Black (originally from Kamploops… now living in Cochrane, AB) was leading Falkland with a 16.7 second run and Williams Lake cowgirl, Colleen Duggan was sitting second. 2010 Stavely Pro Rodeo defending champion, Jacqueline Stojan leads the Luxton event heading into today’s afternoon performance with Suzanne DePaoli in second spot.

The British Columbia Rodeo Association (BCRA) has two 2010 rodeos complete with former BCRA Champion, Laura James, leading the standings to date.

Alberta’s Foothills Cowboy Association has enjoyed two events, Taber and Drayton Valley. Placings at both have launched Cessford, AB barrel racer, Laci Suitor, well into the lead with $3500. won to date. Sonda Marks of  Sunnybrook is in second spot.

In the Lakeland Rodeo Association 2010 standings (which include High Prairie and Drayton Valley), Corleen LeClercq leads the way with $2800 won to date. Kip Newborn is the leader in the Wild Rose Association.

A number of rodeos in the Semi-Pro Associations are dual or triple approved… check the various association websites for details.

The Canadian Cowboys Association season is also underway in Saskatchewan/Manitoba with two rodeos complete, (Hamiota, MB – MRCA/CCA approved – and North Battleford, SK). 2008 and defending CCA Champion, SK barrel racer, Dannielle Dinius has the lead with $2400. in earnings. Lynette Brodoway of Brooks, AB holds down second spot with $2000. won. MRCA/CCA action goes to Mankota, SK next weekend.

The Ontario Rodeo Association kicks off their season next weekend with the Lindsay Benefit Rodeo.

Check back later in the weekend for further updates.

Dee Butterfield 40 Year Milestone Set

Clinician, Breeder, Trainer & Competitor Dee Butterfield (Photo by Mike Copeman)

Dee Butterfield continues to enjoy a very successful barrel racing career. Over the years, she’s earned 15 amateur barrel racing titles, competed at 11 Canadian Finals Rodeos, earned four CPRA season leader titles, qualified for the National Finals Rodeo and won the 1992 Canadian Championship. She has also accumulated multiple futurity and derby championships spanning four decades. Having trained all her own horses from a young age, Dee has developed significant knowledge about the sport of barrel racing… from breeding and raising barrel prospects to starting and developing the young horse, right through to the highest level of competition. She knows what it takes to be successful and has the ability to pass that knowledge to her students.

Dee began instructing barrel racing and horsemanship clinics at the age of 18. The year, 2010, will mark 40 years that Dee has held clinics across Western Canada, Australia and Hawaii. Dee’s students have gone on to win barrel races at amateur, high school, little britches, junior and professional levels. Some students have become provincial, state and national champions.

Dee’s clinics are suitable for all levels of rider, from beginners to competing professionals, plus there is virtually no age requirement. Dee’s youngest student to date was a four year old… and the oldest, 65; one student has attended her clinics off and on for 34 years.

In honor of all past and present students, Dee is hosting a 2010 three day reunion event (July 8-10 in Ponoka for past clinic attendees) that will include something for everyone. Intended to be a social event for old friends to become re-acquainted and new ones to meet, event activities will include a wine and cheese, pancake breakfast, barbecue and awards. Of course, there will be a barrel race for current competitors.

With over $25,000 in prize money so far and saddles up for the winners, it should be an event well worth attending.

Go to for details.

Carrie’s Biscuits & Beans

Well the snow is still coming down and it’s definitely not the best outdoor riding weather! Even my dogs stare dubiously outside when I invite them to join me for morning chores. (They’d rather curl up on their respective chairs – old furniture in our downstairs office – and ignore the inclement weather!)

One thing about miserable spring weather however, is that it tends to give people permission to stay indoors and do a few other things… like cook something hearty for supper!

Good friends from Cessford, Alberta, Carrie & Murray Suitor, (well… Carrie to be more specific) introduced us to this delicious, quick supper recipe. It’s great served with a green salad. I’ve also included here, an easy, healthy salad dressing recipe that made the rounds in Arizona this winter… barrel racers, Kirsty White (Big Valley, AB) and Rhonda Shurian (Kelowna, BC) introduced me to the salad dressing recipe.

Biscuits & Beans – Carrie Suitor, Suitor Quarter Horses

1 lb hamburger
salt to taste
1 can pork ‘n beans
¾ cup your favourite barbecue sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 small onion – chopped
1 regular recipe baking powder biscuits (or if you’re in a hurry, one
can refrigerated biscuits)
1 cup shredded cheese

Brown beef. Add salt, beans, barbecue sauce, brown sugar & onion.
Heat until bubbling. Pour into 2 qt casserole dish or 9 x 13 shallow pan.
Top with biscuits. Sprinkle cheese over top. Bake at 375 F for 30 minutes.

Serve Biscuits & Beans with a green salad and your favourite dressing… a quick and easy salad dressing, that keeps well, follows below. For lack of a better name, we’ll call it:

Barrel Racer’s Salad Dressing
1/3 cup quality olive oil
1/3 cup quality balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup real maple syrup
Combine in a glass jar. Shake before serving. Store in fridge.

* If you have a favourite recipe you’d like to share, please send it my way… preferably with a picture, a story as to why it’s your favourite and where you serve it most often.

Let's not go out today...

South Country Barrel Futurity Kicks off Spring Season

2010 South Country Barrel Futurity Finalists

Barrel racers headed to Cardston, Alberta this past weekend in the wake of a southern Alberta spring storm for the South Country Futurity and Derby. Despite the unsettled weather – and the resulting mud, the eighth annual kick-off to the Canadian Barrel Futurity season saw 44 futurity contestants and 59 derby entrants compete in the popular event.

Barrels Racers warming up for Saturday's Futurity/Derby

Held at the Cardston Agriplex, the South Country Futurity featured two runs and an average in both the futurity and derby. (Due to stormy conditions in the days leading up to the event, producer, Monica Wilson, moved both long goes to Saturday. The finals ran Sunday, May 2). In addition to a host of prizes for event finalists, contestants competed for $7000. added money in the futurity and $5000 in the derby.

Sue Smith, 2010 South Country Futurity Champion

Blackfoot, Idaho cowgirl and 2009 NFR qualifier, Sue Smith and her Dash Ta Fame mare, Daisy Duke Dash earned the Futurity title with 2003 Canadian Champion, Raylee Edwards and Ms Kid Dee Dial (by Kiddin N Streakin) finishing in second spot.

Derby honours went to Carmel Wright of Roy, MT and her mare, Sweet Heart Special (by My Special Bear by Special Effort). Carmel also won both long goes on her seven year old mare. Reserve Derby champion was Mayerthorpe, Alberta horse trainer Buffy Romeo and Jig French Truckle (by RNJ Heckofafrenchman by Frenchmans Guy).

2010 South Country Derby Finalists

Oregon cowgirl, Chandra Eng and her gelding Honors French Jet (grandson of Frenchmans Guy topside and Jet of Honor on the bottom) had two amazing early Futurity runs winning both long goes. Unfortunately, she tipped a barrel in the short go.

Unofficial Futurity Results:

1   Sue Smith – Daisy Duke Dash

2   Raylee Edwards – Ms Kid Dee Dial (owned by Walter Quarter Horses)

3   Rayel Robinson – Swith Machine (owned by Suitor Quarter Horses)

4   Raylee Edwards – DJ Real Easy (owned by Walter Quarter Horses)

5   Elaina Black – Howes Aloded Shotgun (owned by Gayle Howes)

6   Nancy Csabay – Eyes of Freedom (owned by Tony & Nancy Csabay)

7   Chandra Eng – Honors French Jet

8   Carmen Pozzobon – SAQ Cow Boy Pine

9   Raelene Konzak – Royal Quick Wrangler

10 Sonda Marks – Deltas First Gamble

11 Maxine McKenna – Larks Last Reign (owned by Peggy Stojan)

12 Jon Ottun – Avistin

Unofficial Derby Results

1   Carmel Wright – Sweet Heart Special (owned by Rafter NZ Ranch)

2   Buffy Romeo – Jig French Truckle

3   Lisa Zachoda – Dynamite Perfection

4   Lana Bohnet – Sugars Top Cash (owned by Ross & Lana Bohnet)

5   Lynette Brodaway – Caught Me Streakin

6   Brandy McPhee – Serious Nitrous (owned by Brian & Brandy McPhee)

7   Traci Aipperspack – Odessa Playboy (owned by B & L Leavitt)

8   Joeleen Ottun – Dr Three Ohs Flit

9   Jill Miller – The Saga

10 Melissa Harding – Wy Not This Man (owned by Curtis & Melissa Harding)

11 Pam Morrison – Hot Disco Nights (owned by T & P Morrison)

12 Raylee Edwards – Buy Joe Easy (owned by Walter Quarter Horses)

Event Producer, Monica Wilson & Granddaughter, Ryatt Nugent presenting awards

Kudos to Monica Wilson and her team for hosting a terrific event once again. And special thanks to all of the sponsors who support the South Country Futurity & Derby. Congratulations as well, to Raylee Edwards, who had a very successful weekend on her Futurity & Derby horses… and who was this year’s recipient of the Isabelle (Miller) Haraga Memorial award!

Complete results will be posted on later this week.

Silver Sage Futurity & Derby runs next weekend (May 7-9) in Brooks, AB

More event photos below…

Canadian Barrel Incentive booth (Alison Low & her helpers)

Cassie Edwards, Rana Koopman & Mary Lynn Walter enjoy watching the futurity

Christine Ross, Tammy Burns & friends at the Interval Timing Canada booth

Derby Finalist Brandy McPhee & her son Levi hang out while waiting for the Awards Presentations

Grant Little & Rayel Robinson present Futurity Champion Sue Smith with a set of spurs

Raylee Edwards & her daughter Cassie enjoy the futurity

South Country booth crew Monica Wilson, Shirley & her grandson and Betty Algate

A Little Muddy out back

Cranna Roberts & Kirsty White warm up their horses