Archives for June 2010

Kylie Whiteside

Lisa’s Butter Tart Squares

Lisa's Butter Tart Squares

Okay… I have to admit, these squares are not the low-cal variety, but they’re soooo good!!

Whether you have a family reunion, a community picnic or a branding, these decadent butter tart squares won’t last long. Even folks who don’t love raisins seem to like these squares. With a shortbread base and a creamy caramel filling, they’re a hit every time!

I’ve doubled the recipe here as I often freeze a container – they taste pretty good frozen too!!    :)

This recipe comes from a special lady (my late neighbor, Lisa Baptie), who brought these to many community gatherings.

Lisa’s Butter Tart Squares


2  1/2 cups flour

1 cup soft butter

½ cup brown sugar

Mix above ingredients and press into a 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 mins


2/3 cups butter

4 tbsps whipping cream

2 tsps vanilla

2 cups raisins

2 cups brown sugar

2 eggs

2 tbsps flour

Cream butter, eggs, sugar, cream and vanilla until nicely blended. Mix flour in well. Add raisins and stir.

Pour mixture over partially baked base. Bake 20-30 mins or until brown and center looks done.


Rich, gooey Butter Tart Squares

Fifty Years of Innisfail Rodeo

Fifty Years of Rodeo

Jack Daines has been immersed in the sport of rodeo for upwards of sixty years. Daines started riding steers when he was 12 years old, graduating to Saddle Bronc Riding shortly thereafter. The young cowboy won the Canadian Novice Saddle Bronc title in 1956 and ’57. While still in his 20’s, however, Jack dove into another element of rodeo… one that would last half a century and beyond.

The Innisfail Rodeo celebrated its fiftieth year just last weekend… and Jack Daines (along with family and friends) has been the driving force behind the popular event since its inception, as producer, promoter and announcer.

Calgary Stampede Show Riders

Jack built the Daines Rodeo grounds in 1961; the rolling green hills northwest of Innisfail, Alberta, where the ranch is located, were home to the Innisfail Little Britches Rodeo for 25 years, then the Innisfail Professional Rodeo. Also featured at the Daines Rodeo Grounds each year is the annual Jack Daines Bucking Horse Sale and Ivan Daines’ Country Music picnic. Among the announcers at this year’s event was Canadian Saddle Bronc and All Round Champion and nine time NFR qualifier; Duane Daines. Duane is Jack’s son.

Barrel Racers, Sherry Lynn Johnson & Braidy Howes

Voted the top rodeo committee in Canadian Professional Rodeo nine of the last thirteen years, the event is one of the largest rodeos in Canada – attracting world-class contestants from across North America. Upwards of 700 rodeo athletes competed for huge payouts; a win at Innisfail can be instrumental in putting a cowboy/cowgirl well on the road to the CFR.

Brittany Pozzi & Duke running home

Barrel racing proved exciting and competitive with contestants from virtually all performances among the money earners. Defending and two time World Champion barrel racer (and defending Innisfail Champion), Brittany Pozzi shared the top spot with CFR qualifier, Sierra Stoney. Brittany rode her exceptional seven year old gelding, Yeah Hes Firen or ‘Duke’, the horse that was instrumental in her 2009 NFR win. Sierra rode a horse belonging to a member of the Daines family. Honor Before Fame is an own son of Dash Ta Fame out of dam, Lehigh Pepper Red x Jet Of Honor. The talented six year old is owned by Cheryl Daines. The success enjoyed by several of Innisfail’s top barrel racers will move them into the top ten CPRA standings.

Barrel racer Suzanne Depaoli

Complete Innisfail barrel racing results follow:

1 Brittany Pozzi, Victoria, TX 15.54 $7,857

2 Sierra Stoney 15.54 7,857

3 Sherrylynn Johnson 15.59 5,676

4 Lisa Lockhart 15.65 4,365

5 Adel Hansen 15.69 3,492

6 Lindsay Sears 15.71 2,619

7-8 Rylee McKenzie 15.72 2,073

7-8 Carolyn Knapp 15.72 2,073

9 Colleen Duggan 15.73 1,746

10 Molly Powell 15.78 1,528

11-12 Judy Hyde 15.79 1,200

11-12 Brittany Fleck 15.79 1,200

13 Trudi Churchhill 15.81 873

14 Suzanne DePaoli 15.82 655

15 Rana Koopman 15.85 437

Additional Innisfail Champions include:

Rod Hay – Saddle Bronc

Kelly Timberman – Bareback

Steven Turner – Bull Riding & Steer Wrestling

Trevor Brazile – Tie-Down Roping

Patrick Smith & Trevor Brazile – Team Roping

Barrel Racing and Sunshine!

“I’m so happy… the sun is shining!” Stettler barrel racer, Melissa Thiessen spoke for many of us this past weekend. It was a unique and amazing experience to enjoy some spring sunshine… at least for a day or two. And it made for an enjoyable weekend of rodeo… particularly for those barrel racers who made money at one of the events scattered across the prairies.

Barrel racers had high praise for the Marwayne, AB committee who had excellent ground at the 56th Annual Lea Park Pro Rodeo. I caught up with Kareen Warren by phone Friday night as she was heading home to North Battleford to start spraying crops at the family farm the next morning. Kareen enjoyed two placings this past weekend (third at Lea Park and sixth at Brooks). Ramona Nash (Drayton Valley, AB) took top spot at the northeastern/Lea Park venue with a 16.13 second run while Texas cowgirl Benette Barrington won second.

The Brooks Pro Rodeo saw a new physical site for the rodeo this year… which also meant new ground. Four barrel racers shared top spot with 18.26 second runs: Judy Hyde (Prince George, BC), Suzanne Depaoli (Longview, AB), Benette Barrington and Danna Whitford (Montana). Laci Suitor (Duchess, AB) picked up fifth spot.

Rocky Mountain House Rodeo enjoyed drier conditions as the weekend progressed. Here as well, the committee worked long and hard to prepare not only the rodeo infield, but also the track for the pony chuckwagon racers. In the barrel racing, Haley Keenan took top honours with a 16.92 second run. Kalynn Maddox was right behind (16.92) with Britany Fleck in third spot.

Steele & Suzanne Depaoli with their rodeo horses

Unofficial Results Overview

Canadian Pro Rodeos
56th Annual Lea Park Rodeo
1 Ramona Nash – 16.13 $2347
2 Benette Barrington – 16.30 $1995
3 Kareen Warren – 16.35 $1643
4/5 Adel Hansen/Deb Renger – 16.40 $1291

Brooks Pro Rodeo
1-4 Judy Hyde 18.26 $1292
1-4 Suzanne DePaoli 18.26 $1292
1-4 Benette Barrington 18.26 $1292
1-4 Danna Whitford 18.26 $1292
5 Laci Suitor 18.28 $771

Rocky Mountain House Rodeo
1 Haley Keenan – 16.92 $1568
2 Kalynn Maddox 16.93 $1344
3 Britany Fleck 17.09 $1120
4 Brooke Ramsay 17.14 $971
5 Deb Renger 17.15 $747

Warman Rodeo
1 Jacqueline Stojan 13.40 $799.85
2 Melissa Thiessen 13.41 $695.52
3 Kellly Byrne 13.45 $591.19

Warman Juniors
Laura Knittig 14.04

Eston Rodeo
1 Stephanie Mather 14.06 $964.90
2 Jacqueline Stojan 14.10 $839.04
3 Lynette Brodaway 14.14 $713.18

Eston Juniors
Renie Schnitzler 14.37

Sandhills/Lancer Rodeo
Jodie Griffin 16.68 $876
Janet-Lynn Moen 16.70 $761
Connie Boldt 16.72 $647

Alberta High School Finals (Ponoka, AB)
Barrel Racing

1 Honora Jackson-Roe 177 pts
2 Tara Wilkinson 163 pts
3 Kerilee Noval 144 pt


Rana (Walter) Koopmans

Lynette Brodaway

Laci Suitor

Corleen LeClercq

Kip Newborn
Corleen LeClercq
Carolyn Knapp

Hailee Williams

Laura James


With one of Canada’s biggest pro rodeos upcoming, the 50th Annual Daines Ranch Rodeo June 16-20 in Innisfail, Alberta (125 plus barrel racers entered includng card and permit holders), the season is heating up. More U.S. competitors head north this time of year, in an effort to win enough money to start on a bid for a Canadian Finals berth.

The CCA is in Radville, & Rockglen, SK June 19-20 and Milveton, ON

LRA barrel racers compete at Killam and Gooseberry Lake, AB (Gooseberry Lake is also FCA/WRA approved)

Chinook Assoc – Coutts and Foremost, AB rodeos

BCRA – Ashcroft, BC Stampede

MRCA – weekend off

ONT Rodeo Assoc – Upper Canada Rodeo, Chesterville, ON

Barrel Catch-Up

Barrel Racing Catch Up

To say I’ve been absent from “The Barrel Patch” is to put it mildly… and in more ways than one as I look out over my ‘still muddy’ dirt patch here at home! My apologies. The last two weeks have been challenging in a number of ways with this blog an attempt to catch up with at least some of the latest barrel racing news.

Event cancelled due to rain” has been a common refrain this spring… for a few association rodeos and numerous jackpots. And for several other event producers and committees, debates were waged over whether to go ahead and risk poor ground conditions, low attendance and contestant turnouts. Fortunately, despite the cool wet conditions that have prevailed over much of western Canada in recent weeks, most rodeos and jackpots were able to move ahead on schedule and for the most part, people were understanding about those events facing re-scheduling.

The weekend ahead should see warmer weather and sunnier skies… until at least Monday according to the weatherman. Fair weather would certainly be welcome considering the busy weekend schedule:

Ponoka, Alberta is hosting the Alberta High School Rodeo Finals which will determine the roster of contestants heading to the Canadian National Finals in Virden, MB Aug 5-7 and to the Nationals in Gillette, WY in July. (Also, I believe, the Wrangler Junior contestants qualifying for the National Junior High Finals in Gallup, NM June 27-July 3.)

Pro rodeos include Brooks, Rocky Mountain House and Marwayne’s Lea Park Rodeo.

The FCA has no rodeos of its own this weekend… Note however, that the Millarville FCA Rodeo (originally set for the last weekend in May but cancelled due to rain/snow) has been re-scheduled for Aug 6-8.

LRA rodeo contestants head to Saskatchewan (Meadow Lake and Pierceland) where both events are also WRA-approved.

Members of the MRCA (Manitoba Rodeo Assoc.) will compete at the White Earth Rodeo in White Earth, North Dakota.

The Chinook and CCA Associations rodeo in Saskatchewan as well (Lancer and Eston) with an additional CCA rodeo set for Dorchester, ONT.

The Quebec Association heads to Princeville, Quebec.

The Ontario Rodeo Association is enjoying a weekend off as is the BCRA.

North American Barrel Racing Challenge

The inaugural North American Barrel Racing Challenge, scheduled for the September long weekend in Brandon, MB has pulled stakes. The event, now featuring a U.S. Team  and an International Team (rather than an All-Canadian contingent) has been re-scheduled for November 3-4 in Kansas City, Missouri. Low entries in the Canadian qualifying races and a reluctance by U.S. barrel racers to make the miles to Brandon seem to be the reasons the event has been moved. At this point, it’s doubtful that many Canadian barrel racers will be involved. The closest qualifying racees appear to be Cedar Rapids, Iowa June 25 and Rapid City, South Dakota July 16.

New Canadian Barrel Futurity Event

Look for a new barrel racing futurity/derby this year… the Coteau Range Futurity and Derby has been added to the 2010 Canadian Barrel Futurity roster. Set for August 13-15 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in conjunction with the SK Versatility Ranch Horse Competition, the event will be held in the outdoor pen on the Golden Mile Arena grounds. Details upcoming.


For those in western Canada, CFR/NFR qualifier Leslie Schlosser is hosting a Horsemanship and Barrel Racing Clinic July 6-8 at the Nanton Ag Park.

Unofficial barrel racing leaders as of Friday night for the events I could gain results from…

Rocky Mountain House Pro Rodeo – after slack and Friday evening performance

16.93 – Kalynn Maddox

17.09 – Britany Fleck

17.14 – Brooke Ramsay (run in Thurs slack)

17.15 – Deb Renger (run in Thurs slack)

Brooks Rodeo – Rodeo – after Friday evening performance

1-4  Suzanne Depaoli

1-4  Judy Hyde

1-4  Dana Whitford

1-4  Benette Barrington

5      Laci Suitor

Marwayne (Lea Park) Pro Rodeo – after Friday evening performance

1. Kareen Warren 16.35

2. Traci (Dawson) Macdonald

3. Rana (Walter) Koopmans)