Archives for August 2013

Kylie Whiteside

Hell or High Water Rodeo

The aftermath of the floods that recently affected High River, Calgary, Millarville, Eden Valley and many more places, has left many with nothing. Loved ones were lost; there are no homes, no cars, no personal memorabilia, no jobs. Nothing. Those affected are slowly trying to piece their lives and community back together, and ongoing help is still needed.

High River, Alberta is the one area that was hit the hardest by the ravaging flood. There have been plenty of volunteers, but this disaster and the devastation that goes along with it, is going to take a lot of time and dollars to restore back to habitable.
Plenty of fundraising and benefits have taken place, but yet- There is one more that can really help out.

Rod MacBeth, a rodeo announcer, has big plans. He has created the Hell or High Water Rodeo, to benefit flood victims of Alberta. On September 21st and 22nd, commencing at 1:00 p.m., the rodeo is a two-day, family fun benefit, that will feature some of the best cowboys and cowgirls in the world.

A typical day at the office for rodeo announcer, Rod MacBeth.

One of the highlights of the two-day event is the Team Roping Jackpot hosted the morning of the 21st, for 30 teams of those that were affected by the flood.

When I asked Rod how he chose his competitors, he replied, “I really want to have competitors that have paid their dues. Ones that have worked hard and made a name for themselves. I also want the fans to be able to watch a great rodeo, and have a good feeling when they leave. They may forget what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.”

Amongst Rod are many others that are involved.

“Once I got this whole thing started, I realized, I am going to need help, and lots of it. I have a great crew of people that are working alongside me, and things are moving along.”

Some of those people include, Viktor Grant & Ryan Johns (Rodeo Committee), Jack Vanstane & Denice Hansen (Sponsorship Committee), Peggy Sue Moffat & Annalise Blishen (Production Managers), Tayla Frazer (Social Media), Anna Melnick (Media), Josh Traptow (Volunteers)

I’ll be there too, competing in the barrel racing event.

Oh, and we’re proud to announce, Katy Lucas, chosen as one of Western Horse Review’s Top 25 Under 25 this year, will be sharing the announcing duties with Rod.

Also, special thanks to Kesler Rodeo and Maynerd Bird for providing the stock for the rodeo.

For more information on the Hell or High Water Rodeo, you can visit their website, like them on Facebook, or follow their Twitter feed. So put those dates on your calendar, do a good deed, and come out to support!

To Run. Or, Not to Run.

There’s earnings, standings and pride at risk. Is it worth the risk?

We have all shown up to a jackpot or rodeo when the ground conditions have been less than ideal. Whether it be due to Mother Nature, or simply, just not safe. We watch girls go out and “safety up”, while others go for it.

How do we know what we should do, and what is at risk?

There is ground that can handle copious amounts of rain and still be safe, yet subconsciously in the back of our minds we are thinking, “What if?”

There are some horses that can handle those sorts of conditions, still we need to ask ourselves, is it worth it to put our horses, and ourselves at risk for one run? Depending what is at stake for the winning run, we always need to think of the longevity of ourselves and our horses.

When I was competing at the Calgary Stampede one year, it poured right before the performance on Day 4. Go figure. I was right on the bubble for qualifying for the Sunday Showdown, and needed to do something. Luckily, I was not the first one out to test the ground. I sat back and watched a few girls go, some were too safe, and some went for it, and ended up slipping, or cruising on by the barrels because their horses had nothing to get a hold of.

In my mind, I was scared.

I love my horse.

Running in the mud places you and your horse at risk.

Right before I ran, I had a memory of a couple years prior, where I was fortunate enough to get a great piece of advice from a great Canadian champion barrel racer and futurity trainer. She told me, “Sometimes you just need to sacrifice a run. It doesn’t matter where you are, and what is up for grabs. Just slow it down, and make a confidence run.”

I know Captain can run. I knew if I really controlled that first barrel, he could get a feel for the ground. My goal was to be safe in the turns, and really push him in between. In the mud, that is where you can make up your time. And it worked! We were safe, clean, and qualified for the Sunday Showdown. And what an experience!

So when conditions are less than ideal, if you are unsure, remember that piece of advice that was offered to me at one time, and in the long run, it will pay off.

New Barrel Patch Blogger

Western Horse Review welcomes two-time CFR Qualifier Kendra Edey to our online crew. Stay in touch as Edey takes us with her down the rodeo road.

Longview, Alberta cowgirl, Kendra Edey.

My love for life surrounds horses, barrel racing, and the natural beauty of nature that is in this world. Living countless hours in the saddle and on the rodeo trail, I am truly grateful for the experiences and success I have had along the way. I have been lucky enough to raise and train all of my own horses, from my father-in-laws breeding program (Stampede Ranch Performance Horses), and have them take me to the top (Canadian Finals Rodeo, Calgary Stampede, Houston Super Series Rodeo, San Antonio, and much more). I have seen much and met many interesting people along my travels, in which I would love to share with you in my writings. Feel free to follow my blog in the Western Horse Review – The Barrel Patch and like, share or comment with your thoughts and opinions!

Thank you for reading and good luck to everyone in their travels!

~ Kendra Edey