Canadian Supreme 2011

Well it’s over for another year, but the 2011 Canadian Supreme darned sure was a good one!!

Autumn was definitely in the air, but there was no snow this year… always a good sign.

And the best of the best once again came out to try their hand in the reining, cow horse and cutting pens and aim for a piece of the estimated $450,000 purse put up for competitors.

It just keeps gettin’ better every year!

Clay and I were present, and the twins got to attend their very first Canadian Supreme. They loved every minute of it, except of course when I tried taking our tandem stroller through the cow fences to the main building to watch the cow horse… That part proved to be a bit of a struggle for us. Thankfully, people I didn’t even know came running to my rescue and got us through!

That’s why I love the western show horse world – there really are some wonderful people in this industry!

Thanks goes to Joan (I didn’t catch her last name) for helping me feed babies on the sidelines too! Joan and I didn’t know each other but we met at the Supreme and when she realized I was about to feed 2 babies on my own, she jumped right up, grabbed Baby B and went to feed him without any hesitation.


Of course, the Canadian Supreme is always a great opportunity to catch up with old friends too.

Jesse Thomson had a GREAT Saturday night at the Supreme – aboard Sweeter Than Pepto, Thomson secured the Open Bridle with a smoking score of 150!

If you’ve never attended before, this show is like none other! It offers the finest in event structure, showcasing all 3 of the western performance disciplines together in one venue.


Competitors and horses can take advantage of comfortable show stalls, well scheduled warm-up times, pre-bedded stalls, opportunities for herd work, plus many other competition perks.

Like, coffee on the sidelines…

When I was baby free, I had the chance to run around and snap a few candid shots.

Including this one of my husband and Ralph Ament accepting the championship and reserve championship awards for the Open Novice Horse Reining on Sunday morning.

These 2 just can’t help themselves… They’re always competing.

Which meant they had a race to the announcer booth to see who could get there first and claim their award… Thinking about it still makes me chuckle.

But I was lucky enough to capture this special moment for Bailey Kolsun. Riding her pretty gray mount “Kramer”, Kolsun marked a 145 in the Novice Horse Non-Pro for the win. Immediately after her run, trainer Locke Duce came up to congratulate Kolsun on her hard work.

So that’s it for another year! Only 364 days til the next Supreme. My babies will likely be walking by then – for that reason, there’s no telling if I will be riding at the 2012 Supreme, but here’s hoping!!


  1. Arlene Hepburn says

    Thanks Jen for photos and tid bits on the Supreme!