Your Favorite Horse Activity Contest 2011

I’m sure, by now, you’ve heard about the incredible Cavalia, currently playing in Vancouver and soon to move on to Calgary.

Did you know that Cavalia travels with a cast of 33 artists, acrobats, dancers and riders? As well as 49 horses representing 10 different breeds including the Pure Spanish Breed, Quarter Horse, Arabian, Lusitano, Paint Horse and Percheron.

The Cavalia village includes nine tents, 100 trucks are required to move the material, and 120 permanent employees, as well as 200 locally hired in each city visited. Cavalia has visited 38 cities in Canada, the United States and Europe. More than 1,600 performances have been given over the course of seven years to a combined audience of more than 2.5 million.

Here at Western Horse Review, we are very excited about Cavalia. Primarily, because we have two tickets to give away to the Calgary show. Not just any two tickets, but two Horse Lover seats – which means you will be guided to the best seats available under the tent to see the show up close. Not only that, you will enjoy an exclusive visit to the Cavalia stables after the show! It will be a beautiful thing.

Onto the contest. We held this exact contest last year around June. Our online audience has grown so much since then, I thought we’d hold it again, and compare results. Sounded like fun to me.

So, all you have to do is let us know – in the Comment section below – two things:

1) your favorite horse activity to participate?

2) your favorite horse activity to watch?

It’s fine if they are the same. We’ll randomly choose one winner who will be the lucky recipient of two tickets to Cavalia.

Contest closes April 15th.

Contest winners will be posted April 18th. Look for them then!


  1. Kim Wheeler says

    Favorite to do is trail riding and getting away from it all
    Favorite to watch is anyone who can connect with horses as they are training….I love natural….it would be a dream to watch Cavalia!!!!!!!

  2. Bonnie Daines says

    My favorite activity … developing and training young horses
    My favorite activity to watch …. all disciplines of horses …I have strong appreciation for anything involving horses… :)

  3. Lorna Gauthier says

    Trail riding. Used to compete many years ago and I can tell you that the partnership and communication between horse and rider, when it works, is poetry. Negotiating different obstacles, some of which may not be familiar to the horse, requires calm and confidence in the rider who communicates that to the horse and it is a pleasure to watch that happen. As I no longer compete, I enjoy recreational trail riding. Just being out in the country, listening to the sounds of nature and seeing the wildlife, all from the back of my mare is pure heaven for me. And I always have my camera with me for any photo ops, some including one of my favorite subject…my horse!

  4. Lisa Loewen says

    I love ANYTHING to do with my horse!!

  5. Addy Bayes says

    To Do: Trail cows and Team Pen
    To Watch: Cutting

  6. Adam Till says

    To participate in – building a bridle horse, be it dry work or ranch cow work
    TO watch – big loop vaquero style roping

  7. Lisa Thibodeau says

    I love trail riding, doing some tune up in the arena, and just generally hanging out with my boy!

  8. Sharon Steele says

    to do: play at liberty with my best friend Rimfire. :)
    to watch: all six of my horses playing together on a cold winter morning!

  9. Favorite to do: Trail riding with great friends
    Favorite to watch: Watching the Jumpers at Spruce Meadows.

  10. Alisa Trembecki says

    My favorite activity to participate in is trail riding. My favourite activity to watch is endurance racing.

  11. margaret prekaski says

    I love riding in bareback equitation classes and I will watch almost anything that has to do with horses!!!!!!!!!!!!! I especially like watching information on horses and how they are used in other countries.

  12. To do: Trail riding
    To watch: Barrel Racing

  13. Alison Schole says

    Favorite Activity to do-Barrel racing in my Gymkhana Club
    Favorite Activity to watch-Team roping

  14. Jolene Aarbo says

    Favorite to do: Training for a new Dressage movement
    Favorite to watch: An amazing Dressage Kur by somebody accomplished!

  15. Barb Degelman says

    activity-cA week long camping trip to Cypress Hills equestrian park and riding in the West Block.

    watching-manes and tails flying as my horses run up the big hill in the pasture.

  16. shona smith says

    to do : I like to work with my 2 paints
    to watch: I love watching anything to do with horses be it jumping, rodeo, cutting ,reining….anything just because it has horses in it .

  17. 1 – Trail riding with my husband & 4 kids. It doesn’t get any better when they can all ride their own horse!

    2 – Wagon Racing – I love the equine athleticism that these horses bring to every race.

  18. Naomi McGeachy says

    #1 – Favorite Activity: Trail Riding with my husband and beautiful 2 daughters
    #2 – Favorite To Watch: Anything to do with horses. Horses are amazing creature that never ever get boring to watch no matter what sport or activity they are doing.

  19. Activity-ride in parades with the andalusian group!

  20. My favorite activity is anything to do with riding or being around horses.

    My favorite to watch is anything to do with horses.

  21. Activity-ride in: showing paint horses
    Watch: Professional Team Roping

  22. #1 – Favourite Activity – Spending every possible second with my horse… jumping, trail riding, galloping. He always makes me smile.
    #2 – Favourite to Watch – Show jumping at Spruce Meadows inspires me

  23. 1 – Reining
    2 – Reining

    What can I say, with a horse like Q, and now his offspring, I smile whenever I am around them. Either watching, or riding. I am truly blessed.

  24. Love to participate in showjumping!
    Love to watch cutting horse!

  25. Robyn Hayward says

    To do: Show in AQHA Trail class
    To Watch: Western Riding

  26. Activity- Trail riding in Kananakis.

    Watch – Working cow horse.

  27. Susan Seiler says

    To Do: Team Roping

    To Watch: Working Cowhorse

    Love anything done with horses!!!

  28. Cathryn Kirsh says

    Participate: Team Penning

    Watch: Cutting

  29. Activity – Riding is the greatest pleasure of all or just getting out the shedding blade…it’s all good :) :)

    Watching – Whether it’s Team Roping, Dressage, Working Cowhorse or watching all “the kids” enjoying the sunshine…’s all good :) :)

  30. Ashley Reinhardt says

    Activity – Roping
    Watching – Atco Double Slalom jumping at Spruce Meadows

  31. Participate: Cowhorse, Cutting, Reining

    Watching: Freestyle Dressage

  32. To do: trail riding with my family
    Watching: my family trail riding

  33. Janice Waite says

    My favorite horse activity is just riding and learning with the horses, it always is so energizing to learn what to do to make a better ride, even if it only going down the road, in a show or on a trail course.

    I like watching most horse activities, it is fascinating to see a professional move and do with a horse and make it seem so effortless, but still know that they have worked hours, weeks, years to get to where they are.

  34. Activity: Cutting
    Watching: My foals playing in the pasture

  35. Activity: Cutting
    Watching: Cutting

  36. Anne Barnett says

    I loved riding my horse western pleasure and in trail classes…..sadly she passed away this winter at the age of 17….so now I am on the hunt for a new horse….our family enjoys watching the horses in the pasture…one will be sorely missed.

  37. Gord Schnell says

    I can think of no better way, to spend my day, than to tour the “back country” on a horse. As a boy, growing up on an Alberta farm, and actuallyI rode my horse to school every day…winter and summer.

    Cavalia is a live “art form” that reminds me of the beautiful horses of Spain.
    My wife and I spent two weeks on an estate in the south of Spain, where we rode Andalusian horses in the surrounding hills…. a memory I will never forget!

  38. My 2 favorites are the same, barrel racing=:) I think it is actually an addiction now!

  39. Anita Barnett says

    My two fav things are: competing in trail class (esp. bridleless) and,
    watching dressage freestyle costume classes!

  40. Holly Myers says

    Barrel racing

    barrel racing –

  41. Kenny page says

    I love doing whatever I can on my horse willow, it was hard to have her be gone for training, but now she’s home!!! I love to work the flag and buffalo on her. She is my best friend!
    I love to watch working cow, cutting,and roping,

  42. I love to trail ride. It gives me a chance to relax and get away from it all. I love jumping too. But, anything on a horse is wonderful.

    My favorite to watch is jumping.