Gifts for Him

Photo by BAR XP PHOTO.

A wonderful collection of gift ideas for him!! For under the tree, under the saddle, in the barn or in his belly. All are amazing presents from local vendors.

OUTDOOR COVER
This Powder River Outfitters collection fleece bonded softshell jacket from Panhandle features a full zipper front, interior wind flap, adjustable cuffs and is water and wind resistant. Perfect for the man who lives in the outdoors. $139.95. www.lammles.com

Powder River Outfitters jacket from Lammle’s Western Wear.

A NIGHT OUT
A night out is a sweet surprise for anyone. Give a gift that includes great service, a spacious western atmosphere, a fantastic steak and a house-specialty mashed potato wrap. Silver Slate Steak house by Stavely, Alberta offers high fashion dining in a home-style way. Gift Certificates available at www.silverslatearena.com

A hearty meal at Silver Slate Steakhouse is exactly what he wants this year!

Sole Mates
He’ll get a kick out of a Christmas gift from Alberta Boot Company! Outfitting royalty, movie stars, athletes, public figures, and most importantly – ordinary people from all over the world! Alberta Boot Company has a wide selection of ready-made boots and can also help you create the perfect pair for your sole mate this holiday season. www.albertaboot.com

Alberta Boots carries a wide variety of boots for him.

SOLAR PROTECTION
BEX sunglasses are engineered to stay comfortably on your favourite wrangler’s face. Complementing active lifestyles, every pair is lightweight, polarized durable and designed to look great on everyone. The company understands that an active lifestyle causes normal wear and tear on the nose pads, which is why each pair of sunglasses comes with a replaceable set. bexsunglasses.com

Bex Suglasses and a wild rag by Brown Creek Wild Rags. Photo by BAR XP PHOTO.

GRAND TOPPER
The holidays just aren’t the same without a great topper, whether you choose a star, a tree and angel or a gorgeous hat from Prairie Wind Hatworks! Located in Pincher Creek, Alberta, they can make a custom hat from the band up or give a current hat a little bit of TLC. Find them on Facebook @prairiewindhatworks2018

Prairie Wind Hatworks will make the custom lid your guy is looking for.

Holiday Beef Wellington

Complimented by porcini mushrooms and a prosciutto wrap underneath melt-in-your-mouth pastry, this beef wellington is what dreams are made of.

A twist on a classic. This crowd-pleasing beef wellington is a perfect centrepiece for your next Christmas dinner.


By MIKE EDGAR, Photos by TWISTED TREE PHOTOGRAPHY

BEEF WELLINGTON

Ingredients:
1.5 Kg Beef Fillet
2 Tsp. Vegetable or Sunflower Oil
2 x 50g Pack Dried Porcini Mushrooms
25g butter, plus extra for the sauce
500g (1 lb. 2oz) Shitake Mushrooms, Finely Chopped
Handful Fresh Thyme Leaves
6 Slices Prosciutto
1 x 500g Pack Lighter All-Butter Puff Pastry
Plain Flour, for Dusting
1 Egg, Beaten to Glaze
1/2 Cup of Dijon Mustard

For the Sauce

500ml (½pt) Good-Quality Beef Stock
1 Bottle 750ml Shiraz

METHOD

Season the beef with salt and black pepper. Heat the oil in a large frying pan.

Seasoning the meat.

Sear the meat for 30 seconds on all sides until turning golden. Leave to cool.

Searing the meat.

Meanwhile, soak the porcini mushrooms in 250ml (8fl oz) boiling water until softened. Remove from the liquid, squeeze dry, then chop finely. Reserve the soaking liquid. 

Heat the butter in a large frying pan. Add the mushrooms and the thyme. Cook until golden and the pan is dry (up to 20 minutes). Leave to cool completely. Reserve a quarter of the mushrooms in the pan.

Rub the beef with the Dijon Mustard.

Rub the beef generously with the Dijon Mustard.

Put two large sheets of clingfilm on a work surface, overlapping slightly. Place the prosciutto on top, overlapping the edges to make one ‘sheet’ large enough to wrap the beef. Spread with three quarters of the mushroom mixture, then sit the meat on top and spread with the remaining mushrooms.

The beef on the cingfilm with prosciutto and mushroom mixture.

Roll the prosciutto around the beef, using the clingfilm. Wrap tightly and chill for 10 minutes.

Roll the prosciutto around the beef, using the clingfilm. Wrap everything tightly together in the clingfilm.

Set aside a quarter of the pastry. On a floured surface, roll the rest into a square or rectangle big enough to wrap the fillet: approximately 35cm (14-inch) square. Trim to neaten, then roll the edges of the joining sides a little more thinly.

Remove the clingfilm from the beef and position it in the middle of the pastry. Wrap the pastry up along the length of the beef, overlapping slightly at the join. Brush the edges with beaten egg and seal. Fold up each end like a parcel. Transfer to a lightly greased baking tray, seam side down. Roll out the remaining pastry and cut shapes to decorate.

The beef is placed inside the pastry.

Brush the Wellington all over with egg, press on the decorations and brush again. Chill for 20 minutes (or up to 12 hours if you like).

Brushing the pastry with egg with help it seal and allow the details to stick.

Preheat the oven to gas 8, 230°C, fan 210°C and put a baking sheet in the top third. To make the sauce, pour the wine into the pan with the reserved mushrooms. Bring to the boil and simmer until the wine has reduced to about one tablespoon. Add the stock and the porcini mushroom liquid and boil for 10 minutes until syrupy. Season, then stir in one teaspoon of butter. Set aside. 

Put the Wellington and its tray onto the heated baking sheet in the oven and roast for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C, then cook for another 20 minutes for medium-rare meat (15 for rare, 25 for medium). 

Leave to rest for 10 minutes. Warm the sauce through. Serve slices of the Wellington with the sauce and vegetables.

If you’re interested in side dishes to go with this exquisite meal check out our blog here.

CHIEF CROWFOOT – SOLDIER OF PEACE

View of Chief Dick Bad Boy and Chief Crowfoot at the Calgary Stampede. Photo credit – J.312/2 appears courtesy of the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

Born in 1830 near the Belly River in southern Alberta, his infant name was Shot Close. His parents, Istowun-eh’pata (Packs a Knife) and Axkahp-say-pi (Attacked Towards Home) were Kainai or Blood, of the Blackfoot Confederacy, which also included the Blackfoot and Piegan peoples. If their names were any indication, the times were troubled and warring factions, prevalent.

When he was five-years-old, his father was killed by rivalling Crow, and a year later his mother remarried a man (Many Names) from the neighbouring Siksika Nation. Determined not to be left behind, the young boy trailed his departing mother and her new husband as they left the Kanai to travel back to Siksika. He followed the two on foot for several hours, eventually inducing them to turn around and bring both the youngster and his grandfather, Scabby Bull, back to become members of the Blackfoot Tribe. He was then given the name Bear Ghost, and would later inherit his father’s name Istowun-eh’pata or Packs a Knife.

As a youth he proved himself a formidable opponent and a respected warrior. He earned the name “Crow Indian’s big foot,” after getting wounded during a raid for horses on a Crow camp. That name was later shorted to Crowfoot by interpreters.

He was in 19 battles before the age of 20, and his most serious wound occurred after being shot in the back during a Shoshoni winter raid. The lead ball was never removed and in his later years, he would be limited in his riding ability and travels. With that constant reminder, his resolve turned to raising horses and addressing tribal affairs, and with the death of Three Suns, his band chief, Crowfoot became a minor chief of the Blackfoot tribe, although neither Blackfoot, nor from a family of chiefs.

His bravery and determination earned him respect among the Blackfoot people, however, it was his skill as a diplomat and a voice of peace that raised his profile with the local white population. In 1865, he rescued an Oblate missionary, Father Albert Lacombe, while Fr. Lacombe was visiting a Blackfoot camp east of Hobbema, Alberta. It was attacked by Crees and after several hours, Father Lacombe tried to intervene and call a truce, but the Cree did not recognize him and he was shot by a ricocheting bullet. Crowfoot arrived with a legion of warriors and the outcome of battle was dramatically altered.

His peace keeping missions were many. He established relationships with fur-traders, missionaries and Hudson’s Bay personnel. In 1866 he intervened between the Blackfoot and HBCo. and prevented the deaths of the Metis drivers during an attempted looting of their caravan. Then despite outrage on the part of other warrior chiefs, he escorted the Metis back to Fort Edmonton.

He was one of the surviving Head Chiefs after the smallpox epidemic of 1869-70, but in 1873, his eldest son was killed in a raid on a Cree camp and he vowed vengeance on the camp. He personally led a raid against the Cree and killed a tribe member. During the raid, a young man was captured who bore a startling resemblance to Crowfoot’s deceased son. Crowfoot adopted him, took him for his own son and gave him his son’s name. In a twist of irony, that young man would later return to his own people and become the Chief Poundmaker, who would be arrested during the Northwest Rebellion of 1885. He too, would leave a legacy as a peacemaker, despite charges of treason and imprisonment during the rebellion, and he too, would die at Blackfoot Crossing, Alberta.

Chief Crowfoot left a cultural legacy of influence unrivalled by any other in western Canada.

During the Rebellion, Crowfoot tried to remove himself and his people from the battle, remaining neutral for as long as possible, despite the fact that his adopted son, Poundmaker, was in the midst of the conflict. During the fighting, agents from both sides tried to gain his support, and that of the Blackfoot nation, but Crowfoot was aware they would be limited in their success. It was primarily due to respect for Crowfoot that the warriors refrained from engaging in the conflict.

Chief Crowfoot worked hard to maintain peace and build relationships for the safety and security of his people. He quelled uprisings imminent with the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railroad. He established friendships with Sam Steel and the North-West Mounted Police in an effort to curtail and contain the illegal activities of American wolfers and whiskey traders.

In 1876, when the Plains Indians and US cavalry were fighting, Crowfoot’s support was summoned once again, when a Sioux messenger was sent to ask the Blackfeet to join the fight. The request was made such that, once the Sioux had defeated the Americans, they would then help the Blackfeet to overcome the NWMP. Crowfoot’s reaction was staunch. Not only did he reject the offer but counselled the Sioux that he would stand by his commitment to the NWMP north of the border and would join the police to fight the Sioux if they came north. When they eventually did, as refugees after the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Crowfoot extended his hand in friendship to Chief Sitting Bull while he was in exile in Canada. Sitting Bull was so impressed with Crowfoot that he named his own son Crow Foot.

Chief Crowfoot was invited, along with members of the Blackfoot, Blood, Piegan, Sarcee, and Stony tribes to negotiate Treaty #7 with the Canadian government. He was mistakenly considered to be the leader and head spokesman of the entire Blackfoot Confederation, which created friction between the leaders. However, with his usual diplomacy, he consulted with the other nations and refused all offers of rations or money until the terms of the treaty were complete. The treaty was signed September 22, 1877.

In 2008, Chief Crowfoot was inducted into the North American Railway Hall of Fame for his contribution in helping the Government of Canada to facilitate completion of the railway in western Canada. Canadian CPR President William Van Horne had given him a lifetime pass to travel on the Canadian Pacific Railway. He was further remembered in 2009, when a Calgary light rail transit station was named in his honour.

Chief Crowfoot left a cultural legacy of influence unrivalled by any other in western Canada. He was a soldier; a visionary; a diplomat; a leader; a policeman; a politician and a perpetrator of peace. His legacy is memorialized at the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park in Siksika, and Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Highway #785, Fort Macleod, Alberta.

His influence endures as he is also considered as one of the eight nominees short-listed by the Bank of Canada on November 10, 2020, to be the face of the new $5 bill.

  • By Debbie MacRae

Western-Styled Gift Guide

Our gift for you is this wonderful collection of gift ideas! As always, we are all for spreading some local cheer with amazing gifts for you and yours.

By MONIQUE NOBLE

PUT A RING IN IT
What’s a gift without a box to put it in? For a little extra western flair this holiday season, wrap your special someone’s gift in this extra special jewelry case available at Classic Rodeo Boutique (DeWinton, Alberta). It’s the store that has a little bit of everything for everyone! $250.

@classicrodeo on Facebook

TOWEL SETS
These amazing towel sets are a great way to add some western flair to any décor, a set of three towels includes one bath towel, one hand towel and one face cloth. Deliciously soft and fully washable, these medium thick towels are a quick and easy way to change up a bathroom and add a splash of on point style. Find them on Facebook at Starbound Horses and Western gifts – you won’t be disappointed in their huge selection of locally handcrafted baby blankets, jewelry, décor and more. $50 for a set. www.Starboundhorses.ca

ICING FOR HER
Add a little extra sparkle to the tree with treasures from Sweet Iron Silver located in Didsbury, Alberta. Using Canadian sourced precious metals, Shawna Whiteside handcrafts every piece with artistic western elegance. Gorgeous pre-created items are available, however if you have something more personal in mind, one-of-a-kind heritage pieces that include designs such as a family brand, meaningful designs or nicknames, or even a company logo can be lovingly rendered.  sweetiron.com

SAY WHAT
Gift your bohemian babe this Stellar military jacket emblazoned with a quote from Z. Stardust himself. No gift is ever boring when it comes from Cody & Sioux, one of our favourite local purveyors of all thing’s new west. $144.95. www.codyandsioux.com

Custom Wine Glasses
Wassailing festivities mean so much more when done with a personal touch. Customized glassware is a thoughtful and sweet way to honour your loved ones, loved ones. Award-winning Airdrie, Alberta artist and fellow horse lover Marni Koelln can produce your pets on washable glassware, tree ornaments or canvas with photorealistic detail and/or heartwarming humour. Inquire for pricing. Share your ideas with her at www.marnikoelln.com

FESTIVE CHARCUTERIE
Nothing says Christmas like Charcuterie! These amazing, locally made boards are almost too pretty to cover up with your favourite delicious delights. But who are we kidding? They will be emptied quick enough for everyone to marvel at the artistry below! Below the Bark Designs and Brand it Designs can both be found on Facebook.

TRULY UNIQUE
Looking for something that is truly special? She’ll love anything from renowned silversmith, Scott Hardy. From custom-made buckles, to jewelry, to flasks or saddle silver, Hardy has the perfect signature piece for your one of a kind. Inquire for pricing.
www.scotthardy.com

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography

STAY COZY
WILD RAGS – Wrap yourself or a loved one in the warmth of a 100% silk wild rag from Brown Creek this winter. Starting at $55
www.browncreekwildrags.com

TEE TIME
These tees and tanks from Saskatchewan entrepreneur, Prairie Girl Couture are the staple she wants this year. Designed in a variety of colours and sizes, all are super soft and comfy. $30-$40 each. prairiegirlcouture.com

John McCrae & Bonfire

Lt. – Col. John McCrae, Bonfire and the French Spaniel, Bonneau.


Dr. John McCrae is most famously known for penning one of history’s most evocative war poems, In Flanders Fields. He served first, in Africa, where he was appalled by the inadequate treatment of wounded soldiers on the battlefield, so much so, that he resigned and severed his military relationships for many years.

During WW1, when he shipped overseas to work as a field surgeon, McCrae took his beloved horse, Bonfire, with him, and they would often disappear like ghosts in the night, stealing moments when they could briefly escape the harsh realities of battle.

In his correspondence to his family, McCrae would often write letters to his sister’s children, featuring Bonfire as the author – complete with signatory horseshoe. Yet, he acknowledged the trials of warfare – “we have been through so much together, and some of it bad enough. All the hard spots to which one’s memory turns the old fellow has shared though he says so little about it.”

Bonfire loved blackberries, and they would pick them from the hedges whenever they got the chance. The bond between man and horse was such that it seemed one was an extension of the other. The man served the steed, and the steed served the soldier – until death did them part.

McCrae died of pneumonia and meningitis in 1918, the same year the war ended. Many of the troops succumbed to these conditions after having been weakened and exhausted during their exposure to the inhumane weather and combat conditions.

Bonfire leads John McCrae’s funeral procession.

Loyal to the death, Bonfire carried his master’s empty riding boots, reversed in the stirrups to honour his memory.

It is not known if Bonfire returned home to Canada, however, it is believed he spent his final years in retirement, funded by friends of the man behind the pen.

2021 Ranch Country Horse Sale

ABOVE: Ron and Fran Bird, of Claresholm, AB, received a handmade saddle pad, made by Rachelle Sunderland of Maple Creek, for purchasing the High Selling Saddle Horse from consignor, Jesse Dyck of Faulkner, MB. Purchase price was $22,000.00. Photo by Shelley Drever

The 16th annual Production & Broke Saddle Horse Sale held September 11, 2021 at the Rodeo Grounds of Maple Creek, SK, was another resounding success! This year the event was run by the Jack Auction Group and it once again featured weanlings, yearlings and broke horses.

2021 SALES RESULTS:

Foal Average $1,965.00
Yearling Average $2,530.00
Top 10 Saddle Horse
Average $12,465.00

Janice Ludwig of Lampman, SK, was the winner of the $500 Bonus Consignor
Draw at the 2021 Ranch Country Horse Sale held in Maple Creek on Sept 11.
Photo by Shelley Drever
2021 High Selling Foal at the 2021 Ranch Country Horse Sale was purchased by Terry & Rachelle Sunderland of Sunderland Ranch, Maple Creek for $3,600. Consignors were Roger & Lou Parsonage, Maple Creek. L – R: Lou Parsonage, Terry Sunderland, Roger Parsonage. Photo by Shelley Drever

Equestrian Halloween

A spooky charcuterie. Because the only thing better than a night of candy, eats, ghosts and goblin fun – is doing it all in the barn! Photo by Twisted Tree Photography

This edition of Western Foodie isn’t so much of a “dish” per se, as it is an event. However, the pièce de résistance charcuterie board prepared by Chef Edgar, does take centre stage! As Halloween is fast approaching, we thought it would be fun to focus on a spooky, equestrian-style party for kids and parents alike. With the ample space that an indoor arena offers and the concept of trick-or-treating through the barn, this party can be as socially-distanced or together as you’d like. Plus, it gives the little ones a chance at Halloween candy within your bubble, if you’re still not comfortable with the idea of going door-to-door.

Trick-or-treating in the barn.

SPOOKY CHARCUTERIE
All parties need a charcuterie board, but one with a Halloween twist might just be a little more exciting than a traditional meat and cheese tray. Featuring foods of specific colour hues (like orange, white, burgundy or olive), this charcuterie board prepared by Chef Edgar is a frightful (but fun!) treat to snack on. Since there are no hard and fast rules to creating these grazing appetizers, charcuterie boards can either be sweet or savoury. However, the key to a truly fascinating one is a spread that presents a range of colours and textures – and it must be served on an interesting platter. Plus, when each of the food items seems to fit within the “haunted” theme, this board will appeal to both children and their parents.

It’s true that Chef Edgar is an artist when it comes to comes to arranging a charcuterie feast, but there’s really no right or wrong way to assemble one. Opting for a large, circular wood plank (which is convenient when it comes to using knives,) Edgar choose seven different types of cheeses for our Halloween platter. The cheese was placed strategically around the wood board first and most of it was kept whole, allowing guests the option to slice it themselves with individual cheese cutters provided to each adult.

Next, some of the signature inedible, decor was positioned into the dish. This included a small white pumpkin, a skull head (complete with soft white cheese and olive eyeballs), a meat cleaver and a unicorn skull figurine.

Then, four different types of meat were stationed on the board. Unlike the cheeses, meat should be pre-sliced. Edgar fashioned some of the thinner, circular meats (like prosciutto or Fennel Salami) into rosettes and spread other types like the cured sausages in heaps throughout.

He finished off the board filling up empty spaces with specialities like raisins on-the-vine, figs, dragonfruit, cape gooseberries, olives, figs, grapes and fresh honey comb. The result was astounding and a haunting display everyone could enjoy!

FRIGHT NIGHT GAMES
A Halloween party isn’t complete without some festive games. Classics like the egg-and-spoon race are always good for a chuckle when everyone is racing in your arena in full-on costume – but here’s a suggestion, don’t use real eggs or you might have a mess in your arena dirt. Opt for the cardboard egg versions instead.

Spider web game created with streamers and jump standards. Photo by Bar XP PHOTO.

We used trick or treat bags for a take on the “potato sac” race, and a Jack-O-Lantern with its mouth cut-out along with some skull head balls served well for a target toss game.

The favourite of the youngsters however, was our “Spider Web.” In this game we used some jump standards, duct tape and paper streamers to create a web. The kids then had to crawl, bounce or maneuver their way through the web without breaking or touching a streamer. It was a total hit! Then we amped up the contests with some fun prizes for the kiddos – did someone say full-size chocolate bars..?

A pumpkin craft table. Photo by Bar XP PHOTO.

BARN TRICK-OR-TREATING
There’s something about the idea of trick-or-treating with horses that is exceptionally special for youngsters. We placed a treat in front of each stall in the barn and had the stall windows open, so the horses could stick their heads out to watch. Then each child was given a candy sac, instructed not to run (so as not to spook the horses) and turned loose. By the end of the barn alleyway, each child had a full trick-or-treat bag and it all happened within our social bubble.

The concept of having the horses hand out treats was a real hit. Photo by Bar XP PHOTO.

Treats like individual candy bags made from surgical gloves, graveyard puddings, hand sanitizer, Halloween headbands, chip bags, reusable pumpkin cups, spooky socks, toothbrushes and a medley of other items were “handed out” by the horses to each child.

Photo by Bar XP PHOTO.

PHOTOBOOTH
Because, is it really a party if no pictures were taken? The dollar store is a great place for items like spider webs or balloons to help you with a spooky backdrop. Add a fog machine for a truly, haunting vibe!

ANOTHER LIFE

Photo by Shellie Scott Photography.

Layne MacGillivray is a third generation chuckwagon driver from Halkirk, AB. He is one of many in the wagon racing community who was thrilled to see the return of the sport in 2021. Layne and his wife Loreena recently offered WHR a glance behind-the-scenes of their operation, while they were on a leg of their summer tour for the Strathmore Stampede. At the time of writing, MacGillivray was sitting first in the standings of the World Professional Chuckwagon Racing Association, having just come off a spectacular run in High River, AB.

MacGillivray gave us the chance to ask some tough questions about his sport and his lifestyle. Here’s what he had to say:

WHR – Why do you love wagon racing?

LM – “It’s a combination of a few things. Being around horses is number one. The thrill of the competition, friendships you make and the lifestyle. You get addicted to it, basically. It’s been good to us. We’ve had our ups and downs for sure, but overall it’s been good.”

WHR – What’s your schedule like this summer?

LM – We’ll go home for a few days after Strathmore. Then we leave Wednesday for Bonnyville, AB. After that it’s Dawson Creek, BC, Rocky Mountain House, AB, then Ponoka, AB, and after that, we turn the horses out and go back to work.

(MacGillivray works for League Projects as a truck driver in the off-season.)

WHR – So, you have another career in the winter?

LM – Yes, it gives me some stability to the year. Chuckwagon racing can sustain itself but you can’t do it and then just live for the other months. The horses pay for themselves. But as far as going home and kicking your feet up after the season – that don’t happen.

WHR – Are you excited to see the chucks go back to Stampede next year?

LM – Yeah definitely. It has been a tough two years not having it. I’ve been fortunate to be a part of it for many years and it’s definitely something we all want to get back to. The chuckwagons have been a very big part of the Stampede over the years and we as competitors don’t want to see that end.

WHR – Is there anything that can be done to make wagon racing safer?

LM – I truly believe we’ve done almost everything we can to make it safer. It’s tough. Unfortunately, accidents can happen. But I’ll tell you, when an accident does happen it tears a hole in everybody’s campsites [referring to the community of wagon drivers camped around any wagon racing event]. It’s not like it doesn’t go unnoticed. Everyone here hurts when something happens.

WHR – So what if the races were just a little slower, but still had a dramatic finish at the end?

LM – We’ll it’s tough to rate the horses and it’s not really the speed that gets anyone in trouble. An equipment failure can cause an accident but everyone has safeties on their equipment now to help avoid a potential accident from an equipment failure, so that has been a big change. For us as drivers, we thrive on the competition but we also feel that the fans who come out to watch the sport do as well – so we want to keep the competition there. On the other hand, we don’t thrive on it so much that we want to hurt a horse or another person just to win.

I have been part of racing indoors down in Houston and Ft. Worth Texas where we had to set races up some nights. It’s not easy to do and almost makes it more unsafe than just competing.

WHR -Do you ever have animal activists actually bother you?

LM – Not really but back in 2002 in Calgary, I had trouble with a horse the first night. A guy come to my barn three days later. He wanted to know the condition of the horses, how they were being cared for, etc. He’d heard lots of stuff about the way we treat our horses and how we care for them. When he walked into my barn, he was impressed with the condition of the horses, they all had feed in front of them, the barn was cleaned, etc. He was convinced. He left that day, happy.

WHR – Do you think that’s part of the answer then, in dealing with activists?

LM – We’ve invited activists down, to follow our routine. We do everything for these horses. They eat before we do. They do a lot of things before us. What some people don’t understand is, we get these horses off the track anywhere from age four to eight. For many of them they’re at the end of their racing career, they don’t fit into the jumping or dressage world. It’s true that some don’t want to run any longer, so you have to find another job for them. Some can be turned into good outrider horses. But if not, then you find another riding home for them. And that’s part of our job too – rehoming them if need be. One way or another, we give them another life.

Then, we also retire the ones who’ve run for us after a certain point – I don’t like to run them past age 18. They’ve done it long enough. I’ve had horses in the pasture until they’re 25-26. We take care of them until the end.

The reason we buy them off the track is because we as drivers, have so much into our horses by age four for instance, that it’s more economical to just buy off the track. We don’t breed any horses and most of the ones you’ll see wagon racing are geldings.

I’ve got 21 horses here on the road with me that I feel, if I didn’t have them – I don’t know where they’d be. I’ve got eight more at home. That’s the biggest thing. We feel like we give them another life.

  • Interview by Jenn Webster

Back to School

Photo by Rockin A Photography. Outfit from Cody & Sioux.

Whether you’re preparing to send the kids back to school, or headed to back to work, or simply looking to update your wardrobe with the latest fall fashions, we have some ideas for you!

Photo by Rockin A Photography. Outfit from Cody & Sioux.
Photo by Rockin A Photography. Outfit from Cody & Sioux.

Starting out with our list of favorites is an outfit from Cody & Sioux in Calgary, AB. Here, the model is wearing a mid-length navy Tasha Polizzi skirt ($99.95), copper concho belt ($89.95), Shotgun Willie tee ($59.95), Wild leather jacket ($324.95), bone and pearl necklace ($225.95), and her own Doc Marten’s boots.

Photo by Rockin A Photograpy. Outfit from Cody & Sioux.

Next are the Kimes Ranchwear Sarah jeans ($199.95), a Tasha Polizzi Josie shirt ($174.95), Double D Ranchwear Consuela belt ($199.95) and the model’s own vintage Old Gringo boots.

Photo by Rockin A Photograpy. Outfit from Cody & Sioux.

Lastly, we have some Kimes Ranch high-rise Jennifer jeans ($179.95), Leave the Road tee ($54.95), Lack of Colors Sierra Hat ($144.95), Old Gringo boots ($425.00), and a vintage suede Scully jacket.

Photo by Tara McKenzie Fotos. Outfit from Classic Rodeo.

Then we take you to Classic Rodeo in DeWinton, AB. Featured above is a Tasha Polizzi denim, long sleeve shirt ($259), long turquoise necklace (inquire within), Genuine Handcrafted Sterling Earrings ($350) and turquoise ring. Tooled turquoise Juan Antonio purse – $705. Boots are model’s own.

Photo by Tara McKenzie Fotos. Outfit from Classic Rodeo.

Fall is the perfect time for cozy blankets! This one is by Tasha Polizzi. Hat by Charley 1 Horse.

Photo by Tara McKenzie Fotos. Outfit from Classic Rodeo.

Above is a Double D Ranch jacket with soutache embroidery ($675), and Navajo string pearls from Classic Rodeo. Hat is a custom-built Smithbilt.

Photo by BAR XP PHOTO.

Next, we take you to Lammle’s Western Wear, with styles for the whole family! Above is a Girl’s Panhandle shirt with Aztec print and jeans by Grace with jeweled feathers on the pockets.

Photo by BAR XP PHOTO.

Above is Lammle’s own oilskin vest, perfect for the chillier temperatures of fall.

Photo by BAR XP PHOTO.

Rock & Roll Cowgirl Women’s Southwest Print Vest ($39.95), jeans and white tee are model’s own.

Photo by BAR XP PHOTO.

And the Pandhandle Ladies shirt snap dress, Rough Stock For Her. Featuring a tie front, stretch fabric and western yoke, this versatile piece can be worn alone as a dress or open as a duster. Hat from Smithbilt.

We wish everybody a successful September!