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Hermanson/Kist – March 14, Kist Livestock Auction, Mandan, ND,

Northlands Performance Horse Sale – March 28-29,


Lakeland College Horse Sale – April 11, Lakeland College, AB,

Real Ranch Horse Invitational Sale – April 18-19, Yellowstone Boys & Girls Ranch Equestrian Center, Billings, MT,

Prairie Quarter Horse Breeders Sale – April 19, Prairieland Park, Ag Building, Saskatoon,


Perlich Spring Horse Sale – May 3, Lethbridge, AB 3 Miles East of Lethbridge on Hwy #3 & ¼ Mile South on Broxburn Road.


High Selling Horses of 2013
Billings Livestock Auction Horse Sale

Here’s one of those “good geldings” and he’s Hip 70 “Blazing Titan Sr” a 2005 APHA palomino solid gelding by RK Chico Hancok, offered by Schmitt Horse Ranch, Holland , IA. Gentle and would ride to the level of the riders, he had seen feedyard use and had been ridden on trails. The handsome yellow gelding brought $5,000.

$5,500 – Billings Livestock Auction Winter Special Catalog Sale – The premier 2013 horse sale, led 617 horses through their January 26th sale. The high seller was Hip 131 “Rockets Blue Leo,” a 2003 AQHA bay roan gelding (Speaks Blue Rocket x Drews Hancock), consigned by Schmitt Horse Ranch, Holland, IA and sold to Ed Beyl, Miles City, MT. Loose horse market’s top five averaged $1,220 and the top 20 brought $835.

Billings Livestock

Voted the 2012 PRCA Heel Horse of the Year in the Montana Summer Circuit, Hip 364 ‘Yellowhair Fellow’ a 2006 AQHA Palomino gelding x Haidas Little Pep and out of a daughter of Shining Spark was all he was bred to be and more. Hauled, won on, kind and gentle, the handsome fellow sold to Tom McGuire, Wheatland , WY for $37,000. Gail Molyneaux photo.

$37,000 – Billings Livestock Auction February Special Catalogue Sale – The February 22-14th, sale’s top 100 horses averaged $7,813. The top seller was Yellowhair Fellow (voted the 2012 PRCA Heel Horse of the Year in the Montana Summer circuit), a 2006 palomino gelding consigned by Delon Parker of Worden, MT, and was purchased by Tom McGuire, Wheatland, WY.

Photo by Grant Rolston Photography

$10,750- Calgary Bull & Select Ranch Horse SaleThe annual ranch horse sale took place March 6-7, at the Calgary Stampede Grounds. Lot number 509 was this year’s high seller. The horse was consigned by Clinton Brost of Consul AB, and was purchased by Pahl Livestock Ltd. of Medicine Hat, AB. The 12 select horses sold, averaged $6,320.

$7,300 – Badlands Spring Select Horse Sale  – The March 23 sale took place at the Silver Sage Community Corral, in Brooks, AB. The high seller was JDS Tippy Canoe, a 2003 black gelding consigned by Scott and Gail Sapergia, and was purchased by F. Nester Ranching Ltd of Cessford, AB. The top five horses sold for $6950 and the overall sale average was $3580.

Billings Livestock Auction

Offered by RMO Horses, Heber City, UT Hips 127 and 127X, “Mike and Ike” an eleven and 12 year-old team of draft cross geldings were easy going, easy to handle, easy to ride, and easy to drive. The exceptional team brought $10,400 and sold to Duane and Lucille Landols, Oroway, Alberta.

$10,400 – Billings Livestock Auction Spring Special Catalog Sale – The March 23-24th, held in Billings, MT, brought 681 horses, through the sale ring. The top sellers were lots 127 and 127X “Mike and Ike,” an eleven and 12 year-old team of draft cross bay geldings, consigned by outfitter RMO Horses, of Heber City, UT, and were purchased by Duane and Lucille Landols, of Onoway, AB. The top five lots sold, averaged $8,080 and the top ten leveled out at $6,930.

 Northlands Horse Sale

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$7,700 – Northlands Performance Horse Sale – The limited April 6th, sale in the Edmonton EXPO Centre averaged $3645. The high seller was lot 6, Bar Silver Deck (HS Thirty Thirty X Dancing Dee Doc), a 2001 grey gelding consigned by Lonnie Roth.

Rocking W Horse Sale

$6250.00 – Rocking W Horse Sale – The annual spring sale took place April 20th in the Keystone Center, at Brandon, MB. The top Seller was Lot 20, consigned by Western Star Performance Horses, of Lake Lillian, MN. The 2005 AQHQ Bay Stallion, Shorty’s Quixote Mac was purchased by Thunderbird Horse Center, Brandon, MB. At this sale, Lot 1, 2007 AQHA Sorrel Gelding, “Regalo” was donated by the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys MB Chapter to raise funds for the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital. Regalo was purchased by Lorraine Dupont of Lac DuBonnet, MB, for $4000. The overall sale average was $2000 and the top ten averaged $3850.

$7500 – Prairie Quarter Horse Breeders Sale The fourth annual sale was held at Praireland Park, April 20th. The high seller was lot 47, a buckskin money earning barrel mare consigned by Buchanan Quarter Horses of Carnduff, Sask. and was purchased by Gilliland Brothers Charlois of Carievale, Sask. The top five horses sold averaged $6060 and the overall sale average on 22 head, was $1127.


$16,500 – Western Horse Sales Unlimited – The performance horse and prospect sale took place May 2nd and 3rd, at the Saskatoon Livestock Mart, Saskatoon, Sask. Lot 130 was the high seller, purchased by Arnie and Jan Merchant of Alliance, AB. The top five horses averaged $12,240. The overall sale average on all horses that sold was $3275.

$15,000 – Cow Country Classic Catalog Sale – A total of 856 horses were led through the sale ring at Billings Livestock Auction Mart, May 25th to 26th sale in Billings, MT. The high seller was lot number 175, a 2007 grade black mare (a junior rodeo and ranch horse) consigned by Ted and ReAnn Kautzman, of Manning, ND, and purchased by Cheryl Stern, of White Earth, ND. The top five at the sale averaged $9750 and the top 100 horses sold averaged at $4559.

High Selling Horses of 2012
Billings Horse Sale

Peptos Cuttin Girl High Seller, the  high seller from the Billings February Special Catalog Sale.


$33,000 – Billings February Special Catalog Sale – The February 24-25, sales top selling horse was Peptos Cuttin Girl (by Peptoboonsmal), a 2006 AQHA bay roan mare. The horse was consigned by Joe Bishop, of Steamboat Springs, CO and purchased by Claudia Lummis, Cheyenne, WY. Red Deer, Alberta’s Pekisko Ranch, Ltd, had 19 horses in the sale including Lil Pepto Pistol (Sweet Lil Pepto). The a 2005 AQHA stallion sold for $23,000. The top 100 horses averaged at $6,697, versus $5,797 last year. BLS also mentions a record price of $3,000 for a loose horse.

WLC Real Summer Girl, the Calgary Horse Sale, 2012 high seller.


$10,500 – Calgary Bull Sale and Horse Sale  – The high seller for the March 5th sale, was WLC Real Summer Girl, a 2006 bay mare consigned by the White Lake Colony of Nobelford, AB, and purchased by Don Leahy of Douro, Ontario. A total of 15 horses sold with a sale average of $6,787. The total gross was $101,800. Last year’s sale sold 16 horses, with a sale average of $6,497.

Billings Livestock Auction

Lazers Arrow Lad, the high seller from Billing’s Spring Special Sale.

$6,000 – Billings Spring Special Sale – During the March 24-25 sale the high seller was Lazers Arrow Lad, a 2005 AQHA Buckskin consigned by Bill Johnson, of Big Sandy, MT. There were a total of 827 head of horses with only 28 no sales. The top 100 sold for $3,007.

Northlands Horse Sale

Billy Bob Merada, the Northlands Horse Sale’s high seller.

$8,100 – Northlands Performance Horse Sale – Edmonton’s March 31, sale listed 18 horses sold with the top five averaging at $6,340. The top selling horse was a 2006 sorrel gelding Billy Bob Merada, by Meradas Money Talks, out of a Peppy San Badger mare. The six year-old heeling horse was consigned by Ty Patten of Buck Lake, Alberta and purchased by Kevin Marcink of Stauffer, Alberta. The total sale average was $3,472. Final sales for the day were $69,450.


$6,500 – Horseman’s Reunion Horse Sale – During the Horseman’s Reunion training event in Paso Robles, California, the horse sale took place April 7th. There were 39, two and three year-old horses listed and two horses tied with the top winning bids. One was a bay gelding ridden by Joe Wolter and a buckskin mare started by Pat Parelli. The sale average was $2,500.

$11,500 – Lakeland College Ranch Horse Sale – The April 14 sale had 40 listed along with 5 Black Angus bulls, raised by Lakeland College. High selling horse was GR High Brow, a 2001 gelding by High Brow Hickory. He was consigned by Dennis Dube from Cold Lake and sold to Bill Pocock, of Minburn, AB. Sale average on horses was $3944.

Prairie Horse Sale

LL Double Player, the Prairie Quarter Horse Breeders sale’s high seller.

$20,000 – Prairie Quarter Horse Breeders Sale  – The third annual sale took place April 20-21, at the Prairieland Park Ag Centre, in Saskatoon, SK. At this sale put on by the Prairie Horse Breeders Group, the high seller was LL Double Player, a 2008 brown gelding by Smart Little Player. The horse was consigned by Justabouta Ranch of Saskatoon, Sask. The sale average was $2248 up from last year’s average of $1807.

Real Ranch Horse Sale

Ive Been Charmed, the Real Ranch Horse Invitational Sale’s high seller.

$15,000 – “Real” Ranch Horse Invitational Sale – Montana Ranch Horse Association sanctioned their Real Ranch Horse Invitational Sale at Bridger, MT., April 20-21. The top five ranch horses averaged at $14,200, the top ten averaged $12,275, and all ranch horses sold averaged $6,712. Two top sellers at this year’s sale both brought $15,000. The first high seller was an 8-year-old bay roan gelding, Ive Been Charmed, was consigned by Rex Russell of Laramie, Wyo., and purchased by Jennifer Svoboda of Sargent, Neb. The second horse was an eight year-old bay gelding, Mr Sunny Jay, consigned by Don Selle of Baker, Mont.

Western Horse Sale

Baileys Dually, the Western Horse Sales Unlimited high seller.


$11,500 – Western Horse Sales Unlimited – Saskatoon, Sask. catalogued 233 horses for the sale May 4-5. The top seller was lot 117, Baileys Dually a 2002 sorrel gelding consigned by Sydney Pedersen, Milestone SK and purchased by Lost River Ranches, Manyberries, AB. The top five average $9500 and the overall sale average was $2950. Horses at the sale sold to BC, AB, SK, MB, QC, the maritimes, North Dakota, and Minnesota.

NaturEner Ranch Horse Sale

Shorty Quixote, a high seller from the NaturEner Ranch Horse Sale.


$9,000 – NaturEner Ranch Horse Sale – Medicine Hat, AB, hosted the July 27th horse sale, in conjunction with the annual Ranch Horse competition and Stampede. The high sellers were lots five and 15; Shorty Quixote (by Shorty Lena x Got Pep bred mare), an 2005 bay gelding (who also won the competition for a $4000 paycheck), consigned by Tee Hunter and sold to Dwayne Kesler; Playboy Whiskey (by Mr Play Holly, out of a Doc Tom Tucker bred mare) an 2007 grey gelding (who was second in the competition), consigned by Matt Robertson and sold to Al Golemare. High selling prospect was a 2009 grey gelding, Brighten M Freckles (by Audacious Playgun, out of a Bar Hemp bred mare), consigned also by Tee Hunter and sold to Ted Allison for $4000. The ranch horse average was $6345 and prospects averaged at $3000.

Shamrock Horse Sale

Steelin The Chex, the 35th annual Shamrock Quarter Horse Breeder’s Production Sale’s high seller,


$3,000 – 35th Annual Shamrock Quarter Horse Breeders Production Sale – The annual sale took place in August 6th, in Shamrock, SK. The high was seller Steelin The Chex, a 2008, grey mare consigned by Val Tacholsky, from Medicine Hat, AB and was purchased by Rhys Coward, of Hodgeville, SK. The high selling two-year-old was Cedarlea Boon Dox, which sold for $1900; the horse was consigned by Kylie Deobald, of Hodgeville, SK, and sold to Dave and Susan Ellliot, from Maple Creek, SK. The high selling foal was Cedarlea Closin Shine, a red roan filly, which brought in $1200; the horse was consigned by Bre Deobald, of Calgary, AB, and was purchased by Glen and Sue Mills, of Kaneston, SK.

Sinclair Flying S

Misleading You On, the high seller from the Sinclair’s Flying S Ranch Production Sale.

$4,000 – Sinclair’s Flying S Ranch 5th Annual Production Sale – The fifth annual sale took place August 11th, at Spruce Lake, SK. Lot number five Misleading You On, a 2009 AQHA palomino mare (sired by Master Montoya, out of the mare Ten Sans Pines), was the sale topper. Foals averaged $1230 and the high selling foal brought in $2200. Riding horses averaged $2900, and broodmares sold in the range of $900.

Rocking W

Glams Peppy Cat, the high seller from the Rocking W Horse Sale.


$5000 – Rocking W Horse Sales 26th Annual Fall Horse Sale – The September 1st, horse sale sold 145 horses, at the Keystone Centre in Brandon, MB. The high seller was lot number 27, Glams Peppy Cat (a 2009 AQHA sorrel mare out of a daughter of Pretty Bay Cat). The horse was consigned by Kruger Quarter Horses of Maynard, MN, and sold to Jan Merchant, of Alliance, AB. The top 20 sale average was $3000 and the top 10 foals averaged at $925.

$1,900 – Ace of Clubs Horse Sale  – The annual production sale took place September 6th, at Thorsby, AB. The high seller was lot number 8, a unnamed cremello filly (sired by Im Chex Image, out of the dam RR Maximum Chic), and purchased by Joe Fedoruich, of Dawson Creek, BC. The second high seller was lot number four, an unnamed buckskin colt (sired by Cw Major Blackburn, out of the mare Th Lady Chex) which was purchased for $1000, by Shane Pollitt, of Eckville, AB. The sale sold a total of 34 weanlings from the Ace of Clubs Quarter Horses’ program, which averaged for $535.

Ranch Country Horse Sale

Major Bucks N Pesos, the Ranch Country Horse Sale’s high seller.

$8,700 – Ranch Country Horse Sale  – The annual horse sale was hosted on September 8th, at the Agricultural Grounds, in Maple Creek, SK. The high seller was lot number 67, Major Bucks N Pesos, a 2008 sorrel gelding consigned by Glen Walker, of Rosetown SK, and was purchased by Brian Jurke, of Lloydminster, SK. The top selling foal was lot number nine, a sorrel tovero stallion, offered for sale by Roger and Lou Parsonage and purchased by Mike Shapley, of Acadia Valley, AB, for $2050. There were 30 colts in the sale that averaged $652 and there were a total of 25 saddle horses that sold for $4058.

Cypress Hills Horse Sale

Cypress Hills Horse Sale

$9,300 – Cypress Hills 36th Annual Production Sale  – The 36th annual sale took place September 15th, at the Drill Hall, in Maple Creek, SK. Topping the sale was a six-year-old sorrel, W Bar Clover (Dry Doc Freedom, Definitely Major), gelding consigned by Brad Osadczuk, of Jenner, AB, and purchased by Ivan Lambert of Valleyview, AB. The sale average of 43 head sold in total with an average of $8100 on the top five broke horses and $6865 on the top 10 consignments.

$19,000 – The Western Horse Sale  – The 17th annual horse took place September 28th, at the Westerner Exhibition Grounds, at Red Deer, AB. A total of 66 horses were presented in the sale ring, including 49 cutting, performance and breeding stock horses. The top seller was lot number 55, Catty Jewel, a twelve-year-old AQHA mare (sired by High Brow Cat), consigned by Diel and Jessica Hiner of North Powder, Oregon, and was purchased by David Lindsey of Mount Vernon, Washington, for $19,000. The top ten sale average was $9,740, with an overall average of $4,265.41 (up from the 2011 sale average of$3,543.52).

$27,000 – Jud Little Ranch Production Sale – The Sept. 29th sale took place online at and at the Jud Little Ranch at Springer, OK. The top seller was lot number 21 Rockemsockemcash, a 2009 sorrel AQHA mare by Bugemforcash out of Willys Rockin (Jet N Rocket). There were 52 horses sold. The top five averaged $22,240.

Wild Deuce Horse Sale

Wild Deuce Horse Sale

$17,500 – Wild Deuce’s Working Mountain Horse Select Sale – The eighth annual sale was held September 30th, near Kingman, AB. The high seller was lot number nine, a 2005 AQHA buckskin gelding named Edge (by JE Skippers Gold out of the dam Lynn Betawar, by Zeek the Streak), consigned by Johnnie Gillis of Gillis Quarter Horses and purchased by John Anderson and Kelly Hirsch of Calgary, AB. The average selling price of the nine horses sold, went for an all-time high of $10,411.


$9,300 – Billings Livestock Auction Fall Catalog Sale – The October 27-28th sale brought in 937 head. Top selling horse was lot number 241, Par To Tari Pines, a 2002 sorrel gelding by Tari Pines For You and out of a daughter of Tee Cross. The horse was consigned by Colorado’s T Cross Ranches, and purchased by Duanne and Nicky Stellflug, Laurel, MT. The top 20 averaged at $4,805.

$14,000 – Prairie Quarter Horse Breeders Select Fall Sale – The Oct. 28th sale was held at the Ag. Centre at Prairieland Park, Saskatoon, SK. The high seller was, lot number 7 Dolly D Day, sired by Smart Zanolena (by Smart Chic Olena) and out of an own daughter of Shining Spark. This horse was consigned by Wanda Cormack, of Pickardville, AB and was purchased by Lana Wutzke, of Vanscoy, SK. The overall average price was $1862 on 49 head sold and the average of the top five horses was $ 6780.


$5,000 – Bloodstock Sale – Farmfair International in Edmonton, AB, hosted the Thursday Nov. 8th horse sale. Top seller was ER Kolas Expectation (by EF Pepi Kola, out of the dam ER Nevada Showgirl) a 2009 sorrel gelding, which was consigned by Edey Ranches of Langview, AB and purchased by Lawrence Clegg of Crooked Creek, AB. The sale average was 2,990 on 14 horses.

$7,500 – Billings Holiday Special Catalog Sale – The November 24th sale featured Performance Horses. The high seller was lot 61, RWS Zan Parr Cutter, a 2005 AQHA Chestnut gelding by Zan Parr Dart. The horse was consigned by Witt Crowser, Belle Fourche, SD and purchased by Justin Day, Meadow, SD. The top 20 sale average was $4,245.

Calgary Stampede’s 4-H Rodeo

Calgary Stampede 4-H Rodeo

Marshall Pagenkoff of Airdrie, Alta., a member of the Irricana 4-H Country Riders, participates in the senior cow riding event on Sunday, Aug. 26 at the Calgary Stampede’s 15th annual Invitational 4-H Rodeo. Approximately 100 participants from about 30 4-H clubs across Alberta , aged 9 through 20, took part in the annual event. Photo credit: Calgary Stampede

It starts with an eight-second ride, but it can eventually turn into a full ride.

The Calgary Stampede held its 15th annual Invitational 4-H Rodeo, sponsored by Westcan Bulk Transport, Bayer CropScience, and Lammle’s Western Wear and Tack, on Saturday and Sunday at Olds College in Olds, Alta.

For some of the approximately 100 participants, aged anywhere from 9 through 20, this was the first rodeo of their young lives. Those bitten by the rodeo bug are sure to find fun, thrills, and spills as they progress through Wrangler (junior high) and high school rodeos. And Dave Shields, who qualified for 10 Canadian Finals Rodeos from 1979 to 1990, notes that there’s an even bigger reward available — a top-notch education at a sizable discount.

Like their counterparts who play hockey, lacrosse, or soccer, Shields points out that teenage virtuosos in the saddle could very well land themselves a full or partial American college rodeo scholarship.

“It sure is feasible. There are a good number of Canadian kids each year who enroll in colleges in the United States through rodeo scholarships — some full rides, or full scholarships, and some partial. But it’s all available,” says Shields, of Okotoks, Alta., who chairs the Stampede’s 4-H Rodeo committee and has earned the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame’s Legendary Achievement Award. “They really love Canadian roughstock riders in the States, because we raise better bucking horses up here, and they like the fact that kids in Canada will ride in two or three events.

“U.S. college coaches are always keeping tabs on the Canadian high-school rodeo circuit. Word gets around — either through their scouts, or Canadian kids already at U.S. colleges who come up here to rodeo for the summer.”

The Stampede’s 4-H Rodeo — featuring senior (15 through 20), intermediate (12 through 14), and junior (9 through 11) age categories — attracted participants from about 30 4-H clubs from across Alberta, with timed events on Saturday afternoon and roughstock events on Sunday afternoon.

For the second straight year, Desirae Jackson, 16, of Sundre, Alta., earned three senior red ribbons at the Stampede 4-H Rodeo. Saturday afternoon, aboard her 15-year-old quarter-horse gelding Frosty, Jackson won the senior barrel racing event in 14.94 seconds, and then prevailed in senior pole-bending — which combines slalom racing and flat-out speed, with horse-and-rider teams going head to head on identical arena courses — in a time of 20.48 seconds. Sunday, she and Frosty followed it up with victory in senior goat tying, stopping the clock in 10.56 seconds.

Jackson ended up as the weekend’s high-point champion among seniors, earning 44 of a possible 70 points.

Jackson, who’s heading into Grade 12 at Sundre High School, was crowned Miss High School Rodeo Alberta in June and will hold the title for the 2012-13 scholastic season.

“For me, I think rodeo is going to be something I do for fun. I want to participate in college rodeo, but it’ll be in Alberta, because I plan on attending the University of Calgary,” said Jackson, a member of the Sundre Silver Spurs 4-H club. “The 4-H Rodeo is always a great experience overall. Everyone’s friendly, and that’s always nice. Win or lose, you’re always going to have a good day out of it.”

Trinity Thompson of Red Deer, Alta., earned the junior high-point title at this year’s Stampede 4-H Rodeo, with 27 of a possible 30 points. She captured two of the three weekend junior events — pole-bending, in 22.69 seconds, and thread-the-needle, in 11.13 seconds — and placed fourth in the other, barrel racing, aboard her 20-year-old mare, Josy.

Not a bad result during her Stampede 4-H Rodeo debut, although Thompson has been on the junior rodeo circuit a couple of years. “It was an amazing day. It made it special for me, because I got to meet new people and make new friends and prove my skills,” said Thompson, a member of the Noble Riders 4-H club. “And Josy deserves a special treat, for sure.”

Meanwhile, 13-year-old Lucas Brown of Gibbons, Alta., snared the intermediate high-point crown on a busy Sunday afternoon — which saw him and his gelding, Skeeter, compete at both the Stampede’s 4-H Rodeo and a Central Alberta Rodeo Association (CARA) event at Bowden, Alta. Brown earned 36 of a possible 70 points for the intermediate title — fuelled by victories in intermediate cow riding, with an 82-point score, and intermediate breakaway roping (a variation on, and occasionally a precursor to, tie-down roping) with a lightning-quick time of 2.27 seconds.

“I’ve been competing on Skeeter ever since I started roping two years ago,” said Brown, a member of the Gibbons Light Horse 4-H club, who’s been participating in rodeos for four years. “He’s really reliable, and even when he’s tired, like today, he’ll still give you his best.”

Luke Wrubelski of Leduc County, Alta., who’s 21, will soon be heading off to Lakeland College, in Vermilion, Alta., for his second year of agribusiness studies — and will be closing the books on a dozen years with 4-H in November, when he competes in a national judging competition at Regina’s Agribition.

Wrubelski’s second and final 4-H rodeo was one he’ll always treasure, thanks to Sunday-afternoon wins in senior cow riding — marking an 81 — and senior steer daubing, with a time of 3.32 seconds.

“It’s been absolutely great,” said Wrubelski, a member of the Lakedell 4-H Light Horse club, of his dozen years in 4-H. “All the life skills we learn are just phenomenal. Leadership, teamwork, communication, networking . . . I’ve met all kinds of people, been to the United States three times for competitions and awards trips. It is absolutely a fantastic youth program.”

Karlyn Janssen of Lacombe, Alta., with the Shadow Riders 4-H, was the weekend’s other double champ, capturing the intermediate pole-bending (21.08 seconds) and barrel racing (15.65 seconds) events.

Wrubelski’s sister Jennifer was the winner in Sunday’s senior breakaway roping competition, stopping the clock in 4.33 seconds. Calgary’s Faith Stewart, of the Big Hill West Light Horse club, won intermediate steer daubing in 3.55 seconds, while Sydney Vanden Berg of Coutts, Alta. (Coutts 49ers 4-H Club), captured intermediate goat-tying in 13.02 seconds.

Stephanie Boles of Three Hills, Alta. (Three Hills 4-H Wranglers), emerged as senior thread-the-needle champ in 11.25 seconds. Riley VanDyck of Edson, Alta. (Edson 4-H Multi), was the intermediate thread-the-needle titleist in a time of 14.14 seconds. Codi Wilson of Sundre, Alta. (Sundre Silver Spurs), prevailed in junior barrels, stopping the clock in 16.07 seconds.

This year’s Stampede 4-H Rodeo was held off-site in Olds, and about a month earlier than usual, because of work on the Agrium Western Event Center, one of the most significant infrastructure projects in Stampede history. For details and artistic renderings of this magnificent 150,000-square-foot agriculture showcase and competition venue, scheduled for completion in 2014, visit

Weinberger Sets New Stampede Record

Heavy Horse Calgary Stampede

Dennis Weinberger of Cochrane, Alta., and his Copp’s-supported team of Belgians, Jesse and Sam, rewrote the Calgary Stampede’s Heavy Horse Pull record books on Sunday night, pulling a 13,400-pound weight sled the full 14 feet after winning the heavyweight division under the Big Top.
Photo credit: Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede releases a team of heavy hitters who have stepped up to the plate… and, to no one’s surprise, they swatted it out of the park.

The heavyweight division final of the Calgary Stampede’s Heavy Horse Pull, which traditionally closes out The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, shaped up as a doozy Sunday evening. Because among the nine-team lineup were the 5,288-pound pairing of Big Roy and Bob, owned by Stan Grad’s Airdrie, Alta.-based Soderglen Ranches and teamstered by Randy Dodge of Albany, Ore. – one horse of which had helped author the existing Stampede weight record of 13,300 pounds set in 2011. And also in the mix were the 5,475-pound Springbank Belgians duo of Jesse and Sam, teamstered by Dennis Weinberger of Cochrane, Alta. – one horse of which was involved in setting a world weight record in Michigan last fall.

The result was a heavy-duty display of might and muscle. Because after the Copp’s-supported team of Jesse and Sam had won the division by pulling a 12,500-pound weight sled a distance of 154 inches, they came right back into the infield and rewrote the Stampede’s Heavy Horse Pull record books – dragging a 13,400-pound sled the full 14 feet.

“That felt pretty nice,” beamed Weinberger. “And I think there’s still more room to keep resetting that record. On good, hard ground, there’s quite a bit more room.”

Last September, Weinberger’s team of Jesse and Doc had set a new world record in the heavyweight division at the Hillsdale County Fair in Hillsdale, Mich., pulling a weight of 4,850 pounds a distance of 30 feet, 10 inches.

And this year, the new team of Jesse and Sam is batting 1.000, noted Weinberger’s longtime horse-pulling partner Scott Fisher of Edwardsburg, Mich. “This is only the second time we’ve pulled together with them,” he said. “We took the Appalachians Mountain Bounty in Pennsylvania with this pair in May, and set a record there, too. Two pulls, two records.”

Heavyweight division teams tip the scales at a combined 3,501 pounds or heavier at the Stampede’s Heavy Horse Pull, which is Canada’s premier pull and the richest pull in North America.

By the time the weight sled had been loaded down with 10,500 pounds’ worth of concrete on Sunday, five teams were still alive. One round later, at 11,000 pounds, it was just three. And at 12,500, the tape measure needed to be employed to determine a winner.

Weinberger’s duo set the bar, with that 154-inch pull. Next up were the Antony Family-supported pair of Little Roy and Lane, Grad’s second outfit teamstered by Nicolas Pouso of Mercedes, Uruguay, which managed 45 inches. And when the New West Truck Centres team of Big Roy and Bob could only manage 91 inches, despite the best teamstering efforts of Dodge, it was all over – with Weinberger earning a first-place cheque for $3,000, Dodge collecting $2,500 for second, and Pouso accepting $2,000 for third.
“All three teams that were left have horses with an incredible level of ‘try,’ ” said Dodge. “I think we put on a pretty good show for the crowd. I hope they liked it.”

With the vast majority of the Stampede’s Heavy Horse Pull field consisting of Belgians, the next stop on the horse-pull circuit for many of these teams is the seventh North American Belgian Championships in Brandon, Man., which begins Tuesday.

Owing to the Stampede’s 100th birthday bash, the Heavy Horse Pull committee has introduced a Centennial Trophy this year. The horse-pull hardware will bear the names of the winners in each weight class for 2012 and beyond.

CS Lightweight Horse-Pull Champions

Calgary Stampede Heavy Horse

Dennis Weinberger of Cochrane, Alta., and his Catalyst Accountants-supported Springbank Belgians duo of King and Kris won the Calgary Stampede’s lightweight division of the Heavy Horse Pull on Friday night under the Big Top. Victory is worth $3,000 to Weinberger.
Photo credit: Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede has released the Heavy Horse Pull results: At this level, notes Dennis Weinberger, it’s about strength, fortitude, stamina . . . and the odd horseshoe, too.

Weinberger, of Cochrane, Alta., returned to the winner’s circle at the Calgary Stampede’s Heavy Horse Pull on Friday night, knocking off rival Randy Dodge of Albany, Ore., in the lightweight division under the Big Top.

The two teamsters went to a seventh round before Weinberger’s Catalyst Accountants-supported Springbank Belgians team of King and Kris found an extra reserve of strength – pulling a 9,500-pound weight sled the full 14 feet, compared to the 44-inch effort turned in by Dodge’s Stampede Messenger & Express-supported Belgian duo of Red and Bud.

It’s the sort of Stampede hammer-and-tongs battle that Weinberger expects at Canada’s premier pull, and the richest pull in North America.

“We pulled down in Florida this year against the best in the world, I’d say, and on an eight-pull circuit, we were everywhere from first to seventh out of 12 teams,” said Weinberger, who co-owns his Stampede heavy horse teams this season with Scott Fisher of Edwardsburg, Mich. “It’s a little bit like stock-car racing. When you get the best of the best, it’s the tiny little things – how they set themselves up, how they feel the ground – that can move you around a few spots.

“You don’t ever want to get to that level and get cocky and think, ‘I’ve got it.’ Because you don’t.”

Weinberger, who won the first triple crown in Stampede Heavy Horse Pull history by sweeping all three divisions – lightweight, middleweight, and heavyweight – in 2010, pockets $3,000. Dodge, who followed that lead by winning the Stampede trifecta last summer, collects $2,500 for second place. Kim Hewalo of Pilot Butte, Sask., and his Sterling Western Star Trucks-supported Belgian team of J.R. and Nick finished third, good for $2,000, by lasting to the fifth round and pulling an 8,500-pound sled eight inches.

Frank Peters, who pulled all the way from Bright, Ont., placed fourth with his Befus Construction-supported pairing of Diesel and Doc, who pulled a 7,500-pound sled 78 inches, and stuffs $1,750 in his jeans for gas money and feed.

Dodge, who has replaced now-retired puller Rocky with five-year-old Bud, was satisfied with that reserve championship showing. “(Red and Bud) pulled good. I’d say the best team won. (Weinberger) was just better than I was all night,” said Dodge. “(Red and Bud) work good together as a team. They do pretty well. The young guy’s coming along pretty good.”

This year’s Stampede Heavy Horse Pull has drawn teamsters from as far away as Oregon, Michigan, and Ontario, with outfits primarily featuring Belgian and Percheron horsepower. The teams of the Stampede’s lightweight division, which drew a seven-team field this year, weigh in at a combined two-horse weight of 2,400 to 3,000 pounds.

Among the three Heavy Horse Pull divisions, the lightweights are the only equines that regularly pull three times their weight. Weinberger’s winning duo, which tipped the scales at a combined 2,893 pounds, ended up pulling 3.28 times their own weight during Friday’s seventh and final round.

The Stampede’s Heavy Horse Pull will continue for two more nights under the Big Top. The teams of the middleweight division, weighing a combined 3,001 to 3,500 pounds, step into harness on Saturday, July 14 at 7 p.m., while the equine titans of the heavyweight division, tipping the scales at a combined 3,501 pounds and more, take over the spotlight on Sunday, July 15 at 7 p.m.

Owing to the Stampede’s 100th birthday bash, the Heavy Horse Pull committee is introducing a Centennial Trophy this year. The horse-pull hardware will bear the names of the winners in each weight class for 2012 and beyond.

Stampede’s Heavy Horse Pull

Calgary Stampede Heavy Horse Pull

The Calgary Stampede’s Heavy Horse Pull Advertisers’ Auction, which kicks off the richest horse pull in North America , allows supporters a great opportunity at promotion, a unique venue for entertaining clients, and the chance to view some top-notch agricultural entertainment. This year’s auction will be held on Wednesday, July 11 at 7 p.m. under the Big Top.
Photo credit: Calgary Stampede

According to the Calgary Stampede, Norm Vertefeuille didn’t need much of a push to get involved in horse pulls. And 30 years later, he’s still a tireless teamster.

Vertefeuille, of Lumsden, Sask., is one of the longest-serving competitors in the Calgary Stampede’s Heavy Horse Pull, having first set the hook under the Big Top back in 1996. And by this point, it’d probably take a team of his own Belgians to keep him away from Stampede Park in mid-July. “I was born on the farm (in Saskatchewan), but I hadn’t had horses for a long time, and we’d just moved back from New Brunswick. One of our neighbours, Ron Sebastian (a regular Stampede competitor over the years), was pulling at the time — this was 1983 — and we went to a couple of pulls. I got the itch, so I had to scratch,” says Vertefeuille with a laugh.

The Stampede’s Heavy Horse Pull runs through the final three nights of The Greatest Show on Earth — from Friday, July 13 through Sunday, July 15. It’s Canada’s premier pull, and the richest horse pull in North America, with winners in each of the heavyweight, middleweight, and lightweight divisions taking home $3,000. A total of 29 teams are expected to compete during the Stampede’s Centennial year, arriving from as far away as Oregon, Washington, and Michigan. And this year, the Stampede’s Heavy Horse Pull committee will be introducing a Centennial Trophy, which will bear the names of the winners in each weight class for 2012 and beyond.

This summer, Vertefeuille and neighbor Earl Kazmere, who’s helped out the Trails End Acres rig for the past three years, will arrive with two teams of mighty Belgians — Star and Ned in the heavyweight division, and Kon and Nip in the middleweight class. “The horses are just like people. Every one of them has a different temperament, and they’ve all got to get treated totally differently,” says Vertefeuille. “If the horses are in good shape, and they’ve been worked hard, in my mind, it doesn’t matter how much they pull — if they give you everything they’ve got, that’s what matters. Win, lose, or draw, I always say that if my horse gives me everything it’s got, I don’t want anything more.”

Over the past two years, the Stampede pull has seen some breathtaking displays of mighty horsepower. In 2010, Dennis Weinberger of Cochrane, Alta., and his Springbank Belgians outfit won the triple crown for the first time in Stampede Heavy Horse Pull history, claiming all three divisions. And in 2011, it was Randy Dodge’s turn to make a clean sweep. The veteran teamster from Albany, Ore., earned himself a Stampede trifecta, including a win in the heavyweight division using horsepower loaned to him by Stan Grad’s Airdrie, Alta.-based Soderglen Ranches. Dodge then directed the Soderglen team of Belgians, Ben and Roy, to a new Stampede record in the heavyweight division, pulling a 13,300-pound sled the full 14 feet.

Besides the caliber of competition and the prize payouts, there’s another reason the Stampede’s Heavy Horse Pull has such a sterling profile — and that’s the official kickoff to the event, the annual Advertisers’ Auction, which will be held on Wednesday, July 11 under the Big Top at 7 p.m. First established in 2002, the Stampede’s Heavy Horse Pull Advertisers’ Auction has become a truly magnetic event for individual and corporate supporters, with attractive and affordable branding possibilities.
The Heavy Horse Pull allows supporters a great opportunity at promotion, a unique venue for entertaining clients, and the chance to view some top-notch agricultural entertainment. For successful bidders, the Heavy Horse Pull advertiser’s package includes passes to watch their teams during competition from a private VIP section under the Big Top, signage on the horses during competition, stall signage in the barns, and an exclusive party in the Victoria Pavilion alongside the horses after the main events. Last year’s edition smashed all previous records, with bids for 23 teams totalling $62,200. “Our Advertisers’ Auctions have become a real spectacie,” says Don Berglund, who chairs the Stampede’s Heavy Horse Pull committee. “It’s amazing how charged up people will get when their name is proudly displayed on the winning team.”

Adds Vertefeuille: “It’s the people that make this sport, I think. Ever since the Stampede started holding the auction, it’s been more of a ‘people’ event than ever. Last year, I was telling a lady about my team of middleweights. I said, ‘They’ve only been together six months. I don’t know what they’re going to do, but they’re going to give me everything they’ve got.’ She said, ‘Well, you’re honest. I’m going to buy you.’ And she did, darn it!”

This year’s teams primarily feature Belgian and Percheron horsepower. Classes are based on the total weight of the two-horse team – lightweights from 2,400 to 3,000 pounds, middleweights from 3,001 to 3,500 pounds, and heavyweights tipping the scales at 3,501 pounds and up. Potential bidders looking to attend the 11th annual Heavy Horse Pull Advertisers’ Auction can contact Navada Phipps in the Stampede’s agriculture administration office at [email protected]

Vertefeuille, who won a trio of Stampede titles in the heavyweight division back in the 1990s, has won numerous Class of the Class honours at Calgary — an award bestowed on the team that best demonstrates a combination of performance, sportsmanship, and overall appearance. He’s as busy as ever on the pulling circuit, with his 2012 calendar featuring 15 events — as far afield as Swan River, Man., and Minot, N.D. “It’s a great pastime. Great exercise. And the horses don’t talk back,” he chuckles.

Prairie Paint Horse News


Saskatchewan Paint Horse Club

SjPHC Vice-President Audra Cooper (left) Paint Horse Pete and SjPHC president Taylor Gardner (right) in SPHC booth at Equine Expo.

The SPHC has been very busy, our AGM was held in Saskatoon on Jan. 21st. The 2012 SPHC board will be Nicole Gauthier president, Tammie Cooper Vice President, Secretary: Wendy Davis, Directors Laura Martin, Bruce Martin, Henry Gauthier, Lorraine Beaudette, Stephanie McMillan, Melissa Miner, Zone 10 member representative Ronni Nordal, Agribition member representative Karen Kotylak. Lots of discussion on the upcoming year with lots of new ideas where introduced.

The Saskatchewan Junior Paint Horse Club then had their AGM, followed by supper and one award presentation. Please note that all youth members who purchase a membership with SPHC are automatically members of the SjPHC, there will not be an extra membership fee for the youth club.

With our spring show cancelled last year due to EHV-1 all our year-end awards were presented at the Harvest of Colours except the PAC award. This award is presented to the Paint Horse enrolled in the PAC program that collects the most points on the open show circuit during the year. CongratulationS goes out to Audra Cooper and Clayboys Sassy Girl. If you show a paint horse on the open circuit this is a program we suggest you enroll in.

Saskatchewan Paint Horse Club Awards

SPHC President Nicole Gauthier presenting PAC award to recipient Audra Cooper at AGM meeting.

With time comes change, and we have some big changes in 2012. Our May Long weekend show will still be held in Lloydminster May 19-20. Watch the website for forms and added information, but what is new is on June 23, 24th we will be hosting a one day one Judge APHA show! This exciting new adventure will have us offering Novice Amateur and Youth classes in conjunction with a one-day open Heritage show. We are still working on the details but mark us on your calendar and watch the website for more information, or you can contact Stephanie McMillan at [email protected]

If you have heard rumors of us not hosting the Fall Harvest of Colours show, unfortunately they are correct for this year, but as the club moves forward we are also very excited to announce our first annual Trail ride and Trail challenge! This family trail ride weekend starts Sat. June 30 at the Eagle Creek Regional Campground. Sunday July 1 will be an outdoor trail challenge competition. The trail ride & challenge is open to all breeds and all ages of rider…s. We are planning a potluck sat. evening in the park and hopefully some more “horsey” events, silent auction, tack/clothing sale & entertainment that evening. For details on the ride & challenge we will have information on our website For details on camping you can visit the Sask. Regional parks website We are also looking for silent auction items and sponsors for the event. This promises to be a fun filled, family weekend with lots of “non-horsey” activities in the park for those who don’t ride. Feel free to contact Laura Martin, Edam, Sk, (306) 397-2775 for more information.

Speaking of positive fun equine events, we just got home and unpacked from the Equine Expo, this weekend event pulled in over 9000 horse enthusiasts from all over to shop, learn and visit at Prairieland Park, in Saskatoon. Our Paint Horse Club had a booth promoting our breed and was run by our newly formed Saskatchewan Junior Paint Horse Club members. We had a celebrity guest helping out for the weekend. Paint Horse Pete the mascot for the APHC come all the way from Texas for the event and loved every minute of it. He was a popular guy and enjoyed meeting everyone and posing for pictures. He also made an appearance at the parade of breeds held Saturday evening along with our Paint horse riders Laura Martin, Sam Boxall, Taylor Gardner and Rosalyn Kenny. Our riders displayed Western Pleasure, Hunter, driving and Ranch riding to a packed crowd. Hard to show the beauty and versatility of our lovely Paint horses in just 5 minutes but these riders did an awesome job. Paint Horse Pete also helped sell tickets on the youth clubs raffle saddle package, with the winner being able to choose either an English or Western package as well as seat size and color. We would like to thank everyone who supported the youth and purchased tickets, we will be selling tickets until our Lloydminster Spring show May 20th and will announce the winner in the June Newsletter. Thank you to Joe Bloski from Early’s Farm and Garden for the help with this saddle package. If you would like to sponsor or would like more information on sponsoring our SPHC or SjPHC feel free to contact any of our directors. We currently have sponsorship openings for both our upcoming shows and our Trail ride and Trail Challenge.

Well that is about all for now, an easy newsletter to write with all the upcoming events and the renewed enthusiasm in the horse world after the Equine Expo. We look forward to hearing news from you on this springs babies, or any exciting news you have to share. Till then happy spring and shedding season! I am looking forward to see you all out on the trail.

February Western Go-See’s

By far one of the most prominent horse events in February is the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show & Shopping Expo, beginning this Thursday and running through to February 26. It’s held at the beautiful WestWorld facility and whether Arabians are your breed of choice or not, this show is a must-see, if you’re in the area.

This year, nearly $600,000 will be paid out at the show. Last year was my first introduction to the show and I loved it. From the tradeshow, to the stall fronts, to the many classes, It truly is the biggest and the best.

I’m looking forward to seeking out this year’s Reining Futurity Classic, a popular event for the Canadian contingency, which once again, has a stunning $150,000 up for grabs and is NRHA sanctioned. This event has a purebred and half-Arabian component to it. Watch also, for the non-pro and amateur derbies, again for both purebred and half-Arabians.

Photo by Jenn Webster.

Jenn blogged about the annual Hershberger Performance Horse Sale when she attended it in 2010. This year this sale again will feature  reiners, cow horses, cutters, barrels, head, heel and calf horses, many with top pedigrees, earnings and credentials in the show pen. Look for it at the Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Center, in Queen Creek, on Feb. 18.

DeWitt Stables of Mesa, Arizona, will also be hosting a draft horse, mule and wagon auction on Feb. 17-18. I’m told this is Arizona’s largest draft horse and mule sale. Call (480) 266-8190 for info.

More February events in the Phoenix area:

South Buckeye Equestrian & Events Center features a team roping school this week with Becky and Travor Mahoney.

Join the Arizona Desert Riders for their Wickenburg Progressive Ride, from Feb. 15-18.

Dunn’s Arena, at Litchfield Park hosts regular Friday night sorting, roping and barrel racing.

The Scottsdale Saddle Club, Arizona’s oldest and most active saddle club, has a Western Show on Feb. 25, held at the dreamy Arizona Horse Lover’s Park in Phoenix.

Cowboy mounted shooting offers up a vibrant culture in Arizona. If you missed the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association Winter Championships last weekend in Buckeye, head down to Casa Grande on Feb. 25-26 for what’s headlined as “not your Gramma’s shoot!” –  The Gunfight in Arizona.

Last year in Germany, I happened to have a chance to attend a medieval jousting festival. Held on ancient castle grounds, it was a completely unexpected and fascinating side trip, learning and experiencing this vibrant equine sub-culture, which exists surrounding the Middle Ages and the sport of jousting.

I just learned Arizona also has it’s own Renaissance Festival. It runs every Saturday and Sunday until April 1, held near Apache Junction.

If you haven’t experienced the town of Wickenburg, their annual Gold Rush Days, Feb. 16-19, might be a good time to take a drive there. The town celebrates it’s ranching and gold-mining heritage with a parade, rodeo, dance, arts and of course, a staple of Arizona’s Wild West – gunfighter’s shootouts.

I plan to hit the Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival, Feb. 17-19. It’s an inaugural event featuring native American art, music and dance.

Finally, if you happen to be searching for a house in the area to rent for a week or two, there is a special opportunity at the Facebook Page, “Cooper Family Trust Fund Auction.”

Canadian Cowboy Country magazine, along with Lindsey Edge and Dee Roy banded together to host this incredible online auction on Facebook to raise money for the Cooper Children’s Trust Fund.

As explained on the CCC website:

“Cam Cooper, 40, and his brother Wade, 44, died in northern Saskatchewan June 28, 2011 in a float plane crash that also claimed the lives of three others. Cam and Wade each left behind a wife and three children.

“The Cooper brothers were well known in cattle country for their exploits on the rodeo circuit and as working cowboys. Cam was a former bronc rider with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, and Wade was manager of Heartland Livestock in Prince Albert. Cam and Wade are the brothers of Ash Cooper, seven-time Canadian Professional Rodeo Association Contract Act of the Year and host of Cowboy Country TV.”

It is such a worthy cause, and I’ve been so inspired by the strength and generosity of our community, just browsing through the page and viewing the extensive line-up of donated items. One of which, happens to be a two week stay in a donor’s Arizona City, Arizona home, including such goodies as the use of golf clubs and yes, a pool is included!

There are literally hundreds of other items up for offer on this page, so take some time to check it out if you are able, and get bidding!

Canadian Quarter Horse Association Appoints 2012 Youth Team Members

Canadian AQHA
Germany will be the host country for the next biennial American Quarter Horse Association’s Youth World Cup to be held in Kreuth, from July 21-29, 2012. This event, first held in Australia in 1986 as the International Youth Quarter Horse World Cup, has become one of the most prestigious equine competitions recognized world wide. It is a major initiative of the CQHA to field a youth team for this competition which is held every two years.

The CQHA Youth World up Committee is pleased to announce that it has chosen ten qualified youth participants from all across Canada, for Team Canada 2012.

For more information regarding the Canadian Quarter Horse Association, including Team Canada’s participation at the 2012 AQHA Youth World Cup, visit the CQHA web site and check out the Youth World Cup links.

Joannie Backes

Joannie Backes

Joannie, an 18-year-old from Carlsbad Springs, Ontario, started showing horses when she was just five. She has had the advantage of riding a wide variety of young horses, many of which were raised by her family. She has also had the fortune of showing numerous Quarter Horses in many events since 2007. Over the past couple of years, Joannie has achieved awards including being a semi-finalist and a finalist at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, numerous regional top ten finishes, earning an OQHA Supreme Championship, earning her AQHA Youth Championship, and receiving many AQHA , OQHA and EOQHA year-end high point awards. When not in the show pen, Joannie is busy breaking and training horses that are being raised on her family farm. She has enjoyed volunteering with the Take a Horse to School program (in connection with the Children’s Wish Foundation) and with her area Quarter Horse association. While enjoying activities such as hip hop dance, and swimming, her true passion is horses. Joannie looks forward to bringing her skills and experience to Team Canada as she rides for her country in Germany.

Quinn Brandt

Quinn Brandt

Quinn is a 15-year-old from Steinbach, Manitoba. She started riding lessons at the age of five and has been involved with horses ever since. Quinn became involved in 4-H at a young age and has since shown dressage and jumping and has grown to be a top competitor in the Quarter Horse circuits in the all-round events. Her skill in the show ring has been recognized with numerous open and youth Manitoba year end awards, winning the top Youth Exhibitor at the 2011 Manitoba 50/50 Futurity as well as being a Canadian National Champion and Reserve Champion.Quinn is active in her community. She enjoys a wide variety of sports including volleyball, basketball, badminton and ringette. When not competing in school sports, Quinn is often found volunteering for the other school teams or helping at one of the school sponsored volunteer events. Quinn has also spent time volunteering with her local 4H and at events sponsored by her church. Quinn’s strong leadership skills and her dedication to all that she does makes Quinn an ideal member of Team Canada.

Carly Epp

Carly Epp

Carly is 18-years-old and from Caledon, Ontario. She has been riding since the age of six. By the age of ten, her parents bought her first horse and she staring competing at the open shows. Shortly after, Carly got her second horse when she was 14 years old and started competing competitively. In this short period of time, Carly has been very successful in competing in both English and Western events. Carly has placed in the top 10 at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, was tied for Ontario Rookie of the Year (2010) and received many reserve and champion area year-end awards. Carly’s horse showing success has carried over into other areas of her school life as well, where she has received many academic achievement awards. Carly has also found the time to volunteer by tutoring other students, participating in studies at The Hospital for Sick Children, assisting with school orientations, and helping out at Brownie Camps. Carly is looking forward to the experience of a lifetime: representing Team Canada at the 2012 Youth World Cup.

Rianna Storey

Rianna Storey

Rianna returns to Team Canada for the 2012 Youth World Cup. She was a rider for Team Canada at the2010 Youth World Cup and successfully helped lead Canada to an impressive 6 th place overall, while proudly winning a silvermedal in the horsemanship class herself. Rianna is an 18-year- old from Cambridge, Ontario. She has been showing Quarter Horses for many years. She started in the lead-line classes as a young girl and has now developed into a competent, well-versed horsewoman in many events. Rianna’s abilities in the show ring have led to many awards such as Congress Champion, Youth AQHA Supreme Champion, two-time Youth AQHA Performance Champion and three-time Provincial All-Round Champion. Some of her 2011 accomplishments include earning an AQHA Championship, earning four Superior Champion awards and qualifying for three events for the AQHA World Show. Outside the show ring, Rianna volunteers for her provincial Quarter Horse Association. She has been a director for the Ontario Quarter Horse Youth Association and has been the vice-president since 2009. She also volunteers on a weekly basis at Sunrise Therapeutic Riding Centre. Rianna looks forward to be competing in Germany and to being Team Canada’s biggest fan.

Haley Strading

Haley Strading

Haley is an outgoing 15-year-old from Aldgergrove, British Columbia. She has been riding both English and Western all of her life and currently loves showing cutters and hunter/ jumpers. She has won many awards both in the hunter/jumper events and the cutting ring; including being the BCRCHA Junior Youth Champion for 2010, the 2010 AQHA Regional Cutting Junior Youth Champion, and most recently the BCQHA 2011 Youth Year End Champion. Her success in the cutting ring multiplies itself in the hunter/jumper ring. Haley also enjoys dancing, volleyball and basketball. She volunteers on a regular basis in numerous capacities. Haley is the one that is always there to lend a helping hand as she is the one to go the extra mile to help others out. One of Haley’s goals is to represent Canada at the 2012 AQHA Youth World Cup in Kreuth, Germany.Her positive and caring attitude, compassion for others and her kind-heartedness has helped make this goal a reality.

Alternate Riders are:

Amanda Daly

Amanda Daly

Amanda is a 15-year-old from Pritchard, British Columbia. She has been riding since she was in diapers and has become an accomplished young rider. Amanda has experienced success in the AQHA all around events, as well as the cutting pen. This past year saw Amanda as the AQHA Region One Youth All Around Champion as well as the BCCHYA Youth Champion. When away from the Quarter Horse shows, Amanda keeps busy participating in school events. She has been on the school volleyball and basketball teams, as well as serving on her school council. She has also been an active member of her local 4-H for the past four years. Amanda is excited to use her leadership skills as she joins her teammates in representing Canada in the 2012 Youth World Cup.

Anika Hodgson

Anika Hodgson

Anika is a 17-year-old from Stellarton, Nova Scotia. She has been riding for ten years and has earned numerous awards with AQHA, including an AQHA youth championship, winning numerous Maritime Quarter Horse high point awards, as well as being the Maritime all round youth. Anika has also had the privilege for riding for the Maritime youth team at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. When not in the show pen, Anika is busy helping out at her trainer’s farm breaking and riding a wide variety of horses. While away from the barn, Anika is busy volunteering with the Rotary Interact Club at school, being the co-editor of theNorth Nova Education Centre yearbook committee, being a team leader for Kids for Bowling, participating in various fundraising runs, and being a member of MQHYA board. Anika is excited to bring her skills and knowledge to Germany as she is part of a team that will represent Canada at its best.

Youth Leadership Members are:

Laura Anne Berensci

Laura Anne Berensci

Laura Anne is a 15-year-old from Paris, Ontario. She has shown Quarter Horses for the last couple of years and has had the privilege of showing at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. Laura Anne’s favorite class to show is hunter under saddle but has also shown in all-round events in AQHA shows and in her area saddle club. She has also been on the Ontario Saddle Club Youth Team Tournament for the past four years and enjoys working and showing as a team. When not busy with her horse, Laura Anne attends Paris District High School where she is an active member of her students’ council. She has also volunteered for numerous school activities and is busy on the council of the Big Creek, Ancaster and Norfolk saddle club. Laura Anne looks forward to bringing her strong leadership skills and her determination and perseverance to her team as she represents Canada at the Youth World Cup.

Stefanie Lepp

Stefanie Lepp

Stefanie is an 18-year-old from Rivers, Manitoba. She has been riding since she was five, starting with lessons on jumper ponies, then riding with a reining trainer, and then participating in her local 4-H equine club. In 2007, Stefanie became involved showing at provincial Quarter Horse shows and has worked her way to becoming the young horsewoman she is today. Stefanie enjoyed instant success in the AQHA show pen and has earned herself numerous Manitoba year end awards, numerous circuit championships in Manitoba and Minnesota and multiple top ten placings at the Canadian Nationals. When not showing, Stefanie is continuing her studies as an accomplished pianist, working on her family farm, training dogs and volunteering with numerous animal clinics, a puppy daycare facility, and with her 4-H club. Stefanie is looking forward to bringing her skills to Team Canada and helping the team to do the best it can.

Brittany Ruecker

Brittany Ruecker

Brittany is an 18-year- old from Balcarres, Saskatchewan. She attended her first Quarter Horse show in 2006, entering the Grassroots classes. Although she has had the chance to ride many horses, it was not until 2008 that she was able to get her first Quarter Horse and has been showing it since. Brittany has won sportsmanship awards with SQHA, was highpoint Grassroots youth, SHF Heritage Circuit reserve champion in Western, champion in English, and was western and English champion in the Youth Equestrian Tournament Mane Meltdown. This is Brittany’s last year as a youth exhibitor, but it is only the beginning of her future endeavours. Brittany spends much of her “non-horse” time volunteering in her community. She helps out with the local 4-H club, plays piano and is a Ukrainian dancer; talents she enjoys using to help entertain the people at her town’s integrated Care Centre, she helps instruct young Ukrainian dancers, is part of her school student council, and is a referee for volleyball games. Brittany is thrilled to bring her skills and enthusiasm to Germany as Team Canada in such a prestigious event.

Team Canada Coach: Della Cyderman

Team Canada Coach Della Cryderman has been breeding, training and showing Quarter Horses for over thirty years and presently owns and operates a equine training facility. Her focus for Cryderman Training Stables is to prepare horses and their exhibitors for national and international competition. While the majority of the horse/rider combinations that she coaches show American Quarter Horse circuits, she also coaches several dressage and jumping horses/riders. Cryderman has travelled and shared her knowledge with riders who have committed to furthering their skills, and given many clinics ranging from first time riders to numerous youth and amateurs who became AQHA Superior Award winners, AQHA Champions, AQHA Versatility Champions, All-American Congress and AQHA World Show finalists. Cryderman’s daughter, Jessie Godin was a gold-medalist member of Team Canada while competing at the Youth World Cup hosted by Australia in 2004. Cryderman served as President of the Thunder Bay Quarter Horse Club for 15 years and as President of the North Superior Quarter Horse Council for 10 years.

Team Canada Manager Karen Westerback 

Team Canada Manager Karen Westerback has been involved with Quarter Horses for approximately 20 years and competes as an amateur on AQHA show circuits in Canada and the U.S. She has achieved two AQHA Amateur Superior Awards and is an AQHA Amateur Champion. Westerback is employed as a Youth Services residential worker for youth who are at risk with the law, helping to develop therapeutic plans for release from custody. She has served her local Quarter Horse associations over the years as Secretary, Vice-President and Youth Advisor, and has been actively involved in major fund-raising events and organizing. In the past year, she has acquired a new role as a ring steward for several large AQHA show circuits including the Minnesota Corporate Challenge and the Bob Yanz Masters.

It’s All About Fun

Morgan Goettler of Okotoks, Alta., and her horse Tom compete in the senior barrel racing event during the Calgary Stampede’s 14th annual Invitational 4-H Rodeo, held Sept. 17 and 18 under the Big Top on Stampede Park. About 100 young rodeo enthusiasts, aged 9 through 20 and hailing from 30 4-H clubs across the province, congregated in Calgary for educational seminars and competition in seven timed and roughstock events. Photo credit: Calgary Stampede

To finish first, first you must finish. It’s a time-worn adage in the world of auto racing, but it’s also just as relevant in rodeo’s roughstock events.


The Calgary Stampede’s 14th annual Invitational 4-H Rodeo wrapped up its two-day run under the Big Top on Sunday afternoon, after more than 100 youngsters aged 9 through 20, hailing from 30 4-H clubs across the province, descended on the Stampede City.


One of the cornerstones of the Stampede’s 4-H Rodeo, sponsored by Westcan Bulk Transport and Lammle’s Western Wear and Tack, is top-notch education — courtesy of undisputed rodeo experts. And the advice doesn’t get much more big-league than former Canadian rodeo star Dave Shields of Okotoks, Alta., who recently earned the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame’s Legendary Achievement Award, and qualified for 10 Canadian Finals Rodeos from 1979 to 1990.


On Sunday morning, Shields presented a roughstock clinic to young 4-H Rodeo cowboys and cowgirls, using the same livestock simulator that he designed himself a quarter-century ago, propelled his son Davey Jr. to bareback fame, and was used at Shields’ Ridin’ High Rodeo School by every Canadian professional bareback rider who competed at the 2011 Stampede.


As Shields explained to young rodeo minds on Sunday, the dismount determines everything.


“It’s about properly setting your rope, setting your hands in the rope, what to do with your feet . . . and how to get off. And that’s probably one of the most important elements in roughstock,” says Shields, who chairs the Stampede’s 4-H Rodeo committee.


“A lot of people don’t think of that. They concentrate so much on how to get on, but they don’t give any thought on how to get off,” adds Shields. “It’s so important, especially if they’re riding steers or bulls. If they’re taught right off the bat how to turn their head and look backward, they’ll roll over and land on their hands and knees, rather than their backs or hips or head.”


For many who entered the ring this weekend, the Stampede’s youth invitational affair was their first taste of rodeo. Some will go on to participate in Wrangler (junior high), high school, college, amateur, or even the pro rodeo circuit, while others are merely seeking some weekend enjoyment.


That’s why Stampede 4-H Rodeo organizers not only stressed the didactic component . . . they also emphasized fun.


“Hey, I’ve also coached minor hockey for 20 years — and the first part of the word ‘fundamentals’ is spelled F-U-N,” notes Lorne Lausen, owner of Lausen Indoor Arena south of Strathmore, who conducted a calf roping clinic on Sunday morning. “We teach the kids how to swing a rope, but it’s fairly easygoing, and it’s all about fun.”

Adds Shields: “If they’re going to do it, they’ve got to have fun. The only reason to be doing this is because you enjoy it, not because someone else wants you to.”


Under the Big Top arena, timed events were held Saturday afternoon. Desirae Jackson of Sundre, Alta., had a big day Saturday, winning the barrel racing event in the senior (15 to 20) age category with a time of 14.85 seconds and following up with victory in the senior pole-bending event — which involves head-to-head runs, combining slalom racing and straight-out speed — in a time of 19.88 seconds.


Jackson had competed Saturday aboard her 14-year-old quarter-horse gelding Frosty, and on Sunday she earned yet another red ribbon — this time in senior goat tying, a roughstock event — on her cousin’s 12-year-old quarter-horse gelding Bush, laying down a nifty time of 11.67 seconds.


“I’ve been barrel racing and pole-bending most of my life. This year, I’ve been working hard at it for high school rodeo, which I just started this month,” said Jackson, 15, who’s been competing at the Stampede’s 4-H Rodeo since 2006. “It’s really tough competition, but I’ve been placing Top-10 against fields of 70 girls. This weekend, I think, gave me a lot of confidence to take back to high-school rodeo.”


Also Saturday, Breanna Macklin of Sundre won the senior thread-the-needle event — which sees competitors negotiate a tight corridor, circumscribe a pole at the end of the course, and return down the same corridor — in 11.73 seconds. Dayna Powell of Onaway, Alta., was the thread-the-needle champion in the intermediate (12 to 14) age category in 11.63 seconds, while Megan Rawn of Millarville, Alta., was the junior (9 to 11) thread-the-needle champ in 12.63 seconds. Miranda Hartung of High River, Alta., won intermediate barrels in 15.16 seconds, while Madelyn Schauer of Halkirk, Alta., prevailed in junior barrels by stopping the clock in 15.05 seconds. Karlyn Janssen of Lacombe, Alta., earned the intermediate pole-bending title with a 20.553-second run, and Deshann Valentine of Sundre emerged atop the junior pole-bending category in 22.05 seconds.


Sunday afternoon, the roughstock events took over the Big Top infield, with M.J. Wowk of Myrnam, Alta., earning a pair of championships — senior cow riding, with a score of 69, and senior breakaway roping, with a formidable time of 6.42 seconds.


“I ranch rodeo, so I do stock saddle-bronc riding and ranch roping. This is my first year riding broncs, and I really like it. I’d like to do more bronc riding, and see where it takes me,” said Wowk, 16.


Nicole Lausen of Carseland, Alta., and Powell won the Stampede 4-H Rodeo’s inaugural steer daubing contest, Lausen claiming the senior category in 1.31 seconds and Powell winning intermediate in 1.49 seconds. Wace Pallesen of Strathmore, Alta., was intermediate cow riding champ with a 71-point ride; Ashton Ewasiuk of Elk Point, Alta., won intermediate goat tying in 12.99 seconds, and followed it up by emerging atop the pack in intermediate breakaway roping in 6.29 seconds.


After it was all over Sunday, Wowk talked about skills accrued, lessons learned, and new friendships gained. “You leave here today and you have to say goodbye,” he noted, “but you also know it’s not the last time. That, to me, is the biggest thing — the people you meet, and the places that’ll take you later on in life.”


Adds 4-H Rodeo committee member John Finn: “Every year, after it’s all done, we have kids and parents come up to us and thank us for what we’re doing. And that’s when the point is really driven home to us that we’re doing something special. That’s what really makes it all worth while.”


And for the young cowboys and cowgirls who felt this weekend was the start of something special, Shields notes there’s also a large, tangible reward potentially waiting down the trail. Like their counterparts in the world of hockey, lacrosse, and soccer, high-school-aged rodeo athletes can reach out and pluck American college scholarships, he says.


“There’s a full four-year college education available through rodeo, if these kids do it right,” says Shields. “I never finished school. To this day, I wish I would have known about high school rodeo (and its springboard potential to U.S. college). I always try to push that, whenever I can, through my rodeo schools.


“College coaches in the States are looking for Canadians all the time, because the Canadians are the tougher cowboys in the roughstock events. Kids here are used to getting on bucking horses. And our kids who do end up on the U.S. college rodeo circuit, they go down there and shine.”