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Wildrose Quarter Horse Show


Trevor McBurney, Tracy Mills & Kendra Roswell....scoping out the Trail course

Westerner Park hosted The Wildrose Quarter Horse Show held July 26th to July 31st at the Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta. The show included five AQHA Approved shows, five NSBA shows, one NRHA Reining Show and three NSBA All Breed Futurities including two go rounds and four judges.

A little "Tim's" for Laura (Begg-McAllister) & Wicked Krmysun (aka "Vick" owned by Brenda Gower) before going into Junior Trail....must have been lucky coffee, because they won the class under both judges.

Hi Point Champions included Walk/Trot Youth Kade Gower and Chocolate Tater Chip. Novice Youth went to Teneil Ziegler and Im Real Easy.

Youth 13 and Under went to Jenna Salmon and her horse My Bowtie Affair. Sayley Beaton and Tommy Lee Loper won the Youth 14-18.

Novice Amateur went to Janice Buchnyski and Macs Good N Hot. The Amateur title went to Tracy Mills and her Horse Hot Obsession. Amateur Select was won by Lynda Savenkoff with Hotraoddinclination.

Leslie McCleave (show manager) & Kari Williams (show secretary)....two of the best and we're lucky to have them on our team.

Junior High Point Horse was given to Tommy Lee Loper owned by Norm and Judy Rieu and exhibited by Deserie Armstrong. Three D Western owned by Susan Walsh and shown by Cindy Soderberg took the title of Senior High Point Horse.

Three D Western (aka "April") owned by Susan Walsh.....qualified for Senior Trail at the 2011 Wildrose QH Circuit and was already qualified for Open and Amateur Performance Halter Mares.

Shiners Lena Dust owned by Ken and Margaret Johnson, rode by Amanda Antifaev won the Open NRHA Reining Class. Limited Open went to Easy To B Great, owned by LeaAnne Darrach and exhibited by Terri Lee Sapergia.

Deserie Armstrong on Ima Good Bar Deluxe (aka "Jake" owned by Susan Lehmann) in the Green Trail.

Windy Williams took the Novice Horse Non-Pro Class on Nicki Q Chex.
The Non Pro and Limited Non Pro Classes went to Tag Chex Topsail, owned and shown by LouAnn Redden.

Lindsay Soderberg and Maysa Hankins....getting them started young!!!

Cowboy Up Challenge: Day One Decided

Glenn Stewart of Baldonnel, B.C., in saddle, captured the Calgary Stampede’s inaugural Cowboy Up Challenge in July 2010. The horse trainer and clinician is in the mix again this year, after winning Saturday’s first round at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Photo credit: Calgary Stampede

OK, OK, time for Glenn Stewart to come clean.

When Stewart won the Calgary Stampede’s inaugural Cowboy Up Challenge last July over some of the brightest lights of the Extreme Cowboy Association (EXCA), it was billed as somewhat of a David-versus-Goliath victory. But Stewart, from Baldonnel, B.C., has an extreme streak of his own.

“We have our own little circuit. We don’t call it Extreme Cowboy Racing, but we’ve been having our own horsemanship competitions for eight years,” says Stewart of the Extreme Horsemanship Canada circuit, which he operates from his own home base in northeastern B.C., The Horse Ranch.

For the past five summers, the Extreme Horsemanship Canada series has made tours across Western Canada, making stops in Smithers, B.C., Eaglesham, Alta., Stonewall, Man., Winnipeg, and Saskatoon, with Stewart – a longtime natural horsemanship clinician – in charge of course design, judging, and emceeing.

“It’s very similar to what (EXCA founder) Craig (Cameron) has going in the United States. There are four areas of horsemanship that I teach – on-line, liberty, freestyle, and finesse – and when I first saw what Craig was doing, I thought, ‘Wow . . . that’s pretty close to what this is.’ They’re very similar.”

In March 2010, Stewart placed third during the Craig Cameron Extreme Cowboy Race Clinic at the Corral on Stampede Park from a field of 20 locals. And in July, he grabbed the spotlight from American heavy hitters such as Robin Bond of Vista, Calif., Bill Cameron of Rosamond, Calif., and Sally Addington of Polk, Penn., by winning the Stampede’s Cowboy Up Challenge – the first Extreme Cowboy Race held on Canadian soil – aboard Genuine Jet Smooth in the Scotiabank Saddledome.

As Extreme Cowboy Racing continues to gather steam in the U.S., Stewart is back to defend his Stampede title. With Saturday’s and Sunday’s preliminary go-rounds now in the books, the stage is set for the second annual Cowboy Up Challenge championship final on Monday, July 11 at 3 p.m. at the Saddledome.

Extreme Cowboy Racing, sanctioned by Bluff Dale, Texas-based EXCA, is the brainchild of Cameron, known as the “cowboy’s clinician,” and originated as a TV program in the U.S. It’s the fastest-growing sport in the equine industry, and more than 100 EXCA events were held last year from Hawaii to Alberta to Maine.

A timed and judged event, Extreme Cowboy Racing demands both horsemanship and speed, and challenges both horse and rider with an obstacle course that may include such challenges as moguls, bridges, log crossings, tunnels, cowboy curtains, roll backs, and water crossings, among others. Judges award points for each obstacle, on a scale of one to 10, based on criteria such as horsemanship, cadence, control, and overall execution. Horse-and-rider teams are required to complete each obstacle within a predetermined time period to collect points.

As with other EXCA events, all three rounds of competition at this year’s Cowboy Up Challenge feature a different course layout. Following Sunday’s second go-round, the stage is now set for Monday’s final – with 12 horse-and-rider teams set to attack the Saddledome course in pursuit of the $7,000 winner’s cheque and coveted Stampede buckle.

With a pair of preliminary go-rounds now in the books, the 12-team field is now set for the final of the Calgary Stampede’s second annual Cowboy Up Challenge. The final begins on Monday at 3 p.m. at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Photo credit: Calgary Stampede

Stewart, who won Saturday’s first round of competition on Genuine Jet Smooth, is back among the top 10 qualifiers for Monday’s final, a list that also includes Runt Rageth of Harris, Mo., and Burdock, James Anderson of Strathmore, Alta., and CK Olena Doc, Robin Bond of Vista, Calif., and I’ll Cowboy Up, Steven Barrett of Wheatland, Ind., and Mr. Genuine Doc, Teala Caton of Eckville, Alta., and Marshmellow, Chris Redden of Ravenwood, Mo., and Wrangler Baron, Kateri Cowley of Exshaw, Alta., and Kokanee, Corinne Lindquist of Perris, Calif., and The Master Cure, and Tammy Botsford of Chestermere, Alta., and Dez Add To The Assets.

Also advancing to the final are a couple of wild-card entries – Russel McKenzie of Eckville, Alta., on Quincy Dan’s Dancer, and Adrian Neufeld of Olds, Alta., on Valenfire’s Attractive Image. Scores over the first two rounds will be wiped out, and all teams will start Monday’s championship with a clean slate.

Stewart is back with Genuine Jet Smooth, an 11-year-old American quarter horse stallion, one of his main demonstration horses at The Horse Ranch. “Jet’s always been eager to please, that horse. Tries hard. Really a confident horse. They’re not all made equal, and I was lucky to have gotten him,” says Stewart. “I’ve got all the horse I need.”

As owner of The Horse Ranch, Stewart has travelled all over the world conducting horsemanship clinics, camps, and courses. And just recently, he earned an invitation to the prestigious Road to the Horse, the world championship of colt starting, at Murfreesboro, Tenn., in March 2012, as one of the world’s six best horse trainers and clinicians. Still, winning the inaugural Cowboy Up Challenge will remain a lifetime highlight for Stewart. “It was overwhelming. The whole thing was unbelievable,” he says. “I didn’t ever expect to be going to the Stampede for any reason other than to watch. To go, and compete in something that I do and teach anyway, was fantastic.”

Watch Glenn Stewart’s winning run on the Western Horse Review Facebook page.


Cowgirl Celebrates 106 Years


When Isora DeRacy Young saw her first day of life in 1904, it was without the fanfare that she has since experienced as an independent woman who developed a national reputation in the rodeo arena, as well as a rancher and business woman.

Set to celebrate her 106th birthday on May 20, Isora Young of Stephenville, Texas, is the oldest living member of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. She may also be the oldest living woman in Texas following the death of Eunice Sanborn of Jacksonville, Texas, on January 2011, at the age of 114.

The Texas Legislature will honor Young with a proclamation on May 20th and will fly a flag over the Texas Capital Building that will be later presented to her.

Young was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1979 and was honored for her role as a champion calf roper and barrel racer from a time when women in rodeo were very rare. She began competing in the early 1930s and was promoted as one of only two cowgirl calf ropers in the world. She followed the rodeo circuit all across the country and aided in the organization of the GRA until she retired to ranching.

“Isora is a great testimony to the resiliency of women raised in the West,” said the Museum’s Executive Director Pat Riley. “Women of today can learn so much from her life that included fame, a long marriage and the birth of her entrepreneurial spirit.”

Young, who still lives independently with a cat named Sugar, was recently profiled in Erath County Living where she speaks of a life that did not include public school until she was 15 and being named a deputy sheriff in Reeves County where she carried a pearl-handled revolver while she collected taxes.

She married I.W. “Dub” Young in 1939 and the two traveled throughout the West competing in rodeos before buying a ranch near Stephenville. After leasing their ranch in 1947, they moved to South Dakota to ranch and continue rodeoing until their retirement from the sport. The couple returned to Erath County and Isora began an income tax service business. When Dub died in 1976, Isora had 400 customers and moved to Stephenville.

“I wanted to stay on the ranch but Dub told me when he was gone, I should move to town,” she related to the magazine. “So that’s what I did.”

Young enjoys a family that includes three granddaughters, six great-grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.

“I’ve sure had fun,” she said. “I can eat anything I want and I really like spicy food. I haven’t been sick that much; my hearing and eyesight are not what they used to be, but I can still get around all right. I’ve got wonderful memories, but all my old friends are gone.”

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honors and celebrates women, past and present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience, and independence that helped shape the American West, and fosters an appreciation of the ideals and spirit of self-reliance they inspire.

Located at 1720 Gendy Street in Fort Worth’s Cultural District, the museum includes interactive exhibit galleries, three theaters, a retail store and a grand rotunda housing the Hall of Fame. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $10 and $8 for children ages 3 to 12 and seniors ages 60 and up. Please visit or call 817.336.4475 or 800.476.FAME (3263) for more information.



Education and Encouragement

Education is a key element of the Calgary Stampede’s annual Invitational 4-H Rodeo, with rodeo experts tutoring teens on everything from horsemanship to sports medicine to biosecurity. Credit: Calgary Stampede

Rodeo rapport. Lindsay Miller felt it at the age of 10 during her very first spin round the infield dirt at a 4-H affair in Hanna, Alta., and she makes sure it’s an essential part of the curriculum every time the Calgary Stampede Invitational 4-H Rodeo comes around.

“I always remember the hosting environment of 4-H Rodeos when I first started out,” says Miller, of Dalemead, Alta., who went on to show in high school and college rodeos, and currently competes in the Canadian All Girl Rodeo Association. “It was a great environment. Everyone always showed encouragement, and it was OK to be starting at a place where you didn’t necessarily understand the event.

“People were always willing to help walk you through it, and encourage you to keep working at it.”

Encouragement and education remain the cornerstones of the Stampede’s Invitational 4-H Rodeo, sponsored by Westcan Bulk Transport and Lammle’s Western Wear and Tack, which will hold its 13th annual edition under the Big Top on Saturday, Sept. 18 and Sunday, Sept. 19. In all, 104 youngsters, ranging in age from 9 to 20 and representing 30 4-H clubs across Alberta, are registered to participate.

Many a rodeo career has begun at the Stampede’s annual youth invitational affair, and this weekend’s 4-H Rodeo on Stampede Park will be no exception.

“Fundamentally, we’re trying to teach the kids the basic elements of rodeo. That way, they can participate in rodeo as safely as possible,” says Miller, who has been involved with the Stampede’s Invitational 4-H Rodeo through its entire lifespan — first as a competitor, then a stock contractor, and now an educator and committee member. “Not only for themselves, but also for their horses and the livestock they’re going to be using in the competition. We want to make sure the kids know how to properly prepare themselves.”

Adds Wayne Waddell, who chairs this year’s Stampede Invitational 4-H Rodeo: “Safety is a major component, and through our clinics we also want to help the kids improve in the events they’re interested in.”

In recent years, education has become a key element of the Stampede’s 4-H Rodeo. Afternoons are earmarked for competition under the Big Top, with timed events (barrel racing, thread the needle, and pole bending) on Saturday and rough stock events (breakaway roping, cow riding, and goat tying) on Sunday, but mornings are devoted to clinics and seminars conducted by undisputed rodeo experts.

On Saturday morning, Suzanne DePaoli, a professional barrel racer who’s competed at the Calgary Stampede and the Canadian Finals Rodeo, will discuss horsemanship, while Miller will hold a seminar in goat tying, Dr. Ted Shacklady will conduct a biosecurity clinic, Dessa Hockley will discuss horse personalities, and Calgary’s Mark Barrett, who operates Strong Cowboy Strength and Conditioning, will give a detailed talk on sports medicine.

Sunday morning, former Canadian rodeo star Dave Shields, who’s won the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame’s Legendary Achievement Award, will lead a cow riding clinic, while calf roper and team roper Shawn Miller will lead a discussion on the finer points of calf roping and Miller will again teach the intricacies of goat tying.

“We’d love to see these 4-H members get their start in rodeo right here at Stampede Park, and come back one day as Stampede Rodeo stars,” says Stampede agriculture program co-ordinator Sharon Yeast, who notes many competitors use the Invitational 4-H Rodeo as a stepping stone to the Wrangler (junior high), high school, and college rodeo circuits. “And the people we bring in to conduct our morning clinics are the best in the business — extremely skilled in their craft.”

Barrett will lead a particularly important discussion on sports medicine, which includes topics such as strength, conditioning, flexibility, and nutrition.

“It’s hard to compare rodeo events to other sports, but in a lot of cases, you’re being pushed into positions whether you like it or not by a larger animal,” says Barrett, who’s the exercise physiologist for the Canadian Professional Rodeo Sports Medicine Team. “You’re not going to overpower a 1,200-pound horse or a 1,600-pound bull, but you need to manage your body in spite of that. And if you are more flexible, stronger, more powerful, or all of the above, you’re going to do a lot better than if you just go into it cold turkey.”

Afternoon competition gets underway under the Big Top on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Miller also expects there’s more at stake than ribbons and prizes. “It’s a great opportunity for kids to forge friendships with other kids from all over the province,” she says. “I’m still quite close with a few people thanks to friendships I made at 4-H Rodeos, and I wouldn’t have otherwise had that opportunity.”

Stampede Barrel Racing Wrap-Up

The Calgary Stampede is one of Savannah Reeves’ favorite rodeos. Last year, she and her horse, Thunder, won the reserve title. This year, the Dublin, Texas barrel racer left the 2010 ‘Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth’ with the Championship bronze and $112,500 in prize money.

“My horse, Thunder, really performs well here,” the talented rodeo athlete explained after the ‘Final Four’ run Sunday, July 18, “We were second last year – we won $41,000 then – so I was excited about coming back for this year’s Stampede.”

A three time Texas Circuit Finalist and registered nurse, Reeves finished her 2009 season in sixteenth spot in the World standings after losing her great horse ‘Moon’ in a freak accident last summer. Thunder and Fire, her primary rodeo horse now, is an 11 year old son of the great barrel horse stallion, Firewater Flit, and out of a ‘Pass Em Up/Bunny Bid/King’ bred mare. It was this gelding that Reeves rode at Calgary to the reserve title in 2009 and the Championship this year. “I recently purchased him from my parents,” explained Reeves a few minutes after her big win at Calgary. “And he’s just paid for himself!” she added with a big smile.

The ten day Calgary Stampede Rodeo is set up in two ‘4 day’ Pools with ten contestants in each. Five monies are paid each day ($5500 for first down to $1500 for fifth place) with the top four money earners from each Pool moving forward to the final Sunday Showdown Round. For those contestants not able to qualify out of the two Pools, another opportunity is offered on Wild Card Saturday (July 17) where the top two athletes also move onto the final day of competition. All ten Sunday long-round contestants get paid: the top four depending on their success in the final four round and the bottom six $3300. each regardless of Sunday’s long-go ranking. A strictly invitational rodeo with the World’s top contestants in attendance, the Calgary Stampede is neither CPRA nor PRCA approved. Translated, the money won does not count for the CFR/NFR (though bull rider earnings count in the PBR)… but it does help pay the ‘not insignificant’ costs of rodeoing at the professional level. Of the twenty barrel racers competing at this year’s Stampede, five were Canadian.

Reeves’ 2010 Stampede success began on the second day of Pool B action when she turned the barrels in 17.59 seconds to win the round and $5500. She added two third place finishes over the next two days for a total of $12,500. and third overall in the Pool. Without the pressure of competing in Wild Card Saturday (where contestants enjoy a last chance to secure one of two available berths in the Final Sunday Showdown round), Reeves was able to enjoy some time away from the Stampede grounds. “Lindsay Sears is a good friend of mine,” she explained. “I was able to head out of Calgary to her family’s ranch (a couple of hours southwest of Calgary) where I stayed from Friday evening to Sunday morning. My horses had a break and some green grass.” This no doubt helped Thunder on ‘Stampede Super Sunday’ where he and Reeves ran their personal best times of the week (two 17.25 second runs back to back in the long and short go-rounds).

Additional Pool B qualifiers were Sue Smith (2009 NFR qualifier) and Canadians, Joleen Seitz (2006 Calgary Stampede Champion) and Rana (Walter) Koopmans (2009 Reserve Canadian Champion).  The top four Pool A barrel racers were two time and defending World Champion, Brittany Pozzi;   NFR qualifier, Jill Moody; 2008 World and Stampede Champion, Lindsay Sears and two time Canadian Champion and NFR qualifier, Lisa Lockhart. These eight contestants were joined by the two fastest Wild Card Saturday barrel racers, PJ Burger (’09 NFR qualifier) and Molly Powell (many time NFR and Calgary Stampede qualifier).

The final Sunday long go (or ‘ten round’) saw Reeves take the win (17.25) with Sears 1/100th of a second behind. Smith ran a 17.37 for third spot with Koopmans at 17.38 rounding out the four competitors who moved onto the ‘Final Four’ $100,000 round. Koopmans enjoyed the top of the ground in the short go on Real Easy Doc (a 9 year old ‘Easy Jet’ bred gelding that won the $100,000 Pro Tour in his futurity year). Unfortunately, two hit barrels left Koopmans with fourth place money – $10,000 (a pretty nice sum for 4th place). Sue Smith ran next and turned the barrels in 17.88 on her Dash Ta Fame NFR horse for a third place cheque of $15,000. Sears enjoyed a run that looked tough to beat (17.31) on her World Champion mare, Martha – good for $25,000. But, Reeves and Thunder were able to repeat their long-go time to win the title and the $100,000 first place purse.

Reeves found the competition tough… and was excited to be in the company of a World Champion, an NFR qualifier and a many time CFR qualifier in the short go. While her final performance wasn’t without challenge (Thunder set hard on first barrel and popped Reeves forward), the pair were able to negotiate the pattern in the fastest time that day. The overall fast time at this year’s Stampede, 17.13, was run by Sue Smith and her 7 year old NFR gelding, Real Claim Ta Fame earlier in the week.

Stampede officials worked diligently on the ground conditions throughout the ten day event – which saw everything from 28C (90 degree)  temperatures to 8C (50 degree) days with rain and hail. While greater success overall was seen by barrel racers running closer to the top of the ground, Sue Smith earned one of her two round wins in tenth position on the ground with a 17.19 second run. Other 2010 rodeo event winners were Will Lowe (Bareback Riding), Matt Shiozawa (Tie-Down Roping), Wade Sundell (Saddle Bronc Riding), Lee Graves (Steer Wrestling) and Douglas Duncan (Bull Riding).

More detailed results are available at

NOTE: Barrel Racers, don’t forget to enter the “All Dressed Up For Dinner” contest where you could win a pair of Lawman’s PETROL jeans!!

The Best in the West

Calgary’s Ron Mathison was the inaugural winner of the Elite Western Rider Award, in 2009, by posting a pair of Top-10 finishes in Western Performance Horse action.

It’s almost time for the Calgary Stampede – in fact, three more sleeps – and I want to remind you all to check in on our website this Friday for the live feed. I believe it will begin with draft horse competition coverage, followed by the Cowboy-Up Challenge.

More on that later.

Right now I want to let you know about the Calgary Stampede’s Elite Western Rider Award.

For the second year, the Calgary Stampede Elite Western Rider Award will be up for grabs among all competitors in the western performance horse events at the 2010 Calgary Stampede. From a total entry list of several hundred names, the award represents a tip of the hat to those riders nimble and versatile enough to negotiate the challenges of all three western performance horse events — the Calgary Stampede Team Cattle Penning Competition (which runs from July 9 to 12 at the Pengrowth Saddledome), the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Competition (July 13 to 15 under the Big Top), and the Calgary Stampede Working Cow Horse Classic (July 16 and 18 under the Big Top).

“It’s a way of recognizing some of the really good horse people that compete in not just one of our events, but two or all three of them,” says Christine Sowiak, chair of the Stampede’s Western Performance Horse committee.

All riders who compete in at least two of the three disciplines are eligible for the Elite Western Rider Award, which carries no separate entry requirements, and all competitors earn points toward the title with Top-10 finishes in at least two of the events. The second annual Elite Western Rider Award will be presented on Sunday, July 18 after the Calgary Stampede Working Cow Horse Classic wraps up under the Big Top, with the winner receiving a handcrafted Stampede champion buckle.

“The award focuses on the rider, not the horse. If they’re in all three events, they’re riding three different horses, and have skill sets to transfer,” says Sowiak. “We’re not discrediting the ones who dominate cutting, or team penning, for example. But these cowboys and cowgirls who have the skills to compete at a top level at the Stampede, in more than one discipline? That’s really something.”

Calgary’s Ron Mathison was the inaugural winner of the Elite Western Rider Award, in 2009, by posting a pair of Top-10 finishes in Western Performance Horse action. Mathison was fourth in the 14 Class final in Team Cattle Penning, and placed fourth overall in the Non-Pro Bridle category of the Working Cow Horse Classic aboard Another Hot Chic.

Those chasing Elite Western Rider Award points can compete in any of the four Team Cattle Penning categories (Open, 14 Class, 10 Class, and 7 Class), and either of the major divisions in cutting (Open and Non-Pro). The Open Bridle, Open Hackamore, and Non-Pro Bridle classes are eligible in the Working Cow Horse discipline, but Limited Open and Novice Non-Pro are not.

Western Canada, particularly southern Alberta, enjoys a sterling standard in all three Western Performance Horse events, thanks to the excellence of the region’s trainers, and should give area competitors a leg up in the arena from July 9 to 18 as Elite Western Rider Award points are tabulated.

“This part of Alberta is blessed to have some of the world’s best trainers and competitors,” says Sowiak. “Some of the best cutters on the circuit, in any given year, come out of Texas, and there are some really elite penners who come up from Oklahoma or Arizona.

“But this award is pretty much impossible for anyone but an Alberta competitor to win, and part of the motivation for establishing the award was to recognize what those people give back to this community.”