Cavalia Ticket Winner

CavaliaOn April 3, I posted the Your Favorite Horse Activity Contest 2011, with the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the incredible Cavalia. Not just any two tickets, but two Horse Lover seats – which means the recipient will be guided to the best seats available under the tent to see the show up close. Not only that, he or she and the partner of his or her choice will enjoy an exclusive visit to the Cavalia stables after the show!

It will be a beautiful thing.

Thanks to all of your who participated, loved all of your comments.

The winner has been chosen but before we get to that I wanted to share with you the results of the contest.

All you had to do was let us know two things:

1) your favorite horse activity to participate?

2) your favorite horse activity to watch?

Because we live on the cutting edge of technology here at Western Horse Review, we employed one of our more sophisticated methods of compiling the answers. Most respondents answered uniquely, so we took the liberty of grouping like-minded answers, and this is basically what it came down to:

1) your favorite horse activity to participate?

37% of respondents named a horse sport as their favorite horse activity to participate in. Top four sports were: showing, barrel racing, cutting and team penning, followed by team roping and reining.

30%  of respondents named trail riding their number one favorite activity, with many choosing a horse sport as a close runner-up.

24% of respondents named simple and leisure activities which include a horse – from pleasure riding, hanging out with kids and horses, to grooming and teaching.

9% of respondents chose training, or working with a horse as their #1 horse activity to do.

2) your favorite horse activity to watch?

55% of respondents love to watch horse sports. The highest ranking sports for visual pleasure included: cutting (10%), show jumping, reining, dressage (8%), and barrel racing and cow horse (7%).

37% of people agreed observing horses is a simple and beautiful thing, whether it be in their natural state, in their pastures, coming up for feed, kids and horses, mustangs, mares and foals and many others.

Finally, 8% of respondents enjoy watching clinics.

So there you have it, I know I fall into one or two or more of those categories, how about you? We’ve randomly chosen one winner for the pair of Cavalia tickets. The lucky winner is:

Stacey, who said:

To do: I love reining. I love everything about the sport!
To watch: Really, I’ll watch anything horsey. Kind of a kid that way.

Stacey, please contact [email protected] with your particulars, you have until May 15 to claim your prize.

Thanks, ya’ll come back next contest.

Your Favorite Horse Activity Contest 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

1) your favorite horse activity to participate?

2) your favorite horse activity to watch?

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

Contest closes April 15th.

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

Winner of the Cowgirl Gift Basket!

Happy Friday everyone! It is with great pleasure that I get to reveal the winner of the awesome Cowgirl gift basket this morning!! Even my Little J (yearling pictured above) is super excited about it! And I promise to stop using so many exclamation marks now…

If you had a chance to see December 10th’s post, My Stable Life Christmas Contest, I announced that MSL would be giving one lucky reader a special prize package consisting of; a beautiful horse head mug; a cowgirl’s notebook; PooPooPaper & refill; a DiVoga ballpoint pen; Cowboy band-aids; and a triple DVD featuring The Black Stallion, The Black Stallion Returns and The Man from Snowy River.

All readers had to do was tell me about one of their favorite Christmas memories, or why this upcoming Christmas would be special for them or someone else. I received all kinds of answers, which I’d love to share with you today:

• Don wrote – “My favorite Xmas story was when I got a Budgie bird… too bad mom didn’t give me any birdfeed!”

• Chelsea wrote – “I will never forget the ‘reindeer droppings’ that were left on our roof one Christmas. They mysteriously looked a lot like horse poo, but to this day my parents maintain that it was Rudolph that left the mess on the roof!”

• Andrea wrote – “This will be our first Christmas in our new home on our acreage. It was cow pasture when we bought it last October and we moved into our new home in February. We are very excited, we also were able to bring our horses to their new home this fall. We hope to go for a ride on Christmas Eve! It will be very special!”

• Pat wrote – “This one isn’t from a Christmas past, it’s about the one that is coming. This year I am giving a Christmas gift to a very special little Paint Horse called Lightning. No it’s not a toasty warm winter blanket or a new fancy brush.  He will still get some yummy horse treats in his stocking but his main gift is more special than any material gift I could give him. My gift to him represents an end to an era for him, an end to the stigma of being a twice rescued horse and an official end to the irresponsible neglect and poor handling he endured…  My Christmas gift to him is a new name – I will call him… Scout.”

• Rachel wrote – “This Christmas will be the most special because it will be my daughter’s first Christmas. Then 3 days later we will celebrate her 1st birthday.”

• Dame Debbie wrote – “Connections – with family and friends. We often forget to share how important they really are! Christmas time gives us a perfect excuse to exercise some ‘love’ and demonstrate these affections. It ain’t just the gettin’, it’s the givin’ where hearts really shine! Let yours out for folks to see the kindness inside. The exercise will do ya good!”


• Sharon wrote – “The candle light service at our little church in our small town. When the candles are lit and the lights are turned off and everyone sings Silent Night. Our church is closed now and it just won’t seem the same this year even though we do have another one to go to. This one was special.”

And the winner is…? (Submissions were entered into a pot and a winner was randomly selected by a draw.) Drum roll pleeeeeeeaaase……

Judy Greenall! Who tells me her favorite Christmas was when her husband bought her a shovel… because she was complaining the one she had was too heavy for her to clean the barn!

My Stable Life Christmas Contest

That’s right readers! It’s been a fantastic 2010 and I’m just thrilled with all the feedback we’ve received at My Stable Life. And since Christmas is a favorite time of year for me, I have a gift for one special MSL reader!

If you had a chance to see ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, posted on December 8, you may have read about one of my favorite Christmases of all time. Now, I’d love it if you would like to share one of your favorite Christmas occasions with me! Or tell me why this coming Christmas will be special for you or someone else. Just drop me a line or 50, in the comments section below, or email me at:   [email protected]

Also if you’d like, feel free to share any Christmas photos of yours too! All submissions shared by readers will be entered into a draw and one lucky person will win the following gift basket:

This basket is perfect for the Cowgirl in you, or the horse-crazy leading lady in your life. It includes:

• A beautiful, dishwasher safe coffee mug with original artwork done by my friend, Gabriele Noll. This mug features the painted portrait of my very first Quarter Horse!

• A cowgirl’s notebook. Sassy and perfect for keeping all your secrets!

• PooPooPaper & refill. That’s right! It’s a 100% recycled and odorless paper product made directly from horse puckies!

• A DiVoga ballpoint pen. Fantastically fashionable for jotting down notes.

• Cowboy adhesive band-aids. Texas-sized and ideal for cuts, burns or other minor boo-boos.

• A triple-feature DVD set featuring 3 of my all-time favorite childhood horse movies; The Black Stallion; The Black Stallion Returns; and The Man From Snowy River.

The winner will be selected next week. Good luck!


* Note: The products featured in this giveaway are in no way affiliated with My Stable Life. Contest sponsored by My Stable Life.

Best Babies Foal Contest Winners Part Two

Last Monday we posted the choices of Best Babies Foal Contest judge Cheryl Smythe. This morning we are doing the same for judge James Hudyma’s choices.

Before we do that let me review the prizes.

The winner of the Western Horse Review 2010 Best Babies Foal Contest will receive an exclusive modeling contract, worth $100,000 with . .

Just kidding.

The winner of the 2010 Best Babies Foal Contest will take home an exclusive Greenhawk foal package, worth $130.00 Reserve winners will each receive a copy of Josh Lyon’s excellent guide, Foal Handling, the Lyons Way.

Remember, our grand champion and reserve will be published in the Winter issue of Western Horse Review, due to hit the newsstands in the second week of November.

Both Cheryl and James took the liberty of creating a number of categories to fit some of the photos. Here, without further ado, are James’s special category picks.

April 23rd colt out of Lola McFlash (x Mcleo Bars), by Fire Sixes. Photo by Luci Russell, St. Albert, Alberta. 

Best Portrait in Inter-species Awareness.

Half Friesen colt, five weeks old. Photo taken in Langley, British Columbia, by Forest Wallace.

Best Portrait in Inter-species Compatibility.

Okay, Suzie, take a bow. 2010 AQHA filly sired by Whiz N Custom (“Custom Crome” x “Whiz N Darlin”) and out of Wimpys Little Step mare, Julies Genuine Step. Photo taken by Kevin, Silverado Colt Company, Carberry, Manitoba

Best Pose by a Foal.






Whatcha looking at? Foal by Got Pep, out of Peppahickaroo. Photo by Christine Fleming, Fleming Land and Livestock, Sherwood Park, AB.


Best Perspective

Magnum Chic Dream x Freckles Fortitude. Photo by Kelly Bell, Cochrane, Alberta.

Honorable Mention

Floppy ears by Nu Doc Boy out of Arabian mare. Photo by Gloria Dodd, Cache Creek, BC.

Honorable Mention

Thanks again, everyone for your submissions. They were all winners, beautifully done. And again, stay tuned to our Winter issue for the grand champion and reserve choices.

Best Baby Foal Contest Winners Part One

After weeks of deliberation, much gnashing of teeth, wringing of hands (mostly mine), and a dozen or so e-mails and discussions between myself and professional equine photographers Cheryl Smythe and James Hudyma, we finally have a winner for our Best Babies Foal Contest.

In fact, given the sheer volume of photos we received, it took some time to narrow the choices down. Eventually, a number of congruities in preference emerged and the three of us were able to come to definitive conclusions.

And finally, we settled on one submission.

A fantastic winner.

A perfect winner. .  .

. . . the owner of which will take home the grand prize of  a Greenhawk foal package.


That’s not what we’re profiling today.

Sorry, Beth. (Beth is our office manager, and she has been dying to know who the winner is. . . we’re going to make her wait just a little bit longer. Around here, we like pranks like this.)

In fact, we’re going to roll this out over another two months! Heck, why not?

Today, I’m going to give you Cheryl Smythe’s top choices. Next Monday we’ll profile James’ choices. And, in the Championship print edition of Western Horse Review, set to hit newsstands in mid-November, we’ll showcase the contest winner.

Both Cheryl and James took the liberty of creating a number of categories to fit some of the photos. Here, without further ado, are Cheryl’s special category picks as well as her reserve champion choice.

By Danielle LaForge

Cheryl chose this great photographic catch as a Best Action shot.

By Forest Wallace

Cheryl created a Special Bond category for this shot, calling it, “a really special image,” showing how “special a little foal can be. I like the connection here, and the trust between the two of them.”

By Emma Feltz

Not a one of us could argue with her choice for Cutest Baby.

By Denise Pederson

Her choice for Foals and Friends was equally adorable.

By Ranae Widney

There was this photo . . .

By Kevin Smith

And this one. . .

By Stacey Huska

And this, another adorable study into the mutual wonderment of foal and human . . .

By John Regier

She felt this one too, was special. And placed these four into a Special Recognition category.

By Nicky Hemingson

Cheryl chose one reserve champion, for the 2010 Best Babies Photo Contest. This beauty. She felt the lighting is incredible and the expression wonderful. Photographer Nicky will receive a copy of Josh Lyon’s excellent guide, Foal Handling, the Lyons Way. Congrats!

Thanks again for everyone who contributed and congratulations to those whose photos were chosen. Honestly, so many photos were fantastic and we could have dreamt up categories all day to fit each.

Remember, next Monday, we’ll profile James top picks, so stay tuned.

Equi-Pass Winner!!

I can’t believe it’s September 1 – where has this year gone?? The beginning of September means it’s officially futurity season, the leaves will start to turn soon and it’s time to make plans for the winter hay supply. But September 1 also means it’s time to reveal the winner of My Stable Life’s Equi-Pass Contest!

Are you ready for it?

Drum roll please….

The winner of a year’s Equi-Pass membership – Equestrian Roadside service created exclusively for AQHA members and available in the United States and Canada – is…

Daryla Friesen of Wildwood, Alberta

With this membership, Daryla willl never have to leave her horses on the side of the road should she encounter a problem. Daryla will have total peace of mind knowing her horse trailer and vehicle is covered. With a reliable network of more than 40,000 service providers, she’ll always have someone looking for out her!

Her benefits also include:

• 24/7 Unlimited Road Service Coverage
• No Mileage or Dollar Amount Limits- no out-of-pocket costs!
• 24/7 RV & Horse Trailer Technical Assistance
• Equestrian Concierge Services

Equi-Pass is something I’ve personally used several times now and as such, we never leave home with it! With only a phone call, Daryla will be able to count on EquiPass’s technical staff for troubleshooting and help with operational concerns.

Congratulations Daryla and I hope you enjoy your time with Equi-Pass!

All Dressed Up In New Lawman’s Petrol Jeans!

Well barrel racers, and all others who took the time to participate in our “All Dressed Up For Dinner” contest, thank you for your participation! We’ve enjoyed hearing which barrel racer each of you identified as the individual you would most enjoy sitting down to dinner with. Your input will definitely impact some of the topics chosen for future Western Horse Review blogs and stories.

Our three winners are listed below… along with the comments each made when they entered the contest:

2010 Lawman’s Petrol Jeans Winners
Shelley – July 13, 2010
Joanne – July 20, 2010
Ron Shultz – August 13, 2010

Shelly Says:
July 13th, 2010 at 9:53 am

Francis Church, I love her stamina, I only hope that I can be riding &
competing when I am her age. I bet she’s seen some changes over the
years, in the barrel patch, bloodlines & equipment!

Joanne Says:
July 20th, 2010 at 9:09 am

Deb Renger, she’s a great horsewoman and I’d love to learn from her.

Ron Shultz Says:
August 13th, 2010 at 8:01 am

Ideally, a dinner with 12 of them would be great for they would all
have some wonderful tales to tell and tips to give. But if I have to
pick I will ride with Lindsay Sears. Anyone who continues to strive for
excellence despite the circumstances shows forth the true Western
spirit and is a credit to the sport. May God bless her and all the gals

Thanks again everyone!

All Dressed Up For Dinner

Hey barrel racers (and all those interested in the sport)… Western Horse Review has another great contest opportunity…. this time around, geared to the barrel racing crowd. Read on to learn how you could be walking around in a new pair of Lawman’s PETROL Jeans by the end of August! (After all, you can never have too many pairs of jeans… particularly a pair of the latest, ‘high stylin‘ variety!!) And we have three pairs to give away.

Here’s how you enter up. If you could pick your all time favourite barrel racer to go out to dinner with, who would it be and why? Please use the Comment section below to provide your answer.

You have until August 13 to enter this contest…
We’ll randomly choose three winners and the lucky recipients will be walking around sporting new jeans.