Arizona Arena Round Up

It’s all about the arena. Here’s 11 worth checking out in Arizona. 

South Buckeye Equestrian & Event Centre

10300 South Miller Road, Buckeye

Worth checking out if you are hauling through Buckeye, this state-of-the-art boarding facility also has an adjacent River Ridge Veterinary Hospital and their newest addition, The Tack Room Saloon, Dance and Pool Hall.


Walking N Arena

7350 N. Henness Road, Casa Grande

Sign up for Winter Roping Camp or VIP daily roping instruction with professional roping instructor Rube Woolsey.


A & M Equestrian

16025 W Glendale Ave, Litchfield Park

(623) 907-5936

Horse boarding facility, with riding lessons and horse conditioning available.


J-6 Ranch Equestrian Center

3036 W Williams Road, Benson

Located conveniently off I-10, this 13 acre facility is only 25 minutes from downtown Tucson. Family owned boarding, training, rehabilitation, and lesson facility.


Dunn’s Arena

7653 N. Sarival Road, Litchfield Park

One of Arizona’s premier equine event facilities, featuring three arenas, monthly boarding and room to facilitate overnighters (both RV’s and horses), with restrooms and showers.


Simpson Ranch

501 S. Tegner, Wickenburg

Horse boarding and regular ropings for the jackpot junkies.

Wickenburg Stables

850 South Vulture Mine Road, Wickenburg

Horse boarding.



51802 US Hwy 60 89, Wickenburg

This is an original RV and horse boarding facility, with easy access to the main highway. Regular horse activities include drill team and mounted shooting.


Horse Lovers Park

19224 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix

Five arenas including a show and jumping arena, cutting arena, roping and gymkhana arena, paddock and community arena.


Rancho Rio

(480) 322-1189

A multi-use facility offering visitors a place to spend the winter in an RV resort, with miles of scenic trails along the Hassayampa River.

Rattlesnake Arena

41271 N Rattlesnake Road, Queen Creek

(602) 565-7365

This arena hosts barrel racing, roping and sorting competitions and practices.

Out West – Hawaii Experience

A collection of rustic ranch getaways to whet your appetite for the West while satisfying your need for the sun.


The Hawaiian Islands are opulence in form. When we think Maui or Kauai, images of hula skirts and leis fashioned from delicate orchids are conjured, with lush green landscapes and rumbling volcanoes. With eight islands making up the state, the geography is as varied as the opportunities for adventure.

Travelers often visit Hawaii for the obvious reasons: the intoxicating culture, the endless ocean, the late night open-air pig roasts, the stunning and flawless white sand beaches. But it is a well-educated visitor who is aware of the long-held history of ranching and horses in Hawaii. It is a fact that it and is home to the well-known ‘paniolo’, the Hawaiian cowboy, and also Parker Ranch, standing at one time as one of the world’s largest privately owned cattle ranches, spanning over 150,000 acres.

Through the prolific working cattle ranch has now evolved from a privately owned operation into a charitable trust after the death of Richard Smart, a sixth generation Parker Ranch descendant, cowboy culture has not lost importance to the Hawaiian people. Next time you visit the Islands, be sure to fill your bucket list with an array of colourful, enriching experiences that will leave your heart calling, “Holo, holo, paniolo!”

Puakea Ranch 

Far from the crowds of the overdone resorts yet just minutes to excellent local restaurants, world-class beaches, waterfalls and rainforests lies an exclusive slice of paradise. With just four private vacation homes set upon vast and colorful acres of land, you are taken to a place where time slows down and few people are ever seen. Each authentic plantation era bungalow offers you complete privacy surrounded by sweeping ocean and mountain views. Unpretentious luxuries, attention to simple details and 5 star personal service is what sets The Puakea Ranch apart and makes it so special.

Their historic bungalows are stocked with everything you need to enjoy your home away from home. Think of The Ranch as your very own country estate with high speed Wi-fi and panoramic ocean vistas. Puakea Ranch is proud to offer an organic on-site garden, a cackling bunch of egg-laying hens, sustainable energy power and noticeable water conservation practices in impeccably restored homes.

Your hosts are always available to assist you during your stay. A personal concierge, kitchen provisioning, unique tropical flower arrangements, horseback riding, guided hikes and water sports can all be pre-arranged as part of your stay with us. Personal chef service, childcare, massage and acupuncture treatments can all be had in the privacy of your ranch home. Every detail of your vacation can be looked after, or you can plan for nothing at all except total relaxation. Formal check-in is not required. No matter what time you arrive, your home will be unlocked, lit up and ready to enjoy to the fullest.

Puakea Ranch will delight and indulge you with unsurpassed charm wrapped in comfortable, eco-minded luxury.

Paniolo Adventures

The Ponoholo Ranch on Kohala Mountain is one of the most beautiful ranches on the Big Island. This 11,000 acre cattle ranch covering three climate zones stretches from the rain forest at 4,800 feet to the ocean. It has the second largest herd of cattle on the island, 6,000 to 8,000, after the Parker Ranch. The ranch is operated in a environmentally sensitive manner through intensive rotational grazing which maximizes nutritional opportunity for the cattle thereby reducing damage to the land through erosion and overgrazing. The cattle raised on the Ponoholo Ranch are sent to the mainland in livestock ships after they are weaned from their mothers. They are then trucked to pasture or to feed lots primarily in Texas.

In conjunction with the daily ranch operations, the owners of Ponoholo Ranch also operate Paniolo Adventures. The premier open range riding operation on the Big Island, guests have the opportunity to experience the life of the Paniolo in the old days of the North Kohala ranch country.

The ranch offers awe inspiring views of the Pacific Ocean, the Kohala and Kona coastline and the Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Hualalai volcanoes on the Big Island and the Haleakala volcano on Maui.

Choose from one of six ride options to get out and see Hawaii that you haven’t seen before.

Dahana Ranch

Looking for a more immersive equestrian experience on your travels? Dahana Ranch is your place, an operation that spreads out as far as the senses can go. This ranch is the only native Hawaiian, family owned and operated activities ranch on the Big Island and possibly, in the entire state of Hawaii. Formally known as Nakoa Ranch it started as a native Hawaiian award in 1951 by William Pa’akalua Kalawaia’nui, father of the current owner, third generation Hawaiian cowboy Harry Nakoa.

Now, over 60 years later, the ranch is a comprehensive training operation. Guests can choose from horsemanship camps or colt starting camps. They are available in 14, 30, 60, and 90-day terms, and include the airport transfer, accommodations, rodeo and competition attendance, cattle work and sight seeing opportunity. Nakoa covers basic skills to more advances techniques, from ground work to roping.

The trainer assures all of his students who have accomplished 30-60 days that his methods will forever change your life, your attitude and approach to working horses. If you are looking for something more leisurely, tour their broodmare band or visit their bucking bull stock. Book a ‘Paniolo Party’ where you can choose from such experiences as a western photo shoot, equine vaulting, pony express race or mechanical bull – just to name a few. If you will decide on the ‘Roughridander Getaway’ there is no television and no computers – only the cowboy cottage to enjoy, while being treated to lessons, ranch rides, cattle drives and cowboy mai tais at sunset.

At Dahana Ranch, you are sure to be entertained, educated and leave with memories of two of the earth’s most active volcanos and the emerald green slopes of Mauna Kea, in the heart of Hawaii’s cowboy country, Waimea.

Silver Falls Ranch

Silver Falls Ranch is Kauai horseback riding at its best. Near Kilauea Town and the wildlife refuge on Kauai’s beautiful north shore, Silver Falls Ranch lies adjacent to the Kamookoa Ridge, a lush inland valley blessed with natural waterways and a beauty unique to this corner of paradise. Visit Silver Falls Ranch and see Kauai in a way you’ll always remember.

Missing your own horses while you’re on your tropical vacation? Silver Falls Ranch will quench your desire with its own string of ‘Happy Horses’. Choose your mount and explore the island, or admire their other herd. Silver Falls Ranch breeds and trains some of Hawaii’s top working cow horse cutting prospects. At Silver Falls Ranch, horses are family. From patient to spirited, these equines make everyone from the earnest beginner to the experienced trail rider, feel satisfied. Their gentle trail horses are forgiving of beginner mistakes, while the experienced rider will enjoy their responsiveness.

Choose from the Hawaiian Discovery Ride, the Silver Falls Ride, the Tropical Trail Adventure or arrange a personal guided ride throughout the stunning fauna that is called Kauai.


Arizona Stopovers

route2backdoortrailerA look at some amazing places to stop and check out on the trip down to Arizona.

(Small print: please do check in with your intended overnights prior to leaving, as these things do tend to change.) 


Rim Rock Motel, ALTURAS. Launches all your outdoor activities, and has now expanded to 17 outdoor stalls and a diverse selection of 32 rooms for singles to two-room family units. (530) 233-5455,

CottonWood Canyon Ranch, MORONGO VALLEY. Box Stalls, Outdoor Arena, Jumps, Riding Trails, Riding Instructor and lodging for humans.One bedroom guest house, which sits on a 30 Acre Ranch, and has full access to miles of trails. Dave or Georgia: (760) 363-7475,

New River Ranch, WILLITS. Shower Stall, Box Stalls, Outdoor Arena and lodging for humans. Large open barn with stalls, concrete aisle, wash bay, experienced staff and also very close to trails, rodeo grounds and easy access to Hwy 101. Angie: (707) 456-9242 / (813) 833-5919,

Arroyo Grande Horse B n B, ARROYO GRANDE. Box stalls and lodging for humans. A small family ranch that offers box stalls and grassy pasture and can accommodate up to three horses and one truck and trailer. One private bedroom and bath in a large craftsman style home, gardens, hot tub and relaxing outdoor spaces. (805) 473-5716 / (805) 709-4641

The Oak Hill Ranch, SONOMA. Horse Bed & Breakfast, Horse Treks Around the World. Beautiful sites of the area, luxury accommodations, delicious cuisine, shopping and wine tours. Linda: (707) 363-5330,

Bear River Ranch, GRASS VALLEY. Offers a variety of individual, family, and group vacations, both self-guidedand guided: hiking, road and mountain biking, horseback trail riding, walking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. (530) 268-3000,

S & J Guest Ranch, ARBUCKLE. If you’re looking for a quiet spot to rest for the night and take a break from the interstate, offering overnight stay for folks travelling with their equine friends. Steve or Jane: (530) 921-2102,

Critter Cleaners & Triple C Horse Ranch, BAKERSFIELD. 40 indoor box stalls, alfalfa available, indoor arena, 2 outdoor arenas with lights, camper hookups, motels, parking for big rigs or trailers. Cathy: (661) 845-6937,

Sioux City Ranch, BAKERSFIELD. Clean, well-lit and maintained horse motel, with 24×24 pipe pens, turnout / roundpen, feed, RV hookups and guest house. Tim or Julie: (661) 588-0496,

Gold Country Equestrian Center, ELVERTA. Includes two bedrooms in charming detached residence near barns and parking, parlor, 1 1/2 bath, TV, breakfast, 20 box stalls with bedding, turn out, two sand arenas, wash racks, round corral, riding/driving trail. Jean: (916) 991-6324,

Angel Acres Horse Hotel, LOS BANOS. For horses, includes: stall boarding, outside pens, indoor/outdoor warm water wash racks, groom areas, trailer parking, indoor-lit covered exercise round pen, outdoor-lit riding arena, alfalfa hay, three irrigated flat ground pastures with auto waterers. For people, includes: rooms, kitchen and bathroom. There is also professional dog grooming for all breeds. Contact: (209) 829-1560,

The Snickerdoodle Ranch, MORONGO VALLEY. Human lodging, overnights and short or long term boarding available as well as guided horse tours through the canyon. Facilities include partial covered 24×24 corrals, 12×12 covered stalls, large turnout plus a 50″ round pen. Randy: [email protected],


Pinecrest Stables, GREEN MOUNTAIN FALLS. Private paddocks, indoor and outdoor arenas, and riding trails. Located in beautiful Ute Pass, gateway into the Rocky Mountains; lots of well-kept trails, some leading into National Forest. (719) 684-9830,

Rockin “IR” Stables, WATKINS. Overnight horse boarding, including stalls, runs with shelter, large paddocks, large rig parking and round pen. Sleeping room available for up to three guests with kitchenette. Easy access to interstate. Marie: (720) 883-5325, [email protected]

Wonuka Farm, DURANGO. Guesthouse available and overnight stabling available for those traveling with horses. Three covered 12×12 box stalls with 20×12 runs plus pasture turnout area. Al or Marnie: 970-259-8848,

The Little Luck Homestead, FLORISSANT. Includes two 40×60 horse corrals with easy trailer parking. Set up as self-housekeeping arrangement; two bedroom, two bath house with full kitchen. Queen bed, two twin bunk-beds and day-bed. Debra: (720) 851-8084,

Dragon Pepper Farm, PIERCE. Family stable with stalls, arena, turnout, round pen, trailor parking, camper parking and bedrooms available with private bathrooms. Family style dining arranged for guests. Nate or Calida: 970-482-1103, [email protected]

Copper Top Acres, LAPORTE. Scenic setting near Lory State Park, Poudre Canyon and Rist Canyon. Three 12×12 stalls with 12×42 runs, and a working 120×90 arena, wash rack and hay available. B&B with air-conditioned room and private bath; plus, RV hookup with water and electricity available. Lee or Loralee: (970) 221-4382, [email protected]

Mary Bradley, LAFAYETTE. Indoor and outdoor stalls, holding pens, pasture, arena, feed, trails and B&B. Mary: (303) 665-9247

Craig Ranch B&B & Horse Motel, LIMON. Several large pipe corrals, indoor arena available if weather is bad, mountain grass hay for sale by bale. Two RV hookups (electric only) and large rig access. John or Beth: (719) 775-2658,

Porter Ranch, NEW CASTLE. Inclludes 3600 acres of private ranch riding, with open pastures, horse stalls under cover, cabin and tent. Building an arena, rv hookups,and covered runs in the spring. Terry or Mary: (970) 984-3269,

Hornecker/Mau Ranch, PENROSE. Overnight stalls and runs. Newly build guest house with a beautiful view that overlooks horses. Fred: (719) 372-6051

Beddin’ Down Bed, Breakfast & Horse Hotel, SALIDA. Stalls and runs, plus arena for exercise and pasture for longer stays. Reservation only. Lance or Patti: 1-800-470-1888 / (719) 539-1815,


Hidden Acre, BOISE. Full service B&B for horse and rider with one standard bedroom/one suite which includes full breakfast. Three covered stall runs with amenities and breakfast for horse. Also offering additional services, such as equine massage, grooming, vet care, farrier, etc. Fire pit, horseshoe pit, picnic tables and BBQ for your enjoyment. Judi: (208) 853-0723,

Days Inn, JERMONE. Corrals with locks plus parking. Other animals welcome. Includes 73 guest rooms, outdoor jacuzzi, TV/VCR in every room and free continental breakfast. Call for reservations. Darlene: (208) 324-6400, [email protected]

Idaho Horse Park, NAMPA. Includes 536 covered stalls, bedding, feed, washracks, 150×300 outdoor arena, 175×360 indoor arena, open year round, vet services, on site security; also, the Hampton Inn Suites is walking distance to the stalls. Contact: (208) 442-3335 (M-F: 8am-5pm), (208) 573-6210 (after hours),

Western Barns, KIMBERLY. Clean, safe and affordable overnight horse stable and B&B for travellers. Pets and late night arrival are okay. 24-hour vet care available. Box stalls, private paddocks, outdoor arena, riding trails, LQ trailer hookups (electric and/or water). Carol: (208) 423-6340


Rugg’s River Ranch, SUPERIOR. Private paddocks, riding trails, horse trainer, riding instructor, LQ trailer hookups (electric and/or water) and lodging for humans, including: two modern cabins and one kitchen. Contact: (406) 822-4240 / (406) 822-4915 / [email protected]

Box T Ranch, BILLINGS. Includes shower stall, outdoor arena, LQ trailer hookups (electric and/or water). Only 10 minutes from downtown and 15 from Billings Airport. Office: 406-252-4388,

Mill Creek Lodging, ANACONDA. B&B offers overnight stabling, horseback rides, and nature and geology jeep tours. Guests can ride from the property along the shoulder of Mt. Haggin or in the Mt. Haggin wildlife management area. David or Barbara: (406) 560-7666 / (406) 560-7676,

Gallatin River Lodge, BOZEMAN. Includes two indoor stalls, two outdoor stalls, four holding pens, pasture, feed, outdoor arena/round pen, trailer parking and 6 guest suites with all meals available. Steve or Christy: (406) 388-0148 / 1-888-387-0148,

Parsons Pony Farm, FLORENCE. Includes five stalls, seven holding pens, three pastures, hay/pellets, many trails, one great site for camper hookup and three rooms with bath for B&B. Contact: (406) 273-3363 / (406) 239-PONY

7th Ranch RV Camp, Bunkhouse & Historical Tours, GARRYOWEN. Includes new eight stalls, 50′ round training corral, large Linn Pipe and Post arena, full hookup RV sites, tent and teepee sites, soft artesian water, washhouse, laundry, bunkhouse, historic tours and room to ride. Sandy: 1-800-371-7963 / (406) 638-2438,

Deer Crossing Bed & Breakfast, HAMILTON. Pastures and stalls, plus trails right out the properties’ gate to hundreds of miles of wilderness. Please have health papers and certified hay. No charge to B&B clients. Mary: 1-800-763-2232,

Rugg’s River Ranch, SUPERIOR. Includes 10 paddocks (50×150) with heated auto-waterers and 8×16 shelters. Plenty of parking room, adjacent to Forest Service with lots of room to ride. Vet and farrier on call. Two cabins along the river available for people needing overnight accommodations. One with cooking facilities that sleeps two; the other has separate bedroom, loft and family room, and sleeps six. Ray or Kip: 406-822-4240,

Gaynor’s’ Riverbend Ranch, WHITEFISH. Includes eight indoor and eight outdoor large stalls, four large holding pens, and hay. Also, 100×200 outdoor arena, trails adjacent to ranch, parking with electricity and water, and a four-room suite, for five people, with kitchen. Pets ok. Don: (406) 862-3802


Neigh & Stay Horse Layover,  LAS VEGAS. Shower stall, box stalls, outdoor arena, lodging for humans. Huge parking lot and gates, accommodating the biggest rigs. Jones Feed & Tack is nearby with competitive diesel prices & easy access fuel up. Dogs are welcome. Lacey: (541) 499-5179 / [email protected]

Sweet Annie’s Bed, MESQUITE. Includes two 12×20 stalls with shade. Please phone ahead for reservations & directions. Bed & Breakfast and one room with private bath available. Coggins/HC req. Vet/farrier on call. Ann: (702) 346-1373 / [email protected]

 New Mexico

Broken M Ranch, ALBUQUERQUE. Horse motel, outdoor and indoor stalls, and guest house. Room for large rigs, and pets allowed. Keith or Susan: (505) 877-9433,

Desert Meadow Stables, LAS CRUCES. A seven-acre boarding facility with two large grazing pastures, large stalls with run-in sheds, attached paddocks, round pen, arena with jumps and access to trails. Full service boarding or layovers. Lodging for humans is available, including a fully furnished bunk house with two bedrooms, two baths, and sleeps four or five. Dogs are welcome as long as they will stay inside a four ft. fence. Contact: (575) 635-6662,

Open Heart G Stables, ANTHONY. Includes 23×23 box stalls, with rubber mats and deep bedding, and large quarter-acre turnouts with access to covered stalls, all with automatic waterers. Walker, arena and large round pen are available. Small rustic cowboy bunk house with A/C or heat, bathroom and shower, TV and wi-fi. Contact: (915) 920-5169, [email protected]

Blakley’s Spur Stables, ALBUQUERQUE. Includes seven indoor and six outdoor stalls, 17 stalls with runs, three holding pens, arena, walker, trails, camper hookup and guest house. Vet on call. Reservations required. Contact: 1-800-305-1851 / (505) 877-1851 / [email protected]

Slash M Slash Ranch, GRANTS. Includes 11 indoor stalls, outdoor pens, round pen/roping arena, feed, cattle, hookups for electricity and water, and bunkhouse. Ample trailer parking. Danny or Jodie: (505) 290-7836 / (505) 290-2645
/ [email protected]


NEIGH-bors, PENDLETON. Horse motel and B&B. New barn with four 12×12 enclosed stalls, very clean, corral and fields. Excellent and safe fencing. Trailer parking. Barn has an upstairs apartment with another basement apt. in the house. MaryAlice or Bob: (541) 276-6737,

Roaming Pony Enterprises, PENDLETON. Includes 12×36 pens, turnouts, trails, arena, round pen; guest house with refrigerator, microwave and continental breakfast. Peaceful setting surrounded by alfalfa fields and trees. Mary: (541) 377-6721 / [email protected]

Burnt Spur Ranch Equine B&B, SANDY. Includes six indoor stalls, holding pens, 96×144 outdoor arena, pasture, walker, feed, trails and electricity and water for campers. B&B within 3 miles, motel within 2 miles. Linda or John: (503) 668-9716


Tipsy Pig Overnight, ERDA. Overnight for up to six horses. Includes outdoor runout shelter, trailer parking, bed, bath and morning coffee. Gerry: (435) 882-6162 / [email protected]

Double Dollar Livestock Ranch, HOLDEN. Large working cattle and horse ranch with 100 box stalls, four arenas and many outdoor runs. Also, 7,000 acres of pasture and mountain range to explore in the beautiful high desert valley of the Wasatch Mountains. Overnight board or stay for a week to participate in ranch activities or mountain rides. Day trips available as well as overnight packs. Roping/cutting training with fresh cattle available daily. Contact: (435) 795-2626 / (866) 795-2626

J Diamond Ranch, JOSEPH. Includes 19 large stalls with rubber mats,  indoor wash rack, turnout paddocks, trailer hookups, a Large room for rent with full size and twin beds, two couches, TV and half bath. Lay-ups, farrier on premises. Dwayne or Angie: (435) 201-7785 / (435) 201-2034,

Paria Canyon Adventure Ranch Campground, KANAB. Includes eight corrals, two paddocks, 10-acre pastures and hay. Campground facilities include unimproved RV sites, tent camping, bunkhouse, new bathhouse with shower and laundry facilities and entertainment barn. Enjoy scenic rural setting with breathtaking trail rides in national monument. Contact: (928) 660-2674,

Hubbard House Bed and Breakfast Inn, MOUNTAIN GREEN. Lodging facility with outdoor corrals for horses. Don or Gloria: 1-800-815-2220 / (801) 876-2020, [email protected]

Red Cliffs Lodge, MOAB. Lodge, short and long term boarding, riding vacations, winery, museum, tours and activities. Contact: (866) 812-2002 / (435) 259-2002,


The Inn at White Pine Bed and Barn, LOON LAKE. Bed and Breakfast with overnight stabling for horses. Stalls with paddocks and adjoining pastures or pasture with a run-in are both available. Unlimited trail riding in the mountains surrounding Deer Lake are right outside the Inn. Lorie: (509) 233-2971,

Riverdance Stables, MONROE. Pastures and B&B amenities available. Also have room for LQ horse trailers. Nikki: (206) 817-3459 / [email protected]

Miari Stables, OLYMPIA. Includes 12×12 box stalls with mats, indoor and outdoor arenas, turnout paddocks, RV hookups plus electricity and water. Stallions are okay to stay. Hotels are five minutes away. Call for reservations. Kari: (360) 786-1628,


7XL Stables At Terry Bison Ranch, CHEYENNE. Includes 16 indoor and 12 outdoor stalls, outdoor pens, feed/hay, trail rides and trailer parking. Guest ranch offers horseback riding, wagon tours, fishing, RV park, cabins, bunkhouse, restaurant and saloon. Dan: (307) 634-4171

Stagecoach River Ranch Inc., CODY. Big Rig access with camping areas and bunkhouse lodging, with full kitchens, laundry, baths, TV and wi-fi available. Large corrals with auto-waterers and run-ins; 60×60 post and rail corrals and 12×16 Priefiert Rough Stock Pens, all with large feeders and water troughs. Heavy duty hitching rails for tacking and bathing your horses. Horse trailers available for clients free of charge. Certified hay for sale. Coggins Required. Linda: (307) 578-6074,


Ports of Entry Numbers:

Canadian Ports of Entry

  1. Emerson, MB (204) 534-6288
  2. Boissevain, MB (204) 534-6288
  3. North Portal, SK (306) 927-2255
  4. Coutts, AB (403) 344-3808
  5. Kingsgate, BC (250) 424-5311
  6. Osoyoos, BC (250) 495-6531
  7. Abbotsford, BC (604) 854-8029
  8. Pacific Hwy, BC (604) 541-3364

U.S. Ports of Entry

  1. Pembina, ND (701) 825-6262
  2. Dunseith, ND (701) 263-3364
  3. Portal, ND (701) 926-4281
  4. Sweet Grass, MT (406) 335-2142
  5. Eastport, ID (208) 267-2396
  6. Oroville, WA (509) 476-2635
  7. Sumas, WA (360) 988-5715
  8. Sumas, WA (360) 988-5715


Royal Cutting

September/October Sneak Peek

Coming soon to your mailbox and newsstand, I’m excited to preview the September/October issue for y’all here.

When I watched seasoned chuckwagon driver Chad Harden’s lead horse collapse and the subsequent pile-up of horses, humans and wheels during a heat of the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby on July 12, my heart leapt to my throat. Reviewing it on film, it was unimaginable the humans escaped injury, but fortunately they did. Three horses however, were lost; the Harden family and his barn subsequently devastated and heartbroken. Those immersed in the chuck racing circuit culture know and understand the level of care and love that goes into these animals, where horses are truly a part of the family.

Chad Harden racing at the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby. Photo by Deanna Buschert.

 Just three nights later on July 15, after the last heat of the races, 40-year veteran driver Grant Profit, sold his entire outfit including horses, during a retirement auction at the same barns Harden’s team had pulled out of three days before. A highlight of the sale was the right and left lead of Profit’s team – Forever Grand and Anglian Prince, a pair of former race horses. The 13-year-old Thoroughbreds sold for a combined $179,000 to another experienced driver, Kelly Sutherland. He later stated he felt the two horses who had been “barned together” for many years should stay together, illustrating the value these horses represent to their owners – not only in monetary means, but emotionally as well.

I spoke with Shelly Profit after the sale and she reiterated their devotion to their animals:

“All of our horses that we sold meant the world to us and we spent hours every day with them. Caring for them, feeding, brushing and training, each one of them have their own personalities and likes and dislikes. Even in the winter we would just go out in the pasture with them and they would all come up to us for a pet on the nose, and most of them loved peppermints and that was their treats. They were truly a part of our family, and we miss them dearly.”

A study on chuckwagon horses during races is currently in progress by a University of Calgary researcher who was on the scene at this year’s Rangeland Derby conducting a series of medical trials on the horses. Deanna Buschert’s piece, Scientific Experiment, reveals how that research may help not only chuckwagon horses, but other equine athletes as well.

Max Gibb is confident of the Balzac racetrack’s future. “It will make us the Woodbine of Western Canada,” he says. “And, it will be a big, big boost for horse racing.” Photo by Jessica Patterson

The remains of a track of another sort stands abandoned in a field northeast of Calgary. The Balzac racetrack was destined to restore and nurture the growth of horse racing in Alberta. Instead it dissolved into a field of unrealized dreams. Writer Jessica Patterson spent a good month researching the timeline of how this dream went down for her story, Field of Dreams. There is a faint hope the track will move forward, though on a much reduced scale and with mini-steps. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.

When we came across this photo of Chantal Sutherland in a recent issue of Vanity Fair, we knew we had to include the Ontario born jockey in Jenn Webster’s feature piece, Generation Y Cowgirl. 

With numbers estimated as high as 70 million, Generation Y (those born 1981-1994) is the fastest growing segment of today’s workforce. This group of achievement-oriented individuals are both tech-savvy and conversely, uninterested in the fast track. They’ll gladly trade in the security of a job for a flexible work schedule and doing what they love. They are attention-cravers and motivated by praise and reassurance, whether by mentors or a much larger audience. Outside of the baby boomers, they are the most influential demographic group in our population. I love Jenn Webster’s interviews with four such incredibly driven females, including Chantal, in her story.

 This feature quickly came forward as the subject for this issue’s cover. Thanks to photographer Neville Palmer for his conceptualization of this cover shoot.

Also in this issue, Managing Editor, Dainya Sapergia, also takes a up close and personal look at the relatively underground sport of polocrosse.

Photo by Krista Kay.

Western Lifestyle Editor, Deanna Beckley, together with photographer, Krista Kay, put together an eight page Fall Fashion feature, which simply wowed us all.

Photo by Deanna Buschert.

Deanna Buschert and I enjoyed a positively lovely afternoon hanging out with this gal and her Corgi’s in her incredible western home, and I was able to write about it in my feature, Western Retreat. 

With show season in full swing we covered some of the very many events already completed, took a look at the Calgary Stampede’s Cowboy Challenge champion Jim Anderson’s favorite bit and kicked off a new regular feature, Show Ready, this issue showcasing must-have items every reiner has on their list.

In the realm of horse health, don’t miss our Equine Practitioners Guide, showcasing a selection of the top professionals in the business. As well, we take a look at five favorite equine supplements, get yourself versed on how to recognize and understand lameness, and develop an understanding for why some two-year-olds are shod.

Photo by Larry Wong.

Writer Melissa Sword penned a fascinating piece on barrel racer Gaylene Buff, in her piece, Driven to Succeed. As you will read, this is a competitor with a hard working attitude and intense determination to succeed.

Finally, it’s sale time! Check out the best sales of this fall in our annual Fall Sale Guide. (Be sure you are subscribed to our e-newsletter feed to catch updates on these sales and heads up of late additions.)

We hope we’ve hit the right mix of horsemanship, western culture and style for y’all with this issue. I hope you love reading it, as much as we enjoyed building it.

On the Side of the QE2, With Horses

What is a summer without a little roadside trouble…? Recently on a trip back from Red Deer, Alberta, with horses in tow, we had a friend call us reporting that she had experienced a freak flat tire while headed south on the QE2. Luckily, no one was hurt as a result but with so much traffic on the road that day and scorching temperatures, it was imperative to find help in a timely fashion. So, our friend Kerri, called us and as we hadn’t yet left Red Deer, we were in a position to stop and transfer her horse into our trailer and bring her home safely while she dealt with her flat tire.

Problem was, the highway was incredibly dangerous that day and there was no way  the horse could be unloaded and reloaded again safely. The RCMP were called but several hours later, they still hadn’t shown up to assist. And meanwhile, the cars kept zipping past.

To make matters even scarier for all of us, between Kerri and ourselves – we had four vehicles traveling in tandem together, four horses and three babies with us – all pulled over on the side of the road.

Luckily Kerri had a membership with Equi-Pass, which she called immediately. In turn, Equi-Pass got someone on the line almost instantly and a mechanic met us on the road within an hour and half of the blow-out. And it may sound cliche, but Chad from Chad’s Off-Road Recovery & Roadside Assistance absolutely saved the day! (His business card actually says he is an automotive superhero and he really is!!)

As the cars continued whipping past us – with very few pulling over to the far lane or slowing down – Chad set to work changing the tire and banging the wheel wells back to a normal shape with a sledge hammer. Interestingly enough, Chad also had a baby with him – which brought the child-under-the-age-of-two count on the side of the highway to four.

Throughout this time, Kerri did what she could to keep her horse cool inside the trailer by placing wet blankets on the mare’s back and offering her water from a bucket. Thankfully, her horse Candy never seemed too bothered by the whole ordeal.


Chad, hard at work fixing the flat and the wheel well on the side of the QE2.

Finally, when Chad had Kerri’s trailers fixed up as best as possible we decided to move off to a road-side turn out and offload Candy into our trailer, as opposed to doing it on the side of the busy highway. Seeing as the RCMP were too busy with other accidents on that day (some, we learned later were fatalities), we figured this was the safest option for reloading the horse. Kerri’s trailer tire was fixed, but it was still “iffy” for a trip over 200 kms long.

Candy is moved into our trailer at a road-side turn out.

We all breathed a big sigh of relief when our caravan was able to move off the side of the busy highway. And I’m happy to report, Candy, nor the babies, were too upset by it all. (In fact, most of the babies slept the entire time the tire was changed).

As there are still a fair amount of summer shows to take place this month, please be careful driving out there. And for goodness sake – if you see someone pulled over to the side of the road with a flat – MOVE OVER! Of course, this is only if it is safe to do so. All of us poor folk in the shoulder will thank you!!

And if you’re looking for a great emergency preparedness checklist for hauling horses, here ya go! Happy hauling!

The trailer is reloaded after Candy has been moved to her new travel wheels.

Trailer Safety Kit

Keep the following items in an emergency kit in the trailer or tow vehicle:

1. Complete equine emergency kit
2. Extra halters and lead shanks
3. Sharp knife
4. Wire cutters
5. 100 ft of 1/2″ rope
6. small tool kit or ‘leatherman’ tool, including wire cutter, knife, tweezers, etc.
7. jumper cables
8. two flashlights with extra batteries
9. roll duct tape
10. flares
11. cell phone
12. phone number directory with numbers for your veterinarian and border crossing veterinarian (Or Equi-Pass!)
13. trailer jack
14. spare tire
15. spare wheel bearing
16. cash

Barrel Racer Utopia

This post originally appeared in The Barrel Patch, and was submitted by Barb Poulsen. 

Do cold and snowy winter days inspire thoughts of a warm, sunny place where you can ride without bundling up in 50 pounds of winter clothing and shoeing your horse with ice nails?  Then welcome to Arizona, where summer spends the winter and winter is the prime time season for barrel racing. Here’s links to some of our favorite facilities.

Arizona Sunset

BUCKEYE EQUESTRIAN CENTER: Located in Buckeye, Arizona just minutes from I-10, the Center advertises itself as “The Premier Equestrian Facility in the Valley of the Sun”.  Their facilities consist of two covered arenas along with seven outdoor arenas and boasts the largest covered arena in Arizona with seating for up to 4,000 spectators, an onsite feed and tack store along with a fully equipped vet clinic for both large and small animals.  The boarding facility includes 160 – 16’X16’ stalls in two mare motels and 40 – 16’X16’ Castle Brook stalls in two fly controlled barns. Wireless internet covers the entire facility along with over 100 RV hook-ups and for the “snowbirds” coming in for the winter months, special packages are offered to visitors staying two or more months.

Buckeye Equestrian Center’s 250’ by 400’ covered arena

Castle Brook barn stalls

HORSESHOE PARK & EQUESTRIAN CENTRE: Opened on January 1, 2009 this is a new facility located in Queen Creek, Arizona. Situated on 38 acres, the facility has four arenas, the largest, 150’ by 300’, is covered and houses 388 box seats and 1,200 bleacher seats. The footing, designed by Kiser Arena Specialists, is a multi-purpose mixture that is suitable for all disciplines. With an 18’ x 50’ concession/multi-purpose room, clean and modern 100-stall barn, space for 200 temporary stalls, wash racks, plenty of room for RV parking, special event receptacles and vendor hook-ups, this state-of-the-art facility can comfortably handle the largest barrel racing competitions.

Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre

Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre

Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre

DUNN’S ARENA: Located in Litchfield Park, Dunn’s Arena bills itself as “west sides premier family owned facility that prides itself on our fun family environment”.  The large 150’ by 400’covered arena is their showcase and compliments the two open arenas. All natural soil footings combined with over 80 years of dirt and grading experience make their arenas among the best in the state. An onsite restaurant, restrooms, showers, a barn with 15 huge stalls and 37 roomy outside covered stalls enable this facility to accommodate overnighters as well as host large events.

Along with the usual weekly barrel races held at this Litchfield Park facility, there is always something exciting going on during the winter months.

Listed are just a few of the arenas and races in warm and sunny Arizona to “whet your barrel racing appetite”.

In between races, you can keep busy by visiting some of the world famous attractions in Arizona.

Grand Canyon

High Tech Vets

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to visit year-end show in Oklahoma City, OK, or the Scottsdale Arabian Show in Scottsdale, AX, or the American Paint Horse Association Worlds in Fort Worth, TX, or a plethora of other large events, you have probably caught a glimpse of the Equine Sports Medicine (ESM) mobile veterinary clinic at some point in your travels. I am always fascinated by the technology this clinic has while on the road and have had to utilize their services numerous times, so the last time I saw it (at the National Reining Horse Breeder Classic, Katy, TX), I took a moment to learn more.

In the Equine Sports Medicine trucks, you will often find veterinarians Dr. Alan Donnell, Dr. David Frisbie, Dr. Kurt Heite, Dr. Shayne Wilcox, Dr. Emily Sander and Dr. Josh Donnell. And armed with their innovative veterinary-clinics-on-wheels, they are able to offer convenient, leading-edge veterinary technology. Patrons at shows are literally able to walk up to an ESM truck (appointments are obviously appreciated), and reap the benefits of digital radiography, shockwave therapy, digital ultrasound, endoscopy, acupuncture, gastroscopy, IRAP therapy, and P-3 therapy. They are also able to offer lameness evaluations, pre-purchase examinations, diagnostic services and various other treatments. This means show-goers can buy horses with pre-purchases when they are away from home, get necessary treatments that put their animals back into top show form or have access to emergency veterinary care.

They vets at ESM travel to shows in custom-made trailers that are basically NASCAR trailers, converted into veterinary hospitals. They've been refitted with medical equipment and allow their vets to provide comprehensive horse care in a comfortable clean environment. With a trailer, the vets can see as many as 70 horses per day.

I’ve had to use the services at ESM for several reasons. These included one of my mares who developed hives from new, show shavings (Dr. Donnell get us back in shape just prior to our class, otherwise we may have missed it); a couple of pre-purchase / insurance exams; Health and Coggins paperwork for horses of ours that were traveling north to Canada; and for a lameness exam. Each time, my experience at ESM has been wonderful.

For more information about this cool clinic, check out:

Record Keeping a Must

We've been hearing a lot about the Equine Information Document lately.

Have you recorded one for each of your horses yet?

If you intend to ship or sell your horses anytime in the future, whether or not you have maintained such a record, may be of concern to a potential purchaser.

According to Alberta Farm Animal Care, management changes have become a necessity for most horse owners, as a result of the new Equine ID requirements. These changes have come into force in order to satisfy the European market. As a result, Canada has introduced the Equine Information Document (EID).

Doug Sawyer, Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) chair, says the document serves two purposes: one is to identify the horse so the animal can be followed with actual paperwork and the second part is the history of the horse including the veterinary history.

“It’s very important for horse owners and producers to keep accurate records right from the time the horses are born, or from the time they own them, to go along with the EID document. Without the document, anybody purchasing the horse can’t re-sell it or move it for six months. They have to have an accurate health record on the horse for a minimum of six months but, in the future, that will be [for] the life of the horse,” adds Sawyer.

This means accurate records on horses born today will be required should owners wish to export them. Sawyer stresses an awareness of drugs is vital. “In the future, to get into the European market, we’re going to have to have certain drug bans. It would be very advisable for producers to be talking to their veterinarian to find out which drugs to use and which drugs not to use.”