Northlands 2013 Horse Sale Results

 Northlands Horse Sale

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The limited April 6th Northlands Performance Horse Sale at the Edmonton EXPO Centre averaged $3645. The high seller was lot number 6, Bar Silver Deck (HS Thirty Thirty X Dancing Dee Doc) a 2001 grey gelding consigned by Lonnie Roth. Here is a full run-down of the results:

Lot Number  Horse Name  Bid Amount 
1 Kim Penner Art Auction $1,100.00
2 Heza Hotrodder $7,000.00
3 Easy Dashin DIAL $4,300.00
4 PS Stop Solid Scratch
5 Hotroddin Sinner Scratch
Bar Silver Deck  $7,700.00 
7 Not Dun Dazzling $3,250.00
8 Sweet Sugar Rain $1,500.00
9 Sliver Cat $4,700.00
10 Genie in a bottle No Sale
11 JR Nicks Bigshot $2,600.00
12 Peppys Holly Poco $5,400.00
13 Skip Young Gun $3,200.00
14 Extra Hot Chip $4,900.00
15 CJC Lenas Rebel $4,700.00
16 Smart Docs Dude Scratch
17 Badlands Legacy $7,400.00
18 MDH Docs Bodger $4,250.00
19 Lenas Rocket Doc $6,500.00
20 Okies Red Warrior $3,500.00
21 WQ Turn N Burn $2,700.00
22 Dashing 007 $7,200.00

BLS's February Special Catalogue Sale Report

Billings Livestock

Pretty and palomino, Hip 306 ‘THR Spark Of Gold’ a 2004 AQHA gelding x Smoke N Sparks x Dash For Perks was offered by Ross and Casey Wagner, Park City , MT. Hauled to PRCA rodeos, the finished barrel and head horse came gentle, safe, and ready to rodeo. Heather Veld, Brandon , SD purchased the good gelding for $23,000. Casey Solomon photo.

A rocket-buster horse sale weekend saw a hot list of horses, all kinds, all disciplines, flat out rock the market at Billings Livestock’s ‘February Special Catalog Sale‘ February 22-23-24.

Loaded with the ‘better kind’ of finished horses and prospects, a better-than-good selection showed to a full house as over 700 individuals registered to buy at the three-day sale which included an indoor preview of all performance horses.

So how good was it? The sale trumped all previous February sale statistics with a record setting top 100 sale average of $7,813, compared with $6,697 last year, and $5,797 in 2011 – that is a total of $111,000 better on 100 head of horses over one year ago.

Finished horses ruled the roost as horses with documented performance records – rodeo, roping, barrel racing, cutting, or reining – commanded finished horse price.

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.

Wearing the 2012 title of ‘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 everything and more that he was bred to be.

Gentle, kind, perfect conformation, and rodeo ready, the proven heel horse was shown in the preview by Delon Parker, Worden , MT and topped the weekend’s offering with a $37,000 bid selling to Tom McGuire, Wheatland , WY .

As good as gold, Hip 306 ‘THR Spark Of Gold’ a 2004 AQHA Palomino Gelding x Smoke N Sparks and out of a Dry Doc bred mare was offered by Ross and Casey Wagner, Park City , MT.

The hauled and won-on barrel and head horse also ran poles and came quiet, gentle, and safe.

The handsome, proven gelding brought $23,000 and sold to Heather Veld, Brandon , SD.

Krebs Ranch, Gordon, NE offered a nice set of horses including Hip 365 ‘Bennee Date’ a 2005 AQHA Sorrel Gelding x Smart Little Lena and out of the $117,000 money earning mare CD Date x CD O’lena.

The NCHA money earning gelding was shown on cattle in the preview by Kenny Platt and had also done duty on the Krebs Ranch as a using horse.

Kathy Markette, Missoula , MT purchased the royally bred gelding for $17,000.

Billings Livestock was proud to welcome NCHA Open Futurity Champion Russ Miller, St. Anthony, ID who offered four head from his program including Hip 408 “Dezi” a 2010 AQHA Sorrel Filly x Desires Little Rex and out of Quanahs Miss N Reno.

The on-track three-year-old brought $12,500 and sold to Alan Chappell, Purcell , OK .

Real rope horse prospects ran in big numbers and included Hip 368 ‘Hickorys Sweet Dual’ a 2008 AQHA Chestnut Gelding by Dual Pep consigned by Scott Murdock, Loveland, CO and purchased by Blake Blatter, Livingston, MT for $14,750, and Hip 416 “MJG Solitary Five” a 2005 AQHA Bay Gelding x Peppys Boy 895 owned and shown by Turner Performance Horses, Stevensville, MT and selling to Shawn Anctil, Bellevue, Alberta for $13,000.

Good horses galore – all in one place, in one weekend, and all for sale- the top five average $21,450; top ten at $17,175; Top 20 brought $13,917; top 50 at $10,293; and the top 100 averaged $7,813.

Loose horses saw a solid market – inspite of the closure of all U.S. plants and the roadblocks that day after day get thrown in the way – BUT – Billings Livestock’s overall market, from top to bottom, saw steady demand.

On the loose the top five averaged $1,570; Top ten at $1,467; Top 20 brought $1,292; Top 50 at $907; and the top 100 averaged $626.

Billings Livestock’s next sale event will be the ‘Spring Special Catalog Sale‘ March 23-24 and will feature the annual ‘Outfitters, Guest, Dude Ranch and Trail Horse’ offering in addition to a special session of “Roans Only”. All classes of horses will sell, in addition to a big selection of mules.

An indoor preview of the barrel horses, cutters, saddle horses, and rope horses is scheduled for Friday, March 22 at 3 p.m.

For more information, to consign or request a catalog, contact Bill and Jann Parker, Billings Livestock Commission Horse Sales at 406-245-4151 or see it all at

Views From the Auction Block

Billings Winter Special Catalog Sale Report

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.

The Billings Livestock Sale Auction’s first horse sale report for 2013, is in.  Prices are looking good, as Billings reports an positive upswing in their sale averages.

Super sale Saturday at Billings Livestock welcomed a one-day tally of 617 head of horses, all kinds and classes, for the “Winter Special Catalog Sale” and regular monthly horse sale January 26. It was good all the way as a sale savvy crowd saw one good gelding after the next. Geldings continued their grip on the BLS top twenty sellers list where 18 out of the top 20 were geldings – eight of them grade – and fetching a $3,535 average ticket price.

Grabbing the number one sale position for January 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. Big, blue, and gentle, the strong gelding had been used for riding lessons, gathering cattle, and would fit any level of rider. An honest family horse, the nice guy brought $5,500 and sold to Ed Beyl, Miles City, MT.

Ditto on Hip 151 “Big Blue” a 2005 grade blue roan gelding offered by Medicine Bow Outfitters, Lucerne, CO. “Blue” had been used to guide and lead the pack string, pack elk, pull the wagon, and in his spare time he worked and roped cattle in the feed yard and branding pen. The solid, hard working horse sold to Charles Venezia, Marstons Mills, MA for $4,500.

They called him “Blue”, too, and Hip 94 was offered by Ryan Olson, St. Onge, SD. Ridden at the stockyards, used to doctor yearlings in the pasture, and started heading in the arena, the 2008 grade roan gelding brought $3,100 and sold to Michael Miller, Fairfield , MT.

Billings Livestock Auction Horse Sale

An honest show stopper, Hip 101 “Knight Ryder Hancock” a 2011 AQHA Black Stallion x Jaybird Hancock and

out of a daughter of Tomcat Blue Hancock was raised and offered by Claire and Robert Lee, Dix, NE. The outstanding prospect brought $2,700 and sold to Don Meyers, Lolo , MT.

A true sale highlight was Hip 101 “Knight Ryder Hancock,” a 2011 AQHA black stallion bred, raised, and offered by Claire and Robert Lee, Dix , NE. The stunning two year old stallion was sired by Jaybird Hancock and out of a daughter of Tomcat Blue Hancock and sold to Don Meyers, Lolo , MT for $2,700. Proof of an improved market and the quality offered is shown in the averages – only a $500 bill separates the top five at $4,880 and top ten at $4,340 and a $1,200 price variance from a top five horse to a top 20 ride at $3,535. The top 50 horses averaged $2,616 compared to $2,378 last year, and the top 100 brought $1,932 versus $1,790 in January 2012.

Loose horse market was a buzz and the prospects pushed the market as the top five averaged $1,220; top ten at $1,057; top 20 brought $835; top 50 averaged $616; and top 100 at $499.

The annual “Cabin Fever Tack Sale” held each January attracted all kinds of treasures and trinkets selling in two sale sessions. Next on the BLS Sale line up is Billings Livestock’s “February Special Catalog Sale” featuring an expanded three-day sale format February 22-23-24.

Contact Billings Livestock Commission Horse Sales for more information at 406-245-4151 or

The High Selling Horses of 2012

Across the board, horse sales reported their sales were up over the past year. A lot of great broke horses crossed the auction block, as buyers took advantage of some great stock. Here is a rundown of the top selling horses, which made the sale ring in 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

W Bar Clover, the high seller from the 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.


$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. love their own little playhouse getaway? These teepees offer the ‘fort’ experience anywhere you want them to play. Made of 100% cotton, duck cloth (canvas-type) fabric. Available in black and white reiner, brown and cream longhorn and pink with a black buffalo. So cute and so western! With poles $199.99.

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This cake is sure to be the talk of the town! Alberta Whisky Cakes are made from the finest ingredients to provide a rich and savoring flavor, making it the ideal dessert. Each cake is baked with the perfect blend of Canadian Whisky and all natural flavors. Now available in two tantalizing flavors – Canadian Maple and Chocolate. in Senior Reining and Cutting. water in the West. A roundtable discussion among four presenters will offer a range of perspectives and experiences on topics ranging from regional drought to resource conservation, sharing local stories to working collaboratively. The intent is to generate food for thought and provide practical tools for water conservation. There will also be a follow-up conversation with audience members. Panelists are Bill Zeedyk, a consultant who helps ranchers restore wetlands and riparian habitats using “low-tech” bio-engineering methods and native materials; Lisa Hamilton, a photographer and writer who collects and shares stories of individuals’ relationships to water in the West; John Ehrmann, who, as founder of the Meridian Institute, has pioneered the use of collaborative decision-making in many challenging areas, including water conservation; and Jack Loeffler, an aural historian, radio producer and writer whose focus includes restoration and preservation of habitat, the relationships of indigenous cultures to homeland, and understanding the role of cultural diversity in preservation of habitat.

The Gathering will also host the following presentations:

A discussion of evidence-based horsemanship with well-known horseman Martin Black and neuropsychologist Dr. Stephen Peters, who have studied the horse’s brain and its development for keys to horse behavior and in an effort to find solutions for best practices in horsemanship.

A conversation about agriculture and the creative muse with poets and ranchers Sean Sexton, Linda Hussa and John Dofflemyer. Writer and artist Teresa Jordan will host this discussion of how the natural world is a source of artistic inspiration for those who work the land for a living, and how their creative lives are enriched and challenged by their ranching occupation.

In presentations about the practice of poetry and storytelling, cowboy poets will share their insights on choosing poems to recite, and how to enhance the performance of poetry. Photographer and writer Lisa Hamilton will share stories of farmers and ranchers throughout the West and discuss the communication challenges of telling rural stories to an urban public.

The following discussions will take place as part of the cultural exchange with Italian cowboys (butteri) at the 29th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering:

Ranching in Italy’s Marrema: Past, Present and Future—a presentation on the deep roots of ranching in Italy as well as the contemporary realities of making a living raising cattle in this part of the world.

Italian Ranching East and West—a discussion of the current state of ranching in the American West and Italy, and thoughts for the future of the occupation in both countries.

Ranch Women Swapping Stories—a sharing of stories, poetry and prose among Italian and American ranch women.

Italian American Ranching Stories—an afternoon of stories that connect the dots between Italy and the American West, honoring the generations that immigrated and those who continue to ranch in northern Nevada.

These presentations and discussions are free with the purchase of a 3-day Deluxe Pass, which is currently priced at $60 and good for Thursday, January 31 through Saturday, February 2. Single Day Passes are also available for each of these three days at a cost of $25. A full schedule is available online.

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.

Western Horse Sales Results

Western Horse Sales Unlimited

The Western Horse Sales Unlimited led an outstanding line-up of horses through the sale ring May 4 and 5th, in Saskatoon, SK. The 10th annual sale had a total of 233 catalogued horses. The top five horses sold of an average of $9,500 and overall the sale horses priced out at $2,950.

The high seller of the sale was lot number 117, Baileys Dually, a 2002 sorrel gelding consigned by Sydney Pedersen, Milestone SK, purchased for $11,500 by Lost River Ranches, Manyberries, AB. The second highest seller was lot number 187, BN The Cash, a 2001 chestnut gelding listed by Justin Miller, Bassano, AB, which sold for $10,200, to Joe Verhun, Leduc, AB.

The Western Horse Sales Unlimited has a unique style of showcasing horses. As sale organizer Lee Pederson mentions in this year’s sale catalogue, “We started the kid’s session of the sale right from the get go, 10 years ago. Since then we have had years of happy kids, parents and grandparents that have purchased from the sale. We are proud again to offer this kids section of the sale and have some really great ones to offer this year. We have also added the ladies section this year, lady’s horses are one of the most rapidly growing segments in the horse industry.”

The top selling horse in the Ladies section was lot number 98, Taras Rio, a 2005 sorrel gelding. The horse was consigned by Kevin and Sandra McCutcheon, Saskatoon, SK, and sold for the final bid of $9,000 to Harvey Peters, Maple Creek, SK.

The prairie sale sold horses to buyers all across Western Canada as well as Quebec, the Maritimes, North Dakota and Minnesota. There were two draws for a $500 gift certificate toward any horse in the sale. The first winner was Tracey Friesen of Saskatoon and the second name drawn was Lee Boisvert of Cadogan, AB. The winner of the $1.000 prize off any saddle from High Plains Ranch Supply was Marg Beatty, of Grenfell, SK.

In This Issue: May/June

As promised we did the draw for the second set of Mane Event tickets to give away at noon. Congratulations Denise Pezderic, you’ve got yourself two passes to this weekend’s Mane Event in Red Deer, Alberta. Pick up your tickets at the front ticket booth at the show.
Denise’s response to the question of what she’s looking forward to at this year’s event:
“Hands down my favorite part of Mane Event is Jonathon Field. So much fun to watch him work with his horses. Just amazing. I love the problem solving and skill shown in the Trainers Challenge too, fun to watch the progress over the weekend. Jackie Johnson is fun and talented Saskatchewan gal that puts on a fun clinic as well. Mane Event rocks!”
Our May/June issue just rolled off the press, and I want to share some of the contents with you.
We interviewed three Canadian barn builders and profiled a barn from each, timely and great ideas for anyone considering a build or reno this spring.

photo credit: Crimson Chickadee Photography

Our regular feature Out West, celebrating life in the West, pays homage to mothers and daughters and their horses, just in time for Mother’s Day.

Hayfork Steer by Vel Miller, Atascadero, California – wall mounted bronze.

This magnificent bronze is hanging on the wall of the horse person we’ve featured in our new Western Art feature – What’s Hanging on Your Wall, which asks just that question of horse people. We also profile B.C. artist Liz Mitten Ryan and tell you how the Glenbow Museum Senior Curator gathered up almost all of an original 17 Charlie Russell originals featured in the Calgary Stampede #1.
Western Style Editor, Deanna Beckley shows you how to build four outfits for the show ring and profiles the best in equine shampoo and conditioners of the season.
Also kicking off this issue is a series we’ve discussing at editorial meetings for some time. Our Alternative Therapies begins with a look at the infrared light therapy and it’s benefits.

photo credit: Krista Kay Photography

Also in the health department, two potentially crippling lamenesses: navicular disease and laminitis are explored. As well we take a look at the benefits of packing a hoof boot along in your trailer.

While she generally tackles health related articles for the magazine, in this issue, Equine Health Editor Susan Kauffmann details the step-by-step plan she and her husband employed to build these sturdy and beautiful horse shelters. Don’t expect these to blow away in the next wind storm.

Futurity Road prospect, McCabe.

In the third instalment of the series Futurity Road, we continue to follow the paths of five futurity bound barrel racing prospects. In this segment, five becomes four as one of the prospects is sold, trainer Raylee Walters reveals her barn must-haves, catches us up with an analysis of the latest events the hopefuls competed in and also discusses the bit she has been using for each of the four remaining horses.
Speaking of bits, cutting and cow horse trainer Dustin Gonnet reveals his handy go-to bit in our Bit of the Month.
Trick rider and Cavalia star Sally Bishop talks about the ups and downs of stunt riding and life on the road. She’s an incredibly brave woman with such a positive outlook on life, it’s not hard to find inspiration through the eyes of this accomplished horse woman.
Our ranch profile spotlights an ambitious and incredibly functional facility near Bozeman, Montana – Copper Spring Ranch.
Lisa Scheistel continues her series on training the two-year-old, and, drum roll. .  we’re really pleased to present an exclusive article with Shawn Flarida, in our Secrets of a Four-Million Dollar Man. It seems he doesn’t appear to be stalled at four million dollars either, as he just won the Open at the NRBC Classic.
Finally don’t miss 15 charming bed and bales stops across Canada, and a recap on the high sellers so far in spring sales (prices appear up!).

A billboard campaign posted by Angel Acres (a US based anti-slaughter group), displayed along an Ottawa, Ontario highway.

Last, but certainly not least – it’s an emotionally charged subject and one close to Canadian horse people, whether we like it or not, as our country allows horse processing. Feature writer Deanna Buschert examined her own thoughts and feelings on the subject as she visited a horse meat processing plant in Alberta to document the tender subject of horse slaughter. We hope you appreciate her candidness and professionalism on the subject.
Hope you enjoy the issue. If you’d like to subscribe do so here. As well, we’ll have some single copies of this issue for sale at the Mane Event. Please stop by the Western Horse Review booth, not only to pick up a copy, but check out our giveaways and contests. We look forward to chatting with you.
Thanks so much for tuning in, and have a great weekend!

Lakeland College Ropes In Top Hands


Lakeland Horse Sale
Lakeland College brought out a stellar amount of top hands for their ranch competition on April 13th. The annual Working Cowboy Competition listed a record number of entries in all lineups- with forty teams in the Canadian Ranch Roping Association event. There were 18 contestants who competed in at least three of the events, to accumulate points for the title of Canada’s Greatest Working Cowboy. Following the day’s 13 hours of competition, the winners were announced:

Canada’s Greatest Working Cowboy – Steve Millar

Open Ranch Roping – Steve Millar, Theresa Millar and Sam Morrison

Novice Roping – Cory Thompson and Scott Schieck

Ranch Horse Competition – Corey Wiebe

Pasture Doctoring – Barry Thiessen

Stockdog Competition – Sheila Phillips

Ranch Bronc Riding – Adian Cox and Graeme Anderson (co-champions).

The Horse Sale took place on April 14 with 40 horses consigned 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 for $11,500. Sale average on horses was $3944. High selling bull was a 2 year old for $6200 with an average of $3350.

The competition and sale is managed by the Western Ranch and Cowhorse Program at Lakeland College.