Sweet Summertime

Handsome and handy, just call him the "total package" - Hip 251 took home the weekend's top sale honors with a $9,600 price tag. "Mr Bo Quixote" an 01 AQHA Sorrel Gelding offered by Dallas Aschoff, Maupin, OR had been shown reining, hauled to High School Rodeos heading, heeling, and breakaway, and seen ranch use, too.

The blockbuster sale weekend saw a grand total of  1,037 head of horses with the top sale horse commanding $9,600, followed by $7,200, and $6,500.

Final sales figures show 381 buyers registered,  225 purchasing horses, 116 buying two or more.

Handsome and handy,  call him the “total package” –  Hip 251 took home the weekend’s top sale honors with a $9,600 price tag.

“Mr Bo Quixote” an 01 AQHA Sorrel Gelding by Cowtown Peppy and out of a Doc Quixote bred dam was offered by Dallas Aschoff, Maupin, OR and had been shown reining, hauled to High School Rodeos heading, heeling, and breakaway, and seen ranch use, too.

Red roan, roped on both in and out of the arena, packed flags, started on  barrels, and picked up rodeos, Hip 23 “Tucker Star Chex” a 2003 AQHA gelding was a one-man-show.

Offered by Brian Tubbs, Filer, ID, the choice gelding was sired by  HR Dry Star Chex and out of a Sugar Bars bred mare and sold for $5,750 to  W. Teddy Crowley, Chinook, MT.

Used at the stockyards, ridden by the grandkids, and an all-around using gelding , Hip 423 “Easy Silver Bond” a 2004 AQHA Gray Gelding by Silver Tip 045 was offered by Dean and Betty Brainard, Shepherd, MT.

Selling Sunday afternoon, the gentle, sharp-dressed  gray fellow brought $4,800 and sold to Walter Holder, Powell, WY.

Top five horses averaged $7,100, top ten brought $6,045, top 20 came in at $4,915, top 50 overall $3,678, top 100 averaged $2,805.

The loose trade got after it as  the top five averaged $1,780, top ten brought $1,575, top 20 came in at $1,302, top 50 brought $934, with the top 100 averaging $699.

Billings Livestock’s next sale event will be July 24-25.

Already rockin’ with a solid line-up of first-class horses, the annual “Mid-Summer” Catalog Sale – featuring cutting and cowbred horses – is two full days of horse sales and previews.

All classes of horses will sell, including finished horses and prospects for ranch, roping, arena, cutting, or recreation.

Designed to allow the sellers an opportunity to showcase their consignments and at the same time, giving the buyer an honest, professional opportunity to assess the horses,  Friday’s special preview of cutting horses on cattle will begin at 5 p.m. in the BLS Arena.

Saturday’s preview begins at 9 a.m. with another look at the cutters on cattle, followed by the saddle and ride horse demonstrations, with calf horses and team roping horses showing at 11 a.m.  Catalog Sale Time is 12 Noon each day.  Loose horses sell at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning.

500 plus catalog horses are expected with a catalog closing date of Monday, July 5.

Billings Livestock is a federally licensed and bonded facility and offers all classes and kinds of horses.  For more information, contact Bill or Jann Parker, BLS Sale Managers at 406-670-0773/406-855-1947.  www.billingslivestock.com

Topnotch Performance Horse Production Sale

Tim and Theresa Dykes of Topnotch Performance Horses held their second annual production sale on June 5th at their home and training facility near Stony Plain, Alberta.

Theresa reports the sale average was up from last year and attendees were able to purchase quality prospects at a good dollar.

High seller of the sale was this pretty red roan three-year-old mare, TNP Visions Of Pink, sired by Mr Roan Freckles and out of Topnotch mare Vision Of Royalty (Docs Royal Lancer). She sold for $6,750.00 to Gorden Adam of Onoway, Alberta.

The Dyke’s are strong supporters of the Miss Rodeo Canada program and this year, both Miss Rodeo Canada Queen, Britteny Foster and Miss Rodeo Canada Princess, Dana Hansen came out to the sale.

Rodeo Canada royalty celebrate this young girl's purchase of a Bob Acre Venture gelding!

Both daughters Amanda Jones and Jessica Dykes have integral roles in the Topnotch operation.

This two-year-old gelding, TNP Ima Heart Brace made little Maddie very happy!

Miss Rodeo Canada took on the position of leader for the two-year-old geldings – this one an 09 edition, TNP Smoky San Peppy, sired by Bob Acre Venture.

Second high seller was this chromed up two-year-old gelding sired by Topnotch stallion Bob Acre Venture and Topnotch mare Peeping Bay Wren (Peeping Bo Badger). Albert Porter rode him and Bob Butz of Stony Plain purchased him for $3,000.00

Theresa stated after the sale, “From the calls I have received from people that purchased horses, everyone seems really thrilled with our horses and the way that the sale went. We all felt that after having the first sale last year, this one was much more organized and our horses looked alot better than last.

“We were blessed with so much help from family and amazing friends, without them we would not have pulled it off.”

From left, Miss Rodeo Canada – Britteny Foster, Theresa Dykes and grandson Jonas, and Miss Rodeo Canada Princess – Dana Hansen.

Real Ranch Horses Sell Real Well

Saturday, April 17 was one of the first sun-shiny days of spring in Billings, Montana, and the Yellowstone Boys & Girls Ranch was the perfect meeting place that day for real ranch cowboys and cowgirls with good horses to sell and prospective buyers who came from across the country looking for reliable mounts. It was the fourth annual “REAL” Ranch Horse Invitational Sale, and dependable geldings were in high demand once again this year.

Don Selle of Baker, Montana brought the high selling horse to this year’s “REAL” Ranch Horse Invitational Sale. “Superman” is shown here with buyer Mary Hanson of Edgar, Montana. Also pictured, Kellie Yost represented Nutra-Lix, sponsor of the award vests presented for high-selling horse, at the sale.

This well-attended sale organized by the Montana Ranch Horse Association is where genuine ranch-made horses preview fresh and unridden before the crowd the morning of the sale, in an effort to show the true character of each horse.  Horse hands brought their offerings to the sale this year from ranches in Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, Nebraska, and Idaho. A team roping preview and an open ranch horse competition held the day before the sale gave sellers a chance to show off any sale horses with arena merit.

Don Selle of Baker, Montana brought the high selling horse to the 2010 “REAL” Ranch Horse Sale, just like he did in 2009. Lot 56 – Starburst Rackateer, a 10-year-old gelding finished in both heading and heeling, had also been used to pick up on and haze off of. Known as “Superman,” this prime-age gentleman was named the 2008 Champion Bridle Horse at the Black Hills Stock Show Ranch Horse Competition. He went home with Mary Hanson of Edgar, Montana, for the price of $8,500.

Second high seller of the day was a 7-year-old gelding, Lot 29 – Silverdollar Duece, consigned by Chad Rainsdon of Deer Lodge, Montana.  The quiet giant measured 16.2 hands and brought $8,400, selling to Mike Jorgenson of Corvallis, Montana.

Jake and Jessica Hahn of Bridger, Montana offered the third high seller of the day, Lot 1 – Triple Bar Slots, and exchanged him for $7,700.  The 5-year-old ranch gelding was extremely gentle and handy to boot and will make his new home at the Fishtail Basin Ranch, Fishtail, Montana.

The top five selling ranch horses averaged $7,900 at this year’s “REAL” Sale, while the top 10 averaged $6,905 and the top 20 $6,075.  All the ranch horses selling averaged $4,975.

This year’s offering included a dozen green ranch horses as well. The youngsters came to the sale with background and potential, just not as much experience.  Sky Grant of Lovell, Wyoming, brought the high-selling green ranch horse to the “REAL” Sale this year.  Lot 20 – MNM Cruzer, a 5-year-old gelding, brought $5,500 and sold to Gary and Callie DeVries of Bridger, Montana.  The top five selling green horses at the 2010 “REAL” Sale averaged $4,140, and all 12 of them averaged $3,475.

As a special addition to this year’s “REAL” Ranch Horse Invitational Sale, Rawhide Quarter Horses (Nate, TJ and Jake Wald) of Lodge Grass, Montana donated proceeds from the auction of a 2008 gray gelding out of their program to the Yellowstone Boys & Girls Ranch, which provides residential treatment services for at-risk youth.  Mr. and Mrs. Rick Gilliland of Livingston, Montana, purchased the colt for $1,600.

Nate Wald is shown riding his stallion Stylish Tip, sire of the benefit colt donated by Rawhide Quarter Horses (Nate, TJ and Jake Wald) and auctioned off at the “REAL” Ranch Horse Invitational Sale. The colt sold to Mr. & Mrs. Rick Gilliland from Livingston, Montana, with proceeds benefiting the Yellowstone Boys & Girls Ranch.

Prospective buyers came to the sale from across the nation and Canada. After the auctioneer’s final call, horses were claimed by buyers from Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Washington, Colorado, Virginia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. Volume buyer at the sale was Switchback Ranch of Roscoe, Montana.

Next year’s sale is scheduled for April 15-16 at the same location. For more information, contact sale organizer Jack Blankenship at [email protected] or 406-446-2203.  Visit www.realranchhorses.com.

Tools of the Trade

North, south, east and west, they came in from big country, feedyards, and family ranches, and honest-to-goodness, working-class ranch horses enjoyed their own big weekend at Billings Livestock’s annual “Cow Country Classic” catalog  sale May 22-23.

Friday‘s “Best of the Remuda” ranch horse competition spotlighted 48 head in a judged competition that crowned Hip 41 “Freds Quick Sand” a 2003 AQHA Bay mare raised, owned, and shown by Justin Lawrence, Alzada, MT the 2010 Champion Ranch Horse.

Straight up in the bridle, the good mare by Sir Fred Von Freckle and out of a Dos General daughter came with NRCHA earnings, AQHA points and brought $7,300.

Ranch horses enjoyed their own big weekend at Billings Livestock’s May 22-23 “Cow Country Classic Catalog Sale” where 48 head competed in a judged “Best of the Remuda” ranch horse competition. Top four competition ranch horses include: L to R: 4th place - Delon Parker, Worden, MT aboard Hip 56 “Benjamin Beggar Prom” a 2001 AQHA Sorrel gelding x Mr Peppy Olena purchased by Faith Dean, Bragg Creek, Alberta for $4,500; 3rd place: Hip 237 “Wolfman” a 2002 Grade gelding owned and shown by Jack Christiansen, Oakley, ID brought $4,200; Reserve Champ Hip 81 “Rosco Bob” a 2005 AQHA Red Dun gelding offered by Turner Performance Horses and shown by Chad Turner, Victor, MT sold to Sonja Cuffe, Pleasanton, CA for $8,500; and – the Champ, Hip 41 “Freds Quick Sand” a 2003 AQHA Bay mare raised, owned, and shown by Justin Lawrence, Alzada, MT selling for $7,300.

A market fueled by real cowhorses saw a  95% completed sale percentage – only 44 head of the weekend’s 823 horses were “no-saled” or passed out by the seller.

The top five averaged $7,580.

A bona-fide good gelding, Hip 81 “Rosco Bob” a 2005 AQHA Red Dun gelding sired by Abrakadabracre and out of The Peppy Widow by Peponita earned Reserve Champion Ranch Horse honors in addition to being the weekend’s top sale horse bringing a final bid of $8,500 from Sonja Cuffe, Pleasanton, CA.

Offered by Turner Performance Horses, Victor, MT and shown by Chad Turner, the fancy, quiet fellow came with  NCHA earnings, a solid ranch resume, and had been started heeling and breakaway in the arena.

Keith Munns, Rexburg, ID offered his personal mount, Hip 122 “Go Zan Eyed Parr” a 2003 AQHA Bay Roan gelding x Shi Bars Payday a big, strong, extra gentle gelding that  had been used for general ranch work, trail ridden, and ridden in the arena.

Julie Hunsinger, Drexel, MO purchased the 16 hand, 1400 lb mega-gelding for $8000.

With a double dose of gentle, Hip 145 “Smoke A Splash” a 2002 AQHA Grullo Gelding had been roped on, ranched on, and spent many miles in the mountains.

Consigned by RMO Horses, Heber, UT, the “same today and tomorrow” type gelding brought $6000 and sold to Jeff Harwood, Marion, MI.

Same song with the same verse – older, educated, and honest – the horses in demand continue to be the trustworthy kind with an occupation, while younger horses with little or no riding and horses in poor condition continue to see a softened demand.

Ranch and using geldings brought from $950 to $8,500.

Sale averages include the top five at $7,580; top ten brought $6,680; Top 20 at $5,717; Top 50 brought $4,299, and the top 100 averaged $3,263.

In the loose horse division – as is, where is, how is – the day’s top horse brought $1,600 with the top five averaging $1,100, top ten averaged $975, top 20 brought $806; Top 50 at $643; And the top 100 averaged $506.

Billings Livestock’s “Summer Special Catalog Sale”  is  set for June 26-27and will feature “Team Sorting” horses in addition to a special session of “Buckskins”.

All classes and types of horses will sell, from prospects, mares, stallions, to finished horses.

Cattle will be available to show the penning, sorting, and cutting horses in addition to rope horses beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning.

To consign or request a catalog, contact Bill and Jann Parker, Billings Livestock Horse Sale Managers at 406-245-4151 or see it a all at www.billingslivestock.com

2010 Western Horse Sale Unlimited

A total of 417 prospective buyers registered to bid at the Western Horse Sale, held at Saskatoon Livestock Sales, Saturday, May 1. Here’s the results for this classic prairie sale.

The high selling stallion was Mark Dually, with lifetime earnings of $12,000, the 1995 chestnut is a son of Dual Pep out of Smart Little Margie. Consigned by Western Star Performance Horses, Wilmar, Minnesota and sold to David Kory of Preceville, Saskatchewan for $9,500.

The high selling mare was Unbellenable, a 1994 daughter of Smart Little Lena, consigned by Rattlesnake Ranch, Lufkin, Texas and sold to Mal Suitor, Pine Lake, Alberta for $12,000.

The high selling gelding was Col Jack Freckles, a 2001 Quarter Horse gelding consigned by Lee Pedersen, Milestone, Saskatchewan and sold to Arnold Fletcher, Wainwright, Alberta for $8,500.

Rally Time, a 1998 Paint Horse gelding turned out as the highest selling kids’ horse, for a price of $7,000, consigned by Hunter Watson, Wolseley, Saskatchewan and sold to Dan Delemont, Chauvin, Alberta.

Second highest selling kid’s horse was Shiney Show Bars, a 2004 Quarter Horse gelding consigned by Sydney Pedersen, Milestone, Saskatchewan and selling to Quinn Wilson, Calgary, Alberta for $6,900.

Sale Averages:

Top 5 Horses – $9,700.00
Top 10 Horses – $8,505.00
Top 25 – $7,477.50

Sale Average – $2,365.00

Kids Horse Average – $4,800.00

Check out Western Horse Sales Unlimited for more information about this great prairie sale, and to find details about next year’s event.

Hershberger Performance Horse Sale

Clay and I attended the 5th Annual Hershberger Performance Horse Sale, held in Buckeye, AZ. And I have to tell you,  at this offering of 105 horses, I witnessed some very positive developments for our industry! As I wandered through the parking lot, I saw license plates from Washington, California, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, and I know there were also people from Hawaii present. Plus, I saw plates from Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Dually impressive is the fact that the volume buyer came all the way from Montana!

Nikki Hershberger and the auctioneer.

The Hershberger family worked extremely hard to ensure both buyers and sellers were pleased with the results of the sale. Nikki Hershberger looked after the bids, while her husband, Jason ran from horse to sale horse (Hershbergers had several of their own consignments, which kept him very busy.)

Jason Hershberger.

And their sons, Gavin, Wyatt and Garrett were responsible to aid in the set up and cattle operations. Needless to say, it was a busy, busy day for the family.

Held at Buckeye Equestrian Center, this sale truly had something for everybody. It featured reiners, cow horses, cutters, barrels, head, heel and calf horses. Many of the offerings had top pedigrees, earnings and credentials in the show pen.

The Hershbergers ensured all prospects had a chance to show off their stuff, with a preview starting earlier that morning. Cutting and roping cattle were provided, as well as barrels and a chance for cow horses to go down the fence. In all, the opportunity gave sellers a good chance to get their horses working in front of a motivated, buying audience. In a down economy, it was very promising to observe this sale’s average at $6,985 and the Top Ten Average at $15,350.

High selling horse Hip #93, Jackies Double Chunk.

The high seller was Hip #93, Jackies Double Chunk, a gorgeous gray gelding sired by Tee J Double Jackie, selling for $24,500. Two sale horses were destined for sunnier weather afterwards on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. Hips #22 and #51 were sold to Daryl Medeiros for $18,700 and $15,000 respectively. Both of these geldings were well-bred and presented superbly on sale day. Hip #22 was a son of Pepto Taz, with an Open Performance ROM and the 2009 Arizona State Champion Heeling and Heeling horse.

Hip #22, Tazzle Dazzle.

Two important points I noted at this sale, on the subject of the industry: 1) Grade horses sold very well, and; 2) there was a big demand for kid’s horses.

Personally, I was very impressed with the bids that grade horses brought. For example, Hip #25, a 2003 grade gelding, sold for $2,500. This horse has been used in the feedyard and was a seasoned heel horse, and was a prime example why good using horses have value. If they’re trained and offer a skill to someone, grade horses are valuable.

Hip #2, "Frosty."

Case in point, take Hip #2 “Frosty,” for example. Here was a 1997, grade, gray gelding that was also a finished head horse. Fast, sharp and 100% sound. Frosty brought a bid of $8,800. And this was only the beginning of the sale…

However, the highlight of my day was watching a young girl raise her hand on a 2001 pony gelding. Eagerly, she would wait for permission from her grandfather and when she had it, hold her number up high on Hip #16, also known as “Gunner.”

When it was clear that they were the successful bidders, the young granddaughter ran full tilt to her new mount and climbed aboard. Everyone in the crowd was as excited as she was, for the acquisition of this new pony.

And the pony goes to Montana!

I had a chance to speak with the grandfather, Mr. Southworth of Lewistown, Montana, who was accompanied by not one, but three of his granddaughters to the sale. He told me he had built a ranch for his grandchildren to enjoy in Montana, and was at the Hershberger Sale to find mounts suitable for each of them. My next question to the kind man was, “Are you looking to adopt any more grandkids? Cause if so, I’m interested!!”

Mr. Southworth and some of his granddaughters, along with one of the ponies they took book to Montana.

For more sale highlights, check out www.hershbergerhorses.com

Farm & Ranch Performance Horse Sale


Story & Photos by Darla Rathwell

Misty Boy Rose

The Farm & Ranch Show on April 10 featured the Performance Horse Sale, a sale of 24 of today’s top ranch, rodeo, penning and show horses to fit buyers’ needs.  This year’s high selling horse was six-year-old AQHA palomino gelding Misty Boy Rose sired by Chex Bueno Doc out of Go Misty Rose, consigned by Tyler Patten of Buck Lake, Alberta. This gelding was purchased by Todd Halina of Spruce Grove, Alberta for $9,200. After being to the preview just the day before, Halina had his eye on his new roping horse and had no intention of letting this golden opportunity pass him by.

CW Prime Whisky

Second highest seller at the sale, the flashy and well broke nine-year-old AQHA buckskin gelding CW Prime Whisky sired by Sunquest Whisky Hill out of Sheza Ollie, and consigned by Linn Jensen, sold for $6,400.

BSF Short Lil Wil

Following up was BSF Short Lil Wil, who has been ranch roped off and earned money in ranch cutting at Alberta Reined Cow Horse Association shows, consigned by Clayton Hines; and Royal Badger Lynx, consigned by Get-R-Done Horse Training, ridden by trainer Kody Potts, a horse that will earn a cheque for his purchaser either heading or heeling. Each of these remarkable horses brought their consigner’s $6,000.

Royal Badger Lynx

Top seller barrel stallion comes to Canada

Brought to Billings, Montana by Tod DeJong, Tracy, IA the good mule sold to Mitch Svangstu, Noonan, ND, for $5,000.

The noise was all about the working boys – the strong, solid kind that deliver day in and day out – and – professional, service oriented horses and mules enjoyed a big weekend at Billings Livestock Commission‘s “Spring Special Catalog Sale” March 27-28.

Held each and every March, the “Trail, Outfitting, Guide, and Guest” horse feature also offered an excellent set of riding, driving, and pack mules.

Horses and mules sold from coast to coast – California to Massachusetts , Texas to Alaska, with a weekend total of 760 head offered including 74 cataloged mules.

It goes in the BLS record books – an iron-clad market was verified by a record low pass out rate as only 31 head were were passed out or “no-saled” by the consignor – that calculates to a 96% overall sale percentage. .

A gentle, attractive, top-notch trail mule that had been started heading topped the mule charts with a $5,000 price tag, and Hip 409 “Roy” was good to catch, load, saddle, and shoe.

Mules came in all colors, kinds, and areas of expertise, with the top five mule average at $3,300 and the top ten at $2,620.

In the horse division, stallions continue to shine as Hip 158 “Lazy Wind,” a 2003 AQHA sorrel stallion by the Triple Crown winner Special Effort and out of the Easy Jet daughter By All Means Easy, brought $10,700. Offered by Bucky Derflinger, Mud Butte, SD, the big, pretty stallion sold to Keith Pomeroy, Armstrong, BC.

Steady as she goes, the market was solid from the first horse to the last, with buyers seeking out the dependable, honest, gentle on their mind kind, where the top five averaged $5,850, top ten at $4,905, top 20 brought $4,097, top 50 came in at $3,293, and the top 100 averaged $2,730.

Double gentle and rides the same everyday, Hip 17 “Black Jack” a 2004 Grade black gelding offered by RMO Horses, Heber, UT brought $4,400 and went home with Bob and GayAnn Masolo,Townsend, MT.

Wildnerness Adventures, Powell, WY brought a stand-out assortment of mules and horses that had been used in their pack trips, dude rides, and hunting camps and included Hip 66 “Bones” a 2003 Grade Gray Quarter Draft gelding.

The gentle, trail and cowhorse sold to Mark Dunsley, Couer D’Alene, ID for $4,400.

Ray and Marjorie Beecher, Grass Range, MT offered a partial dispersion of their time-honored program including daughters of their famous sire “Gumbo Roany”.

Loose horses made a definite jump in value at the March sale where the top prospect commanded $2,500.

On the loose, he top five averaged $1,920 compared to $1,210 in 2009, the top ten averaged $1632 versus $1,022 last year; The top 20 brought $1,330 compared to $826 with the top 50 at $974 compared to $585; and the top 100 averaged $795 versus $435 one year ago.

Sue Wallis, Recluse, WY addressed the Sunday Sale crowd and updated the audience on the latest processing legislation. For more information http://www.unitedorgsofthehorse.org/

Billings Livestock’s next sale event is set for April 24 – 25 and will feature the 12th annual “Rope Horse Special” catalog sale and regular monthly horse sale.

Lots of cattle, lots of opportunities to watch the rope horses, including a jackpot team roping open only to sale horses set for Friday, April 23 in the BLS arena.

PRCA World Champion Team Roper, Bobby Harris, will be on-site Friday, 12 noon, prior to the jackpot, for an informal, free roping seminar which will touch on scoring, horse position, facing, stopping, and roping basics.

Rope horses will show again in previews on Saturday and Sunday.

All classes of horses will sell including mares, stallions, finished horses, prospects, and young stock.

Cattle will also be available to show the cutting horses and calf horses.

Catalog closing date is April 5, with a supplement printed for later entries.

Northlands Farm & Ranch Show


Taking place in the recently completed Edmonton EXPO Centre, this year’s Farm & Ranch Show will almost take over the entire building. The Edmonton EXPO Centre, which officially opened in December 2009, is 522,000 sq feet of contiguous space – making it the largest tradeshow venue in Western Canada.

While the building may be new, this year’s Farm & Ranch Show has some familiar favourites such as the Envirotech Showcase, Women in Agriculture and Alberta Grows as well as new features such as expanded equine programming, a Seeding Technology Clinic and Farm/Ranch Management workshops.

For 44 years, the Northlands Farm & Ranch Show has been serving the western Canadian agricultural community. Dave Fiddler, Show Manager notes, “Northlands is pleased to offer a broad cross-section industry events, displays and seminars. With over 400 exhibitors, new programs and clinics, there’s something for everyone.”

The equine programming includes Tina Kaven, World Champion Western Pleasure and Western Riding with a horsemanship Clinic that will run all three days of the event. An opportunity not to be missed – Northlands is pleased to be hosting someone of this calibre in Alberta.

Terri McKinney from Wild Deuce

Other activities include round pen demonstrations with Stephanie Clarke and Backcountry Packing and Adventure Tourism with Wild Deuce Outfitters and Packers.

In addition to the equine programming, there are a number of activities for the beef sector with seven different manufacturers offering live demonstrations of the cattle handling equipment. There is also a Ranching for Profit Workshop and several business management presentations, relating to livestock operations.

Returning once again is the Northlands Performance Horse Sale which features performance horses geared to ranch work, rodeo arena, and other arena events.

Also new this year, Northlands presents 4- H day on Saturday, April 10.  Members will receive complimentary admission to the show by showing their membership card at the door and will have the opportunity to take part in a great selection of beef and equine activities. Fiddler notes, “Northlands is committed to mentoring youth in the agriculture industry and is excited to present these informative and dynamic sessions for 4-H members as part of the Farm & Ranch Show.”

Admission to the Farm & Ranch Show is just $5 and children under 12 are free. Download either a $2 off admission coupon or the Farm & Ranch Show Value Pack at farmandranchshow.com.  The value pack includes the cost of parking and two admissions for just $16 – a six dollar savings. Or pick up coupons at participating AMA, UFA and Federated Coop locations.  Redeem the value pack coupon at Northlands parking gates (coupon is good for one vehicle only).

After a day at the Farm & Ranch Show be sure to catch Canada’s up-and-coming rodeo stars at the Canadian National College Finals Rodeo (CNCFR). Advance CNCFR tickets are $10.50 and $12.50 plus service charges and includes Farm & Ranch Show admission. Ticket prices at the door will be $16.50 for both the Lower and Upper Bowl. After the show and before the rodeo, Canadian country music stars, Hey Romeo will also be performing twice daily in the Edmonton EXPO Centre Gallery.

The Northlands Farm & Ranch Show runs from 10am – 6pm daily, April 8-10.

For more information about the 2010 Northlands Farm & Ranch Show or CNCFR, visit farmandranchshow.com or call 1-877.471.7472.