Your Favorite Horse Activity Contest 2011


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

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

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

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

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

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

1) your favorite horse activity to participate?

2) your favorite horse activity to watch?

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

Contest closes April 15th.

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


92 thoughts on “Your Favorite Horse Activity Contest 2011”

  1. To do: Trail Ride in the beautiful Rocky Mountains
    To watch: Free running horses, to see the wildies run. Breathtaking!

  2. I love to ride my Arabian gelding, anytime, anywhere!
    And I tape and watch any horse event on TV! I have never seen wild horses running but I would love to see that.

  3. Favorite horse activity to participate in: Trailriding with my family
    Favorite horse activity to watch: love watching my kids work with their horses.

  4. Camping in the mountains with our horses. The views are fantastic and with your horse beneath you what more could you ask for. The best things in life are still free.

    Show jumping. Whether at Spruce Meadows or on TV. I have followed Ian Miller’s career forever, cause that’s how long he has been jumping.

  5. Volunteer Instructor for the Arabian Horse Reading Literacy Project. In small groups the students participate in organized activity centres. At the conclusion of each activity, the students read to the horse, one at a time … It is pure magic! … the horses seem to be listening attentively to every word.

    “Horse Watching”. I could spend hours watching the herd.

  6. Michael Baird

    Favorite Activity: trail riding in the mountains.
    Favorite to watch: proformances like Cavalia where the horse is more than a tool, the horse is an object of beauty.

  7. My favorite activity is riding and camping in the mountains
    favorite to watch is anything to do with horses – people can be included if necessary!!

  8. Favourite activity to do: trail ride with friends.

    Favourite to watch: Clinics and demonstrations

  9. Silvia Thacker

    Favorite to do: Attend the birth of a foal
    Favorite to watch: Foals playing

  10. To do: Cantering down the beach on a beautiful day
    To Watch: Anybody discipline that shows a connection between horse and rider (anything pulled off with finesse like CAVALIA!!!}

  11. Favorite Activity: Love showing in western disciplines, especially reining.
    Favorite To Watch: Watching our boys come running in from the pasture at feeding time.

  12. Fav Activity: trail riding, or just plain ole pleasure riding
    Fav Watch: jumping at spruce meadows, or any rodeo event (two very different things!)

  13. Favorite Activity: Trail Riding with friends in the mountains!
    Favorite to Watch: Barrel Racing!

  14. My favorite horse activity is to just ride my 2 Quarter horses on the many trails around our home.
    My favorite horse activity to watch is all those beautiful reining horses in action.

  15. Favorite Activity: Sharing our Norwegian Fjords with guests after a winter sleigh ride or one of the other horse drawn vehicles.
    Favorite to Watch: Watching “Our Girls” (Mares) running and bucking going to what we call “The Tee-hee party”.

  16. 1) My favorite horse activity is going to local horse shows with learning listening and knowledge knowing winng isn’t everything 2) my favorite horse activity to watch is barrel racing because my dream is to race at the Calgary Stampede and I hope I make it one of these days

  17. Katharine May

    favorite activity – Loping thru the open county side and feeling the wind rush past me. Such a free feeling.

    Like to watch – any horse activities from shows to reining to rodeo – always fun.

  18. i love reining. i love everything about the sport!
    really, i’ll watch anything horsey. kind of a kid that way:)

  19. Anita Kraus

    1) pleasure riding for the relaxing fun of it with family and friends

    2) watching horses run and play freely on their own.

  20. Chris Collins

    I enjoy taking part in 3-Day Events, dressage shows and SportHorse shows as an official
    and thoroughly enjoy watching alomost any horse-related activity whether a wonderful freestyle dressage ride or a precise reining performance.

  21. Tracy Goodbrand

    There is nothing better than riding a finished cutting horse on a cow – the instinct a horse has never ceases to amaze me!
    I love watching horses just being horses and studying their behavior.

  22. Trish Rasmussen

    Although reining is my favourite equine sport to participate in, my favourite horse activity is riding a young horse (actually any horse) and having a break through of understanding on something that might have been a bit of a struggle. It is so exhilarating and rewarding!

    My favourite equine event to watch is dressage, I just love the graceful athleticism and power that is exhibited during their maneuvres.

  23. Favorite to do: Ride with my kids
    Favorite to Watch: Training, it is amazing to see how a horse responds!

  24. Rebecca Lindquist

    I love to trail ride, and I love to watch reining. I have always had a passion for driving, but have not had the chance to try it!

  25. Dainya Sapergia

    I have been fortunate to have had many different experiences while on a horses’ back. Every event and discipline are beautiful in their own way. Though I now show only cutting horses and LOVE it, I think my favorite activity I have partaken in would be traditional high school dressage. Incredible.
    My favorite activity to watch is a happy horse being worked well at liberty. It is so amazing to watch the bond that can exist between a talented human and a willing horse.

  26. To Do: I start horses undersaddle and love to help miss treated horses to trust.
    Favorite to watch: would be horsemanship clinics to better my knowledge so i can improve my comunication with them,

  27. Team Penning and cowhorse are my favorite to do and cowhorse is my favorite to watch.

  28. Favorite to participate in is feeding time!! It’s 10 minutes of equine bliss brought to you by your favorite human…me!! Reining is pretty fun too..
    Favorite to watch…mucking…. But seriously a dialed-in cutter on a squirrelly bovine, there’s nothing like it, nature at it’s finest.

  29. Favorite to participate in: training a reining horse from start to ?
    Favorite to watch: Light bulb moments for horses and riders (usually the light bulb just has to come on for the rider and the horse just sighs in relief!)

  30. BARREL RACING is my favorite sport to participate in, as well as watch! Having or watching a barrel horse hunt for those barrels is exilerating!

  31. Dawn Freeth

    Favorite thing to do: Trail riding
    Favorite sport to watch: Actually anything, as I enjoy everything horses do!

  32. Ruth Jewell

    favorite to participate in is leading a horse down to the races..ready and anxious to run.favorite to watch is a newborn standing for the first time and taking in its new world..the miracle of life..amazes me every time!

  33. 1) your favorite horse activity to participate?
    Either mountain trail riding or working cow horse.

    2) your favorite horse activity to watch?
    Working cow horse and rodeos.

  34. Greta Janzen

    My favorite activity is barrel racing. After hauling both my girls to rodeos and barrel races for a lot of years I couldn’t wait to have my turn at it. Now my daughter hauls both of us to barrel races. It was a great way to stay connected with them as they were growing up. Favorite to watch has got to be trick riders and rodeo athletes.

  35. Favorite thing to do: Many things, but simply to be in the presence of a horse is the most important!
    Favorite to watch: The herd, and herd life!

  36. Gloria Dodd

    Favorite is cutting and to watch is a toss up between Working cowhorse & Cutting.

  37. Kim Wheeler

    Favorite to do is trail riding and getting away from it all
    Favorite to watch is anyone who can connect with horses as they are training….I love natural….it would be a dream to watch Cavalia!!!!!!!

  38. Bonnie Daines

    My favorite activity … developing and training young horses
    My favorite activity to watch …. all disciplines of horses …I have strong appreciation for anything involving horses… πŸ™‚

  39. Lorna Gauthier

    Trail riding. Used to compete many years ago and I can tell you that the partnership and communication between horse and rider, when it works, is poetry. Negotiating different obstacles, some of which may not be familiar to the horse, requires calm and confidence in the rider who communicates that to the horse and it is a pleasure to watch that happen. As I no longer compete, I enjoy recreational trail riding. Just being out in the country, listening to the sounds of nature and seeing the wildlife, all from the back of my mare is pure heaven for me. And I always have my camera with me for any photo ops, some including one of my favorite subject…my horse!

  40. To participate in – building a bridle horse, be it dry work or ranch cow work
    TO watch – big loop vaquero style roping

  41. Lisa Thibodeau

    I love trail riding, doing some tune up in the arena, and just generally hanging out with my boy!

  42. Sharon Steele

    to do: play at liberty with my best friend Rimfire. πŸ™‚
    to watch: all six of my horses playing together on a cold winter morning!

  43. Favorite to do: Trail riding with great friends
    Favorite to watch: Watching the Jumpers at Spruce Meadows.

  44. Alisa Trembecki

    My favorite activity to participate in is trail riding. My favourite activity to watch is endurance racing.

  45. margaret prekaski

    I love riding in bareback equitation classes and I will watch almost anything that has to do with horses!!!!!!!!!!!!! I especially like watching information on horses and how they are used in other countries.

  46. Alison Schole

    Favorite Activity to do-Barrel racing in my Gymkhana Club
    Favorite Activity to watch-Team roping

  47. Jolene Aarbo

    Favorite to do: Training for a new Dressage movement
    Favorite to watch: An amazing Dressage Kur by somebody accomplished!

  48. Barb Degelman

    activity-cA week long camping trip to Cypress Hills equestrian park and riding in the West Block.

    watching-manes and tails flying as my horses run up the big hill in the pasture.

  49. to do : I like to work with my 2 paints
    to watch: I love watching anything to do with horses be it jumping, rodeo, cutting ,reining….anything just because it has horses in it .

  50. 1 – Trail riding with my husband & 4 kids. It doesn’t get any better when they can all ride their own horse!

    2 – Wagon Racing – I love the equine athleticism that these horses bring to every race.

  51. Naomi McGeachy

    #1 – Favorite Activity: Trail Riding with my husband and beautiful 2 daughters
    #2 – Favorite To Watch: Anything to do with horses. Horses are amazing creature that never ever get boring to watch no matter what sport or activity they are doing.

  52. My favorite activity is anything to do with riding or being around horses.

    My favorite to watch is anything to do with horses.

  53. #1 – Favourite Activity – Spending every possible second with my horse… jumping, trail riding, galloping. He always makes me smile.
    #2 – Favourite to Watch – Show jumping at Spruce Meadows inspires me

  54. 1 – Reining
    2 – Reining

    What can I say, with a horse like Q, and now his offspring, I smile whenever I am around them. Either watching, or riding. I am truly blessed.

  55. Susan Seiler

    To Do: Team Roping

    To Watch: Working Cowhorse

    Love anything done with horses!!!

  56. Activity – Riding is the greatest pleasure of all or just getting out the shedding blade…it’s all good πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Watching – Whether it’s Team Roping, Dressage, Working Cowhorse or watching all “the kids” enjoying the sunshine…’s all good πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  57. Ashley Reinhardt

    Activity – Roping
    Watching – Atco Double Slalom jumping at Spruce Meadows

  58. Janice Waite

    My favorite horse activity is just riding and learning with the horses, it always is so energizing to learn what to do to make a better ride, even if it only going down the road, in a show or on a trail course.

    I like watching most horse activities, it is fascinating to see a professional move and do with a horse and make it seem so effortless, but still know that they have worked hours, weeks, years to get to where they are.

  59. Anne Barnett

    I loved riding my horse western pleasure and in trail classes…..sadly she passed away this winter at the age of 17….so now I am on the hunt for a new horse….our family enjoys watching the horses in the pasture…one will be sorely missed.

  60. Gord Schnell

    I can think of no better way, to spend my day, than to tour the “back country” on a horse. As a boy, growing up on an Alberta farm, and actuallyI rode my horse to school every day…winter and summer.

    Cavalia is a live “art form” that reminds me of the beautiful horses of Spain.
    My wife and I spent two weeks on an estate in the south of Spain, where we rode Andalusian horses in the surrounding hills…. a memory I will never forget!

  61. My 2 favorites are the same, barrel racing=:) I think it is actually an addiction now!

  62. Anita Barnett

    My two fav things are: competing in trail class (esp. bridleless) and,
    watching dressage freestyle costume classes!

  63. I love doing whatever I can on my horse willow, it was hard to have her be gone for training, but now she’s home!!! I love to work the flag and buffalo on her. She is my best friend!
    I love to watch working cow, cutting,and roping,

  64. I love to trail ride. It gives me a chance to relax and get away from it all. I love jumping too. But, anything on a horse is wonderful.

    My favorite to watch is jumping.

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