Post by Melody Garner-Skiba
Rocking Heart Ranch
Every day each of us gets a little older. It does not matter what industry you work in or what job you do, days go by so quickly and none of us get any younger. This is especially important to remember if you want to ensure your way of life, your business, and your passion will continue long after you are gone. The horse industry is not immune to this circle and unless we get our kids to exchange remotes for a set of reins, we could find ourselves in a bit of a conundrum down the road.
It is with this potential pitfall down the road, that our ranch started to work on a vision of getting Youth Back in the Saddle several years ago. Our mission is to encourage up and comers of all ages to get involved in the industry and contribute to ensuring this way of life that we all love will be around for future generations. One of the projects that our ranch is undertaking to meet this vision, is our 60-day Colt Starting Challenge. This challenge focuses on promoting up and coming trainers who are trying to ensure that people of all ages get back into the saddle and stay in the saddle! Continue reading “Exchanging Remotes for Reins..”
Some things just catch your fancy.
Like a Mule and Donkey Show.
or how about a Pony Show?
Alvesta Sedona, yearling Welsh Section B (Llanarth Tarquin x Alvesta Fairy Lustre) was 2017 overall Welsh Gelding Champion. Owned by Alvesta Farm; shown by Karen Podolski. Michelle Walerius Photography.
I was reading through the events section on Northernhorse when it struck me that these might be fun “things to do” for almost anyone. Continue reading “Mules & Ponies”
The Mongol Derby 2017, featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s longest and toughest horse race, got underway August 9th. This is the 9th Derby and it features 13 men and 29 women from eight countries riding 1000km across Mongolia on semi-wild horses.
Riders Heading out on Day One.
By the day before the final battle to the finish line:
Of the 42 strong field that set out, 35 are still going in the 2017 Mongol Derby, the world’s longest, and errr, did we mention, toughest, horse race at 1000 kms across the Mongolian steppe. Continue reading “Mongol Derby 2017”
I was looking through some photos for a new header for Northernhorse today when I came upon some photos from last summer of Dave and Buzz.
Although Dave probably wouldn’t be still riding horses were it not for my passion for doing so, he likes them a lot. And, because he has kept riding all these years (mostly to be nice to me), he still really enjoys going for a nice quiet ride across the pasture. That and the fact he still has Buzz.
He will watch and help when I am schooling a young horse in the riding ring or halter training a youngster but has no interest to work on such things himself.
Lead departures are irrelevant to Dave. He never lopes. He doesn’t want to lope. He could care less about a “head set” just that the horse keeps an eye out for gopher holes along the trail. Continue reading “An Old Man & An Old Horse”
35 competitors from around the world tackle the 9th Mongol Derby: the world’s longest horse race www.mongolderby.com
“What better way to test yourself than through a tough endurance race that immerses you in a unique culture and takes you to Mongolia, the spiritual home of equestrianism.” Mongol Derby competitor 2017
This is the 9 th Mongol Derby, featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s longest and toughest horse race. The 2017 race features 12 men and 23 women from nine countries riding 1000km across Mongolia on semi-wild horses.
William Comiskey was one of the joint winners in 2016 – and he’s back to try and win single handedly this time. Trying to stop him are 34 fearsome competitors including an Olympian, a cattle herder, a dairy farmer, a potato farmer, an ostrich rider, a dog sledder, a psychologist, an artist, a banker, a private investigator. And even a desperate housewife. Plus of course, the usual vets and riders of every type of horse on the planet. Although of course, many of them are yet to ride the Mongolian horses… Continue reading “Competitors in 2017 Mongol Derby”
Wouldn’t you love a pet hummingbird?
A wonderful pair of horses. Makes you want to be a kid again.
Train near Rogers Pass, BC
The Classifieds at Northernhorse.com have their own Facebook Page now.
When we meet people and tell them we are from Northernhorse, you’d be surprised how often their next line is “I visit that site every day”. And one of the big draws is the classified ads. From horses to tack to trailers to trainers, you will find many of the best that are offered for sale here. For over 20 years it has been Canada’s most visited online horse classifieds. https://www.facebook.com/northernhorseclassifieds/
NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Tracy Barton nearly summersaults off NRR Cat King Cole when the stallion kicks it up another notch.
Canadian Cowboys Levi Simpson & Jeremy Buhler win the 2016 PRCA Team Roping Championship
Very interesting visual of human growth.
Youth Essay Contest
Rocking Heart Ranch and the Garner family are lifetime breeders of American Quarter Horses and are pleased to be donating a pretty blue roan filly for the winner of the Youth Essay Contest held in conjunction with The Mane Event in Red Deer, AB on April 21-23, 2017. If you are between the ages of 13 – 18 you qualify to enter. Deadline 4:30 PM PST on Monday, April 10th, 2017.
You can view a video of the prize filly here.
How the Vikings started the worldwide distribution of gaited horses
The 81 Point Ride of Tanner Miller aboard RMP’s Hillbilly Stomp
Some kind of bronc rider.
Hollywood wrangler: an inside look at John Scott’s famous film sets
(From Alberta Venture) He got his start in movies 47 years ago as a riding extra. Since then, he’s worked with scores of Hollywood legends on dozens of Oscar-nominated films, and become something of a legend himself. (photography Bruce Meyer) Click on photo to read more.
Got News? Interesting Info for Horsepeople? Share it with us