An Old Man & An Old Horse

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.

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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”

Competitors in 2017 Mongol Derby

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”

Things of Interest

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Wouldn’t you love a pet hummingbird?

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A wonderful pair of horses. Makes you want to be a kid again.


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Train near Rogers Pass, BC

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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/

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NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Tracy Barton nearly summersaults off NRR Cat King Cole when the stallion kicks it up another notch.


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Canadian Cowboys Levi Simpson & Jeremy Buhler win the 2016 PRCA Team Roping Championship

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Very interesting visual of human growth.

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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.

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How the Vikings started the worldwide distribution of gaited horses

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The 81 Point Ride of Tanner Miller aboard RMP’s Hillbilly Stomp

Some kind of bronc rider.

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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.

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Winter Pasture – Late November 2016

The daytime temperatures were just above freezing up until the very end of November. The nighttime temperatures were around -8. Nice comfortable weather for horses if not perhaps a little warm. Some of the warmer days they even rolled in the snow to cool down.

The kind of days that make working with the young horses particularly fun. No bugs and just a light jacket.  The snow was gradually decreasing, the paddocks were a bit icy but not bad.

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2016 Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show

We read show reports from various shows but this one has something a little extra. Karen Podolski has taken the time to get contributions for the article from the pony owners included in the article. This makes it much more interesting. Nice job Karen.

2016 Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show

Written by Karen Podolski with contributions from pony owners included in the article. Photo credit on all but the last two photos goes to Sarah’s Equine Design.

July 16-17 weekend saw another Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show alongside the Welsh & Half-Welsh Young Stock Futurity & Performance Stake on Friday, July 15 in Red Deer, Alberta. We welcomed three judges in total: Shirley Cane, Elizabeth Russell, and Molly Rinedollar.

With challenging weather and economic climate, we had lower entries than usual—though unlike many shows across the province, and across disciplines—we were able to make a go of it. Continue reading “2016 Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show”