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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“All Ears Selfie” App

Have you ever watched someone trying to get a horse to prick up it’s ears for a photo? It’s not as easy as you might think. Leslie Khy has developed an app that you can put on your phone that can really help. Check it out. Available at App Store, Google Play, etc.

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”

The Mane Event Branches Out to New Locations

The Mane Event—premier hosts of the largest equine expo in Canada—branches out to new locations in Ontario and the US

Equestrians and horse lovers in both the US and Canada will benefit by the expansion of The Mane Event Expo.

Each spring The Mane Event hosts the largest equine expo in Canada at its location in Red Deer, Alberta. In the fall the expo is held again in Chilliwack, BC, and draws record crowds. In 2017, The Mane Event will grow in new locations that include London, Ontario May 12-14 at the Western Fair District and also May 26-28 at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona. Continue reading “The Mane Event Branches Out to New Locations”

Canadian Supreme Turns 40!

Red Deer – Canada’s largest western horse event returns to Red Deer, as it celebrates a major milestone. The Canadian Supreme is marking 40 years, as it showcases and promotes the training traditions of the western horseman in the cutting, reining and working cow horse events. Offering $400,000 in prize money, the show has attracted nearly 600 entries from across western Canada and the northern U.S. states. The skilled competitors will be at Red Deer’s Westerner Park for six days of action, September 27th-October 2nd. Continue reading “Canadian Supreme Turns 40!”

THREE riders cross the line together to win the 2016 Mongol Derby!

At 9.51am local time, Will Comiskey from Australia, Marcia Hefker-Miles from New Mexico and Heidi Telstad from CANADA crossed the line, arms together, to take a triple dead heat in the 2016 Mongol Derby, the world’s longest and toughest horse race.

They gave thanks to the horses, herders and people of Mongolia for an incredible experience and said they wanted to share the experience of winning as a team just as they had shared the experience of the trail.

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The pics show the three winners finishing the Mongol Derby and are credited to Richard Dunwoody @ Mongol Derby.

Will Comiskey, 28, ‘Dingo’, a cattle rancher from Longreach , said:
“There were slow ones, there were wild ones, but ****, we had fun!!
Marcia Hefker-Miles, 45, from New Mexico, said her most memorable memory was:
“Riding through a high mountain pass, past a boy and a girl both herding goats; making eye contact with them and waving. I saw myself in that little girl…”
Heidi Telstad, 43, a lawyer from British Colombia, said hers was:
“Camping one night with a poor family; they gave everything they had to spare to me and my horse and treated me as one of their own.”

Next to finish in the Mongol Derby were Tatiana Mountbatten and Venetia Philipps, from the UK and Courtney Kizer from Texas.

Congratulations to all who managed to finish this race but especially to our Canadian Heidi Telstad. We are so proud of you.