BMO Farm Family Award Winners Announced

EDMONTON, AB (November 10, 2018) – At the 50th annual BMO Farm Family Awards on Saturday, November 10, Northlands and BMO were pleased to recognize 18 family-run farming operations throughout Alberta for their outstanding contributions to agriculture and their community.

“Northlands is proud to recognize these farm families who are working hard to make a difference in their community and the agriculture industry,” said Gordon Wilson, President, Northlands. “These families have all shown tremendous pride and commitment for their business and their community. Northlands salutes all 18 winning farming operations and thanks them for their continued dedication to the agriculture industry in Alberta.”

“BMO has a long standing commitment to the agriculture industry, and for many years, the BMO Farm Family
Awards have recognized the leading business and environmental practices of Alberta’s farmers and ranchers,” said Vanessa Laroque, Regional Vice President, Business Banking, Alberta North Community. “We’re proud to honour the leadership of these families in the agriculture sector and their unmatched support of the Alberta
economy.”

The following families are recipients of the 2018 BMO Farm Family Awards and will receive a commemorative gate sign signifying their accomplishment:

County  and Award Recipient 

  • Athabasca County Kelly & Anna Olson
  • Big Lakes County Dwayne & Chris Pollack
  • Brazeau County Vant & Ethel Hayes
  • County of Grande Prairie Eugene & Ruth Slette
  • County of Minburn Larry & Tracy Rudolf
  • County of Northern Lights Ken & Lynne & Bryan & Dyla Kover
  • Flagstaff County Roger & Linda Johnson
  • Lac Ste. Anne County Donald & Joyce Drews
  • Lamont County Rudy & Theresa Warawa
  • Leduc County Johan & Riekje Ter Borgh
  • Municipal District of Bonnyville Murray & Linda Pikowicz
  • Municipal District of Fairview John & Heather Kerschbaumer
  • Municipal District of Wainwright Ken & Doris Ford
  • Parkland County Tony & Sue Kirkland & Hazel Dandeneau
  • Smoky Lake County Barry, Frank & Emilee Feniak
  • Sturgeon County Phillip & Norma Soetaert
  • Westlock County Terry & Roseanna Sheehan
  • Woodlands County Robin & Charlene Hagman

About the BMO Farm Family Awards: 

Since its launch in 1969, farm families from northern and central Alberta communities have been recognized as the recipients of the BMO Farm Family Award. The Northern and Central Agricultural Service Boards select outstanding families who best represent values of the family farm within their rural community. The award honours both their farming business practices and community involvement. Winners receive a commemorative gate sign and are honoured at the BMO Farm Family Awards Gala. Northlands is deeply rooted in the community and is poised to undertake a remarkable transformation. As Canada’s largest agricultural society, Northlands has cultivated the knowledge and experience to bring people together, spark interest and shine a light on Alberta’s agricultural industry. Northlands will foster an appreciation for the industry and give insight into the journey from gate to plate through educational programs, special events and the province’s culinary/food distribution channels. For more information, please visit northlands.com. For more information: Mackenzie Parish Event and Communication Specialist, Northlands Office: 780-471-8103 Mobile: 780-266-2567

Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show

2018 Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show
By Karen Podolski

The community enjoyed another Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show on August 10 – 12, 2018 at the beautiful Amberlea Meadows Equestrian Centre, near Edmonton, Alberta.

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Following the usual format, three judges officiated over three days: the Friday Young Stock Futurity & Performance Stake offered the first judge, followed by a double-judged Saturday and Sunday.

A full slate of Welsh breed halter classes started off the event, followed by sport pony and model hunter divisions, ridden and driven classes, trail, showmanship, costume, gymkhana, and a few jumping classes—most being open to all breeds. 60 ponies and horses competed.

Slow Feeder

Eddie is too fat.

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He has been living in the Jenny Craig pen all summer even though he has been my main riding horse. It is true this wasn’t a great summer for horseback riding. Some days were just too hot. Many days were too smoky. Then suddenly it was cold, snowing and windy. Eddie might not be quite so fat if I rode him more.

He used to get more exercise come fall and winter when he got to go out on winter pasture with the herd but he ended that luxury a couple of weeks ago when he decided he was now the boss of the herd and beat hell out of Dreamweaver.  Continue reading “Slow Feeder”

The Barn Cats

We have a few cats here on the ranch.

Most of our cats originated from a female whose previous owner dropped at the ranch. Pregnant of course. She managed to get herself run over on the highway about the time the kittens got their beautiful green eyes open. One of the grandchildren found them crying in the Quonset. We raised them the rest of the way and got them on the ranch medicare plan. I have a special bond with them. They think I am their mother.

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Then there is FuzzyWuzzy. I’m not quite sure where she comes from but she meows to me, runs beside me, eats 2 feet away from me but doesn’t like me to touch her. She is afraid of the other cats. She will only come to the barn and eat if I am there. She is afraid of anything that moves. She has the same green eyes. Continue reading “The Barn Cats”

Exchanging Remotes for Reins..

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.

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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..”