Spring on the Ranch


Procreation. Really it is all about procreation. All the excitement. Twice yesterday while working in the garden I literally had to duck because one of the male hummingbirds was graced with a female audience in the cherry tree and absolutely had to perform some of his best “look at me girls and how virile I am” swoops while his iridescent greenness flashes in the sun.

Needless to say, I don’t have any photos of this.

Nor do I have photos of the same hummingbird explaining to one of the male finches why he cannot possibly land on this cherry tree. I almost got sideswiped in that deal too.


The wrens are dropping down from above to gather sticks for their nests. Sometimes it takes them quite a bit of time to get them into their house but they usually make it happen. Not so much the swallow that is trying to move into the Martin House. When she drops the stick, she just flies away – not to be seen again for hours.

Some days I would like to be like her. A free spirit or so she appears.

But I suck at “relaxing”. I am truly grateful to be able to do all the things I can do. I can think up even more things to do while doing things.

As I planted the 2nd bag of onions, I told myself I will give all my kids some beautiful home grown onions this fall. Then as I planted the 3rd bag of onions, I told myself I will give all my kids some nice little bundles of green onions.

Now I am trying to remember if any of them like onions or if I am about to become known as the “onion lady” instead of the “pepper lady” at the food bank this year.


The mares are at the breeding farms. I miss the babies a lot. It is raining. I don’t have to water gardens. Perhaps I’ll make a pot of coffee, sit on the deck, listen to the rain and spend a little time enjoying this bursting of life and procreation called spring.




Results of Western Fortunes Incentive


Yellow Rose Futurity & Derby – Claresholm, Alberta Canada – May 5-6, 2018 Results

Western Fortunes would like to thank everyone who participated in our first event, the Yellow Rose Futurity, Derby and Open on May 5-6, 2018.

Also, we’d like to extend special congratulations to Kareen Warren and her mare, Miss Coronaboon sired by Boonlit and out of Corona Lina (Corona For Me* x Dinah Carolina). They dominated the competition, winning every WF round, pocketing $1890.00
for the owner and breeder!

We’re so pleased at how successful our first event was and we can’t wait for the rest of the season! Good luck, everyone! Continue reading “Results of Western Fortunes Incentive”

Stallions We Remember – Shock-Em


Shock-em was a 1977 chestnut stallion sired by the AQHA Champion Ole Cuda Bar and out of the AQHA Champion, Superior Halter mare, Bonanzas Revenue by Coys Bonanza.



Shock-em was born and bred in Saskatchewan by Jerome Fischer and ended up being owned by Deerwood Farms of Calgary for the rest of his life.  He started his show career by winning the QHAA Halter futurities as a weanling, yearling and again as a two year old.  Later under the guidance of Morgan Lybbert, he went on to earn a Superior in Halter, Western Pleasure and Hunter Under Saddle plus an AQHA Championship.  This was an enviable show record for any horse in any era. Continue reading “Stallions We Remember – Shock-Em”

Canadian Champion Race Horse: Bringonthewave


Dale Zukowski’s Bringonthewave is the Canadian champion running horse. The two-year-old gelding by Wave Carver out of the Corona Cartel mare Special Corona won five of six starts during the year. He won the Jerry Stojan Memorial Futurity and Alberta-bred Futurity (RG3) and earned $41,745. He was trained by James Doolin, and ridden by Adrian Gonzalez and Ramero Castillo.

Breeder: Shady Lane Stables, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Owner: Dale Zukowski
Trainer: James E. Doolin
Jockeys: Ramiro Castillo, Adrian Gonzalez
Race Record: 6-5(2)-0(0)-0(0)
Season Highlights: Won the Alberta Bred Futurity (RG3), won the Jerry Strojan Memorial Futurity Mexico

Photo and text text Content provided by AQHA and CQHA.

Cascade The Wildie – What’s My Story?

My brother and I got kicked out of our herd by the herd stallion who had enough of our shenanigans. It was fun at first roaming around in the forests and meadows but soon we wanted some company and found a beautiful mare.

Unfortunately she lived on private land and we were not welcome. With the help of the rancher and the kind folks at WHOAS, we were encouraged to get into a trailer and came to their rescue facility just west of Sundre.

Cascade the Wild Horse is Ready for Adoption

At first we were frightened but our caretakers are patient and have years of experience in helping wild horses adjust to captivity. It starts with them bringing us lots of good food and water. Before you know it we had halters on and began to trust these humans who did not want to harm us.
Cascade is a wild horse who is looking for a forever home
Now you should see me. I look forward to being led into the barn twice a day where I get more good food. I can be brushed and touched and its okay. I have been gelded, had my wolf teeth removed, vaccinated and wormed. I have also been freeze branded (W or H right hip) so if I ever get lost or stolen I can be found again. My brother is already adopted but I am still waiting for someone to take me to my forever home.

Is that person you?

Cascade is ready for adoption. Contact WHOAS at WHOASalberta@gmail.com and arrange to come out and see him. He is not going to be a big horse, maybe 14.1 hh but is strong with good feet. We have found these wildies are quick learners and bond quickly with their new owners. He is only 2 1/2 years old – a perfect time to begin to develop a riding horse.

If Cascade isn’t the Wildie of Your Dreams, maybe you would like to leave your name on our list of potential adopters should another wildie becomes available. We would like to hear from you.

Would you like to learn more about the wild horses of Alberta? Would you like to keep up to date with what is happening with them?

Visit https://wildhorsesofalberta.com/

Have you ever seen, met or ridden a wild horse? Be sure to tell us about it in the comments if you have.

Previous Wild Horse Posts on Northernhorse Blog:

Drone Footage of Alberta’s Wild Horses