Featured 2009

Each month we feature an Alberta horse who has made an impact. This may be a champion of competition or a champion in some less public way. If you have or know of a horse that is a fine example of an “Alberta Horse”, tell us why, send us a photo and each month we’ll feature one horse that stands out from the herd.

altSamsons Fire (Sam) was bred by the Hollands family of Uplands Ranch in Balzac, Alberta and was born in June of 1999. His sire is the Arabian stallion Morning Sun of Fire and his dam, Cindy, a 3/4 Arabian 1/4 Morgan mare. Leanna Marchant first saw Sam when she was looking for a stallion to breed her mare to. He was shown as one of the offspring of a potential stud. Sam stayed in her mind and she went back two months later to buy him…thus beginning their successful journey into the sports of competitive trail and endurance.


Three D Jewel, aka Julie, is a 1996 AQHA mare and the matron of a small band of quality show mares at Silver Line Farms near Sylvan Lake, owned by Lisa and Steve Schiestel. She was sired by one of the most prolific AQHA show stallions to stand in Alberta, Three Dimension Zip. Five years ago, when Lisa Schiestel was starting her breeding program, she knew of the mare’s record and potential and actively sought to purchase her.


A Shaky Start earned her name when she was orphaned as a foal just after she was born on April 8, 2000. It was a cold, spring day and things didn’t look promising for the tired, cold and hungry little filly. But fortune shone on Shaky that day, when a mare at a nearby farm passed a stillborn foal, and Shaky had a mother to give her a start in life. Almost as if she had a debt to repay, Shaky went on to be the largest money earning Alberta-bred Thoroughbred mare to date.


As a weanling, Northern Exposure had already begun what would be a long and successful show career. Bred by Kelly McDonald, by the Morgan stallion Southerly Conowingo and out of DVF Remember Me, he was shown in-hand as a weanling, yearling and two year old. At the age of two he was purchased by Don Parsons and began showing under saddle in English Saddle Seat classes, ridden by Sherrie Groot.


Lucky was a tall, chestnut gelding, an ex-eventer, who was donated to Camp Chief Hector by T.P. Luzi in 1996. He was 18 years old at the time and, after interviewing the owner, the camp Program Director decided he would be a good fit. She went to pick him up and when she was just about to leave with horse in trailer, the owner ran out with arms full of show ribbons and offered them to her as if to say “look he’s really a champion!” They decided the owner should keep the ribbons as mementos and Lucky headed to his new home near Kananaskis Country in the Bow Valley.



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