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The atmosphere was electric; there were ample amounts of champagne and the bleachers were packed with people eager to start bidding on the horsesaUlrikeR up for sale.

So began the first ever Canadian Sport Horse Association (CSHA) Select Sale last September at Creekside Farm in Calgary, Alberta. The sale ended with the fall of the hammer. The high selling horse sold for a cool $60,000.00

That five year old mare, Cabernet, was the first horse to be born at Creekside Farm by their stallion Ikoon. Linda Ackermann comments, “My family has been involved with Ikoon since he was very young, so nearly 20 years. He came to Canada in 2001 and when my husband and I built our facility he came to live with us.”


Marg Martin was a self-professed “horse crazy girl.” She grew up on the back of a horse, always riding different breeds. Flipping through Western Horseman reading2008keep_the_faith articles about Sheila Varian riding her Arabian mare at the Cow Palace, a young Marg began dreaming about Arabian horses and wished one day to own one.

Dreams turned into reality, and Marg has since owned many Arabians. Marg began breeding at her farm Hassan Arabians, located in Bentley, Alberta.

Her first foal was a half-Arabian palomino filly, born in June 1961 and sired by Abu-Alla, who was bred by Chic Miller of Olds, Alberta. “Chic was one of the first major Alberta Arabian breeders who started many in the Arabian business,” comments Marg.


According to Lorraine Bailer, there is a misconception about how Shetland ponies are regarded. “Everyone thinks a Shetland is one of those ‘miserable little ponies I had when I was a child,’” says Lorraine.

“Those ponies that people thought were miserable were just probably a grade pony that children ride and they did not have the strength or knowledge to steer the aWolf_Creekpony or teach it so the pony got away with a lot of stuff on the little riders!  Today these animals look and move like beautiful horses and have great dispositions, so let’s put the bad cliché to rest.”

Lorraine and her husband Darcy of Wolf Creek Ranch in Wetaskiwin have been actively raising the profile of Shetland ponies throughout North America. Lorraine started with Arabians, then moved to breeding, raising, and showing Miniature Horses in the AMHA and AMHR. She achieved multiple World  National Champion Titles, Futurity  Champion titles, multiple National  Champion  titles, Reserve Champion titles, National top tens, and top ten all-star championships.


John and Gail Muirhead were in the audience amongst a group of proud Canadians at the American Quarter Horse Association World Show in Oklahoma City in aIts_Gameday_smNovember 2-17, 2012. They were there to cheer on the weanling stud colt they bred and raised, Its Gameday, known to Gail and John as “Jake.” They waited in anticipation as the judges lined the horses up in accordance to their preferences.

“One judge had Jake in second and the crowd roared and went nuts!” remembers Gail. “When the judge moved him up into first the whole audience clapped. He was a crowd favorite.”

Its Gameday came away with the Reserve World Champion and received World Champion in the Amateur and Open Halter classes.



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