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.


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.


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.


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.


When Lisa Friedenberg attended a PMU sale in the fall of 1997 looking for a young prospect, she was immediately drawn to a paint colt who stood quietly amidst the milling youngsters in his pen. BSR Master Lock was bred by Broken Springs Ranch at Buck Lake, Alberta, and a fine example of the breeding that many PMU farmers were putting into their herds. He is triple registered with the American Paint Horse Association and the US and Canadian Pinto Horse Registries. True to that first impression, Master was an incredibly easy horse to train, “born broke” is how Lisa describes him.


Bob O’Callaghan was looking for a nice 2 year old prospect to show non-pro when he travelled to Manyberries with trainer Clint Swales to look at a young horse bred by Ray and Bonnie Pearson. Clint was familiar with some nice horses by the same stallion, Rated PG, and had seen the horse as a yearling while visiting the Pearsons. Pure Latigo was very cute, flashy, nice to be around and seemed to have a laid-back disposition. Bob bought him and, respecting Clint’s abilities as a trainer, asked Clint to start Latigo. It very quickly became obvious they had a great horse on their hands, one capable of competing at the Open level. Although an accomplished rider and competitor himself, Bob has only ridden Latigo a few times, preferring to leave him in Clint’s professional and capable hands.


It is common for musicians, actors and other performers to make big comebacks…but horses?

Canabar Buttons and Bows is an 8-year old red chestnut Morgan mare raised by Vern Baron and Ann de st. Remy of Lacombe, Alberta, and trained by Darlene Brouwer of Clive, Alberta. At the age of four, Buttons competed at the Morgan US Grand National horse show in Oklahoma City -- the super bowl for Morgan horses. She and Vern won Reserve Champion in a section of the Master’s Western Pleasure, but were 8th in the final.


At just two years of age, Riverside Sir Crown Royal, aka Whiskey, has already managed to distinguish himself in the draft horse world. Whiskey was born March 1, 2007, at Riverside Clydesdales near Fawcett, Alberta, owned by Fay and Gord Campbell. Perhaps a sign of what was to come, Whiskey’s dam, Campbell’s Classic Nicole, won the Olds foal show as a weanling, after being orphaned at just two months of age. Whiskey’s sire, Monty of Woodland, had a very short life and died prior to Whiskey’s birth, but left behind some outstanding offspring.


Canadian Warmblood, Gala Jabari is a 2003 gelding bred and owned by Gala Ranch in central Alberta. He is by the Canadian Warmblood stallion Gala Printz out of a black and white Canadian Pinto mare, W.L. Lisa's Command. Gala Ranch owners Cheryl Larue and Niels Lausten had Jabari started as a 3 year old and took him to his first show as a hunter where he placed Baby Reserve Hunter champion. After this short foray into the hunter world, he was ridden primarily on the trails, at least until 2007, when he was exposed to the sport of mounted shooting.


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