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G3 Events Thankful for Support of Night at the Marquis

RED DEER, Alberta — Ladies from the western community packed the house at The Harvest Centre at Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta on Saturday night. A sold out crowd enjoyed shopping from some of Alberta’s best western style boutiques, a fashion show, and guest speaker Amberley Snyder.

Snyder is a professional barrel racer who was in a rollover accident in 2009, that left her paralyzed from the waist down. Just months after the accident she was back on a horse, more determined than ever.

In a room full of nearly 400 women, one could hear a pin drop as Amberley captivated the audience with her story.

Trish Fossum Granger drove three hours with two excited young ladies.

“My daughters best friend was in a car accident when she was four years old,” Granger said. “Hanna has overcome many obstacles over the last nine years. She rides horses, ski races, shows her 4-H steer just to name a few. Her dream was to meet her inspiration Amberley Snyder. Thanks to the G3 Event’s, not only did she get to hear Amberley speak, the amazing ladies who organized this event made sure that she was able to meet her.”


Wendy Bunney from Edmonton is already looking forward to next year.

“Everyone I spoke to kept saying what a stellar event it was and the hosts should be commended for pulling it off! Amazing, fun night, and my credit card took a few hits, but I got some great deals! Sure hoping this is a repeat next year!” said Bunney.

Charlsey Whittemore, Owner of B & B Clothing Boutique was delighted to be a part of the event.


“Inspiration, friendship, and shopping describe the event to a T,” Whittemore said. “Not only did guest speaker Amberley Snyder captivate the entire room but the opportunity of being surrounded by other successful boutique owners was an inspiration on its own. The ladies definitely came to shop! On behalf of all of the boutiques we can’t thank the event organizers enough.”

Taylor Cox came with nine other women, who were all looking forward to a night out.


“Grit, Glamour and Goals-Night at the Marquis was a very well-organized, fun paced, exciting girl’s night out that myself and many others look forward to attending again in the future!” Cox said. “They also had wicked door prizes and great wine! Love my baseball cap and who doesn’t love free wine?!”

Event organizers had decided to create a scholarship for a deserving recipient. Ladies were encouraged to write an essay explaining why they deserved the scholarship and how they are helping the sport of rodeo. Entrants had to be an active member of the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and be enrolled in a minimum six week course.

This years Grit, Glamour & Goals scholarship recipient is Brittainy Smith who attends the University of Lethbridge taking her Bachelor of Science majoring in neuroscience.

“Two of my good friends, Hope Skoocdopole and Nikki Vanderlee were with me watching the live feed of the scholarship announcement,” Smith said. “I was beaming with joy and excitement after the incredible words from the ladies presenting the scholarship. My friends gave me a hug and said I deserved it. To be honest I cried a little from and the cheering and love I felt. I would love to thank each one of the organizers for putting on such an amazing event for women in the western community. I have received other scholarships but this one will be one of the most memorable.”

Organizers of the show, Brittany Forsyth, Rayel Daines and Cassie Hausauer are thankful for the support of the western community for this event. Moving forward, they have some serious planning to do to for their next event.


“Overall, there is nothing I would change about how our first event went,” Forsyth said. “Attendees expressed their happiness and everyone was tickled to be there. G3 has a lot of wheels turning already and you can definitely expect more to come from us.”

To view more photos of the event, check out G3’s Facebook Page.

About G3 Events:

Grit, Glamour & Goals;  G3 Events was created by Brittany Forsyth, Cassie Hausauer and Rayel Daines in the spring of 2016 with the goal in mind to create events which celebrates the modern western woman, to bring people together to encourage, celebrate and support one another, and for a night of fun and motivation.  G3 has also created the Grit, Glamour & Goals Scholarship. For more, visit G3 Events on Facebook or Instagram.

Results Whats Happening

The Runaway 100k Results

The stands were packed last night for the inaugural Runaway event in Ponoka, Alberta. 153 barrel racers each paid $750 to run last night with the high hopes of winning $20,000. Here’s how it all panned out.

1st 1D – Jenny Traub on LL Invidious 17.157 $20,000
2nd 1D – Brooke Swathfield on Jay 17.203 $10,000
3rd 1D – Bobbie Goodwin on Sonny 17.223 $2000
4th 1D – Bailee Switzer on SRS Juscashin Crime 17.285$2000
5th 1D – Marci Laye on Unleashed Ta Speed 17.382

1st 2D – Rene LeClerq 17.861 $20,000
2nd 2D – Kaylea Argent on SR Paradise Ta Fame 17.865 $10,000
3rd 2D – Sierra Booth on Perktaparadise 17.877$2000
4th 2D – Lacey Stanton on Fast Movin Guy 17.890$2000
5th 2D – Tanya McConnell on Flying Hulk 17.920

1st 3D – Laciee Shock on Altered Jewel 18.559 $20,000
2nd 3D – Kayley Anderson on Hes Major Perfect 18.598 $10,000
3rd 3D – Janeen Rivard on Rooney 18.599$2000
4th 3D – Coulter Gould on Firstclassagouti 18.643$2000
5th 3D – Amara Duxbury on Unleashed To Alaska 18.675

Results courtesy

Some names are the slot owner, and someone else ran for them.
Will be making changes as they become available

The event host, Laicee Shock also announced she would be hosting a 2D event called The Breeze in 2017.

Check out Lipstick And Cowboy Boots on Facebook for the winning run!

Congrats to all the event winners!

Whats Happening

The Calgary Barrel Classic presents Canada’s Best

Maybe you own a tough barrel horse but have had zero desire to chase the Pro Rodeo trail all year. Maybe it’s not in the budget, or maybe rodeo ground doesn’t appeal to you. But you often sit and wonder how you and your superstar would fare against the Top Pro Barrel Racers. Sure, you could enter a few added money jackpots, where a few of the top pro girls might have time to stop by and make a run, giving you the chance to see how you compare. But what if there was a race with literally  the best from across Canada, all running against one another on optimal ground conditions; a true horse race?

The producers who brought you The Calgary Barrel Classic in 2015, are the genius minds behind Canada’s Best.

The first of ten qualifiers for Canada’s Best will be held in Chilliwack, BC during the Canadian Barrel Racing’s 3rd Annual “Coastal Classic” Futurity & Derby, September 3-5, 2016 at the beautiful Heritage Park.
Entries are due August 29th. HERE is the entry Form.



Are the wheels turning in your head? Let me give you some more details.

This event will be paying out $105,000 at the Finals.

The top 10% from each qualifier will be moving on to the Semi-Finals, which are held on the Friday in September of 2017, the Finals are held the very next day, on the same great ground.

The top 20 Finalists that make it will receive their $500 Entry Fee  back.

The WINNER of Canada’s Best will take home $50,000 CASH a beautiful buckle, and the title of Canada’s Best. 
2nd – $9,000
3rd – $8,000
4th – $7,000
5th – $6,000
6th – $5,000
7th – $4,000
8th – $3,000
9th – $2,000
10th – $1,000

There will be qualifiers held across Canada. Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta & BC. Ten Qualifiers total. This is an event you WON’T WANT TO MISS OUT ON.

As it always goes, with the first few Qualifiers, people are still on the fence about entering. JUMP OFF THAT FENCE FOLKS!!!
Let this be the perfect time for you to ENTER AND QUALIFY!!! Numbers will only continue to rise at each Qualifier, making it tougher to get in!
What are you waiting for? 

As a Canadian, you may qualify on three different horses. As an American, please come visit your Northern Neighbor, as you can qualify on two horses!

You currently have 6 days remaining to enter the first Qualifier.

Please visit

Best of Luck to you!

Arena Chatter Whats Happening

2016 Alberta Barrel Racing Assoc. Finals Quick Facts

The 2016 Alberta Barrel Racing Association Finals are set to kick off  Wednesday August 17th with just under 800 Open entries!

768 Horses will run over four days, with the Short Go running on Sunday August 21st.

Open Go Round Fast Times in 2015
Round One – Rene LeClerq on Flirt For A Diamond 17.446
Round Two – Rene LeClerq on Flirt For A Diamond 17.284
Short Go – Melissa Harding on Im No Dainty Chic 17.272

Youth Go Round Fast Times in 2015
Round One – Reagan Tebb on Concerned About Cash 17.346
Round Two – Reagan Tebb on Concerned About Cash 17.455
Short Go – Reagan Tebb on Concerned About Cash 17.065!

Fastest time recently ran at the Calnash Ag Events Centre was by Shannon Blakely on Major Dry Bar aka Rowdy- 17.049!
Hoping to see someone run a 16 during finals if the ground is fast!

Best of luck to all the entries! Stay tuned to Lipstick & Cowboy Boots for updates through out the week! 

Schedule Coles Notes Version

Wednesday 7AM Open 1-400 
Thursday 7AM Open 400-768
Friday Second Go Open 768-401
Saturday Second Go Open 400-1
Sunday Short Go 8AM

Full ABRA Finals Schedule of Events can be found here.
ABRA OPEN Draw can be found here.
ABRA YOUTH Draw can be found here.

If and when a LIVE FEED is announced, Lipstick & Cowboy Boots will share the link on the Facebook Page!


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Fashionista Whats Happening

Grit, Glamour & Goals – Boutiques & Deals

♛Brittany, Rayel and I couldn’t be happier with the support we have received towards our event coming up this October in Red Deer, Alberta at Westerner Park! We wanted to share some of the fantastic deals you will be seeing from our favorite boutiques that Alberta has to offer, and a short bio on each! Be sure to check out the boutiques through out the year and remember to #shoplocal.  Also, check out their Facebook pages by clicking each boutique name, to see what they have to offer!

We were overwhelmed with the amount of applications that we received for modelling in our fashion show and couldn’t be happier to welcome the following ladies to our team:

✿Gillian Shields
✿ Devon Riches
✿ Melanie Meert
✿ Jessica Kuchar
✿ Jordan Gallais
✿ Chelsey Carlier
✿ Tulsa Johnston
✿ Ali Mullin
✿ Desirae Jackson
✿ Kyla Williams
✿ Sara Rutley
✿ Seanna Merchant
✿ Chloe Crossley
✿ Melissa Schur
✿ Kim Hodgins

Alongside our models we wouldn’t be able to do this without the fabulous ladies that we have working behind the scenes doing hair and makeup:

✿ Caitlin Brooks
✿ Brianna Dubois
✿ Jackie Rabbis
✿ Alayna Schmidt
✿ Chelsey Northam
✿ Makyla Heimstra
✿ Ashleigh McDonald

The official photographer for the Grit, Glamour & Goals – Night at the Marquis, will be Kaylee Mohl Photography; Bringing her incredible talent behind the lens for the evening.




Ulla-La Boutique – Since 2010 this mother/daughter team have been seeking out the very Best of the Best in brand name clothing, footwear & accessories from all over the world…just for YOU!

Their 3 locations in Didsbury, Airdrie & Innisfail, Alberta offer NEW merchandise EVERY single day! They carry the same amazing brand name clothing in each location but different styles giving you more to choose from as they are all located only 30 minutes from each other. They are proud to be considered an “AGELESS” boutique where Mom’s and Daughters and Friends can all shop together– Ulla-la wants YOU to decide what you LOVE!

Come in to one of our locations & visit us on Facebook for pictures, events and giveaways….YOU will LOVE all of the beautiful items we chosen for you! Xo

  • 20% OFF ALL regular priced merchandise
  • 50% OFF Sale Rack
  • Enter our Draw to win a $100 Ulla-la Boutique Gift Card
  • Every purchase receives a $20 discount card for a FUTURE purchase at any of our 3 locations

Ranch Dressing – Custom Trophy Buckle Frames ~ Hat/Coat Racks ~ Painted Skulls ~ Jewelry ~ Western Home Décor.
Every Purchase at Booth is entered in Draw for Gift Basket!




Dirt Road Pretty – Specializing in contemporary fashion, footwear and accessories that offer vintage details with a modern day esthetic from popular, high quality labels you would find in the city. Wide assortment of price point. Most products sold online and many more available in store. Locally owned and operated from Stettler, Alberta.

  • All Regular priced denim-BOGO Half Price
  • 20% off all regular priced merchandise
  • Free gift with purchase of $125.00+
  • Grand prize draw entry with any purchase. (prize valued at $250+)


Belle Starr Boutique started in 2014 as a little online/mobile boutique, since then we have grown into a store front in Tofield, Alberta! With Brands like Dale Brisby and Cowboy Fresh, as well as our ladies clothing! A little “Southern Flair, Up North”.

10% off everything October 22!


Bold & Brassy is a diverse collection of clothing and brands that speaks to your wild and brassy heart. I adore anything that adds personality and flair or simply nods to my love for country charm. A saucy screened tee, turquoise & lace coupled with a sexy pair of shit kickers, is good for the soul.

I am committed to rollin’ up my sleeves, putting in some sweat equity and offering you my very best! One thing I know for sure is that I want my friends to look and feel badass, confident and ready to take on the day. When you find your tribe, you love em hard.  When I handpick items to offer to You, I make sure I choose items that I know you, my tribe, will rock! That is my mission. To help you get up, dress up & live out loud. After-all, it ain’t your fault when you walk and jaws drop 😉

So make today different. Get up, dress up and live out loud with Bold & Brassy.




Twisted Label offers affordable brand name fashions for Ladies of ALL ages, and from ALL walks of life. We have your complete outfit from Accessories to Footwear, Tops to Bottoms and a fantastic collection of Outwear. A wonderful mix of classic, vintage, basic and trendy styles will greet throughout the boutique. Twisted Label also offers an online store with next business day shipping. “Fashion is our passion, and to have you looking and feeling your best, is our Mission.”

10% off everything on October 22, 2016.


Renegade Ranchgirls is a personally owned by Brenda Werk and is a  home based business that sells fun, fashionable and affordable ladies western and boho wear.

We call Sundre, Alberta home; and focus our sales through our Facebook page Renegade Ranchgirls and local markets.  We are always open to suggestions and strive to keep our items fresh, new and competitive in today’s marketplace.

Renegade Ranchgirls will be featuring a sale rack on the night of October 22, 2016.


B&B Clothing Boutique unites urban vogue with country vintage flare for all those chic countrified women. Our Boutique is inspired by the woman who cares about her style and her appearance who wants to be beautiful but equally comfy. We pride ourselves in always keeping your wardrobes fresh and fashionable with daily new arrivals. We offer in store shopping as well as our ever popular web store. B&B Clothing Boutique is your affordable, one stop shop.

Be Bold. Be Beautiful {B&B}

Event Promotions:

  • Large Sale Rack with Lots to Choose From
  • At Checkout You Will Get a Chance To Draw For A Random Discount Off Your Total Purchase
  • Spend $25 And You Will Enter Your Name In The Draw For A Chance To Win A $100 Gift Card.twig

Twig is a specialty women’s clothing boutique in historic Camrose Alberta, offering a kid in a candy shop experience. We are a destination for bohemian fashion that features the latest trends for women who live free through fashion, art, music, and travel. We offer a wide range of products from apparel & accessories, as well as novelty items and some items for your home. We invite you to come and play dress up with us in our little space. Our hope is that you can find something that you love and that makes you feel as special as you are!

Spend $25 And You Will Enter Your Name In The Draw For A Chance To Win A $100 Gift Card.



Classic Rodeo Boutique in Nanton offers everything from Old Gringo and Double D Ranch to Joseph Ribkoff and Sympli as well as Accessories, Giftware, Jewelry, Artwork, Houseware items & so much more make up this Eclectic Boutique with a Western Flair.


Whats Happening

Grit, Glamour & Goals – Night at The Marquis Press Release

April 29th, 2016
For Immediate Release
Media Contact:
Cassie Hausauer, G3 Events

Grit, Glamour & Goals to host Amberley Snyder in Red Deer for ‘Night at The Marquis’

RED DEER, Alberta — Grit, Glamour & Goals – Night at The Marquis is bringing Motivational Guest Speaker Amberley Snyder to Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta on October 22nd, 2016. Snyder is accompanied by ten of the top boutiques in Alberta for a fashion show, and amazing shopping deals.

“I wanted to host an event of this stature to bring together like minded, goal driven positive women in rodeo, for a night of fun and motivation,” said Brittany Forsyth, one of three event organizers which includes CIRA Goat Tying Champion, Rayel Daines and Cassie Hausauer of Lipstick & Cowboy Boots

“Who doesn’t love shopping and great deals?” Forsyth added.

Amberley Snyder is a Utah barrel racer who became paralyzed from the waist down in a motor vehicle accident in 2010. A year and a half later, she defied the odds, and is able to compete in the barrel racing and breakaway roping. Amberley competed in 2015 at RFD-TV’s The American, and brought the crowd to a standing ovation and tears when she made her run. Snyder speaks at several events throughout the year and will no doubt be speaking to a sold out crowd in Red Deer this October.

Ten Top Retail Shops from Alberta have confirmed spots at this event. They include: B&B Boutique, Renegade RanchGirls, Belle Star Boutique, Twisted Label, Classic Rodeo Boutique, Twig, Bold & Brassy Boutique, Dirt Road Pretty, Ulla-La Boutique, and Ranch Dressing all bringing their best lines, and offer deals you won’t see anywhere else. If you’re looking for the perfect outfit for the Canadian Finals Rodeo, look no further, or get your Christmas shopping done all in one night! Lipstick & Cowboy Boots will be releasing full shopping discount & savings details soon! Stay tuned!

Proceeds from this event will be going to the newly announced Grit, Glamour & Goals Scholarship. Successful applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in a 8 week minimum certificate, diploma, or degree program
  • Be an active Canadian Intercollegate Rodeo Association Member
  • Be an Ambitious, Driven, and Goal Seeking Female
  • Write a 1000 word minimum essay as to why you deserve this scholarship, and how you contribute to bettering the sport of rodeo.
  • Essay Applications can be sent to, Subject- Scholarship Application.
  • Application deadline is October 1st, 2016

Grit, Glamour & Goals is also supporting Cinderella’s Closet for the city of Red Deer. Each year many families cannot afford High School Graduation dresses & tuxedos. Through donations of gently worn grad dresses, gowns, and tuxedos Cinderella’s Closet helps make graduation dreams come true. If you have your old graduation dress still hanging in your closet, please bring it to this event to donate to Cinderella’s Closet for the graduates of 2017.

This event will be a semi-formal event. Doors open at 4:00pm for Shopping, Cocktails at 5:00pm, Amberley Snyder takes the stage at 6:00pm, Dinner is at 7:00pm and a Fashion Show concludes the evening at 8:00pm.

Tickets are $60 which include entry to the event, dinner, and complimentary table wine. There will be a cash bar available. Tables seat 10 and only 300 tickets will be sold.

You can purchase tickets via e-transfer through with the password G3Events, as well you can arrange pick up from any of the three event organizers, Brittany Forsyth, Rayel Daines, and Cassie Hausauer.

About G3 Events:

Grit, Glamour & Goals;  G3 Events was created by Brittany Forsyth, Cassie Hausauer and Rayel Daines in the spring of 2016 with the goal in mind to create events which celebrates the modern western woman, to bring people together to encourage, celebrate and support one another, and for a night of fun and motivation. Their first event takes place on October 22nd, in Red Deer, AB featuring Amberley Snyder. G3 has also created the Grit, Glamour & Goals Scholarship. For more, visit G3 Events on Facebook or Instagram.

About Amberley Snyder:

Amberley Snyder is a barrel racer from Utah who became paralyzed from the waist down in a motor vehicle accident in 2010. A year and a half later, she defied the odds, returning to the arena barrel racing and breakaway roping. Amberley competed at RFD-TV’s The American in 2015, and brought the crowd to their feet with her story. Snyder speaks at several events throughout the year. For more visit her page on Facebook.

Whats Happening

Barrel Bash Productions

The largest jackpot Alberta sees each year is the Alberta Barrel Racing Association Finals, held in Ponoka Alberta at the end of August, with roughly 800 entries, and is done so over the course of seven days. One of the next largest jackpots held in Alberta is The Barrel Bash and Slot Race held each April by Lisa and Travis Gallais.

The event started out in 2010 and it was the Barrel Bash & Poker Roping. After a couple years, the Team Roping died down, and it carried on as just ‘The Barrel Bash’. Over the next few years, the two would see the event grow from 67 entries, to over 350 entries in 2015. Last year, the Barrel Bash paid out over $67,000, and the event is expected to grow again this year.

The main event during the three day jackpot (Friday Warm Up Jackpot, Saturday JP & Sunday JP with a Short Go) is the Slot Race held the Saturday night.

Fifty slots are sold, where each contestant runs for a larger purse. The race usually draws a crowd. Its a different atmosphere than the usual jackpot. The crowd is loud, the music is upbeat and the air is electric.

The entry fee is $250 with 96% of the money going back into the pot. Three places will be paid in each division. 50% of the pot will be paid in the 1D, 30% for the 2D and 20% to the 3D. The payout will be:

First Division (1D)
1st: $3000
2nd: $1800
3rd: $1200

Second Division (2D)
1st: $1800
2nd: $1080
3rd: $720

Third Division (3D)
1st: $1200
2nd: $720
3rd: $480

The first year I ever attended this jackpot, I was able to enter the Slot Race the day of. As I write this, during a cold January day,  the Slot Race has already SOLD OUT.

With the economy as poor as it is this year, running events like this will be harder than ever, as potential sponsors are holding onto their money a little tighter. Lisa & Travis experienced this with their trophy saddles they have for the Short Go winners. One barrel racer had an idea to make sure the last saddle covered.

Kim Gulley Munroe suggested that each of the contestants or supporters contributed just $10 each to cover the $1600 Trophy Saddle. In two days, the saddle was paid for by the generosity of others. So fitting for an event like this.

“I (Lisa)  would like to acknowledge Kim Gulley Munroe for stepping up and taking it upon herself to come up with a plan to raise the money for the 4th saddle. I’ve never in my life seen a group of people come together to achieve this amazing act of kindness. Travis and I are overwhelmed with the support from you all and we thank you for this. The sponsor name for this saddle will say “PAY IT FORWARD” as that is what will happen and some lucky person will be the one to cherish this amazing gift.”

This is personally my favorite jackpot of the year, and I always look forward to it. It has always been so well run. This jackpot has a different atmosphere than others, with Lisa pushing for a positive, supportive environment.  The best part about this jackpot? You leave with your cheque in hand, no waiting three months to get your earned money, if at all.

I asked Lisa what drives them to produce this jackpot year after year. “We continue to produce these jackpots for the passion I have for the sport and the love for our contestants. Nothing is more heartwarming then rewarding a contestant with a large cheque or prize for their hard work and dedication. To see these individuals so excited and in tears when they receive their reward is the best gift ever. As the saying says “It feels better to give than receive” cannot be more true. We can’t stop now; heck, it’s just getting good and the support is amazing!”

Running jackpots of this size is tough and the producer has to be organized. “We would like to think our events are run in a timely manner and we have to start by acknowledging our production crew, I could not do this without great people behind us. Both Brandi Love and Carrie Wedman are huge assets to my team. Their computer knowledge, organizational skills, professionalism and understanding what this means to us has been the key part of our success. Using 3 bikes and groomers also helps make things run faster; there is nothing more frustrating I’m sure for both spectators and competitors than waiting on a tractor. We also want to acknowledge our competitors, their promptness and readiness allows us to run approximately 60 to 65 runs per hour.”

This being my favorite event, I had to ask Lisa what she felt made it stand out from other large jackpots. “Well I’m not sure our productions do stand out from the rest but we like to try and produce a well organized production with good transparency. I feel as a producer and a competitor understanding where my money is being spent says a lot about a production and the producer. Our fees are set higher than most and the percentage we take for production costs are lower which in return gives our competitors a larger payout. For us, that’s what this is all about. Anyone that has ever produced knows you do not get rich doing it. Rules..Yes, we have them and I try my hardest to stick to them. It may make some people upset or frustrated but I think in the end it gives flow and structure to the event. Our Slot Race also is an extra, seeing people step up to pay big dollars to win big dollars is exciting. It’s a good race and to watch and hear the excitement from the competitors and spectators is electrifying. Lastly, our ability to give quick results and payout sure helps. People want to know where they stood and to be paid immediately afterwards I’m sure is a nice feeling.”

Barrel Bash Productions is run by Lisa and her husband Travis. Many would not be able to work in such a stressful environment with their husband. I wondered how they manage through out the weekend to still be a married couple.  “Working with Travis…how about trying at times!!!! I honestly wouldn’t want to do it with anybody else. Truth be told, he is the brains behind this all. His experience with competing and producing team roping jackpots in the past has definitely helped me put all this together. I would not have had a clue where to start. He has told me several times if it wasn’t for me being his wife he would want nothing to do with it!!  Thank God I am!”

Not many husbands would want to get involved with 350+ barrel racers in one weekend. Travis manages to cope through the weekend “I just grin and bear it!!! The more years we do it the easier it seems to get. Oh yes, Bud Light helps too.” *Ladies take note, he likes Bud Light.*

Travis is the Team Roping Director for the Canadian Pro Rodeo Association. I asked how having this kind of background has helped create a better production. “As an open roper myself, I am aware of the production costs and stock charges producer’s charge. Doing the math and treating my roping as a business gives me the knowledge to know what amount of money I am even roping for before I rope. I feel it is so important as a competitor and a producer to understand this and in return it has given our productions structure. Also, team ropers pay higher fees, but if we win or place we also take home some cash. This is where I wanted to go with our jackpots. I see tons of girls driving $70,000 truck and trailers and paying $10,000 and up for their horses and then paying $40 entry fees to win maybe $200. I want our competitors to leave our jackpots with some cash in their pockets and the only way to do this is to pay higher fees.”

Over the years Lisa had stopped running in her own jackpots. “Well I stopped competing at my jackpots for a number of reasons. One, I’m a control freak. I look at it this way; if I myself screw up on the computer, the draw or payout then I can only get mad at myself which in turn saves my crew from a tongue lashing (laughs). Secondly, the past couple years I did not have a horse to run but this year I am stepping out of my comfort zone, putting my trust into my fabulous crew and saddling up! I’m looking forward to joining our Barrel Bash family and having some fun.” Lisa has very nice horses, and I’m looking forward to running with her.

I asked Lisa what they are expecting for entries this year. “This is a hard question to answer as every year our number grow and grow. We started out 6 years ago with 67 entries in the Open and last year we had 55 plus in the Youth and 350 plus in the Open each day. I’m amazed with this all! Our Barrel Bash Production and event page on FaceBook continues to grow in numbers so we are hoping for 400 plus this year. This would make us one of the largest jackpots in Alberta next to the ABRA finals. That’s just crazy and exciting!!”

The projected pay out for 400 entries paying 10 holes per division in the Open would look like this:
1st – $1260.00
2nd – $1080.00
3rd – $900
4th – $780
5th – $600
6th – $480
7th – $360
8th – $240
9th – $180
10th – $120

Ladies, if you have never entered this event, check your calendars for the April 8-10 weekend, and mark it as busy. Check out this FB link for ALL THE INFO!

You may also want to check out their Fall production, The Bolt for the Colt, where the format of the event is an Open 4D jackpot with the top five and bottom one of each division coming back along with one wildcard spot for the short go. To ensure that everyone has a chance, the winner will be the person with the MOST CONSISTENT time, taking home a yearling which has been donated each year.

Travis and I want to thank each and every one of you for your continued support over the years. This silly thought we had 6 years ago over a bottle of Captain Morgan’s has exceeded our expectations by far and we promise to you we will continue to give you the best we can produce.

Whats Happening

2nd Annual Trach Law Cans & Calves Invitational

Sherwood Park, AB- The wind and rain from the weekend created a lot of mud, but didn’t stop the 2nd Annual Trach Law Cans & Calves Invitational event from running today, though a group vote did move it to the indoor arena. John Deere Gators were up for grabs for those who could beat last years times that were run in the outdoor arena, but because of the move inside, the Gators will have to wait to go to their new homes in 2016. Today paid out $28,600 and had stunning Troy Fischer Buckles to both the Champion and Reserve Champion in each event.

35 of the best names in Tie Down Roping from Alberta ran in two go rounds, as well as 35 of the top Barrel Racers. The Top Ten in the average went to a showdown, and in the barrel racing it was a horse race! An arena record was set by Kandi Horn with a 12.620. She had a flawless run. Reserve Champion Brandy McPhee ran a 12.787, Third to Amy McDonald with a 12.841, Fourth to Caitlin Stark with a 12.845, and Fifth to Carolyn Knapp running a 12.995. In the Tie Down Roping, Dean Edge won with a 8.4. Reserve Champion was Kyle Lucas with a 8.6, Third was a tie for Stacy Cornet & Darren Dublanko who each ran a 9.0, and Murray Pole with a 10.0 rounded out the pack.

Both barrel racers and ropers showed their support for Jace Thorsteinson wearing red shirts. Jace is a junior roper who was in an unfortunate roping accident and is in hospital. Check out the Jace Thorsteinson Benefit Auction on Facebook if you would like to help with bidding or donating an item.

For most of the event, I sat at the far end, where third barrel would be. This is where Still Meadows Ranch owner, Maxine Rusnak usually sits. I personally have rode at this arena all my life and have known Maxine just as long. She suffers from MS and isn’t able to move around without the help of her health aid. Today she had a day pass from the hospital. I bring this up because as I sat there, almost every competitor, both roper and racer, came down to personally thank Maxine for donating the use of the arena for the event. I cannot find the words to express how happy it made me to see everyone do this.

Another thing I noticed about the event, was that everyone was very positive, supportive, and friendly. Watching the roping, I loved that everyone cheered and supported one another with each run. Hearing the barrel racers praise one another for their great runs also brought a smile to my face. This is why producer, Lisa Trach puts on the event.

“Honestly, when I decided  to do the event I was in a sort of sad place in my life. When I am sad, I read… Self help books and the like. I read an article about how, if you dive into the things you love you will meet people who will be the right people for your life. So I decided to have the jackpot… One where I could invite a group of competitors that were not only super talented but also positive, we have a strict no bitches no whiners rule!

Naturally I went to my Still Meadows family for help and, like always, they came through 100 times more than I could have ever expected. Because Jeff Drisner suffers with us barrel racers all year, we wanted to give back to him so we added the calves. That has been a huge reward for me! Our calf ropers both years have been so great.

The event is everything I had hoped for. It did what the book said; It surrounded me with the best people. I got to meet new people, and most of all I get to give back to a community that is responsible for my sanity. Because in all times in my life where I have struggled, it has been my horses and the people in my life that share my love of horses that have saved me when I would have otherwise drowned.

I only wish I could give more to the big family of people in rodeo. This jackpot is my tiny contribution. I hope it grows and grows.”

I personally look forward to attending this event next year. I hope that you can join as well! Check out the two winning runs below, and each of the top ten runs can be found on the Lipstick & Cowboy Boots Youtube channel.


Dean Edge’s Winning Run – 8.4

Kandi Horn’s Winning Run – 12.620

Diane Skodopole’s honourable mention run. Across the line with a 12.394, plus 5 for a tipped first.