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We know that the body of an olympic swimming athlete is one you can’t not stop and admire; hours in the pool, along with proper nutrition and cross training, has made these bodies the fine specimen that they are. If we know how well swimming can help tone and build muscle, why aren’t more of us swimming our equine athletes? The problem for Canadians was that though there are a handful of amazing Aqua Tredmills, there were no equine pools in the great white North; until Endurance Equine became a reality.

Klay, a professional team roper, who has qualified for the Canadian Finals Rodeo four times – twice as season leader, and Chelsey having worked at a bank for over ten years, make quite the duo to run a successful business such as this. The dream began when Klay’s good horse Lobo sustained a spiral fracture in his leg in practice back in 2013. During the rehab process, Klay dove deep into research on the benefits of water therapy. 

“We worked on this idea for years before everything lined up for us,” explains Chelsey “we both ended up leaving our careers, we moved onto the land we bought in Ponoka and built our facility after researching, planning, consulting with experts in so many different industries, and then researching some more.” she said.

Enjoy learning more about Endurance Equine, and how Klay and Chelsey Whyte can help you and your equine athlete out this season!


Where is Endurance Equine located? 
Endurance Equine is located just north of Ponoka – about a 10 minute drive. We are about 4.5 miles off of Highway 2 on a paved road. The barn is located on our home property, an acreage we bought a few years ago and broke ground on the summer of 2017. The barn is 6300 sq feet and houses our 8 indoor stalls, pool, solarium, bathroom and client lounge area. Outside, we have 8 pens with shelter and automatic waterers, with room for more pens if and when we’d like to continue building on. Our commute is short (aka a one minute walk across the yard) which is handy for us to be so close and also helps us be flexible with our clients.

What disciplines does Endurance Equine cater to?
We have been lucky to work with a lot of disciplines already! Our clients include horses used in all of the timed events, showing, cutting, reining, ranch, pleasure, trail/hunting. We have seen a lot of success with all of them and would love to continue our work with these disciplines.

What are some common injuries, issues or reasons people would come to Endurance Equine to use the Aqua Walker?
There are two sides to our business – conditioning and rehabilitation, which we approach a bit differently.
Conditioning:
We use the Aqua Walker to condition horses for so many reasons. Some have had time off and gotten a bit (or a lot) chubby, need a switch up or boost to their regular routine, have trouble building muscle in certain areas like their topline or booty, want to gain a bit of edge or power, or just simply if their owner isn’t able to exercise for a while but want to maintain condition. Exercising in the water builds cardiovascular stamina, helps burn body fat, increases circulation, strength, and tones muscles. The water has built-in resistance which we can adjust with the speed of the hot walker. For less resistance, we have them going at a slower speed and for a bit more, we simply increase it. For even more resistance, we have the horses change directions in intervals which has them push against the current they create in the water. It makes for a very challenging but low stress workout. Most people are surprised by the speed the horses go – it looks fairly slow but they are getting worked well. Next time you’re in a pool, see how hard it is to push through water that’s up to your chest just by walking…and then speed up! All of this said, we are able to condition horses quicker in the water than if they were being exercised on land, in a safe, stress free and efficient way. It’s also enjoyable for the horses – they like the chance to play a bit (pawing, splashing, dunking their faces in..those are our favourite moments in the pool). With conditioning, we create a program based on the horse’s current condition and the expected outcome of the owner. The things that will vary with this are the length of sessions, how fast we increase the time of their sessions, how many sessions they’ll have and the speed at which they work in the water (that adjustable resistance factor). Although we can exercise up to four horses at once, each horse exercises to their own needs. We do this by grouping horses on similar programs together and have the ability to take a horse out of the Aqua Walker when their time is up and continue exercising the rest of the group. For more customized or individual programs, we would just have the horse in the pool on their own.
Rehab:
When a horse is ready to get back to work after an injury, the pool is the perfect way to start. The water is just as amazing as therapy for horses as it is for people! Since it is a low impact form of exercise it makes it an easier and more efficient way to work the body. The buoyancy of the water limits stress and pressure on joints, muscles, tendons & ligaments. It helps to safely condition the body with less strain and risk of re-injury. Typically after an injury and time off, the horse is carrying around extra weight, so it really helps to take the pressure off the body while they lose some of those pounds. The cool water also helps to reduce swelling or heat so it’s doing double duty. With rehab, each case is specific to each horse but we generally work on slowly and safely easing them back in to work with shorter sessions and less resistance. We gradually build it up until they are ready to be conditioned and then we work on that. The rehab to conditioned journey takes some time, so these horses are usually with us for an extended stay. We work with clients’ vets and other health professionals to ensure a well-rounded and appropriate action plan is in place.
As for common injuries, we see a lot of tendon issues, stifle injuries, arthritis and its related pain, along with general soreness.

What makes the Aqua Walker different from an Aqua Tredmill?
The benefits are mostly addressed in the above question but to fill in the blanks…
The Aqua Walker is a hot walker exerciser built into a four-foot-deep cemented pool. The pool floor has custom rubber mats for cushion and traction. The pool is over 8 feet wide, so each horse has plenty of room for free movement and turning around. The depth of the water and the built-in resistance and buoyancy it brings, along with the space each horse has for natural movement, would be the biggest differences compared to a treadmill.

What therapies does Endurance Equine have on site? Do you plan on expanding and incorporating more in the future?
As of now, we offer the Aqua Walker and our Infrared Solarium.
About the solarium:
In addition to boosting general health and the immune system, sessions in the solarium increase circulation as well as blood and oxygen supply. Decreased muscle tension, inflammation, and pain relief are advantages of this form of light therapy. Use of the infrared solarium after a session in the Aqua Walker helps with a quicker recovery post-workout, provides a calming and relaxing cool down, and aids in drying horses off. It’s also the best for a smile or laugh when you get to watch a horse really relax, yawn, and nod off.
We could tell you about our expansion plans but we’d have to kill you…just kidding – haha! 🙂
We have ideas and room for expansion, if/when we decide to that. For now, we are busy with what we offer but are always brainstorming what would work well in addition to what we have, that we’d be equally as passionate about.
We are also happy to recommend or work with clients’ massage therapists, body workers, chiropractors, farriers etc etc and often have them out to the barn to work on horses during their stay.

What are your goals with Endurance Equine in the coming years?
Our goals are fairly simple to lay out – we want to keep helping horses and sending them home to their happy owners. There is really nothing better in our eyes than watching an owner see their horse after time with us – the excitement, sometimes shock, and happiness of how their horses look and feel is amazing. We have been a part of simply helping horses lose a few pounds to helping a horse that was off for four years due to an injury actually get to run at a rodeo again (and they won it.). We have been so lucky to have already met and worked with so many amazing horses (and owners) and absolutely love that we get to go to work everyday doing something that we are so passionate about, together.

What have been some of the learning curves, ups and downs thus far? 
Insert joke about husbands and wives working together all day, everyday.. 😉 kidding there – it’s been so great combining our knowledge and skills to start this business.
The biggest learning curve was actually getting the business off the ground. Building something that no one in Canada has done before was a challenge. There really wasn’t much to go off and there were so many moving parts to manage so it just took a lot of time, research and trial and error. We had a ton of help from family and friends and are so grateful for our crew.
The ups have been the amazing response and support we’ve received, getting to meet and build relationships with so many amazing horses and their owners and everything working out so we could both take the plunge together, go for our dreams, and build something we think is pretty cool for our family.

What is the best part of owning Endurance Equine?
There’s really nothing better than not only helping horses look better but perform better – the best parts of our days are getting a call or text from a client saying their horse has never felt better, never had so much power and how pleased they are with the results.
We are proud and excited about the results that our Aqua Walker is giving. What we do is really fulfilling and we love to share our results through before & after photos.
One of the best parts of opening is the great response we’ve had – the trust and support of so many people (and it’s been a lot of people we’ve never even met) taking a chance on us and getting excited about what we do too.

What kind of packages are available for clients and their horses?
We have packages that include sessions in the Aqua Walker, Solarium, indoor or outdoor board at varying lengths. They are really just a guideline to get clients started on planning out their horse’s stay – we can adjust and customize so the package fits best. Our website has more information or we are always happy to talk it through on the phone.

How can people get ahold of you or find out more information? 
Website: www.enduranceequine.com
Facebook: Endurance Equine
Instagram: Endurance_Equine
Phone: 403-505-3046
Or come for a visit – we love to have people out to check out the facility and ask questions. We do prefer to set up a time so we can give everyone our clients and the horses our undivided attention when they need it. We have treats for horses (cookies) and humans (coffee or other depending on the time of day), too.

 

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Carman Pozzobon CFR 2018

This week we are set to witness the best of the best compete head to head for the title of the 2018 CPRA Barrel Racing Champion.

Will the 2017 Ladies Barrel Racing Champion, have a repeat finals, taking home the title?!

After 37 CPRA rodeos, and pocketing $44, 078.74, Carman Pozzobon is headed to the 45th Canadian Finals Rodeo in the number one position. Carman won Williams Lake Stampede, Airdrie, Kennedy, & Strathmore, placing at numerous other rodeos.

Carman will of course be bringing the legendary Rip N Lady who is by Frenchs Hula Guy and out of a Eli BetaStreak mare. She will also be bringing her 2018 futurity mare, LuLu aka TammysLittleParadise who is by Frenchs Hula Guy and out of Tammy Paradise, a Docs Paradise mare. Lulu came from Billie Bird as a two year old. “She’s easy for me to switch out from Ripp since she goes left as well and I can ride her aggressive too. Very honest and easy to be around.” Carman said.

What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
Strathmore I would have to say. Ripps just loved that pen this year and we where both feeling great that weekend to make it a success. They put a good show on too, loved the running of the bulls.

What do you do to keep a sharp mental edge in the game of rodeo? How do you stay motivated throughout the season?
I get ahead at home so I can take off for long periods of time. Being able to bring some colts on the trail always helps me feel better aswell so I don’t get to far behind on them. It’s all about balancing life. Mentally I keep a clear mind, I don’t hang onto the negative, I’ll live in the moment during each run and push forward to the next so I never get hung up on a bad one. Love to see what the future has to bring even good and bad it’s fun learning life.

What does your feed program look like, keeping your horses in peak condition going down the road and even in the off season?
Like to aim for a fat pony cause they usually end up being in perfect shape then once you add the miles and runs.
Same for off season would rather get one back into shape than trying to gain weight going into a season.

What does your feed program look like, keeping your horses in peak condition going down the road and even in the off season?
I feed my horses Equi-cal from Lifeline which is a high fat feed. Low starch and sugars.

They live on Equine Fit supplements, each get what their body is needing which I get each horse scanned to make the supplements program so it’s all personalized. I love their Omega Complete for my horses to get all their omegas and Gastric gold to help there digestive system to stay healthy for my two main supplements. They have a great Calm and Focus Aswell.

Also use Elite Three Hemp, Sharp Edge, Bio Mane depending on each horses needs.

Zesterra is huge in my traveling program to keep the horses feeling great while making the miles. Also helps with colic or tying up. It gets rid of lactic acids and infection.

Grass is important on our days off.

What do you do to condition your horses, and to keep them in their best shape through out the season?
Well I find it way easier when I’m back in BC to keep ones mind fresh and the body in shape. There’s more access for mountains for conditioning and being away from the arenas. While I was in AB this year I would just make sure to get them a good exercise each day and build their lungs up as much as possible. If they needed some time off they would go to Coulee Equine and relax but still get Conditioned so their body could mend without being in overdrive.

What has been your most memorable run over the years?
The one that stands out for just Odd would be having the Meet and Greet on my first with the Dodge Rep at Grass Roots Finals last year. Best run would be winning the $20000 at Ponoka with a 16.90.

If you could make a run on any one of the other CFR qualifiers horses which one would you choose and why?
Brownie! Hes a wonder horse. Still going top notch at his age and so trying. He amazes me each run he goes out there.

What is the one thing you cannot live without on the road?
Avocados and Water. That’s my survival pack.

What are you looking forward to the most as you head to the 2018 Canadian Finals Rodeo?
The new changes. I always like new challenges and we’ve never been in the arena so we all have a fresh start in there.

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Be sure to check out Carmans website, carmanpozzobon.com!

*photo submitted by Carman

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Taylor Manning CFR 2018

After chasing 42 Canadian Professional Rodeo Association rodeos, and banking $31,333.99, in the number two position, only behind the number one girl about the amount of a go round win at the Canadian Finals Rodeo, IS the one and only Taylor Manning.

During the 2018 season, Manning was the Medicine Hat Champion, Benalto Champion, & Armstrong Tour Finals Champion. She also placed second at Strathmore Stampede and the Williams Lake Stampede. Her and Matlock also were the Spring Thaw Long Go Champions in Ponoka early in the year.

Manning will be bringing her main mount Matlock aka Good Little Nick, who is by As Good As Nick Gets, and out of Fols Dream of Cash. She is also hauling Merlin aka Ima Hot Bug who is by Hot Colours and out of a Copper Bug mare. Both of these horses come from the Grant Little breeding program and are trained by Rayel Little.

What kind of quirks do your horses have?
Matlock loves getting all the attention from me and he will get jealous of I pay any attention to other horses. Merlin will try to buck me off 1-2 times a year. He always lets me know when hes going to. Merlin is also scared of everything.

What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
Both Benalto and Armstrong are my favourite because the stands are packed and my brother and I both won Benalto. Tristen is in the Junior Steer Riding. Matlock and I both love the crowd at Armstrong, it is such a fun rodeo! I wouldn’t be able to do this without my Mom, Shelly
.

What do you do to keep a sharp mental edge in the game of rodeo? How do you stay motivated throughout the season?
I just hang out with my horses, my Mom always tells me to go have fun, and whatever happens today we will fix tomorrow. That’s Rayel Littles favourite quote.


What does your feed program look like, keeping your horses in peak condition going down the road and even in the off season?
We feed Buckeye “Gro ‘N’ Win” and “Cadence Ultra”, as well as Sharpedge supplements and probiotics. I pre bag all my feed a week at a time so they don’t miss a meal. They love their Back On Track products as it makes them feel great.

I do a lot of slow work and riding in the field. They will have December and January off for them to have a rest and I will start riding them 3-4 times a week in February out in the field. 

What is the best piece of advice you were ever given regarding barrel racing?
My best advice I ever heard was from Rayel Little, “Whatever happens today, we will fix tomorrow.”

What has been your most memorable run you have ever made?
My most memorable run would have been at the WRA Finals in 2016 when my Mom said I could buy Matlock from her and I won the WRA Finals from only running him a couple times before. 

Shelly told me, “As she was riding him, I thought, Oh my God, thats a match. She called Taylor over and told her she could have him.”

What are your plans and goals for 2019?
My plans and goals for 2019 is to compete at the same rodeos again and to have fun and enjoy getting to do what I do. 

If you could make a run on any one of the other CFR qualifiers horses which one would you choose?
It would be awesome to ride any of the CFR horses, but I would pick Ripp, Carmens horse.

What is one thing you can’t live without on the road?
One thing I can’t live without on the road is my Mom. She has helped me so much from helping me become a better rider to helping me become a better person. Without her, I wouldn’t be where I am.

*(I’m not crying you’re crying.)

What are you looking forward to the most as you head to the 2018 Canadian Finals Rodeo?
What I am looking forward to most at the 2018 CFR is getting to run the first time at Red Deer and to get to compete with my twin brother, Tristen!

I want to thank all my sponsors who have supported and helped me get down the road. Andersons Builders Group, Impact Gel, Cross Country Pipeline, Back On Track Canada, Sharpedge Supplements, Frontier and HillBilly Hallows.

*photos submitted by Taylor

On The Record

Shayna Weir CFR 2018

Shayna grew up around horses, and comes from a rodeo family with multiple relatives competing at the CFR, so her love of rodeo came naturally. It all began in high school after borrowing a horse from her Uncle to take to a Dee Butterfield clinic. After purchasing her first barrel horse she began high school rodeo and then continued her career into the amateur rodeos, where she qualified for the Foothills Cowboys Association and Lakeland Rodeo Association Finals in 2010 and 2011. As soon as she filled her pro card, there was no turning back, and her sights were set on a Canadian Finals Rodeo qualification.

After winning the Rocky Pro Rodeo, qualifying for the Ponoka Stampede Showdown, being a K-Days Rodeo qualifier, Finning Pro Tour Finals qualifier, a Grass Roots Finals qualifier, and taking home $26,876 after 40 rodeos, Shayna Dodds Weir is finally headed to her first Canadian Finals Rodeo.

She will be bringing to the finals, Moons Dyna AKA Dyna who is by Moons Handsome Bug (by Honor Lady Bug) and out of Red Hot Gem who is by Red Hot Lena. Dyna was purchased from Chad Muldoon the fall of her five year old year when Shayna was on the hunt for a new rodeo horse.

What quirks does your horse/horses have?
She does not love people. She keeps to herself and doesn’t want a lot of attention and she spooks at about everything.

How would you describe your horses barrel racing style?
Dyna turns very tight and very hard so you have to ride hard into every pocket. If you let up your probably knocking barrels.

What things do you want people to know about your horse(s)?
She may not like attention but she loves her job. She works well indoors and outdoors but the bigger the pattern and the trashier the ground the harder she works.

What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
Ponoka Stampede I have always wanted to qualify for the showdown and this year I hadn’t expected to be there after the run I had in the long go. It seemed like it was a long shot in making it back. Things went right and I made the short go and then the showdown. It was definitely an amazing feeling running with the atmosphere that Ponoka has!

We all know that being competitive takes serious mental strength.What do you do to keep a sharp mental edge in the game of rodeo? How do you stay motivated throughout the season?
I try and not focus on the bad runs I will give myself a short amount of time to analyze them and then I put them out of my mind and move on to the next rodeo; its better to focus on the positives. Each rodeo is a new day and it needs to be treated that way.

What does your feed program look like, keeping your horses in peak condition going down the road and even in the off season?
I like to keep it simple. My horses get hay and grain and are supplemented with Purina Equilibrium Optimal and Purina Pur-Athlete feed.

(Covy Moore/CovyMoore.com)

What do you do to condition your horses leading up to the season, and what does your pre CFR routine consist of?
I do a lot of long trotting and sprinting out in the field. I like to keep her and myself sharp so we will go to a couple jackpots before CFR.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been told regarding life, horses, rodeo or barrel racing?
The best advice I was told came from my father “its not what you roll in with, its what you leave with.”

What has been your most memorable run over the years?
Running in Ponoka’s showdown round this year. Even with a knocked barrel it was an incredible feeling to run in the finals and clock one of my best times.

If you could make a run on any one of the other CFR qualifiers horses which one would you choose and why?
Carman Pozzobon’s Ripp. She is very talented and looks like she’d be fun to run.

Who is your barrel racing idol?
I don’t have just one, I believe in learning from everyone.

What is the one thing you cannot live without on the road?
Energy drinks!

What are you looking forward to the most as you head to the 2018 Canadian Finals Rodeo?
That first run and the feeling of coming down that alleyway.

 

I would like to thank my sponsors for the support and help to get down the road.
EquiPurina
Custom Tent and Flag Company
Central Veterinary Clinic
Ryco Rentals Ltd

 

*Photos submitted by Shayna

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Callahan Crossley CFR 2018

Making her third appearance at the Canadian Finals Rodeo will be Callahan Crossley, from Hermiston, Oregon. Crossley will be running Brownie Bi Bogie aka Brownie, who is by Bogie Biankus out of a Leo Bars bred mare. During the 2018 season she won Leduc, Armstrong, Merritt and Hanna pro rodeos, taking home just over $25,600 after running at 28 rodeos.

What things do you want people to know about your horse(s)?
He’s a family horse! My two sisters and my mom have all competed on him. He is very special to me and thankful for every run I get to make on him.

What quirks does your horse/horses have?
He is very quirky! Lol it seems like every day there is a new quirk 🤣 bridling, loading in the trailer, and cleaning out his feet can be a task in itself depending on the day.

How would you describe your horses barrel racing style?
He is not very flashy. He is just efficient and runs straight lines and doesn’t try to hit barrels. Very honest.

Tell us about your 2018 season; the highs and the lows.
2018 started out pretty good with winning a good amount at Regina… then coming into the spring and start of the summer things weren’t so hot lol placing at the bottom along the way kept me going and by the end of the summer Brownie was the strongest yet and made it all worth it 🙂

What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
My favorite rodeo this year was Armstrong because I think it might be Brownies favorite, haha. The last three years he’s won 1st, 2nd, and 1st at that rodeo.

We all know that being competitive takes serious mental strength.What do you do to keep a sharp mental edge in the game of rodeo? How do you stay motivated throughout the season?
It is VERY hard to stay motivated when things aren’t going your way. I’m probably most guilty of all at getting down. Luckily I have a great family that told me to keep going and one more and one more and before I knew things turned around and got on the right track.

What does your feed program look like, keeping your horses in peak condition going down the road and even in the off season?
I like to keep alfalfa hay in front of Brownie at all times. He gets Purina equine senior, omelene 200 when going down the road, ulcer guard, horse guard products (weight gain, trifecta) Being 20yrs old I just like be sure that I am keeping weight on him and keeping him healthy. Weight gain is great for Brownie keeps him looking full, but it is also great for my young horse that seems to drop weight while traveling and is still growing.

What do you do to condition your horses leading up to the season, and what does your pre CFR routine consist of?
I just keep exercising him and going to barrel races to keep him in running shape. Too bad for Brownie he doesn’t get much of a break because he just can’t come back as strong as the younger horses can.

What has been your most memorable run over the years, can be embarrassing or run of your life?
Oh gosh, probably winning The Breeze last year for 50k!

If you could make a run on any one of the other CFR qualifiers horses which one would you choose and why?
That’s tough! Of course I’d love to run Rip’n Lady! Buttttt I’m afraid I might fall off 🤣

What is the one thing you cannot live without on the road?
Candy!

What are you looking forward to the most as you head to the 2018 Canadian Finals Rodeo?
I’m excited to compete at the first ever Red Deer CFR! 🤗

On The Record

Angela Ganter CFR 2018

Angela started riding when she was just five years old. She moved up the playday ranks to jackpots and then to rodeos. She took about seven years off due to breast cancer and got to spend a lot of time getting her balance and confidence back.

“This year proves you can do anything if you work hard enough,” she says. Her only goal this year was to make the Canadian Finals Rodeo after watching her daughter Jackie Ganter compete there the last two years.

During the 2018 season Ganter won Hand Hills, Brooks, Bonnyville, Grimshaw, Cranbrook, Pincher Creek, Lethbridge, and was the Grass Roots first and second Go, and average winner. After 36 Canadian Professional Rodeo Association rodeos and $22,903.00 Angela is coming to Red Deer in fifth position. Could this CFR send her to the top and give her a chance at rodeos like Houston & Calgary? We will find out in eight short days!

Angela will be bringing with her Bogies French Bug aka Bugs who is by Frenchmans Bogie and out of a First Wrangler mare, as well as Marthas Six Shooter aka Shooter, who is by Marthas Si Moons and out of a Truckle Feature mare.

Tell us about your horses? Their quirks and their style.
Bugs likes to sleep all of the time, most of the time you have to get him up to go run. Shooter likes to rub his splint boots off and will cross his legs while trying to get this done. Bugs came from Taci Bettis, he was her back up horse! Shooter was Jackies horse that the Dufurs had bought for her to ride and she let me borrow him and I never returned him. Bugs is as solid as they come. Very consistent but a tad bit lazy. Shooter is very fast and quick footed. He wakes up in a new world every day. Bugs is a gift from god, he gave me a chance to live a dream. He is a little ornery but harmless. Shooter is personality plus; he loves being in his own world.

Tell us about your 2018 season; the highs and the lows.
I had a great year but I did have a low point when I hadn’t placed at six rodeos, and I really had to pull myself up and fight to comeback.

What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
My favourite rodeo was Hand Hills Rodeo because it was my first rodeo win!

We all know that being competitive takes serious mental strength.What do you do to keep a sharp mental edge in the game of rodeo? How do you stay motivated throughout the season?
I read a lot of positive quotes and I watch a lot of sports and take note of how the winners prepare themselves. I never quit trying no matter what happens. I find a positive in every run and then work on the mistakes.

What does your feed program look like, keeping your horses in peak condition going down the road and even in the off season?
I feed Hi-Pro performance feed supplements. Red Cell, Acculytes, Hoofmaster, along with alfalfa and coastal hay. Shooter gets lactanase powder daily for tying up.

What do you do to condition your horses leading up to the season, and what does your pre CFR routine consist of?
I ride at least 3 days a week and swim them the other 2-3 days. CFR Schedule will stay the same.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been told regarding life, horses, rodeo or barrel racing?
The best advice I was given is that second place is the first loser

What has been your most memorable run over the years
My most memorable run would be at Bonnyville was for sure. I had left Jackie in Medicine Hay to head to Cheyenne without me even thought I was doing good there too, but I wanted to finish what I started. I hitched a ride to a borrowed truck and trailer where I then borrowed a house to stay in then off at 4am to compete at Bonnyille. I proceeded to turn my season around.

If you could make a run on any one of the other CFR qualifiers horses which one would you choose and why?
I have never run left so Ripp would be a challenge for me, so I would say Brownie of Callahans.

Who is your barrel racing idol?
My idol is Kay Blanford, she taught me that you are nothing without your horse.

What is the one thing you cannot live without on the road?
Must haves on the road is Tessa my dog, Coke Zero and purple Red Bull!

What are you looking forward to the most as you head to the 2018 Canadian Finals Rodeo?
I am most looking forward to getting to experience the CFR on a horse and not just in the alley. Also the gifts! All the girls are so supportive of one another. I cannot wait to compete with all of them!

I would like to thank my sponsors, INSpectrailer, Dufur Quarter Horses, PHT, 5 Star, EquiResp, Hi-Pro Feeds, West Texas Equine, Lone Star Stables

*photos submitted by Angela

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Nikki Hansen CFR 2018

Nikki Hansen has had a hell of a season, qualifying for the Canadian Finals Rodeo, Badlands Circuit Finals, All American Finals, and finished 22nd in the WPRA World Standings. She competed at 18 CPRA rodeos and won $22,239, and is coming to Red Deer, Alberta in 6th position.

Hansen will be running Sky High Guy aka Sky who is by Frenchmans Guy out of a Pie in the Sky mare & HH Mia Hamm aka Mia Hamm  who is by Mia Pig Too, out of Dynamite Rain who is by Montana Easy Move and out of a Frenchmans Guy daughter.

What quirks does your horse have?
Sky really doesn’t have any quirks. He’s an absolute perfect gentleman. ❤️

Where did you buy/find your horse?
I purchased Sky from Bill & Debbie Myers in April 2013. I had ridden him as a futurity horse when he was still a stallion, but unfortunately due to his fertility he was gelded. I’ve always loved him and am so thankful they gave me the opportunity to own him.
My husband and his family raised and trained Mia Hamm. She’s an exceptional head horse, as well as barrel horse.

How would you describe your horses barrel racing style?
Both horses are very consistent and honest. I do have to ride Mia Hamm a bit differently, as she tends to be more ratey than Sky. They both run hard, collect for the turns, and keep forward motion around the barrels.

What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
K-Days Rodeo in Edmonton, Alberta. It is such a cool rodeo and was really a turning point in my rodeo season.

We all know that being competitive takes serious mental strength.What do you do to keep a sharp mental edge in the game of rodeo? How do you stay motivated throughout the season?
I think mental strength comes from knowing I have prepared my horse and myself the best that I could. There are so many variables in rodeo, but we can control how prepared we are. I’ve always believed that luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

What does your feed program look like, keeping your horses in peak condition going down the road and even in the off season?
We feed high quality alfalfa and grass hay, and I’m so fortunate that our family puts up our own hay. We feed whole, cleaned oats, and I am a firm believer in TechMix equine supplements. My horses get Stable Complete (daily mineral), Equitein U-Formula (the most amazing ulcer product on the market), Build-Bac (daily probiotic), and Health E Oil. When traveling, I feed TechMix’s Bluelite Electrolyte pellets and paste- it has made a huge difference in my horse’s hydration while traveling many miles and different climates.

What do you do to condition your horses leading up to the season, and what does your pre CFR routine consist of?
My horses get exercised 5-6 days a week. I try to alternate days on the horse walker and days that I ride them. I like to long trot in our field, but also lope circles in the arena. I think variety when exercising is important to utilize different muscle groups and optimize overall fitness; also, who wants to do the same thing everyday?! 😉

What is the best advice you’ve ever been told regarding life, horses, rodeo or barrel racing?
Barrel racing is what you do, not who you are.

What has been your most memorable run over the years?
My most memorable run would be winning the Pendleton Roundup in 2011 on “Dash Ta Vanilla. Running across the grass is such a unique thrill, and there’s no other barrel race like Pendleton. I had a lot of great runs on Nilla, but that one would be my favourite.

If you could make a run on any one of the other CFR qualifiers horses which one would you choose and why?
Callahan Crossley’s Brownie- “Bionic Brownie” has been outrunning me for over a decade! I’ve loved watching Brownie since I first saw Jordan (Crossley Minor) run him at the College National Finals Rodeo. It has been so special to see him win with all the Crossley sisters. He’s a legend!

What is the one thing you cannot live without on the road?
My phone- it’s my connection to home and family, a map/GPS, information super-center, and takes videos of my runs.

What are you looking forward to the most as you head to the 2018 Canadian Finals Rodeo?
The competition! It will be a great barrel race, and I’m so excited to be in the mix with such a tough group of horses and jockeys.

This year has been so special, and I have so many people to thank. Without my husband’s encouragement, I would not have even bought my Canadian card. He helps exercise and shoe my horses, makes sure everything is working on my rig (also fixes the things I break), and takes care of everything else at home. Thank you to everyone that helped take care of my daughter Elsie when I was gone rodeoing, and thank you for encouraging me to keep going, even when I wanted to stay home sooo bad!! None of this would have been possible without my wonderful family. Thank you and I love you all dearly!!

*photos submitted by Nikki

On The Record

Shelby Spielman CFR 2018

After attending 26 CPRA rodeos this summer, and winning just over $20,000, Shelby Spielman has qualified for her very first Canadian Finals Rodeo in the number seven position. This year she won the Wainwright Stampede, Bruce Stampede, High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo, & the La Crete Field of Dreams Rodeo.

Spielman is running her horse Fame N Red Hot aka Hot Donna, who is by Dash Ta Fame and out of Had A Kanita, who is by Docs Rocky Top. A few of their past accomplishments include being the Southwest Region Reserve Champion Barrel Racer, making the college finals in the barrel racing, winning the 2018 $20,000 Runaway Slot Race, and winning The Dinosaur Classic American Qualifier.

What quirks does your horse/horses have?
Donna knows she is my number 1, so I wouldn’t say she has a quirk, but she definitely knows she is special to me. Her disposition is very confident.

Where did you buy/find your horse?
I bought my horse from Jessie Telford. She raised and trained her, my roommate Rainy Robinson actually set it up for me to try Donna. When I tried her, I loped her through the pattern twice and knew she was a perfect fit.

Fun Fact: Jessie qualified for the NFR this year on Donnas full brother Cool Whip, which she also raised and trained. Jessie does a great job making super nice barrel horses.

How would you describe your horses barrel racing style?
Donnas is super honest. When I run her inside she obviously gets a little tighter around her turns and I have to ride a bit more aggressive.

What things do you want people to know about your horse(s)?
Donna has been a huge blessing to me. I feel so lucky every time I get to make a run on her.

Tell me about your 2018 season; the highs and the lows.
The 2018 season is one that I will always remember. I came up to Canada after the College National Finals in Casper, Wyoming. A high for me is that the first rodeo I entered, Wainwright, I won. I think because my summer started off on a good note, I think it gave me the confidence to stay in Canada all summer.

The lows came for me when I kept catching barrels leaving them, at all the big tour rodeos, to win good money. I got super frustrated because I felt like I needed to win everywhere since I started my season later than everyone else.

What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
My favorite rodeo was Wainwright. The committee worked really hard to have great ground for every barrel racer. I ran in slack on Thursday and when I came back for the short go on Saturday after they had got rain, the ground was still awesome, and that meant a lot to me.

We all know that being competitive takes serious mental strength.What do you do to keep a sharp mental edge in the game of rodeo? How do you stay motivated throughout the season?
I like to read books about mental game. I also was lucky enough to have two great traveling partners, Colby Gilbert and Chelsea Moore. They both played a huge part in keeping me motivated and encouraging me throughout both the highs and the lows.

What does your feed program look like, keeping your horses in peak condition going down the road and even in the off season?
I like to keep things simple. Donna gets alfalfa and coastal hay and Nutrena Pro Force grain. She also gets Zesterra when I am hauling her.

What do you do to condition your horses leading up to the season, and what does your pre CFR routine consist of?
I left Donna in Canada when I came back down to school, so she didn’t have to make the long trip back and forth for Grass Routes Finals and CFR. I was lucky enough to be too able to leave her at Coulee Equine where they have been keeping her in tip top shape for me.

During the CFR, Limitless Equine, will be making the trip to Red Deer with their laser that Donna will get worked on with before every run.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been told regarding life, horses, rodeo or barrel racing?
Keep going even when you feel like quitting, every person experiences the highs and the lows.
Be confident in yourself and your horse.

What has been your most memorable run over the years?
I think my most memorable run would be at the Runaway Slot Race. I was towards the end, and had already ran my horse at 3 rodeos that weekend. I was confident in Donna but never thought I would win the $20,000. That’s the thing about her though, she always proves me wrong.

If you could make a run on any one of the other CFR qualifiers horses which one would you choose and why?
I would like to run Taylor Manning’s horse Matlock. I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to do him justice like she does though. She’s a hand!!

Who is your barrel racing idol?
Linda & Kortni McConnell would have to be my barrel racing idols. They were my biggest mentors when I was younger running barrels. I’m pretty lucky to know them!

What is the one thing you cannot live without on the road?
My mini aussie, Bear.

What are you looking forward to the most as you head to the 2018 Canadian Finals Rodeo?
I can’t wait for the 1st round and my first time to run down that alley.

Thank you to my parents for supporting me in this adventure.

Thank you to Colby Gilbert, and Chelsea Moore for being the best hauling partners all summer, and showing me the ropes of rodeoing in Canada.

Thank you to the Bonnett Family for treating me like one of your own, and giving me a great place to live all summer.

Lastly, thank you to my roommates at school, for taking care of everything while I make the trip back to Canada for the CFR.

*photos submitted by Shelby

On The Record

Bertina Olafson CFR 2018

Bertina grew up on a farm that always had a good number of horses. Her father races chuckwagons and has always had breeding, riding and wagon horses. She competed in gymkhana for years but hung up the saddle after she gradated from high school.

It had been a 17 year break before Olafson decided to climb back in the saddle to compete. She had been breeding barrel horses and wanted to get more active in the sport. A young sorrel gelding named Duke motivated her to get back at it, one whom she had purchased as a weanling. He was sent out for a total of five months training, split between Kim Senkoe who started him, then Rusty Quam and Rylee McKenzie for barrel training.

As a 4yr old Duke competed in gymkhana, futurities and jackpots, then derbies and rodeo. Beginning in the KCRA, the pair earned LBR Season Leader and made the finals. They then spent the next two years competing in the CCA, making the finals each year. They won the CCA LBR Championship and Average in 2016. Last year Duke was injured and their season was cut short at the end of June. In 2018 he came back stronger than ever and they began competing in the CPRA full time.

Olafson will be running Alive N Smashing (Duke) who is by Ante Up Guy (Frenchmans Guy) and a Lucks Running Bug mare. Her back up horse will be Frenchmans Paradise (Zena) who is by Perks French Cash (Frenchmans Guy) and out of a Docs Paradise mare. This year she took home $20,064 after 34 rodeos winning Lea Park Rodeo and setting the arena record. The duo ran at the Pro Tour Finals in Armstrong and placed fourth in the Grassroots standings to make the finals in Calgary.

What quirks does your horse/horses have?
It would be easier to answer what quirks Duke doesn’t have!!!  He has a huge personality, he is too smart for his own good. He gets himself into a lot of predicaments in his pen and at the trailer. He is cinchy and can be cold backed when the weather changes. He doesn’t like being brushed; only his butt. Butt scratches are his favourite and will shift around or lift his legs to what spot he wants scratched. He doesn’t like the front stall of the trailer, he would paw the entire trip. 2nd or 3rd stall he is happy. The list goes on and on!!

Where did you buy/find your horse?
I purchased Duke through an online bidding site that was set up like eBay. I went on the site to buy a saddle and I saw this cute Sorrel colt, and bid on him without thinking it through. All week I hoped someone would outbid me. No one did and I won him. I had to do some explaining to my husband!

How would you describe your horses barrel racing style?
Duke has his own style. To change it, I slow him down. He is deceiving to watch, always appears slower than he is. He has a big stride. I try to stay out of his way & let him work.

What things do you want people to know about your horse(s)?
I talk about Duke a lot, anyone that knows me is going to know him.
When his potential started shining through at a young age I was overwhelmed. When he won a long go at Stettler Futurity as a green 4yr old, I remember asking God why he put this horse in my hands? I didn’t have the knowledge or skill to go on with him. I was too attached to this horse to sell him. I had no choice but to learn more and gather the courage to go on with him.

As the years went on and Duke was getting more competitive I continued to ask the same question. Now we are heading to our first CFR and I am no longer asking but instead saying thank you.

He is the only horse I’ve ever ran in a rodeo! Duke isn’t always an easy horse but I wouldn’t change him; that’s what makes him who he is!

Tell us about your 2018 season; the highs and the lows.
The highs came with great runs or conquering arena set ups my horse had previously struggled with.

As far as the lows, this summer was the busiest and toughest for me mentally. It was a lot of miles and weeks at a time away from home. I felt a lot of pressure at times. This summer I made mistakes. Other times, Duke would make mistakes. Getting down about it wouldn’t help me at the next race. I learned what I could from it and moved onto the next one!

What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
Lacrete The Field Of Dreams. They have great ground, individual pens for our horses, water buckets filled, hay and shaving provided, complimentary meals and drinks, the best donuts ever, and bonus cash payout for day winners! All around great atmosphere!!

This is only one of my favourite rodeos, I have many. I hope all the committees realize how appreciative we are for all the work they do!!!

We all know that being competitive takes serious mental strength.What do you do to keep a sharp mental edge in the game of rodeo? How do you stay motivated throughout the season?
Staying positive. Finding the good in everything, sometimes I have to look deep to find it! I try to surround myself with positive people. I also set small goals, ones that help towards the big goal. I never try to overwhelm myself with focusing on everything at once. One run at a time.

What does your feed program look like, keeping your horses in peak condition going down the road and even in the off season?
I feed good quality hay, Buckeye Grow N Win, Cadence Ultra, Elite Three Hemp Oil, Probiotics and Salt

What do you do to condition your horses leading up to the season, and what does your pre CFR routine consist of?
In the spring I haul to a couple different arenas & enter jackpots.  Last winter I had went to Arizona but every other year I ride mainly at home. 

We will be hauling to an arena once a week prior to the CFR. Mostly riding outdoors at our farm. I use him to pony the younger horses and babysit the weanlings.  It gives him another job other than barrels.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been told regarding life, horses, rodeo or barrel racing?
Enjoy the journey

Just Breath

Where there is a will, there is a way

What has been your most memorable run over the years?
The most memorable runs were winning 3 rounds at the CCA finals, placing 2nd and 3rd in the other two rounds to win the Championship. Duke wasn’t normally strong indoors back then so he surprised me with 5 strong runs.

Who is your barrel racing idol?
I look up to many barrel racers, to choose one it would be Sue Smith.

If you could make a run on any one of the other CFR qualifiers horses which one would you choose and why?
Ripp, I believe she will go down in history as Canadians Top Barrel Horse of all time.

What is the one thing you cannot live without on the road?
Coffee with double cream!

What are you looking forward to the most as you head to the 2018 Canadian Finals Rodeo?
The first time running down the alley at the CFR. It gets my heart pumping just thinking about it!!

I would like to thank my husband Jason and children for always encouraging me and supporting me. My sister Roxanne, who has helped take care of my animals at home while I’m on the road. To the Groves family who always had pens and place for me to stay over while in Alberta. To everyone that has helped me achieve these goals, it truly takes a village. Thank you!

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*Photos submitted by Bertina

On The Record

Kylie Whiteside CFR 2018

After competing in the CPRA for three years, Kyle Whiteside is headed to her very first Canadian Finals Rodeo. The Longview, Alberta cowgirls passion is barrel racing and training horses. At just 18 years of age, one could say, shes living the dream.

Whiteside will be running Isle Be Right On aka Hooey, who she purchased from her aunt, and her sisters horse Irish Gold Rush aka Rancho.

After competing in 40 CPRA rodeos, and pocketing $16,272, Kylie is coming to the finals in tenth position.

What quirks does your horse have?
Well Hooey doesn’t know what a walk is, its always gotta be anything faster than a walk, and hes got some weird kinda belly roll when he gets excited.

How would you describe your horses barrel racing style?
He is a push style horse. I really have to make sure I keep him moving forward.

What things do you want people to know about your horse?
He is not very big but he has the biggest heart with so much try. He definitely has his own mind on how things should be done.

What was your favorite rodeo this year and why?
My favourite would be Armstrong, BC. Everything is so upbeat and it has a great atmosphere!

We all know that being competitive take serious mental strength. What do you do to keep a sharp mental edge in the game of rodeo?
I keep looking ahead to the next run and I don’t look back at the bad ones.

How do you stay motivated throughout the season?
Well, I love it so it makes it a lot easier to want to keep going, and when it gets tough, I keep looking at the goal I have in mind.

What does your feed program look like, keeping your horses in peak condition going down the road and even in the off-season?
I like to feed a pretty good amount of alfalfa, cubes and hay. Some supplements and performance grain.

What do you do to condition your horses leading up to this season and what does your pre-CFR routine consist of?
Lots of long trotting across the field and a very small amount of barrel work.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been told regarding life, horses, rodeo or barrel racing?
Live your dreams, never quit and always try your best.

What has been your most memorable run over the years?
Winning the short round at Strathmore!

If you could make a run on any one of the other CFR qualifiers Horses which one will you choose and why?
Taylor Mannings horse, Matlock. He looks powerful and fun!

What is the one thing you cannot live without on the road?
My little dog Cola.

What are you looking forward to the most as you head to the 2018 Canadian Finals Rodeo?
The atmosphere of the Canadian Finals Rodeo.

*Photos submitted by Kylie

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