Cool Hands, Hot Lead

On the outside looking in at a cowboy action shooting event, at first, you might think it’s just a bunch of folks playing dress-up, like a leather and satinswathed ComicCon for die-hard Westerners. There are some similarities; most participants do extensive research into the clothing worn from the era they’re portraying to recreate a persona …

The Long Haul

They came to buy claims, And I brought my herd. We flocked to the West With our fortunes assured. Gold had been found Lining rivers and streams, And thoughts of great wealth Flowed into our dreams. The miners were thorough And left nothing to spare. In a matter of years, All the rivers were bare. …

Canadian Confederation – Part 3

Whiskey and Annexation The 1860-1870s saw lawlessness in the Canadian West in the form of whiskey traders and buffalo robe hunters. Without formal law they were perpetrating violence among themselves and various First Nations tribes in what is now southern Alberta and Saskatchewan. Ottawa was learning that it was one thing to claim a region and …

Ride, Cowgirl, Ride!

It’s been a wild ride for the women of the Canadian Girls Rodeo Association (CGRA), an organization of all-female rodeo competitors. They came together to compete, they fought prejudice and elitism with talent and class, and they found acceptance and honour in the most unlikely of places — the rodeo arena. “Way, way back you …