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 …

A Good Cowboy

Did you ever see a cow hand ridin’ peaceful like and slow With his saddle hoss and bed hoss, like he had no place to go? He travels at an easy jog or mebby so a walk, But he’s lookin’ at the country and he notices the stock. He figgers grass and water like a …

Thumbs Up to the King

Back in the mid-1960s a horse-crazy kid from Grande Prairie, Alta., headed down the road as a barn hand for chuckwagon driver Dave Lewis. By 1967, 15-year-old Kelly Sutherland was in the saddle and actively competing as an outrider. By 1969, Kelly Sutherland had moved up in the wagon box and hit the trail full …

Rolling Hills Castle

Susan and Brent Gutfriend had started their cattle ranch in 1986 after purchasing land from Susan’s parents and grandfather. Back then and still today, all the cattle work is done on horseback. Their home is a monument to hard work and creativity. All the insulation, siding and roofing, flooring (hardwood, slate and porcelain tile), quarter-sawn oak …