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Merrill Harrop: Old Time Horseman

Master horseman Merrill Harrop learned much of his horsemanship from a Spanish cavalry officer and by the time I was lucky enough to apprentice to him, he was considered by the Thoroughbred industry to be one of the best horse trainers in Western Canada. He was born in 1913 to Orliff and Mabel Harrop, who had six children and farmed …

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George Lane: Cowboy to Cattle King

George Lane’s life reads more like the romanticized life of a character in a Louis L’Amour novel. A friend to king and cowboy, his exploits were immortalized on canvas by Charlie Russell and his famed ranch, the Bar U, is now a National Historic Site. Born March 6, 1856 in Boonville, Iowa, at age 16 …

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Finding Bill Greathouse

Someone, somewhere must still remember Bill Greathouse. He was an old-time, range-tempered horseman, who finally succumbed during one particularly cold November under circumstances that today, might seem odd. Bill was still a diehard horseman in the 1930s at a time when tractors were beginning to replace horses on ranches and farms. He’d had a horse …

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Sonia Cornwall: Cariboo Artist

Cariboo artist Sonia Cornwall (1919 – 2006) is one of the few women inducted into the B.C. Cowboy Hall of Fame. Over the years, she herded cattle, drove tractors and bulldozers, mended fences, helped with haying, and did other agricultural jobs. Working the ranch was unusual for a female of her day, but Sonia had …