Canadian Confederation – Part 1

Motivation and Formation   July 1, 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation. The forces driving the British North American colonies into political union were both complex and varied but focused upon military protection, cultural freedom, and sovereignty in the West that were all driven by industrial economic issues. The creation of Canada in …

Roderick Riddle Macleay

When Roderick Macleay left his home in Danville, Que., for the western hills, he thought he was not long for this world. On recovering from rheumatic fever, his doctors had predicted he might live another fifteen years if he moved to a higher altitude. And so it was that in 1898 he came to the …

Legendary Driver: Dave Lewis

Dave Lewis was born to Joseph and Emily Lewis in Grande Prairie, Alta., on September 3, 1936. His love of horses began at a very young age, and as a youngster Dave started jockeying his father’s racehorses. Through the encouragement of World Champion Chuckwagon driver Ralph Vigen, 1965 saw Dave assemble his first chuckwagon outfit. In 1967 he joined the Canadian …

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 …