Cowboy Poetry: Lost in the Dark

Have you ever ridden on a night so dark you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face? Much less a fence—but your pony stops, so you get off to find the gate That colt you’re riding is plenty tired, the darkness has made him tense He shies to the end of the bridle …

What Works for Us: Branding

Each year we interview ranchers from across the West about what works best on their place. Understandably, the terrain, weather patterns and ranges all differ, so it’s interesting to read how each outfit has adapted to their unique circumstances. In this issue, we are discussing branding. The Best Part TERRIL & LINDA PIERSON: PIERSON RANCH …

John Clapperton, Laird of the Nicola

John Thomas Wilson Clapperton was one of British Columbia’s more colourful pioneers. Born in Marlborough, Ireland in 1835 of Scottish parents, he boarded a ship from Southampton, England to Victoria in 1862 alongside many adventurous argonauts, who were heading to the Fraser River and onward to the Cariboo goldfields. After four years, he didn’t find …

What Works for Us: Calving Season

We’re back with our popular series on ranching — What Works for Us, a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the operations of some of the nicest cowboy outfits on the Canadian range. I contacted a few select ranchers to ask, “When it comes to calving, what works on your place?” Every ranch is different, and while no …