Empty Saddles: Nicholas “Nick” Fred Demchenko

      Retired rancher, former brand inspector, husband, father and grandfather, Nick was an accomplished saddlemaker, leather carver, braider, rawhide braider, silversmith and horsehair hitcher. He served as Round-Up Boss for The Cypress Hills Stockman’s Association for over a decade and also worked on the Calgary Stampede stock crew for a number of years. …

Kamloops Cowboy Festival

The Joe Marten Memorial Award for the Preservation of Cowboy Heritage in B.C. is presented annually to a local (past or present) involved in the promotion and/or preservation of Western heritage in B.C. Congratulations to the 2018 recipients — leather craftsman, Mark Denny, and roots poet, Mag Mawhinney. Mark Denny is the owner and craftsman …

Rodeo Roundup: Pincher Creek Cowboy Show

An enthusiastic crowd welcomed the competitors at the Pincher Creek Cowboy Show, held June 16. The event encompassed a ranch rodeo, a ranch horse competition, a ranch bronc riding and a cowboy-styled trade show. In the ranch rodeo, first place went to the Bluebird Ranch crew of John Hunt, Wacey Marr, Matt Robertson, Rem Holowath …

Rodeo Roundup: Nanton

Held July 19–20, the Nanton Ranch Rodeo also featured an art and gear sale, live music, plus additional Buck Wild ranch bronc riding. After the dust (then mud) cleared, the crew of the Outside Circle Ranch won first place, with Riley Regier, Tracey Shock, Titus Kropf and Jesse Kropf. Working Ranch Horse Winner was Geoff …