Featured 2011


While this month’s feature horses are only weanlings, they have made an impact both locally in Calgary, and internationally, as a part of the spectacular show Cavalia. The strong demand for tickets in Calgary has led Cavalia to extend its run three times before even having a single performance, which is unprecedented since beginning the tour eight years ago. While Albertans know what great horses and great horse people we have, it is always nice to be recognized for it. Cavalia’s creator Normand Latourelle states “[..] Calgary is not only the most important horse city in Canada but probably in the entire world.” It only seems fitting then to feature the two Alberta-bred rescue colts, who, depite their age, have already hit the big stage.


 Alberta-bred Ima Docs High Sign, “Simon”, has proven himself to be one of Canada’s top reining horses.  Born in 2001, the red roan Appaloosa is owned by William Cookshaw of DeWinton Alberta.  Simon was born on William’s property, Cee Arr Appaloosas, and has a pedigree full of reining and cow horse lines. His dam is Ima Natural High and his sire is Ima Doc O’Lena. Ima Natural High was sired by High Sign Nugget, a top producing sire of Appaloosa cutting, reining and cow horses and Ima Doc O’Lena was sired by Doc O'Lena, a top-producing Quarter Horse stallion. With $38,000 lifetime total earnings, Simon was Canada's second highest money earning reiner in 2005. He won 16 NRHA Championship trophies and six Reserve Championships during his Futurity/Derby years.



Unlikely to compete again is a phrase that performance horse owners dread hearing. Kathy Padhgam of Hay Lakes, Alberta, was no different. After learning that her beautiful bay Morgan, Northern Exposure a.k.a. Robin, severed 90% of his Semitendinous muscle in 2009, she thought that he would never compete again. Her vet recommended Robin be castrated to keep him quieter and better able to heal. Since his show career was thought to be over, Padgham thought it was a good decision for his well-being. “It was my gift to him,” says Padgham, “As a gelding he would have a chance at a normal horse’s life.”


 Buttercup, a faithful +35 year old school pony, has made a huge impact in Alberta by teaching thousands of children how to ride. She was owned by Al Griffin of Griffin Valley Ranch and used in the summer camp program run by Diane Hickey. This special Alberta-bred palomino pony spent her life teaching thousands of children in summer camps, Stampede breakfasts, trail rides, and private lessons. Always patient, she forgave the mistakes of her novice riders and ensured their riding experience was safe and fun. She stood still while children learned grooming techniques and saddling. Her favourite time of the day was right after lunch, when summer camp children would bring her carrots and apples, which she always took gently from their hands.


Bred in Alberta at Bosch Farms and foaled there in July of 2000, Canadian Warmblood registered Travolta is by Dutch Warmblood stallion Ferro and out of the Landwind II mare Lurosa. Joni Lynn Peters first saw Travolta at the 2003 Canadian Warmblood Fall Classic Breeders Sale in Olds. It was absolute love at first sight. A practical person by nature, Joni was not the type to purchase a horse based on emotion, but she just wasn’t going home without this one, even though she’d only seen him in a stall completely covered with a blanket and hood.


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