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“How time flies”

Back in April,whenI started my spring blog, I thought mother nature had missed the memo for the much needed rain we requested.

Now here we are on the “Canada Day ” long weekend dodging tornado warnings , hail and plenty of rain. The grass is coming, the crops have survived the hail and we are just a few days away from the Calgary Stampeded and the Mecuria Cutting (which includes the Bill Collins Youth Cutting). Last year was the first in many years we did not have a representative from Prairie Oak Ranch, Hopefully this year will be different. Allegra is leading the Alberta Cutting Horse Youth and splitting 2/3 in Canada ; never the less she still needs to qualify this coming weekend for a place at the Calgary Stampeded.

We have had a good buffalo calf crop this year with just one more cow to calve bringing our small herd to 13.

The mountain trips have been great (a bonus for the ranch students both recreational and cutting) the trails after the floods a few years back are returning to normal again.

Alaina Braybrook riding Time in Montana won the Novice Challenge Shootout last weekend in Okotoks. She was reserve last year so she had her heart set on doing the best job she could and in deed she did in 2016. She captured the championship saddle donated by Greg Dunn and Associates a former Prairie Oak Ranch student.

In fact during a recent conversation with some of the cutters during the presentation awards which included Scott Wardley another former student; that 10% approximately of the amateur/non pro cutters started cutting under the guidance of the Prairie Oak  Ranch Crew .”The Wright Team” believes strongly in the grass root cutters as they are the future of our associations and the ones who buy the aged event horses when they have finished that part of their career.

Well until next time keep one leg on each side of your horse and your mind in the middle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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