Now this was an event to write home about! Cowboy Trail Church gathered at the Bearspaw Arena, just west of
Cochrane on January 26th, for a day of instruction, competition, laughs, a few scares and another of our wonderful Pot Luck Suppers.
The day started out with a Ranch Horse Clinic, conducted by Ron Anderson, a well known clinician from Calgary. 20
people participated in the clinic and all came away with some useful equine tips.
The Ugly Ranch Horse Competition started after a short lunch break with the Open Division. This portion was judged
by Arnie Hein. 10 competitors tried their skills at a Dry Work portion and then demonstrated their skills working cattle. When the dust settled, the
overall winner was Bernie Schellenburg. Bernie received a custom buckle presented by Cunningham Farrier Service as well as a Ben Crane print, donated by Ben
and framed by Ted and Jackie Parkinson.
Then it was on to the Amateur Division with 17 competitors. There were two young people who demonstrated
excellent skills, several ladies, some men, one on a mule and even Darth Vader graced the arena in full "force".
Robyn Neufeld emerged as the winner of the Amateur Division winning a Custom Buckle from Cunningham
Randy Marshall was presented with the "Cowboy Up" award.
Then everyone dove into the excellent Pot Luck Supper, and as usual, no one went home hungry.