Wild Deuce Working Mountain Horse Challenge & Select Sale



wild deuceAbove: Top selling horse was RDH One Tuff Zip Consigned by Wild Deuce $11, 000 – shown competing in the Working Mountain Horse Challenge, ridden by Terri McKinney.

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Above: Third highest selling horse was Ace consigned by Clay Braithwaite – shown here riding Ace through the course. The black gelding fetched $ 5, 250.

Wild Deuce Working Mountain Horse Challenge & Select Sale

Sept 24-26, 2010 – Kingman, Alta

STARS Air Ambulance:

This year is the 25th Anniversary of STARS Air Ambulance and Wild Deuce wanted to raise $10,000 for the life-saving organization. Each year, Wild Deuce raises money for STARS through a Silent Auction at their event. This year, along with the Silent Auction ($4700), cookie sales ($750), the auctioning of a 17HMR Rifle ($475), and the auctioning of the STARS horse, a record breaking $12,862 was raised! Wild Deuce would like to thank all the people and businesses that made donations and brought out their wallets to help Wild Deuce surpass their goal. A special thank you to Bruce Hill from Whitecourt who bought Topline Dandy, all her tack plus 50 bales of feed for $6,100. All the proceeds went to STARS.

Working Mountain Horse Challenge:

Each year, Wild Deuce Outfitting & Retreats holds their Working Mountain Horse Challenge and Select Sale. The Challenge course features all maneuvers and many of the sights a mountain horse would encounter, such as: crossing water, crossing a bridge, opening / closing gates, riding up to the back of a wagon, loading in a trailer, standing quietly while a rider retrieves a slicker and puts it on while mounted – these are just a few of the obstacles.

The Open competition of the Mountain Horse Challenge saw 22 entries. The course was changed up for this year including having to crawl into a covered wagon off the back of their horse.


Champion of the OPEN Competition went to a first time participant, Caleb Block and sponsored by Richmond Transport of Stony Plain. Caleb donated his prize money back to STARS

Reserve Champion was Craig Grove of Cochrane, sponsored by Total Orthotics of Camrose;

3rd place was Herbert Fox Sr. of Bashaw, sponsored by Lammles Western Wear in Camrose

4th place was John Pouliot of Kingman, sponsored by Foster’s Covered Wagons in Devon

5th place was taken by Cynda Didier of Alder Flats, sponsored by Summit Outfitter Supplies in Millet


Youth competitors are able to ride through the entire course and complete the obstacles of their choice. Wild Deuce wants to promote riding, safety and fun so ALL Youth take home prizes. The Youth Competition was sponsored by Total Orthotics and Red Lodge Guest Ranch of Bowden.

Friday wrapped up with a new event for the Sale Horse Challenge. A timed relay race based on life in the mountains. With side-splitting laughter the crowd watched as Consignors competed for the fastest time. A delicious free BBQ, sponsored by Curty’s Oilfield, followed the Relay Race, and the day wound down around the campfire.

Saturday was greeted with a Pancake Breakfast, sponsored by the caterer, Food With Flaire. The Sale Horses competed letting potential buyers have a chance to view the horses as they are put through their paces.


Champion was Clay Braithwaite from Bonnyville, riding Lot #17, Ace, sponsored by Northernhorse.com

Reserve Champion was Brenda Miller from Alder Flats, riding Lot #11, Fritz, sponsored by Riverview Vet Clinic of Devon.

3rd Place was Cynda Didier from Alder Flats, AB, riding Lot #14, Macs Scotch Pine, sponsored by Dogspaw of Edmonton.

Saturday evening there was a catered BBQ with a dance and slideshow that closed the evening.

Sunday morning was greeted with an early morning Mountain Church Service and viewing of the Sale Horses. Informed buyers had a chance to ride mounts of their choice before the sale. Of the 15 horses sold, top three sellers were:

1. RDH One Tuff Zip Consigned by Wild Deuce $11, 000

2. WH Hitman Warrior Consigned by Wild Deuce $ 7, 500

3. Ace Consigned by Clay Braithwaite $ 5, 250

Sale average was $4,260. This does not include the STARS horse that sold for $6,100.