My Point of View June 2012

Everyone seems to be celebrating an anniversary and of course the big celebration in Alberta this summer will be the 100th Anniversary of the first Calgary Stampede.

I’m proud to say this issue is packed with a massive salute to the Calgary Stampede which includes an interview with Paul Brandt, who reveals the bang-up time he’ll be having at the extravaganza.

We also bring a feature on the broncs and shortgrass range of the Stampede Ranch with some great photography. As well, Canadian Cowboy Country is a proud sponsor of the Western Art Show at the Stampede and we offer a feature on a tiny fraction of the wealth of styles, mediums and artists at this years’ big show.

Another anniversary, rather an ongoing one celebrated with little fanfare will be the 123rd edition of the Wood Mountain Stampede in southern Saskatchewan. Written by the area’s historian, Thelma Poirier, it’s a fascinating history of this 123-year-old celebration and a glimpse of a simpler life that for some reason, really hasn’t changed all that much.

Our Living Legend is none other than our friend, Ash Cooper. He’s a multi-talented athlete and artist and we’re proud to feature his cartoons in each and every issue.

Did you know that you can’t “make” a horse buck? At least consistently, that is. I had a chance to interview a few legendary stock contractors about the risky business of raising broncs and their insight gives a fascinating glimpse of the years of work and effort behind the scenes of every great bronc.

This is also the annual issue that gives you the Western Vacation Map that has over 270 Western attractions, terrific guest ranches and yes, I counted?—?99 rodeos for you to attend. So happy anniversary everyone, now get out there and enjoy life here in Canadian Cowboy Country!