On Sunday Rob and I decided to drive out to Bashaw to watch the AYCS Junior Simmental Show. This is a trip that we used to take frequently when the girls were home and showing cattle in the junior shows. It was usually the highlight of our summer. To see kids and cattle having the time of their lives together. We formed many life long friendships through these shows. As we were driving out we realized that it was 20 year ago that we took the girls to their first YCS ( Young Canadian Simmental Show). Wow where did the time go. The show was on the smaller size this year, but many new families participating and the quality was very good. We had the opportunity to visit with some of the kids, their families and enjoyed a great afternoon.
As we were leaving Bashaw I mentioned we should drive by our friends Dawn & Lee Wilson's farm - Miller Wilson Angus and see if they were home for a quick visit.
As we drove into their beautiful farm, we seen this, a truck and stock trailer with a flat tire.
Towaw Cattle Co. trying to get the tire off herself. Jill weighs about 90 lbs soaking wet, but she was doing a really good job.
Some of the lug nuts were stuck and Kirk forgot to put the tire iron and jack in Jill's truck. Rob was able to find the needed items to get the flat off and replace it with the spare.
Jill's phone had also gone dead, so she made calls on ours to the family that were expecting her home by then to let them know of her delay. She had been picking up a herd bull they share with Ter-Ron Farms to display at the Canadian Red Angus Promotion Society's Annual Tour this weekend.
We didn't get our visit in with any of the Wilson's as they were all out in the hay field, but had a great visit with Jill. It gives us comfort knowing that know matter where we may be traveling or our daughters that if they needed a helping hand they could call on a cattle breeder, or farmer and they would get the help they needed.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Friday, July 6, 2012
|Steer Show 1985|
|The Alberta Beef Booth is|
alway a popular spot.
My family have been exhibitors there in the livestock show, steer show, junior show and stock dog trials.
|Showmanship Champion 2006|
My cousin is a driver in the world famous chuck wagon races.
|Driver - Troy Flad|
The first Friday in July marks the best 10 days of the summer. Now that we don't live right by Calgary we only get there for a few days each year, but it is always something that is a part of our summer plans.
When we are traveling if we mention that we are from Alberta we are often asked if we have ever been to the Stampede. We are envied when they find out that we go each year. It's kinda like living next to Disneyland.
Here are a few fun facts about the Stampede:
I salute the Volunteers and those that have fought to keep the Stampede alive and growing over the last 100 years. This is the one celebration that we have that keeps urban and rural people connected. I can't wait to get there on Thursday.
|Grated Coconut - |
One of the greatest Stampede horses