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The Cowboy Times
2016 Vol #2 - May

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2017 Cowboy Festival News
BC Cowboy Hall of Fame
Rising Star Results
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CCC's 20th Festival Booklet
Ryan Fritz CD Review
Bernadette Ducharme CD Review
Sonia Cornwall Book Review
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From the Editors

Kathy and Mark McMillan

Kathy and Mark McMillan

I guess the big news in this issue is the proposed changes for the 2017 Kamloops Cowboy Festival. The plan is to hold the whole Festival under one roof ... kinda nice eh? Yes, it may cut our numbers slightly, but we're thinking only slightly. All the details on the proposed changes are listed in the Festival article below.

We have a review of the 2016 Festival, too, which was another great success. There's an article on the two 2016 BC Cowboy Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, and an article on the Williams Lake Bull Sale. You'll find articles on both the Rising Star and the Art Show results, and there's two CD reviews and one book review as well. Oh ya, and of course information on the 2017 Cowboy Cruise, too.

We hope you enjoy this issue of the Cowboy Times and that you all have a tremendous summer!!

Kathy & Mark McMillan, Editors,   msprings@bcinternet.net


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From the President

Mark McMillan

May 2016, Pres report by Mark McMillan

Well I think the 20th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival went over really well. All in all a great success once again. I guess the numbers will tell us a little more when Kathy gives them to us, but all indications so far seem to be positive!

Huge thanks to all of you for helping put on another great weekend. Although we're talking changes for 2017, I think with your help and the help of all of our volunteers, sponsors and supporters it will be another tremendous Festival.

Looking back over the past year I'm proud to say that I've been the President of the BCCHS - a group of very dedicated and easy to work with folks that all have the same interests - it's been a pleasure acting as chair.

Mark McMillan, President, BCCHS,   cowboys@bcchs.com


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The BC Cowboy Heritage Society would like to thank you for your support over the past year. We hope you will continue supporting the society by renewing your membership for the year 2016. Membership information, and a membership form, can be found on our web site at: www.bcchs.com/membership.html

BCCHS Memberships
If you're not a member but are interested in what we do to preserve cowboy heritage in BC, then you should think about joining. There are no commitments whatsoever and your $20 membership ($30 for a family and $100 for corporate) would be greatly appreciated. Membership dollars go towards the society's administrative costs.


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The Horse Barn

The Horse Barn's web site is: www.horsebarncanada.com.


The Horse Barn!

We are so glad to have the Horse Barn as a major sponsor of the Kamloops Cowboy Festival.

The Horse Barn is now open on Sunday, too!


The Horse Barn - Rafter HB!

The Horse Barn
517 Mt Paul Way
Kamloops, BC, V2H 1A9


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Canadian Cowboy Country magazine special booklet
celebrating 20 years of the Kamloops Cowboy Festival

There are a few left so if you would you like a copy of the 20 year history of the Kamloops Cowboy Festival let us know. You can email us at: cowboys@bcchs.com

Canadian Cowboy Country did an awesome job of putting together a booklet celebrating 20 years of the Kamloops Cowboy Festival and it was available at the Festival. The booklet is a four fold that reflects all 20 years of the Festival ... from its inception at the Stockman Hotel in 1997 right through to present. As they looked back they listed entertainers and other highlights from past years and now you can look back, too. There's a ton of memories here - don't miss out.

A booklet celebrating 20 years of the Kamloops Cowboy Festival

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The 20th Anniversary of the Kamloops Cowboy Festival ...
and what a weekend it was!

All feedback, all comments, and even all bank accounts say the same thing - the 20th Annual was a successful and an enjoyable Festival.

There were twelve performers on our list for the Festival that were at the very first Kamloops Cowboy Festival at the Stockman Hotel in 1997. Unfortunately one came down sick and one stayed in the audience, but the other 10 were there to perform. Nine are still currently entertaining and one, Shirley Field, came out of retirement to help put on the Friday evening show - and a great show it was, too!

Except for two, all the other entertainers were repeats ... favourites from past years. The two new faces were Nathan Tinkham and Mostly A-Cappella (which was actually 21 faces in itself). They all did a bang-up job and the audience in all shows had very positive remarks - things like best Festival ever, great show, etc, etc.

7 of the entertainers that were at the very first Kamloops Cowboy Festival
Gary Fjellgaard, Bryn Thiessen, Don Wudel, Shirley Field, Terri Mason, Butch Falk, and Rob Dinwoodie. Missing are Hugh McLennan (the MC), Frank Gleeson (he had to pee), Dave Longworth (he was sick), Gord Colliar (was in the audience), and Fred Oakley (was in the Dinner Theatre show).

The tradeshow once again had a good selection of quality exhibitors (over 40) and the art show had some super work on display. See the separate article on the art show lower in this newsletter. Also lower is the article on the rising stars, which was another great contributing part to the Festival.

Pastor Don's last Kamloops Cowboy Festival
Pastor Don

Sunday morning Cowboy Church was again a packed house ... the service was great and Pastor Don was present when Bryn and Don announced that he (Pastor Don) was retiring and this would be his last Cowboy Festival. They presented him with a framed photo of himself from years ago, with a cowboy hat on, and a framed 2016 Festival poster signed by all the volunteers, as they thanked him for his many years of Festival support.

The dinner shows were a big hit again this year, too, and all three were pretty much sold out - in fact on Sunday night there were 50 extra spots added. The Coast Hotel and Conference Centre offered brand new menus for all of the dinner shows and the feedback was super! They were indeed all very nice meals.

In a couple of places on the schedules it was noted that there would possibly be a surprise guest ... Ben Crane, although not on the entertainers list, popped out onto stage to fill these spots - a pleasant surprise indeed.

Yup, 20 years of Kamloops Cowboy Festivals just became history! Now onward to number 21 ...

Here's a few photos from Donna and Jerry ... to see all their photos check out
Donna Smith's photos here: on her Face Book photo album.
Jerry Stainer's photos here: on his Face Book photo album.

Ben Crane

Kristyn Harris

Mack Station

Shirley Field

Curtis Anderson and Brian Salmond

Robbie Robertson

Photos
top row above left to right: Ben Crane performed in the surprize guest spots. Kristyn Harris was definitely a favourite repeat performer. Mack Station returned after winning the Rising Star Show Case last year.
next row above left to right: Shirley Field came out of retirement to be part of the 20th show case. Brian Salmond (right) won the Keeper of the West buckle but then presented it to Curtis Anderson - said he deserved it more (bringing some tears to the audience). Another favourite from past years was Robbie Robertson.
Below - Mostly A-Cappella

Pastor Don's last Kamloops Cowboy Festival


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What's in Store for the 2017 Kamloops Cowboy Festival?

Like I said in my Pres report, I think the 20th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival went over really well. All in all a great success once again. I guess the numbers will tell us a little more when Kathy gives them to us, but all indications so far seem to be positive!

We do have a few changes in store for 2017 but I'm looking forward to them! Although it sounds like we're downsizing, I think it'll be better than ever. By cutting back in some spots we will have more time to concentrate on other spots. I can see the quality of the Festival actually increasing ... although that could be hard to accomplish when we look over past years.

The main changes, as we see them right now, and are all subject to change, are as follows:

Venue: We will use only one venue in 2017. By not using the church we can cut our workload way down. The convention centre will be laid out a little differently allowing us an extra 260 seat theatre in the Ball Room. The church was only using about 1/3 of its capacity and this extra theatre will absorb most of these numbers. We will not be adding the extra chairs in the theatre that we did last year.

Trade Show: The floor space of the trade show will decrease by about half to make room for the other theatre (the Ball Room has a centre wall that slides into place). The number of booths will therefore decrease, although by less than half. In 2016 there were 46 booths and 6 tables in the hall way. For 2017 we are figuring on 29 booths and 12 tables in the hall. Because of this we should be able to keep a high quality of products offered in the trade show but we will probably have to increase our booth rental rates a little.

Art Show: The art show will be in the same location but will be sitting on half of the floor space. That was a big room for the amount of art displayed and we feel it would look better, and have the same high quality art, if it was rearranged in a smaller area.

Workshops: The workshops will be held in the room behind the art show - the room that was the other half of the art show. This should be a great area to host all of the workshops and seminars.

Ticket Prices: As we expected all rental and dinner prices are going up for 2017. The Convention Centre does give us a very reduced rate but it has increased everything for next year. The cost of the dinners in the dinner theatre will go from $30 to $35. There is a slight change in the menu but they still look awesome! Ticket prices will have to go up slightly, too. We're thinking that all prices will go up by $5 making Weekend passes $80, Feature passes $40, and Day time admission $25.

Entertainment: The total number of entertainers will drop slightly but the quality will remain the same - or better if this is possible. The schedules will look almost identical - the difference is that at the top of one column where it used to say church it will now say Ball Room. Cowboy church will remain in the church Sunday morning. We will probably increase the time between sets a little to give people more time to go out and pee and grab a snack - this will make the trade show exhibitors happy and hopefully increase CD sales a bit.

Tentative 2017 Festival Floor Plan
Tentative 2017 Festival Floor Plan
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One thing that I'm proud of is the fact that we have stuck to our roots over the past 20 years, and are still here to talk about it. In a recent Spirit of the West Radio Show, Hugh interviewed Ryan Fritz, and asked him what he liked about the Elko Gathering. Ryan's answer was, "They're really sticking to their traditional part of ranching and cowboy in their material - both poets and musicians." I have had the same comments from members of our audience and although it would be easy to go country and loose our focus, I think we've done the right thing - like I said, we're still here, and, we still have the numbers to say we're one of the biggest and best.

I think the Rising Star Show Case over the years has helped with this as I've seen numerous contestants enter, do poorly the first year and then come back and ace it the second year - mostly because they figured out the "real" cowboy ways - both in material and in appearance. Having said that, unfortunately that is one place we're going to cut back, at least for next year - no Rising Star Show Case for 2017.


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The BC Cowboy Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies 2016

There were two ceremonies again this year to recognise the four BC Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees. One was at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival on Friday, March 18th and the other was at the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo following a reception at the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin.

Kamloops
Stan Jacobs and Henry Schneider were inducted in Kamloops during the second half of another terrific Festival Friday evening feature show. The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia was once again present to open the show and to congratulate the inductees.

Jean Jordon accepted the plaque as Henry Schneider (deceased) was inducted as a Horseman and a Working Cowboy. The plaque was presented by long time sponsor Doug Haughton. Quite a crowd formed around them for the family and friends photo.

Stan Jacobs, inducted as a Working Cowboy, was there to accept the plaque in person as he was inducted. Judy Quichon and Doug Haughton presented the plaque and a pile of family and friends joined Stan for the photo. A second photo was taken after the evening MC, Hugh McLennan, called for anyone that had ever ridden with Stan over the years to come forward. It was hard to count the number of cowboys there, but it was well over 20.

Williams Lake
Two more cowboys were inducted on Sunday, April 17th. The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin in Williams Lake hosted a brunch at the museum for the inductees and their family and friends from 10:30 am till noon. It was a great turn out and lots of photos were taken of both groups. Following the reception Roy Mulvahill took the inductees, the Indoor Rodeo president Kelly Walls and the Museum president Mike McDonough by team and wagon to the rodeo where everyone met in a VIP reserved seating section.

The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin in Williams Lake hosted a brunch
The Museum had a cake made with the inductees photos.

The Rodeo changed things up a little this year and had the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame Inductions as the "Opening Act" ... in past years it's been during the intermission. This was prime time for the induction ceremony and the audience response was terrific. Raphael Alphonse (deceased) was inducted as a Working Cowboy and a Horseman and two of his daughters, Carla Alphonse and Faye Chelsey accepted the plaque on his behalf. Hank Krynen, inducted as a Working Cowboy, was there to receive the plaque himself.

Both ceremonies went without a hitch, well ... except the hitch Roy Mulvahill had on his wagon, as all four very deserving cowboys were inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame!

Here are a few photos - the first row are from Kamloops - Jean Jordon accepting for Henry Schneider, Stan Jacobs with Her Honour, the Schneider group photo, and Stan with some of the cowboys present that have ridden with him over the years.

The bottom row are from Williams Lake - Raphael Alphonse group at the Museum, Hank Krynen with cowboys he worked with, Hank Krynen receiving the plaque from Mark McMillan, and Carla Alphonse and Faye Chelsey accepting for their dad, Raphael Alphonse.

Jean Jordon accepting for Henry Schneider
Jean Jordon

Stan Jacobs with Her Honour
Stan Jacobs

the Scheider group photo
Henry Schneider group

Stan with some of the cowboys present
Stan and cowboys

Raphael Alphonse group at the Museum
Raphael Alphonse group

Hank Krynen with cowboys he worked with
Hank Krynen group

Hank Krynen receiving the plaque from Mark McMillan
Hank Krynen

Carla Alphonse and Faye Chelsey accepting for their dad, Raphael Alphonse
Carla and Faye


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The Spirit of the West Rising Star Show Case

Results from 2016

Three cowboy singers and three cowboy poets made the finals at the Spirit of the West Rising Star Show Case at the 20th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival, March 18th to 20th. Thirteen competitors from BC and Alberta entered this popular entertainers challenge and performed throughout the weekend. There were two categories (musicians and poets) and each category received $1,000 for first place and $500 for second place.

In the poets section Bruce Chandler was the Honourable Mention, Shelley Goldbeck took home $500 for second and Emily Ireland won the $1,000 first place cheque.

Billie & Hugh McLennan sponsor The Spirit of the West Rising Star Show Case!
Billie & Hugh McLennan sponsor the Spirit of the West Rising Star Show Case!

On the musician side the three finalists were all from the Cariboo! The Honourable Mention went to Leslie Ross from the 108, in second place was Bernadette Ducharme from Horsefly, and local Bridge Lake cowboy Jason Ruscheinsky took first place!

In past years this competition has seen entries from far and wide including Texas, Oregon, and Ontario, as well as from all over Alberta and BC. Winners from past years have all made it to main stage at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival and some have made it a lot farther. An example is Kristyn Harris who won the show case in 2011 and has since gone on to win the Western Music Association Female Performer of the Year in both 2014 and 2015!

Contestants do an eight minute set on Friday and two more on Saturday where main stage performers are set in the audience to judge. After all the judges sheets are tallied and averaged, the top three in each section go to main stage Sunday afternoon where they perform about a 12 minute set. Again judges are sitting in the audience and their judge's sheets are totaled to see who wins in each section.

Congratulations to all six finalists and I'm sure we'll see some of you on future Festival stages!

Unfortunately this was the final year of the Spirit of the West Rising Star Show Case, at least for now. Because of the change in the way the venue is set up, as well as the changes in the Festival itself, we will be putting the Rising Stars Show Case on hold for the time being.

Here are photos of the 2 winners and the 2 runner ups - the first two are poets and the second two are singers. In the bottom photo all six finalists are standing on stage. Second from the left is Lesley Ross and next to her is Bruce Chandler, the two honourable mentions.

Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland

Shelley Goldbeck
Shelley Goldbeck

Bernadette Ducharme
Bernadette Ducharme

Jason Ruscheinsky
Jason Ruscheinsky

The four Spirit of the West Rising Star Finalists
The four Spirit of the West Rising Star Finalists


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The Art of the West Show and Sale

Every year the Kamloops Cowboy Festival is host to the Canadian Cowboy Country magazine sponsored Art of the West Show and Sale, a juried western art show. Artists from all over North America can submit a sample of their work to a committee where it is reviewed and either rejected or accepted for display and judging at the art show during the Festival.

The Art of the West Show and Sale has three categories in which artists can enter that include; Flat work which can be a drawing or painting in oil, water colour, acrylic, pastel, graphite, or mixed media; Sculpture of a resilient medium (not wax, putty, etc) which usually includes bronzes, wood, clay and/or ceramic figures, but could be any three dimensional object; and original photography.

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The Art of the West Show and Sale The Art of the West Show and Sale

Entries in each category in the art show are judged and prize money and rosettes are presented to the winning artists ... a rosette and $450 for best of show, a rosette and $350 for runner up, and a rosette for honourable mention for the third place piece. There is also a "People's Choice Award" rosette which is given to the entry with the most votes from the public at the show.

The 20th Anniversary of the Kamloops Cowboy Festival once again had some spectacular entries. There were 38 pieces that totaled a value of over $27,000.00; 7 sculptures, 16 flat work and 15 photos. The winning artists in 2016 were:

Flat work
Best in Show: Lesley White - Wrangler
Runner Up: June Harring - Rural Planners
Honourable Mention: Harold Allanson - Pairing Out

Best in Show: Lesley White with Wrangler
Best in Show

Runner Up: June Harring with Rural Planners
Runner Up

Sculpture
Best in Show: Reg Parsons - Country Music
Runner Up: Ada Vostry - Sweet Grass
Honourable Mention: Reg Parsons - Friskey Little Bugger

Best in Show: Reg Parsons - Country Music
Best in Show

Runner Up: Ada Vostry - Sweet Grass
Runner Up

Photography
Best in Show: Fiona Green - The Chase is On
Runner Up: Fiona Green - Nod to Remember
Honourable Mention:Candice Simon - The Gift

Best in Show: Fiona Green with The Chase is On
Best in Show

Runner Up: Fiona Green with Nod to Remember
Runner Up

People's Choice Award
Marlene Pegg with "Old Trails"

Peoples Choice Award: Marlene Pegg with Old Trails
People's Choice Award

 


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Sonia

A new book by Sheryl Salloum about Sonia Corwall

A couple of years ago I did a book review on a book called "The Grande Dames of the Cariboo by Julie Fowler. I loved that book as it was about Sonia Corwall and her mother Vivien, pioneers of the Cariboo. Sonia and her husband Hugh were inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2005 so I was very familiar with the subjects. A year or so later, when I received a book called "Sonia", about Sonia Cornwall, by Sheryl Salloum I was all over it ... I could hardly put it down ... it was great read.

Completely different from Julie's book (which was great), Sheryl did an amazing job of research. She starts out with a lot of great history on both sides of Sonia's family dating back into the 1800s ... history starting in Europe and following the family into, and through, the US, back to Europe and into Canada, and finally into the Cariboo.

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Sonia, a new book, by Sheryl Salloum

After these first two chapters on the families Sheryl wrote another chapter on the Onward Ranch itself, which was home to Sonia for years. Again with history going back into the 1800s with some great detail, detail that shows an incredible amount of time spend on research. I found it amazing that I knew so many surnames of people that work for or were friends with the Cornwalls over so many years. Many of these names are still in the area today ... kids, grandkids and great grandkids.

This first quarter of the book was the most interesting to me because of the history, but in fact the good read was actually just getting started. The whole book is very well written and the detail about Sonia's life, her art, the art dealers and galleries that worked with her and/or her work over the years was fascinating.

In the Conclusion Sheryl talks about the Cariboo Chilcotin people being so proud of their famous citizens. She goes on to list some of these people saying that Sonia deservingly fits right in ... names like; author Paul St Pierre, hockey player Carey Price, filmmaker Trevor Mack, Photographer Liz Twan, Chief William, Rick Hanson, and others. Sheryl uses lots of quotes throughout the book that really tell what Sonia's acquaintances thought of her ... all very positive! She was truely a great rancher, cowboy, artist, and person!

Nicely written Sheryl, and thanks for helping to keep our history alive!


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Bernadette Ducharme's new CD One Boot in the Stirrup

Bernadette has a great singing voice - smooth and easy to listen to! Combine this with lyrics from four of our favourite cowboy poets, two of her original songs, and the musical ability of Randy Pokeda of Harmony Productions in Williams Lake and you end up with a terrific cowboy/western CD.

As you listen to the different tracks it's not hard to tell who Bernadette's influences were - especially the title track, one of Mag Mawhinney's poems, One Boot in the Stirrup, as it definitely has a Marty Robbins sound to it. One of the first songs Bernadette did of Bruce Rolph's, The Old Felt Hat, shows her interest in keeping the true cowboy ways alive in song, as does a Frank Gleeson poem, My Favourite Buckskin.

Bernadette Ducharme's new CD One Boot in the Stirrup

In total we hear two of Bruce's poems, one of Franks, 6 of Mag's, and two of the late Mike Puhallo's; Track 9, A Cowboy's Advice, and track 13, Call Me a Fool (good to hear a couple of Mike's poems come back to life).

Not sure that I can really say which is my favourite track as they are all great, although track 10, Git 'er Done, by Mag is pretty catchy. One thing I really like about this new CD of Bernadette's is that all 13 songs have a different sound, a different cadence. A lot of artists seem to get stuck in a groove so to speak, often losing the listener part way through - not the case with One Boot in the Stiurrup - I was tuned in from start to finish.

Add two of her own compilations, track 4, Where the Past Meets the Sky and track 7, The Legend of Wild Bill Zimmer, to this mix of songs and we have a complete, very well put together, and great listening to album - Good job Bernadette! To order a copy see Bernadette's new web site at: www.bernsmusic.com


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Keeper of the West, Ryan Fritz's new CD

Keeper of the West, Ryan Fritz's new CD

Our mandate is to promote and preserve cowboy heritage. Everything we do, including the Kamloops Cowboy Festival, is geared towards keeping alive our cowboy roots, the true working cowboy way of life, and the ways of the West. Ryan Fritz is the real deal and all 14 tracks of his new CD, Keeper of the West, do exactly what our mandate spells out.

All tracks are written and sung by Ryan with the beautiful voice of Eli Barsi adding harmony to 13 tracks and her husband John Cunningham playing bass on all tracks. Ryan plays his own guitar in all tracks and Craig Young, Jayson Brinkworth and a couple of other musicians add accompaniment throughout this new CD that's produced by Eli and John.

When you hear the title track, Keeper of the West, you know why Tom at the Horse Barn chose this name for their annual award at the Festival after hearing Ryan sing it a couple of years ago. In the song the cowboy takes his son riding and tells him he's turning the ranch over to him ... but with a warning that there will be change. "Remember how you got here, I know you will as you carry on our brand ... " then talks of the girl that rode in the Stampede ... "... as she carries on tradition, in her competition, for all the world to see". "Keeper of the West ... keep watching and teaching those around you your ways ..."

I could go on about the other 13 tracks but you really need to hear them ... every one of them is great and every one of them is real. One that I thought was a great idea was track 7, She Shoots the West, which adds a different flavour as he describes photographer Kim Taylor, with her camera, capturing the way the west looked today. A little humour comes out in track 10, Rawhide Ranch, and I think I could even guess the ranch's real name :-).

Check out: www.ryanfritz.net ... If you like cowboy music this CD is a must - good job Ryan!


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The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin

presents the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame

Museum Logo

The Museum is located in Williams Lake, BC. For information on the Museum, and what it displays inside, check out their web site at: www.cowboy-museum.com


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Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association - ACPA

Check it out at: www.albertacowboypoetry.com. If you're looking for a performer for an event, or if you are a performer looking to get booked for an event, then you'll find how on their web site. If it's a CD or book you need you'll find tons of them there, too! That's www.albertacowboypoetry.com.


Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association - ACPA

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The 16th Annual Spirit of the West Cruise!

Warning: at the time of this newletter there were already around 90 folks booked on this cruise - don't delay, book now to reserve your spot. Deposits are refundable till March 21st, 2017.

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The 2017 Spirit of the West Cruise is off to Alaska

The 2017 Spirit of the West
Cruise is off to Alaska

See www.Hugh-McLennan.com or call Cruise Vacations
1-800-530-0131
Download the Cruise Brochure

That's right - North To Alaska is the 2017 destination. The Holland America's ship "ms Noordam" will depart Vancouver on June 18th, 2017, with Billie and Hugh McLennan and the Spirit of the West group! The cruise will sale over a seven day period taking in; The Inside Passage, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, and Steward (Anchorage).

Following the cruise the Spirit of the West group will enjoy some of Alaska's most spectacular scenery en route to Denali National Park with it's unforgettable Tundra Wilderness, and the very best chance of seeing both Mount McKinley itself and Denali's iconic wildlife. Transportation to Denali National Park will be on deluxe motor coach and the return trip to Anchorage will be on the luxurious domed cars of the McKinley Explorer.

There's an option available, too, if you're coming from Alberta ... you could take the Rocky Mountaineer Rail Package.

Here is a photo of the 2016 Spirit of the West group

The 2017 Spirit of the West Cruise is off to Alaska

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79th Annual Williams Lake Bull Show and Sale

April 14th and 15th, 2016

It was nice to see the ribbons get spread around a little more this year with at least ten different sellers getting a placing in the Thursday show. Stan Jacobs from Douglas Lake was the judge this year.

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Wilf Smith & Wayne Pincott spotting in front of a full house

Wilf Smith & Wayne Pincott spotting in front of a full house

I guess we were all betting on prices being on the high side and having said that, I guess we were all in the money ... at least the sellers mostly were. The buyers, well they probably spent as much or more then they figured on, but they would have gone home with some pretty good bulls.

Prices went from the top selling bull at $10,500 down to the bottom couple that brought $2,500. Al Smith said to me before the sale that the market was tending to go back towards the Hereford lines and this sale seemed to prove him right.

42 Hereford bulls averaged a sale figure of $5,894.05 with Cliff and Lois Hinsche in 150 Mile buying the top selling Hereford, which was also the top selling bull, from Cliff and Kari-Ann Pogany. Roughly half of the Herefords brought in somewhere in the $7,000 to $8,000 mark. Deanfield Ranch did well again this year averaging $7,458.33 for their six bulls, three of which went to the Gang Ranch and one to Douglas Lake Ranch.

A total of four head of Gelbvieh averaged $4,812,50; three head of Simmental averaged $2,933.33; and the Charolais breed saw an average of $4,000.00 for five head. Tyson Krause of the 150 Mile bought the top selling bull of these three breeds, a Gelbvieh, for $5,500 from Barry and Robin Mader.

On the Angus side of things Springfield Cattle Company in Williams Lake paid $10,000 to Charles Dwinnell and Diane Fletcher for the top selling Angus. A total of 71 head of Angus brought in an average of $4,812.92. Sealin Creek Ranch sold a bull for $9,500 to Durness Angus in High River and Todd Marchant and Pam McGuinness (Schochaneetqua Angus) sold two of their ten bulls for $9,000 - both to Meadowbrook Ranch in Horsefly. Todd and Pam had the largest number of bulls at the sale and they did very well averaging $7,440.

As well as the grand total of 125 bulls averaging $5,255.60, Robert and Linda Macham sold two pens of five Red Angus heifers. All ten heifers sold for $2,000.00 each to Rick Clauson of the Six Pack Ranch.

All in all everyone enjoyed two beautiful days in Williams Lake for the BC Livestock's 79th Annual Bull Show and Sale. Hats off to the 44 breeders that sold bulls at this great sale. To all those that bought bulls, we hope you have a tremendous breeding season, reap some awesome grazing, and see incredible fall calf sale prices!

Here's a few photos ... left to right: Cliff & Kari-Ann Pogany with the Grand Champion (and top selling bull), Todd Marchant and Pam McGuinness with their ten bulls, Reserve Junior Champion from Little Fort Herefords, and Diane Fletcher with the top selling Angus bull.

Cliff & Kari-Ann Pogany with the Grand Champion (and top selling bull)

Todd Marchant and Pam McGuinness with their ten bulls

Reserve Junior Champion from Little Fort Herefords

Diane Fletcher with the top selling Angus bull


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BC Cowboy, Ranching, and Rodeo Museum The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin is located in Williams Lake, BC and is the Home of the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame. Its located at the corner of 4th Avenue and Borland Street. Phone 250-392-7404 Email: mccwl@uniserve.com

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