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2022 NRCHA Western Derby

Arizona! This was the first time traveling to Arizona for a show; we have always wanted to part-take so we were excited! This time round, our 10 year-old, Levi (aka “Blue”) was pumped to go along to be number one helper and actually get to show himself – first time at a Premier NRCHA Event!! Lots of practice prior to this show!

We were all thrilled, especially Levi, when his show day came and all his practice paid off! Levi and CD Shiner put together a fabulous reining and electric boxing run, marking a 143.5 and 146, respectively!! The team ended up Reserve Champions in the Youth Boxing 13 and Under, and 3rd in the Youth Boxing class. Congrats Levi! And thanks to our very special CD Shiner for helping Levi’s dreams come true!

Time Enough for Love, owned by Ron Stuckert and Diana Runge, also made her debut at a Premiere Event! This sweet mare held her own marking a 215.5 in the herd work, a 217.5 in the reining and a 207.5 down the fence. We were very proud of her accomplishments even though she wasn’t in the money!

Hendrixx also made the big trip to Arizona, showing his fine form captured preliminary scores of 216.5 in the herd, a big 221 in the reining and a 216.5 down the fence! These scores advanced Hendrixx to the Open Finals – Wahoo! Hendrixx and John stayed super consistent and performed very well in the finals. The ended up tied for 10th place with scores of 215.5, 219.5 and 218.5 (herd, reining, fence). Once again, this stallion is turning heads!! Congrats to owner Monica Wille on another fabulous show!


2022 NRCHA Stallion Stakes

What a rush!! HUGE congratulation to owner, Monica Wille! Monica’s stallion, Hendrixx and John made a wicked fence run in the Open Stakes Finals scoring a 223 which crowned the team the 2022 NRCHA Open Derby Stallion Stakes Champions!!

John was excited to take his derby horses to Vegas this year, they were feeling good and showing tons of promise in the weeks leading up to the show. John was thrilled to qualify both, SLR Smart As A Cat (owned by Stump Lake Ranch & Cattle Co.) and Hendrixx (owned by Monica Wille) for the Open Finals! The Finals gives the top 25 horses a clean-slate opportunity to navigate all three events (herd work, reining & fence work) a second time, competing for the big prize money… $50,000! More than the money, it’s the honour of competing with top-notch derby horses and professionals from across the continent, and a sought after aged-event title.

SLR Smart As A Cat made the finals in a very respectable 6th place in the preliminaries! Tomcat as we affectionately call him, performed well and we were very proud of his 19th placing in the finals! Being a finalist in this elite group is no easy feat and we congratulate Stump Lake Ranch on their tremendous success!

Hendrixx kept giving more and more through the finals, he was a 216.5 in the herd, a 219 in the reining and his 223 fence work mark soared the duo to the top!! To say we are proud of this strong beautiful stallion would be an understatement! His presence in the show pen is jaw-dropping!

With a busy family life as well as horse show life, the boys and I sat the Vegas trip out to stay home and take part in soccer and high school rodeo activities. That drive home Saturday evening was eventful! The kids had the live feed rolling on their cell phones and I was driving the rodeo rig (the bale truck pulling the stock trailer) hoping for no break-downs and better visibility as the snow blew across the highway! Being late in the fence draw was intense, we knew John & Hendrixx were very capable, but there are so many factors! But when the pair left the boxing end of the arena and were whizzing down the long wall at a high rate of speed, cranking that cow on their first turn, I couldn’t help but scream and possibly wack Tyree in the shoulder, continually for the rest of the run! We managed to get the rig pulled over to watch the last half of their fabulous run and the awards! We had owner, Monica Wille on the phone, both celebrating together from afar, us in southern Alberta and Monica in Victoria, B.C.!

Many thanks to Monica Wille for believing in our program and for picking such a great colt that special day in Ft. Worth at the NCHA Sales when she bought Hendrixx as a yearling.

This was John’s first NRCHA Aged-Event win and we want to thank long-time friend and owner, Monica Wille for the tremendous opportunity! Also an extra huge thanks to Hendrixx himself for being the bad-ass athlete he is!


2022 Celebration of Champions

The Celebration of Champions, Tres Osos Derby and World’s Greatest Horseman always bring lots of excitement around our house!

The long trip to Texas was worth it once again: such great memories made with Derby horses and WGH and YWGH fun! This year John was given an exciting opportunity to show the MacMillan Family’s gelding, Chics Made Me Do It in WGH! John was super thrilled to have this chance to show an amazing athlete who can slide like no other and is 110% gritty down the fence!! Although the finals were not in the cards for the duo this year, it was still so fun to spend quality time with Bev and Claire MacMillan and cheer “Mick” and John on throughout the four events.

This year, Tyree traveled with John to help with all the show horses – warming them up, grooming, driving, and no plans to show this year. To everyone’s surprise, Tyree DID end up showing! We were so grateful to Shaleah Hester for offering her fine bridle horse for Tyree to show at the last minute! With little practice together, the two missed the finals, but wow, what an incredible opportunity for our 15 year old son!

The Tres Osos Derby brought much fun as well, with Hendrixx, owned by Monica Wille, finishing near the top in a huge group of Open Derby horses!! This team brought their A-game and laid down a 223 fence work, a 216.5 in the herd work and a 219 in the reining to finish in 8th spot out of 156 horses! More NRCHA earnings for this up-and-coming stallion! Congratulations Monica!!


The Run For A Million

Las Vegas proved to be super exciting once again! Red Hot Jade, owned by Terri Holowath slid like a reiner and performed like a star! We are so proud of his 7th place finish amidst this select group of the top NRCHA 15 Open riders and hand-picked horses!

Such a fun event! Thank you to Teton Ridge for organizing such a cool event at The Run For A Million!


The Run For A Million

We were honored to be invited to the Invitational Fence Work Challenge in Las Vegas this coming August! There will be $150,000 up for grabs to the top 15 competitors on the Top Riders Open Eligibility 2021 list… stay tunned for the excitement!!


2021 NRCHA Stallion Stakes

Las Vegas bound and excited! John had the pleasure of showing 3 Open Derby horses:

  • SLR Smart As A Cat, owned by Stump Lake Ranch
  • Hendrixx, owned by Monica Wille
  • Lahainas Big Bet, owned by Les Steem

As the chips fell this year, the derby horses were not able to advance to the Open finals, but they have that much more experience under the big lights and grew in confidence tremendously! Afterall, these 3 are only 4 year old’s so have another full year of derby’s to attend.

The Open Two Rein and Open Two Rein Spectacular class brought much excitement as Marti Katerberg’s stallion, Northern Metallic shone! John and Northern Metallic were super consistent and scored 217 in the reining, 217.5 in the herd work and a 218.5 down the fence finishing up with a 653 for 8th place in the Spectacular and 7th place in the Open Two Rein class. This added $1884 to the young stallions LTE!

Congrats to Marti and her entire family who are all behind her breeding program and stellar cheer leaders any time Northern Metallic is in the show pen!


2021 Celebration of Champions

This year Ft. Worth, Texas was not its typical warm get-a-way for us Canadians! Instead, it was down to minus 25 Celsius a few days, it snowed and the entire city ran out of propane and many places had no electricity! Water had to be shut off as so many water lines were bursting from the freezing temperatures! The moisture in the air makes it feel even colder! It was a deep freeze for most of the week at home too, but at least we can dress warmly, stay dry and turn up the heat!

Despite the cool, the show arena was hot! Tyree and CD Shiner turned up the heat in the Youth Fence class winning a WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP!! We are all so immensely proud of him, his dedication to his horse and to the sport. It is always nerve-racking when they are announcing the scores and placings after the top 10 finals… I was proud that he remained in the top 5! And then the top 2! The look of joy on his face and the smirk shared with Cousin Boyd Wilson who was sitting in the front row stands directly behind Tyree, it was shire gratitude! Tyree and Flex marked a 218 in the reining and a 221 down the fence to take the Championship! They received their neck ribbon and ran their victory lap knowing well their dreams had come true!!

The duo was crowned with a buckle, bronze, new saddle, cowboy hat and spurs as well as other items!

Tyree and Flex were also competing in the Worlds Greatest Youth Horseman competition for their first time ever. The preliminaries were tough, and they made it to the fence only aggregate finals with a 142 in the herd work, a 146 in the reining, a 144 in the steer stopping and a 140 in the fence work. The fence finals were held in conjunction with the WGH finals in the Will Rogers Coliseum; an arena Tyree had yet to show in! Final’s night has enough pressure on its own, but Tyree was also John’s help for his WGH finals on Cats Picasso, and he had to figure out how to work a cow in this new to him arena. He boxed his cow wonderfully; on the last move before he pushed the cow to go down the fence, his left romal rein came unclipped from his bit! Tyree and flex did not hesitate; Tyree trusted Flex and all their practice and went for it! They were a bit late coming out of the first fence turn, but Flex can run, and they put it in high gear to turn the cow again before the tricky corner by the out-gate at Will Rogers. They circled up with near perfection focusing on position and cow sense! To do most of a fence run with only one rein, in the finals, is spectacular! The unexpected equipment failure was not helpful for a big score, but their 133.5 landed them with much respect and a 7th place finish in the WGYH competition! Tyree also got to take home another buckle for high reining score in the WGYH event!!

Your entire family is so proud of you Tyree! As your Mom, I would rather not watch you compete with one rein ever again, but I love that you are such a horseman that you can!

Tyree has had the best teacher and mentor, his Dad, John. John is the ultimate horseman in my mind (yes, I may be prejudice!), but there is a good reason Tyree was confident to show as he did this year. John also turned the heat up in the show pen this year! John and Cats Picasso, owned by Coast Performance Horses, have had a long history together. The pair captured 3rd place at the NRCHA Open Futurity in 2015 and continued to make the finals at every NRCHA Premier Event they attended. This stallion is so talented and displays tremendous cow sense and eye appeal!

This was John and Cats Picasso’s first appearance in the WGH together. John was proudly wearing back number 1 from his 2020 WGH Championship upon Metallic Cat Rose for owners Jerry and Nicole Myer. Such on honor to compete in this competition with the top horseman across the nation!

The WGH preliminaries were excellent, our team started off with a 219.5 in the herd work, a 215 in the reining, a whopping 228 in the steer stopping and a dazzling 223 down the fence! Their aggregate put them in 2nd place heading into the clean slate finals! Cats Picasso LTE climbed by $1500 for high steer stopping score, along with a shiny buckle, and another $500 for 3rd highest score in the preliminary fence work.

The WGH finals started off with a strong 220.5 in the herd work. This was followed by rider introductions complete with fire works! The steer stopping was the second event, which sadly did not go our way… an illegal catch on a tricky steer cost a score of 0. My horseman, John Swales, took a breath, and continued with this great stallion… it was God’s plan for someone else to shine this year! John and Cats Picasso reined to a mark of 216 and nailed their fence work with two open field turns marking a 223.5! The team’s 10th place finish earned another $7000, WGH finalist status and more gratitude for God’s amazing equine athletes who can compete in this top-level sport! Huge congratulations go out to the 2021 WGH Shane Steffen and the incredible Gunna Be A Smartie owned by McSpyder Ranch!

John also had the honor of showing one of Canada’s top stallions, Northern Metallic, for owner Marti Katerberg. This pair qualified to show in the Celebration of Champions Open Hackamore class. With a draw of #2 in the order of go, we were all a bit nervous about the judges being reserved so early in the competition of 52 Open Hackamore entries! John and Northern Metallic were spectacular, they scored a 145 in the reining and a wicked 146 down the fence! Sadly, they missed the finals by a mere 0.5 points! Have no fear as this team is entered in the Open Two Rein Spectacular in Las Vegas, Nevada at the NRCHA Stallion Stakes next month! Go Northern Metallic!!

The first component of this show is the Tres Osos Derby. This year John was excited to show Hendrixx for owner Monica Wille and SLR Smart As A Cat for owners Stump Lake Ranch.

Hendrixx, a four-year-old One Time Royalty stallion out of Smooth Miss Trona, is an incredibly talented and handsome dude! He is the whole package! Hendrixx was very consistent and finished splitting 25/26th place out of 133 Open Derby entries! Hendrixx was accurate in the herd marking a 219, he was a solid 217.5 in the reining and a 215.5 down the fence! Hendrixx will also be in Las Vegas for the NRCHA Stallion Stakes Open Derby next month!

SLR Smart As A Cat is a red roan stallion, also 4 years old, who is by Metallic Cat and out of a great mare Smart Miss Wolf (2-time WGH Finalist with John!). This stallion was eligible for the Open Novice Horse Derby as well as the Open Derby based on his LTE. He was a spectacular 221 in the herd work, a 219 in the reining and a solid 219 down the fence to split 6/7th in the Open Derby and take-home Reserve Championship in the Open Novice Horse category! John and SLR Smart As A Cat added $14,241.68 to their LTE! Congrats to Stump Lake Ranch!

Pull your hats down tight because the team travels home for only a few short weeks before taking off again to head to the NRCHA Stallion Stakes in Las Vegas!



It was a tricky year for horse showing with the COVID Pandemic! Hats off to all the show producers here in Canada and across North America for pulling together and making the shows happen once the government officials gave the green light.

NRCHA Canadian Regional Standings:

  • Cats Picasso (Owners Coast Performance Horses) and John – 3rd Open Bridle
  • Chics Made Me Do It (Owners Bev & Laura MacMillan) and John – 4th Open Bridle
  • SLR Won Smart Wolf (Owner Keri Hudson-Reykdal) and John – 6th Open Bridle
  • Northern Metallic (Owner Marti Katerberg) and John – 3rd Open Hackamore
  • Chics Made Me Do It (Owners Bev & Laura MacMillan) and Melody Andrews – 4th Limited Open Bridle
  • Smart Lookin Nurse and Bart Holowath – Non Pro Bridle CHAMPIONS
  • Red Hot Jade and Terri Holowath – 3rd Non Pro Bridle
  • SLR Won Smart Wolf and Keri Hudson-Reykdal – 8th Non Pro Bridle
  • Metallic Cat Rose and Jerry Myer – 8th Intermediate Non Pro Bridle
  • Hes Reyl Hott and Mark Parsons – 3rd Non Pro Hackamore
  • A More Rey and Dr. Suzon Schaal – Non Pro Two Rein CHAMPIONS
  • Metallic Duals and Nicole Myer – 2nd Non Pro Two Rein
  • CD Shiner and Tyree Swales – 2nd Youth Cow Horse
  • Jacs Classy Boy and Kate Wedderburn – Youth Limited CHAMPIONS
  • Listos Smokin Gun and Lara Myer – 3rd Youth Limited
  • Feather In Your Cap and Levi Swales – 4th Youth Limited
  • Solanos Whiz Kid and Ty Walker – 6th Youth Limited
  • Filo Olena and Taylor Myer – 9th Youth Limited
  • Jacs Classy Boy and Kate Wedderburn – 7th Non Pro Limited
  • Jacs Classy Boy and Kate Wedderburn – 3rd 5K Non Pro Limited
  • KonkwhiztAdorable and Mano Angers – 16th 1K Non Pro Limited

Alberta Reined Cow Horse Association Year End Standings Highlights (1st & 2nd only):

  • Kit Kat And All That and Ralynn Michels – 2nd (tie) Limited Open Snaffle Bit / Hackamore
  • Red Hot Jade and Terri Holowath – 2nd Novice Non Pro Ranch Cutting
  • Smart Lookin Nurse and Bart Holowath – 1st Non Pro Bridle
  • Red Hot Jade and Terri Holowath – 2nd Non Pro Bridle
  • Hes Reyl Hott and Mark Parsons – 2nd Non Pro Snaffle Bit / Hackamore
  • Jacs Classy Boy and Kate Wedderburn – 1st Non Pro Rein Box
  • Smart Lookin Nurse and Bart Holowath – 1st Non Pro Ranch Cutting
  • SLR Won Smart Wolf and Keri Hudson-Reykdal – 2nd Non Pro Ranch Cutting
  • A More Rey and Dr. Suzon Schaal – 1st Non Pro Two Rein
  • Metallic Duals and Nicole Myer – 2nd Non Pro Two Rein
  • Metallic Duals and John Swales – 2nd Open Ranch Cutting
  • Metallic Duals and John Swales – 1st Open Two Rein
  • CD Shiner and Tyree Swales – 2nd Youth Bridle
  • Listos Smokin Gun and Lara Myer – 2nd Youth Rein Box 13 and Under
  • Jacs Classy Boy and Kate Wedderburn – 2nd Youth Rein Box 18 and Under


NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity & Hackamore Classic, Oct 10-24

We were eager to get to Fort Worth, Texas with entries this year; there are always high hopes for this premier event! And John knew the horses aboard had what it takes to do very well against the tough competition. As things turned out, the finals were not in the cards this year, but we want to congratulate all the successful teams for their wins and look forward to the next opportunity!

Northern Metallic, owned by Marti Katerberg, was entered in the Hackamore Classic and started out strong in the herd work with a 216. Unfortunately, he came up sore the morning of the reined work and the decision was made to scratch him to ensure he could make a full recovery. Tough, but right decision, as he was cleared a few days later to return to training.

Hendrixx, owned by Monica Wille, was shown in the Open SBF. This stallion had shown his talents in Alberta competition, but the stars did not align for the finals. We have high hopes for him and know he will have his share of finals to show-off to the world down the road! This One Time Royalty stallion was consistent and pretty in the show pen, only missing the Open Finals by 1.5 points! He was a 216 in the herd work, a 218.5 in the reining and a 215 down the fence. It took a 651 to make the Open Finals and Hendrixx was a 649.5… John is extremely excited to show him in the Derby’s in the new year.

Cats Picasso was the final horse that made to long trip to Texas, he was primed and ready for the Open Bridle competition, but a tough tough cow got in the way… grrr! Cats Picasso never let John down; he was a 145.5 in the reining and a very respectable 144 down the fence on that nasty cow with more than a hand-full of penalties! A run that could have easily turned into a 120, Cats Picasso stuck with that bovine and his “plus points” far outweighed the penalty points!

Both John and the horses were happy to be home and get some well-deserved time off! Hunting was on John’s mind (along with all our boys), and rest and turn-out were the focus for these equine athletes for a few weeks.


2020 Cowtown Derby, Futurity & Stockhorse Show, Sept 30 – Oct 4

Check out these awesome results from the last aged event we attended here in Alberta before heading to Fort Worth, Texas for the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity:

  • Wahoo! Congrats to Monica Wille and her stallion Hendrixx... Hendrixx & John Swales just won the Cowtown Open Futurity!!
  • Huge congrats to Marti Katerberg and her stallion Northern Metallic...Harley & John Swales captured the Cowtown Open Derby Championship!
  • Congrats to Keri Hudson Reykdal & Calvin Reykdal on SLR Won Smart Wolf’s Reserve Championship win in the Open Bridle Spectacular!
  • Our eldest son, Tyree Swales & CD Shiner won the Youth Fence Spectacular!!
  • Congrats to our youngest son Levi, who won his first buckle today! Levi and Feather In Your Cap (aka Trona) were the Youth Limited 13 & Under Champions!!!
  • Chics Made Me Do It and John Swales tied to win the Open Bridle at Cowtown Futurity, Derby & Stockhorse Show! (They lost the coin toss but were honoured to share the win with Clint Swales & Let’s Go Higher.) Congrats to owners Bev MacMillan & Laura MacMillan!
  • Bart Holowath & Smart Lookin Nurse took Reserve Championship in the Non Pro Bridle next to the Champion, Terri Holowath & Red Hot Jade! These two switched-it-up in the Non Pro Bridle Spectacular, reversing their Reserve and Championship spots! Huge congrats to this team and their talented horses!
  • Tyree Swales & CD Shiner, owned by Colleen Penner won a buckle for Youth Fence champions!
  • Kate Wedderburn & Jacs Classy Boy were Champions in the 5k Non Pro Limited and Reserve Champions in the Youth Limited! And Ty Walker & Solanos Whiz Kid were in the money in 4th place in the Youth Limited!
  • Levi Swales & Feather In Your Cap won the Youth Limited 13 & Under!
  • Mano Angers & Konkwhiztadorable took home earnings in the 1k Non Pro Limited!
  • Suzon Schaal & A More Rey were the Non Pro Two Rein Spectacular Champions!
  • Carlene Meeks & Play Sally Play captured the Non Pro & Novice Non Pro Futurity Championships!
  • Shae-Lynn Quiring & Reydas Sugar Kat (owned by Sarah Wolfs) were the Level One Limited Open Derby Champions! And Melody Marie Andrews & Myslidersgotdiamonds, owned by Chelsea Milburn, brought home 5th place earnings!
  • Steve Hoar & Maximum San Master earned 3rd place money in the Non Pro Derby and Reserve Champion money in the Novice Non Pro Derby! Bart Holowath & Styln Metallic Booty finished 4th in the Non Pro Derby!
Thank you to the show committee and staff as well as everyone at Silver Slate Arena, and all the show sponsors for a terrific and fun show!

Thanks to the entire team for getting us down the road & keeping the horses healthy & Happy!


2020 Alberta Snaffle Bit Futurity, Dave Robson Derby & Catalyst Cow Horse Show (September 3-9)

Futurity season is well under way, which means fall is in the air and we are soaking up the last warm days of summer! This weekend we were in Claresholm, Alberta with many others from across Canada to show off the talents of the horses, both young and seasoned! The Futurity horses were smooth and consistent, marking big scores! We were blessed to be in the money on both of them.

Hendrixx, owned by Monica Wille, started strong with a 147 in the reining a 143.5 in the herd work and finished with a 143.5 down the fence. This landed them 4th place and $2865.32 towards his LTE. This stallion by One Time Royalty, has an exciting future ahead of him! SLR Smart As A Cat, owned by Stump Lake Ranch, was leading the futurity before the fence work, and a slow loping cow diminished the win possibilities! This stallion by Metallic Cat also has a bright future! He marked a 146.5 in the reining, a 145 in the herd and a 145 down the fence! LTE added to his resume this weekend were $3619.35 for a respectable 3rd place finish in the aggregate.

Derby: Northern Metallic, owned by Marti Katerberg, did it again! John and “Harley” were very consistent marking a 147.5 in the reining, a 145 in the herd work, and a 146 down the fence! This stallion by Metallic Cat earned another $5389.85 to his LTE! Marti was excited to take another buckle home to her Dad, John, who has an integral part in their breeding program; congrats guys!

Many Non Pro’s and both of our assistant trainers were also showing in the Derby; many applauds to each of them for their successes!

  • Maximum San Master & Steve Hoar – rein 143 (1st place), herd 144 (2nd place), fence 145 (1st place) – for a multiple championship win! Steve took home titles for the Non Pro Derby and the Novice Non Pro Derby; $3139.20 in prize money! Congrats Steve!
  • Little Boon Peep & Deb Anderson – 2nd Non Pro & Novice Non Pro Derby (Tied with Jim Dobler & Twist My Arm), 1st Amateur Derby
  • Styln Metallic Booty & Bart Holowath – 4th Non Pro & Novice Non Pro Derby
  • Crackin A Smart One & Terri Holowath – 3rd Amateur Derby
  • Kit Kat And All That & Ralynn Michels (owner Jennifer Shireff) – 6th Level One Limited Open Derby
  • Myslidersgotdiamonds & Melody Andrews (owner Chelsea Milburn) – 8T Level One Limited Open Derby

Horse Show: This year the horse show was sponsored by Catalyst… many thanks to all the wonderful sponsors! Its always exciting to watch the bridle horses; they are such a treat! And they did not disappoint. John had the privilege of showing Chics Made Me Do It, owned by Laura & Bev MacMillan, in the Open Bridle. “Mick” was super good in the reining and made his fence work look so easy with his speed and agility.

Cats Picasso and John competed in both the Open Bridle and the Open Bridle Spectacular. The pair took home reserve champion in the Open Bridle and Champion in the Open Bridle Spectacular!! The herd work started off hot with a 148! “Tonto” dazzled the crowd again to finish off the competition with a tremendous 153 down the fence!!! His fence turns are out-of-this-world! Such a talented unique stallion… incredible! Huge congrats to owners Coast Performance Horses!

Again, our Non Pro’s and our youth came to show their best! Congrats to each of you! Here are the highlights:

  • Smart Lookin Nurse & Bart Holowath – Non Pro Bridle champion, Non Pro Bridle Spectacular 3rd place
  • Red Hot Jade & Terri Holowath – Non Pro Bridle reserve champion, Non Pro Bridle Spectacular reserve champion
  • SLR Won Smart Wolf & Keri Hudson-Reykdal – Non Pro Bridle, 3rd place and Non Pro Bridle Spectacular champion
  • A More Rey & Suzon Schaal – Non Pro Two Rein Champion, and Non Pro Two Rein Spectacular champion
  • CD Shiner & Tyree Swales – Youth Fence champion and Youth Fence Spectacular champion
  • Feather In Your Cap & Levi Swales – Youth Limited 3T place, and Youth Limited 13 & Under reserve champion
  • Jacs Classy Boy & Kate Wedderburn – Youth Limited reserve champion, Non Pro Limited 3rd place and 5k Non Pro Limited champion
  • Solanos Whiz Kid & Ty Walker – Youth Limited 3T place


2020 COW UP ON THE COAST (Prairie Edition)

Pre-Futurity time! Extra exciting this year with many canceled shows early in the spring and summer due to the global pandemic. Luckily, Cow-Up was able to go-on even though it had to be hosted in Alberta instead of BC! Silver Slate Arena worked hard to abide by COVID policies and helped to run a great show! It was awesome to get out and see everyone again and cheer on great people and talented horses.

Congrats to all the winners, riders, and owners! Northern Metallic – OPEN DERBY RESERVE CHAMPIONS, owner Marti Katerberg. John & “Harley” were very consistent marking a 148 in the herd, a 147.5 in the reining and a 147 down the fence! This duo also won the Open Hackamore on Day 2 marking a 148 down the fence! This show added $4607 to his LTE!

Stylin Metallic Booty – OPEN NOVICE HORSE DERBY CHAMPIONS, owner Bart & Terri Holowath. “Bee” performed well and marked big! Herd 146, Reining 146 & Fence 149!! Congrats!

SLR Smart As A Cat – OPEN FUTURITY RESERVE CHAMPIONS, owned by Stump Lake Ranch. “Tomcat” is a sweet stallion with mega stop! We have anxiously waited to watch Tomcat’s debut in the show pen since he came into training as a 2 year old. This stallion has what it takes! Herd 143.5, Reining 147 & Fence 144.

Hendrixx – OPEN FUTURITY 3RD PLACE, owned by Monica Wille. Hendrixx is another stallion who we were so excited to see in his first futurity! This guy is handsome and oozes talent! We know this stallion will go far! We are super excited to cheer him on at the NRCHA SBF in Ft. Worth soon! Herd 147, Reining 144 & Fence 142.

Cats Picasso – OPEN BRIDLE SPECTACULAR CHAMPION, owned by Coast Performance Horses. The quiet in the crowd as “Tonto” walks into the show pen shows the crowds desire to watch this cool stallion perform! Tonto has extreme presence and such cool moves with a cow; a favourite of many. Herd 148, Reining 146.5 & Fence 150!!

Never Giving In – OPEN DERBY FENCE SCORE OF 150! Owned by Monica Wille. “Frank” is a barn favourite and a super talented dude, although the reining didn’t go as planned, he was strong in both the herd work, with a 146, and had one of the high fence scores, a spectacular 150!

Chics Made Me Do It & Melody Andrews - LIMITED OPEN BRIDLE CHAMPIONS, owner Bev & Laura MacMillan. Another gritty horse with unlimited talents! Their top reining score of the weekend was a 143.5, and top fence work score was a 141!

Congrats also to our children who showed and many non-pro’s! Immensely proud of each of your accomplishments and dedication whether you were in the money or not!

Tyree Swales & CD Shiner – YOUTH BRIDLE CHAMPIONS, owner Colleen Penner. The pairs best reining of the weekend was a 145, and their best fence score a 146.5!

Levi (Blue) Swales & Feather In Your Cap (Trona) – YOUTH LIMITED 13 & UNDER RESERVE CHAMPIONS. This teams top reining score of the weekend was a 140.5 and the boxing was a 144! Pretty sweet scores for an 8 year old!

Taylor Myer & Filo Olena showed in the YOUTH LIMITED 13 & UNDER and secured a 138 in the reining and a 139 in the boxing!

Lara Myer & Listos Smokin Gun also showed in the YOUTH LIMITED 13 & UNDER and rode to a 137.5 in the reining and a 139 in the boxing!

Nicole Myer & Metallic Duals (Kit) – NON PRO TWO REIN SPECTACULAR CHAMPIONS. This duo was on fire scoring a 144 in the herd work, a 145 in the reining and a 144.5 in the fence to claim the championship, congratulations!

Suzon Schaal & A More Rey – NON PRO TWO REIN AGGREGATE CHAMPIONS. Their high rein was a 145 and high fence of the weekend was a 146!

Deb Anderson & Little Boon Peep – NON PRO AND AMATEUR DERBY CHAMPIONS. They were very consistent the entire weekend, great job! These are the scores that put them on top: herd work 145, reining 143.5 & fence work 140.5!

Bart Holowath & Smart Lookin Nurse – NON PRO BRIDLE SPECTACULAR RESERVE CHAMPIONS. Bart & “Finn” had a 149 in the reining and a 144 down the fence on day 1, followed by a 146.5 in the reining and a 143 down the fence on day 2!

Terri Holowath & Red Hot Jade, as well as Keri Hudson-Reykdal & SLR Won Smart Wolf were also showing great promise. As we all know horse showing doesn’t always land us at the top of our class every show! Fun to cheer each and everyone on at the first Aged Event in Alberta this year!


WGH 2020 / NRCHA Celebration of Champions, February 2020

Tyree made his debut at an NRCHA Premiere event on his leased horse, CD Shiner. Tyree and “Flex” qualified to show in the Youth Bridle class and came in after proudly accepting his Canadian Regional Championship buckle for the 2019 show year! Tyree, age 13, had a few nerves to work out riding in the big pens in Fort Worth, Texas the week leading up to competition day. Each day we could see him relax a bit more and settle into the excitement.

As parents, we reminded our son of the amazing opportunity to show at this prestigious competition and on such a nice horse we were lucky to lease from owner, Colleen Penner. Tyree is competitive at heart and was striving to do well and enjoy the experience. Preliminary day came, and Tyree showed Flex very well! So well, their run got them to the FINALS! Wow, what a first trip to Cowtown!!

Final’s day brought more nerves, which Tyree handled like a champ! The pair earned their first cheque! Who would have thought that our young cowboy could make the finals at his first big event! We were very proud parents that day and continue to be proud of all the time and effort Tyree puts into anything he takes on. Congrats Tyree on a sweet first show in Fort Worth!

This year’s Celebration of Champions was a pretty special one for our entire family. John had the privilege of showing SLRBlindedByTheLight, owned by Stump Lake Ranch, in the Open Derby. This energetic and talented mare did not disappoint; John was able to guide her to a Reserve Championship in the Novice Horse Open Derby! Congrats to all involved in Stump Lake Ranch’s breeding program and ownership! Scores were: Herd 218, Reining 216.5 and Fence work 221!

This year for the World’s Greatest Horseman competition, John had the pleasure of showing Metallic Cat Rose. This duo worked hard preparing and their time and efforts shone through! Amazed and grateful, it was time to plan another barn party to celebrate another life-time accomplishment… WORLD’S GREATEST HORSEMAN, again! This time it was Metallic Cat Rose whose grit, and stamina came through; this mare has so much heart and gave John every spec of it in the show pen. Thrilled is an understatement; and we shared that tremendous feeling with owner’s Nicole and Jerry Myer of Spring Haven Ranches, and their children Lucas, Lara and Taylor. “Rose” is not the only one with grit and stamina, her partner, John displayed the commitment, courage and focus through-out the months prior preparing her. Through-out the preliminaries John encouraged her best, and in the finals proving to the crowd of spectators Rose’s highest level of athleticism and intensity on tough cattle right through all four events to the heart-stopping fence work! Huge congratulations to everyone involved in our team and to the Myer Family!

It was a surreal feeling that night in the John Justin arena; I do not think I have jumped up and down so many times during a single fence work! Rose and John, you two amaze us!

Preliminary scores: Herd 216, Rein 217, Steer Stopping 223 & Fence 223!
Finals scores: Herd 217.5, Rein 218.5, Steer Stopping 215 & Fence 227.5!

Click these links to check out the action! VIDEO WGH Herd Work, Prelims; VIDEO WGH Rein Work, Prelims; VIDEO WGH Steer Stopping, Prelims; VIDEO WGH Fence Work, Prelims; VIDEO WGH Herd Work, Finals; VIDEO WGH Rein Work, Finals; VIDEO WGH Steer Stopping, Finals; VIDEO WGH Fence Work, Finals.