Western Canadian Agribition

Western Canadian Agribition, ranch horse, ranch horse prospectFor many, the family vacation consists of packing up and jet-setting to a tropical destination complete with palm trees, fold out sun chairs either sea side or pool side, and little umbrella drinks. Well, not so for the Stadnyk family of Coyote Ridge Ranch.

Our much anticipated annual “family vacation”??!! A three and a half hour road trip to Canadian Western Agribition held at Evraz Place in Regina, Saskatchewan! Other people pack their suitcases with shorts, sandles, bathing suits and suntan lotion….we’re packing ours with Wranglers, buckles, boots and cowboy hats and we can’t forget the wild rags and long undies either….this is the Canadian prairies in November after all! With full time jobs off the ranch, and our herd of horses at home, getting away can prove to be a bit difficult at times, so we are thankful for the couple days that we are able to get away (Thanks Mom and Dad Kirdie!)

In addition to checking out all there is to offer at Agribition, the trip to Regina wouldn’t be complete without a shopping trip to Cowtown Western Wear & Tack, Costco, a quick dash into Walmart, and a good feed at Red Lobster or The Keg with some good friends!

Western Canadian Agribition is November 21st to 26th at Evraz Place in Regina, Saskatchewan. Agribition boasts something for everyone; High School Rodeo performances, sheep, goat and cattle shows and sales, stock dog trails, milking and cattle fitting demos, horse pulls and team penning to name a few. And we can’t forget the kickin’ trade show–perfect for Christmas shopping!!! I’m looking forward to visiting the Saskatchewan Cutting Horse Association booth and entering a draw for a chance to win a Sophisticated Catt colt. That would be a super Christmas addition to the Coyote Ridge Ranch herd (nudge nudge, wink wink Santa…I’m talkin’ to you!)

The highlights for us and our true reason for heading to Agribition is for the Select Ranch Horse Show and Sale on Friday November 25th. The Select Ranch Horse Show starts at 9 am, followed by the sale of the ranch horses and prospects at 2 pm. We took part in the sale last year, offering our good two year old prospect CRR Hotroddin In Mud (AKA “Frank”). He was very capably prepared and presented by John Tilley of Tilley’s Custom Colts and sold to Dennis Perrin of Whitewood, Saskatchewan. We hear that Dennis’ granddaughter is enjoying “Frank”, and we couldn’t be happier! We decided to take a year off from the sale, but we’re looking forward to participating again next year.

A trip to Agribition wouldn’t be complete without watching CCA Finals Rodeo. We’re looking forward to watching the Friday night performances with some good friends over a few “sasparillas”.

When all else fails…there’s always THE SWAMP! Anyone who has been to Agribition knows the importance of this “watering hole” for cowboys and cowgirls over the age of majority! Just make sure to take a taxi if you’ve hunkered down in The Swamp just a little too long…..

To all who are attending, enjoy your time at Agribition. To all the livestock show and sale participants, best of luck!!!!

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