28th ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF HORSES PHOTO CONTEST

Congratulations to the deserving Winners and Runners-Up in our 28th Annual Celebration of Horses Photo Contest. This contest is a perennial favourite with readers, and again this year, the number and quality of entries topped all previous years. Thank you to everyone who shared their special images and stories of their beloved equines and four-legged partners.

Our sincere appreciation also goes to our amazing contest sponsor, Our six lucky category winners will each receive a $200 Prize Pack from CANADIAN SADDLERY. 12 Runners-Up will each receive a $40 Prize Pack from CANADIAN SADDLERY.

2019 Photo Album of Contest Winners, Runners-Up, and Honourable Mentions!

The results of our 2019 Celebration of Horses Photo Contest were originally published in the Winter 2019 issue of Canadian Horse Journal.

Horses on the Job - Performance, Working, Heritage
WINNER - The Ranch - Horse Driving Trials
Erik drives Fergus, a Gypsy Vanner gelding, in the dressage phase of the Driving Horse Trials at The Ranch in Pritchard, BC. The arena on the property gives an amazing view and makes it seem as if the horses and drivers are on the edge of the earth. A great photo by Rachael Sdoutz.
Horses on the Job - Performance, Working, Heritage
1ST RUNNER-UP - Dalmatians in Disguise
Emma and her therapy horse, Bobby, are competing in the Costume Class in the 2019 PARD Charity Games Show. Emma has been riding with PARD since 2015 in their assisted riding program. PARD Therapeutic Riding is a registered charity operating near Peterborough, Ontario, offering the therapeutic benefits of horseback riding to people of all ages and abilities. Bobby is a kind and gentle 19-year-old Arabian gelding, the smallest of the therapy horses, making him the perfect size for younger children. Photographer is Angela Muir of Bethany, Ontario.
Horses on the Job - Performance, Working, Heritage
2ND RUNNER-UP - Branding Time
The hard-working ranch horse, earning his keep at branding time, is Hooper, a 14-year-old Hancock-bred ranch horse, ridden by Amber Jacobson. Thanks to photographer Kyle Jacobson of Longview, Alberta.
Horses on the Job - Performance, Working, Heritage
HONOURABLE MENTION - The Job of Touching Hearts
Our 17-hand Belgian Draft mare, Sheila, has a few different jobs, says photographer Shannon Ready of Eastman, Wisconsin. Her favourite is visiting the residents at nursing homes. Despite her size, she will lower her head for anyone to reach her. She comforts them in her own way, from a gentle nudge to bringing back memories. “Her primary hobbies include Western riding, being a family horse, and visiting nursing home residents.”
Horses on the Job - Performance, Working, Heritage
HONOURABLE MENTION - Big Horse, Little Horse - All in a Day's Work
Amos the Wonder Horse is a mini-therapy horse who makes over 150 visits each year to local nursing facilities and hospitals. He is widely known for his work — and for playing basketball with the Harlem Globetrotters who made him an honorary goodwill ambassador for his community service. He started his Just Say Whoa to Bullying program with his local police department, where he was a volunteer equine officer. Today, his program is used by 25 mini-therapy horse teams across the US, Canada, and the UK. Photographer is Shelly Mizrahi of St. Petersburg, Florida.

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Bar W Guest Ranch - Whitefish, Montana

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Riding Vactions in California with Jec Ballou
 

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