30th ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF HORSES PHOTO CONTEST

Welcome to the 30th edition of our Celebration of Horses Photo Contest, Canada’s longest running equine photo contest. The popularity of this contest continues to grow every year, and once again entries flooded in from across Canada and the United States. Thank you to everyone who shared their special images and horsey stories with us.

This year’s primary sponsor is ThinLine Canada, and we sincerely appreciate their generosity in donating the grand prizes. Six amateur category winners will each receive a $250 Gift Card for Online Shopping at ThinLineCanada.ca.

The Quarter Horse Division is kindly sponsored by CQHA, providing the division's winner with a a 30" Canvas Print of their photo + CQHA/AQHA swag (val. $150).

The Professional Category and Runner-Up Prizes are sponsored by Horse Community Journals Inc., publishers of Canadian Horse Journal. Each will receive an "I Love Horses" Tote Bag and a 1-Year Subscription to CHJ, and the Professional Category Winner will also receive a Sponsored Profile in CHJ and on HORSEJournals.com

2021 Photo Album of Contest Winners, Runners-Up, and Honourable Mentions!

HORSES ON THE JOB - PERFORMANCE, WORKING, HERITAGE
WINNER - Checking on Heifers
“Ryan is checking newborn calves on pasture at South River Ranch on the Kiger stallion, Toro,” says Kaitlin Knox of St. Andrews, NS.
HORSES ON THE JOB - PERFORMANCE, WORKING, HERITAGE
1st RUNNER-UP - Dressage on the Beach
Fallon, a 14-year-old draft cross, practicing dressage moves on the beach in Nova Scotia. Thanks to Nathan Dugas of Belliveau Cove, NS for this photo.
HORSES ON THE JOB - PERFORMANCE, WORKING, HERITAGE
2nd RUNNER-UP - Tonka on the job
“This is my treasure, Tonka, and his bear buddy, all decked out for Christmas. The outfits were crafted by me,” says Patty Kramps of Pickardville, AB. “Tonka is 15 years old, 34 inches tall, and has been featured in local media three times: twice for his outfits and once for a video of him and my husband skijoring that went viral on Facebook and now has 2.6 million views.”
HORSES ON THE JOB - PERFORMANCE, WORKING, HERITAGE
HONOURABLE MENTION - Happiest on a Horse
Lou is a six-year-old reined cow horse from College Station, Texas. Nicole Jones describes rider Katie as "just happy to be on her horse in the show ring. I love that I was able to catch this moment."
HORSES ON THE JOB - PERFORMANCE, WORKING, HERITAGE
HONOURABLE MENTION - Riding a Rescued Horse in Lake Louise
These horses from Timberline Tours in Lake Louise have a "special job of carrying and taking good care of my children through the Rocky Mountains in Alberta," says Pamela Stordahl. The horses were adopted from horse sanctuary Bear Valley Rescue in Sundre, AB.
HORSES ON THE JOB - PERFORMANCE, WORKING, HERITAGE
HONOURABLE MENTION - Pony Life in the Trenches
"My daughter and her pony working...Teaching a child to navigate obstacles safely." Photographed by Tanya Clyde of Lindsay, ON. "Soren's Magical Man" is a nine-year-old registered half-Welsh x Hackney pony.
HORSES ON THE JOB - PERFORMANCE, WORKING, HERITAGE
HONOURABLE MENTION - Teaching the Next Generation
Apollo the Great - half unicorn/half teddy bear. "He started life as a games pony, running barrels and poles. He then transformed into a lesson pony at a saddle seat barn, teaching many youths how to ride and show," says Sandi du Toit of Scotch Village, NS. "He is now at his forever home, heart horse to Juno du Toit,"
HORSES ON THE JOB - PERFORMANCE, WORKING, HERITAGE
HONOURABLE MENTION - Jasper AKA The Ghost Horse
"This action photo was taken a few years ago at a barrel race in Chilliwack, BC," says Sheila Armstrong, who describes her Montana-bred registered Quarter Horse "Bet Ya Money" as "my heart horse... such a quirky personality...always gives me 100% in the arena." She adds, "I trust him to do his job, and he never disappoints."

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