Interviews & Profiles

Recovery, Trevor Watkin, Jason Watkin, glucosamine for horses, purica, equine glucosamine, equine arthritix, equine joint pain

The sheer beauty of high performance is that it all looks so deceptively easy. But whether it is a grand prix level horse and rider executing the minutely accurate steps of canter pirouettes, passage, and piaffe in the dressage ring, or ballet dancers executing the complex flows of demi-pointe, frappe, or tendu on stage, both performers know the degree of sacrifice, dedication, pain, and setbacks it may take to get to that flawless peak.

B&W Trailer Hitches, bumper-pull, gooseneck trailer, roger baker, joe works, cap-it chilliwack

I’ve towed horses for many years with a two-horse bumper-pull trailer attached to the truck in the traditional way – with a ball mount hitch. Some riders towed larger gooseneck trailers hitched to a mechanism permanently welded into the middle of the truck box. I’ve always thought that type of hitch would be incredibly inconvenient whenever you wanted to use the truck for other purposes.

Diamond Shelters, arena builders manitoba, lavern dueck, equine covered arenas, horse arenas, equine arenas, fabric structures

LaVern Dueck loved building things as a kid. He grew up on his parents’ farm near Whitemouth in eastern Manitoba where they raised grain, hogs, poultry, and cattle. But he was under the influence of a dad who knew the economic value of being mechanical and fixing his own equipment. He also had a pretty talented grandfather who was ahead of the curve remodeling carburetors for greater fuel efficiency during his own growing years, and developing an early form of infrared heaters before they were on the commercial market.

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Many ex-racehorses are finding second careers once their racing days are over, thanks to the ever increasing awareness of what these multi-talented athletes can do off the track. As a result of this growing movement to retrain the racehorse, Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds, and Quarter Horses have successfully been transitioning from the track to a new lifestyle as sport horses, show horses or all-around pleasure mounts.

The Bishop Family Business: 100 Years of Wild West Shows

By Jess Hallas-Kilcoyne - Ordinarily, when you’re talking about a family business that has been passed down through the generations, with the parents eventually handing the reins over to their children, the “reins” are figurative. But then, the Bishop family business – consisting of daring feats on horseback, fancy roping tricks, and knife throwing – is anything but ordinary.

Cavalia and Odysseo

By Jess Hallas-Kilcoyne - It began when Normand Latourelle, one of the founders of Cirque du Soleil, decided to incorporate a horse into Légendes Fantastiques, the show he’d created based in Drummondville, Quebec. But he quickly realized that the horse was stealing focus from the performers.

A Conversation with Dr. Temple Grandin

By Teresa van Bryce - A professor of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University, Dr. Temple Grandin is a world famous expert in animal behaviour and livestock handling. While renowned for her innovations in the design of handling facilities and improving animal welfare in the livestock industry, Dr. Grandin is perhaps best known for overcoming her personal struggles with autism. She continues to teach and pursue her research while lecturing around the world on autism and livestock handling.

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