Interviews & Profiles

Aaron Martin Harness

By Emily Penn - Aaron Martin Harness Ltd. started as a small retail business in Wallenstein, Ontario, and has since grown to be one of the world’s major harness distributors. Whatever kind of harness you’re looking for, whether for draft or miniature horse, driving competition or chuckwagon race, Aaron Martin Harness is sure to have it.

By Emily Penn - For almost thirty years, Bonnie View Farm of Nobleford, Alberta, has been committed to producing and promoting quality Friesian performance horses. Veterinarians Klaas and Annelies Wiersma, who established their farm in 1983 five years after emigrating from the Netherlands, describe it as perched on the top of a hill with “the most incredible views of the Rocky Mountains and the prairies in Southern Alberta

By Jess Hallas-Kilcoyne - We are pleased to present the winners of our third annual Readers’ Choice Awards, honouring remarkable horses and horse people for their achievements and contributions to Canada’s horse industry. Each of our 2012 Readers’ Choice Award winners is truly remarkable and we are grateful for the opportunity to recognize them. Our only regret is that, out of the hundreds of nominated individuals, only ten can be named as winners. Here are a few of our runners-up whom we feel are deserving of honourable mention.

2012 Readers' Choice Award Winner Bramber’s Orion is a 16-year-old Norwegian Fjord who works at the North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association. The stocky gelding was born on the prairies and NFTRA welcomed him into their program in 2002. Since then, he has won the hearts of riders, staff, and volunteers alike with his unflappable disposition, friendly nature, happy work ethic, and soft brown eyes.

2012 Readers' Choice Award Winner - In early September 2001, Karen Brain was one of Canada’s most promising eventing riders, with Olympic aspirations, until she fell from her horse, sustaining injuries that left her an incomplete paraplegic. Just three years later Karen represented Canada in the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, winning Individual and Team Bronze Medals. Her dedication and determination are truly remarkable.

2012 Readers' Choice Award Winner - Not many horses are fondly remembered for their ability to dump a rider in the dirt. But whether you’re for rodeo or against it, there’s no denying that Grated Coconut, one of the greatest bucking horses of all time, was a superstar.

2012 Readers' Choice Award Winner - As a National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) millionaire (having surpassed the $1 million rider NRHA lifetime earnings mark), NRHA Futurity Champion, the winner of six American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Championships, and two-time World Equestrian Game (WEG) individual medalist, Duane Latimer is a member of Canada’s reining royalty.

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