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Paige Swain, a 14-year-old student, chalks up barrel racing as her favourite event.

Horsemanship brings life lessons to Shoal Lake student

From competition to leisurely trail rides, Paige Swain cherishes cowgirl lifestyle

The cowgirl lifestyle is building responsibility and dedication for one Shoal Lake student. “As a person the rodeo lifestyle has taught me so much,” said Paige Swain, who will soon graduate Grade 9. “It has taught me how to interact with all types of people, responsibility and dedication to not only my wants but also

Fifteen-year-old Ty solely competes in team roping (l), while his younger brother Lane is a five-event junior high cowboy, shown here wrangling a steer in chute dogging.

The life of a working cowboy

Nykoliation brothers Ty and Lane are living the lifestyle of lariats and horses

Real ranches, rodeos and cattle drives aren’t just preserving the frontier spirit, they’re actively practising it. Much the same can be said for a couple of young cowpokes, living the dream on the escarpment carved out in the western region of Manitoba. The Nykoliation family of Crandall has been cattle ranching for over 40 years,


Hayden Charney marked a score of 87 at Broncs & Bulls this spring at Waywayseecappo First Nation, to win the bull riding title.

Student making a name for himself in bull riding

Rossburn teen thrives on the mental and physical competition

What makes a rodeo athlete compete? For Hayden Charney, who began in the rough stock or eight-second world of the sport, there is a lot that goes into being a competitor — both mentally and physically. “The crowd, the guys behind the chute, fellow competitors and friends all make this sport hard to resist,” said

Ashten Hawtin, 15, enjoys competing in rough stock events of junior steer or bull riding.

Miniota brothers carry on family tradition

Inspired by their grandfather they continue competing in rodeo

Drawing on the inspiration of a former rodeo contestant and member of the Little ‘M’ Rodeo committee, two brothers now calling Miniota home are proud to recall the livelihood of their grandfather Don Haines, even though they never got to meet him. The cowboy lifestyle for both Peyton Hawtin and his younger brother Ashten, the

All aspects of riding will be taught at the 4-H club.

Kids plus horses — a winning combination

Harding Horse Club to become part of 4-H Manitoba program

With horses being social creatures just like humans, companionship is only one benefit that youth have experienced through involvement of first, a riding club, and secondly, the Harding 4-H Horse Club. For the Harding area it’s the first 4-H club of its kind, even though horses have been highlighted at Harding’s summer fair over the


Stephanie Colli capped off a stellar season within the Heartland Rodeo Association at the 2018 Finals in Grunthal.

Hamiota cowgirl sets sights on world championship

One of two Canadians competing among world’s top 60 breakaway ropers in Las Vegas

Four years ago, Stephanie Colli of Hamiota suffered a rodeo accident while competing in Alberta. She injured her neck and shoulder, resulting in the paralysis of some of the muscles in her back and right shoulder. Against all odds, the 28-year-old has battled back. Coming off a stellar 2018 season of Heartland Rodeo Association (HRA)

Daryl Thiessen soars over a bull’s back during his days as a bullfighter.

A cowboy’s guardian angels: the story behind rodeo protection workers

Rodeo clowns and bullfighters make a living out of getting chased down by bulls, but what 
entices people into the business?

Rodeo always has an element of unpredictability and danger and there’s nowhere that’s more evident that in bull riding. Typically the event kicks off with a sense of nervous anticipation, accompanied by pulse-quickening hard rock like AC/DC and an excited announcer asking spectators, “Are you ready for some bull riding?” The chute opens and everyone

Designated rodeos allow younger students to participate instead of just watching.

Manitoba Little Buckaroo rodeos

Kindergarten to Grade 5 division now a part of high 
school association

Striving to keep interest of the sport of rodeo at the forefront and ensure its future, the Manitoba High School Rodeo Association continues to offer events geared to the younger ages. Designated rodeos allow students in kindergarten to Grade 5 to participate instead of just watching from the rail. The Manitoba Little Buck­aroo (MLB) rodeos


A high school rodeo competitor teaches how to grip the bull rope to students from Earl Oxford School Oct. 26.

Students see rodeo first hand

Ag Ex once again brought in the region’s Grades 6-8 students for a look behind the scenes at rodeo

If you asked Brandon’s middle schoolers how a bull rider grips his rope on Oct. 25, you would probably get silence. If you asked the same question a day later, they might be able to answer. Riding rough stock was one, but not the only, topic at the Keystone Centre’s main arena as the region’s

Grade 3-5 students “bid” on animals during the mock auction at Moo!Mania Oct. 24 in Brandon.

Bridging the gap between urban and beef farm

Elementary students from southwest Manitoba beat the Ag Ex crowds Oct. 24 with an agricultural education event around cattle

The day before Ag Ex is all about setup for most, but the festivities were already in full swing for 360 of the region’s Grade 3-5 students. Moo!Mania, the fair’s nod to public education and the cattle industry, returned in the lead-up to the fair. One of three major events organized by the Provincial Exhibition