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The Cowgirl Diaries: Why do they call it rain-couver? A sunny week in Vancouver, BC

After my first cowgirl experience in the Rocky Mountains I rewarded myself with four days at the mall. After my second cowgirl experience I decided to reward myself with a week in a different city: Vancouver. Transport  I arrived in the city after a 16 hour greyhound bus journey (which was actually really beautiful, I… Continue reading The Cowgirl Diaries: Why do they call it rain-couver? A sunny week in Vancouver, BC

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The Cowgirl Diaries: A cowgirl learns to two-step (Medicine Lodge Rodeo)

I’ve already written two posts about rodeos so far, but this is the Cowgirl Diaries after all so I figure it can deal with a few more rodeo mentions! With rodeo season almost over, I jumped at the chance to attend a much smaller and more authentic rodeo than the Calgary Stampede. The Medicine Lodge… Continue reading The Cowgirl Diaries: A cowgirl learns to two-step (Medicine Lodge Rodeo)

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The Cowgirl Diaries: A cowgirl breaks horses, herds cows and cuddles puppies (Alberta, ranch no.2)

This ranch was a quarter horse breeding ranch, which gave me an opportunity I hadn’t had before: Working with and training green and unbroken horses.  Round Penning Firstly I was given a three year old gelding, called Chief, to work with and was taught all the fundamentals of round penning. Round penning is a training… Continue reading The Cowgirl Diaries: A cowgirl breaks horses, herds cows and cuddles puppies (Alberta, ranch no.2)

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The Cowgirl Diaries: A Cowgirl hits the mall (West Edmonton Mall, the biggest mall in North America!)

So after a month of trail riding and moving rocks in the Rockies, myself and my fellow Workawayer headed from the country into the city.  My first ranch was about four hours from Edmonton (that’s basically next door by Canadian distances) and one of our friends from the ranch gave us a ride into the… Continue reading The Cowgirl Diaries: A Cowgirl hits the mall (West Edmonton Mall, the biggest mall in North America!)

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The Cowgirl Diaries: Ranch No.1: A Cowgirl learns reining (and Rocky Mountain trail riding)

After a week of indulging my travel bug it’s time to settle down to one of the main purposes of this trip: Learning some cowgirl skills! I’ve been riding horses almost all my life, but growing up in England I obviously learnt to ride English rather than Western. When I did my first two Workaway… Continue reading The Cowgirl Diaries: Ranch No.1: A Cowgirl learns reining (and Rocky Mountain trail riding)

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The Cowgirl Diaries: A cowgirl and a bear (AKA Rocky Mountain Road Trip: Banff & Jasper)

The title of this post gives away the most exciting part of my next adventure through Canada: I saw a bear!  After leaving Calgary and the Stampede (see previous posts) my next destination was the mountain town and national park of Banff. In order to attend the championship rodeo in Calgary however I had to… Continue reading The Cowgirl Diaries: A cowgirl and a bear (AKA Rocky Mountain Road Trip: Banff & Jasper)