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The Cowgirl Diaries: A Roundup (geddit?)

This is my final Cowgirl Diaries post! My six month long crazy Canadian cowgirl adventure went faster than I could have imagined and I learned more than I thought possible. Below is a round up of really cool things (and not of cows or horses) that I did during my travels throughout Alberta and British… Continue reading The Cowgirl Diaries: A Roundup (geddit?)

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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: 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)

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The Cowgirl Diaries: The Calgary Stampede 2016

I’ve already written a post about the three Stampede rodeos I attended back in July, but the rodeo is only part of the whole Stampede. The timing of my arrival in Canada coincided perfectly with the Stampede and I spent four days and nights on the grounds as they were right opposite my hostel. Nashville… Continue reading The Cowgirl Diaries: The Calgary Stampede 2016

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The Cowgirl Diaries: A cowgirl’s first (and second and third) rodeo

As luck, coincidence, or fate would have it, my plans in Canada coincided perfectly with the Calgary Stampede (the world’s biggest rodeo for prize money) so there’s no way a wannabe-cowgirl could miss this opportunity! My original plans were for two days in the city of Calgary and two days on the stampede grounds but… Continue reading The Cowgirl Diaries: A cowgirl’s first (and second and third) rodeo