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  2017 Bar U Ranch News  
     
     
  Bar U Ranch Opening day – May 15, 2017 - Admission is free this year in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.  
     
     
  2017 Friends of the Bar U Stockmen's Dinner  
     
  The 2017 Stockmen’s Dinner was well attended and everyone enjoyed a delicious prime rib dinner served by Hansel and Gretel’s Catering. We were blessed with good weather and the silent auction was a success. This year’s honored families were the Burkes, Koslings and Delintes. We were even treated to a musical number by the Delintes!  
     
 
2017 Stockmans Dinner 2017 Stockmans Dinner
Ron Burke accepting award
from Friends President Marian Anton

Monte Kendall accepting award on behalf of the Kosling family
from Friends President, Marian Anton

 
     
 
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The Delinte family

2017 Friends of the Bar U Ranch Stockmans Dinner
- Delinte family entertainment -

 
     
     
     
  Friends of the Bar U Annual General Meeting – March 5, 2017, 1:30 p.m. at the Bar U Visitor’s Orientation Center  
     
     
     
     
  2016 Bar U Ranch News  
     
     
  2016 Heritage Ranch Rodeo – November 2016 - Edmonton, Alberta  
     
  What a great time at the Heritage Ranch Rodeo Finals! The Bar U team came back to compete in the top eight on the final day in the Agricom at Edmonton Northlands. A special thank you to Soderglen Ranches who represented the Mighty Bar U extremely well with a strong performance!
First place was awarded to San Emideo Ranch, second went to North Fork Grazing, and third place went to Meadow Springs Ranch. Congratulations to the Heritage Ranch Rodeo Committee for organizing another successful performance, we will be back next year!
 
 
  2016 Heritage Ranch Rodeo  
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  Chore Horse Competition - September 11, 2016  
     
  It was a chilly, rainy afternoon for this year’s Chore Horse Competition but that didn’t stop competitors, spectators and volunteers from coming out and supporting our competition. We had a field of ten teams manoeuvre the course. At the end of the day, we were treated with a demo from Foss Irwin’s six horse hitch and an eight horse hitch with horses that have never worked together driven by Dwight Beard.  
     
 
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  First place and winner of the silver buckle, donated by Pat and Heather Case, went to Foss Irwin with his team Chief and Timber, second place was awarded to Dwight Beard with Buck and Buddy, and the third place winner was Nathan Stone with his team Jim and Jerry. The People’s Choice Award went to Geoff Hoar and this team Maude & Molly. Congratulations to all!  
     
     
     
  Old Time Ranch Rodeo – August 21, 2016  
     
  We had a great turn out and beautiful weather for our Ranch Rodeo and Pekisko Creek Trade Fair once again this year. Many thanks to our sponsors, judges and all those who helped to make this day a huge success.  
     
 
1st place - Soderglen Team
Scott Lees, Elan Lees, Kyle Johnson, Jared Sherman with Charlotte Esser. The team received buckles made by Ralph Nelson and donated by the Friends of the Bar U. We will also send Soderglen to the Heritage Ranch Rodeo in Edmonton this November to represent the Bar U.
2nd place - Bluebird Valley Ranch
with Kim Anton. The team received rope bags donated by Clay & Avril Chattaway with tooled leather patches made and donated by Kim & Marian Anton
3rd place - Meadow Springs Ranch
with Kim Anton. The team received ropes donated by Tongue Creek Ranch
 
 


Jared Sherman

Marlee Sears
Kole Neilson Top Horse - Oro
The Ranch Horse Competition was won by Jared Sherman of Soderglen who received a silver buckle made and donated by Peter Swales Top Cowgirl was awarded to Marlee Sears who received a picture donated by Kim Taylor Fine Art Photography Friends Chairman, Marian, Anton, presented the Top Hand award to Kole Neilson of Grizzly Springs Ranch. He received a bit crafted by Ralph Nelson. Ralph Nelson and Don Vincent of Longview Leather donated the bit. Jim Townsend presented the Top Using Horse award to 'Oro' ridden by Drew Lindberg of the Rafter X Ranch. Drew received a hand-crafted headstall and mecate rope from Jim
 
     
     
     
  Friends of the Bar U Trail Ride – August 6, 2016  
     
  We enjoyed perfect day for our annual trail ride this year. Many beautiful views, not too hot, not too cool and no rain! Many thanks to Gordon and Wendy Cartwright our hosts, all those who travelled near and far to come out and support us, and to all our helpers.  
     
 
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  Friends of the Bar U 2016 Stew Cook Off -  June 19, 2016  
     
 

A great crowd came out to enjoy the beautiful weather, watch a packhorse race and taste some chuckwagon stew cooked over an open fire. Duane S. Radford, author of Canadian Cowboy Cookbook was on hand for a book signing,  music was provided by Spitzee Post and and Doris Daley recited  Cowboy Poetry.  The Millarville Musical Ride also performed.  First place and People's Choice in the stew cook off went to Janie Pighin & Marj Bird, second to Trail's End Beef, Rachel & Tyler Herbert and th ird place went to Shane & Marian Richardson and family.  Congratulations to everyone!

 
     
  Stew Cook-off People's Choice Trail's End Beef Richardson family  
  1st Place & People's Choice Award
Janie Pighin & Marj Bird
2nd place - Trail's End Beef,
Rachel & Tyler Herbert
3rd place went to Shane & Marian
Richardson and family
 
     
     
 

Winners of this year’s pack horse race were Bill Carruthers and Deb Muldoon.  Participants skills were tested as they packed  bales of hay, feed bags and pack boxes!

 
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Diamond Hitch Bar U Ranch Special Events
 
     
     
     
  Friends of the Bar U Stockmen's Dinner  
     
 

The annual Friends of the Bar U Stockmen’s Dinner was held January 30, 2016  at the Highwood Memorial Centre in High River. As usual, this fundraising event was well attended by the community and the silent auction was very successful.

This year’s pioneer honouree families were the descendants of Fioravante (Faro) DePaoli of Longview, and the David (Dave) Evans family of Millarvile.  A presentation  on George Lane,  who is being inducted in the Hall of Great Westerners in Oklahoma City in April, 2016, was delivered by Mike McLean.

 
 
David Evans Family Descendants
Descendants of David Evans' Family

Descendants of the Fioravante (Faro) DePaoli Family

 
     
     
 
2015 Bar U Ranch News
 
     
     
  2015 Heritage Ranch Rodeo - Edmonton, Alberta  
     
 

The results from the 2015 Heritage Ranch Rodeo in Edmonton are as follows:

1st place-  Northfork Grazing Co-op
2nd place -  Bar U Ranch represented by Meadow Springs Ranch
3rd place - San Emideo Ranch
Top Bronc Rider: Mike Nelson of Northfork
Top Working Ranch Horse: Jesse Thomson of Northfork

Congratulations on a job well done!

 
     
   
     
     
     
     
  Friends of the Bar U 2015 Chore Horse Competition  
     
 

The sun came out warmed up the crowd that braved the cold and rain to watch the 2015 Chore Horse Competition held on Sept. 6.  The teams had to move a 2500 lb. skid, drive into a keyhole, navigate a number of obstacles and back into a loading dock.  This year’s winners were:  1st - Brendan Christensen  (Patch & Napoleon),  2nd -  Dwight Beard (Star & Kolby), 3rd -  Foss Irwin (Chief & Pride) and the  Peoples’  Choice Award went to Tom Christensen.

 
     
  2500 lb skid Alley Maneuver Keyhole Maneuver  
  2500 lb skid Alley maneuver Keyhole maneuver  
     
 
Foss Irwin Bar U Chore Horse Competition
Foss Irwin & his matching paints From left, Judge Bill Smith, People's Choice Winner
Tom Christensen, Judge Ray Vantighem, Dwight Beard,
Sponsor Pat Case, 2015 Winner Brendan Christensen,
Vern Kimble, Foss irwin, Connie Challice, Preston Irwin
and Site Manager Travis Weber.
 
     
     
     
     
  Friends of the Bar U 2015 Ranch Rodeo  
     
 

The 2015 Bar U Ranch Rodeo, Ranch Horse Competition and first annual Pekisko Creek Trade Fair was held on August 9. Once again, we were blessed with beautiful warm sunny weather.  The 12 teams entered enjoyed the new sand in the arena made possible by the Friends of the Bar U.  First place went to Meadow Springs Ranch (Mountain View), second place, Grizzly Springs Ranch (Mountain View) and third place went to San Emideo Ranch (Innisfail).  The defending champions, the Meadow Springs Ranch, will represent the Bar U at the Heritage Ranch Rodeo in Edmonton this fall. Top Cowgirl was Tanis Cross, Top Ranch Hand was Ryan McGlynn, and Top Ranch Horse was ridden by Dustin Gonnet. Winner of the Ranch Horse Competition was Geoff Hoar on his horse, San Storm Chex.  A special thanks to all our vendors,  judges, organizers and volunteers that made this day a huge success!

 
     
  1st - Meadow Springs Ranch 2nd - Grizzly Springs Ranch 3rd - San Emideo Ranch  
  1st - Meadow Springs Ranch 2nd - Grizzly Springs Ranch 3rd Place San Emideo Ranch  
     
 
Tanis Cross Dustin Gonnet Ryan McGlynn Geoff Hoar
on San Storm Chex
Top Cowgirl Tanis Cross Top Ranch Horse
ridden by Dustin Gonnet
Top Ranch Hand
Ryan McGlynn
Ranch Horse Competition
winner Geoff Hoar
on San Storm Chex
 
     
     
     
     
  Friends of the Bar U Annual Trail Ride  
     
  Bar U Trail RideWe had a sunny hot day and a great turnout for the annual Friends Trail Ride held August 1, 2015 on the Bar S Ranch. Riders had a wonderful tour of the ranch with lots of beautiful views.

Many thanks to our hosts Avril and Clay Chattaway for such a great day!
 
     
     
     
     
  20th Anniversary Celebration  
     
 

July 30, 2015 marked the 20th Anniversary of the grand opening of the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site.  The Ranch received some very exciting news! John Barlow, MP for Macleod, announced the Bar U would receive an important infrastructure investment totalling $4 million to be used to preserve four historical buildings, the Work Horse Barn, the Bunkhouse/Self feeder (including moving it to its original location), the Machine Shed and the Slaughter House.  The day was topped off with birthday cake and a visit from the Blackfoot Dancers.

 
     
 
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  Friends of the Bar U 2015 Chuckwagon Stew Cook Off  
     
 

The annual Chuckwagon Stew Cook Off was held June 7, 2015 under beautiful sunny skies.  Many thanks to our judges Anne Hokea, Gordon Welch and Kim Anton.  First place was awarded to our own Mike McLean and the People’s Choice Award once again went to Leo Maynard.  Visitors were treated to bluegrass music by Pekisko Post and our newly added event, the Pack Horse Race.  A special saddle presentation also took place.  The saddle once belonging to Jim Swann, who worked on the Bar U Ranch years ago, was presented to the Bar U.

 
     
 
Stew Cook-off Cookin' Stew Music by Pekisko Post
2015 Bar U Ranch Stew Cook-off Cooking Stew - Bar U Ranch style Blue Grass music by Pekisko Post
 
     
     
     
     
  Friends of the Bar U Annual Stockmen’s Dinner  
     
 

The Friends held their annual Stockmen’s Dinner January 31, 2015 at the Memorial Centre in High River.  There was an outstanding turnout.  This year’s Pioneer Honourees were the Depaoli, Middleton and McKethen Families.

 
     
  Depaoli Family descendants Middleton Family descendants McKethen Family descendants  
 

Depaoli Family descendants

Middleton Family descendants

McKethen Family descendants

 
     
     
     
   
     
     
 
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