Alexia and Kaitlin Walter husk corn to be canned in the kitchen. | Mike Sturk photo

Canning corn on the colony – photo essay

Photo essay | It was corn canning day at the Cayley Colony near Cayley, Alta., Aug. 17 with what garden boss Michael Walter says is one of the best crops he can recall. The corn is husked in the colony wash rack and then washed again in the kitchen before being cooked and canned. Some of the corn also stays on the cob. | Mike Sturk photos

It was corn canning day at the Cayley Colony near Cayley, Alta., Aug. 17 with what garden boss Michael Walter says is one of the best crops he can recall. The corn is husked in the colony wash rack and then washed again in the kitchen before being cooked and canned. Some of the corn […] Read more

Trent Ear rides around the rodeo arena to demonstrate the Stoney Nakoda Ghana Relay. | Mike Sturk photo

Old time ranch rodeo – photo essay

Photo essay | The Bar U Ranch National Historical site near Lacombe, Alta., hosted an Alberta Old Time Ranch Rodeo event Aug. 15. Teams of working cowboys competed in events often carried out on a ranch. | Mike Sturk photos

The Bar U Ranch National Historical site near Longview, Alta., hosted an Alberta Old Time Ranch Rodeo event Aug. 15. Teams of working cowboys competed in events often carried out on a ranch. | Mike Sturk photos


Paul Klassen drives a team of Percherons pulling a binder to cut and bundle the wheat while Dale Befus follows with another team. | Mike Sturk photo

Hands-on history lesson – photo essay

Photo Essay | The Bar U Ranch National Historical Site south of Longview participated in Alberta Open Farm Days Aug. 14. Several teams of heavy horses pulled binders to cut a wheat crop, which volunteers stooked. The wheat will go through an old threshing machine later this month. | Mike Sturk photoS

The Bar U Ranch National Historical Site south of Longview participated in Alberta Open Farm Days Aug. 14. Several teams of heavy horses pulled binders to cut a wheat crop, which volunteers stooked. The wheat will go through an old threshing machine later this month. | Mike Sturk photos

Ryan Vanderploeg uses a higher vantage point to pound in a steel post held by his father Carl. | Mike Sturk photo

Horse powered fencing – photo essay

Photo Essay | Summer days while cattle are on grass and any crop harvest is still to come means time for some fence restoration and repair. | Mike Sturk photos

Summer days while cattle are on grass and any crop harvest is still to come means time for some fence restoration and repair. | Mike Sturk photos


Racing in front of a full grandstand, Cody Ridsdale, left, driving the Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement wagon, and Chad Fike on the Sprung Structures wagon round the first bend after leaving the barrels in the second race of the night in the World Professional Chuckwagon Association’s Battle of the Foothills in High River, Alta., July 16-18. WPCA drivers were unable to compete at the Calgary Stampede this year due to safety concerns. | Mike Sturk photo

Chuckwagon challenge – photo essay

World Professional Chuckwagon Association drivers were unable to compete at the Calgary Stampede this year due to safety concerns. The WPCSA drivers were able to take part in the Battle of the Foothills in High River, Alta., July 16-18. | Mike Sturk photos

A determined Layton Chamberlain rides through the poles during the pole bending event. | Mike Sturk photo

The face of junior rodeo – photo essay

Photo Essay | A junior rodeo was held in Nanton, Alta., July 3-4 as part of a summer series of junior rodeos. | Mike Sturk photos

A junior rodeo was held in Nanton, Alta., July 3-4 as part of a summer series of junior rodeos. | Mike Sturk photos

Bulls square off and butt heats at the Earl-Mason ranch southwest of High River. | Mike Sturk photo

Butting heads – photo essay

Photo Essay | Bulls square off at the Earl-Mason ranch southwest of High River, Alta. One of them eventually had to make a run for it. | Mike Sturk photos

Bulls square off at the Earl-Mason ranch southwest of High River, Alta. One of them eventually had to make a run for it. | Mike Sturk photos


Jacques, foreground, and Miguel Lambert on the track. | Mike Sturk photo

Early morning training – photo essay

Photo Essay | Jacques and his brother, Miguel Lambert, of Lambert Racing Stables train their horses for standardbred racing at Century Downs in Balzac, Alta., June 30. They were out early on their track west of High River to avoid the heat, which was forecast to be in the 35 C range that day. | Mike Sturk photos

Jacques and his brother, Miguel Lambert, of Lambert Racing Stables train their horses for standardbred racing at Century Downs in Balzac, Alta., June 30. They were out early on their track west of High River to avoid the heat, which was forecast to be in the 35 C range that day. | Mike Sturk photos

Austin Ramsey of Cayley, Alta., shows determination during the mutton bustin’ event. | Mike Sturk photo

Rodeo for the younger set – photo essay

The Little Britches Rodeo was held in High River, Alta., June 12, giving youngsters the opportunity to experience competition in the ring. 
| Mike Sturk photos

The Little Britches Rodeo was held in High River, Alta., June 12, giving youngsters the opportunity to experience competition in the ring. | Mike Sturk photos