Strathmore, Alberta Rain Out

Howdy Chuckwagon Friends

Well, I could tell you my computer crashed, or I didn’t have anything to report, but truth is, there were no races due to the rain storm that hit and I just didn’t feel like writing.  I enjoyed the evening with my grandson Coy, then went to bed a bit earlier than normal.  In the morning I got up around 5 am,  fed morning oats for Ricky and enjoyed Timmies coffee with Rick, Troy and our friend Rod.  And that’s that!

I did get one phone call from a concerned friend, wondering where’s my blog.  She said there would be others concerned too.  Well I haven’t forgotten about you all, I’m just delayed a bit.  Hopefully you’re not disappointed too much.


The 5 o’clock Storm

Last night around 5 pm the skies were darkening to the north.  Our daughter Kaylee, called and told us to secure things down as a severe thunder and lightning storm containing high winds and possible hail was coming our way.   Well it came with a force.  We managed to stake our barn down with a sledge-hammer and spikes, but only when the wind had come up.  We were pretty fortunate it didn’t lift and destroy.  We heard one other barn for sure was ruined at another camp.  Unfortunate for the barn, yet good that all the horses were fine.


The races were called off as the lightning and rain storm continued for a few hours.  Our sponsors, friends and family all gathered into our RV and enjoyed a beverage until the rain let up.


Practicing Engineer

When the rain finally subsided, people started coming out from their trailers.  Coy decided to build a tower out of the chairs and wood available.  He did a pretty good job.



The early morning sunrise was beautiful, and the quietness and freshness from the rain of the great outdoors was breathtaking.  The ponies were excited to see me and receive their morning oats.

The drivers, officers and Stampede committee got together to decide what the next step in racing was to be.  The proper appointed people assessed the track, and as of now, they will be racing tonight, and will continue on Monday, and Tuesday we will race in lieu of yesterday.


A Treasured Letter

I would like to share with you, a treasured letter that I have kept from a few years back.  We like to read these every so often to enjoy great memories that the Chuckwagon Trail has given us.  Johnathan was a young fella from a local 4-H group that came to spend the days with us when we raced in Edmonton a few years back.  We totally enjoyed Johnathan and his humor.  And we were pretty excited to see him again this year when we rolled into the Ponoka Stampede.

From the Travelin Trailer

Sue, with Rick and Team 23

P.S.  In those times when we yearn to have more in our lives, we should dwell on the things we already have.  In doing so, we will often find that our lives are already full to overflowing.






8 thoughts on “Strathmore, Alberta Rain Out

  1. Hello Sue, I want to say how much I enjoy reading your blog from each day of racing. I was travelling back from Mossleigh yesterday, and saw the big storm and turned on the radio to discover they were cancelled. I followed the races since I was little (I am now near 70, 5months to go before I hit 70). I used to rodeo some in college and the FCA, but my Uncle Jimmy got me interested in wagons and the western lifestyle. He used to outride way back in the 40’s and maybe early 50’s. My cousin Kevin Baird also raced for a while. Over the years I have known the David’s, Buster Walker and others. I do not get to as many races and rodeos now as I want to, being that I also play fiddle with a group I formed called Pure Country and am President of a big fiddle group in Calgary called the Prairie Mountain Fiddlers. I think you little words of wisdom at the end of each blog, each one of us can use in our everyday lives. Your son looks like he is going to be a good wagon skinner. I am also impressed with the amount of time Rick and you spend with kids and those people that are less fortunate because of circumstances beyond their control. This must certainly bring a ray of sunshine into their hearts. Cheering Rick and Cody and the whole team 23 on. Thank You

    • Thank you Gary
      What a nice note you wrote. I always enjoy hearing from the readers of my blog. So glad you enjoy.
      Chuckwagon Racing had been good to us in so many ways.


  2. Thank you for your post Sue. Not as if you don’t have enough on your plate and then have 600 some people anticipating your much appreciated inspirational posts. 🙂 Have a good race tonight. Cheers

  3. Sue Your posts are so positive and refreshing It’s the first email I open as I look forward to your writings Wishing you all continued success happiness.


  4. So glad all was well in your camp. Here in Calgary I had small hail so nothing like the damage I received to my house last year. We all wonder how you will fair when these storms hit.

  5. Sue You do it on your time. No need to rush, it’s great when we get it. Bob

    Sent from my iPhone


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