The Royal North West Mounted Police were the first ranchers in Alberta. They laid the foundation for three major cowtown: Fort Macleod, Calgary and Maple Creek. Fort Benton, a trading post in Montana, played an important role in providing longhorns for the first ranches. These Mexican cattle were trailed up to Alberta by Texas cowpunchers. The Canadians picked up the Texans’ style of riding and handling cattle.
The Canadians developed large corporate ranches, funded by wealthy Scotsmen. A few of these ranches are still operating. Today, you see Buckaroo-style gear and Vaquero-style horsemanship. These California traditions were passed down in clinics by Ray Hunt and Tom Dorrance.
Music: Ian Tyson, Breen Hill, Corb Lund, Cowboy Celtic, Ryan Fritz, Charlie Ewing and Dawn Davis.