March 2023 MH Cowboy Life newsletter has Gone to the Dogs!

Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation has posted the March 2023 newsletter, MH Cowboy Life. See Link: or Copy and Paste:

This month’s issue is all about how dogs are of service to their human companions. You will learn about Meliora Service Dogs in Redcliff and how to behave around service dogs. You will meet some of the Meliora dogs and learn how valuable they are to their handlers.


Our fourth annual Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry and Western Music Show is booked for Saturday, October 7, 2023. News about our headliners is in the newsletter.

Poems and Paws

Coming soon! Poems and Paws is a video and book project featuring Meliora Service Dogs and other dogs with jobs. Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry will post videos and the book will be available in early April. Watch our website for information on this exciting project.

What’s New at http://www.MHCowboy Life?

Latest Harry Forbes Remembers Story:

Our Entertainment

Latest I-Alice Story

Halloween and its Beauty

2022 December Newsletter, MH Cowboy Life is now available

Queen Elizabeth on Burmese

The Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for a Prosperous New Year.

Our December 2022 MH Cowboy Life newsletter is now available for reading. It features stories about Queen Elizabeth II and her love of horses and dogs. From the Queen to rodeo queens: learn about the history of rodeo queens in Canada.

Newsletter: Medicine Hat Cowboy Life

SAVE THE DATE: The 2023 Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry and Western Music Show will be October 7, 2023.

September 2022 Medicine Hat Cowboy Life Now Available

The Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation is pleased to release our September 2022 issue of Medicine Hat Cowboy Life.

Learn about Pit Ponies, horses of all sizes used for labour in coal mines.

The third annual Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry and Western Music Show will be held at the Medicine Hat High School Theatre on October 1, 2022. See our poster for details.

Newsletter: Medicine Hat Cowboy Life

See new stories in the Harry Forbes Remembers and I-Alice series on our web site at

March 2022 Newsletter from MHCowboyLife

The March 2022 issue of Medicine Hat Cowboy Life is now available for viewing.

See link.

Learn about intelligent horses like the Beautiful Jim Key.

Find out what’s new on our web site.

Learn about Schuler in ‘Round Medicine Hat.

Feel free to share MHCowboy Life with anyone who is interested in country life.

Check out our Country Stories videos from the home page of is the official website of the Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation. Our newsletter, Medicine Hat Cowboy Life is published four times per year.

Happy New Year from Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation

We at the Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation hope you had a wonderful holiday season, staying warm with friends and family. We have been busy over the holidays, planning for 2021. Here is our latest news.

  1. See Story #8 in Harry Forbes Remembers series, Balky Horse Stories here
  2. See Story #4 in our I-Alice Series, Gutsy Chicken Pluckers here
  3. See the latest videos in our Country Stories Video series here
  4. If you missed our December newsletter you can see it here
  5. Our annual general meeting is January 20, 2022 via Zoom. Contact our president, Jen Zollner for more information here
  6. Learn how to support MHCP by joining our Foundation here
  7. In December we applied for a grant from the New Horizons Seniors Program for our proposed project Poems and Paws, about veterans and their service dogs. We will know in spring whether or not we were successful.
  8. The board adopted a new signature picture, (courtesy of Cheryl Dust of Duster Video) which we will gradually work into all our media.

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We wish our members and friends all the best in 2022. Hopefully our paths will cross again soon.

Merry Christmas 2021

Merry Christmas from Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation

Wishing you all the joys this season brings: family, friends, feasts, fun.

For unusual, informative, local viewing we suggest you view our website at You will find:

  1. New videos in the Country Stories Series. See recently posted interviews with Jim Wilson, Frances Sanderson, and Henry Cavan’s great-grandsons. See also Vi Riegers’ Christmas memory, Amy Brusky’s To Ginger with Love, Meet Harry Forbes and The Lone Wolf of Bindloss with Harold Fieldberg. Learn about local historical events. Beats reruns of old Christmas movies!
  2. Read Runaway Horses: #7 in the Harry Forbes series.
  3. Read Tale of a Special Brother, # 3 in the I-Alice series by Alice Kanewischer
  4. Everything you wanted to know about the history of Redcliff in one convenient place:
  5. Read the December 2021 issue of Medicine Hat Cowboy Life, our newsletter: Be sure to sign up to receive our quarterly newsletter automatically.
  6. Consider joining the Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation. Only $20. Get your souvenir coaster.

The weatherman predicts a cold Christmas week. Stay in and stay warm, if you can; if you can’t stay in, stay safe. Hope to see you next year.

Happy Trails.

Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation Board:

Jen Zollner, President; Shelley Goldbeck, Vice President; Cheryl Dust, Secretary; Carol Eisenbarth, Treasurer and Donna Moore, Board Member.

New Story Series: I-Alice; New Video: Harry Forbes and other Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry News

Alice Kanewischer

Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation is pleased to announce that we will be publishing the stories of Alice Kanewischer, a local nonagenarian.

Alice helps us experience her growing up years in the 1930’s using conversation, intimate details and intense emotions. Through a child’s eye we can’t help but feel what life was like for her. Through her remarkable story-telling she also gives insight into the lives of her parents and grandparents.

Read her touching first story, Silver Sandals.

Harry Forbes

The Country Story for November 2021 features Harry Forbes. Harry’s stories are published monthly on our web site. Watch the amazing 103-year-old, who has written several books on local history, share his stories. Find Harry’s stories at, under Stories. See Harry Forbes Remembers.

Be Part of our Country Stories series: If you or any seniors you know from the Bindloss/Buffalo area have rural stories to share contact Jen Zollner.

Thanks to our Partners and Sponsors for supporting the Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation. See who they are here. Please support them if you can.

Our quarterly newsletter, Medicine Hat Cowboy Life will be in your inbox in December. Our feature horse will be the Shetland pony, which has a surprising connection to Medicine Hat. Our featured community is Redcliff. Sign up to receive your copy here.

First Country Stories Video Posted

The first video in our Country Stories monthly series is now available for viewing. The amazing Harold Fieldberg tells the stories of his mother’s lifetime encounters with wolves. It wraps up with Jen Zollner’s presentation of her poem, The Lone Wolf of Bindloss.

If you know a senior in the Bindloss area with a good story or two about country living, the Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation would like to know about it. Please connect them with Jen Zollner. 403.529.6384.

Our 2021 Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry and Western Music Show was cancelled due to rain and sudden changes in COVID restrictions. Thank you to all our partners, sponsors and supporters. Please support them whenever you can. We hope to hold a show in 2022.

Empty Saddles:

Sadly, Yodel Girl, Miriam Dreher recently passed away. Shelley Goldbeck, DTM had an interview with her for the September 2019 Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association’s newsletter, Barbwire Disptach.

It is republished here to honour Miriam.

2021 Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry and Western Music Show Cancelled

With heavy hearts, the executive of the Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry and Music Foundation has cancelled the September 11 show. The forecast is for rain and cool weather, not nice conditions for listening to music in the park.

New COVID restrictions removed our back-up venue at the Medicine Hat Public Library.

Please stay connected for information on next year’s show.

Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry September News

September is an exciting month in Medicine Hat. On Saturday, September 11, we will be presenting our third annual Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry and Western Music Show, at Kin Coulee park at 1PM. Bring your lawn chair and a blanket in case the weather is cool.

Enjoy entertainment from local band, Mixed Company, local performers Reese and Morgan Klaiber, Jen Zollner and Holly Padfield. Enjoy the stories of Morley Thorpe from Spy Hill, SK, hosted by Emcee and performer, Shelley Goldbeck, from Cayley, AB. There will be door prizes and food trucks. Fun for the whole family!

There is no charge for this show but donations will be gratefully accepted.

See highlights from our 2020 show:

We are also pleased to release the September issue of our newsletter, MH Cowboy Life. In this month’s issue, you will learn about the 76 Ranches, Chief Piapot and the town named after him, and the Hackney horse. Link:

Be sure to check out our latest Stories from Seniors videos.