June 2021 Newsletter Released

The June 2021 MHCowboyLife newsletter features the town of Dunmore, just outside Medicine Hat.

Dunmore is the site of a famous train wreck that occurred in 1908. Find out why it’s famous.

The horse of the month is the Clydesdale. Dunmore was the first community in Western Canada, before Alberta was a province, to have Clydesdale horses.

Watch our latest Stories from Seniors video of Ila Dillabough. https://mhcowboylife.com/cowboy-stories/stories-from-seniors/

And more!

Happy New Year 2021

The next mini-documentary in our Seniors Stories series has been posted to our web site. It features Florus Bouman and his story about Hockey Night in Canada. Link

If you or a senior in your life has a country story to tell, contact Jen Zollner at 403.529.6384 or by email:jzollner10@gmail.com.

While you’re on our website, MHCowboyLife.com, check out our additional story on Chappice Lake, featured in our first newsletter. In 1921 Chappice Lake was the scene of Charles Hatfield’s infamous rainmaking venture. Link

If you know anyone who is interested in cowboy life around Medicine Hat (or farther afield) please share our links with them.

The Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation wishes you all a safe and prosperous new year. Hope to see you along the trail.

2020 Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Show a Complete Success!

September 27, 2020, Kin Coulee, Medicine Hat, AB

The second Annual Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry and Music Show sponsored by the Medicine Hat Public Library was wildly successful.

See show highlights here:

Over 100 fans gathered to enjoy a variety show on a mild, albeit windy, fall Sunday afternoon in the park.

Chief Librarian, Ken Feser welcomed the audience to the one live event scheduled for the library’s Culture Days.

Ken Feser, Chief Librarian, Medicine Hat Public Library

President and foundation founder, Jen Zollner thanked volunteers and recited her poem about the Medicine Hat horse, which she suggested could be official mascot of Medicine Hat!

Jen Zollner, President of Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation.

Mayor Ted Clugston handily recited Rudyard Kipling’s “If”; while not a cowboy poem, it embodies the cowboy spirit. (He had another engagement so left his cowboy gear at home!)

Medicine Hat Mayor, Ted Clugston

Local 4-H member, ten-year-old Kimberley Straub battled her nerves and recited a poem, written by Jen Zollner based on Kimberley’s speech about her favourite place: her family farm’s barn. One of the mandates of the Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation is to build connections between rural seniors and rural kids, like 4-H members.

Emcee, Shelley Goldbeck with
4-H Member, Kimberley Straub

The first half of the show featured Doris Daley, one of the current top Cowboy Poets on the circuit. COVID-19 actually helped us: usually Doris would be on tour in the US this time of year.

Doris did not disappoint. She delivered original poems that everyone can relate to, even if they don’t have roots in the country.

Doris Daley, Cowboy Poet

Following her part of the show, Doris presented some books and CDs to Ken Feser, Chief Librarian of the Medicine Hat Public Library, the inaugural resources for the future cowboy poetry “shelf” at the library. See Doris’s presentation here:

At intermission, Darren Lutz conducted a live auction for a jacket donated by Murray Chev Olds, a camp stove donated by Peavey Mart, and the handmade Horse Wisdom blanket donated by Jen Zollner, which the successful bidder, Bill Haysom, donated back to the Foundation to be displayed at the Medicine Hat Public Library.

In the second half local singer/songwriter, Jessica Schnell, who happens to be Jen’s granddaughter, sang three songs, showcasing her amazing musical talents.

Jessica Schnell, Singer Songwriter

The final performer of the show was Doc Mehl, who entertained the audience with a mix of serious and goofy poems and songs. Doris joined him (her husband) on stage to play the soda pop bottle for his final song, a parody of “Big Bad John”, called “Long, Long Johns”. Very entertaining stuff.

Doc Mehl, Singer Songwriter

The Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation was thrilled to be able to offer a live show in the midst of the live-performance desert known as COVID-19! The positive feedback has encouraged us to plan a show for next fall.

If you are interested in being part of the Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation, we are interested in you. Send an email to Jen at mhcowboylife@gmail.com.

Hope to see you all next year!

Medicine Hat Cowboy Life September 2020 Newsletter

The Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation is pleased to release its first issue of their official newsletter, Medicine Hat Cowboy Life.

In its pages, you will see the announcement of our LIVE! 2020 Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry and Western Music Show on September 27, 2020.

Riding on the success of the 2019 Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry and Western Music Show, Singer-Songwriter-Bandleader, Get-It-Done-Chief, Jen Zollner was inspired to form the Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation.

Since its inception as a registered society, Jen and her team have worked on many fronts to meet the mandate of the Foundation: To preserve, promote and perform Cowboy Poetry and Western Music in Medicine Hat and Area.

Our show during Medicine Hat Public Library Culture Days later this month (September 2020) is one vehicle for realizing the Foundation’s goals. We are pleased to feature Doris Daley, cowboy poetry royalty!

Another is our newsletter, Medicine Hat Cowboy Life. In its pages you will learn more about the Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation, Medicine Hat history, Cowboy Lingo, the Medicine Hat Horse breed, poetry and tidbits about Cowboy Life.

We welcome your feedback and contributions.