Cattle Show Memories

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Hey all, tadalafil welcome back! We’re going to make your wait worth it with the first of a new feature here on elle-bo.com called (not so originally) Best of the West.

I feel like I’m really fortunate to know many talented people in the world of Western living, and would like for you to meet them. So occasionally I’ll be introducing you to an artisan, business, ag producer, or whatever, whom/that I love. First up, Barbwire Custom Hats.

I met owner Brent Bartley years ago at the Farm & Ranch Show, and immediately fell for his style. Brent’s talents are so versatile, he is able to create custom lids that work for everyone from ranch hands to those who want flash and fancy. ‘Nuff of my take though, here’s his story:

How did you discover your passion was making custom cowboy hats?

I got started building hats after a rodeo injury. I drove by a custom hat shop on my way home from physio, so I’d stop in, B.S., and drink coffee. One day the hatter got tired of me B.S.’ing and drinking coffee, and the rest is history.

Tell us a little about how you learned and developed your craft.

I worked there for five years before moving on to a manufacturer, then struck out on my own seven years ago. I’ve been “hatting” for 17 years now.

Your shop is in a pretty unique location. How did you come to set up there?

Our shop is located on the Jimmy Jock Boardwalk in Big Valley, Alberta, Canada. My wife was raised there, and her family farms in the area. We moved from High River three years ago and haven’t looked back. I enjoy the small-town atmosphere.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

My inspiration really just comes from our customers. I also get ideas from western fashion, and my wife has a great eye. She’ll come up with something, I’ll try it out, and usually she’s right.

What’s your favorite hat you’ve ever made?

I made a hat for Sierra Stoney that Cheryl came up with the idea for – it’s one of my favorites for sure. The hat is black, pure beaver, with carved leather on the under brim that has stars and scrolls stitched into it. That was all Cheryl’s idea. It looked pretty cool on the big screen when she collected her go-round win at the Canadian Finals Rodeo.

If you could make a hat for anyone, who would it be and what would the hat look like?

Designs on the under brim seem to be our big thing. Lately, we’ve been doing a fair amount of buck stitching, I’m glad to see that’s back in style. I like how it looks on belts and saddles so I tried it on a hat brim – it adds just enough to make a hat stand out without being overboard.

Hey all, approved welcome back! We’re going to make your wait worth it with the first of a new feature here on elle-bo.com called (not so originally) Best of the West.

I feel like I’m really fortunate to know many talented people in the world of Western living, approved and would like for you to meet them. So occasionally I’ll be introducing you to an artisan, drugs business, ag producer, or whatever, whom/that I love. First up, Barbwire Custom Hats, which I thought would be perfect with Farmfair and Canadian Finals Rodeo next week.

I met owner Brent Bartley years ago at the Farm & Ranch Show, and immediately fell for his style. Brent’s talents are so versatile, he is able to create custom lids that work for everyone from ranch hands to those who want flash and fancy. ‘Nuff of my take though, here’s his story:

How did you discover your passion was making custom cowboy hats?

I got started building hats after a rodeo injury. I drove by a custom hat shop on my way home from physio, so I’d stop in, B.S., and drink coffee. One day the hatter got tired of me B.S.’ing and drinking coffee, and the rest is history.

Tell us a little about how you learned and developed your craft.

I worked there for five years before moving on to a manufacturer, then struck out on my own seven years ago. I’ve been “hatting” for 17 years now.

Your shop is in a pretty unique location. How did you come to set up there?

Our shop is located on the Jimmy Jock Boardwalk in Big Valley, Alberta, Canada. My wife was raised there, and her family farms in the area. We moved from High River three years ago and haven’t looked back. I enjoy the small-town atmosphere.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

My inspiration really just comes from our customers. I also get ideas from western fashion, and my wife has a great eye. She’ll come up with something, I’ll try it out, and usually she’s right.

What’s your favorite hat you’ve ever made?

I made a hat for Sierra Stoney that Cheryl came up with the idea for – it’s one of my favorites for sure. The hat is black, pure beaver, with carved leather on the under brim that has stars and scrolls stitched into it. That was all Cheryl’s idea. It looked pretty cool on the big screen when she collected her go-round win at the Canadian Finals Rodeo.

If you could make a hat for anyone, who would it be and what would the hat look like?

Designs on the under brim seem to be our big thing. Lately, we’ve been doing a fair amount of buck stitching, I’m glad to see that’s back in style. I like how it looks on belts and saddles so I tried it on a hat brim – it adds just enough to make a hat stand out without being overboard.

Brent will miss the show in Edmonton next week, but you can always call him to order, 403-999-9332.
Hey all, dosage welcome back! We’re going to make your wait worth it with the first of a new feature here on elle-bo.com called (not so originally) Best of the West.

I feel like I’m really fortunate to know many talented people in the world of Western living, and would like for you to meet them. So occasionally I’ll be introducing you to an artisan, business, ag producer, or whatever, whom/that I love. First up, Barbwire Custom Hats, which I thought would be perfect with Farmfair and Canadian Finals Rodeo next week.

I met owner Brent Bartley years ago at the Farm & Ranch Show, and immediately fell for his style. Brent’s talents are so versatile, he is able to create custom lids that work for everyone from ranch hands to those who want flash and fancy. ‘Nuff of my take though, here’s his story:

How did you discover your passion was making custom cowboy hats?

I got started building hats after a rodeo injury. I drove by a custom hat shop on my way home from physio, so I’d stop in, B.S., and drink coffee. One day the hatter got tired of me B.S.’ing and drinking coffee, and the rest is history.

Tell us a little about how you learned and developed your craft.

I worked there for five years before moving on to a manufacturer, then struck out on my own seven years ago. I’ve been “hatting” for 17 years now.

Your shop is in a pretty unique location. How did you come to set up there?

Our shop is located on the Jimmy Jock Boardwalk in Big Valley, Alberta, Canada. My wife was raised there, and her family farms in the area. We moved from High River three years ago and haven’t looked back. I enjoy the small-town atmosphere.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

My inspiration really just comes from our customers. I also get ideas from western fashion, and my wife has a great eye. She’ll come up with something, I’ll try it out, and usually she’s right.

What’s your favorite hat you’ve ever made?

I made a hat for Sierra Stoney that Cheryl came up with the idea for – it’s one of my favorites for sure. The hat is black, pure beaver, with carved leather on the under brim that has stars and scrolls stitched into it. That was all Cheryl’s idea. It looked pretty cool on the big screen when she collected her go-round win at the Canadian Finals Rodeo.

If you could make a hat for anyone, who would it be and what would the hat look like?

Designs on the under brim seem to be our big thing. Lately, we’ve been doing a fair amount of buck stitching, I’m glad to see that’s back in style. I like how it looks on belts and saddles so I tried it on a hat brim – it adds just enough to make a hat stand out without being overboard.

Brent will miss the show in Edmonton next week, but you can always call him to order, 403-999-9332.
Hey all, pill welcome back! We’re going to make your wait worth it with the first of a new feature here on elle-bo.com called (not so originally) Best of the West.

I feel like I’m really fortunate to know many talented people in the¬†Western world, and would like for you to be able to meet them. So occasionally I’ll be introducing you to an artisan, business, ag producer, or whatever, whom/that I love. First up, Barbwire Custom Hats, which I thought would be perfect with Farmfair and Canadian Finals Rodeo starting this weekend.

I met owner Brent Bartley years ago at the Farm & Ranch Show, and immediately fell for his style. Brent’s talents are so versatile, he is able to create custom lids that work for everyone from ranch hands to those who want flash and fancy. ‘Nuff of my take though, here’s his story:

How did you discover your passion was making custom cowboy hats?

I got started building hats after a rodeo injury. I drove by a custom hat shop on my way home from physio, so I’d stop in, B.S., and drink coffee. One day the hatter got tired of me B.S.’ing and drinking coffee, and the rest is history.

Tell us a little about how you learned and developed your craft.

I worked there for five years before moving on to a manufacturer, then struck out on my own seven years ago. I’ve been “hatting” for 17 years now.

Your shop is in a pretty unique location. How did you come to set up there?

Our shop is located on the Jimmy Jock Boardwalk in Big Valley, Alberta, Canada. My wife was raised there, and her family farms in the area. We moved from High River three years ago and haven’t looked back. I enjoy the small-town atmosphere.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

My inspiration really just comes from our customers. I also get ideas from western fashion, and my wife has a great eye. She’ll come up with something, I’ll try it out, and usually she’s right.

What’s your favorite hat you’ve ever made?

I made a hat for Sierra Stoney that Cheryl came up with the idea for – it’s one of my favorites for sure. The hat is black, pure beaver, with carved leather on the under brim that has stars and scrolls stitched into it. That was all Cheryl’s idea. It looked pretty cool on the big screen when she collected her go-round win at the Canadian Finals Rodeo.

If you could make a hat for anyone, who would it be and what would the hat look like?

Designs on the under brim seem to be our big thing. Lately, we’ve been doing a fair amount of buck stitching, I’m glad to see that’s back in style. I like how it looks on belts and saddles so I tried it on a hat brim – it adds just enough to make a hat stand out without being overboard.

Though you can find Barbwire Custom Hats at many Western events and trade shows, Brent & Cheryl will miss Edmonton next week. You can always call him to order, 403-999-9332, or e-mail hatterchaps@yahoo.ca.
Today starts my volunteer duties with Farmfair and the Canadian Finals Rodeo, sales and for the next ten days you can find me in at Northlands’ Edmonton Expo Centre. Growing up, visit this site our family had custom show cattle¬† so Mom and Dad would usually let us take the week off school if we OK’d it with our teachers and got all the homework done ahead of time. Even though we’d be exhausted from the 4am mornings and long days, there are so many great memories:

  • Loading feed for the day with dad before we left home in the frosty mornings, then snuggling up in the truck to keep warm when the heater was still blowing cold air.
  • Sneaking coffee from the Limousin breed booth, filled with sugar and creamer.
  • Playing with friends under the big bleachers in Hall D.
  • Scrounging up enough coins to get fries at the concession with my brothers when Mom was trying to make us eat sandwiches.
  • Running cattle up and down the ramp to the show ring.
  • Sleeping on the tack box with jackets for blankets.

Nowadays, my brother still has a Limousin show string, Dad competes in the cowhorse show, I volunteer with the International Ag Business Centre and the ranch rodeo, and Mom volunteers with everything. I guess it’s always been a family affair.

With all the various hats I get to wear, it’s essentially “dress up” week! If this was in my closet, I’d be wearing it today for IABC duties. Over the next week, I’ll be posting outfit inspiration for every stock show, horse show and rodeo occasion you may have. Hope to see some of you in the barns!

Canadian Finals Rodeo

4 Responses to “Cattle Show Memories”

    • Elle-Bo

      You definitely should! It’s more fun every year – they’ve added some great events and attractions in the past few years.

  1. Tiffany

    Love this, Laura! Great memories—crazy how stock show memories are the same everywhere, whether you’re in NM or Canada!

    ~Tiffany

    • Elle-Bo

      Isn’t it? Pretty strong common bond amongst us all. I always love your posts about state fair and FFA.