BJ Smith, Doris Daley & Ed Brown
6:30 pm – 7:00 p m
Bryan (Bj) Smith is an Equine Canada & Certified Horse Association riding coach. An experienced horse trainer, riding coach, packer, guide, clinician, survival expert, and Canadian Ski Patrol instructor, he has taught equine wilderness topics at the university and college level. Following a full career in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, where he experienced years of service in the Arctic, Bj supervised criminal investigations for the Government of Alberta, instructed for the Lethbridge College Criminal Justice and Environmental Science programs and sat as the President of the Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association.
Doris has been an emcee and featured performer at every cowboy festival in Canada as well as several in the United States, including Texas, California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Montana and Oregon. In 2004 she was named Best Female Cowboy Poet in North America by the Academy of Western Artists, the first time any Canadian, male or female, has won the cowboy poetry category. In 2007, 2008 and 2009 she was named one of the Top 5 cowgirl poets in North America by the Western Music Association, with other Top 5 nominations for best collaboration and best cowboy poetry CD.
Rodeo cowboy, pasture rider, wildlife artist, singer/songwriter, Ed Brown has the perfect background for an original storytelling approach. Poems from the absurd to the thought provoking, and songs influenced by various genres both musically and lyrically, combine to present a truly authentic western performance. In his capacity as a writer, his songs and poems have been performed by several other artists in both Canada and the US. An award winning performer, Ed Brown has headlined at all of the major cowboy festivals in Western Canada.