I grew up in Hazelton, B.C. dreaming of the Williams Lake Stampede. I worked for a man, Al Benson, who had thoroughbred race horses. It was my job to exercise and train them on our home-made track in Two Mile, just two miles out of Hazelton. I started riding when the snow left the ground in April and our first big event was the Williams Lake Stampede held on the July 1st weekend each year. I loved the parade with Cowboys and Cariboo Indians in their finest costumes. The Indians always set up their teepees on the hill above the rodeo grounds and it was a beautiful sight to see. I rode my first steer in that stampede.
I know those years of horses and ranches helped to form the artist and man that I am today. As I grew older I always had this dream of owning a ranch and some horses. A number of years ago I returned to Hazelton and am living that dream today. I love the life I live on the banks of the Skeena River with my family and the horses.
I travel a number of times through the year to Vancouver Island and Tofino. Often on the journey south I stop at friends who live in the Cariboo. The Machams have the Stellar Red Angus Ranch near Quesnel, B.C.
I've enjoyed many a visit and story at the Machams and I always walk over to the wall in the kitchen and admire a beautiful framed photograph of cowboys working cattle in the cool of a summer evening. Well the time has finally come to work from the inspiration of the Caroboo and it's people.
So I'm thankful to the Machams for their warm home and hospitality and the inspiration behind Cariboo Cowboy.
Artist: Roy Henry Vickers
Image Size: 19" x 27"
Edition Size: 50