Krista and Amber Graham used to be one of the hottest trick riding acts in Canada.
“We used to (go on tours). We travelled all over Canada and into the States doing quite a few shows all summer long,” said Krista Graham, one half of the Graham Sisters Professional Trick Riding Team.
In recent years, however, the Grahams have been more focused on breeding future generations of trick riders at their family trail in Graham Town. However, on Wednesday evening the famous duo will be front and centre once again, as they headline the Graham Town Trick Riding Extravaganza.
In trick riding, cowboys and cowgirls perform daring stunts on a galloping horse around a trail.
While the sisters won’t be performing their famous ring of fire trick on Wednesday night, they do plan on showcasing many of their other classic maneuvers, like the Graham Trademark.
“Amber stands up at the front of the horse and I do the trail drag at the back,” explained Krista. “We also created a Graham Double Stand, so we each can do a one-foot stand on the horse at the same time. No one’s ever done that one before.”
Years ago, the Grahams took their act all over the Canadian map. Krista and Amber began trick riding competitively about 15 years ago when they were 17 and 15, respectively.
In recent years, pregnancies have prevented them from training together enough to perform full-time tours, and instead have them thinking about a different ride - the kind that carries off into the sunset.
“Next year, we were thinking we might just go hard in June and then retire, or we might retire after this year,” said Graham. “We’re not quite sure.”
Regardless, the Graham Sisters are ready to display some of their old-school magic on Wednesday, and plan on doing so with some of their students, including the rising team of Jen Sych and Shelby Fulkerth.
“They’ve been with us right since they were little and they’re one of the top trick riders in Canada now, so it’s kind of fun to see,” said Graham.
Sych and Fulkerth compete in the Canadian Trick Riding Association, as do some of Wednesday night’s other scheduled performers.
The event is also expected to include pork on a pun or bannock, face painting, glitter tattoos, a native storyteller and a magician. The Real Country Band is scheduled to provide musical entertainment as well.
Admission costs $10 and tickets will be sold at the door only. Graham Town is located near Sandy Beach, Alta., approximately 30 kilometres out of Lloydminster.