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Sybil Palmer: From Pony-Living Kid to Successful Thoroughbred Breeder

Not many young thoroughbreds are offered the opportunity to spend their formative years in such a beautiful setting as the Palmer Ranch. Located just outside of Waterton Park in southern Alberta, it’s hard to imagine a more idyllic setting for raising a young horse. As a member of a family with deep roots in Alberta, thoroughbred breeder Sybil Palmer has a long tradition of loving horses and thoroughbreds in particular. The southwest corner of the province where the Palmer Ranch is situated has an interesting history as a cattle ranching area tracing back over 100 years. It was the setting where Senator Cochrane brought his remaining cattle in 1884 after suffering through a severe winter just west of Calgary. Those raising livestock in this region are fortunate enough to enjoy the benefits of the warm chinook winds that often blow through in the winter. “The big chinook winds can mean…

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