Making Cowgirl dreams come true in Calgary

Growing up I was definitely not a typical little girl.  I had three brothers and played with GI Joe’s  more than I did with Barbies.  But if there was one thing I had in common with many other young girls, it was my love of horses.  I loved to ride, taking tons of lessons and begging my parents to buy me a pony every chance I got (spoiler alert, they never did).  Now that I live in downtown Toronto the chances to get on horseback are pretty much nonexistent. So when I got the opportunity to fly to Calgary and spend some time on a ranch with some rad folks from the media and GMC, I jumped at the chance.

*all photos by Lucas Scarfone Photography

While Toronto will always be home, we definitely got the short end of the stick when it comes to stunning landscapes that Canada is known for.  Alberta however, definitely won the Canadiana natural beauty contest.  Just minutes outside the city of Calgary, the buildings and industrial parks give way to huge expanses of land until the mountain ranges.  Throughout the land in between lay farms and cattle ranches, raising horses, cows and all other manner of creature that you’d expect to find.  Our destination was the OH Ranch.  Founded in 1883, the beautiful 8000 acre ranch is less than a 90 minute drive south of Calgary near Longview, Alberta.  It was gifted to the Calgary Stampede in 2012 to provide more opportunity to connect with the agricultural and ranching communities and to help the Stampede become an active producer in the industry.  It was also going to be our cowboy and girl playground for the day.

My ride buddy James (founder of Hello Vancity) and I drove up to the OH ranch in a 2018 GMC Sierra Denali 1500.

The vehicle was a beast of a truck on the outside, and as beautiful as a luxury sedan on the inside.   High tech interior, heated and ventilated bucket leather seats, Bose speakers, top of the line navigation, entertainment and communication system…I could go on, but trust me this truck was decked out.  It felt a little heavy driving on the paved roads through the country, but when we arrived at the ranch, it was clear that this truck was made for offroading.  From concrete, to gravel, to dirt roads, to grass and even through a (shallow) river, the Sierra took the changes in terrain like a champ, as did all the other GMC vehicles.  I’ve always loved taking the road less traveled, and it was fun to do it literally for once.

We disembarked from our steeds of steel, and it was finally time for what I traveled across the country for: a stunning trailride through the rolling hills of the OH ranch. Our horses were saddled up and waiting for us.  I climbed into the saddle of my new buddy Buster, and we followed our seasoned guides and wranglers and began our adventure.  I was in my happy place; riding on horseback through beautiful countryside, the sun shining above, the breeze cooling my face, and the Rockies lining the horizon in the distance.  While I hope that it won’t be a once in a lifetime experience for me, if it was, it’s one I’ll always cherish.  I’ll let the pictures do the talking now.

We had one little surprise waiting for us when we dismounted our horses; our little media crew got the first glance at the stunning new 2019 GMC Sierra Denali.  This beauty is the next generation of the vehicle I drove around the ranch, built with some of the most innovative technology ever seen on a car or truck.  It boasts several industry-first features, including the MultiPro Tailgate, with six unique functions and positions for easier loading and working, the Carbon-Fiber Pickup Box for durability, efficiency, the ProGrade Trailering System with Trailering App for safer towing,  and the Segment-first Rear Camera Mirror that expands vision to overcome obstructions like occupants or cargo. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to features and functionality.  The 2019 Sierra Denali will be on the market this fall, and we know truck lovers everywhere will rejoice.

Aside from the rad cars and beautiful cowgirl experience, I had the most amazing time with the great folks from GMC and the coolest group of media and influencers I’ve ever had the pleasure of traveling with.  We formed a wonderful little cowboy and girl family, and had some great times.  So thanks for the amazing experience GMC, and for making this wannabe cowgirl’s dreams come true.

Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Addicted Magazine. Her myriad of addictions include music, fashion, travel, technology, boxing and trying to make the world a better place. Nadia is also a feminist, an animal lover, and a neverending dreamer. Keep up with her on social media through @thenadiae.
Nadia Elkharadly