The Joe Marten Memorial Award
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Preservation of Cowboy Heritage in BC

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Who is Joe Marten?

Joe Marten was born in Germany and trained as a tool and die maker. He immigrated to Canada in 1961 to follow his dreams of wide open spaces, adventure and freedom. Joe first settled in Kitchener, Ontario, where one of his first purchases (even before a car) was a horse, and he became of member of the Pioneer Trail Riders Club of Toronto. He loved the Canadian outdoors, and western horsemanship. In 1966 Joe moved to BC after completing a three-month wilderness trip on horseback - over 500 miles from Williams Lake to Pemberton over coastal mountains.

Joe purchased 10 acres in the 150 Mile House area. He moved an old heritage log home from Pablo Mountain, and reassembled in on his property. He meticulously built a unique western heritage theme around his property and home. He collected and restored horse drawn equipment and wagons. His mantle is covered with a fantastic spur collection, many of which were collected from all over North America. In their many travels, when Joe saw any western or cowboy related items he had trouble not picking them up and bringing them home.

Joe and his wife, Traudl, enjoyed many years of western living. He had perfected his hobby of silver-smithing, spurmaking, and engraving and his talent was quickly recognized and respected around the province. Joe and Traudl travelled to exhibitions and he received top honors in his craft.

Joe Marten passed away unexpectedly in 1999 after suffering serious injuries in a riding accident. Joe's love of western and cowboy heritage was evident in everything he did. The Joe Marten Memorial Award for the Preservation of Cowboy Heritage in BC was created in Joe's memory. It is adorned by a pair of spurs that Joe made.


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