Dennis Maschmeyer Memorial Ride (2024)

Ride: Dennis Maschmeyer Memorial Ride

Ride Registration Opens: May 1, 2024 – Click Here to Register

Location: Bruderheim, Alberta

Ride Organizer: Colleen DeVry – Nightwind Arabians

Ride Manager: Pat DeVry

Ride Secretary: Natasha Dombrosky

Veterinarians: Dr. Stacey Homer DMV (Head vet), Dr Nakiska vanBergen DVM

Date: May 18-19, 2024

Ride Distance: Intro, 25, 50


Trail:  Trail is a mix of 2 track and single track.  Terrain is through forested areas, pasture areas, and through sandy jack pine areas.  There is little gravel therefore very barefoot friendly – ditches are clear and rideable to avoid the gravel.

Ride Camp: We will be in a pretty level pasture field.   There will be porta potties on site and horse water provided.  Good cell reception in camp.  Located 6 minutes from the Town of Bruderheim.  Dogs are welcome but CANNOT be off leash and are NOT allowed in vetting or crewing areas at any time.  Ride site is an active cattle ranch, any dogs off leash will result in immediate removal from ride site.  This is a no frills ride – no breakfast/lunch provided to riders or crew.  We will be hosting a potluck supper Saturday evening prior to the awards ceremony.  Should you wish to join us please bring a dish for the table.   RIDE CAMP OPENS FRIDAY, MAY 17th AT 2PM.

Directions to Ride Camp:  From Fort Saskatchewan (Hwy 21/Hwy 15 intersection) – take Highway 15 East (25 kms) to Range Road 202.  Turn North onto RR 202 and follow for 3.5 kms.  At the T-intersection turn right onto Highway 45.  Continue North for 5.5 kms, ride site will be on the left (watch for the big power lines).  Watch for ERA ride site signs along the highway.  Click for MAP TO RIDE SITE.

Dennis Earl George Maschmeyer Obituary

This ride is being held in honor of the late Dennis Earl George Maschmeyer (May 13, 1939 – January 21, 2024) whose land we host our ride from.

Born May 13, 1939, Dennis was raised in the community of Bruderheim, Alberta.  Shortly after graduating from the University of Alberta with a degree in Chemical Engineering, Dennis married his soul mate, Karol Anita Lewis on December 29, 1962 and together they raised their children on the family farm in Bruderheim.  Dennis donated endless hours and resources to the advancement of local organizations and community buildings such as the Practice Readiness Center in the Fort Saskatchewan Hospital.  In recognition of his many contributions the museum in the Walker School of Bruderheim was renamed the Dennis Maschmeyer Museum.

As Dennis pursued his career with Sherritt International Corporation, he travelled the world sharing meetings and meals with international leaders, such as Fidel Castro and Ferdinand Marcos, as he introduced technology and innovation to many nations.  Although expansion of the Metals business of cobalt and nickel remained a core of Dennis’ attention, as he became the President and CEO of Sherritt, he spoke well of Sherritt’s innovativeness and expansion into acquiring other assets such as Luscar in the effort to maximize profitability.  However, he considers his greatest contribution to Sherritt to be the removal of asbestos from the work site and the increase of safety procedures to minimize lost-time injury hours and eliminate fatalities.

However, Dennis’ greatest pride and focus was upon his family.  He will best be remembered for his love, passion, and commitment to put family foremost.  Every member of his family will agree that Dennis was always willing to offer sound advice, play competitive games, win quarters from lost bets, and supply quizzes.

Dennis is predeceased by his late wife Karol.  He was the loving father to his children and their spouses Karoden (Perry) Shwetz of Waskatenau, Arlan (Christine) Maschmeyer of Bruderheim, and Tannar (Fiona) Maschmeyer of Bruderheim.  Dennis is also remembered fondly by his grandchildren: Seyara (Graeme) Wood, Kanesa, Peytlen (Nicole), Shanya, Katresa, Keydren (Sydney) Schwetz; Brittaney, Bronson (Taylor), Brock (Chelsey), Emerance (Genevieve), Kache (Kelsey) Maschmeyer; and Levi, Ethan, and Aliya Maschmeyer.  Dennis is also the proud great-grandfather to Stetson and Kipton Maschmeyer.  He leaves behind a dear lady friend Karen McDermid.

Regarding Dennis’ past endeavors, when asked recently, “What did you do during your life?” Dennis responded with, “What didn’t I do!”

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May 18 - 19 2024


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