Horses, dogs, lights, mark fes­tive sea­son at Ex

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A light and Christ­mas carol show at the Moose Jaw Ex­hi­bi­tion arena drew two Satur­day crowds of visi­tors. Visi­tors were en­ter­tained by two an­i­mal demon­stra­tions as well as the lights flash­ing to Christ­mas carol tunes. The light show is in its sec­ond year. Glenn Tomyn, one of the or­ga­niz­ers, said he didn’t know how many lights they had out­lin­ing three build­ings — the Bur­row­ing Owl Cen­tre, the arena and the con­ven­tion cen­tre. A demonstration of fly ball and agility by dogs and their own­ers from the Moose Jaw Dog Club opened the af­ter­noon show. Most of the dogs are still in early stages of train­ing and did not al­ways fol­low the course as set out. Two Gypsy horses from the Sun­set Ridge Gypsy Ranch at Church­bridge near York­ton and their riders per­formed tricks at each show. The Gypsy Van­ner horses look like a cross be­tween draft horses and Shet­land ponies. The breed’s history goes back cen­turies to the Ro­many (Gypsy) peo­ple of East­ern Europe. The wan­der­ing Gypsy peo­ple needed strong horses to pull their vans as they moved from place to place. They needed gen­tle horses that could be han­dled and cared for by chil­dren. Quiet horses for stealthy move­ment were also a bonus. The Gypsy Van­ner with DNA from Cly­des­dales, Dale Ponies, Friesian and Shires, fit the bill. Gypsy Van­ners will be fea­tured at a show on the Ex­hi­bi­tion grounds on April 16. Pro­ceeds from the sil­ver col­lec­tion went to the Sal­va­tion Army. The Army gave ev­ery child at­tend­ing a teddy bear.

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