Verdant Valley to host first draft horse competition
The first ever Verdant Valley Draft Horse Competition is taking place this weekend, and organizers say attendees will be treated to a showcase of horsemanship by area riders.
For those unfamiliar, a draft horse competition has teams of horses, riders, and hands competing in three different challenges using farm implements in succession: a stoneboat pull, log pull, and wagon driving, which will see riders competing for the quickest completion time as they maneuver two horses through a mud arena.
“There’s not a lot of strength involved – it’s about coordination, control, accuracy, and speed to see who can get through it with their horses the quickest,” said organizer Lyle Rowe.
“It shows what kind of background riders have – what training, what connection they have with their horses to have them do what they want them to do. It’s very cool.”
The Verdant Valley competition is modeled similarly to the draft horse competition held in Standard.
Ten teams have already signed up to compete at the event scheduled this Saturday, August 13 at 1 pm at the Verdant Valley Community Centre, located 15 kilometres east of Drumheller on Highway 576. Tickets are available at the door or at Riverside Value Drug Mart.