Ver­dant Val­ley to host first draft horse com­pe­ti­tion

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail

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.

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