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The four­teenth an­nual South­ern Al­berta Graz­ing School for Women was held in the Mun­son Hall on July 25 and 26 with about 60 peo­ple from South­ern Al­berta and Saskatchewan present. At­tend­ing from this com­mu­nity Mary James, Raine McDougald, Loretta and Toni Wil­son. It was a very help­ful and in­ter­est­ing two days. Among the top­ics dis­cussed were Range and Ri­par­ian Health and Post Calv­ing Care. The group vis­ited Top Grass Cat­tle Com­pany and Prim­rose Dairy Farm in the Star­land County to iden­tify weeds and grasses. On Tues­day night the group went to the Last Chance Sa­loon for sup­per.

On a very hot Satur­day, July 29 the Ver­dant Val­ley Draft Horse Com­pe­ti­tion took place at the Com­mu­nity Cen­ter. The eight teams of two horses, mostly Bel­gian, Percherons, Thor­ough­bred Crosses and Cly­des­dales came from Air­drie, Ch­ester­mere Lake, Stan­dard and Drumheller.

The com­pe­ti­tion is mainly a skills com­pe­ti­tion putting your team through ev­ery­day manoeuvres such as hook­ing up loads, back­ing up the team, pulling through py­lons and open­ing and clos­ing gates with horses stand­ing free. Th­ese chal­lenges demon­strated the chores that a team of horses would have been re­quired to per­form on the farm back in the days of horse power. It is a timed and judged event. In the Draft Horse Com­pe­ti­tion the top plac­ing teams were : First place – Bren­dan Chris­tensen, Stan­dard with Draft team “Babe and Roxie”; Se­cond place – Tom Chris­tensen, Stan­dard with Draft team ”Bella and Smokey”; Third place – Austin Veno, Ver­dant Val­ley with Draft team “Monte and Max; Fourth place – Joe Jef­fray, Air­drie with Draft team “Liz and Beth”. The show started at noon with open­ing cer­e­monies and the chil­dren’s minia­ture horse driv­ing com­pe­ti­tion. The re­sults of this com­pe­ti­tion were : First place – Levi Veno, Home- stead Coulee with pony team “Rip and Tear”; Se­cond place – De­laney McDougald, Ver­dant Val­ley with pony team “Di­a­mond and Sil­ver”; Third place – Shelby Veno, Home­stead Coulee with “Quartz and Bambi”. Dur­ing the af­ter­noon some of the young peo­ple took young­sters on horse drawn wagon rides and minia­ture pony rides to the de­light of the lit­tle ones. The play­ground and Bouncy Cas-

TheDrumhellerMail.com - SEC­TION A tle also kept young ones ocvol­un­teers re­sulted in a great cu­pied. In the yard were dis­show and an en­joy­able day of plays of an­tique ma­chin­ery re­flec­tion of the older days. and trucks and in the Hall Happy birth­day this week were ac­tiv­i­ties and dis­plays to Cam­ryn McDougald on of knit­ting, weav­ing, spinAu­gust 3, Shelly (Keirle) Pol­ning, quilt­ing and Women’s zin on Au­gust 5, Carol KeiIn­sti­tute mem­o­ra­bilia. rle and Robyn McDougald

The vis­i­tors en­joyed a baron Au­gust 7. Best wishes on be­cued beef on a bun sup­per your wed­ding an­niver­sary to with mu­sic pro­vided by Don Lacey ( Wil­son) and Grant Howard and fel­low musiBeatty on Au­gust 8. cians.

A lot of hard work by many Austin Veno guides his team of Cana­di­ans, Monty and Max, through the py­lons while pulling the log skid in the Ver­dant Val­ley Draft Horse Com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day, July 29. Each par­tic­i­pant is scored out of 100 points. They earn their 100 points if they com­plete the course or lose it all if un­able to. As well as the com­pe­ti­tion, wool spin­ning demon­stra­tions, live en­ter­tain­ment, and an­tique au­to­mo­biles and ma­chin­ery were on dis­play for spec­ta­tors to en­joy dur­ing the day.

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