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-
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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.