Autumn 2013
Having just hosted a historic 100th anniversary show in 2012, I don’t think anyone suspected that the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede of 2013 would end up being considered just as monumental. On June 20 of this year, Environment Canada issued a rainfall warning for southern Alberta. By the end of the day, almost four inches of rain had fallen. The situation went from bad to worse, and within the next 24 to 48 hours, Calgary and other regions in southern Alberta had experienced record flooding. Stampede Park is located along the banks of the Elbow River, and much of the…
"A bunch of us were sitting around trying to figure out how we could get together–just for fun–before the show season started. Then someone mentioned 'maybe we could have a show' and we went from there." That, according to LeRoy Biren of Iona, Minnesota, is how the Murray County Classic Draft Horse Show came to be, seven years ago. LeRoy and his wife, JoAnn, got their start in the draft horse business in 1969 when they purchased a pair of grade Belgian mares, both of which were bred. Two years later, they sold the mares along with the mares' offspring.…
"You just get out here and enjoy it. This is the best mental therapy I know of,” states longtime Gee Haw Horse and Wagon Club member Coy Stone of rural Viola, Arkansas. “You don’t worry about what’s at home, what you need to do.” “I just like the comfort,” said Charley Prater of Paragould, Arkansas, who has six-year-old mules Rebel and Maud hooked to his wagon. The two men are members of the Salem, Arkansas-based club, with a membership of 75, about half of which take part in at least some of the 15 or so wagon rides they organize…
When I was in vet school way back when, the condition was known as ascending placentitis. It is estimated that 30% of all foal losses, from conception to birth, are due to placental infections in the pregnant mare. I believe this condition is becoming more prevalent as when foaling season comes around, I receive quite a few calls from breeders who are having a problem with the disease. Every equine breeder should have a working knowledge of the anatomy of an open and a pregnant mare. He or she should understand the changes that occur in the reproductive organs when…
It goes like this: First we till, then we plant. Then we wait for it to rain. Then we wait some more. Then we pray for rain and wait some more; after more blue sky we go to church, ante up our tithes and pray even more devoutly for it to rain. Finally, almost in desperation as our crops parch in the summer sun, we ask the Bishop to have the whole congregation pray for it to rain. And then it does and it does and it does. As we get closer to harvest the petitions reverse. We see our…
Disclaimer–This article is intended as general discussion and information on the topic covered, and is not to be construed as rendering legal advice. If legal advice is needed, you should contact an attorney. This article may not be reprinted or reproduced in any manner without prior written permission of the author. I have written about this topic on previous occasions, but it refuses to come to a final resolution. Recent events have thrust it back to the front page. The USDA, on June 28, 2013, approved a license to process horse meat to a New Mexico company. Valley Meat Company…
When does the task before a judge of a performance class conclude? Spectators have often asked this question, as have exhibitors on occasion. While their eyes will be on the gate, as a performance class enters a show ring, most judges give each turnout a few feet to settle into their drive before their performance is taken into account. However, once those first few feet are travelled, most judges will mentally start to score the turnouts the teamsters have in hand for errors seen. Errors can take many forms. These include the failure of a lead team to go into…

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