Rare Breeds Canada AGM and Farm Open Day in conjunction with Our Gate To Your Plate was a fantastic day out for the public which over 300 turned out on a beautiful Summers day. Here are a few photos and more will follow with a full report of activities.
EOC-Heritage Chicken Workshop, May 31, held at Denise’s Chicken Paradise, Hammond, ON.
Etienne did a marvelous job of presenting in both official languages, as the workshop was filmed for a French presentation on Channel 5. Etienne was thanked for spending the entire afternoon with us and also Jeannine Langlois for organizing this most interesting event.
Grand Crop of Lambs!
Jet, a Large Black Boar, Tattoo # B697 is donated as part of an effort to re establish the very small population of quality animals of this breed left in Canada today
Jet, son of Bob, on his way to Manitoba flying from Montreal on WestJet flight 697
Andy Sproston noted one day he will grow up to be just like his Dad - Big Bad Bob from www.ourgatetoyourplate.com
Exmoor pony wins world championship in agility
The eight year old Exmoor pony stallion is owned and handled by Dawn Westcott, of the Holtball Exmoor Pony Stud from Exmoor National Park in Britain.
Competitors from around the world compete directly against each other in the International Horse Agility Club Worldwide OHLA League, through set courses by video entry. They are judged by Horse Agility Club founder Vanessa Bee, author of the Horse Agility Handbook and DVD.
Combinations accumulate league points throughout the year which determines the end of year winners.
This year, Westcott and Bear finished in November with 774 points to take the World Championship with a 102 point lead. They competed in 21 classes – 11 on the line, 7 at Liberty (where the horse is loose) and 3 at Wild Agility.
Reserve world champions, Beth Smith and Desi from Canada, achieved 672 points, and in third place with 448 points were Sue Engle and Sherbert from the USA.
There is growing enthusiasm in the sport of Horse Agility with a strong international league of competitors producing large starter classes. There is also a Real-Time Competition League, where competitors compete in local competitions, with local trainers and judges, and their accumulated points determine an International League winner at the end of the year.
This year, the Champions with 257 points were Susan Randall and Adios of British Columbia, Canada, and Reserve Champions were Ted Garrott and Murphy from Worcestershire with 177 points.
“I’ve enjoyed the challenge of competing in the same classes as our counterparts from Canada, USA, Australia and the rest of the world,” Westcott said.
“The standard is high and it’s good that we are all completing exactly the same course format, with the same judging panel assessing us. It’s been fascinating to see everyone improving this year – we learn from each other and there is great camaraderie amongst the international competitors,” she said.
“The Horse Agility Forum on Equine Tourism and the Horse Agility Club website have helped us to stay connected and produce some interesting discussions. This year, Bear has improved his ability to work at Liberty, particularly in Wild Agility where he navigates natural obstacles in wide open spaces and seems to really enjoy it.”
Westcott and Bear have competed in the sport for two years, and now have two world championships under their belt. Westcott says they will now move on to other competition.
“Horse Agility is all about improving horsemanship and trying to promote interest in a new sport. Now it’s time for us to move on from actively competing ourselves and this year, I’d like to explore the ‘connection’ we’re developing with Liberty work – particularly out in open, wilder spaces. We also need to concentrate on Bear’s ridden development and I’m working with groups of ponies together and seeing where that takes us. I see local horse people like Emma Massingale working with a herd at liberty, in the style of the Pignon’s, and I’m inspired by that,” she said.
“I very much hope that, through the Bear’s achievements in Horse Agility, we’re helping to raise the profile of the Exmoor pony breed, the closest relatives to the North West European Prehistoric horse, and their immense intelligence and trainability. We hope to progress that work through activities including pony agility in our new Exmoor Pony Club.
“The ‘equine internet competition’ has well and truly arrived and gives ordinary horse owners the opportunity to connect and compete in an international arena. We will be harnessing these opportunities for Exmoor ponies and launching an internet video showing competition in 2013, as well as running demos and workshops in agility, horse behaviour and positive, trust-based horsemanship on Exmoor,” Westcott said.
“With their ancient wisdom, Exmoor ponies can teach us a lot about horsemanship which can benefit horse and pony owners across all spheres.”
More information: www.exmoorponyclub.co.uk
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Royal Manitoba Winter Fair - March 31 to April 5, 2014
125,000 visitors over 6 straight days.
The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair is one of Western Canada’s largest agricultural events and the largest event held in Brandon, Manitoba. It is one of only two fairs in Canada to receive Royal patronage from Queen Elizabeth II (in 1970).
At the Royal you can expect to see world class show jumping and heavy horse competitions, livestock sales and displays, a quality hands-on agricultural awareness program including Thru the Farm Gate, exceptional live entertainers, over 300 commercial and agricultural exhibits and much more.