Draft Horse Show Draws International Crowd
The 2015 Central Alberta Draft Horse Show drew spectators in number from Canada, the United States and the Netherlands, to watch many of North America’s top Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron and Shire horses contest the Breeding and Performance Classifications offered. Robert Detweiler, Oelwein, Iowa, tied the ribbons.
Best of Show, Willow Way Mavis was Supreme Champion Clydesdale, Grand Champion Clydesdale Mare and the Fiske Horse Care Product’s All Canadian Ultimate Challenge winner. Picture perfect, this 3-year-old is a Clydesdale female of consummate loveliness. Big and correct, she is built to travel. On each step taken, she planted her great feet. Her tight hocks rose and fell, moving like pistons, powering her on. Poetry in motion, her sharp underpinning is furnished with abundant hair, straight and fine as silk. Sired by Willow Way Baccardi, she is out of Westerdale Friendly Fiona, a Windy Ridge McKenzie mare. Bred and exhibited by Allan Gordeyko, Willow Way Clydesdales of Ohaton, Alberta. Judge Robert Detweiler purchased Willow Way Mavis for Anderson’s Farm at St. Thomas, Ontario, following the show.
Ace, the Supreme Champion Percheron, was Grand Champion Percheron. Shown by Jeff Burger, Black Gold Percherons of Williston, North Dakota, this lofty 3-year-old is bred to wear harness. He stands near 19 hands. Yet, for a horse of his height, he is a superb athlete. One that can tramp. Lifting his head high on an arched neck of pleasing length, this colt was a sight to behold when shown in harness. Purchased for $30,000 at the 2015 Mid-America Draft Horse Sale, Ace is a Briar Hill Trademark son.
Metheringham Upton Tara, the Supreme Champion Shire, was the Grand Champion Shire Mare. Imported by Dale & Maxine Campbell, Windcharger Heritage Farm Ltd. of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, this stretchy, 2-year-old, that is grey in colour, was bred in England by Geoffrey Robinson, Metheringham Shires at Newark, Nottinghamshire. She is sired by Metheringham Upton Hamlet, Great Britain’s 2014 Horse of the Year.
The Supreme Champion Belgian, Mundie’s Royce, was the Grand Champion Belgian Stallion. This 5-year-old sorrel, sired by Bayles Blessed With Style, was bred and exhibited by by Drew Mundie, Mundie’s Belgians of Red Deer County, Alberta.
The performance show was a battle of breed giants. A stellar turnout of black, Percheron geldings was Champion Six Horse Hitch. This was the Mark Messenger Memorial Hitch from Cheyenne. The Wyoming stable’s Four Horse Hitch and Ladies Cart were also red ribbon winners. Jeff Burger, Black Gold Percherons of Williston, North Dakota, won Mens Cart, the Open Team and Unicorn Hitch; while Allan & Wes Gordeyko, Willow Way Clydesdales, exhibited the top team of mares. Young Living Percherons of Mona, Utah, fielded the winning Mare Cart.
Albertans dominated the Youth Classification. The Junior, Intermediate and Senior Youth Aggregate Award winners were, respectively, Aaron Westlund of Lethbridge; Mikayla Flint of Paradise Valley and Rein Roy of Markerville. Innisfail’s Jodi Grahham won the $1,000 Youth scholarship; while Lloydminster’s Paige Laycock and Markerville’s Rein Roy won the $500 Youth scholarships. Winner of the $300 Youth Participation Award offered by John & Marlane Chorny, Kinross Glen Clydesdales (Olds), was Megan Campbell of Fawcett.