Excitement reached a fever pitch at Ponoka, Alberta’s 2016 Wild Rose Draft Horse Futurity, October 1st, when the seven finalists – one Clydesdale, two Belgian and four Percheron, contested this year’s Futurity purse. Beautifully turned out, successful horsemen would be hard pressed to locate seven 2-year-old horses, whatever the equine breed, that were better schooled. Andrew Stalhiem of Avery, Wisconsin, placed the finalists in each of the three Futurity disciplines. As the placings were announced, ringside spectators gave the seven finalists a deserved ovation.
Gayle Guerin of Unity, Saskatchewan, topped the 2016 Wild Rose Draft Horse Futurity with Prins View Ace, the Alberta-bred Belgian gelding placed 1st on Halter, 4th Pattern Driving and 1st in the Rail Cart Class. Zephrin LaRiviere had her gelding in hand. Albert & Emma Duhaime of Payton, Saskatchewan fielded Dunhaime’s Carys, the home-bred Belgian gelding placed second overall. This 2-year-old was 5th on Halter, 1st Pattern Driving and 3rd in the Rail Cart Class. Callalily of Kinross Glen was third overall. This Clydesdale filly placed 3rd on Halter, 5th Pattern Driving and 2nd in the Rail Cart Class. She was fielded by John & Marlene Chorney, Didsbury, Alberta.
The Yearling Futurity Class, which is optional, was won by Eyebright’s Vision. He was exhibited by Gordon Ruzicka, Rose Hill Percherons, Viking, Alberta. Purchased from John Hunder, Eyebright Percherons of Spruce View, Alberta, as a weanling; Eyebright Vision is an athletic colt, that travels straight as a string. His Pennsylvania-bred sire, Double G King’s Captain, is by Pleasant View King, World Champion Stallion at Calgary’s 1998 World Percheron Show.
A Clydesdale colt topped the 2016 Alberta Foal Show, which is held each year with the Wild Rose Draft Horse Futurity. Yet again Percheron numbers soared. The Belgian, Clydesdale and Shire entries were lighter. Again, Andrew Stalhiem tied the ribbons.
The Supreme Champion Foal, Calico Nitro, was the Champion Clydesdale Foal. Bred and exhibited by Kevin & Tammy Pelonero, Calico Farm at Huxley, Alberta; this eye-catching youngster has bottoms, bone and balance. His sire, Calico Iggy, topped e9ghty-three of eighty-four stallions, to become the Reserve World Champion Stallion at London, Ontario’s 2015 World Clydesdale Show. The Champion Percheron Foal, Sunrise Allie Star was a filly shown by Albert & Lori Newhook of Calgary, Alberta; while the Champion Belgian Foal, Highland Axel, was a colt shown by Andre Kerkovius of Sundre, Albeta. Nancy Graham of Rocky Mountain House, exhibited the Champion Shire Foal. This was Northeast Newman, a handsome, black New Hampshire-bred colt, now resident in Alberta.