July August Newsletter

Mother Nature seems to have turned off the tap for a while.  The forecast is for sun, and I hope that is what we will have for each pull competition this year.  As you read this, one pull has already been completed.  The Duval pull was held on June  23rd.  Please check the club’s website to find out the placings and weights.  The next pull will be July 1 in Carnduff, start time is 2:00pm.  Then off to Weyburn July 4th, start time 12:00pm.  Followed by Ogema on July 7th.  Ogema is celebrating its’ 100 birthday so come out and take part in all the activities offered.   Then it’s off to Calgary!

Another breed of horse you will see at the horse pulls competitions is the Percheron.  This breed originated in a small province about 50 miles southwest of Paris, France, called Le Perche.  Alvin Sanders, author of A History of the Percheron Horse (©1917) describes the race of men who developed this race of horse: “Their horses are a part of their inheritance, particularly prized and accustomed to the affectionate attention of the entire household”. (Sounds like the horses at our place!) “Their docility, growing out of their intimate human relationship, is therefore an in born trait”.  These horses weren’t just horses.  They were part of the family. The Percheron has a lot of very interesting history behind it.  At one point the breed was almost extinct.

Percheron horses are predominantly black or grey, with some white markings.  At one time you weren’t able to register your Percheron if it had excessive white on it.  The American registry allows a roan, bay or chestnut horse to be registered now.    If you live in France or Britain you can only register black and grey horses.

Percheron horses are used for many disciplines.  Primarily bred as a coach horse, it served in the war; pulled heavy mail carriages, moved large barge loads, plowed field and work on rail lines.  Pretty well anywhere you need a very strong and dependable worker.    The largest team of working Percherons in Europe is found in Disneyland Paris, where the breed makes up 30% of the parks horses (Wikipedia).   A Famous team in the United States you may have seen appeared in the Tournament of Roses Parade , is the Heinz hitch of Percherons.  Today Percherons are crossed with lighter horses and you may see them in rings performing dressage or show jumping.  And of course at horse pulls competitions!

Remember to check the club’s website for competition results; and photos from the completion.  You may even find a photo of the next champion Percheron pulling horse!   News, links, schedules , photos and results are posted on the club’s website    http://qvhpc.yolasite.com.

Congratulations go out to Rick Byrne and Donna Fincati, who were married on May 5th.  We wish you the best!

To book the club for your next event or if you would like information about the club, please contact Norman Vertefeuille @ 306-731-3108 or e-mail QVHPC@yahoo.ca



“Preserving Our Draft Horse Heritage

   By Moving Forward

One Load At A Time”

Qu’Appelle Valley Horse Pull Club



Contributed by

Wilma Olmsted

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2011 Agribition Results


1st - Dennis Weinberger & James Gaudry 8,500 lbs - 168” (full distance)

2nd - Brain Martin & Dale Scrochenski 8,500 lbs - 154”
3rd - Ron Sebastian & Ryan Sebastian 8,500 lbs - 91”
4th - Kim Hewalo & Earl Kashmere 7,000 lbs - 47”
5th - Brad Dunn & Dave Lockert 4,000 lbs - 14”

1st - Dennis Weinberger & James Gaudry 9,500 lbs - 168” (full distance)
2nd - Ron Sebastian & Ryan Sebastian 9,500 lbs - 114”
3rd - Wayne Nagy & Randy Banga 9,500 lbs - 55”
4th - Norman Vertefeuille & Earl Kashmere 9,000 lbs - 16”
5th - Laverne Friesen & Dave Wiebe 8,000 lbs - 98”
6th - Larry Klein & Kelly Ross 7,000 lbs - 25”
7th - Paul Geray & Bob Tabatt 6,500 lbs - 73”

1st - Dennis Weinberger & James Gaudry 10,000 lbs - 168” (full distance)
2nd - Norman Vertefeuille & Earl Kashmere 10,000 lbs - 18”
3rd - Hank Geray & Paul Geray 9,000 lbs - 160”
4th - Bob Piesinger & Trevor Kolb 9,000 lbs - 158”
5th - Dave Stutt & Cindy Stutt 8,000 lbs - 42”
6th -
Leonard Carfantan  7,500 lbs - 35”
7th - Laverne Friesen & Dave Wiebe 6,500 lbs - 168”  **

**Laverne Friesen hooked to 7,500 lbs but stepped over the line, so goes back to previous pull

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