Qu'Appelle Valley Horse Pull Club

November/December 2011


Three to go and it is a wrap.  Yorkton and Edmonton, host a pull the same dates.  Time will tell as to who goes where.  Then it is the BIG ONE.  Agribition.  On Tuesday November 22, in the Stadium, the Horse Pull Sponsor Auction is held.  Bidding gets pretty hot sometimes, as Sponsors bid to have their favourite or the most popular team, carry their name. Wednesday November 23, at 10:30am sees the Light Weight division in the arena; in the afternoon at 2:00pm the Middle Weight division put on the show.  The Heavy Weight division have a day all to themselves.  At 1:30pm on Thursday November 24, you can see the last pull for 2011.  All the pulls are held in the Brandt Centre.  Be sure to come out and cheer, bet with your friends and have a lot of fun.

 Soon it will be time to hang up the pulling harness.  Some of the teams will be  turned out for the season; others will begin their second profession – pulling sleighs.  Whichever the teams do, we thank them and the people that work with them, for the enjoyment they have provided us with in this, 2011 pulling season.

I have figured out (roughly) the total kilometers the teams and their human partners traveled this year.  Regina was used as the starting point; for some the pull was close to home, for others it was a distance to travel.  The next week it might be the reverse.  The teams (being horse & human) traveled a total of 4218 Km.  Which is almost the equivalent of driving from Regina to Miami Beach Fl, which is is 4050 km.  In a number I can relate to, being of “old school”, they traveled 2621 miles.  That’s a lot of miles to be standing in a can on wheels.  On long distance hauls, frequent stops are made and the teams unloaded and given a chance to get their “ground legs back”.  Also gives the teamsters a chance to joke and heckle with each other!  We almost qualify to sing the Hank Snow song “I’ve been everywhere”—Tisdale, Vibank, Weyburn, Ogema, Nokomis, Calgary, Swan River, Findlater, Yorkton, Edmonton and Regina.  Call and book the Club for a pull at your community event in 2012 and help us expand our repertoire.

As the 2011 season comes to an end, and new and promising 2012 pulling season shines in the future, I leave you with a message from the club’s president, Norman Vertefeuille.
“Another summer has gone by for the Qu’Appelle Valley Club, the last competitions, Yorkton, Edmonton & Agribition, will complete the pulling season for the year.  2011 pulling season will be history.

The early pulls were wet, with some being cancelled The Club managed to still have fun, safe and competitive pulls for the remainder of the season.    I would like to thank all the Pullers and Helpers that made a big effort to make sure we had enough teams to put on a good show for the spectators.  A big thank you to all the Sponsors.  Without you a competitive pull wouldn’t be possible.

I would also like to thank Wilma Olmsted for the photos, and the write-up she submits to Show Trail on behalf of the Club.  Also to the QVHPC’s Webmaster, Stephanie Snell.  Thank you Wilma & Stephanie.
We look forward to seeing you in 2012.”

Norm Vertefeuille

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.  News, schedules and results are posted on the club’s website.

Merry Christmas and A Very Happy New Year
From the Members of the Qu’Appelle Valley Horse Pull Club

Wilma Olmsted
Photos by Prairie Wind Photography

"Preserving our draft horse heritage
while going forward one pull at a time"


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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

Click here to for Agribition photos

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