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Wild Rose Draft Horse Association By Bruce Roy

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n enthusiastic crowd gathered Thursday, July 6th, at Calgary’s Heritage Park, for Pops in the Park, an annual concert the Philharmonic Orchestra offers for its numerous patrons. Again the added attraction was the Eaglesfield Percheron Hitch fielded by Brian & Colleen Coleman of Didsbury, Alberta; a black turnout of Percheron mares that sparked patron interest. Jessica Williams, this year’s Calgary Stampede Queen, together with her two Stampede Princesses, Danielle Kakoschke and Catherine Morneau; and the Stampede’s Indian Princess, Amber Big Plume, joined Brian Coleman on his show wagon. Since members of Calgary’s Philharmonic Orchestra first provided the rousing background music for Calgary Stampede’s World Six Horse Hitch Championship it has been a marriage made in heaven. The crowd gathered in the Saddledome at noon, the Calgary Stampede’s first Sunday, has grown in an exponential manner each year. Seating is now at a premium, while the spectators have become cosmopolitan judges of the equine competition. In fact

the Heavy Horse Show is currently considered one of the Calgary Stampede’s most popular attractions. To spectators’ delight, the tramping Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron and Shire hitches enter the Saddledome to the rousing music of the William Tell Overture, which is best known by the public as the Lone Ranger’s signature song. The new release of the Lone Ranger movie, July 3rd, coincided with this year’s Calgary Stampede. This star studded movie includes a salute to the Calgary Stampede; while Silver, the movie’s equine star, appeared on Stampede Park throughout the ten days. (Editor’s Note: It was at press time that we all learned of the unfortunate flooding in southern Alberta including the Stampede grounds. The city and its community members are rallying together to ensure the annual Stampede will go on! Our commendations to you all!)

Haney Horsemen Update By Stephanie Kwok

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n celebration of International Trails Day on June 1, Haney Horsemen Association (HHA) invited local riders to experience Maple Ridge’s fabulous equestrian trail system with a “Ride Round the Ridge.” They reserved Allco Park for the day as a “base camp” and pairs of HHA volunteers led groups of riders on three different routes - into the lush forest of Golden Ears Park, through the Thornhill neighbourhood, and a shorter route out on the dykes. Twenty-five riders turned out for the event, with the majority being new faces to the HHA. The route into Golden Ears Park was a four-hour ride that offered a variety of terrain - two large river crossings, a waterfall, small creeks, moderate hills, some soft forest paths as well as pebbly/rocky sections. The Thornhill route was a five-hour ride that had water crossings, bridges, road riding, a couple of long, steep hills and lovely, winding forest paths. This route also served to highlight the history of the treasured trails in this area; they have been preserved and upgraded over the last 30 years thanks to the commitment of longtime volunteers such as Bill Archibald, David Smith, Jim Elliott, Dave Hodgens, Christine and Fred Voglmaier, Bud and Dina Popadiuk, to HHA “Trail Boss” Bill Archibald alongside name a few. the Maple Ridge Equestrian Trails Map Riders returned and his fellow “keeper of the pavilion” triumphant (and ready during the event, Gary Wheating, in the background. (Photo by Shelly Mooney) for lunch!) to Allco Park by 3pm, for a buffet that 48 • Saddle Up • July 2013

included lots of pizza, fresh fruit/veggies and jumbo-sized cookies. They had a chance to visit with each other while the horses rested and munched on hay in the Allco Park corrals. This event enabled local trail riders to meet other like-minded horse people and find riding buddies for future adventures. HHA president Dianne Darlington said, “Through our Haney Trail Riders Facebook page, we have been connecting with members of Mission Trail Riders and it was wonderful that quite a few of them came out to ride with us - kindred spirits! It was awesome to have Shelly Mooney, Director of Mission Horse Club and Dan MacDonald, Chair of Back Country Horsemen (Aldergrove Chapter) with us as well. Special thanks to Allison Geofroy, our Ride Manager, her committee, and all of our lead and drag riders for a wonderful day!”

Crossing the Alouette River; Fiona on Joe, Stephanie on Merlyn, Heather on Gabe. (Photo by Allison Geofroy)

HHA Vice President Allison Geofroy presents the “door prize” winner, Diane Kempton, with the “PowerRock,” a portable charge pack for mobile devices - perfect for those horse camping trips! Prize donated by Countrywide Communications. (Photo by Barb Jones)

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