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Virden Indoor Rodeo action By Charlotte Artyshko The Virden Indoor Rodeo, one of the biggest community events of the year, is just around the corner. “We would really like to fill Tundra Oil and Gas Place every night,” said Lonnie Brown, Rodeo Chairman. “That’s always the goal. A full arena just adds that much more to the rodeo atmosphere.” Spectators can expect to see a lot of great rodeo action from bulls and broncs to team roping and barrel racing. The ever popular mutton busting will take place during intermission at Friday and Sunday performances. The Manitoba Draft Horse Futurity will also take place on Sunday.

Shoot-Out Champion Sunday In addition to the regular rodeo performances, new this year is Sunrise Credit Union Shoot-Out Championship Sunday. “The Shoot-out is a concept that our board has talked on and off about for several years,” said Brown. “We decided to go ahead with it this year and hopefully bring some added excitement to our Sunday night performance.” In this round the top 10 contestants, or top six depending on entries, will come back in each event to compete for extra prize money and championship jackets. This championship round will encourage contestants to approach it with a ‘go for broke’ mindset. Brown added “It is kind


of similar to the format that is used at The Calgary Stampede. It has the potential for our Sunday spectators to see some of our highest scoring rides and fastest times of the weekend.” Dedication to rodeo It takes hard work, time,

dedication and planning to create an event such as that of the Virden Indoor Rodeo. Planning for this caliber of an event starts a year in advance. “The planning never really stops. Everybody always has their wheels turning on how

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we can improve the rodeo and keep it fresh for our loyal spectators,” said Brown. “We have such a great rodeo base on our committee, and everyone is very committed to keeping our rodeo going in a positive direction.” Continued on page 2


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Hagan to receive Holmes Memorial award By Charlotte Artyshko

Jocelyn Hagan will be the recipient of the Gerry Holmes Memorial Award at this years Virden Indoor Rodeo. Photo/File Photo

Jocelyn Hagan is the 2014 recipient of the Gerry Holmes Memorial Award. “I was overwhelmed when I heard the news of my induction. To be voted by your peers, there is no greater honour,” she said. Presented each year to a Virden Indoor Rodeo & Wild West Daze Committee member who has made an outstanding contribution to the event, the award honours the memory Gerry Holmes, a woman whose involvement was exceptional and long-standing. Hagan is the wife of Shawne Hagan, mother of four children Alistair, Amanda, Thomas and Bronwen and grandmother to Harley Mae and Slade. She has been involved in every aspect of ranching and farming; from the purebred Charolais business to grain farming to the PMU industry, to the current cow/calf/yearling operation. Hagan has been involved with the

rodeo for over 17 years. She started out helping with the set-up and teardown of the grounds. From there she helped out the High School Rodeo along with Deb King and took on the job of working with the Queen Contest. In 2004 Hagan was voted in as president of Virden Indoor Rodeo & Wild West Daze, holding that position for 10 years. She also played the role of secretary while they found a volunteer for that position. “My job was very easy as there are so many great people doing all the hard jobs all year,” said Hagan who has sat on many boards in church vestry, choir, Brownies and Festival. “I strongly believe in this as a way to give back.” Hagan added. “So many people put in so many hours of behind the scene work to pull off this spectacular event. To join the ranks of the past inductees, I am in awe of being in such incredible company.”

Indoor Rodeo action continues in Virden Continued from front Although entries are not in yet, a strong entry is anticipated with the added money, championship jackets and trophy saddles. The addition of the big screen and leader board has brought an even higher level of entertainment for spectators. “We really feel, as a committee, that we are putting on a great rodeo,” said Brown. “I know as a contestant, that Virden is the one rodeos I look forward to the most. With the professionalism and attention to detail that this committee puts forward it has an atmosphere second to none!”

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Horseman’s Hall of Fame By Anne Davison Doug Sexsmith has been voted as the 2013 Horseman’s Hall of Fame recipient, an award he will receive in conjunction with the Virden Indoor Rodeo & Wild West Days. His name is synonymous with horses and harness racing in Manitoba. The Virden farmer owned, trained and raced standardbred pacers over a near 40-year period. Sexsmith took over farming from his father Bob, who retired and went to work for John Clark. The elder started many harness racers for Clark, a very active breeder at Virden. That was the trigger for the younger Sexsmith, a horse lover from childhood, to take up the sport of standardbred racing. In 1970, he began purchasing colts for his father to break and train for the track. Doug Sexsmith drove his first race on the Deloraine track, winning the first heat with a horse named Bobby Jim. From the outset of his involvement on the race circuit in June 1973, Sexsmith enjoyed his share of wins, until he retired in 2009, with the sale of the legendary Oakridge Rambler. That horse set

a record in 2008, posting a time of 1:56.4 in Sunday’s Preferred Pace at Wawanesa fair. This was the fastest mile in the history of the Manitoba Great Western Harness Racing Circuit - until three weeks ago, July 20, 2014, when a horse from Alberta raced the mile at 1:54. Back in the 1970s until recently, harness racing was going strong in Virden and on many tracks around Manitoba. “There was a lot of racing going on back then. Probably 10 families that had [harness racing] horses in Virden at that time,” explains Barry Nolan, a Virden horseman. Nolan was a standardbred breeder at that time from whom Sexsmith bought several good horses. One of them, Ledra-dal Dawn, was a winning horse. “I had a lot of good horses, I was very fortunate, right from the start,” Sexsmith, reflects. The ability to choose the right horse was a gift. “I’ve always had that bit of a gift,” says Sexsmith. “You look a horse in the eye and that kind of tells you what nature he is, what kind of a heart he’s got.”

Two horses owned and trained by Doug Sexsmith - Im A Dixon and Dixon Kash - both paced the fastest mile of the day at Holland, MB, both finishing in 2:01.1 minutes. Pictured (l-r) Ron Cullens, Cullens’ children, Mabel Sexsmith, Bob Brydon (part owner), Albert Basin (from whom Sexsmith purchased the horses), Doug Sexsmith and Jody Cullens holding Dixon Kash. Photos/Submitted

He trained with patience. “Some people have too many horses or don’t want to wait on them. They want speed right away,” says the equine sportsman. “I wanted the horse conditioned so his tendons, his legs, everything was in good contention. Once I got him there, I didn’t want to break him down. “By doing that you don’t make them race crazy, either,” he states, adding, “They learn to drive, you can handle them, then you ask them for speed afterwards.” Driving on race day is an art as well. “You’ve got to be at it all the time to know what’s going to happen...what to expect, what

not to expect. Just being a Sunday driver doesn’t make you a good driver,” explains Sexsmith. “I always trained them at home and then I turned them over to this couple,” he points to a photo, “Jody and Ronnie Cullens.” Sexsmith and his wife Mabel flip through binders of photos. She has taken care of many details over the years. She knows the horses, recalls the people and the races. In the pages of racing history are photos of Gertrude, Sexsmith’s mother, in the winner’s circle with a horse she owned - Gertie

the Goer, who won the Manitoba Great Western one year. The photo library brings to Sexsmith’s memory many Virden names. “Geordie Sproat, Dean Fontana, Jack Sawyer, Ray Dryden, Darrel Nolan, Bob Duke, those are guys that I watched,” says Sexsmith. “Orville Good was another one -he was a great influence.” He speaks of Robert Bazin and also of his neighbours, the Colemans and Braybrooks who had harness horses. On July 25, Sexsmith is about to depart for a

weekend of trail riding. Looking out the farm kitchen window, the saddle horses have arrived in the corral for a drink. “I better lock them in or I won’t have anything to ride,” he says. Mabel volunteers to go out and do that. “She used to do a lot of work in the barn when I first started, harnessing, getting horses ready for me to take out,” says her husband. Sexsmith has shifted gears, now occasionally driving a team for hay rides and trail riding with friends, his passion for horses continues.

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Doug Sexsmith driving his record setting standardbred pacer, Oakridge Rambler.


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Local cowboy rides at Calgary Stampede By Charlotte Artyshko “Riding in the same arena as Canadian and world champion cowboys is a big honor and has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid,” said Bailey Plaisier. The 17 year-old cowboy from Oak Lake made his Calgary Stampede debut on Thursday, July 10. The criteria for novice events is that a rider must be 16 to 20 years old and be a member of a rodeo association, whether it be high school, amateur or pro. Riding a horse called Hail Caroline for 73 points placed him in the top 6, which allowed Plaisier to ride again on Saturday, July 12. Super Sue bucked hard on Saturday but Plaisier hung on for 67 point ride, leaving him in fourth place overall. “After making the whistle on my first horse and hearing my score, I was pretty excited because I knew that would get me back to the next round with the other top five guys there,” said Plaisier. “It felt really good knowing I could ride well enough to keep up to some really good riders that were a bit older than me.” As a second generation cowboy, Plaisier is no stranger to rodeo. His father, Trevor Gompf, rode bulls and was a pick-up man. Plaisier started out riding bulls until about a year ago when he added bareback horses to the mix. Now he just rides bareback. In recent months he has started going to some pro rodeos, riding in some pretty big rodeos. “I think that really helped me keep my nerves under control when I stepped out and saw the huge crowds,” said the novice. Plaisier plans on make a strong career as a professional; to win Canadian and world champion titles and continue competing at the Calgary Stampede.

Bailey Plaisier riding this spring in Kendersly, Saskatchewan. Photo/lweisimages






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By Charlotte Artyshko The countdown is on. With less than a week until the Virden Indoor Rodeo and Wild West Daze. The annual Downtown Daze Events will begin Thursday, August 14 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Victoria Park with a free stakeholder and community barbecue sponsored by Corex. A juggler/comedian is set to take the stage during the barbecue along with some presentations. From 5 – 9 p.m. Seventh Avenue will be blocked off from Queen Street to Raglan Street for the downtown events. Most of the businesses also stay open until 9 p.m. to allow for evening shopping. Live music, inflatables for kids, a juggler/comedian, Chuck wagon races, petting zoo and numerous other activities will be taking place. Firefighters, RCMP and STARS will have displays as well. Businesses are encouraged to decorate their windows and displays in the spirit of rodeo. Of course none of this would be possible without volunteers. Hunter added that if anyone would like to volunteer they can contact Hunter herself or the Virden Chamber of Commerce. “Downtown has grown,” said downtown events co-ordinator, Donna Hunter. “The crowd pleaser seems to be the Chuck wagon Races which has been a long time tradition in Virden. Of course the kids eyes light up when they see the inflatables.”


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Robins Review By Robin Wark Virden’s Rae Lyng will have many great memories from her time as a member of the Lakeland College rodeo team. “I really enjoyed that

we were provided awesome coaches and that we had such an awesome team,” she wrote in an email about her experience competing for the Alberta college. “Despite that we competed

against each other in the arena it was nothing for us to cheer for each other, haul with each other, … lend a horse to someone when in need, etc.” The daughter of Kelly

and Cherie Lyng was certainly an important part of the team. Rusty Quam, a well known barrel racer who works with the team, praised Lyng’s personality and willingness to always help out.

“Rae is a very, very nice person,” Quam said. “She always is in a good mood. She asks a lot of questions...she is very willing to learn.” She competed for the college in barrels, pole bending, goat tying and breakaway roping. “She had some tough luck, but she has all the ability in the world,” Quam said. Lyng impressed the veteran barrel racing horse trainer with her willingness to work with young horses and different mounts. Quam praised Lyng for all the effort she puts in working with horses. At Lakeland, Lyng graduated this spring from the school’s environmental conservation and reclamation program. She was going to be spraying herbicide in the spring and summer but hopes to get a fulltime position doing reclamation work in the fall. While excited to pursue her chosen career, Lyng will miss her time with the Rustlers rodeo team. “I’ll miss competing at the college rodeos and having the opportunity to work with the awesome coaches,” she wrote. “Lee Macmillan

and Randy (Smith) were great at helping with roping and Rusty was awesome at helping me get my colts started on the barrel pattern and getting my seasoned barrel horse competing better and more consistently.” Lyng came to Lakeland after a solid high school rodeo career. In grades 10 through 12, she qualified for events at both the Canadian High School Rodeo Finals and the U.S.-based National High School Finals Rodeo. In Grade 12, she closed out her high school career by qualifying in barrels, poles and breakaway for Canadians and barrels and poles at nationals. Just like when she was in high school, Lyng competed in college rodeo with the full backing of her family. “My parents, as well as extended family, came to almost every rodeo I competed at despite the 10-hour drive, often on back-to-back weekends, just to support me,” she wrote. “They were also awesome for bringing horses back and forth from Manitoba and Alberta when I wanted to swap my younger trainer horses.”

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Sunday, August 17

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Virden’s Andrew Carruthers and Kola’s Chris Flannery battle it out during the 2012 Virden Demolition Derby. Photo/Virden Demolition Derby

As we look towards another year, it’s hard to believe that Virden’s Demolitioin Derby has been around since the 1960s. Before being part of the Indoor Rodeo weekend festivities, the Derby was held in con-

junction with the Fireman’s Rode and before that, the Silver Dollar Days and Virden Fair. The Derby is currently held on the third Sunday in August, and runs in conjunction with the Virden Indoor Rodeo

and Wild West Daze. On the usually hot and humid day, the bleachers are packed and the concession is in full swing; there are door prizes to be won as well as a 50/50 draw. But the most gripping

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action comes in the center of the pit where men and women battle it out to become the ultimate smash up champion. The Demolition Derby is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Virden Legion. The proceeds from the event allow the Legion to provide upkeep as well as weekly entertainment and events.

Very few changes have been made for 2014, most of the revamping came in 2013 - which included a revamping of the heat categories, additional prizes for drivers and a larger Feature heat jackpot. Drivers may see a large jackpot again this year. This year ’s Derby will take place on Sun-

day, August 17, at 1 p.m. at the Derby Pit which is located on PR#257 (Kola exit if you’re coming off Hwy #1), and 1/8 mile south of the cement plant. Due to Mother Nature wreaking havoc on the area, the bridge south of the pit is closed. Access to the pit will now only be via the Service Road or Hwy #1.

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An Old Western Town An old western town lay asleep in the sun Of a long summer day that was then almost done. The shadows were long and the hosses stood ‘round Sort of restin’ one leg and their head hangin’ down. Two cow punchers down at the “Last Chance� saloon Was tryin’ to sing. They was both out of tune. At one end of the street that was dusty and narrow A scratchin’ the dirt was some chickens and sparrows. The dogs slept in the shade and the people they strolled Like they felt plum contented in body and soul. If you looked just a little way off to the west You could see the high mountains with snow on their crest. The shadows of clouds drifted over the flat And it shore made a right purty pitcher at that. A drunken cow puncher was ready to go And he figgered he’d ort to put on a big show. He spurred and he hollered and shot his six gun, And he aimed to take out with his hoss on the run; But he didn’t remember his cinches was slack Until after he got his old pony ontracked. That cow hoss he started to buck and to bawl And got rid of that cow puncher saddle and all. And before that drunk waddy got clear of the wreck He was bit by two dogs, which he didn’t expect. The hoss he bucked into a long hitchin’ rack Where a team was hitched to a wagon raired back. They lit out a draggin’ the old rattle trap And swingin’ the broke ends of two hitchin’ straps. A whole lot of people come from everywhere The sparrows and chickens they took to the air. The kids made for cover, the women all screamed And the dogs was all chasin’, that runaway team. A feller run out like some man allus did A yellin’ and jumpin’ and wavin’ his lid. When the hosses got close why the man lost his nerve. He got out of the way but he made the team swerve. They tore down the porch posts in front of the store. They busted the winder and several things more.

They was off of their feet when at last they got stopped Piled up in a heap with the wagon on top. They was fast in the harness, one hoss nearly strangled, But the crowd went to work and they got ‘em untangled, But just when they started to take ‘em away The storekeeper come out with plenty to say. His place had been wrecked, but what made it worse still The man with the team owed the store man a bill. He swore he would take it all out of his hide He shore wasn’t bluffin, he got in and tried. But most of the citizens present they reckoned That the storekeeper come off a mighty pore second. The town marshall come with his badge and his gun Just in time for a drink when the whole thing was done.

The sun soon went down. Then a few golden streaks From the afterglow showed on the snowy peaks. The kerosene lamps shed a soft yellow light Where the town folks was cookin’ their supper that night. ‘Twas a real western night with no fog or no haze The stars hung in clusters so bright that they blazed. Some neighbors they gathered to visit and talk You could hear the slow footsteps along the board walk. There sprung up a soft gentle breeze from the west One after another the lights went to rest And the curtain of night settled quietly down On that best of all places, an old western town. From Rhymes of the Ranges and Other Poems, 1947 Bruce Kiskaddon (1878-1950) is one the most admired “classic� cowboy poets and his poems are frequently recited. Most are in the public domain.

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World Youth By Anne Davison Out of a field of 80 competitors, 17-yearold Janine Ketterer, representing Luxembourg, finished 10 th in cutting and 11 th in reining recently at the American Quarter Horse Association 2 0 1 4 Yo u t h Wo r l d Cup. She is the granddaughter of a well know Virden horse judge and quarter horse owner, Sherald Joynt. Joynt’s daughter, Laura Ketterer owns and operates Dusty Rose Ranch in Germany’s Black Forrest not far from the French and Swiss borders. Not far from the Ketterer establishment, Morey Fisk, son of Leonard and Darlene Fisk, of Oak Lake, is a trainer at HorseAcademy, just two hours from Dusty Rose Ranch. With the likes of this Manitoba influence, Western horsemanship has spread around the world into areas like Germany traditionally the home of dressage and show jumping. Teams came from

Janine Ketterer, granddaughter of Cherald Joynt of Virden, competed successfully in the American Quarter Horse Association Youth World Cup held recently in Texas. Photo/submitted

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada (Quinn Brandt from Steinbach, Manitoba was the only Manitoban), Denmark, F r a n c e , G e r m a n y,

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This Arabian mare named Hosanna is enjoying the view with her rider, on one of her last rides in the Arrow River hills. She has checked cattle, sorted and moved many cows and put in miles of pleasure riding, carrying young people. Hosanna and a young rider survived a head over heels flip during cattle work on rough, hayland and on one occasion she had to be stripped of her saddle, bridle and tie down to free her from a submerged tree in a creek crossing. Her recent duties have been babysitting weanling ponies. She has finally retired to pasture life at the ripe old age of 30. Photo/Anne Davison

Horses and cattle By Anne Davison Horses and cattle go together like sox and shoes, and since the early days in North America, cowboys worked cattle from the back of a horse. Here in Manitoba, some still do. Virden veterinarian, Dr. Everett More not

only fixes horses, he rides them too. Today, he is also a purebred cattleman with the herd name, More Brothers Simmentals. More used to show horses and still has nine horses on his place. But horses fulfill a practical purpose for More - checking and moving cattle.

“I ride a fair bit most of the riding is in the spring. I’m on the horse every day, it doesn’t matter the weather,” he says, adding, “For A.I. it has to be done.” He explains that he is checking heat cycles in his cow herd, for an artificial insemination breeding program.

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More enjoys riding with a practical purpose. Selling the horses that are broke and seasoned, he starts a new horse on the cattle-checking circuit each year. He explains,

“There’s no pressure, it’s regular riding for 30 minutes twice per day.” Trail riding with a purpose agrees with his green horses, he explains. “They know what we’re doing.”

Horses are a very practical way to manage cattle in rough terrain. “Besides, you can’t see anything from a quad,” says the cowboy vet, “just the cow in front of you.”

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Book review the most heralded and beloved heroes of his time... Said to have an IQ equivalent to that of a human sixth-grader, Jim exploded on to the national scene in 1897 by demonstrating inexplicable abilities to read, write, spell, do mathematics, tell time, sort mail, cite biblical passages and debate politics. By the late 1800s the humane society movement was gaining traction in the USA and around the western world. It was a world of harsh realities, post American Civil War, where black people had been considered as ‘property’ along with the horses that died in the traces of the cabs and coal wagons. In this world, Beautiful Jim Key and his

Beautiful Jim Key by Mim Eichler Rivas This book stretches the imagination as to what exactly a horse is capable of. Long before Monty Roberts, the well know ‘horse whisperer’ of the early 20th Century, an extraordinary man in Tennessee by the name of William Key trained an extraordinary horse whom he named Jim Key. William Key was a self-taught veterinarian, former slave, Civil war veteran, prominent African-American entrepreneur and one of the most renowned horse whisperers of his time. From the book’s fly leaf we read, Beautiful Jim Key the one-time ugly duckling of a scrub colt that became one of

patient trainer and friend, were key players in helping society at large begin to consider animals as thinking, feeling creatures. The book, Black Beauty: Autobiography of a Horse by Anna Sewell, published in 1877, just 10 years prior to Jim Key’s debut before the American public was a shocking book in its day and probably one of the sticks of dynamite that helped launch the humane movement. Rich in history and human detail, Beautiful Jim Key, The Lost History of A Horse and A Man Who Changed the World is a fascinating, thoroughly researched and well written book. It can be found at Borden Regional Library in Virden.

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Terms to know before attending a rodeo The growing popularity of rodeo, which, according to the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association, attracts 30 million fans each year, has piqued the curiosity of many people who have never before attended a rodeo or watched an event on television. Upon discovering the rodeo, men, women and children often find it as compelling if not more compelling than most popular mainstream sports. For those interested in rodeo but uncertain about its terminology, the following are a few terms to know, courtesy of the PRCA. • Barrelman: An entertainer who uses a barrel to distract a bull after a ride. Such distractions sometimes protect the cowboy. • Breaking the barrier: This occurs during a timed event when a rider leaves the box too soon, failing to give the bull a sufficient head start. Riders who break the barrier are assessed a 10-second penalty. • Bullfighter: An athlete who protects the bull rider after he dismounts or is bucked off. A bullfighter can distract the bull by directing

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