Although over time, the sizable horses of ranches and farms the world over have had their listing of labor duties decreased due to know-how, many within the agriculture business nonetheless love to point out off their hooved mates.
And Northwest Colorado is not any exception.
The Moffat County Horse Energy Draft Horse Present kicked off Friday evening at Moffat County Fairgrounds, showcasing workhorses and their handlers from throughout the Western Slope and Utah.
After planning the present for months, coordinator Mardi Anson famous that half the groups who had dedicated to the present have been pressured to again out up to now two weeks, however the occasion was nonetheless in a position to characteristic quite a few horse lovers.
“I believe we’ve got a great number of occasions and a great number of breeds that got here out. We had a bit little bit of every little thing,” Anson stated.
Occasions on the schedule included feed staff races, staff hitch, four-horse hitch impediment course, and extra.
Horse Energy organizers recruited Kelli Gardner of Madrid, Ohio, to guage the equine contestants and their human companions on their driving capabilities, security of apparatus and presentation, amongst different parameters.
Whereas some occasions featured riders on saddleback, others had bigger rigs, whether or not it was a two-person cart or the six-horse hitch contestants that opened the Friday evening occasion.
Anson’s sons Grady and Garrett have been every dealing with a full staff of six towards Palisade’s Clark Household Orchards.
“They needed to hitch up form of a mismatched group. My boys labored actually arduous for that,” Anson stated.
This marks the ninth yr for Horse Energy, an occasion that features entrants starting from as younger as 6 years outdated to others who present draft horses competitively on a full-time foundation. All share an appreciation for the utility of horses in the present day, even with fashionable farm and ranch gear changing them in lots of points.
Anson stated the present serves as an indicator of how a lot horse homeowners love their animals.
“Individuals like enjoying with their horses. If you happen to don’t have one thing like this, they only sit within the pasture,” she stated. “Individuals take pleasure in getting their horses dressed up they usually like getting dressed up for this with them.”
Moffat County Horse Energy continues with two exhibits, at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Saturday and one, at 10 a.m., Sunday at Moffat County Fairgrounds.