It’s been a great time at the Stampede, but yesterday was one of the most exciting. Dot and I had the day off and hung around the centre of Draft Horse Town, just visiting with people. We got to watch roadbuilding demonstrations; my pals pulling the firefighter’s pumper wagon; and wagon wheel building by the wheelrights – all really interesting – usually we don’t see what we pull because it’s behind us. I have a new appreciation for the technology which goes into making it easier for us to pull. It was a really hot day, but I was thankful to be out amongst the action.
The heavy horse “Pull” teams arrived today. I thought the show hitch horses were impressive, but these guys are unbelievable. Some of them weigh 2500 lbs each and they train for hours every day. Each team had to weigh in so they could be put into light, medium or heavyweight categories. Dot and I thought it would be fun to see how fit we were, so we stepped on the scale too. Dot weighed in at 1704 lbs and, as usual, I topped the charts at 1938 lbs – pretty much the same as I was before I started training. It doesn’t seem to matter what I do – it’s clear that fat weighs more than muscle!!
We are looking forward to watching the pulling competitions over the next few nights. Each night at 7:00 pm, the pullers compete in the Big Top tent. Dot and I won’t get to actually watch (something about not having big enough seats for us), but we will hang out with the pullers in the barn after the competition. From what I know, it is a ‘must see’ event.
In the meantime, come down and see us in Draft Horse Town, where we have regular demonstrations with military equipment, roadbuilding, farm equipment, blacksmiths, wheelwrights, firefighting and all kinds of fun events including live music and a cowboy poet. Dot and I will be waiting to see you. Check out these videos – making ice cream and that’s me getting a foot massage – from our new friends at the Calgary Sun.