MDHMA Fall 2018 Meeting - Twin Bridges
Once again - we had beautiful weather for our fall meeting and we went back to one of our favorite places - the county fairgrounds in Twin Bridges. This year's meeting was attended by several new members and drivers who honed their skills Saturday with the obstacles followed by some fun racing in the Canadian Maze. Sunday the group headed on to a local ranch and had a lovely drive through the hills and then back to the fairgrounds.
Judith Basin County Fair Parade - August 2018
One of the purposes of the association is to help youth find and enjoy the draft horse hobby. This last summer we got a request from 4-H Ambassador Kaitlyn Boberg. She was wanting someone to sponsor them in the Judith Basin County Fair parade. Henry Harrison jumped to the rescue. He took two of his mules (Jenny and Judy) and his wagon and headed up to Stanford, MT. Turns out it was the 75th anniversary of the fair and although in recent years there has not been a parade, this year there was an effort to revive the parade and, although small, it was well done and well received. There are three 4H clubs in the county and each one had a float. The Geyer, MT group had some members, parents and friends riding in his wagon. Henry said his mules were pretty good, even though this was the first time he had hooked this particular team together, and everyone had a great time.
Jorden Ranch Haying - July 2018- Pryor, MT
After a couple of cancellations due to the fact that the Jorden ranch was either under water or a giant mud bog, the weather cleared enough for folks to actually get in there and get some haying done.
2019 Kalispell Draft Horse Show - Aug 15-17
This is not a true show with points or ribbons but is a really low key fun few days to show off draft animals and have some bragging rights in the barn. They also do offer a little money for those who come to help pay for travel expenses.
The show goes from 1:00 to 3:00 on Fri, Sat, and Sun (during the Northwest MT Fair & Rodeo) at the County Fairgrounds in Kalispell and you can choose what you would like to participate in. The schedule is the same all 3 days as follows in the main arena:
Parade of Breeds
Driving Demo - 1-4 ups, Adults, Fanning, Spin the Top, Docking
Riding Demos – Poles – Barrels
Grand Finale *- Everyone comes out
It offers great exposure for horses and they have a ton of fun. If you would like to be part of the show this year, they may still have room for you. Please contact Dale Olson at (406) 253-6378. They would like to have folks come in on Wednesday the 14 and Leave on the 18th. When not showing, your animals would be on display in their draft barn. There is parking for horse trailers behind the barn so you will be close to your animals. Please call Dale with additional questions.
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September 13-15 - MDHMA Fall meeting - Twin Bridges, MT
This is our usual place to meet every fall.