Some friends got us tickets to the last day of the National Western Stock Show for the Draft Horse Finals. We knew this year was a big deal there - because they had a record number of entries. There were 20 teams this year; this is the 12 finalists. There were teams from as far away as New Jersey; and the weather in that part of the country has not been good for hauling 8 to 10 2000 lb. horses and all their gear, plus the semi it takes to haul the wagon!
I was using my friend's iPad to take videos for her, so I only got a few on my own camera, and it was hard to get so many horses all in one shot, but here are a few snaps.
You would think the placing in the eight's would be pretty similar, but the whole team's dynamics change when you add horses.
This time, however, that white wagon placed second and the red wagon (in the middle) took third. You just can never tell. That black shire team was really pretty and flashy to watch, with such pretty white faces and white, hairy fetlocks, but they just didn't have quite the precision of the others.
As entertainment between the two heats, they had mule barrel racing. Due to the incoming weather, only three mules were able to stay and compete, but they were fun to watch. This video shows the second place mule. Don't laugh, but I think it's easy to see why it's usually horses running the barrels!
Last, but not least we watched the heavy-weight draft pulls. Teams of two horses are hooked to a sled with bags of sand, starting at 5,000 lbs. weight. There were 10 teams challenging each other. Bags were added until non of the teams could move the sled the required 20 ft. The last team moved 15,000 lbs. It turned out that the middle-weight horses had also stopped at that weight the day before..
Well, we had a great time, and the weather in Denver was quite pleasant. However, when we got back up the mountain, there was the glisten of snowflakes in the air. This morning we woke up to about four inches of snow, and as I write this we are topping 12 inches and 4* outside, but NO wind at the moment. Yeah. I shan't complain as I feel really badly for all of you in the east! Here's to warmer days ahead for all of you.