Handsome young Percherons and Belgians showed in Virden, this past weekend.
In conjunction with Virden Indoor Rodeo & Wild West Daze the Manitoba Pennwoods Draft Horse Futurity saw 20 entries vying for purses amounting to $10,000 in total.
Each year, the Manitoba Percheron Belgian Club presents this showcase of some of the best young horses in the province.
The show was held mornings and afternoons of August 15 and 16 in Tundra Oil & Gas Place arena.
Judging the show was Brad Delgaty, from Minnedosa. He is active on the Clydesdale show circuit.
Two-year-olds competed in a combination class that consists of three parts. The horses are judged in a halter class, a single driving class (on the rail) and a pattern class, with points awarded for each class and winners declared.
Two Birtle stables rose to the top - Tom Lane, Creek Side Belgians, won the Yearling Championship with a home-bred filly named CS Zena.
An entry of Jim Lane, Lone Oak Percherons, won the Two-Year-Old Overall award, with a home-bred stallion named 13 Diamond.
“The quality was sure there,” remarked Virden’s rodeo weekend chairman for the draft show, Lyle Brown. The yearly show and rewarding prize money, which includes sire sweepstakes, a pot for yearlings and a pot for two-year-olds, makes the Pennwoods Futurity “a target spot for breeders to bring their young stock.”