Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede Chuckwagon Races Day #3

Howdy All

Today we had sunshine, yet there was a coolness in the air.  After morning chores, I went over to the local farmers market and picked up some home baked pie, cinnamon rolls and carrots for the horses.  You can’t beat the home made goods.


Loving the Attention

We had some visitors come by to meet the horses.  Our friends Steve and Lynn Fountain brought their daughter and grandkids down to our barn.  They are city kids and wanted a close up and personal experience with our thoroughbreds.  Rick took them out to the pen and let them do just that.


Say Cheese

They couldn’t leave without a photo in front of the chuckwagon with Rick.



Ernie and Andy were our outriding horses again tonight.  Rory and Casey both rode them well.  I  go over to the infield with them and await our heat.  Tonight, these 2 horses were exceptionally well behaved.  They just stood so quietly for me.  What a treat.  Just because sometimes the horses get worked up as they know it is getting close to race time.


Cleared the Barrels

We hooked Nickel on the Left Lead, and Speedy on the Right.  Sporty was on the Right Wheel, and Louie on the left.  With Louie being new, when the horn sounded, he just kinda stood there.  Then when the other horses got going, he had no choice.  So the start was a bit slow, but when they went, the went.  Rick did a good job driving around the barrels and the rest of the race took care of itself.  We had a decent time of 1:02.55 ranking us 8th on the day and seating us 8th in the agregate after the three days of racing.  Tomorrows dash for the championship race, consists of Kurt Bensmiller, Luke Tournier and Doug Irvine.  May the fastest wagon win.


Wagon Winners

Our friends Jan, Astrid and Stephan from the Netherlands were the lucky recipients tonight at the races.  They were pretty excited to have received the mini Chuckwagon so they can take it back to their home country and show all their friends and family.  We met these fine folks about 6 – 8 years ago here in Medicine Hat.  They were just walking by the grounds and wondered what the heck we were up to.  We treated them to the races that night, showed them our barns and horses, and we’ve been friends ever since keeping touch by email.  They love coming to Canada, and make a point to come see us every time they do.


A Different Kind of View

Tomorrow’s races are early, beginning at 2 pm.

Until tomorrow

From the Travelin Trailer

Sue, with Rick and “Team 23”



P.S.  Everyone in your life serves a purpose.  Everyone has something to teach  you.  And while people who are kind and friendly help teach you who you DO want to be, those who are not kind and friendly teach you who you DON’T want to be.

5 thoughts on “Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede Chuckwagon Races Day #3

  1. I thoroughly enjoy reading your posts. Love the pictures and videos. I grew up around horses and barrel raced in my teens and then life took me away from the farm and horses. Never forgot the true value of farm life and my love for horses. My husband and I try to get to a few races every year and Medicine Hat is one we always get to. Again, thanks for your posts and the insight to the wonderful world of chuckwagon racing.

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    • Hello Brenda, thanks for following along my blog. It’s always good to hear from the chuckwagon fans and what they like about that lifestyle and how it interests them. I Enjoy writing it gives fans like you just a bit of inside of our life on the road.

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