Horse Showing in 4H Achievement and Agricultural Exhibitions
R-A1299 to R-A1321, R05979
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Summaries of interviews
Interviews conducted in 1977 under a contract of the Saskatchewan Archives Board. Over the years, individuals involved in horse showing in Saskatchewan have formed a well-defined group. As a member of this fraternity, Helga Reydon interviewed many of the people who have made key contributions to it. The reminiscences of horse breeders, trainers, show competitors, judges and the founders and directors of fairs, exhibitions and agricultural societies have been recorded. Several have become internationally known. Though one individual recalls showing horses in the Prince Albert exhibition as early as 1916, the predominant period which is covered by the project is from 1930 to the present. Other geographical areas which are represented include the Nipawin, Saskatoon, Craik, Davidson, Maple Creek, Lloydminster, North Battleford and Duck Lake districts. Informants are knowledgeable about a wide range of horse breeds and show activities such as jumping, dressage, chariot and chuck wagon racing, polo and hackney racing. Most travelled on the horse showing circuit in the summer which took them to fairs all across the province and possibly to Calgary and the Royal Fair in Toronto. Of considerable importance to horse showing activities are the contributions of the 4-H Clubs in various districts. They have been responsible for the training of horses and people and the organization of many fairs and exhibitions throughout the province. Many of the informants speak of their involvement in the development of these groups. The history of the Saskatoon Riding Club, as told by its founder, is also significant to horse showing in that community and to Saskatchewan and Canada, as several individuals who received training there have become international competitors. As these people describe the various aspects of breeding, training and showing, and they reminisce about past shows and horses, one gains an appreciation for their efforts in a sport which has become such a central part of their lives.
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