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Bar U Ranch Chore Horse Competition

Horse Power – the Original Big Engine!

chorehorse-039Parks Canada – Experience the ultimate in teamwork on Sunday, September 7. Watch a working partnership between man and beast as they try to best a timed obstacle course. It harkens back to times when getting the chores done depended on horses. Today’s teamsters will bring their animals from across Alberta to compete for a chance to take home a silver trophy buckle.

Extend your enjoyment! If the weather cooperates, there will be an added feature that weekend. All day on Saturday and on Sunday morning, we will be harvesting a special rye crop in a traditional way, with teams of horses bringing in the bundles to the threshing machine. Come early for this extra event.

As our country nears its 150th birthday in 2017, the Government of Canada invites Canadians to learn more about the major events that have shaped their country’s history. Canada’s national historic sites enable us to experience our rich history and heritage in a special way and play a big part in the celebration of Canada 150.

Quick Facts

  • chorehorse-127This is the fourth year for the Chore Horse Competition. It begins at 1 p.m. and ends about 4 p.m. The Bar U Ranch is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Bar U Ranch National Historic Site commemorates the evolution of the Canadian ranching industry and the contribution of the industry to the development of Canada.
  • The Bar U also has a café and gift shop featuring handmade goods by local artists.

Quotes
“Come out and learn about Canada’s ranching history and experience the fascinating cowboy lifestyle. It’s an affordable, fun day for the whole family.” ~ Ifan Thomas, Field Unit Superintendent

“The Chore Horse Competition is one of our fan favourites, whether you’re a horseman or not, it’s easy to appreciate what’s going on in the arena.” ~ Mike Mclean, A/Manager, Bar U Ranch NHS

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