Battle of the Breeds Day Two

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Another beautiful morning at Spruce Meadows, and not a cloud in the sky as day two of the 2012 Telus Battle of the Breeds kicked-off with Precision Driving.

A Jeopardy-style approach to this year’s event made a very exciting round for both competitors and spectators. Competitors could approach the obstacles in any order they chose, allowing them to best exploit the strengths of both their Breed of horses, as well as the wagons they were using. It certainly had the photographers hopping, as we never knew what order or from what direction they would approach each obstacle.

Here, Sherry Gresko and Shady Drifter concentrate on keeping their right wheel inside the circles.

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Sherry Gresko and Shady Drifter.

While we were walking the course, I asked Adrian Neufeld  if he had a certain obstacle he’d like me to concentrate on for the “money shot”. He told me “just make sure you’ve got a fast shutter, cause once I’ve got these first few high-point ones out of the way, I’m going to open it up, and he sure did. Here, he and Valenfire’s Attractive Image stretch out heading for the Devil’s Dike.

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Adrian Neufeld and Valenfire’s Attractive Image.

Julie Hickie and Delavoye Heros Phenom make short work of this close-quarter turning obstacle and really showcase the versatility of the Canadian Horse.

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Julie Hickie and Delavoye Heros Phenom.

Lynn Johnson, 6-time Battle  of the Breeds Champion puts Cash Sertificate to work  getting lined-up to go over the bridge.

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Lynn Johnson and Cash Sirtificate.

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Marcie Webb and Technicolor.

Kathleen Winfield puts her big Black Canadian Blain Prince Fabio into high gear coming out of a tight, right-hand turn.

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Kathleen Winfield and Blain Prince Fabio.

After all the numbers were totaled, it was team Shetland walking away with the win for the driving, but the day was far from over.

This afternoon we were in the sand ring for the barrel racing challenger, and what a crowd that drew! Nice to see so many fans on such a great, sunny afternoon!

Kaylee Mclachlin and Amigo TRT round barrel 3 heading for home.

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Kaylee Mclachlin and Amigo TRT.

Lindsay Macdiarmid on Valenfire’s Attractive Image coming around barrel one.

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Lindsay Macdiarmid and Valenfire’s Attractive Image.

Laura-Gene Schiebelbein, with her signature “lost-my-hat hair” and Texcel take barrel one.

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Laura-Gene Schiebelbein and Texcel.

Adrian Neufeld and M.A.S First Diamond,  catching a little air as they finish up on the first barrel.

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Adrian Neufeld and M.A.S First Diamond.

Karen Anderson and L’Angelus Rubi Rosy at barrel 3, heading home.

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Karen Anderson and L’Angelus Rubi Rosy.

Julie Hickie and Delavoye Heros Phenom stretch it out on the way to number three.

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Julie Hickie and Delavoye Heros Phenom.

When the judges were finished with today’s results, we had team Appaloosa not only winning the Barrels challenge, but moving into the lead in the overall standings with 43 points.

Good luck everyone!

Comments

  1. Barb Schiebelbein says

    What an exciting day this was for all of us Appy fans!

  2. Versatile horses! Used to be that’s what they all were about, and hopefully getting back there again.

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