It’s a Big Deal: Western Performance at Farmfair

The Canadian National Team Roping Futurity held during Farmfair International is one of the most exciting events to take in. Photo Credit: Northlands.

Farmfair International is one of Canada’s largest agriculture showcases. From November 7-11, Northlands in Edmonton, Alberta fills with over eight halls of western entertainment, including top producing sales, showcases and clinicians. Today Western Horse Review is focusing on what makes Farmfair International so unique for breeders, trainers and enthusiasts of western performance horses. During Farmfair events are held that bolster and boost the equine economy and bring performance horse enthusiasts in by the thousands. So, whether a breeder, trainer, or competitor, how do you get your piece of the Farmfair pie, while showcasing your best up-and-coming bloodstock and prospects? First, you start with the sales.

Two sales are hosted at Northlands for the western performance enthusiast. Photo Credit: Northlands.

The two sales offered during Farmfair International are the place to be. Both sales are the premier auction events for performance horses throughout Canada, with deadlines closing October 1st. For breeders of top performance horses across Canada, the Bloodstock Sale is the premier auction and marketing opportunity for yearlings, two-year-olds and three-year-olds. This year, Northlands is only accepting 20 of the above, and the horses that enter the ring will be highly sought after prospects. An exciting pay back for breeders, trainers and owners that enter their horses in the sale is the Northlands Bloodstock Sale Incentive. Horses that enter the sale ring are eligible to return for the added $10,000 Northlands Bloodstock Sale Incentive in subsequent years and can compete in the futurity of their choosing to win back the added money available to all horses, as well as the incentive money available to them.

Bloodstock Sale
Friday, November 9
Preview at 9 am, sale at 3:30 pm

Directly following the Bloodstock Sale is the Ranch Horse Sale.

The Ranch Horse Sale
Friday, November 9
Preview at 9:30 am, sale at 3:30 pm

Top yearling, two and three-year-old prospects are available at the Bloodstock Sale. Photo Credit: Northlands.

After attending top sales, take in the next level of young performance horses at two futurities offered at Northlands. If you were one of the lucky members in attendance that took home a top prospect from the Bloodstock sale you can sit back and envision your colt or filly competing for the huge added purses, as well as the Northlands Bloodstock Incentive in the coming years.

Barrel Racing Futurity
Saturday, November 10
Start time at 9 a.m.

The electrifying barrel racing held during Farmfair International features $5,000 in added prize money. Photo Credit: Northlands.

The Barrel Racing Futurity is open to any four or five-year-old horse. The Futurity will be two go rounds, with champion declared on average score and a $5,000 added purse. Don’t miss out on blazing fast runs with some of the top barrel racing competitors on the future power horses of the Canadian barrel horse scene.

The Canadian National Team Roping Futurity is one of the most exciting events to take in during Farmfair International. Photo Credit: Northlands.

Canadian National Team Roping Futurity
Sunday, November 11
Start time at 9 a.m.

A guaranteed five head judged event that showcases the best young rope horses in Canada. Open to horses five-years-old and under, the Canadian National Team Roping Futurity has become the premier showcase for roping prospects. Horses compete for $25,000 in prize money and provides breeders and trainers a unique opportunity to promote their horses to team roping enthusiasts from across Western Canada.

So, whether you are raising and training top performance horse prospects, or are riding and showing the best horses in Western Canada, Farmfair International has events for you. The money is waiting, and as the Farmfair slogan says, “It’s a Big Deal.”

BeefTech presented by realagriculture

Photo Credit: Jenn Webster

Join Northlands on November 8 and 9 for BeefTech presented by realagriculture — an interactive beef industry learning event. BeefTech is a comprehensive agriculture conference focusing on state-of-the-art practices and technology in the beef industry.

Agriculture experts will share knowledge on a range of topics from the use of drones in ranching to using ultrasound to predict carcass traits. Attendees can take in a choice of nearly 20 sessions of intuitive knowledge and insight.  These sessions are unique in that they’re as informative as they are interactive. Session speakers will put new management practices and technologies directly in attendees’ hands, giving them the opportunity to choose the right technology that will make them – and those involved in the production chain, profitable.

Quadcopter with camera flying over field. Photo Credit: Smart agriculture Concept

Sessions include:

  • Cow-Calf Cost of Production: Calculator Tutorial – Kathy Larson
  • Managing Cattle from Above: Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Precision Ranching – John Church
  • Timed Breeding: How Protocols Work – Don Miller 
  • Lessons in Advocacy: Tips to Help You Speak Up – Andrew Campbell
  • Building A Risk Management Program for Your Cattle Operations – Ryan Copithorne

Photo Credit: Jenn Webster

Featured Keynotes include:
Robert Saik, Agri-Trend – “The Agriculture Manifesto”
Rob will take you on a quick journey showing how farmers are integrating technology to feed a growing world population. He will touch on robotics, artificial intelligence, sensor integration, bio synthesis (GE and GMO), data systems and environment sustainability.

Andrew Campbell, Fresh Air – “Stand Up for Your Industry!”
Explore and experience emerging technologies and innovative management practices. Learn how to implement technology in your beef operation to improve production and increase profitability.

Photo Credit: Jenn Webster

For registration and further details,
visit northlands.com/our-community/agriculture/beeftech.