Spectators keep cool at 26th Annual Horse Show

CN-MR-2-CT-Classic121by Paul Burdziakowski
The Connecticut Summer Classic Horse Show took place July 30–Aug. 1 just as Western Massachusetts experienced its hottest temperatures of the season. The Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, MA provided a comfortably cool setting for participants and spectators to get out of the heat and into the coliseum to watch some spirited competition. [Read more…]

Champion Row

CN-MR-3-CHAMPION-ROW__1131by Laura Rodley

Many exhibitors’ animals and exhibits won first prizes and championships at the 98th Annual Heath Fair. But everyone participating was a champion, carrying on the tradition of farming and hard work and supporting 4-H members. The theme of this year’s traditional Sunday parade was “Farm and Forest, Then and Now.” For many, the fair is an annual homecoming, attended this year by over 4,000 people. [Read more…]

Five 4-H teamsters eligible to compete at Eastern States Expo

CN-MR-1-4-H-WORKING-STEER-011BURLINGTON, VT — Five Vermont 4-H’ers in the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H working steer project have qualified to participate in regional competition this fall.

Hayden Lyford, Krystin and Madison Skoda (from Randolph, VT) and Analiese and Caleb Morvan (Northfield, VT) will represent the state at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA in September. Joey Ferris of Braintree also qualified but because he is only eight, he does not meet the age requirement to compete at the next level. [Read more…]

Building on history, cattleman E.B. Harris sets an example to be remembered

CM-MR-3-E-B-HARRIS_7c1by Karl H. Kazaks

INEZ, NC — This is a story of an exemplary farmer who can trace his success to a dizzying failure.

This is the story of the varied history – encompassing the development of great wealth, war, decline, resurrection, a young man being forced to grow up quickly and another resurrection – of one piece of land, in the far eastern reaches of North Carolina’s Piedmont. [Read more…]

CATRA’s miniature horses and donkeys

CEW-MR-3-DONKEY-DAY_99011by Bill and Mary Weaver

Ben Nolt, President and Co-Founder of Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association (CATRA), narrated for CATRA’s “Miniature Horse Extravaganza” as his all-volunteer assistants put the miniature horses and donkeys through their paces and tricks at the Main Horse Area at Ag Progress Days 2015. [Read more…]