Enjoying draft horses
Teens have fun at annual show
Published: July 28, 2013
TROY — Most teenagers are preoccupied with the idea of driving a car.
Then there are those who think about driving a horse.
During the draft horse show held on Sunday, July 21, prior to the opening day of the Troy Fair, you could find a couple of the later examples.
At Alparon Park, Mason Weed, 16, of East Troy, was driving a Haflinger in order to compete in the youth cart competition.
He is the grandson of Max Weed of Springfield, who is a long-time draft horse enthusiast.
Mason said keeping the horse going without breaking, or stopping, was important, as well as getting the high steps in.
He noted that Haflingers are 6-8 hands smaller than the bigger draft horses.
His whole family is involved with the draft horses.
He said the horses are nice animals and listen well.
Max Weed, meanwhile, was riding alongside Kirsten Feusner, 14, of the Troy area, who was driving in the youth cart class. She is Max’s niece’s daughter.
“It’s a lot of fun,” she said.
“It’s a new learning experience for her,” said her mother, Denise, who noted that they usually deal with dairy cows, rather than draft horses.
“She loves it,” she added, noting that her daughter gets to meet a lot of new people by taking part in draft horse activities. She has been learning to drive for three months.
“I think she’s doing wonderful for the little time she’s been driving,” Max said.
Mason and Kirsten were successful in the event.
According to Max, Mason took first place in two classes, the obstacle course and the feed scurry, and Kirsten placed first in the halter class (grooming and showmanship) and third in the youth team class.
“It was good,” Max said of their accomplishments.
Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: firstname.lastname@example.org