Horse Progress Days in Montana

Pioneer Coaches in St. Ignatius hosted a demonstration of farming with horses, and showed a variety of wagons, carts and carriages he makes and sells. And even better was a horse and equipment auction.

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The Mission Mountains in the background – spectacular!

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The auction interested even the young people!

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We didn’t get to the site in time to watch the demonstrations – but I took a few shots of some of the equipment. Above is a sulky plow with four horses attached.

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Here is a Pioneer Fore cart with bench seat and tongue for driving a team – you can see a little of the plowed ground to the upper right.

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Here is a Spring Tooth Harrow with Crumbler attached, behind it is a Spike Tooth Harrow and behind that is a Work Sled – all made by Pioneer Equipment. BTW – we are also dealers for them so if you see something you want, let me know.

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A closer shot of the Work Sled and a Stone boat with the fore cart and Training cart made by Pioneer Coaches. We are also dealers for them.

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This is one of the Buckboards they make.

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This is one of the people haulers Pioneer Equipment makes as well. The team of Belgians belong to Kent & Mary Lou Conner from Corvallis, MT The horses were not for sale, they were there giving rides.

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Kent talked Dr Phil Murphy, DVM from Deer Lodge, MT into going for a ride. Dr. Phil & his wife Lucie own a team of Percherons.

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I just love this shot!

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Horses sold at the sale…I didn’t get prices so don’t ask. Just photos.

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Just photos.

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A Huge tent was set up for shade and a nice dry place to eat lunch. Weather was nice and the shade was welcome at first – later it felt better to sit out in the sunshine.

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Here is the menu –I had the Quarter Horse and Alex had the Percheron.

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AND home made ice cream! Yum!

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Lorie Hartman a friend of ours from Heron, brought her portable spinning machine to spin some of the wool from their own sheep. It was a curiosity for men, women and kids.

In the back ground is the machine that churned the ice cream.

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This is Brian Hartman – Lorie’s hubby – and David Sturman, a horse logger from St Ignatius. Both families raise sheep – but David raises Katahdin sheep. I had to look them up – interesting! They don’t need to be sheared and have leaner meat.

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Serving stew!

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Alex is chatting with Jim and Lyn Jensen form Ox Bow Wagon and Coaches – he made the wagon they are leaning on. Brian is looking into the camera and I don’t know the young man in the black hat.

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Another face from the past – Leroy Hoversland, DVD from the Ronan area.

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Alex with Rex Griffin and Pete Weimer. We talked about how WE are the old timers, now! We have know both of these teamsters for around 30 years – or longer!

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Joe Applegate and Dr Phil Murphy, DVM (he is our vet next door)

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Charlie (Chuck) Gilman – saddle & leather worker from Garrison – if you look deep into his glasses – you can see me taking the photo and Alex in the orange hat.

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Chuck and Dayna with “Squeak” on the wagon.  Mission Mountains in the back!

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Kids and puppies – what could be cuter than that!?

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Speaking of kids – I couldn’t help but watch these kids having fun on the trampoline – notice they took off shoes and socks and extra shirts… just having too much fun!

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I believe this is the Pioneer 1/2 ton wagon with seats in the back.

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These ponies are around 13.2 or 13.3 hands.

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I really hope the Amish didn’t mind me taking photos – I just love the colors these women were wearing!

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I enjoyed the people even more than the auction. This little girl was playing with puppies in the wire fence. Our friend Brian bought the wagon behind her.

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Leaving the sale – our truck looks good with the mountains in back.It does not have a camper – that is another truck on the other side.

That’s all for now!

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3 Responses to Horse Progress Days in Montana

  1. Quackgrass Sally says:

    Great story and photos. I’m in need of a new carriage harness and know Kayo ‘n Alex are the folks to contact. thanks for the newsy update and i hope I can attend the event next year.

  2. Lorie says:

    Super photos Kayo! It was wonderful to see you and Alex. Hopefully, we can get out to Deer Lodge this summer!

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