Five teams of horses will be competing in the heavy horse pulls this year, part of the 50th annual Kindersley Goose Festival happening this weekend. Garth Weinhandl with the Antique Threshing Club is organizing the popular event again the year. "Every year we get more people out to watch. We have bleachers set up on the south side of the curling rink. The pull will be just south of the bleachers on a stretch of dirt between the ball diamonds and the back alley." Friday night's pull is set to start at 6pm and the event goes again Saturday afternoon at 1pm.
The teams that are coming are all from Alberta and they do this as a hobby. They compete at events like the Calgary Stampede; they go to Edmonton and Lloydminster and all over. "I can't thank the sponsors enough because without them it certainly wouldn't happen." Any and all funds are divided between the competing teams to offset the cost of getting here and putting on the show.
"These guys are just a great group of horsemen and they hang around after the show to talk to everyone and meet people from town. I was asked to help in 2003, and it kind of just got handed over to me after that," says Weinhandl, who also added "I've been doing this for 19 years now and will be looking for someone else to take it over next year." He said that he's retired now and would like to do some travelling.