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World Clydesdale Show a first for Manitoba

Draft horse show families involved with fundraising, promotion of 2021 event

Reg and Carol Madsen are proudly promoting the banner of the World Clydesdale Show, featuring the logo designed free gratis by their daughter Karen Cobbs.

A Hamiota couple is putting heart and soul into the upcoming World Clydesdale Show, slated to touch down in Manitoba in 2021.

Reg and Carol Madsen come by their interest honestly, having showed at the event in Madison, Wisconsin, and they and other show families are excited to showcase their home province with the event.

“This will be the first ever Clydesdale world show to be held in Manitoba,” said Reg. He noted it will give Brandon’s Keystone Centre an opportunity to also display its prowess at hosting livestock shows.

The Madsens are among the members of the Manitoba Clydesdale Club, a group that share a passion for the draft breed, known for its long flowing white hair or feather, as it’s referred to on their feet, and bay, roan or black in colour.

“The 2021 show in Brandon was initiated by the MCC but also has the support of the Canadian Clydesdale Association and other provincial associations,” Reg Madsen said.

A committee of 11, including two from Saskatchewan, and one member from Alberta, is overseeing the fundraising, planning and hosting of the celebration. Several others from across Canada are assisting with various duties required to put forth the show, not only on a provincial map, but also from a global standpoint.

Fans can look forward to seeing approximately 500 world class Clydesdales under one roof.

Have you seen a Clydesdale horse and rider weave through poles or turn the cloverleaf pattern in barrel racing? No, well you may be surprised to admire these gentle giants in that type of competition, as well as, regular halter and hitch classes at the July 2021 show.

“While it’s a huge undertaking, we feel very proud to be involved in the organization of such a world class event in a top rated facility – and basically on our doorstep,” Carol Madsen said. “We are also pleased to say our daughter Karen Cobbs, who lives in Ocala, Florida designed the official WCS logo free gratis as her contribution to the Manitoba show. Involved with showing growing up, she, along with her husband and family, now own, raise and exhibit under the Grandview Clydesdales banner.”

Presently, Madsen’s Clydesdales own seven Clydesdales – two stallions, four mares, and one foal including ‘Carnaff Sensation’, imported from Ireland back in 2011. At the time, the yearling registered stallion was transported from ferry from Ireland to England, across to Amsterdam, put on a plane for Toronto, and then quarantined for 14 days before being trucked to Hamiota, a journey of 21 days en route in total.

It’s not only the raising of young horses, which keeps the interest level high, but also having the opportunity to share knowledge with a younger mindset, as keeping the younger generation interested in the horse world, is very important.

For Reg and Carol, the younger generation in their stable falls on the shoulders of Sadie Luba, who has shared the show circuit for seven years, thanks to a chance meeting with her mother.

“Learning she was interested in showing horses, the wonderful journey began, and continues. Her interest means the world to us – without her, we probably would not still be showing. She is a very knowledgeable, responsible individual and a joy to have around.”

Taking the shank of a show halter or the lines of a hitch entry over the years, horses raised by members of the Madsen family have gone on to be supreme champions in their own right.

Reg’s uncle, Bill Madsen, sold a horse to Budweiser, which was shown in the brewing company’s famous eight-horse hitch. Following in his footsteps, Madsen’s Clydesdales have also sold three horses which have ended up at a Budweiser farm in the United States.

It was at the age of 16 when Reg began showing the Clydesdale breed of horse, developed from Flemish stallions imported to Scotland and crossed with local mares. However, after marriage the Madsens showed Belgians, also a draft horse breed, for 20 years before going back to their beloved Clydesdales, which has now been 21 years.

In conjunction with local and provincial shows, including the annual Manitoba Clydesdale Classic, horses raised just north of Hamiota, have been showcased at Canadian shows, such as Agribition in Regina, Olds, Alta., the Calgary Stampede, the Toronto Royal, and at the Great Lakes International in Michigan, where luxury is displayed from a true generation of horsepower.

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