Ellis Farm raises cash
The Ellis Bird Farm’s annual evening event, held on Aug. 6, raised just over $7,000. The evening included wine and cheese and classical music in the Ellis Bird Farm gardens. The event also included a display and auction of 25 one-of-a-kind bluebird nest boxes hand-painted by local artists. Ellis Bird Farm is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of mountain bluebirds, tree swallows and other native cavity-nesting birds. Drop-in visitors and tour groups are welcome at Ellis Bird Farm during the summer months to visit the butterfly gardens, orchards, native wildflower gardens, hummingbird gardens and water gardens that are linked by a network of trails.
Vaulters off to Kentucky
These riders make the simple act of stepping into a stirrup seem downright inadequate. Two Central Alberta athletes, Hannah Marland of Rocky Mountain House and Jeanine vander Sluijs of Olds, have been named to the vaulting team that will represent Canada in the upcoming World Equestrian Games. Vaulters spring onto the back of a cantering horse and then use the animal as an energized platform from which they perform a series of gymnastic manoeuvres. Competitions include individuals, pairs and groups. Marland and vander Sluijs will compete with VaultCanada’s team in the international event, coming to North America for the first time in its history. The Alltech WEG is set for Kentucky Horse Park from Sept. 25 through Oct. 10. Vaulting competitions will run from Oct. 6 to 10. The WEG is held once every four years, attracting international competitors in a variety of disciplines. Events include dressage, show jumping, three-day eventing, endurance, reining, vaulting, driving and para dressage. Visit www.alltechfeigames.com to learn more.
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