April 27, 28, 29 - Minnesota State Fairgrounds
1265 Snelling Ave North, St. Paul, MN

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2018 MN Horse Expo Speakers/Demos
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'The Gentle Giants'


 

Friday, April 27 

Logging Demonstration

11:00-Noon

AgStar Arena

Saturday, April 28

Logging Demonstration

11:00-Noon

AgStar Arena


Horse Logging Past and Present

No other industry has changed Minnesota’s landscape more than logging. The Northwood’s , once covered by millions of white and red pine trees, provided the lumber to build homes all across America. Draft animals provided the power to move the logs from the woods to the rivers, so they could be floated to the sawmills downstream.

Horse logging is relatively simple compared to today’s highly mechanized logging industry. While fellers, skidders and forwarders have replaced the horse in commercial forestry operations, horse logging still has a place in selective forest management. Horses can work in tight places with minimal impact to the environment.

The versatility of logging horses will be showcased with skidding and cross hauling demonstrations. A forwarder with an hydraulic clam loader, powered by a small engine and pulled by horses, will show how horse loggers today are combining modern technology with real horsepower.
 
 

 

Friday, April 27

Farm Equipment/Draft Team Demonstrations

1:00-3:00

AgStar Arena

Saturday, April 28

Farm Equipment/Draft Team Demonstrations 

 1:00-3:00

AgStar Arena


  

The Gentle Giants are back for the 2018 Minnesota Horse Expo. With the help of the Northern Minnesota Draft Horse Association, the Minnesota Horse Breeders Association and the North Star Draft Horse Association members, the 2018 Minnesota Horse Expo will be displaying Percherons, Shires and Belgian draft horses as part of Friday and Saturday AgStar Arena demonstrations. These beautiful horses weighing approximately 2000 lbs each and standing 16 to 18 hands high will be pulling many pieces of equipment.  Some of the equipment is antique while others are recently manufactured to meet today’s requirements on the farm. An interesting fact is that Minnesota has a great background in manufacturing horse drawn equipment. One piece will be a Russel Fresno scraper made by the Russel Manufacturing Company right here in Minneapolis. Another will be a plow made in Long Prairie, MN.

The men and women from the organizations will demonstrate how logging was done in the late 1890’s as well as some of the modern horse drawn equipment available to them today. In addition they will demonstrate Minnesota made equipment as well as other unique rarely seen farm equipment used by our ancestors on their farms.


 

Members of Northern Minnesota Draft Horse Association, Minnesota HorseBreeders Association and/or North Star Draft Horse Association

Presenters

 

Mike Berthiaume

Shires and Percherons

Lisa Ringer

Shires

John Kath

Belgians

Mel Klein

Percherons

Rudy Loxtercamp

Mules

Bob Johnson   

Belgians

Wes Nelson

Percherons

Josh Grunzke  

Belgians

Harlan Gekeler

Belgians

Dave Finnes

Belgians

Roger Pittman

Percherons

Jeff Witt

Percherons

Lori Stewart

Belgians

Dan Christenson

Belgian

Ken Thies        

Percheron

Larry Berthiaume

Shires
   

Announcers

 

Ed Nelson

Logging Demonstation 
11:00-Noon Friday and Saturday

Jami Bergh

Machinery Demonstration
1:00-3:00pm Friday and Saturday

   

Photographers

 

Kay Cruz Stanton

 

Ronnie Hartman

 

Ann Filzen

 
   

Equipment and Horse Information/Helpers

 

Don Copa

 

Mark Foster

 

Jeff Dorn

 

Mike Fuchs

 

Duane Barrows

 
   

Horse Equipment Schedule for Demonstrations

 

Horse Logging Demo – Ed Nelson (announcer) 

11:00-12:00 Friday and Saturday

John Kath

Pull log with chain

Josh Grunzke  

Pull log with tongs

Wes Nelson

Pull log with grab hooks

Rudy Loxtercamp

Pull log with Go Devil

Lisa Ringer

Pull Log with logging arch

Mel Kline        

Load logs on logging sled

Bob Johnson   

Load Logs on forwarder

Josh Grunzke  

Harrow arena

   

Draft Horse and Machinery Demo – Jami Bergh (announcer) 

1:00-3:00 Friday and Saturday

Dave Finnes

Cockshut 2 bottom walking plow

Harlen Gekeler

Oliver 2 wheeled sulky plow

Bob Johnson   

Huntsman sulky plow

Mel Kline 

Reversible disc plow

Josh Gunzke

Forecart and harrow

Jeff Witt and Roger Pittman  

Cultimulcher

Dan Christianson

Russell Fresno

John Kath

Western wheel scraper

Wes Nelson    

Case road drag

Larry Berthiaume

Russell road grader

Ken Thies

Witt training sled

Rudy Loxtercamp

Go Devil

Ed Nelson

Logging arch

Bob Johnson

Logging sled

Duane Barrows

Forwarder

Lori Stewart

Snow roller

Jeff Witt

Snow plow

Mike Berthiaume     

John Deere 4 bottom plow pulled by 12 horses

   

Parade of Teams – Grand Finale

 

Josh Grunzke  

Harrow arena
 

 


 

 


 


 

 

 

The Cultimulcher
A cultimulcher is a machine that has rollers both front and rear and teeth in the center. Once a field has been plowed, a cultimulcher can be used to pass over the field one time and have the soil ready to be planted. The cultimulcher consists of a fron and back 8’ long by 14” diameter rolling basket with 25 danish tines. The front roller breaks up the clumps on the top while the teeth dig up to 6” into the ground and the rear roller breaks up the clumps that were dug up. This gives the farmer a tool to give good soil to seed contact and no clumps so any sprays will get an even application. The cultimulcher replaces the use of the disc and drag therefore being more efficient for the farmer. It is best pulled by 6 draft horses.



 

The Breaking Sled
A breaking sled is a tool to break young animals to drive. Our breaking sled is approx. 4’ wide and 6’ long. The runners are made out of square tubing and the wear strips are chromium carbide for long lasting wear.

 

The Snowplow
Our snow plow is designed to be pulled by two horses and has multiple uses. It’s primary use is to remove snow using a box blade to carry the snow to a designated area, then tripped and dumped. Repeating this process until the snow is cleared. It can also be used in the summer to scrape and clean barn yards and grade driveways.


 

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