"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Online Edition
Thursday, July 30th, 2015
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
 
< | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | > | >>

Barrel racing is an exciting sport


Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Sports fans and athletes have a plethora of sports to enjoy in this country and around the world, and those options include equestrian events. Equestrian sports have a deep-rooted history and have inspired some avid fans, including those enamored with the sport of barrel racing.

Barrel racing originally was established as an event for women on the rodeo circuit. While men rode bucking broncos and bulls and competed in roping events, women displayed horse speed and stamina in barrel racing competitions. Today, barrel racing primarily is a female sport at both the collegiate and professional levels.

Barrel racing can be an entertaining experience for spectators and a rewarding one for riders. The goal of the barrel race is to complete a perfect pattern in the least amount of time, so the rider who completes the pattern the fastest wins the competition.

The pattern riders face is a complicated cloverleaf design. Riders can choose to enter the first barrel to the left or the right. They circle the barrel and proceed across to barrel number two, then finish out at the third barrel, where they will complete the pattern and exit the course. The approach to the first barrel should be carefully timed and executed to set the stage for the rest of the course.

An official distance between barrels exists for professional races. Riders cover 90 feet between barrel one and two. There is 105 feet between barrels one and three and between barrels two and three. Finally, 60 feet marks the distance between barrels one and two and the entry/exit "score" line.

According to Michigan State University Extension, barrel racing requires a mild-tempered horse with natural athletic ability. Horses need to be fast, agile and intelligent. A hot-headed horse is not a good choice because he may fight the rider and cause injury. Riders also must be in tune with their horses' movements and sit correctly in the saddle to allow the horse to hug the sides of each barrel. Riders need to be both physically fit and capable of planning ahead to accommodate for their horses' speed.

Experts advise riders run horses through repetitive drills to improve their performance. A horse learns by release and will think he's done a good job if a rider moves on to a new task. If riders are unhappy with a turn, they should return to the same barrel over and over until it is mastered, as riders need their horses to remember the .....
[Read the Rest]

Magnum Sports offers archery for all

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield The Great Outdoors

When MSX NexGen corporation began, it was simply a business started in a garage. Since that point, it has expanded greatly to include equipment, ranges, and lessons for all hunting and fishing sports needs. Regarding their selection of hunting a ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Italian and Dutchman to speak at Owl Festival banquet in Caledonia

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The International Festival of Owls has the word ‘international’ in its name for a reason: it is where the annual World Owl Hall of Fame Awards are presented. Past owl experts who have traveled to the festival to receive awards have come from as ..... 
[Read the Rest]

No CWD detected among sampled deer in southeastern Minnesota

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

No chronic wasting disease (CWD) was detected in hunter-harvested deer in southeastern Minnesota during the 2014 firearms season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The discovery of the disease in a wild deer earlier this ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Only 1 of 500 Mississippi River samples test positive for invasive carp

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Water samples from southeastern Minnesota pools of the Mississippi River that were collected in August and analyzed in December indicate only a small presence of bighead carp eDNA, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The U.S. Fish a ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Preston’s Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-Off

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Let it snow, just in time for Preston’s annual Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-Off event! Bundle up and come on down to the Trailhead Inn office on Saturday evening, January 17 to ski on the trail and to sample some wonderful chili contest entries. ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Public information meeting about the International Owl Center & Houston Nature Center

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Find out more about the short-term and long-term plans for the International Owl Center at a public informational meeting on Wednesday, January 14 at 7 p.m. at the Owl Center, 126 E Cedar Street in Houston. There will also be changes to the Houston ..... 
[Read the Rest]

DNR expands winter trout fishing in SE Minnesota

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

By David Schueller DNR Information Officer Fly fishing guide Dan Michener walked to a partially snow-covered riverbank in Whitewater State Park. He cast a tiny nymph into the water several times then let it drift through deeper pools, hoping to en ..... 
[Read the Rest]

DNR awards $5.7 million in habitat grants to conservation groups

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The Department of Natural Resources has awarded 46 conservation grants to various organizations and entities for restoring, enhancing and protecting habitat in Minnesota. This latest round of habitat funding comes from the agency’s Conservation ..... 
[Read the Rest]
< | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | > | >>