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Goldsmiths’ gentle giants


Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

Amy and Dan Goldsmith own Goldsmith Belgians outside Chatfield, Minn. and are very active horse owners. Photo by Barb Jeffers

Dan Goldsmith says, “Don’t be intimidated by their size.” As I look up...way up to the face of “Fawn”, a strikingly magnificent Belgian horse, looks down with affection in her eyes.

Amy and Dan Goldsmith own Goldsmith Belgians located outside Chatfield, Minn. and along with their family are active in many events to promote the breed.

Sons Tyler, 20, Jared, 17, and Nathan, 13, combined with Dan’s parents and sister’s help, Dan and Amy attend to the horses needs at home and the work involved in participating in different events.

The Goldsmiths enter the horses in shows and horse-drawn carriage competitions using prize money to invest back into the horses needs such as food and equipment. Goldsmith Belgians are involved in county fairs such as the Olmsted County Fair and the Minnesota State Fair, and have attended Iowa State Fair in the past.

The family stays busy during the summer entering the horses in approximately eight parades pulling a carriage with anywhere from one to six horses. Dan states that he enjoys bringing the horses and colts to parades as well as fairs so people can see them especially kids explaining that many town kids don’t get the chance to see and touch horses very often.

Dan enjoys the temperament of Belgians saying they are easygoing and friendly, describing them as “gentle giants” and adding that they are like any other animal - if you treat them right they will treat you right in return.

Sharing this special breed of horses is the reason the Goldsmiths do everything they do. On the day of a parade the Goldsmiths begin preparing at 7 a.m. giving bathes, brushing, and whatever else the horses may need.

The horses and equipment then need to be loaded in order to arrive to the parade sight early so the Goldsmiths can braid the horses manes and get them harnessed to the carriage in plenty of time for the start of the parade. And once the parade is over everything must be done in reverse before the day is over. “But people get to see them,” Dan says, which is what it’s all about.

The family loves to see the reactions from children and adults when the horses are brought to an event. Dan says for some adults the horses can bring back childhood memories and for children the horses can create new memories and possibly a new affection for horses and the Belgian breed.

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In the company of horses

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

Bring up the topic of horses to Tracy Hanson of Chatfield, Minn., and a certain glint comes into his eyes as he describes his love for horses. The only thing which brings a bigger smile to Tracy’s face is talking about his family and their involve ..... 
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Chatfield to forgo billing for extra water and sewer costs

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chatfield encourages residents with drinking water temperature of 40 degrees or lower to run their water continuously to prevent freezing of lateral water lines, a water main freezing, or a broken water main. Councilors approved the averaging of eac ..... 
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Response to “A view of liberalism”...

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, In Stan Gudmundson’s article, “A View of Liberalism,” he states, “I do not care for liberalism. Not at all.” Well, Mr. Gudmundson, I don’t care for conservatism. Not at all, especially the extreme right wing ideology th ..... 
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Christian “Chris” Sebastian Grutzmacher “Mr. G”

Wed, Feb 26th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Christian “Chris” Sebastian Grutzmacher “Mr. G”, 67, of Chatfield, Minn., died Saturday, February 22, 2014, of natural causes. He was born July 10, 1946, in Winona, Minn., to Walter and Ida (Gillingham) Grutzmacher of Lewiston, Minn. Chri ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Ireland Ranee Delaney

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Big brother Dallas welcomes his baby sister, Ireland Ranee Delaney. Parents are Cameran and Ashlee Delaney of Chatfield, Minn. She was born on December 15, 2013. Ireland weighed 8 lbs. and was 19 inches long. Grandparents are Russell and Cynthia S ..... 
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Chatfield plans for Family Dollar store

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the February 10 Chatfield City Council meeting a resolution was adopted allowing the Chatfield EDA to enter into a purchase agreement to sell land for the future location of a Family Dollar store. The 0.85 acres is in the Twiford Redevelopment ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Sadie Jeanine Berry

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Mitch and Brayonna Berry of Chatfield, Minn. are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Sadie Jeanine. Sadie was born on January 11 and weighed 8 lbs. 4 oz. and was 21 1/4 inches long. She is welcomed by big sister Paisley Jo. Grandparents ar ..... 
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Chatfield hosts intimate performance

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Area residents were privileged guests at an intimate evening with artists Billy Dean and Dan Mahar on Saturday, February 1, 2014. The performance was for the most part acoustic with Dan playing some electric guitar during the show. While spending ..... 
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