HOT attended Pionera today, located at the WDM (Western Development Museum) in Saskatoon, Sask.
My son said "Pionera is fun"....guess that sums it up.
We managed to score some bread and jam baked in the clay oven...hhhmmmm good!
The volunteer staff is friendly, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable, many dressed in period costumes lend a definite pioneer flavor to the event.
Demonstrations are available to watch throughout the day, some have schedule times, some are on-going...all are interesting.
William Gough and Melissa Saunder Whip Cracking was definitely a highlight. William Gough, a transplanted Australian, world class whip cracker, and his protégé Melissa Saunder provide an upbeat, entertaining whip cracking demonstration that showcases their world class whip cracking skills and outstanding bridleless horsemanship.
Louise Saunders of HALCYONIA WELSH PONIES & COBS, bred both demo horses. http://www.halcyonia-rivermeadfarms.com/
Melissa Saunder of William Gough Australian Whip Cracking Show top William Gough of William Gough Australian Whip Cracking Show
photo credit: HorseOwnerToday.com
Laurie Tonita of "Ushu Farrier Supply" provided a "hot shoeing" demonstration. Laurie provided a professional, entertaining glimpse of the farrier profession. http://youtu.be/kWq245ZvMhc http://www.ushu.ca insert photo
Other demonstrations including packing a horse, harvest - hand threshing to mechanical threshing, stationary engines, clay oven bread baking, flour making, horse drawn wagon rides - provided by the Saskatchewan Pleasure Driving Association and more....
"Blue" provides horsepower to drill a well
A wagon train ride.....love the recycles
Go to http://www.tourismsaskatoon.com/festivals/Festivals/Pion_Era/ for more.