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Horsing around at the Laird Fair (30 photos)

Monday, August 19, 2013   by: Carol Martin

Lindsay Alisat loves her 5-year-old horse, Keeta (shown on the right) and it's obvious that the sentiment is returned.

Alisat and Keeta spend a lot of time together and have since Keeta was a foal.

That's why Keeta didn't mind standing still for the hours it took Alisat to braid the pink hairpieces and rinestones into Keeta's mane before the Laird Fair on Friday. 

She decided on pink to match the pink, rinestoned and appliqued blanket Alisat also made for Keeta.

Keeta is stabled at Alisat's friend's ranch in Laird and Alisat is from the Sault.

Sharing a barn and the fields with Keeta are Tundra, Alisat's other horse, Countess, a 10-year-old mare belonging to Meagan Gjos (seen on the left with Countess) and several other horses.

Gjos is a long-time fair participant who started out riding ponies at Circle H Ranch when she was 5-years-old.

At six she started riding lessons and at 7-years-old Gjos was competing in barrel racing at the fair.

Her experience at Circle H taught her how to care for horses and eventually her family purchases some to keep on their farm in Laird.

Keeta and Alisat picked up fifth place in the Novis Dash for Cash on Saturday at the fair and announcer Joan Teresinski didn't need a registration paper or the sparkly pink rinestones to know both horse and rider when they stepped up to the gate for their turn in the competition.

Teresinski has been running the competitions for 20 years and she knows almost every horse and rider by sight.

She was assisted in the booth this weekend by Kelly Fremlin and Fremlin's 5-year-old daughter, Patricia Brumfield. 

It takes a huge team to organize and run the fair every year and Teresinski says there's always room for more.

In fact, she's looking for someone to train to take her place.

Not to worry, though. 

She says she's been trying to retire for a few years but keeps coming back to do what ever needs doing so there is no danger of losing the Speed Horse Show component of the fair.

The Laird Fair has been running every year since the 1880s and features agriculture displays, children's activities and live entertainment on Saturday evening as well as tractor pulls, horse shows and competitions.


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Bella1974 8/20/2013 12:44:41 PM Report

Well a big thank you needs to go out to our local humane society as the three horses from Circle H Ranch look well fed, thanks to our local humane society and the people who donate to them and funraise for them.

Keep up the good work and thank you SSM Humane Society for helping those animals.
kbaybiie 8/20/2013 6:07:30 PM Report

Actually... the feeding orders were revoked quite a while ago :)

and they aren't getting any funding from the OSPCA or the public :)

The Hurley's are doing it all on their own !
GrandmaTina 8/20/2013 6:19:50 PM Report

WOW Someone really has a hatred on for circle H Ranch now don't you???? Do you think it could be personal? Wasn't it you who stole a horse from there? Circle H Ranch is doing a good job with their animals. Wasn't it your horses on the side of the road a while back cause they got out? Besides all that why would you be attacking them in this way? Does it make you feel good about yourself? Time to grow up Bella1974 ! Yes your are right kbaybiie thank you! The truth will come out about Circle H Ranch and all of their haters will be feeling like fools!
Bella1974 8/20/2013 10:11:05 PM Report

I was just thanking the SSM Humane Society for a job well done. Glad the animals were helped. I support our local humane society buy donating at fundraiser put on for them. Glad they are doing a good job. Not enough people say good things about them.

TAAG is also a good organization that doesn't get recognized enough for the good that they do.

GrandmaTina 8/20/2013 11:50:18 PM Report

Unfortunately you have no clue how they really treat animals. Allot of animals get sick in the humane societies so maybe you should look into what they are really about before donating your money to them. Time to start to put the blame where it belongs instead of on hard working people who truly do love & care for their animals. Circle H Ranch is not even close to being as bad as the articles have put them out to be. This article is for the Laird Fair not to bash Circle H Ranch.
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