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Montana Draft Teamster Hall Of Fame  

By Elizabeth Kidwell , Montana Draft Horse Expo

 

September 2008 Issue

 

2008 Inductees

     The 13th Annual Big Sky Draft Horse Expo will be held September 13–14, 2008, at the fairgrounds in Deer Lodge, Montana . The Draft Horse Expo is dedicated to preserving the heritage of draft animals and the education of their use throughout agricultural history.

     The Montana Draft Teamster Hall of Fame, which is co-sponsored by the Expo and the Montana Draft Horse and Mule Association, each year inducts those who have made significant contributions to the preservation and dissemination of knowledge, education and the use of draft animals and/or draft equipment for work or pleasure in Montana .

     Previous recipients of this award include George Miller (Absorakee); Kent & Mary Lou Connor (Corvallis); Don Coutts (Red Lodge); Forrest Davis (Arlee); John McIlhattan (Bozeman); Don Yerian (Emigrant); Jack & Helen Eden (Hamilton); Kayo & Alex Fraser (Deer Lodge); and Charlie Yerian (Corvallis).

     The 2008 Montana Draft Teamster Hall of Fame has chosen Carroll Manuel, Earl Stucky, and Jake Frank as this year’s inductees. The induction ceremony will be held during the Grand Entry at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 13. Saturday evening will feature a Teamster Hall of Fame BBQ and reception, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

     Prior to the start of the draft horse show, the Montana Academy of Living History, will conduct a week of hands-on classes and demonstrations September 8–12 at the historic Grant Kohrs Ranch and Territorial Prison Museums .

     For more information, visit www.drafthorseexpo.com.

 

Jake Frank

Park City , MT

     For Jake Frank, growing up fast was the way of life. The youngest of ten children, Frank was only four years old when his father died and he and his older brothers had to take on the ranch responsibilities. He drove a team all day long in the fields before he reached the age of twelve.

     After a successful stint as a rodeo performer and a top-notch pick-up man, he began competing in teamster driving contests later in life. As many can attest, Frank could get his teams to do anything he needed them to do. He won the Montana High-Point Teamster Award several times.

     Now, at 93, Frank has been able to instill the skills of horsemanship and hard work into his children — teaching them how to work the animals and to respect each one for its uniqueness.

     He has helped many other people get started in driving. After selling a team, he would devote many hours teaching the new owners how to drive them correctly.

 

Carroll Manuel

Winnett , MT

     Carroll Manuel began driving a stacker team for Jack Dunphy when he was eight years old. Today, at 87, he owns and works the Dunphy property and continues to use teams to put up hay and raise feed for his stock. Manuel broke horses for use, raised draft horses, built stock water reservoirs using “horse power,” and showed for decades at driving competitions and fairs. One of his favorite memories of driving are of helping get new drivers settled in and starting out the right way.

     Manuel, before his retirement from driving this year, ran wagon trains — bringing in participants from all over the U.S. and Canada — each with their own wagon and equines in tow.

     As his hometown paper, the Lewistown News-Argus put it recently, when learning of his retirement, "it will be the end of an era in Winnett."

 

Earl Stucky

Avon , MT

     Born in 1934, Earl Stucky was raised on his family ranch along the Gallatin River near Gallatin Gateway, driving teams to help with haying and other chores.

     Upon his marriage to Glenna Krueger in 1954 he purchased his family ranch from his parents, where he lived until the mid-sixties; he then took a job as the cow boss for the Flying D Ranch, near Bozeman . Work horses were used to feed the thousands of cattle on the ranch and Stucky was always on hand, riding his horse out to where the days' work was, instead of loading into a trailer.

     In 1976, Stucky and his family moved fourteen miles north of Avon, purchased a team of Percherons — Pat and Mike — and have been there for over 30 years. They continue to own and use draft horses at their ranch to this day. Many Percheron horses have been raised and broke by Stucky throughout the years on his ranch, using the horses for ranch work, parades, and pleasure- including winter sleigh rides treasured by his family.

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