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Bea Lowe

Bea Lowe (nee Draper) was born at Myra (six miles west of Rivers, Manitoba) on April 5, 1924.  As a child she helped her parents with their herd of purebred Jersey cattle.  Her Dad was an excellent showman and they took in all the local summer fairs.  She also showed cattle, but her heart was in the ring next door.  Her dream was to someday drive ponies. 

She has been showing ponies for over fifty years, does her own training and shoeing, leather, harness and blanket repairs and makes all the false tails (from real horse hair) that her ponies wear in the show ring.  She also puts up her own hay and straw, as well as doing all the barn chores. 

Bea and her late husband, Alvin had exhibited Hackney and Welsh ponies at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair for 24 straight years, Regina Winter Fair, Winnipeg International Horse Show, and her favourite show, the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair in Brandon.  In later years she also attended Minnesota State Fair.  Showing ponies was a family affair for Bea and many times her family grew to include children of friends and neighbours.  She especially enjoyed working with young people, teaching them to drive and showing in line classes.

 Her first pony was Tee-Lee’s Marvel, a road pony who also was exhibited in pleasure classes.  Her all time favourite pony was Duke’s Freedom Lady.  Bea got a bigger thrill out of driving her than she did her Mercury Grand Marquis.  Fireball’s Express, Iview’s Santana, Flyer’s Mister Duke, Debonaire’s Top Choice, Flyer’s King Swell and a homebred, Raven’s Crystal Gale were some of the other favourite ponies Bea has shown.

Bea loves to drive and has even shown in the heavy horse division, teams and ladies cart classes with some of the horses being owned by Wayne Moore of MacGregor, Manitoba and Harold Schumacher of Plainsview, Minnesota.

(Inducted March 2005)

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