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tary, Mrs. C. D. Eakin; Treasurer, Mrs. Robert Doty; Lund Conveners, Mrs. Allan Preston and Mrs. Nick Pliska; Entertainment Mrs. George Dahl and Mrs. Mervin Owens.


Horse- back riding was a necessi ty as well as a sport from the time of the earliest settlers. Rounding up stock was the necessity, racing was the sport. Proper driving technique, with well-groomed horses harnessed to vehicles, has given enjoyment at fairs all over the country through the years.

In 1961, The Portage Horse Club was formed, with Howard Gillam as President; Stanley Wylde as Vice-President; Nancy Kerman as secretary and Mrs. R. D. (Verna) Lyttle as Treasurer.

The Club provides an opportunity for members to learn hand­ ling, grooming, training, riding, driving and the art of showman­ ship. Membership is open to anyone who owns any kind of a horse or ponies, light or heavy horses and to anyone contemplating the purchase of a horse, or anyone who is simply interested in horses.

A Show is held each year, when competition is keen for the large Portage la Prairie Co-operative Ltd. trophy. Ted Bray, of Oakville, has won it twice. Other winners have been Brian Sloik, Garry Sloik (of Portage) and Jack Bray, of Oakville.

The Club also derives much pleasure from various activities, such as social evenings, horse shows, overnight trail rides, etc. There was also the Sunday morning, they all remember, when they held a mounted Church Parade in Portage la Prairie. The service was conducted by Rev. H. L. Henderson who was also mounted.

By the year 1967 there was a total of 78 members in the Club.


George W. Beynon, who was born in Portage la Prairie in 1864, was known all over the North American continent as "The Grand Old Man of Duplicate Contract Bridge." He was over 100 years of age when he passed away in Florida, U.S.A. a few years ago.

He was the great promoter of the large Contract Tournaments, became the top American Contract Bridge League Tourney Director, edited the A.C.B.L. Bulletin and wrote the Manual now consistently used by all Duplicate Bridge Directors in North America and else-