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New Brunswick Provincial Heritage Fair
Horse Racing on the Ice in Gagetown
I discovered that horse racing on the ice in Gagetown, NB was popular for over 100 years. There was little published information on the topic, so I interviewed the sons and daughters of people who participated to learn more. Along with a visual display of pictures and various artifacts, I created a six page report, and played a song about a horse that raced on the ice during my presentation.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
The most interesting thing I learned about my topic was that people actually used to race horses on the ice. They even raced on the St. John River behind my house and my neighbour used to race and practice there.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
I learned interviewing is a great way to gather information, but be sure to prepare a list of questions and make the person your interviewing feel comfortable. I also learned speaking with a clear voice when presenting to judges is important and putting your best effort into your work pays off.
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
Since cars replaced horses as the primary choice of transportation, car racing has become very popular compared to back then with horses. Also since the building of the Mactaquac Dam and changes to the river people where I live don't do as many activities on the ice due to safety concerns.