86 Year-Old Draft Horse Master Doesn't Let Age Get in His Way


In my travels I have met many people that inspire through their words or efforts given certain adversities or situations. Age can be a real barrier for many people to continue to live out their passions. Age can be an excuse when some people feel older than they should — some people use age as a shield to continuing to live life to its fullest.

coyote flats - Art HoppAt the Coyote Flats Harvest Days this past weekend, I met Art Hopp. Art is from Tilley, Alberta, competes in draft horse competitions and also organized the Picture Butte event at Coyote Flats Harvest Days.  The inspiring part of this story is that Art is proudly 86 years old.

Even better is the fact that Art is referred to by many of his fellow competitors and the “master” or the “the best.”

When I first arrived at the site on Sunday, Dean Oseen mentioned to me that I needed to interview the event organizer Art about the horse competition. He was the guy to talk to. To be honest, I was looking for a younger person. I interviewed a few people including Jess Debnam, but I couldn’t seem to find an Art.

Every person I met said “you need to talk to Art.”

Okay, I guess I better step up my search, but the competition was starting…

It was announced on the PA system that the first competitor in the log skid was Art Hopp. I thought great, I found Art, I walked around the trailer and then saw an amazing sight. A man throwing age to the side just as easy as he guided his horse team through the pylon obstacle course.

Please listen to my interview with Art Hopp above and try to enjoy life as much as Art Hopp looks to be, no matter your age. Remember it’s just a number.

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