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  • Wow what a great issue! My second issue since I subscribed and it was really neat.

    – B. Szaton

  • Dear DHJ – Just a note to tell you how much I enjoy the Drafthorse Journal. I read it cover to cover... even the ads!

    – Marjorie Kreider

  • I can always tell when a new issue of The Draft Horse Journal gets mailed, because my phone starts ringing and business picks up.

    – Terry Pierce, Belgian Hill Farm

  • I have been a fan and serious student of The Draft Horse Journal for 25-plus years. I still carry the latest issue with me and refer to it almost on a daily basis.

    – Gary Nebergall

  • I can’t even tell you how much I love the Journal. It’s always a very special day for me when a new issue arrives.

    – Dennis Moss

Canada's Largest Sleigh Ride

“Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring-ting-tingling too,
Come on, it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you,
Outside the snow is falling and friends are calling you hoo,
Come on, it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you!”


The lyrics of this beloved Johnny Mathis Christmas tune seem to sum up the overall cheerful mood of the folks attending Canada’s Largest Sleigh Ride, which took place on March 4, 2017, in Riding Mountain National Park (RMNP) in southwestern Manitoba. Involving 56 sleighs, 30 outriders and approximately 300 people in tow at this year’s event, it seems that it might well indeed be living up to the title. Read more

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The Colombian Experience

Bienvenido a los Americanos (Welcome Americans)
In 1988, my parents ventured to Colombia, South America, in the company of Doc Neumann, Mrs. Neumann and Ralph House. The latter had been hired to judge the country's second national draft horse show, and the trio of men had been secured to inspect horses for admittance into the fledgling Asociadores Tiro Pesado (ATP), or Colombian Draft Horse Association stud books–as part of their grading up program. Those stud books had been organized just a few short years earlier with the help of Fred Polinder of Lynden, Washington, while there to judge their first national show.


This July, I was fortunate enough to travel to Colombia myself, for an altogether different reason than my sire. My excursion to this beautiful Latin American country was in the company of Andrea Detweiler, Robert Sparrow and Robert's wife, Lisa, as part of the Percheron Horse Association of America's (PHAoA) involvement in the United States Genetic Livestock Export, Inc. (USGLE). Read more

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Letter to the Editor

I would like to take this opportunity: the Draft Horse Journal’s fiftieth year in publication: to acknowledge and bestow gratitude upon, not only the founders of this fine magazine, but the current editor and his team who relentlessly strive to unify our industry through their quality quarterly publication.


The draft horse industry is not a product-driven industry. We do not yield an item that humans willingly wish to consume; like milk, meat, feathers or fur. Except for a rare sliver of history, when naturally-synthesized premarin was of value, the draft horse has contributed little in the last 75 years... Read more

History of Draft Horses

The Industrial Revolution proved to be responsible for both the rise and collapse of the heavy horse in America. Demand for draft animals was spurred on by the growing transportation, construction and agricultural needs of the nation. The last half of the 19th century made draft horse breeding both essential and profitable. Massive importations from Europe took place. The period also ushered in the development of the present day breeds of heavy horses. The number of horses and mules in The United States peaked in 1920, at about 26 million. The groundwork for today’s agriculture had been laid. The horse lost the battle of the streets to the automotive industry rather quickly. As for the battle of the agricultural fields, it fought very tenaciously, but eventually yielded in most cases to greatly improved tractor power. By 1950, it was indeed, on thin ice... Read more

History of The Draft Horse Journal

The post WW II years were not kind to the draft horse and mule. Both horse numbers and horse use plummeted. The number of animals being exhibited dwindled and many shows dropped heavy horses altogether. The industry needed a boost and it got one when the first issue of The Draft Horse Journal was published in May 1964. New interest was stimulated and the heavy horse has since made a convincing resurgence. From the 28 pages in the first issue to over 300 in recent ones, The Journal has grown, evolved and progressed right along with the draft horse trade. In addition to the magazine’s traditional content, covering breeding, raising, showing, selling and using all breeds of heavy horses, the modern version includes veterinary advice from “America’s Draft Horse Vet,” Dr. A.J. Neumann; historical accounts by the publication’s founder, Maurice Telleen; legal advice from Ken Sandoe;... Read more