The Stallion That Made The Biggest Impact On My Breeding Program
This being the Annual Stallion Issue, we've asked three prominent breeders, of the Clydesdale, Belgian and Percheron persuasions, to tell us about the one stallion that they feel made the largest impact upon their (or their employer's) respective breeding programs. We harnessed each participant with no restrictions in terms of whether or not the horse was living or dead, owned by them personally, or by someone else. We simply asked that they explain their choice in their own words and provide some examples of the lasting impact. Following is the outcome of that request ...
At Armageddon Clydesdales, we have been blessed to stand a number of truly outstanding stallions over the years. Perhaps the most storied was Broadlea Classic Joe who topped the list of America's leading Clydesdale sires in the last 25 years (1990-2015) in the Bruce Roy article which appeared in The Draft Horse Journal, Winter 2016-'17. Also of note were Armageddon's Lord Jacob, Solomon's Tim and National Champion Stallion Northwest Glenord's Shea. However the stallion which made the biggest impact on our program was none of these. He was Solomon's Commander.
All The King's Horses – The Undeniable Influence of Pleasant View King
"When John, Susan and Chad Cole founded their Pennwoods Stud at Centre Hall, Pennsylvania,
they were determined that the Percheron stallions purchased for their breeding program were well-bred with a wealth of character. Today, Pleasant View King, the 24-year-old Percheron sire, continues to head the Pennwoods breeding program. Chad, Rhonda and Jordan Cole are among
North America's most influential breeders of today's Percheron horse."
— Bruce A. Roy
Since 2003, a total of 40 draft horses–Percherons, Belgians and Clydesdales–have been sold at public auction for $50,000 or more. Twenty-three of them have been Percherons. Of these 23, one was an own son of Pleasant View King; one an own daughter; four are grandsons; and five are granddaughters. Put another way, King appears in the first or second generation of nearly half of the Percherons–and 27% of ALL draft horses–that have been marketed at this extreme level.
Read the full story in the Winter 2019-'20 issue!
It's Not Always About Winning
“It's not always about winning,” according to second-generation Clydesdale breeder Jeff Goodell of Gilmore City, Iowa. For the Goodells, it's definitely always about family.
That's why, when each of eight Clydesdales was led to the wash rack on the first day of the 2019 Britt (Iowa) Show, all four of the Goodell boys could be found working together like a well-oiled (and well-lathered) machine.
Read more in the Winter 2019-'20 issue!
Six Decades of Stampeding – Bruce Roy
This July, at the 2019 Calgary Stampede, Bruce Roy of Cremona, Alberta, was honored for his 60 years of volunteering with the Stampede's Heavy Horse Committee. Prior to his becoming a volunteer, Bruce was a Percheron exhibitor at the venue, he served as Secretary of the Canadian Percheron Association and he published Feather & Fetlock for 11 years. He's attended every Stampede since he was a kid in the 1940s. Though his influence is evident throughout the heavy horse show, his primary role as a volunteer today is announcing the halter and hitch competitions.
We're glad to see credit bestowed where it's deserved. We also wanted to provide our own tribute (of sorts), so we harnessed Bruce with a few questions.
2019 Horse Progress Days
During the past quarter century, Horse Progress Days (HPD) has been held in Illinois, its westernmost location, three previous times (2002, 2007 and 2013). Each of these times it was hosted on the Vernon J. Yoder farm, north of Arcola. In keeping with the event's six-year rotation, 2019 marked the return to the area, but this time, the venue was moved to the Arthur Sale Barn–new facility, new challenges and a few new faces.
On Sunday, June 30–four days prior to the event–straight-line winds ripped down three of the four tents that had been erected at that point. The largest one, 60' x 220', was completely destroyed. In terms of morale, this would have been devastating to many, but we're talking about the HPD committee. By Tuesday afternoon, they had patched up those tents ...
See full coverage in the Autumn 2019 issue!
Advancing The Breed Registries Through Technology!
Two of America's breed registries recently made significant investments in the future by way of new technologies. We've asked the two people most knowledgeable about these developments to explain.
Jenna Hovermale, Chief Operating Officer, Belgian Draft Horse Corporation of America.
The Belgian industry has remained strong over the past few years. The Belgian Draft Horse Corporation of America (BDHCA) has seen a steady increase in our registrations, transfers and memberships during these fruitful years. The Board of Directors has taken the opportunity to use the increase in revenue to prepare for the long-term future and any possible changes to the market, as well as invest in our registry. In June we debuted an upgraded registry to our membership and to the public.
Stacie Lynch, Executive Director, Percheron Horse Association of America
Technology! Technology refers to methods, systems and devices which are the result of scientific knowledge being used for practical purposes. I always say, “Technology is great … when it works!” Technology needs to be maintained to ensure it has been a worthy investment.
While serving on the Board of the Percheron Horse Association of America (PHAoA), it became evident, due to my background in information systems and technology, we were in need of new registry software.
Read about the advancements these two breeds made on page 29 of the Autumn 2019 DHJ!
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
Draft Horse and Mule Youth & Beginners Manual
"This is the first bulletin prepared by the DRAFT HORSE & MULE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA which was incorporated in the state of Illinois in October of 1980. It contains information that should prove valuable to the new or beginning draft horse and mule owner, whether he or she be a youth or an adult.
"Several men with many years of experience have given generously of their time to help prepare this bulletin. We do not claim that it is without error, we only hope to give you some information that will make it more interesting and hopefully contribute to your success, as you begin working with man's most noble helper–the draft horse and mule." Click here to download
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