Horse Fishermen of the North Sea
As the sun just begins to break over the horizon, the horse fishermen of the small coastal town of Oostduinkerke, Belgium, begin their day. They have studied the activity of the morning tide and know this is a good day to head into the sea. For Dominique Van Dendriesche, a young man in his twenties, alongside skilled and seasoned fisherman Bernard De Bruyne, this is a job they do out of passion. They will hitch their Brabant horses to a cart full of... Read more
2014 HORSE PROGRESS DAYS
bigger, better, brighter than ever...
By far the most ideal weather ever; no question, the largest crowd (estimated 32,000!); greatest number of implements and equipment demonstrated; most vendors, seminars and clinics; most effective breed demonstration to date.
Find complete coverage starting on page 76 of the Autumn issue!
EVER WONDER WHO IT IS “RECORDING IT ALL”?
If a photo is worth a thousand words, then a well-produced video could easily hold its own with just about any book on the shelf, especially if Video Mike Kerson is behind the camera. The long list of titles speaks volumes (pun intended) about the subjects and locations this man has visited to capture a story and bring it to life. Read about Video Mike in this issue!
Has the Worm Turned in New York City?
Things have taken a delightful and surprising turn for the New York City (NYC) carriage horses and the people who care about them. For decades, getting the pro-carriage side of the story into the media was very difficult. However, since the election of Mayor Bill de Blasio, it seems as though the news media cannot get enough of the carriage horse story. I’ve been reminded often over the last few months of the old saying, “Houses that don’t burn down don’t make the evening news.” I guess the looming reality that the NYC carriage horses might in fact be forced out by the new mayor, after operating in Central Park for more than... Read more
DETAILS ABOUT THE GENTLE GIANTS $100,000 INVITATIONAL!
In late February, a unique heavy horse performance event was held in Mesquite, Texas, as part of a rodeo–unique in several aspects, from its payout to its format... “revolutionary,” in fact, some might say. Also unprecedented was the live television coverage–something to which we are, frankly, unaccustomed. Was it a portent of increasing media coverage, or a forerunner of more high-paying competitions? Or will it spawn a shift in the emphasis on which hitches are judged.
Read the perspectives of The Show Manager, The Ring Steward, The Teamster, The Judge and the Announcer on this big event in the Summer 2014 DHJ!
HIGHEST GELDING EVER AT THE CLYDE SALE
Harry, Mark or however you want to refer to this 6-year-old gelding, he really clanged the bell at this year’s National Clydesdale Sale, selling to Sophia Transou, Tallahassee, FL, from JFP Equine Consulting, James Poole, Waterloo, IL. His selling price, $60,000, not only qualifies him as the highest-selling member of his breed at public auction, but also as the highestselling gelding of any draft breed AND as the 4th highest-selling draft horse of all time.
Read more about this gelding and the other sale reports in the Summer 2014 Annual Horse Sale issue!
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