Winter 2007-2008
Those horsemen who followed the judging at the World Clydesdale Show held in Madison, Wisconsin, several weeks ago, had to be impressed by the design of the class winners. Class after class, the Clydesdales that collected the ribbons awarded were patterned like Benedictine, a Clydesdale stallion once well known in breed circles. I suspect this celebrated breed sire surfaces repeatedly if the pedigrees of these class winners were extended. Bred by John P. Meikle, Pilmuir Farm, Lauder, Berwickshire, Benedictine was purchased by Thomas & Matthew Templeton, Sandyknowe Farm, Kelso, Roxburghshire, as a foal. He spent the balance of his life…
The horse, mule, jack and jenny differ in one respect from all other large domestic animals in that they are individuals and consequently must be handled as such. I believe that today, more than any other time, the handlers of this class of livestock are quite ignorant of restraint methods which can be safely used to control them without causing abuse or accidental injury to them. To be a good “horseman” and “excel in horsemanship” the individual must possess the ability to accurately assess the nature of the animal he or she is involved with. This ability only comes as…
(From the general news sources of the times, plus the November 1932 Breeder's Gazette and the 1932 International Livestock Show Album.) I hardly know where or how to start on that thin slice of time that set in motion so many forces that turned the world upside down, bringing grief to millions. Rural America was broke. Our own parents and grandparents were weathering serious financial storms. Thrift and effort alone will not make the farm payments, nor will it buy the groceries for the townsman. So there was a lively local trade in cream, eggs and poultry. And trading was…
(From the 1958 Canadian Percheron Broadcaster, the American Belgian Review and general news sources of the time.) I'm going to start this backward glance with three photographs from that time. Riverbend Monkoncarlaet, a Percheron stallion owned by the Dominion Government and stationed in Alberta. He was the sire of the winning Get of Sire at the great 1958 show at the Royal Winter Fair. I have admired this horse very much for years. He was, himself, Reserve Grand Champion Stallion at the 1947 Royal Winter Fair. He carries the blood of Koncarcalyps, Laet and Monarch. Breeding matters! Don't you just…
(From general news sources, the Winter 1982-1983 Draft Horse Journal and the various breed publications of the time.) Our holiday issue, mailed about December 15, 1982, was a 172-pager, a size we never even dreamed of when the magazine was launched in 1964. Circulation had reached past 20,000, another figure we never dreamed of attaining. And on page 3, it carried a notice that the annual meeting of the Draft Horse & Mule Association of America was scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 16 in the Holiday Inn at Goshen, Indiana. Once considered dead, its main job today is the…
Disclaimer - This article is intended as general discussion and information on the topic covered, and is not to be construed as rendering legal advice. If legal advice is needed, you should contact an attorney. This article may not be reprinted or reproduced in any manner without prior written permission of the author. At the time this article is being written all horse slaughter for human consumption in the United States has been stopped. How did this happen in light of the fact that the proposed Federal Law, American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (AHSPA), has not passed? On February 4th,…
Clydesdale Breeders of the U.S.A., congratulations! Your World Clydesdale Show, held October 12, 13 and 14, was a roaring success. A much needed, highly-anticipated event, no breed show has attracted crowds of enthusiastic spectators in greater numbers. All three days of the breed show, the atmosphere was charged. One would be challenged to find a better location for a breed show of this magnitude. The stabling was extensive, the area around the Coliseum spacious and traffic free, the extensive park well-manicured. The Coliseum was ideal for the Show and Trade Fair, the adjacent Exhibition Hall perfect for the banquet, while…
Never was my observation “It’s easy to be green when it’s not personal,” more obvious than today. As population increases and suburbanization encroaches on previously rural countryside, each new settler or squatter must face their own deleterious impact on the environment. Most people do not have the luxury or the desire to buy ninety acres, build a house in the corner, and leave the rest as a prairie dog town. It’s easier to buy or build a house on a lot in a development that has already been clear cut and zoned residential. Kiss the prairie dog, coyote, spotted owl,…

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