Summer-2013
Orphaned as a foal, Redcastle Brelee Finnegan was bred by Lee Smith, Brelee Farm at Lynden, Ontario, Canada. At the 2009 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, where he was Supreme Champion Clydesdale Foal, Scotland's John Anderson, Redcastle Clydesdales of Arbroath, Angus, purchased an interest in him, following which the colt was shipped to Great Britain. In the U.K., the buyers of Clydesdale stallions less than two years of age are allowed to change the horses' names (fillies, however, must be registered within the year of their birth and their name may not be changed). Hence, Brelee Majestic Finnegan was re-registered as…
My twin sister, Willa Dean, and I were reared on a general livestock farm that had Belgian horses near Coatesville, Indiana. As most know, the word "draft" means the acts of drawing or pulling a load. This definition is one of 32 given in the 1967 Random House Dictionary. The British used the word "draught" instead of draft. At the time Willa Dean and I were born in 1936, farm children knew of draft horses and harness. Postdate to 1966 and many people scratched their heads at the sight of a set of hames. World War II, it seems, was…
Opportunities to show one’s appreciation can be as simple as sending a heartfelt thank you card, or it can be a knock on the door with a gift that keeps on growing year after year. For Bill Lincoln of Uncasville, Connecticut, gratitude came with an offer to create a community vegetable garden at Fairview Odd Fellows Home in the town of Groton, overlooking the Thames River and Gold Star Memorial Bridge that leads to the port city of New London across the way. “Our family was so grateful to the staff at Fairview,” explains Bill, “for the loving care they…
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. On March 11, 2013, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) began enforcing new Federal Regulations (9CFR Parts 71, 77, 78 and 86, Federal Register/Volume 78, No. 6, Wednesday, January 9, 2013, effective March, 2013) concerning the interstate movement of horses. The new Federal Regulations require an up-to-date Interstate…
How often has it been said, “I'd sooner Clydesdale breeders judge my draft horses than breeders of Belgians, Percherons or Shires." Why are Clydesdale breeders collectively the most popular draft horse judges? When judging draft horses, Clydesdale breeders appear to evaluate the horses trotted before them against an unwritten, time-honoured standard, which most Clydesdale men and women appear to have in mind. This is a standard that has changed little. Why are Belgian, Percheron and Shire judges less popular? Is this because Belgian, Shire and Percheron type has changed? Compare the Belgians and Shires bred 50, 60 or 70 years…

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