Strike Up That Band!
The reenactment of Copenhagen’s own J.H. Raymond’s Cornet Band proved to be a once-in-a-lifetime performance.
Copenhagen, New York, celebrated its 150th anniversary in August of 2019. Three days' worth of festivities included historical tours, a craft fair, pony rides, a petting zoo, a dance, fireworks and ice cream and pie socials. The unanimous highlight, however, was a cornet band paying homage to a local musical troupe that had entertained residents in and around the Copenhagen area for nearly a century.
Copenhagen's origins are said to have begun in 1801, when Nathan Munger and his son, Nathan Jr., erected a sawmill, on the banks of Deer River. The village that grew around them became known as Munger’s Mills (in what was already the town of Denmark). According to the narrative, most of the residents of Munger’s Mills were Federalists supportive of British rule, but after news arrived of Britain's victorious naval attack on Copenhagen, Denmark, Republicans at a village meeting agreed to take on the name of Copenhagen to shame locals for their support of the Brits. Sixty-eight years later, Copenhagen was incorporated.
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An Iconic Wagon's Next Mission
Frank Castella of Hyde Park, New York (hometown of Franklin Delano Roosevelt), is a Renaissance man if there ever was one. A Percheron Hall of Fame inductee, retired owner/operator of a printing business, craftsman, builder of hitch wagons, restorer of cars, a carriage service operator, show superintendent, husband, father and grandfather, his resume is long and distinguished! But at 77, he is concerned about the future of one of his best-known brainchildren: The Warrior Wagon, which he unveiled at the 2014 World Percheron Congress (WPC) in West Springfield, Massachusetts. (see The Draft Horse Journal, Winter 2014-2015).
Hoping to provide the WPC with a platform for honoring veterans, Frank invested over two years building the vehicle. Countless hours were spent acquiring parts, coordinating with volunteers and constructing the unique wheelchair-accessible rig. Finishing just in the nick of time, Frank wheeled the wagon in opening ceremony presentations each day of the event.
Read more about carrying on this great tradition & how you can help in the Autumn 2020 issue!
Heavy Horse Sports Driving in Europe
When the subject of driving heavy horses comes up, most people in North America conjure up images of show hitches. Of course, the six and eight-horse hitches are the ones that make the deepest impression, but there is so much more there, ranging from single carts, to standard pairs, tandem, random, unicorns, four-abreast, and conventional four-, six- and eight-horse hitches. All of these are a major part of the show circuit.
In Europe, however, most of these categories simply do not exist. There are agricultural and trade turnouts, as well as events known by their French name of “Attelages de Prestige,” which refers to beautiful vehicles, often restored antiques. And then, there is something else, and that is sports (or combined) driving. The idea that draft horses cannot thunder around intricate obstacles has been laid aside, and draft horse aficionados of almost every breed revel in putting their horses through intricate courses at speed.
Learn more about the sport in the Autumn 2020 issue!
Those Koncarcalyps Genes
No Percheron breeder realized greater influence than T.B. Bowman, Boone, Nebraska, in designing the pattern of the Percheron breed that we know today. This should come as no surprise, for 75 stallions bred by the Bowman family headed 75 herds of pedigreed Percherons in Canada and the United States by 1942. The majority of them were sons of Koncarcalyps.
In 1875, T.B. Bowman, a boy of 17, rode a saddle horse into the new state of Nebraska with little more than clothes in his saddle bag. Given his tender age, his older sister had to file for the 160-acre homestead that he soon owned. By 1900 this property had grown into a ranch of over 1,000 acres in size. Cognizant of the need for improved draft horses to open the new state, following his visit to Chicago's 1893 Columbian Exposition, Bowman gathered all information he could on the Percheron breed that had captured his eye.
Although he had owned three pedigreed Percherons earlier, Bowman purchased Ocean (Imp), a 9-year-old French-bred stallion in 1908; together with Coral, a 3-year-old daughter of Corolian (Imp). In 1909 Bowman registered his first home-bred Percheron. This was Coralena, a chestnut Ocean (Imp) filly foaled by Coral. From this modest start, T.B. Bowman assembled a herd of pedigreed Percherons that numbered over 200 head when the United States entered World War II on December 7, 1941.
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Yes, That's Who They Are
reprinted from the August 1966 DHJ
From D. M. Coddington, R. 3, Box 280B, Piqua, Ohio: "I am writing concerning the picture of the pulling team inside the horseshoe on page three of the Journal and on your letterhead. I believe I know the team. I believe they are Rock and Tom owned by George Statler of the Statler Farms, Piqua, Ohio. I live within five miles of where the team was owned and pulled during the early '30s. They won several world championships including three times in Michigan. The excellent caretaker and driver of the team was Russell Sando. The manager of Statler Farms was Walter Schimmel, who accompanied Sando wherever he went. Mr. Sando was very particular about the care of the horses, the fit of their harness, the smoothness of their bedding, etc. The team was quiet to hitch to a load with no fuss or loud talk around them at anytime."
From Clifford J. Carr, Rt. 1, Box 20, Casstown, Ohio, "I would like to know if you know the team in the horseshoe at the top of your stationery. I think I know what pair they are–Rock and Tom, owned by Statler Farms, Piqua, Ohio and driven by Russell Sando. He was a good driver and well thought of. When I was a boy my Dad took me to see them pull."
(Editor's note: Messrs. Carr and Coddington were correct. The team pulling through the shoe on our letterheads and on page three in every Journal is the same Rock and Tom these two readers remember. This great pair of Belgians established a record in 1933 when they exerted a tractive pull of 3,825 lbs. and exceeded this in 1935 when they made a pull of 3,900 lbs. for the full distance of 27-1/2 ft.; their combined weight was 4,440 lbs.)
Jawing With Jason Julian – President of the American Brabant Association
Amidst all this coronavirus chaos, we, like everyone, have been in need of something uplifting, so we decided to visit with Jason Julian, President of the American Brabant Association, owner/operator of Julian Family Farm and owner/operator of Legacy Horse Logging. To clarify, that list is not his resumé ... it's a list of his current titles.
The farm is run by Jason and his family (wife Katrina and sons Michael, Joshua and Aaron), and consists of 300 acres (strictly hay, oats and pasture) near Medford, Wisconsin. They operate a certified grass-fed organic dairy and beef enterprise utilizing Jersey/Fleckvieh-crosses as a dual-purpose animal (milk and meat). They milk around 50 head and provide certified organic grass-fed beef both on the farm and through Medford County Market, which boasts of the largest natural foods section in north-central Wisconsin. They handle the stocking, inventory and provide samples of 15 different cuts. They also meet customers, answer questions about their farm and products and host a "Meet Your Farmer Day" at their place.
Meet Jason Julian in the Summer 2020 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
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
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Thank you for all your hard work and may I add, your touches of humor in the magazine. For those of us that are rookies to the draft horse world, it is a gold mine of information not to mention stunning photography and excellent human interest stories. My pages have underlines and post it notes and are shown to my neighbors who are always amazed at the photographs of the horses and what they can do. Nothing spreads interest like an adorable little foal, too. I am so thrilled at having met a few of these people that show up on the pages and recognize many, many names that I look forward to meeting. It's a wonderful retirement for me to be able to participate in this equine world, it sure brings back memories of my life as a farm kid and my riding horses. Thank you again! Stay safe!
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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