The Colombian Experience
Bienvenido a los Americanos (Welcome Americans)
In 1988, my parents ventured to Colombia, South America, in the company of Doc Neumann, Mrs. Neumann and Ralph House. The latter had been hired to judge the country's second national draft horse show, and the trio of men had been secured to inspect horses for admittance into the fledgling Asociadores Tiro Pesado (ATP), or Colombian Draft Horse Association stud books–as part of their grading up program. Those stud books had been organized just a few short years earlier with the help of Fred Polinder of Lynden, Washington, while there to judge their first national show.
This July, I was fortunate enough to travel to Colombia myself, for an altogether different reason than my sire. My excursion to this beautiful Latin American country was in the company of Andrea Detweiler, Robert Sparrow and Robert's wife, Lisa, as part of the Percheron Horse Association of America's (PHAoA) involvement in the United States Genetic Livestock Export, Inc. (USGLE). Read more
Horse Progress Days – Complete Coverage!
Horse Progress Days (HPD), Version 24.0 was held where it all began–among the rolling hills and Amish communities of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Often referred to as the "Garden Spot of America," that epithet is especially appropriate in terms of HPD, as this is where the produce and market garden aspect of the event was spawned. Its inception inspired so much specialized equipment, mostly horse-drawn, that an entirely separate field demonstration was begun six years ago (the last time the event was held in Pennsylvania), and immediately became an essential component (and tradition) of the event.
Complete coverage starts on page 75 of the Autumn issue!
Listen to Horses In The Morning!
Cause For Excitement
(L-Valley Double Powerball)
At $90,000, the 5-year-old Belgian stallion L-Valley Double Powerball clinched a spot in the history books on February 23, 2017 at the Mid-America Draft Horse Sale. That price makes him the third highest-selling draft horse at public auction, behind only McIlrath's Captain Jim ($112,500 in 2003), and the Percheron YY Extreme ($105,000 in 2008). It also distinguishes him as the second highest-selling member of his breed.
Bred by Elmer E. Kauffman Jr., L-Valley Belgians of Christiana, Pennsylvania, Powerball is out of Dixie and by SB Power Play. At the time, SB Power Play was owned by Cush Farms of Bolivar, Ohio. Jonathan Cush recalls that in 2011, "My good friend Elmer Kauffman had expressed interest in breeding a few mares to SB Power Play and asked if I would be willing to go through his broodmares and choose the ones I thought would cross the best. Read more
The Sale Results Are In!
Results start on page 115 of the Summer issue with the Mid-America Sale. Regardless of whether or not you personally attended this sale, be prepared to be amazed by the results because the demand for big horses is unprecedented. The 257 head run through the ring averaged $9,101. That tops Gordyville's average from last year by over $1,600 ... and that was a record.
The Midwest Select Sale results can be found on page 140. Without a doubt, this year's–the sale committee's 13th–event was their best to date. Capped by a $50,000 Percheron mare (pictured), a $30,000 Belgian mare and a $30,000 Belgian gelding, the overall market was convincing in every category, and from start to finish.
Plus results from the Waverly Midwest Spring Sale, Mid-Ohio, Topeka and many more!
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
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