2015 WORLD CLYDESDALE SHOW
Bountiful in promise, London, Ontario’s 2015 World Clydesdale Show surpassed every expectation. Entries from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia. New Brunswick, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec; from California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin and from Germany, contested the honours, as did a number of imported Clydesdales from Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. Shown in all their glory, the 569 Clydesdales entered wowed the cosmopolitan crowd.
Crowd control became an issue, for American and Canadian spectators were joined in the Western Fair District’s Agriplex by breed enthusiasts from Australia, Brazil, England, France, Germany, New Zealand, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Throughout the halter classes, ringside seats were scarce. Sadly, Fire Marshalls had to deny many spectators entry for the colourful performance classes.
Best of Show, World Champion Mare and Champion American Bred Mare was Anderson’s Ovation, a powerful 2-year-old filly shown by David Anderson, Anderson Farms of St. Thomas, Ontario. Anderson is well known to Canadian horsemen for the Clydesdale and Percheron horses he breeds and exhibits, for the Thoroughbreds he breeds, markets and races, and for the occasional Standarbreds he races.
Belleau G.F. Carla was Reserve World Champion Mare. Exhibited by Chuck Cryderman, Greenwood Farms of Richmond, Michigan, this 6-year-old mare was bred by Anheuser Busch, Inc. of St. Louis, Missouri. Calico Isabell, shown by Alan Knobloch, Alamar Acres of Princeville, Illinois & Steve Gregg, Gregglea Clydesdales of Cargill, Ontario, was Champion Canadian Bred Mare. This 4-year-old mare was bred by Kevin & Tammy Pelonero, Calico Farm of Huxley, Alberta.
Armageddon’s Lord Lazarus was World Champion Stallion, Champion American Bred Stallion for Chuck Cryderman. Bred by Dr. Michael & Cheri Moleski, Armaggedon Clydesdales at Bronson, Michigan, he topped a stellar class of thirteen aged stallions. Few horsemen had ever eyeballed such a class. Bred and shown by Kevin & Tammy Peloner, Calico Iggy, the Reserve World Champion Stallion, Champion Canadian Bred Stallion.
Extreme was World Champion Gelding. A grade Clydesdale shown by Glen & Patricia Perkins, Glenview Clydesdales of Cass City, Michigan, he is a hitch horse of impressive stature. David & Margo Carson, Carson Farms & Auction of Listowel, Ontario, fielded Willow Way Inferno, the Reserve World Champion Gelding. He was bred by Allan & Wes Gordeyko, Willow Way Farm at Ohaton, Alberta.
Auchengree Black Jack, the Champion U.K. Bred Stallion, was exhibited by Doug & Tina Miller, Ebony Clydes of Tomah, Wisconsin. He had been imported as a weanling. Anderson Farms had Champion U.K Bred Mare. Bred in Northern Ireland, Broomhedge Gemma was imported from England. The horse colt this mare carried crossing the Atlantic was purchased weeks earlier by Monty Thomson, Hatfield Clydesdales of Gladstone, Manitoba.
Bryce Smyth, Double S Clydesdales of Tillamook, Oregon, fielded the World Champion Gelding Six; while the World Champion Mare Six was shown by Robert Brander, Brand AAA CattleCo. Ltd. at Caledon, Ontario. The coveted title, World Champion Six Horse Clydesdale Hitch, was contested by ten of thirty-one six horse hitches shown. Excitement ringside reached a fever pitch as three judges placed the class. The gelding turnout fielded by Carson Farms & Auction, that had placed second to the Double S Clydesdale turnout, offered fast competition, while the World Champion Mare Six added to the mix. To the ringing cheers of the capacity crowd in the Agriplex, the teamsters wheeling the ten hitches let their respective turnouts rock. The skill these linesmen exhibited was recognized by the spectators. Carson Farms & Auction lifted the title 2015 World Champion Six Horse Hitch.
The Mare Cart Class was won by Bob & Laura Gookin, Somewhere Farm at Boulevard, California. Thirty-nine entries entries were shown. Double S Clydesdales had World Champion Team; while Bob Funk, Express Ranches of Yukon, Oklahoma, had World Champion Eight Horse Hitch. Sara Hayes, Charters Settlement, New Brunswick was Champion Lady Teamster; the Champion Teamster was Don Langille of Meeker, Oklahoma. Luck was with Tyler Wilkieson, Towerview Clydesdales of Caledon, Ontario; who won the truck Victoria McCullough of Wellington, Florida, awarded. Making it three on the trot, Rein Roy of Markerville, Alberta, won Senior Youth Decorating, Senior Youth Showmanship and the Youth Team Driving Competition. Eighteen promising young horsemen from across the continent contested the honours.
The gala banquet was attended by 800 breed enthusiasts. Had space allowed, 200 more tickets could have been sold. The pictoral displays of Clydesdale breeders past from each province, coupled with photos of their celebrated horses, proved a popular exhibition. Many of the Clydesdales shown were sold during the show. The private trade was brisk, a number of five figure prices were reported. Four Clydesdales sold to the United Kingdom. Collectively, their trans-Atlantic flight will cost the buyers $16,000.
Whatever the yardstick London, Ontario’s 2015 World Clydesdale Show was a success.