Spring Fever

While spring was slow to arrive in Western Canada, much of this year’s foal crop appeared before the weather turned. So, too, did a number of stallions new to the region.

Dale Campbell, Windcharger Heritage Farm Ltd, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, imported Manor Mac T, a black 4-year-old Shire stallion. Bred in Wales by Mrs. J. Pleavin-Edge, Shordley Manor  at Clwyd; this big, powerful sire was shown with success at England’s National Shire Horse Show on three occasions. The impressive Moorefield Manor Mac son was accompanied on his Calgary flight by a yearling daughter of Methringham Upston Hamlet, Champion Stallion and winner of the King George V Challenge Cup at England’s 2014 National Shire Horse Show. Horsemen can see this grey filly June 28-30 at the Central Alberta Draft Horse Classic (Olds) and at the Calgary Stampede from July 4-7.

In March, Meg Phillips, Diamond Echo Percherons, Didsbury, Alberta, purchased the Lone Oak 12 Ike. A black 2-year-old, bred by Jim Lane, Lone Oak Percherons of Birtle, Manitoba, this sire prospect arrived in Alberta following the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair. Placed with Brian Coleman for three weeks, the handsome colt was broke to harness. A Lone Oak 07 Pride son; his dam, Mountain View Illuminate, is purported to be the largest American-bred mare sired by Pleasant View King, World Champion Stallion at Calgary’s 1998 World Percheron Congress.

Drew Mundie, Mundie’s Belgians of Innisfail, Alberta, has purchased the 12-year-old stallion, Camelot Chip’s du Marais, Reserve Grand Champion Stallion at Toronto’s 2002 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The red sorrel breeding horse, whose mane and tail are light, is a last son of Remlap Chip du Marais, one of the Belgian breed’s name sires. Purchased from the stallion’s breeder, Brenda Bradshaw, Bradshaw Belgian of Wilsonville, Ontario; Nelson Yoder of Millersburg, Ohio, has had Camelot Chip’s du Marais on lease for several years. A proven sire,  this Belgian stallion’s arrival in Alberta has sparked excitment in breed circles.

Little Big and Little Little, the twin Clydesdale fillies foaled at Willow Way

While details are few at this time, five more Percheron stallions are new arrivals in Alberta. However, exciting as these breeding horses are, it was Wes & Kristen Gordeyko, Willow Way Clydesdales of Ohaton, Alberta, who sparked the conversation in equine circles. Their spirited mare, Westerdale Selma, bred by the late Dale Rosenke, Westerdale Clydesdales of Didsbury, Alberta, foaled twins to the cover of Willow Way Baccardi. To everyone’s surprise, the lively twin sisters, named Little Big and Little Little, required no assistance whatsoever when they were  foaled.