Re: Rare Caspian horses continue their journey, December 2010 AgriNews:
I wish to thank The AgriNews for running my story on Caspian horses last month.
Over the past four years, I have had over a dozen of articles published all over North America. Overall, the response from readers was minimal at best. So, you can imagine my surprise this time, as I received communication from many very interested individuals. The reach of The AgriNews was evident, as queries came from Alexandria to Cobourg, and many points in between.
During our particularly cold December, several visitors braved the weather to view my special little horses. As a Christmas present, one mare was purchased by John Landreville of Kemptville, for his wife, Pat. The mare has settled in wonderfully with their two miniature horses. Pat is looking forward to taking her new horse to local driving events. She expects to have plenty of people trying to guess what breed her "pony" is.
On New Year's Eve, Maurice Brisson of Riceville, and Susan Harrington of Dunrobin agreed to purchase my stallion, a bred mare, an unbred mare and a gelding. They are looking forward to breeding Caspians on Maurice's farm, and also utilizing some of them in Susan's riding lesson program.
From January to April, two of their Caspians, plus my remaining Caspian mare will be stabled at the Kemptville campus of Guelph University.
There, the students will have hands-on education in all aspects of horse breeding. The mares are expecting foals in March, and the students will also learn how to manage a stallion, including daily handling, artificial insemination and live cover breeding.
Congratulations to the new Caspian horse breed stewards, and thanks again to the AgriNews, for helping me to find these wonderful people.