Remount Question Attracting Attention, Daily Racing Form, 1910-12-29


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REMOUNT QUESTION ATTRACTING ATTENTION The matter of remounts Is one to which every firstclass power with the exception hitherto of America has long given particular attention and it is an accepted axiom that the thoroughbred strata is absolutely indispensable for the best cavalry horse to be obtained Every European government of1 im ¬ portance purchases thoroughbred horses each year for breeding purposes the plans followed In Ger ¬ many and France being the most methodical It is generally conceded by army men that Germany has the best mounted cavalry In the world and1 the center of the German organization is lit Prussia East Prussia West Prussia Posen and Hanover are the districts known as the remount provinces and there the thoroughbred is used primarily and exclu ¬ sively to treed horses for the army Almost all the other provinces in the German Empire draw on these districts for their cavalry supplies and the remount provinces in turn draw largely1 on the emperors Graditz Stud for the necessary recruits to Its thor ¬ oughbred stock The Graditz it is as well to bear in mind is noth ¬ ing more or less than a racing stable even though it is actually a government Institution Like the English and the French the French also have government breeding establishment which is recruited almost exclusively from the race tracks the Ger ¬ mans never have entertained the fallacy put forward by bigoted enemies of racing in this country that racing has no value in the development and improve ¬ ment of the thoroughbred though it might seem ob ¬ vious enough to the most careless reflection that without racing the prowess of Eclipse and Ormonde St Simon and Bend Or never would have been known nor their strain perpetuated that Longfellow and The Bard would ihave lived and1 died common hacks with no progeny ia which their characteristics of speed endurance and courage could be still fur ¬ ther developed It is for what the horses showed in racing that the Germans paid more than 100000 for Ard Patrick and 70000 for Galtee More two English Derby winners while France paid more than 187000 for Flying Fox a descendant of the great Ormonde Argentina also has been a liberal buyer of the cracks of the English turf in recent years and it is worthy of note that it was to Argentina far more than to the United States that the English authorities turned when the Boer war provoked an imperative demand for horses by the thousand and English gold in hundreds of thousands of dollars was poured into Argentina to back up the demand Town Topics

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