Only Racing Develops Good Horses, Daily Racing Form, 1915-10-29


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° of ! I J n ? to „ 5 " to t li In j, ONLY RACING DEVELOPS GOOD HORSES. A WC« at visitor to Ottawa was Joseph M. Dawson Newmarket. Kngland. a close relative of be lamocs and well-known training family ol Dawsons. wlio bare sent whinners of classics, cup races and big handicaps to the post almost without number Mr. Dawson was not protuberantly desirous of explaining his mission to Canada, but. somehow or other, a discussion in which he was engaged drifted horse racing and horse showing. The moat useless animal usually." he said, "for practical purples is the professional show horse. He can neither drive a distance without exhaustion, nor can lie raee or hunt with any merit. It is with show horses as with most other animals devoted to exhibition pnrpoaea. They neither breed well nor perform well themselves outside the ring. A horse acquit himself practically well— in the rce, at the hunt, across country, or in the stud -must be active exercise, must lie trained and prepared for bin work, not in tande parlor, tout ill tie broad onen. and in active competition — by putting forth Baa best efforts that are in him. That harden* the muscles, develops the spirit, and tits him r, ; the after life. The show bu-iness makes a :"4j tr.v 11 of a horse the same as it does of many moi," and women. Its methods are the worst possible f«r any horse either in or intended for n.tive service It encourages indifference to tasks other than Bai competition calls for and the horse is educated iVr. on the one hand. and. on the other, destroys virility. The best show horse Is rarely, if ever. tii« best horse in the stud, while he n«ver i; in competitive performance in which stamina or courage is the desirable element." Mr. Dawson U an ardent supporter of racing and thinks the ciect to the sport by the suppression of Epsom. Ascot fiood.vood and Doncastor 1s mere e.iuivahnt in disaster to that caused by the nnti racing legisla tion in New York state. He is also an opponent of twj-yenr-old racing, which, like his famous gre-lt uncle. Matbew, he thinks distinctly harmful in the as«re«ate,— U, P, Good in Montreal Mali,

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