The Army Needs Thoroughbreds, Daily Racing Form, 1918-09-26


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THE ARMY NEEDS THOROUGHBREDS Colonel H S Chaplin of the British Army He mount Service stationed at St Louis speaking of the itossibilities for American breeders and their aid to the army says Missouri and the western states have wonderful possibilities as a horse rais ¬ ing section and yet I find a deplorable scarcity of the type fit for cavalry use I can get a good horse for heavy and field artillery but the lighter types are bad My regiment in England had the pick of the Irish hunters which are developed by a top cross of the thoroughbred and I rather blush for some of the stuff I am compelled to send over The horse is still an absolute necessity in warfare In England we have found that the thoroughbred is the essential foundation for the perfect army horse and that is why racing is fostered by the governmentuind why we are racing even during the war I underslamULliere is no racing in Missouri That probably accounts for the scarcity of the type of horse essential for cavalry use If horse racing was conducted in Missouri as it is in England you would probably see the breeding of thoroughbreds m your state

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