Value of Thoroughbred: Winter Fair in Canada Illustrates Desirability of That Strain of Blood, Daily Racing Form, 1922-12-01


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i ! VALUE OF THOROUGHBRED Winter Fair in Canada Illustrates Desirability of that Strain of Blood. W. P. Fraser, secretary of the Ontario Jockey Club and Canadian Racing Associations, writing to the Toronto Mail and Express, says : "The Winter Fair is a tremendous success; this is assured from reading the papers and from personal observation. "My principal object in writing this to you is to emphasize what the parade of thoroughbred stallions really means. This takes place every afternoon during the show. Following the success of the horse show, and going through the large number of entries and watching the performances in the ring, one cannot help but be struck with the premium placed upon thoroughbred blood, which is the principal make-up of the winning contestants. Nearly every hunting man, and very many who do not hunt, but ride for the pleasure and health it affords, knows the value of thoroughbred blood in his mounts, horses up to weight and thoroughbred bringing their own price. "I feel sure I am correct in saying that no such exhibition of thoroughbred sires has ever been seen in Canada, if anywhere on the American continent. These horses have been, and are to be, distributed throughout the rural districts of this province. Additional arrangements have been made for the Province of Quebec, and are accessible at a nominal fee to farmers and others, the owners of half-bred mares. The horses return to their stable at Toronto at the end of the season, early in September, and remain there until May 1. "The season made by only five horses in 1922 averages seventy mares each. This number will be increased by seven additional horses in 1923. My point is, What an encouragement is given by these horses to the light horse breeding industry I What may we not look forward to, in four or five years from now, in the very show ring which is delighting thousands of people at this present moment, and whether it occurs to the public, when they see this splendid collection of horses, what these possibilities are in the years to come, if followed by the same policy."

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