Breeding In New York: Half-Breds of Genessee Valley Are Most Promising.; Mrs. Herbert Wadsworth and Her Work for Clean Blooded, Good Horses at "Ashantee.", Daily Racing Form, 1919-07-06


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BREEDING IN NEW YORK HalfBreds of Genessee Valley Are Most Promising Mrs Herbert Wads worth and Her HerWork Work for Clean Blooded Good GoodHorses Horses at Ashantee AVON N Y July 5 This region which has long enjoyed the reputation of producing halfbred m l threequarterbred horses of the highest qual ¬ ity 1ms been honored by the Federal government through the appointment of Mrs Herbert Wads worth the head of the Genessee Valley Breeders Association as a specialist in the work of animal husbandry husbandryThis This indefatigable horsewoman undertook the work of general purpose horse improvement in the valley a decade ago and working in conjunction with the breeding bureau of the Jockey Club she has long maintained nt Ashantee thoroughbred sires of the type necessary for the work in hand handThe The excellence of the plan challenged the atten ¬ tion of the authorities at Washington and the official designation followed A permanent bureau will be established at Avon and it is Mrs Wads worths intention to have a horse in every eight square miles of territory This will obviate the hardship of bringing mares from sixteen to twenty miles as is dpne at present in fact one enthusiast Mr Harry Gale of East Aurora brought a mare fiftysix miles to be bred to Estimator one of the best horses in the valley valleyNo No part of the Empire State surpasses the Genes see region in fertility There are pastures of blue grass ther equal of anything in Kentucky or Vir ¬ ginia The purest of spring water comes from a limestone source The country is peopled by farmers of intellgence and it was not a difficult task to enlist their sympathies and aid when Mrs Wads worth and LieutCol Shiverick inaugurated the Genessee Valley Breeders Association Marcs were donated by the breeding bureau of the Jockey Club and by members of the parent racing organization by Mrs Wadsworth herself and by friends of the horse in various parts of the country who believed in the movement movementThere There are now seventy selected marcs tinder the care of the association and there are hundreds of superb young thoroughbred half and threequarter bred horses from foals up to fouryearolds to give testimony of the value of the plan planGENESEE GENESEE VALLEY HORSE OF SIZE SIZEWe We who live in the valley said Mrs Wads worth a few days ago have always believed that we can breed as good horses here is in Kentucky or Virginia We have hoped that some gentleman interested In racing will establish a stud in this vicinity and give us a chance to prove it To that end we pledge our cooperation Our climate is enuable Pastures come early and furnish an abundance of the finest grass until late in the sea ¬ son They do not dry up in July and August be ¬ cause of the abundance of shade Thousands of acres of blue grass can be bought or leased much lower than the same acreace in Kentucky KentuckyWe We have already shown resumed Mrs Wads worth what can be done in hunter type produc ¬ tion What cleanbreds we have produced have size and bone To illustrate let me say that I have just sold to Mrs Charles Rice of Boston a four yearold filly Autumn Days by Shot Gun Jenny Mac by Macbeth This fillys dam stands 151 hands but her daughter is well over 16 hands and weighs 1265 rounds She is an ideal steeplechase prospgct but Is destined for the hunting field There is an increasing interest in the socalled halfbred everywhere and I believe that the time is ripe for the establishment of a stud book for hunters chargers and remounts Such a work would be an invaluable guide to breeders as the genealogy of the dams could be traced in every instance through1 such a channel Many hunters which are called halfbred are in reality threequarters or seveneighths bred Let us have the breeding of these dams under affidavit if necessary so as to keep our titles clear Them would be no need of recording the sires as only thoroughbreds would be used and these would be already enrolled in the American Stud Book BookThe The work should be under the care of the breed ¬ ing bureau of the Jockey Club at the outset said Mrs Wadsworth in conclusion but I believe that in time it would carry such a powerful appeal that the Federal government would want to take it over The Genessee Valley Breeders Association would be willing1 to undertake the task of inaugurating the movement working of course under the supervision of the Jockey Club which has donn so much for the preservation for our best type of horse

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