prominent are palomino and champagne colors. Canadian Horses are typically easy keepers and give the impression of being round, sturdy, well-balanced horses. The Canadian Horse may be used to cross into other

breeds, such as Canadian Warmbloods. Both Canadian Horse stallions and mares are eligible for breeding in many Warmblood registries in North America as well. (Check with your registry for verification.) However, the breed itself does not permit outside blood and is considered a ‘closed book.’ “What I find most compelling about the breed is their

Today, the Cana- dian Horse has a current population of 6,000 to 6,500 animals worldwide, with about 2,000 of them in the United States. There are several dozen breed- ers across Canada and a handful in the United States, primarily in New England and the northwest. While the breed

is listed as critically endangered by the

Livestock Conservancy and the Equus Survival Trust, it has grown a great deal in 50 years. Now the CHBA, the Associa- tion Québécoise Cheval Canadien and the Canadian Horse Heritage & Preservation Society work together to preserve and promote the breed to keep it from becoming extinct.

Attributes of the Canadian Horse Considered the oldest distinct breed in North America, today these horses are a reflection of their roots: they remain athletic, versatile and reliable with good bone. They are described as alert, intelligent and energetic but not nervous. They stand 14.2 to 16 hands and weigh between 1,000 and 1,400 pounds. They tend to be black in color, although bays and brown chestnuts can be found. Less

TOP: Callia Englund of Washington state aboard Storybook Prince-2 Xyder. Callia and Xyder are competing in the USEA’s Young Riders program at the Preliminary level. BOTTOM: Canad- ream Kelbeck YouAndMe and his owner/trainer Eliza Puttkamer- Banks from New Jersey have campaigned at Devon and through- out USDF Region 1, earning the USDF All Breeds in Training level, First Level and Materiale. Last year he was the ESDCTA open First Level champion. RIGHT: Amy Sintros of New Hampshire and her Canadian Windigo Utile Marshall have competed in combined driving through Preliminary Level. They have also competed at pleasure driving shows and sleigh rallies.

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versatility and their temperament,” says Massachusetts breeder Margo Killoran of Three Fold Farm. “While they are level headed, they are not dull or complacent. They are particularly clever, adaptable and have strong bonds with their people. The relationship between rider and horse is one of a true partnership. They want to bring something to the table.” The CHBA boasts their horses are versatile and used in

many disciplines. They compete in the sports of dressage (including the USDF All-Breeds), eventing and jumping, plus competitive trail, driving and working equitation. They are impressive in Western disciplines as well, and are used for mounted police, mounted archery and even skijoring.

See for Yourself The first Canadian Horse Expo in the U.S., sponsored by New England Cheval Canadien, will take place this year on Octo- ber 13 in Harwinton, Connecticut. The expo will feature a breeder’s barn with horses for sale and at stud, day-long demonstrations (under saddle and in harness), and equine- related presentations and vendors. New England Cheval Canadien invites people to come and meet breeders and owners, and witness for themselves the beauty and versatility of these horses who remain an important part of North American history.

To learn more about the Canadian Horse:

For details on the expo:

General questions? Email Margo Killoran:

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