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Reg and Carol Madsen are proudly promoting the banner of the World Clydesdale Show, featuring the logo designed free gratis by their daughter Karen Cobbs.

World Clydesdale Show a first for Manitoba

Draft horse show families involved with fundraising, promotion of 2021 event

A Hamiota couple is putting heart and soul into the upcoming World Clydesdale Show, slated to touch down in Manitoba in 2021. Reg and Carol Madsen come by their interest honestly, having showed at the event in Madison, Wisconsin, and they and other show families are excited to showcase their home province with the event.

Jim Lane handles the lines of a team at the World Percheron Congress this past fall at Des Moines, Iowa.

Showing horses a family affair

Lone Oak Percherons of Birtle known throughout the world

A love of horses runs deep at Lone Oak Percherons of Birtle. Just how deep? Three generations, to be exact. Jim and Darlene Lane got things started as pregnant mare urine (PMU) producers over 30 years ago, which presented them with a great opportunity to breed and raise their own stock. Since those early days,


The iconic heavy horses of the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair have been disappearing in recent years.

Where are all the heavy horses?

The RMWF’s iconic heavy horse show is in serious decline

Just 15 years ago the heavy horse show at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair was so popular that there had to be a draw to determine who would be awarded one of the 16 coveted show slots. Last year however, just eight teams participated in the show. This year there could be even fewer, disappointing

Ray McFeetors drives a team of Percherons during an event at Assiniboine Park Zoo.

Heavy horse exhibit comes to Winnipeg zoo

City folk will now have an opportunity to see a piece of Manitoba’s agricultural past at Assiniboine Park Zoo

The times are indeed changing. Once a necessity for every successful farmer, heavy horses have moved out of the fields and into the Assiniboine Park Zoo. The McFeetors Heavy Horse Centre opened to the public Aug. 28, giving people the chance to get close — but not too close — to four Percherons. Zoo officials

Raw power on display

There’s horsepower and then there’s horse power. On the final day of the North American Belgian Championships, a small crowd at the main arena of Brandon’s Keystone Centre witnessed a stunning display of men and heavy drafts testing the outer limits of muscle, bone and blood. In the end, it was a combination of youth,


Brandon to host Best of Belgian Breed event

Draft horse fans can look forward to an extra treat as the North American Belgian Championships returns July 17-21

If you didn’t get enough of the heavy horses at the recent Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, take heart, because more is on the way this summer. For the first time since 1996, the North American Belgian Championships is coming on July 17 to 21, said Brenda Hunter, secretary of the Manitoba Percheron & Belgian Club




The Clydesdale

The Clydesdale is a breed of heavy draft horse developed in and deriving its name from the district in Scotland where it was founded. Its type was evolved by the farmers of Lanarkshire, through which the River Clyde flows. The old name for Lanarkshire is Clydesdale. The most common colour in the Clydesdale breed is