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Featured in Simply Horses February 23, 2010

This is a picture of Mr. George Campbell teaching these young Clydesdale Colts the art of sleigh pulling. We came across him while driving and when we stopped and asked his permission to photograph both he and the colts, he graciously gave it. This pair backed up, stopped when asked and stood quietly so I could photograph them. Of course I was making many appreciative noises and comments and they were soaking the praise right up. As you can see they were quite beautiful and a pleasure to watch. Taken North of Boyle, Alberta, Canada

Clydesdale (horse)

Clydesdale

Distinguishing features: Draft horse breed noted for striking appearance and docile disposition. Mostly bay, chestnut, or black with white stockings and distinct feathering.
Country of origin: Scotland
Common nicknames: Clydes (USA)
Breed standards
Clydesdale Breeders of the USA: Breed Standards
Clydesdale Horse Society: Breed Standards

The Clydesdale is a breed of draft horse derived from the farm horses of Clydesdale, Scotland, and named after that region. Thought to be over 300 years old, the breed was extensively used for pulling heavy loads in rural, industrial and urban settings, their common use extending into the 1960s when they were still a familiar sight pulling the carts of milk and vegetable vendors.

They have been exported in the Commonwealth and United States where they are famous for their use as the mascot of various beer brands, including Anheuser-Busch’s Budweiser brand, Carlton & United Beverages and several others.

At one time there were at least 140,000 Clydesdales known in Scotland; by 1949 just 80 animals were licensed in England and by 1975 the Rare Breeds Survival Trust had listed the breed as “vulnerable”. Clydesdales have since seen resurgence in popularity and population, resulting in the breed’s status being reclassified favorably as “at risk” with an estimated global population of just 5,000 individuals. Clydesdales are now most numerous in the United States where recently over 600 foals are reportedly born each year.

Today, the Clydesdale’s most significant presence is in exhibition and parades
(Taken from the internet)

Canon Rebel XSI Sigma 55 -200 mm Lens

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colts, training, class, clydesdale, sleigh

I am an amateur photographer from Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada.
Love scenery, wildlife and anything that catches my eye as being unique. Have a Canon Rebel XSI with a 100mm – 400mm Lens that allows me to get some wonderful captures!

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Comments

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Class is in for sure…..excellent! :D

  • Thanks so very much Cee. Watching them was a treat. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago


    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 4 years ago

    what a beautiful photo sis, I love Clydesdales! I loved to see them in the Brandon Winter Fair here in Manitoba when we attended a few times. The heavy horse events was my favorite to see. Look at the beautiful markings on the one dark legged one, wow!

  • Sis, I so appreciate your comments. Thank you so very much for the fave as well :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 4 years ago

    Leslie this is a beautiful shot, instant favorite. for me.

    Hugs
    xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Malcolm thank you very much and I so appreciate the fave! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago


    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRoseover 4 years ago

    GORGEOUS captures of these working beauties!!!!
    So well done dear Leslie…………………

  • Your comment is greatly appreciated Rosie! Take care:>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • reflector
    reflectorover 4 years ago

    Great horses and portrait !

  • Thanks ever so much! They were such a pleasure to watch. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Royald
    Royaldover 4 years ago

  • Thank you so very much Diane. It is an honor to be featured in this Group! Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • poohsmate
    poohsmateover 4 years ago

    What a great capture of these wonderful creatures….well deserved feature as well…

  • Thank you so very much. I appreciate your comment. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 4 years ago

    great capture

  • Thank you They were lovely subjects…. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

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