I went to our county Fair last night for the Draft Horse show and was disappointed at the turnout.
The Big Deal class of 6-horse hitches had only 4 entries this year - 3 teams of Belgians and 1 of black Percherons.
While they were nicely turned out, in years past there have been as many as 9 teams entered with other breeds - Clydesdales, gray Percherons - represented. Some from as far away as Canada.
Is the economy maybe accountable for the poor turnout?
I know it is not inexpensive (understatement) to show a team that large.
Also the Draft Pony classes were exclusively Halflingers with the exception of one team of Mules.
Does anyone show another Pony Draft breed?
Next question for the Halflinger people:
A friend insists her black grade pony (purchased locally, no registration papers) is 1/2 Halflinger & could be registered & shown as such.
He is sort of stoutly built for a large pony - ~13h+ - but does not look much like a Halflinger or any other Draft breed. He’s not at all fine, but not as substantial bone as I’d expect to see in a draftX
Is it possible for him to have any Halflinger in him (I know…any crossbreed is “possible”) OR to be registered w/o any proof of breeding?