CHERRY CREEK CANADIANS
Prior to our getting our Canadian Horses, we both had Thoroughbreds before. Jim had race horses, and Yvonne had hunter/jumper/eventers. After having had our Thoroughbreds for a number of years, we were beginning to get a bit disenchanted with their injury prone natures, high maintenance/feed needs, and even higher energy levels. By 1994, it became evident that we were ready for a change.
That year we headed off for an equine vacation to the Spruce Meadows "Masters". Until that time, we had never heard of a Canadian Horse before. It just so happened that they were the feature breed at that year's "Masters". There they were, front and center in the International Show Jumping ring, amidst all the chaos of the "parade of horses".
One couldn't help but notice the small black horses calmly parading about,
totally unconcerned by the brass bands, zooming golf carts, umbrellas, balloons,
fireworks, and other total chaos surrounding them.
As soon as we saw them, we simultaneously said to each other "that's the horse for us!". We immediately scrambled down out of the bleachers in search of more information about the breed. After inquiring about them, we found to our amazement that the calm horses we had just seen in the International ring, were not mature seasoned horses as we surmised, but in fact were just youngsters. We couldn't believe that they had taken the whole Spruce Meadows experience so calmly!
We proceeded to find out as much as we could about the breed, and the more we learned, the more of an impression they made on us. This made us all the more determined to have one - as quickly as possible! The next thing we knew, our first Canadian Horse - a yearling filly, was on her way out from Quebec. After she arrived, our filly confirmed for us that indeed, this was definitely to be the breed for us.
This was how Cherry Creek Canadians began...
And just as other have, we soon found out that having Canadian Horses are just like eating potato chips - you can't have just one!".
From 1994 on, we continued to carefully assemble our herd and breeding stock by acquiring well bred horses of rarer bloodlines. To get good stock, and to learn as much as we could about the breed, we went on repeated trips back to Quebec - the heartland of the Canadian Horse, and where the majority of Canadian Horses still remain today.
We tried to see as
many "typey" and traditional examples of the breed as we could.
During our search we had the good fortune to meet many individuals who were instrumental in the breed's history and preservation. These folks kindly helped us on our learning curve about the breed.
In Quebec, we carefully picked out the young stock that would form the basis of our fledgling breeding program, and ultimately transported them home ourselves.
Throughout this learning process, the breed continued to impress us with their sturdiness and soundness, as well as their sociable and calm natures.
Our farm continued to grow, with our acquiring several stallions, and a small
herd of quality broodmares.
Ultimately, this allowed us to produce a small number of quality foals which gained us the reputation of producing healthy, good natured, well handled babies of rare bloodlines. To our pleasure, our "Cherry Creek" foals have gone to wonderful homes located all over Canada and the USA. You can see photos of some of these foals and where they have gone, on the foal pages for both Zipper and Fonzie.
Eventually, our young stock matured, and this then enabled us to be able to do a wider variety of things with them.
Eventually we trained them to both ride and drive. Although we had never driven horses before having our Canadians, we found them to be so inherently well adapted to this discipline, it seemed a logical step for us to take it up.
We have had tremendous fun with our
Canadians driving carriages in the summer, sleighs in the winter, and entering
Combined Driving Events, for which they seem particularly well suited.
As our horses matured, we began to spend more and more time with them, under saddle. Most recently, we have been showing a number of them in dressage.
Throughout the past 5 years, we had a great year working with, training and
showing our horses, and in particular, our stallions. Our stallions
continue to do very well in both open and breed competition, winning a variety
of prestigious awards (see news page for
Our increased focus on our stallions has lead for some changes in our breeding program in that we have decided to take a break on the foal production end of things. However we continue to stand our three stallions and offer full breeding services with them.
We are thrilled with the foals that our stallions have produced - many of which
are show champions in their own rights. Some of their offspring can be
viewed on each of our stallion's pages.
We have also been focusing our efforts on training the youngsters that we do have for sale.
All in all, we find our Canadians to be sensible, intelligent, quick learners, and that they really want to please. They tend to be a horse that "thinks first" before reacting, as opposed to other horses that we have dealt with in the past who would react first and (maybe) think later. They are easy keepers, and have such excellent feet that they usually require no more than routine trimming. Versatile and adaptable, they happily do whatever we ask of them, be it riding, driving, working around our farm, or just "schmoozing" with the many visitors to our farm.
Needless to say, we
love our Canadian Horses and can't say enough good things about the
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Updated December 21, 2010
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