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LOVERS OF THE HORSE 




BRIEF SKETCHES OF MEN AND WOMEN OF THE 

DOMINION OF CANADA DEVOTED TO 

THE NOBLEST OF ANIMALS 



TORONTO 

THE HUNTER. ROSE COMPANY. LIMITED 

1909 



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I'APKR -The Kuntin-Kcid Company 
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HAI lT..v,.>. Grip, Limited 



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TIIK IJritisli nation is, witliout a doubt, the most sportsman- 
like' in till' world, and we, the ])eo])le of its hirgest and most 
intiuential colonv. are glad to feel that we are no whit 
behind the mother country in our sporting instincts. 

Tlie Horse is one of our great delights and horse-races, horse- 
shows and fairs alike bring foith an a<lmiring and ever-increasing 
throng of fair women and brave men. 

Canada seems to l)e forging ra})idly to the front as a horse- 
breeding country, and Canadian horses aie accjuiring, on this con- 
tinent, in Great Britain, in P^urope and elsewhere, an enviable repu- 
tation for endurance and speed, as well as for general excellence. 

While the rank and file of Canadians have doubtless done 
much to keep alive the sporting instinct by their enthusiasm and 
encouragement, the pre-eminence of Canadian horses is due mainly 
to the efforts of a few men and women who, by the exjjenditure 
of time, energy and money, and the adoption and maintenance of 
clean, honorable and sportsmanlike methods, have kept horse-life 
in Caiia<la up to the very highest standard. 

It is to commemorate these men and women and their efforts 
in the cause of the Horse that this book is published, anil we feel 
that the inipoitance of their work demands the l)est and most 
finishefl setting. 



INTRODUCTORY 

AS loiii^' as tlic liorst- lasts, and tliat will l)e assuredly for ever, racinp; will exist. 
It is in the iiatinc of man to want to test the stren()th. stamina and speed of 
the lii^lit horse, and it is impossible to imayine that any sane and healthy 
person, watehing the nohle animal strive his utmost to cover the ground as fast as 
possible, will fail to admire the wonderful courage that he displays. Racing is hy no 
means the "amhlinii' oame that ultra-moralists choose to think it is, and wisli to make 
everybody else believe. Tlu-re are more people, far more people, who go to the race- 
course to .see the horses run, and for the joy that it gives them to see the noble animal 
putting forth all his jjower to win the race, than there are to gamble on his chances. 
There are, also, other people who think that the suggestion that racing is encour- 
aged for the sake of improving the breed is a myth. It is nothing of the kind, for 
there is iu)t a ty])e of horse that is not improved b\ a dash of thoroughbred Ijlood. 
It would be far l)etter if the people who .so bitterly oj)j)Ose racing would iiKpiire into 
the thing, and on actual experience base their opinions. The man Avho condenms a 
sport that delights hundreds of thousands of his fellow-creatures without making in- 
(piiry or investigation is fairly entitled to l)e considered more fooli.sli than wise. J^ike 
all other nuindane things, racing is lial)le to abuse; sometimes it falls into undesirable 
hands and is mad(> an instrument for money-getting, at all hazanls and in any way. 
I5nt such a thing is the rarest exception and not bv any means the general rule. 

Uacing properly conducted, conducted as the chief chilis in all conntrii-s conduct 
it, is a health-giving and manly |)astime, which gives the l)usy merchant and professional 
man surcease from worries aiul care. It gives him rest in mind and peace in bodv. 
It makes man strong and courageous and benefits the entire communitv. bv creating 
a love for the animal and broadening the minds of men. So far as gambling is con- 
cerned, people who ai'c bent that way will speculate on anything: they will make the 
most innocent things instruments to gratify their inclinations. Hut considei'ing the 
tremendous mimber ol' p(()|)lc who have a lo\(' for this |)astime, there is not half the 
daniao'c and iniiii-\' caused b\- wau'criuii' tliat thei'c" is in man\' ollu'r thiuiis that the woi-jd 
chooses to considci- legitimate. 

TTou('\( r, it is not the object of this ai'ticle, or of this book, to preach a sermon, 
[{alher is it the desire and wish to encourage and piomote the interests of the ])astinu' 
that has existed from the dark ages, and will exist as long as the world shall last, Puri- 
tans to the contrary, notw ithsianding. It iirings out the iiest (jualities of tlie horse 



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and orives him a courage tliat cannot l»e got in any otlur way. In (";inada, of late, 
the sport has made tremendous progress. Time was. indeed, when it was controlled 
entirely bv men whose first ohiect was monev-makinir or Tnonev-oetting. It is now. 
in Montreal. Toronto. Quel)ec. and other places, in the hands of men whose object 
is si)ort first and dividend-getting second. These men arc actuated by no selfish 
object, but with the desire to promote the sport of the people and to give the country 
better horses. 

All civilized countries in the world recognize the value of the 'I'horoughbred. It 
is pre-eminent in the military horse, the carriage horse, the saddle liorse and the 
hunter; the higher the type of thoroughbred is in the country, the better will be the 
"•eneral oualitv of tiie horse. He is not exactlv ail the foundation of the entire horse 
kiufdom. but he is a verv lariic iiortion of it. He is the root of the standard-bred, 
of the trotter and pacer, and has not a little to do with the development of the hackney. 
If this country is not as far advanced in his breeding, it is because it is a country of 
|)ractically recent discovery. .\nd yet wlu-n there were various British military sta- 
tions here, there was plcnt\ of goo<l racing, and. consivinently. plenty of good horses 
and handsome horses. 

l-"i-oni the militarv racing of far-gone days has dev('lope(| the racing of to-day, 
when the s|)ort is sustained li\ so admirably managt'd a club as the Ontario Jockey 
(dul). so enterprising an organization as the recently-formed Montreal Jockey ("lub, 
and bv the well-managed and fairly-conducted meetings of the Hamilton and Highland 
I'aik Clubs. Some people think there is an excess of racing in the country, but at the 
worst it leads to a large ex])en<liture of money and gives employment to many men and 
l)Ovs. Although the enterprise of Messrs. Seagram. Hcndrie. Davies. ^lackenzie, 
1 )vment, Dawes. ( 'arrnthci-s. I'helan. el ul. has not d('velo|icd any world beaters, many a 
liorse entitled to take rank has been raced in ('anada and has gone further afield to 
prove that his (|iialil\- is not inferior to that of horses previously classed iinicli higher. 

I'or vears Mr. Seagram has been the largest lireedcr and has spent many 
tens of thousands of df)llars in giving the people |)leasure and in racing for the pure 
sport and love of the thing. Ilie late \\ in. Ilendiic did the same, and so are his sons 
doing to-dav. Mr. Roltert Davies is another warm snp|ioiter of the interests of 
liji'-h-cla.ss horse breeding. So. too. was the laic .\. W . Mackenzie and the late 
Nathaniel Dvment. So. too. arc- IIk Ir successors. R. J. Mackenzie and John Dynient. 
So. too, are Sir Montagu .\llan, of Monticah James ( ariiithei-. of Montreal and 
'I'oidiito; ('. S. Campbell, of Montreal : T. I'. I'helan. of Toicnlo; (ieorge \\ . Cook, 
of Morrisburg. and nianx others w ho ligiire in these pages and who have done llieir 
utmost to keel) the L;aine aliov<' reproach. 'I'here are men. ihank (lod. connected 



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with the .s])ort whom tlie most strict camiot arouse of taking any (iishonoral)le 
advantage or of Ijeinu' unworthv in thouiiht. Yvhv \>\ rear their eti'orts are hearing 
frnit and the game is becoming cleaner and more wortliy of patronage. 

Financially the sport was never stronger than at tlie ])resent time. A few years ago 
a thonsand dollar pnrse or stake was considered extraordinary; now. if three thonsand 
and five thonsand dollar stakes are not mimerons, there are at least snfficieiit of them 
to wai'rant the keeping of a good horse especially to strive for them. If the King's 
Plate, rnn off annually at the WoodMne. Toronto, and of the estimated valne of five 
thousand dollars, has not done all that might have been expected of it, it has at least 
elevated the character of the sport and lienefited, in so doing, both horse and man. It 
may seem an extravagant statement, but it is more than probable that nearly half a 
million of money was raced for over the running and trotting tracks of Canada during 
the year 1907. And tliere is every pros])ect that, with the growtli of the population 
and conscMiuent increase of the sport-loving coinninnity. that this sum. in tlu^ course 
of a few years, will be d()ul)led and even trebled. It is idle to say that the s]jort that 
requires millions of capital to be carried on is of no value to the country; even the 
fact that it keeps such a vast sum of monev moving is of itself a reeounneiidation that 
cannot be overlooked. 

We, therefore, in dedicating this work to tlu> lovers of the horse in Canada, take 
pride in trusting that their shadow may never grow less and that the sjiort will go on 
and prosper for all time The names of the ladies and gentlemen -who figure in this 
book are sufficient ])roof that horse racing has got far beyond that period when its 
uatronaiie was beneath the dii>'nit\ of an\" oni'. 



THE PUBLISHERS 



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INDEX 



PAGE 

The Right Hon. Earl Grey j 

Thoroughbred Racing in Canada 3 

William Hendrie y 

James Carruthers 11 

Thomas Charles Patteson 14 

Robert J. Christie jg 

George William Cook jg 

Nathaniel Dyment ^O 

The Ontario Jockey Club ^4 

John Macdonald. J.P gg 

Dr. David King Smith 3^ 

Miss Katherixe L. Wilks 33 

T. Ambrose Woods 37 

Colonel F. L. LE.ssAiii>, C.B 49 

The Toronto Hunt 4, 

William E. AVellington 47 

Dr. and Mrs. S. H. McCoy 43 

Royal Northwest Mounted Police... 53 

Captain Newton i,. 
o4 

Harness Racing in Canada 65 

Edward Selkirk Skead gg 

George W. Verral yj 

Polo in Canada ^. 

Senator Robert Beith 77 

Montreal Jockey Club 79 

Mo-\theal Polo Club g^ 

John C. Watson g^ 

Percy Forbes ^NIathias g^ 

Ottawa Hunt Club gg 

JoH.v F. Ryan gg 

Hamilton Riding and Drivinc; Club.. . . 90 

J. H. Moore 

John Boden ,.„ 

John E.vxton. ->- 
\io 



A(;e 
97 
101 
103 
106 
108 
109 



Montreal Hunt Club 

Capt. C. T. Van Straubenzie 

London Hunt 

Capt. J. E. K. Osborne 

Toronto Hunt Polo Club 

Kenric R. Marshall 

TheCentr.a.l Canada R.^cing Associ.^tiox 1 1 1 

Wilfrid Servington Dinnick ] 13 

Allen Case 

Murray Hendrie 

Fox Hunting in Canada 

Colonel Colin Sewell 

John Grimes 

The Simpson Greys 

Hugh S. Wilson 

The Graham-Renfrew Co 

The Canadian National Bureau of 

Breeding, Limited 133 

Capt. H. C. Osborne ,35 

Sanford Fleming Smith ]3g 

James K. Paisley 

The Eel 

John Dyment, Jr 

Am.vteur Road Drivers' A.ssoci.vtion of 

London 

Philip McGinnis 

Joseph E. Seagram 

Major James Harold Elmsley 149 

Captain D. Douglas Young 1.5] 

Mrs. D.wid Douglas Young 

Burton Holland 

Alexander W. ^r\cKENziK 

Alexander Warden 

Sir Hugh Montagu Allan. 



11.5 
118 
I'^O 

123 

b24 
1^7 
1-29 



i;58 
1.39 
140 

144 
14,5 



1.53 
1.55 
157 
1(50 
Kil 



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I'AGE 

T. P. Phelan 163 

Haltox Hamilton Learmoxt 1(!() 

LoTHAR Rkiniiardt 108 

AxDREW Shearkr 170 

Graham Bros 172 

Capt. Chas. a. Camphki.i- 17.5 

.Emimus Jarvis 177 

Arthvr Reinharut 178 

Caxadian" IIlxt Cub 179 

Smith and Uichahdsox 180 

Nathaxi?;!. 1 ). Ray 181 

Harolu B. MACDorGAL 183 

Right Hon. Earl of Ulndoxald 185 

Dexxis Higgixs 186 

FkaXK .1. .Ml KKAV 188 

Hkxhv T. Stoxe 189 

William G. Wilson 1<)|) 

Charles Snow ]'.H 

E. W. Cox 19:5 

Alfred Rogers 19.5 

Ralimi Dougl.\s 19(1 

CkowE A.VD Murray 198 

Dr. R. E. Webster 199 

Dr. .\xi)rew Smith 'Hm 



I'AGE 

Joseph Russell, M.P '20-2 

The Quebec Turf Club 203 

.JoHX Forster S-mv th :206 

I'. M. Feexey 207 

W. G. Kelley 208 

Robert Davies 209 

LlEUT.-CoLOXEL DoXALO Al. KoBERTSOX 211 

Fraxcis Nelsox, M.A 212 

Hon. Adam Bixk 214 

Mrs. Adam Buck 215 

C.\XADIAX X.VTIOXAL HoRSE SnOW AsSO- 

CIATIOX 216 

William J. Stark 217 

W. P. Fr.\ser 218 

Toronto Driving Ci.ub 219 

H. -J. P. Good 221 

-Vlfred Rogers 222 

Master Alfred W. Rogers 223 

-J. W. Ryax 224 

TiSDALE & HoDGKIXSOX 225 

Hobkkt W. Davies 227 

ChARI.E.S J. AIlRRAV 228 

TiiK Hamilton .Jockey Clih 229 

W. .J. Morrison 230 



Lovers of the Horse 



THE RIGHT HONORABLE EARL GREY, G.C.M.G. 



HIS Excellencv the Governor-Creneral of Canada — Albert Ileiirv (icorge (irev. 
foiirtli Earl of his hnc is well-known as a devotee and patron of sport in the 
highest sense of the word. He conies of a distino-uishcd family. His 
ancestors rendered good service to the State, sometimes on the field of battle, some- 
times in the field of "overnment. His o-randfather, wlio was the second earl, sat for 

over twenty years in the British House 
of Commons. He was a Loi'd of the 
Admiralty in the Pitt administration. 
Secretary of Foreign Affairs, and after- 
wards Prime Minister. His uncle, the 
third Earl, was for six years — 1846 to 
18,5 '■2 Secretary of State for the Col- 
onies, and during that period his name 
was a household word in Canada. 

On the death of the third Earl with- 
out a direct successor, the title descend- 
ed to the present Earl (irey, whose 
father was Hon. Charles Cirey, a gen- 
eral in the army, and second .son of 
the second Earl. 

The jjresent Earl Grey was I)orn 
(HI Xovend)er '■28, 18,31. and educated 
at Harrow School and at Trinity Col- 
leae. Camhridii'e, irraduatinii' with lion- 
ors in 1878. In 1878 he became a 
candidate in the South Division of 
Xortluunberland in the Liberal inter- 
est, and secured a majority of the 
votes, l)ut was unseated on a technic- 
alitv. In 1880 lie ran successfully, 
and sat in Parliament from 1880 to 
1885 as a supporter of Mr. (xladstone's 
administration, and was again returned at the general election of 188,') For the 
Tyneside Division of the same county. I pon the introduction of Mr. (dadstone's 
home rule bill he joined the ranks of the Liberal-Unionists, and in offering himself for 
re-election on Mr. (iladstone's a])peal to the country, was defeated. He did not sit 
again in the Commons, and in 18!)4, upon tlie death of his uncle, succeeded to the 
peerage. 

M tlie time of his succession to the title Earl (irev was in South .Vfrica. wheir he 
ac(|uired the reputation of being a cautious and capable statesman. Having strong 




The Right Honorable Earl Grey. G.C.M.G. 
Governor-Gener.-il of Canada 



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I iiipfiial syiiipatliifs, lie was ivnanled as the lop;ioal successor to tlie late Cecil Rhodes, 
as administrator of Rhodesia, and in fact (hirino- 1S!)()-1)7 he acted in that capacity. 
It was un(hM' his rc(jimc that the Matal)ele rising occurred, and was finally quelled, 
anil it is universally conceded that Karl (iirey was largely instrumental in arranging 
the basis of settlement, which has resulted so satisfactorily to that important district 
of South .Vfrica. 

In IDOK upon the retirement of Earl Alinto — whose wife is Earl Grey's sister — 
Karl (ir<'y was a|)poiiite(l ( lovernor-Cieneral of Canada. It is acknowledged by all 
that he has discharged the duties of his high office to the entire sati.sfaction of the 
Canadian peo[)le. lie has studied the conditions of the country at first hand; he 
has manifested a d('e|) personal interest in the concerns of all its diverse sections; lie 
has used li;s influence to promote good feeling between the races and he has so 
arrangeil |)ublic affairs that government has proceeded along the lines of the well- 
understood wishes of the people ; while his influence has always been in favor of 
measures which would ad\ancc the social well-being of the Dominion. Among the 
subjects attracting his s|)ccial attention are forestry, education, })rison reform, the 
stamping out of tuberculosis, the beautifying of homes, and the jircservation of ancient 
landmarks of historical iTiterest. 

His Excellency is not only a great lover of horseflesh, but is a ca})able judge of 
it as well. His stables at Ilowick House, the family seat in Northumberland, are 
widely known, and the local hunt receives a generous measure of his patronage. 
The Earl fii'st rode to the hounds with the Cambridgeshire pack, and having a 
good seat, and being at all times well mounted, he was usually in at the death, 
although the country is one of the most difficult in Kngland. 

His estates in Nortliuuiberland consist of 17.(1(1(1 acres, and as a large proportion 
of this is l)are moorland, it affords opportunity for four-in-hand driving, of which the 
Karl is |)articularly fond, as he is an excellent whip. I'he ( iovernor-(ieneral has 
never failed to be ])re-<eiit at the principal I'ace meetings when in ('anaila. and has 
alwa\s been a delighted spectator at the horse shows in Montreal and Toronto. 
His clo.s(> attention t(» flu- horse is often the subject of comment, and he is always 
pleased to find that the selection of horse-flesh indicates that his predilections in this 
reganl have not passed unnotice<l. \\ hen oj)ening or proroguing Parliament Karl 
(ire\' drives behind four perfeetU matched i)a\s. and upon entering or leaving his 
carriage his eye uncon.sciously j)a.s.ses over their glossy coats and perfect accoutrement. 

His Kxcellency possesses many (pialities which endear him to the Canadian 
people; \\c has a kindly, happy nature, which nothing seems to disturb. During his 
occn|)ancy of the high office of ( iovci'noi'-( iencTal of (aiiaila, he has done much to 
strenifthen the liis which bind this l)(uiiinioii to the Mother ('onnti'w He is a stronjr 
Imperialist, ami he has done his best to impress upon ('anailians that they ai"e. with 
him, citizens of a great ami growing Kmpire. 



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THOROUGHBRED RACING IN CANADA 

WIIEUEVER English-speaking people come together there will be sport, and 
in nine cases ont of ten it will be racing, for there is no absolutely new 
country oj^ened up without the man on horseback, and there is something 
invigorating in racing that does not pertain to any other form of sport. Baseball, 
lacrosse, cricket, in fact every other outdoor game, takes more than two to make an 
interesting contest, but })ut a couple of men on horseback, and there are bound to 
come moments when they will try the merits of their steeds. In this way doubtless 
racing commenced, until finally it became a matter of wagering. And, speaking of 
wagering, history does not tell us of a single type of aborigine that has not some form of 
gambling. Even religionists, and the straightest-laced of them, have no doubt put 
their hand into the pristine grab-liag, or played the apparently harmless Lotto, the 
forerunner of the in.sidious game of Keno, that vagabondizing method with which 
nearly every man who has travelled the South is to a greater or lesser extent ac([uainted. 
Probably the promoters of church bazaars when they establish the lucky bag, or grab- 
bag, or the fish pond, do not recognize that they are sowing the seeds of a pernicious 
form of gambling, which, in later life, they will expect the very children that they are 
encouraging to denounce. 

As a distinguished clergyman has said, it is very difficult to discover, either in 
business or in sport, where gajnlding commences and legitimate s]jeculation leaves off. 
Anyway, it is certain wherever there has been horse racing, there has been speculation 
as to file result. Wagering is iidierent in the human system, and none of the laws, 
divine or human, that can be made, will ever entirely eradicate the tendency. 

Racing in Canada, it is tolerably safe to say, came with the pioneers, although 
probably as a recognized s]jort, it was the military who first set the game afoot on these 
broad acres. Whatever the beginning, it is certain that, as a sport, racing has progressed 
and thriven. It may be that there has been a disposition to overdo the thing, and that 
some iii(livi(hials havi- manifested a keener inclination for the dollars, come whence 
they may, than they have for the interest of the sport or the welfare of the ])eo])le. That, 
perhaps, to a certain extent is unavoidable, for just as gambling, wagering, or specu- 
lating is inevitable, so there will always be lower human strata composed of people 
that will take advantage of the weakness of their fellow-beings. In the olden times 
in Canada, the officers attached to the garrisons, which were then stationed at 
different ])laces in the country, got uj) races for small wagers, or gifts given by the 
regimental mess, or possibly the Colonel in command. This, of course, was pure, 
unadulterated, legitimate sport, arising out of a desire for amusement. As the 
years went by a new order of things sprang u]), and people organized to carry on 
race meetings. Still, if reports are true, the methods pursued at the lieginning to 
win were not always as gentle as they might have been, and bumping, thumping and 
crossing were not unknown to the officers who, in many cases, could trace their pedi- 
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TiiiK- went on. and tlu' otticcrs left us. but the love for racinii;. for outdooi- spoil. 
for till- competition between livint!; things, continued, and littU' by iitth- lacing pro- 
gressed, until to-day the coniiietition is for thousands, where in the good old days, the 
rare ok! days, it was for tens. And, let it here be said that the sjjort was e(|ually as 
keen and (juite as much enjoyed then for the smaller amount as it is now for the larger. 
The writer is old enough to remember when he considered that there was no finer 
sport fortlicoming than that given by tlu> Hunt ("lub of the day. at which there was no 
gate money taken, but the huntsman merely stood with his cap in hand, and visitors 
dropped in whatever they felt disjiosed to give. The prizes to be won were com- 
parativclv small, but the racing was keen, anfl the fields were as large as they are at 
a latterdav ()..!.('. or any other meeting. At that time theie were probably ten 
gentlemen riders, that is. gentlemen who were willing and had confidence enough to 
ride in ])ublic, to one to-ilay. 'J'hose. to the writer's thinking, were really the good 
times of sport — the times when men raced just ff)r the love of the thing, and for the 
exiiilaration of flying thrf)ugli the air with a good substantial back beneath them. 
Even our pedantic friend, Samuel Johnson, declared that there was nothing equal to 
the pleasure of motion .\t that time he was realizing his idea by driving through the 
wilds of Scotland, and, what the greatest lexicographer of his own, or probably any 
other age, experienced, so has every other man or woman who is healthy in disposition 
and broad in mind 

There is nothing intrinsically wrong in racing, and (>ven tlu" mo.st narrow-minded 
person can ever say, with truth, that there is. There is this nuich to be said that in the 
betting or wagering on one horse against another, the man who wagers, or the man 
who gambles, has an opportumty to see \\ hat is going forward and to judge for himself, 
so far as his al)ility pernu'ts, of tlie prospects he has to win In other t'ornis of specula- 
tion, such as buying distant stocks, or even home-bred stocks, on margin, lie has no such 
opportunity. But I have been diverging, my subject is racing in Canada, and I have 
been merely excusing its existence- possibly in excusing 1 have, in some people's minds. 
strengthened the accusation. However lliat may be. lacing commenced in this coiinlry 
with the pioneers, continued with the military, and finally found a resting place with 
the short-pedigreed, so far as the soil is concerned, native 

The jtrogress of the game, until recent years, was gradual JJarrie al one lime was 
a racing centre and l)oasted perhaps the best mile track in Ihc Dominion ^^hill)y 
was also a |)lace of renown For lurl' men. and a di'^linguished citizen of thai liurgh, 
good old John Stanton, can still tell of memorable conlcsis thai look place at the 
town that produced that family of s])ortsmen. the Uavs in lad. in those days there 
were running race meetings at Prescott. London. ()lla\\a and at many other points in 
the Province thai now know lliciii no more. The ()nlaiio Jockev Club. an<l oilier 
dubs of |)resuinplion and assumption, have offered such inducements to horsemen 
that smaller cities and towns have found it impossible lo com|)ete. As a conse(|nence, 
instead of meetings devoted entirely to miming, we lind an odd running race here ami 
there tacked on to a tiotting and jiacing programme Wlicllicr lliis is lo be rcgrcllcd 



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or not, it is not [\\v |)n)viiice of this article to suggest, suffice it to say that racing has 
gone out at many towns wliere it formerly flourished and has centred itself, so far as 
rumiing is concerned, in the big cities like Montreal, Toronto, and Hamilton. Pro- 
tracted meetings are given at Windsor and Fort Erie, but their strength and their 
custom are largely from the neighbouring cities of the Tnited States, and as a con- 
sequence they arc hardly entitled to extended notice in an article devoted to the prog- 
ress of racing in Canada. 

Prior to the coming of the (Ontario Jockey Club, there were a number of race 
tracks in Toronto, one of the most notable being where Toronto Junction now stands, 
known in those days as Carlton. Another im])ortant race track was known as New- 
market, which is still in existence, although rarely used, a mile or two outside the city 
limits. On both these tracks some very famous races were run, and some very ])rom- 
inent people took part therein. But, racing in its modern aspect can fairly be said to 
have conunenced with the ince])tion or organization of the Ontario Jockev Clul). 
That club liad the usual small beginnings, less money being given per meeting than is 
now offered in a single day. Purses aggregating $200, and extended over ten races, 
were considered liberality indeed. In these times, a single day that does not see four 
or five thousand dollars hung up, is scarcely considered worth mentioning, or patroniz- 
ing. At the O.J.C. spring meeting of 13 days, in 1908, 82 races were run, ami $70,000 
was given in added money. By added money, perhaps should be explained, is meant 
the amount of the jjurse added to the stake or entrance fee of the different horses en- 
gaged. In bygone times the entrance fee or stake accrued to the club, but now, such 
is the liberality of the numagement, it goes to the horse-owners. In fact, the one effort 
of the O.J.C, next to the promotion of sport of the highest kind, has been to aid the 
horse-owner, to whom the ])ublic is really indebted for its pleasure. In England, to 
this day. owners race practically for tlu'ir own money. I'ake the great Deibv. for 
instance, which is annonnce<l as worth 6, .500 sovereigns; of that probably six thousand 
pounds is derived from the fifty-jiound stake ])ut up by the owners of starters, and 
from the forfeits of nominators who fail to allow their colts or fillies to ccunpete. In 
Canada, the O. J.C. has set the liberal example of not only giving the stakes to the owners, 
but of also adding a generous sum. As a consequence, while the owner of the horse 
first past the ])Ost may not receive as much from the winning of the Toronto Cu]) as 
Chevalier Ginistrelli did for landing the great Epsom event in 190S, the chib itself is 
out quite as much as are the promoters of England's foremost classic. This marks 
the j)rogress that the sport has made in Canada. 

Following the Ontario Jockey Club has come the Hamilton Jockey Club, and 
later the Montreal Jockey Club, each of which organizations gives from $40,000 to 
$50,000 per annum to be raced for. Tliese clubs have meetings extending over three 
or four weeks in the year, but Fort Erie and ^Yin(lsor race longer, and uiuloubtedly 
in their way contribute to the success of the other gatherings, for they helj) to affoixl 
owners racing for an important part of the year, and thus enable them to bring along 
larger stables and better horses. 



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A contribution such as tliis to so valuable a work as "The Lovers of the Horse" 
would l)e incom})lete without some reference to tlie men who have fosteretl the s])ort 
of thoroughbred racing. The Lowells, of Gait; the Whites, of Halton, were much 
to the fore forty and fifty years ago, and so, too, were the Ilendries, who have 
lasted down to the present day. Then John and \Yilliam Ilendrie — the latter of 
whom was the first honorary member in Canada of the English Jockey Club, oidy ])assed 
away in 1907 — rode their own horses. So, also, did Dr. Andrew Smith, the veteran 
ex-principal and founder more than 60 years ago of the Ontario Veterinary College, 
while Mr. Robert Davies had a winning mount in the Queen's Plate race of 1871. 
These men have all contributed largely both to the maintenance and ])rogress of racing 
in Canada. 'J'hey have been aided in their undertaking by the Dyments of Barrie, 
Nathaniel and John; by the late J. P. Dawes, of Lachine, who passed away in 1!)()S; 
bv the late Josej)h Duggan, owner of the Woodbine jjroperty in Toronto; by the late 
Wm. Christie, Vice-President of the O.J.C. ; by G AV '^rorranc(\ not so much as an 
owner, but as a valued member of the executive of the O.J.C; by the Pleads, J. H. 
anrl C. T. ; bv James Carrnthers. now of ^Montreal but formerly of Toronto; by E. 
King l)(i<lil>, he of tlie ever-n^ady voice jind pen: by the late Sir Frank Smith; by 
manv other men of rank and talent, some of whom have figured prominently and some 
of whom have not, and more than all by the late Mr. T. C. Patteson, a giant in sport- 
ing literature, and a one-time owner, with ambitions and aspirations; and ^Iv. Jo.seph 
E. Seagram, the foremost of tiieni all. President of the O.J.C, honorary niemlxM- of 
the English Jockey Clul), and a man entitled to raid-, with the biggest-hearted, most 
liberal promoters of racing, and largest owners on llic .Vniei'ican continent. 



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7 




Lvimm: U iN\r k oi. iiik Kin( 



s Plate (50 GuinkasJ, 1902, Mapli; Leaf 
Ontario Jockey Club. Toronto, Ont. 



11k elders' Stakes; 



WILLIAM HENDRIE 

IT has been truly said tluit the late William Ilendrie, of Hamilton, Ont.. at the 
time of his death President of tlie Ontario Joekey Club, was the dean of the 

Canadian turf. No man had done more to elevate what i)eo])le are pleased to eall 
the "Sport of Kings" than had the Laird of \'alley Farm. His interest in the turf 
was solely because of his love for it, the timmeial returns not beino- eoiiimensurati- 
with the thousands of dollars he spent. He had all the (jualities of a sportsman 
of the old .school, tlie betting ring having no attractions for him in fact he never 
wagered money on a race, even when his own horses were running. 

Mr. Hendrie was the fii-st Canadian to have the distinction and honor of be- 
ing elected an honorary member of the English Jockey Club. In the year liXK! 
the news of this estecMued honor was conveyed to him through the (iovernor- 
General, Karl (rrey. As a young man iNlr. Hendrie had the opportunity of 
ac(iuiriiig the love for riding which he retained to the time of his death. His 
earliest rcmenibrance was tlie following of the Renfrewshire and Lancashire fox 
hounds and occasionally Lord Eglington's pack in Scotland. 



8 



Lovers of the Horse 



Mr. llrn(liii'"s foimcction with the 
turf (hiteil !)ack many years, long before 
the Ontario Jockey (liili was organized; 
and tlie famous colors, brown body, yel- 
low slecv(>s and cap. are well known, 
not only on the Canadian tracks, but in 
the Fnited States as well. 

Ill lS()'i he rode the bay gelding. 
Mark 'rapley. to victory over a steeple- 
chase course of twelve .stiff jumps. On 
>[ay "21. 1864. great interest was taken in 
the match race between Mr. Hendrie's 
'■ HiHciiiair" and James Wliite's '• Donna 
Maria." the fornnM', who was ridden by 
John Ilendrie. wiiiiiing. Mr. Ilendrie 
was Secretarv- Treasurer of the Hamilton 
Ilaciup' As.s()ciation in bSOT. He was 
one of the fathers of the Ontario Jockey 
( lub, and was a judge at its hrst 
meeting in ISSl. He IxHaine President 
in ISSi) and held the office for several 
vears. retiring in favor of the late Sir 
Frank Sinitli. and succeeding again to 
the honor on tiie death of Sir Frank. 
Ml. Ilendrie also organized the coni- 
pjinv which built the llaiiiilton Jockey Club track. 

Year after vear Mr. Heiidrie had candi<lates in the (^ueen"s Plate, and altiiough 
thev were not successful he never became discouraged, but phickily ke|)t at it. Several 
times his horses finished iii>ide the money, but it was not until 1S!)!». when Uutter 
Scotch was returned the wimirr. thai he was rewanled for his perseverance. 

Ill \'.)(H Mr. Ilendrie had the honor of winning the first King's Plate with Lyddite. 
It i^ the ambition of every Canadian turfman to win the King's Plate with a horse 




Tlij, l-.vli- \\i:-LiAM Hl:\i>Kih; 



>f his own breeding, not because of the value of the purse. 



althougii 



h it has been 



increased every year. l>ut if is a matter of pride to win a premier race, especially when 
this race is the «)lde.st fixture in .\merica. From the lime the youngsters are b)ale(l they 
are closely watched, and their yearling trials are awaited with int(M-est. and even 
if they show jjronii.se at two years old, they are not allowed to race b)r b-ar of 
winning, which would di.sc|nalify them, I he l)ig Canadian I'veiit l>eing exclusively U>y 
maidens. Everv vear the promluenf Canadian fuifmeii iiave from fifteen to twenty 
Province-bred foals, but when the finir conio to enter them b.r flu- iilate not more 
than four or five of them are worthy of iieing uommalcil 
what expense turfmen go to land the coveted (iuiueas. 



ihis noes to show to 



Lovers of the Horse 



9 



The Hendrie breeding establishment is Valley Farm, about five miles from 
Hamilton, on the Plains road. It is a beautiful place, the lower part of it overlooking 
Burlington liay. There are large and conunodious barns for the brood mares, yearlings, 
weanlings, stallions and horses in training. Everything about the place is kept neat and 
in first-class order. There is excellent jjasture for the horses, the farm-house is large 
and comfortable, the walls of the rooms l)eing adorned with pictures of famous race- 
horses. There is also a training track of five furlongs on the farm. The soil is dry 
and sandy, enal)ling the trainers to work the horses early in the spring. 

Shortly after the death of Strathspey, Mr. Hendrie bought the importe(l stallion 
Derwentwater, by Doucaster-Tliorwater, who was most successful in the stud, Butter 
Scotch and Lyddite, the Plate winners, both being sired by him. He was also the 
sire of the fast mare Springwells, The Provost, Ayrshire Lad, Denham, Ayrwater and 
other good horses. Alter being at the farm for a number of years, Derwentwater was 
ship])ed to Nashville, Tenn., where he died as the result t)f an accident on tlie cars. 

While the late Mr. Hendrie won many races with horses of his own breeding, 
his greatest success was with American thoroughbreds. Pee Wee]) won the Lxxjuois 



i-i.^^ji^i^^acs' 




MaKII.MAS W'l.N.NhK 



It mil I'lJllJKlli. IX'J.S; llil. l-iA.-.Cnu 111, I. 1a:..' hlAKl . \ 1 A' Al.A M AKl. , CANADIAN DkKHV, XAUriT.VS .STAkM-:; 

Toronto Cup; Spencer Handicap. Total Winnings, 552,000 



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Stakes at Saratoga .soiiu' years ago: tlie mare is still at the farm, being the dam oi the 



(1 



good race mares Laverock and Kelpie. He also owned Versatile, Coqnette, Dumbar- 
ton, Cardinal. Harvey, Plum Tart, Looram and (iold Car, who won a nunil)er of 
important events. But Mr. Hendrie's greatest triumph came in 1S!)S, when he won 
the Fnturitv, the richest event for two-year-olds in the world, with his grand horse 
Martimas, by imported Candlemas. Mr. Ilendrie had the ])roud distinction of l)eing 
the first and only Canadian to win this event. It was a matter of some pride to him, 
that he bonghl the colt himself at the yearling sales in New York, paying $750.(»() for 
him. As a yearling Martimas showed lots of speed, and in the spring of 18!)S 
Trainer Kddie Wliyte was very patient, reserving him for a couple of stakes at 
Montreal ami Fort Erie. The colt started at Saratoga, where he was beaten by 
Kentucky Colonel and Kinley Mack. Then came the Futurity day. There was a 
large fiehl entered, and as a conse<iueiice a long delay at the post ensued. Harry 
Lewis had the mount, and, saving the colt ;is much as po.ssible at the post, when 
the flag fell, he was off in a good position. INIartimas ran true and game, and won 
the purse of $.')(), (ilO by a cou|)le of lengths. High Degree being second and Mr. Clay 
third. Some days later Martimas finished first in the Flatbush Stakes, conceding 
weight to the best two-vear-olds of the year, l)nt he was dis(|ualified for an alleged foul 
and the race given to Autumn. The same year Martimas won the Rancho del I'aso 
Stakes. As a three-year-old Martimas won the Canadian Derby and other rich stakes, 
hi- tiital w innings anionnling to $i5"2,()()(). 00. He is now doing duty at the farm with 
the once great spi'inter Ilarvey. 

Mr. Hendrie di<l not, however, coiiline his eiu'rgics to tlu' bri'cdiug and racing of 
thoroughbred hoises, but for some years was idetitified with tlie im])rovement of heavy 
dramdit lioi'so in ()nlario. ami in the carU days ini|)oi't(Ml nuiny Shire and Clydesdale 
.stallions to accomplish that purpose. For many years he took an active interest in 
Asrricultural Societies throuirhout Ontario, both as an official and as an exhibitor of 
.sheep and shorthorn cattle, when occupying the old Bianl Farm, near Wellington 
Si|nare, liniiington. 

William llriiilric was born in (ilasgow. Scotland, in IS.Sl, and passed away at 
Hamilton. ()ntario, .luiic '.^7, !!)()(). On the paternal side he descended from a family 
which left j-'rauce during the religious |)erse(ulion of the seventeenth century, and 
setth'd in Avrshire and 1 )iinifriesshire, Scotland. His |)areiits wci'c.lohn and Flizabeth 
(Stiatlicarn ilendrie. Mr. Ilcndiic was educated at (ilasgow High School, and for 
a cou|)li' of \( ais after he graduated, he simlied law. It was in 18.55 he caiiu' to 
Canaila, in the intere>ts of the Cicat \Ve>leru Uailway. l'\)r many years he carried 
out a number of extensive (ontracts in railway building, both in Canada and the 
liiited States. In IS.";."), he and lii> brollier (Jeorge organize<l the present cartage 
svstem in Cana<la in (onnection with the (irand 'i'rnnk Railway, and, with the late 
Mr. John Sheddeu, carried the scheme to its |)resent successful issue, the Compam'es 
now operating under the name of Ilendrie & Co., Limited, and the Sludden 
Forwardinjr Co. 



Lovers of the Horse 



II 



JAMES CARRUTHERS 

V Eli's r.ire. indeed, is the iii;m who can eonihine Imsiness with racing and make 
l)«)tii pay. We have many cxamph's in ("anachi and the I'nited States of rich 
men who, wishing for tlie rehixation wliich comes to the followers of the turf, 

have spent a great deal of money in thoronghhreds without ever being able to make 

the sport pay. We have also many men who make a business of the turf, and who 

get a comfoi-table revenue from the sport. 

Hut the business man who gathers together a string of race-horses, y-ets all the 

pleasure from racing them at convenient 

places, and still makes his pastime a fin- ^ 

ancial success, is not often found. Mr. 

Carruthers, however, has been racing for 

a dozen years, and it is doubtful if he 

has ever had a losing season. 

James Carruthers was born in the 

City of Toronto in the year 1853. 

where he made his home for tlie earlier 

part of his life, afterwards moving to 

Montreal, where he has spent the last 

few years. He was educated at the 

(irammar School, Toronto, from there 
going into Ijusiness. His first venture 

was with a grain exporting hrni. He 
took advantage of every opportunity 
offered to him, and gained a more 
practical knowledge of this particular line 
in the business world than the majority 
of men. He started in business for him- 
self early in life, and the firm grew so 
rapidly that a company was formed, of 
which 'Sir. Carruthers was made presi- 
dent, holding this office at the time of 
writing. IJeing interested in the far 
west, a branch office of the James 

Carruthers Company was opened at Winnijjcg, and later at Montreal, 
probaiily no better known or thought of business man in the Dominion of Canada 
than the subject of this sketch, who is interested in many large concerns outside of 
his own company. Mr. (\irruthers is President of the Toronto and Montreal Steam- 
boat Company, the Hiram L. Piper Comjjany, the Montreal Contracting Companv, 
the Montreal and T.ake Erie Stcaml)oat Company, a Director of the Dominion 
Bank, the Royal Marine Insui-ance Comi)an\. the St. Lawrence and Chicajro Navio-a- 




James C.'\rrutheks 



ri 



lere is 



/ 2 Lovers of the Horse 



tion Company. wliiU- lie is a prominent member of the Montreal Board and 'I'oronto 
Board of Trade, and an ex-President of the Montreal Corn Exehange. 

Enconrai!;ement of tlie lioix' has licen Mr. Carrnthers' motto from early boyhood 
and he has always a])])roved of his sons followino; his exam])le. He not only takes an 
interest in the thorouuhbred, but in show horses as well, and has owned some o;ood 
ones in his day. He owned the mare Thyllis. who l)eat the famous high jur.i|)er Rose- 
berv at the 'I'oronto Exhibition some years ago. In his early days Mr. Carrnthers 
was looked on as one of the Ix'st gentleman ridi-rs. and was a regular attendant at 
runs with the hounds, being invariably well up at the finish. He is not only 
a well-known horseman. l)ut was one of the famous Ontario Lacrosse Team of 
Toronto. He played with the Ontarios for several seasons, and on retiring from 
active menil)ership he became a referee of some standing, officiating at many noted 
games plaved in Montri-al and Toronto, the two great lacrosse centres. 

.Tames Carrnthers started his career in the horse world by the purchase of hunters 
and saddle horses for his own use. He was then persuadeil to go in for racing, his 
fir,st start in this wav being when he joined partnership with Alex. Shields, the 
.stable Ix'iiig i-cgistei'ed as Carrnthers and Shields, its colors, red and lilack. being 
well known on the American turf for the many stakes won under them. 'Hie first 
horse of note of this stable was Topmast, a very useful performer, who .soon was as 
well known on the California tracks as on the race courses about New York. He 
could travel for a week on a railway train without losing his form, and was in many 
respects a remarkably consistent campaigner. 'I'he next famous horse that Mr. Car- 
rnthers secured was the nn'ghty Advance (iuard. This .son of (ireat Tom and Xellie 
Van was brou<,dit to the northern circuit by an agent of Eugene Ijcigh. He was a 
liin- Iwo-vcar-olil at that time, and was slow to get in motion, but horsemen remarked 
that oner llic colt got started. Ik- seemed to be a ble to go any distance. .Vft<>r winning 
a cou])lc of races at Windsoi-. lie passed into the hands of \\ . Barrick. who i)rought 
liim to the Wootlbiuc track at i'oronlo. where he was ])urchascd by Carrnthers and 
Shields, and from that time until the ilay of retirement he was one of the bright stars 
of the .\ineii(;in turf. He carried all kinds of weight, I'an all distances, an<l was always 
either in front oi- fighting it out strongly at the end. \\ one time oi- another he 
defeated nearly all the horses of his age in America. 

Advance (iuard was retired to the stud after having won nearly sixty-seven thou- 
sand dollars in stakes and |)nrse>. lie will live in the memory of turfmen, along 
with such horses as Hanover, Hindoo. Correction. Inspector B, Tenny. Imp. Lamp- 
lighter. Svsonbv. Herinis and Irish Lad. He was perhaps the greatest lior.se ever 
owned by a Canadian. 

When the partnershi]) between Mr. ( ariiillicrs and Mr. Shields was dissolved a 
few vears ago. Mr. Carrnthers formed the (^ucen City Bacing Stable, with Mr. T. I'. 
I'lielan, of Toronto, as a ])artner. One of the best horses owned by this stable was 
Ben Crockett, a line straj)ping son of Ben Holladay. Ben Crockett won fri'(piently over 
the jumps, and in long races on the flat. lie has to his credit two victories in the 



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13 



Maxiimiin Stakes at Washington, which, being at the trying distance of three miles, 
was tiie longest race of the ye;ir on the eastern turf, and one of tlie severest tests 
which could l)e given a race-horse. 

Mr. Carruthers was one of the first to reaHze the necessity of having a jockey 
(lull and an up-to-date racing phint in Montreal, and when the proposition was laid 
before him. lie became a very warm supporter. On different occasions when the new 
track was in its infancy and vastly different from the powerful organization conducting 
races at Blue Bonnets to-day. "Jim" Carruthers put his shoulder to the wheel, and 
gave his time and money to further the .scheme. 

He has been a UKMuber of the executi\-e of the Montreal Jockey ("lul) since its 
inception, and is one of the original seven charter members of the Club. His jjrac- 
tical knowledge of racing and intense love of the sport, with his efforts to place the turf 
on tlie highest possil)le basis, combine to make him a man of the greatest value to a 
jockey club. Mv. Carruthers is also one of the oldest members of the Ontario Jockev 
Club. 




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Lovers of the Horse 



THOMAS CHARLES PATTESON 

WIIKN 'I'homas Charles Pattcsou (lieil. the Nestor of the turf in Canada, and 
the founder of the Ontario Jockey Chih, passed away. Although within 
two or three weeks of conipletinp; his 71st year, having been horn Oct. 5, 
lS:]n. ten days before death came he was ap])arently in his usual health, and was 
taking his cu.stoniarv lively and intelligent interest in nuuulane affairs. A week 



j)revioiisly tie was 



in the Toronto Wnrld office, and, after ascending the editorial 

stairs briskly, i-onversed lightly and inter- 
(>stingly on the record achievement of the 
then new Cunarder, the Lusitania. at the 
same time chatting with knowledge of the 
|)erformance of other of the ocean grey- 
hounds. Mr. Patteson's wide circle of 
a((|\iaintances. it might be here noted. 
included chiefs of the TuariiU' world, and 
it was primarily through him that the 
late C .V Pi|)()ii. who nu't his death in a 
railway ac-cident near Bristol, England, 
became agent for the White Star line. 

A man of rare parts went from 
among us when ]\lr Patteson's sj)irit 
took flight at midnight on Friday, the 
twentieth day of September. 1!)()7. His 
niciiiorv was marvellous, and his knowl- 
edge of men and ])ul)lic affairs, not alone 
in Canada lint in (ireat Hritain. was 
|;robablv uiu'-\celled. No man conld die. 
but. if he were of any note. Mr. Patteson 
had a gooij. or at least an interesting 
sfoiv to tell of liini What he read, or 
what pas.se<l his way, he seemingly never 
forgot. His j)owers of ol)servation were 
illiinitabl(\ and his thoughts (piick and 
prom|)t. aiHJ generallv unerring He wa>, in spite of a eerlaiu arbiti ariiu'ss that 
often provokeii lio^lilih. a man of generous, considerate and kindly disposition, 
A day seldom |tassed that he was not using his indueiiee. begotten of his extra 
wide circ-le of ae<|uaintanceship. in hying to secure some uidneky wight a wage- 
earning jK)siti(in ll was to him jiiobably more than to any man in CMiuida. that 
i)arent.s in Kngland having wayward sons oi' fii<'nds wlioni IIkv wi.slud to |)laee in 
positions here, made representation. No desi-iving man oi' woman ever sought the 
good offices of 'I'homas Charles Pattcs(,n in vain 




Tho.mas Charles rATTEsoN 



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In the good old (hivs of the Great Western and Northern Railways, when Brydges 
and Cnmberhmd were the respective chiefs of those roads, many were tlie Enghsliinen 
wlio secnred appointments tlirough his aid. And so it was to the end. Sounrl, nseful 
advice and level-h('a(k'd counsel were always to be had from Toronto's Postmaster 
of that day for the asking. Thirty-five years ago the writer of this was chief proof- 
reader on the then recently established Mail. A year or two afterwards an ex-member 
of one of the learned professions was a member of the proofreading staff. His habits 
were "a bit off,'" and a bottle of supposeil tea undoubtedly contained something tiiat 
inebriated as well as cheered. 'J'owards midnight this gentleman was frequently in a 
condition for sleej). It became a ((uestion of discharging him, and Mr. Patteson 
walked with the writer from the Mail office, whi<-h was the old Metropolitan Hotel 
transformed, to the postoffice and back, discussing the matter. That the place could 
not be made a refuge for incurables was certain, "but," said the managing director, 
"you'll have to tell him I can't." And that fjiirly represented the kindly disjjosi- 
tion of the man. 

It was not only by the seekers after employment that Mr. Patteson's sage counsel 
was in demand. Newspapermen, masters of hunts, promoters of various enterprises, 
were accustomed to take advantage of his wide experience and extensive knowledge. 
He was heard to sav once: "If I charged for consultation the customary legal fee, my 
official salary would be trel)le(l." And that was an tmdoul)ted fact. It was his willing- 
ness to help that led the late "Deacon" or Joseph Duggan to go to ^Nlr. Patteson to see 
if something could not be done towards the improved utilization of his Woodbine 
property, and the ]>lacing of racing on a better footing jiiid a higher plane. Mr. Pat- 
teson, with no thought of the valuable service he was gratuitously rendering, at once 
.set to work to interest sundry prominent men. Having secured a ])romi.se of their co- 
operation, he called a meeting at the Queen's Hotel, over which the late Sir Casimir 
Gzowski presided, and sub.scribed $.500 towards the sought-for capital of $10,000. 
signing the stock book with the remark. "There, that's all 1 expect you want of me," 
and then surrendering the chair. However, Sir Casimir's interest cojitinued. and, 
under his auspices and those of Colonel Cumberland, William Hendrie, Dr. Andrew 
Smith, William Christie, Robert Davies, the Meads, J. H. and C. T , E. King Dodds, 
and other men of the time, the ( )ntario Jockey Chd) came into existence and set out on 
a somewhat checkered path, but still one that from its commencement has had but a 
single ol)ject — the elevation of racing and the corresponding develojmient of the 
thoroughbred. 

Flood, frost and r.iin phiycd plentiful ])arts in the e;irly years of theO.J.C. in ])re- 
venting unalloyed success, but Mr. Patteson and his asscjciates persevered, with praise- 
worthy devotion and self-sacrifice. One lucky day the I'ostmaster secured the pi-omise 
of Governor-General Lord I,orne and the (Queen's daughter to attend the May meeting. 
Racing prospects in Toronto then and there received the stamp of social success which 
has never since left it. With wise management, the club from tlwit time has gone on 
an<l on, until to-day, despite the puritans who \\;\\v sini|)ly brought chaos where order 



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formerly prevailed, so far as the liiving and paying of wagers is concerned, tlieie is 
none on this continent that stands in higher repute. 

While the dispute that arose in Joe Miller's year — that is, the year 1S!)4, when 
he won the Queen's Plate — over the ])ostponenient in conse<|uence of a heavv down- 
pour of rain, led to reorganization and, in some respects, to a change of programme, 
and even of policy, the objects of the club have remained the same: and whereas the 
red-coat races that, in Mr. Patteson's time were a promiiu-nt feature, have passed, and 
for the nonce sundry values were reduced, the latter have not oidy been restored, but 
in the case of the Toronto Cup, have been doubled, the former have been succeeded 
by fields of cross-country performers that, prior to 1894, were unheard of and un- 
thought of. Thus the tree, that the widely and sincerely lamented deceased planted. 
continues to l)ear good fruit and to retain the good-will of all rational and reasonalile 
yieo))le. 

Hut Mr I'atteson, in ceasing his active ])artieipatioii in racing all'airs, did not 
relin(|Viish his love of the game or his admiration for the thoroughbred. These he 
retained to the last, and during the year usually managed to see several of the great races 
run in the New Y<u-k district, and also to inspect the cracks of the day. Xor were his 
trips to Brooklyn or Sheepshead Bay the only way in which he maintained his interest. 
For years it was his custom to have a wager of $1()(» with a prominent Toronto book- 
maker that Mr. Seagram would win the Queen's or the King's Plate. Of course, the 
account w^as, more often than not. on the right side, although in late years there has 
been some divergence. 'I'hen, too, his pen was tireless. Only a few months before 
he died he concluded a series of most valuable and interesting articles in The Kentuckv 
Thoroughbred Record, about the collection and publication of which, in one volume, 
he had consulte<l the writer It was not only to Canadian and I nifed States ])apers 
that he was a fre(|Uent contributor, bul \ anity Fair and othei' English jieriodicals and 
papers often contained graceful and knowledgeful contributions from '"i'C.P," llian 
which, in tuif jouiiials. lu) initials were better known for thirtv or fortv vears His 
memory, as has l)een said, was inodigions. and his ac(|uaintancc with both the American 
and English stud-books was juofound and deej). One of his hobbies was the nann'ng 
of horses. For years he named Mr. Seagram's youngsters, and also those of M r 
Robert Davies. lie maintained an extensive corresj)on(lencc with men of note in 
Britain, and iiol infreijuently suggested narncs for the colls and (illics born on cclcbralcd 
farms there. it was Mr. Patteson who suggeste<l to the Duke of Portland, Airs and 
(Jraces, for his ()aks winner by Ayrshire, and to Sir .bilui Thursbv. (ira\c and (Jay, 
for his daughter of Henry of Navarre 

It was during the sadly brief prcniierslii|) of Sir .lolin Tlionipsoii. thai Mr Palleson 
secured the in.sertion of the clause in the Criminal Code intended to except incorpor- 



ated race tracks from the action of the (iamblin<i' .Vet This clause was 



r^ 



iranie(l liy 



the deceased, on whose shoulders Sir .John pointedly said that he would have to place 
the resyjonsibility. That the clau.se was intended to invalidale the disorderlv-house 
contention, so far as incorporated tracks are concerned, is as cerlain as that llie world 



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exists. I'lifditiinately it was literal interpretation, not literal rviilciire. that governed 
the nullifying decisions of the courts, both at Toronto and Ottawa, and it was the letter, 
and not tlie spirit, of the law that it was somewhat inconsistently ruled must prevail. 
Thus the good intentions of the now dead Nestor of the Canaih'an tuif went hv the 
board. 

Although many leading men of the turf in the United States as well as in Canada, 
including 1) ]) Withers, A. J. Ca.ssatt, J. G. Lawrence, Galway, Hunter and other 
respected old-timers, were all ])leased to consult and chat on horse matters with the then 
Master of the ^'ansittart Farm at Eastwood, racing and race-horse breeding were not 
the only sports or pastimes in which the deceased manifested enthusiastic interest. At 
running and jumping, in his college and uiiiveisity days, he was expert. He was also a 
good oarsman and an excellent authority on rowing. But it was cricket that, in outdoor 
games, was his idol. At one time he wrote as many articles probably on Britain's 
national game as on the horse and its attachments. "A man isn't a hor.se because 
he is born in a stable, but perhaps the fact that I was l)rought up at Ilambledon, in 
Hampshire, the birthplace of cricket, may have h^l Mr Hall to think that I was born 
a cricketer," he wrote in "Sixty Years of Canadian Cricket," a formidable and ambitious 
volume, for which [Messrs. J. E. Hall, of Toronto, and R. O. ]McCullough, of Gait, 
were responsible. "A century ago." ^[r. Patteson went on to write, "the Hambledon 
eleven could have beaten any twenty-two in England. Jn tluit Hampshire village, full 
of sj)ortsmen who ranked with the best in Britain. 1 j)layed many a match." He then 
tells how he was a postmaster at Merton before he was postmaster at Toroido. It was in 
1858 that ]\Ir. Patteson first |)layed in Toronto. His place was behind the wickets, and 
as a wicketkeeper no man In Canada of his time was his e<|ual. He captained the 
Canadian elevens which ])layed the United States in 1859 and 18(50, the first match 
being on the old McCaul and College grounds in Toronto, when the "Yanks" (ten 
were English) won by four wick(>fs, and the second at Hoboken, X. J., where the "Yanks," 
the only one of whom whet was native-born being of the illustrious family of Newhall, 
won again, this time by five wickets. In 187'2 Mr. Patteson was the leading spirit in 
bringing the H .V Fitzgerahl and W. G. Grace team to Canada. 

An unfortunate ru])ture prevented Mr. Patteson from enjoying the sport of hunting, 
but for many years he was a member of the Hunt Club, and to the last took his dailv 
rides on horseback thi-ough High Paik Alas, he w ill never do so more, and it will be 
many years, it is to be feared, before his like will be looked on again, for so straightfor- 
ward, so ready aufl so versatile a man is as seldom met with as frost on the level in 
the tropics. 



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Robert J. Christie. Tdrdnii 



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GEORGE WILLIAM COOK 



ONE of the most proinineut horsemen in Canada is George W. Cook, of West- 
mount. Montreal, Que. He has done much to encourage good sport. Ever 
since he can rememl^er lie has been intimately associated with the horse, and 
has bred quite extensively. He has been racing for the j)ast ten years, during which time 
he has owned such good horses as Orontas. Merriment. Benckart. M.D.A., Too 
^Nlany, Mango. Factotum. rU\ One year, witli a stal)le of six horses, Mr. Cook headed 

the list of winning Canadian 
owners. His favorite horse has 
jjrobably been Orontas. winner 
of the Liverpool Cup and many 
other good races, the next best 
being Merriment, who was also 
winner of the Liver])0()l Cup at 
'I'oronto, the spring handicap at 
Washington in 1905, and who as a 
three-yea r-(jld was only beaten by 
the great McChesney. by a nose, 
at Chicago when the world's rec- 
ord for six furlongs was lowered, 
(ieorge William Cook is 
very j>rominently known in the 
lunil)er Ijusiness. He was born 
at "Edgehill." Morrisburg. Out., 
and was educated at Montreal, 
Morrisburg and Upper Canada 
College. Toronto. In 1905 he was 
married to ]Miss Willa O'^NIeara, 
daughter of I). I). O'Meara, In- 
spector of Ports, of Quebec. Mr. 
Cook comes of a widely-known 
family of U.E. Loyalists, who settled in the County of Dundas and all of whom have 
manifested a fondness for good horses. His grandfather was the late Capt. (ieorge Cook, 
who as a young man fought at Crysler's Farm, and in 1S.'37 at the battle of the Wind- 
mill. The family have always been staunch Liberals, ]Mr. Cook's great uncle and 
father having represented the County of Dundas in Parliament for many years. 

Mr. Cook is President of the Cook & Bros. Lumber Company, and the Serpent 
River Improvement Co. He is a member of the ^Montreal Board of Trade. Socially 
he is connected with the Montreal Hunt Club. Montreal Kacciuet Club. St. Georo-e's 
Snow Shoe Club. Moiitrt-al Amateur Athletic Association, and the Ontario Jockey 
Club. He is also a member of the ]\Iount Royal Club. Montreal, and the Reform Club. 
Mr. Cook's summer residence is his l)irtliplace. "Edgehill." Morrisburg. His city 
residence is 400 Elm Ave., Westmouut, Montreal. 




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TONGORDER— ClIKST.VUT HOKSE. UY OrDICK-ToNGESH 



NATHANIEL DYMENT 



Till"] tlKiroiii^lilnTij ncNcr 1i;h1 a \\aniH'r t'riciul iioi' more anient a<linirci' than 
Nathaniel Dviiieiit. the siiliject of this sketch. At his decease, earlv in the 
year 1!)()7, the (anadian turi' siitt'ered a loss that will lie hard to repair in the 
years to coine. Mr. Dynieiits tnil' history did not date as t'ai' l>ack, |)erhaps. assume 
of the other (anailian o\\ nei's. iiul (hiring his limited career of some leu years, he neitlier 
spared time nor money in the enconraii'cmcnl ol' Kreedin^ and racing;' thorou<;hl)reds. 
In later years he maintained that this hohhy had addi'd yeai's to his life and only 
rcoretted that he had not taken to it when he was a much younger man. The owner 
of the Brocjkdale Farm, as his estate was called, was known on this continent 
from coast to coast. He I'aced his string on many of the \ nile(l States tracks, as 
well as on all of the ( anadian coui"ses. and won many rich stakes with his horses. 
Mr. Dynient took oix-jil pleasure around his stud watchinj;- the youngsters develop 
and f^row . and man\ fast ones came from IJarrie. w here the racing;' string was wintered. 



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]\rr. Dvmeiit li.nl all the ([ualities of a sportsman; the i)ettiiig ring liad n<» attrac- 
tions for liiiii, as lie seldom wagered on a horse, hut spent thousands of dolhirs 
on foreign hreds for tlu' purpose of bettering his string; tliis being done for the pure 
love of tlie s])ort and not for the financial Ijenefit to be derived therefrom. 

His fondest hopes were realized when he won the King's Plate twice in succession, 
first with llicssalon of his own breeding, and the second time with Sapjier, sired by 
his famous stud ('ourtown, and purchased bv him at a small figure. Mr. Dvment's 
coimection with the turf dated l)ack for 
manv vears, and the oran<>e and oreen 
colors of the stable were well known 
ai'onnd the larger tracks. He had the 
distinction of being one of two Canadian 
owners who had a horse ht to start in the 
American l)cri)y, which was run at 
Washington Park 'brack. Chicago, for 
years, and was the richest stake for 
three-year-olds on the Americ-an con- 
tinent. He was a most enthusiastic' 
memA)er of the Ontario and Hamilton 
Jockey Clul)s. and for two years won 
all of the more important races on both 
tracks. 

The largest ])urse ever won by the 
owner of the Brookdale I'arm was the 
Buffalo Derby, which wa.s worth some 
twcntv-five thousand dollars to the win- 
ner the year he won it with Fort Hunter. 
The following season he finished second 
with Tongordei" in the same event, and 
with a lietter ridei- would have won. 
Mr. Dyment had the credit of paying 
the largest price that was ever paid for a 
thoroughbred by a Canadian, when he 
|)urchased Kinleydale, the .son of Kinleymack, for $11, .)(((). 

Nathaniel Dyment was born at Exeter, Devonshire, Euglanil, December '^i.')l\\. 
1832, and came to Canada with his parents when he was three years old. He lived 
with his father in Peverlev Township, Wentworth (Onnty, until he was sixteen years 
of age. He began business for himself at that age by purchasing a big pine tree, 
which he felled himself and had taken to the mill; as he made money he pnrcha.sed 
more pine, and from hunber ama.ssed a large fortune and renuuned in this business up 
to the time of Ins death. His first contract was with the (ireat Western Railway, 
sn|)])lving them with the entire output of his mill at Linden. 




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In the vear 1870 he went to Barrie. wliieh place lie made his home, and 
where he purchased the timber lands at A'estra anil Hillsdale. Next came the purchase 
of larjier timl)er limits in Alooma. He was the head of the hrni of Mickle. Dvinenl 
and Sons, whicii is now one of the laroest lumi)er firms in the Dominion of Canada. 
At one time ^Ir. Dyment was President of the Barrie Loan Company, wliich was ab- 
sorl)ed hv the Dyment Security and Loan Company. He was a Director in the Col- 
liniiwood Shipljuildiuir Companv. the (ioderich Elevator Works, The Barrie Carriaiic 
Company, The Barrie Tanning Company, and was lai'gely interestetl in a ranch in 
Alberta. 

^Tr. Dvment was married twice, leaving four c-hildren, two daughters and two sons, 
Simon Dvment, who succeeded him in the Mickie, Dyment firm, and A. E. Dyment, 
^L^., of Thessalon. 

When Mr. Dvment first took to racing, he was largely interested in English stock, 
whicli did not show quick results. His racing career really did not commence until 
after the purchase of the famous stallion Courtown. The first get of this sire to show 
anvthing was the mare Elying Bess, and it was a |>roud day when her owner saw 
her estal)lisli scvcrjil (anadian records. Eroni this on lie rivalled the Seagram 




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stable, and it w as a battle for supremacy between them for the honors of the Canadian 
turf. In 1!)():! the IJrookdale Stable won the King's Plate for the first time with Thes- 
salon, sired by (Ourtown. running' second the same year with Nesto, another one bred 
at the farm. In 1904 Mr. Dyment saw his string head the list of winning Canadian 
owners. This year he won the plate with Saj)]>er, a despised outsider, while he cap- 
tured all of the principal open stakes in Canada with Fort Hunter, who had been 
piinliasi'd the previous fall at a cost of $3,.>()0. This horse won the Buffalo Derby 
and started in the last American Derby ever run, finishino- fourth after beinjr in front 
at one time. In 1905, Tongorder was the bread-winner of the stable; and although he 
did not ecpial the record of Fort Hunter, he won the majority of the open Canadian 
stakes and finished second in the Buffalo Derby. It was in the fall of 1!)0,5 that 
Kinleydale was purchased and when he failed to make good, contracting cold at Salem, 
from which he died, the genial owner only remarked that another one must be secured. 
The next in line was Temeraire, which was bought for $7, .500, the fall previous to 
!Mr. Dyraent's death. On the Brookdale Farm there is a mile track over which 
the Queen's Plate was won by Mignonette, owned by Mr. Roddy Pringle, in the vear 
1873. 

]Mr. Dyment was a great lover of home, and Ijcluuged to very few .social clubs. 
His principal delight was the entertainment of friends at his estate in Barrie, where 
he would show them his string and talk of the races to be run and the races won and 
lost. He had luativ friends and his loss was seriously felt all over Canada. 




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Mfmbfrs" Stand, Woodbine, Toronto 



THE ONTARIO JOCKEY CLUB 



Wllll.M llicrc was rii<-ii)<;' \)v\ov to ihr existence of the Ontario Joeki'V ( liil). it 
i> not ilispnted that tlie oeneral satisfactory condition of the sjiort. ami its very 
inikIi ini|)ri)\c(l tone, are (hie in a i^reat measure to thai ( Inl). I'"(iunih'(l 
sonic twenty -seven or twenty-eif^ht years ago, for years tlie (Inl) (hil not have an ex- 
cccdinii' amount of financ-ial success, altliouy'h e\'en liu'ii HttU' or no fault was to In- found 
witli its manajicmcnt, witli wliicli several of tin- hest men in the City of 'I'onnito were 
closely i<lentiH<'d. As time went o;i. howev(>r. an improved state of thini;s eommeueed 
to |)re\ail. ( )n one foi'tunate (Queens Birthday Ilis Excellenex the Mar(|nis of Lome, 
then ( iovernor-( ienci'al of Canada and now Ilis (ii-aee the Duke of Aii^yll. and llei' 
Roval Ilifihness I'rincess Louise were induee(l to attend, thus giving ihe meetinj;- the 
hall-mark of society. F'roni that on. not .lione has the (luK heen manay-ed ity 
liu>ine>> men of the first rank, hut its race gatheriny's ha\e heeii attended hy Ihe 
Icadinir ladies and "cntlemen of the entire conntrv: Cahinet ministers, eminent iicntle- 
men of the ermine, mendiei's of Parliament. I>iy' fimin<-iers. lawyers, doctors, pai'soirs 



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;iii(l iiicrcliants. have met on a coininoii level on the beautiful o^reen swards in front of 
tlie stands. 'I'lie\ have ehatted cordially tofjetlier in the boxes and seats, or induli^ed 
in little innocent luit-pools while in the enjoyment of sport as well and re])ntablv 
manaf>ed as any on the broad face of the earth. 

It was in 1881 that a few gentlemen met in a parlor of the Queen's Hotel with 
a view to forniino; a Jockey Club with the moderate ca])ital often thou.sand dollars, 
divided into one hundred shares of one hundred dollars apiece. The late Sir Casinu'r 
(Izowski was in the chair. In front of him .sat the late Colonel Cumberland, the late 
Wm. Ilendrie. the late T. C. Patteson. the late J. H. INIead. (leoro-e W. Torrance. Dr. 
Andrew Smith. T. \N . Jones. E. Kin<;- Dodds. Kol)ert Bond. ('. T. Mead. Arthur (iod- 
son, Joseph l)u<i<fan. and perhaps one or two others who have escaped the writer's 
memory. Previous to this meetin<>; the ^^oodbin(> track had for six years been used 
for I'acini.!,' in a sort of happy-<>'o-lucky way. Mr. l)u<;<;an. j)i'o|)rietor, wished to ])ut 
both the track and the sport on a better footino-. and with that view interviewed the 
late Mr. T. C. Patteson. who. after considerable persuasion, consented to take the mat- 
ter in hand and at once set about it in a businesslike, practical way. The result was 
that three-cjuarters of the stock was taken on the spot, the late Sir Casimir Gzowski 
being the hrst to sign the book and to inve.st five hundred dollars. Sulxsequentlv he 
became President, and in the fall of 1881 the first meeting was held. It is not neces- 
sary to say that, compared with the present gatherings, it was on a very moderate 
scale indeed. In fact, one stable could sujjply as many horses, and of j)ossibly a better 
(|uality. than were considered enough to make u]) the race meetings of that dav. lint 
energy and enterprise had its reward. Although the disposition at hrst was a bit con- 
servative, year by year the interest grew until twice as much was raced for on one dav 
as was at first considered sufficient to afford spltMidid sport for an entire meeting. 

Colonel Cumberland was the first President, but was overtaken with sickness, 
and never had the pleasure of officiating in that capacity at a meeting of the Club. 
The old .Vdani was. however, so strong in him. that on his death-bed he commanded 
his family to go to the races, so that they could tell him how they resulted on their 
return. "Even if I am dying.*" said the gallant Colonel, with true sportsmanlike and 
soldierlike spirit, "you should go to the meeting and tell me all about it. I shall eujov 
your story almost as nnich as if I had been tliere." Colonel (izowski succeeded his 
fellow-Colonel and continued in the ])osition of President for two or three years, when 
he was succeeded by the late William Ilendrie. who, on a little divergence of opinion, 
in the vear 18!)4. with the then Chairman of the Executive. Mr. T. C. Patteson, irave 
wav to the late Sir I'^rank Snnth. on whose death Mr. \\illiain Hendrie again took up 
the reins. In this coimection. it is intere.sting to note that the first list of Directors 
was a sonu'what long one. including twenty of the most prominent gt-ntlemeu of the 
city, namely. Col. (i/.owski. ^^nl. Ilendrie, T. C. Patteson. J. H. Mead, the present 
Sir \\n\. Mulock, Duncan Camj)bell. John White, Dr. Andrew Smith, Angus Mor- 
rison. K. C; J. Cosgi-ave. ^^ . A. Dickson. \\ . Christie, C. Brown, J. E. Riordon, 
D. Morrow, of Peterboro: Dr. Morton. S. (J. Hamsav. \. Kin^sinill. Thomas McGaw 



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and Dr. Strange. The present (1908) Executive are: President. Mr. Joseph Seagram. 
M.P., who succeeded the hite WilHam IIen<h-ie on his death, in \l)()(i: E. B. Osier. 
M.P., First Vice-President: lion. Melvin Jones, Second Vice-President; 1). W. 
Alexander, R. J. Christie, Col. Hon. J. S. Hendrie. C.V.O., :M.P.P.: Andrew Smith. 
F.R.C.V.S., Chairman: and (ieorge W. Torrance. 

The splendid growth and policy of the O.J.C. is, perhaps, best illustrated by the 
increase in value of the King's Plate. As recently as 1890 (known as the Queen's 




Afii:k the Race, WooDBtNE, Toronto 



Plate U]) lo 1!)()1j tlic I'acc was worth l(\ss than $.■)()() lo tlic winner, and only if^'i.') to tiie 
.second, and $'^.■5 to the tiiinl. In tin's year of grace. 1908. its estimated value is .^.j.OOO. 
made uj) of fifty guineas given by His Majesty tiic King, $4,000 added by the ('lnl>. 
and a sweepstake of $5 payable at the time of entry, on M.-ircli the first: $.■> additional 
if not declared out by the 8lh of ^^ay, and $'■25 additional for starters. In addition, 
a piece of plate, valued at $1.50, is given to the owner of the u inner, who thus receives, 
in all, close upon $4,000, $700 going to the secoiid, and $:50(> to the liiii-d. The breedei' 
of the winner also receives $!2.'50. It will be readily acknowledged that this race for 
maiden ( anadian-breds is one well worth winning'. The Plate has been inn for with- 



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out iiitcniiission .since, and including, ISOO. and is tlie oldest race fixture to-day in 
America. 

Although the King's I'late, as has here been said, is worth in all $o,000, there is 
yet one other race given by the Ontario Jockey Club that is worth considerably more, 
to wit. the Toronto Cii]). which has $5,000 added to a sweepstake of $30 each, $10 
forfeit, and which, consetjuently. runs ahead of the older race by the additional amount 
of the collected sweepstakes. While at the first meeting of the Ontario Jockey Club, 
something less than $2,500 was given for two days' racing, namely, Septeml)er 16th 
and 17th. 1881; on the days of racing in 1908, extending from May 23i-d to June the 
nth. no less than $70,000 was distributed between owners. At the Fall Meeting, 
which usually extends from Saturday to Saturday in the middle of the latter half of 
Se])tenil)er. $;5().000 was given for the seven days" meeting, making in all $100,000 
given by the Ontario Jockey Club in premiums for twenty days' racing. 

In 1881. the purses, as I have said, amounted to $'2,500; in 1885. to $3,785; in 
1890. to $9,045; and in 1908. to $70,000. Up to 1890. five days, two days in the Fall 
in connection with the Hunt Club, and three days in the Spring, comprised all the time 
given to racing under the Club colors. But the jjrogress was continuous vuitil 1894, 
when the aforementioned disiuption took |)lace in the Club, resulting in the founder, 
tlie late T. C. Patteson. who had l)een the directing heatl up to this time, retiring. Under 
the new reginw at the l)cginning the tendency ap])eared to l>e to greater conservatism, 
but tinu' has proved that the Club management was working up to new. wider ideas. 
Recently the Club has acquired the Woodbine ]>roperty. which for a (|uarter of a century 
it only leased, although all the money made has been continuously put into im- 




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j)rovements. Two or \hrvr ycNirs ayo tlic track was entirely overliaiiled, heino- removed 
further soutli. widened and i)iiilt up in such a way that it is now one of the best and 
fastest tracks in America. Other l)enehcial alterations liave l)een eontinuaUy pro- 
ceeded with, despite the |)crsistent efforts of sunchw of the uhra i^ood to kill "the s])ort 
of kings"" — the sport to which llis Majesty Kini>- Edward \"1I, and such men as the 
late Duke of Devonshire, the late Lord Palmerston. the Earl of Derhy (formerly 
(Jovernor-General of Canada i. Lord Rosehery, and the Earl of Durham, giver of a 
cup to the O.J.C. and many other good and true men were or are devoted. 

hi ]!)()(). shortly before the death of Mr. William Ilendrie. senior, then President 
of the ("lub. the English Jockey ("lub made the Trcsident of the O.J.C. an honorary 
member — and the honor went to his successor, Mr. Joseph E. Seagram, >L1'. The 
English Jockey C"lul), of which His Majesty the King, the Prince of Wales, the Duke 
of Couiiaught. the Khedive of Egypt. tlu> Earl of Derby, Duke of Portland, Loi'd 
Roseberx and other dukes and lords nvv nu-mbcrs. is the most aristocratic clul) in 
Enu'land. and ])rol)ably of tlu' world. 




>\I-K nil .ll.MI-^, VWn >lilil.^|.. iiiK*' 



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JOHN MACDONALD, J. P. 

IN the stables of His Royal Highness, the rriiuc of \\n\es (at this writing. 1908), 
there are a beautiful pair of harness horses purchased for the Prince in Toronto 
by a gentleman who is one of the most prominent residents of the Queen City, and 
a most widely known lover of the horse. The pair inentioned were bought from Mr. 
John ]\Iac(li>nal(l. .1.1*., the head of one of Canada's leading wholesale houses, who 
in addition to the management of the 
vast business in dry goods founded 
l)y his father, the hde Senator ]Mac- 
donald, has found recreation in estab- 
lishing a premier re])utation as pos- 
sil)ly the best judge of a harness horse 
in Canada, and incick'ntaily it might 
be mentioned that at least a thou- 
sand liorses liave passed tlnough his 
hands. Some of the finest harness 
horses in any of the principal cities 
in Canada, and, in fact, in all of the 
big cities in the Cnited States, have 
been sold by ^Ir. Macdonald, who 
since he was old enough to take an 
interest in anything, has been very 
fond of the horse, and \\;\> macU' the 
high-class harness horse his hobby 
— j)ractically since he had his first 
hobby horse, for when asked how 
long he had been a.ssociated with the 
horse he replied. "From infancy." 
His prize-winners are many, and 
since the inauguration of the Can- 
adian Horse Show at 'I'oronto. he 
has captured very numerous tro- 
phies coveted by those less successful 
in bringing forward the real carriage 
horse. 

For years he has be<>n Judge 
in the .V.ppointnient classes at tlu' 
Horse Show, and three years ago. 
when ^Ir. J. Ross Robertson donat- 
ed special prizes for the A|)|)oint- 
raent class, Mr. Holiertson made a 

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proviso with the terms of tlie <iift. and it was that Mr. MaciUinald should Ix- tlie 
seU'ctioii as the Judo-e. 

Mr. ^[al•d()Ilald"s work in the interests of tlie carria<i-e horse lias been a lahor of 
love c-rowned with splen<lid success. He is a stickler for detail on all ]!oiiits, and his 
spacious stables on Cumberland St.. Toronto, supplyinij ample and comfortable accom- 
modation at all times for his horses, are always well filled. He has been a consistent 
exhibitor at the Canadian National E.\))osition in I'oronto. and has won many honors. 
At the 1907 fair his chief wins were a first in the o])en four-in-hand and first in the 
pairs. Mr. ^[acdonald devotes most of his leisure time to his horses, Init is at all 
times a friend of s]K)rt. lie is honorary [)residcnt of athletic or<ianizations he does 
not know the name of. but they have received from him liberal support in the nature 
of help that is of the substantial kind, and very necessary for the success of everything 
in treneral. and ])articularlv for the welfare and ])romotion of various athletic asso- 
ciations. 

Personally. Mr. Macdonald is the sterling type of the energetic Canadian business 
man who looks ui)on i)un(tuality in all things as an index to the success of the project, 
as well as thoroughly realizing the fact that to try to do too many things at once is det- 
rimental to the jnoper progress of some of the things you want to do. .so he satisfies 
himself with his commercial obligations and his devotion to the horse. lie is ea.sy of 
approach, and Inisiness comes to the point on the initiative. The business he con- 
trols as president of John Macdonald & Co.. Limited, was founded by the late Senator 
Macdonald in 1S4!). and is still carried on under the tlnic-honored name of both father 
and .son. The .)olm Macdonald of to-day was born at Oaklands. Avenue Koad. To- 
ronto. Xov. 4. lS(i.'5. His i)irthplace was a beautifvd homesteail built for his father 
about 18.55. and it has long been known for its grand enviromnent and recognized as 
one of the cosiest hou.ses in the vicinity of Toronto. Near it now is the new I'pjjcr 
Canada College. When the famous Canadian school was on King Street, Mr. Mac- 
donald was one of its brightest students during the time he was being fitted with a 
irood conunercial education, which is now carrvino- with it its own rewards. After 

r^ ' ' . . . 

completing this education he entered his father's business house in lS7i). This busi- 
ness was inam^nrated bv tiic late lion. .lohn Macdonahi. who was born in Perth, Scot- 
land, and came to Canada in ISK). eventually establishing and building u|) the c(>le- 
brated mercantile hous(> known through the w liol«> of this Dominion and in the |)rin- 
cipal buying centres of the old land. Since the lamented (h'ath of Senator Macdonald, 
his son has guided the affairs of the estalihMinient. he having passed through every 
frade essential to the ac(|uirement of an expert and thorough knowledge of the dry 
goods trade. 

Mr. Macdonald i> patriotic, but has devoted his patriotism to the (oniniereial 
development of the country, which deniande(l so nnieh of his time that he could not 
see his wav to assume military resj)onsibilities unless necessary. It is a note of inter- 
est, however, that his grandfather came out here in the very early forties with the il.'Jrd 
Ili'ddaiiders. who were stationed in 'I'oronto. 



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As a zealous suj)j)()rtt'r of tlie commercial interests of the city of Toronto, Mr. 
Macrlonald is a valued member of the Board of Trade, director of the Bank of To- 
ronto, and director of the Confederation Life Assurance Co. He is a Justice of the 
Peace for the County of York, member of the National Clul). and is associated with 
the Caledonian Society, Commercial Travellers" Association, York Pioneers, and the 
Ancient Order of United Workmen. His energy has been a factor in the development 
of the mercantile community of Toronto, while his efforts on behalf of the good carriage 
horse have been {)roductive of e(|ually satisfactory results. His characteristic traits 
are a Tuixture of modesty and business, which have earned for him an envial)le po|)u- 
larity in all spheres. On August 5, 1903, Mr. ]VIacdonald married Miss Claire Hun- 
gerford, daughter of Mr. W. A. Ilungcrford, of Belleville. Out. 



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DR. DAVID KING SMITH 




DA\11) KING SMITH. M.l)., was born, c.lucatrd and lived all his litV in 
liironto. After passing through the public schools he attended the old Jarvis 
Street Grammar School and from there passed to the Medical Faculty of 
Toronto T'niversity. from which he graduated with credit on the coni))letion of the 
usual four years" course. While at the Medical School the iloctor paid special atten- 
tion to dermatology, and after graduation took an additional course in that subject. 

on wliicli he is now a recognized author- 
ity, as well as being an cxjiert in practice. 
Dr. Smiths interest in horses begfan 
very early in life. He was taught to ride 
almost in his infancy, and though at the 
present time only in the early thirties, 
he has been an enthusiastic follower of the 
hoiuids for twenty ycais past, and few 
members of the Hunt (Inb have carried 
oH' so many jjrizes in the ( iub competi- 
tions. 'I"he Doctor has owned many fine 
hunters during the past ten or twelve 
years, but among them all his favorite 
was Athol. with whom he wdu the\Nalki'r 
(up in Ihe Hunt Club Steeplechase. 
I'he Doctor, m fact, is one of the mem- 
bers of the Clui) who lia\c contributed 
l:irgel\ to the iniproN'enieiil of hunters 
in ()ntario in I'ecent years. lie has 
spared neitluT time nor labor m his 
elforls to |)romote this object, and those 
who look I lack a decade or so and com- 
|)are the nioiiuts at the meets of to-da\' 
w ith those of twelve or lifteeu years ago, 
will ap|)reciate the debt of gratitude 
which horsemen owe to him and those 
who worked with him to develoj) a belter class of aniiuaU. Mr. Snnth is also a 
member of the Ontario Jockey Clul), and has done his share towards making that 
organization the great success it has been. 

As might be ex])cctcd. Dr. Smith is interested in inilii.irv matleis. ha\ingbeen 
for tlic past eight years connected with the 4Sth llighl.inders. in which regiment 
he holiU the rank of Captain. lie is a nu'inix-r also of the Toronto (Iub. of the 
Masonic Order, and of the Zeta I'si I'raternitv, in all ol which he is highly esteenie(| 
both for his abilities and his social (pudities. 



Dr. Davio King Smith 



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■Kentucky Todd." rROPERXY of Miss Wiiks. Cruickston Park, Galt, Ont. 



MISS KATHERINE L. WILKS 

ALTIIOXTGH not altooether a rarity, it is unusual to see a lady of such high 
social position as Miss Katherine L. Wilks, of Cruickston Park, Gait, interested 
in the Ijreeding and racing of the light harness horse, or for that matter, of any 

other kind of horse. 

To be sure, Miss Wilks, who has an ancestiy of worth and wealth, and the entree to 
the most exclusive society of America, being a member of the great Astor family of 
New York adorns her position with the most gracious and charmmg hospitahty. hhe 
yet prefers the attractions of her Canadian estate to the all-absorbing pursuits of 

New York's "four hundred." , , ^ „ ., • . u 

There are, indeed, feminine owners of race-horses in both Great Britain and the 
United States, but Miss Wilks is exceptional in that she possesses a stock-farm of 
over a thousand acres on which she breeds almost exclusively light harness horses. 

Within the last few years she has spent an enormous amount of money in further- 



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ing this fancy, and although it has been a rock of destruction to many ambitious breed- 
ers, this lady, witli cxtraonHnaiy l)usiness acumen, has achieved gratifying success. 

Miss Wilks has consistently pursued that ])ohcy which embodies the principle 
that it pays to buy the best. It was this reasoning which induced her to pay fifteen 
thousand five hundred dollars for Sadie ]Mac, the highest price paid for any mare 
during 1!)04. When the queenly Sadie Mac's former owner offered thirty thousand 
dollars for her return the shrewdest horsemcMi on the continent thought our Canadian 




Miss W'ii.ks' Mohkazi \ 



horse-woman was hardly justified in refusing such a princely sum. but hci- judgment 
was brilliantly sustained in early results. 

Sadie Mac outshone all rivals on liic (irand Circuit so easily that the trainers and 
drivers throughout the country nijinittcd that siic was in a class l)v liciself, and until 
she droj)j)e<l dead in that fateful race at llartfcjrd, she was absolutely invincible. 

Cruickston Park is becoming one of the great show places of Ontario. Situated 
in the heart of one of the richest agricultural districts in the province, its fertile fields, 
forest-crowned hills, lovely valleys and su|)('rl) avenues, rival those lA' some of Eng- 
land's beautiful countiy seats. 



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There ure over a liuiidred horses in this equine paradise, and Miss Wilks is known 
to every one of them personally. She is a rare judge of harness horses and is a 
fearless di'iver. 

Some of her favorites are: her beautiful mare. Lady Cresceus, daughter of the 
champion stallion Cresceus, 2.02|; her world's champion team, Rhea W. and Easter 
Bell; Katherine L., a beautiful mare by Liberty Chimes; Oro Lambert, a level- 
headed youngster of rare ability; Kentucky Todd, three-year-old, record S.OSf, by'l'od; 
Mograzia, beautiful level-gaited National Show champion trotter, by Moko. and the 
famous primer stallion, Oro Wilks. 

^Nliss Wilks was unfortuiuite in her racing stables in the early })art of 1906. Al- 
though she sent out a string of good horses in the spring, bad luck seemed to pursue 
her, and, one by one, her horses met with misfortune, until it began to look as if the 
Cruickston Farm would for that year be crowded out of racing records altogether. 

Miss Wilks has indomitable pluck, however, anfl notwithstanding her j)ersistent 
reverses she went on with her training of Kentucky Todd and entered him for the 
fall meeting at Lexington, where his phenomenal combination of speed and staying 
power won for him the enviable title of champion two-year-old trotter of America. 
As if this were not enough to redecMU the staliles. Mr. Wetherill, who manages the 
breeding farm, won more prizes with his exhibits at the Canadian National Exhil)i- 
tion, Toronto, than were ever before captured by a single exhibitor, not only in 
the show ring, but also in the speed department, while at the famous exhibition in 
Madison S(|uare Gardens he won three firsts and a championship, Mograzia fairly 
carrying all before him. The same story has been repeated since with other horses, 
the show-ring successes in 1907 and 1908 more than comparing favorably with those 
achieved in other years. 

Miss Wilks owns more standard-bred horses than any lady in America or Europe. 




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Among the century at the farm now are some of the best bred horses in American 
trottinjj history, whose records ranw from '•2.08 to 2.30. 

One of the stars of 1907, and a very promising youngster, was a grey colt, by Oro 
Wilks, to whom was given the name of Oro Lamliert. and who gained as a two- 
year-old in the year named a record of '■2.17. He is a trotter of the first (luality, and 
is a particular favorite with his mistress. 

There couhl scarcely be a more interesting spot in America for a horseman to visit 
than the big Cruickston breeding farm. It has eight hundred acres of magniHcent 
pasture land, and its stables are models of comfort and convenience. 

Of Miss ^Yilks herself, one can scarcely say too much in praise, for it is indeed 
seldom that we find a woman who has the ])luck, the energy and the intelligence to 
succes.sfully manage such an immen.se undertaking as this, undoubtedly the great- 
est breeding establishment of standard bred horses in Canada. 




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T. AMBROSE WOODS 

THE love of the horse is an hereditary tendency with T. Ambrose Woods, as his 
father, tlie late Jolin Woods, pioneer wine merchant and prominent Toronto bnsi- 
ness man, was also an unusually well-known horseman, and his son, who had 
every oji]>ortunity to develop his fondness for horses, was not slow to take advantage of 
his chances in this respect. Although one of the youngest, T. Ambi-ose Woods is now one 
of the most ])rominent horse-owners in 
Canada, besides having an enviable record 
in the show-rings of the United States. 

Mr. Woods, who was born in 
Toronto, was educated at Upper Canada 
College, going into business with his 
father after his graduation, and after 
his father's death becoming head of the 
business, which, established as it was 
fifty years ago, is now one of the l)est 
known houses in Toronto. 

Mr. Woods maintains his stable, not 
for financial gain, but for pure love of 
the sport, and derives his greatest pleasure 
in schooling and driving his own horses, 
hunters and harness horses being his 
favorites, while in his ability to handle 
the reins he is surpassed by few. 

In 1907 Mr. Woods was married to 
Elsie Belle, daughter of Mr. A. M. Orpen, 
of Toronto, whose interest in horses is 
too well known for comment. Mrs. 
W^)ods is in j^erfect sympathy with her 
husband's tastes, and is an exceptionally 
clever horse-woman, both in the saddle 
and with the ribbons. She has driven 
and ridden her husband's horses with great success at many of the horse shows. 

The sensation of the Spring Meet at the Woodbine, Toronto, in 1907 was the winning 
of the King's Plate, the biggest event of the Canadian turf, by Mr. Woods' horse 
Kelvin, who galloped home in front of a big field, snatching the laurels from all the 
big Canaflian stables which devote both time and money to breeding horses for this 
event alone. 

Kelvin was purcliased by his owner from the late William Hendrie as a yearling, 
and is royally bred, being by Martimas, the only Canadian horse which has ever won 
the big Futurity Stakes. Mr. Woods purchased Kelvin more for show j)urposes than 




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Cupid, driven bv Mrs. T. Ambrose Woods 



for nicing, as lie li;i> |)('rtV('t coiiforiiiatioii At (lie Canadian National K\liil)ition, as a 
yearling, lie won tlic first jn'i/.c i'ilpl)on for stallions and a<iain at two years old re[)eate<| 
his victorv. At llie Stallion Show, St. l^awrenee Arena. 'I'oronto, prior to winninij 
the j)late. he ajrain won first prize foi' stallions. Showin<f some good trials as a year- 
linfi his trainin<f heyan in earnest, and in his two-year-old form he was never unplaced, 
and when the inenioraMc I'late l)a\ came in 1!)07 he made his owner the ))rondcst 
man in Toronto by annexing the guineas donated hy His Majesty King Edward, lie 
has not been raeerl much since then, l)ut his owner intends always to keep him in 
memory of the signal honor he brought to the stable, not oidy in Toroido. but in 
Montreal, where he easily defeated the winner of the King's I'late in the Province of 
Quebec. 

Mr. Woods is tlie owner of .several other horses, with which he has won at almost 
every sliow in (,'aiuida, as well as in the United States Two of his best-rememl)ered 
horses in the ring are Donnyt)ro()k, a high ste|)pci'. and the handsome gelding Cupid. 
which is considered one of the best hai'uess horses e\'er shown in this country, win- 
ning on one occasion from eighteen of Canada's best. 

Mr. Woods is a member of the Toronto Ilimt Club, and is an enthusiastic b)l- 



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lower of tlic liouiids. He is also a prominent member of the Ontario Jockey Club, 
and several business clubs, and has been an enthusiastic admirer and promoter of 
amateur s|>orts of all kinds. 'rhrou<j;h his activity in this regard he has made many 
friends, and is well regarded by all those who know him in sporting circles and out 
of them. 




" Kelvin," Br. H. Martimas — Nancy Lee 
Winner of Kiiiji's Plate, 1907, Wnudbine, Toronto 



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COLONEL F. L. LKSSARD. C.B. 
Honorary A.D.C. to His Excellency the Govcrnor-Gcnerul 



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THE TORONTO HUNT 

THE Toronto Hunt is probably the most popular institution in the smart set of 
the Queen City. It was not until tlie year I8G0 that Toronto, then a town of 
only about 40,000 population, could boast of an organized Hunt. There is, 
however, a meet of hounds on record held at the toj) of Bathurst Street, on April 30, 
1862, at which history records that every available horse and saddle was brought into 
refjuisition. This was not a meet of the Toronto Hunt, but a meet of a private pack 
belonging to au Englishman named Steers, who had, during the few preceding years, 
kept half-a-dozen couples for the amusement of himself and his friends. No doubt, 
however, it was largely due to the enterprise of ]Mr. Steers that, in 1865, a number 
of Englishmen got together and organized the Toronto Hunt. Among tlie gentlemen 
actively concerned in the organization were to be found those having such well- 
known names as Copland, Worts, Hendrie. (iodson. Thomas, Smith, Ileward, 
Boswell, Leys, Dundas, Bond, Walker, Nordheimer, Dwight, Kiely, Donaldson, 
Shedden, Gillespie and Gooderham. Most of these gentlemen have passed 
awav, but there are several who are still active members of the Hunt. Nearly 




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all of them came to Canada from the Motherland, and they met together for the pur- 
pose of perpetuating in the land of their adoption the sport which they and their fore- 
fathers had so long sup])orted in the land of their birth. 

To Mr. ("o])land belongs the honor of being the first President of the Toronto 
Hunt: that good sportsman, Mr. John Hendrie. carrying the horn for the first two 
years, with John Ilalligan as his first whip. A few couples of hounds were purchased 
and the ])ac-k was strengthened from time to time by presents from various enthusiasts, 
and by tlie time the Master called the opening meet in the autunm of 18(i5. a very pre- 
sentable pack was i^ evidence, and from that day to the present tin- Toronto Hunt has 
met t\\ o days every week — spring and autumn. 

Owing to the nature of the country it was seldom possible to hunt anything but 
the drag, bnt good sport was enjoyed, and like all true sj)ortsmen, the members con- 
cluded that if it were impossible to hunt the live fox, they must have the next best 
thing, and. no matter what lia|)pened, they must hunt. 

Additional strenjith was <nven to the newlv-formed Ihuit bv the advent of the 13th 
Hussars, in ISCUi. Col. Jenyns and his officers were all keen horsemen and the support 
which the Club received from them made it more than ever certain that the sport of 
kings had come to stay, and during the next three years the growth of the Clul) was 
most encouraging. In 1867, Col. Jenyns was appointed Master, a position which he 
held for two years, during which period the sport flourished, and often the Saturday 
meets were varied by point to point races, in which the Hussar officers took a prom- 
inent part. 

An extract from an article in a Toronto paper of Nov. !). lS(iS, written l)y an Eng- 
lishman, giving his first im])ressions of hunting in Canada, winds up as follows: "I 
never saw a country rc(|uiring a greater amount of resolution in man and horse, and 
as to snake fences, 1 think I would almost rather go at a stitt' English fence, where 
the linlllinclics are strong and thick, llian rnn the chances of iieing spread-eagled in one 
of them." 

In the s|)ring of IHdi) the Hussars were recalled and their horses were sold at 
auc-tion. The prices fetched by some of the hunters may be of interest, showing that 
even in those days a good linnlcr conimandcd his ])ricc. Mr. Bieber's " Citadel" sold 
for $^240; Mr. Wel)l)\s "Shipwreck." $'-245 (to Mr. Hendrie); Col. Jenyn's bay mare, 
$.50.5 (to Mr. Shcdden); Col. Jenyn's bay gelding. $;}.5() (to Mr. Elwes. of X(>w York). 
.Vfter Col. Jenyn's departure, Mr. Hendrie again assumed the Mastershij). which posi- 
tion he held until 1870. During the last year of Mr. ilcndrie's reijimc, a memorable 
trij> was made by the Toronto Hunt Clnl) to Ilamilton, by the Cireat Western Railway, 
Nov. 8th, ]8()!), when tliey were entertained on the old IJrant farm by Mr. Wm. Hendrie, 
and ;in enjoyable afternoon's rnn was had on the farm limits. The meet was at^^cll- 
ington S(juare, near Hamilton, and many amusing incidents during the day's .sj)ort 
are still recorded. 

I'nder the Ma.sterships of M(>ssrs. George Gooderham, Worts and Coj)land, the 
Ilnnt Club continned to flourish for the n(>xt ten years. The mc<'ts were alwavs well 



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The Toronto Hunt Club-house 



attended, tliere being seldom less than forty or fifty present, all well mounted, includ- 
ing, as a rule, five or six ladies. From time to time, the kennels, still under the careful 
management of John Ilalligan, with Tim Blong as kennelman, were replenished 
with fresh drafts of hounds from England and elsevvhei'e, and gradually the Toronto 
Hunt worked its way into public prominence as a sporting organization. Frequent 
hunt meetings tended to increase the interest in steeplechases and cross-country races, 
and many keen and exciting contests were witnessed on the impromptu steeplechase 
courses in and about Toronto. In 1S83. Dr. Andrew Smith, one of the originators 
of the Hunt (and still a most enthusiastic and active supporter of it) was elected M.F.H., 
which position he retained until the reorganization of the Club in 1893. Too much 
cannot be said of Dr. Smith's untiring efforts in the cause of good sport, and too much 
credit cannot be given him for the time and energy which he has devoted to the Club 
from its inception and the interest which he still takes in it. Suffice it to say, that under 
this good sportsman the Club continued to prosper and the meets became more and 
more popular, until the Clul) grew to such j)roi)ortions that a complete reorganization 
was necessitated in 1893. The late Mr. D'Alton McCarthy was elected President, 
and Mr. George W. Beardmore, Master. I}\ the summer of 1894, drafts of hounds 



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had been imported from such kennels as the "Fitz William," the "Warwickshire," 
the "Cottesmore," the "Belvoir," and the "Graftons," not to mention the Master's 
gift of six couples of hounds purchased from the Montreal Hunt. An extensive area 
of land at Scarborough Heights was purchased, club-house and kennels were erected, 
new huntsmen and whij)pers-iu appointed, and Mr. George Beardniore, on the com- 
pletion of the stables in the early autumn, furnished them from his [private stables at 
Chutlleigh with horses for the huntsmen and all the Hunt servants, which he has gra- 
ciously continued to do till the present day, although this fact is only known to a few 
of the meml)ers. With such determined spirit of sport had the new blood entered 
into their work of reorganization that the opening meet of that year is recalled with 
pardonable priile. It was a large and fashionable meet, and prominent among all 
to encourage Mr. Beardmore was its ever popular former Master, Dr. Andrew Smith. 
A thoroughly good opening meet was followed by a thoroughly good season. From 
year to year everything continued to flourish till the death of the Club's President, in 
1898. Mr. McCarthy's untimely and lamentable death was sincerely mourned, not 
only by the hunting fratei'nity, but by every true lover of sport in the Dominion. The 
loss to the Toronto Hunt was irreparable, but fortunately for the Club, the Right Hon- 
orable the Farl of ]\Iinto. then Governor-General of Canada, and ever ready to promote 
good sj)ort, graciously acceded to the request of the directorate anil honored the Club 
by becoming its President. 

From the inception of the Toronto Hunt, the one idea paramount has been to give 
sport in the hunting field and to encourage all other sports. How well this has been 
carried out in the last fourteen years may briefly be put down as follows: Com])lete 
reorganization, 18!);j; purchase of valuable property, Scarl)orough Heights: building 
club-house with all conveniences and sufficiently large to dine 100 people; building 
of model kennels; building of Hunt stables; building of |)olo stables; preparing golf 
links; pr(>paring polo field; aiuuial race meetings or gymkhanas: annual Horse 
Show. 

The spring hunting lasts from six weeks to two months, the autumn three to 
four: the meets, counting the early inoniing runs, three times a week. The western 
country is principally grass, with some plough: the eastern country, early in the 
spring and late in the season, heavy going. In both directions there are few 
ditches, and the ordinary Canadian snake fences. The most useful mount is a short 
coupled blood horse, and it would be hard to imagine a better country to make a 
good chaser. 

To the Hunting Laflies of the Club is due the organization of the first Race Meet- 
ing held at the Woodinne, in the autumn of ]Si)f, under the auspices of the Toronto 
Hunt. The ladies formed themselves into a Race Committee with Mrs. J. K. Kerr 
as President. Members of the Committee: Mrs. Forester, Mrs. Carruthers, Miss 
Cawthra, Miss Louise Janes; Hon. Sec'y., Miss HcUmi Beardmore. The one day's 
meeting jjroved such a success, that the following year the Directors had the courage 
to follow in their footsteps. The meeting became an annual one for seven days until 



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1902, when the Autuiiui Hunt dates were taken by the Ontario Jockey Club. The 
same success, thanks to the I'oronto Hunt, has marked the annual Toronto Horse 
Show. When the Hunt Chih was strivino' for an existence, the ladies worked with 
that spirit of sportsmanship w hich has done much to bring about the immense suc- 
cess the Horse Show enjoys to-day. No association in Canada has done more to 
promote and encourage the breeding of the right kind of horses than the Toronto, 
or, as it is generally termed, the Canadian Horse Show, which has an enviable name 
all over the continent and which increases in popularity every year. 

The Driving Section of the Toronto Hunt Club is a most enthusiastic body. The 
Toronto Riding and Driving Clul) was organized many years ago. The first President 
was iNIr. J. K. Kerr, K.C., and the first Vice-President, Brigatlier-General Otter, 
K.C.B. Hie Club at this time was comj)osed of thirty or forty members, who met 
on every Saturday afternoon during the sleighing season, and after driving around 
Queen's Park and through the city, would proceed to Earlscourt, some four or five 
miles from town, where they would all dine, have an informal dance and drive home 
in the evening;. The house which the Club had leased at Earlscourt was laro-e and 
beautifullv situated, and the stable accommodation was commodious. Hie member- 




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slii|) i;ni(lually increased to sixty-five. lu those days many tandems used to turn out 
with these meets, as well as one or two four-in-hands and unicorns, and a number of 
pairs. When the Toronto Hunt Club erected its beautiful club-house at Scarborough 
Heights, the Riding and Driving Club joined the Hunt Club and became what was 
known as the Driving Section of the Clul). The drives arc contimied in the same way as 
Ijcforc. only that they proceed to Scarborough Heights instead of to Earlscourt, as 
previously. Some of the jjrominent early members of the Chit) were: Col. G. A. 
Sweney, the late Major Hay, Major Sears, the late Mr. DWltou McCarthy, Capt. 
C. N. Shanly and ]\Ir. Edwin Heward. Driving Clubs in Canada were instituted 
some fortv years ago. when the F^nglish regular troops were in the country. The officers 
took a keen interest in sleighing and enjoyed the splendid sport of tlriving a four-in- 
hand, unicorn, or tandem. 



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Shaffokd — TnoRour.HBRED Stallion. Owned by Morris & Wellington. Fonthill 



WILLIAM E. WELLINGTON 



WILLIAM E. WELLINGTON is a Canadian by birth, having been l)orn 
ill the town of Oshawa in tlie year 1849. Mr. Wellington was educated 
at the high school in his native town. From his boyhood days Mr. 
\N eliington showed an interest in the horse, and at the time of writing holds a 
prominent position in the breeding world. He has been associated with all of the 
horse shows, as well as the National Exhibition held in Toronto, and his advice on 
matters of this kind is sought after throughout the Dominion. 

Mr. Wellington took up horse breeding for the love of it and as a pastime more 
tiian anvthin"- else. Cominy; naturallv to him, he has made a success of breedino; 
from the beginning. First starting in business as a printer, whicli trade he learned in 
his native town, he remained at it only three years, when the nursery business 
took his fancy and he formed a |)artnership at the age of twenty-two with the late 
^Ir. Stone. For years the firm known as Stone and Wellington was only a small 
concern, but rapidly grew until the firm's nursery has now grown from one hundred 



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acres till it covers over one thousand. Afterwards Mr. INlorris was taken into 
partnersliij). Shortly after the change was made, Mr. Stone died. Mr. Wellinoton 
buying his interests in the concern. It was at this time that the horse husiness 
was taken up, and there is now probably not a better known firm in Canada. Their 
specialty is shire and thoroughbred crosses to obtain saddle and hunters. 

Probably the best horse ever owned by Mr. AVellington was Shafford. v.ho is roy- 
ally lired. coming from Derliy winners' stock. He won the first time lie was shown 
in the ring in two special classes against many good ones, one being for best horse 
to get saddle horses and hunters. Another good one in this stable is Bramhope Car- 
dinal, an imported shire, which also won the first time shown. This horse was sired 
by the Duke of York out of the mare IJounce. Shafford's first sire and dam were 
Saraband and Ladv Amelia, thev cominii- from such stock as Highland Fliup-, Don- 
caster, Hampton and I-ady Hester. Tliese lines go back to some of the best stock in 
England, making ShatVord a most vahialile one for his breeding, an acquisition to 
the best horses ever brought to this country. The firm have at the present time over 
sixty shire and half-bred saddle horses at their farm. Shafford's colts sliow the true 
sadflle class and are grand ones. 

j-'or two \ears Mr. \\('llington held the office of first \'ice-presi(lent of the board 
of directors on tlu' industrial Exhibition, besides being on the board for many years 
and fre<|U(>ntly chairman of the horse committee. He has been connected with the 
Canadian Horse Show for years, being looked on as one of the best judges in the 
land. lie is President of the St. George's Society, and was at one time a director of 
the ( aiiada Permanent Loan (^o. He is also Vice-President of the Birkbeck 
Loan Co. of 'I'oronto. Mr. Wellington has never taken any active part in 
politics, although he lias been offered the nomination foi' ^Velland on many occasions, 
his business taking up most of his time. 



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DR. AND MRS. S. H. McCOY 



N() work on the horse or on those interested in tlie horse would be complete, so 
far as Ontario at least is concerned, without mention being made of Dr. and 
Mrs. McCoy of St. Catharines. Nowhere is there a l)etter example of unity 
of interest between husband and wife, and no two ])eo})le liave done more to make 
fine horses universally adinire(| and popular than they. 

For years their time and money 
have been freely spent in buying and 
exhibiting some of the finest horses seen 
in Ontario, and their stable, "Meadow- 
field."" at St Catharines, is a model of 
])erfcction in both design and (M|ui]i- 
ment. Dr. and Mrs. McCoy's horses 
are housed with the greatest possible 
care and attention, and nothing is onu'ttcd 
tliat could contribute to their comfort and 
well-being. Dr. and Mrs. McCoy aic 
absolutely in sympathy in their love of a 
good horse, an<l their efforts are directed 
with zeal and perfect knowledge. 

Mrs. McCoy, formerly Mrs. Flor- 
ence Maude Fraser, widow of John W. 
Fraser of Port Hope, and daughter of the 
late John Cook, of Cook Brothers Lumber 
Coni])any, was one of the first women 
in Canada to show trotting bred horses 
as high steppers at a time when women 
were but little known as exhibitors in 
the ring. Her initial ventures, backed 
as they were by a wide knowledge of 
horses, met with so much success that she 
was greatly encouraged. She and Dr. 
McCoy have exhibited with great success at all the important Canadian Horse Shows. 
Mrs. McCoy first created a name for herself as an exhibitor with Vulcan and 
Erebus. They were a team of remarkably beautiful high-stepping blacks, and her 
a])})earance in the ring behind them was the signal for something very like a sensation. 
Vulcan became very well known later on under the name of The British Lion. 

The marriage of Dr. McCoy and Mrs. Fraser, both already well known to ex- 
hibitors as factors to be reckoned with in the prize ring, saw their individual efforts 
luiited, and an even greater meed of success fall to their lot. I'hey have exhibited 




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>K. .\K^^»)\ S 1 .\-M1|:M, I^AHIN itilV AM) 1'[\i;k 



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Mi;adu\viii;ld .Stablks, St. Catharines 



together principally in Toronto and Montreal It would Ik- impossible in the short 
s])ace which can of necessity be devoted to a sketch of this nature to mention all the 
superb animals shown i)y l)r and :\Irs. McCoy, but jjerhaps their greatest triumphs 
have been achieved with Flyer and Ontime, Mikado and Sultan, Cabin Boy and 
Fortune Teller. They have, however, not contented themselves with winning the 
highest laurels in the driving classes alone, but are also well known as no mean author- 
ities in saddle horses. Horsemen will not soon forget The Kajah and Nightflio;lit, 
two beauties which have brt)ught their owners many a blue ribbon. 

l)r McCoy is not, in any sense of the W(»rd, a man of but a single idea, and has 
not neglected the more serious ideals of life in the pursuit of a hobby. Medicine is 
his chosen i)rofession, and in medicine he has won an enviable rei)utation. 

Of North of Ireland ancestry. Dr. McCoy was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and 
received his early education in that city and in St. Catharines. He entered the Uni- 
versity of Toronto in 1SS.>, graduated in .Vrts in 188!), and finished his medical course 
in lS!)'-2 After four years of very successful |)ractice in St. Catharines he went to 
England in 1!)()1. There and in Scotland he studied for four vears more, an<I was 
admitted to the Royal College of Surgeons, England, in l!)()-2. In 1!)(),3 still another 



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lionor in his f)rofession came to him in the form of nil nppointiiiont to a fellowship 
in tlie Hoviil College of Surgeons. Edinhnro-li. 

Dr. McCoy came back to St. Catliarines and resuiiu'd his practice there. His 
practice is a large one, but he still has time to be greatly inti-rcstcd in things military, 
and holds a commission as Surgeon-Major in the 19th Regiment of Infantry. 

Lately Dr. and ^^l•s. ]\IcCoy liave added to their stable a chestnut colt by Lamp- 
lighter — Cribbage, aptly named Criblight. With this stalliiMi they ho])e to add a 
little warmer blood to the half-l)red stock of their part of the Peninsula, thus improv- 
ing the strain and trying for better saddlers and liunters. < 'riblight is a grand-looking 
colt and promises more than well. 

We in Ontario, where good horses are becoming every day more and more a])j)re- 
ciatcd and valued, owe very much to those who, like Dr. and Mrs. McCoy, have taken 
so |)roiiiiiieiil a ])art in showing what can be done l)y a lilieral exjienditure of tiiiii' and 
money to improve the breed of our Canadian horses. 




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ROYAL NORTHWEST MOUNTED POLICE 

IN 1S7'2, tlu' Dominion of ('an;ul;i. then in its infancy, was face to face with a task 
of stui)en(h)us (htficulty Weak, botli in pojjiihition and financial resources, the 
five-year-old countrv had to jjiovide for the exploration, development and settle- 
ment of a tiact of land whicli covered '2,.'5()(),()00 square miles, a continent in itself, 
ac(|uired hy the Dominion in viitne of tiic Rupert's Land Act, passed by the Imperial 

Parliament in 180S 

U|) to 1866 Vancouver Island and the 
mainland of British Columbia, formerly 
called New Caledonia, were two separate 
provinces, but in that year, they were 
united under the name of British Cohini- 
l)ia, the new province entering the Domin- 
ion in 1S71, on the understaudiuii that 
within two years, work would be begun 
on a railway to connect the province with 
Eastern Canada. 

It was obvious that to ensure the 
safe construction of this transcontinental 
railway, no less than to provide for the 
settlers in this vast wilderness, it was 
necessary to ])rovide some efficient method 
to assert national authority and enforce 
the law 

'I'he ultinuite solution of this problem 
was the creation of the Northwest [Mount- 
ed Police. 

The Kiel U])rising of 1861) had left 
the countrv in a very uiLsettled condition, 
and with a population of 1,56.5 whites, 
.)78 Indians, .5,7.)7 French half-l)reeds, 
and 4,088 English-speaking half-breeds, 
it can readilv l)e understood that numerous acts of lawlessness were rejjorted. 

It was to bring about the fusion of these jarring elements and to restore law and 
order that the first mounted police force in Western Canada was organized under 
the command of Captain Villiers, of the Quebec Battalion of Rifles. 

This initial organization, however, was purely military, and was stationed at 
Fort Garrv, going out on marches only when necessity demanded. 

Sir John A. Macdonald. then Prime Minister, felt that this was not sufficient and 
asked in the House for a moderate grant of money to organize a mounted police force, 
somewhat similar to the Irish mounted constabulary, which, while having the advantage 




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of military discipline, would yet he a civil force, each member of whicii would l)e a 
police constable, and therefore a preventive officer. Their duties would be to protect 
the frontier, look after the customs and put down smugglino;, especially the smuggling 
of hi|Uor, which tended to demoralize the Indian-^, and also to maintain military order. 
On Mav '•20, 1873, Sir -lolni succeeded in having jjassed his bill for the establish- 
ment of a |)olice force in the Northwest Territories, the force to be under the control 
and nuinagcment of the Department of Justice, of which Sir John held the portfolio. 

In October of that year the permanent force was organized under the direct com- 
mand of Lieut -Col >\ Osbonu' Smith, though shortly after that, the command was 
friveii to Lieut -Col (ieorge A French, who was known as the Commissioner. 

in June. 1.S74, Lispector ]\Licleod was made Assistant Commissioner, and James 
Morrow Walsh was made an Ins])ector. On June (i, '-274 officers and Tiien left 
Toronto, arriving at Lmersou. Manitoba, on the nineteenth day of the month. 

.Vfter a route march of unparalleled difficulties over a distance of 7S1 miles, the 
force arrived at their destination. How and Belly Rivers, on September 20 Three 
divisions were left in the IJow River district under command of the Assistaul Com- 
missioner, another division l)eing left at Swan HiviM'. while the renuiining company 
under Col. French proceeded to Dufferin for the winter. 

It was a strenuous autunni. and a hard and trying winter for all raidvs. foi- it was 
necessary to locate the various trading posts in the region, ascertain the nature of the 
business conducted l)y the various traders, and take stejjs to put a stop to illegal trad- 
ing of all sort> 

The verv cold weather had a decided effect on the health of the men. the sick 
list in one dav having reached 4.V Yet, notwithstanding the drawbacks against whicli 
thev struggle(l. they succee(led in bringing alxmt a complete^ sto])])age of the whiskey 
trade in that section of the country. 

Meanwhile. Insjiector W. 1). Jarvis and his (lelaclinieut weic doing good woik 
at Edmonton, without lia\iug to sull'ei- nearly as many hardships 

In the s|)ring of 1S7."). Ma jor-( ieueral Selby Smith, then in command of the Cana- 
dian Militia, made a tour of inspection of the v;irious out|)osts occupied by \\\r X A\ . 
M.I', and reported them to Itc in a very fair order While making several sug- 
gestions for their ini|)ro\('ment. he said: "Of the constables and sub-constables I can 
.speak generally, that they are an able body of men, of excellent material and con- 
spicuous for willingness, cnduraiu'c and, so fai' as I can learn, integrity of character. 
Too nuich value cannot be attached lo the Northwest Tolice. Too nnich attention 
cannot lie paid to their ellicieiicy." 

In 1S7(). the control and management of the force was tran.sferred from the De- 
partment of Justice to the Department of the Secretary of Slate under the lion \i 
W.Scott, and Lieut. -Col. James Far(|uharson Maclcod. C.M.G., was appointed 
to succeed Lieut.-Col. French, as Commissioner 

Comptroller Frederick White's report for lS7(i said: "'The li<|U(>r traliie is now 
supl)ressed and a mimtxM- oi' .Vmei'icans ha\(' crossed the li()r<l< r and engageil in stock 



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raisinif mikI other |>ursiiits in Canadian territory. A village has sprung uj) around 
Fort Mac! eod and tiade is lapidly inereasing. The customs duties collected at this port 
by the officers of the Police, during the two moiitlis ended Slst October last, amounted 
to $16,. '5'-24f)!). and over '•20. ()()() robes were shij)ped from there during the past season. 
At Cypress Hill, the scene of the massacre of 1873, there is also a settlement, at which 
the customs collections made during the nine months ending 3()th September amounted 
to $5,584.^22." 

Few more critical |)ositi()ns were ever faced by a force entrusted with tlic preserva- 




A Troop of Rov.\l N'orthwfst .Mountfd Police 



tioii of law and order in a country than that which confronted the Mounted Police 
when Sitting BviII, the Sioux warrior, with his whole nation, crossed the boundary 
line to seek shelter in Canadian territory, after the "Custer massacre '" in the United 
States. From 1S77 to ISSl, the force was compelled to maintain constant supervision 
and control of the refugee Sioux, and to exercise unwearying j)atience and diplomacv. 
In 18S1 Sitting Bull was finally induced to surrenfler to the United States authorities. 

To ictiacc ()\ir steps, in 1S7S Sir Jolni A Macdonald formed a new Cabinet, taking 
himself the Dejiartment of the interior, and putting the Mounted Police under the 
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III liS79 there was a great iiiHiix of pojjiilatioii to tlie Northwest, and during that 
year the force un(k*rtook fanning operations of an experimental and extended eliar- 
acter in Southern Alberta. Duiing the year Lieut. -Col. Maeleod held .several eivil 
courts at Fort AValsh, ^lacleod travelling over '•2,300 miles to perform his various 
duties. 

Several new important outposts were estal)li.shed, and in 1<S80 Lieut. -Col. Mac- 
leod was appointed as Stipendiary ]\Ligistrate for the Northwest, Lieut-Col. Irvine 
being promoted to the command of the force. 

The total amount of customs duties collected atMacleod for the year ISSO amounted 
to $1.5, 43:?. 38. 

In 1881, the police met with great difficulties, and only by the exercise of diplomacy, 
finuTiess and great courage, avoided nnich more serious trouble, on account of Cana- 
dian Indians stealing horses in the United States and bringing them across the line. 

In 188'2, serious trouble arose with the Blackfoot Indians on account of the arrest 
of Bull Elk, a Blackfoot, for shooting with intent to kill. 

On account of the increased responsibilities devolving on the force, owing to the 
construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and the influx of settlers, authority was 
given in 188'-2 for an increase of '200 men. 

The Manjuis of Lome was the first Governor-General to visit the Northwest 
Territories, and his visit brought that region very prominently before the notice of 
the public, the Mounted I'olict- receiving especial attiMition because of the efficient 
fashion in whicli they assumed all the duties in connection with the long prairie journey 
of the Vice-Regal party. 

Ever since the establishment of the force, there had been uncertainty as to the 
best place for permanent lieadcpiarters, and it was the building of the Canadian Pacific 
Railway which finally decided Sir .John Macdonald to establish headquarters at 
Regina. which was finallv done in 188'2. 

In 188^2 the total amount of customs duties collected was $;)'2,.52'-2.3(5. 

In that year W. C. Van Ilorne. General ^L^lager of the Canadian Pacific Rail- 
way, wrote to Lieut. -(\)l. Irvine acknowledging the indebtedness of the company to 
the Northwest Moniit<<l I'olicc, saying that "In no gi'cat work williin my knowledge, 
where so many men have been employed, has such perfect order prevailed." 

A wonderful illustration of the power of the Mounted Police was given in the 
Pie-a-Pot incident, when two nicnil)ers of the force rode right into the heart of Pie-a- 
Pot's camp, with its several liundreds of savages, and ordered the Indians to break 
camp immediately and take the ti;iil for the iioilli WImmi the Indi.ins refnsecl, the two 
men procee<le<l to knf)ck flown ;ill their tent> l*ie-;i-Pol iind his c,ini|) tnovt'd, and 
the Police were not even touched. 

In 1883 the N.W.M.P. were in^trunieni.d in bre;dsing uji a very .serious strike 
on the Canadian Pacific Railway, whih' during the wlioie |(n>cess of construction of that 
road the duties of mail clerks in the Northwest were |)erformed by lli<' Police. 

On account of the Noilhwesf I'ebellion, the vear 188.) is aluavs considered his- 



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torical in Caiunla. 'V\w R.X. W.M.I', naturally bore tlie brunt of the campaign and 
acquitted itself well; officers and men reflecting the greatest credit on themselves and 
on the country. 

The end of the rebellion left the Mounted Police with greatly increased responsi- 
bilities. First, there was the pacification of the half-breed settlements and the Indian 
tribes which had been in revolt. Seconal, the sense of security hitlieito enjoyed bv 
the white settlements had to be restored, and third, provision had to be made for the 
enforcement of the law in new settlements and mushroom frontier villages, which 
sprang into existence as a result of the comj^letion of the C.P.R. 

Stejjs were taken to increase the strength of the force, G08 recruits joining during 
the year 1885, and to re-arrange the distribution of the work. In the midst of this 
process or reconstruction the visit of the Governor-General, Lord Lansdowne, did 
much to allay excitement and to emphasize the fact that law and order had been re- 
stored throughout the Territories. 

Writing at the end of 1885 from Prince Albert, which had been the centre of the 
disaffectcfl district, and where, since his promotion, the commander, Supt. A. Bowen 
Perry, rejjorted : "The half-breed ijojjulation is quiet, and the feeling amongst them, 
to a great extent, appears to be that of regret for the past troubles. Very few will 
acknowledge that they took up arms of their own free will, claiming that they were 
persuaded and forced into the trouble. 

"They are now entirely dependent on Government assistance. 
"I have seen the priests of the different half-breed missions and they all tell a 
piteous story of starvation and want among their people. The Indians are very quiet 
and peaceable." 

In 1886 Lawrence V»'. Herchmer, Esq., succeeded Lieut.-Col. A. G. Irvine, as 
Commissioner, and that year the work in connection with the erection and repairs 
of l)arracks, hitherto done by the Police themselves, was handed over to the Depart- 
ment of Public Works. 

During the years immediately succeeding the rebellion, there was a marked develop- 
ment of the patrol system. Log cabins with stables and corrals were built at con- 
venient places along the frontier, to afford shelter to the men in bad weather, and 
some full-blooded Indians were en<jao;ed as scouts, doine verv cood service. 

The men of the force at that time were of exceptionally fine physique, the average 
height being 5 feet 9^ inches; chest measurement 38| inches, the Commissioner aiming 
to make the standard very high, so that it might be hard to enter and easy to leave. 

In 1889 Lord Stanley, then Governor-General, visited the Northwest. During 
that summer an extraordinary drought was very hard on the horses, and the patrols, 
imder Superintendent Perry, had to travel on one day 40 miles, and on the next 42 
miles without water. Great credit was considered due Supt. Perry for the splendid 
condition of the horses on arrival at Regina. 

During 1889 nuich interest was taken in rifle shooting and many improvements 
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In 1890 11 1{ 11. the Duke of Connaught was inovidcd witli escorts and trans- 
port through tlie Nortliwest. and His Royal Iliglniess expressed liiniself as much 
pleased witli the Mounted Police, and the services performed for him by them. 

In lSi)l Sir Jolin A. Macdonald died, and in tlie new Government formed after 
his death, tile Premier. Hon Sir. I .1. (". Abbott, retained control of the Mounted Police. 

During this year the force gave great assistance to the Calgary and Edmonton, 
and tlie Calgarv and Macleod railways, and also, in that yeai-. a strict liquor license 




l-"oi'K-II<iRst': Ti-:.AM — Royal Xokthwest MorNTFr> I'oi.u 



bv-law was inlrnduced, which tended greatly to reduce the objectionable duties which 
the Police had hitherto Ix'cn called upon to discharge in enforcing the laws res])ectiiig 
li(|Uor. 

in 1S!)^2 the Mounted Police Department went under the charge of Hon AV B 
Ives, President of the Privy Council, and in July of that year a permanent outpost 
was estal)lishc(l at Cumberland House, about 220 miles below Prince Albert, on the 
Saskatchewan lliver. 

In 1S!»1 the Hon. Sir Mackenzie Bowcll became the administrative head of the 
Moiniicfl i'olice Department, and took a very great interest in the corps, and in 1S!).5 



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a (li'lafliiiiciit of the Moiiiitcd I'olife were sent to preserve hnv and order in tlie 
Yukon 

In 1S!)() Sir Wilfrid Lauricr formed In's fii'st ('al)iiiet. and since that time lias 
maintained the keenest jiersonal interest in the force and men. 

In 1S!)7, Jnl)ih>e year, the sixtieth anniversary of the accession of Queen Victoria 
to the British Throne, was marked 1)V a splendid demonstration in honor of that (freat 
sovereign. It was decided to send a representative detachment of the Northwest 
Mounted Police to Ivondon. Superintendent Perry and Inspcctoi- JJelcher were the 
officers in charge, and the Dominion had t-very reason to he pioiid of hoth officers 
and men. 

In physicjue, appearance, discipline and drill, tlicy were generally admirc(l, an<l 
were considered e(|ual t(. the best troops pre.sent. 

Meanwhile, it was necessary to augment the force at the Yukon, so much had 
the rush to the gold mines increased, and a stati' of eight officers with eightv-eight men 
were stationecl there, under command of the Administiator of the district. 

In 189!) Su])erintendent A. Bowen Perry assumed command of the Xoithwest 
Mounted Police in Yukon Territory, and during that winter the Police assumed tlie 
duty of carrying the Yukon mail, travelling (54.01 "2 miles with dog trains. Superin- 
tendent Perry recommended that $!),(J01.S() be distributetl among the men as extra 
pay for this service. 

In 1900 Superintendent Perry was ajjpointed Commissioner to succeed Lieut. - 
Col. Herchmer. The new Commissioner graduated from Koval Militarv CoUcire, 
Kingston, in 1880, and served for some time with much distinction in the Roval 
Engineers. 

At the time Commissioner Perry assumed command, affairs within the force were 
in a very unsettled state, owing to the recent heavy drafts of officers, men and horses 
for service with the Canadian Contingent in South Africa, the Mounted Police havin<'- 
supplied '•24.5 men, all ranks, for South African duty, and the Connnissioner thought 
that their strength would have been easily increased to 1.000, if the Government had 
thought it wise, by ex-members rejoining for the cam])aign. In his annual rcpoit 
for 1900, Commissioner Perry remarked: "The great countries of the Peace, Atha- 
basca and Mackenzie Kivers are constantly requiring more men. An officer is about 
leaving Fort Saskatchewan to take conunand of that portion of the Territorv. The 
operations of the American whalers at the moutii of the Mackenzie will, ere long, re- 
(i|uire a detachment to control their imjiroper dealings with the Indiairs and to protect 
the revenue." 

In that year medals were awanled to members of the force who had served through 
the rel)ellion of 1885, and in that year, also, the Governor-General, the Earl of ]\Iinto, 
and the Countess of Minto, made an extended tour through the Territories, the 
X.WM.P. |)roviding an escort. 

His Excellency expressed great satisfaction with their work, and spoke specially 



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of tluMi- smartness and efficiency, also sending, as a mark of his appreciation, a gold 
pin to each member of the escort. 

In April, 1900. a census of the Yukon 'iVrritory was taken by the Police, and in 
August, a school census. 

The event of chief importance to the force in IDOl, was the visit of their Royal 
Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York, His Royal Highness ex- 
i)ressing great satisfaction with the appearance of men aiid horses. 

In his annual report at the end of the year. Commissioner Perry diew attention 
to tiie increased duties ilevolving u])on the force and to the need of increasing its 
strength. 

He said; "When the force was organized, in 1878, with a strength of MOO men. 
the 'iVrritt)ries were unsettled, and the control given over to lawless bands who preyed 
upon the Indians, with whom no treaties had then been made. In 1885, complications 
with the half-breeds resulted in rebellion, which was successfully quelled. The strength 
of the force was then raised to 1, ()(((), where it stood for about 10 years, when, owing 
to the peaceful state of the Territories, the settled condition of the Indians, and the 
rapid means of coinnnmication by railway into the diti'erent portions, it was gradually 
reducdl to 7.)0. In 1S!)S, the gold discoveries in the ^ ukoii and the consequent rush 
of gold-seekers caused the sudden increase of the force on duty in that territoiy to "^.M) 
men, thus re(lucing the strength in the Northwest Territories to .)00. 

"A further decrea.se has now taken place by an addition to the Yukon strength, 
charged with the maintenance of order in the Yukon, but the services of the Police 
have been recjuired in the Athabasca District, a coimtry of enormous extent, with no 
facilities for travel, but where police w'ork is ever on the increa.se. 

" It may be thought that the .settled |)ortions of the Territories ought m)w to pro- 
vide for tiieir own |)olice |)rotection, or, at any rate, that the incorporated towns and 
villages should do so. Some of tlie larger towns lia\c their own j)olice forces, but the 
smaller towns seem desirous of retaining the X.W.M P constables, claiming that they 
obtain better service, but doubtless they are largely in(luence(| by economical con- 
siderations. 

"The population of the Territories has doubled in ten years, and the strength of 
the force has been reduced by one-half Oui' detachments have incrcasecl from t!) 
to 71). Although we have only half the strength of ten years ago, still we have the 
same number of division head<|uarter posts, carrying in their train the staff organiza- 
tion and maintenance of barracks as though the divisions were of their fornici' strength. 
The ilistinguished services rendered t(» the Enij>ire ii: the South .\frican \\ai\ by mem- 
bers of the force, em])hasize the fact that it has a very decided military value and thai 
in future nothing should be done to impair its efficiency " 

In his amiual report for the following year, Conunissionei' i'eriy again empha- 
sized the need for an increase in the force, saying: "The contiiuu'd development of 
the country, the increase of po|)idation. the settlement of icmote districts, many m-w 
towns that have s])rmig up and tlie constinction of new railways, have gicatly adiled 



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to our work, lu the train (jf the iiniui^uialiuii lias coiiu' a nunil)er of tlie criniinal class, 
which, tliough not hirge, will probably increase. 

"The new settlers are principally from foreign countries, a great number being 
from the United States. The American settler is much im])resse(l by the fair anfl 
impartial administration of justice He finds a constabulary force such as he has not 
l)een accustomed to, but the advantages of which he is quick to acknowledge, and a 
country free from all lawlessness and enjoying freedom without license. 

"The jiroposal of the Grand Trunk Railway to build through the Peace River 
country, is sure to attract to that district in the immediate future a lot of jjcople seek- 
ing for the best locations. The police work is steadily increasing. We ought to increase 
our strength there, and establish a new jjolice district, with beach |uarters. for the pres- 
ent, at Fort Chipewyar. Two of the districts in the organized territories could be 
combined into one, thus releasing the statl" for the new district in the north. The 
northern trade is steadily increasing. Detachments ought to be stationed on Alac- 
kenzie River," 

In IdOi, a Pension Bill, providing for the pensions of officers in the Northwest 
Mounted Police, was passed, the generous provisions of which were much appreciated. 

In his annual report for 1903, Commissioner Perry says: "The increase of poj)U- 
lation this year has been greater than in any previous year in the history of the Terri- 
tories. I think 350,000 a very conservative estimate of the present population. This 
rapid development has greatly increased the work of the force, and I have had difficulty 
in meeting fully the requirements. 

"Our field of operations this year has been tremendously widened. A detach- 
ment of five men, under the command of Superintendent Moodie. was selected to ac- 
company tlie Hudson's Bay expedition in that far-distant region. 

"Another expedition was desj)atched in ]\lay to the Arctic Ocean, consisting of 
five men under the conunand of Superintendent Constantine and was afterwards left 
in charge of Sergeant Fitzgerald, who visited Herschell Island, 80 miles north-west of 
the mouth (if the Mackenzie River, and had tlie honor of establishing a detachment, 
the most northeily in the world, at this point. 

"I venture again to call your attention to the valuable work of the force among 
the immigrants, who are largely foreign-born. 

"It is claimed, and rightly, that we are a law-abiding people, that no new country 
was ever settled with such an entire absence of lawlessness. AVhy r Because of the 
policy of Canada in maintaining a jjowerful constabulary, which has for thirty years 
enforced the laws in an im])artial manner. 

"The Northwest Mounted Police were the ])ioneers of settlement. They carried 
into these Territories the world-wide maxim that, where the British flag flies, peace 
and order prevail. 

"The force is now distributed from the international boundary to the Arctic Ocean, 
and from Hudson's Bay to the Alaska boimdary. 'I'here are divisions in the Terri- 
tories, each with a head(inarters |)ost. and there ai-e St d(>taehnients, with 18^2 officers 



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and men constantly employed on detached duty. Of these. ,5.5 are disnil)nte(l nnutnii; 
•■21 detachments along tlie international houndary." 

In his annual report for 1!)()4, ('omniissioner I'lMiy wroti-: "The Royal Norllnvest 
Mounted Police has gained a reputation. l)oth at home and al)road, as an etl'ective 
organization, which has materially forwarded the progress of the Territories. It is 
to-dav dealing with all clas.ses of men — the lawless element on the border, the cow- 
hovs and Indians on the i)lains, the coal miners in the mountains, the gold miners in 
the Yukon, the American whalers and the Esquimaux in Hudson Bay and the far- 
distant Arctic Sea. It is an asset of Canada, and the time has not yet arrived in 
tlie development of the country when it can he written off." 

Four events stand out ])rominently 
in the liistory of the R.N.W.INI.P. for 
the year 1905 — the acceptance l)y the 
Earl of Minto of the appointment of 
Honoiarv Commissioner of the force, the 
visit of their Excellencies, Lortl and Lady 
Grey, to the Northwest, the establishment 
and inauguration of the new ])rovinces of 
-Mberta and Saskatchewan, embracing 
jiractically all tlie territory comprised 
witliin the original s])here of o])erations 
of the R.X.W.M.P, and the long- 
demanded and much-needed increase 
of |)ay 

When the provinces of All)erta and 
Saskatchewan came into being as self- 
governing pn)vincc>, with celebrations at 
Kdinonldii and Uegina. the force was 
given a c()ns|iicuous part in the inaugur- 
ation ceremonies as a fitting recognition 
of the pic-eniinent sei'vices it had rendered 
jiioneer days. 

ludson Kav district, bar- 




.■\ Mttl'NTFI* I'iH.tL 



^I.\[<I.I rN I'KAIKII ( MlilkM 



in fostering and protecting the country in i 

A pernument post was established at Fullerton. in tli 
racks being built there in 190G. 

The duties of the force, as enumerated in an .\ct of Tarliament, are (1) the pres- 
ervation of the peace and the prevention of crime. (^2) 'i'lie arrest of cniinnals and 
others who may be lawfully taken into custody. (.S) Attendance on magistrates and 
execution of process. (4) The escort of prisoners to and from courts and prisons. 
(5) To search for, seize and destroy intoxicating licjuors where tluir sale is ])rohibited. 

In addition to a rigid military training, the Police receive instruction in many 
other subjects. Toliee duties, a smattering of law, veterinary science, care of trans- 
port and sadflleiy, all receive due attention. 



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Bisho]) Stringer, who was on mission duty in the Northwest, sjx)ke of the Monnted 
Police as foUows: "We are ijetting more particuhir as to wliom we welc(;me to the great 
north now. 'I"hi- tough finds his row a hard one to live, and this in a great measure is 
due to the excellent management of tlie R.N.W.M.P., whose work in the wild sections 
of the northland cannot he over-estimated It isn't the numbers of them, nor is it 
the force of their authority; it is a subtle something which enters the mind of the 
wrong-doer whenever he meets the eye of the man wearing the red jacket. Why, an 
ordinary constable wearing no badge of office Ijeyond his small l)adge and red coat, 
strikes terror to the heart of the roughest. It is the dignity and determination of the 
Police, and the splendid esprit de corps of the force. The Mounted Police, it may l)e 
asserted, have been the safety and pride of the whole north country." 

In short, the Mounted Police have brought Britisli law into Western Canada and 
established it there. The settler nowadays, even in the Last West, doesn't even 
carrv a hunting-knife, where once no man dared to travel without a regular arsenal. 

The Indians, too, have fallen into line. Many of them are engaged as laborers 
in the construction of the new Govermnent transcontinental line, the (irand Trunk 
Pacific, where once they did everything in their ])()wer to hinder any new work 
instituted by the paleface. 

The mounted ])oliceman has done it all by his ])atience and fearless, unflinching 
courage, his readiness to do the thing which came to his hand and do it well. He 
has been policeman, magistrate, soldier, letter-carrier, executioner, detective — anything 
that is in the day's work. 

There has never been a lynching in Canada ; never anything like the wars with 
the Indians that the United States has wagcfl, and never a train rol)l)erv such as 
figure even yet in the headlines of American newspapers. 

A favorite story out ^^est is that of the troop of American cavalry who escorted 
a whole tribe of Indians to the Canadian border line, where they were met by one 
solitarv mounted |)oliceman. .V (•ou|>le more appeared on the scene shoitly and the 
troop of American cavalrymen sat there and watched the three go otf with their band 
of bad Indians. 

How greatly the Indians have come to respect the justice and impartiahly of 
British law is shown by the fact that an Indian who had escaped after being given a 
fair trial and adjudged guilty, was handed over to the authorities again by his own 
tril)e because they were convinced that his trial had been just. 

At the recent Tercentenary celebrations, a ]>rominent official said: "They are 
the finest thing in the way of trained men whom this country has produced — modern 
centaurs. Men with the iron wrist, who ride as straight as knights." But nothing 
can be said, nothing written, to eml)ody the spirit of the force as did that message 
found scrawled on the orders of a policeman who ])erished in a blizzard while making 
his wav with dispatches to a distant |)ost In his dying houi'. witli numbed hand, he 
wrote: "Lost; liorse dead. Am trying to push ahead. Have done my best." 



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Caitain D. O. C. NiiWTON, Duke of Camhkidge's (Miduleskx) Ui-gt. 
A.D.C. to His Kxtrcllcncy tlio Governor-General 



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HARNESS RACING IN CANADA 

IF we were to l)e asked wliicli breed uf horses is the most popular in Canachi, the 
unhesitating reply would be the light harness horse. The other breeds, such as 

the hackney, thoroughbred, heavy-draught, etc., are excellent in their way, but 
their field of usefulness hardly covers the range that the light harness hor.se does. 
The latter can do about all that any of the others can do, and much more. The ad- 
mirers of some of the other l)reeds will hold diti'erent oi^inious, which, perhaps, is onlv 
natural, but at the same time it is doubtful if they could advance arguments that would 
warrant their o])inion. The standard-bred, or well-bred trotter or pacer, makes a first- 
class horse for the farm, as he can work longer than anv of the heavier breeds, although 
much lighter in weight. When jnit at heavy hauling, he may make more trips on the 
job, but his rapidity of action fairly counterbalances his lack of pulling ca])acitv. As 
a carriage horse he has no equal, and in proof of this assertion it is onlv necessarv to 
j)oint out that nearly all of the champion heavy harness horses of the present day are 
standard-breds, or animals bred in trotting lines. While not equalling the thorough- 
bred or half-bred in ])erformance under the saddle, he is, however, fairly good at that 
work. As a gentleman's driver or road horse he is in a class by himself, as he not 
only has speed and good manners, but can travel an extraordinary number of miles 
in a day. 

While the trotter or pacer (we combine them for they are so near alike) has manv 
other (jualities to commend him, it is his ability to move fast on track and road that 
l)rings him most prominently in the public eye, and the large increase in the number 
of harness horse meetings givn annually in this country, is ample evidence that this style 
of racing is becoming more i)opular each succeeding year. Not many vears since meet- 
ings for harness horses were few and far betw^een in Canada, while now there are hun- 
dreds, made up of circuits in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Eastern Ontario, Western Ontario, 
Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia, besides scores of independent meetino-s 
outside of the circuit. In addition the numl)er of entries in the early closing events, 
as well as at the meetings themselves, shows that there are at least twentv-five per 
cent, more horses racing in 1!)0S than in any previous year. 

Here in Canada, while our o])])ortunities have not l)een of the l)est, we have 
|)roduced some truly great performers on the track in the past, and, from the 
number of really high-class horses in training at the present time, it is safe to predict 
that we will continue to hold up our end with the cracks of the big country to the 
south of us. 

Within recent years we liave turned out such good performers as Angus Pointer, 
a pacer that made a world-wide re])utation competing against the fastest horses of 
America on the (irand Circuit, when he went tlirough the sea.son of IDOT with but a 
single defeat, and tliat in his first race on the circuit at Detroit, when he was hardly 
ready for a bruising race. However, lie turned the tal)les in his next race, when he 
handilv beat Baron (iraltau, the horse tliat beat liitn at Detroit, 'i'he Canadian-bred 



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pacer iifteiwards went tlirough the big races to the hist meeting, which was at Lexington, 
Kv., witliout losing a lieat exce])t at Columbus, where he lost the first heat of the free- 
for-all class to (lallagher, another Canadian-bred. The succeeding heats, anil the 
race, fell to Angus Pointer, as did the big two-minute pace at Lexington later on. 

The campaign made bv the unsexed son of Sidney Pointer was one of the l)est 
ever made by a harness horse, and stamped the product of Eastern Ontario as a truly 
great performer. He took a record of "^.Olf in li)()7, and his owner, Seiuitor George 
Whitney, of Vermont, had every reason to think that he would pace a mile in less than 
two minutes the following year, but unfortunately the great pacer died during the \yin- 
tei', and the track lost an e(|iiine hero. 

Gallagher, '•2.()'}^, is another pacer bred in Canada that has attracted attention 
to this country as a ])roducer of fast horses. This well-known pacer is a product of 
Western Ontario, and has a well-earned reputation as a great campaigner. Several 
years ago lie went thnmgli the (Jrand Circuit, racing most successfully and consist- 
ently again>t the l)est horses the leading horsemen in the Lnited States could pit 
against him, after which he was sold to go to Europe. He remained abroad but a 
single season, when he was returned to America and sold by auction at Cleveland, 
O . when he was knocked down to the bid of Messrs. Brown tS: Wigle, of Windsor. 
Many of the circuit followers thought the gelding had seen his best days as a racing 
|)roposition, and that the Canadians had bought a "gold brick" as it were, but the 
way (jallagher raced in 19(17 tnade them all change their opinions, for he won manv 
races in fast company, and ])aci"d a mile in Columbus, ()., in "2 (KS^, e(|ualling his former 
record. During the .season he lowen-d many half-mile track records, and also the 
record for the Detroit Fair (irounds track, wliicli lu' ])lace(l at '•2.().). (iallagher is 
now owne(l l)y Mr Brown, of Lexington, ()nt , who bought out the interest of INL-. 
Wigle. yir. Brown has placed the gelding in the hands of "Dan" McEwen, of L(m- 
don, who has been most successful with pacers, having campaigned such good ones 
as Ace, 2.051; Texas Rooker, 2 ().->i; Geary, 2.05f ; Jubilee, 2.0()|; The Eel, record for 
season near to two minutes, and others 

'I'he fastest pacing mare ever bred in Canada, and one of the fastest that ever 
wore harness, is Matid Keswick, 2.().'5i,', that was recently sold by Ex-Ald. O. B. Shej)- 
|)ar<l, of Toronto, to ^L•. Brown, of Lexington This maic started the season of I!)().") a 
comparatively green |)r()spect, an<l went into winter (juarters that vear with a record 
of 2.().'5|, a notable achievement 

While the trio specially named arc the only Canadian-bred liaiiies> horses to take 
records better than ••,V04, tlicic arc many others with slower records that have helped 
to make turf history. Among these to mind are Free Hond, 2.04^; 'IVxas Hooker, 2.()5|; 
Geary, 2.()5|; Jubilee, 2.0().J; Darkey Ilal. 2()7-|: Charlie B, 2.()7'J: John McEwen, 
2,08^; Mattie Chimes, 2.()S{: Berthena Bars, 2(»i).i; Jerry Dillard, 2 ()!) f ; La 
Point, 2.09f, etc. Several of these have shown imich greater s|)eed tlian their 
records would indicate. For instance, the marc Darkey Ilal |)accd a trial in 1!)(I7 at 
Colnmbns, <Iiiiing the progress of tin- (nand Circuit meeting at that place, in 2.()3|; 



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John McEwen. owned l)y the well-known steeplecliase jockey, Xat Ray, of Toronto, 
paced a mile in piitilic in '2.04 at Poughkeepsie in 1907, and as the track there 
is not consider<'(i anywhere near a fast one, it looks like Nat's pacer could have paced 
the Columbus track in its best condition in '2.0'-2 or better. La Point has been many 
miles in her work around 2.05 over a mile ring, and 13ertliena Bars has shown 2.0G 
for a mile. 

Although none of the horses named have established world's records, if w^e except 
Angus Pointer's waggon record of '2.03^, Canada has the distinction of producing 
the holder of the three-year-old pacing record for a half-mile on a half-mile track. I'lie 
gelding Black Bird. "^.H!, created a world's record when he paced a half-mile in 1.04^ 
on the Exhibition track here in 1904. This record still stands, although it was equalled 
by the colt Ian Bar during the Canadian Circuit races at Stratford in 1907. Mr. Pierce, 
who trained and raced Ian Bar in that year, had a two-year-old in his stable that 
could pace a half close to 1.05, and he was contident there would be a new recoril for 
three-year-olds when the youngsters got to racing. 

In vears ijast numv trotters bred in Canada were able to go south aiul win on 
the big tracks, but oidy one was able to get into the charmed circle of select society, 
and that one is the gelding Wentworth, who took a record of '2.04^, the fastest ever 
obtained by a Canadian-bred. Wentworth was foaled in the vicinity of Hamilton, 
and was unbroken until five years old. He was sired by Superior, a stallion owned 
by the veteran Simon James, who, by the way, is still hale and hearty at his home 
below the mountain, although carrying the weight of more than fourscore years. It 
was ]\Ir. James' son, Havis, now recognized as the leading Canadian Knight of the 
Sulky, that first brought Wentworth into the limelight, winning many important races 
with the black gelding on the Grand Circuit. Among the back numbers, Alvin, 2.11; 
Geneva, '■2.11^, and Fides Stanton, 2.15, were the bright liglits. Later the trotters 
from this side to attract attention were Johnny, 2.12|; McAdams Jr., 2.12|; Larabie 
Rose, 2.14; Mary Scott, 2.14; Jennie Scott, 2.141; Othello, 2.14^, and Ayliffe, 2.161 
Of these, much was expected of the gelding Johnny, that is owned by the Brantford 
horsemen, Messrs. Hunt & Colter. At the beginning of the season of 1906 it was 
confidently thought by those on the inside that Johnny would return to winter quart- 
ers with a record of 2.0iS or better, but unfortuiuitclv the little trotter went wronir in 
one of his hind legs and did not get to race. The following winter he was started on 
the ice circuit, and made good in all the races, and in 1907 he was sent after the money 
on tracks in the United States after he had cleaned up the trotting stakes on the Cana- 
dian Circuit. Race after race was won by the Brantford trotter, and it was only when 
he measured strides with the fast flyers at Detroit, in the celebrated Merchants and 
Manufacturers' Stake, and at Columbus, that lie met witli defeat. 

Of the trotters in Canada to-day probably the fastest is the black gelding Othello, 
owned at Chatham. This horse has made but one start on the Grand Circuit, but 
in that he showed much better than a 2.10 trotter when he was second to Daniel at 
Columbus last fall in 2.()8|. Othello continues to be raced on the big tracks, and un- 
less all signs fail, another extremely fast trottcM- lias to be credited to Canada. 



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Another world's record that is held by a Canadian-bred, is that for trotters in a 
half-mile ice track. This is '■2. 19^, and was made during the winter of 1907-8 by the 
(jeldintr King Brvson. owned bv Mr. Samuel McBride. of Toronto, when he trotted 
at Plattsburg, N.Y., in a winning race. King Brvson went through the winter's racing 
with a jjlienonienal string of victories, winning many important races, and, judging 
bv the form shown in his earlv training, he is entitled to be considered one of the trot- 
ting stars on the Canadian tracks. 

Inextricably concerned with the progress of the harness horse in Canada is the 
enterprise shown by her largest breeders and owners, notably, that of Miss Wilks, of 
Cruickston Farm, Gait, and Mr. A. C. Maclaren. of Buckingham, Quel^ec. A general 
article, however, is not the place to deal with individual ventures. Still it is impos- 
sible to avoid paying respect in dealing with the subject to those who stand out so 
prominently as do Miss Wilks and Mr. Maclaren, the former as the owner of the 
one-lime champion two and three-year-old Kentucky Todd, !2.08f ; the ill-fated Sadie 
Mac, 5.00^; the stallion Mograzia. Oro Wilkes, and a hundred others; and the latter 
as the forerunner in a leading position primarily with the good race-horse and mag- 
nificent j)roducer Larabie the Great, 2. 12f. Nor should the enterprise be forgotten 
ill hy-gone days of such men as Angus Sinclair, of Roslyn stock farm, "Ansonia" 
Stewart, J. C. Dietrich, of Gait, and others. 

If we mistake not, harness racing has bright days before it in every province of 
Canada, for in every |)rovince both the trotter and the pacer are making great head- 
way. \Nliile the thoroughbred is practically unknown iti the Maritime Provinces, 
flic trotter and pacer are everywhere to be found, and no Fair is considered complete 
unless the liarnes< horsemen make bids for victoiv. This is true also as re<rards 
Manitoba, although here and in the Territories and in British Columbia the thorough- 
i)red is making considerable progress. But the great hold of the light harness horse 
lies in load lacing, and in the imiunierable driving clubs that have S])rung up, and 
are still springing up, all over the land 




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69 



EDWARD SELKIRK SKEAD 



EDWARD SELKIRK SKEAD. of Ottawa, is one of the best known horsemen 
at the eaj)ital of Canada. The son of the hite lion. James Skead. senator, who 
was one of the pioneers of tlie liiml)er business in the Ottawa valley, he was 
horn in Ottawa in 18.).). After a course at Upper Canada CoUeo-e. Toronto, he trav- 
elled for a year and then returned to Ottawa 
to enter upon his father's business, whieh 
he has since conducted successfully. 

Early in life he showed sincere affection 
for horses, which was accentuated when 
on his ninth birthday he received the jM-esent 
of a Shetland pony, which lived for thirty- 
two years, and was a favorite of two genera- 
tions. 

His i^rcatest ])leasure in life has been 
the following;- of the hounds, and even now 
he maintains his custom of ridino- to hounds 
on every possible occasion. Ilis favorite 
I hunter was a mare, Titula, which did yeo- 

■ man's service, won many steeplechases, and 

was finally killed while goiiio- throuoh a 
heavy field. Mr. Skead was in his youn<>er 
days a noted polo ])layer. 

He has been a familiar fioure at most 
of the leading horse shows, having driven 
many a prize-winner at Madison Square 
Carden, Philadelphia. Boston. Montreal and Toronto He has also been long 
regarded as an excellent judge of saddle horses and hunters, and when an opinion 
as to the purchase of a hunter is wanted he is looked to, owing to the rej)utation 
gained in judging this cla.ss of horses at the numerous shows on this continent. 

His stock-farm "Riverview." on the Aylmer road, is one of the best equii)ped 
m the Ottawa district. No lover of horses who goes to Ottawa returns home with- 
out visiting the Skead farm, and all who have any regard for man's best friend are 
assured of a coidial welcome from the genial host and his family, who are as 
enthusiastic lovers of the horse as is Mr Skead himself. 

Mr. Skead has always been ambitious to have a race track established at the 
Capital and has devoted considerable time furthering the scheme, offering his property 
on tin- Aylmer Road for llic |)nrp()sc at considerably lower price than the property 
was worth, and at time of writing it seems that Ottawa would at last have a race- 
track for thorouii'libreds. 







Ei'W.\KD Selkirk Skead 



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111 the ice meeting as well Mr. Skead has also taken a lively interest and is well 
known to iiorsemen both on this and the other side of the line. 

The j)ieture that accoin])anies this sketch is the heavy hunter Rnfus. l)OUi>ht as 
a green one by ]\Ir. Skea<l and developed by him till he was a ])ri/.e-winner in his 
class. Mr. Skeatl is a member of many of the social clubs at the Capital and is a 
great favorite among his fellow-clubmen. 




RUFUS, IIl-lAVVWEIGHT lIU.N'TliR 



Lovers of the Horse 



71 



GEORGE W. VERRAL 



TRULY one of the most rcinarkahly <|iii('t men in Canada is George William 
\ erral, of Toronto, wlio, althongh almost an oetooenarian, appears like a man 
ajjproachiiiii,' liis sixtieth instead of his eightieth year, for he stands erect, sees 
well, talks in a most entertaining fashion, and looks back with serene satisfaction upon 
a life characterized throughout by that usefulness which has been such a factor in men 
of his calling helj)ing to make Canada a nation. His contentment is emphasized by 
the fact that the good lady he married over half a century ago is still his able helj)mate, 
and the six daughters and two sons which blessed the union are all hale and hearty. 
Mr. Verral was the founder of the business now so widely known as the \'erral Transfer 
Co., and the story of tlio old gentleman's career is one that is calculated to inspire the 
young Canadian and spur to emulation. 

Mr. Verral was born at Seaford, Sussexshire, England, in March, 18"29. His 
fatiier, Dr. Charles \'erral, was a prominent physician, widely known in England as 
the inventor of the Prone Couch, a cure for spinal diseases, which was of such benefit 
to the community that the existing Prone Couch hospital in London was established 




George W. Verral 



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and was for a long time managed by a brother of the inventor, also a doctor. ]Mr. 
VerraTs grandfather on the paternal side was also a medical practitioner. On the 
maternal side the tjrandfather was a clerovman of the Church of Eniiland. One of 
Mr. \'(Mral"s prized possessions in his pretty residence at 43 Kendal Ave., Toronto, 
is a framed account from a Brighton paper of 1875, entitled " History of our Ancestors," 
devoting two columns of space in eulogy of the Verral family. 

Mr. Verral started out for himself in life early, lie was some years at a boarding 
school in Lewis. His father died when the lad was fourteen years of age. The ex- 
ecutors of the estate deemed it wise to send George to Canada, where his brother. Dr. 
Henrv \'erral. was practising at Goderich; so in \8i3 the boy came across the Atlantic 
in a sailing vessel, a "packet ship," reaching New York after a long and uneventful 
passage. It took him a week to get from New York to Toronto. The New York 
Central Ry. was then in course of construction, and young \ Crral, to get to Toronto, 
had to take a small steamer up the Hudson as far as Albany. Then he travelled by 
canal boat to Rochester, anfl from there came across Lake Ontario, on the little steamer 
Ruchc'^tcr. to Toronto. I'he lad was of a courageous nature and decided to dejjend 
entirely upon ins own etforts to mould his future. His tirst occujjation was garden- 
ing, wliicli did iiim good, and is ])ro])abiy responsible for his husky frame and bright 
intellect t()-(lav. 'l^lien he went into the employment of a Mr. Sams, who conducted 
a store on King St., Toronto. Mr. Sams was a famous English cricketer, from Brighton, 
and was well ac(|uainted with the Verral family in the old land. Young Verral was 
very satisfactory. l)ut the end of his career as a store assistant came under tragic aus- 
pices. Mr. Sams went to meet the steamer at the old wharf, foot of Yonge St., to get 
some goods. He stood too close to the edge of the dock, and the fender of the steamer 
struck him, causing liis death. At this time. Mr. Verral was about twenty years old and. 
seeing tiic ()|)|)()rtuiiities open tor the success of a livery liusincss, he went into partner- 
shi|) with Mr. Farley and opened an establishment on ^ Ork St., a site now occupied 
bv a portion of the Rossiii F louse. In connection with this business, he becanu> inti- 
mately acquainted with ollicials engaged in the construction of the (irand Trunk Rail- 
way. Mr. Tait, superintendent of the building of tlic line east of Toronto, was 
impressed with the young man's ability, and iiKhiccd hiui to accept a |)osition on the 
survevs. He was enfraii'ed in railroad work tor al)out five vears. when the work was 
completed. At the conclusion of the fourth year of this service he was offered the 
position of .station master at Whitby, but declined it, on the representations of his 
friends in authority, who said that when the load was coniplcte<l there would l)e far 
better positions which Mr. \'erral would be capable of filling. However, changes were 
made in the management, and the new faces in charge were strangers from the Old 
Country, and the good jolj did not niateriali/.e. Then Mr. \(M'ral went back to the 
livery business. He was always foTid of horses and by this time was well known in 
the community. He established a stable at the south-east corner of Wellington and 
York Sts., but the property was sold and is now the land upon which the Toronto 
Club stands. Then Mr. Verral moved to Front St., o|)posite the Custom House, 



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l)iit faiK-ied getting further west, so he hought property on WelHngton St., lietween 
Simcoe and John Sts. He built hirge stables on iNlercer St. and also erected a comfortable 
residence near by. This j)roperty he occupied for nearly forty years. About fourteen 
years ago he sold out to the \'crral Co.. of which his two sons, George and Charles, are 
the guiding spirits of to-day, and arc in control of an enormous business. 

]Mr. ^'erral was for years active in municipal politics. His fellow-citizens appre- 
ciated his energy and ability to give the nuinicij)ality good service, and for ten years, 
continuously, honored him by returning him as Alderman. For seven of these years 
he sat for old St. George's Ward, and then, when that district was incorporated in the 
new system of wartls and was part of Ward Four, he was elected for each of the next 
three years. For several years he was chairman of the Market and License Com- 
mittee and also sat upon the Board of Harbor Commissioners. Though now out of 
all kinds of politics, he is yet an ardent champion of every matter he considers in the 
welfare of the city and country, and he still has a fondness for his old friends, the horses, 
and the livery business in particular. 'Sir. Verral says that he never had time to go in 
for show horses. His fancy was a good, strong livery horse, and there is no better 
judge of such anywhere. INlr. Verral has been an enthusiast in Masonic circles and is 
a member of the Sons of England. He is an energetic adherent of the Church of Eng- 
land and was for several years a meml)er of the Anglican Synod. He was married 
in Toronto, fifty-three years ago, to Miss Anne Farley, and the union has proved a 
most happy one. It is a source of congratulation that the hand of death has not nuide 
any gaps in his large family. Mr. Verral mentions with pride that he was himself one 
of a family of twelve — nine girls and three boys. Only two survive, himself and a sister 
eighty-nine years of age, resident in London, Englantl. Mr. \'errars eldest son. George, 
is well known in Ontario political circles. In the Provincial election of lOO-i, he was the 
Liberal candidate defeated in West York by the late Hon. J. W. St. John, Speaker 
of the Local House. Both he and his brother are bright business men, with an in- 
herited capacity for work and keen business instinct bound to culminate in success. 
Recently they have added to their facilities half-a-dozen hue motor tallyhos, which 
are very popular with tourists on the rounds "Seeing Toronto.'" Mr. Verral is justly 
proud of his boys, and their ivish that the old gentleman may still be spared for many 
years is echoed by thousands of people who have enjoyed his acquaintance. He says 
his working davs are over. but. nevertheless, he alwavs hmls somethino; useful to do 



somewhere. 



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POLO IN CANADA 

AXCIEXT a game as Polo is, it has not as yet taken what miglit be called a very 
enijjliatic hold upon Canatla. It made its appearance in the West somewhere 
around 1889, when some officers and young Englishmen took the game uj) and 
established teams at High River and Calgary. (Iradually more teams were organized, 
amono- them one each at Sheej) Creek. Cochrane and Pincher Creek, the advance guard 
being usuallv voung Englishmen who had gone in for ranching. Before long Can- 
adians took kindly to the game and at this time Alberta alone can boast fourteen strong 
teams. 

Lieutenant-Colonel Williams, at present Commander of the Royal Canadian 
Dragoons, was one of the earliest to exhibit a penchant for the game, and when, in 1900, 
he found himself in Winni})eg, he at once proceeded to organize a club there. Unfor- 
tunatelv, this clul) was not of long duration, but a couple of years ago another clul) was 
formed in the Prairie City, and this year it is pro])osed to hold a tournament, if not on 
as aml)itions a scale as the l)onspiel held in the winter annually, at any rate in a manner 
more liberal, and even generous, than has characterized any tournament in Eastern 
Canada. Teams are also to be found at Qu'Appelle, Indian Head, and one or two 
dIIh r |.!;h(> in Manitoba. The Western clubs have held a tournament anmuUly since 
the introduction of the gaTue. Xi'w l)lood is continually going in and. the country 
being well adapted for the sport, young men of the territory soon acquit themselves 
well and, as we have seen on several occasions, have rather the best of their friendly 
rivals in Ontario and (^uei)ec. On several occasions teams from Alberta have visited 
Toronto and Montreal and the high standard of play shown by them has greatly 
helped the game in Eastern Canada. As regards ponies, the majority used are from 
our own Northwest, and although some have been imported the native-born have 
usually proved the l)('st. 

In 1901, Colonel Lessard, C. P.. then commanding the Royal CaTiadian Dragoons, 
determined to organize a club in Toronto, and having a pronounced disposition to put 
his ideas into practical and businesslike (^tfect, proceeded to the west in search of the 
ref|uisite jXHiies. He returned with al)i)ut thirty, which were s])eedily taken u|> by 
gentlemen who had l)een attracted liy the new game. As in all matters involving 
equestrianism, the Hunt Club immediately fell in with the Colonel's views and formed, 
if not a numerically strong branch, at least an association that made up in entiuisiasm 
anv deficiencv in numbers. Mr. .1. Kerr Osborne became the liist President of the 
Toronto Hunt Polo Club, and Colonel Lessard. Ca|)lain. 

In the same year Montreal organized a club, with Lieutenant-Colonel Meighen 
as President and Doctors C. Simard and Mignault as strong suj)j)orters. Mr. Alfred 
O. Peardmore was kind enough to present a cup for play between the Montreal and 
'J'oronto Clubs. This comjjetition has taken place annually since 19()'2, Montreal 
having won the trophy twice and Toronto four times. In 190;! the Toronto Club 
oriranized an International Tournament, and presented a tronhv to be known as the 



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Interiiatioiuil ('u[). 'lliis cui) was played for hy American and Canadian teams an- 
inially, bnt Rochester, N.Y., proved the best by beating Toronto thi-ee years running 
and winning the cup outright. Another gold cup was presented bv the kite Mr. J. 
G. Averil, of Rocliester, N.Y., to be competed for on the same conditions as the Inter- 
national Cup presented by the Toronto Club. This trophy has been won two years 
in succession by the Toronto Hunt Club team and it is now in tlieir possession. 

In the 1002 tournament, held in Toronto. High River, Rochester, Montreal and 
Toronto comj)eted. High River, the members of which team plaved a spanking, reso- 
lute game all through, won tolerably easily. In 1905 the second tournament was held 
in Toronto, with the same team competing and Buffalo as an addition. The Hio-h 
River quartette again proved themselves expert at the game and again won. During 
this tournament a match was made between Elastern and Western plavers, and the 
latter won. In 1!)0(5 a tournament was held in Montreal, the competitors l)eing Calgary, 
Montreal, Toronto and Kingston. The Limestone City team, it should be mentioned, 
organized by that ever unwearied enthusiast. Lieutenant-Colonel Williams, made its 
(Ichiif at this tournament, and although the gentlemen of the team gave a creditable 
account of themselves. Toronto came out victorious. It should have been mentioned 
that prior to this, in 1!)()5. the year the Kingston Club was formed, a second club, 
called the Back River, was organized in Montreal, Major George Hooper being the 
moving spirit. 

In 1907 Montreal beat the Toronto Club and won the Beardmore cup, making 
that city's team a second time winner. 

In 1904' the Eastern Canadian Polo Association was organized, with Lieutenant- 
Colonel Williams as the first President. 'Ilie Montreal and Toronto Clubs were the 
sole members at first, l>ut since they have been joined by Back River and Kingston, 
and have some hopes of Hamilton and Ottawa coming into line. All Polo tournaments 
in Eastern Canada are held under this Association, of which Lieutenant-Colonel Wil- 
liams is still President, Lieutenant-Colonel ^Nleighen. of Montreal, being \'ice-Presi- 
dent, and Major Elmsley, Secretary -Treasurer. An Executive Committee is formed 
of two meml)ers from each team. 

Colonel Lessard. whose removal from Toronto to the Military Headquarters at 
Ottawa, everybody in the former city greatly regretted, at latest advices was taking an 
active part in forming a club at the Capital. An organization is also in progress at 
(Quebec. 

Uj) to 190(5, Quebec, although a strong military centre, had not seen the game 
played, but in that year two Montreal teams went to the ancient ('apital and played 
an exhibition match before two thousand people. 

Toronto's first experience was somewhat after the fashion of Quebec's. In 1902 

a couple of teams, under the direction of the late Harry Ilandin, visited the citv and 

played an exhibition game during the holding of the Exhibition in the old horse-ring. 

It is rather singular, considering the enthusiasm that was manifested then, that 

eight years should have b(HMi allowed to elapse before anything was done to organize a 



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Polo (III]) ;it tlic ra])ital of Ontario. However, now that the game has got a firm 
hold there, and is in the hands of men like Colonel Williams, who are indefatigable 
in anvthing thev undertake, the game is hound to ])ush rapidly aliead. A Polo 'I'ourna- 
uicut is held in Toronto in the latter jxirt of Se]>tend)er. In addition, other matches 
are arranged for a beautiful cup, presented by Lieut. -Colonel Meighen. of Montreal, 
to the 'I'oronto Hunt Club for annual competition on their grounds, which, by the way, 
e\|)erts declare are among the best, if not the very best, on this continent. The 
Toronto Clul) |)resents pewters to the winning team. 

The Ontario Jockey Club has al.so shown an interest in the game by having a ground 
made in the eastern section of the enclosure formed by its splendid mile track. Un- 
doubtedly during this and coming years, this new ground will l)e the scene of many 
iiupoi'taut matches. 

Montreal, in 1!)()7. had a most successful season, not only winning the Canadian 
Chamj)ionslii|) from Toronto. l)nt also coming out ahead in the "(Irand Union" Tour- 
nament at Saratoga. \.Y.. and only missing the "United States" 'l\)urnameut at the 
same place by three-<|uarters of a goal. Montreal, however, had the good luck to 
.secure two most excellent plavcrs in Messrs. Heiuw Robertson and .lustine Freeman, 
gcntlcnicn who a(((nircd their knowledge of the game in the west, and who had 
previously tigurcd on victorious teams, representing High liiver, at tournaments both 
in 'Toronto and in Montreal. Captain Pickering is another splendid |)layer that 
Montreal has had the good luck to i-nlist. 'These three, and Lieutenant-C^olouel 
Meighen, made u|) the team that won at Saratoga, as well as in the other matclu's in 
which Montreal successfully competed in 1!)07. .Vs regards the general history of the 
game at the Commercial Caj)ital of Canada it should be mentioned that the Montreal 
Club was organized in 1!)()1 and has made continual progress. Of 11 matches played 
in 1!)()7 tlu' Club won !). It was the (iist Canadian ("lub to send a team to take |)art 
ill a regulai' American Polo 'Tournament held under the auspices of the American 
I'olo Association. 

I'lie Western i'olo Association has a vigoi'ous existence, bt-iug al)le to l)oast moi"e 
clubs than any other Polo Association in the Dominion. Its membership is fourteen 
(ir fil'teen. I'nder its auspices a toiirnaineiit was held in \\ inni|)eg in 1!)()7, when 
High Itivcr, with unrivalled consistency, won. 'Th(> competitors, besides Winnipeg 
and High River, were (^uAppelle, Indian Head and Souris. 

\[ present the President of the 'Toronto Hunt Polo Club is Mr. Alfred Reardmore, 
\\\i(> |)re.sented the fiist cup. with Colonel Williams, Captain; Ca])taiu Douglas Young, 
Secretary-Treasurer, and Major Klmsley, Captain Strauben/.ie. Messrs. I). AV. Raxter 
and Ewart Osborne, members of the Kxecutive. A moving spirit in the progress of 
Polo in 'Toronto, has been Dr. Cam|)bell Meyers, to whom, and to the HuTit CHub, 
admirers of the ancient game in the (^ucen (ity of Canada owe a great <leal. 



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77 



SENATOR ROBERT BEITH 

CAXADIAXS have every reason to l)e proud of Senator Robert Beith. who is prob- 
ably one of the best known liorsemen on this continent. Senator Beith has to 
liis credit more prize ribl)ons than any other breeder of Hackneys, as well as 
having the (Hstinctiou of being the only Canadian to win championships at the World's 
Fair shows, both at Chicago and St. Louis. 

He has paid particular attention to the horse the greater part of his life. Having 

" :it Bowmanville, Ontaiio. he not only pays 



a stock farm, which is ki 



lown as 



"AV 



averlv. 




Champion- Hackney Stallion-, Gripthorpe Playmate. Property of Senator Robert Beith 

attention to the breeding of Hackneys, but in a small wav to CIvdcsdales. and has also 
won prize ribbons with this class of horses. 

Mr. Beith has never taken up any other l)usiness than farming and stock raising. 
In this he has been most successful, even fi-om the beginning. He has raised man*\' 
a prize-winner at his farm, and is more piond of tins than of winning with his 
importations. 



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Robert Beith was born in Darlington Townshi]) in the year IS-i,'?. l)einii' tlie son 
of Alexander Beitli, of Aro-yleshire, Scotland. After taking a prominent part in poli- 
tics for vears. he was apjjointed to the Senate in the year 1907. and is now looked on as 
one of the stalwarts of the Liberal party. 

When Mr. Beith was abont twenty years of age he l)ranclied ont as a horseman. 
The orreatest victory ever scored bv ]\Ir. Beith was when he won the championshii) at the 
World's Fair at riiicaoo in IS!).'? with Jubilee Chief. The next oroat victory was when 
Saxon, another Hackney stallion, won the. same honors at the World's Fair at St. Louis. 
This pair won innumerable ribbons, and were sold for a big price to Americans. Two 
other good ones owned by Mr. Beith were (Jrij)thorpe Playmate and Robin Adair. These 
were also great prize-winners. The horse Saxon lirought the largest price ever ])aid 
for a Canadian-owned horse sold at public auction, as he brought the sum of five thou- 
.sand five hundred dollars. Mr. Beith manages his own stable, and makes all his own 
selections when he imports English-bred ones. He is of a genial (lis|)osition, but 
very modest in his manner when s])eaking of himself or his many victories in the 
show ring. 



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79 




1 HE Club-house of the Montreal Jockey Club 



MONTREAL JOCKEY CLUB 

IT is no stretch of imagination to say that the new race-course at Bhie Bonnets, 
the home of the Montreal Jockey Chih, is the finest and tlie most up-to-date 
in the Dominion of Canada. Nature, money and brains have been united 
into a combination which has given the pubhc of Eastern Cana(hi. and Montreal 
particularly, an ideal resort for the "sport of kings." Of all its improvements that 
have marked the progress of the Province of Quebec and tlie City of ^Montreal, none 
will prove of more benefit than the formation of the Montreal Jockey Club and the 
building of such a first-class track. Its benefit will be felt more in the years to come 
than at the time of writing. The plant is l)eautifully situated west of the moun- 
tain, consisting of one hundred and seventy acres of most fertile ground, being conven- 
iently accessible to the city, and reached either by the street cars or by railway. The 
circumference of the track is one and one-eighth miles with two chutes, one for the 
mile, and the other for the seven furlongs races. The home stretch is a 
particularly long one, being nearly three-eighths of a mile in length, which is beneficial 



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to racing from every standpoint. The widtli of the course is over a hundred feet, 
which does away witli all possible danger of accidents so common on the turns of 
narrow tracks. At the Hnishing wire there is a first-class stand with a seating ca})acity 
of four thousand, and a most u]j-to-date clul)-house and lawn for the use of the mem- 
bers. At the other end of the stand is the rotunda, while directly behind the club-house 
is the saddling paddock, wliicii att'ords accommodation for as many as twenty horses 
at a time. The saddling ])addock consists of an L-shaped building with twenty stalls. 
The stabling accommotlation has been increased until there is now accommodation 
for at least six hundred horses. 

The race track proper will in future years make the place famous. The soil is 
of such a nature that great s])eed must necessarily be the outcome, and what with its 
chutes, long stretches, great radius, and beautifully banked curves. Blue Bonnets is 
certainly made to order as a safe and speedy track. This also applies to the steeple- 
chase cour.se, which is as level as the proverbial billiard table. Those who have 
ridden over it. and who should know, claim it is unsur|)asse(l. 

One of the good features of the place is the electric light plant which has l)een 
installed, doing away with all danger from fire around the stables and building. A 
telephone .system was also installed, so that the stewards in their ofhcial caj)acity can 
communicate with every |)()rti()n of the jiark. This also applies to the starting points, 
no matter from what |)ortion of the grounds the thoroughbreds line up. 

The citizens of Montreal and vicinity are to be congi-atulated. not only for having 
such a sj)len(li(l ])lace for testing the speed of the noblest of all animals, the 
thorou'dibred, l)ut also because those who are at the helm of this worthy enterprise 
are •'■entlemeu of such gemiine enthusiasm and undoubted probity as must compel 
the heartv co-operation of the public, which will make Montreal a great racing centre. 

'I'iie ]>roject of organizing a jockey club and constructing a racing {)lant was first 
taken up by John !■". Hyan in September, l!)0."i. The liisl nionlli was devoted to in- 
nunierablc trip> in search of a suitable sit(>. and tlie ground now owned by the Club 
was selected bv him after several other sites had Ix-en looked over, not only because it 
was geographically as near the centre of the island as possible, iiut because the 
faciliti<'s for transportation from Montreal and outside |)oiiils were most superb. 'I^'he 
option on till- property was secured in October, li)()."i, by I'. M. Fenny and John F. 
Uvan, aiifl in November a charter was secured, when the new organization was named 
the Montreal Jockev Club, Limited. The charter menib(>rs were Frank S. Meaghen, 
John iiodin. (J. W. Stei)liens, James Carruthers, Welton C. i'ercy, John F. Ryan, 
and 1*. M. Fenny. Tlie ca|)ital stock was fixed at $->.5(),()0(l, <liyided into ',>..)(»(» 
shares at $100 each. 

Next came the election of officers at a meeting of the provisional directors in De- 
cember. Sir II. Montagu .\llan was unanimously elected president; The Honorable 
Juilge Ilobidoux and W. 1'. Higgs, vice-])residents: John I'". Ryan, general managei', 
iind the following executive committee appointed: Sii- IF Montagu Allan, Welton (J. 
I'ercy, James Carruthers. Colin Campbell and John Moden. 



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])uriiif»; the same niontli the land held under option hy Mr. Ryan was turned 
over to the Montreal Jockey Clul), a prospectus was issued, and subscriptions 
solicited, with such success that Montreal was admitted to the second circuit, and it 
was decided to race under the rules of The Jockey ('luh of New York. In June, 
in()(), operations were commenced on the plant, and throughout the summer the 
weather was so favorable to progress that by October of the same year the Montreal 
Hunt Club and the Foxhunters' Association were able to hold their hunt meetinjrs at 
the new course. 

A complete waterworks system was installed, by which artesian water is now 
distributed to all of the buildings, including the stables. Splendid roadways have been 
constructed to the course, making it accessible by carriage or automobiles from all 
parts of Montreal. 

The new course is most pleasing to the eye. There are trees in abundance, of 
oak. elm and maple, an attractive grove of these being immediately in the rear of 
the grand-stand. Mount Royal looms up beyond the l)ack stretch, with the citv 
creeping up its terraced sides. The paddock and lawns are extensive, while the 
space in front of the stand is banked uj>, giving an uninterrupted view of every race 
by those preferring to stand on the ground. 

The buildings are of tlie old French and Colonial style, with spacious balconies 
looking on to the track as well as the paddock. The clul) house is luxuriously fur- 
nished and decorated, and is by far the most complete structure of its kind in Canada. 

The first meeting of the Montreal Jockey Club was held during June, 1907, with 
the following officials and directors: President, Sir II. Montagu Allan; vice-presidents, 
Hon. J. E. Robidoux. William P. Riggs; directors, James Carruthers, Colin Campbell. 
Hugh Pr.ton. Major (ieo. Hooper. Bartlett McLennan. Hugh A. Allan. O. E. Ogilvie, 
Welton C. Percy. John Bo'len. Dr. Charles McEachren, Hon. J. P. B. Casgrain, Hart- 
land B. McUougall; executive committee. Sir H. Montagu Allan, James Carruthers, 
Colin Campbell, Welton C. Percy and John Boden; John F. Ryan, general manager; 
W. Northy, secretary-treasurer. 

The inaugural meeting proved a marked success from every standpoint, and for 
a new track it was surprising the time that was made in the ditferent trials of speetl. 
The attendance was much larger than was anticipated by the most sanguine of the 
directors or shareholders. The j)urses were most attractive in size for an openinc 
meeting, and brought horses to Canada whose owners had never raced here before. 

It was decided to hold another meeting in the fall, which was even more success- 
ful from a racing standpoint, in this first year of its existence the Club paid out in 
stakes and purses to owners $7G.27.5. 

A word must be said about the officials and directors. They spared nothiu"' to 
make the first year a successful one, and their work will long live as a monument 
in the racing world. Each and every horseman left Montreal loud in praise of the 
course and the trcalnicnt r(>ceivi'd. .\ reniarkalile feature was that Montreal paid 
financially the first year, which was never known in the history of racins' before. 



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Montreal Polo Team 



P 



MONTREAL POLO CLUB 

()!,() is ,1 fjrnnd o;aiiH' i'or \\\v (It'velopiiient of dash, vioor and daring-. It is 
also an intriTsling f^'ainc to watcli. 'V\\v Montreal I'olo ( Muh is the ohlest in (^nc- 



bec Province, and one of the 



in 



the Dominion of Canachi, havino' i)ee 



first oriinnized ni 



snninier of i,S!>!). with uronnds at Si. Lanihert. These oTonnds 



are as ijood as anv on the I'ontinent of America, and are hcantifnlly sitnatcd witliin a 
sliort distance of the centre of the Island of Montreal. They can be easily reaehed. 
and members are most regular in attendance during the ])olo season. The Montreal 
Polo Club is largely responsible for the game being played in both Ontario and (Quebec, 
for it was the first to show any travelling enterprise. Formed from niend)ers of the 
Canadian Hunt Club, the mcnd)ershi]) list for the first couple of seasons was a small 
one; each year, however, the roll has increased until the Club is now a flourishing 
orfi^anization known not onK to Canadians, but to the nolo olaxcrs of the Cnited States. 
This Club has the proud di>line|ion of having been the first Canadian polo club to send 
rci)resentatives to tlie tournament at Saratoga, the honu^ of polo in the Cnited States. 
Montreal was re])resentcd at this tournament in the yeai' IDO'^ for the first time, and 
did remarkably well, winning all but one of the games in wliieli I hey competed. 



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Many matches are played each .season, and in 1!>()7 the Montreal men jjroved their 
caHhre hy defeatin<;- all of the other Canadian Polo C'lnbs they met, thus undeniably 
establishing a claim to the title of Canadian champions for that season. 

To ]Mr. George A. Simard must be given credit for the existence of the Montreal 
Polo Club. He was the first President, and the first matches were |)laved at his farm. 
In the summer of IS!)!) Mr. Simard imjjorted a carload of polo ponies from the far 
West that had not even l)een halter broken. They were brought to ^[ontreal and the 
most likely selected and given over to a breaker for education. 

During the summer of 1900, a field was pre])ared and practicing commenced. 
This continued, and by the end of tlu' season the players were readv to make a 
creditable showing for a new organization. Officers were elected by the Club, with 
yir. Simard as the President. 

The original members of the Club were: Geo. A. Simard, Doctor Mignault. P. 
A. Beaudoine, Archibald Allan, and Col. Meagh;in. The.se gentlemen made up the 
team from year to year and have played the majority of the matches. The greatest 
change came to tlie team in the season of 1!)07, when the quartette consistefl of Messrs. 
Robertson and Freeman. Captain Pickering and Col. Meaghan. T\w Club has always 
been noted for the good jxtnies owned by the members. They are well looked after, 
the members going so far as to rival one another in .securing the best each season. 
This has contributed largely to the success of the Club both at home and abroad, for 
a handy, clever pony is as necessary as a good man. 

Messrs. Freeman and Robertson and Captain Pickering learned to ])lav the game 
before coming to Montreal, while the other members of the Club U-arned to plav it on 
the grounds of the Club. Captain Pickering ])icked up the game in England and Scot- 
land, while both Mr. Robert.son and Mr. Freeman learned to i)lay in the far West, they 
at one time being members of the famous High River Club. Col. Meaghan and Mr. 
Simard. the two oldest meml)ers of the Clul), arc taking an active part to-dav. .\11 
are well-known horsemen and show great skill at riding. 'Hiev are members of 
the Canadian Hunt Club, and take a great interest in the welfare of the horse. 

Out of the Montreal Polo Club sprang the Back River Club, with grounds at 
Cartierville, and which is now a well-known organization. 




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Mk. J. C. Watson on Otraissa. Going to the Post. Montreal Hunt Cup Steeplechase. September 14rn, 1907 



JOHN C. WATSON 

OXK of the Itrio-litcst voiiiiii' iHirsciiicii In tin- I'rovincc of (^uclicc is Mr. .loliii ('. 
Wiitsoii. He is well known as a reinsnian. as well as a nervy and fearless rider, 
ininiia prominent nienil)erof and one of tlie re<i;ulars at the Montreal Ilnnt. In 
the show rin^ very few snrpass him, while as a steeplechase rider he has won many events. 

lie developed the art of ridinn- when only a hoy, and hy paying |)arlicnlar atten- 
tion to it has become a master e((uestrian. He was one of the orioinal nicniliers of 
the Montreal Polo ("hih. and when the Back itiver Clnh was formed he joined 
tliem, and is one of their best players, lie has Ix'cn associated with the horse 
more or le.ss all of his life, having his initial mount at the liist liorsc show held in 
Montreal. Since that time he has ridden at Montreal. Madison S(|nai'e (iardens, 
Moston and Toronto, winnintr a irood share of ribbons. 

Horn in Montreal, Mr. Watson has always made liis home there, lie em- 
barked in the brokerage business, and soon Ijecame prominent. He is a general all- 
ronnd favorite, and his stable is .seldom or never without a classy hunter and a first-class 
string of |»oli) ponies. 



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PERCY FORBES MATHIAS 



THE lumor of winning the first race over tlie new Blue Bonnets course at 
Montreal fell to Mr. Percy Forbes ISIathias. There is probably no better known 
or more admired gentleman rider in the Provinces of Quebec or Ontario than 
Mr. Mathias. who has shown an interest in the hor.se for many years. He has done 
all within his ])ower to further tlie sport, giving up a great deal of his time to it. He 
is not only known in Canada but throughout the United States, and has ridden on the 
majority of the tracks for the love of the s])ort, and not for any financial gain. 

A record of five victories out of seven starts on the ^Montreal Club's course at Blue 
Bonnets is one that will not be equalled 
in some time to con.e, and this is held 
by the subject of this sketch. The first 
race won on this track by Mr. INlathias 
was with the mare Kathleen, owned by 
Mr. C. S. Campbell, K.C., it being over 
a distance of a mile. The next was at 
the inaugural meeting of the Montreal 
Jockey Clul) in the spring of 1907, on 
Peter Knight, owned bv W. Keating;. 
This victory was repeated later on with 
the same horse. The next was on Kum- 
shaw, owned by H. Higginson, while the 
other victory was on Brick Top, owned 
by Dr. McEachren. Mr. Mathias also 
finished second with Peter Knight at the 
same meeting. 

Mr. [Mathias" first start in the racinir 
world was when he owned The Bah- 
squada. It was on this mare that he rode 
his first race, and finished second in a 
field of .seven starters, being the onlv 
gentleman rider uj). He is one of the 
oldest members of the Montreal Hunt, 
and can be fountl regularly at the runs. 

Mr. Mathias is the son of ^NFajor 
Mathias, of ^Melbourne, P.Q., having been born at Moh 

Canada thirty years ago with his parents. He went into the insurance business in 
Montreal some years ago and at the time of writing is one of Montreal's brightest 
l>usiness men. He has been connected with the Norwich Union Fire Insurance 
Society for a number of years, being one of the society's special agents. Mr. Mathias 
was married in the fall of 1907 and makes his home in Montreal. He is a member of 
the St. James Club, as well as of manv of the other organizations of Montreal. 




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< )TTAWA Hunt Club Pack 

OTTAWA HUNT CLUB 

IT tiijiv l)c said without fear of foiitradictioii that few oroanizations in Canada 
liave met with more ])ro.sj)erit_v tlian the Ottawa Hunt (Muh. Even thou<;li it 

is scarcely old cnou":}! in years to possess what mioht be called a history, it is 
already thrivin<i-. and tlirivino- well, \vnvs ayo there was an organization of a similar 
character formed durin<f the rcf/lmc as (iovernor-Cieneral of Earl DufVerin, and 
rememhered still for the particular fact that at that time Earl Dutferin donated one 
cup and the Rideau ("luh another for the annual competitions. F^ven yet the cups are 
eagerly sought for. but as the condition attached was that each one should be won 
three times consecutively, it is scarcely necessary to say that they are still in the pos- 
session of the Clul). Such is the uncertainty of horses and of riders. 

Until a few years ago. as has been intinuited. the horse-lovers of the Capital 
were without an organization. It was in the spring of !!)()(» that Dr. Webster, the pres- 
ent master of the Club, conceived tiie idea of getting llic horsemen and horsewomen 
together, and then was formetl a riding club. It was decided at the inaugural meet- 
inir to do .some cross-countrv ridin": on Saturday afternoons. Soon after it was pro- 
posed to buy .some hounds, and the farmers in the surrounding country were inter- 



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viewed with tlie object of securing- permission to ride over tlieir lands. This, need- 
less to say, was soon secnred, and the Ckil) settled down to Inisiness. 

At the moment, Elarl (Jrey. the (iovernor-(!eneral, was in Western (^anada, hut 
u]K)n his return he identified himself actively with the Club, and gave it a great deal of 
encouragement. The pack was increased to seven couples of hounds, and the Club 
was organized shortly afterwards on a regidar basis with Earl Grey as Honorary Presi- 
dent, A[r. J. W. Woods as President and Air. W. (1. Charleson as Secretary. The hunts 
were held regularly on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and gradually the field was in- 
creased to thirty riders. In 1907 it was decided to buy a permanent home, and the 
Upton Farm, consisting of KiO acres on the Bowesville road, was purchasetl. Members 
of the Club were solicited to take stock, and within the almost incredible time of two 
weeks the sum of $10, 000 was raised. The Club has since erected an extensive 
kennel and bungalow. A hunt steeplechase course has also been laid out. In 1907 
the pack was increased to twenty couples, and more gratifying still, the membership 
roll has been increased until it is now ISO. It is believed that the hunts are attended 
by the largest fields in Canada at the present time, since it is seldom that less than 
fifty riders turn out. 

The Club certainly is in an enviable position at the present moment, and the interest 
is continually on the increase. 'V\\v membership is growing steadily, and the s}K)rt, to 
express it mildly, has taken a firm hold. Earl (jrey is one of the keenest supporters 
of the Clul), and all the other officers are cfjually energetic. Outside of those who are 
personally res|)onsil)le for the conduct of affairs, the private members are keen 
enthusiasts, and, so far as they are called upon, do everything to promote the 
interests of the organization. 

In 1907 the officers were: Patron, Earl Grey; President. INIr. J. W. Woods; Master, 
Dr. R. E. Webster; Secretary, Mr. W. (i. Charleson; Executive Committee, Colonel J. 
Ilanbury Williams. C.M.C;.; C. Berkeley Powell. E. S. Skead. J. L. Garland, J. K. 
Paisley, Major Vernon Eaton. Major A. 11. Pauet. Dr. I). T. Snu'th. Hugh Carson, 
Hector Verrett. J. B. Duford. and W. B. Sinclair. 



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JOHN F. RYAN 



To Joliii Francis Ryan, tlie subject of this sketch, is due a yreat deal oi' the prog- 
ress in tlie racing of tlioroughhreds in this country. lie has from liis school- 
li()\ (la\s ])aid more or k\ss attention to the thoroughl)red, and it was tlirough 
his efforts that the Montreal Jockey ("lul> was formed. 'I'hat it will lieconie famous in 
tlie years to come, and long live as a nionunient to its founder, is now beyond a shadow 
of doubt. Ft was through Mr. Ryan that the newspapers of Toronto tirst |)aid {)artic- 
uhir attention to the racing at Woodl)ine, and through liim that tlie idea of giving ac- 
counts of the early morning trials at th(> 
track were taken up. This was sokdy 
,Mid piuciy iiis original idea in Canada, 
and ii\ getting the ])ul)lic interested in 
the actual doings oF horses it is still per- 
haps the greatest nuignet in gaining 
patrons foi' the sport. 

Mr. Ryan always i-atcicd lo the 
horsemen and is looked on as one of the 
greatest of turf authorities at the present 
time, lie has devoted many years of 
his life to this work, being most success- 
ful in all of his ventures, the greatest of 
all being the founding of the Montreal 
Jockey ( lub. 

Mr. RvaTi is a Canadian by birth, 
and is proud of the fact. He was born 
at (Teortretow u. Ontario, in the \car 
iS't. beini;- e<ln(aled at the Bram|)ton 
Collegiate Institute and the ( ieorgetown 
High School. His lirsl step in life for 
hiniM'lf was when he accepted a position 
on the i-e|)orting sfalf of the Toroiihi 
World, where he (piickly showe(| his 
abilitv as a newspapcM- man. Ilis articles 
were all of thi' brightest, while he proved 
hiin.self a great news gatherer. His next move was when he oecuijied the position of 
.sporting editor of the lOronto Sf(i)\ which jiosition he held for six years. 

Ilis first start as a turf writer was made on the Star. From the Star he went to 
the middle west, and soutiicrn racing circuit as the representative of the Ihijjalo Courier 
and Sew York Daily America, at that time the great Inrf |)aper of the continent. Mr. 
Rvan remained with the haHij America until it was purchased by the late \\ . C. 
Whitney, and amalgamated with the Acw Yorl: Telegraph. On the amalgamation 




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of these two papers, ]\lr. liynii was sent to the south again to do the turf work for 
the Xeiv York- Telegraph, with which pa])er he remained until lie went as assistant to 
Jolni Hoch'u. who liolds the position of racing- secretary of the Brighton Beach 
Racinii- Association, the Marvhind Jockey Club, the Montreal Jockey Club, and the 
State Racing Commission of Ne\y York. 

Dui-ing a meeting at Providence the matter of forming a new jockey club to fill up 
time between the closing of the Canadian tracks and the opening of the American 
tracks was discussed, and Mr. Ryan immediately saw a chance and suggested 
Montreal as the jjiace. 'i'he idea was not any too well thought of at first, but he 
decided to go ahead alone. 

In the year 190.) Mr. Ryan came to Montreal for the purpose of organizing a 
jockey club. Montrealers took hold of the idea readily, and proyed so anxious for 
the chance that Mr. Ryan's yenture proved successful. He worked hard to secure 
the land and the charter, and after the Club was organized, floated the stock among 
Canadian and American sportsmen, crowning himself with glory. 

lie was elected (ieneral ^Manager of the new Club, which position he now holds. 
.Mr. Ryan was never given to riding, but spent his energy in encouraging the breeding 
of thoroughbreds, and has the credit of jnitting many a horseman into prominence on 
the American continent. Mr. Ryan is of a genial disposition, and has many friends in 
the racing world. He is a handicapper of some repute, and knows the executive 
part of racing thoroughly, having been an apt pupil under such well-known men as 
John Boden and Christopher Fitzgerald. His work as a newspaper correspondent 
gave him a wide acquaintance among turfmen, and he is equally well known in New 
York. Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Washington, New Orleans and San Francisco. 
It is owing perhaps to this that he has always been able to gather large numbers of 
horses to the meetings of the Montreal Jockey Club. In New York Mr. Ryan is pei-- 
haps best known as a story writer. He is the author of •• Manuela,"" " Cleophus," 
" The Race that AYon a Bride," " The Land of Mesqua Ukee."" " The Legend of the 
Lotus," and other clever hction, and when the more strenuous work which now 
occu])ies his time has been completed, he will, no doubt, return to the field of litera- 
ture. His plans for the future include the building of two more tracks and the 
establishment of a National Breeding Bureau. He has extensive mining interests in 
northern Quebec. 

His hol)by is music, and he can sing the tenor solos of eleven grand ojieras. In 
the early nineties lu- was a singer in St. Michael's Cathedral, Toronto, and in later 
years sang in the Jesuit Cathetlral, New Orleans, and St. Patrick's Cathedral, New 
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HAMILTON RIDING AND DRIVING CLUB 

Al/rH()U(iH the City of Hamilton has not a Hunt ( lul). the lovers of the horse 
are looked after in this way by the Riding and Driving Club, which fills its 
l)lace in an able way. This organization has only been short-lived, but it is 
recQO'nized bv all of the older bodies of this kind throughout Canada, and its nieni- 
hers are well known to the hunting public, they taking part annually in the jwint to 
point events of the numerous Hunt and Country Clubs in the Provinces of Ontario 
and Quebec. 

The Hamilton Riding and Driving Club is noted for its clever horsemen and nervy 
riders, while the members always make a creditable showing with their horses. This 
Club has l)een well represented at the many horse shows in the j)ast six years, and 
lias had its share of honors in the show ring. The Club's membership grew faster 
than. perha])s. manv of the otluM's, owing to the encouragement given to the members 
by the late William Hendrie and his son William Hendrie. junior, while to Mr. Alfred 
Rogers, now of Toronto, is due the existence of the Association. It was through him 
that the Club was first formed, and during his term of office as President, which lasted 
some three years, it was ])ut on a solid foundation. 

It was through the Hamilton Hiding and Driving Club that many of Hamilton's 
voung men and women came into prominence in the horse world, for as they became 
members thev took u|) the sport in a more enthusiastic manner, which meant the 
development of clever riders and drivers. 

The Club has never owned a ])ack of hounds, so that the outing days are spent 
in paper chases, which affords just as much excitement and often gives faster runs 
than when the hounds are used. At each meet of the Club, two or three of the younger 
men are selected and sent ahead, being given a few minutes' start, making a trail with 
the paper which is prepared for this purpose. 'I'lie others start out after them and 
the chase is not over until they are caught. This often makes the runs longer and 
much more excitintr than drai"- huntinu' with the hounds, as the canines are sometimes 
known U) lose the scent. 'I"he surrounding country and on the top of the mountain 
is a splendid one for the s|)ort. the farms being post and rail fenced, with little or no 
l)arl)ed wire to contend with. This makes it better not only for the riders, but for the 
horses. 'I'lie farnu-rs are most generous to the members of the Club, and pertnif their 
riding over the farms at all times, and seem to enjoy the sport as much as the horse- 
men, giving every assistance to the men who lay the tiail. Kadi year the members 
entertain the farmers in .some way as a mark of appreciation for their kindness. In 
the early days of the Club dinners were tendered them, while latterly the amusement 
has been in the way of a gymkhana, which enables the farmers and their sons to 
take part. 

It was during the summer of !!)()() that Mr. .Mfrcd Rogers, tlicn I'rcsident of the 
Rogers Coal Co. of Hamilton, suggested that a riding clui) be fonncd. He |)ersuaded 
a nund)cr of Hamilton's young nieiidjcrs that the idea was a good one. and the first 



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meeting was held in the office of Mr. William Hendrie, with only half a dozen in at- 
tendance, the original members of this Club being : Mr. Alfred Rogers, William 
Ilendrie, junior, Mr. ('. Balfour. Mr. J). Osborne and Mr. (Jordon Henderson. Mr. 
Rogers was selected as the President, which office he filled for the first three years 
of the Club's existence. In 1!)()4 he was forced to resign, owing to his moving to 
Toronto. Mr. Rogers' departure was keenly felt by the members and he was made 
the recij)ient of a handsome silver service. Mr. (lordon Henderson was the next 
President in line, and filled the office in an al)le manner for the years 1904 and 1905, 
when he was succeeded by Mr. (reorge Hope, who still fills the office. 

When the Hamilton Riding Clul) was first organized there was a membership 
of only half a dozen, which in two years had increased to over fifty, with a goodly 
number of ladies, 'lliis, in the past few seasons, has shown a wonderful increa.se, 
giving the organization a meml)ersliip list of over a hundred. The fir.st year of the 
Club's existence oidv a few runs were held, but the foUowiuij season recoonition was 
asked from the Hamilton Jockey Club and Mr. Alfred Rogers was chosen as the rep- 
resentative on the board of directors of the Hamilton Jockey Club. At the spring 
meeting of 1901. the Hamilton Jockey Club put on the first of its events for gentle- 
men riders, and from that time they have kept it up, for the purpose of encouraging 
tlie purchasing of thoroughbreds by the members, "^riiis has proven a success and 
many good horses have been purchased at the annual weeding-out sales held in To- 
ronto, to be used as hunters for such races. All of the jockey clubs of Canada now 
recognize the Hamilton Riding Clul) and accept their entries in events for gentlemen 
riders, the horses being qualified in the paper chases, while other Clubs are qualified 
with the hounds. 

In the year 190'-2, the Riding Club held its first gymkhana, which was most suc- 
cessful, some twelve luuidred dollars being made clear of all expenses. Half of this 
was given to the city for the olil boys' reunion, while the other half went to the Clul)'s 
treasury. Through events of this kind a neat little club-house was arranged for, att'ord- 
ing every comfort and enjoyment to its patrons. 

Each fall point to point races are held at which the attendance grows yearly, 
the members of the other hunt clubs throughout Canada being well represented, 
making the rivalry much more keen. The members of this Club can be found among 
the competitors at the annual gymkhanas of the Toronto and London Clubs, while 
often they are to be found as far east as Montreal and Quebec with their horses. For 
many years Mr. Rogers came to the point to point race of the Toronto Club, winning 
it with his horse Revelstone, who has won so many ribbons for him. Nearly all of 
the original members are still taking an active part, giving encouragement to the new 
ones coming in, and thus kce])ing up the interest in the association. 



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JOHN BODEN 

FEW Canadians have had the proud distinction of cHmbing the hidder of success 
in the turf world as rapidly as John Boden. He is now looked on as a racing 
authority of the first magnitude, and his advice is sought by nearlv everv rac- 
ing association previous to its making a venture. His judgment has seldom or ever 
failed to turn out for the i)est. Mr. Boden is responsible for the organization of 
more than one joc-key club, and in each case he has put them all on a paying basis, 
his latest venture being the ^lontreal Jockey Club, which is one of the verv few 
clubs known to have paid the first season of their career. 

AVhen Mr. Boden, with the assistance of John F. Ryan, another Canadian, told 
the Canadian public that the time was ripe for 
another jockey club in Canada, he got little or no 
encouragement to start with. As the time went 
along, he ])ersuaded a luimber of INIontrealers to 
fall in line and the stock was floated with surpris- 
ing results, far beyond even the ex])ectations of 
Mr. Boden. This venture, like many others, will 
stand as a monument to his memory. When 
Kenilworth track at Buffalo was o])ened for the 
first season, it turned out to be a dismal failure, 
and the directors and shareholders lost thousands 
of dollars. The following season it was purchased 
by a New ^'ork syndicate and ^[r. Boflen w'as given 
control of it. Through careful and judicious man- 
agement he was able to make it a paying venture. 

John Boden has not only great executive abil- 
ity, but has a love for the thoroughbred which he 
ac(|uired when a boy attending college, and wliicli 
he has developed as years have gone by. He has 
owned, raced and bred horses, knowing every par- j,,,,,^. u,,„j,^. 

ticular of racing and breedin<>- thorouj^hlv. 

John Boden was born in St. John, New Brunswick, in the year l<S(i(). He was 
educated at the grammar school of tliat j)lace, afterwards taking his degrees as a l>ar- 
rister at the Jesuit College in Montreal at an early age. He first practised law at his 
birth-jjlace, and afterward sought a wider field in Xew York City. When leavingCauada 
he was looked on as a most promising young lawyer. On his arii\al in Xew York he 
was told he must pass another examination there, which he did not try, and gave up law 
to take up newspaj)er work. Mr. Boden spent many years on the Xew York press, 
holding almost every position from ])olitical reporter to managing editor, gathering a 
thorough knowledge of journalistic work in general. For .several years he was promi- 
nent in jiolitics at Albany, N.Y., carrying on his newspaper work at the same time. 




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He gave up press work and as a |)astiine he owned and raci-d a string of 
famous thorougliljreds on the American tracks. He met with a great deal of success in 
this way and became well known in the turf world. From owning, racing, and 
writing j)erformances of the thoroughhreds, John Boden gained a more practical knowl- 
edge than the majority of owners. Through this he was made secretary of the Racing 
Commission of the State of New York, under whose laws racing all over that State 
is carried on. 

After retiring from newspa])cr work. John Hodcn was induced to take it up again 
by the late \Villiam ('. Whitney, when he purchased the Xcw Yorl: Tclegrai)!). He was 
made racing editor of this journal, and filled that position for many years, until the death 
of Mr. Whitney, when the pressure of other racing business compelled him to retire. 
His articles on racing were greatly missed by the pul)lic, anfl indeed, many of them are 
fre(|ucntlv rc|)r()(luce(l at the present tlay. On resigning from the '/V/cr/n//)/;, Mr. Boden 
was selected as the Secretary of the Brighton Beach Racing Association, which posi- 
tion he still holds. He hlls the position of Secretary of the new Los Angeles Jockey 
Club and spends a greater part of his time in the south after the closing of the New 
\'()rk tracks. His best appointment was that of Secretary of the Xarragansctt 
Breeders" As.sociation. wliicli entails a lot of work. Besides the above, Mr. Boden 
is the Racing Secretary and a director of the ^Maryland Jockey Club. He al.so 
officiateil in llie same capacity at the two first meetings of the Montreal Jockey Club, 
held in the City of Montreal. 

Mr. Boden makes his home in Brooklyn. X.'S'.. where he lives with his brother. 
He is proud of being a Canadian iiy i>irth and never tires of telling of his early days, 
sjKMit in and around Montreal, where his start in life was made. It is safe to say 
that John Boilen is known and liked by every man who owns a racing stable and has 

li.nl the u I fortune to race undci- him as an ollicial. He gives every encouragement to 

the beirinner and his ruliiiiis are looked on 1)V all who have met him, to be fair and 
just, the smaller owner and the large one> all looking alike to him when racing. 




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JOHN LAXTON 

THE jovial disposition of John Laxton is known far and wide, and his cheerful 
countenance would he missed from any function where the horse is the attrac- 
tion, lie is a keen judg'e of the noble ecjuine, and has owned at various times 
some beauties. Among his favorites he singles out Kinney, Newbury. War Paint, 
Gold Note, Alberta Lady, and Bedlington. 

]\Ir. Laxton. who is Su])ei'intendent of the Consumers' (ias Company, is a familiar 
figure in Toronto, and he enjoys an envial)lr popularity in business, sporting and 
political circles. lie has been successful 
and has accpiired a comfortable compe- 
tence through hard work as well as good 
fortune. He was born in Huntingtlonshire, 
England, November 5th, 1848, his parents 
being John and Jane (Clark) Laxton. both 
natives of Huntingdonshire, who were 
blessed with seventeen children. The 
father was a contractor of pid)lic works 
in England, princij)ally in the gas con- 
struction and railroad building, his first 
big job being in connection with the 
construction of the Great Northern Rail- 
way. Mr. Laxton has followed in liis 
father's footsteps, and has had a very 
wide experience. The parents both 
passed away during the year 1880, the 
father at the age of 71 and Mrs. Laxton 
at 67. 

The public school at Yaxley, England, 
was where young John Laxton secured his 
early education. He was only fourteen 
years old when he set out upon a career of 
hard work. After leaving school he went to 
London to ac(|uire the details of gas works 
construction, with such marked success that the firm with whom he was employed, 
Jolin .Vird & Sons, Belvedere Road. Lambetli. sent him to Moscow. Russia, to work 
on the construction of the largest gas works ever undertaken in Russia. As this was in 
18()7, INIr. Laxton was barely twenty years of age wlien he was trusted with so important 
a mission. Many interesting exj)eriences are told by him in connec-tion with his stay 
in tlie P^ast, l)ut space will not permit of relating them in this short article. An idea 
of the extent of the work can l)e gauged from the fact that the mains covered 100 miles 
of the streets of Moscow. Mr. Laxton had onlv l)eeu there for six months when he 




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was wiven sjeneral sii()ervision of the work. In the same year, after a nine months" stay. 
the work came to a standstill owin,«>- to laek of fnnds due to the failure of Overend (S: 
(iurnev. and he returned to England. The h'u^ faihire was attributed to the (ierinan- 
Austrian War which was then in progress. Mr. Laxton was not destined to remain 
lone in his native countrv. however, for earlv in 1868 he was sent l)ack to Moscow to 
c-omplete the work, and he returned to England when it was finished in 18()9. Then 
he was dispatched to similar work in Edinl)urgh. Scotland, and after being at that for 
nine months he was recalled to England. By this time the al)ility of the young man 
had so asserted itself that he was ])laced in charge of a number of im})ortant under- 
takinfjs in various parts of England, and he so earned the confidence of his em])loyers 
that thev made him general superintendent of their outside construction work. After 
ninevearsof expei"ience. which had liceu of nuitual benefit, the necessity arose for the 
firm .sending a man of Mr. Laxton's capabilities to P^rankfort-on-Main. but life wa.s 
"■rowino- too strenuous and he decided that it was in his own interest to take a rest from 
work, so he came out to Canada, landing at Quel)ec. This was in 1S71. He went 
on to Toronto and has resided in the Queen City ever since. He was just the 
man the Consumers' (ias Company wanted, and he is about completing his thirty- 
five vears of service with that corjjoration, and is ai)])arently good for many more 
vears of activitv in the interests of his company. At present Mr. Laxton with his family 
resides in I'arkdale. the fashionable jiortion of the west end of Toronto. 

The pojiularitv of Mr. Laxton in his a(l()|)tcd city is attested by the fact that he 
ha.s served as a public school trustee for the old town of Parkdale, and for the city 
of Toronto after the amalgamation. He has on many occasions been a.sked to become 
candidate for the City Council, and for the Provincial and Federal Parliaments, but 
hr prefers to be a worker, and has for years l)een president of the Conservative Associa- 
tion of his district, as well as a prominent member of the AHiany Cluli. During his 
career of u.sefulness he has shown marked ability as an inventor, having l)rought out 
maiiv much-needed imj)rovements on old styles of lighting. He patenteil the cond)ina- 
tion gas and hot water stove in 1887. which followed up his patent of a combination 
gas and coal stove a couple of years ])reviously. 

Mr. Laxton is interested financially in a number of prominent institutions in 
Toronto and is also connected w ith the principal athletic clubs, to any of which he is 
a valued member on account of the keen and practical interests he takes in athletic 
events. He has been connected with the Masonic Order since bS(>4, and is a member 
of numerous other fraternal societies, lie is a member of the Church of P^ngland. 
He was married Se])tcml)er '•2!)th. ISIl. to Isabella McC^uillan. daughter of the late 
Edward McC^uillan. who was a farmer at NMiitchurch, Ontario. The union was bles.sed 
with nine children, two of them boys. 

in conchi>ioii let it be said that there arc thoiisandN of cili/ens who will agree that 
John Laxtcju and his j)ros|)erity form a .shining exam|)le for the young men of to-day. It 
was energy an<l [jcrseverance that put John Laxton in the position he enjoys to-day. 
and is it any wonder that a man of his personality and attainments is mighty fond of 
the noble hor.se? It could liardlv be otherwise. 



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MONTREAL HUNT CLUB 

WHEN the Montreal Hunt Club was organized in the year 1S^2(>, there were very 
few organizations of its kind in America. Its object was tlie encouragement 
of outdoor sport of every (lescrii)tion, and though many of the original mem- 
bers of the Club have long since departed this muntlane sphere, those who remain 
have always adhered to their jilans, as laid out in the first charter. 

Their Clul)-house. wliich is situated on one of the most beautiful s]K)ts on the 
Island of Montreal, has been retniilt and added to, until it is one of the most comfort- 
able and up-to-date houses in the comitry. 

Since its organization, tiie Club has been ])articularly hapi)y in its selection of 
Masters, every individual one of whom has done his share towards making the Ciul) a 
success, both from a material point of view and from the point of view of the (piality 
of sport provided. 

It was in the sununer of lS'-20 that iNIr. William Forsyth founded the Montreal 
Hunt. In IS'il), he had the pack and the kennels removed from Three Rivers to Logan's 
Farm. 'Hie majority of the runs in those days were in the region of I>a Prairie and 
Chambly, where there were enough foxes to give the meml)ers all the sport they could 
possibly desire. 

Indeed, it was said that killings were too luimerous, but, as one of the older mem- 
bers said, "the hounds like it, the liorses like it, and we like it," which decisive state- 
ment seemed to close tiie discirssion. 



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The Mastership descended in this instance from father to son, for in 1834., Mr. 
John Forsyth, a son of tlie founder of tlie Chil). became Master of the Hounds. In 
ISo!). Captain Walker liehl tlie office, and was succeeded the foUowiuij year l)y William 
Stockley, Senior. It was during INIr, Stockley's term of office that the Hunt steeple- 
chases were inaugurated and tro|)hies ])resented This created a new interest and 
encouraged the purchase of l)etter horses, for in such events as these, speed, as well as 
endurance, is needed. 

'i'he military men then stationt'(| at Montreal took great interest in the life of the 
Hunt and many of the officers held the position of M. F. H. In the year 184'-2, the 
Mastership was assumed hy T J. Stockley. Junior, R.A , and in 1844 he was succeeded 
l)v ("a])tain. the Hon. Mr. Keene, RE. Then for the first time in the history of the 
limit the lack of financial support became a matter of serious anxiety to the members 
and officers. In 1847 Captain Keene retired and the ]iack was sold to Mr. Hubert, 
iiut when he returned to the Old Country in 1851, the pack was returned to the [Montreal 
Hunt as the property of the more enthusiastic nuMubers. who elected Lieut. Lutyens. of 
the "^Oth Regiment, as the Master. Lieut. Lutyens has since become famous as a 
painter of animals. 

The year 1852 saw the Mastership pass iido the hands of Capt, Cox, R.F. under 
whose guidance the Club flourished for two years, when the Master was called away 
to the Crimea, and the office was ])assed into the hands of D. Lorn Macdougall. who, 
through his vigorous efforts, saved the Hunt from suffering severely through the with- 
drawal of the militarv su|)|)ort. For six years Mr. Macdougall bore nearly the whole 




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financial snpjjort of the Hunt. In IS.)!), ("a])tain A. \V. Ailoway came to tlie assistance 
of Mr. ]Mac(l()u<;all and relieved him of a <;Teat deal of the responsibility, becoming 
j)ractically the acting Master. In 18()0, J). A. Belhouse was the Master, retaining 
the office for only one year. Major Burk was his successor for the season of ISOl, 
and in 18()'-2, Captain de Wiiiton assumed the responsible position. 

During the season of 1858 the kennels were moved from the Papineau Road to 
the corner of (iuy and what was called St. Joseph St.. where they remained until the 
spring of 18(i(), when the (juartcrs were again changed to the rear of Metcalf Terrace, 
Cote St. Antoine, and again in the following season to Logan's Farm, now Prefontaine 
Park. In 18ti;j Captain A. W. Ailoway was chosen as Master, which office he held for 
two yeais, doing a great deal to further the iiiterests of the Club. He was succeeded 
by Mr. John Crawford in 1807, and for tliirty years Mr. Crawford was a i)rominent fiinire 
and moving s])irit in the social and official life of the Club. 

From the year 1874 until 187G, Mr. Andrew Allan li<-ld the ])osition of Master, 
and although seldom aj)])earing in the field, yet by his interest and patronage he did nuich 
to stimulate the affairs of the Hunt. He was succeeded in 1870 by his predecessor, 
Mr. John Crawford, who in turn, after two seasons, gave ])lace to Mr. J. R. Hutchins. 
The year 1879 marked an e]K)ch in the sporting history of the Club, when Captain 
Campbell, of St. Hilaire, was elected Master and, supported by a committee consisting 
of Messrs. J. R. Hutchins. H Bouthillier, Hugh Paton. A Uaumgarten and A. Galarneau, 
determined to make the Hunt second to none on the continent, and to make it compare 
favorably even with the best English Clubs. Captain Campbell was untiring in his efforts 
to al)olish everything that appearetl unsportsmanlike, especially the reprehensible 
custom of hunting; what is known as "'drairs " 

Under these conditions the character of the sport attained a higher state of ex- 
cellence, which has since been continued. During this period it was desirable to add 
materially to the pack, and in response to a liberal subscription for the importation of 
new hounds, the entire ]>ack of Lord Huntington was ])urchased, being brought from 
Dublin in lS8'->. This season Mr. A. Baumgarten was selected as ^Master, which office 
he retained until the year 1887. It was principally through his energy that the Club- 
house on Delorimier Avenue was erected. It was well adapted for social wants of 
tlie Club, and the memories of the gay Hunt balls held there during the ten years of 
its occupation, until the premises were abandoned for a more picturesque situation, are 
still fresh in the minds of the members. 

On the retirement of Mr. Baumgarten iu 1887, INIr. Hugh Paton was chosen as 
Master, while in 1888 Mr. John Crawford for tlie third time assume<l tlu- office. Dur- 
ing the last term of Mr. Crawforfl's office, he was ably assisted by Col. J. Alexander 
Strathy, who was then Secretary. In 1891 the INIastership fell to Sir H. Montagu 
Allan, he being replaced the following year by Doctor Charles McEachren. During 
the year 1890 Major Hooper was the Secretary, while Mr. A. E. Ogilvie filled the 
|)osition of Master, he in turn being succeeded by Mr. W. R. Miller, who was followed 
by Major Frank Aleiglicn. 



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In the year 1897 tlie present Club-house on Cote St. Catlierine was liuilt. ah)iio; 
with the kennels. They are uj)-to-(late and perhajjs are the best of any on this eon- 
tinent. Mr. A. E. Ogilvie. a most enthusiastic member of the Club for many years, 
assumei! his second term in 1!)()8. Durino- the last few vears there has been a great 
deal of interest show n in the aiuiual Hunt Club races, which, for the past three seasons, 
have been held over the beautiful course at Blue Bonnets, the home of the jVIontreal 
.Jockey Club. The friendly rivalry shown in these events has been evidenced by the 
purchasing of a better class of horses. This has been the means of developing better 
riders and the Club is well re])resented at all of the Hunt Cbib meets through this coun- 
try, while members have been known to go across the line to search for honors against 
the members of the Hunt Clubs of the United States. 

The Club has always looked to the interests of the farmer over whose farms the 
ni(inli( r< hunt, and annuallv a dinner is jriven for these gentlemen. In fact, the 
farmers show a kiiully interest in the welfare of the Club and arc well icprcscntcd 
each vcar at the fall races fjivcM! for them. 




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CAPTAIN C. T. VAN STRAUBENZIE 



NOWIIKRK is tlicve a more enthusiastic rider than ('a|)tain Charles Turner Van 
Strauljenzie. Royal Canadian Drai^oons. Stanley Barracks, Toronto. He 
was horn in Kingston, Ontario, in 1S76, and is a son of the late Lt.-Col. Van 
Strauhenzie, who, as l)ej)uty Adjutant-Cieneral, was for many years stationed at King- 
ston, ]\[ontreal, and other points in the Dominion. After completing his education 
at Ridley College, St. Catharines, Capt. Van Strauhenzie took a commission in the 

Dragoons at Toronto in 1898. Early in the following 
year he was transferred to the detachment of his 
regiment stationetl at Winnipeg, ^^'hen the call came 
for active service in South Africa, Ca])t. Van Strau- 
henzie was appointed a Lieutenant of "IJ" Squadron 
in the 1st Canadian [Mounted Rifles (renamed in 
South Africa the Royal Canadian Dragoons). This 
regiment was composed mostly of western men, and 
it made an enviable record on the fii'ld. On the 
return of the regiment to Canada in January, 1!)()1, 
he rejoined the Toronto detachment of the l)rai>-oons. 
hut in the spring of liHH he returned to South Africa 
with the 8rd Canadian Mounted Rifles as Adjutant, 
with the rank of Captain. The regiment returned 
to Canada in August of the same year, when it 
was formally disbanded. Capt. \im Strauhenzie 
returned to the Di-agoons. He wears the South 
African medal with five clasps — Cape Colonv. Orange 
Free State. Johannesburg, Diamond Hill and lielfast. 
All his life Capt. Xiin Strauhenzie has been an 
ardent friend of the horse. Soon after ioinins: the 

o 

Dragoons he came into prominence as a skilful and daring rider, and to-dav he 
ranks as one of the most accomplished polo players on the American continent. 
His apartments are ornamented with a score or more silver cups wdiich he has 
won in the past few years. Possibly no other rider can boast of such a collection. 
His first prize came in lOO'?, when he won a steeplechase at the Toronto Gymkhana, 
mounted (m ]\lr. (Jeorge Beardmore's l>addie. At Winnipeg he was very successful 
on his ow n horse Billy, a half-bred he took to the west from Toronto. In 1902 lie 
bought Enghurst from ]Mr. C. INI. Harris, and rode him tc victory in the Hunters' 
{•'hit Race and other races at the Autumn meeting in Toronto. 1903. At the 1904 Spring 
meeting, Enghurst again accpiitted himself most credital)ly. He is a consistent 
j)erformer. Capt. Van Strauhenzie rode him to victory in the Hunters' Flat Race in 
19(»(i, was second for the Stanley Barracks Cup, and won the W^alker Cup in Hamilton 
same year. At gymkhanas Caj)t. \au Strauhenzie has b(>en victorious on Dr. Temple's 




Capt. C. T. Van Straubenzie 
Royal Canadian Dragoons 



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^Major. and Capt. Harhottle's Joe O'Gradv. He is very fond of his polo pony 
T. k.. which was one of a consionment of '•24 secnred l\v Col. Lessard. The gentle- 
men interested drew lots for choiee, and V. K. turned ont to he the best of the bunch. 
('a|it. A an Stranlicn/ic was captain of the Toronto Polo (luli in li)()7. He is an en- 
thusiastic member of the Toronto Hunt and is widely known in social circles. He- 
was married in June. 1!)()7. to Essy, daughter of Mr. (Jeorge A. Case, and at present 
resides at Xo. '■I Spadina (jardens, Toronto. 




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I,..Ni.iix Him 



LONDON HUNT 



THERE is ])rol)al)ly no more jMcturesque spot in tlie Dominion of Canada than 
the home of the London Ilnnt and ("ountrv ( Inh, wliieh is heantifullv sitnated 
at the end of Richmond Street, jnst across the north l)ranch of tlie Thames 
River in Eondon. Ontario. Glenmore, as the chd)dionse is known, is not only a famil- 
iar name to the ])eople of London, but to all who take an interest in the horse in this 
country. No Hunt or Country Club has a wider reputation for its hospitality, for vis- 
itors are royally entertained while there. 

This Club has come into nnich more prominence than the majority of organiza- 
tions of its kind in Canada owin<>' to the success of its Master, Hon. Adam Beck, throug-h 
his racent success at the horse show in England, where he won so manv ribbons under 
the colors of the London Hunt. From its earliest days the Masters, one after the other, 
have endeavored to place the Club on the highest standing w ith more or less success 
until to-day it is one of the largest on this continent. 

'J'h<^ Clnl)-house stables and kennels are of the most up-to-date stvle and are visited 



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h\ many who are always loud iu their praise of the surrouiidiuos. (ileuinore is situated 
in the centre of a clump of trees; on the one side of it stands an old orchard, while on 
the other side are two first-class tennis courts, which are seldom or ever idle during the 
tennis season. To the back of the house are well-laid-out <i;olf links, well bunkereil and 
banked, making them difficult to play over. The approach is through a long avenue 
of fir and lilac trees, which adds to the lieauty of the place, (ilenmore is built on the 
old colonial style and from the broad balcony can l)e .seen the tennis games as well as 
the golf. The members take great deliglit in spending tlieir afternoons in this wav 
wliil(> not in the saddle. 

I'he London Hunt and Country Club was hrst launched in the vear 1885, 
shortly after the closing of the rebellion in the Northwest. It was due to the 
efforts of tlie late John Fulcher. who at that time was the ridinii' and driving master 
at the Ilellnnith Ladies" Colleije. that this Club was oriranized. 'Lhat <>'entleman was 
alwavs an enthusiastic horseman, and owned a first-class lot oi hunters. On returnino- 
from the Northwest he suggested the forming of a hunt club, which met with a great 
deal of success, and as the years have gone by it has grown so that twice thev ha<l to 
move to larger ])reniises until the ])resent location was chosen. 

The original members of the Clnl) were: the late Col. Peters, who was the first 
Ma.ster; Doctor Xiveji. the late Henry Beecher, Col. A. M. Smith, W. T. Strong. Col. 
Dawson. Robert \\ allacc. and the founder of the Club. In the yi'ar lcSS.> there were onlv 
al)out twenty members, and in the original pack of hounds there were only four to 
be used at the first season's meets. U'his.like the Club, has been increased from season 
to season until now it is known as one of the best packs on the continent of America, 
owing to new blood being imported to this kennel each year. 

TIk' fiist meets of the Club were held at the old race-course in East London, of 
which j)lace many good hunting stories are told even at the time of writing. For the 
finst couj)le of .sea.sons there was no encouragement for the original members, but after 
the social element was added to the Club in the year 1887 it branched out and has been 
on the increase ever since. Through the social element other lines of sport were taken 
up, .such as golf, tennis, and snowshoeing, which all went to make the place more attrac- 
tive; notwithstanding this fact, hunting has always been the ])rimary object of the Club 
and a more ideal country than the township of London could not be found for the 
sport. The beautiful lundxapc llic rolling couiilry. with the hedges and water-jumps, 
go to make it perfect. Fox hunting is next to impossible. I>ul trail hunting, as in most 
Canadian cities, is thoroughly enjoyed, and the attendance at each run is large. 

One of the most j)lea.sant features of the London (Jlub is the fact that there never 
occurs any friction with the farmers over whose places the chase is held. Many of 
these take as much interest in the Club as the members themselves, and even go so far 
as to attend the meets. Each fall a dinner is tendered the farmers and their families, 
while a gymkhana is held for their aunisement, and in which they take part in the numerous 
events. The Club offers every inducement to the farmers of the surrounding country 
to breed .saddle horses and hunters by purcliasing from llicni u lien good ones are offered 
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The first Masters of the Chih, to whom must go the credit of its success, were all 
well-known business men of the Forest City, and all spent time and money to carry out 
their object. They were: the late Col. Peters, the late David Skirving, the late Henry 
Beecher, Dr. Niven, Dr. Harry Abbott, Mr. George C. (iibbons. Col. A. M. Smith, and 
the present incumbent of the office, the Hon. Adam Beck. To those who are deceased 
the Clul) will live long to their memory, while those who are still living still take an active 
j)art in the executive working of the Club, while some of them even attend the meets. 

The Club has been just as successful in the selection of its presidents and secre- 
taries as in the choice of its Master, as the office has always been filled by men of great 
executive ability. Mr. T. R. Smallman, who at the time of writing holds the office 
and has held it for a numl)er of years, is most enthusiastic in his work and is ably sup- 
ported by Mr. Campbell Beecher, who succeeded Mr. J. B. Kilgur to the office of 
secretary. 

There is a section for ladies in connection with the Club, and in the past few years 
several branches, making the place attractive to those who do not ride, have been added. 
There is a ladies' golf club, toboggan clul) and tennis club, while a driving club also 
gets their warmest support during the whole year. During the winter months meet- 
ino-s of the driving club are held with (llenmore as the destination. 



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CAPTAIN J. E. K. OSBORNE 

AI''lv\l{l,KSS rider and particularly fond of a plucky horse is ('apt. J. K. K. 
()slK)rnc. 4(Stli 1 lij;liiaudcrs. Toronto. lie docs not pi'ctcnd to keep show 
horses, although on a cou|)lc of occasions he has been awarded |)ri/.es at tlu' 
Toronto Horse Show. He has many cups. <apturc<l al iryinkhaiuis and other c(|uine 
events, and is fond of following the hounds, lie has Ueen particularly |)ai"tial to polo 
and ahout five years ago played against Montreal on the first team organized hv the 
Toronto Hunt Clul). His fellow -members of the ioronlo team on that (x'casion 
were: Lieut.-Col. Williams. H.C.I).; (apt. Klmslcy. R.C.I)., and Dr. Cam|)l.cll 
Myers. Capt. Oshorne was about eighteen years of age when he commenced to ride 
and he has since been a consistent follower of the sport. He is also an expert lawn 
tennis |)layer, aiul about ten years ago, when connccti'd with the Toronto Tennis 
Clul), won the Junior Cliainpionshi|) of Canada. 

.I.ime.s Ewart Kerr Osborne was born at iJrantford. Out., in IS7S. and com- 
menced his educ-ation at Brantford Public School. Then he went to Trinitv (Ollege 
Scliool, Port Hope, and afterwards took his ilegree in Mccliunical Engineering at 



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McGill University, Montreal. He is now eonneeted with the firm of Osborne & 
Francis, stoek brokers and financial agents. Toronto, and resides at 50 Crescent 
Road. In October, 190'2, he married 'SLiss Eileen Annette, daughter of the late 
Walter Barwick. K.C. He is a son of James Kerr Osborne, Toronto, who served in 
the Fenian Raitl as Major of the l!)th Regiment. Capt. Osborne entered the service 
of his country half a dozen years ago as a Lieutenant in *'D'" company, 48th High- 
landers, and was subsequently promoted to the command of the company. He is 
widely known in social circles, being connected with the Toronto Club, Toronto 
Hunt Clul), Toronto Hunt Polo Club. Toronto Racquet Club, Canadian ^Military 
Institute, the (ireek letter fraternity, Alpha Delta Phi. He is popular in financial 
circles, Ijeing one of tlie brightest of Canada's young l)usiness men. and one who can 
make healthy exercise and pleasure go hand in hand with work. 



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Toronto Polo Team 



TORONTO HUNT POLO CLUB 



TIIK interesting <ranie of ])()!() was estahlisht'd in tlie 'I'orouti) Hunt in llie autunui 
ol' 1!)01. and it soon assumed a solid footing. Tlic game was then played 
on a field in the vicinity of the Hunt Clui). the undulations of wliieh at times 
made the contests intensely interesting. Early in VMH additional ground was purchased 
l)V tlie Hunt Club and a proper field laid out. The trees were removed and the ground 
c-arefnily levelled. Much difficulty was experienced owing to the sandy nature of the 
soil, Init this was by constant iin|>n)venient eventually overcome. The field is 1,50 
vanls in width and 300 yards in length, and as it is situated near the lake, on Scarbor- 
ough Heights, and surroundeil by a belt of trees, it forms one of the most ])ictures(iue 
polo fields on this continent. Karly in September. liHhi. the (lul) played its first match 
with the Montreal Polo Club, this being the first polo match in Eastern Canada, 'i'he 
'iVironto team consisted of Mr. Ewart Osborne. Major (now Lieut. -Colonel) V. A. S. 
Williams. R.C.D. ; ("apt. .1. 11. Klmsley. R.C.I).: and Dr. Campbell Meyers, with 
Mr. Alfred Beardniore as substitute. The relnrn match was played in the latter |)art 
of the same month on the new field at the Hunt (Inli. with the same team which had 
plaved in Montreal, except that owing to an accident. Dr. Meyers was obliged to 
retire early from the game and his place was taken by Mr. Heardmore. In both 
matches the Toronto team was victorious. Since then tlii' developmeni of the sport 
in Toronto has been marked, many victories resting upon the banners of the Club. 



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KENRIC R. MARSHALL 



KEXRIC R. MARSHALL, the sul)jeft of this sketch, is the ehlest son of Xoel 
Marshall, a prominent ('anadiaii. and was horn in Toronto, on October the 
thirteenth, oiohteen hniuh-ed and eighty, was ((huated at private schools and 
al'terwards at Upper Canada College, where he took part in the nsnal college athletics. 
!\Ir. Marshall has travelled extensively abroad, and has had the advantaoje of 
seeing sj)ort under many ditt'erent conditions. He commenced followin<i' the hounds 
at the Toronto Hunt when only twelve years of age, and has hunted regularly ever 
since. 

His connection with racin<i' and tlic ridiuii- of races l)eo-au in ei<iliteeu hunch-ed and 
ninety-nine, when he piloted Mr. W. F. Maclean's horse. Angus, to viclorv. Since 
that time Mr. Marshall has owned and ridden several well-known race-horses, among 

Promise. .Vptervx. Charles Elwood. Dramatist, L. W. 



others, Billy Ray, Interferenc(\ 
and (ioldeii \Va\ . 

life, he is at 



In commercial 



jiresent \'ice-Presi(lent of the Standard Fuel Company, 



and assists his father in other business interests. Increasing wei<>'ht and 



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tions of business prevent his l)eing seen in saddle very often now. nltlionyli lie rides 
an occasional race where the weights permit it. 

Mr. Marshall is well known as a polo player and owns a string of high-class ponies. 

In nineteen hundred and three he joined the 4Sth Highlanders as a subaltern, 
and at present holds the rank of ("ai)tain in that Regiment. lie is liked socially and 
is a member of th(> following clubs: The Buffalo, the Toronto Hunt, the Ontario 
Jockey, the National, the \'ictoria and the Military Institute. 




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III 



THE CENTRAL CANADA RACING ASSOCIATION 

THE Annual Ice Races held on the Ottawa River each winter, under the auspices 
of the Central Canada Racino- Association, are. perhaps, the most unitjue and 
notewortliy racing events in the Harness Horse World, and have done a great 
tleal to advertise Ottawa as a centre for racing sport. 

It was away back in the early seventies that the first ice meeting was held, and 
during the succeeding years races took ])lace on the Ottawa River, Leamy's Lake, 
St. Louis Dam, McLay's Lake and Aylmer, hut it was not until 18S7 that the first 
club was formed at Hull, under the name of Leamy's Club, with Ed. Chevrier, George 
Moreau, I). I)uj)uis, Charles Rouleau and Christy Wright, as the original members. 




WiNiHR Track uf thk Central Canaoa Racing Assdciation 

This Club held races for seven years, after which the present Association was 
formed, with Aid. Lauzon as President, Ed. Chevrier as Secretary, and Fred. Chevrier 
as Treasurer. From that time the Association has met with marked success, each 
season bringing faster racing and better fiekls, for the stakes are higli and have attracted 
American, as well as Canadian, horsemen, although Canada continues to hold her 
own, Samuel McBride, of Toronto, getting more than his share of the events in 
190S, with his horses King Brvson and Johnny K. 

Every possible arrangement is made for the comfort and convenience of those 
attending the races. The track, a half-mile one. is built on the Ottawa River, a little 
to the Quebec side, with well-built portable stands that can be removed after the meet. 
There is a large room for the sale of pools and refreshments, while on the opposite 
side are the judges' and ladies' stand. It is a most expensive plant, the eight-foot 
fence surrounding it costing a large sum alone, while the work of keeping the track 
clear of snow is also very costly. 

Some very fast records are made on this track, a specially noteworthy one being 
that of Lady May, who, in 1908, in a four-mile I'ace, went a mile over a half-mile track 
in ^i.Ml 

This is, practically, only the tenth year of the Association's existence, as it was 



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h hfi'-jin 



properly organized in the year 1898. and was incorjjorjitcd in inO'-2. Tlie Cluli 

l)v i^riviny purses amounting to twelve hundred dollars. l)ut each year that amount has 

heen increased, until, in 1!)()8, the stakes amounted to over eleven thousand dollars. 

The present officers of the Association are all energetic and well-known horsemen. 

V. II. Wall, the President, is a man of great business ability. Ed. McMahon. 
the Secretarv. who does a great deal of the work, is well liked by horsenuMi. and does 
a great deal to further their cause. 

Aid. ( unuiniiiiam is a most energetic member of the exec-utivc. whil<' Kd. OWeil 
looks after the building and running of the trai-k. a line of work in which he has always 
proved most satisfactory. 

These gentlemen deserve a great deal of credit for the work they have done, build- 
ing a great Club from a very small beginning, for the Central Canada Racing .Vssocia- 
tion. of Ottawa, is one of the most noteworthy institutions of its kind in the woilil 
ti)-da\'. 






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WILFRID SERVINGTON DINNICK 

As a .successful and Icadiiii;' financier \\ ilfrid Servino;ton Dinnick, the oro'anizer, 
Vice-President, and Manayinti-Director of tlie Standard Loan Company of 
Toronto, has won for himself a deservedly high reputation for keen foresight, 
excellent and sound judgment, and unerring firmness of decision, which fits him 
specially for the thorough fidfilment of his arduous duties. He was horn on July 
19, 187.5, at (iuilford. Surrey, England. 
His father, the Rev. John Dunn Dinnick, 
was one of a family of which no less than 
.seven members were clergymen. He came 
with his own family to Canada in liSl)'-2. 
Wilfrid Servington Dinnick was educated 
at some of the best schools and colleges 
in Englaufl, and after completing a 
thorough course of study entered into the 
financial world as an employee of the 
Birkbeck Security and Savings Company 
of Toionto. Subsequently he became an 
Inspector of the Donn'nion Permanent 
Loan Company. 

Finally, AL'. Dinnick organized the 
Standard Loan Company, Avith head- 
quartei's at Equity Chambers, at the 
corner of .Vdclaide and Victoria Streets. 
Toronto, assuming his present position 
of jNIanager. The success of this institu- 
tion is largely due to the enterprising yet 
conservative character of Afr. Dinnick's 
organizing abilities, comprehending as 
they do the strongest and most apjjroved 
modern jirinciples. Its capital stock is 
all permanent, fixed and non-withdraw- 
able, features which place the Coni])any on the firmest possible basis, and afford it 
a large l)orrowing power. Mr. Dimiick's management has been one with a most 
aggressive policy, and through his energy and diplomacy he has successfully negoti- 
ated and comj^leted the absorption I)y the Standard Loan Company of the Aid Sav- 
ings and Loan Com|)any of Toronto; the Ontario Industrial Loan and Investment 
Company. Limited, of Toronto; the Huron and Bruce Loan and Investment 
Comijanv, of Cioderich; the Canadian Homestead Loan and Savinp\s Association, 

I . O 

of Toronto; the Canadian Savings. Loan and Building Association, of Toronto, and 
the Acme Loan aiul Savings Company, of Toronto. The a.ssets of all these companies 




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have l)c(Mi incited into the Standard Loan Company, whose capital is now one milHon 
and a (juarter (.$1 .-J.JO.OOO i, \\\v total assets of the Company heiny two milHons and a 
half dollars ($->.. 500. ()()() i. 

Mr. Dinniek devotes practically the whole of his time to the management of the 
Standard Loan Conipanx. l»nt liivcs a portion of his time in fnltilling his duties as Vice- 
President of the Canadian Casualty and Boiler Lisurance Company of Toronto, in 
which company he has a larue interest. ^\\\ Dinuick is also Vice-President of the 
Crand Valley Railway Company, the Brantford Street Railway, and the Woodstock. 
'I'hanies Vidley and IngersoU Electric Railroad, and is one of the Directors for 
Canada of the (Jcncral Accident. Fire and Life Assurance Corporation, of Perth, 
Scotland. 

^\y. Dinniek is a jironiincnt Freemason, a member of the National and Albany 
Clubs, the Toronto Hunt, the Laml)ton (iolf and Country Club, and the Argonaut 
Rowing Club. lie is an enthusiastic follower of the hounds, and is very rarely miss- 
ing from a nu'ct of the 'I'oronto Hounds, lie spends most of his leisure time in riding 
anil driving. Mr. Dinnick's favorite horse is Sparkle, a thoroughbred Western 
horse, which he rides to hounds. 




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ALLEN CASE 

ATOROXTOXIAN through unci through, born, educated and brought up in 
^! Qmen Citv, is Allen Case, only son of George A. Case, the well-known 

Co:;^;;;;;^! '^T^:::. w^h tl. ..penal Ban^ Mr. C^e tl^n went 
into^;;;:^ w'h his father, afterwards beconring associated w.th the Don.n.on 
Brewery Com])any, of Toronto, where he 
now holds an important position. 

As a horseman, Allen Case achieved 
his first success at ten years of age, and 
has gone on so enthusiastically in his 
active career that he has won the reputa- 
tion of being one of the most wonder- 
fully successful devotees of the horse in 

Canada. 

In 1895 he rode and drove at the 
first Canadian horse show held in To- 
ronto, achieving stellar honors on the 




late Major Forester's pretty pony Judy. 
This success has been consistently 
maintained at all of the subse.iuent horse 
shows, and also repeatedly at the To- 
ronto Industrial Exhibition, while in the 
red coat events of the Toronto Hunt 
Clul) he has also been a frequent winner. 
^,h^ Case is a strong, fearless rider, 
anil is particularly expert taking the 
hurdles. As a rider in the show ring, 
he has few peers, while he rides regularly 
to hounds, and has schooled many hunt- 
ers and it is not only in Canada that he 
has demonstrated his ability, for he has . ,, ,^ •. , o,,,^, 

been most successful at many of the large shows in the I nited btates. 

He uses speciallv good judgment with all his mounts, as was proved b^ hi. luh 
„ ^IZT^\^eBonn:is course, Montreal, when he was an odds on choice, 

,„ Canada. ^I <-'- ^^,";„, „..,„ „„ ,„e smart hunte,- Othello, own.,! I.v 



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Steve Lane 



Mr. Case's first venturo as an owner of thor()Uji;lil)re(ls was when he purcliascd 
tlie liorse Sufrar King. Takini^ this as a start, the younii; man added to his strin-,^ 
yearly, until he heeaine one of the best known owners of le))|)ers on this continent 

One of his greatest achievements was (hniii},^ the fall of 1!)()S, when iiis horse, 
Steve Lane, won four races in five days, a record tiiat will take some time to heat in 
the field. Mr. Case had only three horses at Hamilton, and out of ten races run 
through the field at the meeting. Mr. Case won live, was second once and Ihinl 
once, his horses not being out of tiic money in any of llic events in whicli tliey started 
He showed great judgment in the |)nrcha.sc of tlic le|)|(cr Uann<'ll. who won his lii-st 
race with Mr. Ca.se's colors u|) 

Steve Lane was the first horse of any ini|iortance lo !)<■ ac(|iiii-ed \)\ the yunthfiil 
owner, who purchased him in the season of 1!>07. and won three races with him 

Then came the |)urchase of the Icppcr Mark>man. who won hi- (ir>t race under 
the colors of his new master, a victory that was icpcateil on moi-e than one occasion 
during the same season, while in 1!)(),S Marksman again won laurels for his owner. 

These three horses gave the young Canadian the best stable of steeplechasers of 
that year on the Canadian circuit. He was the second Kindest winuei- .it the Ilamiltoii 



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nu'ctiiiii-, and would have headed tlie list had he not sohl the good eolt Dennis 
Stati'ord, who was also a winner 

It is rare to make a sueeess both in the show ring aiid in raeing. hut Mr. Case has 
accomplished the difficult teat. Dame Fortune being e<|ually gracious to him in the 
racing field. 

Like all enthusiastic horse men, Mr. Case is of a happy disposition, mentally 
and physically active. With youth and fortune in his favor, he bids fair to retain his 
prominence as an expert rider and driver for many years to come. 




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MURRAY HENDRIE 

THE love of horses caiiu- iiatiiralh to Miiniiy Ilciidric. of I lainilloii. lor lie is 
a son of the hile Win. Ileiidrie, wlio owned the t'ainous \ alh-v I'arin, and whose 
useful life is touched upon elsewhere in this |)ul)hcatiou. The sou inherited 
his father's admiration of tlie e(|uiue. and Ihouyh still a younu' man is one of 
tlie most widely known horsemen in Caiuida, and can l>e classed aniouy the 
cleverest j^entleman riders of the jiresent ii'enei'ation. Murray IJeiidiie was horn 
in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1876. His education commenced at I'pper Canada (Olle^e, 
Toronto, and from there he went to the Koyal Military Colleo-e. Kingston. At hoth 
learnin<; places he was adnn'ttedly one of the l>est all-round athletes either collei;e had 
ever had (jcc-asion to he j)roud of. .\s a ruj^ln football |ilayer he was looked u|)on as 
the hardest worker on the teams of both the U.C(\ and R.M.('., and he figured con- 
.spicuously in all of the many game.s in which he was a |)arlici|)aut. 

On leaviuf^ .sehool, Mr. Hendrie eoiunieuced his business career with the Hank 
of Hamilton, workin<f in both the Toronto and Hamilton ofhces. When the call came 
for volunteers to serve with the first Canadian Contiuii-ent in the iioer War. he enlisted 
and served U>r two years in South Africa, ])assinn- through some of llic liardol e\|)eri- 



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ences of the war. U])on the (k'ath of liis fatlier he commenced a l)rokerage business 
for himself, but eventually abandoned it and spent a year in the Canadian West. 

His love for riding was acquired very early in life, and it increases as he grows 
older. When he was about nine years of age he won his first race. This was at 
Hamilton Exhibition, and his mount was the Ilendrie pony Magic. He rode his 
first jumping race in 1893, and since then has fairly demonstrated that he has but few 
eciuals in Canada, haviu"' skilfullv handled verv manv winners. His riding is so well 
thought of generally that whenever Murray Hendrie accepts the mount the horse 
becomes the favorite in public opinion, and will win if riding can hcl]) at all. The 
first horses he owned were IVmi Below /eio and 'Ihe Kiltie. For some time he 
was in partnership with Burton Holland, their stables including Leading Lady, Jim 
Lvles and Sweden. Mr. Hendrie is of a jovial disposition, with an eye ever to the 
l)right side of things. He is popular in social circles, and takes an active interest in 
all outdoor sports. 




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FOX HUNTING IN CANADA 

THE eyes of tlic world .iie directed to the North Aiuerieiin Continent as the (great- 
est hiiiitiii^r (h)inain of tiie glolje. Its magnificent forests, stretching from tlie 
pine forests of Maine to the vast wooded region of tlie Paget Sound country, 
and its jjreat hikes, reacliino: from the Moliawk \'alk'v to Hudson Bav. teem with animal 
and finny hfe. Mucli has heeii written, antl deservedly. al)out the moose, caribou, and 
deer hunting, as well as duck and chicken shooting, to l)e found all over this region 
and the Noi-tliwest TiMritories, which deliglit the heai't of the sportsman, hut little 
has been said about the |»rince of sports, fox hunting. 

It is not Ix'cause of its recent introduction, for since tlie year IS-iCi the coverts of 
America have rung to the horn of the huntsman and echoed to the whimper and the 
giving tongue of the hounds It has been truly called the "'sport of kings."" and cer- 
tainly the accessories of the royal pastime are of most elegant and aristocratic char- 
acter. 'I"he hunter of game, and the fishernuui. assume their corduroys and weather- 
stained <rarments with their rod and <rmi. which habiliments seem best suited for these 
avocations, while the nienihcrs of the hunt find the gay "|)iuk"" coat and velvet cap. 
the bags and shining tops, their ideal costumes, and. indeed, the meet breakfasts demand 
a certain elegance in all their ap|)()intmcuts. from Ihc carefully k(>pt hounds to th(> glossy, 
lii<:h-bred outlines of the hunter. 

I'ldikc many other kinds of siiort. which can be cari'ied on in small ])arties of 
twos and threes, fox hunting is rem.irkable for its essentially social chai-actei'. and 
while the pursuit of the l)ig ganu\ and even fishing except luider restrictions, are mainly 
for the masculine element alone, hunting tlie fox is as ardently followed by women 
as bv men ( )ne reason for this uiav be that a woman is fully conscioiis that her neat, 
well-fitting habit, the color induced b\ the exercise, and the grace of her horsemanshij) 
enhance her i)eautv even more than the attire of the ballroom 

The huntiuii season trenerallv be<rins in Sentcmber and lasts anywhere from two 
to three months according to the locality, while |ire\iou> to Ihc regular meets there is 
considerable cul) huiding and general prc|)aralory work done in order to get the hounds 
into conrhtion. Scune of these early morning rnn> in late suinuier are rc|)lctc with i-njoy- 
ment, being marked with incidents iu)t usually found In the regidar hunts Not iu- 
fre<|Uently one, two and sometimes three runs and a kill or two are the icsult of a day's 
hunting. This is a great strain on the staying (jualities of both hoises and hounds, 
and in eonsec|uence the keenest lior>einen rc(|iiire to keep in their stai)le several good 
hunters to meet the (hunands of the season The huntsman and the whip have always 
to be well mounted, and it can readily be seen that nolhing but a horse of excellent 
f|uality and breeding can cany a man from eight to Ihiileeii hours, over Iwcnty-fivc or 
fifty jumps in a stift" hunting country, wilhont snflicieni res! and care. 

The adventure, exhilaration, good-fellowship and the manliness of fox hunting 
without doubt place it at the to|) of all |iastimes. The friendly enudation for the brush, 
the rush at the fences, admiration of your horse as he clears the water-jump or ditch, 



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all dashed with a suspicion of risk .iiid danger, make up a font ensemble which perhaps 
no other s])ort can ever aj^proach. Apart from the merely pleasurable side there is 
also the very important one of the extreme healthfulness of the pursuit, and so it is that 
when on tlu> hack of youi- favorite liuiitcr, with the lioiinds in front, your friends around 
you, and the fox in the distance, von feel tliat it is incU-ed the sport of kincjs. 




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COLONEL COLIN SEWELL 



ONE of the most proniisinii; men in turf circles in tlie ancient City of Quel)ec is 
Col. Colin Sewell. who is also an eminent physician. He takes a great interest 
in the welfare of the thoroughbred, and has owned many good ones during his 
career as a devotee of the sport of kings. Col. Sewell learned to ride early in life, 
and lias never lost his love for the chase, being one of the regulars at the nuu-t of 

the hounds. 

He commenced his racing career in 
the year ISSl. and since that lime has 
seldom been without a thoroughbred in 
his stable. His first race-horse was 
Leather Stocking, w hicli was afterwards 
renamed The Rake. With this horse 
the ( 'olonel won many coveted cups 
and stakes. After the rctirenuMit of The 
Rake. Col. Sewell pui-chased .several 
but did not meet with uuich .success 
until lie secured Krawali and Rhic 
Coal : with them he wt)n nianv I'accs, 
only disposing of the latter during the 
season of 1 !)()?. Ballycastle was another 
in 1 1 is >lal)lc with w lioni sc\-i'i'al cups were 
won. ilic latest pni'cliasc was the 
hoi'sc .\nd\ Williams, who w;is I'aced 
under the Sewell colors for the (irst 
time in 1!)()7. meeting wllli limited suc- 
cess, 'i'lic ( dionel is on<' of the prin- 
ci|)al (ignrcs in the Citv of (Quebec 
Turf ('lull, and has acted as an ollicial 
at all of their annual meetings. 

('ol. ('olin Sewell w;is born in the 
City of (Quebec in the year bS41, being 
cducatefl at Kdinbui'gh Iniversity. where he took his degrees as a surgeon. h'oi- 
two years iiher he held the position of House Surgeon of the I"'dinbnrgh Hospital, 
after which he n turned to Canada to practise. Col. Sewell (irst ae(|iiire(l his love 
for racing in Mclbouriu-. .Australia, where he practised for a >liorl time. In bSSl he 
became attached to E Hatterv. (Quebec, and retired, relainini; the rank of ('olonel. 




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BtTTV Kl.NGSMERE. PaP LaRABIK -MaMBRINO 



JOHN GRIMES 

ONE of the best known horsenieu in Eastern Canada is John Grinu's, ])ro])rietor 
of the Windsor Hotel. Ottawa. Born and educated in the capital city. Mr. 
(irimes l^eoan his hnsincss career as clerk of the Grand Union Hotel. Ottawa, 
afterwards filling- the same position at the Walker House. Toronto, where he remained 
for many years, only leaving the Walker House to go to the Rossin. with which hotel 
he was connected until he purchasetl the AVindsor at Ottawa, which he has remodelled 
and huilt up until it is considered one of the best houses in Eastern Ontario. 

Mr. Grimes has for years been one of the prominent figures in the Ottawa Driv- 
ing Club. and. indeed, was one of the prime movers in its first organization, holding 
office in it for several years until pressure of business compelled him to resign. 

He is a bie contributor to everv movement to advance interest in the horse, the 
annual ice meeting, one of the many tilings which he takes under his patronage, being 
enriched each year by a stake named after the Windsor Hotel. In the year 1907. he 
donated a cu{) to be held by the owner of the horse establishing a new ice track record. 

Mr. (irimes is a splendid business man. owns a beautiful residence in Ottawa, 
and divides his time l)etween his home, his business and his horses. 



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Simpson Grevs 



THE SIMPSON GREYS 



TIIH Ix'autii'ul f^rcv liorsi-s t'oniiiiin- siicli iin iinporlimt |);irt of tlie drlivrry systcMii 
f)t' the iiiiiiH'iisc (lepiirtiiUMital ('stal)li.sliiiient of Tlic l{(>l)t. Siin]).soii ( 'o.. Limited, 
'I'oroiito, arc widely known in tlie (^ueen City and its snhurhs, and arc nnicli 
adnnrcd liv citizens and visitors from cvcrywlicrc. At present there are over one 
luindi'cd ol' tliesc horses in the Simpson service. A score of years a<>o one solitary 
(,rrcv horse conid attend comfoi'tahly to all the (h-Iivcry wants of the Simpson store. 
In !!)()!), it is estimated that at hvist one lnin(h'cd and fifly arc in comnn'ssion. 'IMic 
ffey horse thai did ihe pioneer work of the linsiiicss was a i;i'cat favoi'itc, aiul cacli 
succeediiif^ horse pnifhased for the (iini was a li'i'cy one. until to-ilay the Simpson 
lu)rscs arc one of Ihe licst nie<linm> of advertising- that the entcrprisini;' firm has. 
PcodIc of all aires, from the toddliuL; vonnuster to the lotlcriiii'' "reat-i'randma. arc 
familiar with the Siin[)son delivery, which is often in c\ idcnc<' in many neiiildiorhoods. 
These horses arc picked up all oscr ( )nlario li\ the firm's iiiiyer, Mr. \\ . I )claney, w ho, 
diirinff his many years' .serviee, has lioui^ht Ihcm all. His clloils to secure uniformity 



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in color and size have met with tlie .sio;nal success tliat comes of sincerity and ex- 
perience. His stan(hii(l is a horse ahout Hi liaiids and weighing 1/200 to 1,250 lbs., and 
he favors a young liorse l>ecause it retains its color longer. Some persons who will 
read this are possibly not aware that a grey horse gets lighter in color as age in- 
creases, and eventually turns white, long before its usefulness has ceased. Mr. 
Delanev has been in charge of the Simjjson horses for 17 years. He presides over 
the stables on Mutual St. and Dalhousie St.. Toronto, where there is every accom- 
modation for the bio- etiuine familv. and the situation is within easv distance of the 
store, but the rapidlv increasing necessity for more horses and. consequently, more 
room, is being acted upon i)y the company, and ]ilans are now being prepared for 
new stables which will lie the eijual in modern equipment of any on the continent. 
Nearlv a hundred men are at present engaged as drivers, or in looking after the horses. 
There are some sixty wagons, about a fourth of that number being the large sizes 
for team loads. A stringent system has to be employed in the assignment of the dif- 
ferent wagons to their respective territoiy. There are three trips a day to all points 
within the city limits, and the suburban places are covered once every day, and in some 
eases twice. In addition to this, there are special wagons in readiness to wait on 
trains and boats. Notwithstanding the precision involved, the system works to a 
nicety. Each man knows what he has to do and is considerate of the welfare of his horse, 
some of them being much ;itta<li(M| to their useful pet and taking personal pride in 
havino- it look its verv best. The suburban deliverv extends as far west of Toronto 
as Cooksville and Lome Park ; north to Richmond Hill, and east to Scarboro Jet. 
The wagons are of a uniform color, as familiar to the Toronto eye as is the Simpson 
grey horse. They are the up-to-date, rubber-tired, roller-bearing vehicles; different 
from twenty years ago, when the sole Simpson deliverv vehicle was a two-wheeled cart. 

The manv advantao-es that customers living outside the Citv mav derive, have 
been amply demonstrated by Simpson's, who are now handling in the neighliorhood 
of 1.000, ()()() mail orders per annum. Careful and ]))-oni])t >liipment and honest value 
have caused a marvellous growth in this branch of the lousiness, which is just as strictly 
looked after as is the immense City deliverv. 

The history of the Simpson business is of decided interest. It was estaljlished Ijy 
the late Mr. Robt. Simpson, who came to Toronto from Newmarket in 187'-2. and 
opened a little store on Yonge St. north of the present mammoth building, which is 
a monument to a courageous, progressive man. In ISSO the store employed thirteen 
clerks and the horse j)articulai-ly referred to above. In 1S81, ]\Ir. Simpson moved 
to a larger building in the block which is now entirely occupied by the business he 
created, purchase and extension having continued until the whole block has been ac- 
quired. In 189-1 contracts were let for a 7-storey building to occuj)y the site of his 
old stores. The building, when completed, was the finest of its kind in Canada, but 
scarcely before three months had elapsed it was reduced to ashes. This dreadful 
calamity did not break the spirit of Mr. Simpson, who set to work to rebuild on a 
grander scale, for the fire had made room for a biiiii-er iilace. In Jannarv. 189(>. the 



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new store was occupied, but shortly afterwards, in 1897, the death of Mr. Simpson 
occurred, and though the liusiness was continued in the same name, the capital stock 
passed into other liands and was materially increased. The corner of Richmond and 
Yonge Sts. was acqiured in 1900. and a large addition similar to the main entrance 
was erected. The business grew with the buikling. and instead of the modest number 
of thirteen hands employed in 1880. there are now '■2.. 500. and the l)uil(lings are being 
more than doubled in size on the site just to the west, which was purchased from Knox 
Church, and runs through from Queen to Richmond Sts. A j)rivate street. 45 feet wide. 
is to be opened along the western line, and the store will have a street on each of its four 
faces, which will not only be of great advantage for show w iiulows. l)ut will give an 
abundance of light and air for the upper floors from four fairly wide streets, ^^'llen 
com])leted. Simpson's will be by far the handsomest and best e(juipj)ed retail establish- 
ment in the Dominion, and will have a floor space of over 11 acres. It will be excelled 
by only two or three retail stores in the whole world. riiere is already every con- 
ceivable convenience for the thousands of custoTuers who visit the store daily, and this 
careful consideration is highly aj)preciated. The system aik)])tcd by the firm so suc- 
cessfully, positively prevents overstocking, and consequently all lines of goods are 
the newest. To facilitate the buying in Europe, the company have an office in London 
and another in Paris. The London office is head(|uarters for many Canadian visitors. 
The Simpson Co. is a large exhibitor at all the hor.se shows held in Toronto, and 
especially at the outdoor parades held on Dominion Day. Numerous prizes won by 
their turnouts signify the interest they take in ;ill matters a|)|)citainiiig to the 
horse. 






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HUGH S. WILSON 

DT^RINC? twenty years of active association with the best of the jumping horses 
Ilno'h S. AYilson, of '^^Foronto. has well earned his rejiutation as the pluckiest 
Canadian ritler ever seen in the arenas of the principal horse shows of Canada 
and the United States, and no rider of the jumpers has more victories to his credit. 
Gameness is his characteristic, and when all his competitors have had enough of it 
he is always out to take every chance a man and a horse can take. Consequently, 
he has been the victim of accidents a scoi'e or more times, some of them verv serious, 
but he has been fortunate in quick recoveries, and at this writing is in splendid shape, 
and a model of a vigorous young Canadian who loves a game horse and possesses the 
utmost confidence in himself to achieve victory, no matter what odds are against him. 
For many years he rode ^Ir. Cieorge Pepper's horses at all of the ])rincipal shows 
with magnificent success. 

II uo'liie Wilson, as he is familiarlv known all over America, was born in Pickeriiii'-. 
Ont., in 1<S7(), and when a cou|)le of years of age went with his parents to Winnipeg. 
Eight years later he came to Toronto, where he wound u]) his schooling. He is a natural 
horse lover and at eleven years of age he was an accomplished rider. In 1904 he estab- 
lished his present business as a dealer in Toronto in good horses and has achieved re- 
markable success. His splendid stables on Pears Ave., Toronto, are a solid testimonial 
to his business acumen and his reliability. He married ^Nliss INIcCormack, of Toronto, 
in 1904, and their pretty home is at 48 Rathnally Ave., Toronto. On the annual 
three months' circuit of the American horse shows, starting at Louisville, Mr. WiLson 
has been time and again the most successful of the competitors. He obtained a re- 
markable record at the New York show in Madison Square Garden, 1904, securing 
the three championships, light, middle and heavy weights. He won the former on 
King Juvenal, owned by Mr. Hitchcock, Jr.; the middle weight on Mr. Pepper's 
Sweet Lavender, and the heavy weight on Hon. Adam Beck's Dul)lin. Away 
back in 1891, in Chicago he rode Charlie, the pony under twelve hands which made 
the record jump of 5 ft. 5 inches. He considers the liest jumper he ever rode was 
Mr. Pepper's Pearl, a most consistent performer of prize-winning proclivities. He 
made a world's record with her at Des Moines, la., in 190'-2, the jump being 7 ft. 6f inches. 
He quit riding the mare that year or would likely have at least equalled the present 
record of 7 ft. 11 inches. He is undoulitedly the most successful rider of jumpers 
representing this country. Some of his stellar performances are Maud, 6 ft. 10 
inches, at Toronto Exhibition; The Bard, 7 ft. If inches, at Des Moines, and 
Rupert, 7 ft. If inches, on the same night; Sure Pop (Crowe & Murray), 7 ft- 
44- inches, at Nashville, Tenn., and also sensational jumps on Myopia, one of the 
most succes.sful ])erformers in the world, and Bloomington, another of his stars. Mr. 
Wilson is a most useful member of the Toronto Hunt Club, and his quiet disposi- 
tion and unfailing nerve have nuide him decidedly ])opular with the army of his 
associates in the e(|uine world. 



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lA.Ill.j:, CLVDLbDALli MaRI;. I'KOPtKIV Ol C.KAIIAM & ReMKEW 



THE GRAHAM-RENFREW COMPANY 

AT/riIOU(iII not so old as some of the otlier firms in the eqnine world, the snh- 
jeets of this sketch, who are known from Sydney to Victoria as the firm of 
The (iraham-Renfrew ("omjiany. Limited, are envied by many of the veteran 
admirers of the horse for their successful career in the breeding and display of fine 
specimens of the Steed. They have not only won personal triumphs in this field, but 
have contributed materially to the success of others. The Graham-Renfrew stock 
farm, known as Bc<lford Park, which is situated at a beautiful spot on Yonge Street, 
is famed for the winners which it has bred and raised. 

This firm is concerned with not only the heavier class of horses, but also with 
those of the hackney and harness class. Success has been the result of the members' 
efforts and experiments in all classes they have handled. As a financial proof of their 
excellent results, may be citetl the fact that they sold one of their champion hackneys 
for the laro-est price ever paid for such a horse leaving Canada. This was Hiawatha, 
who was sold to Mr. ('lap]), of Virginia, for the sum of seven thousand dollars, thus 



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being transferiTd I'roni tlie Doniinion [o the Old Dominion. ;is ^'il^■inia is calioil. This 
was a sensational sale, even in the most successt'iil e([uine annals. 

One of the best hackney ponies ever shown on this continent was Plymonth Horace, 
owned bv Graham-Renfrew, which developed an amazing- talent for championships. 
lie has more action than many of the larger hackneys and has sired manv winners. 
This notable pony is fnll brother to Lady Kit Kat. who held the championship of 
England for two years. This firm imported the Clydesdale stallion Sir INEarcus, the 
l)est ever owned at the famous farm. He won several cham])ionshi})s before being 
.sold to (iraham Brothers, of Claremont, who, also, found him a winner. Brigham 
Radiant was another splendid hackney owned l)y this firm, earrviiig off prizes at all 
the prominent shows. 




Brigmam Raoiant — Hacknky Stallion Property of Graha.m .X: Renfrew 



Mr. \\alter Renfrew is the younger of the two |)artners. lint lie has had a wide 
and varied experience. Before the alliance with Mr. I{(iliert (irahani. he owned a 
stock farm near the town of Stonffville, where lie made his first ac(|naintanee with the 
horse world. He began in a nuxiest and limited fashion, but proved so successful in 
his eflorts that he extended his stock busiiu\ss. winning prize after prize, until the time 
came for a broad alliance with Mr. Rol)ert (irahani. in the autumn of 1!»(I.J, the 
Yonge Street property was bought and given the name of Hedford Tark. Many of 
the finest horses in the Stonffville farm were transferred to the new |iro|)erty and ex- 
tensive additions were made to the valuable stable. Thus began what has proved 
to be a nicst successful union, for each year the farm has become more widely known. 



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until it now ranks ainono- the first stofk farms in America. From time to time the 
stock farm has been increased in order to accommodate the demands of a rapidly- 
irrowiu"' business. ]\Ir. Renfrew is a Canadian bv l)irth. a native of Toronto, in which 
city he makes his home. He is re<>arded as an authority in the show ring, not only 
for the heavier, but also for the light harness horses. He has held various offices in the 
horse associations of the country and has always believed firmly in the improvement 
of the Canadian l)reeil of horses. 

Mr. Robert Graham, tlie other member of the firm, dates his experience from an 
earlier ])eriod than his ])artner can claim. He has been an anient admirer of the horse 




Plymouth Horace. Property of Graham & Renfrew 



since 1876, when he made his first trip across the Atlantic with his father, Richard 
(iraham, who carried on the business before him. With a hereditary fondness for the 
horse, Mr. Robert Graham went into partnershii) with his father at an early age, and, 
on the demise of the latter, took sole charge of the l)usiness. He was responsible for 
the firm of Graham Brothers, of Claremont. After following in his father's footsteps 
for several years, he took his brother William into partnership, and as soon as Thomas 
was old enough, he also was made a member of the firm. This triple alliance lasted 
for many years, in fact, until !!)().). when Robert united with Walter Renfrew, leaving 
William and Thomas to run the old firm. 



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Rol)ert Graham was horn in the town of Markliani, wliere he received his early 
education, making his home at Chiremont until his clianm' in business. During- his 
career, he has bought and sold many champion horses in almost every class, dealing, 
in the earlv davs. more extensively with Clydesdales. One of the best of these that he 
ever imported was Royal Exchange, who won great renown for Robert and his father 
from 1S7() until bought by Senator Beith in 1878. Old Prince Arthur was another 
horse that helped to make the (iraliam farm famous, always winning in the ring in 
this countrv and siring many a brilliant winner. Mr. Robert Graham is one of the 
oldest importers of horses on the continent and is among the foremost judges. His 
advice is always in demand and his judging, at all prominent shows in the country, 
has earned for him an envial)le re])utation for discretion and fairness. 

Both Walter Renfrew and Roljert Graham are reinsmen of the first class, and 
manv times have tlriven their own horses to victory. Both enjoy a ride on a gootl 
hunter, but devote more time to other interests in the horse world than to riding or 
drivin<r. Thev are alwavs hig^hlv gratified bv success of others to whose stables thev 
have contributed. Mr. Robert Davies is an instance of one of their fortunate cus- 
tomers, as the Renfrew-Graham firm brought to Canada the Clydesdale mares with 
which Mr. Davies made such a clean sweep at the Industrial Exhibitions held through- 
out Canada. 

The champion cups and ribbons won by this i)rosperous firm at the many shows 
all over the country, would make a silver exhibition in themselves, while their hundreds 
of badges foi'm a dis|)la\ which tells its own story of l)reed and training. 



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THE CANADIAN NATIONAL BUREAU OF BREEDING, LIMITED 

TllK Canadiuu National Bureau of Birc-din^-. Limited, was started in the autumn 
of 1!)()7 by John F. Ryan, having for its objeet the imi)r()vement of the 
l)ree(l of horses in Canada. It was incorporated under Dominion Charter 
in 1!)()S, and its growth has been so rajnd and its influence so far-reaching that in a 
short time it has come to 1)e perhaps the most important institution coimected with 
horse breeding on the continent. 

The working of this Bureau is simple. Thoroughbred stallions are secured by 
purchase and donation from owners all over the continent, and are placed with re- 
s])onsi])le farmers in Canada for service with cold-bloodeil mares. The service fee 
is a nominal one, and goes to the man who keei)s the horse. The thoroughbred cross 
produces an ideal saddle or cavalry horse, an.l as these are in great demand, the 
Bureau has been flooded with apj/lications from all i)arts of the country from Cape 
Breton Island to the Yukon. It is estinnited that it will take at least five years to 
com])lete the work of the Bureau, which' by that time should be the finest in the world, 
and a national asset which will bring millions into the country every year. 

A tremendous impetus was given the Bureau by the earnest support given it by 
tlu' War Ofl^ice. In fact, the Bureau was hailed as a solution of the cavalry remount 
problem, and is now looked u])on as the only feasible plan of securing an Imperial 
cavalry reserve. The War Ottice Iniyers are travelling throughout the country in- 
ducing farmers to breed their mares to the Buicau thoroughbreds, ami showing them 
that there is a ready market awaiting them. England pays $'•200 for a trooper, and 
$;500 for a charger delivered at Liverpool, and as horses can l)e raised very cheaply 
in Camida. especially in the western provinces, the breeding of these remounts is a 
profitable business for the farmer. The west is the natural nursery for the nation's 
cavalry. Alberta is larger tlian either France or Germany, Saskatchewan is twice 
as large as Great Britain and Ireland, and British Columbia is twelve hundred miles 
long and four hundred miles wide. There are thousands of acres of richest pasture 
in these provinces, and the horses raised there are of the hardiest sort. 

But the work of the Bureau is not confined to that ])art of Canada. New Bruns- 
wick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Ontario are just as enthusi- 
astic, and ajjart from the business of it, there is strong national sentiment behind the 
new organization. 

It is in the interests of Canada to secure for England if possible the best cavalry 
in the world. It is recalled that during tlie Boer war. the Mother Country was at 
her wit's end for cavalry horses. She had to get twelve thousand horses from the 
.Vrgentino and send them to the Cape of Good IIo])e, and she had to pay top prices 
to the Uimgarians for seven thousand five hundred horses. It is estimated that dur- 
ing that war, England spent seven millions of dollars for horses, and only the smallest 
fraction of this immense sum found its way to Canada, simply because there were 
no suitable horses to be had here. The liureau is clianging all this, and should there 



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1)0 aiiotluT national emergency, the eavaliv icniounts can he obtained here, and the 
money will remain in the Empire. 

The same can and will be done in Canada as in France. There, the Govern- 
ment has 2'-29 thoroughbred stallions, and these in U)()7 produced over 8,0(»(t foals. 
Jn that vear the Government paid to small farmers and breeders no less than $3,(i?7,()0() 
for remounts, and every dollar of this, of course, remained in France. 

The Russian, German, French, and Austrian (iovernments s])end great sums 
for thoroughbreds to go to their bureaus. 'I'wenty tliousand pounds is not consid- 
ered too 'much for a thoroughbred to be mated with cold-blooded nuires, and in some 
instances more than that has been paid. In recent years such world-famous thor- 
oughbreds as Flying Fox, Galte More, winner of the Triple Grown; Clever, winner 
of the French Derbv; Carlton. Magnus, and other famous horses, havi' gone to Euro- 
pean breeding bureaus. 

The Canadian Bureau has selected only tiie best stallions, horses of royal breed- 
ing, good conformation and free from all hereditary taint In the lot are: Masterman, 
bv Hastings, dam Lady Margaret. l)y Impot-ted 111 Used. lie is a grand iuflividnal, 
and was the American cliani])ion in l)oth his two and three-year-old form. His sire 
Hastings, bv Spendthrift-Cinderella, is one of the best thoroughbreds in America, 
and has l)een three times at the head of the winning list in ATnerica. Rosemount, 
another Hnreau stallion, is also l)y Hastings, ami his dam. Lady Rosemary, is by St. 
Hlai.se. lie is a beautiful type of a horse, and is stationed at Petit Cote, near Montreal. 

Our i?ov is a ruira;ed stallion bv Imiiorted Mv liov II. dam Dina. bv Kost-iusko. 
He is getting an excellent cavalry type, and is on the farm of Major James Riley, of 
the Duke of "\ Ork Hussars, in \audreuil County, (^uel)ec. 

One of the famous horses of the IJur(\iu is Sea Hor.se 11, a thoroughbred who 
sold for sixteen thousand dollars in England only a couple of years ago. and who has 
since been in the stud in \'irginia This hoise is as well known in A\istralia and New 
Zealand as in America. an<l his f(»als are |>ronomieed lirst-eiass. 

Javlin, stationed near St. John's. (Quebec, is a handsome horse by Lnported Hridge- 
water, by Hampton, out of The (iliost by Flying Dutchman He is a perfect individual. 
and a valuable ac(|uisition to the Bureau. Mcllvain is stationed at I'ertli, Ontario, 
and is a handsome blood bay by Rend Or out of Sierra Leone. He is a })erfect cav- 
alry type. 

Stallions are being sent out as fast as they can be secured, and there will be no 
slackening of effort until at least 300 have been ])laced. \\ this date (U)()S) the ap- 
|)lications for stallions mimber over .seven hundred. 

The chief workers in the National Bureau are John F. Ryan, llie fouinler; l>ieut.- 
Coioncl Ashmead, representing (^nel)ec; II. J. V. (iood, re])re.senting ()ntario; (ieorge 
Carrnthers. representing Manitoba; Col. H. J McT,aughlin. representing Saskatche- 
wan; and Osborne Brown, re|)resenting All)erta The Maritime Provinces are looked 
after from Montreal, and a secretary will be appointed next spring for British Col- 
umbia, when the Bureau will be in full working order fioni coast to coast. 



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CAPTAIN H. C. OSBORNE 

AN enthusiastic follower of the hounds is Captain II. ('. Osl)orne. Toronto, and 
altliounh he has recently become an ardent admirer of the automobile, he 
has not lost his kind re<;ard for his friend the horse, ])articularl_v the hunter. 
He is a diligent worker in the afi'airs of the Toronto Hunt Club, l)eing one of its 
most enero-etic directors, and to his efforts much of the success and j)opularity 
attained l)y the Club is undoubtedly due. He followed the Toronto hounds first in 
189.5, and has been devoted to the sport constantly since. In 1!)().'5 his horse (iolden 
Crest (Golden Badge — Straightaway) ran 
third to Thessalon in the King's Plate 
race at the Woodbine. He was one of 
the founders and the first Secretary of 
the Toronto Polo Club, and was very 
active in procuring a suitable jjolo field 
for the Toronto followers of the sj)ort. 

Henrv Campl)ell Osborne was born 
in Brantford, Out., in lS74,and received 
his educatit)u at Trinity College School, 
Port Hope, and Trinity College, Toronto. 
He is a son of James Kerr Osborne. 
Toronto. In \iW2 he married Mrs. C. 
L. Bath, daughter of the late (i. G. 
Francis, of Toronto and London, Eng. 
("apt. Osborne is a member of the firm 
of ()sI)orne ^' Francis, stock and bond 
brokers ;ind financial agents, Toronto. 

Thouah business demands much of 
his attention lie finds time for military 
matters. Capt. Osborne became con- 
nected with the Canadian Militia in IS!)!), 
when he took a commission in the Royal 
Grenadiers, Toi-onto, and he is now in 
command of "B" company of that crack 
regiment. He inherits his liking for mili- 
tary pursuits, his father having served as a Major of the lUtli Regiment during the 
Fenian Raid. In addition to his connection with the Toronto Hunt Club he is on 
file management committee of the Toronto Club, and is a member of the Toronto 
Polo Clnl); Albany Clul). Toronto; Canadian Military Institute. Toronto; St. James 
Club. :Moutreal, and S]H)rts Club, London, Eng. He is also fond of a game of golf, 
and was for some time a nuMuber of the 'I'oronto (Jolf Club. 




Captain H. C. Osborn'e 



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s 



SANDFORD FLEMING SMITH 



WDKOKl) FLEMING SMITH is a son of 
tlie late Alexander Smith of Peterborough. 
Born in Peterborough, he graduated from 



the High Sehool of that town and entered a private 
school to prepare himself for the School of Practi- 
cal Science in Toronto, where he had a most 
successful course. 

He has made ids home in Toronto for sev- 
eral years, his handsome residence in Poplar 
Plains Road l)eing a centre of open-handed hos- 
pitality. 

lie joined the firm of Bond & Smith in 19(t3, 
one of the most pi'oinineiit ai'chitcctural fii'iiis in 
the country. 

Mr. Smith has idways taken an active interest 
in ;dl l)i-anches of athletics. lie has lieen a mem- 
ber of the Toronto Hunt for years, and is a regu- 
lar attendant in the hunting fiehl, also having 
successfully taken part in the Hunt Club's ai 

point to |)()int i 

Mr. Smith does 





Saxufokd Fleming Smith 



not particularly care 

for the honors of the show rin<r. th()u<rli he 
lias won sevei'al ciips in this \\ay. He takes 
great pleasure and pride in having a good 
hunter. 

In his stai)le are to be found two 
(|ualifieil Imntcrs. Sihcr iJuekle, a liand- 
Nonie niai'e of ra I'e (|nalil\. and Phlox, well 
known to all followers of the hounds as 
lia\ing an e\eeptit)nal bni'st of speed, is 
also a ea|iital jnm|)er 

Ml'. Smith holds a eomniission in the 
(iovernor-Generars Body Guard, and has 
for vears tak(Mi an active interest in all 
inilitarx matters. He is well known in both 
social and business circles, for he is of a 
genial spirit and bright <lisposition, and 
well (|ualilieil to win both liking and esteiMu 
from all who know him. 



Phlox 



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137 



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IKE 



Silver Buckle 



138 



Lovers of the Horse 



JAMES K. PAISLEY 



ONE of tlH> most enthusiastic lovers of the horse in Ottawa is Mr. James K. Pais- 
ley, proprietor of the (Jrand Union Hotel. Above all things Mr. Paisley is a 
Canadian, his modest boast being tiuit his life has been spent on Canadian 
soil, and it may be said that he is as witlely known in the east as in the west. For 
many years, he was a resident of Central Ontario and the farther west, and for a 
score of years lovers of horse-flesh have been on familiar terms with him. Mr. 
Paisley is now the proprietor of the Grand Union, one of Ottawa's leading hotels. 

He is a nativi' of Peel County, Ontario, 
and has had a rathei' remarkable and 
most enviable experience as a host. Ue- 
fore going into Ijusiness at Ottawa in 
li)U"2 he was owner of the New Ro\al in 
Hamilton, and was responsible for the 
remodelling of that hotel in 1897, the 
firm being Patter.son and Paisley. Tlien 
also the firm had control or management 
of the Penetanguishene Hotel in Pene- 
tang, the Sans Souci at Moon River, and 
the Helvidere in I'arry Sound. 

Mr. Paisley was cashier of the ^^alker 
House in Toronto for a luimber of 
years, and is a son of Mr. John Paislev, 
wlio was the owner of a jiopular liostelrx" 
in Orangeville for a ipuirter of a centiu'V. 
^^ith Mr. Dam'el O'Connor, he then 
built the Temagami luu at Teinagami, 
()nt;ii'io. and a \car oi' so ago purchased 
the N'ictoria Hotel at Aylmer. He was also 
foi- some time |)ro|)rietoi' of the Inxpiois 
Hotel in Toronto. He is an active mem- 
ber of tin- Elks, the Knights of Pythias 
and the I'Oresters. and an execnti\(' mem- 
ber of the llolelmen's Mutual IJcnelit 
As.sociation of Ontario. In the jnist iiO years Mr. Paisley has been the owner of many 
horses with enviable records. 'J'wenty years ago he made a start with Sealskin Joe, 
which was entered in the races at \\ innipcg at tli.it lime. Since then he lias interested 
himself mostly in the saddle and harness lioi-scs. one of his best being the saddh' mare 
Jardie, which is in his stable at picsent. In 'i'oi-onto also he has the trotting stallion 
Directly. .\ year or .so ago Mr. Paisley disjxxsed of the majority of his horses, but in 
the |)ast .several years he has driven some fine ones, which have since won coveted 
honors in Hostoii, New ^ oik, 'I'oronto and other American ami ('anadian centres. 




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The Eel. Grey Horse, by Gambolier-Beli. Biuwell hv John h. Umami'ion Pacer of the World on Ice-Track 
2.1 IK MADE AT Ottawa, Ont., January 21st, 1909, over a Half-Mile Track. 
Owned By F. W. Kntricken, Tavistock, Ont. 



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JOHN DYMENT, Jr. 

Tllpy naiiic iif ■■ 1)\ iiiriit "" is knoAvn on tlir Aiiu'ricaii contiiUMit wlu'ii'vtT tlicro 
are lovers of horsos and clean s])ort. One of the best known hearers of the 
name. John Dynient, Jr , was born in Dundas, Ontario, in 1877, and nnder 
the guidance of his father, who was renowned as one of Canada's prominent horse- 
men and l)recders. Ix'canie intereste<l in racing and all s|ioi-ts relating to horsemanship. 
In his hovhood he often roch' to win, sometimes for his father, and also for his uncle, 
Nathaniel Dvnient, of Barrie. who succeeded to his brother's fame in the racing world 

The ability of John, Jr., as a trainer was 
recognized early by the discriminating glance 
of experienced horsemen, and he was soon 
entrusted with the su])ervision of the stables 
at the famous Brookdale Farm, everything 
])ertaining to the horses being placed under 
his care. His early advantages, in receiv- 
ing the encouragement and benefit of the 
broad exf)erience of Nathaniel Dyment, 
the owner of the Brookdale Stable, were 
(juickly turned to account bv the yoimg 
trainer, who assumed his heavy res])onsi- 
bilities with the pride and pleasure of one 
" to the manor born." 'i'he choice was justi- 
fied by its results, for Mr. Dyment has 
|)roved successful, l)otli as trainer and sup- 
ervisor, to a degree most gratifying to his 
sportsmen connection. 

Mr. Dyment has been fortunate in the 
winning of many stakes, but tliis has been 
due larsieiv to the kuowledsre and i^ood 
judgment of the man who knew that "luck" 
is not the largest el<Mnent of field success. 
Mr. Dyment has known the good points 
of his favorites and his I'aith in their prowess 
:he odds atrainst him .\ltliou<rh one of the 
youngest trainers in the Dominion, Mr. Dyment has alreatly a continental reputation 
as a judge of fine horses and an admiicr of ])lu<'ky perforTnances. 

Even the most successful of trainers oi- ad\iseis uuisl meet with his reverses, for 
there are fortunes of sport as well as of war. 'Ilirough the elVorts of John Dyment, 
Jr., the greatest price ever |)aid for a thoroughbred iiorse by a ('anadian was the |tur- 
chase money for the colt Kinleydale, a horse which was e\|)ected to become one of 
the great racers of the day. However, the best laid plans of the trainer were in vain 




J01l.\ DVMENT. JK. 

has l)een imwavering, whatever seemed 



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in this case, for the promising horse died as a result of cohl, leaving disappointment 
to his admirers. But the enterj^rise which had secured this thoroughbred is none the 
less to he commended. Mr. Dvment has been higlilv successful in selecting; two- 
year-olds to race on the Canadian circuit as three-year-olds, and with them he has 
won the majority of the stake events of Canada in the past few years. 

His first o;reat success occurred in 190.'?, when he won the King-'s Plate at the Wood- 
bine, Toronto, with Thcssalon, running second the same year with the horse Nesto, 
while the spectators thundered their apjjlause over what proved a most popular vic- 
tory. He retui-ne(l the following May and won the much-coveted royal Guineas with 
Sa]jj)er, a racer which he had picked uj) for a low figure, and had bought because it 
was sired by Courtown. ]Mr. Dvment is known as a vigorous trainer, and each year, 
on his arrival at the Woodbine, his string of horses is found to be in fit and hardy con- 
dition for the strenuoits days ahead of them. In 1!)()3 he won the majoritv of the 
stakes at the Woodbine with the colt Fort Hunter, now in the stud at the Farm, ^^'itll 
Fort Hunter he also won the Butl'alo Derby, and tried for the great American Derby, 
at which, however. Fort Hunter was beaten, to the surprise of the Canadian backers. 

In the following year he liad conspicuous success with Tongorder, a winner which 
he had selected as a two-year-old. This colt won the best stakes on the Canadian 
circuit, and to-(hiy is one of the fastest horses owned in the country. At the Buffalo 
Derby he was beaten by only a small margin on a heavy track, and showed bv his 
pace and form at that event the thorough training he had received. 

The successor in the string was Uncle Toby, who was not all that his friends niiglit 
have desired. During the season of 1908, Mr. Dyment had a fair degree of success 
with the smallest string he had trained foi- some years. Of course, the glittering ]3rize 
luring the amljition of every Ontario trainer is the King's Plate, and with that object 
in view, Mr. Dyment has kept adding to his string in the purcha.se of many valuable 
brood mares during the autunm of 1908. One of the most noted dams of Ameiica 
was included in this lot. The Elf, dam of Broom Handle. Whisk Broom and Elfal — 
a trio of the greatest winners on the turf of the American Continent. Probably the 
best colt ever bred at the Dyment Farm was Courtown II, the favored racer for the 
King's Plate event in the spring of 1908. wlio unfortunately gave o!it the week l)efore 
the great day, leaving him eligible, however, for the following year. Stromeland was 
another favorite in the string that carried the Dyment colors to the front on several 
occasions in the two-year-old events of 1908. Many yearlings have also been added 
from year to year, and from among these some first-class race-horses have been de- 
velo])ed under this expert trainer's careful handling. 

As Mr. Dyment is only in the early thirties, he has, in all probal)ilitv, manv vears 
of successful business and sj)ort ahead of him. In 1901, ]\Ir. Dyment married iNIiss 
Gro.se, of Barrie, a lady who inlurits a fondness for the sports in which her husband 
delights, and his winter home in Barrie is one of the handsomest residences of that 
pictures(|\ic town. 'I'he splendid racing string now under the Dyment colors is win- 
tered at Brookdale Farm, which is a few miles from Simcoe's county town, and is 
famous for the nianv winners which have been foaled there. 



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AMATEUR ROAD DRIVERS' ASSOCIATION, OF LONDON, ONT. 

SINCE its inoe])tioii. the Amateur Road Drivers* Association, of London. Out., 
has heeonie one of the most suceessful matinee ohihs in America. It lias a 
historv of uninterru])tr(l |)roo;ress. reaching back over a ])eriod of several years, 
with cvcrv pniniise of a prosperous future. In many features this Association con- 
ducts its events alouii' uni(|ue and novel lines: and throuyh fair and s))ortsmanlike 
dealings, and the elimination of certain objectionable features, wliich too frenuently mar 
the success of such organization.s, has won an enviable reputation for gentlemanly sport. 
In this |)articnlar this Association is probably several strides ahead of any in Ontario. 

With tin- coming of the Wednesday afternoon half-holiday custom to London, 
came the opportunitv for London's race-horse lovers and owners to enjoy a little of 
their favorite s|)ort. The track at (Queen's Park was available and wouhl answer the 
|)ur|)()se admiral)lv. There were j)lenty of horses and any nund)er of drivers ready to 
enter conipctilion. Uiit there was still something lacking. The racing events must be 
conducted in an orderlv and .systematic manner if they were to lie a success, and with 
this purpose in view the London Amateur Road Drivers' .Association was formed. Mr. 
(ieoro-e McCormick was the fir.st president; Dr. Fred. \\()()(1 the first secretary, and 
Mr. W. E. Robinson the first treasurer. All three oHicers have remained in office 
almost contimiously ever since, and along with Mr. J. (". Tn-bilcock. who has acted as 
official starting judge, all have given splendid satisfaction. 

Before the ince))tion of this association, other organizations of a similar nature or 
with a similai- •■iid in view were formed. Xoiie of these, however, was long lived, and 
owin<' to disaifreement regarding eei'tain uiethods of conducting the races, each in turn 
prove(l a failure. 

liookmaking and the >ellini; of pools were allo\\('(l l)y these associations, and it was 
contended bv some of the meniix'rs that such practices were far from beneficial, ami 
onlv encoura<>'ed the patronage of undesirable persons. Other horse owners, who would 
otherwise have been glad to share in the sjiort, ke])t aloof on account of such |)ractices. 

When fornuilating the i)lans for the present Association it was agreed that it would 
be l»est to, as far as possii)le. eliminate all (|uestional)le features from the race meets. 
\((oiilinL:l\ IIk' selling of pools and bookmaking are forliiddeu in connection with 
anv race conducted t)y the .\ssociation. 

Another clause in the constitution provides that no admission fee shall be iharged 
the pul)lic and that all grand stand seats shall be free. Large crowds patroni/e the.se 
races, and the sport is found to be an inexpensive and healthful diversion by the toilers 
in factorv, warehou.se and office. Young and old attend the events which are conducted 
everv Wedm-sdav afternoon while the weather ])erniits. (icnerally the season opens in 
June and closes in Oetobt-r. 

None but amateurs are allowed to com|)ete. and thus sport |)nrely for sport's sake 
is a.ssurefl. No |)ri/,es or purses are offered with the exception of the elia nipionship 



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Clip, wliic-li is compett'd for anniially. This trophy was jjresented to the Association 
at its inception by the Free Press Printing- Co. At each of the races riblions are awanletl 
the winners. 

The Association does not iiu hide horse owners alone, but many k)vers of the sport, 
who through unfavorable circumstances are jjrohibited from keeping a horse of their own, 
contribute financial aid to the oroanization, and keej) the treasury at all times well filled. 

Harness horses alone are allowed in comjietition, and the use of hobbles is strictiv 
prohibited. The vehicles used must be of the four-wheeled type, and the As.sociation 
owns all these w'aireons but allows the members to hitch to them at will. 

There are from twentv-tive to thirtv horses entered each afternoon. Owino- to 
the events lasting as they do for one afternoon each week only, it is almost impossible 
to make room for more than that numl)er of horses. 

In the matinees has been found a splendid opportunity for testing green material, 
and also for showing horses with a view to their sale. Through these races many London 
horses have found their way to the best racing stal)les of the country. Horse biivers 
from far and near attend these events, and on several occasions have purcliased horses 
which have afterwards |)rove(l to be very fast. At almost every matinee promising- 
young horses are brought out. Some are bought u]) immediately upon being tried out, 
while others have to give way to the s|)eedier. 

Among the notable sales made through the matinee races of this Association during 
the past few years have been: Walter S, formerly owned by Norman McLeod &: Sons, 
and Dr. Jack, owned by Tennant & Barnes, both of which horses were sold into Toronto 
stables for large sums of money. Solstone, formerly owned l)y Mr. George McCormick, 
is now one of the champion horses of the New York Speedwav. with a record of '-2. 1,'}|. 
He was the cup winner in 1!)(»7. The Dentist, Lady IJlack, Madge W, ( 'Upper, and manv 
others have also found their way into the big stables from the London matinee races. 

ISIemljcrship in the Loudon Amateur Road Drivers" As.sociatioii has not been 
confined to residents of London, and from time to time amateur horsemen from neigh- 
boring towns have taken an active interest in the Club. Dr. J. A. Hughson, of Huffalo, 
who was at one time a prominent member of the nuitinee clul) of that city, lias now 
taken up his lot with the London Association. His hoises appear regularly at the Wed- 
nesday afternoon matinees. 

Such prominent business and professional men as R. J. Wood, H. S. Wilcox, J. 
A. lirownlee. Dr. K. Harnes, Dr. D. C. Tennant, Dr. S. W. A. Thompson, S. Thomp.son. 
Will. Collins. C. (r. McCormick. Xorman McLeod and Sons. Geo. Campbell. Robert 
Nixon, Frank Sage, James Ak-Cartney, Fred. Paisley. J. S. Sherlock, Alex. Henderson, 
Geo. McCartney. W. B. WoodhuU of Lambeth. Joseph Wilkins. Gordon Lawson. J. 
H. Brooks, and numerous others, have from time to time been among the active members 



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PHILIP McGINNIS 

A BENEFACTOR to tlu- cause of the thoroughbred, aud to the (knotees of the 
royal sport of raciug. is Mr. Pliil. McGmnis, who was born at Huntingdon, 
(^ucbtT, and who is one of the few Canadians to have climbed to the very toj) 
of the la(hier of success in the racing workl. 

Mr. McGinnis's great contribution to the king of sports lias been his invention, 
the starting machine. In the early days of racing in this country, no barrier was used, 
and tlier(> were so many wreteliedly unequal and unfair starts, that Mr. McGinnis 

began to reason out a way to put things 
on a more equal basis. 

The result of his cogitations was the 
invention and ])ertVeti()n of the barrier, 
as it is known to-day, a machine which 
has proved so successful that it is now 
being used on almost every race-track in 
America. 

To start horses away from the post 
with an equal chance is something to 
have lived for, and this most desirable 
condition of affairs is what Mr. McGinnis 
has accom])lished. The jmblic owes him 
a debt of gratitude for this one achieve- 
ment. 

Always a lover of the horse, particu- 
larly of the thoroughbred, Mr. McGinnis 
was a regular attendant at Tnany of the 
tracks on this continent, beginning his 
active career as a starter in the city of 
Quebec, when he was asked to fill that 
])osition at a meeting of the Quebec 
'J\irf (^lub. 

For several years lie fulfilled his 
duties there so ably that he became very 
well known to horsemen, and then commenced his success. Mr. McGinnis has 
ofiiciated at many of the larger tracks in this country, whil(> he is a great favorite 
in the south, where he now does most of his work. 

lie makes his home in London, Ontario, where he takes a great interest in all 
classes of sport. Fie has great skill, both as a rider and drivei', and is well known 
on every track in .\ineriea. 




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JOSEPH E. SEAGRAM 

MR JOSEPH E SEAGRAM has for many years been tlie j)nncipal sujj- 
portei' of tlie turf in Canada. He rarely has fewer than 100 tlioroughbreds 
at one time in his stable at Waterloo, and each year he spends thousands of 
dollars in securing new blood. He has brought to Canada some of the best pedigreed 
horses the world has ever known. He has invested lai-ge sums of money in securing 
good American horses. In short, than Mr. Seagram, there has been no greater bene- 
factor to the thoroughbred horse industrv of Canada. His stable has representatives 
in all parts of the country, and wherever 
there is a race meeting it can be depend- 
ed upon that a representative of Mr. 
Seagram's enterprise will be among the 
winners. His success, first of all in the 
(Queen's Plates, and afterwards in the 
Kiuir's Plates, is of sufficient renown to 
make unnecessary any extended reference 
to it in this sketch. He has won no fewer 
than thirteen times, eight times, from 
ISDl to 1S!)S, successively. While many 
of his plate winners have not gone on 
and raced, several of them have distin- 
iruished themselves subsequentlv both at 
home and abroad. Among these might 
be mentioned Victorious, one of the last 
sons of that noble old sire Terror; Joe 
Miller, who ran one of the fastest races 
ever run on the turf, at Coney Island; 
IJon Ino, a winner herself, and the dam 
of Inferno, winner in 1905; and of Seis- 
mic, the winner in IDOS. Of the others 
none have done anything to distinguish 
themselves after winning the one race, 
except, possibly, to carry off two or three 
province-bred races. 

While INIr Seagram, greatlv to the advantage of the horse interests of Canada, 
has devoted the larger part of his attention to the breeding of ])rovince-breds, having 
imported many mares with foals in utero both from Great Britain and I nited States, 
at more expense than any other man in the Dominion has felt inclined to incur, he 
has also brought into the country many a good race-hor.se, but for whose presence the 
valuable stakes given bv the Ontario Jockev Club and other Canadian racing associa- 
tious would have gone abroad. In brief, Mr. Seagram has truly been a pillar of the 




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turf in Caiiiulii. ;i.s well as a contrihutor on a lar<je scale to the welfare of the liorse 
industry as it relates to carriage, saddle and hunt animals — three classes which, un- 
fortunately, are almost entirely dependent upon private (Miterprise, receiving but scant 
encouragement oi' attention from officials in any goxcrnment Horses of Mr. Sea- 
gram's breeding have won races after they have left liis hands, not only in all parts 
of Canada, in the Maritime Provinces, as well as in the far western I'rovince of British 
(Joluml)ia, but have gone deep into the neighboi'ing I'liion and there proved them- 
selves capable of carrying otf many prizes. 

Mr. Seagram has truly been a prince in his support of the thoroughbred in the 
Dominion. As here said, he has brought in valuable I'ace-horses. such for instance as 
Saragossa, twice winner of the Toronto Cu]), the second time carrving ih) 1(>ss a weiiflit 
than 1I5.'5 |>ounrls to victory, in the llicn fastot lime (i\ci- the olil WOodbinc track foi' a 
mile and a (piarter of '2.10. Tragedian is aiiotjicr good horse thai wdii lh(('iipin Mr. 
Seagram's colors; so also is Satirist and (iold Cure, son of ( )rmoiule"s son (ioldfineh. 
Then came a lapse of five years before the President of the ().!.(" won the same ("uj), 
and this time he succeeded in accomplishing the >\vfi\ wilh one of lii> own bii-i'dini', 
to wit. Inferno, who at five years of age cariied !•,'(• poinuU to \ict()r\' and covered 



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the nine furl(>n<;;.s, the distiinee to wliieli the nice luid been re(hice(l, in 1.52;^, only three- 
fit'tlis of a second more than the l)est on reeord for tlie distance over the new and fast 
track. In the Wooclstock Phite Mr. Seagram has also had his snccesses, his last being 
in 1907, when, with Main Chance, he won in the fastest time on record for the race, in 
L.jov. Another important event in which Mr. Seajfram's stable has distinp;uished 
itself is the King Edward Hotel Cu]), which the province-bred Inferno has tlirice won, 
against all comers, first in 190(5 as a four-year-old. carrying 117 pounds, and covering 
the distance, one mile and a (juarter. in the fastest time on record for Canada, namely, 
2 0.'}; the second time in 1907. carrying 1'2(5 pounds, in '■2.0(v-;. and the third time in 
1!>()S, carrying the same weight, in '•2.09,-. This Cu|), valued at $l,oUO, was won out- 
right by Mr. Seagram with his victories of 190() and 1907, and in the following year 
the ])roprietors of the hotel having given another Cuj) of the same value, he won. as 
flescribed, for the third time. xVnother race of prominence that Mr. Seagram has 
twice landed with the same horse is the I^iverpool Cuj), which the American-bred 
Procession won for him in 1900 and 1901. l\'rha|js one of the most startling per- 
formances that ever the Woodbine saw was that of Mr. Seagram's Persistence II, an 
imported horse by the King's Persimmon, that after running absolutely last in the 
() .rC 's longest distance race, namely the Ontario Jockey Clul) Cup, run in 191)4. over 




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two miles and uiu'-sixtcH-iitli. won with a marvt'llons l)urst ot" speed in the hist half-mile, 
in .'}.4'2. Very appropriately the former MP. for Waterloo has also twice won the 
beautiful Cui) given hv the Earl of Durham, a descendant of the Earl who sixtv or 
seventy vears ago presided over the destinies of this country, with the province-bred 
Inferno, undoul)tedly the best and most successful horse ever foaled in the Dominion 
of Canada. It is a tril)ute to the breeding success of the President of the O.J.C. that 
thi> gr.Miil horse should be a native in his jjedigree for several generations back. In 
1!)(»S, Mr. Seagram imported the three-year-old Bouquet, by Kinley Mack — Briar Sweet, 
who landed two important races at the O.J.C. Fall Meeting, one of which was 
the Toronto Autumn ("up, for which no fewer than a dozen horses started, and in the 
race for which Mr Seagram's representative ran away in comfortable fashion. 

'I'he owner of the Waterloo stable has neither confined his victories to tlu- Wood- 
bine nor to Canada, Itut has won many a good race with Joe Miller, a province-bred; 
\ ictorious, another province-bred; the aforementioned Saragossa, imp. ]Mor|)heus, 
Havoc, a son of Ilimyar, sire of the immortal Domino, imp Objection and others, 
at the best meetings in the liiited States. To enumerate all tlu' successes that ^Ir. 
Seairram has had, both at iionie and abroad, and to m) becomiiioly into details of the 
horses he has bred that have accomplished deeds worthy of note, would be to fill this 
entire volume. 

Mr. Seagram is President of the Ontario Jockey Clul) and an Honorary Mem- 
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MAJOR JAMES HAROLD ELMSLEY 

MAJOR ELMSLEV l)elongs to an English family of niilitarv and true sports- 
man tnulitions. His father is Remigius Elmsley, Esq., of Elmsley Place. 
Toronto, whose jjicturesque residence at the head of a quiet little avenue off 
St. Joseph Street is like a gal)led Old Country retreat rather than a home in the Itusv. 
commercial centre of Ontario. The son. James Harold Elmsley. has always been 
at home in the saddle, a fondness for the ]iony i)eing manifest as soon as the small Itov 
was al)le to mount. The Elmsley family, like scvci-.-d of England's historic house- 
holds, are attacheil to the Church of 
Rome, and it was to Cardinal Newman's 
College in England that the future Major 
was sent for early instruction. It was 
soon evident that he was destined for a 
military career, and his attention became 
directed to studies pertaining to soldierly 
life and, incidentally, to all s})orts asso- 
ciated with a horseman's activities. 

In 1898, the young candidate for 
military honours obtained a commission 
in the Governor-General's Hodv Guarfl, 




anil then in the Royal CanadianDragoons 
When the war broke out between Briton 
and Boer, he went to South Africa with 
the first contingent from Canada, as 
Lieutenant in "A" Squadron, Royal Can- 
adian Dragoons. In the strenuous cam- 
paigns of that (onthct. he ditl splendid 
service, acting for some time as A.D.C. 
to Major-General Ilutton. a former (ien- 
eral Officer commanding in Canada, who 
commanded a .Mounted Infantry Column. 
In that stubbornlv-contested strife, good 
horsemanship was of the utmost value, 
and this young officer's skill and efficiency 
in this respect was of good service, both in the personal and patriotic sense. He was 
not without experience of the discomforts and dangers of actual warfare, and was 
wounded in one engagement. However, the honour of being mentioned in the de- 
spatches, and receiving the Queen's Medal with five clasps, was military distinction 
worthy of suffering in the service. 

Promotion came rapidly in the days which callcil for prompt action, and the second 
time this Canadian officer went out to South Afiica it was to the Western Transvaal, 



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;is Captain Elnislev ol" the ^lul Canadian Mounted Rifli-s. 'Tlu' Ivinji's Medal, with 
two ehisps. was witness of tlie ijood work (h)nt> in the service there. However, the 
tronl)k-d times in Sonth Africa were nearin<>- the close and. ere long. Captain Elnislev 
was at lihertv to retnrn to the Dominion, in whose militia he had jiroved so valiant an 
officer. In civil, combined with military service, he proved an acceptable .\.1).C. to 
the late Sir Oliver Mowat. when that distiniiuishcd statesman was Lieutenant-( iov- 
ernor of Ontario, residing at (iovernment House. Toronto. The position now held 
bv this suc-cessful son of the state is that of [Major in the Royal Canadian Dragoons, 
and it is mere justice to >av that he is one of the most ca])able officers in our Canadian 
militia — every inch a >()ldicr. 

The interest in hor.ses, manifested so early in life, has been characteristic of Major 
Klmslev through all the c-hanges of his varied career. In ISO!) he won prizes at To- 
ronto E.xhibition in the saddle class, before South Africa campaigns had ])roved his 
e(|iie.strian mettle. Major Elnislev has associated his skill with a game that shoidd 
i)e more extensively played in Canada — polo — which alldrds as exciting a s|)ecta<le 
as one mijrht -wish. In the thickest of the frav. this Major of the R.C.I), niav be seen 
on one of those nimble ponies which .seem fairly to skim over the ground. For a year 
he served in India, in exc'hange -with an officer from that far British dependency, and 
India sees some of the best polo games in the Empire, as Mr. Rudyard Kij)ling's stories 
can testify. At the j)olo games, played in Montreal and Toronto, the attendance is 
as markedly British as at cric'ket itself, and the enthusiasm for the game has been 
.steadilv j^rowini"-. 'i'owards that increasing interest such spirited and fearless plavers 
a.s Major Elmsley contribute greatly. As a member of the Toronto Hunt and Polo 
Club he has shown himself a supporter of the hnest sport in the community. Among 
the c-itv clubs. Major Elmsley is a member of the historic 'i'oronto Club. He is pre- 
eminent in all sports of healthful and vigorous naturc> and has won tennis and golf 
triumphs .scn-ond only to his })olo achievements — in fact, is an acijuisition to all such 
circles. 

It is likely that Major Elmsley's future career will mean further military honours, 
and a corresponding interest in ec]uestrian matters. The infiueiice of such an officer, 
in either exhibition or sport, cannot fail to be on the side of fail- play and high stand- 
ard>. in his marriage. Major Klni>ley has strengthened llie ties which bind him to 
Toronto, having wedded, in Ainil. 1!>(IS. Miss .\thol Boulton, a daughter of another of 



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Toronto's historic- families. As he has proved his horseman skill on the veldt in time 
of war. the friends of this young offic-er may hope that it will be many years i)efore 
Britain mav aj^ain need such service from the offic-ers of the K(>\al Canadian Dragoons. 



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CAPTAIN D. DOUGLAS YOUNG, A.D.C. 

ONF ..!• (■•.nn.la-s u.ost ,.n.,ninrnt an.l .lever exponents of nnlitary sports is Cap- 
; > Do glas Youn.. of the Royal Canadian Dragoons. Stanley Barracks, 
!.,;.. .,,^. on his favourUe polo p<..y. The Frenehn.an. has hgnre-l - 

■ , • , (■.,,,f-,'iii Voiino- w^is l»>™ I" "''I Q"'''«<- "'■'' '"> """ 

::s:;,, J^ .rrr, ;;r\;,;u':;H..n.,, ..h,„ ,.„ ..»,, ,...„ 

considered one oi' the most rnthnsiast.c 

liorsenien in Canada. 

Captain Vonn>;"s early cdncation was 

obtained at St. John's Ili-h Sehool, Que- 

),ee and he afterwards attended l'i)per 

Canada College. Toronto, the "Eton of 

(^inada." many of who.se graduates arc 

well known in military service. His sol- 

,li,M-lv career commenced in 1900, when he 

went to South Africa as a trooi)er with 

the Royal Canadian Dragoons. 'I he 

cami>aigns of that year were a trying 

ordeal for the young volunteers. l)ut this 

Canadian soldier, like many another from 

the Dominion, returned with a good rec- 
ord of thirteen months' service, and. in 
1902, secured a commission in the (.ov- 
crnor-General-s Body Guard. Toronto. 
He then entered the permanent corps 
as I>ieutenant in the Royal Canadian 
Dragoons, and again went to South Africa 
as an officer in the 6th Canadian Mount- 
ed Rifles, serving seven months in the 
troul.led country on his second trip. 

On his .second return from South 
M'ric'i he resume<l his duties with the ^t- ,i i • 

'en-n,r(!o„.n,„r S„- M,„-lin„.,. Clark, an.l ,av.. c-u,,,™! .sati^lacUon ,n lUe .l.scharge .,1 

.„„ The polo nonifs an.l tl,.- l.nntf,-s .-lain, las a.lmn-ation, ami 1..- I.as 1..., n a hi .Ih.ml 
"rf.n-n,. "a. all' .1„- n.:ui l,o,».. »l,o,vs in To,onlo un.l Monl,eal. In Ul"-^ In- rode 




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the late Major Forester's horses with iiratifyinji; sueeess. and in the follo\vhi<r year was 
e(|uallv fortunate and capal)!!' in handUng- Lieutenant-Coh)nel Stimson's horses at 
the Toronto Show. In 1!)()4. and tlie three succeeding years, he achieved many honours 
with the horses of that gallant sportsman. Hon. Adam Heck, and rode the Heck horses 
at Montreal also. 

As a polo plaver. Captain \'(iung has l)een a conspicuous figure, playing the game 
with a keenness and aliandon which make liini a highly valuable member of the team. 
His mount. The Frenchman, was l)rought to Toronto from the Xorthwest, and is 
now ten vears old. full of energy and one of the most active of the frisky little fellows 
— alnu)st the ecjual of The Maltese Cat. in the best polo story ever written. 

Ca])tain Young is an excellent athlete, not narrowing his interests to one depart- 
ment of sport. He is an ex})ert fencer and an ade])t at tent-pegging. He won the 
(ioveruor-Cenerars Cup and Cham])ionship for officers-at-arms. open to the Dominion. 
comj)risiug six coni|)(>titions. He is a skilful tennis player, and is a meml)er of the 
'I'oronto Racjpiet (Inli. lie follow> the IiouikIs as a UKMuber of the Toronto Hunt 
(lull, and is a leading member of the i'olo Club. In fact, his club afhliatious are wide 
and enthusiastic, the London Hunt Club being another of his e(|uestrian associations. 
Whether as soldier or sportsman, Canada has reason to value such hardy and stalwart 
vouuir officers as Captain Youni; and Major Elmslev. 

Captain ^ oung's associations with Toronto arc likely to l)c long contiinied. as his 
home has been for .some time in that city. In 1 !)()?. he nuirricd .Vimee (ilenholmc. 
vonu'^est dauirhter of Chief -Justice Sir (dcnliolnie Falconbri(lg<'. She is her hus- 
band's svmpathetic comrade in loyalty to His E(piiue Majesty. 






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MRS. DAVID DOUGLAS YOUNG 

M1?S DAVID DOUGLAS YOUNG belongs to a well-known 'l\)r()nt() family. 
Ix'inii the yonngest dangliter of Hononrahle Sir Glenliohne Falconlnidge, 
Cliirf Justice of the King's Bencli. Mrs. Young was Ymm in Ontario's capi- 
tal, and as Miss Ainiee Falconhridge grew up in a family which a])preciated fully the 
healthful, outdoor life which that city afl'onls during most of the year. During her 
early girlhood she showed a fondness for horses and an ability in maiuiging them 
more characteristic of P'nglish or Irish than of Canadian femininity. 

In the hunting-field Mrs. Young is a brilliant and fearless figure, showing the 
a|)titude in management and guidance which l)eloug to the Ixini "ecjuestrienne" She 
is one of the most enthusiastic followers of the 'I'orouto Hunt, and has been awarded 
the l)rush on more than one occasion, an honour more coveted than a con(|nest in the 
ballroom. Mrs. Young has the vigorous physi(|ue and flexible, well-pro])ortioned 
figure which conduce to trinm])hs on the hunting-field. 

In l!)(l(i, Mrs. Young, then Miss Falconbridge, won her first horse award on Cloth 
of Gold, owned by Mr. Alfred Rogers, capturing first ])rize in Uadies' Hunter Class 
at the 'I'oronto Horse Show, winning general a})])lanse and admiration f(n- her spirited 
bearinc A secoinl nri/e with Sir Robert, owned by ^Ir, Henderst)n, of Hamilton, 
in the same class, was al-o won liy this fortunate com|)etitor. "^rhis annual excnt is 
sometimes hnm<u(>n-ly referred to as if the horse were a secondary consideration at 
this IJeautv and the Reast K\hil)ition. l)ut the honours are yet with those who know 
and understand the horse, and the Toiduto woman who carries off a [nize at this event 
is an object of envy 

'I'd win a jirize at the lb)r-e Show i> to remain unsalisiied without a i'e|ielilion 
of the experience, and it was no surj)rise to find this fair ri<ler in the lists once more 
in 1 !)()?. when she won a first prize on Miss English, owned l)y Mr. James Worts, and 
third prize with Land's End. owned by Mr. Henderson, both in Ladies' Hnider Class. 
At the Montreal Horse Show in the same year. Mrs ^ onng won first in the Ladies' 
Hunter ("lass on The Jap. owned liy ^L•. Joseph Kilgour, and also won libbon in 
Saildle Class on Harkwyn. owned by the same gentleman. Slu> is also a graceful and 
accomplished <lriver, single, double and tandem, and has scored more than one victory 
in the Harn<'ss Class. 

.\niong the younger set, Mrs. Young has no superior in the (|iialities which go to 
make a successful horsi'woman, and her ambition in this field is not likcK' to go 
liiirewarded, judging from her already remarkable acliievemiMiLs. 



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BURTON HOLLAND 

AVERY o;oo(l record as a gentleman rider is that of Burton Holland. He is a 
thoi'ough Canadian, and his father before him, Rolph Burton Holland. He 
^vas honi in 'roronto in 1874, being t-ducated at the Model Schot)l and Trinity 

College School, Port Hope. 

In the fall of 1S!)S he rode his first race on J. Straclian ,K)hnston's Roulette, at 
the Country and Hunt Club"s meeting at the Woodbine, Toronto, finishing third in a 
field of eight in the Hunters' Flat Handicap. His first victory was the following year, 
being his^Hrst steeplechase, riding Dumont in the Open Green Steeplechase at the 
Woodbine; also winning the Hunters" Flat with Leading Lady at the Montreal Hunt 
Club's races at the old Bel Air course. He was successful in wimiing on Red Pat and 
Lapwing, both steeplechase, the same afternoon. Returning from South Africa the 
following year, with the first contingent, he won with Murray Hendrie's Barley Sugar 
at the Woodbine. Since then the most important of his wins have been the Hunters' 
Flat at the Woodl>ine with Leading Lady, Wellington J., and Kumshaw; the (\)rin- 
thian Cup at .Morris Park, N.Y , in 1902. with Tip Gallant, an open steeplechase for 



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gentleiiK'ii ; Iiaiidica]) stec])lechase at Saratoga in 1!)()4 on AY ('. Hayes" (Jraii(l])a. 
also the Aiicastcr Cu]) on .T W Colt's l)a])|)le Ciold: tlu' same year \vinnino\ with 
'rrajjezist. the Amateiii' Ciij) at IkiHaio. liusiness taking him to Ahiska. lie didn't 
ride nntil the fail meeting of the present Montreal Joekey Club's new course, wimiing the 
Hunters' Flat with Dr. ^NIcEaehren's Brick 'I'op, and the same fall piloting to victory 
Kumshaw at the AYoodliine. Toronto, whicli he rt'|iratr(l with the same horse last 



year. 




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ALEXANDER W. MACKENZIE 



TlIK laU- Vlcxaiuk-r W. MackcnzR-. althou-l. only a y..uno- man. was prchably as 
well known as n.anv older horsemen of Cana.la. Steadily increasing his stable, 
it had become one of the best known on this continent. Alex. Mackenzie 
w,s the second son of William Mackenzie, who is one of Canada's most prominent 
i-ailroad men, being head of the Canadian Northern ami many other railroad enter- 
prises, also largely interested in the Street Railway Companies of several Canadian 

and American cities. 

modest manner, and as 



racme: game in 



The Kirkliehl Stable started in the 
the sport grew in favor they increased 
their stable from time to time, going into 
partnership with his older brother. Rod- 
erick Mackenzie, and reaching a strong 
position in the tnrf world. Mr. Mac- 
kenzie had always been a lover of ath- 
letic si)orts, and established a repntation 
during his college career as a first-class 
all-around athlete. 

At the time of his death. Mr. Mac- 
kenzie held the responsible position of 
Treasurer of the Canadian Northern Rail- 
road, a concern which gives promise of 
becoming one of the largest railroads in 
America. On his leaving the University 
he went into bnsiness w ith his father and 
brother, and rapidly climbed the ladder 

of success. 

Mr. ^Mackenzie's first start in the 
racing world was when the mare Lady 
Bevys was purchased at a modest sum. 
She was an entry in the race for the 
Queen's Plate, the feature event of the 
Canadian turf. This mare was not very 
successful as a race-horse, and was soon 
replaced by the horse Heather Bee. which 
carried th^ colors of the Kirkfield Stable to the front in more than one even . 

lliis was the commencement of what promised to be. and was. a most successtul, 
although lamentably short, career. After Heather Bee ha.l won one or two races a 
racin- stable was in reality established, and more purchases were added. 1 he stable 
was Te-istered as the Kirkfield Stable, after a town in Canada, at which i>lace both 
Mr AfexanderW. :^Iackenzie and his father were born. The next purchase was made 




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Wiki: In. bv Wickha.m — 1-aii\ I.u.iiiiom 



fi'oni Mr. II.ifi'N ( ii(l(liii<;'s, a w cll-kiiow ii In'ccdcr in Caiiad.-i. who has his sliid at 
Oakvillc. ()iitari(). 'I'lic liorsrs Wire In and War Whoop \v<r<' the two lion^ht. and 
tlif lar<ft'st |)ricc tliat was ever ^ivcn lor [)rovinte-l)recl!S was |)aid for them. The sum 
was seven thousand (h)llars. Wire In was a three-year-ohl, and War Whoo|) a two- 
year. War Whoop was kc|)l as an entrv for the Kino's IMale. tinishiug second. 

It was tlirouffh Wire In that Mr. Mackenzie gained nnich of his success as an 
• )wiier. This horse was most consistent in his work, ami was not retired until the fall 
of l!>0(i, and that was after the close of a hard cam|)aign in the south during the 
early spring, where he ho[)ele.ssly l)roke down. He established several hack records 
duriri'i' his racintr career, and is now doinij' ser\ice in the stud. W ,\v NNliooii. tlie 
otlu'r purchase, was hardly so consistently successful, although he was a full brother to 
Wire In. being sired by Wickluiin out of the mare Lady Lightfoot. The success 
gained from year to year by tlie stable only added to the lire of en'husiasm. and 
each .season i)etter horses were added to the string. Two expcnsi\c horses wci'e 
piircliaserl in Kngland, Cicely and Moitlake. It was with the mare (icely that one 
of the biggest coups ever pullefl off by a (auiidian owner was made. I)uring the 
season of lOOO another lot of yearlings was secured, and Tourcime, a likely looking 



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two-year, for which the sum ol ten thousand (h)lhiis was |)ai(l. Although Tourenne 
(H(l not altogetlier fulfil expectations he proved himself a horse of mneh class, with 
a superior show of speed. 

Mr. Mackenzie was born at Kirkfield in the year 1877, and afterwards came to 
live in Toronto with his parents. He was married to Miss Kirkland. the daughter 
of Angus Kirkland. the late manager of the liank of Montreal. Mr. ■Mackenzie's 
home in Rosedale was regarded as one of the most l)eauliful in the city of Toronto. 

He was a horseman of some ability, and his figure a well-known one at the spring 
and fall runs with the hounds. 

Mr. Mackenzie was a j^rominent member of both the Toronto and Albany, two 
of the strongest and best known clubs in the Province of Ontario. 

Mr. Mackenzie always took a great interest in military affairs, and held a com- 
mission in the Forty-Eighth Highlanders of Toronto. The imposing military funeral 
given him by his brother officers of the garrison and his regiment showed in what 
esteem he was held in militarv circles. 




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Al.KXANDKR WaRMEN, ToROXTl) 



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SIR HUGH MONTAGU ALLAN 

TIIKKK ai'c two (lisliiict classes of raciiifi; iiicii on this coiitiiiciit, with a hue of 
cleavage, not always clear, hnt still definable enough to make the stndeiit 
of luinian nature and real lover of sport regret that so few men will realize that 
s])ort, even for s|)ort's sake, can raise the ideals of a nation just as much as the study 
of the larger prohlems. On the one hand we have the owner of a string of four or 
five horses who makes his living at the racing game, alas, too often hy means secret 
and devilish, which even the vigilance of the officials cannot alwavs penetrate, and 
tliert' i[vv even men of good financial 
positions, who go in for racing just as 
they go in for other speculations. Now 
these men arc no credit to the game, and 
cannot by any stretch of imagination l)c 
termed s])ortsmen. 

On the other hand wc have gentle- 
men of social and linancial jiosition, 
who give their time, influence, and money 
to not only keep sport clean, but to 
raise it to the standai'd that is set in 
Europe. 

In the latter category can be placed 
Sir Montagu Allan, the President of the 
Montreal Jockey Club--a man who was 
determined at the outset to make the 
Montreal Meet a credit to Canadian 
sport. How well he succeeded we all 
know, but nt)t many realize the difficul- 
ties he had to overcome — the shoals of re- 
ligious prejudice, and racial ignorance, 
he had to sail through without striking a 
rock; the machinations of clever and 
rapacious racing sharks he had to fight 
— all these Sir Montagu did, with the 
result that the Montreal Race Meeting is 
lield, and rightly so, as an ideal place to see the finest sight in the world — a horse race. 

No one can mistake the tall, soldierly bearing of Sir ^lontagu Allan, as he, each 
spring and fall, dis})enses, with rare tact, that hospitality at the Montreal Meet which 
has not been tlu^ least to make it famous. 

With a talent all his own, what one might term a mixture of Scotch shrewdness 
ami old-world courtesv. Sir INIontacu has before and since the Club's inauguration 
worked early and late to bring about the results I have already mentioned, and no 
more lilting and apiirojiriatc honor could l)e nuulc than his election as President. 




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Although not a hirge owner of tlioi()u<iiil)rr(ls. possibly on account of the difticultv 
of securing a good strain for breeding purposes. Sir Montagu has throughout his hfe 
been a keen lover of horses, having been for many years a nieuil)er of the Montreal 
Fox Hunt Club — the year 181);> being a memorable one inasmuch as his fellow-members 
presented him with a portrait of himself, by Harris, R.C.A., on the occasion of his 
marriage. He held the coveted position of Master from 18{);> to 1S08. Sir INIontagn 
takes a special pritle in his hacks, and the automobile is not yet built that will take 
precedence of his beautiful harness horses. Would that Canada had a few more such 
spirited men who take a real pride in their horses, who are ])roud to take their friends 
round their stables, pointing out the beauty of this mare, the perfect l)earing of that 
hor.se. Too many of our wealthy men are really ashamed of their stables. l)ut are 
too mean to replace the sorry wrecks for horses that would be a |)ri(le to this Dominion 
Sir Montagu's sporting energy is not conHned to horses, but one cannot leave the noble 
animal without mentioning that this real sportsman is on the Executive Committee 
of the S.P.C.A. — a society that is doing yeoman service for man's best frieii<l Sir 
Montagu takes a great interest in the Amateur Skating Association and in laecpiets, 
Ix'ing Vice-President of the Kac(piet Club. 

'I'his .sketch of Sir Montagu Allan is more or less confined to his interest in spoil, 
and iioi'ses in particular, yet no story wouli! be complete without a few words of 
him as a business man 

Sir Hugh Montagu .Vilan (to give him his fidl title) is the secoiul sou of that doughtv 
Scotchniau. Sir Hugh Allan, the founder of the Allan Line; and was born in .Mav. 
1S()(), in Montreal \\v was eijncated at Bishop's College School, Lennoxvill(\ and 
umler his father's will he entered the steamship lirni of H. c^ A. .Vllan on attaining 
his majority, and is now one of the senior members of the Coui|)anv. J'he hrm in 
l.S!)7 was turned into a limited coni|)auy, with a capital of £(i.j(), ()(»(( (English Regis- 
tration). In I)eceTul)er, 187S, Sir Montagu a.ssumed the name of Hugh Montagu 
instead of Hugh .\ndrew. 

As his business experience grew'. Sir ^lontagu went into other ])rojects, and 
is now, to mention a few, director of the following companies: Arcadia Coal Co., 
Montreal Manufacturing Co., Montreal Rolling ■Mills. Canada l*a])er Co . Canada 
Rubber Co., Northwest Cuttle Co., and Merchants Bank the latter of w liicli he is 
now President. He is also a member of the Montreal Board of 'Trade — Treasurer 
18!)l-<)'2. In religion he is a I'resbyterian. In 1893 Sir Montagu led to the altar 
Marguerite Ethel, the daughter of Hector ^lackenzie, the marriage being blessed with 
three children. 

Raven's Craig, the residence of Sir Montagu Allan, has lieen the rendezvous of 
many hos|)ital)le gatherings, some of which will go down in the ainials of Canada's 
hos|)itality — none more .so than the visit of H.I.H. Prince l''iishinii. who. on leaving, 
presented his host WMth the Second Order of the Sun —an honor which was the nioic to 
be valued, ;is it is rarely conferred upon foi'eigiicrs. 

So far, Sir Montagu has taken no active inleicst in politics his jjolitics being, 
as some one said of his father, the politics of the steamship and railroad. 



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T. P. Phelan's Bassetlaw, the Greatest Sire Ever Owned ix Canada 



T. P. PHELAN 

ONE of tlic olil brigade of lumliiiu- iirmi in Toronto is Mr. T. P. Phelan, who still 
heartily enjoys the great sport as mueh. if not more, than ever, althonnh he has 
eonsistentlv followed the hounds sinee the early 80"s. and has always been dis- 
tinguished on a lireedy looking horse, for in his choice of any kind of an equine he 
is fast in his fonchu'ss of a thorough! )red. Mr. Phelan has heen a useful and enthusi- 
astic menilier of the Toronto Country and Hunt ("lub for a quarter of a century, and 
during his career has owned and raced such estimable performers as Hercules. Higbie, 
Woolgatherer, Cycloni^ and Driftwood, lli-rcules was the champion steeplechaser 
of his year, and found nnich fayor with Mr. I'lielan. who, however, strongly main- 
tains that his star actor. Driftwood, was ever his favorite mount, and his eulogies of 
the now (le])arted pet arc cn(U)rsed by Mr. Phelan's associates, who can call to mind 
the many gt)od (jualities of the great horse which won three cross-country events at 
Saratoga before being recognized as a hunter. Mr. riielan won many a cross-country 
hunt on this line horse, which cheerfully carried him to victory with a manifest share 
ill the eniovincnt. 



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Mr. Plu'lan, in |)artnerslii]) with Mr. Jas. Carruthers. owned tlie Queen City 
Stables, with headcpiarters at the Woodbine, Toronto, and raced snob good ones as 
Ben Crockett. Widow 's Mite, Knobhaiiipton, Al Powell, Weathervane and others, and 
it was with the greatest snrj)rise and regret that in the fall of 1908, it was announeetl 
tliat ^Ir. Phelan wouhl sell the lately aef|uired (biddings Farm and dispose of his 
stable. While everxone admired the sentiment which led Mr. Phelan to take this stej), 
one and all ho|)e that at some fiiftire time he will return to the turf, for at the time of 
writing it can ill afford to lose such a dcNoted foUowci' and ardent sportsman. 

In coimeetion with the favor- 
ite hunter Driftwood, the writer 
called to mind the particular race 
at Toronto, years ago, in which 
Mr. Plielan occupied a most 
uni(|ue ])osition, inasmuc-h as he 
owned the horse, trained and rode 
it himself, and also sent into the 
betting ring so nnich money on 
his hoise. that the bookies deemed 
it w ise to turn their slates, 'i'liis. 
Ml'. Phelan said, was his idea of 
tloinu' a thiu"' tlu)rouohlv. Ilis 
care, horsemanshij) and confi- 
dence were not without their re- 
ward, foi' the race was won after 
a desperate finish with (handos 
and i*awnbroker, ridden res|)ec- 
ti\'el\ liy \\\\v Loudon and Dr. 
(ampbell. .\lthough this event 
ha|ip<Mied somewhere around about 
ISSS, it is still fresh in the meni- 
orv of those whose iileasure it 

T P. PlIUI.AN ■ _ ' 

was to w itness it. Many ])leasant 
reminiseenc'e.s such as this are related liy Mi-. Phelan. Iml he likes this one best, and 
cherishes it among his many happy recollections. 

Mr. Phelan has been a resident of Toronto for the j)ast thirty-five years as man- 
ager of the railroad news business, in uhicli capacity he has Ix^conu' known through- 
out the Dominion. His happy tem|)erameut makes his ac(|Uaintance sought and 
I'emembered. lie is to-day presideJit of the Canadian Railway News C()ni|iany. doing 
business from the .Vtlantic to the Pacific Coast. lie is the pioneer of the business. 
which is that of (General Railway News Agents and Publishers, and propi'ielors of the 
Railway and Steamboat Restaurants. He conducts this large concein from his office 
in IIh- Toronto Iiiion Station. His residence is on WClliui'ton Place. Toronto. ( )ne 




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of his favorite recreations is knoekiui;- down the ten ])iiis, and amono- tlie vahied tro- 
phies lie possesses as jjroof of liis prowess, is a gohl medal which he won in the To- 
ronto Bowlino- Clnl) tournament early in 1907. The contest was for all comers over 
.50 years of a<>e. and Mr. Phelan's splendid score of .)!)4 points more than entitled him 
to his victory. His son Fred is widely known as a .skilful amateur sailor, who has 
competed .succes.sfnlly in international contests. His second son. Harry ^^ . Plielan. 
holds the important office of accountant of tlu' Canadian Railway News Company. 
He is a mcniher of the Toronto Hunt (luK. and has demonstrated his ability to follow 
liis father's footsteps as a clever horseman, having ritlden the horse Harold Lewis 
to victory at the Woodhinc races. Toronto, in the fall of 1!)0.). He i.s an all-round 
athlete, and is particularly fond of hasehall, being- considered the best amateur 
pitcher in Toronto, if not in the Dominion. 




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Ladv Fashion* an'd Lady Favorite. Mr Lkarmont Up 



HALTON HAMILTON LEARMONT 

TIll'^KK is, |)('rli;i|)s. no l)cllcr known fiijiire al tlic Imi'sc shows tlirouglioni llic 
I nitcd Stales anil (anaila llian Mr Ilailon llaniillon Lcarniont, who has 
won many rihljons and v\\\)s with his horses Mr. Lcarniont was horn in 
Montreal, and received his early edncation at the Bishop's School in Lennox, at'ter- 
wanls becoming u student at ^K•(iill, where he irraduatc(l in LSDS He is the son of 
Cavcrliill Lcarniont, one ot" Montreal's most j>roniinent merchants and hnsiness men. 
As a mere hoy ^Ir. Lcarniont l)e<i;an to manit'est an inteiest in horses, and has 
continued to disjjiay such jud<^ment and enthusiasm that he is icgarded as a contin- 
ental authority, l)oth as a judge and a driver lie has done \v\\ little riding during 
his career, hut, as a whi]), lie is surpassed hv lew, and in handling a I'onr-in-hand, he 
has but one or two e(|uals. 

I'robably the best cross-country horse that was ever owned in his stables was 
IJob Me(ircgor, who is still the favorite of the string, and who has won many excnts 
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Little Boy Blue. Huskev — Sire Jubilee Chief 



He is well bred, having just enough of tlie trotting stock in liini to temper the 
nervousness of the thoroughbred, while at the same time he has plenty of speed. He 
won the Dalton McCai'thy cup at the Toronto Hunt Clul) (lymkhana, with Mr. K. 
H. Marshall as rider, and was also a winner at Montreal ami other places. 

At one time INIr. Learmont was known to have as many as thirty high steppers 
in his stable at Montreal. Wiih this string, he won over five hundred ribbons and 
forty badges, a record hard tt) surpass on this continent. Bob McGregor being the 
greatest winner, with nine firsts and two seconds to his credit. 

Nothing gives ^Ir. Learmont more pleasure than to take a green horse and tit 
it for the ring. lie has an excellent method of training, and when a horse leaves his 
stables, it is ready for the work expected of it. Many of his horses have been .sold to 
AmcM'ican owners at large ])rices. ;ind they Inive always nnuntained splendid records. 

Mr. Learmont has won prizes at the famous Boston horse show, and at Madison 
Scjiuire Garden, New York, as well as at Sherbrooke, Quebec, and INIontreal. A great 
deal of th<' credit for the annual horse show at ^lontreal i> due to Mr. Learmont, who 
has maintained his stable at great expense. 

Mr. Learmont is ])rominent in business circles in Montreal, is a member of the 
Montreal Jockev Club, the St. James Club, and the Montreal Athletic A.ssociation. 



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LOTHAR REINHARDT 

A l/l'IIOrCill iu»t a Canadian l)y l)irth. Lotliar Reinlianlt has spent tlic irreater 
/A part of his Hfe on Canadian soil, and is kioked on as a Canadian liy all wlio 
know liim. He is the oldest son of Lothar Heinhardt, of Toronto, who is one 
of that city's most |)roininent hnsiness men. 

Lothar Reinlianlt juinOr reeeived his cdueation at I'oroiito. liciiii;' one of the many 
old riipcr Canada College stndents who have so rapidly elimbed the ladder of success 
in the liiisiness world. Mr. Reiidiardt's first business e\])erience was when he started 

out in tlu' Reinlianlt lirewin<i Company 
with hi^ fatlu'r. After several years 
he left the 'I'oronto office to yo into 
husiuess for himself in Montreal, where 
he found a la r<;e field, lie was so suc- 
ces.sful in this venture tliat a com|)any 
was formed in the east to purchase his 
business, which was carried on under the 
name of the Salvador Rrewinii' Company. 
Idle new company took over the busi- 
ness, carrying it on under the name of 
the Imperial Brewing Company, retain- 
ing Mr. Reinlianlt as the Manager, 
which j)osition he holds at the |)resent 
time. 

l''rom carl\' childhood he showed a 
love for the horse, and has been con- 
necte<l with them almost continuously 
ever since. His first purchase was the 
horse Romancer, who was bought at a 
sale of the Seagram .stable as a two- 
vear-old. Phis horse was schooled and 
develo|)e(l into a first-class steeplechaser, 
winning many events at the Hunt ( liib 
meetings uilli hi> owner in the saddle. 
Roinancci' was >oon followed by others. 
The iicxi horse in line was Kmigraut. 
b\- Ihc Toronto Hunt ('lub. adding to 




I.OTHAR Reiniiardt 



who also won under the Reinli.iiill coloi's. 

This horse won the Reardinoic ciii) given 

the victories of Romancer, who won the novice in the year IS!)7. 

The.se hor.ses were owned while Mr. Rcinhanlt nia.lc his home in Toronto, Ro- 
mancer being burned to death shortly after the removal to Montreal. The lu-xf pur- 
chase was the horse Cursns. who carried his owner's colors in many a hard race, 
but met with a mishap and had to be (h-stioycd. (iolillind was the next, and 



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althoii"!! iK)tliiii<'' iiiucli was done witli this out- as a two-xear-old. 



111' < 



lid l)etter as a 



three. 

Besides his liking for the racinii' ganie, ]Mr. Reinliardt has paid a good deal of 
attention to tlie show ring, and has carried off lionors witii some of his entries. He 
has always been ready to further the interests of the horse, and has donated more 
than one cup for competition; done purely for the encouragement of the equine 
more than for any benefit to be gained l)y it. Mr. Reinliardt is married to a 
daugliter of Robert Davies, of Toronto. They have one ehiltl, a son, who takes a 
great interest in the horses, winning his first prize in the show ring 1907. at the age 
of four, with a pony purchased for him by his father. 

Other outdoor sports have not been neglected by Mr. Reinliardt, for he is a great 
hockev enthusiast, also showing a keen interest in lacrosse, the national aame of Can- 
ada. He is a member of the St. James Club of ^[ontreal. the Montreal Joc-kev Club, 
as well as several other social organizations, and is a general favorite among his club- 
fellows. 




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ANDREW SHEARER 

ONE of ]M()ntre;irs most riitluisi;istic liorsemen is Mr Andrew Shearer, who was 
liorn in tlie meti'opolis of Canaihi. and has always known ^Montreal for his lionie 
eitv. Mr. Sliearer was ochieated at Mc(iill Fniversity, and decided after <i;ra(hi- 
ation to enter nj)on his father's business. Afterwards he went into the lumber trade 
on his own responsibility, becoming a member of the firm of Shearer, Mills and Brown, 

This is one of the liest known firms in that business in the Province of Quebec. ]Mon- 
treal is the most solid city in the Dominion in architectural a])pearance. and many 
of its business iiistitutions ])artake of that substantial characteristic. The Shearers, 
father and son. have been of that tyj)e, and have conse(juently been citizens of value 
to the communily 

It has been fre(|uently said of the business men of this continent that they devote 
themselves too strenuously to the life of the desk or the office; thereby missino; the 
relaxation of sport and the good-comradeshi]) which participation in athletics or out- 
door pastimes always brings, and l)ecoming subject to dyspej)sia and kindred evils. 
Canadian business men have, so far, been less addicted to this ludicalthy absorption 
in the money market than have their United States cousins. ^Nlr. Shearer is among 
those wise financiers who make a practice of kee])ing themselves "fit" by golf, ])ol() 
or riding. He has devoted Ijolli time and attention to his favorite ])astimes of riding 
and driving, and s|ien(ls many hours in the saddle, accomj)anied by his wife, who is 
regarfled in Montreal as one of the best horsewomen in the city. 'Sir. Shearer's first 
association with the horse was in the year 1890. when he purcha.sed the mare INlv Lizzie, 
and won many races with her. 'I'he first triumpli for this bonnie winner was in the 
race for the Turf (lul) Cup at (Quebec City, where she came out ahead of a good field. 

riii>. mare was followed in ownershi|) by the mai'c Lizzie, a half-bred, which has bi'cn 
a useful ac(|uisifioii to her owner. She has many cups to her credit, won in Hunt 
Chib events. The next horse of importance was Stalker, which has addtvl to the 
brilliant row of cups in ALv Shearer's handsome Grosvenor .Vveiiue home. I'his 
horse won several races at the Hunt Clul) iiicefs in Montreal and (^iiel)cc. 

^\y Shearer is well known in athletic circles, and is the inventor and manufac- 
turer of the wide-bladed hockey stick, which is now in such p()|)ular use. He was 
ca|)tain of tlie Victoria Hockey 'I'eam which hehl the cliam|)ionship for manv vears. 
and was the first lo defend the famous Staidey Cup against tlie trains from ^^ iniii|)eg. 
He was aLso a prominent figure in college athletio, having pla\cd on the hockev and 
foot})aII teams. He was among the first to lend support in establishing the Hhie Hon- 
nets race-track, and has also encouraged the organization of a .lockev ('In!) in Ottawa. 

in fact, this has been his pet scheme for sonic lime Mr Shearer is '■oiiiiccted with 
several of the social clubs in Mojitreal, and is a proiiiineiil member nf the Montreal 
.\tlilctic Association. 



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Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Shearkr. Montreal 



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GRAHAM BROTHERS, OF CLAREMONT 

THE firm of (ir;ili;mi Brothers, owners of one of the hiryest and one of the most 
j)rominent stoek farm> of this continent, orio-inated in the old firm of Richard 
(irahani. which was cstal)Hslied some tliirty-five or forty years ago at 
(Marenioiit. The present meml)ers of the firm are William and Thomas, the 
youngest and second sons of the late Richard (iraham, who. for many years be- 
fore the vounger men ix'camc jii-ominent. was well known as a lireeiler and exhil)itor 




COLOKITA. PkOri^KI^ "h (.KAIIAM liKl'IIllKS 



of lK)rses. Robert (ii-aham. the eldest son of this pioneei' horseman. \\a> the first 
to go into partnersliij) with his father. .Vt the time of the latters decease, the yonnger 
niemliers were taken in turn into thi' (iraham firm, which eontiimed to |)ros|ier. 
In the year 1!K).3, .Mi'. Robert (iraham withdicu. leaving Ihc j)rcscnt owners sole 
|)ro|)iietors. 

'I'liis Claremont firm is the oldest in Canada, and has won a great ariay of cham- 
pionships in the com-se of its existenci*. For thirty-five years they have ix'cn mo-t 
sueeessfid, not onlv in the breedinj; of horses, but in exhibitinji also. When the firm 



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was first forincd. there were few coiiiiK'titors: ami though, with tlie passing of the years, 
keener interest has been taken in sneh matters, tlie phice of the Graham Brothers, of 
Claremont, has remained nn(|uesti(>ne<l. They have been chieflv responsible for the 
first-ehtss breed of heavy liorses in tliis eonntry and it has been stated that it was reallv 
through their purehase of the haekney pony Joe Roek that the chiss of ponies in Can- 
ada was materially improved. 

The (irahams have been especially fortunate in winning almost every championship 
tliat has l)een offered at the Toronto Industrial Exhibition, now known as Canada's 
National Fair. (Jraham Brothers were the first to exhibit on a large scale in the early 
days, giving |)articnlar attention to Clydesdales, but in later years the demand 
for the Hackney induced them to enter this department of e(|uine development and 
they have handled some of the finest shown in the country. With such horses as 
they have shown, the breed in Canada was bound to im])rove, and other exinbitors 
had to import horses to com])ete against the (irahams. Take, for instance, the horses 
Whitewall, Fashion, Royal Standard and Daltoii King. This was a trio, invincible 
for a long time, and each of tlu>m brought a high |)rice when finally sold. Colorita, 
another famous hackney, won not only on the line, but in another cla.ss in harness. 
This triumph was won at the Toronto Exhibition of IDOH, and Colorita also securcMl 
a championship at the spring horse show in that city. Crake Mikado was another 
wonderful hackney, winning at nearly all of the larger shows and having to his credit 
the ribbon for Grand Championship at the show held at Chicago, after victories at 
New York and Toronto. 

The (iraham Brothers won many chainpionsliips with Sir Marcus after purchas- 
ing him. The year previous to his purchase they beat him with the .stallion Lans- 
downe — probably the best Clyde they evei- owned. ]Jaron Sterling and Refiner were 
two others that added many ribbons to the long list. Back in the early days the two 
full brothers, Mothail and Prince Arthur, carried off a series of honors, winniny- for 
the firm its early prominence. 

Tlie Graluim Brothers import new blood each year to add to the strain on tlu>ir 
farm, which is of the purest. They al.so do a large importing business for other i)reed- 
ers and pro])rietors, and some of their sales have been considered of international im- 
portance. Mr. Thomas Graham, who is the younger of the two now left in the firm, 
is generally the one chosen to make the trip across the Atlantic, and this enterprising 
gentleman has gone as often as three times in a year, bringing back w ith him, on each 
occasion, horses that are hard to ecjual. lie is an excellent judge of equine (juality 
and is consideretl unsurpassed when the task is to display the good points of a horse 
to highest advantage. "Tom" (iraham. as he is familiarly known, prefers to show 
nearly all the horses himself, and the exhibition justifies his personal attention. 
He is a first-class reinsman and knows something about work in the saddle, althou"h 
little time is devoted to that class of horse. His first trip across the Atlantic was in 
1 !)()(», when he brought back with him a first-class lot, which were dis])osed of through- 
out the Doniiuion. It was he who bought the pony Joe Rock, which was afterwards 



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sold to Jiidii'e Moore for the plcasini;- price of fifteen Inuidreil dollars. Mr. 'i'oiu 
(yraham has won more ribbons than most liorsemi'ii dream of. and is known w lierever 
lovers of the horse are to be fountl. 

Mr. William Graham was born in the town of Markham. where he received his 
early education and made his home for many years. He was the second to follow in 
the footsteps of his father by i^oinii' into this business. He is just as well known as his 
brothers in the horse world, liavini^- held numerous and responsil)le offices in the dif- 
ferent associations. Mr. William (iraham, however, is more devoted to the business 
side of the tirm's interests, leavino- to his brother Tom the department of e([uine dis- 
play. The two brothers, by devotion to their Claremont farm and keepinj;' the .stock 
replenished li\ the best blood, have won for themselves an enviabU- position amon^' all 
who are interest<'(l in the wcll-beini;- and development of the animal which all ^ood 
s])ortsmen hav(> placed first. 




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Captain Charles A. Campbell. Toronto 



CAPTAIN CHARLES A. CAMPBELL 

THERE is prohahly no better ktiown man in the Province of Ontario than Cap- 
tain Charles A. Canipl)ell. one of Canada's most i)rominent hotel men, and 
who was born and has s])ent the greater part of his life in Toronto. 
Beginning his education at Ryerson Public School, he finished at Trinity Col- 
lege School, Port IIo|)e. On leaving college Captain Campbell joined his father in 
business, afterwards entering other conunercial enterprises. After two years in the 
commerc-ial world. Captain Campi)ell purchased the (irand T^nion Hotel, of which he 
is now the proprietor, and which venture has met with marked success. 

Ca])tain Campbell has always taken a great interest in outdoor sports— as a 
voung man a good lacrosse player, and devoting nmcli time to tlic game, he also gave 
nmcli attention to rowing and boxing. He pulled stroke for a crew in the Toronto 
Rowiuii,- Club, and stroked it to victory on more than one occasion. Carrying out the 
Iratlitious of his i'atiier, who was a great admirer of the horse, and always kept a small, 



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l)ut i;()t)(l st;ii)lc of (Irivt'Ts, (';i|)taiii ('aiiiplH'll took iiicat (Icli^lit in a j^ood lioi'sr, and 
after giviiiy- ii|> tlic strrmious exercise of rowiiiii- lie took to n'diiiii,', and heeaine a rejj;- 
ular attendant at tlie rnns with the honnds. heiny' acconi|>anied on almost every 
occasion liv his sister, who is an excellent horsewoman. 

When th(> 4Sth Iliiihlanders were first organized Mr. (amphell catered the regi- 
ment as a subaltern, receivino- promotion in i\\\v coni-se. lie is at present Senior 
( aptain of the rciiiment. and takino- a keen interest in matters military, lie is looked 
upon as a (irst-elass officer, and is a oencral favorite with his lirothcr officers, as 
well as his men. 

Captain ('am|ilieU makes his home with his |)arents at their beautiful residence 
in Ko.sedale. and continnes lo mam'fest keen (lelii;ht in all things ajipi^rtainini;- to the 
iiorse world. 




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JlUKCLLIiS AND lilACK I'KIAK I'KciPJRTV OF .iCMil.US JAKVIS. ToKONTO 



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ARTHUR REINHARDT 



AMONG Toronto's younger generation, there are several liorseinen wlio l)i(l fair 

AA to u])liol(l tlie best sporting traditions of the City of the Woo(ll)ine. 'Sir. Arthur 

Reiiilianlt l)elongs to this ambitious group, and is one of its most promising 

members. He is a Torontonian, indeed, liaving l)een born in that city, and educated 

at Upper Canathi College, an institution which has always stood high in the records 

of clean sport, and whose "old boys'" are seldom satisfied with anything less than 

first place. 

On his entiM-ing i)usincss life, he was 
associated with his father, Mr. Lothar 
Reinhardt. and is now manager of the 
Reinhardt Brewing Com])any. Mr. Rein- 
hardt has already shown a marked inter- 
est in the equine affairs of the city, and 
has devoted serious attention to the best 
of all sports. lie has owned several 
horses which have made enviable rec- 
ords, and justihed the judgment and 
taste of their ])urchaser. His first ])ur- 
chase was the horse Mario, to whose 
training he devoted so much ])er.sonal 
attention that the object of his care de- 
Ncloped into a first-class lej)per, who won 
many races. This horse was j)urchase(l 
at that famous racing ])oint. Fort Erie, 
and won his first race with Mr. Arthur 
Reinhardt in the saddle 

The successful owner then went into 
])artnershij) with his brotluT, Mr Lothar 
Reinhardt. junior, and these two horse- 
men have become joint owners of Tuany 
a winner, both in exhibition and on the 
track Mr. .Vrtlnir Kcliihanlt bought the 
marc Anticosti from the Hendrie stable in Hamilton, and won the sweepstakes with her 
at the Industrial K.xhibition, 'I'oronto. This was his first big victory in the show ring. 
but he has repeated such an experience on more than one occasion. He was part 
owner of the horse Emigrant, which w'on the Beardmorc (up. Ilic rider on the happy 
occasion being Mr. Lothar Reinhardt. 'I'his is a triumph which is ardently c()mpetc(| 
for by all members of tlu> Toronto Hunt, and few have e(|ualled the Heiidiardt Brothers" 
record, and won it twice. Mv. Reinhaidt is a fearless and skilful rider, and is one of the 
regular attendants at the runs with the hounds. He is also an adept reinsman and whip. 




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CANADIAN HUNT CLUB 

NOT iiKiiiy ycai's ;i<;;() tlu-re was hut nuv regularly organized luiut upon the con- 
tinent, and to-day there are at least a hundred in operation in various parts of 
Canachi and tlie United States. During the past year hunting has become 
(|uite a fad on this si(h> of the Atlantic. Where previo\isly the trotter was the favorite 
among the horsemen, he has now given j)lace to the hiuiter and the thoroughbred, 
and as a residt of this change of opinion as to the usage of high-class horses, not oidy 
liunt clubs, but horse shows, have sprung up all over the continent of America. 

The Canadian Hunt Club was organized in the year 1897 with a mem1)ership of 
twenty-five, the first officers being Dr. A. K. L. ]\Iarsolais, President; Mr. L. II. Pain- 
chaud, Vice-President; P. A. Beaudoin, Treasurer; and J. B. Lamarche, Secretary. 
The ki'iuiels were located at I^ongueuil. During this year the work done was more 
of the character of organizing and getting together a full eomi)lement of hounds, to 
hunt on regular days, and to become familial- with the p()ssil)ilities of the country over 
which they were to hunt. Many of the members took a ileep interest in the initial 
work of the Club and their efforts were rewarded far beyond their expectations. 

Foxes were found in abundance, and contrary to custom the farmers in the vicinity 
of Ivongueuil welcomed rather than o|)j)osed their coming, as was the case in St. Hubert, 
St. Bruno, and St. Lambert. 'I'he year of 1899 was most favorable, the membership 
having increased to one hundred, while large and valuable additions were made to the 
pack. This year the hunting season opened in September, and continued until early 
in December. The sport created a new enthusiasm, while the country hunted over was 
the best to be foimd in the Province of Quebec. During this year Mr. Geo. A. Simard 
was the master. 

Since that time a club-house has been ))uilt, situated at St. Lambert; almost immedi- 
ately in front of the club-house is located a beautiful bay, where excellent fishing, boating 
and bathing are obtainable, which adds materially to the attractions of the Club. The 
members have also training grounds where the young honses can be schooled and 
huntsmen in embryo are given their first lessons in horsemanship, a feature which would, 
of itself, make the Club desirable and which, added to its inimerous other attractions, 
unites to form one of the best Clut)s for horsemen in (.'anada. 






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Thorouchuki-d Ci.vi>Esr>Ai.n — OwNicn nv Smith ,S; Richardson 



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NATHANIEL D. RAY 

M inl career of the great jockey ^^^hamel U. K . ^^.^^^ ^^^ ^_ 

-*" ^ ,roua of his prowess on the turt. toi ^ > Z^^^^; ^\'^" „;,. .ho have great 
^^•liow-c'untryn.an His -'^^^J^ ^^^ ^n ^ i^:;t^;n Toronto, his hon.e 
confidence in the clever nder. ^^^ ^g^ ^ ^^u. Woodbine race-track. He has 
being at U^28 Queen St. Las not *^" ^ ' J^ J'^^^^ ^,^,^. ^,,,, ,,,,s old when he was 
,b,,,s been in close touc^h w.th ho.s s n f a^ he^^ - ^^^^^.^^ ^^^^^^^ ,,^^.^ 

T'-^ '' T f Il!:::::bl H^;. l^rX'na^vUle. -nns. Mr. Ray says, was his 
the property ot HonoiaDle ««'^^ remember, and it is a very pleasant 

first association w.th ^^^ -^-f^,^^; '^ .f^'i;; "sc-hool. Whitbv. and is widely known 
recollection. He was educated at the -^^^^''' ,^^^. n^. ,,.,,, .carried 

,„..,.„.out ()ntario ^ "-'^^ ;"^-, •^;: V^!^- .^ ^ he Iver rode was Mr. Abe 
i„ Wind.sor. Ontario. ';' !-^**^ " . ' ^^^^^ ^. \,,, ,i„,e o-uide.l scores of good horses to 
Orpens Bob Xeelcy at ( -ncmn d u a^ ^^^^^^ .^^_^ ^^^^ ^^^^^^^, ^^_^^, ,,,^.,,^^._ ^,„, 



\v(>n-carnc< 



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Hvlas. The former holds the premier phice in tlie smart jockey's reo;ar(l. Mr. 
Hav is ])roiid of the fact that he was never beaten on Good and Plenty, an animal 
which lie classed as the <;reatest jumper the American turf had ever seen. 

During the year 1906. Mr. Ray developed a liking for the light harness horse, 
a taste probahlv iidierited from his father. He purchased several good ones, the first 
beinc the horse Prince Greenlander. which did well under the care of Mr. Hav and 
his father. John McKeown was the next to be acquired for the stable, and won many 
.stakes for his fortunate owner, racing for the first time over the ice at the famous meeting 
at Ottawa, 1007 In spite of his extraordinaiy speed, he had to be retired for the 
season, owing to a bad (piarter cut. In 1909. he was again paced on the ice, and made 
a good showing. The iu>xt piu'chase was the horse Guy, which was bought during the 
ice meeting at Toronto and was campaigned by "Nat"" Ray with decided success. 

Mr. Rav was not only known as a steejjlechase rider, but earned a reputation as 
an excellent driver, handling his own horses in the majority of the races won by them. 
In 1908, he made a departure and l)ecame an owner, after having refused to sign con- 
tracts to ride for anyone else. He purchased the leppers Spencer Reiff and I)r Aikens. 
With these two horses, particularly the former, he did well on the Canadian Circuit 
that vear. He bought the good colt Rraggadocia, with which he won several stake 
races, and was seldom out of the money in 1!)0S. 

Mr. Ray is a member of the Sheepshead Bay (iun Clul) and the Sheepshead Social 
Club. He is a cheerful fellow, with a jolly, ojxmi countenance that l)egets confidence. 
It is. as the New York Telec/raph recently said: "A good honest type of face that ever 
looks .s(|uarely into your own. and a bulldog underjaw that probably accounts for his 
wins." He is modest to a degree, and does not care to say much himself regarding 
his great performances. His career has certainly been a remarkable one. For four 
years he headed the list of u inning steeplechase jockeys on the .Vmerican turf, making 
a new record each year. He has won the Grand National four times, the Whitney 
Memorial three times, and the Cham])ion Stee|)lechase three times. In 190j he won 
$.50,000 in j)ur,ses for his owners. In 190(5 he won $(54,000 in purses with six 
horses. I'l'ub a most (Tcditablc sliowiii"'. 



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llAKU.ANl) H- .\lACl>Ur> Al . 

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THE MONTREAL HORSE SHOW 

A SUGGESTION of Mr. Geo. Pepper, of Toronto, that horse sliows might he 
held in Montreal, was taken up \>y the Montreal Hunt ("hil) and. fathered hy 
the Hunt Clul). the first Montreal Horse Slu)w was held in the sprino; of 1J)()(). 

Sir H. Montaii'U Allan and H. R. Mac Donga 11 were more than instrumental in 
making the first show a success, and while the classes were not so large as anticij)ated, 
thev have grown in (lualitv and size durino- the succeedinu' rears, until now the Mon- 
trcal Horse Show Association is regarded as one of the strongest in the Dominion of 
Canada, and has connected with it some of MontreaTs most pronn'nent men. 

The first show was held in tiie Arena Rink, with the following gentlemen as judges: 
Doctor Andrew Smith, of Toronto; George B. Harline. of New York; William Hendrie. 
of Hainilton. and \N . Staunton Elliott and S. A\ . Taylor. 

It was fountl that the necessity of stabling the horses outside the rink was most 
inconvenient for owners and breeders, so that it was decided by the directors of the 
sliow to arrange for stal)ling accommodation at the Arena. 

.\ stable, housing a great many horses, was built on the second storey, and later, 
an addition was erected which gave an excellent hitc-hiug room and >talile for at least 
two Innidred more liorses. 

The Association is lil)erally sup|)orted by the members of the various hunt clubs 
in Montreal, and no liner class of horses can lie found at any other exhibition on the 
continent. 

Mr. (". J. Alloway, a well-known Montreal man, is a prominent figure at these 
shows, and is considered one of the best judges in the slu)w ring of the present age. 
His advice has always been most valuable to th(> .Association, and it is largely owing 
to Ins iu>truuientalit\' that the Montreal liorse Show has iiui lulainecl its high staudai'd 
.so sucees>fullv. 




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["he Right Hon the Karl of Uundonalu, C.V.O., C.U. 



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DENNIS HIGGINS 



THERE is ])rol);il)ly no more enthusiastic horseman in ("anaihi than Mr. Dennis 
Ilissins. a Canadian l)v l)irth. who I)oasts of tlie fact that lie was born in the 
little eastern town of Prescott, where he lived with his father (hiring the early 
j-ears of his life, and where he afterwards entered into business. 

From childhood Mr. Higgins showed a liking for the horse, and particularly the 

thoroughbred, and when still only a 
vouth he got together one of the best 
stables owned in Canada at that time. 
His first j)urchase was a horse 
called Lockwood, which marked the 
lieginning of a most successful racing 
career, and with which he had the 
distinction of winning the first race 
ever run over the old track in the east 
end of Toronto, owned by E. King 
Dodds. 

Next came the mare Shamrock, 
which earned brackets for Mr. Hi<i;tjins 
on more than one occasion, and which 
was the winner of the first I'ace ever 
run at the old Bel Air track in Mon- 
treal, then the ])ro])erty of the late J. 
I' Dawes, and afterwards sold to J. E. 
Seagram. 

From lliis time Mr. Hi<r<n"ns de- 
voted a great deal of time to breeding 
and racing horses, not for the financial 
benefit, but for the ])leasnre he derived 
tVom die .^])()rt 

He is the only Canadian ever suc- 
cessful enough to bretMl, train and start 
ia> l)een the greatest event for two-year-olds 




nrs-Nis ITiccms 



a li(»rse in the (ii-cal Euturily, wliicli 
run on the American continent. 

Mr. Higgins was die owner and bree(lcr of the colt Collcetor .Iesii|(. who, by the 
way, is vet in the racing field. Ihis horse was one of the best two-year-olds in his 
year, and fiinshed well up in the Entuiity, although he was left at the post on the start. 

As a threc-vear-old he beat some of Hie l)c>t horses in liial class, winning many 
stakes for his ownei-. 

Collector J<'sup is a full brother to Cardigan, who was at one time a starter in 
the (jue<"irs Plate race at the Woodbine Tliey were by Heldeiiioiiia. out of the mare 



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(liiiicji. Moth llic sire and the dam of tliis jiair were owned and raced by ]\Ir. Hig- 
gins, and won many stakes for h'm. lie rei'nsed ifil'-2, ()()() for Collector Jesu]) as a two- 
year-old 

Mr. Iliggins is most retiring iji his manner, althongh nothing gives him more 
})leasure than to sit down with his friends and talk over the horses he has owned and 
raced. At one ])eriod of his racing career he went into partnershi]) with James 
McLanghlin, the once famous jockey. This alliance lasted hut a short time, when 
it was dissolved, and Mi'. Iliggins again went into the racing world for himself. The 
horse My Fellow was another that carried the orange and Ijluc of the Iliggins stable 
to the front many times, having almost uidtroken snccess during a whole season, and 
winning nine straight races. 

Beldemonia was ke])t standing in the stud by Mr. Iliggins for many years, and 
sired several well-known race-horses. lie was then sold at public auction for three 
thousand dollars, which was, at that time, the greatest price ever |)aid in Camida 
for a thoroughbred. 

Mr. Iliggins has retired from the racing world, althongh he still takes a keen 
interest in the sport, and is ever ready to do all in his power for its benefit. He is 
always ready to help anyone to break into the racing ground, and this kindlv (piality 
has endeared him to many friends. 

At present Mr. Iliggins is the owner of tlu' hotel at Prescott, his native town. 
There a first-class driver may be always found in his stal)le. lie has devoted much 
of his time to the show ring, and has won many ribbons and ))rizes with his horses. 
While he has never been connected ])ublicly with any of the jockey chibs, he has ])een 
a regular attendant at the numerous meets held in Canada and the Unitcil States. 
For many years he was a |>rominent figure at the old Gnttenberg track, where he 
achieved many successes, and was also well known at the old Bel Air track at Mon- 
treal, as well as at the Woodbine, Toronto. 




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FkANK J MlRRAV, MoNTKFAl-, DRIVING LiTTLI-: ToMMY 



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HARRY I. STONE 

ONE of till- Canadian liorscnu-n wlio has won distinction on tlic other side is Harry 
I. Stone, of Sheepshead Bay, New York. Born in 'roronto, he received his 
earlv eckication at the Model School and the Jarvis Street Collegiate Institute. 
The pursuit of echication, however, did not interfere with his interest in the hor.se, 
and from his earliest childhood, Mr. Stone manifested his predilection for the equine, 
a taste which was fostered by his father and mother, who were both good riders, he being 
the first son of W. H. Stone of Toronto. 

Mr. Stone won his first triumph on 
a ])ony in heat races at the Toronto Ex- 
hibition, while his first success on a regular 
track was at the Woodbine Course in 
1897. in a hunt race for gentlemen riders, 
his mount being Clark. At that time 
Mr. Stone was a member of the old 
'i'oronto Hunt Club, under Dr. Smith. 

From 1897 to 190;3, the subject of 
our sketch was not connected with hor.ses, 
but was engaged in business in Buffalo 
and New York. 

Once a horseman always a hor.se- 
nian. however, and his old love claimed 
him again in 1904, when he took uj) racing 
on the big tracks in New York, as a 
gentleman rider. 'Iliis was one of his 
most successful seasons in the saddle. 
He won all of the stakes on the American 
track for gentleman rider up, the first 
bciuii' won with the horse Conover 



from a good field. In th' 



of 




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19()() he turned professional, making a 

success of it, finishing well up on the 

list of leading riders. 1906 was a ban- 

nvv year, and Mr. Stone was second on the list of steeplechase riders, doing the 

saddle work foi- many of the l)ig stables. During the next season his success was 

contimied, he heading the list, having more mounts to his credit than any other 

steeplechase rider on this continent. 

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WILLIAM G. WILSON 

WILLIAM (1. WILSON is aiiotlior ot'Toronto's horscnifii u ho has been watched 
with a great (k'al of interest on both the Canadian and American race-tracks. 
He was born at Pickering in tlie year ISTo, l)eing the ohlest son of (leo. M. 
Wilson, who was a well-known horseman. Wlien only a boy Mr. AMlson went to 
Winni])eg with his ])arents. making his home thert'. lie afterwards came to Toronto 
with his father. Mr. Wilson first showed a liking for riding when only a yonngster, 
and rode manv of his father's horses. After coming to Toronto he became associated 
with Doctor Morehonse and (leo. Pepper, developing his art as a rider nnder the 
liiiidance of the one-time famous rider Tim Hlong. He rotle many of the horses 
owned by Messrs. Morehouse & Pepper at the luimerous American horse shows, 
winning his laurels as a rider of high jumpers at Chicago and New York, where 
he rode the mare Maud. He remained with Mr. Pepper for some time and then 
took a position with the Hon. Adam Beck, of London, looking after his horse inter- 
ests. From the experience gained with Mr. livvk he went into business for himself 
as an owner, and has met with great success. He handled many prize-wiiuiers in 
the show ring, and soon liecame interested in the thoroughbreds. 

He was alwavs more partial to the jumpers than any other class of horses, and 
through this developed into a tirst-class steeplechase jockey. Nothing gave him more 
pleasure than to break green jumpers and (jualify hunters. No jump was too stiff 
foi- him to trv. having;' plentx of nerve and courage. When Mr. Wilson eml)arked as 
an owner of thoroughi)reds. his tirst purchase was the horse St. Jolly. He met with 
limited success the tirst season, and then added Zerkies and Butter Ladle to the string 
the following s|jring. Tlu- next purcha.se was the horse Red Car. bred by the late 
Joseph Duggan. l-'or two or three years he kept up his stable, and on being made 
a handsome offer for it sold out to the Brocrofts of New York. He remained with 
the stable as manager and rider, adding many good ones to it. In the year 1907 he 
repurchased from his employer. Ex])ansionist and Delcanta. 

Durintr his raciii"' careei" Mr. \N ilson has won man\ stakes, and bids fair to 
hecoine a pi'ominent owner. lie has a knack of handling lioi'ses that comes as a 
gift, and in many cases he has made a successful horse out of what was kK)ked on 
as one of no account. Mr. Wilson's career will be watched with interest by Canadians 
in the years to come, for he is of a happy and genial disposition, and has made 
many friends. 

Mr. Wilson makes his home at Sheep.shead Bay during the winter months, where 
his stables are situated, and where the horses are trained in the early spring. He 
was married to a Canadian girl early in lif<>. and has two children. \vho are l)eing 
brought U|) to look after the interests of the horse just as their father was. 



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Pagan Bey 



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CHARLES SNOW 

onU tlirouiiii his ownershij) of luinu'ss horses, hut throunh tlic owninu' 
iiiimers, is Mr. Ciiarles Snow known to tlie horsemen of Canada. Horn 
and educated at Whitl)v, Mr. Snow eanie to 'I'oronto in 1.S!).5 to oo into husi- 
ne.s.s with his father. In lS!)i) he entered the wholesale eonfeetionerv I)usiness for 
him.self. meeting with unhniited .sncccss. In 1907. Ids l)nsiness had grown to sueh 
an extent, that it was necessary to look for new premises, and his ])resent place of 
husincss on College Street ^^ est was purchased. 

Mr. Snow's first venture into the 
racing world was when he purchased 
l?urr Oak. with whom he won manv 
races through the fields. It was on this 
horse that Nat Ray. the famous steej)le- 
ehase jockey, rode his first victory. 

When Burr Oak was i-etircd. he was 
replaced 1)\' King John, who wou the 
Toronto Hunt Clul) cup on the Hat. hut 
who was a failure over the jumps. 

Mr. Snow then tnrned his attention 
to liarness horses, and bought and sold 
many before he secured his first winner, 
the pacer Little Boy. who won the 
championship of Toronto in l!)(l,'). and 
was considered one of the fastest pacers 
vwY owned in the city. 

The next purchase was the mare 
Rheda Wilks. who won many prizes at 
the matinees of the Toronto and Dufi'erin 
Park Driviug Clubs. 

()ther horses have I)een i>ought and 
sold by Mr. Snow, but Rheda Wilks will 
end her life in his stable. 

Mr. Show has always Keen au odicial 
at the local races, while he has also offici- 
ated at the meetings of clubs iu smaller towns, lie was eleetcfl S(>cretary of the 
Dufi'erin Bark Driving Club when it was first formed, holding the office for two years. 
when he rejoined the Toronto Driving Club as Secretary, which office he has held foi- 
many years. 

Mr. Snow, who is regarded as one of 'Toronto's most promising business men, is 
looked upon as an authoritv on harness horses. lie is ever rea.ly to lend his aid to any 
project for the advancement of the horse and of the racing world, and it is to some of 
his suirsrt'Stions that the local driving clubs owe their success. 




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E. W. COX 



MR. K. W. rOX, a native Canadian, was horn in Peterhoroniili, Ontario, in 1864. 
As everybody knows, who is at all familiar with the jx-rsonnel of Canadian 
l)nsiness Ufe, he is tlie eldest son of Senator George A. Cox, widely known 
as President of the Canada Life and as the Tnoving spirit in a nuniher of the great 
enterprises whieh are attraeting to Canada the attention of the civilized woi'ld. 

Many a young man with similar advantages to those enjoyed by E. W. Cox, has 
used those advantages to indidge 
himself in a life of selfish idle- 
ness. But inherent good (|Uali- 
ties. backed l)y sound traimng, 
l)r()Ught Mr. Cox into tlic ranks 
of the workers, amongst whom 
he was destined to find so high 
a ])lace. 

After a high school ti'aining 
ill his native town, and two years 
spent in University College, To- 
ronto, ]Mr. Cox entered the office 
of his father, who was then gen- 
eral agent for Eastern Ontario 
for the Canada Life. He j)rovcd 
himself worthy of trust, and was 
taken into partnership by liis 
father, the firm being known as 
Geo. A. and E. W. Cox The 
branch had always been one of 
the mo.st successful and satis- 
factory in the whole of the com- 
pany's organization, and it even 
improved its position with the 
forceful ami devoted service 
given l)y the new partner in the 
agency firm. 




The eood work 



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done was recognized by the company in the most practical way l)y giving these suc- 
cessful agents more territory in which to carry on their work. In 1886 the limits of 
the branch were extended westward to include Toronto, and the branch head office 
was removed to this citv. 

From this time until a still more extensive sphere of action was opened to him, 
the main work of the Eastern Ontario branch was done by Mr. E. W. Cox; his father 
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ami as a director of the company. A iiotal)le instance of how al)iUty and hard work 
will draix success from the verv jaws of failure was the c-oiitinuance of the Canada 
Life's Michigan lirani-h i>ven after tlie nianaii-enient of the company liad ])ractically 
decided to close it. liealiziny' that retirement from Michigan would he a backward 
step, which would l)e injurious to the company's organization f;enerally. ^[r. (leoroe 
.v. Cox persuaded the management to give the direction of the company's affairs in 
that state to the Eastern Ontario hranch. It can he imagined that the work was one 
cailiuir for couraiic, perseverance and great ahilitv in administration. Mr. E. ^^ . Cox 
hrouiiht those (jualities to hear upon the ])rohlems l)efore him. The result is that the 
Canada Life has to-day a fine and growing Inisiness in ^lichigan, which is still manageil 
under the Eastern Ontario agency. 

In IS!)!), while Mr. A. (;. Ramsay was still President of the Canada Life. ^Ir. 
E. W. Cox was called to tlu- general service of the company, heing given the im])ortant 
position of Assistant General ALinager. Three years later he was promoted to the Gen- 
eral Managership, which jiosition he has held ever since. 

Before Mr. Cox hecame General Manager, the present organization of the com- 
panv had l)een effected, with Hon. George A. Cox as President, and with the head 
office in Toronto. Lnder Mr. E. W. Cox's management the com])any enjoys the 
most prosjHM'ous days in its splendid hi.story. It has extended its oj)crations to New 
York and to I'enn.sylvania. and also in 1!)();5— to (ircat Britain. In all these import- 
ant (icKLs its Itusiness is well cai'cd for and is steadily increasing. Throughout the 
home field the organization has Ijcen extended on every side, and strengthened in every 
wav. .so that tlie great volume of business which the company c-an handle can be rolletl 
up with uid'ailing certainty every year. 

Thoutrh he has oiven to the Canada Life Assurance Com|)anv a loval and di'voted 
.service. Mr. Cox has not withheld his influence and ability from the ])romotion and 
working out of other useful business enterprises. He is a director of the Central Can- 
ada Loan and Savings Company, of the National Trust Company, and of the British 
Aniei'ica .\ssnrance (Ompany. 

No little part of Mr ('ox's marked success in liusiness is due to his qualities as a 
man. He has. prol)al)ly. as wide a circle of friends and well-wishers as any other young 
business man in ("anada. The habit of success has left him uns|)oiled even for the 
company of those who ha\'e not won such prizes in the race of life as he has won. 

While Mr. Cox has not taken as active an interest in the horse world as his 
brother, he has always kept in his .stal)le a fine pair for his family, showing them 
occasionally at the Toronto Shows. A fast driver for privat(> use denumstrates that 
Mr. Cox delights in and loves a good hor.se. 




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RALPH DOUGLASS 

AT the early age of seventeen years. Ralph Douglass, of Ste. Therese. Que., hecauie 
ilecidedlv interested in the liorse. Mr. Douglass is president of the hrewery iirni 
of Douglass & Co.. Limited, and is one of the younger men of (^uel)ee Province 
wiio are helping the interests of the horse in a j)ractieal way all the time. He was 
Ijorn in Brooklyn. X.Y.. in 1877. He spent his summers in Champlain. N.Y.. and 
was educated at the Vermont Episco])al Institute. Burlington. Vermont. On leaving 
school, he became interested in horsedom |iarticularly. iov he had aciiuired possession 
of the stallion Lord Dudley, son of ^lamhrino Dudley ('•2.1S)f ), dam l)y Dictator. He 
also had several good brood mares, one of which was Rosetta. in the great l)rood mare 
list, bv Pickering, son of Rysdyk's Hambletonian. dam by Harry (May. sire of dam of 
Electioneer. Amongst the horses he possesses now. Mr. Douglass is fondest of Rosetta. 
a sorrel mare of fine appearance, out of the Rosetta mentioned before and siretl by 
.Meander, sire of Dariel. -2.()fM. In relating .some of the very interesting horse facts 
that have come within his wide e\j)erience in a few years. Mr. Douglass mentions that 
probablv one of the best horses for road and carriage ever owned in Burlington. \ t., 
was the pro|)ertv of his uncle. ( 'harles Lippett, who was a hay dealer at that place. The 
horse, which was grey in color. an<l came from St. Ilyac-inthe. (Quebec', and .supposed 
to be a (irey Eagle, could, and often did. pull a l)Uggy in ••2. 30. I'pon the demise of 
Mr. Lipi)ett, this splendid horse became the ])ro])erty of l\Ir. Douglass' father, and 
the animal made a wonderful reputation in northern New \'ork State. He was 
not blessed with any high-sounding name, being known just as conunon, jilain, 
onlinarv, everyday "Joe," and apparently (|uite satisfied that it sliould be that way. 
in the full knowledge that he was a grey gelding, 15.3. and a weight of XA'io lbs., which 
was entirely out of j)roportion with his importance. 

Mr. Douirlass was for some time connected with the Shermans — verv wealthv 
mine owners of Port Henry, X.'N'.. and he personally |)ossessed a large stable of good 
drivers at Champlain, .\.\'. Among his favorites ther(> were Spark and Flirt icobs). 
a first prize pair of mares, at Slierbrooke. (^ue.. both double and single, and under saddle. 
This fine pair he had purchased iVoni Mr. (loiigli. of I.ennowille. (^ue. lie also 
thought a lot of a pair of sorrel geldings. Edgemont -2. '•21.1,, and Buttons itrial '2.1()i, 
which he drove on the \ew ^'ork speedway half a mile in the splendid time of 1.10. 
Others of his choice ownings were the great Campaigner, an ideal driving horse, and 
Doctor !-.. a roan gelding that could go at either yait b\ changing the weight in front. 
Doctor L. never wore straps and had a ])aciiiL; record of 2.0!). and trotting record of a 
frartion over '2.1 '-2. 

Thougii still oidy a little over thirty years of age at this writing. Mr. Douglass has 
had an interesting lifetime of more hustling tli;in moNt men accomplish in t\\ ice the journey. 
He has l)eeii a bit too bu.sy to engage in nnlitarx pui>uits. and this is |)erhaps to be re- 
gretted, as when at school he was captain in command of the best drilled company in 
the State of \'erinont. winning flags, presented by (iovernor Peck, I'or su|)remacy. ]\lr. 



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Dou<rlass is of clicort'ul luind, l)ein<>' described l)v one who knows him well, as "a eood 
friend and a bitter enemy," who has been through all sorts of business success and 
misfortune, but so far has not refused aid to one in trouble, believing it better to occa- 
sionally helj) one undeserving case than to overlook one worthy. He is said to have 
spent a self-made fortune in helping others whenever his aid was sought, and as he 
says himself, with some vigor, he came to Canada criticized and condemned for any- 
thing and everything he ever did, particularly because he had no money left. But by 
hard work and persistent effort he has now built uj) a prosperous l)usiness in Ste. 
Therese. He hadn't much to work on, but took as a basis of his ])resent big inter- 
ests the Morris brewery, which was one of the oldest in Canada. 

Mr. Douglass is a devoted family man. He was married in Champlain, N.Y., 
eight years ago, and the union has l)eeii hap|)ily l)lessed by two daughters They are 
bright children, and inherit their father's love for horses. Like him, too, they are 
particularly fond of dogs. He has owned many good ones of various breeds, and is 
at present the owner of some fine foxhounds. 



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Honor Bkh;ht. Owned by Crowk & Mtkray 



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DR. R. E. WEBSTER 

or so often ;is (lesirod does one see the coinl)inatioii of a man very husy in his 
profession or practice, and e(|nally Imsy in the introduction of good horses. 
None the less. Dr. R. E. Webster, a leading gynaecologist of Ontario, finds time 
or makes time to devote much of his attention to liorse-flesh, and that he is a lover of 
it goes without saving. He is a prominent practitioner in Ottawa, devoting his atten- 
tion altogether to surgery. He is a native of Brockville. and took up residence in 
Ottawa nine years ago. A gi'aduate of McCiill, he completed a post-graduate course 
in Xew York, and afterwards practised in Texas, where he was lecturer on surgery in 
the Texas Metlical College. Because of ill-health he returned to Canada, and he is 
now chief surgeon of the Carleton County General Hospital. Dr. Wel)ster has always 
been a horseman, and .">in(c liis early days has had an inclination towards the thorough- 
bred. His horses have been many, and have been shown at all the leading Canadian 
shows. Among them was the Earl, afterwards sold to tlie late INIr. Hives, who won 
often in Xew York, Chicago anrl St. Louis, and Ottawa, and subsequently sold him 
to ('. ^^ . \\atson. of lialtimore. 

Mrs. Webster, who was Miss Irene Jones, of Brockville. is equally as enthusi- 
astic as her husband. She is the owner of Roxana, which is still in her stable. As a 
li<>htweio;ht satldle horse Roxana seems to be in a class bv herself, and last vear was 
an easy winner at ^lontreal. Another fine horse in Dr. Webster's stable is Skylark, 
who won second In the middleweight hnnters at Montreal in 1!)(I7. Still another is 
A\oodlark, which will lie brouiiht out in the siirino', and is said to i)e one of the biir- 
gest jumpers in Canada. Dr. Webster is Master of the Ottawa Hunt Club, and was 
practically responsible for the formation of that flourishing organization two years 
ago. Outside of the fact that his |)o^itioii is a rt>s])onsible one, he is interested at all 
times, and much of the success of the Club is due to his indefatiuable eft'orts. 




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DR. ANDREW SMITH 



PROIJAHLY there is no better known horseman in America than Dr. Anth'cw 
Smith. Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, founder of the 
Ontario Veterinary College, until recently Principal of that College, and 
since the beginning. Chairman of the Executive of the Ontario Jockey Club. Dr. 
Smith was also President of the Exhil)ition in succession to the late J. J. Withrow in 
1901 and lf)0'-2. He was born at Dalrymple. Ayrshire, where his father was a large 
breeder and farmer. The Doctor thus naturally became a lover of live stock ])rior to 

taking up the profession that he has fol- 
lowed all his life. He graduated from 
Edinburgh Veterinarv College in 18(51 
witli the higlu'st lionors and medals, in- 
cluding the Highland Society medal. He 
(jualified for the directorship of Toronto 
Exiiibition and for the presidency by 
being for two or three years Secretary of 
the Annual Show iicld in his uativ(> dis- 
trict. 

In 1H()1 the Provincial Board of 
Agricultiu'e decided that it was desirable 
that the veterinary |)rofession should be 
])ut on a l)etter and more classified foot- 
ing. They conse(|uently (lej)uted the late 
Prof. (ieo. Buckland to visit Scotland 
and consult Pi'incipal Dick of the Edin- 
l)uriih \ eterinarv ( '(ille<>e as to a •icntle- 
man that woulil l)e al)le and desiral)le to 
take chai'ge of a veterinary college at 
Toronto. Pi'iiicip;il 1 )ick warndy ad\'ised 
the oti'ering of the appointment to Dr. 
Smith. Th(> Doctor con.se(|uently came 
to ( anada forty-.seven years ago. and 
f()U7ided the Ontario Veterinarv College, 
wInCh has Ix-en noted as securing stu- 
flents not only from all parts of America, but also from all parts of the Euglish- 
s|)eaking world. 'Inhere are, in fact, few veterinarv surgeons of (Mnincncc in America 
who have not graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College. 

The college until this present year only rc(|nir((l a two-year course of graduation. 
With the taking over of the institution by the Ontario ( iovcrnimiil and the appoint- 
ment of Dr. (irange. form<'rly of (iuelj)h. as the Princi|)al. a tliree-vear course, the 
same as prevails at the majority of veterinary colleges in America, was made neces- 




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sarv. AVliat cttVct this cliange may have upon tlie attcnchmce. if any, is not yet visible, 
as the nunil)er of fresh students this year is well up to the averao-e of any previous year. 
Dr. Smith was Veterinary Surgeon of the Provincial Agricultural Association, 
Dominion Government Inspector of Stock for Ontario. \'eterinary Surgeon of the To- 
ronto Field Battery, and for ten years ^Master of the I'oronto Hunt. He has also offici- 
ated many times as judge at horse and other live stock shows, not only in his adopted 
country, but at New York, Pliiladeli)hia. Chicago and other places in the States. He 
is a member of St. Andrew 's Society, ami also of the Caledonian Society. He is Past 
Master of St. Andrew's Lodge, A.F. & A.M. Dr. Smith's son. Dr. David King Smith, 
is Surgeon to the -ISth Highlanders, so that the family has a natural leaning towards 

the military. 

The Doctor in his younger days was a good stee|)lechase rider, and has ridden 
in many a winning race. He is now. although advanced in age, a follower of the hounds, 
and is invariably well up at the finish. Among the noted horses that the Doctor owned 
was Brown Dick, a winner of many a rattling race across country; another was Nannie 
Craddock, an exceptionally good race mare, and winner of many a chase; lAixem- 
burg was a third horse that the Doctor was very much attached to. and was worthy 
of the attachment. He also at one time owned Lady Reel, dam of the famous Ham- 
bur<f and other o-ood winners. Ladv D'Arcv. owned 1)V Dr. Smith, was as a two- 
year-old the fastest splinter in Canada. Few who remember her first race wdl for- 
get how she shot out from her field and left the others as if anchored. Sir James, 
a horse show champion, was a high-class saddle horse that the Doctor had a great 
liking for. and among others that he was wholly or ))artly interested in have l)een War 
Cry. Vespucius, imp. First Attempt. 

\Vhen twenty-seven or twenty-eight years ago the Ontario Jockey Club was 
formed. Dr. Smith was naturally regarded as a sure and certain supporter. He heart- 
ily endorsed the late T. C. Patteson in his efforts to organize the Club, and was made 
a Director and member of the Executive at its inception. Early and late the Doctor 
has worked for the success of the O.J.C., and the high standard that it has reached 
is very largely due to his persistent efforts. He is a man of sound judgment and uni- 
form courtesy. Prol>al)ly no Principal of any college has been more highly esteeuied, 
venerated and loved than Dr. Sniitli has by the students of the Ontario Veterinary 
College. If a student failetl tt) pass, it was to the Princiijal that he went to pour out 
his woes and to receive sympathy, and he never left disappointed, for the Doctor ever 
proved a true friend, a wise counsellor, and virtually a father to all. 



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J. I'*. Smyth. Mon'trfal 



JOHN FORESTER SMYTH 



JOHN FOKESTEK SMYTH, who was born at Windsor Mills. Que., and educated 
at Montreal, is one of tlie youngest owners in Canada. lie first learned to ride 
and drive under the tuition of the hite J. P. Dawe.s, for whom he rode in 
all of the gentleman events for years, competing against professionals as well as ama- 
teurs, vet alwavs able to hold his own. lie has won two of the Queen's Plate races 
decided in the Province of (Quebec, one of them having been run in Quebec ("ity. the 
onlv {Queen's Plate race that has ever been, or is ever likely to be. decided in that city 
Mr. Smvth has won races through the field as well as on liie fiat, having the recoi'd 
of wiiming thirtv-.seveii races on the horse lied Moid<. at one time owne(| by J. IV 
Dawes, five of the thirty-seven being run in one week 

Desiring to become an owner. Mr Smyth's first |iur(ha>c on his own account 
wa> the horse Marstou Moor, and with liim lie won several races, afterwai'ds dispos- 
it a good figure. 
lie th<-ii went into partnership with W P Kearney, of Montreal, and |)urchased 
the horx's Sallv Cohen ami Star Kmblem, meeting with considerable success with 

the pair. 

Then came the purchase of the colt Columbus, and up In llii-- llnic these were 
the best of the liorses owned by this stable. Many others have heen added and dis- 
posed of since, and we predict for these young owners great success in the future. 



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Grand Stand. Quebec Turk Club 



THE QUEBEC TURF CLUB 



UNDOUBTEDLY one of the oldest ami most in)|)ular s]iortino- oruanizatioiis iii 
the Dominion is the Quebec Turf Ckih. Avhich has had an intenu])t((l exist- 
ence reacliing away hack into the dim and misty ])ast. The early records of 
the Clul) are not now available, but Lieut. -Col. .Vshmead. the present genial and 
active Secrctarv, has in his possession minute books datinii- from the year 1!S;56. A 
glance through is fraught with interest, and reveals the fact that the Club has had a 
notable career. Li its early <lays the officers of the different British regiments which 
then garri.soued the ancient Capital, took a leading part in the affairs of the Club, and 
in the vcar 1S4.J there is a note in the report of the Stewards to the annual meetmg 
of the Clul). to the effect that they viewed with regret the departure of the 74tli Regi- 
ment and the (iOth Rifles, which'would de])rive the Club of .some members, but the 
arrival of the S!)th Regiment, it was hoped. wouM make uj) the dehciency. In those 
days the (Queen's Plate was run for at (Quebec. Three Rivers and Montreal alter- 
natelv. and anf)thcr remarkal)le incident is chronicled ui the fact that in the year 1840 



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tlie (^ufi'ifs Plate was run in heats, having been won l)y Mr. Pari.sh's Satunhiy 
Night, two straight. There were good stakes offered in those (hiys. tlie ])urses often 
reaching $500. With the exception of a couple of years the races of the (Mid) were 
held on the historic Plains of Abraham, which long maintained its su])rcmacy as the 
finest turf track in the country. The annual meet of the Turf Club has always been 
the occasion for the gathering of the wealth, beauty, and fashion of the city and ad- 
joining district, and competition has ever been keen between the owners of horses in 

this section of the country. 

Among the early mendjers of the 
( hd> who took a big part in its promo- 
tion was the late :Mr. (',. 11. Parke. Be- 
tween the years \H\Ui and 1840 was the 
period in which lie took his deepest inter- 
est in racing, during which time he won, 
not alone the Queen's Plate, l)ut also 
many other valuable prizes. A worthy 
son, in the person of Dr. C. S. Parke, 
(lied but a few years ago. lie was an 
ex-President of the (Mub. and also did 
great work for it. An honored veteran 
of tlie Club, who is to-day still hale and 
licartv, is A[ajor F. Lamkson. who for 
twenty years acted as Treasurer, only 
resigning a couple of years ago, when 
lie was unanimously elected a life mem- 
ber. Another name in the history of the 
('lub which will always be remembered 
with feelings of admiration, was the late 
Major Short, of "H"" Battery, whose sad 
though heroic death in the great fire of St. 
Sauveur so moved the]>ul)lic that a monu- 
ment to liis memory may now be seen in 
front of the Drill Hall on (irande Alice. 
'J'lic Clulp to-dav is in a flourisliinjj condition, with a ^ood meml)crship. and the 
sporting in>tinet strong among tlieni. The offic<-rs for the |)resent year arc: Major 
T. S. lletherington. President; Win. M. Doix'll. \ice-President ; Allan lioswtdl. Treas- 
urer; and Lieut. -Col. V. Ashmead, Secretary, .\mong tliose who have for many years 
taken a <leep iiil(re>t in lli<' Ciuli. and who are to-day ever ready to promote its in- 
terests, will be found the names of Lieut. -Col. C. C. Sewell. \'esey Hoswell, 1). S. 
Rickaby, (i. K. .\myot, Victor Chateauvert, Capt. I). Watson, and many others, who 
are included in the mo.st active of the Stewards of to-day. (Dl. Asliuiead has been 
Seeretar\ of tlie (lub ever since he came to ( anaila. A warm admncr of llie e(|iilne 




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race, and a cross-countrv rider witli tVw erjuals, the <>allaiit Colonel has hroii<;ht home 
many a horse to victory. It is now slightly over twenty years since he rode his last 
steeplechase in En<iland. iind his feats as a gentleman rider in Canada have been no 
less successful. Mr. I). S. Rickahy is also entitled to a meed of praise for the energy 
and enthusiasm which he has displayed in the promotion of the s])ort of kings in Que- 
bec. For a oreat miml)er of vears he acted as starter, a dutv which he never failed 
to perform with credit, only retiring three or four years ago, when the Club secured 
the services of a professional in llic pcison of Mr. McCiimiis. ]Mr. Francis Nelson, 
for some years back, has also acted as judge. 

With its long and uninterrupted career the Clul) has never failed, except upon 
one or two occasions, to hold its annual two or three-day meet. The last of these 
was the season just past, when the Stewards thought it expedient to forego the anniuil 
event owing to the races held by an outside orgamzation during the Tercentenary 
celebration. This year the Club is planning a three-day meet, and with the enthus- 
iasm and vigor which the meml)ers at all times exhil)it, there seems to l)e little tloubt 
that it will prove the same great success which has always rewarded their efforts. 




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P. M. FEENEY 

No .ne .ho knows auvtlnug about the nutiali..,. ami c-arly .leveloptuent of th. 
\ utreal Jockev ciul, can forget the work of that h.g. genud Inshman, 1. 
M. Feeney. for it was he an.l he alone who realize.! the poss.l.iht.es of a success- 
ful race meeting in the ISIetropolitan ("ity. 
The difficulties' he had to contend with 
in securing suitable land, obtaining op- 
tions, and getting the right people inter- 
ested, would have discouraged a less san- 
guine mind, but P. M.. with the same 
determination that has pulled him through 
many difficulties. In-ouglit the negotiations 
to such a head that laid the foundations 
of the present success of the Montreal 

Jockey Club. 

Mr. Feeney is an ui)-to-date. alert 
business man. who has had a large ex- 
perience in han.lling large concerns and 
making them pay. He started l)usiness as 
a saw manufacturer in a small way some 
years ago. and in time absorl)ed factories 
in St. John, N.B.; Quel^ec, Ottawa and 
Montreal, holding the controlling interest 
in the aniidgamated fac-tories. which were 
known as "The Canada Saw Co." Mr. 
Feeney afterwards sold his interest in the 
company, and invested his capital in other 
concerns, all of which have been suc- 

'"''^t a sportsman Mr. Feeney is one of the best, always ready to encourage strug- 
gling young jockeys an.l horsemen, and so long as Canada ca,r produce h.s like, so 
long will sport prosper. 




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ROBERT DAVIES 

ONE of tli(> best known horsemen in Anu'vica is Mv. Uol)crt Davics, not only 
from the breeding standpoint. l)nt from the ein-umstance that he has raised 
and raced manv of the consjiienons winners on record. For many years Mr. 
Davies was ahimst exclnsivelv <levoted to breeding, showing and importing the heavier 
chiss of horses. l)efore he showed a hking for the thoronghbred. His farm, familiarly 
known as " Thorncliffe." has sent to the show ring many champions in almost every 
class. It was on this farm that Mr. Davies raised his tirst tlioronghbred and met 
with a great deal of snccess in the racing 

world . 

INIr. Davies has a choice collection 
of ril)bons, won at the nnmerous horse 
shows thronghont Canada, particularly 
at the Toronto Exhibition, where it is 
pn)bal)ly harder to win than at most 
shows on this continent. He has won 
ril)l)ons in the classes for Clydesdales. 
Shires and thoronghbreds. sending back 
to the farm many a riblxm as trophy. 
Of recent years he has not devoted so 
much time to the heavier classes, but to 
the thoroughbred. In this class, he has 
in his stud Orme Shore, probably one 
of the l)est stallions ever brought to 
Canada. This horse should prove a 
famous sire, and, though imported by 
Mr. Davies .some four years ago. was 
not raced to any extent after (oming to 
Canada. 

The Hrst horse to bring this owner 
into prominence in Canada was Thorn- 
clitt'e, one of the best leppers that ever 
looked through a bridle. He won again 

and. after 
1 to a Buffalo owner. ( ontimud his victorious career. Another of INIr. 
Davies' winning steeds was the little mare Eonpanga. being by Kapanga. out of Eon 

D. She won many of the stakes for Canadian-bred horses, and even held her own 

ao-ainst some of the best racers on the Canadian track. 
^ For many years, Mr. Davies was one of the Vice-Presidents of the Ontario Jockey 

Club, resigning on account of pressure of Inisiness a few years ago. He has devoted 




Ro|)t-;kt DvWlES 



and again for his breeder 



much time to racing interests in ( aiiada, seldom being without 



an entrv in the King's 



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I'liite race. On several occasions, it has looked as it' tlie genial owner of 'riioruciitt'e 
wonld capture the (iuineas, hut Dame Fortune seemed to be against him and the chances 
were spoiled hy iniuor accitk'uts. 

Mr. Davies is a good reinsman. and for many years was regarded as one of To- 
ronto > i)est riders. In business, he is well known, holding offices in many large manu- 
facturiui;- concerns, as well as being President of the Don \'alley Brick \\'orks. 'I'he 
t'aiin. ■■ Ihonicliffe." is one of the most completely equipped in the country, and 
the ownci- spares no |)ains in keej)ing in touch with the latest improvements. It is 
beautifuUv situated near Toronto, covering many acres of ground, and the owner 
sliows his appreciation of its attractions by spending there all the time that can be 
taken from business cares and responsibility. 




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lleot.-coloxel donald m. robertson'. m.v.o. 
4Sth Highlanders. Toronto. Can.\da 



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FRANCIS NELSON, M.A. 

FRANCIS NELSON" is |)n)l)al)lv one of the siuccrcst inid l)o.st-infonne(l admirers 
of the liorse in the Dominion. From boyhood lie lias devoted time and atten- 
tion to the interests of the equestrian orcK-r. and has always uj)held a high 
stan(hud for laeing and assoeiated sports. 

^Ir. Nelson is a Canadian by l)irth, having been horn in the city of Hamilton. 
noted for its ambition in sport as well as manufaetnre. Mr. Nelson entered the field 
so eongenial to him bv wav of jonrnalism. taking np the news])aper business as his 

first professional work. lie became sport- 
inii" editor of the Hamilton Times, and 
for man\ vears held this responsible 
position, until he came to Toronto, some 
twentv vears ago, to fill the same post 
on the 'I'oionto Cilobe. This position he 
retains with nmeh eredit to his fairness 
and experience. 

Mr. Nelson's lirst connection with 
the horse was made under uu)st favor- 
able ausj)iees. as he paid fre(|uent visits 
to the farm of the late William Ilendrie. 
From this early ac(|uaintaneeship lu' took 
np the tui'f work as a specialty for the 
press he re|>iesented, and soon became 
;;n authoritv on nicing matters. During 
the vear IS!)."), lu was asked to jiulge at 
the 'i'oronto l^xhibition. as associate of 
the late "Roddy" I'ringle. For several 
vears he olliciated in this field, and in 
1S!)7 he was chos<'n as the associate 
juda'e at the Hamilton mcetiui'-, actinu' in 
that ca])acity at that track ever since. 
His o])inions are widely sought by Can- 
adian horsemen, and he has been ae- 
coi'dcd high judicial honors in the racing 
world. He has acted as judge and ha ndica jipci' at all of the ('anadian tracks, being 
regarded as thoroughlv im])artial in his decisions, and accurate in his handicapping. 
Mr. Nelson has held the office of judge at Hamilton, Fori Fiic. Toronto (the 
Woodbine), Highland I'ark, Detroit, Windsor, and at Kenilworth tr.ick, Hulfalo, 
having been offered positions on the laiger tracks of America. Mr. Nelson has spent 
many hours in the saddle, for, when at college, he was looked on as one of the best 
amateur I'idei's in the country. 




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Besides Ix-iiio- an ardent admirer of tlie horse. Mr. Nelson is an all-round sports- 
man. During the winter montlis the stirring game of curling is one of his favored 
])astimes. I-'or many years lie filled the office of \'ice-President of the Canadian La- 
crosse Association, as well as the same office in the Ontario Hockey Association. He 
has frecjuently acted in an official capacity in the Canadian Association of Amateur 
Oarsmen at their regatta, and the strenuous game of "Rugby" also has his expert 
attention. Hence it may readily be seen that this journalist-sportsman has been 
broad antl varied in his development, and is prepared to give the Ijenefit of profes- 
sional knowledge to any event in the broad field of sport. 




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Hon. Adam Heck 



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Mrs. Adam Bi;lk 



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THE CANADIAN NATIONAL HORSE SHOW ASSOCIATION 

THERE is no more jjiospcrous hody iioverning the eiK-ouragemenl of the liorse 
on tliis continent th;in tlie Caiuulian National Horse Show Association. For 
vears the horse shows in Toronto were hehl nnder tlie anspices of the Toronto 
Hnnt Cluh and the Breeders" Association, while the necessity for a really anthori- 
tative liody. with prominent men at its head, was keenly felt. 

For many years the Hunt Cluh and the Breeders' Association ran their shows 
in conjunction with the military hody in the city, hut when the new association was 
organized, the military end of it was practically eliminated. 

The horse breeders of Toronto decided that the spring show was held too late 
in the season for them, so a hody known as the Ontario Breeders' Association was 
formed for the purpose of holding stallion shows earlier in the year. 

'I'his meant the decline of the spring horse show, so the Canadian National Asso- 
ciation was formed with the following gentlemen as cliarter members: (ieorge AV. 
Beardmore, President: W. J. Stark. Secretary; and T. A. (iraham. Dr. Andrew Smith. 
.1. .1. Dixon. H. ('. Cox. Hume Blake, R. A. Smith, Ednnind Bristol, Sir Henry Pellatt, 
R J. Christie. Dr. W. A. \oung. D. D. Mann. H. C. Osborne. Cawthra' INIulock, 
(ico. W. I'epper. .1. D. Montgomery. Stuart Houst(»n and Miss K. I>. Wilks. as directors. 

The first show of the newly organized body was held in the spring of 1907. and 
was one of the most successful e\('r held in tiie Donnnion of Canada. After this, the 
shows were held aiumally. each sea.son showing a big increase in the classes. 

It has done nnich to bring together the horse men of the countrv, and gives them 
all <)[)portunity to (((mpete with owners and breeders across the line. 

Flic lirst lioiNc shows ever held in i'oionto were conducted in the old roller rink 
on Shaw Street, and for several years afterwards under canvas on the old Cpper Can- 
ada College gr<»unds at the corner of King and Simcoe Streets, but this place was soon 
outgrown, and othei" (juarters becnme necessarv. 

'I"he idea was taken u|) willi the militia of Toronto, and it was decided to hold 
future horse shows at th<' Armouries. 

At first it was purely a horse show, but later the militia decided to hold their an- 
mial tournaments in comieetiou with the affair. 'Fhis lasted for five or six vears. when 
an arena was arranged for in the old St. Lawrence Market building on King Street 
P^ast. 'I his w;is found to l)e niucli more central than the Armouries, and the shows 
iiiclu<litig the S|)ring Stallion .*^liow. are held there aunualb. 

It is proi)al)le that the .\ssociation will erect a building of its own in the near 
future, as the arena at the old market building has outgrown its usefidness. 

The A.s.sociation is a very important factor in the development of Toronto's icpu- 
tatiou in the horse world, for it is thi-ough the A.ssociatioii that 'I'orouto is enabled to 
hold her own against the larger lireeders of the other side. 

Many of the horses shown in the (^ueen City are sold to .Vmericans for big prices, 
thus making the show a profitable commercial enterprise for breeders and exhibitors. 



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WILLIAM J. STARK 

THERE is no Letter JihI-c of harness horses and high steppers than Mr. William 
J Stark. 1-or a' i^rvA nianv years he has officiated at horse shows and 
exhil)itions hel.l throughout " Canada. Mr. Stark is a Canadian by birth, 
bein^r born at Stouti-viUe. where he made his home for the greater part of his early life. 
He matriculated into Toronto University from Markham High School, and attend- 
ing the I'niversity for two years, went into 
the l.'ankiiig business with Miller and 
Company, of Stoufi'viUe. and eventually 
assumed control of this institution under 
the name of Stark & Barnes, and con- 
tinued in business for ten years. From 
Stoiifi'ville he came to Toronto to as- 
siim • the management of the Market 
liranch of the :\tetropolitan Bank. 

While in Stouti'ville he was promi- 
nent in i)ul)lie life, and held various 
offices, for several years being Mayor of 
the town, and is yet a m:!gistrate for the 
County of York. 

lie was also a promiiu'iit factor in 
the success of the Canadian L;;cro.s.se 
Association, and while I'resident of that 
organization introduced many valnal)le 
changes, which have done much to im- 
prove the game. 

He has been identified for years 
with various horse societies and, as 
Pri'sident of the Canadian Pony Society, 
ajjplied for incorporation for that asso- 
ciation, with the result that a record was 
established with the National Live Stock Record Association at Ottawa for pure 
breeds. He is also a charter member of the Canadian National Hors- Show Associ- 
ation, of which he is the Secretary-Treasurer. 

In !!)()!) he was elected a Director of the Cana.iiaii National Exhibition of Toronto, 
and was nunh' Cliainnan of the Horse Committee. 




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w. p. i'kaser 
Secretary Ontario Jockey Club 



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Tnr: Start oi- thi; I-iKsr Hkat Race of the Tokdnio Dkivino Club, uei.d at UrFn:Ri\ Park, in May. 1900 



TORONTO DRIVING CLUB 



TIIK 'I'oi-oiito Driving- (hili is prohaMy one of the oldest organizations of its 
kind in Canada, and has done a great deal to improve the character of the 
horses l)rought to Toronto. It was throngh this Association that the Toronto 
S])ee(hvay was l)uilt on the east side of the Don River, and the track, thongh not as 
long as some of the otliers, is kept in snch excellent condition, that the going is always 
first-class, and many a friendly hrnsh has been decided over it. 

The weekly inatiTiee races have promoted a kindly rivalry l)etween the meml>ers, 
which has resulted in the purchase of many a first-class horse. Indeed, it was through 
the Toronto Driving ('lul> tiiat the famous Dan Patch was l)rouglit to Toronto to make 
a Canadian record for a lialf-iiiilc track, which he succeed("(j in doing, stepping the 
distance in 2.06. 

This record was made in 1!K),5, one of the most successful seasons in the history 
of the Club, wliicli held its first annual meeting in 1900, with only eleven gentlemen 
present, the charter meml)ers being Sanuiel McHride, A. Cuthbert, Charles Snow, 



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J. Weiiiii;iii. .1. D.ivis ;iii(| J. T.ock. wlio has lirld tlie office of treasiirev since tlie first 
nieetiiiti\ 

O. IJ. Sheppard was chosen as the first president, and nnder his i^iiidance the 
Cinl) met with a great (h'al of success. It was (hiring his tenure of office tliat the 
first matinee was held in May. lf)00, an innovation which met with such ])ronounced 
success that every one hehl since lias sliown a l)etter class of horses. 

At the annual meeting in 1!)()1. Samuel McBride was elected President, which 
office he has filled for many years. It was during that year that the question of building 
a speedway was first taken up by the members of the Club. This matter was laid 
before the council of the city of Toronto, who put it through, and the speedway was built. 

In the spring of ]!)()() it was thought advisable by some of the members that the 
Chil) (jiiarters should l>c moved to the Exhibition (irouiids. as the Dufferin track was 
not in very good >hapc. Some of the meiiil)ers were ojjposcd to this move, and withdri'W 
fiom the .\ssociation. forming an opposition club, which has also been very successful. 

I'lic first matinee of the original (lub to be held at the new (juarters took place 
in May. \\)iH, and succeeding races were all held there, until the track was destroyed 
l)y the fire in the grand stand in !!)()(). The Clul) then moved l)ack to the Dufferin 
track, which had been rejiaired. and where they now hold their matinees. 

In the season of ]!)()(), Charles Snow was selected as the secretary for the .second 
time, and has remained in office ever since. He has been most careful in handling 
llic matinees, and through his clforts the horses were divided into classes, so that every 
owner had a chance of winning some of the prizes donated by tlie Club. A very strict 
surveillance is maintained over the I'aces. and when ])rofessioiial drivers are put up, 
thev have to drivi- to win. Not only at the matinees, but at the bi"' meetiuirs where 
l)etting is allowed, this surveillance is maintained, and there is no possible chance of 
trickery during the licats. 

TIk' organization has given away thousands of dollars at their weekly meetings, 
iiolli in cups and money prizes, and this alone has created a new interest in harness 
racing in 'I'oronto. Many first-class ])acers and trotters have been developed through 
llic (lub. and the custom of liolding a big Iwo-davs" meeting just liefore the Industrial 
I'lxhibition enables the best of ihc harness horses shown at the l'"air to compete in these 
laces without additional expense. 

Il was during the month of .lauuary. I!><).'5. that the first ice meeting was held. 
and some valuable prizes distributed. While the first ice meeting was not so suc- 
cessful as anticipated, each succeeding year has brought better horses to the front 
In these events. 

The season of 1!)()S was the banner one in llic history of the Club. It lasted 
from May sixteenth to December twenty-fifth, and over seven thousand dollars was 
expcndcil in cups and prizes at its numerous matinees. 

Many of Toronto's most |)romincnt merchants and Ixisiness men belong to the 
(lub. and nearly every member has a <lrlver of some sort, while a large percentage 
lia\i' horses readv for racin<r. 



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H. J. P. GOOD 

H.I. p. (iOOI) is the oldest sporting editor in active work in Toronto to-day. 
Coming from England forty years ago, he attached himself to the Canadian 
News and Puhlisliing Co.. and had not been in Canada two months before 
he edited the Eclectic Mtu/azinc. a publication that at that time had considerable circu- 
lation in the Dominion. From the Canadian News and Publishing Co. he graduated 
to the Ddili/ Telegraph, a morning paper 
then publislied by the jjresent proprietor of 
the Ereiiiiu/ Telegram. From there at the 
starting of the Mail in 187'-2 he joined the 
staff of that paper, on which he filled 
various [)ositions. Finally, in 1874. he 
established the first sporting page known 
to the daily papers in all America. ]\Ir. 
Good was in reality the first man on this 
continent to be sporting editor of a daily 
paper. Up to the time that he originated 
the classification of sporting matter, it 
was customary to publish such informa- 
tion as ordinary news on any column 
that it hajjpened to fit. Even the big- 
New York dailies did not at that time 
classify the sporting news; so that to Mr. 
CtooiI must be "iven the credit of inauii- 
urating a system that has now become 
world-wide. For many years he con- 
tinued to be sporting editor of the Mail. 
and then became attached to the JFor/c/. 
From that pa])er he returned to the 
Mail, and in 1887 became a member of 
the Empire staft' at its initiat-'on. From 
the Empire he l)ecame editor of the 

Toronto Siiiidaii World, a position he held until two oi 

he was appointed permanent press agent of the Industrial Exhibition. He, how 
ever, still writes for various publications, and still contributes a whole page on the 
horse and turf matters to the Sundai/ World under his well-know n iiom-de-plume of 
"Pop." 




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Tin; CiiAMPUi.v Saihu.i; Hoksr. Punx'iii:ni:m.<>. with Aijri:l> Roukks, 
His Ownkk, Ui-. iiicing AwAKm:n Ciiami'h>nshii' 

RlUDON Ol' ToKOMTU 



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Master Alfred W. Rogers 
Son' of Alfrkd Rogers. Toronto 



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J. W. RYAN 



THE Ontario Jockev (liil) has always l)e(Mi fortunate in tlie cutluisiasni and 
good-fellowshi|) which liave animated that institution, and iiave imjn-oved. 
from year to year, the racing records of the province. Among tlie memlx'rs. 
Mr. .J. W. Ryan is a vahied supporter, as he has always taken a pride in his racing 
.string, and. indeed. sui)erintends personally the training of his horses. 

Mr. Ryan is a gentleman to whom 
is due much credit for the good stand- 
ino- of racing throuo-hout the field. He 
has devoted a great deal of time to the 
development of steeplechasers, and it 
goes without saying that much money 
has also l)een spent before his favorites 
were raised and fitted for the field, 
where they were to win the triumphs 
dear to the horseman. In one respect. 
Mr. Kyan has been especially generous 
and sportsmanlike. He has always been 
I'eady to enter one of his horses, even at 
a disad\antage. to fill the list where en- 
tries have been scarce. This readiness 
to contribute, even at a personal risk, 
to the completeness of racing events. 
has made Mr. Ryan a prime favorite on 
the many tracks where his horses have 
raced. 

Probably the best lepper ever owned 
ill the stable of "Jean"' Ryan, as he i.s 
familiarly known, was the horse Butwell. 
'J'his steed proved himself a winner for 
some time. ca|)turiiig several stakes and 
never failing to bring in some of the 
golden profits, -liniiny .lames was another horse which promised great victories as a 
four-year-old, but did not fulfil his early prospects, ("ulistan, from the same string, 
was a racer of fine ])erforinaiice."rind was a money-maker many a time under the |{van 
colors. 

The >n!my South claims Mi-. Uy.iii iliiring the winter nionths, and there lie c\iiiees 
a great ileal of interest in the racing at San Anita, at Los Angeles. He has man\' 
business interests in that |)leasant region, and returns to Canada after a season of 
enjoyment and profit in the southern resorts. 




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lias assumed the greater share of 
work involved in looking after the 
showing 



TISDALE & HODGKINSON 

HE oldest and among the most sueeessful of the breeders of Clydesdales in 
the Dominion of Canada is tlie firm known as Tisdale and Ilodjikinson. 
belonging to the thriving little to\\n of Beaverton. Ontario. Many years 
ago. at Simcoe Lodge Farm, T. C. Hodgkinson made his name famous in connection 
with this department of equestrian experiment. Thirty-five years ago, ]\Ir. Hodg- 
kinson took uj) his residence in that town, which has proved him a worthv citizen. 
The light harness horse was the first variety to claim his interest, hut he extended his 
attention to the Clydesdale about twenty 
years ago, and his success has shown the 
wisdom of his course. 

In 189'2, ]Mr. Hodgkinson took his 
nephew, Mr. E. C. H. Tisdale. who had 
lived with him for some years, as a part- 
nei- in the increasing business, and from 
that time the vouno-er member of the 
fii'm 
the 

horses, showing them in the ring with 
pronounced success. The new firm took 
up the hackney class, and showed some 
excellent specimens, confining their atten- 
tion to breeding them for the market. 
Instead of importing, they have almost 
the exclusive l)usiness in Canadian, or, 
as they are called across tin- borfler, 
"American" bred horses. 

In 190() there was a class established 
at the National Exhibition at Toronto 
for horses owned by non-importers. This 
has l)een a triumph every season for 
Tisdale and Hodgkinson, the majority 
of their winners being l)y the Clydesdale 

horse Royal Baron. The first decided success of this lirm came when they pur- 
chased the stallion Haron Sterling. This horse, never beaten in the ring, was gen- 
erally admitted to be the best Clydesdale stallion shown in this country. The year 
190-1 saw his most marked success, and his death in the followiu"' vear was a (lis- 
tinct loss to his owners. The next in line was the horse Royal Haron, which is still 
in the string of the firm. He has j)roved a famous sire, the mare Baron's Queen. 
by this prize-winner, carrying off many a ribbon. 

Chicago, Ottawa, Toronto and other cities have witnessed manv a success for 




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tin's IJt'iivrrton firm. Proi)ahly their greatest victory was that scored at the Pan 
American Exposition in Bnti'alo. l!)()l.when they showed six mares in events for Ameri- 
can-bred Clydesdales, winninii- five of the classes, and cominji; second in the sixth, 
while they won tlie cliampionships in the same classes. 

The senior member of the firm. INIr. T. C. Hodi-kinson, was reoarded in his 
vonn^er davs as one of the best riders and drivers in the conntry. and also an excellent 
jnd^e of horses. He has acted in the latter capacity on many occasions. Ijeing most 
fair ill hi- decisions, and estalilishiiig an envialile re])utati(ni. Mr. Tisdale. his nejihew 




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KOYAL BARON 




BARONS QUEEN 



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B ISM 'J I T.iN out, f:m 



Pk'i1'I;kt\ i.k TlSItAir .\- I Ii'lir.KINSi'N 



and associate, is a horseiiiaii ol' remarkable popiihirity, who lias always been consid- 
ered a hrst-ciass driver. Whether displaying oi- judging his liorses. he is entirely in 
his element, and is thoroughly interested in all pha.ses of his l)Visiness, being a prom- 
inent figure at horsemen's associations. 

'i'iic farm of llii- prosjierons firm is situated a few miles out of Heaverloii. on Lake 
Simcoc. all ideal spot for such an extensive l)usiness. The stables are thoroughly 
modern and u|)-to-date in e({ui))ment. and yearly improvements keep them among 
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ROBERT W. DAVIES 



RORFRT W DVVIES is the sen of Kol.erl Davies. ot ' Ihornchfte, and, 
tlK^e or takes an interest in the horse ^vorlcl by hered.taiy r.ght. He .s 
Sr-m-ulin birth, an.l received his edueation at Upper Canada CoUege, 
the inst:l -'e;:!; ^ Ontario.- Fro.n early boyhood. Mr. Dav.es showed an enthusi- 
astic interest in ecpiine affairs, (k'veloi)nio- an appre- 
ciation for the thorough! )red and also for the har- 
ness hor.se. Both riding and driving found hnn - to 
the manor born," and he is now looked upon as 
one of Canada's most successful amateurs m either 
class He is (piite at home in a -sulky" behmd a 
fast-stepping steed, while he is a capable and suc- 
cessful rider, being a regular attendant at the 
nins with tlK- hounds. For some years he has 
been a prominent figure at the horse shows, bemg 
re<nirded as an excellent judge. 

^ :^Ir Davies is probal)ly one of the youngest 
timers officiating on any of the larger race-tracks 
on this continent. He has held the position ot 
official timer at the meets of the Ontario Jockey 
Club for some vears. an.l is most careful and ac- 
curate in his work. There is no better member of 
the amateur ranks to detect the good points of the 

thoroughbred. Mr. Davies has ridden in many K^HeKx w. d.w.es 

events "for oentlemen riders and has a goodly num- 

U^^ vic^ries to his credit. Each year he is a prominent figure at the annual 
Ivmkhana of the Toronto Hunt Club, and invariably has a fine horse to carr, 
MTcdors. Two or three years ago he turue.l his attentron to the harness hors. 
' nd some .>o..d ones were purchased by this young owner. He soon learned to handle 
them him,self. becoming, in a .short time, an expert reinsman 

\" Davies started his business career with his fatlu-r. afterwards going with the 
Copland Brewing Company, where he now hol.ls a responsible ,)osition. havmg a 
prominent part in the business. 





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CHARLES J. MURRAY 

THE spirited report of steeplechasing is tluil in which Mr. Charles J. Murray, 
of ("ayuiia, delights. lie is a Canadian l)v liirth, being a son of Mr. Joseph 
Muriav. a well-known l)usiness man in the Haldiniand town. From his early 
i)oyhood. Mr. "Charles"" sliowed a fondness for the eross-eountry horses, and left 
home at an early age to follow it up. He has never left the amateur ranks as rider, 
although he won many events in the saddle in his younger days. Mr. Murray is loyal 
to the old town and trains and winters his string in his boyhood home. 

He has alwavs |)aid more attention to the lej)i)ers than to any other elass of thor- 
oughl)reds. sehooling and edueating them himself. When he sends a horse to the post, 
its fitness and readiness are assured, for he is considered thorough and severe in his 
mode of training. The first mount that l\Ir. Murray ever had was the mare Nora, 
owned by J. R. Martin, with which he was eminently successful. From that time 
he has won many of the big stakes at various tracks. 

Some of the horses owned by the subject of this sketch, which w ill be remembered 
l)y Canadians, are Three Bars, the winner of several events and the sire of some winners; 
Dulcian. who won the (irand National Steeplechase event at the Blue Bonnets track, 
at Montreal; Merryinakci'. tiic largest winner of any lepper raced over the Kenilworth 
track; J.CJ.C.. who was named after the well-known turfman, John G. Cavanagh, 
of New ^ t)rk. Besides these Canadian winners, Mr. Murray has owned several good 
ones that are known only on the tiacks of the I iiiti-d States. Mr. Murrav has won 
not only .success, but pojiularity al>o. bv his pluck\ and s])ortsniaiilik(' iyearing. 




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THE HAMILTON JOCKEY CLUB 

HE City of Hamilton, famous for its "ambition," has shown as much initiative 
and enertfy in e(juestrian affairs as in those of trade and manufacture; so 
that the HamiUon Jockey Chib is an institution of high repute among the 
horsemen of the continent. It is of an honorable age for a club of that nature, iroinsr 
back over a score of years to 1888. when the first meeting of this Club was formed bv a 
few prominent citizens, the late William Hendrie Ijeing the most enthusiastic sup- 
porter of the movement. He, like the majority of the charter members, lived to see 
the Jockey Club a flourishing association, while Mr. Frank Bruce, of the firm of John 
Bruce and Company, is the only survivor of the original charter members of this Club. 
It was in the season of 189'-2 that the present site was purchased for the purpose 
of making an up-to-date track, and from year to year it has been im])roved until, at 
the present, it holds an enviable condition of completeness among the racing tracks of 
America. Taking an especial interest in events of field and turf, this Club had a first- 
class turf course constructed. The steeplechase field is one of the best, and manv 
memorable records have been made over it. 

The Club has a large membership, which shows an annua! increase. At first, 
only one meeting a season was held, until the racing game became popular in tlic Citv 
of Hamilton, and then it was decided to adopt the custom of other Canadian cities 
and hold both a Spring and a Fall Meet. Some valuable stakes are won at these meet- 
ings, and there has been a steady increase in the value of the purse. In the olden 
days, the jnirse never amounted to much more than two hundred dollars, while now it 
is as valuable as that of the Woodbine or ^Montreal. Some three years ago, the Ham- 
ilton Derby was inaugurated and this has proved the attraction for some of the largest 
strings in America. It has, however, nearly always been won by a Canadian owner. 
Mr. Allie Loudon, who holds the office of Secretary, has been instrumental in placing 
this Club in its present position. He has devoted special attention to the comfort of 
the horsemen, with the result of an increased demand for stabling accommodation 
each Spring. The Hamilton Jockey Club has proved itself (piite worthy of the Am- 
bitious City and of its original members. 



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Lovers of the Horse 




\V. J. Morrison' (Mokkii:) 



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