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Allan & Eleanor Burke

Arbuckle's Leading Man - raised by the Burke Family

Allan and Eleanor Burke began registering hackney ponies in 1950, and continued to raise and show ponies until 1970. During the day, they operated a hardware store in Port Stanley, Ontario, and evenings were spent caring and training the ponies. Early breeding stock came from the Dufferin Stock Farm, additions from the Dodge Stables, Cambridge Farms and Cassilis Farm ensured quality. The Burkes kept only a few ponies at any given time, often registering one or two foals a season. The resulting offspring were consistant winners in hand and harness classes. For a number of years, Film Magnate, a grandson of King of the Plain headed the stud. Alburkel's Leading Man, Alburkel's Miss Clementine, Alburkels Miss Valarie, Alburkel's Miss Melinda, and Alburkels Repeat Performance were some of the noteworthy ponies bred by the Burkes. Many of these ponies were sold to other breeders and the bloodlines continue today.

Allan was president of the Canadian Hackney Society in 1964 and 1965. Eleanor was appointed secretary of the the Society in 1968. In 1970, Allan Burke passed away, and the ponies were dispersed. Eleanor remained involved in the society, continuing to be Secretary, as well as being Treasurer. Her involvement continued until 1985, when she retired from her duties she served so faithfully. Mrs. Burke passed away in 1993.

The Burkes gave total commitment to breeding outstanding ponies, as well as many years of dedicated service to the Canadian Hackney Society. The Canadian Hackney Society honours that commitment with their induction to the Hall of Fame.

(Inducted March 2012)

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