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Jim and Vera Carter


Jim and Vera Carter bred a great number of Hackney horses and ponies over a long period of time. 

Jim's father was dealer and livery stable owner in Brampton, and as a young man, learned the value of a good pedigree and the ability to assess the good qualities of young animals.  He began to show young stock on the line at shows in Toronto and in the Brampton area.  One of his first prospects he brought to fame was Spartan King. Bred by William H. Thomas at a farm north of Brampton, (Alton, Ontario), Jim selected him as a young horse, and at the 1946 Royal Winter Fair, he placed reserve champion stallion.  He was later sold to Dufferin Stock Farm were he won championships in harness at Ottawa, St. Catharines, The Royal Winter fair and Devon Horse Show.  Another young prospect he found would be named Seaton Leader. He was sold to Wallace Munro and was a popular winner for many years. Peel's Black Magic was found at the Kerr farm at Acton, and was shown in both Canada and the US for various owners.

As the years went on, he bought and sold many horses, as well as raising young stock.  Queen of Kings, sired by Bobcaygeon Copper King was sold to Dr. Bartlett, and was champion mare at the 1959 Royal Winter Fair.  Futurity entries with the Peel prefix were prize winners during the early years of the Canadian Hackney Society Futurity.  Perhaps the most notorious would be Peel's Haven, the winner of Champion Mare at the CNE and Royal Winter Fair on many occasions.  He bred a number of Hackney ponies over the years, as well as having entries shown in harness, often by his brother, Chap Carter.  Mrs. Vera Carter's name appears often in the Hackney studbook, as she took a great interest in the Hackneys as well.

Jim crossed thoroughbred mares with Hackney stallions, and produced a great number of jumpers and hunters, as well as competing in the classes for Canadian Hunters.  He assembled a large consignment of Hackney horses for export to Costa Rica, he sold a number of  horses to carriage driving enthusiasts in the US, as well as a highly regarded dealer and exporter of Holstein cattle.  

Jim Carter's dedication and marketing of Canadian Hackneys is well worth recognizing.  (Inducted March 2010)

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