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Robert Kerr Family

(Robert Kerr, Bob Kerr & Archie Kerr)

Robert Kerr started breeding Hackney horses in the early 1900s, when horses were in general use in the daily life of a farmer. Seeing the benefit of producing pedigreed livestock, offspring of his mares were always sired by Hackney stallions that travelled Wellington County, Ontario. The resulting offspring were registered in the Canadian Hackney Society studbook. Polly Kerr was foaled in 1906, and was the foundation mare which much of his stock decended from. Mr. Kerr took his home-bred Hackneys and Commercial horses to the local shows, as well as exhibiting at the earliest Royal Winter Fairs, and continued to exhibit until 1962 when he retired from showing at the age of 88. Robert served as president of the Canadian Hackney Society in 1938 and 1939. Mooreland King was judged Champion Hackney stallion at the 1930 Royal Winter Fair, and Sonny Boy claimed eight champion ribbons at the Royal during the 1930s. Prizes were won at the CNE, Ontario Winter Fair, and fall fairs throughout Ontario. Hackneys bred at the Kerr farm were sold as far away at California and Alberta. Robert's son, Archie Kerr was an active exhibitor with his father, and continued to breed hackney horses until the early 1970s. A third Generation of the Kerr family traveled to the fairs and grew attached to the family tradition of breeding hackney horses, as well as Shetland ponies. Robert Kerr bred shetland ponies as a young man. When he married, he and his wife Pat established a herd of Holstein cattle which consumed much of their time, and horses and ponies were put on hold for a few years. When Kerrs Betty, bred by his father Archie became available, she was bought by Bob and Pat. Once again, there are Kerr bred hackney horses in Wellington County, foals are born each year that trace back to Polly Kerr, foaled in 1906. Robert's daughter Christine also grew to fond of the breed, and showed Kerr's Sonny Boy II as a colt at the Royal Winter Fair. We honour the Kerr's contribution and commitment to over 100 years of involvement with Canadian Hackneys.

(Inducted April 2011)

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