Agricultural History Series
Missouri State University
1904 St. Louis Worlds Fair
Shetland Pony Horse Show
The Universal Exposition offered a total of $3,410.00 in cash prizes to the winners of the Shetland Pony exhibition. Judging took place August 22, 1904, through Saturday, September 3, 1904, commencing at 10 oclock each day in the Forum.
Shetland Pony Class
Although not a large show, each exhibitor entered two in a class for the most part. Exhibitors were Chas. E. Bunn of Peoria, IL, Geo. A. Heyl of IL, and B. F. Shelman of Weatherby, MO. The Shetlands were judged by Dr. C. S. Turnbull, Philadelphia, PA.
Breeders had sought to put the legs of a horse under the body of a pony. This eliminated the round, rough legs and steep pasterns. The Shetlands exhibited legs of flat bone with well-defined joints and supple pasterns. It was claimed that a clean, trappy trot was preferred in Shetlands over the stiff-legged shambling action.
Shetlands were also shown in pony hitch classes
Since Abelard had ranked among the best in the aged Stallion class and was known for his type, quality, and trappy gait, it was a surprise when David Harum took first place. This horse stood square on his legs, but was described as poddy and short-rumped. Third place went to a large but impressive bay and white, named General Shaffer.
First prize winners were:
Stallion- Four years old or over: David Harum; Exhibitor G. A. Heyl, Washington, IL
Stallion- Three year olds: Grandee; Exhibitor C. E. Bunn, Peoria, IL
Stallion- Two year olds: Highflyer; Exhibitor C. E. Bunn
Stallion- One year olds: Initial; Exhibitor C. E. Bunn
Stallion- Under one year: Royal Blue; Exhibitor G. A. Heyl
Mare- Four years old and over: Frolie; Exhibitor C. E. Bunn
Mare-Three year olds: Girofle; Exhibitor C. E. Bunn
Mare- Two year olds: Hebe; Exhibitor C. E. Bunn
Mare- One year olds: Image; Exhibitor C. E. Bunn
Mare- Under one year: Gertie; Exhibitor G. A. Heyl
Sire and four offspring of any age and sex: Prince of Wales; Exhibitor C. E. Bunn
Dam and two offspring of any age and sex: Acorn; Exhibitor C. E. Bunn
Stallion and four mares- Three years old and over: Grandee; Exhibitor C. E. Bunn
Stallion and four mares- Under three years old: Initial; Exhibitor C. E. Bunn
Reference: Worlds Fair Bulletin, July& October, 1904; The Breeders Gazette, September 7, 1904
Photos from the Irwin collection.
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