At just two years of age, Riverside Sir Crown Royal, aka Whiskey, has already managed to distinguish himself in the draft horse world. Whiskey was born March 1, 2007, at Riverside Clydesdales near Fawcett, Alberta, owned by Fay and Gord Campbell. Perhaps a sign of what was to come, Whiskey’s dam, Campbell’s Classic Nicole, won the Olds foal show as a weanling, after being orphaned at just two months of age. Whiskey’s sire, Monty of Woodland, had a very short life and died prior to Whiskey’s birth, but left behind some outstanding offspring.

 

In his first year of life, Whiskey placed 1st at the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede, 2nd at the Manitoba Clydesdale Classic, and was Reserve Champion at the Olds Clydesdale Foal Show. The Campbells considered taking him to Madison, Wisconsin for the 2007 Worlds Show but were hesitant to transport a very young horse such a long distance…a decision they would later regret. The Clydesdale World Show is the “Olympics” for the Clydesdale breed, held just once every four years, and in 2007 was hosted in the US for the first time in over 100 years.

In 2008, as a yearling, Whiskey was undefeated -- 1st at the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede, Grand Champion Stallion at the Manitoba Clydesdale Classic, 1st at the Olds Yearling Futurity and Grand Champion Stallion at the Regina Agribition. The real feather in his cap was winning All Canadian Yearling Stallion at the Royal Winter Fair. Horses shown throughout the year are eligible for this competition and entries are submitted by photograph and judged by the same judges who have attended to the competitions through the year. Although the contest is judged by photographs, there is nothing like being seen to allow a horse to make an impression. But this didn’t stop Whiskey from wowing the eastern judges without ever traveling beyond the Manitoba border. After such an outstanding run as a yearling, Fay and Gord kicked themselves for not taking him to the 2007 Worlds.

The Campbells have always crossed their mares with outside stallions, looking for that one excellent cross, and it looks like they’ve finally done it. According to Alberta’s resident draft horse “guru”, Whiskey has really stirred the pot here in Canada and has even generated interest across the pond. He will be bred to a few select mares in 2009 and is looking forward to that trip to Wisconsin for the Clydesdale “Olympics” in 2011. As a strapping 4-year old stallion, he’ll certainly be up to the journey.

For more information on Riverside Sir Crown Royal and Riverside Clydesdales, visit www.riversideclydesdales.com.

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