The Horses of Carleton Place– Wonder if they ever had a Merlin?



In 1909 there was mention of many horse shows in the area but, the famous Carleton Place Horse Show in Riverside Park was attended by hundreds. Of course like anything, there were the odd shenanigans.


There is no doubt had this horse existed back in the early 1900’s he would have taken first prize every single year at the Carleton Place Horse Show in Riverside Park.


I went to the Lambs down festivities on Saturday and fell in love. There stood a magnificent creature called Merlin’s Magic with this incredible curved back. A sweet gal named Emily told me Merlin was a Friesan Horse. For those like me who haven’t got a clue what that is, Wikipedia explains it best:


The Friesian (also Frisian) is a horse breed originating in Friesland, in the Netherlands. Although the breed’s conformation resembles that of a light draft horse, Friesians are graceful and nimble for their size. It is believed that during the Middle Ages, ancestors of Friesian horses were in great demand as war horses throughout continental Europe. Through the Early Middle Ages and High Middle Ages, their size enabled them to carry a knight in armor. In the Late Middle Ages, heavier, draft type animals were needed. Though the breed nearly became extinct on more than one occasion, the modern day Friesian horse is growing in numbers and popularity, used both in harness and under saddle. Most recently, the breed is being introduced to the field of dressage.


Merlin was magnificent, and he was only born in 2001. That means he is going to outlive me. He is owned by Ralph and Debbie Shaw. Unfortunately, I could never even get up on him– so for now, this is more my speed.


About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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