Those Magnificent Shires
Renn Zaphiropoulos and his wife, Ree, are enthusiastic about the Shire draft-horse breed - so much so that they've dedicated their retirement years to the promotion of these strong, gentle horses. Their Diamond Z Shire hitch is appreciated by spectators at rodeos, parades and other events around the West, and they're always looking for new show venues.
Falabella Miniature HorsesDown in Argentina, Senor Julio Falabella, who has continued the careful line-breeding program begun by his great-grandfather more than 200 years ago, might be called the father of the Falabella Miniature Horses.
Power Shopping, Part ThreeHorses are brought into the sales ring by either catalog or hip number. If something has been printed incorrectly in the catalog, the auctioneer corrects that error. Anything said in the auction ring supercedes anything printed in the catalog. If something about a horse is announced in the ring, you have no recourse when you buy the horse and then find out the catalog statement was in error.
Power-Shopping, Part TwoIf an auction house holds a demonstration session, be there with your catalog and any notes you've made, and be ready to add additional information. The demonstration sessions are critical to making power-shopping for horses efficient.
Popularity TrendsAs revealed by WH breed coverage from the past, breed favorites change over time. Take a look at info gleaned from our archives.