In 1998, Bob Funk, owner of Express Ranches and President and Vice Chairman of Express Employment Professionals, visited the longstanding Canadian Western Agribition in Regina, Saskatchewan. While there, he met and fell in love with the rare and beautiful black and white Clydesdales.
Brief History of the Clydesdale
Clydesdales are big, powerful, refined draft horses named after, and imported from, Clydesdale, Scotland. Historically, they were bred to work. In 1826 the first recorded use of the term “Clydesdale” was recorded. The breed was developed from Flemish stallions imported to Scotland and crossed with local mares. The word “Clydesdale” originated from an area around the River Clyde in Scotland.
Characteristics of the Clydesdale Breed
While the breed usually varies in different shades of bay, chestnut, and black, only 10% of the Clydesdale population in North America is black and white in color. These gentle giants typically stand around 18 to 19 hands high and weigh nearly a ton. They’re beautiful, graceful, and extremely even tempered. And, when hitched together as a team, it’s like watching a dramatic ballet! As Mr. Funk will tell you, “It was love at first sight,” on that fateful day in Canada.