Rare Breed off to US

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A rare breed of horse - a grey colt, called Old House Silver Moon bred by Ann Addams Williams from West Wales will be exported to his new owners in Chicago this week.

The colt, better known as Jasper (by the now deceased 16.1hh dapple grey stallion Silver Jasper), was bred by using frozen semen. Silver Jasper died more than 10 years ago.

Ann, originally from Monmouthshire, has bred Irish Draughts for nearly a quarter of a century and hopes that the versatile breed will grow in popularity.

This week, Jasper will travel from the small village of Cwm Cou near Newcastle Emlyn to Newmarket where he will spend a few days before flying with some race mares. He will then change planes and travel to New York, then Kentucky before arriving at his new home in Chicago at the stud of Susan Jenison.

Ann said, 'Just before Christmas I had been out walking the dogs when my husband said a lady from Chicago was interested in our colt. I thought he was winding me up, but my husband insisted I returned the call.

'Susan Jenison was very interested in our bloodlines and in the stallion Moonshine. I've had various people contacting us before about our stock, and nothing has come of the conversations, but Susan knew what type of horse she was looking for having seen the colt advertised on the Irish Draught web site,' explained Ann this week. …