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Breeding European Draft Horses in Brooksville Results in Rare Stock

(From the St. Petersburg Times)

Ocala is known as Florida’s horse country, there’s a pocket of Hernando County — back behind the scrub, approachable only on limestone roads, under shady oaks — engaged in an unusual horse enterprise: the breeding of European Ardennes. “They’re a short, wide draft horse,” said breeder-owner Joyce Concklin of Clover Oaks Farm, north of High Point in northwest Hernando. “They’re heavy-boned, short-coupled, built for farming, built for strength.”

But she mainly drives them, pulling carriages and carts in competitions and exhibitions.

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