In the Summer 2019 issue of Trend & Tradition, the Magazine of Colonial Williamsburg, there is a wonderful article by Ben Swenson. If you are not receiving this magazine, it is sent to donors/subscribers to Colonial Williamsburg and is a much-appreciated benefit.
The Cleveland Bay horses have been some of my favorites, with their beautiful rich brown coloring with contrasting black manes and socks. They are sturdy, strong, and temperamentally calm--what a great combination. Yet they have become a rare breed! That's because horse enthusiasts in modern times are looking for the best at some particular thing, e.g., fastest. But back in the colonial and Early American times, the Chapman horses or Cleveland Bays were the workhorses and preferred. According to Wikipedia the ancestors of the Cleveland Bays were the Chapman Horses (which many of you historical fiction fans may be familiar with as medieval pack horses.)
The British royal family has been active in the push to maintain this rare breed (see two of their beautiful Cleveland Bays above). Swenson's article gives details on how Colonial Williamsburg is now actively involved with increasing the numbers of these beautiful animals. Their breeding program has resulted in the birth of a foal names Valiant who was born in late April. I hope I get to see him sometime soon! I am fortunate to live in the area, where so much is being done to preserve history and to keep beautiful horses like the Cleveland Bays continuing in their lineage.
Question: Will you be visiting Colonial Williamsburg soon and would you like to see Valiant?