Excellent News about le cheval Canadien
[The following was written by Betty Baxter in the most recent CHHAPS newsletter. I was thrilled to read this! I've edited for brevity only.] Preservation Group in Quebec buys breedings from CHHAPS member. La Federation de producteurs des races patrimoniales du Quebec (FPRPQ), a non profit society established in 2005 to preserve the genetics of rare breeds in Quebec, contacted Five Winds Canadians as part of their project to purchase frozen semen from Canadien stallions of rare lineage to safeguard the genetics of these stallions for a minimum of 50 years….This will ensure that the genetic purity of the Canadian Horse will be available to breeders of the future. It was an honour to have our stallion, Bromont Loupin Prince #5159 (see pic by Deb Harper), selected for this project and to have the Henryville line represented for years to come.
Why am I excited about this news? Prince (see photo) is the gorgeous stallion gracing the cover of Ground Manners. A Novel. Every time I look at him, I just babble like a schoolgirl. I’d write him love letters if I could, but I don’t think he’s a big reader. That’s my personal reason for being thrilled. Another reason is that I love to learn of this kind of inter-provincial cooperation, blithely transcending borders, politics, language and all those other divisive elements and working together to achieve what is a noble, patriotic and far-sighted goal. Yet another reason is that the FPRPQ has the moral support of the Quebec government, specifically MAPAQ (Quebec Ministry of Agriculture); I’ll talk more about MAPAQ’s vision of horses in Quebec in a later post. For now, right now, with news of this amazing coupling of like-minded associations (CHHAPS and the FPRPQ), I am on cloud nine (and God knows, I don’t get up there very often). The following is taken from the Memoire of the FPRPQ written in 2007 by Gratien Belanger. It is an elegantly written and illuminating presentation of the reasons Quebec heritage breeds need to be preserved for future generations. I hope Mr. Belanger won’t mind my quoting his so exceptionally well-written conclusion here: Madame, messieurs les Commissaires, la Fédération de producteurs des races patrimoniales du Québec vous présente ce modeste projet d’agriculture plus indigène (races patrimoniales) et moins gourmande en énergie (production de proximité). Et, en terminant cette présentation, puis-je me permettre de rappeler, comme nous l’a appris Bacon, “que l’homme commande à la nature en lui obéissant”; or, ce sont les nombreuses désobéissances envers la nature, durant les cinquante dernières années d’agriculture industrielle, qui mettent maintenant en péril les races du patrimoine agricole québécois.
Amen to that.