GEORGE BANCROFT

George BancroftGeorge Bancroft of Dansville, New York brings a wealth of experience to our pages on the subject of Percherons.

Percherons have been a part of George's life for 50 years and are still used by George for plowing on his 100 acre farm.

To watch George work his 3-team hitch of Percherons is truly a pleasure. You become instantly aware of his experience, and confidence in his team, whether at work tilling the fields or winding his way through the cones at an exhibition.

When asked to give a description of the Percheron, George states, "The Percheron is an intelligent and loyal horse. Blessed with tremendous, strength and stamina, they willing undertake and achieve all that is asked of them."

George's TeamPictured at left is George's Team, as they plow one of the fields. During a summer storm in July of 1997, one of the horses was struck by lightning. George hurried to his side as he lay motionless in the field. The site that George was about to witness, was something he will never forget! As George neared his stricken comrade, he observed one of the other horses standing over the stricken horse. The horse kept was prodding the motionless, stunned body and nickering softly. It was as if he were trying to encourage the horse, that he would be fine, if he would fight to hang in there. As George stood over the injured horse, comforting him, he gazed up and saw a tear streaming from the eye of the other horse. That incident left no doubt, in many minds, that animals have the ability to feel compassion and are aware of the the seriousness of a situation. The lightning strike left the horse badly burned and near death. After months of treatment and convalescence, the horse is back with team!

George and his team won the New York State Plowing Contest - Best Teamer. Equine Extra salutes George Bancroft and his Percherons. They truly are "A Team For All Seasons"!



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