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Continental Horses. A cavalry officer at present stationed in garrison at Letpsic has at the request of the editor of the “ Sport Eeitung,” written in that journal some interesting papers on the history of certain famous Hanoverian studs. Tile passage which would probably •attract most attention from Englishmen relates to the celebrated Royal breed of white horses at Harranhausen. It is a ; s follows :—“ Since a breed of white horses is no longer tu bo found in the Royal stables at Copenhagen, the Harrenhausen stud is now the only one where this special class is regularly produced by breeding. The race originated with the Memsom stud between 1730 and 1740, under King George 11. of England. For stock were selected a fine white stajliqn, named Augustus, a silver grey English stallion known as Es R.u-be Blanc, a light grey brood mare of the riding class, daughter of a brown horse, Cois.v, of Barbary origin, and some other clear grey and pale dun mares. The number was augmented subsequently by some white mares of Danish origin. After several years the wished for result was produced—viz., a pure white offspring. If the white Augustus rqay be regarded as the founder of the race, it cannot be denied that a succession of white Danish stallions contributed to the result, and especially one purchased in 1740 named Le Blanc. It was after his arrival that the young produce became quite white. For many years all these white horses have coal black eyes. They are in general strongly built, but with elegant shapes, and over the middle size ; they have beautiful action, excellent tempers, and great endurance. There are at present thirteen horses in the stud. Neither a horse nor mare is ever sold or given away to strangers. Any anima l with the slightest blemish is killed. ”

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 37, 20 December 1879

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Page 4 Advertisements Column 3 Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 37, 20 December 1879