A family affair that has become tradition with Clydesdale Horses since 1970. We have had many class winners and champions from our own breeding program in producing Clydesdales for more than four decades.
Our goal is to breed desirable horses for the show ring while maintaining traditional Clydesdale quality traits. Traits such as disposition, confirmation, size, bone quality, color are all taken into consideration when making breeding decisions. The improvement of the breed has been the main focus of our operation.
The early 70's began what is now a full time breeding operation. Two mares were purchased in 1970, Bonnie Argyle and Masondale Lorna. The first foal was born in 1971. This sparked our ambition to breed quality Clydesdales and improve the breed. More mares were needed, so a trip down east to Quebec and Ontario occurred in the mid 70's. We purchased, Riverview Judy 10th, Yorella Jean, Maplebrook Tracey, Doura Sweet Bloom, Doura Majestic Hagar Heather, Tulloes Maril, Linda Superb and Weeden Dale Birdie.
In 1976, after hearing word of the Wilson hitch dispersal in Truro, NS we jumped at the opportunity to purchase the imported stallion Bardrill Strathmore by Torrs Renown. Then in 1980, on a horse-buying trip to Great Britain, we imported Millisle Masterpiece by Millisle Print from Ireland. Later in 1981 we imported the stallion Roughlands Commander by Roughlands Trademark. We also imported two mares, Glenord Choice and Glenord Melody, both by Glenord Comet. These horses built the structure of our foundation "Westerdale" mare herd. We've continued to breed our own mares while purchasing outside stallions in the last two decades.
In 1984 we purchased Clydeslea Millisle Venture from Bill Taylor, Grand Valley, Ontario. We went on to use Croyden Benefactor in the late 80's. In 1992 we purchased Belleau Annette's Adam by Castle Commander. We purchased C.I.E. Perfection by Doura Sensation in 1998. We also purchased Windy Ridge McKenzie in 1999.
In 2003 we leased Thistle Ridge Eaton Vision and purchased California Visions Legend. In 2004 we purchased Kenbar Sir Wallace and in 2005 purchased Hatfield Royale. In 2008 we purchased Boat Legend Jubilee.
In 2013 my father Dale Rosenke passed away and we downsized the operation to 20 head which was more manageable for myself with 3 little kids under the age of 6. In 2013 we purchased North Country Major and sadly lost him but are expecting our last Major foals in 2017.
In 2016 we purchased Doura Rising Star as he makes his way west out to Western Canada. We are excited to try out "Johnny" ( Doura Rising Star) and plan to breed 7 mares to him in 2017. We also stand Westerdale Ideal Legacy and are expecting a couple foals for 2017 from him as well.