Under the guidance of David Trus, head of agriculture Canada, Livestock Division, we have been advised that when we prove that these horse breed and hold these strengths and their intelligence, we can be recognized as an Historical Horse with a common denominator: the British Block.
Group spokesman: Arnold McKee
The following text is extracted,
with the author's permission,
from Arnold McKee's
The Forgotten Corner: The Roundup of 1994
The roundup over, and another rumor that these horses should be preserved. Well I was all for that, so attended an organizational meeting and volunteered to be a director of such a venture. If I would have known at the time, the frustrations of dealing with people who had become authorities on the subject of these horses and the Block, I would have run in the other direction. But I didn't run. I made a stand for these horses, the area where they originated, and the ranchers and horsemen that deserve recognition for creating a situation that could not happen anywhere else and can never be re-created again.
I will be forever grateful to the people in the Social Plains end of the roundup for allowing me to see the rest of the horses in the corrals, on the day I picked up my skinny mare and colt. I could not believe the overall quality of these horses. I have a picture in my mind of a tall, thoroughbred bay stallion who was the most perfect horse I had ever seen. There were many but this particular horse stood out amongst all the rest and must have been really something to see on the range. This horse, along with many more, never surfaced when we, as a group, started to try and find where the horses were all adopted to. I bought a black mare later on from a fellow who got her mother out of the roundup, who comes very close to being like this stallion. The only one, in the few we found, after the roundup.
In speaking of the adopted horses found after the roundup, it is the same as every other bit of history of the British Block. There were 180 found and recorded as foundation, proven authentic by adoption agreements from the roundup. Of these, 49 belonged to one person and forty, or more, were born after the roundup, carried out in the mares. One set of 25 were found but they were never recorded in the records, as the person went on his own. Approximately fifty more were known that went to public auction later on and vanished.
Adding up 140 recorded, including the 49 in this, plus the 25 known, and the 50 sent to auction, the total found direct from the roundup was 215, plus 40 colts born later. In studying this and probing all angles, it seemed that 300 was the approximate figure of single adoptions, and this is a lenient estimate. Where the other horses ended up no one knows. Take your choice, along with all other aspects of the British Block and the roundup. All these horses did a vanishing act.
As to the numbers, the records will show that this is what was recorded to try and make an effort to preserve this bit of history. A massive effort by a lot of dedicated people uncovered this and it is fact. The end of horses on the British Block and a beginning to try to preserve them.
More on the Block Horse Pedigree is found on the next page