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It is now my pleasant task to tell of what I believe to be the world's foremost collection of Hackney ponies. No other farm can show such a list of prize awards - no fewer than 729! But of still greater significance is the fact that champions are bred here. The Cassilis stud of fifty ponies is the largest as well as the best collection of these stylish, beautiful horses to be found in the world. Mr. J. Macy Willets of New York City has done a work of great value to horse lovers in perpetuating and in improving this sturdy and valuable breed.
Just at this time when country gentlemen are returning in great numbers to their first love, the horse, it is most gratifying to know that right here in our own Berkshire Hills we have the greatest nursery of this breed from which seed stock can be obtained. It is no longer necessary to go to England for ponies that can win at our shows. They are being bred right now on the two-thousand-acre estate Cassilis Farm, situated most attractively at New Marlboro, Mass., not far from Great Barrington and Stockbridge.
Cassilis is a beautiful old estate with cleared fields, fine pastures, woods, and running water. It is worth a visit to any one touring the Berkshires. As a location for a Hackney pony breeding establishment it could hardly be improved. Abundant pasture, pure water, a climate that ensures ruggedness and a hilly, rocky country bring about an environment not unlike northern England and Scotland whence so many of the best ponies have come. The high altitude (1,400 feet above sea level) and clear, dry atmosphere are conductive to sturdy health and to longevity.
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