Attention!! All members and owners of American Cream Draft horses Attention!!

Dear ACDHA  Members,

The Livestock Conservancy’s 2021 Microgrants program will open on May 15th. Awards range from $500-2000. Cream draft horse owners with a project in mind can learn more here:

https://livestockconservancy.org/index.php/resources/internal/micro-grant-program

Thanks,

Charlene

Charlene R. Couch, PhD

Senior Program Manager

PO Box 477, Pittsboro, NC 27312

(919) 542-5704 ext. 101

E: ccouch@livestockconservancy.org               W: www.LivestockConservancy.org

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The Livestock Conservancy is America’s Leading Organization Working to Protect Over 150 Heritage Breeds from Extinction.

Applications for the Heritage Livestock Microgrant program:

  • Call for applications, May 15-Aug 15, 2021

  • Judging, Aug 16 – Oct 16, 2021

  • Winner notification & grant contract submissions, November-December 2021

  • Public announcement of winners, January 2022

 Microgrant Categories:

    National Microgrants: Residents and organizations of the U.S. working with livestock and poultry breeds listed on the Conservation Priority List. Support will be provided through this competitive program for a variety of farm-related operations, including, but not limited to, livestock, poultry, processing, milk, meat and egg production and sales, agri-tourism, wool milling, promotions and marketing. Awards typically range from $500 – $2,000, at the discretion of The Livestock Conservancy.

    Youth Microgrants: This U.S.-based program provides funding for youth projects for individuals 8-18 years of age and are actively working with breeds listed on the Conservation Priority List. Support will be provided through this competitive program fora variety of farm-related operations, including, but not limited to, livestock, poultry, processing, milk, meat and egg production and sales, agri-tourism, wool milling, promotions and marketing. Awards typically range from $500 – $2,000, at the discretion of The Livestock Conservancy.

I would like to announce that we still have ACDHA 2020 calendars For Sale!!

Please order your calendar NOW!

Calendars are $20, plus $3.50 s/h fees.

We also accept PayPal now to pay for your items! Contact our secretary, Kerrie Beckett, to order your calendar and have an invoice sent!

What is an Cream Draft?

The American Cream Draft Horse is exactly as the name describes.

First, it is truly American, with roots back to a mare in central Iowa around 1905 known as “Old Granny” who was the foundation mare of this breed.

Second, it is Cream in color, which is one of the three main physical characteristics manifested by the working of the “Champagne” gene. The other two traits which are obvious in an American Cream are the pink skin and the amber colored eyes.

Third, they are a draft animal, built as those originally used to farm in the breadbasket of this country before the age of mechanization.

This website is your resource for news, information and important materials regarding the American Cream Draft Horse Association. If you would like to support the association and do not own an American Cream please consider becoming an associate member. If you own an American Cream and are not a current member, please join today.

American Cream Draft Horse Association 75th Anniversary at C.T. Rierson farm

Over the weekend I had the distinct honor of celebrating the 75th Anniversary celebration to honor my grandfather C. T. Rierson as the founder and creator of the American Cream Draft Horse Association. The American Cream Horse Association of America was granted a charter by the state of Iowa in 1944. The American Cream Draft Horse is the only breed of draft horse that can claim to be native to the United States. The roots of this rare breed go back to the early 1900’s. Three defining traits resulting are their cream colored coat, pink skin and amber eyes The skin is pink, manes and tails are usually white (and never docked), the eyes are amber/hazel colored, and a host of white markings are common. DNA color testing in the last decade reveals the ideal color genetics for the ACDH is not a palomino (chestnut with a single cream gene); it’s a chestnut and a single or double champagne gene. American Cream Drafts are considered a medium heavy-draft, ranging from 15 to 16.3 hands and weighing between 1500 to 2000 pounds with a marked gender difference. The American Cream Horse is known for its calm wiling demeanor. My grandfather farmed his farm using his American creams only never owning a tractor. Clarence T. Rierson, owner of a stock farm in Radcliffe, Iowa, was intrigued by these cream drafts and began acquiring horses to build a Cream herd. He researched the ancestry of each cream horse and recorded their pedigree. As Rierson had a flair for promotion, he promoted the horses, and showed them at county fairs. He also coined the name “American Cream” for the breed.

Needless to say the entire weekend was an emotional one as this was the first time since I was 14 to be around this beautiful horse I grew up with. The last picture is my favorite as it is of me at a very early age.

 Babs Miller