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Parks Canada has decided Bar U Ranch’s new Percherons 
will be called Poca and Terra.

Bar U Ranch Percherons named after pioneer

After being flooded with suggestions from members of the public, Parks Canada has named its two new Percherons. “After reviewing over 1,000 name suggestions submitted by members of the public, we’re delighted to welcome Poca and Terra to the team at the Bar U Ranch,” said Travis Weber, manager of the national historic site. Jim […] Read more

Whoever names these two Percherons will win a national Parks Canada family pass.

Public invited to name Bar U’s new residents

The famous Alberta ranch was once home to 1,000 Percherons, 
and Parks Canada wants help naming its newest gentle giants

Parks Canada has acquired a brand new pair of Percheron draft horses at the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site. Before the horses begin to welcome visitors, we need to name them. Animals this magnificent deserve equally impressive names, and Parks Canada is inviting the public to submit name suggestions for Bar U’s newest gentle […] Read more


Kevin and Tammy Pelonero and daughters Rebecca and Addison with Heidi 
(the Clydesdale on the left) and Josephine (a Percheron).

More and more people falling for the gentle giants

They’re the heavyweights of horses, but their beauty and their brawn has kept them relevant in the ever-changing world around them. Draft horses, whose value was recognized by even Julius Caesar, continue to turn heads and generate business opportunities in the 21st century. A young central Alberta couple is among those farmers who see a […] Read more

Bright future ahead for equine icons

They’ve got a rich past, but draft horses also have a bright future. And that was plain to see at the recent World Clydesdale Show, said Bruce Roy. “It blew me out of the water,” said the Cremona horseman. “It was the greatest livestock show I’ve ever been to. Spectators had to be turned away […] Read more