Florence Morning News Newspaper Archives May 22 1955, Page 34

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Florence Morning News (Newspaper) - May 22, 1955, Florence, South CarolinaA Shetland Pony hitch it a sight to thrill the crowds Young and old. This six horse hitch is being trained Attr showings to fairs by Glen Hanson with Nelson supervising the procedure. The kids around Geneva Minn., love Clarence Nelson whose business to Breeding Shetland ponies r Silver Nevada s Broad forehead straight legs and High set of Tail Mark him As a Champion Shetland. Though he does t make much Money at it Clarence Nelson enjoys raising in his Back Yard. Dainty and gentle Fatima is a real thoroughbred by Ken Allen whet land ponies those midget size horses that thrill youngsters everywhere Are the Hobby of Clarence Nelson of Geneva Minn. Actually they re More than a Hobby they re an interesting business and Nelson has been in it for 34 years. A horse fancier since he was a Young lad Nelson started in his Back Yard. Eventually he sold the general store he operated and turned his full attention to the sleek coated ponies. Today he has a stable Ful of them each one a registered thoroughbred. Some like Silver Nevada Are ribbon winners. Nelson has rejected a offer for this prize Pony which is 20 years old but does t look it. Besl Little stallion in the state. He s a grand Champion himself and his offspring take honors wherever they Are the owner says proudly. Nelson often is called the Dean of Minne Sota s Shetland Pony breeders. Although he does t care much for the title he s the Backbone of most of the horse shows in that area. Showing is very important he believes because it advertises the ponies and helps develop successful blood lines. And he takes Pride in the fact that shown in Competition with other animals attract the biggest crowds especially youngsters. Though he does t make much Money at it Nelson enjoys his Pony Breeding Busi Ness. For one thing there s lot of tradition behind it. Why the Story of raising these ponies goes Back a thousand years to the Shetland islands off he explains. But More important than the tradition is. The fun Nelson derives from his work. Shetland ponies May be the smallest of horses he says but they re also the gentlest and most lovable As anyone who has Ever Ridden one will agree

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