Friday, April 20, 2012

Fair Pony Farms

The billboard above advertised the well known herd of ponies from the Fair Pony Farms in Sandusky, Ohio. Most likely, the ponies were owned by W.H. Millspaugh. An article in the March 15, 1917 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal reported that Mr. Millspaugh’s herd of Welsh ponies were the largest herd of its kind in the world.

Most of the ponies were kept at the Erie County Fairgrounds, while twenty brood mares were boarded at the Floyd Smith farm in Castalia, Ohio. William H. Millspaugh, who was the founder of the Sandusky Foundry & Machine Company, purchased the best Welsh ponies from several different herds. He was looking for individual Welsh ponies which had proven value in breeeding or in winning prizes. His purchases resulted in a total herd of over eighty miniature ponies. Mr. Millspaugh exhibited the ponies at local fairs. The prize Welsh pony was “Temptation,” a chestnut pony with a blaze face. Children, when accompanied by an adult, were invited to visit the ponies at the Erie County Fairgrounds on Saturdays and Sundays. The Millspaugh ponies were featured in the Plain Dealer Weekly in September, 1919.

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