Photographer

Guy Kendall

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Creation Date

10-14-1930

Sex of the horse

Gelding

Sire

Empire Direct

Dam

Unknown

Stable/ Owner

R. A. Jewell

Stable/Owner Location

Fairfield, Maine

Driver Name

Ganeau

Race

2.15 Trot & Pace

Description

Black and white photo of chestnut gelding, David Hal, Ganeau up at the October 14, 1930 Topsham Fair sponsored by the Sagadahoc Agricultural Society. Note in this photo it is possible to see the equipment identified by Donnie Richards of Yarmouth, Maine as "knee spreaders" used to prevent the horse from hitting his knees and causing injury while running at full trot or pace.

The knee spreader was rarely used in the period and is no longer used today. The spreaders are attached to the sulky shafts as well as the outside of the horse's feet. The strap extending down the horse's leg is a knee boot, also designed to prevent injury from the horse hitting his knees together while racing.

Keywords

Standardbred horses, American Standardbred racehorses, Maine harness racing, Maine horse racing, Sulky racing, Trotting races, New England harness racing, 1930b album

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