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Duke of Norfolk



The Duke of Norfolk was bred by Charles Innes, Simcoe Ontario, and as a young horse was sold to Mrs. T. D. N. Kelly of Peterborough.   Mrs. Kelly had two very nice mares that she each year raised foals from, as well as The Duke of Norfolk stood for public service to other breeders. Sired by Seaton Vespar, a son of Judge Moore's imported Stallion Marlboro, most of the foals were stamped with attractive conformation and an airy trot that produced great show horses. King's Counsel, twice the winner of the harness championship at the Royal Winter Fair for Lance Rumble was an offspring, as was Norfolk Marmion, shown by the McKague's.  The Duke S, bred by Ralph Sadler was sold to the A. B. C. Farms and later to Dr. Connell were he was always in the ribbons. Duchess of Norfolk, bred by Ralph Sadler was shown by himself and later for Robert O'Riordan of Madoc, Ontario and gathered many prizes.  Norfolk Spotlight, a son of Duke of Norfolk sired many breeding and show horses for the Sadlers.
The mare line of Duke of Norfolk carries today through Norfolk Primrose, a great producing mare with offspring important in Boulder Lawn, Brooklawn, Shady Maple and Heatherstone Hackney breeding programs. (Inducted April 2016)


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