November 2016 Issue - page 1

Vol. 23 No. 11
Our 23rd Year
November 2016
(Continued on page 4)
LANC., PA 17604
By Suzanne Bush
Cyrus the Clydesdale may
not have his own twitter account,
but he achieved global fame
nonetheless. Dramatic pictures
of the 18-year-old being rescued
from a Chester County, PA pond
in early October were spread
across the country and around the
world. Cyrus went viral!
The heroic efforts of nearly
75 firefighters, EMTs, police,
veterinarians and construction
workers made great TV, espe-
cially as the crane finally lifted
Cyrus out of the muck and set
him on dry ground.
“The day will come when
everyone will be famous for 15
minutes,” Andy Warhol said, fa-
mously. And so it was for Cyrus.
As quickly as he had captured the
imaginations of the global village,
he vanished from the headlines.
And that’s too bad, because his
story is far more interesting and
important than the crane and the
pond and the bully horse that al-
legedly chased him into the pond.
Cyrus is now enjoying what
you might call his third “second
chance,” thanks to the efforts of
a dedicated young woman named
Penny Parker. She spotted Cyrus
at the New Holland auction barn,
and that’s where this Clydes-
dale’s life changed. There are
thousands of sad stories about the
horses that go from New Holland
to the abattoirs in Canada. But
there are also thousands of really
uplifting, happy endings for hors-
es that go through this auction.
Some people look at the New
Holland horse auction as the last
stop for horses that are out of luck
and out of options. Others see the
auction through a different lens.
“I volunteer with a group called
Horses of New Holland,” Parker
explains. “And every Sunday and
Monday morning we post pictures
on our page of all the horses that
Days After Rescue fromNew Holland Auction, Clydesdale Rescued fromPond
are in the auction.” She and others
in the organization act as proxy
bidders for people who live too far
away to get to the auction, but who
want to bid on specific horses,
like, for instance a Shire named
Magnus…or a Clydesdale named
“Pam Tubbs Horswill and
her husband Keith saw pictures of
Magnus and put money into my
PayPal account to get the Shire,”
Parker says. She also had her eye
on Cyrus, and had enough money
in her account to get him, too.
The Horswill’s live in Virginia,
and Parker planned to ship them
both to their new home, but first
Magnus needed some veterinary
attention. “The Shire is a stallion
and we had to get him castrated at
Unionville (Equine Associates),”
she explained, so she brought
Cyrus home to Thornbury, which
is a boarding facility, to wait for
Magnus to recover.
How Do You Lose
a Clydesdale?
Randell Spackman, who
owns Thornbury Stables and the
Thornbury CSA, said that nobody
could find Cyrus when they were
feeding the horses breakfast
early on October 5. “How do you
lose a Clydesdale? They thought
Tougher animal cruelty laws are a whisker
away in PA … pg. 29
Irish rider wins Grand Prix at reenergized
PA National Horse Show … pg. 26
Marilyn Little finishes one/two at Fair Hill
International … pg. 6
…and much more!
Prepare for cold weather
with our Winter Ready
feature … pgs. 8-19
New to the farm and chased into the pond, Cyrus was 80 percent submerged when found. In a five hour rescue operation, a crew of
about 75 rescuers hand dug the mud, kept his head above water and used a sling and a crane to liberate him from the pond.
Photo credit: Randell Spackman
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