Horse & Hound - - Letters -

Sir — Hav­ing read your “Hack­ney horse of the year” show re­port

(19 Oc­to­ber), I won­dered if there were any Hack­ney breed­ers who have Mathias genes in their blood­lines. He stood at my fa­ther’s un­cle’s stud, Thorn­holme in Scot­land, at the be­gin­ning of the last cen­tury.

Mathias was a suc­cess­ful stal­lion in the UK and would travel by the White Star Line ship­ping com­pany to Amer­ica for their breed­ing sea­son.

There was a tale, which I have not been able to ver­ify, that a very good mare — Manila — who was in-foal to Mathias, was lost at sea cross­ing the At­lantic. The more imag­i­na­tive mem­bers of the fam­ily said she’d been in the hold with some other an­i­mals on the White Star Line’s Ti­tanic!

Caro­line Tait

Eye­mouth, Ber­wick­shire

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