TROTTING. No arguments need be expended in proving the trot to be the most useful of all the paces. Fast trotting, too, is equally contributory to sport as to business, and affords the amateur, or him who rides for exercise' sake, every day opportunities of gratification which cannot so conveniently or frequently be obtained on the turf.
Our mixed breed, or chapmen's horses, are best calculated to excel in this way. Perhaps, there never was an instance of a bred horse being a capital trotter, or of performing more than fourteen miles in one hour; or if such instances have been, they are so rare as not to affect the general principle.
The renowned Blank may be looked upon as the father of trotters, since from Old Shields (his bastard son) and from Scott, the trotting stallions, have proceeded the best and the greatest number of horses of that qualification ; and to Shields and Useful Cub, the Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire, and Norfolk, are in a great measure indebted for their fame in the production of capital hackneys. Fast trotters, whether for a single mile or for distance, are always scarce, and command high prices: we know that Mr. John Bond, of Cowston, Norfolk, has sold six colts, got by his roan stallion called the Norfolk Phenomenon, for eight hundred and forty-six pounds.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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