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Courtesy Michiana Event Center

National Clydesdale Sale in LaGrange County

Statement issued Monday:

Howe, IN – This beauty drafts, but it isn't a racecar. It's strong, huge, and sports a huge hoof but isn't a giant. It steps regally high and beautiful but isn't a soldier.

It's a Clydesdale, and some of the most beautiful of this breed of horses can be viewed, purchased, and sold at the 2012 National Clydesdale Sale held at the Michiana Event Center (MEC).

The event, having garnered national attention from buyers, sellers, and admirers, takes place April 26-28, with seminars on Thursday, a preview of the sale horses on Friday, and the sale on Saturday.

Vendors will also be on campus these three days, with many participating in the Tack Sale, which, according to the MEC website, is growing into the biggest in the industry.

A new feature the MEC is offering this year is on-site camping. However, space is limited, so those interested in reserving a site should fill out a form located on the website and fax the form to (260) 562-9187.

Clydesdales are a very heavy breed of a draft horse and originated from Scottish farm horses over 200 years ago. While the Clydesdale is known best for farming in this area, particularly on Amish farms where modern conveniences such as tractors are shunned, this breed is also used for pulling carriages and for being exhibited in shows. Intelligence, strength, and compliance make the Clydesdale a very popular horse for all equine lovers.

The Michiana Event Center is located at 7605 N State Road 9, Howe, IN 46746