An American Cream Draft horse is coming home to the Hamilton County Fair in Webster City.
American Cream Draft horses, the only draft horse breed native to the United States, was developed in the mid 1910's in Hamilton County, Iowa. And the Hamilton County Fair was the first fair anywhere to offer specific classes for the breed starting in 1944.
Lupkes Clayton Moore, owned by the Wendell Lupkes family of Waterloo, will be on display the week of the Fair, today through Sunday, in the horse barn. The Lupkes family are long time American Cream breeders. Wendell Lupkes is currently vice-president of the national American Cream Draft Horse Association.
The breed is considered a rare historic breed by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy and the Equus Survival Trust. It is estimated that less than 400 head exist across the county. Conservation efforts are underway across the country.
American Creams are genetically distinct from other draft breeds and are highly recognizable with their medium cream colored coat color, their pink skin, amber eyes and white mane and tail.