The Manitoba Percheron Belgian Club (MPBC) has a membership of 40 families from throughout Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan. It is an avenue for it’s members to speak as a unified voice to promote the Percheron and Belgian draft horse breeds, and provide educational opportunities about the horses we love.
The club has been in existence since the early 1940’s and has had members represent each breed at the Canadian Associations. These associations receive registration, do the paperwork and have a unified voice for all clubs across Canada to solicit government for the betterment of the draft horse industry.
Each year the club promotes the draft horse breeds by sponsoring Provincial Percheron + Belgian breed shows and the Pennwoods Draft Horse Futurity. (see menu for more details on each show) These shows are tendered to local Country Fairs to host on a three year term to be run in conjunction with their event. The youth program also runs in conjunction with the fairs in that youth can collect points by showing at the fairs and receive year end awards.
Over the years there has been fluctuation in numbers of breeding horses, and numbers showing in these events. In the 80’s the peek in numbers was had with as many as 10000 breeding stock in our area with 80 or more families in our membership. With the downsizing of the PMU industry so have we seen a decrease in our numbers with about 1500-2000 breeding stock in the area at this time.
The MPBC has been a proud affiliate of the North American Belgian III in 1996, the World Percheron Congress in 2004, the North American Belgian Championship VII in 2012 all held in Brandon at the Keystone Centre. Now in 2022 the Club is once again an affiliate of the World Percheron Congress coming to Brandon; to show case the top Percheron horses.
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