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HACKNEY BREEDER, EUGENE KENNEDY, CELEBRATES 90th BIRTHDAY.



December 31, 2002 marks the 90th birthday of premier Hackney Pony breeder Eugene Kennedy. His grandchildren are celebrating the occasion with a party on Saturday, Dec. 28 from one o’clock to four o’clock in the afternoon at the First Baptist Church in Taylorville, Ill. Everyone is invited. Kennedy rode his first pony in 1919. By 1924 he was showing at the Illinois State Fair. In August, 2002 he drove City Glitter to win the Illinois Horse and Pony Breeders Harness class and was second with Scottish Lass in the Hackney IHPB class.

Kennedy raised many champions showing and winning at the Illinois State Fair, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and The American Royal. In 1969 at the Kentucky State Fair, the Harness Pony Championship was won by Kennedy raised Tijuana Brass, Apollo’s Heir was second with four other Kennedy raised ponies in the ribbons in a class of 13. He did not show a pony in that class. Kennedy judged shows and fairs from California to Madison Square Garden and the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. He continues to raise Hackneys at his farm in Taylorville, Ill.

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