AMERICAN CREAM DRAFT HORSE FOUNDATION

American Cream Draft Horse Mares
(Reg. # 221) and Tammy (Reg. # 222) 
American Cream Draft Horse Mares

Exemplifies Versatility
K Babe (Reg. # 306)
Exemplifies Versatility

Docile Nature Accommodates 
Clar Ann Fannie (Reg. # 214)
Docile Nature Accommodates 

The American Cream is the only draft breed to originate in the United States.  The breed descended from a draft type mare with an outstanding cream color. ‘Old Granny’ (the first registered American Cream) appeared at a farm auction in Story County, Iowa in 1911. Her foaling date has been placed between 1900 and 1905. She was purchased by a well-known stock dealer, Harry Lakin, and began to foal several cream colored colts on the Lakin farm, all of which sold for above average prices.

C. T. Rierson of Hardin County, Iowa, had become interested in these attractive, new horses and began buying all the good cream colts sired by Silver Lace that he could find for sale. With the help of the horses’ owners, he meticulously recorded the ancestry of each horse. In 1944, Rierson wrote, "They are making a class for them at the Webster City, Iowa, fair this year. This is the county in which they originated and it will be the first time they have been shown in a class by themselves." It was at one of these fairs that the inspiration for the name of "American Cream" came to him. The named seemed particularly appropriate since these horses are entirely American to the best of our knowledge and they do have the rich cream color.

Rierson became the founding force behind The American Cream Horse Association. Thanks to his persistence, on July 11, 1944, a charter was issued by the State of Iowa to a group of 20 charter members of The American Cream Horse Association of America. This action culminated nearly 40 years of interest in creating a new breed of draft horse originating in Iowa. In November, 1948, the National Stallion Enrollment Board recommended The American Cream Horse Association of America for recognition. On February 15, 1950, Creams were recognized as standard by the Iowa Department of Agriculture, giving them all the privileges granted to older, established breeds in the state.

The ideal American Cream is a medium cream color with white mane and tail, pink skin and amber eyes. Some white markings are also very desirable. Pink skin is the determining factor in securing this rich cream color. Dark-skinned Creams often do not have a satisfactory color. Further when mated with other Creams, they generally produce too light or nearly white offspring. Therefore, the most sought after strain of American Creams has always carried the pink skin trait. These vary but little in color throughout the year and the white markings contrast beautifully with their rich cream color.

The amber eyes are also an unusual and distinguishing trait of the American Creams. The colts are foaled with nearly white eyes. In a short time they begin to darken and by maturity have turned to an amber color.

The American Cream draft horse may be classified as a medium draft type.

The American Cream Draft Horse Foundation began in 1994 for the purpose of promulgation, preservation, and promotion of this critically endangered breed. There are currently just over 100 of these horses known to exist in the world.

If you would like more information about this breed, or would like to find out how you can help save it, please contact the foundation at the address or number below.

American Cream 
Draft Horse Foundation  
Box B 3 38175 
Montezuma Valley Rd.  
Ranchita, CA 92066  
Phone (760) 782-3704  
Fax    (760) 782-0725 
E-mail:  hooves-n-wheels@juno.com
Web Site: www.americancreamdraft.org



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