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Signature on 3 x 1-1/2 inch card, accompanied by a W. J. Oliver, postcard 5-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches of ”Barra Lad” with writing on verso by his mother, Mrs. Peter Welch, noting (in pencil) the history of the name. The autograph postcard signed dates from circa 1935.
Louis Welsh.was a Calgary based Canadian horse jumper. He was born in 1878 in Scotland and by 1910 he had immigrated to Canada, settling on Tudesco Farms, a former Canadian Pacific Railway property near lrricana, Alta. He soon moved to Calgary to operate the Calgary Sale Repository, one of the first livery stables in Calgary which also served as a sale ring for horses. He quickly earned the reputation as one of the nest judges of horse flesh in Canada. For many years, the Canadian Pacific Railway used the services of Welsh to purchase horses for new farm settlers. The savvy horseman naturally took the opportunity to purchase the finest for himself, and he soon owned a stable of high jumping horses. His six children were excellent riders.
The most famous high jumper that Welsh promoted was Barra Lad, a hackney stallion. Barra Lad, who was ridden by We|sh's son Louis, toured across Canada and into the United States, out-jumping all competition. On September 12, 1925, Barra Lad entered the show jumping record books when he jumped an incredible 8 feet, 1% inches in front of an astonished crowd. Tragically, 24 hours later the horse died. An autopsy later showed the stallion had ruptured a blood vessel.
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