Preserving Canada’s Equine Heritage
Located in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, Deerfield Farm is dedicated to the preservation of Canada’s unique equine heritage – the Newfoundland Pony and the Canadian Horse. Both these breeds represent the founding nations of Canada – English and French.
Our goal is to help ensure the long-term viability of these two foundation breeds. We have established breeding programmes for both the Newfoundland Pony and the Canadian Horse. As such, we maintain Newfoundland Pony stallions and brood mares along with a Canadian stallion and brood mares. We also breed Newfoundland – Canadian crosses, with excellent results.
Our Newfoundland Ponies and Canadian Horses are a living testament to Canada’s history.
The foundation stock from which they are based arrived in Newfoundland and in Quebec in the 17th century. In their “hay day”, both of these breeds were numerous; however, with the advent of new technologies, their role as dependable, hardy and essential workers greatly diminished. Canadian Horse numbers plummeted in the latter part of the 19th century, while the Newfoundland Pony was numerous until the 1980′s. As it currently stands, both are considered rare breeds and are subject to ongoing conservation efforts. The Canadian Horse remains vulnerable as a breed type with a population of approximately 3,000. With just over 300 Newfoundland Ponies in existence, this breed is considered critically endangered.