Stallions Illustrated by Clarence Hailey

Stallions Illustrated by Clarence Hailey Newmarket: Part I; December 1910: Price 10/6

Preface by the Right Honourable the Earl of Coventry

I understand that up to the present time no book has been published combining pictures of stallions with their pedigrees, height, colour and performances, recorded in a concise and convenient form.

Breeders know the labour entailed in referring to back numbers of the Racing Calendar for those particulars, and if only for this reason the proposed volume of “Stallions Illustrated” will be welcomed by all who are interested in the thoroughbred horse.

Possibly the cause of this defect in the history of the Turf may be attributed to the fact that it is only during the last 20 or 30 years that Animal Photography has become so perfect and useful in conveying an accurate representation of the animal. It appears there will be close upon 150 horses portrayed, and information will be given with regard to their pedigrees and performances on the Race Course, so that it seems a foregone conclusion that this production must be appreciated when it comes to the public.

Very appropriately included in the first number we find the names of Galopin, Persimmon, Ormonde, St Simon, Bend Or, and Ayrshire, and, although these horses are no longer living, they have made a mark in Turf history by remarkable performances, and their record at the Stud has been in most instances a success.

There will also be found in the book notices of horses, located in the United Kingdom, and many an Owner will be spared a journey to see the Sire he intends to use by having these portraits before him.

Mr Clarence Hailey, who has given his whole life career to Horse photography, is responsible for this work, and I believe that many who are interested in the subject will agree that he has given us exactly what we want.

COVENTRY.         25th July, 1910.

Part I contains the photograph of the twelve (12) stallions uploaded in succession. There is also an extended pedigree diagram (6 generations back) for each plus racetrack performances at 2, 3, 4 and 5 year old seasons where relevant. Count Schomberg raced until he was eight (8) but most retired as 3 or 4 year olds. ‘Isinglass’ was the stand our performer winning an impressive total of £57,455 in 11 career wins with one defeat; second in the Lancashire Plate at Manchester in 1893. Ormonde remained unbeaten in all his 16 starts. Historically St Simon proved to be the greatest of sires. The Stud where the living stallions are standing is provided along with the stud fee (Guineas)  and inevitably ‘one Guinea the Groom’.

This was the very beginning of photography as an art form. The earliest depictions are include here.