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NEW INFO: 38 Clydesdales Sold; Famed Breeder Died with 3 Others

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MAUSTON, Wis. (AP) -- Clydesdale breeder DeVere Clay was known far and wide for the horses he raised before he and his wife died, along with two granddaughters, from fumes while sleeping in a horse trailer in October.

Now his prized horses are going to new homes scattered from the East to Canada and all the way to California.

All 38 animals from the DeVere and Barbara Clay Clydesdale herd at Tomah were sold at a weekend auction in Mauston. The sale mixed sadness for the Clays' fate with appreciation for the way the community of horse owners responded to help the family.

Brian Craig from Bangor worked with auctioneer John Marg of Black River Falls on the sale.

He says when they arrived there was a small army of people helping with the horses and coming together to help the Clay family. He says the sale went well, with one horse bringing about $7,500.

One Clydesdale will stay in the family. It's the mare that was used for DeVere Clay's funeral procession, and it was purchased by his son.