Willow Way Clydesdales Ohaton, Alberta

Hill Topper Diamond's


Crack A Dawn's Silver Storm x Hill Topper Perfect Diamond (x Westerdale Drake)

She's one of our most favourite mares - she'll be 16 years of age this spring and has called Willow Way home since 2008. Hill Topper Diamond's Kate has quite a story to tell.
Kate was purchased from Calvin Mason as a 4 year old mare, carrying her first foal of which Calvin retained ownership. Her full sister, Hill Topper Diamond's Lilly who was a year younger already resided at Willow Way. Lilly was a striking bay mare who had a successful career in halter and as a hitch mare, however two weeks after being named Best of Show at the Central Alberta Draft Horse Classic she was lost to colic.
Kate is a daughter of who we believe to be the best son of the imported Torrs Quicksilver, Crack A Dawn's Silver Storm. Kate has some very solid Western Canadian breeding on her bottom side, with the notable Belleau Annette's Adam as a great grandsire, a horse who was known to put motion into his offspring.
Kate has given us 6 foals, 5 of which have had successful show careers.
In 2010 Kate was bred to Zorra Highland Captain, a breeding that produced Willow Way Lexus. I was such a fan of this filly that I called my brother and told him he just had to buy her; so off to Ontario she went as a weanling. Since then Lexus has had a solid career in the halter ring and has proven herself a broodmare with the ability to stamp her offspring much the same as her dam has done.
Kate has three grand daughters "living abroad." Two exported by breeder Tyler Wilkieson, Towerview Alexa went to Scotland & Towerview Nexus to Germany both as coming yearlings after being campaigned successfully in their first year. These full sisters are both sired by Willow Way Lennox.
Her daughter Nova (x Deighton Zoom) was shown with much success and her first foal, Willow Way Sisel (x Ozark's Royal View) is also now a resident of Scotland.
Her 4th foal, Willow Way Oxford (x Deighton Zoom) was exported to Australia as a yearling. He was sold to Paul Cooper of Oscarville Clydesdale Stud of Werombi, NSW.
He still resides there as a popular breeding stallion.
Her daughter Preslie was sold as a weanling and was shown successfully by Troy Thomas of Estey's Bridge NB. Preslie was purchased by Duane Chupp of Shipshewana Indiana and campaigned in his hitch. She will be selling at his dispersal sale at the end of March.
Rosalie (x Deighton Zoom) was purchased by Tim & Jeneen Awckland of Arras, British Columbia. She is a beautiful roan filly patterned much like her dam with quality limbs and hair. She was successfully shown as a yearling and we know she will be making a return to the show ring in the near future.
Oh, and while Kate was carrying Preslie she had what our vet believed to be a gunshot wound. Take a close look at her picture - in the very middle of her barrel you can see a somewhat slanted oval shape where the wound was located. Luckily, her body walled off the infection and around 5 gallons of fluid was drained from inside of her. When I left her at the clinic she was given a 40% chance of surviving, although she never let on she was in an ounce of pain. So not only did she recover, she also held onto her pregnancy and delivered us the gorgeous Preslie who is now 5 years old and expecting her first foal before the sale date.
When we purchased Kate we had no idea of the impact she'd have on our breeding program or the Clydesdale breed. She might even hold the title of having the most direct descendants exported out of Canada.
Kate and her daughter Nova are both in foal to Willow Way Firestone for 2020.

Willow Way Oxford, exported to Australia

Willow Way Nova as a 3 year old

Willow Way Preslie as a weanling

Willow Way Lexus shown in 2019 as an 8 Year old Broodmare

Full sisters, Towerview Nexus (left) & Towerview Alexa (centre) out of Willow Way Lexus

Willow Way Sisel, exported to Scotland