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 June 2009 - Nr. 6

OTTAWA - Canada Post today issued two domestic-rate stamps honouring the Canadian Horse and the Newfoundland Pony. Canada's first settlers faced a rugged landscape and extreme weather conditions.
Nonetheless, they went and conquered the land, in large part thanks to the help they received from these fine members of the equine family.

"Both of these animals were valued for their strength, endurance and intelligence, as well as their agreeable and social disposition" said Robert Waite, Chairman of the Stamp Advisory Committee and Senior-vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility at Canada Post. "The stamps highlight the beauty of their faces, their friendly nature, their strength and their contribution to Canada."

Because of its resilience to the harsh Canadian weather, the Canadian Horse outworked and outlived larger breeds of horses, a feat that earned it the nickname "The Little Iron Horse". A descendent of a mix of several stocks of horses that were imported to the colony of New France in the 17th century, the Parliament of Canada honoured the Little Iron Horse's legacy by declaring it the national horse of Canada in 2002.

The Newfoundland Pony, historically considered the all-purpose pony, was brought over to its island namesake in the 17th and 18th centuries by English settlers. The settlers brought at least seven breeds of ponies that merged into a common breed, recognized as the Newfoundland Pony. To protect this historic creature, the Newfoundland Government declared it a Heritage Animal in 1997.

One stamp features a Canadian Horse peering from the left, overlooking a gold-coloured silhouette of a horse-drawn carriage and a sepia-coloured landscape representing its origins, Quebec's colourful autumn meadows. The other in the se-tenant pair features a pony, trotting from the right onto a snow-covered landscape showing an emerging lighthouse in the background as well as a gold-coloured silhouette of a pony pulling a heavy load in the snow. When placed side by side, the carriage and the plough meet on the stamps, blending into one image. The faint and subtle backgrounds suggest the origins of the two creatures, and the two different seasons remind us that these horses and ponies were relied on year round.

The 54-cent stamps measure 39.75 mm x 32.25 mm (horizontal) with simulated perforations. The self-adhesive stamps were printed using lithography in 5 colours on Tullis Russell paper. Lowe-Martin printed 4 million stamps which will be sold in booklets of 10. The stamps are general tagged on 3 sides. The Official First Day Cover for the Canadian Horse stamp will be cancelled in CAP-ROUGE QC while the one for the Newfoundland Pony will be cancelled in CHANGE ISLANDS NF.

Additional information about Canadian stamps, as well as photos of the new stamps on the Canadian Horse and the Newfoundland Pony, can be found in the News section of Canada Post's website. Stamps and other products will be available at participating post offices, or can be ordered online by following the links at Canada Post's website, or by mail order from the National Philatelic Centre. From Canada and the USA, call toll-free: 1 800 565-4362, and from other countries, call: 902 863-6550.


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