A large part of Celtic life, then and now, has always included the Celtic canine serving as both companion and working animal; hunting vermin, the quintessential rather of the estate as well as the brave and mighty hunters of stag, boar, wolves, and deer. ​​It is only proper then, that with any Celtic celebration we remember and esteem those constant companions of yore. As a sample of the Celtic celebration, you will find among the breeds are the tiny and mighty Terrier group, the Collie group, the Setters, the Spaniels, the Retrievers, and the giant breeds encompassing the Danes, and the array of sight hounds culminating with the massive and stately Irish Wolfhounds.

​For the NESD Celtic Faire & Games, search and recruitment of these breeds is a year-round process and with the popularity of their uniqueness and presence, are represented at the NESD Celtic Faire & Games and in other community events and parades.

​At the NESD Faire & Games, their appearance begins with a Celtic Canine Parade on Saturday in which their proud handlers showcase each breed to the audience while the Master of Ceremonies educates the crowd on each canine's geographic origin, year of origin, original estate use and their modern day role as a canine, physical appearance, temperaments, and trainability. Following the Parade and Show, the public is invited to visit the canines with their owners/handlers at the public "Pat & Chat," a popular opportunity to get up close and personal with these special dogs. This is a great opportunity to make a new, best fur friend of the Celtic past, present and future!

​If you have a Celtic breed dog you would like to enter in the Parade of Celtic Pets, please contact Patsy Brosz at 226-3835. All dogs entered in the Parade must be leash trained, well behaved and current on vaccinations. NESD Celtic Faire will not be held responsible for a dog's behavior while participating in this event.


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Tim Naasz, from Platte, SD, will provide sheep herding demonstrations at the Faire. He brings his 14 year-old border collie to provide entertainment and education regarding his award-winning working dog Ryn. The Border Collie is a working and herding dog breed developed in the English-Scottish border region for herding livestock, especially sheep. It was specifically bred for intelligence and obedience. Tim will hold his demonstrations in the Pete Carmichael Arena in the Expo Addition Building.




2fc6cfb1a198642dccd31fa3891fd032The Clydesdale takes its name from Clydesdale, the old name for Lanarkshire, noted for the River Clyde. In the mid-18th century, Flemish stallions were imported to Scotland and bred to local mares, resulting in foals that were larger than the existing local stock. The first recorded use of the name "Clydesdale" in reference to the breed was in 1826 at an exhibition in Glasgow. The Clydesdale was originally used for agriculture, hauling coal in Lanarkshire and heavy hauling in Glasgow. Today, Clydesdales are still used for draught purposes, including agriculture, logging and driving. They are also shown and ridden, as well as kept for pleasure. Some of the most famous members of the breed are the teams that make up the hitches of the Budweiser Clydesdales. These horses were first owned by the Budweiser Brewery at the end of Prohibition in the United States, and have since become an international symbol of both the breed and the brand. The Budweiser breeding program, with its strict standards of colour and conformation, have influenced the look of the breed in the United States to the point that many people believe that Clydesdales are always bay with white markings. 4a5ebadd6465cf4413be60fbd48d3e66As well as being driven, some Clydesdales are used for riding and can be shown under saddle. Clydesdales and Shires are used by the British Household Cavalry as drum horses, leading parades on ceremonial and state occasions.

6c5fc9c471442928b53a3b977054bfeaHighland Cattle are a Scottish cattle breed. They have long horns and long wavy coats that are coloured black, brindle, red, yellow, white, silver (looks white but with a black nose) or dun, and they are often raised primarily for their meat. They originated in the Highlands and Western Isles of Scotland and were first mentioned in the 6th century AD. The first herd book described two distinct types of Highland cattle but, due to crossbreeding between the two, only one type now exists and is registered. They have since been exported to other parts of the world such as Australia, Norway and Canada.They are a hardy breed due to their native environment, the Scottish Highlands, with long hair that gives the breed its ability to overwinter. Their hair, considered the longest of any cattle breed, provides protection from the winter cold. Their skill in foraging for food allows them to survive in steep mountain areas where they both graze and eat plants that many other cattle avoid. They can dig through the snow with their horns to find buried plants.

0454b7ff77cc8aa34f64e3a2970d2892The Gypsy Horse (USA, UK, AU), also known as the Gypsy Cob (UK, NZ), Coloured Cob (UK, Ireland, parts of Continental Europe), Gypsy Vanner (US, CAN), Irish Cob, and Tinker Horse (parts of Continental Europe), is a horse breed originally developed by Romanichal peoples native to the British Isles. It is a small draught breed, popularly recognized for its abundant leg feathering and common black and white, or "piebald", coat colour, though it can be of any other colour as well. Around 1850, the Romanichal of Great Britain began to use a distinct type of horse to pull the vardoes, chimneyed living wagons, in which they had just begun to live and travel. There are multiple breed registries for the Gypsy horse, with mostly minor variations in their respective breed standards. The Gypsy horse is known to be a "strong, kind, (very) intelligent partner that works willingly and harmoniously with its handler. 05c4cef775260aeea1c4f3dae17b6a11They are also described as mannerly and manageable, eager to please, confident, courageous, alert, and loyal with a genuine sociable outlook. The Gypsy Horse is renowned for its gentle, tractable nature and sensible disposition."

4fca19af799754df51b1c11758df98cfThe Miniature Southdown Sheep is a rare breed that originated on the South Down hills of Sussex County, England, and it is one of the oldest known purebred breeds in the world. Partly because of their extreme hardiness, Southdown Sheep were imported into the United States in the early 1800's, where they were crossbred with domestic sheep to produce a larger animal. Unlike other breeds, Babydolls don't generally bother trees and shrubs, so they make wonderful "lawnmowers". Because of their short legs and little bodies, they are perfect for small areas. They make great companions for other livestock like goats and horses, and have even been used in therapy programs because of their mild and sweet personalities. They are ideal animals for children, the handicapped, and older folks who can no longer deal with larger breeds, but don't want to stop raising sheep. Due to their gentleness and small size, they make excellent 4-H projects and companion animals for adults and children. Neither the males nor females have horns. Having been bred for many years to live in small areas, they do not require a large pasture, and they are not prone to wander or bother fences.

9b871952f0262327dd98c72b71248b50Leprechaun Pony Come to the NESD Celtic Faire & Games to meet the one and only, Leprechaun Pony! He even gets his toenails painted green to get into character for the festivities! This little guy is very popular with children!


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