Successful lawyer and dedicated to the promotion of Belgian draft horses for over 50 years.
1853-1940 | Artist: Othmar J. Hoffler (1893-1954)
Impact & Accomplishments
Born in Wabash, Indiana, J. D. Conner attended Wabash College, was admitted to the bar, and began practicing law in 1876.
In 1887, Conner organized and incorporated the American Association of Importers and Breeders of Belgian Draft Horses and served as its secretary-treasurer for years. He was one of the leaders in advancing the breed in the United States.
Did You Know?
Farceur is considered by many to be the predecessor of the modern Belgian breed. He was imported into the United States where he stood for breeding and was a very influential stallion for the breed. Photo courtesy of the Belgian Draft Horse Corporation of America.
With his desire to keep the breed pure and transactions honest, Conner started the American Association of Importers and Breeders of Belgian Draft Horses in 1887. This organization still exists and is headquartered on the south side of Wabash. For his efforts in this area, he was knighted by the King of Belgium.