Famed Canadian farm manager who introduced Shorthorns to New York.
1840-1911 | Artist: Robert Wadsworth Grafton (1876-1936)
Impact & Accomplishments
Richard Gibson was born in Leicester, England, and immigrated to Canada in 1861, continuing to the United States. He gained prominence managing the New York Mills farm in Utica, New York, introducing Shorthorns imported from Thomas Booth.
When the herd was dispersed in 1873, the 109 head brought an astounding total of $381,999. Ten years later, Gibson purchased Belvoir Farm in Delaware, Ontario.
He was president of the Dominion Shorthorn Association and the Canadian Kennel Club and was appointed to the Ontario agricultural commission in 1880.
Did You Know?
In 2017, Richard A. Gibson (along with his son H. Noel Gibson) was inducted into the Middlesex County Ag Hall of Fame at the London Farm Show in the United Kingdom.
Belvoir Estate Farm is the oldest farm in Southwestern Ontario, dating back 226 years ago when the first owner and white settler Ebenezer Allan arrived from Rochester, New York in 1793. Gibson had purchased it in 1883 and this beautiful estate still welcomes new visitors to the farm for a unique, equine experience.