Dale and Maxine Campbell are passionate about their goal of preserving and promoting the Shire horse in Canada. They own and operate Windcharger Heritage Farm Ltd., located on the Alaska Highway just outside Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Dale and Maxine share a love of horses going back to childhood where they grew up riding and loving their horses and ponies.
Dale has dedicated his life to promoting the preservation of rare breeds of domestic animals. Over the years, he has provided a home for six rare breeds, including Light Brown Leghorn Chickens, Ridley Bronze Turkeys, Black Belly Sheep, American Mule Footed Hogs, Red Poll Cows and Shire Horses. Shires are listed on the “endangered” list of Rare Breeds Canada.
Dale purchased his first Shire in 2006. Since then, Dale and Maxine have increased their numbers and have begun developing a breeding program.
In 2010, Dale and Maxine imported two weanlings and a yearling from Paul Bedford of Deighton Farms, York in England. This included the Stallion Providence Flynn and filly Crossington Ebony. Flynn’s breeding includes Red Brae Mascot son of Tremlow Commodore, and Ebony is sired by Shire Horse of the Year UK–Penrhos Braveheart. In 2013, they imported the Stallion Manor Mac T and filly Metherington Upton Tara. Mr. T is a Grandson of Moorefield Edward and Tara is sired by three time Shire Horse of the Year in the UK – Metherington Upton Hamlet. There are now over 20 Shires at the Campbell’s heritage farm.
Dale and Maxine met in 2009 through their involvement with Rotary. Each had lost their partners of many years to illness, and they were married in July of 2010.
Rotary is a huge part of their lives. They have participated in humanitarian projects in Mexico with a literacy project and the Dominican Republic and Belize with wheelchair projects. Dale is a Past President of the Dawson Creek Rotary Club and Maxine is past Secretary of the Dawson Creek Sunrise Rotary Club. Dale was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his volunteer work in the community. Dale & Maxine have been involved in many organizations and have served on numerous sports and community boards. Currently Dale is Vice-President and Maxine is Secretary Treasurer of the Canadian Shire Horse Association.