Farmer Jones made his annual trip to the livestock auction and all the neighbors wondered what he would return with this year. He was known to be a man who was willing to spend good money to add to his stable of horses, and the man did have some fine ones. There was no reason to believe that he would fail to add another one to his barn. The only question was what would he bid on. Jones had flashy thoroughbreds, including a couple young colts named Dez and DeMarco that had championship potential, along with some established trotters named Tony and Jason. He also had a stable of workhorses that were used to do the work on the farm like the plowing that enabled the racehorses to be fed. Unfortunately over the years, Jones allowed the workhorse herd to dwindle to the point that some of them were broken down, and he had not bothered to replace them like he should have. Others were just not quite up to par. Many folks suspected Farmer Jones would consider investing in a workhorse because without it his prized runners would not achieve to their potential. In fact, there was speculation that he might even come home with a Clydesdale. In truth Jones did take a look at them, after all those magnificent horses did appeal to his need to put on a show, and Farmer Jones did consider himself to be an excellent judge of horseflesh. In the end however, he chose to bid on a solid draft horse. Of course It was not the showy prize that many had come to expect, but Farmer Jones knew that although his new stallion would never be a thing of beauty, he would provide many years of durable service plowing the field to provide grain for his other stock, and in the end Jones realised that it was really the workhorses that helped keep his farm productive. He couldnt wait to see how much his new horse would improve the entire stable. He had high hopes for Frederick.