Here is Silver Dawn Koncarno as he looked as a 3-year-old when he was grand champion at the International. He was the surprise of the show. He had been only recently purchased by Frank Rathje and his manager, Paul C.H. Engler, from his breeder, Guy E. West of Kokomo, Indiana. West had shown him as a yearling, a 2-year-old and 3-year-old at the Indiana State Fair, but never placed higher than third. He had been worked in harness as both a 2 and 3-year-old and had the collar marks to show it. This horse bred well for Rathje, siring a couple of winning “gets” in those immediate post-war Internationals. I don’t know when Ray Bast bought him, probably about that time, and he was still fresh enough to be grand champion for Bast at the 1953 Wisconsin State Fair–a 15-year-old, snow white grand champion.