Horsemen in Aroostook County
The history of Irving Farms cannot escape this family's love of horses. In the Maine harness Museum/Exhibit located in Bangor City Hall, safely preserved behind a glass display case, are the original green and gold racing silks that Ken Irving wore in the late 1920s when he first appeared on the Northern Maine racing scene. Beside the soft hat and racing tunic is a gleaming trophy inscribed to Ken Irving as the winner in a free-for-all trot at Skowhegan Fair, with his first standard bred passion, a trotter named Lotta Song. Ken, Bob, Steve and Scott were all involved in Maine Harness racing and breeding.
Ken's brother Dana went on to become a nationally established breeder in Pennsylvania, and bought his first standard bred from Ken at Presque Isle. Ken sold him a pacer named Victory Bravo for $100. His car loaded with luggage, four or five cats and towing a horse trailer, Dana headed for New York - a move which was later to prove profitable in spreading the Irving name as a standard-bearer of quality producers along the eastern seaboard. In 1979, Dana Irving had a champion trotter, Butch Lobell in the prestigious Hambletonian, a far cry from a farmboy from Presque Isle.