June 4, 2021

Today is the wedding anniversary of two of my friends who are also my neighbors, Kimmy and  Mark Biggar.   Every Memorial Day for the last few years, they have come over and planted beautiful flowers  since I don't have a "green thumb"   I will show you pictures as the plants grow and bloom  over the summer.

Ellie---March 10 filly by My Intention out of Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool)

June 3, 2021

Happy birthday to a great friend---Joe St Clair.   He has always been there for Mike and I and we have some pretty good tales to tell from over the years.

Pictures of my 70 day old, long awaited filly by My Intention out of Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool)   When I was at the World Show in 2006, a group of friends and I went to Russell McIntosh's where I saw a weanling stud colt that I loved  and I  vowed that someday I would breed Rebecca to him.  Jim and Georgia Snow bought him and his name became My Intention.    Well, after trying for 10 years to get my "dream baby", this year Ellie was born and she is everything I hoped for.  I could spend all day watching her and she is also the sweetest little girl to be around.

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May 29, 2021

Nikki---9 week old NN filly by My Intention out of Wilma (Classically Kool)

It is easy for me to stay at home and watch my two fillies by My Intention.   This is Nikki, the NN one out of Wilma (Classically Kool) She is only 9 weeks old today but she is huge.   I guess I shouldn't be surprised as My Intention is a big horse and Wilma is 16.3.

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May 26, 2021

Over the years I have "met" some wonderful friends through Facebook.  One of them is Linda Becker.   I started noticing her posts and admiring  her amazing carousel horses and coin operated horses.   And she also has the cutest skunk pet, Olivia.     Linda has a heart of gold as she donates proceeds from the sale of many of her things to various rescues.  And may I add, she also makes the best  turtles I have ever eaten.  I first bought a Marrita Black bronze from her and then proceeded to fill my home with some of her other horses, one of them from the Wrigley Estate. I remembered she had a wagon wheel table made by Randy Steffin and I kept thinking about how nice it would look in my office.  Well, thanks to Linda and to JC Heiberg who delivered it to me , it now has a permanent place here.   I had heard of Randy Steffen and did a bit of research and found out he and his wife, Merrily are great "rodeo people"    The table needed a little work and my good friend, Richard Kaufmann stained it and leveled it and I bought a tempered glass top for it.   Needless to say, I love it.

May 16, 2021

Today let me tell you about a really good friend of mine who has always been there for me----Joe St Clair.  I think I met Joe around 1972.    He owned a horse and I realized then what a great love he had for horses.   I was able to get him a job helping John Schulz who owned Schulz Concrete  Company in Appleton, Wisconsin and he also had some good quarter horses.  Joe would spend his time working with the young horses and fitting them for halter besides starting them riding.  Mike and I were with John Schulz when he bought Reds Double Sonny from Warren Ploeger in Schaller, Iowa.  Sonny became the high point western pleasure stallion in the nation in 1980 and Joe is the one who broke him and taught him the basics.  Joe was instrumental in starting many of the colts for John, including Sonnys Black Gold who won the All American Congress.   In 1978, Joe went to work for Dennis and Carol Briggs who were just starting in quarter horse halter horses.  Joe picked out several really good horses for them including Miss MBJ Dream, a great mare by Mr Impressive and also Sugar Ray Sonny, an own son of Sonny Dee Bar.   We had some great times showing horse back then.  John had a huge rig with a semi.  I remember when Joe and I were going to a horse show and we stopped for gas and Joe and I went into the trailer to check on the horses and locked ourselves in.  What a laugh he had, especially when Joe had to crawl through the window to open the door.  There are so many stories I could tell about those showing days.  Once we went to Crown Point, Indiana where we met Heinie Hendley who was showing is pleasure horses.  The show was not very big so we decided to follow Heinie to Kentucky to a bigger show.   We drove all night and got there in time for the halter classes.  I remember tying our horses to the trees while we got them ready to show.   Another time, we were showing in Iowa and we had John Schulz's big rig.  Well, as I came down the stairs at the motel in the morning, I passed Joe going up them.  He had been out partying with Bob Lee and a group of people all night.  He told me that I would have to drive the big rig as he could hardly stay awake.  I immediately told him that there was no way I could drive that rig and that Mike Ellis would kill him if we didn't get home.   Needless to say, he drove like a pro and I kept him away talking the whole way.  After we bought Impressivist and the stallion was a coming 3 year old, Joe came back to help us with standing him at stud.  We bred 100 mares each of two years and that was when there was no shipped semen.  We had quite a crew with Joe, Diane Baier, Howard Nelson who did the  collection, Bob Luebker and me.  We started in the morning cleaning stalls, collecting the stallion, putting horses outside and it seemed as though the day would never end.  However, every noon we would go to McDonalds and eat and visit.  I still remember wheat everyone ordered.  That was a very busy time in my life but one that I never regret.   After we sold Impressivist,  Joe went to work for Mary Lou Robinson, a prominent attorney.  She bought some great horses including Conclusive Lee and A Likely Conclusion.  Joe worked with the halter horses and also started the young riding horses.  At that time, he did a lot of showing.  Joe has another talent other than horses and it is cooking.  From 1993 to 2000 he opened a very successful restaurant and got away from the horses for a bit.  Then in 2000 he went to Arizona where he cooked for a huge ranch and worked with the  cattle.  During that time, several of his recipes were published in cowboy magazines.  After his stint in Arizona, he couldn't stand to be away from horses and moved to Colorado to help Joe Taylor with his horses.  Then in 2012 his stepfather became ill with cancer and he moved back to help his family .  One day I was brushing Molly, our dog and someone walked up on our porch.  I had no idea who it was and even glancing at him I did not recognize him until he opened his mouth to talk.  There stood Joe and what a great time for him to come back.  He started helping us again with Fred (Classically) and the breeding.   I don't think there is anyone as gentle with colts as Joe and he seems to have a "way" with them.  Since I lost Mike, Joe has partnered up with Big Daddy Quarter Horses in Waupaca, Wisconsin where he is in charge of the cattle, horses and all the farm work.  I think we still talk daily and I know that if I ever need anything, all I need to do is call him and he will be there.   It is so good to know that I have friends like Joe St Clair.

May 14, 2021

Snapped a couple of pictures of horses you haven't seen for awhile.   Pebbles (Cool to be Classic) who is by Fred (Classically) out of Bonnie (CJ Miss Cool Tardee) is now 3 years old.   Nikki, the NN baby filly by My Intention out of Wilma (Classically Kool) is now 7 weeks old.   Hopefully with the nice weather we are having I will get more pictures soon.

May 11, 2021

Looking at Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool) today as she is grazing with her companion, Gabriel, it amazes me that she still has so much muscle definition at 21 years of age and NN besides.   Sure wish I would be half as fit as she is at my age.

May 9, 2021

So if you are almost 2 months old and you get a big ball to play with, what do you do with it.   Well, first of all you try to bite it and then if that doesn't work, you roll it with your foot.  Still no action, so now you decide to lay on it and if all else fails, perhaps jumping on it will destroy it.   I really enjoyed watching my little filly with her ball this afternoon.

May 7, 2021

Many of you remember Sterrling, the 5 panel NN gray stallion by I Gotta Cool Secret out of Juliet (Malibukini)  who was by Malibu Ken out of Shanes Lady Romantic who is owned by Terry and Tammy Bradshaw.   We sold him to Enrique Molina of Mexico as a yearling.   When they showed him he was Grand Champion Stallion at their big horse show.   Since then, he has been breeding mares and he is becoming quite a sire.   From what I hear he also has been under saddle for about a year.   Leonor Yberri posted this recent picture of him.   It always makes me happy when horses we sell turn out to make their new owners happy.

May 5, 2021

Nikki---6 week old NN filly by My Intention out of Wilma (Classically Kool)

May 4, 2021

Let me tell you about one of my best friends, Lanis Noble and his stallion Speak of Me.    I met Lanis when he bought Impressivist from Mike and me and he and his son came to Wisconsin to pick him up.   From that time on, we remained the best of friends, talking on the phone daily about horses.  Unfortunately Lanis lost Impressivist after 2 very successful breeding seasons .   Lanis, being a smart businessman, had always told me that a black NN stallion would make a lot of money as many people love black horses.   In 1992, Mike and I were in Alfaretta, Georgia attending Vic Matthews horse dispersal sale.  It was a  way for Mike to get me to go on a trip and he could visit his brother in Columbus, Georgia.  There were some great horses in the sale and many of the "big time breeders" consigned horses to it.  During the weekend, Danny Salsman who was there had a heart attack and they had to take him to the local hospital.  Everyone who knew Danny was very concerned but things turned out fine for him.   Back to the horse sale-----while I was looking at the horses, I noticed a black NN son of Sierra Te in the sale.  His name was Speak of Me and he stood 16.1.   I thought to myself that this was the exact horse Lanis was looking for so I tried to call him.  Unfortunately I was not able to reach him and heaven knows, I did not need a black stallion.   Gordon Hannigan who was putting on the sale bought the horse for himself.  On the Monday after the sale, Lanis called Gordon and he was told that four people had tried to buy the horse from him and Gordon had sold him to David and Karen Smith.  Lanis tried to  contact them but the Smiths never returned his call.  They took the stallion to a show and a mare came by and the horse reared up and cut his head.  Karen then decided that she didn't need a stallion for a pleasure horse and decided to sell him in the 1992 World Sale.  Lanis joined me and others at the World Show and he and his friend, Richard Parker went to the sale while I watched the halter classes.  The bid on Speak of Me went to $15,000 and Lanis noticed that David Smith was running the bid against him. I am sure he was trying to get his investment back.    Knowing Lanis, he wasn't going to stand for that and closed his sale catalog and quit bidding.   His friend, Richard told him "don't lose this horse for $500".   Lanis made one final bid and he owned the stallion.  Tom McBeath hauled Speak of Me back to Mississippi and put 60 days of riding on him.   Then came fall and Lanis ran an ad in the Southern Horseman to stand Speak of Me at stud.   He had a small place outside of Jackson where his brother Calva and his dad lived.  This is where he stood  the stallion.  Every other day, Lanis would drive from work in Jackson ( he was a stock broker)  to the farm to collect and ship the semen.  From the one ad in the Southern Horseman, he bred 56 mares the first year and had 23 booked for the next year before the year was over.   His theory that people loved big black NN stallions proved to be true.  The second year , he bred 83 mares and the next year 99 mares.  The following year, he had 85 mare bred before May 4 when his brother Calva was killed in a car accident and Lanis didn't accept any mares after that date.  He decided to sell everything and get out of horses.  By everything I mean the place, all of his equipment  (I bought his ultrasound) and all of the horses.   I have always been amazed at how fast he was able to disperse of everything.   Speak of Me was sold to Joe Hutchins who continued to stand the horse at stud.  Lanis did a fantastic job of marketing Speak of Me and he treated his customers so well, many of them came back year after year.   Speak of Me went on to sire many wonderful halter and pleasure horses.   Lanis was right when he had the idea that a 16.1 well bred black stallion would be very successful as a money making venture.  Speak of Me was a 1989 Black NN 16.1 stallion by Sierra Te out of a daughter of Zippo Pat Bars.

May 2, 2021

Well, Gabriel had his feeling hurt as I cut him out of the picture with Rebecca.   He wants to show off his masculine physique for Naomi Kreider, his "girlfriend."

Beautiful Sunday morning in Wisconsin so I thought I would take some pictures of Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool).  At 21 years old and thinking that I would lose her last year due to a torn meniscus,  she looks and feels better than she has for years.  It is hard to believe that she is NN with all the muscle.   I am sure you all know that she is sired by Ima Cool Skip and out of Miss Bunny Tardee by Tardee Impressive.   As I was leaving the pasture, I snapped a quick picture of Ellie, her daughter by My Intention.   I suspect she will look a lot like Rebecca when she matures.   She will be 2 months old on May 10.

April 30, 2021

A year ago I posted this story and it renewed an old friendship with David Stone.   His wife, Evalee Stone sent me a picture of How D Billie Jack, the horse that Dudley Pillow really liked.    I will repost the story for you.  Scott Peterson  posted an article about David Stone from Florence, Alabama.   I also knew David pretty well through his association with Dudley  Pillow and we were there at the World Show in 2000 when DS Roman Kid Clu won the Aged Stallion Class.  David wanted Dudley to breed some of his mares to Roman but he was not Dudley's type of horse.  But David did have a stallion that Dudley  loved and his name was How D Billie Jack.   He was a gray horse, standing over 16.1 with tons of body by Tee Jay Roman out of How D Jacklynn.   If you remember the story I told you about Terry and Tammy Bradshaw's mare, Shanes Night Lady, you may remember that her dam, How D Romantic was a full sister to Billie Jack.   Dudley bred several mares to Billie Jack and also bought a few daughters of his.    Grace Berton also hauled two mares all the way from California to breed to him.   I intended to breed a mare also and paid my $300 stud fee but it never happened.   You know how I baby my mares and David only pasture bred the stallion.  You had to have your mare at his place by February 1 when he turned him out with them or the stallion would not accept any  other mares to his herd.  How D Billie Jack produced some great brood mares.  Grace Berton still has a daughter of his and she is one of her best producers.  And, when I  would go and visit Jerry and Gwen Clarke Vawter, I was always in awe of their big Billie Jack mare.   It is a shame that the Tee Jay Roman bloodlines are about gone as they added so much bone and structure to our modern day horses.  This is a picture of How D Billie Jack taken at David Stone's place when the stallion was still alive.  He stood well over 16 hands tall.

Since I mentioned the article that Scott Peterson posted last year about David Stone and then told you about David's stallion, How D Billie Jack, I thought perhaps you would enjoy reading the article too.
HOMEGROWN: David Stone defies the odds to breed and raise a world champion stallion on tiny area farm
Brandon Webb Feb 4, 2003 
PETERSVILLE -- David Stone is a dew sweeper.By 6 a.m., the spindly man usually emerges from his crusty mobile home and makes his daily 200-yard jaunt to a musty red barn.This day is no different. Stone has work to do. There are horses to feed. Chores to tend to."If it’s daylight, there’s something to do. Most times, when it’s dark, too," the salty 58-year-old says. "There is always a fence that needs mending or a stall to strip. Seems like there’s always something broke."  Stone chuckles and says his life consists of too much work and not enough sleep. The gray hairs that have infiltrated his bristly mustache, callused hands and deep lines etched into his face seem to validate his claim.There is so much more, however, that defines Stone. He is a self-described hillbilly, with an affinity for Louis L’Amour westerns and George Strait’s pure country sound, though he admits he has a soft spot in his heart for Shania Twain.He’s a meat and potatoes kind of guy who enjoys the occasional Mexican dish. He doesn’t drink or smoke but does harbor a temper that sometimes evokes a profane word or two.He’s a Ford man through and through, though he hopes no one sees him tooling around town in a beat-up Chevy pickup. And he isn’t a material man. His most prized possession is a belt buckle.You can’t manufacture character like that.Stone also is a world champion quarter horse breeder. He is a modest man of modest means that would be the last to celebrate himself. But he can’t help taking pride in kicking a little harmless dirt in the faces of the multimillionaire breeders who are staring up at him. Because what transpired in November 2000 in Oklahoma City was not only a victory for underdogs everywhere, it was Stone’s reward for 31 years of tirelessly pursuing a dream.  

A horseman’s revelationStone says matter-of-factly that he was born into horses. As a child growing up in Texas, he shadowed his grandfather, who raised racehorses. It left a deep impression on him and sparked a fondness for horses, which was put on hold after being commissioned into the Army’s infantry division in 1968. A tour of duty in Vietnam took a severe toll on Stone’s body. Corneal burns and abrasions from shrapnel caused him to temporarily lose his eyesight. He’s deaf in his left ear and requires a hearing aid in his right ear. The resulting equilibrium problems cut his horse- riding days short. So he took an interest in quarter horses, which are stock horses used to cut cattle from herds, and began breeding them in 1969 with an emphasis on quality, not quantity.It was, however, merely a hobby. "I’m smarter than I look," says Stone, who graduated from the University of North Alabama.By day, Stone earned more than $50,000 a year as a radiochemical lab analyst for the Tennessee Valley Authority. Yet, something was missing. He soon realized what it was."Life’s too short to not do what you want to do," Stone says, drawing a deep breath. "I’ve always been a guy that didn’t want to look back at what might have been."I was getting long in the tooth and not in the best of health. TVA was offering early retirement in 1996 and I figured if I wait any longer, I’ll never be able to achieve my goals."Those goals centered around horses.Stone continued drawing income from his military medical retirement and his early leave from TVA. Though he had been a serious breeder since 1974, for the first time in his life, he set out to make a living breeding quarter horses.
Stone’s big breakJerry Vawter is to quarter horse breeding what Jack Nicklaus is to golf and Richard Petty is to stock car racing. His is the most respected name in the industry. So when he calls, people listen, Stone says."He called and said he understood I had some real nice brood mares and that he’d like to buy one," Stone recalls. "Everybody in this industry wants to sell to Jerry because of his reputation. Word of mouth is vital in this industry. If word gets out that you sold to Jerry Vawter, your business can skyrocket."In 1994, Stone invited Vawter to his farm off Rasch Road under one condition: There were two brood mares that he would not part with under any circumstances."When he got here, I didn’t tell him which ones they were, but he’s the greatest horseman I know," Stone says. "To show you how good an eye he has, he scanned the lot and zeroed in on one of the untouchables."I said, ’Oh no, Jerry. That’s one of the ones you can’t have.’ "He said ’OK,’ and kept looking. Pretty soon he singled another mare out of the herd and said, ’Don’t tell me she’s No. 2!’ I told him that was No. 3, but I’d let him have her."Little did Stone know that selling that mare for $15,000 would be the catalyst for his championship quest. Vawter asked Stone if he would deliver the mare to Texas. For that kind of money, Stone didn’t hesitate to agree. Vawter, however, had another request."He told me to load up the other mare - the first one he spotted -- and bring her with me, too," Stone says. "I told him again that I didn’t want to sell her. He said he knew, but he was going to do something he rarely ever did: give me a free breeding off Kid Clu, one of the most decorated stallions in history. He thought that mare would give birth to a world champion."That breeding, which spawned DS Bright Kid Clu in 1995, was the push Stone needed to become a serious player in the industry."When I saw Bright hit the ground, I said ’Wow,’ " Stone remembers. "I had never seen a horse that good. Still haven’t. So, a year later, I paid for a second breeding with Kid Clu."

Tragedy followed by Triumph Stone had no idea at the time how important a decision he’d made. Bright became sick in August 1998. Stone took the horse to Auburn University, where veterinarians performed exploratory surgery and discovered an inoperable tumor."I didn’t want him to suffer, so I put him down," Stone says, voice cracking. "It was the hardest loss I’ve ever had." Stone turned his attention to the second stallion. It showed every bit as much promise as its older brother had."When I saw Roman stand up and stretch for the first time, moments after birth, I knew he would be special," Stone says. "Not for any reasons that would be noticeable to the ordinary eye. There’s a fine line between a good and great horse. But to a horseman, there’s a perceptible difference. "When I looked at him, I knew he was the real deal." Stone began grooming Roman for the American Quarter Horse World Championship  - a task that took its toll."It made for long hours," he says. "I was out in the field at 2 o’clock in the morning with the headlights on, stacking hay. Then I had to get up in the morning and do it again."I did that and did that and did that and ran myself down."The inflammation reminded Stone that he wasn’t invincible."Of all the injuries that I had in Vietnam, I never once thought I was going to die," Stone says. "But when I got sick with pneumonia, it was the first time I was really scared in my life. I shriveled up to nothing."When Stone emerged from the hospital in April 1999, he realized he was too weak to prepare Roman for a world championship bid. In August, Stone was notified that Roman had accumulated enough points at shows throughout the year to earn an invitation to the AQHA World Championship.Stone’s immune system, however, was badly deteriorated. He called Vawter, hoping his mentor could recommend someone to continue working with the horse. Vawter said there was only one guy: an up-and-comer named Jason Smith. Smith, like Stone, knew there was something special about Roman the moment he first saw him. "Within 15 minutes, that horse was on my truck," says Smith, who insisted Roman be shown at the 1999 quarter horse Congress, the world’s oldest and largest Quarter Horse show. He returned home with two trophies and later added a prestigious Reserve World Championship.Still, Stone longed for more."The ultimate success in this industry is a world championship," he says. "Everybody strives for it. Very few people get it."In November 2000, Roman returned to Oklahoma City and triumphed over 23 other stallions competing for the Open Aged World Championship, no small feat. There are more than 4 million quarter horses registered in the United States.

Industry takes noticeThe victory sent a wave through the industry, according to Vawter."I think there were a lot of people that knew (Roman) was going to be a champion sooner or later," he says.But to think a breeder like Stone could pull it off against the odds he faced is nearly unfathomable, he said.The major quarter horse-breeding outfits sit on hundreds of acres in Texas, Oklahoma and California. The multimillionaires who own them build elaborate ranches, complete with paved driveways and heated stalls.Stone operates on 35 acres in Alabama. His driveway is gravel. His barn is cold."The thing I’m most proud of is the fact that whether it’s 50 or 100 years from now, somebody, someplace, somewhere is going to say, ’Looky here, somebody from Alabama in the year 2000 won a world championship.’"Nobody can take that away from me. I made a tiny scratch in AQHA history."There are people who breed horses all their lives that would give anything to win a world championship, Stone says, while proudly showing off the ornate belt buckle that goes to the world champion owner. "Money is no object to them. They buy the best brood mares to pair with world-class stallions and never even place in the Top 5." What is Stone’s secret? Being an owner as well as a breeder, he says."Ninety-nine percent of horses advertised in here were purchased by their owners," Stone says, thumbing through a quarter horse trade magazine. "I didn’t go out and buy him. I bred him. I raised him. I pulled that little sucker out of his momma."I don’t show anything that has not been born on my farm or that I haven’t raised."The best mares that you’ll ever have are the ones you breed yourself because you know all the genetic flaws. You have to be your own best critic and hard on yourself." Out to pasture Stone retired Roman to stud following his world championship. With breeding season set to begin Thursday, Stone figures to begin reaping some of the rewards of the victory. He already has 100 mares lined up to breed with Roman at $2,000 each. That kind of business prompted Stone to board Roman at a facility near Atlanta capable of handling the volume.Stone receives 18-20 telephone calls per day, which has prompted him to carry a portable phone around in his jacket, "otherwise I wouldn’t get any work done," he says. Some calls are from well-wishers congratulating him on his newfound success. "I had someone call me the other day and say, ’Hey, when are you coming off that ... cloud?’ And I said I hope ... I never do, because I’m enjoying it too much. It took me 30 years to get here." Most are from breeders wanting to hire Roman. He’s even had an inquiry about buying the horse."A man called from Salt Lake City wanting to know what the bottom dollar for Roman would be," Stone says, grinning. "I told him the asking price is $1.5 million. "He said that’s a lot of money. And I said it sure is, but this is my dream." Stone did decide to do something for the prospective buyer, who had purchased a brood mare out West for $100,000. He gave him a free breeding with Roman. It was a lesson he learned years before from Vawter."I did it because my next objective is to breed a world champion sired by Roman," Stone says. "If he does, that $1.5 million asking price will give way to a mint."The future of Stone’s business is Roman’s offspring. "I’m going to really promote them," he says. "There will probably be four foals. I’ll also show Roman’s sister this year and foals off other two studs. So, the future looks bright."Even if the money from his newfound success begins to roll in, Stone is adamant that he won’t change. He swears he won’t pave his driveway. He’ll still eat cereal for breakfast. He’ll still drive that old pickup. And he’ll still live in a trailer."I live like a pauper, but tangible things have never meant much to me," Stone says sheepishly, staring at the numerous trophies that litter his floor, coffee table and desk. "A lot of people wouldn’t even live in a mobile home, but this is my dream. This is what I’ve always wanted to do."His only regret is that he doesn’t have anyone to partake in his success."Sometimes I get a little sad because I don’t have anyone to share all this with," Stone says, staring out across his pasture. "But loneliness has only hit me once: when I won the world championship."It really hit me because it was the biggest moment of my life and I didn’t have anyone to share it with - to really share it with."Stone is twice divorced.   "If I ever marry again, it’ll be to someone who feels the way I do," he says. "This is a lifestyle. You can’t say, ’Well, let’s not feed the horses today. Let’s take off to Nashville.’ A lot of women don’t understand that."I dated a woman two years ago that I really liked. After about a year, she said, ’David, we need to talk.’ "She said, ’Everybody, at one time or another, has to put their toys away. You can’t do this forever. Sooner or later, you’ve got to get on with life.’"I said ’Well, let me tell you something. I do care about you. I’ve come about as close as I could to loving a woman. But you said it all when you said it’s time to put your toys away.’"I told her when I was 90, I’d still have a horse. I’ll always have a horse. "If I have to put my toys away, you might as well dig a hole and put me in it. My life would come to an abrupt halt and have no meaning.

April 26, 2021

I have been telling you about the horses in Rebecca's (You Bet Im Cool) pedigree and this picture popped up on my memories today.    This is Cool Miss Tardee as a yearling.   She was an HH full sister to Rebecca and also to CJ Miss Cool Tardee (Bonnie)  I remember when Wayne Halvorson flew to Wisconsin to look at her.  I was a nervous wreck as  it was the first time a "big name horse person" had come to see one of our horses.   Wayne was wonderful, we looked at horses and he took videos and pictures.   He called the next day and Curtis Pilot, who owned Ima Cool Skip bought her.   Cool Miss Tardee went on to be a World Champion and a World Champion producer.  Thinking about it, all three sisters who were by Ima Cool Skip and out of Miss Bunny Tardee were World Champion producers.

April 25, 2021

Five days ago I told you about Rebecca's (You Bet Im Cool) sire, Ima Cool Skip.  Today will be the story of her other side of the pedigree, Tardee Impressive as Rebecca's dam, Miss Bunny Tardee  was sired by him.  In 1990, Mike and I flew to Omaha, Nebraska to visit his sister.   Since Red Oak, Iowa was right across the river, I talked Mike into also going to see my good friend Bob Lee and see his horses.    We stayed overnight in Red Oak and Bob and I talked horses.  Since our plane was leaving early the next morning, I met Bob at his farm at sunrise.  Now, it was winter and the temperatures were way below zero and the wind was vicious as we stood outside and looked at his mares.   We decided to partner and breed 5 of them to Tardee Impressive.  We did this for a few years but unfortunately  with all the foals we raised, only 2 of them were fillies.  I became infatuated with the Tardee foals and continued to breed to him.  Bill and Sue Morris stood Tardee and we had to  take our mares to their ranch in Canadian, Texas  to breed.  I remember talking to Bill and he told me that I had to meet Jorge Valdez, Tardee's owner at the Solid Gold Futurity.   Well, as Mike and I stood on the rail and the colts came to the  sideline before being placed, Bill said to me "I guess you aren't going to get to meet Jorge today as the feds came and arrested him for drug dealing"   The government confiscated all of his property including his horses, Tardee being one of them.  They decided that standing Tardee Impressive to the public would help them recoup some money so they stood him at Will Wood's ranch in Texas.   Mike and I even went to see him when he was there.  From what I remember, he was a big horse, had a lot of muscle and a massive front end.  I thought he was a bit long bodied and lacked a bit in the croup and hip carry-down.  I guess that is the reason Miss Bunny Tardee crossed so well with him as her dam, Bunny Nightshade was extremely short backed and she had a huge hip.   Tardee Impressive ended up standing in California and believe it or not, Bob Lee and I even sent a couple of mares there to breed to him.   I cannot think of another stallion other than perhaps Kids Classic Style who had as much raw muscle as Tardee Impressive.

The "Kids" had fun yesterday.   My good friends Pat Roch and Sandy Schreiner brought a ball for Fred (Classically)   Well, I immediately knew what Fred would do with the ball-----destroy it in one bite.  So I gave it to the little ones and they totally enjoyed rolling it around.

April 24, 2021

Not the best day for taking pictures but since Nikki is a month old, I thought I should show you a few pictures of her.  She is NN and is by My Intention out of Wilma (Classically Kool)   She has long legs and I think she will be huge like her mother.

April 23, 2021

I am in love with Rebecca's (You Bet Im Cool)  filly by My Intention.  She is 6 weeks old today.

April 20, 2021

Yesterday I posted a story about my "pride and joy" Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool)   Today I am going to tell you about my long relationship with her sire, Ima Cool Skip.   The first time I saw Skip was at the World Show when he won it as a weanling.   I can still remember how he looked with that huge hip and all that muscle.  In fact I thought he looked like a miniature of the statue on the World Champion trophies.   Ima Cool Skip was sired by Skipa Star and was out of Susie Impressive by Impressive Image out of a Skipper W and Showdown bred mare, Suzy's Honey.  Back then, I was breeding to the popular stallions in our industry but my good friend, Dudley Pillow kept renewing my interest in Ima Cool Skip.  At that time, he was standing at Southgate Farms in Louisiana  and this was before shipped semen.  Dudley was able to get a major discount if he bred over 15-20 mares to him so my good friend, Grace Berton and I took advantage of his deal.   We hauled mares to Dudley's in Mississippi and he would take them to Southgate to breed and pick them up when they were in foal.  When Skip was sold and went to Halvorson Ranch in Oklahoma, I continued to breed to him.   This started a lasting friendship between me and Wayne and Rebecca Halvorson.  I can remember that I had Miss Bunny Tardee there and she had twin embryos.   Dr Carroll waited until the last possible time to give her a shot to abort them and lo and behold she only had one left.   Now, that was a great day.   When Curtis Pilot who owned Skip moved him to Robbie Rainiers in Missouri I continued to breed to him, but by then I was able to get shipped semen.  I became great friends with Robbie and of course his office manager.   I will never forget the day that Robbie called to tell me that Ima Cool Skip was dead.   That was the end of an era for me.   Over the years, I have had several daughters of Ima Cool Skip, including Cooleah the dam of A Classic Edition and Bonnie, the dam of Caribbean Kid.   The only one I have left is Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool) and she is 21.   She and I are growing old together.   Ima Cool Skip was a Superior Halter Horse and a 3  time World Champion.  He sired 33 World Champions and 33 Reserve World Champions.  I think his true value was as a broodmare sire as in my opinion, we needed that heavy muscled horse to compliment our modern thoroughbred look.   I am posting 3 pictures.   The first is Ima Cool Skip as a young horse, the  second is one that Carri Eurich took when we were at Halvorson Ranch in 1999 and Skip was 15 years old and the last the two hats that Wayne and Rebecca Halvorson sent me and I am proud to have in my office.

April 19, 2021

Yesterday I posted some pictures of my two My Intention fillies that I love.  Today I thought I would tell you a little about Ellie's dam and Nikki's grandam, Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool)   I think you all know that Rebecca and I have been growing old together.  She is now 21 years old and I am not going to tell you how old I am.  This picture was taken when she was younger and she does not look that good now---and neither do I.   The first picture is of her as a foal at 10 days of age.   When she was born, I though for sure she was HH as she had so much muscle.   But then, I had bred Miss Bunny Tardee by Tardee Impressive who was NH to Ima Cool Skip, who was also NH.   Wayne Halvorson had flown to our place during the previous summer and bought her full sister who was HH and made her a World Champion,   Well, this foal had more muscle than the HH one, so I assumed she was also HH. I decided to name her Rebecca after Rebecca Halvorson.  I remember the day standing by the fax machine as the HYPP results came in and to my disbelief, the paper with Rebecca's results said NN.  I immediately called Wayne and we decided that there must be a mistake so I tested her again.  Being a bit tricky, I did test her under the name of my sisters riding horse.   Again she came back NN.  It was then that I decided she would never leave our place.  When she was a yearling, several horsemen came and offered to buy .  I was adamant and even though we could have used the money, I talked Mike into letting me keep her.  One group even flew in and offered to buy her, keep her for two years, make her a World Champion and give her back to us.  To me, not having any children, it just gave me pleasure to go out and look at her, knowing that she was mine.  Rebecca had always been sound until December of 2019.    One day she came in on three legs, not putting weight on her one hind leg.  After X Rays and ultrasounds, the vets discovered that she tore the meniscus in her stifle.    Dr Katherine Fox and Dr Sarah Peters did stem cell therapy and laser treatments on her.  She needed to stay in her stall for months and thank  heaven for Gabriel, the donkey.  She fell in love with him (I think she thinks he is her baby)  She gets very upset if she can't see him at all times.  We had to cut part of the  wall down between two stalls so she can keep her eye on him.  After seeing My Intention as a foal, I had decided that I wanted to breed Rebecca to him and I started in 2011.   Over the years that followed we got some embryos but they never "made it" so when Ellis was born this year, my long awaited dream finally came true.   I really have to thank Jim and Georgia Snow for sticking with me all these years.  This year, Rebecca seems to be more healthy than she has been for a long time (thanks in part to Gabriel her companion)  so I think I am going to venture forth and try to breed and flush her again.   Wish me luck with that.   Tomorrow I will tell you about my long time relationship with Rebecca's sire, Ima Cool Skip.

April 18, 2021

Didn't want you to think that I don't love my other filly so I went out and snapped a few pictures of her this afternoon.   Her name is Nikki and she is 3 weeks old.     She is also by My Intention and out of Wilma (Classically Kool)   Now if you remember Wilma is a half bother, sister cross as she is by Fred (Classically) and out of Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool) who are both out of Miss Bunny Tardee by Tardee Impressive.

My "long awaited" filly by My Intention out of Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool) at 5 and 1/2 weeks old.   A memory popped up today where 10 years ago today the embryo out of this cross did not make it in the recipient so you can see how long I have been waiting to get this little girl. Ellie, 5 and 1/2 week old filly by My Intention out of Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool)

April 6, 2021

I thought maybe I should post a picture of Fred (Classically) so that you know he is still alive.    Excuse the mud and his beautiful long mane doesn't look that good anymore but he is enjoying living outside and watching his girls.

April 4, 2021

Easter Sunday and what a beautiful day it is.  I only wish Mike could be here to enjoy it with me.   We both loved this time of the year and I always told him that I didn't want to die in the spring as that is my favorite season.   Thinking back to my childhood and wonderful memories.  On Easter Sunday we would go to "sunrise service" at the church and I had a new outfit to wear.  It was such a beautiful time of the day to celebrate our Lord's rising from the dead.  Today, I didn't go to a church but that doesn't mean that I don't believe----I just worship on my own.  All of my horses are outside and I plan to spend the day relaxing and enjoying them.  My wonderful neighbors will bring me food and as usual, I will eat too much.   I hope all of you have a very wonderful Easter and I want you to know how much I appreciate your friendship.

April 3, 2021

Since I have been taking pictures of the "family" today,  I better include one of Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool's) baby, Gabriel.   I can't believe how attached she is to him.   She will not let him out of her sight and has a fit if she can't see him at all times.  We had to cut half of the wall down between them so she can see him.   By the way, I hope Naomi Krieder notices  how much he has been working out over the winter and what "buff" shape he is in.


Well, I thought as long as I am taking pictures today, I would take a few of Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool).  She is NN and one of the last of a dying breed as she is sired by Ima Cool Skip and out of Miss Bunny Tardee by Tardee Impressive.   She is 21 years old this year and she is the dam of Ellie and also the granddam of Nikki, as Wilma (Classically Kool) is also out of Rebecca.   I thought I would lose her last year as she tore her meniscus but the old girl is doing pretty good.   Here's hoping I will be able to get another embryo out of her.

Wilma (Classically Kool) 16.3 NN mare by Fred (Classically) out of Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool) making her a half brother, sister cross with doubling up on Tardee Impressive. Picture taken 4-3-2021.

I am so "in love" with my two little "My Intention" fillies.  Yesterday despite the fact that it was still cold, at least we had some sun and the ground was dry so I was able to take some pictures of them.  First of all, I am going to show you Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool's) filly, "Ellie"   If you remember, my wonderful veterinarian and friend, Dr Kathryn Fox foaled her out for me and she brought her and her wonderful recipient mother Cinnamon to me last Sunday.   Being of the "old school" I love muscle on my horses and this filly has it in spades.  She was 3 weeks and 1 day old on these pictures.

April 3, 2021

This is "Nikki", my other My Intention filly. She is an embryo out of Wilma (Classically Kool) If you remember, Wilma is a half brother, sister cross and by breeding her to My Intention, I added a bit more Tardy to the pedigree. Nikki is going to be huge like her 16.3 dam. She is 11 days old on the pictures. I absolutely love this filly too.

March 24, 2021

Sometimes it is good to go "back home"   My first filly is still in New London, my hometown but will be coming to me soon.   The other day I thought that after I stopped to see her, I would stop at the cemetery where my family is buried and also drive by some of the places that hold great memories for me.   I remember playing "cowboy and Indians" in the  cemetery with our ponies and riding down the road to Poppy's Rock and having fun riding around it.   Our house in New London still looks the same except that the big oak trees that lined the road are gone.   The barn that my dad left when he tore down the original house is still there.  That is where, I kept "Ginger" my pony.   Driving down the street, the barn that he built for my horses on the 2 acres in town is gone and the new high school uses the land for an athletic field.  I drove past the high school where I had so many good memories and also the church and grade school that I attended.   The cross that my dad put on the church in memory of his father is still there.  Driving through town, the bank that he and friends started is still there and so is his office building.   I wonder what he would think as "back then" doctors were not fans of chiropractors and a chiropractor has covered the big stone sign that says "Schmallenberg Building" with his sign. I took a picture of the hospital where he worked and the "old part" is still there but they have added on a new addition.    I also  drove past the radio station that my dad started for my brother and it is still there.   I have so many great memories from my youth.   I plan to go back again and check out more of the "old places."

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My family graves at the cemetery.

The church we attended and the grade school attached to it.

The high school I attended.

Poppy's Rock.

New London Community Hospital.

March 22, 2021

Well----look what I woke up to at 3:33 this morning!   I looked at my camera and there stood a beautiful foal.  Patty (the recipient) was 22 days overdue and I sent a picture of her bag to my good friend, Donna Davis last night.   She told me she was 5 days away from foaling so last night was the first night I didn't get up every hour and look at the camera.   I am absolutely in love with this FILLY!!!     She is sired by My Intention and out of Wilma (Classically Kool) who is by Fred (Classically) and out of Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool).   In my opinion, this is line breeding at its best as the filly's dam is a half brother, sister cross crossing twice on Tardee Impressive and My Intention has Tardy Too in his pedigree also.   And, by the way, the "real mother" Wilma was snoring in the stall across the aisle.   I guess it pays to be a "prima donna"     Well, anyway I am absolutely thrilled with my two fillies this year.   They were definitely "worth the wait".

March 16, 2021

What could be more satisfying than seeing a 3 day old filly and a beautiful young lady.   Bailee Fox came home from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design where she is a third year student to see the new filly and her mare, Cinnamon.   Bailee showed "Cin" for 11 years winning many awards.  She was kind enough to let me use her as a recipient for Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool) and My Intention's "little girl"   This is the first foal that Cinnamon has had and you couldn't ask for a better mother.

March 14, 2021

Many of you know that I have wanted a foal out of Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool) and My Intention for a long long time.  When I saw My Intention as a weanling at Russell McIntosh's in 2006,  I knew I wanted to breed Rebecca to him.  So, I started shipping semen from him in 2011 and those of you who have bred to him, know how outstanding his semen is.  Sometimes we would get embryos that wouldn't make it in the recipient and other years we just didn't get any.  Well, last year I asked Jim and Georgia Snow if they were willing to try one more time as Rebecca was 20 years old.  That time was the "magic time" as we harvested a Grade 1 embryo.  The problem was that my recipients had ovulated before Rebecca so I really didn't have any mare to put it in.  My wonderful veterinarian, Dr Katherine Fox, without telling me had timed her daughter, Bailee Fox's mare, Cinnamon with my mares and guess what----last Wednesday night, Cinnamon foaled a baby sired by My Intention and out of Rebecca.  Dr Fox had volunteered to foal the mare out as she is a maiden mare and another wonderful friend, Jen Corcoran, who lives down the road from Dr Fox offered her beautiful barn complete with cameras so that Cinnamon could foal with the vet right down the road.  I stayed up all Wednesday night watching Cinnamon on my phone and finally at 4:30 in the morning,  my long awaited baby was born.  I held my breath as Jen and Dr Fox treated the navel and then stood up and announced that it was a GIRL!!!!!!    For a year I quarantined at home thinking that I just had to stay healthy in order to see this happen.  I will get lots of pictures of "my little princess" as soon as I get her home.  Again, I want to thank all who made it possible for this dream to come true for me----Dr Katherine Fox, Bailee Fox, Jen Corcoran, Jim and Georgia Snow and of course Cinnamon.

March 6, 2021

I have decided that keeping my birthday a secret is impossible.  I threatened many of my friends to not post it but little did I know that a "memory from a year ago" would show up on Face Book.   I want to thank each and every one of you for the wonderful birthday wishes.   To be honest, since I lost Mike and have been quarantining at home for a year, you, my Face Book friends have kept me going.  I love reading your posts, sharing your highs and lows and feeling like I am a part of your lives.   Since I have completed my Covid vaccines, I am looking forward to this year and getting to see many of you again.   Presently I am anxiously awaiting the birth of my (hopefully) filly and I guess the time is coming when I should start checking mares for breeding this year.   Thank you all again for the wonderful birthday wishes and also for just being my friends.

March 1, 2021

My friend Cindy Buchanan posted this story about Leo and I thought I would repost it in case you haven't seen it.   W.C. Rowe was  thoroughly annoyed with the railroad people.  How could they lose anything as big as a boxcar?   Hadn't they assured him when his possessions were loaded in Oklahoma that everything would arrive safely in New Mexico some time the next day?   Where was the confounded boxcar now?   Finally he found it.  The heavy doors rolled back to reveal the total chaos created as the car was shunted back and forth in various railway terminals.  Household goods were strewn everywhere.  A husky sorrel Quarter Horse stallion stood forlornly with a set of bed springs circling his neck like a giant rectangular wreath unceremoniously thrown over his head.  This was Leo, the proud racehorse who would become one of AQHA's all-time leading sires.   Leo was bred by J.W House of Cameron, Texas and was foaled in 1940, the year the AQHA was organized.  His sire was Joe Reed II by Joe Reed.   His dam, Little Fanny was also sired by Joe Reed.   Leo first made a name racing for John Tillman of Pawhuska, Oklahoma.   He defeated some of the best horses of the day at 220 yards and held the 300 yard track record at Pawhuska.  Tillman then declared Leo "open to any horse that would come to Pawhuska and run" and even with all sorts of imposed handicaps Leo reportedly won 20 of 22 match races.  "He has always had a wonderful disposition and he had the heart and ability to come from behind and outrun horses with big names"   Tillman said in a 1953 issue of The Thoroughbred Record.   While area residents acknowledged Leo's greatness, they weren't going to continue losing money to Tillman so he opted to sell the horse to EM Salinas of Eagle Pass, Texas.   Evidently Salinas too had trouble finding competition for Leo as he leased him out to be raced in Mexico.   Little is known of Leo's campaign across the border other than it ended when he injured his front legs in a trailer accident.  After recuperating in the barn of Helen Michaelis of Eagle Pass, who was the second executive secretary of AQHA, Leo was purchased by WC Rowe who returned him to Pawhuska to service his small band of race bred mares.  When Rowe moved to New Mexico, he shipped Leo in a makeshift stall inside a so-called "immigrant car" which carried everything from livestock to furniture.  Of course that is how Leo ended up in the pitiful predicament with bed springs around his neck.  When Rowe realized that he was not set up for a horses breeding operation he sold Leo to his friend, Gene Moore of Fairfax, Oklahoma.   Moore not only did a little ranch work on Leo but he also let his eight year old daughter ride him.  "He was one of the best cowhorses I have ever thrown a saddle on" Moore told The Thoroughbred Record.  But then a mare kicked him in his stifle and Moore was ready to sell him.   "It  (Leo's stifle) had swelling on it about the size of your hat" said Bud Warren of Perry, Oklahoma, Leo's next owner and salvation.  "His old left knee had a big knot on it too (from a trailer wreck in Mexico) and he was pretty crippled up"   Warren said that when he paid $2500 for Leo in 1947, people thought he was the biggest chump in Oklahoma.   But he knew something they would soon find out.  Warren owned two outstanding two year old fillies that Leo had sired at Pawhuska in 1944.  About the time Warren's check was clearing the bank, Leota W equaled a track record at 220 yards while winning the Oklahoma Futurity in Tulsa.   The other filly, Flit, came in second.    Leo's stifle injury healed and Warren doubled his stud fee to $100.   By 1951, Leo topped the list of sires of two year old Register of Merit qualifiers.  In 1952, his daughter, Mona Leta was Champion Three Year Old racehorse.  In 1952, Miss Meyers won the overall World Champion title.  The following year, Palleo Pets was Champion Stallion and Bobbie Leo was Champion Two Year Old Filly.  All told, 12 of  Leo's get set a total of 22 new track records, eight more equaled track records.   But his progeny did more than win at the track.  Sixty nine earned halter points, 46  earned performance points, and 24 were AQHA Champions.  They also excelled in rodeo arena.   Leo died at Warren's ranch at the age of 27 in 1967.   There is a statue of him at Leo City Park in Perry, Oklahoma.   Both Warren and Leo were inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 1989.

February 28, 2021

Happy birthday to a great friend of mine, Donna Davis  We have been through some great times over the years and I have enjoyed watching her success in the horse world.   I keep thinking I need to write the "story of Donna" but it will have so many episodes I don't know if you will get tired of reading about them.   All in all, she is a wonderful friend and I wish her a very happy birthday.

February 27, 2021

Today I am going to tell you about The Solid Gold Futurity.  John Narmont of Illinois started the Solid Gold Futurity in 1984. It was held every year in Springfield, Illinois.  John was able to get the state of Illinois' legislature to appropriate funds to finance it. He convinced them that it was a major boost to the economy of Illinois because of the many people who came from all over the United States to participate in it and he was right as it attracted so many people.   I think that some of our current futurities such as the Breeders Halter Futurity, the Big Money Futurity and the World Conformation Futurity resemble it other than that the Solid Gold was financed by the state of Illinois. There was a lot of advertising going on with the event. I remember that many people had license plates with the name "Solid Gold" on them and I still have a gold pin with a picture of the state of Illinois and Solid Gold Futurity on it. John gave it to Mike because he was a Wisconsin State Senator.  Since the prize money was sponsored by the state, participants could win a lot of money and they also had gorgeous trophies that they awarded to both the horse that won and was reserve and also to  the stallion owner whose stallion sired that colt. There were some pleasure classes but most of the event centered around halter. Most of the classes had over 50 entries and some had a lot more. It was nothing to stand out there for hours while it was judged. I remember my good friend, Russ Nagel had to go to the bathroom during a class and someone had to hold his horse while he was gone. I think they had 5 judges but I am not sure anymore. All in all, it was a big big event. It was nothing for someone to bring several babies and come away with close to $20,000. I know that my good friend, Donna Davis would usually leave with over $15,000.  At that time we owned Impressivist and he had many entries in the futurity.  I can count 7 trophies in my office from it---most of them for being the stallion owner. one of them is the first design and the rest are an upgraded design but they are all huge and gorgeous.   I remember the wonderful times we had in Springfield and some of the great horses I got to see there as babies. One in particular was Noble Tradition.  Jim Fuller had him  and he was incredible I think he won under all 5 judges. I know I was immediately a fan of his and bred to him as soon as he was old enough.  I also got to see Sheza Perfect Clue as a baby. I remember all the muscle definition on her and also that she was a bit shakey in her legs. Another colt that was there as a baby and who I really liked was Touchdown Kid. He did not place real high  due to the fact that he was one of the younger colts in the class, but he was so balanced and so pretty that I couldn't help but like him. I am sure there are many more great ones that got their start at the Solid Gold Futurity. I was just told that Sparkling Conclusion won it as a yearling and I also remember Lois Layne winning it as a yearling. At the time of the futurity, I was breeding several mares to Tardee Impressive and dealing with Bill Morris. I had also talked on the phone to the owner of Tardee Impressive and had planned to meet him while in Springfield. Well, Bill Morris was showing a colt in the ring and as he stood along the rail waiting for the placings, I leaned over and was visiting with him. I asked about Jorge Valdez and he told me that I wasn't going to meet him that day as the federal agents had just arrested him in Springfield and taken him to prison on drug charges. Boy, was I in shock. Those were fun times and  thanks to our new futurities, the halter horse business seems to be reviving.  
. I know it will never be like it was "back then" but our industry certainly needs a boost and I look forward to this year when I will be able to  attend the big futurities again.

February 25, 2021

A few days ago I told you about PDS (Dandy Dee Gal) and how we got to own her.  Some of you know that she is the mother of Janie (Kids Classic Gal) so let me tell you a little bit about her.  It is hard to believe that Janie is 17 years old this year.  Time really goes fast.  It seemed like yesterday she was born.  Janie is sired by Kids Classic Style and was one of two embryo that  we flushed the same time out of Dandy Dee Gal.  The first was a palomino colt that we sold to Terry and Karen Sartain and he became a World Champion Palomino.  His name is Western Sundown.  And then there was Janie.  She was the cutest baby with those big eyes, and that little dished face.   I remember taking pictures of her running around in the big field with her little halter on.  At one time we sold her to a person in Australia but she never left our place.  When Donna Davis, Lanis Noble and I bought Exceptionist back from Chris Black in Australia I was able to get Janie back in the deal.  After all, being around her how could I let myself send her away.   By the way, let me tell you how Kids Classic Gal got to be nicknamed Janie.  My good friend, Dudley Pillow's wife was named Janie and she is a beautiful dark haired woman.  Well, it was only fitting that I named this beautiful filly after her.   Janie has raised some awesome foals over the years and they all have had her exquisite head.   She is living the life of leisure here and I don't know if at my age I will ever breed her again.  For those of you who have visited here,  I am sure you remember seeing Janie.

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February 22, 2021

Today I am going to tell you the "story" of Henrietta (Miss Carri Clue)    Some of you have heard this story before.     Henrietta was a 1998 NH mare by Clueman who was and HH  by Obvious Conclusion , out of Miss Bunny Tardee.   Her dam was  Prophetic Win who was by Obvious Prophet out of Impress Me Win by Impressive.   I bought Dottie (Propehtic Win) as a yearling at the World Show.  She was owned by Cliff and Robin Bales and had places in the top 10 in her class.  Jil Hinds and I were hurrying to get to the airport and happened to walk down Jason Smith's aisle.   Well, Dottie was cross tied and I took one look at her and fell in love.  She was not big but had a gorgeous head, her neck could have been longer but it tied in high and her back was outstanding, as were her heart girth and hocks.  Robin wanted to buy a weanling filly but felt terrible about selling Dottie.  So I bought Dottie on the spur of the moment----you know how you are on a "high" when a horse you raised wins the  World and that is what happened.  A Mr Conclusion colt we raised was WC Weanling stallion.   When I got home Mike had a fit about me buying a horse and all I heard for months was "we didn't need another horse and why did I  spend all that money to buy her?"   When Dottie was 3 years old, I decided to breed her to Clueman (Big Al as everyone called him)  Now, back then people didn't know much about HYPP and Clueman was HH and Dottie was NH.   Since we owned both mare and stallion and I wanted to cross them with each other, I decided to do it.   Well, this is where Miss Carri Clu got the name of "Henrietta"  We were live covering Clueman and believe me, he was not an aggressive breeder.  He would look everywhere instead of at the mare.  I think he enjoyed the  cats playing in the  hay more than he did breeding.  At that time, Dr Travis James Henry was our vet and he was helping us with the breeding.  Dottie was ready but Al was not very interested.  Finally he decided that he would breed her.  Dr Henry was holding the mare and when Big Al went to jump, he scared her and she bolted forward.  We tried everything to get her to stand.   Finally the stallion mounted her and again the mare started to move forward.   Dr Henry grabbed her ear, twisted it and even resorted to biting it. Thank heaven we got her bred.    From that time on, we decided that when the foal was born, it would be named either Henry if it was a boy or Henrietta if a girl.  When Dottie was in foal, Carri Ehrich came to visit and decided she wanted to buy Dottie.  I gave her one price for the mare alone and another for the mare in foal.  She decided to just buy the mare as the foal could be HH.  I didn't blame her because what are the odds of breeding NH to HH and not getting an HH foal?   The next year Carri called to tell me that Dottie had a filly.  I asked her what she looked like and all she could say was that she was pretty and had huge forearms.  We immediately tested her for HYPP and she tested NH.   I brought the  filly, now called "Henrietta" back to Wisconsin from Iowa after she was weaned.  She stayed here and then as a yearling, I had some big time trainers visit and they tried to buy the yearling.  I sent pictures to Carri as I figured she should have first chance if I sold her.  Henrietta, who was named Miss Carri Clu after Carri, made her way back to Rock Rapids, Iowa.  There she became a great producer for Carri.  The mare was not huge but she had so much pretty and so much muscle.  She was the dam of Exceptional Candy, who was NN and had more muscle than most NH horses.  When Carri decided to get out of horses and raise Bernese Mountain dogs, she sold Henreitta to Barb Deale .   Barb kept her a few years and sold her to Brandon Kay  where she lived out her life.

February 18, 2021

Today let me tell you about Dandy Dee Gal who we called (PDS)   In the summer of 1996, I was having trouble with my barn automatic fly system so I called Larry Johnston from Iowa who sells them.     In the course of our conversation I asked him if he knew of any good mares as he traveled to many horse farms in the Iowa area and maintained their systems and I also knew that there were many good mares in Iowa.   He thought a bit and then told me that he had seen a really good young mare at Bernard Fairchild's in Linn Grove, Iowa.  Bernard had the stallion Dandy Seeker and I always loved the Goldseeker Bar bred horses.  I called Bernard and his son, Dave sent me a video of Dandy Dee Gal.   At that time, Dandy Seeker was dead and the Fairchilds were promoting his son Dandy Dee Bar.  This stallion was producing some great pleasure horses.  I really liked the mare on the video but thought that I needed to go and see her in person.  I talked Mike into going on a "vacation" to Iowa and we made the trip to Linn Grove.   We arrived that evening and went out to see the mare.  In my lifetime there have been very few times that I looked at a horse that gave me an "inner thrill"   We were in an old barn and when Dave led Dandy Dee Gal, that is how I felt.  There in front of me  was this 15.3 mare with a beautiful head, short archy back, and huge hanging hip.  I knew then and there that I wanted her but I had a little problem.   PDS as they called her (which  stood for Pretty Darn Special) belonged to Arlene, Bernard's wife and another problem was that she was priced higher than I had the money to spend.    I told the Fairchilds that we were going to go to our motel but would be back in the morning.  Mike and I had a nice meal (at Taco Johns) and all the while I was plotting as to how I could buy the mare.   In the morning we went back to the farm.  When they got the mare out again, I liked her even more that I did the night before.  After visiting with them, they  told me they would take $12,500 for her.   That was a problem as I did not have that much money to spend.  Of course, Mike who was not a horse person was not aware  of our conversation as he was in the vehicle studying his politics.  You know how us  "horse women" are ---I had  some "secret money" but I did not have that much.   The Fairchilds were wonderful people and after a lot of begging, they agreed to sell me the mare for $10,000.   What a happy girl I was on the way back to Wisconsin and Mike had no idea what I paid for her.   PDS turned out to be a great producer for us, producing a World Champion along with many other really good horses.  I had to put her down at age 24 as she had trouble getting up and I was afraid she would get down outside in the freezing weather and we wouldn't be around to find her.  I still have one of her daughters, Janie (Kids Classic Gal) and she has the beautiful head and big hip PDS always put on her foals.  On a side note, when I got PDS home and sent pictures of her to Dudley Pillow, he decided we needed to take a trip to Linn  Grove Iowa and look at the other horses that the Fairchild's had.   By that  time, he was enthused about the Leo Goldseeker horses and Dandy Seeker and Leo Goldseeker were half brothers, both by Goldseeker Bars.  Dudley and I met in Iowa and went out to see the horses.    It was very cold the  time of the year that we went and I don't think Dudley had ever  experienced cold like that.   Dudley ended up buying the  dam of Dandy Dee Gal (PDS)  She was a  16 plus mare by  Dandy Seeker and she had a  split in he  hoof.   from an injury.  Dudley gave her the nickname "Two Toes"   Her real name was Ima Seekers Gal.   He also bought another filly by Dandy Dee Bar.   Mike and I eventually ended up buying "Two Toes" from Dudley and he told me she was not longer Two  Toes  as her hoof at grown out.   Those were times when you  could find good horses at different places in the Midwest.  Iowa and Nebraska had a lot of great ones that most people didn't even know existed.  Today the only new horse flesh I see is when I go to the Breeders Halter Futurity or the World Show or on Face Book.   Some day I will tell you about my  other "escapades" buying horses but this is enough for today.

February 13, 2021

In Wisconsin, we have had a long cold spell with wind chills 35 below zero.  So what do the local people do for entertainment?   Go sturgeon spearing on Lake Winnebago.  A steady line of vehicles pulling shanties have been going past our place for the last few days.  The season started today and lasts for 16 days or until the limit has been reached.   For those of you who aren't familiar with a sturgeon, let me tell you a bit about them.  They are between 7 and 12 feet long and weigh over 100 pounds.  Some of them can reach 100 years of age.  Lake Winnebago which is across from our place is one of two places in the United States that allows sturgeon spearing.   There are 1000's of  ice shanties on the lake during the event.  Now, my idea of fun is not sitting in a small space with a heater and a can of beer and staring down a hole in the ice waiting for a fish to swim by.  But, I guess those people wouldn't get excited about watching a halter class at a horse show.  Our local bars are busy and there will be tents and bands on the lake.  At least with this cold weather, the ice is pretty thick so no one should fall in.  I will post some pictures so you can enjoy seeing the event.   On a side note, Bob Luebker, drilled some holes on our water quarry and tried to catch a fish the other day.  I will post a picture of Bob too.

February 5, 2021

You know how we all have our "it's a small world" stories?   Well, here is one that just happened to me.   My sister, Susan  and her husband, Ed Cundiff are in Florida and they stopped to visit a great friend of mine, Mary Mancini.   A few days ago, they called and Susan said that the wife of Jim Puplava,  their financial advisor in California's mother had horses.   Well, you know how it it----I thought she probably had some backyard horse or pony.   To my surprise one of the horses she owned was Magnolia Gay.  Those of us "older horse people" certainly know of that mare.   She was a 1970 mare and  had 941 halter points and 72 performance points.   She is the  all time leading halter mare in AQHA history besides being an AQHA Champion and a World Champion.  Magnolia Gay  was sired by Magnolia Pay by Magnolia Bar and out of Deena Gay by Gay Bar King.  Imagine my surprise to hear this so I had my sister get some more information about the mare.   
This is what she found out:   Duane Noble who was married to Barbara, Jim Puplava's wife, Mary whose maiden name was Mary Best tells this story.  "I wanted to buy my wife, Barbara a horse.  She had never owned a horse before.   I saw an ad in the Quarter Horse Journal about a 2 year old that Norman Ruback had for sale so I called him   During the course of the conversation, Norman said "Why don't you buy Magnolia Gay"?   Duane said "I  can't buy her---she's one of the most famous horses in the country" and they hung up.   Barbara overheard the conversation and said "What's this Magnolia Gay""   Duane told her about the mare and she said "Well, you said I could have a horse"  They went to the Quarter Horse Congress.  Barbara Noble who was 5 feet tall stood there when Jim Wilke pulled the  blankets off Magnolia Gay.  She walked under the mare's neck and said "This horse is mine" and that's how they  bought Magnolia Gay.    Barbara thought that if she was such a good  show mare, she must be a good broodmare so they retired her and started raising foals out of her.  She had 12 foals with 9 performers.  Her most noted offspring was Noble Tradition by Impressive.   I  asked my sister to see if we could get some "pictures of her that the family took while she was a broodmare"    I will definitely post the pictures  when I get them.

February 3, 2021

I am going to tell you about Dudley Pillow's "breeding program"   I can still remember when Skips Shane was born.  Dudley called and was so excited about him.  He was what Dudley was breeding for.  Shane was sired by Ima Cool Skip and out of Regers Kitty who was by Leo Goldseeker and out of Regers Lady Skip by Skip Em Bar out of Excuse Bay Lady.  Dudley named him "Shane" after the movie Shane.  This stallion became the center of his breeding program.   Dudley always told me that he was more like his dam than he was by Ima Cool Skip.  I had Regers Kitty here for several years when he bred her to  Impressivist and I loved her.  She was very short backed, had a huge hip and heart girth, high and thin neck but it was not exceptionally long, and a gorgeous head.  She stood about 14.3.  Skips Shane was not a big horse either.   Dudley would say that Doug Talent referred to him as "Dudley's little horse"   Dudley built his program around this horse and he did as Hank Wiescamp did by breeding half brother to half sister and then breeding the resulting fillies back to Shane.  He established a very uniform group of horses.  Most of them were not big but they had gorgeous heads, great backs and huge hips.  He loved the cherry sorrel color that most of them were.   Dudley believed that if a foal was born out of a mare of another color and the resulting foal was sorrel, it would resemble Shane more than the mare.  Mike and I went to Dudley's one time when there were 3 newborn foals on the ground and I had never seen such baby doll heads and big hips on foals.  They reminded me of stuffed toys.   The way Dudley handled his horses was that he would have the mares and foals in one pasture and the open mares in an adjoining one.  He would move Shane back and forth daily between the two pastures so that he could cover the mares that were in heat.  Shane was such a good natured stallion.  Dudley did not care when the foals were born-----in fact  he didn't care if they were bred in September or October, just so they got in foal.  He was devastated when he lost Shane.  I remember when  he called me and told me he found him dead in the  pasture.  Dudley continued his program with sons of Shane, such as Shanes Bake and Shanes Gray Bake, but things were never the same for him.   By the way, Jeffrey Webb owns Shanes Bake and the old horse still looks great at 21 years of age.   After he lost Shane, he did venture into breeding to outside stallions.   Dudley did not believe that NH horses had more muscle than NN horses.  Every time I would mention it, he would tell me about one of his mares who was a World Champion daughter of Impressive.   She had a filly by Sonnys Security and the filly was HH.  Dudley would say "look at her---she is HH and doesn't have a muscle on her"   Dudley and I would exchange videos and when he sent me one it was just like being there with him.  He would tell me their good and bad points as though I was standing next to him.  Consequently I learned a lot about conformation.  When shipped semen came into existence, Dudley never used it.  He would tell me that I needed to breed my mares to Shane and I asked him how I would do that as he didn't collect him.  He told me he would send the semen in its "original container" meaning he would send me the stallion.  Sometimes I regret not doing that but then if Shane would have died at our place, I could never have forgiven myself.  I miss those days talking to Dudley Pillow and sometimes even today I think back about our conversations on pedigrees and conformation.  He told me that of the mares I owned, I only had two that were capable of having great stud colts.  Those mares were Miss Bunny Tardee and Cooleah.  He was probably right as I had lost Miss Impressive Step by that time.  I could go on and on about Dudley Pillow and perhaps I will tell you about some the many stories he told me.

February 1, 2021

Kim Walton posted a picture of A Classic Edition on her site and consequently Dan Fox and I started "visiting"   For those of you who don't know, Dan is the person who bought and showed "Cassie" to all of her accomplishments and Mike and I were her breeders.   She was sired by Kids Classic Style and out of Cooleah.  Dan owns a gorgeous bay stallion, CR Peacemaker who is a World Champion.   "Peacemaker" is a grandson of A Classic Edition and sired by Solaris.  But, on the bottom side of his pedigree, his dam is sired by Western Gunslinger and out of A Classic Edition.  Well, in the course of our conversation I remembered that Brian Ellsworth had told me about a mare that his farrier wanted to sell.  Her name is Miss GQ Amazing and she is a 5 year old,  16.2 NN  mare by TheAmazingGunslinger and out of a mare with 105 and 1/2 halter points.   And, she has produced 4 foals with a total of 216 and 1/2 points.   Well, "Lucy" as they call her is no slouch in the show pen herself as she has 75 halter points with 17 Grands and 12 Reserves.    The thing that appealed to me about this mare is that her sire is by Western Gunslinger and Dan's stallion's mother is also by Western Gunslinger.   You know how much I love  line breeding.  And besides that, Mary Mancini, Vicki Benker, Joe St Clair and I really liked her when we saw her at Brians as a 2 year old.   When I sent Dan her picture it didn't take long for him to decide to buy her.   I will be so anxious to see the cross with CR Peacemaker and so excited to see the foals that are descendants of A Classic Edition.

January 28, 2021

It has been a "long year" quarantining at home.  I made the decision that at my age, I cannot afford to get the Covid virus.  Consequently I have not been socializing with my friends or attending various events such as the BHF and World Show that I enjoy so much.  Hopefully I will be able to get the vaccine soon and resume my life as it was.   I keep telling myself that it will all be worth it when I get to see my March foals.  Yesterday, a package arrived for me and it brought tears to my eyes.  This beautiful pencil sketch of Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool) as a foal was drawn by Maria D'Angelo and sent to me by my good friend, Debbie Schmitz.  What a wonderful surprise and I will treasure it forever.  Life can be hard sometimes but there is definitely "light at the end of the tunnel"  Thank  you, my Face Book friends for making this time in my life bearable.

January 26, 2021

I thought today we needed a little reminder of a horse that  had so much to do with our modern quarter, paint and appaloosa horses.  The one and only THREE BARS (TB)

In an age of hot-blooded, hair-triggered racehorses, Three Bars' easygoing disposition was something of an anomaly. The Thoroughbred’s even temperament was one of the reasons he succeeded as a sire.
Bred on James N. Parrish’s Midway, Kentucky, farm, Three Bars (TB) dam, Myrtle Dee, and two other mares were bought by Jack Goode, Ned Brent and Bill Talbot in the spring of 1940. Just days after the purchase, Myrtle Dee foaled a good-looking chestnut colt. The men named the foal Three Bars, hoping he would pay off like a slot machine.
Goode placed the colt in race training as a two-year-old, but leg problems kept Three Bars from winning until he was 3. He was injured as a 3-year-old and spent most of 1944 recuperating. Three Bars returned to competition and finished the year with three wins in four starts. However, the last race was a claiming race, and Toad Haggard and Stan Snedigar took ownership of Three Bars for $2,000.
The partners hauled the stallion to Phoenix, Arizona, with the intention of breeding him to Quarter Horse mares and racing him. Hearing of the Thoroughbred, Sidney H. Vail traveled to Phoenix to inspect the stallion for breeding purposes. Liking what he saw, Vail bought Three Bars for $10,000 in 1945.

Walter Merrick of Oklahoma knew he'd hit the jackpot when he started breeding mares to Three Bars. He persuaded owner Sidney H. Vail to let him lease the stallion for three breeding seasons, 1952-54. Instead of breeding 12 or 15 mares a year, suddenly Three Bars was breeding 70. After the lease was up, Merrick hauled his best mares to wherever Three Bars was standing.
"I was criticized very sharply for introducing a Thoroughbred into the Quarter Horse industry," Merrick said. "Some people thought it was going to ruin the breed."

From 1945 to 1963, Three Bars sired 554 foals. His stud fee went from $100 in 1945 to $10,000 in 1963. His Thoroughbred progeny include Lena's Bar, the dam of Easy Jet; Lucky Bar, the sire of Impressive; and Rocket Bar, the grandsire of Dash For Cash.
Three Bars' American Quarter Horse sons include:
- Lightning Bar - AQHA Champion and Hall of Fame horse who sired 148 foals, including Hall of Famer Doc Bar, whose foals earned 8,894 points, nine world championships, four reserve world championships and 31 AQHA Champions. They have also earned more than $3,213,000 with the National Cutting Horse Association.

- Sugar Bars - halter point earner and Hall of Fame horse whose foals earned 9,896 points. He sired 36 AQHA Champions. Sugar Bars is fourth on the all-time leading sires of AQHA Champions list, followed by his sire Three Bars (TB).
- Gay Bar King - cutting money earner whose foals earned 2,729 points.
- Zippo Pat Bars - Hall of Fame horse whose foals earned 113 performance Registers of Merit. One of his most famous foals, Zippo Pine Bar, was an AQHA Champion who sired foals who earned 29 world championships and more than 74,000 points.
- Goldseeker Bars - AQHA Supreme Champion with foals who earned 5,580 points. He sired two world champions and two reserve world champions.
Debate over permanently registering the progeny of Three Bars and other Thoroughbreds in the 1950s created a severe rift within AQHA. The "bulldog" men, some of whom helped write the original description of a Quarter Horse, grudgingly accepted the inclusion of Thoroughbred offspring after the proponents of Three Bars formed their own breed registry.

On April 6, 1968, two days shy of his 28th birthday, Three Bars died from a heart attack at Merrick's ranch in western Oklahoma, where he had returned to stand the 1967 season.

At the time of his death, he was the all-time leading sire of racing ROM qualifiers, of AAA runners and of money earners, his get having earned $2,857,781. He was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 1989.

January 18, 2021

I was alone over the weekend and besides watching football for two days, I also had some time to think about many things.  Looking out my office window at the beautiful snow cover, I thought about how  Ellis Quarter Horses came about.     In my lifetime, I have bought 3 stallions and they all contributed to the improvement of our place.  First of all, when I was teaching in Montana,  before I met Mike, I bought Bar Fly Bailey who at that time was a AAA race horse.  That was when I still rode horses and  and I made him an AQHA Champion with his points being in racing, western pleasure and halter.   When I moved back to Wisconsin and met and married Mike Ellis, we bought 15 acres of bare land and proceeded to build Ellis Quarter Horses.  I was breeding Bar Fly and selling the colts to generate income.   Kay Moody Daniels from New Mexico contacted us and wanted to buy him.  We sold him for the whopping sum of $15,000 and with the money bought 15 acres of land.  The next stallion Mike and I   bought was Royal Tailwind.  I fell in love with him as a baby and my father gave us  the $3500 to buy him.  He injured his leg and the scar prevented him from showing.  When his first 3 foals arrived, Warren Ploeger from Iowa came to visit and was so impressed with the fillies, he offered to buy him.  That was a great deal for us as we were able to pay my dad back and also in the deal get 8 free breeding a year with  $5.00 a day mare care.  With the money, we bought more land and added an indoor arena to the existing 36 X 81 building.   I spent my summers hauling mares back and forth between Neenah, Wisconsin and Schaller, Iowa as that was before shipped semen.    One day on my way back from Warrens,  I stopped at Homer Danielson's place in Iowa.  Homer had been with Warren when he bought Royal.  Well, I fell in love with a baby colt by Impressive.   Looking back, I think the thing that drew me to the colt was that he was out of a Mr Tailwind mare and I was in love with Mr Tailwind.    Well, this was not a cheap colt as the stud fee on Impressive was $10,000 at that time.  Mike and I didn't have a lot of money  but I convinced him that the colt was a good investment and he agreed to talk to my father about lending us the funds to buy him.  I still remember the night we took dad out to eat and Mike being a great politician convinced him that this horse would make money for us.   The price on Impressivist as we named him was $40,000.   Well, it all turned out good as I was able to sell two young fillies by Royal Tailwind within a few months and pay my father back.    Impressivist was a very photogenic horse and Dick Waltenberry, who  is my neighbor  took awesome pictures of him.  It was then that I realized that some horses photograph well while others do not.   We ran monthly ads in the Quarter Horse Journal  and bred over 100 mares a year to him for two consecutive years.  That was also before shipped semen.   The foals were winning the futurities and we made many friends that I still have contact with to this day.   A few years later we were approached and asked if we would sell the stallion and after much thought, decided it would be the best thing for us to do.   We sold him for a lot of money and Lanis Noble who bought him  became one of my best friends.    With the funds from the sale, we continued to improve our place and also bought more land.  Those were the days when horses brought good money and were easy to sell.  I think about someone trying to do what  we did back then and I think only in a rare instance can it be done.  Times have really changed.   I do wish the horse business could be like it was but as I get older, I realize that in my opinion it will never be.

January 17, 2021

What an exciting Green Bay Packer game yesterday.  All of my horses were happy and then I saw poor Gabriel.  He looked so depressed and I wondered why.  We watched the pregame show so we could see Terry Bradshaw and that was the problem.  Terry had a svelte, young donkey on the show who was very much in shape.   I told Gabe that Terry and Tammy Bradshaw's donkey should be an incentive for him and John Krieder's Naomi to get in shape,.  After all summer is coming.

January 14, 2021

I am waiting for the "bad weather" to come tonight and was thinking about some of the horse sales that we had years ago.   A friend of mine, Janee Anderson Howells  sent me several old sales catalogs and I also have many of my own.   I thought periodically you would enjoy seeing some of them and we could discuss the sale.    I will start with this 1984 Wiescamp--Schoemaker Breeders Sale.   Interesting to note, that my good friend, Dr Bob Story was the chairman of Sales Management and that Joe Taylor was an advisor.   Leon Freeze, Ron Berndt and Scott Strong were the ring men.   The night before the sale there was a cocktail party and there was also a shuttle service to and from the sale.   Look at the prices that some of these horses brought back then.  In the future, I will post other great sales that we had in our industry.  I think the mare Skipperette whose photo was taken in 1954 be competitive today.   In any event, I would love to have her as a broodmare.

January 13, 2021

Today let me tell you about my website, www.ellisquarterhorses.com.   I am not very computer literate.  "Back then" friends thought that I should have a web site as I was standing a stallion and selling horses.   So, a good friend of mine and a "computer guru"  Rexine Kellerhall designed one for me.   She is a very talented person and I loved the web site.  The only problem was that it was through a server that I became good friends with and I actually bought my stall cameras from him.  Well, lo and behold he didn't pay for the services and one day out of the clear, my web site was gone, along with all of my pictures.  
Of course, I couldn't get in touch with him as his phone was disconnected.   I didn't know what to do.  Then out of nowhere, I received a message from Vicki Brilley Livasy, someone who I had never met before and she offered to revive the web site.   And, she has been updating and designing it ever since.  I absolutely love the way she adds little graphics to the pictures.    I don't know if there are many people that I know who have more ambition than Vicki. You horse people probably know her as the owner of Double L Acres.     She stands two very outstanding stallions, I Am The One and Telechrome and does a fantastic job with them.  She collects the stallions by herself and also breeds her own mares.   And, for those who know her, she is always upbeat and willing to help anyone besides being a very good business woman.   A few years ago, she became part of our "Village" and we love it when we can go places and see horses.   Hopefully this year, we can start doing it again.   If you aren't familiar with my webpage, please take a look.   The updates are on "Sandy's News" and the picture she used of Wilma (Classically Kool) to introduce the page is awesome.   If you are interested, the older news  is readable if you click on 2020 news and before.

January 10, 2021

Thinking back to horses that gave me the greatest thrill in my life and 3 of them come to mind.   The first and the best was the birth of Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool) in 2000.  I will never forget standing in the stall as Miss Bunny Tardee delivered her.  When she stood up, I saw all that muscle and that hanging hip and all I could think of was that I was the luckiest person in the world to own her.   Well, she is still here with me after all these years and I still feel the same way about her.    The next big thrill was when Skeeter (Miss Impressive Step) backed off the trailer.  A customer traded her as yearling to us for 2 months of fitting on his weanling filly by Impressivist.  What an outstanding filly she was with her short back and all that muscle and being NN besides.   I never thought when we made the deal, I would get a mare that looked like she did.   Her owner thought she was too small.   Skeeter was by Sir Impressive out of a Big Step bred mare.  She was NN and we sold 3 colts out of her for a total of $575,000.    Unfortunately we lost her to colic at an early age.   The last time was when I bought Jackie (Luvin Pizzazz) sight unseen from Kelly Schuring.   She had told me I would not be disappointed and when she backed off the trailer, I  immediately loved her.   She was sired by Misters Pizzazz and out of Crystal Mingo by Mr Conclusion.   We lost her to a freak accident and only were able to get one foal out of her.  I am sure many of you have horses that have left a lasting impression on you just as these three have for me.

January 6, 2021

Another beautiful day in Wisconsin and Leah Gloudemans and I couldn't help but take more pictures of the horses with the hoarfrost in the background.   This is a picture of THREE  of my favorite horses.   Wilma (Classically Kool) on the left and Patty ( Ticky Tacky Patty Wacky) on the right.  And the third favorite is the one hiding in Patty's belly which is out of Wilma and by My Intention.   Jim and Georgia Snow promised me a filly and I sure hope they keep their promises.   As you know Wilma is a half brother sister cross and in looking at her pedigree, I discovered that Kid Clu is also a half brother, sister cross as Obvious Conclusion and Conclusives Lace are both by Conclusive.

January 5, 2021

Our Wisconsin weather has been great so far this winter.    It has not been very cold and the last few days, have been beautiful.   The hoarfrost has been on the trees and it has been foggy during the day.   Leah Gloudemans and I thought it would be pretty scenery to take pictures so out we went in the snow.   As you know Leah is an excellent photographer so I gave her the camera and I kept the horses away with a whip.   This is Pebbles (Cool to be Classic)  She is now a 3 year old and is a half brother-sister cross as she is by Fred (Classically) and out of Bonnie (CJ Miss Cool Tardee)   Both parents are out of Miss Bunny Tardee by Tardee Impressive.   Pebbles is getting to be a big girl.

January 1, 2021

As I walked outside this morning and looked at the closed gates with the fog surrounding them, I thought  "At last 2020 is over and a New Year begins"   I don't think I want another year like 2020 has been.    I spent several months nursing my two old mares and unfortunately lost Bonnie (CJ Miss Cool Tardee)  Then the virus came and I chose to isolate as I can not afford to leave these animals and this place.    It has been a long haul and I don't know how I would have made it without all of you, my friends who I keep in touch with through Facebook.  Many of you I have never met but I do feel as though I know you.   Thank you for that and as I opened the gates to our place,  I hoped and prayed that  2021 will be a fantastic year for all of us.

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