April 26, 2020

Sometimes I think I am the luckiest person in the World. I spent the day alone and although it was a beautiful day, weather wise, I felt kind of lonely thinking of how much Mike loved the spring when everything comes alive and how much I miss him. About an hour ago, I finished taking care of my horses and heard some noise so I jumped in my car and drove across the road. Out in our field was Jack Cowling planting oats and hay for my horses. I am so thankful for wonderful friends and neighbors. Jack and Karen Cowling not only "rescued me" when I broke my leg, but they also take time during their busy farming schedule to plant and harvest my crops too. I did take Jack 2 peanut butter brownies that Brooke Overton baked. I meant to take more but they were so good, I ate two of them.

April 26, 2020

Two of my "neglected horses" Pebbles (Cool to be Classic) and Fred (Classically) They have been living outside with shelters and as you can see, their tails are mud stained, their manes knotted and they still have a lot of winter hair. Well, not to mention that they are a bit on the "porky" side as all they do is eat.

April 23, 2020

A few days ago I told you the "story of Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool)." She is my 20 year old NN mare by Ima Cool Skip out of Miss Bunny Tardee by Tardee Impressive. I also told you that I would post pictures of her foals, although there are only 3 living ones. I am hoping to get an embryo out of her this year as I am afraid her time may be running out. This post would be too long if I told you about each of these foals so if you click on each picture I will post the information about them there. I hope you enjoy looking at them and I think you will agree that all of them inherited a lot of Rebecca's characteristics.

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NN filly by Perpetualism . We sold this one as an unborn embryo to Australia.

Champaign. NH filly by Im Kiddin. This is probably the best baby I ever raised. I lost her to a freak accident as a coming yearling.

NH filly by Im Kiddin. She is still alive. Dr John Tan and his brother James Tan flew up her and bought her. She was there first quarter horse and has been a great producer for them. She has produced 3 World Champions.

Rudy, NN colt by Malibu Ken. We had to put him down. When I was recovering from my knee replacement, they tied him and he flipped over and hurt his spine. Consequently he developed wobbles.

Bucky , NN colt by Kids Classic Style. I sold him and he became a World Champion.

Wima (Classically Kool) NN filly by Fred (Classically) She is the one I am keeping for a replacement for Rebecca.

Charlie, NN stud colt by Hesa Secret Agent. We sold him to Laurie Lorenz and Logan Lorenz.

I forgot to add Scoooter, her NH colt by Mr Elusive. He is the only one she carried. The rest were embros and she carried him over a year. He is no longer alive either.

April 19, 2020

I thought today I would tell you a little about Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool) I think you all know that Rebecca and I have been growing old together. She is now 20 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 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 has always been sound until last December. 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. Believe me, we have done everything short of surgery to save her. 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 than 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. Rebecca seems better now but I don't know how her prognosis is going to be. I am trying to get some embryos out of her. Now, don't think we haven't been trying the last few years. In fact, yesterday a memory popped up on my computer saying in 2011, on that day, we flushed an embryo out of her and My Intention. Unfortunately that embryo did not make it but I keep trying. Jim and Georgia Snow have gone out of their way to way to help me get that "illusive embryo" Rebecca has had several foals over the years, but unfortunately there are only 3 living ones. One is a mare by Im Kiddin that Dr John Tan owns and she is the dam of 3 World Champions. Another is the NN yearling stud by Heza Secret Agent that we sold to Laurie Lorenz and Logan Lorenz last year. I expect great things from him. And last is Wilma (Classically Kool) my NN 16.2 mare by Fred (Classically) who I am keeping to replace Rebecca. We shall see what this year brings as far as embryos out of Rebecca. In the next few days, I will show you pictures of Rebecca's foals. I think you will be impressed with the consistency of them sired by different stallions.

April 18, 2020

I was so excited to read that Sandy and Jim Henrekin bought a baby stud colt. It has been a few years since they left the "Village" and we always had great times with them at horse shows. Mary Mancini posted this picture of happy times a few years ago at the World horse show. Let's hope we will all be able to have times like that again. After all, we wouldn't all fit in the picture if we had to stand 6 feet apart. I know there are some "villagers" missing from this picture, but we will all plan to get together at the Breeders Halter Futurity and find a photographer with a zoom lens to take our picture.

April 14, 2020

A few days ago I told you about Dudley Pillow and promised that I would tell you about his horse program. After trying every major stallion in the country, Dudley concluded that the one horse he really liked was Ima Cool Skip so he built his program around him. He raised his stallion by Ima Cool Skip, Skips Shane who was out of Regers Kitty, a daughter of Leo Goldseeker out of Regers Lady Skip by Skip Em Bars out of Excuse Bay Lady. Dudley sent Kitty to our place to breed to Impressivist and we kept her here a few years. She was an awesome mare, everything I like in a mare---beautiful head, short strong back, huge hip and heart girth and great hocks. Her fault, if any was that she was 14.3. Dudley was so excited when Skips Shane was born. He named him after his favorite movie, Shane. Skips Shane was very strong in the head, back, hip, hocks and heart girth department as both Kitty and Ima Cool Skip were strong there. They were also great legged horses and had plenty of bone. Over the years Dudley bred his Ima Cool Skip mares to Shane and he developed a very uniform group of horses. Dudley was not a fan of the "modern horse" as he thought they strayed too far from the "real quarter horse" The way that Dudley would handle his breeding program was that he kept the mares with foals in one pasture and the open mares in another. Then, every few days, he would move the stallion back and forth to the other pasture. He did not care when his foals were born, not even if they came in September. I remember the day he called and he had found Skips Shane dead. He was devastated. At that time he had a son of his that he named Shanes Bake, after himself because his nickname was Bake. He used Bake for a couple of years and then one day he found him dead also. At that time, the HYPP factor was becoming known and people thought that NH horses had more muscle than NN ones. Dudley loved to point out a filly that he had out of a World Champion daughter of Impressive by Sonnys Securitee and he would tell me that she didn't have a muscle on her and she was HH. Over the years, Dudley would send me videos of his horses and I still have them. It was like I was right there looking at them with him as he would point out their good and back attributes. He taught me a lot about horse conformation. One of the last conversations we had he brought up the fact that he thought we had forgotten about croups on horses and that we needed to look into that more. And, I agree, he was right on that issue. I am posting pictures of Dudley Pillow and Skips Shane and also a picture and pedigree of Twice the Romance, a mare he raised. Look at her pedigree and you will see how intensely inbred she is. When Dudley died, Lanis Noble and I bought 2 daughters of Skips Shane from the estate. One was Shanes Night Lady which we sold to Australia and the other was Shanes Lady Romantic, who is now owned by Terry and Tammy Bradshaw, Twice the Romance is out of Romantic. I sold Twice the Romance to Vicki Benker and we have remained great friends ever since. I could go on and on about Dudley Pillow as I have a lot of good stories about our horse escapades. Maybe I will tell you some of them in the near future.

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April 12, 2020

Easter Sunday, 2020 is unlike any Easter Sunday I have ever known and hopefully will not have to experience one like this again. Thinking back to past Easters when I was a young girl, I always looked forward to dressing up and going to sunrise services at our church with my parents. It was so exciting to go so early in the morning to celebrate Christ rising from the dead. I bet all of you have good memories of Easter. Among them, the family gatherings, the Easter egg hunts, the wonderful meals where we stuffed ourselves until we were miserable. Hopefully things will be like that again and in the future when it is, I will appreciate it more. I am sure you will too. Sometimes we take life for granted.

April 11, 2020

Guess who is having a birthday today? Wilma (Classically Kool) She is my one and only filly out of Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool) and by Fred (Classically) She is now 5 years old and she grew to be a big girl standing close to 16.2. Since both Fred and Rebecca are NN, so is Wilma. She was my "experiment" in breeding half brother to half sister. I wanted to concentrate the genetics of their dam, Miss Bunny Tardee. I love this mare and hopefully I will get a baby out of her someday soon. At my age, I have been concentrating on breeding the old mares and skipping Wilma. A quick cell phone picture of her in the arena today.

April 10, 2020

A few days ago I posted about Shanes Lady Romantic, now owned by Terry and Tammy Bradshaw, so thought today I would tell you a little about Dudley Pillow, her breeder. In the 1980's Mike and I owned Impressivist and stood him at stud. I advertised in the Quarter Horse Journal and his first foals were on the ground. I will never forget the day the phone rang and the voice on the other end said "my name is Dudley Pillow and I want to talk to you about breeding to your stallion, Impressivist. We talked for a long time and I found out he was from Mississippi, raised cotton, and loved horses with big hips and pretty heads. After he hung up, it was probably about 10 minutes and he called me back. This time he said that he guessed he should come and see Impressivist and his foals. Our weather was terrible, it was snowing and cold so I assumed he meant when it got a bit better out. Well, I was wrong as it was about a half hour later that the phone rang again and the voice said, "I'm on my way" How would I know he meant he was driving straight through in bad weather to arrive at our door the next morning. But that was Dudley Pillow. He looked at Impressivist and his foals and stayed in a motel overnight. In the morning, his truck being a diesel, gelled up and wouldn't start. He finally got it started and came out, looked at the horses again and left (although he did return 5 minutes later as he forgot his boots) Later that day, the phone rang again and it was Dudley. I about fell over when he told me he had made some calls and everything worked out so there were 6 mares on their way to our place. That was the beginning of a wonderful horse relationship. At one time Dudley probably had 18 mares here and he left them year around. I foaled them out and bred them back for him. He would fly me around the country to pick out mares for him---I would send him the videos and he would usually buy them. He sent most of them here to breed to Impressivist. Dudley Pillow had the biggest impact on my horse knowledge as we would talk almost daily on the phone, discussing bloodlines and conformation. He told me he spent a fortune on phone calls to me as back then long distance calls cost and sometimes we would talk for over an hour. And, tht was several times a day. Dudley was a big believe in the "bottom side of the pedigree" so if he found a mare he liked, he would often have me find and buy her mother. I am not the only one that Dudley Pillow influenced in the horse business. There are many others including JoAnna Stricklin, Grace Berton, Donna Davis, Carol Moeller, Susan Deakle Drinkard, and Jerri Harmon. He would tell us he was "one of the girls" Dudley loved Ima Cool Skip and would get a package deal to breed to him. This was before there was shipped semen so you had to take your mare to the stallion station. Some of us would send out mares to Dudley and he would take them to Southgate where Ima Cool Skip stood. Grace Berton sent 2 mares from California to Mississippi for Dudley to take there. One of them was the dam of Sir Cool Skip. If you check, Sir Cool Skip and also man of my mares including Cooleah have Dudley Pillow on their papers as the breeder. He never charged any of us to haul the mares or keep them at his place. I could go on and on about Dudley and promise I will continue his "story" in the near future. His breeding program was very interesting and I learned a lot about crossing different mares and stallions from him.

April 9, 2020

Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool) 17 year old NN mare by Ima Cool Skip out of Miss Bunny Tardee by Tardee Impressive. She is a full sister to Bonnie (CJ Miss Cool Tardee) who I last featured as my cover picture. Rebecca is 17 and Bonnie is 16 years old.

April 7, 2020

As many of us do, I love following the videos that Terry and Tammy Bradshaw post almost daily. Not only are they informational but they are also entertaining. Yesterday, I happened to watch their latest one in which they were showing the mares and foals in the mare motel. I watched with interest and the very last horse they came to was Shanes Lady Romantic and it really "warmed my heart" to see the old girl looking so good. Let me tell you a bit about her. My friend, Dudley Pillow bought her dam, How D Romantic from Howard Dahlof. I remember he was so excited to go to their place as he loved the Tee Jay Roman horses. When he bought her he had to leave her there to foal as she was having a foal by Zips Dude. That foal became one of Howards stallions and his name was How D Romantic Dude. How D Romantic was a full sister to How D Poco Lynn, the World Champion but Dudley liked her better than Lynn because she had a pretty head. Dudley bred her to Skips Shane and she had Shanes Lady Romantic. When Dudley died, Lanis Noble bought her from the estate and we became partners with him on the mare. In 2015, the Bradshaws bought her and have been raising foals out of her. If you look at the video they posted you can still see the gorgeous head and back on this 20 year old mare. I think we need to get some of her characteristics back in our breeding. She has more bone than our modern horses and a back and heart girth "to die for" Tammy told me her foal is by Extremely Hot Chips, their World Champion and World Champion pleasure horses sire. I believe that the way the mare is bred, the baby has a good chance to make a great pleasure horse. They plan to breed her to Telesecret this year. I think it was the highlight of my day to see the "old girl".

April 5, 2020

While trying to go through some things today, I came across this beautiful calendar that Carri Ehrich made for me in 2008. She took pictures of the horses she bought from us and also some of their produce. I will treasure this forever. I first met Carri when she came to look at and ended up buying Azzari, a stallion we owned by Tardee Impressive out of Trouble Yes by Mr Trouble Step. It was one of the coldest days of winter and the stallion had been living outside in a shelter. He was a dirty mess so Bob Luebker and I gave him a bath. When he dried, his winter hair looked terrible as it was matted down. So what does a good horse person do but improvise. We got hair dryers and brushes and fluffed the hair back up. I must admit he looked pretty good by the time they came. Carri ended up buying Azzari and we became great friends. Over the years she bought Impress Me Win (Dottie) Miss Carri Clu (Henrietta) Coola (Lucy), a daughter of Impressive Dandy and last but not least Bonnie (CJ Miss Cool Tardee) I will never forget how it happened that she bought Bonnie, who was a weanlng and and a full sister to Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool) and Cool Miss Tardee, a World Champion. The three mares are by Ima Cool Skip and out of Miss Bunny Tardee by Tardee Impressive. Many "big time" people wanted to buy Rebecca but I had decided that I wanted to keep her. The following year, there was interest in Bonnie. A great friend of mine, Lanis Noble was visiting from Mississippi and when he saw Bonnie, he called Carri and told her that if she was going to be in the horse business, she needed to buy this filly. Well, she did and over the years, Bonnie produced some great foals for her, including Caribbean Kid. Quite a few years ago, Carri decided to sell all her horses and Bonnie was sold to another good friend of mine, JoAnna Stricklin in Mississippi. "Big Bonnie" as Joanna called her raised a couple of foals for her and then Joanna decided she wasn't going to breed anymore and asked me if I wanted to buy her. At this time she was 17 years old and I thought it was about time she "came home" Cliff and Robin Bales hauled her to their place and I had her picked up there. Both Bonnie and Rebecca are big 16 hand mares and I don't think there is a horse in America that likes to eat as much as Bonnie does. MIke and I raised 2 palomino fillies out of her and Fred (Classically) The 2 year old, Pebbles is NH and Betty, her yearling NN full sister is waiting to go to her new home in Germany. With this Covid 19, who knows when she will be able to leave, but she is such a gorgeou filly, I don't mind looking at her. Unfortunately, last fall we started having trouble with Bonnie being lame and we tried everything humanly possible to alleviate her pain. Finally about 6 weeks ago, we nerved her one foot and she still is not good but she is comfortable. I intend to try to embryo transfer her and of course as luck would have it, she ovulated before the semen arrived and we didn't get an embryo. I plan to try again and hopefully get another filly to replace her. Linda Gordon has been wonderful to . work with as I am breeding her to Very Cool I want to try adding Ima Cool Skip back into her pedigree.


April 4, 2020

Sitting here alone again today, looking at my closed gates, I had a chance to reflect on life as I now know it. The weather certainly hasn't helped as we have had cold, rain, and mud. The horses are confined to their stalls or shelters without much exercise. I guess I just didn't appreciate life as it "once was" I used to look forward to getting together with my friends on weekends for laughs and fun and going shopping during the week. I, for one, did not realize the freedom I had to do whatever I wanted. Life has definitely changed for everyone and I do not see things getting better for a long time. I look at my closed gates and think about the wonderful memories I have and wonder what each day has in store for me and the World. God bless you, my friends and pray that we will all be safe and get through this.

March 6, 2020

I just had to share this post that Rich Fortner posted in his group. Many of us loved Skipa Star.

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March 5, 2020

Well, I guess I am not able to keep my birthday a secret this year so I guess I will write a little something about my life. I was lucky enough to have had wonderful parents who brought me up to appreciate good values and to respect others. I had a great childhood living in the small town of New London, Wisconsin where there was no crime and it seems as though everyone knew every one else. I must have been born with a "love of horses" because I far back as I can remember, horses were a big part of my life. From the time I got my pony Ginger to the present, there was never a day that horse hasn't been in my life. And, I think that will be the case until I die. My grandfather was a blacksmith so perhaps that is where I got my love of horses. Thinking back, Dixie a grade palomino was my first big horse, followed by Butterscotch another grade palomino mare. I still remember going to Vic Quakenbush's in Appleton, Wisconsin and my father bought a 2 year old registered quarter horse for me. She was a red dun and her name was Hank's J Liz,. She was sired by Wolf Hank by Hank H by King P234. Her dam was Rocksprings Sis by Honey Boy Cruse. I showed her at all the open shows in our area. In fact, my parents wanted me to go to a private college but I couldn't take my horse there, so I convinced them that I should go to Oshkosh State College where I was able to keep LIz at the fairgrounds. Well, enough of my early life with horses. As you all know, horses are still a major part of my daily routine, although I have cut the numbers down considerably. I plan to try to get that "illusive embryo" out of Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool) and also breed her daughter Wilma (Classically Kool) this year. And hopefully I will be lucky enough to get another out of Bonnie (CJ Miss Cool Tardee) I no longer have the desire to make a lot of money with my horses, I just want to try raise a few foals that I enjoy looking at. I am so thankful for all the friends and support I have had, especially since losing Mike who was my biggest supporter. Rest assured, I intend to continue to post on Face Book and I do have many lifetime stories that I can tell you. Maybe I will even get the courage to disclose some of the happenings from my past. But we shall see about that.

March 2, 2020

I just had to share this great post from Cindy Buchanan. I grew up idolizing Hank Wiescamp and just being able to see actual pictures someone took at his place made my morning.

Skippers King and Ed Carson, January 1976

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March 1, 2020

Remember when I told you about the sturgeon spearing and the Polar Plunge into Lake Winnebago? In case you didn't know, Lake Winnebago is the largest fresh water lake in Wisconsin and it is right across from Ellis Quarter Horses. It is 30 miles long and 10 miles wide and encompasses 137,700 acres. Well, today my neighbor Stacy Schmitzer Frakes posted this picture of what someone carved into the ice. She said the letters are 250 feet high. I am sure that is is visible to the many airplanes landing at Appleton National Airport as the planes fly over Lake Winnebago to land there.

February 27, 2020

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. 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 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. 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 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. 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 there and he was incredible I think he won under all 5 judges. 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 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 I hope that our new futurities can help revive the horse business and bring more excitement into it. . I know it will never be like it was "back then" but our industry certainly needs a boost.

February 23, 2020

Nothing like starting them young. Today Charles Lauer brought his daughter Charlie Pitzen and Magnolia, her and Ryan's 4 and 1/2 month old daughter to see the horses. Of course, Bonnie (CJ Miss Cool Tardee) was enjoying the attention. I think she wanted to eat Magnolia's nook..

February 22, 2020

Today I am going to tell you the "story" of Henrietta (Miss Carri Clue) She 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 19, 2020

Looking at all the newborn foals on Face Book, I thought perhaps I should think about breeding my mares. I have had them under lights but haven't even set up the ultrasound to check them. Of course, I have been dealing with getting Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool) and Bonnie (CJ Miss Cool Tardee) sound enough to embryo. But I also have Wilma (Classically Kool) who I plan to breed this year. Today was going to be the day, however when I talked to Leah Gloudemans this morning and she reminded me that the wind chill is _11 today, I think perhaps I will postpone that project until a better day temperature wise.

February 18, 2020

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 Darm Special) belonged to Arlene, Bernard's wife and another problem was that she was priced higher than I could 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 award 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 as to 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. We 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 18, 2020

It is 30 degrees "above" zero today and Fred (Classically) is enjoying this heat wave by taking a nap in the snow.

February 14, 2020

The other day I told you about Sturgeon spearing in Wisconsin. Well, if you are not into fishing and want to participate in some of our winter activities, perhaps you would like to do the "Polar Plunge" It takes place today and tomorrow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin which is 5 miles from me. The Plunge is to raise money for the Special Olympic Wisconsin and what they do it cut a large whole in the ice on Lake Winnebago. Groups of people jump into the freezing water and people donate for the "cause" Take note of my thermometer this morning before you leave your warm home and rush to participate in this event.

February 13, 2020

Last Saturday Sturgeon spearing started on Lake Winnebago which is across the road from our place. This year, due to the warm winter weather the ice was not very thick on the lake. There are only 2 lakes in the United States that allow sturgeon spearing and Lake Winnebago is one of them, along with the upper lakes around here. The season lasts 16 days or until the fish quota is reached. People eat the caviar out of the sturgeon. The sturgeon are primitive fish that eat from the bottom of the lake. For those of you who have never heard of them, they are the largest freshwater fish in North America. They can live to be over 100 years old and can be over 6 feet long and weight 150 pounds. "Wisconsinites" set up shanties with heaters in them and of courses some beverages and food and drill a hole though the ice.. Then they put their decoys in the water and wait for a fish to swim by so they can spear it. Our local bars have bands and entertainment and it is a big event here. Today and tomorrow we are going to have cold weather with maybe a wind chill of 25 below zero. The "spearers " will like that but I will be happy when the temperatures. return to the above normal ones we had this year. I noticed that there are not the normal number of shanties on the ice and the other events, like snow mobile racing is not going on. Still the big tents are set up and there is a lot of partying going on.

February 10, 2020

Isn't this a pretty 5 panel NN mare by Kid Coolsified out of Fashions by Mister by Mr Conclusion? She is one of the mares I bought from Wade Yager and Heather Olson last year. Guess what her name is? Heather of course.

This is the other NN mare that I bought from Wade Yager and Heather Olson. The two came together and since I named the one Heather, I started calling this one "Wade" Well, I decided she is too pretty to call Wade so Leah Gloudemans named her Clara. I don't know that I am too fond of that name but----. Clara, whose real name is Righteous Indulgence is by Righteous Mister and out of Fashions by Mister by Mr Conclusion. I like the fact that my good friend, Bob Lee showed her in the Iowa Breeders Futurity as a baby.


Guess who has a blanket on this morning. I guess when it is below zero with the wind chill and a horse has been under lights it is only right to blanket them? We shall she if Wilma (Classically Kool) has her blanket in one piece or in shreds when she comes in tonight. I did spray half a bottle of Rap Last on it. Maybe that is the reason she is sticking out her tongue. That stuff is deadly.

I rarely throw things away and came across this business card from Kerner Country Farm. Years ago, right after Mike and I were married, Ed and Sandy Kerner and their trainer, Johnny Brown came to see some gray fillies by Bar Fly Bailey. He was a AAA AQHA Champion stallion I owned when I met Mike. They didn't buy anything but we became friends. At that time they owned a gray stallion and his name has slipped my mind. A few years later, they stepped up and bought a great halter mare and Mr Peppy Burner. I remember calling Sandy when these two horses were Grand at the Denver Stock Show. Well, over the years they purchased some great mares to compliment Mr Peppy Burner. I flew to Michigan when Dudley Pillow wanted to buy a daughter of The Barn Burner and took a video of her and all their mares. I still have the tape but it is on the old beta format. I did not like the mare that well for the price, and Dudley did not buy her. It is interesting where and how you make new friends through the horse industry and how their lives and our lives change from the time you meet them until now.

February 9, 2020

Beautiful winter day i n Wisconsin. I bet Betty (My Secret Luv) wishes she were in her new home in Germany today.

February 9, 2020

About a week ago, Erin Matte sent me this picture of Skips Shana sleeping. I asked her how old she is and she told me 26. It seems like just a few years ago she was born. Erin asked me why we called her "Jakette" and I told her the history of her ancestry. Jakette was sired by Skips Shane and was out of Impressivista, a 1985 mare by Impressivist. We raised Impressivista who we called "Beta" and she was out of Tiffany Tailwind, a 1975 mare by Mr Tailwind out of Jakes Jewell. Here is the story. Jakes Jewell was a 1962 bay mare by Little Jake Hudson out of Brooks Nell. I was teaching school in Fort Benton, Montana and wanted to buy this mare in the worst way. Back then, there was no DNA on horses and some people who had multiple herds would just go and draw markings on the foals and register them out of mares who were not their dams. I was told that Jakes Jewell who was registered out of Brooks Nell was actually out of Jackys Baby, a World Champion Barrel horse. I imagine they registered her that way because Jackys Baby was out of a thoroughbred mare thus she would be appendix. I took out a loan to by Jakes Jewell who was barely halter broke. I knew her sire, Little Jake Hudson well. He was an old horse when I was around him. He was owned by the Western Ranch Company and was sired in 1944. His sire was Ace of Diamonds and he was out of Koonz Quarter Mare He was a match racehorse in Louisiana and I was told he had outrun Miss Panama. I remember Jake as a small, very heavily bodied horse with an ugly head. You would think that Jakes Jewell would have become gentle after being handled all those years but we still had to keep a catch lead on her in order to catch her.

February 6, 2020

We are all aware of how high health care is today. Even if you have insurance, you may still have to pay a portion of the bill which is devastating to so many. Two of my nieces, Alyssa Verhasselt and Aubrey Baehman Schramm sent me this article from the Waupaca County Sheriffs post on Face Book. If you remember, my father, Dr Schmallenberg was a doctor in New London, Wisconsin and this article shows the charges that he gave to a patient after an accident. It also shows the charges to fix the vehicle and pictures of the accident. Quite a change from charges today.

February 2, 2020

I am so sad to hear this news. I had such wonderful conversations about horses with Jim Duncan over the years. We will all miss him.

February 2, 2020

"Global warming" has really ruined some of our local events in Wisconsin. It is hard to believe that the temperature may hit 50 today. Yesterday was the "Walk Across Winnebago" and due to the warm weather, the ice was not thick enough for people to walk the 10 miles across from the lake. However, this did not stop people from celebrating and still having a great time. The Walk Across Lake Winnebago originally started in 2003. Over the past several years it has continued to grow into an afternoon of laughter, friendship, craziness, and fun! The Payne's Point Hook & Spear Fishing Club monitors the ice conditions and plows the road if there are 12 inches of ice or more. Since 2010, they have donated $50,000 to The Neenah Animal Shelter, $2,930 to the City of Menasha K9 Unit, $23,535 to City of Neenah K9 Unit and $6,000 to the Neenah-Menasha Water Rescue. This year, Walk Across Lake Winnebago''s goal is to raise funds for the Neenah-Menasha-Water Rescue Team. Yesterday the buses still carried the people "around" the lake to Bobbers Bar in Hilbert for a few Bloody Marys and other beverages. Then the buses came back to our two local bars, Mikees Paynes Point Bar and the Vicnland Still and Grill, where both places had bands. I am sure a fun time was had by everyone. I am wondering with this warming trend, what Sturgeon spearing will be like on Lake Winnebago this year.

February 1, 2020

I just realized that A Classic Edition is continuing her winning ways through her son and grandson. Dan Fox just posted the following: "A Classic Edition (Cassie) lives on thru her 1st generation FR Final Edition (2 yr. old Palomino World Champion in 2019). “Duke is being trained by Marty Oak Simper for Ranch Riding and Performance Halter Stallions for the AQHA World show. Cassie’s second generation and grandson is CR Peace Maker (Bruno). Bruno is a tremendous 3 yr. old bay stallion that stands 16.3 by Solaris out of Shes Got The Guns out of A Classic Edition. CR Peace Maker is trained by Luke Castle. This is going to be fun this year showing these two great studs. Cassie lives on." I am sure you all remember A Classic Edition. She was by Kids Classic Style and out of Cooleah (Olivia) A Classic Edition amassed 902 halter points and 94 performance points She was an AQHA Champion, had Superiors in Performance Halter, Heading, Heeling, Calf Roping. I think it is outstanding that a mare can be such a great show horse and now a producer through her sons and grandsons. I look forward to following CR Peacemaker r, Dan's young bay stallion and will certainly be supporting him in the future.

January 28, 2020

I am so proud of Bob Luebker. Many of you don't know him, but he is and always has been a force behind Ellis Quarter Horses. He showed up at our place while he was still in high school and has been helping us for over 17 years. When he came, he knew nothing about horses but now he is very capable of handling any of them. Despite the fact that he has always had a full time job, he has continued to be here daily to help us over the years, coming from his 12 hour shift at the mill to doing his work out here. Yesterday, he sent me this letter of recognition that Presto Company, the place he works, honored him for his innovation. I am so proud of him and happy he has been recognized for his work. I would not be able to continue what I am doing without the help of Bob and Leah Gloudemans.

January 26, 2020

Pebbles (Cool to be Classic) coming 2 year old NH filly by Fred (Classically) out of CJ Miss Cool Tardee.

The two "golden girls" yesterday morning enjoying our beautiful Wisconsin weather. Both are full sisters by Fred (Classically) out of Bonnie (CJ Miss Cool Tardee) Pebbles (Cool to be Classic) on the left is now a 2 year old and Betty (My Secret Luv) on the right is now a yearling.

January 25, 2020

It is hard to believe a year ago I had an accident that changed a lot of things in my life. It was the first time in all these years that I was really injured by a horse. It was Friday night, January 25 and I had gotten cleaned up to go out with friends. The last "chore" of the day was to grain the outside horses. One of them is very friendly and the other is a dominant mare. I fed the one and was walking over to the other feeder followed by the friendly mare, when the other mare decided to bite her in the butt. Since she was so close behind me, she swerved but hit me with her shoulder, knocking me to the ground. Now, it wasn't just any normal Wisconsin day---the wind chill was almost 20 below zero and I was out in one of the outside shelters. When I hit the ground, I remember thinking that I would just get up as I really had no pain. Wrong deduction as my right leg was like a dead weight and I could not move it. My thought was to crawl under the feeders as the horses were running around and I was afraid I would get stepped on. However, I could not drag myself on the ground. I happened to have my cell phone with me. Normally I would not have had it but I had been counting my steps. It was thrown from my pocket and luckily it didn't break although the ground was so hard. I called my neighbors, Jack and Karen Cowling who live about 2 miles from me and at first they had trouble finding me as we have several buildings. After a quick trip to the ER, ;followed by surgery for my broken femur and several days in the hospital and then several weeks in a recovery center, I came home but life has been different since then. Perhaps I am blaming my aches and pains on the accident and it really is just "old age". Anyway, I am thankful to be alive and still enjoying my horses. Although I have really cut the numbers down, I can't imagine life without horses in it. I guess my experience should be a "wake up call" for all of us. Enjoy every day as you never know when something will happen that will change everything. I truly believe that I would not be alive today had I not had my cell phone with me a year ago.

January 23, 2020

What a wonderful surprise that Leah Gloudemans took this awesome picture of Janie (KidsClassic Gal) for her “picture of the day”

January 19, 2020

Remember when my good friend, Vicki Brilley Livasy did the cute graphics of Fred playing for the Green Bay Packers? Well, hopefully we won't need Fred today as the Packers face the San Francisco 49ners. To say the least I am a bit nervous as they killed us the last time we played them. Green Bay and San Francisco have been two of the more successful teams in NFL history. They played each other 6 times in post season play and tonight will be the 7th time. In 1995 in the NFC Playoffs, the score was Packers 27--Niners 17. In 1996 NFC Playoffs the score was Packers 35, niners 14. In 1997 NFL Championship game the score was Packers 23, niners 10. In 1998 NFC Wildcard game the score was 49ners 30, Packers 27. In 2001 NFC Wildcard the Packers defeated the niners 25 to 15. Then in 2012 NFC Divisional playouff, the 49ners beat the Packers 45 to 31. I think it is our turn but as I said earlier, I am a bit nervous. On draft day in 2005 Aaron Rodgers was asked if he was disappointed that he was passed over by San Francisco and his response was "Not as disappointed as the 49ners will be that they didn't draft me" Now is the time and the place to make that quote come true. GO PACK!!!!!

January 14, 2020

I am by myself today and have had some time to think about many things. Looking out my office window at the beautiful snow cover, I think 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 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 got 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. 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 within a few months and pay my father back. Impressivist was a very photogenic horse and Dick Waltenberry is my neighbor and he took awesome pictures of him. 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 14, 2020

I have had quite a morning. I told you about Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool) tearing her meniscus about 6 weeks ago. I truly thought I would lose her but with the expert therapy of Dr Sarah Peters, she is making a remarkable recovery. Of course, she is not enjoying her "stall rest" but the way she is improving, it won't be long and she and her companion, Gabriel the donkey will be able to go outside during the day. What I failed to tell you, was that I started having trouble with Bonnie (CJ Miss Cool Tardee) also. She was fine. In fact the picture I posted on August 19, 2019 is of her getting her feet trimmed and she never needed shoes. Well, I decided to turn her outside this fall with Janie (Kids Classic Gal) and noticed after a couple of months that she was getting more and more lame. We brought her in the barn and it was a very sad sight. She progressed to laying out flat and had trouble getting up. We had xrays done of her feet and there is no founder or navicular. She is just getting old and has a lot of arthritis in her ankles. Well, today the best team of "caregivers" I know showed up to help her. Dr Sarah Peters of Forward Equine LLC, Dr Katherine Fox of Equine Unlimited, my wonderful farrier, Scott Bruecker, and Piper, Dr Peter's veterinary assistant came. After 3 hours of xrays and trying different shoes and pads, Bonnie seems to be much more comfortable. I can only hope that she continues to improve and I am thinking I need to embryo her this year instead of letting her carry a foal. I guess, that of the three "old girls" here at Ellis Quarter Horses (Rebecca is 20, Bonnie 19 and I am not going to tell you my age,), I may be in the best shape of the group.

January 13, 2020

Remember when I asked you to vote for this awesome picture of my veterinarian Dr Katherine Fox and her horse, Jewel? Well, the photograph was taken by her daughter Bailee Fox and it won the "Kelly Herd Photography Contest" by over 100 votes. Let me tell you a bit about Bailee Fox. She is a sophomore at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, majoring in New Studio Practice. She is focusing on photography and videography. Now let me tell you how this particular picture came about. Bailee and Kathy came home late one afternoon and Bailee needed a picture for her portfolio. They walked out in the pasture to take the picture. Just as they were getting ready , it started to snow which gave the picture such a beautiful angelic look. The prize for winning the contest is a custom made necklace by Kelly Herd. I am anxious to see the finished product as we all know the quality of his jewelry. I will certainly post pictures of the necklace so that all of you can see it as soon as it arrives.

January 12, 2020

It's a good thing Wilma (Classically Kool) is close to 16.3 tall or I don't think she would be able to walk through the 12 inches of snow that the "most accurate weathermen" predicted for last night. For the last two days, the Packers have been requesting 700 people to show up at 6 AM today and they were paying them $12.00 an hour to shovel the seats in Lambeau Field. I sure wonder what those 700 people did this morning. I bet they were tailgating instead.

January 9, 2020

Guess who has papers? The little soon to be German Fraulein Betty now has a pretty neat name. Marko Kaiser and Judith Kaiser chose her name and I really like it. "My Secret Luv" is a yearling NN filly by Fred (Classically) out of Bonnie (CJ Miss Cool Tardee).

January 8, 2020

I have had quite a bit of time to think about my breeding program lately. After breaking my leg last January, I concentrated on breeding the two old mares, Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool) and Bonnie (CJ Misss Cool Tardee) Well, neither of them got in foal. I intend to try again this year but think I almost have to breed Wilma (Classically Kool) She is now 5 years old and is my "pride and joy" I bred Fred (Classically) to Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool), a half brother-sister cross hoping I would raise an individual that will be a great producer as she is concentrating the blood of Miss Bunny Tardee, the dam of both parents. Wilma stands close to 16.3 and is NN and of course is a spoiled brat. Now the fun part is finding a "boyfriend" for her. I will keep you posted as to what stallion I choose for her. This is a picture Leah Gloudemans took of her on Monday.

January 7, 2020

This is one of my favorite pictures. It was taken many years ago by Dick Waltenberry. He and Barb Waltenberry came over to take "baby pictures" of Impressivist foals. This cute black filly, owned by Bob Baumann was there so her dam could be rebred to Impressivist. Dick just happened to snap the picture at the "right time" The Waltenberry's don't live far from me and back them, we had them take all the pictures that we used in advertising, including the fantastic 3/4 front shot of Impressivist. Times have really changed and now Dick is still on the road all the time, mostly doing videos of reining events. Who, knows, perhaps this picture started that change in his photography. ☺️☺️☺️☺️ As many of you know, Barb recently had surgery and is now doing quite well. She is pretty doggone tough and you aren't going to keep her down long. I imagine Dick is still brewing his "home brew beer" He even brought us some years ago. I didn't want to tell me, but I was not a fan. I don't see the Waltenberry's much anymore. With the digital age, Dick recommended what kind of camera and lens I buy so I am now able to take my own pictures. Those were good times and I wish we could get together more often. After a photo shoot, Mike and I would meet Dick and Barb for dinner and of course, Dick would have to have his old fashions. Another great memory for me and I still have all of the photos to remind me of the time.

January 1, 2020

My post from December 2019 about the "caps from Wayne Halvorson" reminded me of another cap that I have. My good friend, Jim Duncan sent me a Wisconsin Quarter Horse Association hat that he had from probably 20 years ago. These were caps that were given to the stallion owner who entered their stallion in the stallion service auction and also to the person who bought the breeding. How it worked, was we held an auction of the stallions the day after the Wisconsin Quarter Horse Association Awards banquet. People could bid at the auction or on the phone and believe me, it was a very busy event. Impressivist topped the auction a few times and brought nearly double his stud fee. You ask why would anyone pay more than a stud fee? Well, the only foals eligible to compete were a foal picked by the stallion owner and the foal born out the person who bought the stud fee's mare. Iowa had an even more fair auction, in my opinion. Both the stallion owner and the mare owner had to name their mare by January 1. These futurities would pay big money with the Iowa one exceeding $15,000 to win it. Our Wisconsin futurity was held in August during our state show and the numbers that showed were tremendous. I remember that it was usually cold that time of the year and we would have winter blankets and hoods on the babies. I also remember that Jim McKillips would sometimes bring mares with foals at their side and show the babies while leaving the mares in the stalls, There were usually about 50 babies in the classes and it would take forever to judge them. The yearling classes were almost as big. I think we had a 3 judge system. It was a great time and many top breeders from all over the country would be there. Some of the people who showed and did exceptionally well were Fred Benker, Gene Wilson, Randy Alderson, Shawn Wacker, Gary Helland, Rick Skelly, Jim McKillips, Russ Smith, and John Lawrence. I am sure I am forgetting a lot of people. Back then my goal in breeding was to win that futurity and finally in 1989 one of our babies did. I still have the buckle and dug it out and took a picture of it for you. I am excited to see some of our present day futurities bringing back people to show but it will never be like it was "back then" in my opinion.

January 1, 2020

Big day today for the Wisconsin Badgers football team and all of Wisconsin. The Badgers are playing in the Rose Bowl Game against the Oregon Ducks. This will be the 106th anniversary of the Rose Bowl Game, which is called the "Granddaddy of bowl games" since it is the oldest. The first Tournament of Roses parade was in 1902 and they added a football game to help fund the parade. Roy Rogers rode Trigger in the parade and at the 123rd parade, 100 palomino horses led the Roy Rogers float. Wisconsin has been in 8 Rose Bowl games, winning 3 of them. A memorable one was in 2012 when Russell Wilson was our quarterback and time ran out before they could get off the final play which could have tied the game. When I was a little girl, the Rose Bowl parade was one of the highlights of my year. I could't wait to watch it and my parents would sometimes let me have a friend over and we would watch it together. Now, there are over 100 floats in the parade and they are covered with roses and flowers but I couldn't care less about the floats. What I wanted to see was the horses and believe me, there were lots of them. Back then, I was not "into quarter horses yet" so I was enamored by the awesome trappings on the horses. Well, times have changed and I am now a big Badger fan, so I will probably skip the parade because I will be taking care of horses but I will be glued to the television when the game starts. The Badgers are underdogs, but here's hoping for a great victory today.

TMike's brother Robert Michael Ellis and Elke Ellis granddaughte, Makenna Ellis is a cheerleader for the Wisconsin Badgers. What an exciting experience for her to be able to attend and cheer at the Rose Bowl;. Now we just need to win the game.

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