April 2, 2018

Our area in Wisconsin is expecting a snow storm of up to 11 inches of snow tomorrow. My friend Mark Williams sent me this picture of his mares and foals basking in his beautiful green pasture in California so I sent him this one of Charlie and Gabriel basking in the cold in Wisconsin. He is lucky now but when we have beautiful weather in June and California is over 100 degrees, I will relish sending him pictures.

April 1, 2018

Happy Easter, my friends. As I sit here today with our horses outside in the 7 degree wind chill weather, I think how lucky I am at this stage of my life to have horses I love, a wonderful husband and so many great friends. The Lord has been very good to me. About a week ago, Paul Stewart private messaged me and asked me my thoughts on showing and the horse business in general. I told him that is really isn’t what it was years ago when the classes were huge and everyone truly enjoyed showing. He asked me what could be done to bring it back to that scenario. I have spent a lot of time thinking about that and to be honest, I don’t think it can happen. I ask myself why and I think perhaps I came up with this answer. I wonder if it is that the new generation of people look at things differently than we did “back then” For instance, I taught high school for 6 years and my students respected me and the other teachers. We never had any violence or were afraid that someone would bring guns or weapons into the classroom. When I go back to my class reunion, I still call the teachers (who are still alive) “Mr” or “Mrs” Parents back then disciplined their children and taught them things that would impact their lives. Now it seems as though they count on the teachers to raise them and the values of the teachers are reflected in our children. Then there is the politics of our time. Never have I seen so much unrest and unhappiness with our elected officials. My husband Mike keeps telling me that he is happy he retired from being a senator. People have changed and I cannot in the future see things going back to the way they were. I think the futurities have helped our horse business but the expense of raising a foal, having it trained, feed, supplies and everything involved has skyrocketed. If you don’t finish in the top at the futurities, you cannot recoup the money spent to get there. Perhaps some of you can come up with an answer but I have come to the conclusion that I will continue to raise foals as that is what I love to do. The horses have been very good to us over the years. Raising and selling horses enabled us to buy and build our place. However, I would not be optimistic about raising horses as a means of making a living in the present age.

March 25, 2018

Charlie outgrew his blanket so I put a bigger one on him this morning. For some reason, it scared Gabriel and they both ran around the pasture like they were running a race. I can't believe how fast the donkey can run. Finally when they stopped I snapped a quick picture with my phone.

March 24, 2018

Those of you who know Larry Lemke, our Wisconsin AQHA Director Emeritus, know that he does quite well showing his horses at halter on the national level. Well, Larry and Anne Platten Lemke were here on Saturday and Larry was practicing his showing skills with Gabriel. He is getting ready to show at the March to the Arches in St Louis soon and thought perhaps he needed a little refresher course.

It was cold in Wisconsin today but I still had the foals outside with their blankets on. My sister, Cindy L Stebnitz, her daughter Alyssa Verhasselt and her two girls, Macy and Stella came to visit. I thought Charlie would be very friendly but both he and Gabriel were afraid of them. I think it was because they had loud colored jackets on. I let Stella lead Gabriel while I led Charlie out to their pen and Gabriel took off dragging Stella behind him. I didn't realize Gabriel could run that fast. Well, on the other hand, little Dottie loved the attention and buddied up to Stella. I told them to come and visit after Bonnie (CJ Miss Cool Tardee) has her Fred baby. She is due April 17 and by then the weather should be a lot warmer.

March 22, 2018

Ellis Quarter Hourses,  "Our Little Slice of Heaven!"

March 22, 2018

The boys, Gabriel and Charlie taking a little siesta on this beautiful sunny day.

Dottie, this pretty NN bay filly owned by Mary Mancini is having a 4 week birthday today. She is sired by Heza Secret Agent and is out of Kids Classic Gal (Janie)

March 18, 2018

I think this filly has such gorgeous legs. They have been perfect since she was born. Now if they only stay that way as big as she is getting. One thing in her favor is that Janie (Kids Classic Gal) is not a good milker so the filly is on the thin side. Mary Mancini is still looking for a name for her.

It warmed up this afternoon and I was able to take the blankets off the horses so I took a few pictures of Mary Mancini's 3 week old filly by Heza Secret Agent out of Janie (Kids Classic Gal) I love this little girl.

 


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March 17, 2018

Today is "Charlie's" one month anniversary. Even though he had a rough start in life, he is doing really well. Rebecca's (You Bet Im Cool's) little boy is drinking his milk replacer, eating his milk pellets, and taking his vitamins and minerals. Because he has a "roomate" whose name is Gabriel, he is learning manners and getting plenty of exercise. He is a character and I love him. Our weather is getting nicer in Wisconsin so soon you will be seeing lots of pictures of him and Dottie. In about a month, CJ Miss Cool Tardee (Bonnie) will be foaling and that will be the end of foaling season at Ellis Quarter Horses. By then, I think I will be ready to take it a bit easy.

Charlie and his room mate Gabriel celebrating Charlie's one month birthday by spending the day outside. Finally some beautiful weather in Wisconsin. I think Jaleen Hacklander will be proud of how I have "dieted" Gabriel since she let him come to our place to keep Charlie company. If you think he is fat now, you should have seen him before.

March 16, 2018

Janie (Kids Classic Gal) and Dottie, Mary Mancini's filly by Heza Secret Agent. The picture during a snow storm today. The filly will be three weeks old tomorrow.

March 11, 2018

The last 3 weeks have been very exhausting and trying for me. Never in all the years of raising foals, had I ever had a mare reject her baby. Pearl had a stud colt on February 17 and she did not have a lot of milk. The baby was very aggressive and she did not want to mother him. With the help of great friends, Leah Gloudemans, Joe St Clair, Katie Samuelson, Bob Luebker and of course my husband, Mike we spent a week getting up every 2 hours to hold the mare to let the foal nurse. Finally my wonderful veterinarian, Dr Katherine Fox told me “enough was enough” and we decided to orphan him. Through this experience, I met a new and wonderful horsewoman, Jaleen Hacklander who lives in Fremont Wisconsin and raises quality Arabians. She leant us her miniature donkey and this has worked out great as “Uncle Gabriel” and “Charlie” as we named the colt are now great buddies. It was a bit of a problem preventing Gabriel from drinking the milk replacer and eating the milk pellets but we have that solved now. While all this was going on, Janie (Kids Classic Gal) decided to have a beautiful bay filly for Mary Mancini. “Dottie” as we call her because she has dots on her white face and pasterns, is adorable and Janie is a wonderful mother. Foaling was not the only issue during the last 3 weeks. We also had a power surge which took out our telephones, computer and television and so we were in the “dark” ages for a day until it got fixed. And, may I add on a Sunday, we had torrential rains and our back barn flooded. Though all this, Leah Gloudemans and I continued to collect Fred and ship semen. So those are the reasons that I have been out of touch. Through this all, I guess my love and passion for horses kept me going. Things seem to be “back to normal” now and I promise I will post pictures of the two beautiful foals soon. I just haven't had time to take a lot of pictures. These are newborn pictures of both of them.

February 14, 2018

Well, what do you think? Pearl (JG Kiss My Diversify) is now 366 days in foal. And, Janie (Kids Classic Gal) is 318 days. I "assumed" that Pearl would foal on her due date which was January 21 and Janie would foal on her due date which will be March 9, but the girls did not read the book. I have one foal alert transmitter and I don't know which mare to use it on. Last night I had Pearl on my monitor by my bed and Janie on my iPad Nest camera. Can you imagine how much sleep I am getting? Needless to say, I ordered another foal alert transmitter and Dr Katherine Fox is going to put them in both mares.

February 11, 2018

Yesterday Sturgeon Spearing started on Lake Winnebago, which is the lake across from our horse farm. Sturgeon are primitive fish the eat from the bottom of the lake. They are between 7 and 12 feet long and weigh over 100 pounds. Some of them can reach 100 years of age. Lake Winnebago is one of 2 places in the United States that allows sturgeon fishing for 16 days a year or until the fish quota is reached. Yesterday there were 7 fish harvested over 100 pounds and the largest registered weighed 154 pounds. The only thing that people eat out of the sturgeon is the caviar. This event is a fun time for Wisconsinites. They brave the cold and put up ice shanties on the lake, cut holes in the ice and wait for fish to swim past so they can spear them. There can be 100,000 ice shanties on the lake during the event. People come from all over for the event. Our local bars are busy and they have tents and bands on the lake. There are also snowmobile and 4 wheeler races. You name it, they will be doing it on the ice. I took a few pictures but the traffic was so bad getting on the lake that I really couldn’t stop and I was afraid if I drove out there, it would be a long time getting back. Can you imagine all those people sitting in their shacks with their heaters, drinking beer and eating food, waiting for the big one to swim by? I don’t think it is for me.

February 10, 2018

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 their mares (which I still have but it is on beta tape) 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 change from the time you meet them until now.

February 9, 2018

This chestnut mare is Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool) She is my pride and joy. I raised her, she is NN and her sire is Ima Cool Skip and her dam is Miss Bunny Tardee by Tardee Impressive. This year she is 18 years old and in her lifetime, she has only had 7 foals with 2 living ones. One is Dr John Tan’s 2 time World Champion producing mare, Fancy Me A Cool Kid and the other is my 3 year old mare, Wilma (Classically Kool) The mare with the pink halter, tail wrap, blanket, and pail is Pearl and Pearl is carrying Rebecca’s embryo. As you can see, I am trying to influence her to have a filly for me. But, Pearl is not cooperating. Not only is she not having a filly but she is also 361 days in foal today (getting pretty close to a year) I think Pearl is going to cause me to drink.

February 2, 2018

My good friend, Stacy Schmitzer Frakes gave me a gift and those of you who know me, know that this refrigerator magnet perfectly portrays me. Thank goodness for great friends who bring us food.

January 28, 2018

Rita Bangs asked if I had a picture of Bunny Nightshade, the dam of Miss Bunny Tardee. I do have one that Clark Danielson took of her. She was a big mare---stood 15.3 and was sired by Sonnys Nighshade by Sonny Dee Bar. Her dam was Bunny Bee Two by Bouncy Mac out of Bunny Band by Bee Play and out of a daughter of Panzarita. Miss Bunny Tardee was the result of the Danielsons breeding Bunny Nightshade to Tardee Impressive when she was a two year old. Miss Bunny Tardee was 15.3 and the first foal out of the mare.

Still looking through some old pictures and found this one of Miss Bunny Tardee when she was 18 years old. She was the background of my program and I still have 3 of her offspring----Fred (Classically) Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool) and Bonnie (CJ Miss Cool Tardee) Miss Bunny Tardee was by Tardee Impressive out of Bunny NIghtshade by Sonnys NIghtshade.

January 21, 2018

Going through some old photos and came across this article today. I loved Tardee Impressive. In fact, the mare that is the foundation of my program is by him---Miss Bunny Tardee. I bred to him when he was at Bill Morris' in Texas, and also Bob Lee and I bred to him when he was in California and at Will Woods in Texas when the government stood him. Back then, there was no shipped semen, you had to take your mare to the stallion.

January 7, 2018

This is one of my “all time” favorite” pictures. It was taken years ago and was of a black filly by Impressivist owned by Bob Baumann. Barbara and Dick Waltenberry took the picture and Dick just happened to capture it at the right time. As many of you know, Dick now specializes in photographing reining events and perhaps this was the photo that inspired him to do it. Dick and Barbara live not far from me but I don’t see them that much anymore. It is funny how things have changed. They are still on the road a lot videoing and photographing horse events and I imagine Dick is still making his “home brew” beer. I have now evolved into the digital age and have a digital camera so I am able to take my own pictures. Those were good times and I miss them. The Waltenberrys took pictures of all of my horses back then and sometimes we would go out to eat at the White House Inn and Dick would always enjoy an old fashioned. I need to contact them and do that again.

January 5, 2018

Heat wave in Wisconsin today----at noon the temperature reached a balmy 6 below zero with the wind chill! Leah Gloudemans came and we were able to get the horses outside for a couple of hours. Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool) and the rest of the horses really enjoyed it and honestly, Leah and I thought it was nice. In fact, I think I will have Mark Williams send some suntan lotion from California. Pearl is carrying Rebecca's embryo and it due the end of this month.

 

January 1, 2018

As we begin a new year, I want to reflect back on 2017. It was a year filled with happiness and sadness for so many of us. We had the joys of welcoming new children and animals into our lives and also the sorrow of losing loved ones. Some of us were successful with our endeavors and others failed. As I get older, I am happy that I have evolved out of the “dark ages” and learned how to “connect” with so many of you on Facebook. Who knows what 2018 will bring but as we enter it, we can only hope that everything will be great and that we and our families and friends will stay healthy. Thank you for being my friends-----I truly appreciate all of you.


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