Saturday, March 17, 2018

3/18/18 #200, ASB's forever, and a search for a White Tie Event

This post marks the 200th entry of the American Saddlebred Blog, so I decided to do something a little different.  From time to time, someone reaches out and asks if I have information about a particular horse.  It could be a famous show horse, renowned breeding stallion, an obscure horse in their current horse's pedigree, or one owned by their grandmother decades ago. Recently, a reader asked about a horse she had in her early teen years.  The mare's bloodlines were first class, and I relate to the story of a first horse that's never forgotten.  In any event, this post will look at the bloodlines of a treasured mare, review search features of this blog in case you're ever searching for a specific horse, and a quick look at the versatility of American Saddlebreds.

White Tie Event Stonewall's Main Event Starheart Stonewall Stonewall King  My King
Gloriann (BHF) 
Queen Anne Of Windsor  Alexander Monroe 
Louisville Lou 
Katie Boone Ace O'Goshen American Ace
Kalabara O'Goshen (BHF) 
Rachael's Genius (BHF)  Genius Of Stonyridge 
Lady Paula 
Wing's Luv'n Kisses  Buck And Wing CH Wing Commander  CH Anacacho Shamrock
Flirtation Walk (BHF) 
Lovely Maid  Society Rex
CH Moreland Maid (BHF)
Fire's Royal Dream  Royal Rambler  The Rambler 
Emerald Present (BHF) 
Nancy Wild Fire  Ensign Kirby
Wild Witch
#1 ranked breeding stallions marked in blue          Hall of Fame Broodmares marked in pink

First we'll look at some of the more famous horses in White Tie Event's registration papers.  Many have been covered before, so there will also be a link to a previous post that has more info on a particular horse.    

Stonewall's Main Event
he sired many good horses, that's why he was ranked #1 in 1984 & 1986.
Starheart Stonewall
#1 ranked stallion in 1960, 1961 and 1962
Stonewall King
#1 ranked sire in 1945 through 1947, he was a true breed builder.
Alexander Monroe
He was a grandsire of Starheart Stonewall

Ace O'Goshen
he was the broodmare sire of Stonewall's Main Event and
his full sister was the dam of Gallant Guy O'Goshen

American Ace
#1 ranked sire in 1948 and 1949
Genius of Stonyridge
He was a full brother to Bourbon Genius, Leatherwood Genius,
Leatherwood King and The Genius.

Buck and Wing
a well know son of Wing Commander
Wing Commander
WGC for 6 straight years and #1 sire for 6 straight years
Anacacho Shamrock
#1 breeding sire 1951 through 1957

Flirtation Walk
All her colts were sired by Anacacho Shamrock
Lovely Maid
the only colt she had was Buck and Wing
Society Rex
a good son of Kalarama Rex
Moreland Maid
Royal Rambler
his dam was BHF
The Rambler
a good son of Genius Bourbon King

Ensign Kirby
a good son of Cameo Kirby, who was a full brother to Anacacho Denmark

Wild Witch, the 4th dam of White Tie Event
was a full sister to Jean Lafitte (pictured here), who was a
Reserve World's Champion under his original name, Valrodare.
White Tie Event and Brooke at age 11
Every little girl's dream

White Tie Event

White Tie Event at a Civil War Reenactment

Obviously, White Tie Event was special to her owner Brooke. When Brooke was 11 years old, just a few minutes after she was introduced to White Tie Event, her mother told her the two best words she'd ever heard, "She's yours!"  What a thrill for any youngster.  "Tie" also showcased the versatility of the American Saddlebred.  This mare was kind and gentle to her young owner, but true to her bloodlines, she could be hot when the occasion arose.  She competed in the show ring in several divisions.  She performed before an audience at a Civil War Reenactment. This mare was located in Virginia, but over the next few years, moved all the way to California, then back again to stay with her family.  Thanks to Brooke for sharing her story. 

 American Saddlebreds can do it all, and we should be marketing the breed as the versatile equine they are.  Once smitten, owners become lifelong lovers of this breed.  We need to do more to encourage fans of all ages to the American Saddlebred.  Not every horse is Louisville bound, but they are valuable in so many other ways. 
Please remember that this blog has a search feature.  Depending on your browser, usually in the upper left you'll find a search tool and you can do a search for any horse that's been mentioned in the blog.  The appropriate post should pop right up.  And there's always Google.  Search the name your looking for along with American Saddlebred Blog and Google should help you locate any horse contained in the blog.  Another option is to contact me via the blog on Facebook and I'll try to help. 

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

3/4/18 Youth's Charm

Somewhere in Illinois is a grave marker for an American Saddlebred mare named Youth's Charm.  Her owner must have felt she deserved a remembrance, and indeed she did, for she was a broodmare of note.  Foaled in 1925, she was by Ben Sory who was a grandson of Montrose.  Youth's Charm no longer appears on the pedigree of any living horse, she has no show record that can be found, and she's not in the Broodmare Hall of Fame, but she has left her mark on the breed.  Producing 6 colts and 3 fillies during her lifetime, her daughters made a name for her, and then carried on that name.

Youth's Charm was bred to some of the leading stallions of the day, including #1 breeding stallion American Born.  Moreland Peavine, a son of Rex Peavine,  and his son Hallmark Peavine were also bred to her.  Society Rex by Kalarama Rex, and Admiral Denmark by American Born each sired one of her colts.
American Born
f. 1921  Guided by Love x Lena Jemison BHF by Highland Denmark
He sired several of Youth's Charm's colts

Hallmark Peavine
f. 1934  Moreland Peavine X Blanchita BHF by Bourbon King
he sired Watch Charm BHF

Moreland Peavine
f. 1924 Rex Peavine X Ladybug by Highland Denmark

Society Rex
f. 1937  Kalarama Rex X Spoonbill BHF by Sun Flower
He sired Youth's  Charm's last foal

Here is a list of her more famous offspring, and what they accomplished. 

Make Way For A Lady was her 1938 foal by American Born.  She was a World's Champion weanling in 1938 and Reserve World's Champion as a yearling, then went on to produce ten foals of her own.

Society Charm was Youth's Charm's last foal, born in 1943 and sired by Society Rex.  He sired about a dozen colts.

Watch Charm BHF was Youth's Charm's foal of 1940, and was sired by Hallmark Peavine.  She was shown as a weanling at the Kentucky State Fair.  Of her 14 foals, several were good enough in the show ring to put Watch Charm in the Broodmare Hall of Fame.  Among them, the American Ace son Ace's Lucky Charm also went on to sire numerous colts.  His full sister, Ace's Radiant Charm was a good 3 gaited mare.  Another full sister, Ace's Roberta, produced the WGC Forest Song.  Another daughter of Watch Charm, American Souvenir by American Dictator, produced the nice stallion Rosemar Souvenir by Vanity's Sensation. 
WGC CH Forest Song
Broadlands Captain Denmark X Ace's Roberta
Her 3rd dam was Youth's Charm

WGC Moreland Maid BHF was Youth's Charm's 2nd foal and was born in 1932.  She is by far her most famous offspring.  She was the 3 Gaited World's Grand Champion in 1937, and it's interesting to note that many of the other horses with Youth's Charm in their extended pedigrees were also 3 gaited horses.  Moreland Maid produced two colts who were gelded, and five fillies.
WGC CH Moreland Maid BHF
American Born X Youth's Charm

Most of the horses tracing to Youth's Charm do so through two daughters of Moreland Maid.  Here they are.

Maid of Orleans was Moreland Maid's first foal and was sired by the great King's Genius.  She, like her mother, was a 3 gaited show mare.  She also went to Grand View Farm in New City New York with her dam and they both lived out their lives at that farm.  Maid of Orleans had nine full siblings sired by Grand View Farm's head sire, Golden Thunderbolt.  They included the breeding stallion Grand View's Matinee Idol, Grand View's Roxy Anne, and Thunderbolt's Genius Lady.  All were good producers. Thunderbolt's Genius Lady was owned for a time by Jim Aikman, long enough to produce Fire Bolt, the 2nd dam of BHF Bourbon 'n Coke, who in turn was the dam of WGC One for the Road.  Grand View's Matinee Idol was sire to Buddy, Best ever Saddlebred, so my first horse had Youth's Charm on his pedigree.
Bourbon 'n Coke BHF
Premier's Bourbon Genius X Hide a way's Country Bumpkin
out of Fire Bolt
out of Thunderbolt's Genius Lady
out of Maid of Orleans
out of Moreland Maid
out of Youth's Charm
WGC One for the Road
Supreme Heir X Bourbon 'n Coke BHF
Youth's Charm was his 7th dam!
Grand View's Matinee Idol
Golden Thunderbolt X Maid of Orleans
Youth's Charm was his 3rd dam 
Buddy Best Ever Saddlebred
He had Youth's Charm on his registration papers

WC Lovely Maid was sired by Society Rex.  She was a World's Champion several times in various 3 gaited divisions.  She only produced one colt, but she made it count.  Her son, Buck and Wing was sired by Wing Commander.  Buck and Wing sired CH Tender Tears, CH Short Street, and CH Bandstand, among many other good horses.  His daughters also did him justice.  Danville Debutante BHF produced WGC Finest Hour.  Buck's Cotton Tail BHF was in the Broodmare Hall of Fame.  His  daughter Lady Gambler BHF was also in the Broodmare Hall of Fame and produced CH Callaway's Born to Win.  Buck and Wing's daughter Third Daughter, while not in the the BHF, produced WGC Onion.

Lovely Maid
Society Rex X Moreland Maid BHF
her 2nd dam was Youth's Charm
Buck and Wing
Wing Commander X Lovely Maid
His 3rd dam was Youth's Charm
Buck's Co Star
Buck and Wing X Starheart's Daughter by Starheart Stonewall
CH Bandstand
Buck and Wing x Courageous Fire by Courageous Peavine
CH Tender Tears
Buck and Wing X Giggles by On the Go
WGC Onion
Family Jewels X Third Daughter
note that Third Daughter was a full sister to Buck's Co Star

WGC Finest Hour
Stonewall's Main Event X Danville Debutante BHF by Buck and Wing
CH Callaway's Born to Win
Callaway's Blue Norther x Lady Gambler BHF by Buck and Wing
He sired some good horses before he was gelded.  

Here is some more information about Youth's Charm from Elaine Laux who gave me the idea to use her as a topic.  

The marker is on a farm in Danville, Illinois. We requested research from the American Saddlebred Museum in Kentucky and received interesting documentation. They had to go into the archives of course and it was amazing all the information they had. Youths Charm was born on Moreland Farms in Lexington, KY in 1925 and died 1946 in Danville, Illinois having a foal that also died. Youths Charm was sold to Mrs. Wm Bryce of Vermont in 1934 for $1000 and was at Kalarama Farms. She was then sold to Dr. Glenn Browne of Hoopeston, Illinois for $2100. At the age of 18, this was the second highest price ever paid for an aged broodmare. She was advertised as a "consistent producer." Youths Charm was then transferred to Nathaniel Smith in 1945 and sadly, died on his farm in 1946.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

11/18/17 Mystery horses

It took nearly 3 years to sort, catalog, identify, scan, label and research all the pictures from Dr. Elrod's collection.  Most were horses that he raised, owned or showed.  Many were labeled with some information on the back of the photo.  However, many weren't labeled, or had information that didn't  jive with the picture.  This frustrating and fascinating project eventually whittled it's way down to this group of unidentified photos.  Some were Dr. Elrod on an unknown horse, some were another rider on a horse that had nothing to do with Ottawa Creek Farm.  Some had no clues at all.  So why look at a bunch of unidentified photos?  For one thing, many were fabulous horses and well known riders.  What was the connection to Dr. Elrod and why were they in his possession?  Others were interesting for catching a moment in time.  And just perhaps, someone will recognize the horse or rider and be able to solve the mystery. 

So here are the photos, and all the available clues.  

This photo was labeled on the back side, "Daneshall's Easter Parade, dam of My My." 
Yes, it's a really nice horse, but it's not My My's dam.  It's a gelding. 
Here is the original unretouched photo from The American Saddlebred Museum.
They have a collection of Jay McClaskey's photos.  This one is from 1947, but
the horse isn't identified.  Frank Bradshaw is the rider, and he was also the trainer
of Daneshall's Easter Parade as well as My-My.  No one has been able to solve this one.
Here is the real picture of Frank Bradshaw and Daneshall's Easter Parade. 
They are very similar, and the location, lighting, riding suit, and background are identical.
Dr. Elrod and the Bradshaw's were friends, so that is probably why he had the top photo.
The label on the back wasn't Dr. Elrod's handwriting, but why would someone mislabel it? 

1941 is all we have to go on. 

"Lafitte" was the only identification on the back of this picture. 
Dr. Elrod owned the stallion Jean Lafitte from 1948 through his death in 1951.
He had 3 seasons of foal crops siring 33 colts for Dr. Elrod. 
This isn't CH Lafitte's Gay Scandel or Lafitte's Sweetheart, but
there are 21 other colts with the "Lafitte's" prefix to choose from.

This lovely 3 year old filly was pictured in 1944. 
Note the 4 rail fence in the background.  Dr. Elrod always had 4 rail fencing.

The photo from 1944 has 15 year old Bob Elrod riding a nice gray horse. 
Dr. Elrod bought Grey Mac in 1939 and had many grays sired by him over the years.

Probably another Grey Mac offspring.

Dr. Elrod aboard an unidentified horse. 

Here's another mystery horse with Dr. Elrod's friend Garland Bradshaw up.
It is a Kenneth Trapp photo, probably from the 1950's  or 1960's judging from the
clothing and roached tail.  It's a nice horse, but there are no clues to it's identification.

*update, well we figured out one anyway.  This is Garland Bradshaw
riding Ottawa's Denmark.  Check the previous post for another picture of this horse. 
His barn name was Pinky.

Yet another unknown horse with no identification on the photo. 
The rider looks like Chester Caldwell, and Dr. Elrod had business dealings
with him from the 1930's thru the 1950's.  This photo appears to be from the 1930's.

This high headed and handsome horse was not photographed at Ottawa Creek,
so the groom, horse and location are all unknown. It makes you wonder
why Dr. Elrod kept this photo.  Was it a horse he had sold? Was he sending one
of his mares to breed to the stallion?  Was it a prospect he considered?
Here is another horse at the same time and location.  Both photos were taken in November 1960.

Dr. Elrod aboard a gaited horse in 1942.  No other clues. 

Dr. Elrod driving a fine harness horse in the 1960's.
Dutch Morris was the photographer. 

Dr. Elrod riding a 3 gaited horse at the Ft. Wayne show in the 1960's.

Here's another one with very few clues.  It's a nice gaited horse and a
talented rider.  The shorter coat looks like the 1940's, but Dutch Morris
was the photographer and that may push this photo into the decade of the 1950's.

Hope you enjoyed these mysteries.  Maybe one or two will be recognized!
Be sure to look back at the last four posts for more photos of Dr. Elrod and his
Ottawa Creek Farm horses that were labeled and identified. 
*The rider is Claude Alexander, who was a trainer for Dr. Elrod.
The horse and date are still a mystery*

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