Saturday, May 19, 2018

1958, Volume 39 of the American Saddle Horse Registry

What do Browncrest Miracle,  Captain Valor, Commander's Beauty, Danish Commander, Drum Beater, Emmy Emerald, Flame of Denmark, Local Talent, Pat Stonewall,  Rita's Pride, Spirit Divine and Vanity's Vanguard all have in common?  All were foaled in 1958 and appeared in Volume 39 of the american Saddle Horse Registry.  Some you've probably heard of and perhaps some you haven't , so here's a little more about each one. 

Browncrest Miracle
Stonewall Supreme X Meadow Miracle by Meadow Majesty
Chestnut mare with small white star
bred by Fred Brown of Pennsylvania
She was the dam of Lad O'Shea and Lord O'Shea,
Lord O'Shea is pictured below
Captain Valor
Brave Captain X Wil Far B Venus by Woods' Choice
Bay Stallion both hind pasterns white
bred by Thomas Ziegler of Pennsylvania 
Commander's Beauty
Wing Commander X Ace's Beauty Box by American Ace
Chestnut mare with stripe, snip, spot on lower lip, both right stocking, left hind ankle
bred by Odee Farm Breeders of St. Louis MO

Danish Commander
Wing Commander X Denmark's Daffodil by Ridgefields Denmark
chestnut stallion with star, snip, lower lip and both right stockings
bred by Odee Farm Breeders of St. Louis MO
which was owned & operated by Louis Greenspon

Drum Beater
Anacacho Shamrock X Reverie's Bourbon Princess BHF by Bourbon Genius
Chestnut stallion with star
bred by Garland Bradshaw of Danville KY

Flame of Denmark
Oman's Desdemona Denmark X Aflame BHF by Jack Robin Twigg
Bay stallion with narrow stripe and both right stockings
bred by Oman Stables of Franklin TN
Local Talent 
American Dictator X Front Cover by King's Genius
Chestnut mare with star, snip, right hind ankle, left hind pastern
bred by Castleton Farm of Lexington KY
Her son Town Talent is pictured below
Ottawa's Summer Song
Mdercder's Copper King X Lafitte's Delightful Miss by Jean LaFitte
Chestnut mare with star, snip and left hind ankle
Bred by Dr. Robert Elrod of Toledo, OH 
Pat Stonewall
Stonewall Premiue X Nellie Don by Rex Story
Chestnut Stallion with short stripe and left hind ankle
bred by RG Hensley or Kirksville, MO

His son CH Patent Leather Stonewall is pictured below. 


Vanity's Vanguard
Vanity's Sensation X Precious Miss by Bourbon Genius
Chestnut stallion with star, snip, right hind pastern and left hind stocking
bred by Mrs Elliott Bonnie of Urbana Ohio

Some horses didn't have a picture available, so they're represented by a family member. 

Emmy Emerald foaled in 1958 was a full sister to Tashi Ling foaled in 1959. 
Emmy Emerald was RWC, but her younger sister was WGC.
WGC CH Wing Commander X WGC Emerald Future by Anderson Rex
Chestnut mare with stripe to right nostril and both right ankles
bred by Mrs. A.E. Knowlton of Emerald Farm in Delaware, OH
Prairie Firelight was later renamed American Sunset and was in the BHF
Americus Denmark X Courageous Flash by Captain Courageous
Chestnut mare with stripe covering end of nose, right front pastern and left hind stocking.
Bred by Jane Gordon Fletcher of Willisbrook Farm in Malvern PA
She is represented here by her son The Supreme Sunrise
Rita's Pride was later renamed Anita Le Rose
Society Kalarama X Rita Le Rose by Beau Peavine
Bay mare with star, snip, both right ankles and left hind stocking
bred by Max Biederman of Springfield, KY
She is represented her by her daughter CH Chantilly Rose BHF

Spirit Divine
Sun Beau's Glory X Ensign's Dream by Dnsign Kirby
Chestnut mare with faint snip, and left hind ankle
bred by Old Stone House Farms in Newburgh, IN
She is represented here by her stallion son Good Spirits

By sheer coincidence, the dams of both of my first horses, Buddy, Best Ever Saddlebred and my mare, were in this volume.  Vanity's Virginia was on page 159 and Cacho Kate was on page 160 and just five registration numbers apart.  My husband's first broodmare was also foaled in 1958, but didn't appear in this volume since she was registered the following year.  

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Monday, April 23, 2018

4/23/18 Wing Commander's 75th birthday celebration at Meadow Brook Hall

The American Saddlebred Association of Michigan recently held a celebration for Wing Commander's 75th birthday at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester Michigan.  Here, in 1943, Wing Commander was born at the estate of Frances Dodge Van Lennep's mother, Matilda Dodge Wilson.

Much has been said about Wing Commander elsewhere in this blog.  A 6 time 5-gaited World's Grand Champion, he was also a 6 time leading breeding stallion, leaving a legacy of subsequent generations filled with more World Grand Champions, Hall of Fame broodmares, and high ranking stallions.  He was a one of a kind, whose name was recognized by Saddlebred fans as well as the general public.  He even appeared in Life Magazine in 1954 during his heyday.

Meadow Brook Hall, the estate built in the 1920's by Matilda Wilson, was donated to Michigan State University in 1957 and became Oakland University.  Meadow Brook Hall is an imposing 88,000 square foot home, still furnished as it was by Mrs. Wilson, and is open to the public for tours.  The architecture, the furnishings, the artwork and the grounds are all worth a trip to this home, which is now a National Historic Landmark.

One of the highlights of the evening's celebration were Dave Bedell's stories of Wing Commander.  One might expect that a 90 year old would remember seeing Wing Commander show, but Dave was honored to have been in a jog cart behind Wing and sitting alongside Earl Teater.  He also got to pick up Wing's foot, and watched from Wing's stall as he was being prepared for the Lexington Jr League's show at the Red Mile's historic round barn.  Dave questioned Mr. Teater when he noticed that the ribbon being used to braid Wing Commander was wider than the standard ribbon.  In a style far different than today, Dave was told by Earl Teater that he liked Wing's braids on show day to be "short, fat, and cocky!"  Not many people today can hold claim to such memories.

Wing Commander as a 3 year old
Frances Dodge and her mount Pendennis.
The original oil by George Ford Morris hangs in Meadow Brook Hall.
Frances Dodge in 1933 at Meadow Brook Hall.  
The entrance to Meadow Brook Hall over the bridge 

Was this originally one of Frances Dodge's barns?

This room off the main living room featured huge windows, a great view and a wormy chestnut ceiling.  It was my favorite room in the mansion.  
Round doors and ornately carved paneling were found throughout the home.  
Another room with a fabulous view. 
A hallway on the first floor.
Danny Dodge's bedroom
A trophy from the Toledo, Ohio show in 1929.

Matilda Wilson's bathroom
The ballroom at Meadow Brook Hall.
Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra once performed here. 
The book signing table for "Riding on the Edge", 
a book about Frances Dodge. 
The billiards room in the basement of Meadow Brook Hall. 

A delightful and informative evening at Meadow Brook Hall reminded us all that Michigan will always be able to lay claim to the fact that CH WGC Wing Commander was born right here.

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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 known 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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