Friday, December 28, 2012

12/28/12 Buddy, the best Saddlebred ever

So after leasing my dear little mare for about a year and a half, I started thinking about buying my own Saddlebred.  One of my girlfriends introduced me to Dr. Elrod.  At that time, he’d been raising Saddlehorses for over 40 years.  I didn’t know it at the time, but he had judged at Louisville and Lexington Junior League.  He was an amateur who could show like the pros, and he was a breeder with a depth of knowledge like no one I’ve ever known.  Over time, he loaned me some of his books, and got me started on my longtime hobby of studying bloodlines. 

One of his first questions directed to me was to ask what my Dad did.  I replied that my Mom was a widow, but she was a librarian.  Years later, I wondered if that had been my first ever credit check.  Did I pass or fail?  I’ll never know for sure, but Dr. Elrod sold me my $600 horse on January 1, 1974.  He allowed me to make payments.  I was a college student at the time and it took me until April to pay him off.   Buddy was a bargain at any price, but my $600 horse had 17 Hall of Fame Broodmares in his 5 generation pedigree. 

Grand View's Matinee Idol
Golden Thunderbolt X Maid of Orleans by King's Genius
This was Buddy's sire
Golden Thunderbolt
Anacacho Denmark X Reverie's Desdemona (BHF) by King's Genius
Buddy's Grandsire
Vanity's Sensation
Sensation REx x Meadow Vanity (BHF) by Meadow Majesty
Buddy's dam's sire

Kalarama Colonel
Kalarama Rex x Edith Gatley (BHF)
Buddy's 2nd dam's sire

King's Sport
Bourbon King x Endora
Buddy's 3rd dam's sire
I forgot to mention that Buddy's 4th dam was a full sister to Kalarama Rex


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