Saturday, December 28, 2013

12/28/13 Sexy Rexy

12/28/13    Way back in the day, The Ohio State Buckeyes football team had a quarterback named Rex Kern.  His nickname was Sexy Rexy, so I though it would be a good idea to borrow the nickname for this week's post on some of the awesome saddlebreds named Rex. 

Rex McDonald
foaled in 1890, sired by Rex Denmark and out of Lucy Mack
He traced back to Denmark FS on his sire line.
When you search his name on ASHA's website, 71 entries pop up, but he is the original.
Surprisingly, he has no daughters in the BHF.  He is represented by his three
most important sons, Rex Peavine, Rex Monroe and McDonald Chief.
Rex Peavine
foaled in 1899, sired by Rex McDonald out of Daisy 2d by Peavine 85.
See more on the post on Peavines.

Rex Monroe
foaled in 1903, sired by Rex McDonald out of Lena M.
He was intensely Denmark bred as his dam was a great-granddaughter of
Denmark FS, and his 2nd dam was also a great-granddaughter of Denmark FS.
With his sire's bloodlines, Rex Monroe had three close up doses of Denmark FS.
Rex Monroe is largely remembered through the contributions of his daughters.
Jonquil was a grand show mare, Nancy Thurman (dam of Kalarama Rex, see her post) and Kathryn Haines (dam of Kate Haines [see her post], American Ace, Kate Peavine BHF, Abie's Irish Rose BHF & Kingston's Choice) were both in the Broodmare Hall of Fame, and daughter Jean Acker was the dam of Pennypack's Pride (BHF) and 3rd dam of Yorktown. 

Rex Shadow
foaled in 1947, sired by Society Rex out of Velvet Shadow
He sired my husband's mare, Watch My Step,
see the post on Alloway's Saddlebreds.

Royal Rex Sea
foaled in 1933, sired by Society Rex out of Mountain Vine
He sired breeding stallion Bobby Sea, and BHF Royal Surprise.

Rex Chief A
foaled in 1905, sired by McDonald Chief by Rex McDonald
and out of a Bourbon Chief daughter

Rex Lee Bourbon
foaled in 1924, he was sired by Bourbon King and out of Lelia Rex by Rex  Peavine
He was the Reserve World's Grand Champion 5 gaited horse in 1930 and
this photo was from the February 1930 cover of Saddle & Bridle magazine. 
His daughter Rose Lee Bourbon was in the BHF.

Rex Romayne
foaled in 1941, he was sired by Pepper Martin by King's Genius
out of Belle Romayne by Kalarama Rex.
See the post on King's Genius part 2 for a picture of his sire.
Don't forget some of the other horses already pictured in previous posts:
Anderson Rex, Sensation Rex, and Kalarama Rex.
Please search for any horse in the search field of this blog.  You never know what might show up.  If you are looking for a particular horse and can't find them here, please email me. I might already have a picture and just haven't gotten around to posting it yet.
Recently located some pictures and updated the posts on Double Duty Mares and Dixie Duchess.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

12/22/13 R you ready?

 What’s a pirate’s favorite letter?  You might think it’s the R but it’s really the C.  Get it? 

Since The C’s were all mentioned earlier, this week we’re starting the R’s.   R’s and saddlebreds bring to mind the names Rex, Royal, Reata, Reverie’s and Ridgefields.   Too much territory to cover in one post, so let's look at Ridgefield horses.  According to ASHA, there are 398 horses with some form  of Ridgefield in their name from the early  1940's through present day.  Their spelling makes no sense,  the apostrophe can show up before or after the "S", which may or may not appear and sometimes the apostrophe doesn't show up either. 

Ridgefields Denmark

Anacacho Denmark X Reverie's Desdemona
see another photo of him in the post on his dam

CH Ridgefields' Genius
King's Genius X Abie's Irish Rose  (BHF)
see another photo in the  post on King's Genius part 2
He lived to the ripe old age of  30.

Ridgefields Rex
Kalarama Rex X Wonder Girl
In his lifetime, he was owned by the likes of Kalarama Farms,  George Gwinn,
Ridgefield's Farm, Garland Bradshaw and Dr. E.L. Robinson.
Ridgefield Heir
Genius Bourbon King x Ridgefields' Soubrette
He stood for many years at Buck Hinson's
Cedar Creek Farm in Missouri
Ridgefields' Soubrette
CH Ridgefields' Genius X Gay Soubrette
Ridgefields' Genius Denmark
CH Ridgefields' Genius X Oman's Enola Gay
Pride of Ridgefield
CH Ridgefields' Genius X Tommy's Lovely Pride
Ridgefields' Wild Genius
CH Ridgefields' Genius X Greenhill's Mary Shannon
Song of Ridgefields' Genius
CH Ridgefields' Genius X Popular Song by Genius Bourbon King
Ridgefields' Supreme Commander
Marely's Crimson Genius by CH Ridgefields' Genius X Mary Malone by Kalarama Colonel
CH Ridgefields' Cherry Jubilee
CH Ridgefields' Genius X Black Cherry (BHF)
Ridgefields' Colour My World w Colourburst
CH Ridgefields' Genius X Charm O'Gold by Gold Note

This ad was from the 1953 Lexington Jr  League Horse Show program.  CP Edwards sold
Ridgefield's Farm and stock.  The farm was located 2 miles south of Danville Kentucky.  There are still horses being bred today that carry the Ridgefield's name.  Many are owned by Mitchell Clark,
whose farm is located 2 miles south of Danville Kentucky.  It was originally his grandfather's farm. 
Does anyone know if Garland Bradshaw bought this farm in the 1953 dispersal? 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

12/14/13 Croft's Star

12/14/13  Occasionally I come across a name of a horse and realize I've seen it before.  When it pops up again, it's time to take a closer look.  Croft's Star has popped up in pedigrees, but never in an article that I've come across.  I'm not sure why the name caught my eye, perhaps because her name appealed to my farmer background.  However, she appears on a lot of pedigrees from multiple descendants.  Again, sorry, no picture.  Broodmare's don't seem to warrant photos, although I wouldn't be surprised if she had a show record back in the day.  She was owned by Mary Anne O'Callaghan, a top rider back in the 50's and 60's. 
**3/16/14 see photo & note below**

Croft's Star was a bay mare foaled in 1952.  Her dam was in the Broodmare Hall of Fame, so one would assume that several of her colts were good show horses.  Let's talk about her dam Tillie Mac for a moment.  She produced 1 gelding and 7 mares, with only the gelding and one of the mares having a show record on the ASHA website.  Of Tillie Mac's 7 daughters, only 3 reproduced, and one line fizzled out pretty quickly.  However, Croft's Star and her half sister Anacacho Lady Mac continued Tillie Mac's heritage.  Anacacho Lady Mac produced CH Contract's Lady Anacacho.  Shown as the Sorceress, she later produced  CH CH-EQ Glenview's Warlock,  the very handsome stallion Admiral's Performer, and the noted sire Status Symbol.
Here she is!  Croft's Star was shown by Mary Anne O'Callahan (now Cronan) as Scarlet Ribbons.
Thanks to Cynthia Hecht's note on Facebook, I was able to locate the photo in the book 
 History of the American Saddlebred by J.H. Ransom.  

 Getting back to this subject for this week, Croft's Star produced 1 stallion and 5 mares.  Of her six colts, two earned their CHampion status and all but one went on to reproduce. 

Her babies were:
Red Thread, 1963, mare, by CH Gallant Guy O'Goshen
Ribbonette 1964, mare, by CH Gallant Guy O'Goshen
CH Maker's Mark, 1965, stallion, by CH Valley View Supreme
CH Crimson Bow, 1966, mare, by CH Gallant Guy O'Goshen
Canterbury Peavine, 1969, mare, by Indiana Peavine
Canterbury Lane, 1970,mare, by Oman's Desdemona Denmark

Listed below are some of the offspring of Croft's Star springing from three of her babies.  Each indentation is another generation. 

Daughter Ribbonette went on to produce several colts of her own, but most descendants come from:
        The Magic Moment, 1971, mare by Mr. Magic Man.
                    Miss Chit Chat (BHF), 1980, mare, by Sultan's Instant Replay
                                   Now Listen Here, 1996, mare by Talent Town
                                             CH Can you Hear me Now, 2002 gelding by Desert's Supreme Memories
                     CH Shoobop Shoobop, 1984, stallion by Supreme Sultan
                                   CH Xuxa, 1998, mare
                                   CH MMMBop  1997, gelding
                     Belle Reve's Voodoo Magic, 1993, stallion
                                   CH A Magic Surprise

Son CH Maker's Mark sired 30 or 40 colts:
          CH Dark Hour, 1975, gelding
          Gold Lame, 1984, mare

Daughter Canterbury Lane also produced numerous colts:
        The New York Times, 1977, stallion by New Yorker
                     CH That's My Story (BHF), 1993,mare
                                    CH And I'm Sticking to it, gelding, 2003, by Attache's Royal Assets
                                    A Whole Different Story, stallion, 2004, by Callaway's Blue Norther
                      Christmas in New York ERB, 1991, mare (full sister to That's My Story)
                                    Undulata's Nutcracker, 2001, stallion
                      CH Undulata's Perfect Gift ERB (BHF), 1994, mare
                                     CH New York's Perfect Gift, 2002, gelding, by I'm a New Yorker
                      CH -EQ Undulata's Time to Shine, mare, 1995
                       New York State, stallion, 1990
                                      CH New York Entertainer, 1997, gelding
        CH Celebrity Lane, 1985, gelding by Wing Shot
         Callaways Lula Carden, 1993, mare by Caramac
                      Callaways' Eight Below, 2006, gelding by Callaway's Blue Norther

Maker's Mark
son of Croft's Star

The Magic Moment,
daughter of Ribbonette
Can You Hear Me Now,
great grandson of The Magic Moment
CH Shoobop Shoobop
son of the Magic Moment

Belle Reve's Voodoo Magic,
son of The Magic Moment

CH A Magic Surprise,
grandson of The Magic Moment

Gold Lame,
daughter of CH Maker's Mark

The New York Times,
son of Canterbury Lane

Croft's Star was sired by Hickory Highland Croft that was owned for awhile by Minton Hickory Farm.  Her grandsire was Nawbeek's Highland King by Edna May's King. On Croft's Star's female side, her dam was by Bourbon Coyne by Wild Rex.  Wild Rex was the sire of my all time favorite broodmare, Wild Wind.                            

Hickory Highland Croft
Nawbeek's Highland King

 Hickory Highland Croft*
Nawbeek's Highland KingEdna May's King    
Nancy Highland    
 Daisy Croft  American Born
  Jane Ware    
Tillie Mac (BHF) * 
Bourbon CoyneWild Rex    
  Alice Porter    
TillieRex Firefly    

Friday, December 6, 2013

12/6/13 Before & After


12/6/13  I was all set to do a little research on a broodmare that I ran across last weekend while I was posting.  However, it appears I've been locked out of the ASHA website, so no research this weekend.  Evidently, if you renew your membership six weeks early like I did this year, you get lost in the shuffle.  Next year, I will revert to my usual habit of procrastination and renew a couple days before the 11/30/13 deadline.  In the meantime, I probably can't access anything until Monday when I can call AHSA and vent my frustration.

So here is a small project I was working on, not nearly finished, but it'll have to do.  These are before and after pictures of saddlebreds. 

On the left is Callaway's Johnny Gillen being shown by Dale Pugh.  On the right side at top is
his dam, Fourth Estate, and below are the two of them together.

Caramac showing with Tom Moore on the left, and at age 30 on the right.


 Dance Awhile as a broodmare on the left, and showing as a weanling on the right.

Looky Here showing as a yearling on the top, and as a broodmare on the bottom. 

Roxie Highland and her foal Roxie Highland of Spindletop on the left, and Roxie showing on the right. 


CH Supreme Airs being driven by Charlie Crabtree on the left, and Supreme Airs (BHF) with one of her colts on the right.