Saturday, June 29, 2013

News from January 1945 National Horseman

Recently I purchased some old saddlebred magazines from my friend Cheri off Ebay, so I thought I would post some highlights.  The cover price for the magazine in 1945 was 50 cents. 

On the cover of the magazine was Dodge Stables' star, Sweet Rhythm, trained and shown by Wallace Bailey.  There was an obituary for the same Wallace Bailey, trainer for Dodge Stables,  which at that time located in Rochester Michigan.  A few pages later was an ad for the saddlebred nursery, Maryland Farm.  It's trainer was Earl Teater.  A few months later, Earl Teater would become the new trainer for Dodge Stables, a position he held until his death in the early 1970's.

Sweet Rhythm was on the cover.
She later was a BHF.

The main focus of this issue was broodmares, with several nice articles on care of the broodmare, selection of stallions to enhance your mare's potential, the question of closing the Saddlebred registry to no longer allow in horses of "mixed" blood, and a feature on Ware's Sensation, now in the Broodmare Hall of Fame.  Many nice farms advertised their stallion, but then listed some of their choice broodmares.  Here are some highlights.
This drawing of Ware's Sensation was
drawn by noted artist Helen Hayse.

Nawbeek Farm, Paoli, Pennsylvania  owned by Wm. Robinson.  Standing at stud was American Born and some of the mares included Kate Peavine and Edna May's Delight, both were later BHF, as well as top producers American Maytime and Lina Lee Lewis.
American Maytime

Magnolia Farms, Memphis, Tennessee was managed  by Garland Bradshaw.  Top mares included  Luise Rainer, and My Revelretta, who produced Dodge Stables' My Show Boat, .
Luise Rainer

Maryland Farm, Brentwood Tennessee,  owned by Mr & Mrs Truman Ward, Earl Teater manager, stood American Ace.  Some of their best mares were Dona San Juan, Janet Sue, Maryland's Bird  and Watch Charm.  All were later in the Broodmare Hall of Fame. 

Crebilly Farm, West Chester, Pennsylvania owned by James K. Robinson, stood Sensation Rex.  Among his broodmare band was Wild Wind (BHF) who founded her own dynasty.  I'm going to write a whole post about her.  She's awesome. 
Sensation Rex

Land O'Goshen Farms, Goshen, Kentucky owned by William Belknap and managed by S.Y Tupper.  Mr. Belknap was an early director of ASHBA, the forerunner of ASHA.  Their top mare, Kalabara O'Goshen, produced Ace O'Goshen and Gilded Gal O'Goshen who was the dam of Gallant Guy O'Goshen. 
This filly was named Pre-War-Stuff O'Goshen.
No kidding. 

Ridgefields Farm, Kingsport Tennessee, owned by C P Edwards and managed by Jack Blythe. They stood Gallant Knight.  Top mares included Gay Soubrette, Emily Brickley, Sporting Nancy and The Genius' Queen. 
Gay Soubrette

Gallant Knight was out of Highland Perle

Reverie Knoll Farms, Danville, Kentucky, owned by Freeman Keys, and the farm stood stallions Anacacho Denmark, Bourbon Genius and Arletha's Easter Cloud. Top mares were Lady Emily, Spirit of Kentucky, and Highland Perle.  Highland Perle didn't make it into the BHF like the other two at Reverie Knoll, but  her son Gallant Knight was mentioned in the above paragraph. 
Spirit of Kentucky, left and Highland Perle, right.

Minton Hickory Farm, Barbourville, Kentucky, owned by Miss Nola Minton, managed by Robert McCray.  This farm stood Nawbeek's Highland King.  Among the mares listed in their ad, Ina Walker and Nola's Glory later went into the BHF

It was nice to see the mare side get a lot of credit in this magazine issue.  Obviously, with the number that later went into the BHF, many of the mares mentioned were top notch.







Sunday, June 23, 2013

Buddy's horse show debut and when to quit when you're ahead!

6/23/13  Certain dates can trigger a topic in my mind, like New Year's Day and Valentine's Day.  June 23rd does the same thing.  It is Buddy's birthday (#44) and so he will rule today's post. 

I love horse shows.  Large or small, single day or week long events, I LOVE them.  The sights, sounds, and smells bring out a smile.  While I don't always pick the winners, I usually have a favorite in the class.  I can tell you the first time I saw Swing an Singin, Our Brilliant Belle, Double or Nuttin' and Call Me Regal.  In some cases, it was their show ring debut, and if not the debut, certainly an early trip to the show ring.  Some horses have a "look at me" spirit.  You know they're going to be stars.
Swing An Singin
had the crowd roaring at Louisville. 
Look at those hocks!
Call Me Regal
as a yearling at Louisville
Double or Nuttin'
as a 2yr old at Lexington

Our Brilliant Belle
Jr. Fine Harness at Lexington
So appropriately named.

The Power of One
at Louisville as a yearling.
In a crowd of 2 dozen colts, his "look-at-me"
attitude got my attention. 

Marc of Charm
the first time I saw him at Lexington.
He is still one of my favorites.
The way he looked in the stallion stake at Louisville in 2012,
I thought for sure he'd win the WGC, but it was not to be.
Maybe this year.

That brings me back to Buddy.  Remember, I was a college student when I bought him.  My previous show experience had been the one-day variety with Secret.  I showed, but I'll admit, I really didn't enjoy it.  Nerves have always been a battle for me, and horse shows could scare me spitless.  I bought Buddy on New Year's Day.  He was 4 and 1/2 at the time and while he was beyond the green broke stage, he hadn't had a whole lot of saddle time when I bought him.  One of my stable mates was a very good showman and we were going to try some small summer shows. 

Our first trip out actually wasn't a show, it was a clinic and so no one was tied in the class.  No pressure.  Buddy was a great boy, but I'll admit he had a couple of faults.  One was an iron mouth.   If we were on a trail ride, he was great as long as he was at the head of the line.  A born leader.  So for his show ring debut, I decided to just put him in a halter class.  No problems possible there, right?

So it's time to enter the ring, and in we come at the trot.  Buddy's head was straight up and I was running like crazy to keep up.  Stop.  Set up.  He always parked out like a dream, often a bit too much.  This time was just right.  Head up, looking around, everything going great.  Then the next horse came in.  Still no major problem, but hey, what's that going on in the ring behind us?  Uh oh, there is another class going on in the next ring and it's going on simultaneously.  Did I mention this was a one day, all breed show?  I believe they were contesting in the next ring over.  As in western horses tearing around like crazy, making a lot of noise and raising a lot of dust.  Buddy wanted to see what was happening.  Too bad we were facing the wrong way to see the other action.  So he spins around and parks out to watch.  I tried getting him back in the right direction, but Bud had other ideas.  Every time I moved him, he spun around. 

Finally, I gave up.  Just let him face the opposite directions of all the other horses in the lineup.  That shouldn't be too obvious, right?   At  least he looked pretty.  Too bad I looked like an idiot who didn't know which way to point her horse.  So the judge comes walking through the lineup for one last inspection.  He tells me I have a "heckuva" nice horse. Then he kind of chuckled as he walked on.  Yeah, too bad his owner doesn't know her directions.  Well, my humiliation was nearly complete.  They just had to tie the class and I could slink out. 

But wait, they called our number!  We won?  Yes, we won.  Good thing it was a halter class, and not showmanship.  After that, I decided to quit while we were ahead.  We never showed again, but we went out on top.  Buddy retired from showing, and I wasn't in a showring again for 30+ years. 
One day, I was cleaning in my attic and came across my old show ribbons with Secret.  And among them was a blue ribbon that had faded to purple.  It was Buddy's one and only ribbon.  I had a habit of labeling everything (OCD) and I looked at it.  It was dated 6/23/74, Buddy's 5th birthday. 

 Buddy on his fifth birthday, before my humiliation.
Check out all the fine autos/trailers/campers in the background!
I was behind the camera, a friend of mine was holding Buddy.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Happy Valley Farms

6/21/13  What a tragic loss suffered by Bit Hutcheson of Happy Valley Farms when her main show barn burned on the evening of June 20th, killing 35 American Saddlebreds.  Included among those lost were her four breeding stallions, Merchant Prince, his son I'm the Prince, his grandson Magical Me and Harlem's Friendly Conversation. 

Merchant Prince, at age 30, was a fixture on sire ratings, and sired a whole bunch of excellent horses including CH Rejoice, CH The Great Gaspar, CH A Sweet Treat and CH Marching Orders.

I'm The Prince sired 2 time 3 gaited WGC Grande Gil.  I had the pleasure of seeing I'm the Prince presented at Undulata Farm for the All American Cup Stallion Tour in 2008 and 2009.  He was gorgeous and had 15 foot tail that floated behind him with every step of the trot.

All these horses will be greatly missed and my heart goes out to everyone who lost a horse in this awful fire. 




Saturday, June 15, 2013

Buddy's BHF's

6/15/13  Buddy's sires, grandsires, great grandsires have already been accounted for, so why not list his female relatives, including the 17 Hall of Fame Broodmares that appear in his five generation pedigree?  Sure, especially since I have photos of most of them. Here is a generation by generation list of all his female relatives. 

Dam:  Vanity's Virginia, sorry no photo.  She was also 2nd dam of the breeding stallion Santana's Cameo which stood in Texas for many years. 

Granddams:  Again, no pictures, but I'm working on looking for Maid of Orleans since she was a 3 gaited show horse in the 1940's.  Easter Promenade was a full sister to breeding and show stallion Colonel Sport. 

3rd generation dams:  From top to bottom, Reverie's Desdemona (BHF), Moreland Maid (BHF), CH Meadow Vanity (BHF).  No picture of 3rd dam Easter Sport.

4th generation dams: From top to bottom, Jane Black (BHF), Spirit of Kentucky (BHF), Princess Eugenia (BHF), Youth's Charm, Ware's Sensation (BHF), Live Wire Beauty, Edith Gatley (BHF) and no picture of 4th dam Easter Gift (full sister to Kalarama Rex).

5th generation dams: From top to bottom, Edna May (BHF), Candy Kid, Princess Eugenia (BHF), Edith Gatley (BHF), Annie C (BHF), Queen of Lincoln, Lena Jemison (BHF), Sadie Smith, Golden Firefly (BHF), Rexie Madison, Spelling Bee (BHF), La Grand, Nancy Thurman (BHF), Mary Emily, Endora, Nancy Thurman (BHF)

Reverie's Desdemona (BHF)

Moreland Maid (BHF)

CH Meadow Vanity (BHF)

Jane Black (BHF) 

Spirit of Kentucky (BHF)
on the left

Princess Eugenia (BHF)

Ware's Sensation (BHF)

Edith Gatley (BHF)

Edna May (BHF)

Princess Eugenia (BHF)
She appears twice on his pedigree

Edith Gatley (BHF)
she appears twice on Buddy's pedigree

Annie C (BHF)

Lena Jemison (BHF)

Golden Firefly (BHF)

Spelling Bee (BHF)

Nancy Thurman (BHF)
She appears twice on his pedigree, but I don't have a picture.

7/14/14  Note:  In the January 1946 issue of National Horseman, there was an article about three 
grand broodmares, including Nancy Thurman.  They said there was no picture of her and she was such a nervous mare, she never stood still for a photo even as an older broodmare.  
They did have a drawing which is pictured below.

Friday, June 7, 2013

I is for Ice Cream

6/7/13   Most of the pictures posted in this blog  are of horses related to my saddlebreds, past and present.  Arriving at those horses whose names start with an I, the list was sparse.

The only ones on the list were Indiana Ace and his son Indiana Peavine.  That wouldn't do, so I tried Illinois and Iowa.  While there were a few horses with those states in their names, none had pictures on ASHA's website. So I started looking for power words.  Independence, Imperial, Indian.........Ice Cream! 

Indiana Ace
American Ace X Briney Breezes (BHF) by Kalarama Rex

 He sired some good colts and was imported to South Africa where he became an important breeding stallion.  He shows up in the pedigrees of lots of South African Saddlebreds.

Indiana Peavine
Indiana Ace X Rose of Spindletop by Beau Peavine

Among his colts were Glenview's Warlock, the one-eyed 3-gaited horse turn equitation superstar, the lovely Lily Merrill and show/breeding stallions Spellcaster and Wind-Sir.  If these were any indication, he sired very handsome colts.

Independence Chief sired Chief of Longview, who was World's Grand Champion in both Fine Harness and the 5-gaited stake.  Sorry, couldn't find a picture. 

Imperial Rights
Supreme Rights X Tommy's Lovely Pride by Blazing Genius

His dam also produced Pride of Ridgefield who sired Winsdown Hi Octane, Winsdown Black Gold, Preaux and The Karankawa Chief.  The Karankawa Chief only sired one colt before he was gelded, but that was Phi Slama Jama. 

Imperial Rights had Indian Penny in his pedigree, another "I" horse.

 Indian Penny was sired by Kalarama Colonel and out of a mare by Mountain Peavine. 

As for Ice Cream, sorry, no pictures, but several cute names.
Mr. Ice Cream sired Frosty Swirl Ice Cream
Ice Cream Sunday...............born on a Sunday?
Pickles and Ice Cream.........named by a pregnant woman?
Phice Cream (by Phi Slama Jama of course) was the dam of Phice Cream Sundae