Friday, August 29, 2014

8/30/14 Kalarama Rex and his daughters

8/30/14  Last week looked a Hall of Fame Broodmare Nancy Thurman, the dam of Kalarama Rex.  This week will look at Kalarama Rex' eight daughters who were in the American Saddlebred Broodmare Hall of Fame.  Most of them don't have photos available, so they'll be represented by their offspring.

Kalarama Rex
Rex Peavine X Nancy Thurman (BHF)

Belle of Boyle (BHF)
f. 1941, dam Jenny Boyle by American Born
She was the dam of the colorful stallion Oman's Anacacho Rhythm that was owned by Garland Bradshaw and sired the handsome Rhythm's Ragtime, and five gaited stars CH Gold Treat and CH Rhythm N' Jazz.. Belle of Boyle also produced CH The Verdict.

    Oman's Anacacho Rhythm by Anacacho Denmark

    The Verdict by CH Ridgefields' Genius

Briney Breezes (BHF)
f. 1936, dam Whispering Winds by Guided by Love
Her stallion son Indiana Ace  by American Born sired Indiana Peavine before he was exported to South Africa.  Another son of Briney Breezes, Mr. America,  was a Reserve World Champion and had a stallion son who was also exported to South Africa.  Mr. America's full sister CH Moore's Miss America, was a two time World's Champion.  Both were by Genius Bourbon King.

    Indiana Ace by American Ace

    Mr. America by Genius Bourbon King

    CH Moore's Miss America by Genius Bourbon King

Emerald Present (BHF)
f. 1944, dam Anna Love Song (BHF) by My Own Love.  '
She produced Royal Rambler, son of The Rambler.

    Royal Rambler by The Rambler

Fourth Estate (BHF)
f. 1943,dam Lauradell by McDonald Peavine.
She produced Callaway's Johnny Gillen who in turn sired CH Will Shriver, the basis for the Callaway Hills breeding program. Fourth Estate was also a three gaited show horse before her broodmare days. Her original name was Kalarama Khaki Kapers.  . 

    Fourth Estate (BHF)

    Callaway's Johnny Gillen by CH Wing Commander

Kalarama Lorelei (BHF)
f. 1941 out of Evelyn Brent by Comet Dare
She was bred multiple times to Crebilly Farm's stallions Sensation Rex, Beau Fortune and Vanity's Sensation of Cribeilly.  Her daughter Crebilly's Hi Note was a nice fine harness horse and dam of Magic Note.  Magic Note only produced two colts, but they were both in the Broodmare Hall of Fame.  They were pinto mares CH Caravelle and CH Astra Music.

    Crebilly's Hi-Note by Beau Fortune

Kalarama Heiress (BHF)
f. 1938, dam Wildair by Douglas Chief
Her daughter CH Starlight Heiress by Starheart Stonewall was a three gaited mare.

    Starlight Heiress by Starheart Stonewall

Kalarama Wild Flower (BHF)
f. 1941 out of Independence Denmark by Admiral Denmark

    Denmark Wild Flower by Anacacho Denmark

CH Nellie Pidgeon (BHF)
f. 1938 out of Margie Kelly by Red Light 2nd.   Nellie Pidgeon was an excellent 3 gaited show horse who won the three gaited World's Grand Championship in 1947.  She was purchased by Frank Kupfer of Grand View Farms and produced several good horses by Golden Thunderbolt.  Gelding Pal Joie was three gaited like his dam.  Grand View's Country Gal was also three gaited and her daughter Amazing Grace DSF produced the stallion Revival.  Nellie's stallion son was My Flowing Gold who earned his CHampion
Nellie Pidgeon (BHF)
Grand View's Country Gal by Golden Thunderbolt
Pal Joie by Golden Thunderbolt
CH My Flowing Gold by Golden Thunderbolt

Next week will take a look at the stallion sons of Kalarama Rex. 

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Friday, August 22, 2014

8/22/14 Nancy Thurman (BHF) hits 100

8/22/14 It’s hard to believe The American Saddlebred blog has been up and running for over a year and a half.  Today’s episode marks the 100th post, so it has to be special.  Broodmares are my soft spot, Buddy (Best Saddlebred Ever) was my inspiration, and so why not do a post on one of his dams?   There has already been a post on Buddy’s BHF’s, so this is going in depth on his 5th dam, Nancy Thurman (BHF).  And she even shows up twice in his pedigree.  When I looked her up, it turns out she foaled in 1914, 100 years ago.  Perfect!

Nancy Thurman foaled 5/19/14.  Her breeder R F Paull of Columbia KY sold her soon after birth to L Ray Thurman of Kalarama Farms, the owner of her sire Rex Monroe.  She was broken to saddle by Joe Walker, a longtime trainer, groom and care taker at Kalarama.  Nancy was a great show mare, showing both under saddle and in harness and was the winner of over 100 blue ribbons.  Nancy Thurman had a major dislike of autos, which followed her through her life.  She had once been hit by a car and the harness was ripped off her.  After that, she would jog between rows of cars if she was on her way to the show ring, but if she couldn’t get into the ring, she lunged and reared in fright. 
Nancy Thurman was retired to the broodmare ranks in 1921.  Joe Walker was told to ride her to the farm where Rex Peavine stood.  It was a mere 65 mile ride to the Hockaday Farm in Silver Creek, Kentucky.  The mare never tired and was always ready to go.  As she rode into the yard, a group of dogs came off the porch to greet the approaching mare.  She began to strut and snort and Mr. Hockaday announced that he thought Nancy Thurman would have Rex Peavine’s best colt.  He proved correct because the following spring of 1922, Nancy Thurman foaled Kalarama Rex.
Nancy Thurman was rebred to Rex Peavine in 1922 and was in foal.  However, she was loaded onto a truck for the first time in her life.  She went berserk, and ended up jumping out of the truck.  Her resulting injuries caused her to lose her foal.  She was bred to Rex Peavine again and had Easter Gift, a full sister to Kalarama Rex, in 1924.  She was described as pretty, but there is no mention of a show record.  She was Buddy’s 4th dam.
Her 1925 filly, Glow Worm, was sired by Jean Val Jean, but died as a 2 year old.  Her 1926 filly was Magic Peavine, sired by her son, Kalarama Rex.  There was no foal in 1927, but her 1928 foal was Nancy Monroe by her own sire, Rex Monroe.  In 1928 she caught a break and was bred to non-family.  She produced the Racketeer by American Born in 1929.  She then skipped a year and in 1931 produced Royal Genius by CH King’s Genius.  In 1932, another King’s Genius colt arrived, Pirate Gold.  1933 brought Kalarama Champion by American Born, then she skipped 1934.  In 1935, another American Born son, Kalarama Master arrived.  Gay Soubrette, a bay filly by Gay Bandit was born in 1936 and her last filly arrived in 1938, Nancy Beau sired by Beau Peavine.  Nancy was 24 at this time, and had been blind for a number of years.  Although they would put bells on her foals to help her locate them, if they were still or asleep, Nancy Thurman could become frantic. 
Once Nancy Thurman’s broodmare days were over, they put a companion mare in with her.  She was high strung and the very things that made her a great show mare made her a pain in the rump to deal with.  If left alone she would worry herself, and if she had a companion too close by, she tried to back up and kick it.  The Thurman's didn't have any picture of Nancy Thurman, but due to her spectacular babies, they thought they should try to get a picture.  Try as they might, she wouldn't stand still long enough to have a decent photo taken.  This drawing is by the noted artist Helen Hayse.  Nancy Thurman remained in good health, but continued to be difficult to manage, so at age 27, she was euthanized.
Rex McDonald, her grandsire

Rex Monroe, her sire

                      NANCY THURMAN (BHF)  
Registration #: 12444
Color: BAY



Nancy Thurman (BHF)
Rex Monroe

Rex McDonald

Rex Denmark  
by Crigler’s Denmark
Lucy Mack (BHF)  
by Black Squirrel
Lena M
Herzogg  by Gaines’ Denmark
Lou  by Sumpter Denmark
Lula Chief

Montgomery Chief
Bourbon Chief by Harrison Chief
Annie C. (BHF) by Wilson’s King
   Elsie Owsley

Red Squirrel by Black Squirrel
Lula Carden by Artist 75

Here is a chronological listing of Nancy Thurman’s offspring.  Each subsequent generation is indented and marked with *, **, *** and ****. 
1922  Kalarama Rex by Rex Peavine, Reserve WGC Fine Harness 1929

Kalarama Rex
Kalarama Rex sired many good horses and will have his own post soon.  If he had been Nancy Thurman’s only foal, she would still be famous.  He sired, among others, Meadow Majesty, Red Kalarama, Kalarama King, Noble Kalarama, Society Rex, Kalarama Colonel, Royal Rex Sea,  Nellie Pigeon, Kalarama Heiress, and Kalarama Command. 

1924 Easter Gift by Rex Peavine  (Buddy's 4th dam)
      *Easter Sport, f. 1934 by King's Sport X  Easter Gift  (Buddy's 3rd dam)
                **  Easter Promenade, f. 1946 by Kalarama Colonel x Easter Sport (Buddy's 2nd dam)
                **  Colonel Sport, f. 1942 by Kalarama Colonel x Easter Sport

Colonel Sport He was a WC and RWC as a 3 year old at the KSF in 1945.
Nancy Thurman appeared twice on Colonel Sport's  registration papers, as dam of his
grandsire Kalarama Rex and also as his 3rd dam.

                             ***  RWGC CH Garrymore, f.1949 by Colonel Sport x American Maytime

Garrymore  He was a Reserve World's Grand Champion 5Gaited horse in 1957.
He won the gelding stake 3 times.

                           ***Parading Princess BHF, f. 1947 by Colonel Sport X CH Parading Promise
                                      ****Leslie Lane's Grand Slam, f.1963 by Starheart Stonewall x
                                                                                                       Parading Princess BHF

Leslie Lane's Grand Slam   He was Reserve World's Champion in 1975 Stallion Stake

                                        ****Parading Stonewall, f.1960 by Starheart Stonewall X
                                                                                                Parading Princess BHF

Parading Stonewall  He won the 3 gaited 3 year old class at Louisville in 1963

        * Easter's Genius, f. 1939 by CH King's Genius X Easter Gift

Easter's Genius  He stood in Illinois and sired colts over a 20 year period

1925 Glow Worm by Jean Val Jean, died young
1926 Magic Peavine by Kalarama Rex, gelding
1928  Nancy Monroe  by Rex Monroe
      *Paloel Rex f. 1932 by American Born X Nancy Monroe

Paloel Rex   He looks like the typical 1930's style 3 gaited horse.

1929 The Racketeer by American Born, gelding, 3rd 2yo Fine Harness KSF
1931 Royal Genius by CH King's Genius, geldng
1932 Pirate Gold by King’s Genius.  Reserve World's 5G Stallion stake in 1936

Pirate Gold  He was owned by Clifford Mooers who also owned his sire King's Genius

1933 Kalarama Champion by American Born, 3rd 2yo Fine Harness KSF 1935
         *Lady Jane Hytone f.1948 by Kalarama Champion X Hallie Hytone

Lady Jane Hytone
                     **Patent Leather Stonewall f. 1962 by Pat Stonewall X Lady Jane Hytone

Patent Leather Stonewall won 2 yr old Fine Harness stake at KSF in 1964 with Tom Moore

1935  Kalarama Master by American Born, 6th weanling stake at 1935 KSF.
    *Kansadle Master f .1939 by Kalarama Master X Kenney's Dare

Kansadle Master  He also sired colts over a 20 year period

1936  Gay Soubrette by Gay Bandit

Gay Soubrette

     *Ridgefields' Soubrette f. 1950 by CH Ridgefields' Genius x Gay Soubrette

Ridgefields' Soubrette  she won the 2yo Fine Harness Futurity at KSF in 1952

                    **Ridgefield Heir f. 1962 by Genius Bourbon King X Ridgefields' Soubrette 

Ridgefield Heir  He sired many of the Cedar Creek colts

          *Knight's Gay Lady f. 1944 Gallant Knight x Gay Soubrette

Knight's Gay Lady  She was reserve in the yearling open futurity at KSF in 1945

1938 Nancy Beau by Beau Peavine

And here is another of Nancy Thurman's descendants
Buddy, Best Ever.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

8/17/14 Bourbon Chief

Bourbon Chief was bred by James McClelland of Millerburg Ky and foaled in 1883.  He is best known as the sire of Bourbon King, but in his day, he was an important sire and show horse in his own right.  He was described as a red chestnut, 15.3 hands high with one white heel, remarkable fine with a long slender neck and straight flat face.  He had great muscular development, flat bone on clean smooth legs, a natural tail carried very high.  He had a fine temperament and anyone could drive him.  He won 208 blue ribbons, mostly in harness, and rarely met defeat.  He was the only horse ever to defeat his sire, Harrison Chief in harness.  He also defeated his brother and chief rival, (Wilson's) King.  Together, Bourbon Chief and his brother King were invincible when shown in that oddity of the past, the double harness class.

His breeding is an example of a cross between the Chief's and the Denmarks, with his sire being Harrison Chief by Clark Chief.  His dam, Belle, was by Latham's Denmark by Washington Denmark by Gaines' Denmark. His best colts came from his matings with Annie C, a daughter of his brother (Wilson's ) King.  They included full siblings Bourbon King, Montgomery Chief, Marvel King, Brilliant King and Becky Sharp.  Other well known offspring included Emily, Golden Butterfly (registered as Bourbon Belle), Emerald Chief, Bourbon Prince, King Chieftain, Sterling Chief, Tattersall, Dolan Chief and Bourbon's Best.

In the January 4, 1911 issue of the Mt. Sterling Advocate published in Mt. Sterling Kentucky, news of Bourbon Chief's death made the front page.  The article said that Bourbon Chief, one of the most noted sires of saddle horses in the world, died  at his owner's farm in Montgomery county and was buried at the farm he made famous.  He foaled in Bourbon county May 29, 1883 and was a show horse from the time he was born until he died, sweeping the model and harness classes.  The horse obituary listed the names of many of his get and mourned the loss of the "old King of the show ring".

As one man put it, he was great in three ways, first in ancestry, second in posterity and third individually.  That he was a handsome individual is certain, since the noted equine artist, George Ford Morris, used him as a subject of his camera and his artist's easel on many occasions.

Clark Chief
Grandsire of Bourbon Chief, he was sired by Mambrino Chief 

Harrison Chief
The sire of Bourbon Chief, he was out of Lute Boyd (BHF) 

Bourbon Chief
Harrison Chief X Belle by Latham's Denmark
Here he is as subject of a George Ford Morris painting. 

Bourbon Chief

Bourbon King
The most prominent son of Bourbon Chief, he was out of Annie C., f. 1900
Marvel King
a full brother to Bourbon King, shown here in a George Ford Morris drawing.

a photo of Marvel King
foaled 1904

Brilliant King
another full brother to Bourbon King, foaled 1906

Montgomery Chief
yet another full sibling, foaled 1897

Bourbon Knight
Bourbon Chief X Estelle Gillaspie by (Wilson's) King
Since Annie C. was also by (Wilson's) King, this horse is
a 3/4 brother to Bourbon King. foaled 1907

Bourbon Prince
f. 1903, Bourbon Chief X Rose Scott by Dolan Denmark by Washington

Bourbon's Best
f. 1906, Bourbon Chief X Judy Oliver by Red Cloud
2nd dam by (Wilson's) King

Dolan Chief
f. 1902, Bourbon Chief X Rose Scott by Dolan Denmark
making him a full brother to Bourbon Prince

King Chieftain
f. 1904 Bourbon Chief X Peach by (Wilson's) King
yet another 3/4 brother to Bourbon King.

Note that most of his registered get were produced in his later years. 
He was bred to mostly trotting bred mares early in his career at stud.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

8/9/14 Purely Personal

8/9/14 Today my daughter got married, so this is going to be a look back at some of the horses that she has known and loved through the years.  They aren't all Saddlebreds, but all have been important.

I was unable to locate an early picture of Megan with Buddy, so this is the
earliest  picture with a Saddlebred.  Our neighbor drove Billy Jo down to see us
and we all got a nice drive.  Melinda dyed her hair to match her horse!

Her first pony ride at age 3 was on Patches, the Pontius' pony.

Shortly after the pony ride, Megan announced she wanted a puppy
and a pony.  She must have had pull in the right places, because later that
spring, Rusty the German Shorthair followed me home one night from barn chores.
He was with us for 13 years. 

Also that summer, Molly the Shetland pony came to live with us.  

Molly was with us for three years until she went to live with the 
next little girl who wished for a pony.

Megan and Sally were born two weeks apart.  This picture
was taken when they were eight.

Sally was another one of my wonderful Saddlebreds.
She rode, she drove, she pulled a sleigh.
She lived with us for 16 years.

Since Sally was mine, Megan got a Quarter Horse.
Shotgun (Good Stuff Maynard) was 16 when we got him and lived to age 24.

With Shotgun came Prince, the "free" pony.  He was black when we got him,
but started to gray out shortly thereafter.  Here he is at his dapple gray stage.
He's snow white now, and 20 something.  

In 2007, Loretta came to live with us.  A former showgirl, she was just a mom for us.
Megan loves to make her work for her oats occasionally.

Here's Loretta at age 15.  She's a gal with an attitude and I can hear her
saying, "it's too cold for a ride".

Lyric and Megan at Twin Rivers in 2009.
Such a nice outdoor show. 

Megan and Lyric at Springfield Ohio in 2010. 

At the ASHAM show in the fall of 2010.

Lyric was a great girl for us for three seasons.

Megan and Dub at home.  

And no photo essay of Megan is complete without sheep.  
Horse shows never happened until after graduating from college.  
Megan was a livestock showman.  Here she is with Mikey at the Monroe County Fair. 
He was also Grand Champion at the Michigan Junior Sheep Spectacular
in Lansing Michigan.


It was an absolutely perfect day from the wedding in the orchard,
to the wonderful reception with the full moon backdrop.  

Thanks for letting me share.  Next week will be back to Saddlebreds as usual, 
but I hope you enjoyed this journey.  

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