Saturday, October 25, 2014

10/25/14 Michigan stallions from the 80's to the present

As promised, the last segment of Mich-tober looks at some of the wonderful stallions we have standing here in Michigan.  Earlier this month touched on  Saddlebred stallions from the 1930's to the 1960's, and in this last week of October examines more modern stallions.  Several have made the sire ratings lists, and some are World Champion sires.  Michigan has had some wonderful choices available if you're looking for a breeding stallion.

Commander King Genius
f. 1972 Flame Commander X Madeline Claire by Ridgefield's Denmark
Bred by Herbell Farms of Ann Arbor Michigan, he stood
at Sunny Hill Farm in Holt Michigan in the 1970's and 1980's.
Stardust Acres Cease-Fire
f. 1973 Hide-a-way's Firefly Supreme X The Fraline by Marine Ace
Bred by Hide-a-way Farms in Indiana, he spent the first
four years of his life at Stardust Acres in Monroe Michigan.

Melody's Midas Touch
f. 1977 Goldmont Bourbon King X Supreme's Dainty Doll by The Supreme Ace
He stood at Melody Ranchette in Otter Lake Michigan.  He was
one of many Golden Saddlebreds to live in Michigan.
King of the Wings
f. 1967 Wing's Fleet Admiral X Melissa Genius by Wild Genius
This exceptionally well bred stallion was owned by the
Ryan's of Fowlerville, Michigan in the late 1980's 
Callaway's Chancellor
f. 1983  CH Will Shriver x Lady O'Flirtation by Chief of Greystone
Owned by Diane Wilson of Lenox Michigan from the time he was 3 until
he died at age 28, this Will Shriver son should have gotten more attention.
Vanity's Highland Fling
f. 1978 Glen Grove's Lord Vanity x Highland's Gleaming Duchess by Highland's Gleaming Flash
Owned by Hilda Menzies of St. Clair Michigan.  She bred Golden Saddlebreds
for many years in Michigan. 

Great Day's Carbon Copy
f. 1987 Sultan's Great Day x Delightful Affair by CH Kourageous Kalu
Another well bred stallion, he was owned by Pine Hollow Farms of
Grand Blanc, Michigan.  Unfortunately, he passed away at a very young age.
State of the Art
f. 1981 Longview's Supreme x Sharon Hope by CH Wing Commander
He stood at Bob Jensen Stables in Prior Lake, Michigan in the early 1990's
Shannon Farm Flight Commander
f. 1981 Shannon Farm Don Juan X Wellington Fair Lady by Flight Time
Another Golden Saddlebred owned by Hilda Menzies,
he stood in Michigan during the early 1990's.
Westwood's Night Rebel
 f. 1980 Night Prowler x Dixie Fable by Wing Society
Bred and owned by Dr. Christian Miller, this stallion had a long
show career in addition to being a breeding stallion.
Spring Valley Deliverance
f. 1972  Night of Folly X Jo Taun by Private Contract
He was owned briefly in 1983 by Colonial Farms of Edwardsburg, MI
Preferred Property
f. 1979 High Rise Spirit x Spring Valley's Princess Elizabeth by Night of Folly
Another good stallion owned by Pine Hollow Farm in Grand Blanc, Michigan
during the mid to late 1990's.
Pat Shriver
f. 1990  CH Will Shriver X Northern Empress BHF by Supreme Sultan
The sire of CH Perfect Vengeance, he was owned by
Pine Hollow Farm for most of his life.
Northern Blues
f. 1989 Callaway's Blue Norther x Yorkshire Pudding BHF by New Yorker
Love this picture.  What a great horse, he sired WGC Bravo Blue. 
He is owned by Wes & Sena Bowling of Taylor Creek Stables in Davison Michigan.
His son Bluesville who is a full brother to Bravo Blue also stands there.
Supremacy's High Time
f. 1987 CH Albelarm Supremacy X Best Odds by Stardust Acres Admirable Odds
Owned by Pam Specht of Flushing Michigan since he was a yearling,
he is the sire of CH Kansas City, another Michigan super star.
High Time has also made the sire rating numerous times.
**Sorry to hear that Supremacy's High Time passed away 12/15/14.
He was a half brother to my Loretta. Both got great ears & a pretty head from their sire**
The New York Ritz
f. 2000 Gypsy Santana x Undulata's in the Pink by The New York Times
Owned by Legendcroft Farm in Hudson Michigan, he sired a
few colts in the early 2000's. 
Five Point Demon Rebel
f. 1991  Five Point American Rebel X Mac's Rosanna McCoy by Bourbon Genius King
Bred by Five Point Farm, he sired a few colts while owned by
Stepping Up Stables in Grand Blanc Michigan.
Who's On First
f. 1991  Sumac Witch Doctor X Fascination's Kari Lynn by Supreme Hi Lite
An interesting pedigree with Stonewall Supreme appearing three times
on his registration papers, he is the sire of Becoming, a well
known producer of futurity colts for Hickory Knoll Farm in Illinois.
Kalarama's Spanish Dancer
f. 1993 CH Harlem Town x Sultan's Spanish Lace by Supreme Sultan
His dam is a full sister to Supreme Heir.  He is owned by
Executive Farms in Goodrich Michigan.  He has also appeared
on Saddle & Bridle's sire list.
Harlem's Hot Gold
f. 2002 Broadway's Hot Shot X Josepha by Harlem Globetrotter
Another beautiful Golden Saddlebred.  He is owned by
Paddy Bates of Dexter Michigan and has also shown
in Fine Harness and Parade classes.

Crosswind's Sun Times
f. 2005 Spot of Gold X The Best Time by The New York Times
This double registered ASB/Pinto has won many in hand classes.
He stands at Holly Armstrong's Meadow Reflection Farm in Howell, Michigan
f. 1993 Manhattan Supreme x Fair Contessa by Lucky Commander
The sire of only 20 colts, one of them won the All American Cup.
He was advertised a couple of years ago in Howell Michigan, but is
now back in Indiana.

That wraps up Michigan month.  Hope everyone enjoys the great horses from Michigan's past
and present.  It is interesting to note that a trio of these stallions trace back on their dam line
 to that great broodmare, Wild Wind. 
Northern Blues, Kalarama's Spanish Dancer and Who's On First share
a similar bottom line.  More on this matron in upcoming posts. 

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

10/18/2014 Michigan's Saddlebred stallions 1930's- 1960's

10/18/2014  During the month of October, the blog is continuing to feature American Saddlebreds from the State of Michigan and this week presents stallions that were standing during the decades of the 1930's through the 1960's.  Some of them were only regionally known while others had a national reputation and of course the better known they were, the better the chance of finding their photo.  The post from a couple of weeks ago touched on some stallions from the 1970's, next week will check out stallions from the 1980's to the present, but here are the vintage Michigan stallions. 

The earliest ad I was able to locate was from March 1936 American Horseman.  Michigana Stables owned by O.C. Hartig of Lansing Michigan stood King's Chester Dare.  His fee was $20, not unusual during the middle of the Depression years.  There wasn't a picture with the ad, but he should have been a nice stallion.  Sired by Bourbon King, he was out of a granddaughter of Chester Dare.  He sired a couple dozen offspring, many with the Michigana prefix in their names.

Moving chronologically, the next stallion was Dazzling McDonald, advertised in the March 1938 issue of Saddle & Bridle.  Owned by Charles Doll of North Branch Stock Farm in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, he was by Red McDonald by McDonald Chief by Rex McDonald.  His dam was a granddaughter of  Bourbon Chief. Mr. Doll followed the line breeding theory of breeding to mares following the same sire line.  He liked McDonald Chief a lot, and his ads stated that this was his method.  He lists his broodmares breeding and all were granddaughters of McDonald Chief.  However, Dazzling McDonald's best daughter didn't follow Mr. Doll's breeding theory.  Ottawa's Empress was out of a mare by Worthy Peavine, he a grandson of Rex Peavine and Bourbon King. Ottawa's Empress was flat-out the favorite horse of my neighbor and mentor, Bob Elrod.  He and both of his parents showed this mare. 

Dazzling McDonald
f. 1930  Red McDonald X May Tucker by Bourbon Tucker

Dazzling McDonald with his owner Charles Doll

Ottawa's Empress
Dazzling McDonald X Maddox's Choice
As a broodmare she produced CH Double Indemnity

The next stallion is probably the best known of any Michigan stallion from this era.  Bred by the Ball Brothers of Versailles Kentucky, he was originally named Oakland Peavine.  When he sold to Mary Fiers in 1931, she renamed him Oklahoma Peavine after her home state.  While in Oklahoma, he sired many good horses including Love Affair and A Sensation.  Mrs. Sam McKinley of North Wind Farm in Lansing Michigan bought the stallion in 1937 when Miss Fiers dispersed her horses.  Oklahoma Peavine was said to be one of the very best sons of Rex Peavine.  He sired many colts in Michigan and continued to be advertised at stud until his death at age 27 in 1950. His son Oklahoma's Memory, foaled in 1950 also stood at stud at North Wind Farm as his sire's successor. Oklahoma Peavine was buried at North Wind Farm just east of the campus at Michigan State University on Grand River Ave.

Oklahoma Peavine
f. 1923, Rex Peavine x Margaret O'Neill by Kentucky Highland
CH A Sensation
f. 1933, out of Ware's Sensation (BHF)
She was a World's Grand Champion 5-Gaited horse in 1940 & 1941 ridden by Earl Teater.
Polly Phelps, re-registered as Love Affair (BHF)
f. 1937 out of Ware's Sensation (BHF)

Anne Hathaway
f. 1936 out of Murmuring Silence by American Born

The Headliner
f. 1947 out of Mountain Duchess by Green Valley Fox

Hazelene's Dream
f. 1932 out of Bourbon Ruby by Tryon Chief

CH My Golden Dawn (BHF)
f. 1927 out of Fair Acre Blossom (BHF)

Star of the All
f. 1933 out of Ware's Sensation

The Valiant V
f. 1933 out of Fair Acre Blossom
Oklahoma Peavine's grave marker in Lansing Michigan. 
It is located in a shopping center on the site of the former North Wind Farm

CH Anacacho Shamrock
f. 1932 Edna May's King X Sally Cameron (BHF)
Purchased by Dodge Stables in 1941, he stood at Rochester Michigan until 
Frances Dodge moved her horses to Lexington Kentucky in 1949.
CH Lover's Lane, CH Wing Commander, Private Contract and Command Decision
were all born in Michigan.  See more on this group at

Sparkling Waters
f. 1935 Sparkling Firefly out of Dorothy Lloyd by Bourbon King
He wasn't purchased by Dodge Stables until 1947, so his time in
Michigan was brief, but he stood at stud for Dodge Stables in Rochester Michigan in 1948.

Golden Sunrise
f. 1932 Kedzie's King by King Barrymore X Leanoro by Mercer Rex
He was owned by Jimmy Casson who was a regular contributor
for Saddlebred publications, however, Golden Sunrise didn't sire many colts.

Dama Farms in Howell Michigan had at stud a son of American Born.  
American Bourbon was well advertised by his owners during the late 1940's and early 1950's.  
His last daughter, King's Bourbon Lady, was the dam of my husband's broodmare Sis.
American Bourbon
f. 1940, American Born X Marjorie Ann by Bourbon King
One of American Bourbon's ads

Also advertised and standing in Michiagn during the late 1940's were Brittoak Peavine,
Fair Acres Peavine, Fancy Choice, and Kalarama's Bourbon Prince, 
but no pictures were available. 
Bobby Easter
f. 1932, Arletha's Easter Cloud X daughter of Independence Chief
He was advertised in 1948 in Michigan, but had no colts born after 1947.

Rex Shadow
f. 1947 Society Rex X Velvet Shadow by Wake Robin
During the 1950's, he was owned by Carl King of
King's Grove Farm in Saginaw Michigan.
He sired my husband's broodmare Sis (Watch My Step), so she
was truly a Michigan bred mare.

Hide-a-way's Cameo Command
f. 1954, Cameo Kirby X Grassland's Debutante (BHF) 
He came from Jim Aikman's Hide-a-way Farm in Indiana, 
but he was used in Michigan in the late 60's and early 70's.
When bred to Buddy's dam (Best Saddlebred Ever), he sired Virginia's Cameo who was
the dam of Santana's Cameo.  He was owned by Bryndale Farm in Lowell Michigan
for awhile and also sired colt's for Crestopine Farm in Frankenmuth Michigan.

Flame Commander
f. 1965, CH Wing Commander X High Point Flame (BHF) by Starheart Stonewall
This well bred son of Wing Commander stood in Michigan at Herbell Farms
in the late 60's and 70's until he was sold.  

Since the 70's were covered already, that' it for now.  Next week will look at more modern saddlebred stallions, going from the decade of the 1980's to the present.  Quite a few stallions from Michigan were advertised during that time period. 

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

10/13/2014 2014 ASHAM horse show

10/13/14  Finally got to see a little bit of horse show this week.  Drove to Lansing Michigan to the Michigan State University Pavilion to watch part of the Saturday night session of the show.  The Pavilion is a very nice facility and hosts a variety of events including horse, livestock and rabbit shows.  We've done all three and my daughter had a grand champion lamb there one year.  But this time was all about the horses and it was a great week for the show, mostly sunny and just a bite of autumn in the air.  Horses from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Canada and of course, Michigan, were on hand.    Friday night was the retirement of Justasample, Michigan's 25 year young ambassador for Saddlebred versatility.  Over the years he has done 5-gaited pleasure, fine harness, western pleasure, country pleasure, parade and he was a habitual trophy winner in the best dressed pet class. 

Captain Hawk by Prim Style X Society Bay Belle by Longview's Supreme

Saturday night's first class was the Parade Horse Championship.  Michigan's own Paddyngton's Mark of Distinction took first place.  Marcus has his own Breyer horse model fashioned after his beautiful chestnut pinto markings. The Parade Division is such a wonderful class to watch.  There is nothing more beautiful to watch!

Paddyngton's Mark of Distinction
CH El Cortez X Hope's True colors by STF Key Hope

The Amateur 3 Gaited Park class was won by Walterway's Tailor Made, shown by his owner, Dr. Richard Gallagher from Illinois. 

Walterway's Tailor Made
Star Material x Callaway's Fine as Silk by CH Callaway's Born To Win

English Country Pleasure was won by Sherry Frankel from Texas, who has some horses with Wes and Sena Bowling in Davison, Michigan.  This one was Coventry's Too Fast Too Furious.
Coventry's Too Fast Too Furious
Star Material X Ornamental by Merchant Prince

The Three Gaited Jackpot class was won by Lizzie Edgar riding her home grown horse, Tesoro.  Tesoro is sired by Designed and trained in Durand Michigan by Tom Sworm.

Designed x Worthy's Treasure by Worthy's Son

The 3-Gaited Park, FMT Championship class was another Sherry Frankel entry, this time shown by Lauren Greenwald from the Bowling's Taylor Creek Stables.  Thunder Crackin' made a great show.

Thunder Crackin'
Attache's Thunderbolt X SweetAnticipation V by CH Captive Spirit

The 5-Gaited Amateur class was another good one,  Callaway's Born A Winner.  I picked the horse to win the first pass into the ring and it was trained by Steve Demjen of Ohio. 

Callaway's Born A Winner
CH Callaway's Born To Win X Bellamie GSM by Ridgefields' Supreme Commander

The 3-Gaited Show Pleasure Adult Championship came next.  I was talking too much to write down the results, so I will have to try to track this one down............. Found it!

Shot an a Beer
Attache's Royal Assets X Let 'Er Rip by Desert's Supreme Memories

The evening finale was the 5-Gaited Open Jackpot class with six entries.  Sena Bowling from Taylor Creek Stables showed the big dark bay gelding You Can Kall Me Lucky to a nice victory.  Reserve went to Sweet Pickle.

two nice pictures of You Can Kall Me Lucky at the rack and trot.
Callaway's Guy Park X Kall Me Inkredible by Spring Valley's Deliverance

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