Denmark Adonis X Hide-a-way's Desdemona by Hide-a-way's Firefly Supreme
His 2nd dam was the great broodmare Reverie's Desdemona (BHF)
Oman's Desdemona Denmark X Blanchita's Lovely Lady by Blanchita's Choice
This handsome stallion was featured as a "Picture Perfect"
in Saddle & Bridle in 1975.
Anderson Rex X Clear Creek Lady by American Born
This stallion was foaled in 1948, but still siring colts into the 1970's.
He was owned by Theora London Crommer's Beechwind Farms in Osseo, Michigan.
The next six stallions were all owned by Leslie Lane Farms in Midland Michigan.
All of these well bred stallions stood right here in Michigan, and several
of the studs were photographed in their winter coats with a backdrop of Michigan snow.
Another Leslie Lane owned stallion was standing in Kentucky at Crabtree Farms.
Eventually, New Yorker also came to Michigan and sadly, died in
an accident in his paddock in 1980 when only 10 years old.
On the Go X Genius' Flying Gypsy by Genius' Flying Saucer
Leslie Lane's Grand Slam
Starheart Stonewall X Parading Princess (BHF) by Colonel Sport
Green Acres Commander
CH Wing Commander x Mexico's Golden Girl by Mexico's Admire
Private Contract X Susanna Drew by Stonewall King
CH Wing Commander X High Fashioned Sue by The Parading Promise
CH Night Prowler
CH Status Symbol X Empire's Lady Genius by Anacacho Empire
Michigan had some great shows, and back in the 70's a number of them were held at the Coliseum at the Michigan State Fairgrounds in Detroit. Those days were ended about ten years ago when the Fairgrounds (site of a racetrack where Seabiscuit ran) were closed up. The ASHAM fall show has moved to the Pavilion on the campus of Michigan State University at East Lansing.
CH Bell Hop and his young rider never showed in Michigan.
However, his rider now has a successful career as a trainer
here in Michigan.
Vanity's Sensation X Meadow Blossom by Anacacho Shamrock
This gelding was a reserve world's champion on several occasions at KSF.
Peavine's Miss Kay
Night of Folly X Maiden Contract by Private Contract
After her show career, she was owned by C. Thomas Galbreath
and was a successful broodmare.
Pinecrest's Beautiful Gift
Pincecrest Sensation by Private Contract X Lover's Gift by Anacacho All American
This mare went on to be shown by Melissa Moore at the Kentucky State Fair.
Her pedigree got my attention since her 2nd dam, Secret Sea, was the mother of the
very first Saddlebred I ever rode, Starheart Secret.
Equitation Rider Shelley London was a student of her
mother, Theora London Crommer.
Alloway's Bonnie Lassie
Bellaire's Anacacho King X Watch my Step by Rex Shadow
Bonnie was the 1973 3-gaited horse of Michigan and
she was bred by my husband.
Miss Burley Bell
Mrs. Eleanor Pederson showed in fine harness at such places as the
Kentucky State Fair until she was in her 80's, but she and Miss Burley Bell were a very competetive duo in five gaited classes. Ellie's daughter and granddaughter still show saddlebreds.
Ottawa Creek Farm was in Ohio, just 1/2 mile south of the Ohio/Michigan line.
They showed many horses in Michigan for years. Here are a couple from the 1970's.
Ottawas Diamond Jim
Had to include him, he's a full brother of Buddy (Best ever Saddlebred!)
Ottawa's Miss Vanity
Shown here in 1972 ridden by Dr. Robert Elrod Sr.
She was Buddy's older half sister and a 5-gaited show mare in Michigan classes
for many years. One of my greatest thrills was sitting in a cart next to Dr. Elrod
while he jogged this mare down Sylvania-Metamora Road.
More about the Elrods and Ottawa Creek Farms in future posts.
More info on Michigan coming in the next few weeks!
Planning on going to the ASHAM show next week since I haven't made it to a single
horse show this year. First time I missed Louisville in a decade.
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