Sunday, November 22, 2015

11/21/2015 Vintage Saddle & Bridle from 1937

The bound volume of Saddle & Bridle magazines from May 1937 through August of 1938 has already yielded some interesting history on Dodge Stables, Dixiana Farm and society weddings.  This post will look at other highlights and notable horses from 1937.

In the month of May, ads for stallions like King Barrymore and King's Genius were commonplace. The photographer of the day was Lester Rounds, Glamorous Dorothy Lamour modeled Kentucky Jods for Meyers Brothers of Lexington.  The Lexington Jr. League's inaugural horse show was written up.  Allie Jones was elected President of the American Saddle Horse Breeders' Association.

This full page ad for Anacacho Ranch
used a drawing of their senior sire,
Edna May's King at age 17 from 1935.
Anacacho Revel, future star of Gone With The Wind,
is pictured in the show ring.  He was owned by L.E.Davis of Texas.

During the month of June, many horse shows from all over the country were advertised.  Broadacres Farm in Shelbina, Missouri held a dispersal, but was bought by a young Welsh Greenwell.

These couples are enjoying a new luxury. .  
That's not a bar she's standing next to, it's an air conditioner. 
Jean Coventry was photographed with her young owner.
She is best know as dam of Lady Coventry
and 2nd dam of CH Kourageous Kalu.

The workers at Houghton Buggy in Marion Ohio were pictured.  
The business folded just a few years ago.

Queen of Bourbon was by Bourbon King, out of Kate Haines (BHF)
making her a 3/4 sister to Bourbon Genius, The Genius,
Leatherwood King, Leatherwood Genius and Genius of Stonyridge. 

July's issue featured Spindletop Farms on the cover and an article about their breeding success. LB "Splint" Burnett died in Mexico, MO..  Welch Greenwell purchased Broadacres Farm, which he had previously managed.  
Roxie Highland and her foal graced the cover
of the July 1937 Saddle & Bridle.
Beau Peavine was head sire at Spindletop Farm.
American Model by American Born 
was a WGC 3 gaited horse in 1936 as a 4 year old

Anglo Peavine had topped the sale
at the Broadacres dispersal in the month of June.
This grandson of Rex Peavine sold for $7800.

August featured ads for the horse shows of the Ohio, Nebraska, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee State Fairs, along with numberous other horse shows.  Show results for the very first Lexington Jr. League horse show were listed.  Bourbon Genius won the Stallion/gelding Fine Harness class.  Night Flower took the Mare class and Stake in Fine Harness.  Gold Cloud was champion of the stallion class and the stake for 5 gaited horses.  Royal Irish from Dixiana Farm was the 3 gaited champion.  They also had hunter classes, plantation classes, model classes, and produce of mare and stallion classes. Quite a different selection than today.

September's issue 
Golden Avalanche, shown by Chester Caldwell and owned by Red Top Farm.
This was his show name, his registered name to be determined.

The October issue has more great horses.

Moreland Maid by American Born
was 3 Gaited World's Grand Champion at the 
1937 Kentucky State Fair.  She was owned by 
Mrs. Victor Weil and ridden by Frank Connor.

The November issue had many repeat ads and horses.  Lupton Veazey Rainwater continued to buy up show and breeding horses to start his stable.  His dispersal sale was held 3 years later in 1940.

Lady Jane of Georgian Court
was actually CH Lady Jane of Crebilly.
Independence Chief X Katherine Grigsby (BHF)
She was 5 Gaited WGC in 1939,

was sired by Chief of Longview and owned by Mrs. Roth

, The December issue was the annual Christmas Number.  Doc Flanery was the king of the roadster drivers.  Moreland Maid was written up again.  One day she would enter the Broodmare Hall of Fame and be great grandmother to Buddy, Best Saddlbered Ever. San Juan was noted as one of Ohio's top sires.   R. S. Palmer of Columbia Missouri was noticed as a prominent young horseman.  

Midnight Star
was a 5 gaited show ring star, Frank Heathman, up. 
Peavine's Highland Chief
owned by Riverview Farm in Cynthiana Kentucky was a leading sire

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

11/8/15 Dixiana Farms in 1937

Dixiana Farm was owned by Charles Fisher of General Motors fame, and was located in Lexington Kentucky.  The farm was a well known show and breeding farm in the 1930's ad  1940's, and had numerous prominent horses.  This post will focus on the farm's show string in 1937.  Trainer Charlie Dunn showed many of the horses, but Mr. Fisher's daughter Mary was an excellent rider and showed many of the stake horses.

Dixiana was mentioned in the July issue of Saddle & Bridle and listed some outstanding foals born in 1937,  One of them was a cross of Moreland Peavine out of Princess Firefly.  Amazingly,  I have a photo of this mare, all grown up as a broodmare.  She lived at Ottawa Creek Farm just down the road from my house.
Princess Morevine in 1944
Moreland Peavine X Princess Firefly

Here is the 1937 Dixiana show string.

Dixiana Sunbeam
King's Genius X Sunbeam by Undulata King
Charlie Dunn, up.
She was 4th in the Junior 5G stake in 1937.

Fiery Crags
Mountain Star by Bourbon Star X Lina Lee lewis by Admiral King
He is a half brother to Rex Lee Lewis (sire of Conowingo)
and he was WGC in Fine Harness in 1933 and RWGC in 3 Gaited in 1937. 
Miss Mary Fisher up in this photo.

Flash of Genius
King's Genius X Flashing Peavine by Rex Peavine
Frank Bradshaw up
He was a 3 year old in 1937.

CH Royal Irish
Shanty Pernell by Rex Peavine X Margaret O'Neil
He was a 3/4 brother to Oklahoma Peavine and a World's Champion.
Miss Mary Fisher, up.
He was the Reserve World's Champion in the under 15.2 stake in 1937.
Mary Fisher and Royal Irish also competed sidesaddle. 

Charming Carmelia
American Born X Kate Peavine (BHF)
She was the Junior Fine Harness World's Champion in 1937.
Thomas Murphy up in this photo

Bourbon Genius
King's Genius X Kate Haines BHF
He was a 4 year old in this photo with Charlie Dunn.
He was a World's Grand Champion in Fine Harness 
as a 4 year old in 1937.
Here is another less often seen photo of Bourbon Genius

Ch Night Flower (BHF)
Independence Chief X Laddonia Girl by Rex McDonald
This beautiful black mare was 
World's Champion 5 Gaited mare in 1937 with Charlie Dunn
and had been WGC 5G in 1934.  She went on to the Broodmare Hall of Fame.

Radiant Rhythm
Bourbon My King X Jane Randolph by Solitare
She was a Reserve World's Champion Ladies 5gaited 
in 1937 with Mary Fisher.

Royal Entertainer
King's Fancy X Tamiami by Erin Chief
He was World's Champion Ladies' 3 Gaited
in 1937 with Mary Fisher.

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