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The World lost a special little horse

Posted by on Dec 17, 2011 in Memorial | 1 comment

It’s with a heavy heart I write to say that the world lost a special little horse on Thursday.  Robin Hood was a foster miniature horse that came to my farm for diet rehab.   He was surrendered to Pipsqueak Paddocks, a very special place that accepts minis that need to be re-homed….sometimes because of abuse, or neglect…sometimes it’s because of financial issues and in Robin’s case, his owner was ill and couldn’t take care of his special needs.  She had tried for months and months…vet bills totaling over $4000, for a problem...

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Madrona Sealect Lad – the horse of a Lifetime

Posted by on Nov 25, 2011 in Memorial | 5 comments

Madrona Sealect Lad – the horse of a Lifetime

  Madrona Sealect Lad  1992-2008 Horses and people come into your life for a reason and this phenomenal Lippitt Morgan stallion was my best teacher.  Lad was the horse of a lifetime. A once-in-a-lifetime special horse.   I still feel his loss to this day, and I find it difficult to write about him and yet I could write a whole book on how much this horse meant to me and how much he taught me in Life and in Death.  Little did I know when I met him as  young five year old stallion at a clinic that I was teaching that he would not...

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Norma Halliwell (1930 – 2002)

Posted by on Jul 25, 2011 in Memorial | 0 comments

Norma was my sister in law.  We bought the farm and all of us moved onto it in 1991.  She so dearly wanted to be part of the action and at first she helped with the weddings and other publicity stunts we did with Andy and Shalann- the pair and from there she got roped into helping with the driving events and horse shows.  She would dress up in breeches and black coat and bowler and head the stallions for me in the presentation box or horse shows.   Norma was invaluable to get me organized and prepare for the shows, often insisting that...

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Andy’s Dean (1973-2006)

Posted by on Jul 25, 2011 in Memorial | 0 comments

Andy was my first rescue.  He started life as a Standardbred pacer that was destined for a horrible fate because he wasn’t winning.  The very first year he raced as a 4 yr old, he was started 56 times…that’s more than once a week!  And he was still sound.  Despite lifetime earnings of $91,000 a 10 yr old horse that doesn’t want to race anymore is doomed.  He didn’t have a lot of options.   I wanted to do horse and buggy weddings and needed a smaller horse to match my bay Shalann.  I bought Andy for 30 cents a pound 7 days...

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Ashly (1982-2002)

Posted by on Jul 25, 2011 in Memorial | 1 comment

An amazing Haflinger stallion that I trained and showed for Camp River Farms.  I had never heard of the Haflinger breed before Ashly and I was soon taken with this incredible stallion.  The Marlands were busy raising a large young family and they gave me free rein to compete and campaign their stallion for them.  Together Ashly and I introduced the Pacific West Coast to the Haflinger breed competing in the open classes both under saddle and in harness.  Rarely out of the ribbons, and although small and stocky at 13.2 hands he never moved...

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El Shalann (1973-2001)

Posted by on Jul 25, 2011 in Memorial | 0 comments

3/4 arab mare that was part of my pair.  She was the first horse that came for training and never left!  (Little did I know it would become a pattern! )  I knew and rode her mother as a teenager and the breeding that produced Shalann was my childhood friend’s graduation present.  Shalann had an injury as a foal and had back problems for riding and she was the first horse that I owned that ever needed  chiropractic care.  After improving so much, she went on to driving single and pair, tandem and unicorn as my right wheeler.  As an...

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Mem (1972-2004)

Posted by on Jul 25, 2011 in Memorial | 0 comments

Registered name Mis’tasini.  My first horse.  Wow.  There is always a special place in my heart for the amazing mare that turned me into a real horseman.  She was the “MEM” behind Mem-Ory Lane Carriage Services…..I wish she were alive today so I could make it up to her for all the mistakes I must have made as we learned together..  I walked her home June 12, 1973.  She was a yearling, was given to me for free and I was 17 and fresh out of high school.  I was a horse owner!  Just like I always dreamed…..The...

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