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Sire ::  Kids Classic Style
Dam  ::  Miss Bunny Tardee

I intend to keep you up to date regarding new information and pictures of Classically.   This will include copies of his ads, news about what is going on with him at Ellis Quarter Horses and anything else that I can think of that would interest you.  

December 18, 2014

Lesley Johnson is so talented. We have become great friends since she bought Marsha (A Cool Intention) Marsha is a coming 2 year old NN filly by My Intention out of Cooleah who is by Ima Cool Skip) I was amazed to receive these wonderful Christmas cards that Lesley made for me. I think they are absolutely gorgeous.

Congratulations to Lesley and Ben Johnson from Canada on the purchase of A Cool Intention (My Intention and Cooleah) Not only did I find a great home for the filly, but I also found some wonderful new friends.


December 17, 2014

Vicki Livasy is not only my good friend, but she is also my web designer .  I cannot say enough about how much I love what she can do with  graphics.  For some reason, the idea of Fred playing for the Green Bay Packers came up and she started sending me various pictures using my photographs to depict Fred as a Packer player.   Everyone on Facebook has made great comments about her designs.  I think you will agree with me as to just how talented Vicki is.   We have fun posting them.  I  I will show you several of them and hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I have posting them.  I sure hope that I don't run out of pictures to send her.  I doubt if that will happen as much as I like to take pictures of Fred.


November 30, 2014

It was a beautiful day for pictures. The sun was shining and the snow was beautiful. I was able to capture Fred enjoying life in his pasture. I could spend hours just watching him but if you want to get action shots, you better do it as soon as he gets turned out because it won't be long and he will be pawing through the snow to find the grass. When it is nice, he is happy to be out but when it gets cold and blustery, he is ready to come in and he can get a bit agitated if he starts shivering.


November 10, 2014

I had comments on a photo that Katie Corbay from Australia posted on Facebook. Katie contacted me and told me the program she used to add interesting aspects to her pictures. She said that if I sent her one, she would show me on the picture. Well, this is the picture she sent me of Fred and it about blew my mind. It looks like it should be a Christmas card. It is amazing how many new friends I have met through Face Book and just how willing to help my Australian friends are.


November 9, 2014

Today was a monumental day is Wisconsin. The Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears rivalry was in full force. On the day of the game, all of the Wisconsin football fans do weird things. For instance, at one of the places we go, everyone brings a toy bear and we have a bonfire and burn them. Well, this year, fortunately the Packers annihilated the Bears. Vicki Livasy is so talented and she comes up with some awesome graphics depicting Fred as a Green Bay Packer player. I think you will appreciate her talent. We had a bit of fun this year as Mike and Mindy Clark who are big Bear fans came to Wisconsin for a Packer football game. The day of the game, I bet Mindy that if the Packers won, she or Mike would have to have a picture taken on her gorgeous buckskin performance halter mare, Cookie, wearing a Packer jersey and having a cheesehead on their. heads. If the Bears won, I would have my picture taken on Fred. Well, I am still waiting for the "picture."  After all, Mindy said "a bet is a bet" Larry and Anne Lemke have an app on their phone and Larry contributed to the fun of the bet. It is quite silly, but we sure had fun doing it. I am thankful that the Packers won as I don't know if I could handle the "heat" from Mindy Clark.



November 8
This is the beautiful ad that Chris Wilkerson of the Equine Chronicle designed for the November/December Chronicle.   I love it.  It is a completely natural picture of Fred and I was lucky enough to capture it when he had his ears up.  The problem is that he has a lot of hair in his ears.   I guess it isn't too professional.

November 7
I have never met Rosie and many times I get requests from people asking if they can use my pictures.  A lot of them are young people  from different countries and they want to use the pictures in their sim games.  I just assumed that Rosie was one of them.  Well, to my surprise one day I received an email with this beautiful picture in it.   I was amazed at the amount of expression that the artist captured.   Upon looking at Rosie's Face Book page, I realized what a great artist she is.  Her work is incredible.  She told me that she was sending me  the original and I offered to pay her for it.  Can you believe that she wouldn't even take  any money for shipping it to me from Australia.  I have found a new and wonderful friend in Rosie Hayson and If I ever get to Australia I plan to spend some time with her.  By the way, her place near Melbourne is incredibly beautiful.


November 5
I forgot to post what I think are three of the best pictures of Fred.  I haven't been posting profile shots because I thought I may use them on an ad.  Therefore, when I don't use them, they don't get seen.   I really like the one profile picture but because he doesn't have his head up, I was told not to use it.   I even thought about using the picture with Joe and Fred but was told that it is too "radical" for an ad.  

November 1, 2014

Our weather is finally nice so I decided that pictures were in order.   I thought I would try out the new "old" lens.  It took a very clear picture the last time I tried it so thought I would use it again.   However, Fred decided that he would play with his ball and because it is a fixed lens, I could not get the whole horse in the picture so missed a really good photo of him rearing.  Oh well, guess I will go back to the zoom lens as it is easier for me to use.

October 31

I had some visitors today from Australia.  Lyn Watt and her husband, Robert stopped to see Fred and the other horses.  Lyn and I had been friends on Face Book but had never met.  They spent two weeks at the Quarter Horse Congress and then went to Michigan with Christa and Rick Baldwin.  While in Michigan, they got to "experience" a college football game and what an experience it was.   Lyn told me that some of the tailgaters didn't even make it into the stadium to see the game.  Of course, it was a great rivalry game between Michigan and Michigan State.   Too bad they didn't get to go to a Green Bay Packer game but perhaps they saw enough of our football.   Since in Australia, they drive on the other side of the road, I told Lyn that I thought her idea of taking the ferry across Lake Michigan was a good one.   After all, it is hard enough driving through Chicago for us, let alone someone from Australia.   They got here around 3 o'clock and we looked at all the horses.  Of course, Fred was his usual ham around ladies.   Lyn and I sat in the office and talked horses for hours.  I felt sorry for poor Rob as he had to listen to us.  He was such a good sport though.   At one time, I asked him if he was okay and he said it just felt good to be warm.  Wait until they get back to Australia and they will wish it was cooler there.   I felt bad that we didn't get to go out to eat.  The elections are next Tuesday and as you know, Mike is retiring from being Senate President so we have been wrapped up in political stuff.   They did promise to come back and I told them that "Australians don't lie"   I think I have found some wonderful new friends.  

October 15, 2014

Fred had visitors today. Debbie Schmitz and her husband Kurt stopped to see Fred. Of course, they picked a terrible weather day so we were only able to look at the horses in the barn (meaning only Fred and Sterling).  Debbie bred her paint mare, Lily of the Valley to Fred and she is so excited about her upcoming foal.  Of course, as usual, Fred was a ham and wanted to love on Debbie. He really seems to like girls. Debbie brought 2 jars of her famous dill pickles. They are called "Debbies Dillys," and we think they are the best dill pickles we have ever eaten. She sells them and has customers all over the US.  It is a other countries don't find out about them or there would be none left for us.



October 11, 2014

Since the Green Bay Packers beat or should I say demolished the Minnesota Vikings,   I guess Fred being the Packer fan he is, decided that he would lay in his manure and turn green.   Of course, he must be a Packer fan all year as he is such a pig in his stall.   I told Joe that we needed to put a green halter on him for  the Packer game tomorrow.   I think perhaps the green halter may look better than the red one that I usually have on him.   Of course, I discovered that after I bought 5 new red halters.






October 2, 2014
We had visitors today.  Mike and Mindy Clark from Illinois were in Wisconsin.  Mike had a meeting in Stevens Point at Sentry Insurance Company and later that day, the company was bussing those at the meeting to the  Green Bay Packer---Minnesota Viking game.  Well, Mindy decided that she was going to rent a car and come and visit.  Our good friends, Larry and Anne Lemke from Denmark (Wisconsin) met here and we had a great time looking at  the horses and had lunch together before Mindy had to return to Stevens Point and Larry and Anne to Denmark.   While here, Mindy took a picture of Fred and I took pictures of the group.   Mike and I also planned to go to the game despite the cold, rainy, windy weather.   Well let me tell you a bit about our experience.   We were lucky enough to get a  parking pass so that we didn't have to walk from blocks away.  You would be amazed at how the fans dress and all the different "outfits" they wear to Packer games.   I thought that I was the smartest person at the game because it was raining and  we had to wait in line to get into the stadium.   Smart me,  I had an umbrella.  Well, guess what------no umbrellas are allowed in the stadium so they threw my umbrella in the garbage can before they would let me in.   They we had to wait in line to ride the elevator up to the box seats.  We had a good time but the Packers dominated the Vikings and since it was a night game, we left at half time.   I never did get to see Mike and Mindy as they were in a different box.   We had been teasing Mindy about going to the game as she is a Chicago Bear fan.   That didn't stop our loyal Packer people as Sentry Insurance gave all of the people at the meeting Packer jerseys and I even got a picture of Mike with a cheese head on.   I am thinking that since the Bears are not playing well  this year, there may be hope for the Clarks yet.   I suggest they don't throw away their jerseys or cheesehead.   Maybe I will see Mindy wearing  a jersey and cheesehead  at the AQHA World in November.



September 27, 2014
Terry Johnson, a good friend of ours gets hay from us.  Joe just happened to be taking Fred outside so I asked Terry if I could take her picture with him.  I have to admit that Terry is not a tall person, but Fred sure did tower over her.   As usual, Fred loves the girls and  had to stick his head over by her.

September 18, 2014

The day after girls from Illinois came to visit, Chad Slayton called and said he wanted t o come and see Fred also. the   For those of you who don't know Chad, he has an outstanding Appaloosa stallion named In Awe.  He is a World Champion and I had never met Chad before. Needless to say, Fred needed another bath before Chad arrived. I don't know why he is the only horse I own who is not neat in his stall. I guess he knows I will keep giving him baths and he must like that. I was so happy and surprised at what Chad posted on Face Book:
"What a day --- I got to meet Sandy Ellis and Classically (Fred). The only think I could say was WOW.  If I was going to breed to a quarter horse, he would be the one.  After seeing Kids Classic Style, I thought that I would not see one like that ever. Well, today I did---a son of
his---Fred and NN besides. If I had an In Awe daughter old enough to breed, that's who I would breed her to. We will be doing lots of business in 2015, Sandy. Your breeding program is 10 times better than anything I have seen coming from the southern states."


September 17, 2014

I had a wonderful visit with 3 girls from Illinois today.  They made the long trip just to see Fred and my horses.   What a wonderful visit we had and the weather could not have been more perfect.   I let them take pictures of Fred  with their phone.   What they posted on my Face Book page really made me feel good.  

Sandi Lamroux:  "What a fun day!  Sharon Pierce, Susan Platt Heinke and I took a road trip to go meet Sandy Ellis and "Fred."   Thank you Sandy for the warm hospitality, the tour of your beautiful place and the fun conversation.   Fred aka "Classically" is just spectacular.   Seeing him in person was so worth the drive."


September 7, 2014

Fred is growing his winter hair which is a much lighter color and he gets dapples in the winter.   I would like to keep him under lights with good  hair but I know that it is necessary to let them grown hair so that he can go under lights for breeding season.   Personally, I prefer his dark gold color.


September 6, 2014

A few pictures of Fred enjoying some outside time.   They were taken on different days so he has two different colored halters on.  I like the red on him and Joe prefers the black one.




August 23, 2014

I sold A Cool Intention (Marsha) to some wonderful people from Canada, Lesley and Ben Johnson.   Of course when they came to pick her up, they had to have their picture taken with Fred.   Here is there early morning picture------I don't think any of the three were  that much awake yet.

August 14, 2014

I was home alone and decided that  since it is supposed to rain all next week, I would take some pictures and you know who my favorite subject is---Fred.    I couldn't get him to run around at all, he just wanted to eat grass.   As I was watching him, I noticed that birds would come right up to him and eat next to his nose.  He really didn't seem to mind at all.   It amazes me what goes on in nature.   Also an observation that winter is not far away.   Fred is losing his gorgeous gold color and getting his winter hair and dapples.  We really didn't have much of a summer this year and I don't think I am ready for the cold weather.  The only thing is that next year, I will have some "little Fred babies" to play with.  That excites me.



August 11, 2014

As you know, when Fred was in Mississippi, he was ridden by both Monte and his daughter Tyler.  They took him on trail rides and also to ropings.   They didn't ever rope off of him-----I can imagine that Fred would chase a calf but would probably try to pick it up as he loves to put things in his mouth.   Well, Joe has started riding Fred.   I think it is really good for a stallion's mind to be ridden.   Of course, Fred is very lazy and does not think riding should be at a very fast pace.    Look for more pictures of Fred under saddle and who knows, if I can get a high enough stool, maybe I will even get on him.




July 7, 2014

You know how Fred loves playing with a rope (or anything else).   Joe decided that he would give him the rope and they would have a "tug of war" with it.  Well, you would have thought that Fred being the bigger one would have won but Fred decided that it was more fun to eat grass than play with someone pulling on a rope so he let go of it.






July 8, 2014

We have been talking about riding Fred for quite some time.  Now that breeding season is over, Joe has started working him with the saddle on and soon he will be riding him.  When Fred was in Mississippi, Monte and his daughter Tyler rode him a lot.  They took him to ropings and trail rode him.  He is so lazy that he doesn't seem to want to exercise on his own.   Soon you will see pictures of Joe on his back and heck, perhaps I will even get a ladder and get on him.  In the meantime, I sat on him in the stall and then I got a picture from Tyler Beasley from when he was in Mississippi with her sitting on him.   


July 4, 2014

What a way to spend the 4th of July.  Mike and I spent the day working around the farm.  He cut grass and I took pictures.  It was relaxing and our weather was beautiful.   I probably have more pictures of Fred but I will post these.

June,   2014
Well, leave it to me to procrastinate and not keep up with my Fred (Classically) news.   Now I am having trouble remembering  where I kept the pictures.  I will try to post them all under June and then I will try to keep up from now on.    It seems so much easier for me to put them on Face Book and not bother Vicki to post them to my web site.  If  any of you want to be my friend on Face Book, just ask me and if I don't accept you, write me a note.   I understand that there is a limit as to how many friends you can have and I don't want to reach that limit and then not be able to accept any more.   We had some beautiful days in June so I "forced" Joe to hold Fred while I took pictures of him.  He lost his winter hair and shed out to be a beautiful gold color.  He had not gotten his "summer dapples" yet and was not bleached from the sun.    You can see how big he has gotten on the picture of Joe setting  him up.  Joe stands 6 foot tall and Fred is almost 16.2 and as Joe says, he is getting fat from not exercising and just breeding every other day.  The trouble with him is that he is a very lazy horse and when he is outside during the day, all he does is eat grass.


May 24, 2014
It is a beautiful day and I am home alone.  I decided to take my trusty camera out and take some pictures of "guess who"--- Fred
(Classically).  He is getting fat from no exercise other than breeding.    He is only getting 3 pounds of oats a day and his vitamins but I think he eats hay all day.   I suppose I shouldn't have him outside in the sun as his beautiful golden color will fade but he has been confined for so long because of the cold, rainy weather we had, I just can't help but leave him outside all day.







May 11, 2014
Happy Mother's Day from Fred to all of his girlfriends.   Joe and I  found this halter with red roses on it and put it on him for some pictures.  Fred was probably embarrassed having to wear the "girlie" halter.   Our weather was finally nice enough to go outside and take some pictures.   It has been a long long spring, too cold and rainy to put the horses outside.



April 6, 2014
An absolutely beautiful day in Wisconsin.   It is almost 60 degrees and no wind and the sun is shining.  Fred is still quarantined to his paddock because he would dig up Mike's grass in the pasture.  He had a great day playing with his ball.   We watched the Wisconsin Badgers lose to Kentucky last night in the Final Four of the basketball tournament.  I am thinking that Fred may have been better at basketball than he is at football.  Too bad I didn't think of that sooner.   We lost the game by one point when we missed the final shot.  







March 3, 2014
I just noticed that I have not updated Fred's news for quite some time.  I guess it was because of our sub zero weather and I could not get the horses outside.   March 30  was finally a nice day but Joe had to leave as he had training horses coming in to his barn.   I asked him to give me 10 minutes and lo and behold I was able to get a good profile picture of Fred before he left.   I think breeding has been good for Fred.  His neck looks better than ever and his hip is getting bigger.   I thought stallions were supposed to lose weight when they bred, but not Fred.  In fact, I think he is getting too fat.  This will probably be the last picture with snow in the background----anyway I hope so.   The other pictures I took with him in a small paddock.  Mike does not want the horses to tear up the grass in the big pens and with the temperature above freezing, it probably would.   Look out, with the weather getting warmer, I will be taking a of pictures.   Hopefully I will be able to get outside pictures of the foals.   They have never seen the sun because of the freezing weather and then the ice.






Such a beautiful afternoon and Fred got to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather---that is if you call 40 degrees warm.    We are expecting bad weather for a week and it could return to sub- zero temperatures next week with rain, wind and snow Thursday.   Will spring ever arrive? 






We had a great collection today.   This picture was taken with a phone and the quality is not that good but it shows how correct Fred is and the amount of muscle he has.  This is the kind of picture I try to get with my good camera but somehow just can't find the right place to stand to take it.   Excuse the background and the fuzzy picture but I do love this shot.



We had a great collection today.   This picture was taken with a phone and the quality is not that good but it shows how correct Fred is and the amount of muscle he has.  This is the kind of picture I try to get with my good camera but somehow just can't find the right place to stand to take it.   Excuse the background and the fuzzy picture but I do love this shot.


It seemed like a heat wave in Wisconsin today.  The sun was shining and the temperature was a balmy 15 above zero.    Someone  mentioned putting a pink halter on Fred so before we turned him outside to play, we put a pink halter on him.   He didn't seem to know the difference and he had so much fun playing with his ball.  When the weather has been so cold, we have been turning him lose in the arena and there is a cloud of dust out there as he plays with a rope.  Fred is just "one of those horses" who seems to have to have something in his mouth at all times.









Today was the first day that we shipped semen and everything went great.  Fred was a real "gentleman" and the semen looked and extended good.   Thanks to my wonderful "crew" for a job well done.   Fred enjoyed the rest of the day playing outside in the snow.




I took a picture of Fred's legs today.  I was told that the reason we haven't shown him was that he doesn't have good legs.  They can pick on him in other places, but to question his legs took me by surprise.  This horse has always had great legs and he is and always has been  solid on them.   The reason he has not been shown is that I never wanted to show him.   He has never had a steroid in his life-----he is what you see naturally.   Fred is the result of many years of selective breeding and I believe that he will prove to be a great sire.  I guess time will tell that.



Fred likes to take a nap after his breakfast so I decided to take a picture of him.  Unbeknown to me, Joe was taking a picture of me with his phone.  Poor Fred----he is depressed that the Packers lost last week.   He is trying to decide whether to back the 49ners or the Seahawks.  Both quarterbacks have ties to Wisconsin.   Russell Wilson was our Wisconsin Badger's quarterback and Colin Kaepernick is from my hometown of New London, Wisconsin.   I will let you know his and my decision before the game.




It has been brought to my attention that AQHA  is requiring that all stallions who list 25 or more mares on their breeding report in 2014 must have their 5 panel genetic test on file with AQHA before the 2015 breeding season.   Any stallion owner who does not comply, the  foals by that stallion will not be eligible for registration.   I am happy that Classically (Fred) is negative on all 5 genetic tests.   




During the cold weather, Scott Francois decided to take a trip down and see Fred.  As you can see by the picture, he knows how to dress for the cold.   It is even colder in Marinette, Wisconsin than it is here.    Bob snapped this quick picture of him and Fred.  It is too bad the picture is blurry as I think it is a good picture of both of them.



We had the coldest weather in years in Wisconsin.  Some of our horses live outside with shelters during the winter with heated Nelson waters in them.   However, during last week, Dr Fox recommended that we keep all the horses in the barn as wind chills could reach 55 below zero.   Of course, the horses did not realize that it was that cold outside and wanted to go out.   Finally, with only a wind chill of 9 below, I put the horses, including Fred outside for a few hours.  I about froze my hands taking these pictures of him.  Thankfully the weather has "warmed" up to above zero and to be honest, it feels warm by comparison.  


Fantasy Football by Vicki Livasy.  Bitter cold today in Green Bay. Wind chills will be -24 during the game and then -55 during the night.  Fred (Classically) is ready for the challenge as he has been outside practicing all week.  He is shown here knocking down players while he carries the ball for our first touchdown. He is hoping the Packers can hold up and he doesn't have to kick field goals too.


While I was at the AQHA World Show, Jerry Vawter told me that he had drawn another picture of what he feels we should be striving for in our modern day quarter horses.  He surprised me with the drawing and such a nice note to me.   Most of us respect Jerry as a great horseman-------after all he had Kid Clu and  many of the other great stallions of our industry.  I found a picture that I had taken of Fred and compared it to Jerry's drawing.   It is amazing just how much Fred looks like "Jerry's target."  


As I reflect back on 2013, I have some wonderful memories. I have a wonderful husband and family and friends that I have known for many years with whom I have shared many great times. I have also "met" so many new friends through Face Book and I am truly thankful for you and all the enjoyment you add to my life.

2014 is going to be very exciting for me. Never did I think I would stand another stallion. After breeding over 100 mares a year to Impressivist in the 80's, I thought I would enjoy myself and do what I love, which is raise foals. Then Fred (Classically) came along. He was the last foal out of my favorite mare of all time, Miss Bunny Tardee and sired by Kids Classic Style. Some people question why Classically has never been shown. The answer is that I never wanted to show him. He and Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool) are the last connection that I have to Miss Bunny Tardee. People also question, why I have not bred him until now. The answer to that is that I didn't want to stand another stallion. Last year, I decided that if I were going to carry on the genetics of Miss Bunny Tardee, I needed to stand Classically. I thought long and hard about standing him in Texas and I also checked out a wonderful place in Wisconsin. Both places would have given him the care and the expertise needed to satisfy me. Then, I thought------this is the horse that I have bred a lifetime to get and did I really want him to be gone from me? The answer was no -----so the alternative was to stand him here this year and enjoy him. He is enrolled in the AQHA Incentive Fund, the APHA Breeders Trust, the Palomino Incentive Fund, the Breeders Halter Futurity, the Big Money Futurity and the WCHA Futurity. Scott Francois and I feel that these incentives will give those of you who choose to breed to him, the opportunity to enjoy and profit from foals sired by him. And, I will be "living my dream" of seeing what my many years of breeding has accomplished.


 ~ 2013 ~

Fred's January Ad.

Fantasy Football at it's best by Vicki Livasy.  Packer--Bear game today.  Aaron Rodgers throws the ball to Jarrett Boyken and Fred (Classically) leaps in front of him and catches the ball and runs it in for the winning touchdown.



Classically (Fred) at sunset.


Classically is now the property of Ellis and Francois. Scott Francois has been a good friend of mine for years and has been a supporter of this horse since he first saw him at 10 days of age and tried to buy him. Never in my life did I think that I would have another stallion but then Fred came along and because he was the last foal out of Miss Bunny Tardee and sired by Kids Classic Style, I decided to keep him. This partnership will give Fred (Classically) the opportunity to be in the Breeders Halter Futurity, which I feel will give those of you who breed to him more opportunity to enjoy showing your foals and profit from them. He is also enrolled in the AQHA Incentive Fund and the APHA Breeders Trust and will be in the Big Money Futurity and the WCHA Futurity. Scott and I truly believe that this horse will be a breeding horse and I hope that you will agree with us and consider him for your mare in 2014.

I am still trying to figure out  the settings on my camera so took a few more pictures of Fred today.  I think the colors look more true on these pictures and Fred is still not tired of playing with his ball.






Guess what Fred got for Christmas----a BRAND NEW BALL.   We added a pretty bow to it and as soon as he found it his gift,  he proceeded to try to eat the bow.  Joe had to take it out of his mouth.  All in all, he had a great time playing with his new toy and throwing it around.  He even got a few marsh mellow treats for Christmas.  After all, horses enjoy sweets too.    





It was 14 below zero today but the sun was finally shining.  I told  Joe that we needed to take some pretty snow pictures of Fred.  Unfortunately both the snow and the sun were bright and my pictures were not exposed properly.  It sure was cold and my face got  pretty red from the cold and wind.  My hand got so cold at one time that I was afraid that I froze it. (I have to take my glove off to take the pictures)   Joe was not dressed warm either and both of us about froze.  It didn't seem to bother Fred as he had a good time digging for grass and just enjoying Christmas Eve Day. 





Blizzard conditions today in Wisconsin and the Packer---Steeler game in Green Bay should be fun to watch.  It will be like an old fashioned football game being played outside with no roof over the stadium.  It will be near blizzard conditions.   Fred has been practicing all week for the event and is hoping that they will call on him to "save the day"   After all, a horse can maneuver better in the snow than a person can. 



It is beautiful outside today and Joe put Fred outside to play.  Tonight we could get a foot of snow and wind so the horses will have to stay inside tomorrow.    I wish that we  would have some sunshine as it has been dreary for so long now.  I tried to take some pretty pictures with the hoarfrost on the trees but pictures with the sun shining would have been so much better.  Tomorrow is the Packer game in Green Bay and it is going to be "an old fashioned Wisconsin game" being outside with the snow and the wind.   







The temperature is -14 with the wind chill today and Fred is outside warming up for the Packer--Dallas football game.  He was hoping it would be played in Green Bay and wanted to show those Texas people just how tough us Green Bay Packer fans are.

Well, it looks like Winter arrived in Wisconsin.   Yesterday and today it is  -10 with the wind chill and it is going to stay cold all of next week.  In fact I heard it is going to get to 25 below with the wind chill.     I bought heated water buckets for the other barn but don't have them up yet------so I have to keep changing the water so it doesn't freeze.   The horses have been staying in the barn but today we put them outside for a few hours.   Joe and I tied a rope to Fred's ball but he swung it so hard that the ball fell off.   That didn't bother him at all, as he kept twirling the rope.   Joe loves Fred and he helped convince me to stand him at our place.  He told me that he would not go to Arizona and  instead stay and help me with the breeding.  I like to kid him about his old Carhart jacket.  To me, it doesn't look warm but he tells me that there is nothing warmer.  Well, today the jacket got it's test and as you can see, I don't know if it passed or not.   Of course, he won't admit that he was cold.





Today when I went to get Fred in the barn, he must have been cold as he came running when I called him.   Just happened to have my camera and captured this neat picture of him. 


I found this profile picture of Fred that I took last summer and I really like it.   My friends say that I can't use it in an ad because his ears aren't up.   The picture brings back memories of the summer when we had green grass and warm weather.    Very soon we will have snow on the ground and I will be able to take some pretty snow pictures of him---that is if I don't freeze doing it. 

I enrolled Classically (Fred) in the APHA Breeders Trust for 2014.   This is a picture of Sonny Side Up, a crop out full brother to Sonnys Nightshade, the sire of Miss Bunny Tardee.  Both Sonnys Nightshade and Sonny Side Up plus their other full siblings, , Sonnys Sensation, James Caan and their full sister, Ever So Sonny (the dam of Forever My Temon) were sired by Sonny Dee Bar out of Kims Bonanza.  This bloodline along with Tardee Impressive and Kids Classic Style are all known to produce a lot of white on their foals.  Classically himself has 3 socks and a star, strip and snip.   I feel that he has a very good chance of producing paints out of paint mares.

Sonny Side Up

I was looking at Fred's (Classically) pedigree and you can see where his attributes come from.  These are pictures of his dam's side of the pedigree.  Pictured are Sonnys Nightshade as a yearling.  He is his great grandsire.   Bunny Nightshade, his great grandmother, Tardee Impressive, his grandsire, Miss Bunny Tardee, his mother and Fred (Classically)   Add Kids Classic Style as Fred's  sire and you can see why I believe that Classically (Fred) will be a breeding horse.

Sonnys Nightshade

Bunny Nightshade

Tardee Impressive

Miss Bunny Tardee

Fred (Classically)

Kids Classic Style


Fred trying to sleep in on this rainy morning.   Joe is forcing him to get up and spend the day outside.


I have finally made the decision to stand Fred (Classically) at his home, Ellis Quarter Horses for the 2014 season.  It was a very difficult decision as I never planned to stand a stallion here again and was making plans to stand him elsewhere.  But, as you know, I love this horse-----he is the result of all of my years of raising horses and he exemplifies what I want in a stallion.  I think that if you look at the many pictures that I have of him from his weanling year to present time, you  will get to know exactly what the horse looks like.  Also, when you look at his ancestry page, you will  see why I like him so much.  I have pictures of his dam, grandam, brothers and sisters and some of their produce.  I haven't said much about his sire, Kids Classic Style as I am sure you are all familiar with him.  Fred stands over 16.1 and is and always has been great legged and he has always grown level  He has such a strong back and deep heart girth and he should certainly produce muscle on his foals.  Besides that, he is NN for all 5 genetic defects.  I am excited and yet a bit nervous as to what I am undertaking in 2014.   I hope you understand that I will only breed the number of mares that I feel we can handle and do a good job.  Our breeding facility is first class and I have a wonderful veterinarian who thought she was retired from breeding just as I did.  We also have Joe St Clair who does a great job of handling Fred and Leah Gloudemans who has a lot of experience handling the paperwork for a breeding farm.  Also, my good friend and neighbor Katie Samuelson has volunteered to help.   I feel that with this group and of course, I can't forget Bob Luebker who has been with us many years,  we will have everything covered.  I will get a contract on this page very soon.   We are approved by Delta and should be by United Airlines to ship semen if need be.  I will keep you informed  as to anything else I feel you should  know.    
 I took this picture of Fed yesterday right before I brought him in the barn for the night after being outside all day.  Little does he know that his "life of leisure" will soon be over.



This is the second ad that we are running on Classically.  It will appear in the December issue of the Chronicle.


After weeks of cloudy and rainy weather we had some sun today.  It sure makes a difference on how pictures look.  Fred, even with his winter hair, just glows when the sun hits his body.  




There was no Packer game today,  so I was looking through some old pictures and found these of Miss Bunny Tardee at 20  years of age.  She still had the gorgeous back and clean neck and so much heart girth.  Her leg was giving out on her and we had to keep a  special shoe on her to support it.  I truly believe that the mare is the most important equation in a breeding stallion and when you look at the produce of Miss Bunny Tardee, if my thinking is right, Fred should be a breeding stallion.  Of course, his sire, Kids Classic Style also contributes to his ability to produce muscle on his foals.   Sorry for the quality of the pictures but I did not have a very good camera back then.








Fred having fun playing with his  ball.  I bought him a soccer ball at the Thrift Store and he had so much fun playing with it.






Fred loves the My Intention filly.  When I put him out in the morning, he runs to her fence and smells of her nose and then they both go back to eating.   I will  include a picture that Monte May sent me of him eating with Monte's weanling paint filly.   It was taken when Fred was in Mississippi.  I think he would get along with my weanling filly but to  be honest, I am afraid to try it.   I think too much of the filly.








I found these three front pictures of the produce of Miss Bunny Tardee and want you to see how much front end the Tardee mare would put on her offspring.  The fact that Fred and Rebecca are both NN, adds to their uniqueness.   All of the produce of Miss Bunny Tardee had big front ends but I just happened to find these three pictures that were shot at the correct angle.  In fact, I think Clueman, by Obvious Conclusion probably had the most muscle there.



Some people have asked me why I don't take pictures of Fred from the non mane side.  To be honest, I don't think he looks as good from that side.  He has a dent in his neck where he was kicked by another horse when he was young.  Besides I love the long flowing mane.   I took these pictures of him at the stocks so you could see his "other side".




The farrier put new shoes on Fred.  I had a phone call so asked Mike to hold Fred while I answered it.  When I came out of the office, I just happened to have my camera and captured this cute picture of the two of them.   Those of you who know Mike, know he is not a "horse person" as such.  In fact, as much as he helps me bring horses in at night, he still gets Janie and Olivia mixed up.   It baffles me as Janie is a bay and Olivia a chestnut.  Besides that Olivia has a big star and Janie has no white on her face.  You would think after being married to me for all these years, he would know the difference. 


This is the first ad that we are running on Classically.  It will appear in the October issue of the Chronicle.

"Mike, Fred, Molly and I were cheering the Packers on to victory over the Lions on October 6.  
 Thanks to Vicki Livasy for her putting the Packer hat on Fred.   She is so talented."



Michael and Sandra Ellis
1752 Co Rd GG
Neenah, WI  54956
Tel: (920) 722-0182
Fax: (920) 236-8842
Email: ellisqh@athenet.net