January, 2012

 
January 2012
 
Snow is falling and the wind is blowing today.  Mike is gone to Madison and the horses are in the barn so I am forcing myself to sit down and write some news to get caught up on the website.   After all, the new babies will be arriving soon and I haven't written since before I went to the World Show in November.  Now if I can only remember what happened since then.

Picture below, Sandi and Lanis

 

 

I had such a wonderful time at the World Show.  It is the time of the year when I am able to see and visit with so many friends, in person.  For the first time, Vicki Livasy joined out group.  Vicki is the one who designs and maintains my web site and I had never met her before.  She certainly was all I expected and even more.  We had a great time and she fit right in with our group.  We saw some incredible horses and ate at some fantastic places.   The first day, Lanis and I traveled to Terry Bradshaw Quarter Horses as we wanted to see the mares that he had bought from us.  Connie was not there but we looked around and saw many outstanding mares.   Terry has a beautiful facility and Connie is always such a gracious host.   Also on that day, we visited Russell McIntosh and saw his great group of mares and outstanding babies.  I asked him what he did to get so many fillies as I would really like to learn the "filly secret"   Russell has been able to sell most of his colts and they have  gone to great show homes.  As you all know, that is so important to building a reputation. 

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Righteous Endeavor

 

It is always so educational to watch the halter classes as that is where my interest lies.  Many of my good friends did well.  Dr John Tan's weanling gelding, Righteous Endeavor won his amateur class.   John's brother, James showed him.  He is by Righteous Mister and out of Rebecca 's (You Bet Im Cool) daughter by Im Kiddin.  I am so happy for them.  Fancy was the first horse that John bought and I am proud that he bought her from me.   A Classic Edition also was Reserve Champion Performance Halter Mare.  She was shown by her owner, Dan Fox.  I am anxiously awaiting a new foal out of her dam, Cooleah (Olivia)   This one will be sired by My Intentions.  

 
Lanis and I did not leave until Sunday morning so we did something we had never done on Saturday afternoon.   We watched the performance classes.   We enjoyed them so much, we intend to make watching them a part of our next World Show.  I guess after all these years, I finally figured out that I was missing a big part of the show. 

Miss Miraculous, owned by Gayle Hamlin Steidel.


Random pictures taken at the world show.

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I got home from Oklahoma on Sunday and the following Thursday was Thanksgiving.   Of course, by then I really didn't need more food but we went to Mike's brother, Dave's house for Thanksgiving and both Dave and his wife, Mary are great cooks.  What a wonderful and relaxing day we had.  I thoroughly enjoyed myself and it was a chance to relax and have some "family time".  

 

Sunday after Thanksgiving, Donna Davis bought Exceptional Candy.   She is the mare by Excepionist out of Miss Carri Clu that Carri Jones owned.  She had been living here since Carri sold all of her horses and she and Rebecca had become great friends.  What a sight to see the two massive muscled NN mares in the pasture together.  At first, Donna did not buy the embryo by My Intentions that Candy is carrying but she finally decided that she needed the baby in the mare also.  That foal will be eligible for the Breeders Cup Futurity and in my  opinion there is no better person to fit halter babies or show them than Donna Davis.  She does all the fitting herself and she has been very successful at it.  I don't know how many World Champion trophies she has in her office but there are quite a few. 

 
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Christmas was very enjoyable this year.  We had a get-together at my niece, Aubrey's house in Green Bay.   Both of my sisters came and what a time we had.  I had never experienced a "white elephant" party and I gave my aunt's old mink coat and my uncle's father's raccoon coat.  My sister, Cindy picked my gift and we laughed as she modeled her "new" clothes.   Guess what I got-----a holster for a pistol.   Now, all I need is the pistol to put in it.   It was so good to see my family.     As you get older, it seems more difficult to get together with them as they live far away.  I really have a wonderful family.   

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"Malibukini"
Juliet

Minnie
 

Mike and I have become quite the sport fans.   The Green Bay Packers had such an incredible year until last Sunday.   We would curl up on our couches and watch the games.  We have several chances to go to Lambeau Field but actually prefer watching games in the comfort of our cozy house.  Besides the Packers, we have been watching Wisconsin Badger Football and now Basketball.   The Badgers had a heartening loss to to Oregon in the Rose Bowl, but we had a successful season and we sure got a lot of enjoyment out of it.   Now, I guess it is the Badger basketball and Marquette basketball that we will watch until football season starts again. 

2 mares that are in foal for 2012 - Olivia and Janie in foal to My Intentions.
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It won't be long now until I have some foals.  Let's all hope that this year, they will be fillies.  I don't think anyone needs more than 9 stud colts in a row.  And, that is not even counting the 2 Fearles stud colts that I foaled out for Jackie Hardwicke and Jackie James last year.  I will post pictures as soon as the new "fillies"  are born.  Both will be sired by My Intentions.   The first will be out of Cooleah (Olivia), the dam of A Classic Edition.   This mare always foals early and 320 days will be January 19.   I look for the baby to come around that time.   The other mare, Janie (Kids Classic Gal) is due on February 26 but she is already showing signs that she could be early too.  I am going to be so disappointed if I don't have at least one filly out of the two.   Look for my newborn photos of the babies on Face Book.  I will post them as soon as they are born.    
 


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Christmas with my 2 sisters and 3 nieces.

 

Sandy

 

 

 



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