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Gearing Up For Spring A Bit of Knowledge How to choose the right bit By Cal Midleton

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Training the Performance Horse 24 Backing up By Al Dunning Pasture Pitfalls Managing spring pasture By Rebecca Hendricks, DVM


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Gearing Up For Spring Equine Discussions with Cal Middleton

A BIT of Knowledge adjust his body and feet and acquire the overall body frame that will allow him to move his feet and body in a balanced way, with his “butt down, back picked up, shoulders up, poll level, and chin soft.” If the horse does this without a great deal of resistance, then you may be ready to move on from a snaffle as you increase the expectations placed upon your horse.

There isn't necessarily always a “right” bit, but there are many “wrong” bits. Whether you’re at a show, a clinic, or you walk into your local tack store, there are so many bits to choose from that sometimes it can get overwhelming to decide what to use on your horses. I thought I'd share some insight on the subject, and hopefully by the end of this twopart article you can see that the simple choice is usually the best. The best thing for starting a colt is a snaffle, although just the first ride or two may be in a simple rope halter, or sometimes no headgear at all. Starting a horse with no headgear at all is the only way to be sure you're not allowing the horse to push on you. A snaffle can be used for the life of the horse. It is hard to put an exact time frame on when something else can be used. A snaffle has no shanks, therefore it allows for direct feel of and contact with the horse. A broken snaffle is ideally suited, because it is articulated in the middle, and allows the rider to exert differential pressure on each rein, without hurting the horse or making him dull to the reins. I generally use a snaffle with only one joint, always remembering that a broken bit like this is made to be used with one rein at a time. This “one rein at a time” can come in many forms. Mostly, the idea is to

In the second part of this article, I will discuss more progression from a snaffle.

use one rein more than the other. Regularly pulling on both reins at once, while using a broken bit, can cause physical problems in the horse's mouth, not to mention that the horse will quickly become “bracey” and will not learn to hold himself up properly. Pulling on both reins just gives the horse more surface area to lean on and brace against, until he learns to soften his body and give his feet and hold himself up. One of the most important things you can teach a horse is to accept differential forms of pressure and move his feet accordingly. The reins and bit are just one more form of pressure, keeping in mind that pressure is always as light as possible but as firm as necessary. Accepting the pressure of the bit basically means that when you pick up your hands and/or take the slack out or tug on a rein, a horse should

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This is an adaptation from the book Cal Middleton On Horses and Life, published by Whirlybird Press. More information at Please send any questions to cal@

Cal Middleton is a professional horse trainer who makes his living riding horses, coaching non pros, competing at shows on the state and national levels and conducting clinics throughout the country. 816-256-9597.

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Gearing Up For Spring Training the Performance Horse

Backing Up By Al Dunning

Let’s continue with my subject of the five essential basics, which for you that have not read my previous articles are: 1) go forward readily 2) turn right and left easily and symmetrically 3) stop efficiently 4) back willingly 5) gain collection which includes leg control. We will resume with the fourth basic, backing. The back is a very overlooked aspect of training and is sometimes only used as a maneuver in certain patterns or as a reprimand. Teaching a horse to back in the beginning is as simple as making him move his hind feet followed by his front. It will be easier to attain a smooth back on a horse that has been bent, flexed, and is soft in the poll and mouth. Many times, horses that have had the proper ground work (which I covered in an earlier issue) will automatically refer to that knowledge when asked to back with you on his back. For those that are more difficult, starting with suppling exercises is the right way to go. The horse needs to understand that backing is initiated from picking up

the reins and they should engage the hind legs secondly. Bending and using your foot on the same side to limber the rib cage while working on the poll and jaw will help reinforce this concept for the horse. Another good drill is to turn right in a bend and then turn left in a bend without hesitation. You can even bend and trot tight circles. After that exercise pick up one rein and then the opposite and usually the horse will respond in a reverse manner. An additional aid is to ride the horse up into the corner of the arena and then pick up lightly on the reins, rocking your legs and asking him to back out after that initial push. This one teaches a horse to round up and stay between the reins while understanding the request to back away from the fence. The key is not to overlook backing as a most important factor in the overall training and control of your horse. Understand that backing does several things to aid in collection, lifting a horse’s shoulders to aid in a better stop, softening the horse’s poll and mouth, rating of speed and as a tool to reiterate the stop.

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That being said, I want to touch on equipment as it lends itself to proper training of your horse. I have to constantly remind myself and others that training a horse is not for our benefit but for our equines. I always try to be logical and easy to understand my horse so he can gain knowledge to increase his performance and become a more useful animal. Starting a horse in a snaffle bit and riding with two hands was the way I was taught in the beginning and I still follow that guideline. A snaffle is made to pull towards your hip rather than rein out to the side. In this manner, you will slide the bit across the horse’s mouth affecting the corners and the bars of the mouth. The outside of the bit pressing against the opposite side of the pull is an additional cue to the horse. If you pull with “feel” and have the bit properly adjusted so it is merely up in the corner of the horses mouth but not tight, the snaffle bit will work effectively. My next step with a horse is to ride them in the hackamore. I’ve written a book on this called “The Art of Hackamore Training”, co-authored

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Al Dunning stresses that training a horse to back has many benefits, including teaching collection, softening the poll and mouth, and also helps with sliding stops. Photo by Charlie Brooks by my friend, the late Benny Guitron. When a horse has become proficient through these first two stages, they advance to the curb bit. We will expound on these in future articles. I want to leave you with one last thought: no matter what equipment you use, technique and riding with a purpose are paramount to advancing your horse. I have learned over the

years that training a horse is like going though the A-B-Cs. Take your time and hit all the letters rather than jumping ahead, confusing the entire situation. If you’ll always remember the Don Dodge theory of 1percent a day + 100 days = 100 percent, your horse will advance accurately and will not regress because of too much pressure.

Al Dunning of Scottsdale, AZ, is one of the most respected horseman in the industry. His 40+ years of experience as a professional trainer has led him to produce world champion horses, garner numerous awards, produce books, DVDs, clinics, Team AD online mentoring, and ADTV on Better Horses Network. For more information, visit

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Gearing Up For Spring Rebecca Hendricks, DVM Longer days and warmer nights can only mean one thing: Spring is almost here! For horse owners across the country, spring signals the start of pasture season. However, all of that gorgeous green grass isn't without its pitfalls. Even if you are among the lucky few to have viable pasture available year round, spring growth can still impact your horses. From breeders to ranchers to hobbyists, managing your horses’ pasture can mean the difference between a successful spring and a disastrous one. Through the winter months, a majority of pastured horses are fed grass or alfalfa hay to sustain them while pasture is barren. The transition from hay to fresh grass, especially spring grass, is the root of most pasture-associated complications. As with all other aspects of animal health, it is best to manage pastures and pasture access specific to individual horses; different life stages and medical conditions call for different management techniques. Prior to any pasture reintroduction, careful inspection of the pasture for toxic and invasive weeds is critical. Even if a pasture was certified weedfree in the past, drought and other weather conditions can cause the makeup of the field to differ dramatically from year to year. If you are unsure of any plants in your pasture, the book “Weeds of the West” and your local agricultural college extension office are excellent resources for plant identification. For a majority of horses that have no

Pasture Pitfalls Beware of dangers that lurk in lush spring fields. special needs or underlying medical conditions, gradual reintroduction to spring pasture is recommended. Over a two- to three-week period, gradually increase the amount of time that your horse is allowed access to morning pasture. Morning grazing is ideal because of the lower sugar content in the grass. Throughout the day, plants store sugar and carbohydrates. These energy sources are then used throughout the night for growth. This results in the lowest sugar content occurring in early morning and the highest sugar content in late evening. Initially, ten minutes of turnout time

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is plenty. Adding 20 to 30 minutes of pasture time every few days will allow your horses to gradually acclimate to the feed change. Feeding your horses their normal hay regimen prior to turnout can reduce the risk of pasture gorging. Supplementation with hay while out in pasture can also help alleviate engorging. While gradual reintroduction to pasture is adequate to stave off complications for many horses, lush spring pasture can wreak havoc on horses with underlying metabolic conditions. Equine Metabolic

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Syndrome (EMS) and Insulin Resistance (IR) are similar, interrelated conditions in horses that can be drastically affected by spring pasture. EMS is thought to be an abnormal adaptation to fat storage. Fat that is excessively stored for “tough times” stimulates inflammation and alters insulin metabolism throughout the body. This altered insulin metabolism, aka insulin resistance, can be thought of as being similar to Type 2 diabetes mellitus in humans. Until proven otherwise, “easy keepers” that are prone to obesity with fat pads should be managed as EMS horses. The greatest risk to EMS horses on spring pasture is the development of laminitis, or founder. This is where the term “grass founder” has its roots. Laminitis is the result of inflammation in the lamina of the foot. Lamina can be thought of as microscopic Velcro® in the hoof that provide nutrients and support to the foot. When horses consume spring grass that is high in sugar and nonstructural carbohydrates, the result is similar to what would happen if a person ate Snickers® bars all day: Insulin levels in the body are chronically high due to the prolonged sugar intake. It is this continuously elevated insulin that causes blood vessel constriction and reduced blood flow throughout the body. It is theorized that reduction of blood to the foot is the catalyst for inflammation in pasture-associated founder. Horses that have underlying EMS or IR are at a heightened risk of developing laminitis because their insulin levels are elevated to begin with. You add the extra sugar and carbohydrates of spring grass and laminitis ensues. Due to their high-risk status, EMS and IR horses must follow rigid

pasture plans. Pasture turnout is not recommended until mid-summer when the carbohydrate concentration has dropped. Access to pasture should be restricted to less than four hours per day in early morning. Gradual build-up to four hours is crucial and should be performed over a minimum of three weeks. A grazing muzzle can be used to restrict grazing while still allowing for longer turnout time.

Pregnant and lactating mares are another subset of horses that require extra pasture management for a safe spring transition. In addition to gradual return to pasture, broodmare pastures themselves must be inspected diligently for weeds and toxic plants. One grass in particular, tall fescue, can devastate a breeding season.

Tall fescue is a hardy plant that can be very resistant to drought, insect Exercise is crucial for EMS and IR damage and overgrazing. This horses to reduce weight and modify opportunistic grass can take hold in a the abnormal insulin metabolism. In pasture and have catastrophic effects addition to strict pasture on breeding programs. The plant becomes infected with fungus called Acremonium coenephialum. Endophyte infection is beneficial to the plant as this is what conveys its hardiness; it is also what conveys the plant’s toxic effects. Fescue that is free of endophyte Invasive tall fescue creates a hazard in field of infection is not Kentucky bluegrass considered harmful for management and exercise, insulin grazing. However, it is very difficult modifying supplements such as to maintain endophyte-free fescue, so magnesium, chromium and omega-3 the general rule of thumb is no fatty acids are often recommended. fescue in broodmare pastures. Although ingestion of endophytePasture-associated laminitis is not, infected fescue is not thought to be however, reserved strictly for EMS harmful to mares in second trimester, and IR horses. Laminitis can also it is not advisable to graze any affect horses that have no previous broodmares on pasture with fescue. history of metabolic disease. If the grass is “rich” and contains Ingestion of the endophyte affects the excessively high levels of nonreproductive tract of grazing mares. structural carbohydrates, a temporary Fescue toxicity can result in early state of insulin resistance can occur. embryonic death, abortion, prolonged Insulin resistance leads to vessel gestation, premature placental constriction, which can lead to separation and dramatic milk laminitis. reduction. Low conception rates and an increased number of open mares

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due to early embryonic death greatly impact productivity of large breeding operations. While gestational issues are problematic, they are often overshadowed by the common, and notable, decrease in milk production.

left in a compromised state. Lacking sufficient antibodies, typically provided by nutrient-rich colostrum, the risk of immunosuppression and systemic infection are greatly elevated.

This effect on milk can vary from a moderate reduction in production to complete lack of milk, known as agalactia. Dr. Gabriele Landolt, assistant professor of Equine Medicine at Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine, has found that while “milk production in horses is typically more significantly negatively affected, milk yields can also be decreased in sheep and cattle that graze on endophyte-infected grass.”

As with pasture-associated laminitis, the key to managing fescue toxicosis is pasture management. Ensuring that all pastures are free of endophyte-infected tall fescue prior to spring is the most effective way to prevent a breeding program nightmare. If any fescue is found, pastures should be mowed in the spring before seed heads develop then repeatedly sprayed with an approved herbicide.

Fescue toxicity is frequently of greatest consequence to the newborn foal. A longer gestation length often results in dystocia (difficult birth) due to the larger foal size. Foals born via dystocia delivery can suffer from a condition called Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, also known as “dummy foal syndrome.” This condition occurs when the foal is deprived of oxygen during difficult delivery and subsequent developmental abnormalities arise.

If a mare has been exposed to endophyte-infected fescue in late third trimester, a medication called Domperidone can be administered to prevent agalactia. As with all medications, negative side effects can occur; this medication should only be given under the guidance and supervision of a licensed veterinarian.

Agalactia can have devastating effects on newborn foals. Without adequate milk production, the foal is

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By the time the first sprouts of green grass are seen, most horse enthusiasts are chomping at the bit to embrace spring. But before you throw open the pasture gates, take some time to make sure that both your horses and your fields are ready for the transition. A little extra work in early spring will help ensure that your pastures are not only picturesque, but safe as well.

Dr. Rebecca Hendricks is a predominantly equine veterinarian at Block and Bridle Veterinary Service in Greeley, CO. After graduation from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2009, Dr. Hendricks completed an internship at the prestigious Oakridge Equine Hospital in Edmond, OK Dr. Hendricks is also trained in animal chiropractic.

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Look Out For Equine Magnets With Richard Winters Horsemanship Chances are, you played with magnets when you were younger. You understand how they work. With two magnets in your hand they are attracted and pull towards each other. You can also turn the magnets around and they will then push away or repel from each other. Something very similar happens when riding our horses. There are areas and directions that they are drawn to and are always attempting to drift towards. Then there are other areas that they attempt to fade away from and feel repelled. It's important that we are always aware of these magnets playing out in our horse’s mind. If we are passive and don’t address these issues these magnets will get more powerful and our problems will get bigger. However, if we are proactive and ride smart, we can begin to eliminate these mental magnets and develop a horse that is much more balanced. I recently saw this exemplified during a short visit to my daughter, Sarah, and her husband Chris Dawson, at their training facility in Texas. This is the time of year when they are starting all of their two year olds and the young horses are very green. On this particular morning Sarah was riding some two year olds that had never been in this particular large indoor arena before. With almost every colt she could feel the hesitancy of them wanting to avoid

the corners of the four sides in the arena. In other words, the magnets were pushing the colts away from the corners. Those youngsters were pretty sure that there could be monsters or some other dangerous thing lurking just on the other side of the wall in those corners. As Sarah worked a colt around the arena, at the trot and lope, when it was time to give the colt a rest, she rode up into the corner as far as she could go. There she stopped the colt and rested, allowing him to catch his breath. After a few times you could see the colt getting more and more comfortable about going up into the corners. The place initially thought as scary and dangerous was proving to be a comfortable spot where they could stop and rest. Sarah was systematically removing the repelling magnets. A little later that morning, Sarah was on a different two year old and one of her interns was riding another very green colt in the same large arena. As they moved around the arena, the intern’s colt felt comfortable moving out only if he could follow Sarah's horse. That was the young horse’s comfort zone. It was a definite magnet pulling the intern’s mount toward Sarah’s colt. Sarah instructed the intern to quit attempting to steer the horse away. If the intern’s colt wanted to come toward Sarah, he should allow it. Now, when the colt got near Sarah's horse, she instructed the intern to take the end of his lead rope and

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create some commotion and keep his colt’s feet moving forward. “Don’t let him stop and get comfortable next to me”, she instructed. After just a few moments of busy feet trotting around her horse, the intern’s colt drifted away. "Now relax, rub and pet your colt. Show him that the most comfortable spot is out there with you and away from us," she said. Soon the colt became more independent and trusting in the intern’s leadership rather than depending on the other horse as a babysitter. Sarah helped the intern diminish the magnet that was pulling his colt toward her horse. What was exemplified in the arena that morning? The same principle that's true in every training situation: It's our job to make the right thing easy and the wrong thing difficult. Being creative in these situations helps to change our horse’s mind about their preconceived ideas. Before long, our ideas become their ideas, enabling us to begin to work together, when presented in a manner they understand. It’s not only when training two year olds that a rider might experience these magnets. You can feel magnets with your horse almost daily. There's a pretty good chance that there is a magnet on the gate of your arena. Do you ever feel your horse wanting to move quickly through the arena and back towards the gate and then move slowly while leaving the gate area? If you want to eliminate this magnet,

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it's important that you not stop and rest or visit with your friends near the gate. Let your horse work harder around the gate and then ride over to the other end of the arena to stop and rest. I will often dismount and lead my horse out the gate, at the end of the session, rather than ride out of the arena to get back to the barn. I want to eliminate, not encourage magnets.

Winters allows his filly to find some rest up in the “scary” corner.

Consider how Sarah dealt with the pulling and repelling magnets in her young horses. Use that same principle with your horse in or out of the arena. Be proactive and set up situations that will give you a balanced, magnet free horse. “Hey Sarah, where did you learn those techniques?" I asked. “Oh dad, you know,” she replied. Her response made me feel good!

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His intern Keeps the colt’s feet busy while hanging around his equine friend.

Now the intern allows the colt to find some rest and comfort away from his "friend".

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Great Sires Come From Great Mares special interest for those interested in the role the mare plays in the success of her son as a broodmare sire. A key to this influence is that he passes his dam’s X chromosome on to his daughters and this gives us a direct link between the sire’s dam and his daughters.

Blossom Berry with her 1987 colt Hollywood Rerun Hollywood Dun It, a 1983 dun stallion, was an outstanding show horse. He was the 1986 NRHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion, the 1987 NRHA Derby Open Champion and the 1987 NRHA Super Stakes Open Champion. He was ridden by Tim McQuay to earn $66,255 in his short but very successful show career. He was purchased in 1987 by Tim and Colleen McQuay and went to stand at McQuay Stables and, as they say, the rest is history.

and that puts him at #5 on the all time list 12 years after his death. Some of his leading money earners include Hollywoodstinsletown ($178,156), Reminic N Dunit ($169,664), and Hollywood Vintage ($155,842). He is an Equi-Stat leading paternal grandsire with earnings of over $5.9 million. Some of his paternal grandget include Tinsletown Fly Guy ($250,931), Rawhide Banjo ($152,746), and Collenas Finest Tafy ($132,987).

The rest of this history is that Hollywood Dun It became a very successful sire of reining horses and earned the title of the Equi-Stat alltime leading sire of reining horse money earners. He was eventually replaced as the leading money earning sire, but to this day his NRHA earnings total over $7 million

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One of the great sayings and beliefs in horse breeding is that “a great sire needs to have a great mother.” When we look at the success of Hollywood Dun It, this statement takes us to his dam, a mare named Blossom Berry. This edition of Mares With More will look at what Blossom Berry contributed to the success of her son as not only a sire but also a broodmare sire. The story of Blossom Berry starts in Ohio. She was officially bred by Riverby Farms, Inc. She was foaled in 1975. She earned one AQHA performance point and $437.81 in the NRHA. She started this show record in the barn of John Amabile. This great trainer has trained and ridden some very special horses, including Hollywood Jac 86 and Boggies Last. He rode and trained Great Kelind Miss, the first NRHA Derby Champion. In an interview from a few years ago, Amabile relays how he came to own Blossom Berry: “I bought her as a yearling from Fred Boggs in Ohio. They owned her sire Dun Berry. Dun Berry was a really good horse and I had seen some of them and really liked them. I went up there and bought two horses. One named Blue

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Berry Roan, a two year old, and I bought Blossom Berry as a yearling. I took them home and they both worked out for me.” Blue Roan Berry earned one AQHA performance point. “Blossom Berry was a nice horse, fast turn arounds and long slides,” he continued. “She was a nice filly, a real pretty horse, real pretty head with a nice eye. I didn’t show her much. I had a lot of great horses and I didn’t show much. I just showed at the Futurity and the Derby. I would send Richard Greenberg, who owned many of the horses I rode, down the road with these horses by himself. I was never much for weekend shows. She just didn’t get showed much and I only showed her twice.” Amabile did recall one time that his wife showed Blossom Berry and this class indicates the quality of horses trained and ridden by Amabile. “My wife showed the mother and father of Hollywood Dun It in the same Ladies Class at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. She also showed Boggies Last in that same class. She showed all three of these famous horses in the same class.”

Back then for a horse to spin incredibly fast and hard was rare. There just wasn’t many of them and she had all the maneuvers. She was a really talented, talented mare. “Of course, I had all of them in the barn and a lot of other famous horses at that time. As I said I was riding for Richard Greenberg. A lot of those horses that he rode and I trained for

This shot of Hollywood Dun It with Time McQuay shows the good head that Dun It inherited from Blossom Berry. Photo by Cheryl Magoteaux and courtesy McQuay Stables. him ended up being foundation horses in the modern reining horse. These horses all turned out to be famous for Richard. Miss Doll Pine, Bees Great Pine, and I had them all under one roof. I had Great Kelinds Miss that won the first derby, Jac Pac, and I can’t tell you how many of the stallions that are out of those mares that I had in my barn.” The talent of all these horses gives some insight into why Blossom Berry wasn’t shown much during this time. Blossom Berry was moved to the barn of Ken and Dianne Eppers. She was listed as owned by Dianne Eppers. This transfer took place in June 1980. Dianne remembers Blossom Berry as, “really really pretty. She had a little dish Arab kind of head and a big butt, a good hip on her. She was a hard stopper and a hard spinner, with a fantastic turn around and she stopped really hard every single time, no matter what the ground was like. She was deadly on her lead changes.

“She could adapt to the rider. She was always laid back as a stopper and spinner. She didn’t care who was on her back,” she says. “You put an inexperienced rider up, she would run the pattern to the rider’s ability. If you put a seasoned rider on her back. she would dial up and go with you. She was a sweetheart. She was one of those that you’re fortunate to have the opportunity to ride in your career.” Cliff and Gwen Steif were clients of the Eppers. Gwen became the next and final owner of Blossom Berry. “At the time we were riding with Ken and Dianne Eppers,” Gwen says. “Cliff was riding reining horses and I was doing the pleasure horses. I walked into the Eppers back barn and saw this mare and had to have her. We bought her and I started doing reining. I saw her and fell in love with her. “She had been shown a little bit and after I bought her Dianne showed her in some reinings. Back then there weren’t a lot of reinings and so her

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earnings weren’t very much. Then Cliff started showing her. She was a very feely and very quick kind of mare.

Blossom Berry was the dam of 12 foals with ten of them performing. Her foals won $105,616.02 in the NRHA and 50 AQHA Points.

Hollywood Rerun would come on the scene in 1987. Sired by Hollywood Jac 86, this gelding earned $25,857.29 in the NRHA. He was the Solid Gold Open Reining Futurity Reserve Champion and his total earnings were $30,166.97. Hollywood Rerun was an ROM show horse in the AQHA open and amateur divisions with 39 AQHA points.

money earners including OT Taris Melody, winner of over $12,335.28, who was tied for the Reserve Championship of the Italian RHA Derby Intermediate Open Class. OT Taris Holly, an unshown daughter of Watch Me Blossom, is the dam of five NRHA money earners including OT Holly Gunsmoke, NRHA winner of $20,581.41, and OT Gonna Walla Walla, NRHA winner of $18,327.75.

The next foal out of Blossom Berry was Watch Me Blossom by Mr Melody Jac. This 1990 sorrel mare was an NRHA money earner that garnered a half a point in the AQHA. Watch Me Blossom has two NRHA

Full Of Berries was another foal by Mr Melody Jac and out of Blossom Berry. This 1991 mare has no AQHA or NRHA show record. She is the dam of three NRHA money earners including Amigos Sassy Kid, the 1999 Western Canadian Reining Futurity Intermediate Open Champion.

“Back then for a horse to spin incredibly fast and hard was rare. There just wasn’t many of them and she had all the maneuvers. She was a really talented, talented mare. She was a real feely kind of mare and I think that is where the Dun Its get it. We showed her for two years.

The next three Blossom Berry foals were A Classic Melody, Dancin At the Ritz and A Summer Melody, all sired by Mr Melody Jac. A Classical Melody, foaled in 1992, was a Quarterama RHA Open Champion, and winner of $4,978.45. She has one AQHA performance point. Dancin At The Ritz, foaled in 1993, was the Illinois International Stock Show Non-Pro Derby Reserve Champion. She earned $6,108.05 in the NRHA, and she is the dam of Milagro Kid, an NRHA money winner of $7,045.96 and a winner of the Liberty Breeders Open Reining Championship. A Summer Melody earned 2.5 AQHA performance points and she is the dam of Berry Badger Chex, an NRHA money winner of $8,893.01.

Then when Cliff was at a horse show, she injured a pastern and had to have a lengthy layup and so we bred her. Once we saw what we had, she never got back to the show pen.” Blossom Berry was the dam of 12 foals with ten of them performing. Her foals won $105,616.02 in the NRHA and 50 AQHA Points. Her first foal was Bea Doc Bar, an unshown daughter of Dee Bars Legacy. Bea Doc Bar was the dam of Doc Berry Miss who earned a onehalf point in the AQHA. Doc Berry Miss was the dam of Katy Bugs Kate, the 2008 International Reserve World Champion Junior Reining Horse, and Legacy In Light, winner of $175,613.67 in the NRHA and the 2013 AQHA Reserve World Champion Junior Reining Horse. Following Hollywood Dun It in 1984 came Outdoinit, sired by Rocky War Glo. He was an NRHA money earner, but unshown in AQHA.

This photo of Blossom Berry shows her beautiful head that she passed on to her son Hollywood Dun It. Photo Courtesy Phil and Gwen Steif.

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The next foal out of Blossom Berry were Shes Berry Flashy by Boggies Flashy Jac. Shes Berry Flashy is the dam of six NRHA money earners, including Electrical Flash who earned $94,381.59. Electrical Flash was a High Roller Reining Classic Open Futurity Champion. Electrical Flash is the dam of ARC Electrical Lady, a Canadian West Coast Classic Open Futurity Reserve Champion.

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Whole Lota Jac, out of Shes Berry Flashy, is a Scottsdale Reining Classic Intermediate Open Futurity Co-Champion and has earned $25,917. The last two foals out of Blossom Berry were Meet Joe Black and The Berry Last. They were sired by Lean With Me. Meet Joe Black was the winner of $1,908.53 in the NRHA and $1,487.75 in the NRCHA. He won such classes as the Stars And Stripes Reining Open Class #1 and #2. The Berry Last was also an NRHA money winner. The sire of Blossom Berry was Dun Berry, a son of John Berry and the mare Fish’s Streak. This 1961 gray stallion was shown in reining and western riding, earning nine performance points–eight in reining and one in western riding–earning an ROM.

“We had a lot of champion ponies and one time we imported 30 Welsh mares from Wales. Disneyland came out here two or three times and bought hitch ponies from us...” John Boland, breeder of Blossom Berry’s sire Dun Berry was a good sire with 42 point earners with 29 ROM and five superior awards and five AQHA High Point winners. His top show horses include Yucca Berry, AQHA Superior Reining Horse and 1981 AQHA High Point Reining Horse;

Blue Rock John Berry Lady Joe Tom Dun Berry Fish's Streak

Scooter Waggoner

Taffy Fish Blossom Berry Tres Bar Mr Tres Bar Jenny Jones Regina Bella Possum Belle Tina Regina Little Dunny 2

Lost Cause (TB) Mare by Yellow Wolf Joe Tom Lady Rain Waggoner FL Sage Hen Happy Jack McCue Red Fish Skychief Bar Souvenir's Bar Lepaul Cody Jenny Simms Simpson Choice Lucky Lady Belle Sandy Wilkens Anna's Little Dunny

Blossom Berry’s pedigree shows many lines that go back to an inbred individual. including Scooter Waggoner, Happy Jack McCue, Tres Bars, Little Wimpy and Little Dunny. Cranberry Dun, Superior Reining and 1985 AQHA High Point Reining Horse; Otter Run Dunett, Youth Superior in Reining and 1983 AQHA High Point Youth Reining Horse; Sheza Workin Girl, Youth Superior in Reining, and 1987 AQHA High Point Youth Reining Horse and Special Dunberry, 1986 AQHA High Point Amateur Calf Roping. The breeder of Dun Berry was Mary B. Tolan of Pleasant Plains, IL. Mary and her husband John were cattle breeders and horse breeders. They had a varied breeding program that not only included quarter horses but Shetland and Welsh Ponies. An interview from a few years ago, John recalled his varied breeding program: “We had a lot of champion ponies and one time we imported 30 Welsh mares from Wales. Disneyland

came out here two or three times and bought hitch ponies from us and I had some of the best Shetland show ponies.” Tolan explains that his father was the one that got him into the livestock business. He had missed a lot of school during his youth developing his reputation as a cattleman. One of the horses the Tolans owned was the quarter horse Billy K Bar who, Tolan indicated, was almost unbeatable as a show horse. He earned 46.5 AQHA points in heeling, western riding, reining and western pleasure. It was John Bowling who bought John Berry, the sire of Dun Berry, from the Tom L. Burnett Cattle Company and brought him to Illinois. He was foaled in 1951. John Berry earned 22 halter points and three performance points in cutting

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and reining, plus nine Grand Championships and five Reserve Grand Championships. He was an NCHA money winner as well.

and AQHA Hall of Fame member, was the breeder of Cutter Bill and may other fine horses. The dam of Blossom Berry was Regina Bella. This mare was bred by Jerry Morgan of Turkey, TX. Morgan says he doesn’t remember Regina Bella, but was the owner of Tina Regina, her dam.

John Berry was sired by Blue Rock, who was bred by Tom Richard of Thorkmorton, TX. His sire was Lost Cause, a thoroughbred by Eternal. The dam of Lost Cause was Canadian Tetrarchi, by Rio Horde. Rio Horde is the sire of The Tetrarch, a famous source of speed in the thoroughbred. The dam of John Berry was Lady Joe Tom. Her sire was Joe Tom by Joe Hancock. The dam of Lady Joe Tom was Lady Rain by Rainy Day by Midnight. The dam of Lady Rain was one of the famous Triangle Mares, Triangle Lady I. She was sired by Mike Beetch. This is breeding from the Burnett Ranches the 6666’s and the Triangle Ranch. Fish’s Streak, the dam of Dun Berry, was bred by John A. Fish of Hennepin, OK. The records show that Mary B. Tolan, wife of John Tolan, was the breeder of Dun Berry and that they used this mare as a broodmare until 1964 when Garnet E. Talbot, Centerville, IA, bought her. The next foal she produced for the Tolan’s was Poco Tolan 8 by Pine’s Cone. Poco Tolan 8 was an AQHA performer with four open performance points. The sire of Fish’s Streak was Scooter Waggoner. This horse was sired by Waggoner and bred by D. E. Hughes of San Angelo, TX. The dam of Scooter Waggoner was FL Sage Hen by Waggoner. This makes Scooter Waggoner 1 X 2 inbred to Waggoner. The dam of Fish’s Streak was Taffy Fish. This mare was sired by Happy Jack McCue by Jack McCue. The dam of Happy Jack McCue was Pansy by Jack McCue. This makes Happy Jack McCue 1 X 2 inbred to Jack McCue, the famous son of Peter

Hollywood Jac the sire of Hollywood Dun It and his famous rider Richard Greenberg.

Photo from the author’s files McCue. Jack McCue stood in New Mexico and when he shows up in a pedigree, it’s apparent that they inbred to this great stallion a great deal. The dam of Taffy Fish was Red Fish by Silvertone. The dam of Red Fish

(Jerry) Morgan explains that a lot of times the horses had a registered name and a nick name and no one new them by the registered name. So sometimes it is hard to place the horse with the registered name. was Red Ant. Red Ant was sired by Zurick and she was out of a Billy Smoot mare. Red Fish was bred by R. L. Underwood of Wichita Falls, TX. Underwood, an AQHA President

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“I had Tina Regina when she died. She was sired by Possum Belle and my father-in-law raised her and gave her to me. She had a lot of good colts. I loaned her one year to a friend and he got a good colt out of her. He bred her to a thoroughbred named Pemia and got a good colt. Used him for many years as a stud. I’ve still got one of his colts and he’s 20 some being born in 1980,” Morgan said in a 2004 interview. Morgan explains that a lot of times the horses had a registered name and a nick name and no one new them by the registered name. So sometimes it is hard to place the horse with the registered name. The sire of Regina Bella was Mr Tres Bars. Morgan remembers him this way: “We used our own studs mostly, but we took some of them off and I remember Mr Tres Bar. I think he belonged to a man named C. C. Jones. He had this good lookin’ horse. I don’t know if he ever used the horse for anything but a stud and cowboy horse.” Mr Tres Bars was not only used as a stud, but he had a show record. He earned two halter points with three wins with one grand and one reserve grand. As a sire, he had 95 foals with only four performers with one ROM racehorse and one arena point earner. The ROM race horse was Mr Tres Bars Jr with a 92-speed index with nine wins, 21 seconds and 11 thirds in 86 starts. He was a Superior Race Horse. The point earner was Trusty Tres Bar.

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The sire of Mr Tres Bars was Tres Bars by Skychief Bar by Three Bars. The dam of Tres Bars was Souvenir’s Bar by Three Bars. The dam of Skychief Bar was Skytel by Little Mike and her dam was Ipana. The dam of Souvenir’s Bar was Angle by Little Mike. This makes Skychief Bar and Souvenir’s Bar 3/4 sister and brother. The dam of Mr Tres Bars was Jenny Jones. This mare was sired by Lepaul Cody by the AQHA Champion Lee Cody, by Bill Cody by Wimpy P-1. Lepaul Cody was out of Pauline Rogers by Revenue. The dam of Jenny Jones was Jenny Simms by Manitobian by Chubby P-656. Jenny Simms was out of a mare called the Bay Mare, whose pedigree is unknown. Tina Regina was sired by Possum Belle and Morgan remembers this stallion with a great deal of fondness: “Tina Regina was by Possum Belle... from Roy Parks breeding at Midland, TX. Possum produced a lot of colts. You could do anything on Possum and his colts, and they were all gray. His dam Lucky Lady Belle was gray. Roy Parks raised her.” Roy Parks was a prominent rancher and quarter horse breeder from Midland, TX. He was the President of the American Quarter Horse Association in 1960. Possum Belle was sired by Simpson Choice by Burnett Hancock by Joe Hancock. The dam of Burnett Hancock was Triangle Lady 2. The dam of Simpson Choice was Blue Babe by the legendary Dan Waggoner by Midnight. This is some more of the Burnett Ranch breeding. Lucky Lady Belle was sired by Little Wimpy by Wimpy P-1. Wimpy P-1 was sired by Solis. The dam of Little Wimpy was Juana I by Solis. This makes Little Wimpy 2 x 2 to Solis by Old Sorrel. The dam of Lucky Lady Belle was Grulla Belle Parks.

Happy Jack McCue is one of those inbred individuals in the pedigree of Blossom Berry. He is inbred to Jack McCue shown here as an old horse. This mare was sired by Smoky Jr by Smoky by Old Sorrel. This makes Lucky Lady Belle a concentrated Old Sorrel mare. Little Dunny, the dam of Tina Regina, was sired by Sandy Wilkens by Pyle’s Sonnie Boy. The dam of Sandy Wilkens was Pansy Wilkens by John Wilkens, the sire of the great Joe Hancock. The dam of Little Dunny was Anna’s Little Dunny by Pyle’s Sonnie Boy. Pyle’s Sonnie Boy was sired by Cooper Bottom and out of Bess Davis. The dam of Anna’s Little Dunny was Anna Wilkens by John Wilkens. Giving us another intensely inbred mare in the tail female line of a top horse. Tina Regina was the dam of 12 foals with two performers, both having a race record. The top runner was Pemia’s Boy, the horse that Morgan refers to above. This colt ran 18 times with four wins, four seconds and four thirds. He was ROM on the racetrack with a AA rating. Regina Bella was the dam of 12 foals with seven performers. Her performers, in addition to Blossom Berry, include Tres Berry, a gelding with an ROM and 12 AQHA performance points; Otter Run Bella, four AQHA points and an NRHA money earner; Otter Run Terri, two AQHA points and $1,182.50 in

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NRHA earnings, and Otter Run Andy, with $2,002.34 in NRHA earnings. This horse was a finalist in the Farnum Reining Futurity Limited Open. These foals were sired by Dun Berry. An added note: Otter Run Berry a full sister to Blossom Berry is the dam of Custom Red Berry a winner of $187,902, an NRHA Open Derby Champion and an AQHA World Champion. She is an AQHA Superior in reining with 50.5 points. She is the dam of foals that have earned$155,023.38 in the NRHA. Her foals have earned 137 AQHA points including Red Berry Wine, the 2009 AQHA Youth World Champion Reining Horse. Custom Spinderella, a full sister to Custom Red Berry, is the dam of Custom Spook the winner of $235,070 in the NRHA. Custom Spook is the leading money winner sired by Smart Spook. Blossom Berry has a nominal show record. But her full history shows she had a lot of talent and conformation that was appreciated by all that she encountered in her life. She also has a great pedigree built on some famous bloodlines. Looking at the success of Hollywood Dun It, it’s clear why Berry Blossom is one of our Mares with More.

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Rodeo Meets Fashion in Colorful Tack Designs By Regan Tuttle Quincy Freeman grew up in a rodeo family. In 2007, she was just being authentic–her creative, colorful self, as she says – when she began handpainting her tack for the arena.

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Regan Tuttle is a freelance writer in Telluride, CO. Her family breeds NRHA reiners in Oklahoma. She rides with trainer Carl Wood in Delta, CO, and is planning to go to Foundation World this year.

Her dad works in the cattle business, and she grew up on a ranch, always on a horse, competing in breakaway and team roping in high school, making it to the national finals. She went on to compete all four years at the College National Finals Rodeo during her studies at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA. Later, she barrel raced. “I love bright colors,” Quincy explains. “My mom’s side is Spanish, and I grew up with color and carried it with me. … My mom wore leopard-print before it was cool,” she adds. “Sometimes I like more neutral tones, but I gravitate toward bright pops of color, and a Spanish or Mexican look.” When other cowgirls took notice of Freeman’s unique designs, they began making requests. People wanted one of her hand-painted belts or breast collars. She began to fill custom orders, but those became so great in number that Freeman could hardly keep up. In 2009, the Ariat boot company was impressed by Freeman’s look at a high school rodeo, and as a result, they invited her to work for them. Soon after, the Ariat Quincy

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collection made its debut, and Freeman, both a college student and rodeo cowgirl, now had her hands in the design business. Toward the end of her four-year degree in ag communication, she entered and won a collegiate business competition, advancing to Chicago where she earned a national title for a bigger idea she had brewing. Upon graduation in 2014, she realized she could, and most certainly had to, put that business plan into place to create her own line of fashion boots and western tack with a unique and colorful flair. “Rodeo Quincy,” was born. Now brilliantly colored high-heeled boots with fringe, along with tack collections, including tie downs, breast collars, spur straps and more– all adorned with splashes of fuchsia, turquoise, animal prints and her signature red rose designs– are featured on her website, www. Freeman’s style is wildly feminine. She agrees that her work is basically just an extension of who she is. “I didn’t go to school for design, I was just making my own tack,” she said. “I was just being who I was and doing what I enjoyed. I didn’t expect to get the opportunity that I did … But it led me to realize you can make a career out of what you enjoy and what you are good at.” Designing Rodeo Quincy staples, that now that include dog collars, t-shirts, caps and “wild rags”, is keeping her quite busy. She has had to hire a manufacturer for production. Still, she does all of her

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own design work, though family sometimes give creative input. Her cousin AnnieRose Seifert just began assisting with some t-shirt designs. At 25, Freeman acknowledges that she has accomplished a lot. Her line has expanded from her website to retail stores throughout the U.S. The last two years she has been a vendor at the NFR, and she travels to big retail shows and rodeos, including the Calgary Stampede and the Pendleton Round-Up. She’s proud the likes of rodeo cowgirls Fallon Taylor and Shada Brazile have been spotted in Rodeo Quincy, and performance horse trainer Ed Robertson of Paso Robles uses one of her tack designs, the new “Coin Concho” set.

Just being her colorful self, Quincy began hand-painting tack in 2007. She never dreamed her artwork would turn into a career in design. Photo by Tristan Twisselman, TwistAirStudios Freeman said she’s grateful for family. Though they’re immensely supportive of her, they also keep her grounded. And, they agree to participate in Rodeo Quincy photo shoots.

“I think the lesson here is don’t be afraid to be who you are,” she said. “It can lead to wonderful opportunities. You just need to walk through those doors.”

Even so, Freeman said she still has more work to do. She’d like to reach out to customers who aren’t already a part of her customer base. She thinks those who don’t live a western lifestyle can appreciate, and rock, a pair of Rodeo Quincy boots. Women throughout North America stop her in airports and restaurants wondering where she found the clothes she’s wearing. Now some of the men-folk too are wondering just when she’ll design something for them. Of everything she creates, boots she said are probably her favorite. She grew up in them, after all. And while she doesn’t get as much saddle time as she used to these days, she loves throwing on a pair for most any occasion and says other women can too, for dressing up, a dinner out or a concert.

AnnieRose Seifert, Freeman’s cousin, has recently begun helping with Rodeo Quincy t-shirt design. Photo by Tristan Twisselman, TwistAirStudios

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Working Lines By Larry Thornton Weldon McConnell was one of those men who played a quiet role in the development of the American Quarter Horse. He can best be described as a noted trainer that bought or bred most of the horses he trained. This is what set him apart as a trainer in that he proved his horses whether he sold them to someone or he bred them for the next generation. He believed in his product and he set out to prove them in his own way. Weldon McConnell was a mentor for a young guy named Jay Helmer, now a well-known farrier, trainer and breeder. A recent visit with Helmer gives us some insight into Weldon McConnell the horseman. “My dad was a roper and a Leo man. My dad would take me to the shows and Weldon would be there and I would just sit there and watch him work,” Helmer reminisces. “His horses were perfectly groomed and fit to show and they worked like they looked. This made a great impression on me. I idolized this great horseman.” The hero worship of a boy turned into friendship as Helmer grew into a young man. He became a close associate of Weldon’s.

If King P-234 was the foundation of the McConnell breeding program then Royal King (above) was the cement that held it together! Photo courtesy Randy and Sue Magers

This philosophy is apparent in the horses Weldon dealt with in his life as a trainer both in the AQHA and the NCHA.

60’s and still training and showing. He started showing against horses like the three time NCHA World Champion Benny Binion’s Gelding. When we talked, he had a horse in the lead for the high point in the Big Country Cutting Horse Association. Weldon trained horses from a variety of bloodlines, but was especially fond of the King bred horses and became known as a “King Man.” The conversation with Weldon was intended to focus on Royal King. But it didn’t take long to get to King P-234.

When I interviewed Weldon McConnell in 1986 he was in his

“Royal King was a son of King and that is the whole story,” McConnell

Helmer describes Weldon’s training and showing philosophy: “Weldon trained his horses with a goal in mind. He felt that when a horse earned his Certificate of Ability in the NCHA, he was a proven horse and he would go on to the next one.”

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said.”He carried the King bloodlines and that line reproduces. I give ole King the credit for carrying a strong bloodline. It just passed down through his sons and daughters and the record proves that. You take the mares by King and they improved lots of stallions of other bloodlines over the years.” His example was the Doc Bar on King P-234 bred mares which was the rage by the mid 1980s. “Just like his grandsons whose daughters have been bred to Doc Bar and it seems every one out of that close King bloodline has done something,” he said.

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Weldon McConnell—A King Man He explained how the cross worked: “The Kings have natural cow and grit, the staying power. The Doc Bars have the athletic ability is the way I see it. That grit and that natural cow on that cross comes to a happy medium giving you athletic ability and cow ability with that cross. “It’s not only Doc Bar but other stallions as well,” he continued. “Bud Warren (who owned Leo) knew I was a King man and he told me way back yonder that it was King that made Leo. He went down there and bought three daughters from Jess Hankins (the owner of King P-234). They were Sorrel Sue, 89’er and Betty Warren. He bred them to Leo and every one of the offspring out of those King mares went on and did something. There are AQHA Champions, racing ROM and performance ROM. Horses like Okie Leo out of Sorrel Sue. It just goes on from there and you can trace it back generations through some of those sires.”

King’s Uncle Hap was by King and out of Graves Peeler Mare. Graves Peeler was sired by Macanudo.” Captain King Joe was foaled in 1956 and bred by Lowell Hankins. He was sired by King P-234 and out of Joetta Belle by Diamond Bob. Diamond Bob the 1949 AQHA Racing Champion Stallion was sired by Flying Bob and out of Escoba by Little Joe. The dam of Joetta Belle was L H Joetta by Joe Traveler and she was out of Escoba. Escoba was a successful South Texas quarter running mare. Captain King Joe earned his ROM in performance with 12.5 performance points in reining (4), cutting (7) and western pleasure (1.5). He earned four Grand Championships at halter with 15 halter points. He sired only

McConnell’s favorite son of Royal King was Royal Royale.

Photo courtesy Jay Helmer

McConnell was nicknamed King Man early on. He got much of his King blood from the Hankins Brothers (Jess, Lowell and J. O.) and Earl Albin who owned Royal King. The Hankins’ breeding program was built around King P-234 who was owned by Jess and the three brothers sharing the stallion with each of the brothers’ mares. Weldon would secure mares and stallions from this source of King blood. “I’ve had a lot of good mares and stallions. I bought all my seed from the Hankins and Earl Albin,” he said. “I raised a lot of horses. I’ve owned four sons of King. They were Bimbo Hank, Captains King Joe, King Cre and King’s Uncle Hap.

King P-234, the foundation of the Weldon McConnell Breeding Program. Photo courtesy The AQHA Hall of Fame and Museum.

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30 foals with only four to show including the AQHA Champion Senorita Reyna and the ROM performer King’s Epithet.

One of the daughters was King’s Red Ant a 1958 mare bred again by Jess Hankins. Helmer told says this was a very special mare for Weldon and it shows up in his breeding program. King Cre was a 1957 colt by King P-234 and out of Cre Cre H by Joe Traveler. Joe Traveler was sired by Little Joe. Little Joe was the paternal grandsire of King P-234. This gives King Cre a breeding pattern of 3 X 3 to Little Joe. This is the breeding pattern Poco Bueno carried to Little Joe. The dam of Cre Cre H was Dixie Lee H by King P-234. This gives King Cre a breeding pattern of 1 X 3 to King P-234 and a 3 X 3 X 5 to Little Joe. King Cre was bred by J. O. Hankins. He was only shown one time in the AQHA where he won his halter class earning one point. He sired only three registered foals with none to show. Helmer believes that King Cre is the son of King that died shortly after breeding one of these mares after a heart attack. King’s Uncle Hap was foaled in 1958 and he was bred by Jess Hankins. He was sired by King P-234 and out of Happy Gal by Graves Peeler. Graves Peeler was sired by Macanudo by Old Sorrel. The dam of Graves Peeler was Petra R2 by Little Richard by Old Sorrel. Petra R 2 was the dam of Pep Up the

broodmare sire of Peppy San and Mr San Peppy. The dam of Happy Gal was Little Gal by Joe Bailey P-4. The AQHA show record for King’s Uncle Hap tells us that he was shown two times at halter with two wins and a Reserve Grand Championship. He earned three halter points. He was the sire of only two AQHA performers that earned 43 points. They were Hap’s Traveler with 37 of these points and Bobbie Barbara who earned six AQHA points in the youth and open divisions. He sired one NCHA money earner. King’s Uncle Hap was a full brother to the AQHA Champion Gay Widow. Gay Widow was the dam of Gay Bar King. McConnell not only got sons of King P-234 but daughters as well. One of the daughters was King’s Red Ant a

Little Joe. Little Dolly Ace was sired by Little Ace by Ace of Hearts. Ace of Hearts was reportedly the only horse to ever outrun Little Joe. The King on Old Poco Bueno mares is the cross that gave us Poco Bueno with that 3 X 3 breeding pattern to Little Joe. King’s Red Ant was shown in cutting and was an NCHA money earner. She was shown two times in AQHA cuttings in 1962 winning both. She earned four AQHA cutting points. What makes this show record so interesting is that this mare was foaled in 1958. She was shown in 1962 but had her first foal in 1961. So she was bred at two and shown at four. The 1961 foal out of King’s Red Ant was Miss Cap King by Captain King Joe. This mare was an NCHA money winner.

Dox Soxy Chex brought Doc Bar with the blood of King P-234 and Royal King into the breeding program. Jay Helmer and Joyce Smithwick partnered and used this stallion as part of their breeding program. Photo courtesy Jay Helmer. 1958 mare bred again by Jess Hankins. Helmer says this was a very special mare for Weldon and it shows up in his breeding program. King’s Red Ant was out of Little Dolly Ace by Old Poco Bueno by

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King’s Red Ant produced a colt named King Two Bar by Three Bears in 1964. Weldon put this colt in the 1967 NCHA Futurity Sale. The colt topped the sale for $10,100. King Two Bar got his NCHA Certificate

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of Ability with $4,895.27 in earnings. He would earn his ROM in the AQHA with 15 performance points. The next two King’s Red Ant foals were King Hap and Miss M King both by King’s Uncle Hap. King Hap was unshown. Miss M King was the NCHA money winner sired by King’s Uncle Hap. She got her NCHA Certificate of Ability with earnings of $1,069.30. The next eight foals out of King’s Red Ant were sired by Bimbo Hank the last son of King P-234 that Weldon owned. The foals include King McConnell (NCHA Certificate of Ability with $1,155.03 in earnings); Miss McConnell (NCHA Certificate of Ability with $4,507.20 in earnings); King Bim (NCHA Certificate of Ability with $9,497.16 in earnings) and McConnell King (NCHA money earner of $186.80). King McConnell has five AQHA points; Miss McConnell has three AQHA points and King Bim has 1.5 AQHA points. Bimbo Hank was a 1957 son of King P-234 and out of L H Flicka by

The official record shows that he (bimbo Hank) earned four Grand Championships and five Reserve Grand Championships from 10 shows with eight firsts. Golden Boy Rex. He was bred by Lowell Hankins. The mare L H Flicka was a great barrel racing mare for Lorelli Hankins, Lowell’s daughter. Bimbo Hank has an interesting tale.

Bimbo Hank, with Weldon, the last son of King P-234, was an AQHA Champion although Weldon didn’t break him or show him until he was 10. Photo courtesy Jay Helmer McConnell tells the story: “I bought Bimbo Hank when he was nine years old. He was a son of King and this horse wasn’t broke. I got him in the spring and bred some mares to him and then I started breaking him. I broke him that summer and worked him and came out on him the next year as a ten-year-old. I was showing him in the open and novice. And back then when a horse won a $1,000 he was out of the novice classes. He went out of the novice in three shows, the first three shows I went to. He was an AQHA Champion. The last son of King to make AQHA Champion. And the only horse in the world to ever start his career at 10 and still make AQHA Champion. That was according to the AQHA. They even had a write up in The Quarter Horse Journal.” “He was a good lookin’ horse,” McConnell added. “I think he was either grand or reserve every time I showed him at halter. I won the open at Fort Worth marking a 147 and the same thing at Odessa. He was some kind of a horse.”

The official record shows that he earned four Grand Championships and five Reserve Grand Championships from 10 shows with eight firsts. He earned 15 halter points. He won four of 15 AQHA cuttings earning his ROM with 26 cutting points, completing his AQHA Championship. He received his NCHA Certificate of Ability, earning $1,919.32. He was a North Central Cutting Horse Association High Point Novice Horse and the High Point Horse. Bimbo Hank is like most of the stallions that McConnell showed and then stood at stud in that they were for the most part retired after they were proven in the show pen. McConnell brought them home and bred mares. “I don’t spend a lot of money on advertising,” McConnell said, explaining his approach. “I go by the grapevine and what they have won. I let the horses advertise themselves. There winning ability is enough advertising.” The sire record for Bimbo Hank shows how the program worked by

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breeding many of the horses he showed. Bimbo Hank sired only 93 foals in 13 crops. He had 16 of them shown and nine of were AQHA point earners. They earned 64.4 points with only two ROM. The ROM were Katy M King and Mynita King. Bimbo Hank sired 12 NCHA money winners with eight of them earning a Certificate of Ability. Seven of the money earners were bred by McConnell and six of these were Certificate of Ability winners. As mentioned above, four of these NCHA money winners were out of King’s Red Ant by King P-234 and three of them earned the Certificate of Ability. Old Bim ($2,307.29) was a Certificate of Ability winner out of Little Jane Mitchell by King P-234. Cowtender King ($1,167.90) was a Certificate of Ability winner out of Molly Pardner by King P-234. The sixth Certificate of Ability winner was Katy M King ($1,053.21). Katy M King was out of Susie Sparkle by Diamond Bob. The dam of Susie Sparkle was out of Susie Kay by King P-234 and out of L H Susie by King P-234. The seventh NCHA money winner was Miss Ira King ($223.05). Miss Ira King was out of Ira King and she was sired by Moon King by Major King by Royal King by King P-234. These money earners were all bred by Weldon McConnell. Bimbo Hank sired 38 mares that produced at least one registered foal with 24 performers. The performers earned 749.5 points from 14 points earners. They earned 12 ROM with four superior awards. This includes one AQHA Reserve World Champion. Pat Bars Sal was a Superior Western Pleasure Horse that earned 81 AQHA points. She was sired by Zippo Pat Bars. Poptop Bud earned 570 AQHA points with Superiors in Youth, Amateur and Open Hunter Under Saddle. He was the 1988 AQHA Reserve World Champion Junior Hunter Under Saddle Horse. He was sired by The

Zantanon King P-234 Jabalina Bimbo Hank LH Flicka

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Kings Red Ant Old Poco Bueno Little Dolly Ace Dollie Ace

Professionale. The daughters of Bimbo Hank produced nine NCHA money earners. These money earners won $110,368.65. One of these daughters was Miss Hank King, bred by McConnell. She was the dam of three money winners including

Not all the horses that came to Weldon McConnell were King bred. One of them was a great show gelding named Buster Cole. Cowgin King ($408.17), Country Royal ($785.95) and Pepo Hank King ($25,385.49). Miss McConnell bred by McConnell was the dam of Doc McConnell ($6,977.98). Queen McConnell was the dam of Mac Hickory ($43,235.73) and Hanks Hickory ($32,359.73). Hanks Hickory was the 1989 NCHA Breeders Cutting Non-Pro Classic Champion with Kathy Cook riding. Miss Hank King was out of Jess’

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Little Joe Jeanette Strait Horse Bay Mare Chubby Boy Unknown Unknown Unknown Little Joe Jeanette Strait Horse Bay Mare Little Joe Virginia D Little Ace Unknown

Question by King P-234. Miss McConnell and Queen McConnell were out of King’s Red Ant by King P-234. Some other horses shown by Weldon McConnell include Lillian Lee by General Lee by King P-234. This mare was an AQHA Superior Cutting Horse with 103 points. She was also an NCHA Certificate of Ability winner, earning $10,509.16. King Strike by Captain Jess earned 73 AQHA cutting points and his Superior in cutting as well as 16 points in reining. He earned $5,206.17 in the NCHA for his Certificate of Ability. Captain Jess was a full brother to Poco Bueno. Little King Bee by Little Tom B by King P-234 was ROM with 28 cutting points and four halter points. He was an NCHA money earner of $751.47. The dam of Little King Bee was Martha Baker by Little Tom B. Little Tom B was sired by King P-234 and out of Dipysdoodle Joe by Tobin Joe by Little Joe. This gives us another 3 X 3 breeding pattern in a son of King P-234 to Little Joe. Not all the horses that came to Weldon McConnell were King bred. One of them was a great show

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gelding named Buster Cole. Buster Cole was sired by Babe Mac C and out of Pretty Cole by Babe Mac C. Babe Mac C was sired by Macanudo and out of a mare by Babe Grande. Macanudo and Babe Grande were sons of Old Sorrel the foundation sire for the King Ranch of Kingsville, TX. King’s Uncle Hap was sired by King P-234 and out of Happy Gal by Graves Peeler by Macanudo. From 1957 to 1960 Buster Cole was shown in cutting, reining and halter. He received his AQHA Championship and his Superior Halter Award in 1960. In 1960, he was sold to The Scott Girls from Nebraska. The Scott Girls would show him in youth and open classes, adding points in cutting, reining, western pleasure, western riding and barrel racing. This gelding would

and roping before he started on the road to an AQHA Championship. In the article the Scott girls (Barbara

Speaking of (Earl) Albin, McConnell said, “This man could quote pedigrees like a preacher can quote the bible. He remembered the pedigree on just about any kind of horse.” and Sue) credited McConnell for the good training job he had done to make Buster Cole “a natural on cows, of the best possible disposition, and gentle nature and tractable under all circumstances.”

earn 59 Grand Championships and 21 Reserve Grand Championships for a total of 131 halter points. He earned 68 performance points and was an NCHA money earner of $556.61.

Haskell Bert was another show horse that crossed paths with McConnell. This 1955 gelding was sired by Star Money and out of Muskogee Doll by Muskogee Red. Star Money was sired by Oklahoma Star Jr by Oklahoma Star P-6. The dam of Star Money was Money by Bert P-227. Bert was sired by Tommy Clegg and out of Lady Coolidge. Muskogee Doll was sired by Muskogee Red by Little Jodie. Little Jodie was out of Dixie Beach, a full sister to Lady Coolidge. The dam of Musksogee Red was Trixie Blake by Bert P-227. The dam of Muskogree Doll was Billie W by Bert P-227. This gives Haskell Bert a breeding pattern of 3 X 4 X 3 to Bert P-227 and a breeding pattern of 4 X 4 X 5 X 4 to the full sisters Lady Coolidge and Dixie Beach.

The AQHA Championship biography of Buster Cole in January 1962 issue of The Quarter Horse Journal says he was used in cutting, bull dogging

The show record for Haskell Bert shows that he earned his AQHA Superior in cutting with 112 points. He won 54 of the 78 AQHA cutting

Buster Cole was a great show gelding that was started and shown by Weldon McConnell. He didn't carry any King blood. But Weldon was very fond of him!

classes he entered. He was an NCHA Certificate of Ability winner earning $3,281.53. THE ROYAL KING INFLUENCE When McConnell did talk about Royal King, he said, “He was a terrific cutting horse. He was a cow horse. He was a real true blue cow horse. He had cow running out of him. He was worked under all kinds of conditions at one time or another. He was the kind of a pony that would stay hooked. He was a solid kind of a horse. He was some kind of a pony.” He then talked about how he started with Earl Albin and Royal King. “I rode lots of Royal King horses. In fact, that is where I started my career. I worked for Earl I guess it was back in late ‘40s. I rode a lot of Royal King’s over there at the ranch. So, the Royal King colts grew on me. When I left there and moved to the panhandle, I would always come back down sometime through the year and I would buy a few colts from Earl. I did real good with them and I made money on them.” Speaking of Albin, McConnell said, “This man could quote pedigrees like a preacher can quote the bible. He remembered the pedigree on just about any kind of horse.” McConnell noted why he liked the King and Royal King horses, “They have been good to me and I have worked all bloodlines at one time or another but percentage wise I have had more winners out of the Royal King or King bloodlines.” McConnell recalled the Royal King mares, saying, “Back then Earl would breed any kind of mare as long as they had the money. Not all of them had a chance to make a cutting horse. But people would keep them and they would make broodmares out of the mares. These Continued on page 81

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Gearing Up For Spring Your Best Spring Yet By Dennis Cappel What will make your spring riding experience the one you have been dreaming of? I believe the honest answers to three questions will produce the results you want. One thing I am sure of is this if you change nothing, nothing will change for you and you will find yourself in the exact same spot next year this time or even worse. I, like most horse people, am on a continuous quest for information and techniques to improve my horse's performance. I read training books, watch training videos, talk to other trainers, watch others ride, etc. All for the opportunity to find something that will make everything click. Sometimes you will find some valuable information while you study others; however, the answers you

are looking for are much closer than you might think. The answers you are looking for are directly tied to how you view yourself. That is, if you see yourself as accomplishing the things you want to accomplish, then you will most likely achieve them. However, if you can't see yourself achieving the things you want, most likely they will not come to pass. Great, you say, so you are saying that my future is determined by the way I view it. Yes! That is exactly what I'm saying. The best thing is this: When you stop looking for circumstances to change so your outcome can change and you begin to change yourself first, this positions you for real change! This gets really exciting when you put it into motion.

The questions you need to answer to get this spring headed in the direction you want are these. 1) Am I satisfied with my life as it is right now? 2) Where would I like to go with my training, showing, roping, barrel racing, etc.? 3) What am I willing to give to achieve my goal? When you make the decision to answer those question from your heart and commit to yourself to stick with your decisions, the steps to achieve your success journey will start to unfold in front of you. See yourself as already having accomplished the thing you want and go for it! You have what it takes. When the student is ready the teacher appears! I teach my personal sequence of.. See it, feel it, allow it! This spring will be your best one yet! Where there is no vision my people persish… Proverbs 29:18 Out of the Auger, Dennis Cappel Hope Givers Working Ranch



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The King Man Continued from page 71

mares would go on and reproduce and we read about them today. Like Royal Tincie, the mother of Royal Blue Boon. I remember that filly and she was by Royal King and out of a Royal Texas mare by Royal Texas by Royal King. She was double bred Royal King and that is the best ones that are double bred that reproduced. Those double bred ones really reproduced.”

was out of Kingetta Chex by King Fritz. The dam of Docs Soxy Chex was Royal King’s Gal by Royal King. Docs Soxy Chex became an NCHA Certificate of Ability winner with $2,092.45 in earnings.

I don’t know of any other horse that has accomplished that as a junior horse. He was showing in the open and novice classes. He was the high point horse in the whole association.”

This is especially true with Royal Tincie through her daughter Royal Blue Boon, the Equi-Stat #1 All Time Leading Dam of Money winners. Her foals have earned $2,612,789. Her leading money winners are Red White And Boon ($922,063), Bet Yer Blue Boons ($350,616), Duals Blue Boon Weldon McConnel, ($197,449) and Peptoboonsmal speaking of ($180,487). Her daughters Autumn Boon has an Equi-Stat produce Royal Royale record of $1,627,313, and Bet Yer Blue Boons has Equi-Stat earnings of $997,575. Her son Peptoboonsmal is the sire of horses that have Equi-Stat When the conversation turned to sons of Royal King, it was obvious earnings of $23,085,134. who McConnell was most fond of Royal Royale. Royal Royale was Miss Royal Three was a mare that sired by Royal King and out of was linebred to Royal King. This Woppy Cuellar by Cuellar. Cuellar mare was an NCHA Certificate of was sired by King P-234. Royal Ability winner with earnings of Royale was bred by Earl Albin. $3,294.75. “To the best of my recollection there never was many Royal King studs that ever did anything. I guess Royal Royale has done more than any son as a stallion by Royal King,” McConnell stated. “He was the one of the last colts by Royal King, a 1970 foal. I had him in the NCHA When we visited, McConnell was grooming a new stallion that was out Futurity as a three-year-old in 1973. of a Royal King mare. His name was He split sixth and seventh in the Docs Soxy Chex, a son of Docs King futurity. Then in 1974 I showed him in the AQHA Junior Cutting and he Chex by Doc Bar. Docs King Chex “She was the Reserve Champion of the West Central Cutting Horse Association in 1982,” McConnell said. “She is triple bred Royal King and goes to King nine times. Real close King bred horse.”

was the AQHA High Point Junior Cutting horse. He was the Champion Cutting Horse of the West Central Cutting Horse Association in 1974. I don’t know of any other horse that has accomplished that as a junior horse. He was showing in the open and novice classes. He was the high point horse in the whole association.” The official Royal Royale show record says he earned 28 cutting points as the 1974 AQHA High Point Junior Cutting Horse. He was an AQHA World Show top ten finalist. He earned $7,039.46 in the NCHA earning his Certificate of Ability to go along with his top ten finish in the NCHA Open Futurity. “I didn’t show him very much after that. I just kind of retired him and bred a few mares to him. I didn’t breed many mares. I’d sell the colts and about 75, or 8 percent, of his colts were fillies. People bought those fillies and put them in their broodmare bands. Now they are reproducing. In fact, I’m riding one right now by Doc’s Hickory and out of one of his daughters. A four-yearold mare and she is making a pretty nice mare.” This may have been Hickorys Royal May and she was an NCHA money earner of $680.82. Her dam was Royal Minta by Royal Royale and she was out of 4M Minta by Royal Max by Royal King. Hickorys Royal May is a producer of horses like Deal Me A Jerry, an NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur Champion and earner of $37,787. “All the boys, the top hands that remembered Royal King, said Royale worked more like Royal King than any they had ever seen.

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He was one of those little cow horses that would get low to the ground. In fact, they all named him Mighty Mouse because of that.” McConnell said, laughing. “I bred Royale when I showed him. I trained him that way and he was just that kind of horse. Sometimes I would be late to a show and draw up last. I could go in and win the class working last. He was that kind of a horse. When the going got tough he just got tougher. He was a true cutting horse not because he was mine, but because he is the best young horse I ever rode in my life.” Royal Royale sired 65 foals with only five of them showing in the AQHA with one point earner, Royale Gold who earned 16 performance points. This gelding was a 1993 AQHA Amateur Reserve World Champion Team Penning Horse. The AQHA sire record shows that Royal Royale had no NCHA money earners. The sire record shows that Royal Royale sired 33 daughters with 25 of them producing at least one foal. These 25 daughters produced 18 performers with seven point earners winning 49.5 points with two ROM. The ROM were Budas Royal Tab and Lynx Super Royal. Royal Royale sired daughters produced 10 NCHA money earners with six Certificate of Ability winners. In 1981, eleven of McConnell’s

mares, mostly daughters of Royal Royale, were bred to Doc’s Hickory. One of the mares was Miss Royal Duce, a mare bred by David Lewallen of Stephenville, TX. She was purchased by McConnell the year she was born, 1975. The dam of Miss Royal Duce was Miss Bell King by Royal King.

“A day doesn’t go by that I don’t think about Weldon. He was a father figure for me as my dad passed away when I was young. I was by his side the night he died and he will always be my hero!”

produced three money winners by this stallion. They were Party Smart ($15,714.02), That Smarts ($12,248.73), and Ducelena ($2,751.06). That Smarts is now the dam of foals with Equi-Stat earnings of $1,197,333. They include Pappion Cat ($379,815), That Cool Cat ($241,724), A Hocus Pocus Cat ($166,991), That Catomine ($125,153). and That Sly Cat ($104,893). All foals are by High Brow Cat. Jay Helmer still thinks about McConnell. “A day doesn’t go by that I don’t think about Weldon. He was a father figure for me as my dad passed away when I was young. I was by his side the night he died and he will always be my hero!”

Helmer has continued with the King and Royal King blood he learned to appreciate during his time with McConnell. In 2000 he and Weldon’s wife Joyce McConnell partnered on Docs Soxy Chex. He got a number of colts including daughters for his Jay Helmer broodmare band from this horse. He then added Royales Royal Tex, a grandson of Royal Royale. This The mating of Doc’s Hickory and Miss Royal Duce produced Hickorys horse has a breeding pattern of 3 X 4 X 6 X 3 X 4 X 6 X 7 to Royal King King Duce in 1982. This gelding placed third in the 1986 NCHA Open and 19 crosses to King P-234. A pedigree the King Man would be Derby with Bill Freeman in the proud of. saddle. He earned $133,671.52. Miss Royal Duce was sold to Bill and Karen Freeman in 1985 to be bred to the NCHA Triple Crown winner Smart Little Lena. She

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The King Man left us with some great horses. “All I know is horses,” he said. “I’ve raised horses all my life. I’ve got a house full of trophies and I can’t eat them all. But there are a lot memories in them.”

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Equine News Eye Care Experience Inspires Children’s Book At UC Davis, Davis, CA, difficult health issues and limited treatment options are challenges faced by the professional teams on a daily basis. Derrick, an 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, developed cataracts in both eyes. As a talented jumper that owner Terri Herrera planned to convert to a hunter, Derrick’s intended career didn’t allow much room for imperfect vision. After consulting with her veterinarian in Southern California, Herrera decided to make the 8-hour drive to see the equine

ophthalmology experts at the UC Davis veterinary hospital. It was there that she met Dr. Mary Lassaline, whom she credits with saving Derrick’s life. On Derrick’s initial visit to Davis, Lassaline elected to insert cyclosporine implants into each eye. These implants delivered therapeutic levels of cyclosporine to the eye, thus decreasing the frequency and severity of uveitis flare-ups. After a two-night stay, Derrick left the hospital and soon returned to work. Although the vision in his right eye was compromised, he was able to

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