At 12 she hadn't been ridden. One day at her house I sat on the tailgate of a truck as the farrier trimmed this beautiful big girl. I watched her hard. We made a deal, and last week she went to a new trainer in the area. Let me tell you why I had to have this mare. Why at almost 62 I am planning to ride a horse that hasn't been ridden? We have history.
In 1963 my daddy, Hayley Dandridge, went to New Mexico to bring back a string of brood mares to go with his Appaloosa stallion, High Spots Pride. Many of these mares were grade mares or quarter-type. In those days you could register an Appaloosa colt if one of the parents showed Appaloosa characteristics: white around the eye, striped hooves, and mottling on the belly or nose area.
He drove in late one night with this load of mares in a stock trailer with a goat in a crate tied to the fender of the trailer.
The most promising of these mares was Miss Pie Fuller, a bay with a lot of white in her face. She was already in foal Chief Waggoner when she came to Tate County.
|Miss Pie Fuller was the centerpiece of Dandridge's|
The result of that breeding was Red Angel, a sorrel mare with snowflakes on her hips. Broken as a two-year old, Angel was a favorite. I rode her at Saddle Club shows in Western Pleasure, and my 4-H Leader Jimmy McLain rode her in speed events. (Showing was not as disciplined then as it is now, and that's an understatement.)
|Red Angel as a two-year old|
|Dale Hancock and Bill going after a steer.|
Back to Saddle Club shows, Daddy let me show Stormie in pleasure. To this day, I still say she was the most natural moving horse I ever rode. When people cornered Daddy at the side of the arena ready to make a deal, he would wait till the price was right, and then say, "Oh you know she's an Appaloosa, not a Quarter Horse." This made him laugh when the offers were suddenly withdrawn. He didn't want to sell her anyway.
Stormie was bred to Colida Bill Hancock, an Appaloosa World Champion cutting horse, owned at the time by Dale Hancock. He was later owned and ridden by local large animal veterinarian and friend, Dr. Jim Taylor.
|Stormie as a three-year old|
|Co Couer d'Alene as a yearling|
And that was her life for many years. She had more than 10 colts, and none showed signs of the disease. After Daddy quit using her, he allowed her to go to other breeders if they strictly followed the health regulation.
One of those breedings was to a horse named Big Shannon. That breeding produced Colida's Mr. Hayley, bred by Mike and Linda Putt, and named for my Daddy's line of breeding. Mr. Hayley was the sire of my newly-found mare!
Her breeding on the Colida side goes back to Appaloosa Royalty including PrinceShannon, Princes Jim, Prince Plaudit and Plaudit, himself. (Below)
So I hope my Appaloosa friends will appreciate this blog. The rest of you will have to wait for a book review. Or maybe some on-the-trail pics. Here is Hayley's Plain Jane, never ridden and now a 12 year old, in her second saddling. New trainer Michelle Kuester is getting on board. Lots of ground work and good manners came from her owners Mack and Cathy Hayes.
Thanks to Pie Fuller, there are countless nice horses scattered over this area. Some have gone on, and some are out there on the trail.
|Hayley and Michelle Kuester|