About Our Gaited Horses
A wise horseman once told us "sometimes its not the training, it's the picking." This is something we try to remember when purchasing gaited prospects or breeding them. Our barn of Tennessee Walkers are an example of what we consider "bombproof trail horses". Before their training even begins, we have selected and identified characteristics in our prospects which we find essential for what we do.
Gait. We cover lots of ground, fast. We ride for long periods of time. A smooth, natural gait is a must. We love to see a horse that trots, paces and canters at liberty. When breeding, we are looking to produce a baby that hits the ground walking.
Temperament. A real bombproof trail horse must have certain aptitudes to really excel. The horse should seek human contact. When things get hard, we want the horse to lean on us for comfort and leadership. Natural curiosity is a must. Not only is this a sign of intelligence, it makes dealing with the unexpected much easier. These are just a few of the things we look for in our horses. There are always exceptions to the rule, but they are not the norm.
When breeding, we try our best to pair our mares to stallions who embody these same traits.
Bloom has two foals on the ground. Saga (Name This Tune x Bless My Bloomers) was born in 2012. He showed successfully as a two and three year old and has the same temperament as Tiberius. Curious and friendly, everyone who meets him falls in love. Saga did many poker rallies and mountain trips with us before he went to his forever home. He is a true "dude" horse.
Saga's sire competes in competitive trail and consistently places in the top two (out of 20 or more riders), and is also a seasoned mountain horse. Name This Tune has shown very successfully in rail classes; in 2012 he was English 2 Gait Champion at the Wild Rose Show.
Della The Druid (Canadian On Parole x Bless My Bloomers) was born in 2019. Her sire has proven to be a top contender in the show ring with a commanding presence and beautiful movement. Della is a precocious and fancy filly. She shows a nice loose back end and four beat gait. We are really excited about Della.
Ragtime Went Platinum (Dude's Ragtime Man x Saucy Silver Tunes) is one of a kind. Her sire was quite prolific in Alberta for many years. His produce were winning shows all over Alberta, and many mares went on to be great broodmares. Quite a few of those babies, including Ragtime himself, went on to get Gold in the Canadian Tennessee Walking Horse Registry program. This is a gold stamp for gait! Pearl is no exception. She is as smooth as you can imagine a flying carpet would be. Her gait is effortless and requires no work on her rider's part to hold her in it. Pearl is gentle, willing and curious, which makes her a great candidate for our breeding and riding program. All of our broodmares are primarily riding horses, which means Pearl will be doing her time in the mountains, competition and work around the ranch.
Copy That Jazz (I'm A Blues Master x Copyright's Delight) is another of our up-and-comers. Born in 2018, Sawyer is a joy to have around the barn. Not only does he seek human contact, he seems to prefer it! Sawyer is gentle, friendly and very curious. Don't leave anything on the ground or it is bound to end up in his mouth being thrown around.
Sawyer also has gait! He canters beautifully and has a nice swingy back end. With names like Master of Jazz and GLL's Carbon Copy on his papers, it should be no surprise.
We had the pleasure to train Sawyer's sire to saddle and show him in english and western 2 gait classes. I'm A Blues Master is a fantastic example of the usability and versatility of a walking horse. His job these days is a bombproof trail horse.
LL's Bruce (LL Chance's Red Rascal x Bellissima Donna Z) is a yearling colt whose lines stem from old time Alberta bloodlines. His grandsire is the great Darkie's Last Chance, and his dam goes back to Shadow's Brantley. We had the opportunity to start LL Chance's Red Rascal (Jack) under saddle and get him certified with the International Walking Horse Heritage Association. If this little colt is anything like his sire, then we are golden. Even though Jack was a breeding stallion when he came for training, he was always well mannered and gentle. He gaited down the trails like a pro and nothing spooked him. LL's Bruce is friendly, curious and gentle with a natural, rolling four beat gait. He has all the characteristics of a bombproof, easy gaiting trail horse.
Missouri Fox Trotters
Our resident fox trotters couldn't be more different from one another in size and colour. They are however, very similar in temperament. Both are friendly and curious with soft eyes. They both show a natural inclination to gait and lope.
Baby Duck Champagne's (Wueste Hitze x Sparkees Chocolat N Champagne) bloodlines go far back to Tennessee Walkers like Rodger's Perfection, Giles Hot Toddy and Midnight Mack K. Her lines closer up are well known, show winning champagne MFT lines. Baby Duck is smart, agile and one of a kind. Her fox trot is her go to gait. She has a beautiful lope without a lot of speed (but don't tell her that). Baby Duck is a small package at 14 hands, but her she makes up for it with her big personality and a motor to match.
RTE A Dust Of Black Gold (Ebony's Dusty Lad x Lovely Lady) is a gold papered MFT, which means he has been DNA verified top and bottom. He has very rare lines that go back to Curly Jim, a gaited Bashkir Curly, as well as Zane Grey, a famous MFT stallion. Magnus is gaited AND curly, standing 15.2 hands tall. Magnus has a teeth clacking flat foot walk. He moves out into a very smooth saddle gait and he has one of the nicest rocking chair canters you will ever ride. Magnus is the text book "Steady Eddie".
Bless My Bloomers (Ultra's Major Threat x Pretty In Platinum) is our premiere broodmare. Bloom has been shown successfully in both english and western 3-gait classes, bringing home many firsts for us. She has also competed in endurance and been to the mountains. She has a beautiful rocking chair canter and a ground covering walk.
Ultra's Major Threat was a well known Canadian stallion who goes back to Midnight Sun and Triple Threat. Major's babies have proven themselves in the show ring, just like their sire. He was 1997 and 2002 Washington's Light Shod Horse of The Year. In 2002, 2003 and 2005 he won high point for 3 gait in western and english.
Ultra's Major My Papa (Ultra's Major Threat x Papa's Delightful Missy) is another great example of a Major baby. We joke that he was born broke. He is so gentle and willing. Tiberius is another example of the big swingy gait that Major so often put on his progeny. He has big feet and good strong bone, which makes him an excellent mountain horse.