1963-Voice Of The Tennessee Walking Horse 1963 December Voice - Page 5

DECEMBER TEIVM*fc““H@RSE 1963 HEATHER HOLMES, 15 YEAR OLD AMATEUR, CHALLENGES PROS IN PENNSYLVANIA SHOW One of the big dramatic mo­ ments of the Tennessee Walking Horse show season in the East took place Oct. 26 at the Penn­ sylvania National Horse Show at Harrisburg, Pa. — the key figure being a 15-year-old girl; and the hero, a horse that threw not only a shoe — but a piece of a foot. Heather Holmes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Holmes, Box 125, Sherman Road, Chardon, Ohio, had already won the Ama­ teur Championship and the Ameri­ can Walking Horse Association trophy on, her DARK GLORY’S JACK. So she went into the big open championship stake, carry­ ing the colors of Walking H Farm — owned by her parents. From the start of this competi­ tion — among top horses of the East ridden by professionals — it appeared that Heather might take this class, also. Her horse was even better and faster than in the amateur class. This pair had the crowd with them and cheers were resounding from all corners. Then came a virtually unanimous moan as the horse was reined back to a halt — minus the shoe with a part of the foot attached. The pair re­ tired from the ring, with not only cheers, but tears of sympathy for a valiant but unsuccessful effort. It was by no means luck when Heather and her 4-year-old geld­ ing took the amateur class. All during the season she picked up blue ribbons — for a total of 26 at various shows. These included Revenna, Tallmadge, Mogodore, Gates Mills, Breckville, Brook­ field, Sharon, Columbus, Youngs­ town, Akron, Bath, N. Olmstead and Hickory, Pa. Heather retired three challenge trophies on which horses from Walking H already had two legs from previous ye'ars. One trainer told Heather’s father, “That Heather and her bay gelding made me think that MR. SENSATION had come alive again.” DARK GLORY’S JACK was sired by DARK GLORY out of FAIRIE QUEEN, and received his show training from Trainer Her- shel Talley, then at Tuscaloosa, Ala. He was second in the 1962 Southern Championship at Mont­ gomery, Ala. and placed fourth in the 1962 Celebration gelding class under the name of GLORY BOY’S GUSHER — being owned in part by an oil company at that time. Holmes bought the horse in the spring of 1963 from Pat Kim­ brough of Atlanta, Ga. and Sam Paschal of Murfreesboro, Term, He reports the horse’s injured foot is growing back and plans call for him to be placed back in training about January 1. Both Mr. and Mrs. Holmes are engaged in hospital work. He is administrator, treasurer, and se­ cretary of Ingleside Hospital in Geauga County, Ohio., and very active in civic affairs. Mrs. Holmes is nursing supervisor at Bass Lake Road Hospital. Two other Holmes horses, MR. MAGIC, 3-year-old stallion and MR. MASTERFUL, age 2, were not shown because a rider was un­ available. Trainer Marvin Wilson was to have ridden them, but his house was destroyed by fire two days before the Harrisburg show. It is understood, the house, and all household and personal goods were destroyed, but the fire did not affect the stables where horses were kept. Horse Science Schools For 1964 Dates are already set for two Horse Science Schools in 1964 — says Dr. M. E. Ensminger, 3699 East Sierra Ave., Clovis, Calif. He started this trail-blazing project last summer with fine results. Plans for ’64 include: a 6-day course at Fresno, Calif., June 15- 20, and River Falls, Wise., July 20- 25; and a 4-day advanced course at Fresno, June 22-25, and,at River Falls, July 27-30. MAP OF TRAINING STABLES NEAR CELEBRATIONS GROUND Robert M. Thomas, publicity director of the Celebration, Incor­ porated, Shelbyville, Tennessee, has just announced a plan to help visitors to the 1964 Celebration find their way around to every professional training, breeding, and exhibiting establishment with­ in fifty miles of the Celebration Grounds. A detailed road map of the area will show the location of each Walking Horse operation in the area and give full directions on the roads and highways of Middle Tennessee. A copy of this special map will be given upon request to each visitor to the Celebration. Owners of such establishments who want to be included in this special map are urged to provide all essential information needed for this project (include a road map with your location exactly marked on it). This information should be mailed at once to Robert M. Thomas, The Celebration, In­ corporated, Shelbyville, Ten­ nessee. HIDDEN SPRINGS FARM, INC. PURCHASES BROODMARES Twenty broodmares were pur­ chased this month by Hidden Springs Farm, Inc. for the newly formed Walking Horse Stables in Allentown, Pennsylvania. These mares have some of the finest blood lines being offered today, consisting of MIDNIGHT SUN, MERRY GO BOY, and WILSON ALLEN breeding. All of them are in foal to the notable stallions SUN’S ELDORADO, MIDNIGHT SUN, MERRY GO BOY, and SPIRIT OF MIDNIGHT. A fine crop of youngsters is expected. This type of program by this or­ ganization is typical of their de­ sires to bring to the Northeast the finest horses available in their exclusive dedication to make the Tennessee Walking Horse the most popular breed in the world. Steve Hill acted as agent.