Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Today I planted a tree.......

In memory of one of the most special horses to grace my life.

This Magnolia tree marks the grave of my very first Kiger mare, CHEROKEE SPIRIT.

She passed away on the evening of the 27th, probably from heart failure due to her Florida induced COPD that she had suffered from for many years. Antonio and I were both with her at the end, and I am witness to her strength of character and heart. I know it broke mine........

She leaves me with my all time best and most favorite riding horse of my life, my Cherokee Twister. She also leaves a full Kiger daughter, Cherokee Spirit's Shining Glory by Cherokee Warrior as well as a number of other geldings in other ownership. Her grand-daughter, Cherokee Morning Breeze by Twister, had the privilege of being with her Granny the last few months of Spirit's life. Spirit was our most treasured Nanny and will likely not ever be replaced. I only hope that she had time to tell her little grand-daughter all the wonderful stories of running wild and free on the ranges of the high desert in Oregon. I am sad for me, but happy for her that she is now running free again.
Thank you, Spirit, for teaching me so much.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

My how APOLLO is maturing! And will be moving soon.

And we are excited that he will be joining his ??uncle, cousin??, QUETZAL by Quaterback out of Reina H (Apollo's grand dam), owned by Karen Reilly in Pa. Congratulations and thank you to Karen.

And still such a sweet boy.

He is coming 2 in Feb., by AMPERE out of my good producing mare, DREAM RUBINA (Dream of Glory - Rubinstein)