Memories of Saddlebreds
This page is dedicated to the memory of our favorite Saddlebred friends who are no longer with us. A chance to tell a favorite story or just a favorite memory about the Saddlebred, who has left a lasting impression on your heart.
If you would like your to share your story, please email us your story along with a photo.
The daughter of two World Champion Five-Gaited Horses, Apron Strings and Red Emerald, this mare was a champion in her own right. After a successful show career she embarked on the most profound career of all--becoming a teenage girl's best friend and a beloved family pet. She delighted everyone with her exhuberance as she tossed her head and chortled when we came into the barn. She always collapsed her face into our shoulders and passed out kisses. Years later she would race to the front of the pasture at the sight of my approaching car. She was a jealous and possessive mare, and had opinions about the human company I kept. She picked out my husband for me. We've been married over 20 years! Only recently did it occur to us that in her mind, we were her foals!
I knew nothing about showing or riding gaited horses. This kind mare, with such a powerful motor, lovingly developed my riding skills. My family would exhibit her in Five-Gaited Pleasure and Pleasure Driving classes, then pull her shoes and I would ride her the next morning on trails. After all, I would say, "she is a Five-Gaited PLEASURE Horse!"
A powerhouse at five gaits, she was absolutely bomb-proof and trail safe. Never have I seen a horse regulate her energy level--a "hot" show horse one minute, and a docile grandma the next--depending on who was on her back.
I don't grieve for her passing as she lived a full, happy life. I do miss her terribly and wish she were with my own children today. I am very blessed to have had this wonderful mare in my life for such a long period of time. She was truly a remarkable girl.
Loving Owned by: Ted and Michele
"Lady's Magic Dancer"
July 11, 1982 - October 28, 2004
In loving memory of Lady's Magic Dancer. She was a gentle mare, a perfect horse in every way. She was a graceful show horse, a gentle pleasure mount, a faithful and loving friend. For me she was a 'once in a lifetime' experience. My beautiful Lady you will live forever in my heart.
Owned and loved by: Mary Elizabeth Brueckner
(to be the stronger or leading element or force.)
Once in awhile in this sport you will come across a horse that so overshadows the rest of the pack. An animal with intelligence way beyond reason. Animals such as these offer precious moments and share their hearts and lives with those fortunate enough to have known them. Predominate was always viewed as a Saddlebred that possessed the grace and beauty that the breed is known for. His show career, even though short, was an impressive one. Predominate held championship titles at every horse show on the SW Circuit and multiple ribbons at Louisville and Kansas City. On August 24, 2007, after fighting intestinal cancer for 3 years, he was laid to rest. He will be sorely missed.
Lovingly owned and greatly missed by: Linda Landman
Predominate Memorial video