By Patty Wilber
So, for the last 10 years I have been wanting to buy a horse related to this horse: All Round Sundown, Ali. Ali was bred by Connie Hunter at Sunset Stock Horses in Alberta Canada, and owned at the time I trained her by Cheryl Pozzi at Whispering Spirit Ranch. Her sire was All ‘Round Texas. Yes, he’s Canadian.
Perhaps my memory is faulty after all this time, but in my mind, she was one of the easiest horses I have ever trained. She won a shaggy show trail class, walk, trot, lope, after 50 rides. That’s about 2.5 months of training. She figured out lead changes, in ONE DAY, and basically never missed a lead change again. We won an Appaloosa National Championship in Jr. Western Riding. That was my first really big show, so I was living a dream! At the World show, she was top ten in Jr. trail, top 5 in Jr. reining and top 5 in Jr. Western Riding.
Plus, she was easy to get along with at the barn and good in the backcountry.
So, a couple years ago, I told Connie that I was going to be wanting a Texas baby, cowy, please, and could she keep that in mind for 2018 or 2019? I meant it, but was not sure that could really come to fruition.
This year, one thing led to another, and I contacted Connie to window shop, and suddenly I was really serious about buying.
Meantime, in a new wrinkle, I formed a partnership with Judith Huchton, Atti’s owner.
Then, I contacted a lot of people I know that breed Appaloosa ranch horse/ cow horses. I even looked at several Quarter Horses. Gasp, I know. But, did decide that I wanted an Appy, after all.
Every single person I visited or corresponded with was beyond wonderful. They took time to show me their horses in person or send me video and papers and answer my numerous questions.
I obsessed over the videos and pictures.
I sent all the photographic evidence to Judith and made her talk to me 14 times a day. We discussed pros and cons and made lists and reordered our lists and got more pictures and asked more questions.
We were aiming for a one to two year old mare. We found a yearling colt. Who will become a gelding. Who has a long list of money earning cow horses in his pedigree. And is also from Alberta, Canada.
He was bred by Heather McLevin at Thunderstruck Ranch. Who also bred Mitch, for those of you that know Ardith Montano’s great gelding. Our boy (barn name Patrice) will actually stay in Canada until next year when he is two because he can be out with other horses on 60 acres of pasture with real live, edible, grass, as opposed to moving to the Land of Eternal Dryness and becoming a dust bunny on 1/3 of an acre.
And I just kept coming back to the disposition and versatility of the Texas babies. So, I bought one for myself.
She will make the trip down from the north late June or early July. I found a ride for her with a guy who is coming from Montana to within nine miles of my house to pick up a horse from Cheryl Pozzi at Whispering Spirit Ranch.
There is a kind of weird confluence-of-events feeling to getting Lucy.
There is a feeling of huge possibility for Patrice.
I am really excited about both!