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  1. #21
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    Wonderful story - and I add my thanks to COTH for doing a series on TBs 'back in the day'. If only.....
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    Great article.
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    I spoke to her last month, she still rides but spends little time online. Has http://www.meadowmosaics.com/ and does gorgeous mosaics, I love them. She did one of Willem's shoes for me too. Need to have her do a big mosaic of Willem and Oliver together.
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    great article! Thanks for sharing.



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    Great article!
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    Loved the story too! Hope LH chimes in some more details. I found it very interesting that Valor was so different at home and would only step up his game at horse shows. Quite the show off!


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    She was not in bankruptcy. It was a "sheriff!s sale", I think that is what they called it, and it was put on BY Hans to recoup the tremendous amount of money Marge owed him. She had about seven horses with Hans at the time.
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    Loved the article.

    Just figured out what to do with one of Cool's shoes after all these years. And if you need a fix of Merry's riding she was blogging for Horse Illustrated: http://www.horsechannel.com/life-wit...g/default.aspx
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    Loved reading about LH and Valor. I immediately recognized the picture and enjoyed reading what I'm sure was a very shortened version of Valor's story.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coreene View Post
    I spoke to her last month, she still rides but spends little time online. Has http://www.meadowmosaics.com/ and does gorgeous mosaics, I love them. She did one of Willem's shoes for me too. Need to have her do a big mosaic of Willem and Oliver together.
    Thanks for posting the link! Her mosaics are beautiful...something I would consider, now that I know it exists. I kind of wish I had an old shoe of Show's...even though he's not "gone," it would be fun to have as a memento of our years.

    I, too, was just thinking of Merry and Beezer just a few days ago.
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    Thanks for all the nice words about my Boopsie. I knew every day that I owned him that he was the horse of my lifetime.

    Laurie, I told Molly many more stories than she had room to print. She obviously chose the more exciting stories.

    Yes, Valor was no fun to ride at home (or on the flat, in general). One time, at the Santa Barbara Flower Show, I was warming up for my class, trotting around the warm up ring. Suddenly Valor stumbles and goes to his knees with his nose between them.

    I (cleverly) put my hands out to break my fall. "Break" being the operative word, because I broke my wrists. Somewhere I have pictures of showing the next day with casts on my wrists.

    After that, Cindy Hough (Champ's daughter, Linda's step daughter and Lauren's sister) was assigned the dubious pleasure of hacking Val on show mornings.

    PS: When I fell, Hap Hansen ran to find out how I was, while Linda ran to see how Valor was. I was glad to see that she had her priorities straight.

    Laurie, thanks for setting the record straight on the auction/sale. I had heard that the LeRoy's had 14 horses in training with Hans, although that might have been an all time high number and not the number that were in training at that time. Maggie Moss bought her lovely mare, "Maid of India" from that sale.
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    I always love seeing pictures and reading about Valor! Awesome story Pam!

    I miss Merry too, she was hilarious!


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    Quote Originally Posted by lauriep View Post
    She was not in bankruptcy. It was a "sheriff!s sale", I think that is what they called it, and it was put on BY Hans to recoup the tremendous amount of money Marge owed him. She had about seven horses with Hans at the time.
    Thanks for clarifying! I kind of guessed/hoped that this was just an improper use of the term "bankrupt" - pretty common journalistic mistake.



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    Great story. Interested to read that 'Parksville' (a town on Vancouver Island)
    was bred in BC. While it said he had a nondescript pedigree (for race or show?), he is related to Turn-to who had a jump.

    Wonder where that extraordinary knee action came from and if it is passed on to other jumpers.

    Maybe they will do a story on Final Pool, TB GP jumper from BC.
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    Pedigree query shows Parksville with a good number of FR, GB and Italy (Nearco) influences. The article called it a n unremarkable pedigree - but I really wonder about that assessment?

    http://www.pedigreequery.com/parksville


    http://www.equineline.com/Free-5X-Pe...ts_indicator=Y



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    Quote Originally Posted by Justa Bob View Post
    Pedigree query shows Parksville with a good number of FR, GB and Italy (Nearco) influences. The article called it a n unremarkable pedigree - but I really wonder about that assessment?

    http://www.pedigreequery.com/parksville


    http://www.equineline.com/Free-5X-Pe...ts_indicator=Y

    His pedigree is not a modern one (well, he was a '68 model, so one would not expect to see modern day influences there. ) Being inbred to Pharos and Phalaris, might be the key to his jumping. They show up in modern pedigrees, butt are usually more than 5 generations back, so you don't see them.

    Justa Bob, Here is the pedigree of my very first OTTB. Good luck for me that he could not run. He took me to Madison Square Garden in 1964.
    http://www.pedigreequery.com/ships+colors+ii

    (And I now see that he has Phalaris in the 4th generation. I will start to look for him in more pedigrees.)
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    Merry's mosaics are so cool. Thanks for sharing!
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