About 4 years ago I decided to invest in one more mare for breeding purposes. A Nebraska breeder who has been on the American Quarter Horse Association’s Leading Breeder lists for over 20 years was having a production sale so I decided to go look. I figured that if they made that list for so long they must be doing something right and I could benefit from their years of experience. Looking through their sale catalog I discovered a 14 year old mare that was an own daughter of Zippo Pine Bar. She had to be from his last foal crop and I knew there would not be many more opportunities to ever have a daughter of the nation’s leading sire. And, with Bitsy also being Zippo Pine Bar-bred, I thought that would give me two very nice mares. Well, when we got to the sale and I went to that mare’s stall, I actually didn’t like her! She was a lovely mare and had already produced some very good foals but I didn’t connect with her like I had with Bitsy. That personal connection is very, very important to me with my horses and it has never let me down.
So, we continued looking through the barn to see if there was anything else that might work and that is when we came across Maker Miss Ellie! And, she was out of the mare that I went out there to buy and was by a stallion named Ironmaker. I fell in love with her personality and conformation. She was only 3 years old and barely broke to ride but that wasn’t important to me at the time, I just wanted another broodmare. So, we purchased her at the auction that day and she came to live with us in Iowa. A decision I have never regretted. Her photo is included with this blog post.
We have now had 3 foals from Maker Miss Ellie. The first one, a black stud colt, won the Iowa Quarter Horse Association’s 3 year old Western Pleasure futurity and has AQHA points in Trail and Performance Halter Geldings. He lives in Indiana now. Her second foal was a sorrel filly. The third foal (in 2011) was another black stud colt and he is gorgeous! We are really looking forward to watching him begin his show career under saddle next year. All of Maker Miss Ellie’s foals are by Ovations Only who is a son of the great stallion, Invitation Only.
Well that is how I came to own my two broodmares and they make me very happy each and every day! I will continue my story of becoming a breeder in my next blog. I hope you will join me and share a little slice of an Iowa horse girl’s life!