SureLuck’s “April” Flower

This filly is our dream girl. She is a bay tobiano Missouri Fox Trotter from excellent bloodlines. She is the calmest sweetest filly we have ever met and was raised by TXMFT.com.  She was imprinted at birth and has been exposed to absolutely everything.  The farm where she was bred also breeds exotic animals so she is used to zebras, African plains game, and tortoises to name a few!   We cannot find a thing that scares this girl!  She is already 14.2hh at two years old and we will be waiting until she is three to breed her and ride her.     She moves beautifully and gaits everywhere she goes.   She is out of Baron’s Gold “Dolly” who is one of her breeder’s favorite all time horses. Kirsten says she’s put her dam up against any horse in the world for smoothness. Her dam does not have a bump in ANY of her gaits. Dolly is a dream to ride, neck-reins perfectly, learned to work cows a week before the World Championship in MO and won  2013 top 5 in the world AM cutting, 4th open roping, 3rd AM roping, top 10 open ranch pleasure, top 10 AM ranch pleasure, top 10 open ranch versatility, top 5 AM ranch versatility, top 10 open ranch conformation, 4th in the World Overall High Point Ranch Horse World Grand Championship.

 April was born very long-legged and is out of their famous homozygous tobiano stud Tucker, so will most likely be TALL as he throws colts that often mature over 16hh. April is not for sale at this time as she is part of our breeding program.  We affectionately call this mare Sweet Pea and she always will come greet you in the field and give you kisses.  You can almost always find her hanging out with her best friend Freya.  She is already trained to pony, she has excellent ground manners, lunges, loads, picks up her feet, and stands quietly tied.  Her mane is stunning, as is her color, and conformation.  She is currently in foal to D.M. Cherokee Witch Doctor, a 16.1hh homozygous tobiano Missouri Fox Trotter stud for a 2018 foal.

Fiona

Fiona was our first mare after several years of not owning horses.  During this hiatus I was still riding and training other people’s horses and mules.  I had heard there was a mare available belonging to a local vet that wasn’t getting used and she was still fairly green and spunky.  The vet had two horses they rode regularly and Fiona was a fat pasture ornament.  I went to look at her and I fell in love with her immediately.  She looked like the offspring of my grey quarter horse mare I competed with for several years and the grey Percheron mare Lucy belonging to the my vaulting team.  Since they were both mares obviously this isn’t possible, but my guess as to her breed would be a Quarter Horse/ Percheron.    If you take one look at her feet and I know you will agree she is part draft horse.  She is also very cowy hence my guess of Quarter Horse.  She was purchased at an auction before being traded to the vet so little else is known about her history.  Fiona is 15.2hh and built like a brick house.  She’s mighty-mighty, just lettin’ it all hang out!

Fiona is built like a medieval jousting mount but manages to be incredibly athletic and lovely at the same time.  She is the horse everyone else in the herd can’t do without and she is on the top of the mare pecking order.  Everywhere we’ve boarded her before purchasing the ranch she left a trail of broken hearts behind her.  Geldings and mares alike became obsessed with being near her and all our mules are in love with her.   A particularly annoying gelding named Rambo went through a fence trying to get to her.   She is also an extremely easty keeper and gains weight just looking at hay.

After years of regular use and training Fiona has become the most versatile horse we have.  I’ve trained her to jump, she is touch control and you can open any gate from her, and put her body anywhere you want her.  She rides very well bareback, Western, English, in a halter, and even without tack.  She is a great pack horse because she is incredibly powerful and will go anywhere you ask her to.  She is great for training horses and mules to pony as nothing bothers her and she is strong enough to drag the most stubborn animal.  She is also great for training colts, running down animals that don’t want to be caught, and teaching friends how to post the trot as her big trot makes you post.  She is the rare combination of having great gas and great brakes.

Last year Fiona was bred to  Olan, an incredible mammoth jack that produces the finest mule colts we’ve ever seen.  Olan is a 15hh  2006 roan mammoth jack and passes his incredible mind, gentle spirit, awesome conformation, and size to his colts.  Olan has rapidly become one of the most sought after jack in the mule world with his colts belonging to some of the top mule men and women in the industry and his crop of colts were used in the 2015 American Mule Trainer’s Challenge.  She produced a gorgeous mule colt.  This year she is open but we will likely be breeding her to Judah spring 2018.

West Elk Equine

Katherine Browne
Call for our address Gunnison CO 81230

e:katherine@westelkequine.com
p: (970) 275-9870

About West Elk Equine

Nestled in the beautiful Ohio Creek Valley in Gunnison Colorado, West Elk Equine is truly paradise on earth. I have been riding, training, and showing horses and mules since I was six years old.

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