Mountain Wind Appaloosa
Just some info on us. I grew up on a family dairy farm in New York State. When I was 6 mo old my moms friend Lee Lounsbury had an Appaloosa named Redwing T2487 and Lee had a great breeding farm with many Appaloosas. Well they put me on Redwing which was a mistake because from then on I wanted a horse . At 5 my dad got me a pony and away I went . I rode that pony for several years until I got Sunny a Palomino Quarter Horse. Sunny and I had a great time he was well trained which was a blessing , I showed him in 4-H and rode him all over Sullivan County he did well even though I had no idea what I was doing. At 13 my dad purchased a solid Appaloosa filly named Dutchess Sioux she became my learning project if you could do it wrong I did. For as little as I knew Dutch turned out ok. I did 4-H and open shows with Dutch and Lucky and as I think back I cringe in shame for what I put those poor horses through .
Redwing and Lee Lucky Dusty
On top of mountain in N.Y. me, Lucky and Dutchess Lucky and I at a 4 H show
LUCKY Dutchess and my mom at show
At 17 with many riding hours behind me I found a riding instructor school only several hours from home. I applied and was accepted , the school (5-H Acres) was 2 years long and you name it I did it. Dressage, Western, English, Jumping, a mock fox hunt, I taught beginners, intermediate and advanced students and I rode all types and levels of horses. Being close to home I was able to take Dutch with me and show in open shows. This was way before it was cool to be a certified instructor and I successfully completed and became a certified riding instructor . The head instructor Susan Harris told me at graduation to go with my first instinct, to this day I try to go with that when working with the horses.
First dressage test
Over fence on mock fox hunt
I married a Navy man Brian who was on Submarines ( he was a sonar chief) out of Banger Washington and he had been on all types of submarines from Diesel to Trident and I loved being a Navy wife. We have 3 sons (all in their 20s now and serving our country at home and abroad) and we lived in Washington State for many years and had 2 Quarter horses Boo and her son Magic and a pony named Budweiser. The boys rode Boo and Budweiser, boy could he buck the boys sure had fun on him. I loved to have young horses, so I raised Magic instead of selling him. Magic was a big horse and at 2 I started riding him on trails and by 4 we were riding all over the Olympic Peninsula. In 1996 Brian retired from the Navy and we moved to Oregon. We bought 20 acres and I was going to raise Quarter Horses, but during this time we were given Dud an Appaloosa and as old as he was he out distanced every horse we rode with. I decided at that point If I was going to raise horses it would be Appaloosas.
DUD New Property Magic Magic about 3 years old
I started looking for a horse to replace Magic who was in his teens. I not only found 1 Appaloosa but 3. This is where my interest in PNW Appaloosas began. I brought Shawnee her dam and Gypsy home and began training. You can look on Shawnees and Gypsies pages to see how they have done.
I love the young horses and find I have a good knowledge as to what works with them and what does not. I believe these Foundation bred horses are sometimes to smart for someone who wants nothing more than to control the horse instead of working with them and letting them think what they are doing is good for them. To this date I have successfully taken 5 horses and helped make them into fine riding horses.