Kate's Red Flame
 Kate's Red Flame

Bella is a big, beautiful chestnut sabino mare with roaning (not the true roan gene.) She is a true sweetheart - a gentle giant with a heart of gold. She is easy to handle on the ground or in the saddle. She leads, loads, ties, clips, bathes, and backs like a lady. She has miles and miles of trail experience and has been a true asset to our riding lesson program. We even have used her to give lessons to complete beginners. She can running walk, has a super fast rack and a true canter. She rides English, Western and bareback.

Bella is a wonderful mother and teaches her foals to love their human handlers. She has always foaled easily and takes the excellent care of her foals without being the least bit over protective, which helps encourage their independent natures. Her foals have been large, very correct, intelligent and wonderfully gaited.

Bella was bred by the late Mark Harrison of Maryland.  Bella's dam, Diggers Little Kate, was a true head-nodding running walking mare who walked and planted with the best of them. Bella is by the late, great Sir Joseph's Rocker, a talented gold champagne stallion who was well known in the Mid-Atlantic Region. He held many championship titles and produced a legacy of colorful, talented foals - 4 of whom are Bella's full siblings. Sir Joseph's Rocker passed away in 2005.

Debbie Gillespie purchased Bella as a two year old. Debbie, under the tuteledge of Mr. Harrison, showed and rode Bella in flatshod classes. When Debbie moved from Maryland to Virginia, Bella became her trail horse. When Debbie brought Bella to Gambler's court in 2006, I felt an immediate connection. Maybe is it was because she could have been a twin to my first gaited foal - Flame's Southern Belle.  At a true big-boned 16 hands, she's much bigger than my original Belle, but she is everything that a walking horse should be. She came with the nickname "April", but I've given up trying to remember to call her by it. She's become "Bella" and seems quite happy to answer to it. Perhaps she knows "Bella" (Italian for "beautiful") fits her.

Gambler felt the same connection. When Bella stepped out of Debbie's little two horse trailer and the trailer rose by about a foot, Gambler's eyes nearly popped out of his head. He absolutely adored Bella from the start. He romanced her and groomed her more often than any of the other mares in the herd.Flame

Debbie retained the first foal when I purchased Bella. Bella and Gambler's first son, Gambler's Golden Flame WF, exceeded our wildest expectations. I talked Debbie into taking Flame to local (amazing) trainer, Joe London. Under Joe's tuteledge, Debbie and Flame began an amazing show career. See Flame's page for the full story. Flame has since earned 9 Championship titles, 3 National Grand Champion titles and numerous other titles.

The second foal from the cross, Gambler's Golden Julep, has never entered the show ring, but is no less exceptional. Julep is owned and loved by Helen Martin Howe of South Carolina. Julep is ridden by a little girl with cerebral palsy. Helen says that she rides JuJu with no problems and that she is a testament to the disposition that Gambler passes along to his foals.

The third of the Bella/Gambler crosses is Gambler's Southern Rebel. A rebel he is not. "Weeman's" willing, gentle disposition and bright, inquisitive mind make him a real treasure. Even from a young age, he was just as solid and honest as they come. He is a once in a lifetime horse.

When we crossed Bella to Gambler for the the fourth time, I hoped for a bay or buckskin sabino filly to keep to carry on Bella's legacy...but the ring test said "boy." We thought we'd have to wait until the end of September, but Bella had other ideas. On August 28, 2015 Bella surprised us with a beautiful, chromed up bay sabino filly!

In 2010, Pam Langston visited our farm to see a palomino mare that we has for sale. It was clear from the beginning that Bella was exactly what Pam needed, though she didn't realize it at first. Bella was Pam's mount for her stay and the two just clicked. Though she didn't come to look at Bella, she ended up taking her home with her to Georgia. In 2014, Pam brought Belle back to the farm to be rebred to Gambler.

I will always be greatful to Bella for introducing me to two of my best friends: Debbie and Pam. The partnership that we have built in our horses would never have been possible without our big, beautiful girl!

KATE's RED Flame

SMHA #070016
TWHBEA #965377

DOB: 4-6-1996
SEX: MARE

COLOR: CHESTNUT SABINO
MARKINGS: BLAZE, UNDER CHIN, BH STOCKINGS, FLAXEN M/T

GENOTYPE:
[ee]

HEIGHT: 16H

SIR JOSEPH'S ROCKER
twhbea #833066
color: GOLD CHAMPAGNE SABINO
 
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SIR JOSEPH E.
TWHBEA #762323
COLOR: ROAN
MIKE'S THINGDOER E.
TWHBEA #697459
COLOR: BAY
 
MY MIDNIGHT MIKE
TWHBEA #550093
 
MERRY SCARLET
TWHBEA #580994
 
ALLEN'S TARHEEL
TWHBEA #696555
COLOR: BAY ROAN
MIDNIGHT SHADOW BOY
TWHBEA #610510
 
FOSTER'S STAR
TWHBEA #620236
 
FLAME'S GOLD HONEY
TWHBEA #782972
COLOR: GOLD CHAMPAGNE SABINO
 
WILSON'S GOLD FLAME
TWHBEA #691191
COLOR: GOLD CHAMPAGNE SABINO
 
WILSON'S BAND O GOLD
TWHBEA #591699
COLOR: GOLD CHAMPAGNE
 
STAR LIGHT OF LURAY
TWHBEA #650454
COLOR: BAY SABINO
 
NAMRON'S LADY B.
TWHBEA #694963
COLOR: BAY
 
NAMRON'S ROYAL SUN P.
TWHBEA #632208
 
SUN'S LITTLE RASCAL B.
TWHBEA #642878
 
DIGGERS LITTLE KATE
twhbea #882990 color: CHESTNUT
 
COINS GOLD DIGGER
TWHBEA #816491
COLOR: CHESTNUT
 
PRIDE'S GOLD COIN
TWHBEA #742472
COLOR: CHESTNUT
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PRIDE OF MIDNIGHT H.F.
TWHBEA #661459
COLOR: BLACK
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DELIGHT'S JOANNA
TWHBEA #694341
COLOR: CHESTNUT
 
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DELIGHT'S LINDA B.
TWHBEA #720390 COLOR: BLACK
 
SUN'S DELIGHT D.
TWHBEA #592116
COLOR: CHESTNUT
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LINDA MERRY BOY
TWHBEA #623235
 
SETTING SUN MISS MINK
TWHBEA #795422
COLOR: CHESTNUT
 
SETTING SUN'S BLAZE
TWHBEA #621459
 
SETTING SUN
TWHBEA #530380
 
APRIL SHOWERS
TWHBEA #430050
COLOR: CHESTNUT SABINO
 
SOUVENIRS MISS MINK
TWHBEA #621457
 
GO BOY'S SOUVENIR
TWHBEA #490589
 
MERRY GO BELLE T. F.
TWHBEA #521009
 

Production Record

Gambler's Golden Flame in 2007
Gambler's Golden Flame WF
2007 Palomino Gelding

Sire: Golden Gambler (buckskin)
Date of birth: 5-24-2007
Genotype: [ee A- NCr]
Owned by: Susan & Rebecca Smith, VA

Bella's 2008 Filly
Gambler's Golden Julep
2008 Buckskin Mare

Sire: Golden Gambler (buckskin)
Date of birth: 5-26-2008
Genotype: [Ee A- NCr]
Owned by: Helen Martin, SC

Bella's Colt
Gambler's Southern Rebel
2010 Chestnut Sabino Gelding

Sire: Golden Gambler (buckskin)
Date of birth: 3-12-2010
Genotype: [ee A-]
Owned by:
 Kathy Collins, SC

K's Hard Times
2014 Black Gelding

Sire: Major Reform (bay)
Date of birth: 5-24-2007
Genotype: [Ee aa]
Owned by: Melissa Dowd, VA

Bella Filly
Gambler's Trinity WF
2015 Bay Sabino Mare

Sire: Golden Gambler (buckskin)
Date of birth: 8-28-2015
Genotype: [Ee A- NSb1]
Owned by: Pam Langston, GA

 

 
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