Sunbeam was the product of two of the best bred palomino Tennessee Walking Horses in the industry. Her sire was a son of Ebony Masterpiece and out of a daughter of Midnight Mack K. Sunbeam's dam was the only known palomino daughter of Triple Threat!
She had a beautiful head with large, kind eyes and expressive ears. As you can see, "Beamer" had an exceptionally deep heart girth and great shoulder and hip angles. This enabled her to really strut her stuff. He coloring was simply stunning, too: a deep, rich butterscotch gold with a snow white mane and tail. She stood out wherever she went!
Beamer was registered KMSHA & TWHBEA. She was shown in model, extensively trail ridden, foxhunted and hilltopped. Her wonderfully smooth gaits and bright, funny personality made her a joy to ride!
Beamer was born in Vermont at Outtaqueechee Farm, where her sire, Ebony's Mark of Gold, stood for many years. She was sent to Walkers West as a three year old for training. We ended up purchasing her while at Walker's West and had her bred to their stallion, The Gold Rush Is On. Unfortunately, we didn't get a foal.
We tried for many years to get Beamer in foal. We bred her via artificial insemination to several different stallions before we started standing Golden Gambler, but we were not able to get a foal. We had nearly given up and decided to turn her out with Gambler. In the Gambler's herd, we discovered an interesting hierarchy: Gambler had his wife (Beamer), his "mistresses", and his "secret girlfriends." Beamer, as his "wife" - had the greatest status. She openly groomed him, shared his food, and could move any other mare away from him by pinning her ears. The mistresses were allowed to spend limited time with him, groom him as long as Beamer didn't see, but could not share food and had to stay out of Beamer's way. The secret girlfriends could not even get close to Gambler, and had to sneak off away from the herd to breed. This natural environment allowed Beamer to become pregnant
Beamer had her first baby too close to the fence. The buckskin filly managed to slip under the fence and away from her Mama...and tragically, a bear used that opportunity to steal the filly. A forensic biologist came to the farm and showed us exactly what happened after we found the body. Typically, black bears won't bother a horse, but they are opportunistic and with the Mama being unable to get to the baby to defend her, the bear grabbed her. From that day on, my whole herd developed a HATRED for bears. To this day, even though most of the original herd members are gone, Gambler drives the herd into "high alert" every time a bear is in the vicinity, where before they were met with only mild interest.
Beamer's second baby was her little palomino clone, Gambler's Gold Threat WF (pictured at left as a yearling.) More about him later...
Beamer's third baby was a buckskin filly who died before weaning.
We were blessed to own Sunbeam for nearly half of her life...and blessed again to have Elisabeth Taliento join our family when she purchased her "Miss Scarlet" from us. We never felt like she was gone - only off having grand adventures with E!
It was clear from the beginning that they were a match made in heaven. E and Scarlet adored each other from the start. They suited each other perfectly, even in looks! I used to tease E about them being "Barbie Dolls."
Their bond was so much deeper than that, though. E was so in sync with Scarlet - she knew when she was even the smallest bit "off" and no mountain was too high for her to climb for Scarlet. ET was her biggest advocate and one of the most devoted "horse moms" you'll ever meet. She always did what was best for Scarlet, even to the very end.
On September 26, 2013, Scarlett passed away. She had developed cancer, but she didn't suffer long - E wouldn't allow that. She loved her too much. Scarlet lived a beautiful life during the 17 years she walked this planet. She was well loved, and she knew it. We loved her here at Westwood, but she was truly "E's Horse." Soulmates. Writing this, my heart is broken for E. Death is hardest on those left behind. Even though we know she has gone on to a better place, realizing that there will be no more friendly nickers or bright eyes searching for her friend is difficult. We send E all of our love, prayers and wishes for comfort. Scarlet brought us together and made us family. For that, we'll always be thankful.
This lovely story does not have a sad ending. While Scarlet is gone, her legacy lives on! After spending a good deal of effort trying to locate Beamer's only living offspring, we found him! He was owned by Howard Harris of Montgomery, Pennsylvania. I managed to get Elisabeth in touch with him and he graciously allowed Elisabeth to purchase him. They met at our farm and Elisabeth purchased Sunny and brought him home. He now carries on in his mother's footsteps. E and Sunny have been training, trail riding and showing together.
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