and Josh Higgins Stables
courtesy of Elsie Darrah)
Reprinted from the Midwestern
Horseman April 1946
Stables, Waterloo, Iowa is the home of the World's Champion
Walking Stallion, TROUBLE TWHBEA 370306, sired by
LAST CHANCE and
out of the walking mare NELLIE ESSAY. This stallion was
purchased by Mr. Joe DuMond, the president of Josh Higgins
Broadcasting Co. in an effort to bring to Iowa the very best
blood in the Tennessee Walking Horse field for those who are
entering into the field of breeding this type of horse. The
Josh Higgins Stables is also the home of the champion mare,
MERRY BELLE. TROUBLE was the winner of the Walking Horse class
at the Spring Stallion Show at Oskaloosa.
Carl Ingle, Flat
Creek, Tennessee is heading up the walking horse division of
the Josh Higgins Stables. Mr. Ingle has spent a lifetime in
the breeding and development of Walking Horses, going back to
the days when many of the horses now recognized as foundation
sires had attained only casual recognition. Visiting with Carl
is like sitting in on a round table discussion with the
pioneer leaders of the Walking Horse industry. He knows most
of them as neighbors and there are few top walking horses that
he has not seen in action.
When you walk
into the Josh Higgins Stables these days and hear that soft
southern accent floating over the box stalls, it would be easy
to imagine that the establishment had been moved to middle
Tennessee. Carl has become a familiar sight not only in the
Stables, but in most every farmer's cornfield where the
obstinate performers usually find themselves in the very rigid
form of training prescribed.
At the present
time, some of the best show potentials in the Middle West are
at the Josh Higgins Stables under Carl's direction. Including
Dr. E.E. Everson's good mare STROLLING EDNA MAY; Dr. D.H.
Kord's POLKA DOT of Cambridge, Iowa, a filly of great promise;
Dr. A.A. Lynn's BEAUTIFUL DREAMER of Marshalltown, Iowa,
outstanding three year old stallion, Junior Champion of the
Oskaloosa Stallion Show; Mr. Stanley Saroke's "Billy" of Cedar
Falls, Iowa, a top pleasure gelding; and the newest member, a
striking two year old filly owned by Mr. R.A. Rath of the Rath
Packing Company, Waterloo, Iowa. These walking horses are all
on the course of training, some just beginners and others well
on their way.
A visit to the
Stables always includes showing the two fillies who were
winners in the 1945 Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration in
Shelbyville, Tennessee. Despite the fact that these youngsters
have had about two weeks' work, their show ring characters are
sensational gelding at the Stables is three year old
who leaves no doubt in your mind when you see him in action
that he is headed straight for blue ribbons in major shows.
If you want to
see Carl with his best smile and confident air, drop in during
the afternoon when he is giving TROUBLE a workout. It is then
you will see a great horse and a great trainer at their best.
All of the
Walking Horse fans are anxious to have MERRY BELLE come back
from Tennessee with S.W. Beech Jr. and meet her friendly
competitor, TROUBLE, with Carl Ingle up. It would be a battle
royal worth anyone's watching. MARY BELLE with S.W. Beech Jr.
up will open her spring season in May in Pulaski, Tennessee