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When you consider breeding
your mare, you don't want to gamble on quality. You want a sure
bet - a stallion that "has it all" and passes it on to his
Intelligence is a trait that Gambler had in vast amounts. He loves
to learn and therefore has been exceptionally easy to train. His
intelligence is a great asset when navigating the trails or taking
in new experiences.
Gambler's disposition is second to none. While Gambler has a great
deal of presence, he is also very laid back. He is a perfect
gentleman in every sense of the word. He is ridden with geldings
and mares in heat and doesn’t take one step out of line. Gambler
loves people of all ages, but is especially fascinated with
children. He is pictured at right with three year old Cassidy
Newman. The photo was taken in 2005 by Maggie Moore for her book,
Walking With Friends. Gambler resides with his herd full-time.
He is an excellent protector and treats his mares with respect,
even looking after his foals for them. When his first crop of
foals was weaned, we left Gambler to comfort them. He was very
kind to his foals - tolerating their climbing and chewing on him
and spending time playing with them and grooming them. When we
pony his foals from his back and he ignores their goofy antics and
keeps his mind on his task.
Gambler is 100% naturally gaited. From the time he was at his
dam's side he has exhibited a great way of going. Gambler has a
100% natural 4-beat running walk and a fantastic smooth, fast
rack. He performs his gaits the way that the Walking Horse was
meant to: with no artificial aids and no special technique
required. He has never been shod and performs his gaits at
liberty, as you can see from the photo at left. The photo was
taken in 2005 by Maggie Moore for her book,
Walking With Friends. Not only are his gaits smooth, but he is
surefooted as well. He easily navigates steep inclines and
declines and treads rough terrain carefully and precisely.
Gambler's striking color is the icing on the cake. He is a true
gold with jet black points and silver frosting in his mane and
tail (the frosting is believed to be caused by the same gene that
gives you flaxen manes and tails on chestnuts). Gambler has been
DNA tested by UC Davis. He is homozygous (AA) for the agouti (bay
modifier). This means that he CAN NOT produce black or smokey
black foals even when bred to black mares! Instead, he will
produce buckskin or bay.
(click on the color of your mare for the exact percentages):
chestnut, bay, palomino, and buckskin foals.
Black/Buckskin/Palomino mares: chestnut, bay, palomino, buckskin, cremello, or perlino foals.
Smokey Cream/Perlino/Cremello mares: palomino, buckskin, cremello, or perlino foals.
champagne mares: chestnut, bay, palomino, buckskin, amber, gold,
gold cream, or amber cream foals.
Gambler's conformation is excellent. His neck is absolutely
perfect...it comes out of his shoulder just right and has a gorgeous
natural arch to it. It is long, elegant, and shapely. His shoulder is
large and sloping. His tail is set high and he carries it with a
natural, old-time "waterspout arch." Gambler has an incredibly
expressive face: his large, soft eyes help indicate his kind
disposition; his muzzle is tapered, well formed and gives him an
inquisitive look; his ears are shapely and expressive; his profile
strong and refined at the same time. His hooves are as hard and strong
as a mustang's. He can travel over gravel and
rocky terrain barefoot without taking a lame step. His mane and tail
are naturally long and full, but while he was taking care of his
foals, they relieved him of some of his length and thickness.
Gambler's bloodlines are a unique blend of the western working
bloodlines through his sire, Blue Gold (who goes back to Roy Roger's
own "Trigger Jr." aka Allen's Gold Zephyr), and the old eastern show
lines through his dam, Cindy's Image-GH. We believe that this unique
blend gave Gambler the best of both worlds. Not only is he a gorgeous,
showy stallion, he's also a truly versatile and usable mount.
Gambler's bloodlines are also unique in that he does not trace back to
Pride of Midnight H.F. or The Pusher C.G. This makes him an EXCELLENT
outcross for mares who are heavily linebred to those sires.
We do not require that mares bred to Gambler be registered, we judge
each horse as an individual, not by papers. We would rather breed a
high-quality gaited un-papered mare than a low quality papered mare. However, foals with papers
are more valuable than those without. For that reason, Gambler is
registered with several registries.
*Colts out of registered KMSHA/SMHA mares are eligible for temporary
papers until proven under saddle, at which time they will be inspected
for gait and disposition and given permanent papers. Fillies out
of any mares are eligible for temporary papers until proven under
saddle, at which time they will be inspected for gait and disposition
and given permanent papers. The mare and gelding books are still open.
*Only accepts foals out of registered and bloodtyped TWHBEA mares.
*Accepts foals out of TWHBEA, CRTWH, or unregistered purebred
Tennessee Walking Horse mares only. SOUND HORSES ONLY. No padded,
heavy shod, or sored horses are accepted into this registry.
*Foals may be commission registered based on gait or foals out of
RHBAA registered and bloodtyped mares are accepted automatically. The
mare should be registered and bloodtyped BEFORE she is serviced for
the foal to be eligible based on parentage.
*Accepts gaited foals out of registered gaited parents of any breed.
Any good-quality gaited horse is eligible for registration for a
The traits listed above are what made Gambler a "stallion
prospect", but it is his proven ability to pass these traits on that
have made him our herdsire and a true "breeding stallion."
His foals have inherited more than just their sire's good looks and
His foals have inherited Gambler's natural gaits, disposition,
personality, and intelligence. See Gambler's
foal gallery for more
Golden Gambler's stud fee is $375/LFG and mare care is $15/day or
$200/mo for pasture breeding.
Live cover only. We are located in Locust
E-mail us or call Stephanie at 540-937-0126 for more information
on breeding to Gambler.
We are proud to offer the following references. The people listed
below have seen Gambler in person, ridden him and studied the foals he
has produced. Click on the name to view what each has to say about
The farms listed below have done us the great honor of selecting
Gambler as their herd sire and partnering with us in marketing our
In The Media.
2009, the online magazine
featured Gambler as the "Cover Horse" and as a featured Centerfold for
the Mountain Horse Breed edition. Westwood Farms was featured as the
Breeder of the Month.
The very talented artist Julie Zompanti did a fabulous pencil drawing
of Gambler for us. Prints, Stationary and Note Cards featuring Gambler
and others that Julie has sketched are available at
A photo of Gambler by Maggie
Moore was selected for the cover of the 2006 National Bridle Shop
Magazine. Additional photos of Gambler appeared in her 2006 book
Walking With Friends.
Gambler is featured on the website
(owned by Barb Foster) which promotes the cross of the Last Chance
horses with Golden Gambler's line.