After Midas was injured and it became clear that he'd never be riding sound again, I searched the whole country hoping to find the perfect mare to breed to Gambler and try for a colt to eventually replace him. Gambler was 14 years old, and while I sincerely hope to have many more years of riding and memories, the thought of not having a replacement was really starting to concern me. I put out feelers and scoured the web looking for a mare. Not just any mare, mind you...I wanted a dark palomino or buckskin; at least one agouti; 100% smooth, natural gaits; 16+h; STELLAR disposition; intelligent; willing; good bone and muscle...no short order, but that was what I needed.
Lacey Musselman knew I was looking and it just so happened that her friends, Rick & Lindsey Payette, were getting ready to move to South America and wouldn't be able to take along their amazing mare, Pippi White Stockings. I immediately called and set up an appointment to go see her. It was love at first ride and I bought her the same day.
When we bred her to Golden Gambler I was hoping for a stud colt to keep. This exciting buckskin colt may be it! We will retain him and watch how he develops. He is already showing the keen intelligence and strong desire to please that I love so much about his sire. He also has the larger bone structure that I love about his dam. Little Gambler will has a true running walk with a nice, loose backend. We expect he'll grow to about 16 hands.
When "Little Gambler" was born, he had light grey/green eyes. As he does not have a champagne parent (and therefore no champagne gene) I expected them to darken within a week or two. The did darken, but have stayed a medium grey/green (much like my own eyes) for a couple of months, which reminded me of a song that I love: The Tennessee Stud.
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