We bought Blue in 1997, and it was basically a total accident that we found him. We had went to a horse auction in Lufkin Tx and bought a little yearling buckskin filly named Royal Holly Hancock. She was out of Blue's very first foal crop. We got a real deal on her because she wasn't even broke to a halter and had hernia that would need repair, but she was a beauty and had the bloodlines we were looking for. Jacquie said she had a kind eye. So we took her home and fell in love with this super smart, really well put together little filly. She had muscle like you wouldn't believe and the sweetest disposition you could ever ask for. Now that was in the Fall, and in January when we started talking about breeding mares, Jacquie wanted to find Hannah's sire and called and talked to the owner. He lived on a big ranch in East Texas and invited us out to see the stud.
When we arrived the owner pulled out this big beautiful blue roan and asked if we would like to try him out. Of course my crazy wife said yes and jumped right on him. We rode this horse around for nearly 2 hours, all while the ranchers kids were running around on 4 wheelers, had a big burn pile going and other horses coming in and out of area we were riding. The owner liked to talk and so it ended up we made a new friend and fell in love with the horse. We asked him about breeding to the stud and the guy said sure, he'd call us when he started his breeding season. About a month later we got a phone call, the ranchers daughter had been a bad car accident not too long after we had been there and had to be care flighted to Dallas. He needed to pay the bill, would we be interested in purchasing the stud?
Of course we jumped the chance, settled on a price and 2 weeks later our new horse was delivered. And as the saying goes, the rest is history.
Blue fit in like he'd been with us since birth, Jacquie rode him, I rode him, he was always a gentleman. We started out just using him on the ranch that first year, had our first batch of foals out of him and realized this horse was a real gem. I started showing him in local AQHA shows and other open shows. Then we started taking him to NFQHA shows and he always did well for us. But the big thing was, his attitude. People couldn't believe he was a stud! He was always so well mannered, didn't go crazy around the mares or other studs. We started getting lots of calls for breedings.
Blue had a good career as a show horse and as a stud, just last year one of his daughters qualified and showed in the AQHA World Show in OK. But even better, he was great with our kids and the grandkids. We could show him in the morning and work cattle that afternoon. He was just a good, steady, all around horse.
The last few years, he has been a lawn ornament mostly, but that was all right. He had earned his retirement.
It's going to be really hard to go out to feed tonight and not have him slinging his head and telling me to hurry up, he's hungry.
Did I mention that Blue was MY HORSE? He was, he loved everybody, but he was my boy. I'm going to miss that old horse!
May God bless him and put him in a really green pasture where, when its my time, we can spend our days riding and being lazy.
May you always ride a good horse. I've been blessed to ride one of the best.