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Our success can be attributed to the quality horses we produce, and people like the
individuals below, that believe in our breeding program. This makes it all
I know I'm late in getting you this
message, but wanted to extend my condolences to the loss of
your beautiful mare. It's hard enough to lose them when
you see it coming, but to be hit in the back with a sudden
loss of an otherwise healthy and vibrant mare who should
have had lots of good years left....How is her filly? How
are you holding up.
Anyway, just wanted to say I'm
sorry about your loss. If you need anything let me know,
and if you end up looking for a replacement mare I'd be
happy to help in that department as well. We have 2 lovely
TB mares here going under saddle that I'm on the fence about
keeping, and couldn't think of a better home for either.
Bridget and Fred. I don't have
the words to express how sorry I am that this has happened
to Tassy. I do know how hard it is to let go of someone you
love. You ask why and what am I to learn...but I have no
answers only to tell you to trust in God. He has a plan .
Please trust that you are where He wants you to be and try
to find comfort in Him. I know that this is probably not
very comforting right now and that it hurts too much. My
heart is breaking for you. Please call if you need to talk.
I am so sorry for your loss of
Tassy. I don't really know what else to say. I send prayers your way
during this difficult loss.
My prayers are with your family at this time,
April Haywood/Half Pint Miniatures
Condolences and Prayers
I've been off of the BB for a while and unplugged from the
computer in general the last few days. I saw your Facebook post
about Tassy and had to read up on the BB what has been going
on. I didn't even know about JR's troubles!
I'm so very sorry to hear about Tassy. It really breaks my
heart as she was always one of my favorites - the big gentle
giant. I know you and Fred are really grieving the loss as well
(wasn't she Fred's favorite too?). You guys will be in my
thoughts and prayers. And I will be praying for JR's recovery
as well as for Torie.
Like I said, you will be in my prayers.
love during this difficult time.
Cheryl A. Harless
My Heart Is Aching For You
I am so sorry. Bridget, no one
should go through what you have been through the past couple
of weeks. How exhausting and frightening for you. I am so
sorry. So much has happened since the loss of Nico. My
heart is heavy with thoughts of how much you and Fred must
You have a lot of friends here on
the bb and if we could we would be there to give you hugs
during this difficult time. We all deeply care. It's as
though we are an extension of your family and we want so
much to say the right thing.
My thoughts and prayers reach out
from here (California) to you and Fred.
I am so sorry for your loss of Tassy. I can only imagine the horror
of what you are going through.
I have you in my prayers that whatever hit Tassy will not affect any
of the other horses.
Major hugs to you!!!
August 13th, 2009
Dying to Buy Lord Buckingham
I don't have one of your babies
but I was dying to buy Lord Buckingham. Unfortunately for me the timing
wasn't right. I am dying for a buckskin thoroughbred baby out of Rita on
the Rocks though! I would love to march into the hunter jumper ring on a
buckskin and I have just always LOVED thoroughbreds. I'll be in touch. I
go to your website all the time!
Lindsey on Facebook
2 Year Old Palomino Colt by Zillionair in Training at Churchhill
Hi, I wanted to share some
new pictures of our palomino Thoroughbred two year old colt by
Zillionair that is in training with trainer Jere Smith JR at
Churchill Downs in Kentucky right now. He is rare and only the
second registered palomino thoroughbred to ever set foot on the
fabled track of Churchill Downs. He is showing nice form and
getting ready to start speed works this week, then we will know if
he is fast enough and talented enough to race and win.
Just sharing some gee whiz
June 10th, 2009
Norsire Farm does it again, for the Third Year in a row, Wins the colt &
filly class at Upperville Colt & Horse Show in June 2009, with Kiki's
Congratulations to Leslie
Nelson on the purchase of this fabulous filly, who's already winning on
the line!! We are beyond excited about this fillies future with Leslie
Nelson and her winning team of professionals!!! A special thanks to
Richard Taylor for personally visiting our farm and taking time out of
his busy schedule to hand inspect this filly for Leslie!!! Look for her
in CA winning on the line in 2010! Leslie, I can't thank you enough for
all you have done for me and for Zillionair to put him in the spotlight
of hunter breeding world!!! Leslie is also the current owner of Gold
Tycoon who is winning on the line in CA and just recently won the Sally
B Wheeler Three Year Old Colts Class!!! Leslie's mare Wow was the
number one 2 year old in the USA & Canada in 2008, plus number one
Hunter Breeding Horse of the Year for the USA & Canada!!! Leslie's done
it again, she won the number one 3 year old in the country and overall
for the USA and Canada with Outstanding for 2009!!!
California Riding Magazine •
People: Leslie Nelson
Hunter/jumper trainer has a superlative season in the
by Kim F. Miller
“Wow” and “Holy Cow” are apt exclamations for the year
Leslie Nelson has had. The words are also the names of
two of several horses that have put this Santa Barbara
professional atop the breeder and owner standings in
United States Equestrian Federation’s Hunter Breeding
A hunter/jumper trainer for nearly 25 years,
Leslie began her breeding endeavor as a just-for-fun
foray with her Thoroughbred mare Holy Cow. A flashy bay
with four knee-high socks, the now 18-year-old mare
became a Baby and Pre-Green Hunter champion on the A
circuit under Leslie’s tutelage. She continued her
winning ways with a new owner and eventually found her
(left to right) 24K,
Wow and Outstanding.
Photo: Shawn McMillen Photography
It was six or seven
years ago that Leslie had the idea of breeding Holy Cow.
She chose Fran Steinwedell’s superstar Starman as the
sire. “I watched his video and I just had chills,”
Leslie recalls of the handsome jumper who earned 1988
Olympic silver with Anne Kursinski at the Seoul
Olympics. The pairing of Holy Cow and Starman produced
Ooh La La, with whom Leslie had great success in the
Pre-Green division. It was the start of something good.
Holy Cow had six babies, all but one produced through
embryo transfer. Two of Holy Cow’s daughters by Popeye
K, the full sisters 24K and Wow, have been key players
in putting Leslie’s breeding program on the national
map, which is no mean feat for a West Coaster.
Wow, aka “Gracie,” was named Best Young Horse at the
Sallie B. Wheeler/USEF National Hunter Breeding
Championships on the West Coast and in the International
Hunter Futurity West Coast Regional. At the IHF
Championships in Kentucky, she was named best 2-year-old
this year, a nice follow-up to being the best yearling
there in 2007. National titles in the Hunter Breeding
divisions are not easy for anybody to earn and West
Coasters face the additional challenges of geography.
“On the West Coast, you typically have to work twice as
hard to be competitive nationally because we don’t offer
too many Hunter Breeding classes, compared to the East
Coast, where many of their classes are double pointed,”
Leslie explains. “You have to make sure you get to the
ones we have and that you do well at them.”
West Coast-friendly advances, spearheaded by Tish
Quirk and others, have made the task of competing
nationally a bit easier, but it remains a daunting
challenge. Coping with the logistics of that reality has
often fallen to Leslie’s husband Daniel, who has
sometimes seen to it that the youngsters can campaign in
two shows the same weekend, often at opposite ends of
Despite having the same parents, Wow and 24K “are
polar opposites,” Leslie reports. Like all of Holy Cow’s
offspring, both 2-year-olds are “extremely athletic,”
but Wow can be as wild as her name suggests and “Karat”
is a no-fuss kind of girl. “Wow is exactly that,” Leslie
says. “That’s how she got her name. “She’s been a
challenge every step of the way. If there is some
trouble anywhere, she will get into it. And Karat is the
easiest baby you could ever work with. She’s our little
As of late October, Wow had a solid lead in the
national 2-year-old Hunter Breeding standings. 24K had
been hot on her heels until a colic took her off the
show circuit toward the end of the season. Another of
Leslie’s charges, the yearling Outstanding, by Popeye K
and out of Delilah, had a solid lead in the HOTY for
that age group. Validating Leslie’s instincts in
choosing Spencer Ranch’s Popeye K, the Dutch Warmblood
sire is on track for USEF Sire Of The Year honors.
“Sometimes I wake up and ask myself, how did this all
happen?” More impressively, Leslie has accomplished all
this while raising, with Daniel, a youngster of their
own: 3-year old Noah.
Leslie Nelson with her
husband, Dan and their son, Noah.
Now readying to move back to El Capitan Ranch, the
stable that’s been her headquarters for most of her
career, Leslie was due a little good news after a very
difficult period. She had been based at a ranch bought
for her by the family of student Talia Klein. The
accomplished young rider and her father were killed in a
plane crash in 2007. On top of the grief of this loss
was the uncertainty of not knowing how the sorting out
of the Klein’s estate would affect her stabling
As a trainer, Leslie likes to deliver personalized
services and so she insists on keeping that aspect of
Sterling Silver Stables small. She is grateful for the
help of her longtime friend Paul Bennett, the Northern
California trainer who partners up with Leslie at shows.
Fifteen to 18 horses has been the norm for the training
barn over the years. The breeding bug, however, seems to
have bit Leslie hard and she seems less disciplined
about the equine headcount she’ll maintain in this side
of her business.
“I’m nuts,” she confesses cheerfully. She enjoyed
good success with the young stallion, Winter Gold, by
the famous hunter sire All The Gold. Leslie has since
sold the horse, but still has semen from him available.
At presstime, she had her eyes glued on the driveway
awaiting the arrival of Gold Tycoon, a 3-year-old
Palomino Thoroughbred by Zillionair. “I was looking
around for stallions and when I saw this horse’s picture
I just freaked out,” Leslie explains. “Three months
later I bought him.” At presstime, she was showing the
handsome gelding on the Arizona circuit.
“I’ve always specialized in the young horses,” Leslie
says of her natural progression to breeding. “To now be
breeding them, raising them and getting them into the
show ring with this level of national recognition is
really exciting for me.”
She laughingly dismisses the question of whether
breeding has been a break-even deal financially. “This
is a lifestyle you choose because you love it,” she
observes. “I’ve met so many phenomenal people and it
seems like every day is a learning experience.”
In particular, she credits trainer and handler Ted
Feiger and top hunter competitor Diane Yeager as two
breeding experts who have been infinitely generous with
their knowledge and experience. “I’ve known Ted since I
was a child, but this has added a new dynamic to our
An award-winning breeder and handler, Ted brought out
the best in several of Leslie’s youngsters in
competition. Of late, an illness has kept him out of the
show ring. Top hunter/jumper trainer Archie Cox stepped
into the handling gap for competitions on this coast,
and leading pony breeder Richard Taylor took the
leadline when Wow campaigned in the West Coast finale
and back east. Richard was the leading handler at the
IHF Finals and having him handle her horses, in one case
on two days’ notice, was another layer of icing on the
cake. “He is a real class act!” she says.
Wow, aka “Gracie,” was
named Best Young Horse at the
Sallie B. Wheeler/USEF National Hunter Breeding
Championships on the
West Coast and in the International Hunter Futurity West
Photo: Maria Morgan @ CapturedMomentPhoto.com
Leslie plans to breed Wow to Diana Dodge’s Knob Hill
next year. She’ll again use embryo transfer, a technique
that’s been super successful as administered by Dr. Van
Snow and breeding manager Jan Martin at Santa Lucia
Farms in Santa Ynez. “They have an unbelievable
program,” she says of the reproductive specialists’
staff and band of recipient mares.
The pregnant mares return to Leslie’s care during
their pregnancy, then are sent back to Santa Lucia for
foaling. Leslie’s show schedule has prevented her from
attending the birth of any of her equine babies so far.
“We’re showing in Arizona from January through March, so
I just wait for Lindsay at Santa Lucia to call and say,
‘You’re not gonna believe this one!’”
As the promises in so many of those first phone calls
are fulfilled in regional and national hunter breeding
championships, Leslie may need a thesaurus for more
superlatives to name her horses and to describe her
May 28th, 2009
I Was Bowled Over By The Quality of Your Zillionair Youngsters!!!
I'm writing to inquire about your stallion
Zillionair. I breed sport horses in New Zealand for high level
eventing and dressage. I am also an avid in-hand competitor of my
youngsters. Your stallion is a bit of a departure for me - my past
clients may wonder what on earth I'm up to! But for a very long time
now I have wanted a palomino for myself, and the cremello/palomino
warmbloods are just not good enough when compared to what else is
available. I refuse to breed colour at the cost of quality and
movement. I never considered using a TB to get my golden horse, but
when I found your website I was bowled over by the
quality of the youngsters.
I guess before I continue I should ask
whether Zillionair's frozen semen has been collected in a way that
passes the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture (MAF) strict
regulations. I hope, hope, hope, this is the case!
I look forward to hearing from you.
T Sport Horses
May 24th, 2009
Rare Colors Of Thoroughbreds!
First of all, I LOVE the fact of you
bringing out rare colors of the Thoroughbred, one of my favorite
breeds. You guys are amazing for this!
April 8th, 2009
I received the parcel on Monday. I love the package and the
picture is adorable. All the treats were lovely and I am so thankful you
took the time to add the picture of Cricket. The package arrived
in fine shape and my goodness, your going to go broke posting all these
I am looking forward to Kristy's baby now, hoping for a safe and easy
foaling and a lovely baby for you and Fred.
Thank you again for your kindness and generosity. It is truly a gift to
"know" such nice people on the mare cam boards and especially on your
April 7th, 2009
I wanted to say I have loved being on your
board. I have had a wonderful time watching the Queen and being part
of the action.
I apparently ,much to my surprise, I have won
the contest on guess Deb's foaling date, and time.
If you are unable to send to Canada I
Please don't feel like you have to incur anymore cost in sending the
lovely gift basket across the border.
I was just thrilled to participate in
"watching Deb " when I could.
However, :) If you are ok with sending it
across the border, here's my address.
Thanks so much for allowing us into your wonderful barn and taking
the time to keep us posted.
March 23rd, 2009
Drooling Over Your Horses!
I always drool over your horses, and came
across that lovely Kiki's Gold Obsession!
I would love to come and see her.
Doc aka Jasper's Birthday with Friends
Hi Bridget and Fred,
Thought you would enjoy these. This boy couldn't be more loved.
This is his first birthday party with barn mates Dancer (9) and Ranger
All were born within a week of one another. He had carrot cake, which he
wasn't too sure about, but he did love the peppermints on top.
Thanks again for this opportunity.
Video of White Goldenair aka Cricket's Birth!
All White Medicine Hat Palomino Filly by Pure White Gold out of Queen
really has won my heart!
(Another Oscar winning performance!) I had you set up on speed
dial so hit the dial and typed I called in chat and on the board.
Congratulations on your new filly!
Congrats on your new filly. I was
looking to see when Tassy was due and saw your web cams, very nice
set up you have..
Cant wait to see pictures of her!!
Congratulations on Rumor's Palomino Frame Overo!
Premiere Goldflake aka Fancy
Did Rumor foal a frame palomino! I just saw some pictures on your
testimonial page and can’t wait to see more pictures of her. I can
see she has lots of white points but can’t tell much more. What a
beauty. Many congratulations!
so incredibly happy for you. You may not remember me but I’m the one
who visited your farm about a year ago and you took a picture of
me with Zillionaire (aka Rock Star!). And apologies for bringing up a
sad note but I felt very lucky that I got to meet your snuggle bear
Nico before he passed. I’m so sorry for your loss. What a sweet,
sweet puppy. I can still see his little fanny in the air as he offered
I’ve since moved from Boston to McLean and hope to visit your farm
again this year. I especially want to see your newest little gem. Just
Kiki's Gold Obsession
Hi again Bridget
A late happy new year to you all!
I have been so busy the last couple of
weeks that I haven't been on your site for a while, so I have
just seen the pictures of Kiki's Gold
Obsession, and oh my gosh what a beautiful baby!
I liked that picture of her out
in the snow with a blanket on. It's just tooooo cute! And I can't
wait for the rest
of the babies to arrive.
Hope you are all well and have great year
The new addition is adorable -
One of these days I am going to have to come by and see your herd.
And of course I'll bring the camera!
Many Congratulations from Ireland!
Just wanted to say what a pleasure it was to watch your mare Rumor
foaling out this morning. It was great for me because I'm in Ireland
so I was just in from my chores when she gave birth! It was all very
professional and shows anyone the proper way to attend mares. Love
the filly towel by the way!
Congratulations on what looks like a beautiful filly and mom did a
great job too!
Our White Lady & Congratulations on your new palomino filly!
Hi - wanted to check in with
you and let you know that " Our White Lady" is happy
and healthy. She has gained a bunch of weight, so she is
actually fairly chubby now, and has grown a "Wyoming winter"
hair coat. I'll let you know if we have any success with
breeding. - probably won't do anything until March, as our
weather has been unbearably cold and I just can't get motivated.
Your new palomino filly, Kiki, is gorgeous! Wow! I'll be in
touch and hope all is well with you and your family.
Thank you from a Marestare Fan
I wanted to
say Thank you for helping Jessi & Craig as well as keeping us at
Mare Stare updated tonight.
me and the only thing I could think of was for you to talk to Jessi.
With your background and experience, I knew you would help as much
as you could, so I ask Pam to contact you. So glad you did!!
Thank you for your wonderful updates!!
You are the
with hugs, Karen
A Thank-You and Update on Gold Tycoon
Just a quick hello to say thank you and to let you know how Ty
Gold Tycoon is doing. Ty is AMAZING! I love him. He has had a
remarkable year! Since purchasing him in October of 2008 from Bill
Rube and By Design Farm he has shown with me and has been Best Young
Horse or Res Best Young Horse at
every show we competed in. In all he was USEF Zone 8 Year End Champion
Hunter Breeding Two Year old, He was Zone 8 Champion as well at
the Tucson Fall festival where they held the zone Championships.
He brought home The Arizona Hunter Jumper Association 2008 Year End
Championship for Hunter Breeding Two year olds! He is truly a spectacular
young horse! His disposition is what has won me over the most.
walked off of the trailer in Arizona from his long haul from
Pennsylvania in gale force winds, He looked right looked left
did not even spook once and right in to his horse show stall where for the
next four weeks he was tossed right into the hassle and
bustle of the horse show life. Since then his amazing attitude
and unbelievable work ethic has wowed all of us who have had the
pleasure of working with him. I am so excited to see what 2009
Thank You for all you have done and continue to do!
Happy New Year and Good Luck this year.