I had been off work for about two weeks as a part of my six weeks following a surgery. I was sitting in my comfy chair in the living room and had the first period of downtime in almost a decade that let reflect and do nothing but think. My kids were adults, I had a pretty good job and a decent income, was single, owned my home, and still owned a few horses that had been leisurely grazing for the past few years as I had lost all time, and energy for them. My mom also had done the same still owning her best show mare, who about 10 years old and had only been bred once since retired from her show career. With all this time, as you can imagine, my thoughts were so free to drift and my little MackBook Pro made it easy to surf the web, read and learn about the Breeders Halter Futurity, find all sorts of groups, and look at hundreds of photos of halter horses (my eye skips automatically over the riders and any horse that doesn't have halter looks or breeding) jaded...biased...no! I just love halter horses. I love how they look, they are like art to me, a living breathing and ever changing piece or art. I don't want to buy one that is already what it is, I want to raise it to think about how the possibilities of the mare and stallions qualities will match up, I want the dream, the possibilities, the craftsmanship or art of being a breeder. The wheels were turning...
Within a few weeks I found a mare for sale in foal to Fearles, who was one of the few sires whose foals were eligible for the Amateur Breeders Halter Futurity classes, and she was only 30 miles from my house-she was due in February and to put this in perspective I live in California, and to ship a horses here form Iowa or TX which is where the action seems to be, is about $800-1500 depending on the shipper and how good a deal you can get. So here from the sky drops a mare all ready to go-in foal to one of the hottest stallions in the industry and I'm ready to get back into the game!
Christine Miller (Zoppi)
I love halter horses and have had a dream for as long as I can remember to have a World Champion horse that I raised from my own breeding program. I am a working person. I have had my ups and downs though life and have lived through some heart breaking moments with my horses and also times where I couldn't believe how lucky I was. I took a seven year break from the horses and in late fall of 2012 decided to get back into the game. I decided to begin this blog because I know Im not alone in this dream and journey. Im not a great writer, but I want to challenge myself to do something different, and be more open about the struggles, heartbreak, joy and utter heart pounding excitement that makes me want to successfully breed, show and sell horses, even though the bar is high and some would say only for those who have a lot of money.