Sparkie is a 2005 palomino son by Gold Mine out of LCS She’s a Pistol (Arboria Top Gun (Arboria Noble Victor x Kendlewood Fortune) x Jax Westwood Abbie (by Morgana’s Westwood x Shakers Kalina). You’ll be hard pressed to find a more correct colt or one that is breed as well in a golden coat. We are reluctantly placing him on our sales list temporarily: However, he may be retained. A breeding stallion should not only be "attractive" but should be correct, clean-legged and with good feet. He should demonstrate intelligence, kindness and have a friendly personality. The movement should be well balanced front and back. Not only is Sparkie correct with a nice laid back shoulder and a good hip, but he also has the type of quality in movement you don't often see. He has an elegant curvy neck with a clean throat which helps to hinge over at the poll and onto the bit. He is a natural-borne athlete...movements like flying lead changes come so easily to him. Although Sparkie is young, he possesses all the traits we admire and we like what he has produced so far. We made the decision not to breed him in 2008 (due to the softening market) though we did have his semen evaluated at Peterson and Smith Reproductive Clinic in Ocala, Fl. and collected frozen semen. His reports from the clinic were excellent, with good counts on both cooled and frozen collections, and he performed admirably. 

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Fortune in Gold's Pedigree

Congratulations to Dell Mitchell on her purchase of  Sparkie





      From the time Gold Mine was born he was a natural athlete and carried himself with pride and "presence". Watching him float across a pasture would surely bring a smile. At his first show he won the 2-yr. old Pleasure Driving Championship at the Citrus Cup Regional. He went on to win the 2-yr. old Pl. Driving at Southern States Regional that year and then came home for a rest and to "grow up". At three he won in-hand throughout Florida and did well in his debut under saddle, winning classes at Summers End Morgan. At 4 he went on to win the Jr. Pleasure Driving at Citrus Cup Regional again and was Fl. High Point Jr. Pleasure Driving Champion for three years. At the conclusion of the spring shows, he came home to breed mares and again have a respite.


The following spring he headed to California to join Garn Walker Stables where he went on to win multiple tri-colored ribbons up and down the west coast in Western Pleasure. In 2006 he was ranked 2nd by USEF. After a very successful venture on the West Coast "Frank" came home after the Morgan Nationals (ranked 5th in the Western Pleasure World Championship) and again was pleased to see his girls. We enjoyed having him home once again and he enjoyed trail riding with shoes off and hair down.

In the fall of 2007 we were approached about selling Frank to a wonderful show home and even though we very much enjoyed having him home....we knew his talents were not being used to their fullest on the trails. He had been exquisitely trained by Garn and he is a horse that likes to show. Once we met Kathy Gutting we knew it would be the perfect home and the perfect situation for him. He was to be kept in training at Broadmoor. 

Thanks to Kathy Gutting for loving him as she does. One only need visit to see how happy he is. We love that Frank is also being enjoyed by Dwayne and Kathy on the trails after his show season. Thanks again to all at Broadmoor for taking such good care of him. (Kathy and Gold Mine, Hanna McBride on Gold Mine shown below) View UDM Gold Mine's Pedigree








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