Jack - Submitted by member, John Maieron
Jack is a Morgan, not a Standardbred, but he is related! His registered name is: Marno's Isn't That Special. I got his bloodline back to "Blackhawk", who is also one of the foundation sires of the Standardbred. "Blackhawk", besides being a famous Morgan sire, entered the Standardbred book when it was opened because he met the then "Standard".
I've been riding him since he was 6. He turned 20 on January 1st. He is a very well bred Morgan. Just so it is clear, he is owned by my Instructor, Sarah Keeling, but I ride him so much that it is almost as if I own him. It is interesting to those with Standardbreds, because of his breeding, and he does have a lot of Standardbred in his appearance, as the picture clearly shows. Here's the bloodline back to "Blackhawk". It isn't complete, and the dams are indicated:
-Marno's Isn't That Special ("Jack"),Funquest Cascade (dam), Funquest Blac Patty (dam), The Brown Falcon, Flyhawk, Gohawk, Sunny Hawk, Morgan Star, Thistle (dam), Star of the West, Flying Cloud, Blackhawk.
"Jack" is a sweetheart and does everything. He drives, but his brakes aren't he best. He goes great Western (good at reining), and I showed him once at Training Level in Dressage at an informal competition. The judge placed him 3rd. He also loves getting his picture taken (he's posing in the picture). "Jack" adores those baby cut carrots, and I bring him a bag every time I go see him. He considers me his treat dispenser. I ride him with my dressage saddle and a Western bridle because he's happier with neck reining which he prefers to the English bridle and bit. I did use an English bridle at the Dressage competition, but it was only the gentlest of a snaffle. I'm going to keep riding him just as long as I can. I know he's a Morgan, but he's also a very close Standardbred relative.
Chai Mister - Submitted by member, Suzanne D'Ambrose
I met Mister in 2002, when I walked in a local barn looking to start riding again. The trotter and his gray quarter horse friend almost knocked me down as they trotted to their stalls for their dinner chow. The barn owner introduced herself and informed me Mister actually belonged to a friend of mine. My friend adopted him from his owner and trainer, Phil Klein, when Mister was 11 years old. He was 19 at the time and within a week, I started trail riding him and even used him for my English riding lessons.
Nine months later, and a payment of one dollar, Mister was now mine. He was rock steady and loved to work. He could be stubborn at times and I owe that to his Grand-sire, Nevele Pride! When I spoke with Phil Klein, his mother told me that she named the foal with Chai meaning "life" or "long life" in Hebrew. Mister never raced due to a breathing problem.
At 23, Mister had a bad colic, and he was rushed to Mid-Atlantic Equine Center for surgery. He had a 50/50 chance of living, and could also have complications after. It was a strangulation colic that had a lipoma wrapped around the intestine. Only two months later, we entered in halter classes at the National Standardbred Show. The next three years, we had fun trail riding and he let any child or teenager ride him. Just 4 weeks shy of his 26th birthday, he had another severe colic episode and I knew to let him pass. I had my current Standardbred, Independent Act, for only 5 months and I think Mister knew I was in good hands with my new youngster.