"Atahi's" dam, "Raven
Beauty", was an APHA black and white tobiano mare. She was
by "Ney Carpenter" (black and white tobiano stallion), and out
of "Keo Flicka". This fine mare started a line of American Paint
Horses that has been successful in a large variety of events.
"Raven Beauty" was
still sound and going strong at 32 yrs. of age. "Raven Beauty"
was born in 1959, and they did not form the American Paint Horse
Association (APHA) until 1963. She was registered during the time
that Paint Horses were inspected (as they do in Europe) to determine
what animals were going to be allowed to represent the breed and
be it's foundation.
In the early 60's, prior
to APHA sanctioned events in the Midwest, "Raven Beauty" outran
two AAA rated Quarter Horses on a Southern Ohio brush track at
220 and 440 yds. This good mare also had wonderful endurance.
Since horse trailers were an unheard of luxury at that time, when
we had to move animals they were just ridden. Thirty miles was
an easy afternoon's jaunt for "Raven Beauty". In those days, we
were delightfully unaware that you should have to condition a
horse for that type of mileage, or spend months teaching an animal
to work cattle, or jump. We just "went on" and did what needed
to be done or jumped that three foot high log that had fallen
in the path, because we had horses that wanted to do their job,
were built for the job so as to stay sound, and did it all with
ease. Anything you pointed them towards, whether it be working
cattle, jumping, going cross country, giving a child their first
horseback ride, or match racing on Saturday night, they went about
it willingly and with more talent than anything around!
dam, Keo Flicka was a good bay mare owned by my grandfather,
Kearney Ogdin. From 1956 through the 60's, out of the 75-100 head
of horses and ponies that were on his farm, depending on whether
the spring foal crop was still there or sold, she was his "riding"
horse. This mare, "Atahi's" grand-dam, was still sound and
working at 38 years of age! "Atahi" will be 31 years old on
July 8, 2004, and doesn't have a bump on him! From the looks of
his get and grand-get, they are following in their ancestors'
footsteps. Not one of "Atahi's" offspring has had to interrupt
their career due to unsoundness!
- Rider: Kearny Ogdin (my grandfather at 25 years of
age). Baby in background, Maxine Ogdin (my mother,
now Maxine Griffith). This horse is not Atahi's grand-dam
but was one of my grandfather's "riding" horses.
He always rode good stock! In the 20's your "riding"
horse was the horse that helped pay the bills. You worked
cattle on 'em through the week, raced 'em on Saturday
night and drove them to church on Sunday. Click here
for an enlarged photo of the Ogdin
It is nearly impossible
to find the original Foundation Quarter Horse blood as old and
as strong as that which "Atahi" carries! If you are a student
of pedigree, you will be impressed with the great horses listed.
You only have to look four down on "Atahi's"
sire's pedigree (100% Foundation Quarter Horse), to read Old
Sorrel, Bailey, Little Joe, Della Moore, Chicaro Bill, and Peter
McCue. The AQHA numbers just three down on his sire's pedigree
read Silver King #183, Scar Face S #5863, Tinker Toy #4448, Silver
Starlet #647, Joe Moore #1856, Marina #2365, and Chief P-5. It
doesn't get any better than that! These are the best horses, raised
by the best breeders in the history of the Quarter Horse industry.
The combination of the
outstanding ability of "Atahi's" APHA Foundation dam, and his
sire's unequaled Quarter Horse pedigree, leaves no doubt that
if you want to preserve some of the finest blood ever bred, then
you should breed to an animal that carries the best in the history
of two of the top ranked breed associations in the world!
for "Atahi's" accomplishments in his limited showing, he beat
the horse that two weeks later stood "Reserve National Champion-Bridle
Path Hack" at the APHA National's. This was only "Atahi's" third
time out of the barn! (I even had one of my 18 year old riding
students showing him that day!) The horse he beat that day ended
up being the "All-Time Leading Point Earner" (Bridle Path Hack)
in the history of the American Paint Horse Association that year!
"Atahi" has done everything I have ever asked of him and more.
Whether it be jumping, cross country, working cattle, ponying
an unruly youngster, teaching a student, giving a child their
first horseback ride, or just safely getting me where I needed
to go in conditions that no horse other than his sire, dam, or
grandparents could have gotten me there, "Atahi" has met all challenges!
His success in the breeding
barn has surpassed even the most critical breeder's expectations.
Some of his offspring's accomplishments include many championships
on the "A" hunter circuits, qualifying and showing at "The Washington
International", Medal Class wins, and "A" show side saddle wins.
One of his offspring was Open High Point Hunter on Long Island,
New York, showing against thoroughbreds and warmbloods! This gelding
was only 15-2 hands, showing against the 16-2+ hand hunters. As
you can tell from how he ended up for the year, he was more than
big enough for the job! "Atahi's" get also rein, and work cattle
with flair as you would expect from his pedigree!
Click here for more information
on the outstanding Foundation
Quarter Horses of the past that are referred to