Welcome to Fern Valley

Here in central Alberta prime farm country,my husband Martin and I work together raising beef cattle and Appaloosa horses. Fern valley appaloosas have long been known for their quality of temperament conformation and color.I have recently rediscovered a love of writing and have published 2 collections of poetry. "Telling Tails" and Tails Trails and Campfire stories" . I look forward to a future spreading my wings as an author and as a horse woman .

Friday, 21 June 2013

Wanna make a bet?? we have a winner

I am  betting on  this  little lady!!!
Welcome 
FV  Casino  Quest!!
"Casey"
2013  Filly out of my  wonderful "Richie mare" Get Rich Quick and  by Windwalker Cactus 
Winner of  the  "eagle  eye"  contest is my  own sister Heather!who  was  first to see  baby! As for  the  blog contest winner it is  Prairie  Ridge  Performance horses! pretty  sure I have your  email, but  just in  case, please email me  here .


 her  name, a  spin on  the  gambling theme  "Get  Rich  Quick" who's  race record  speaks  for her , and  For  Cactus  descended of "Top Quest " a little  nod to her  heritage .




Mamma  and baby are  doing  well and Richie  even at 19 years  young looks  fresh as a  daisy, and  practically  ready to hit the  track where she  made her name  so many  years  ago. 
This  will very likely  be  the  last time I  breed  this  good  mare, she  has  more than  done  here  time,and  owes me nothing,and I would  rather  watch her  grow  old and be a  granny to the  foals of  the up and  comers than  push my  luck.  Besides with Fern Valley's  Phoenix (son  of  Chips and Richie ) and  this little  lady I have  these  genetics  pretty  much  locked down. and yes, that is  what it  sounds  like,little Miss  Casey ,  will be  staying  here,to  join  the  ranks of other  Fern Valley lifers! 

Also  again  on this  beautiful  sunny  day that I have  been so  blessed , please  if  you will  join us all in our  prayers  for those  who are  affected by the  flooding here in Alberta , and BC, and all those  affected  by  disaster. natural  and  otherwise  in  our  world.
And as  always my  friends,  stay safe 

18 comments:

greymare said...

She is a sweetie all right. The last picture on the post is gorgeous. You really have your work cut out for you with the calendar this year. Thanks little Casey for bringing the sunshine at least to these northern parts anyway. See you little one in a week.

Ami said...

You always come up with the best names!!

She's a beauty, as they all are.

Kate said...

Another wonderful little one - lots of flash!

Kalin said...

I. Am. In. *LOVE*!!!!! Your mare reminds me so much of our Appy, I love the roaned out apps!!! Gorgeous foal, love the big, bold blaze!!!
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phaedra96 said...

Congratulations on another spectacular baby!! Glad the sun came out for her.

Willow said...

Gorgeous little foal to carry on the line. Beautiful job , big pat on the neck for the mare, and the stallion for that matter! Of course huge kudos for you , that had the foresight to bring this line foward. Congratulations all the way around lol

Reddunappy said...

OMG look at that chrome! :O) She is a keeper!!

Shirley said...

Yep- she done it again! Very nice foal!

BrownEyed Cowgirl said...

Well, I guess that answers that question...Was wondering if this one was for sale. With her momma's record, she should r.u.n. ;-)

Didn't know if you knew this or not, but Shooter's mother was 24 when she had him. We've actually had many mares that produced babies at 22-23 years old. It's all about the care those lovely, older momma's get. As good of care as you take of your horses, I don't see any reason That Richie Mare couldn't give you another baby or two...if you so desire.

Cut-N-Jump said...

Dang lady, she's a cutie! May not be a lotta chome on the backside, but she sure has plenty up front and underneath. Love the name!

Like BEC's said, some mares can produce well on in years under good care, but I understand your decision to let her go out on top. I always worry at foaling time about losing the mares. The foals you dont know yet- the mares, you have history together.

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Cindy D. said...

I have a ton of respect for conscientious breeders. Ones who breed for the full package, who care about their mares, care where their foals end up, and make sure they come in to the world learning to be good citizens. You are obviously one of those breeders and my hat is off to you!

She is a real cutie, and I love the play on names.

Cut-N-Jump said...

Sorry about the multiple posts. I have no idea what happened.

Crystal said...

Oh I love the names you pick! So creative, and I can see why you would want to keep her, she is pretty nice, congrats on her :)

Fantastyk Voyager said...

nice blanket. She's sure a cutie!