The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire. ~Sharon Ralls Lemon
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The great filly Mata Hari, a two-time champion of the 1930’s, was a horse bred perfectly by chanceIt was a pleasant spring day in 1930 at Charles T. Fisher’s picturesque Dixiana Farm, and a team of six farmhands were trying desperately to load a mare into a van. She was War Woman, a four-year-old chestnut daughter of Man o’ War, and she absolutely had no interest in complying. She was supposed to be sent to the nearby Whitney farm for a breeding date with their 19-year-old stallion Pennant, but after wrestling with the stubborn mare for some time, the men conceded defeat. Instead, she was bred to Dixiana’s unraced stallion Peter Hastings, another son of Peter Pan. The next year, War Woman foaled a brown filly who was “as headstrong as her dam and as fast as anything of her sex”. Mata Hari, produced by chance, would become not only a champion on the track, but also a foundation mare at Dixiana

afleetalexandra:

The great filly Mata Hari, a two-time champion of the 1930’s, was a horse bred perfectly by chance

It was a pleasant spring day in 1930 at Charles T. Fisher’s picturesque Dixiana Farm, and a team of six farmhands were trying desperately to load a mare into a van. She was War Woman, a four-year-old chestnut daughter of Man o’ War, and she absolutely had no interest in complying. She was supposed to be sent to the nearby Whitney farm for a breeding date with their 19-year-old stallion Pennant, but after wrestling with the stubborn mare for some time, the men conceded defeat. Instead, she was bred to Dixiana’s unraced stallion Peter Hastings, another son of Peter Pan. The next year, War Woman foaled a brown filly who was “as headstrong as her dam and as fast as anything of her sex”. Mata Hari, produced by chance, would become not only a champion on the track, but also a foundation mare at Dixiana

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I went through my “sport pony" tag to find out which were the most popular ones. So, based on the number of notes on their individual posts, here it is:

Sport Pony Top 10 [summer 2014 edition]

  1. Theodore O’Connor (1321)
  2. Dexter Leam Pondi (1017)
  3. Havane Welsh (905)
  4. Nia Domo’s Bolero (784)
  5. Kisaute Ho d’Othon (759)
  6. Qualitat des Bourdons (461)
  7. Top Chiaro di Luna (451)
  8. Rembrandt DDH (405)
  9. Djaipour (397)
  10. Piksou Perrochel (342)
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Canadian stallion Nearctic
A son of undefeated Italian champion Nearco, Nearctic was the Canadian Champion Juvenile Colt of 1956 and was inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame, but he was more well known at stud. His most famous son was undoubtedly Northern Dancer, the 1964 Champion 3-Year-Old Colt and Horse of the Year, whose bloodlines carry strong through the breed even today.

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Canadian stallion Nearctic

A son of undefeated Italian champion Nearco, Nearctic was the Canadian Champion Juvenile Colt of 1956 and was inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame, but he was more well known at stud. His most famous son was undoubtedly Northern Dancer, the 1964 Champion 3-Year-Old Colt and Horse of the Year, whose bloodlines carry strong through the breed even today.