Spencer Livestock grateful for successful 2014
2014 was a tremendous year for Spencer Livestock filled with shows, success, new additions and lots of fun! Spring and the show year started with the Mid- America Regional in Texas where Kelton rode Suddenly Irresistible to High-Point Leadline Boy and Maguire rode TX’s Dina’s Real Miracle (Skyy) to Reserve High-Point Leadline Girl. Spring also means new foals and this year, a new pony for Kelton. “Digit” returned to Spencer Livestock 14 years after we sold him as a weanling. Digit was a part of our second POA foal crop and his dam, CA’s Kismet was one of Blayne’s favorite ponies. He has proven to be a great match for Kelton.
Summer time brought more horse shows and ten successful days of showing at the National Congress. We were very proud of Meet Me At Midnight shown by Natalie Dolan for their third place finish in Yearling In Hand Trail. LB All The Rage achieved the title of National Congress Champion sire with a win in Weanling Fillies by Caddo’s Carrie The Rage owned, bred and shown by our longtime family friend Jan Jones Nolen. Maguire and Kelton had a great week with top ten finishes in all leadline events. Kelton was named Champion in Leadline Horsemanship Boys. Maguire was Reserve Champion in Leadline Horsemanship Girls and Kennedy made her showing debut. The week was rounded out by Sarah Clymer showing Skyy to wins in Senior Western Pleasure and 13-18 Girls Western Pleasure. Abby Nolen also had a terrific win in Versatility Barrels aboard Caddos Echo Star. The week finished up with Kelton winning the Sue Daig Memorial Leadline Boys High-Point. He was also a member of the winning team for the Team Tournament. 2014 marked the 50 year anniversary of David’s first International, and it was wonderful to have all three girls: Rosslyn, Blayne and Chelsea as well as all three grandkids: Kelton, Maguire and Kennedy showing together as a family.
Fall brought with it cooler temperatures and more horse shows. Kelton and Maguire both had multiple class wins and brought home high-point buckles and saddles from The Reichert Celebration. The 2014 International Futurity was a memorable one for us with Outrageous Cajun winning the Select Sire Futurity Colts and Rarely Jaded winning Reserve in the Select Sire Futurity Fillies. Many thanks to Pat Burton and Sarai Banister for showing these two special individuals. Other Spencer Livestock horses had great success including Lily LaBelle shown by Devon Knipp Kruger, winning the JPFC 3&4 year old high-point and Stroke of Midnight shown by Kim Eigenberger winning the Non Pro high-point.
2014 was also a poignant year because we lost one of our dear friends, Rocky Jones. Rocky and her husband Art helped David get his start in POAs. Rocky and Jan Jones Nolen allowed us to use Caddos Major Jim as a sire at the beginning of our POA program and the “Jim” daughter’s and granddaughter’s produce saw wins at both the National Congress as well as the International Futurity.
October also brought our greatest blessing of the year with the birth of Spencer Elizabeth Biggs. Appropriately, everyone was at the hospital on Saturday morning and then headed to a horse show that afternoon. There are too many individuals to thank for all their help this past year. Special thanks to our extended family for wrangling kiddos, feeding kids and horses and helping prep ponies for each show. We could not do it without you. We are looking ahead to 2015 and all it has to offer!
“May your horse never stumble. Your cinch never break. Your belly never grumble and your heart never ache.” Author Unknown