Archive for September, 2008

Pear season

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

When pears ripen in the fall, I am reminded of a clever grey mare of mine, who had a fondness for the fruit. Gidget and four other horses shared a pasture that was bordered on one side by pear trees. The property had been part of an orchard in the 1920s and by the 1980s, the lofty pear trees had branches that reached far above roadside utility cables.

Gidget and her pasture mates helped themselves to fruit from low-hanging branches and what they found lying on the ground. But one day, when I called them to the barn, Gidget stayed out under the pear trees. She was up and walking and not in distress, but kept looking skyward. When she finally stopped, she raised her head even higher and stretched her neck and back, as if she were standing on tiptoe. Then she grabbed the end of a large branch and pulled it toward the ground.

When she let go, she unleashed a catapult. The branch flew up with such force that pears rained to the ground, where Gidget eagerly awaited the windfall. When she finished that round, she repeated the process. This time I noticed that when she let go of the branch, she kept her head raised high enough to watch the pears fall. By the third time around, I had grabbed my camera and documented the whole procedure.

Now that I have a chance to share the story, I can’t find the photos. It’s the shoemaker and his barefooted family’s syndrome. I have thousands of photos of other people’s horses and few of my own. I did find a shot of Gidget and her filly Good Fortune, however, taken at the same time as the photo I adapted for my logo.

If you have stories and/or photos of your own “clever” horses that you would like to share, you can send them to me at sally@sallyharrison.com

2008 CHA of Nebraska 4-year-old Open

Sunday, September 28th, 2008
145.5
m
SCOOT LIKE JEWEL R: STEVE COLCLASURE O: SUSAN HANSELMAN
(SMART LIL SCOOT x EASTER ROSE JEWEL, by LENAS JEWEL BARS)
Earned: $909

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2008 CHA of Nebraska 5/6-year-old Open

Sunday, September 28th, 2008
146.0
M
MISS SMARTY NITRO R: MARK MILLER O: JAMES ROHLEDER
(NITRO DUAL DOC x THE SMART FRECKLE, by THE SMART SMOKE)
Earned: $1,085

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2008 CHA of Nebraska 3-year-old Non-Pro

Sunday, September 28th, 2008
144.0
g
TENS LIL CHANCE R: DENISE COLCLASURE O: BRUCE & DENISE COLCLASURE
(TENS LAST CHANCE x ANGELS LIL JEWEL, by LENAS JEWEL BARS)
Earned: $1,387

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2008 CHA of Nebraska 4-year-old Non-Pro

Sunday, September 28th, 2008
144.0
s
MISS SANS CD R: PAUL TROYER O: PAUL TROYER
(CD OLENA x HICKORYS MISS SAN, by DOC’S HICKORY)
Earned: $887

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2008 CHA of Nebraska 5/6-year-old Non-Pro

Sunday, September 28th, 2008
147.0
g
STYLISH SANJO R: PAUL TROYER O: PAUL TROYER
(DOCS STYLISH OAK x LADS LENA JO, by SAN JO LENA)
Earned: $1,014

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2008 El Rancho Futurity 5/6-year-old Non-Pro Ltd

Saturday, September 27th, 2008
224.0
s
HICK CHICAROO R: FRED STECK O: LATIGO CANYON RANCH
(DOC’S HICKORY x ROOSTERS CHICAROO, by GALLO DEL CIELO)
Earned: $1,700

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