HCTF LOST IN A STORM
(Stormwashed x Tiger's Silent Saint)
2003 bay dun mare, 14.3

In the spring of 2016 we tried to breed Charli, our smoky black silver mare, to a dun stallion. After months of monitoring her for a heat cycle- which included repeated ultrasounds by my vet, as with no stallion on the premises, determining heat is nothing but guesswork at best. She never seemed to be in heat. We finally ended up using drugs to bring her in heat and bred her (AI).... only to check the semen afterwards and discover it was less than 10% motility. Charli did not conceive, and got an infection to boot. I could not afford to try again and did not have much confidence that the situation would improve even if I did. I chalked it up to another story in my long saga of breeding "fails" over the past 8 years.

In November, local friend Sue Martin listed a pretty dun mare for sale, HCTF Lost in a Storm, a Stormwashed daughter, due to the hay shortage here in Georgia. I have always loved this mare and thought if we could get her bred, maybe I could get my potentially stripey foal. I asked Sue to go ahead and turn her out with Adiel's Snicker Zip, her bay splash stallion (Sweet's breeding). "Lacey" got in foal on the very first cycle- and in November! If all goes well we will have a 2017 Brookridge foal in October... Mother Nature is amazing!

Lacey has basically been lounging in the pasture her whole life. She had no idea about stalls, hoof trimming, deworming, treats or grooming. Despite being apprehensive of some of the unfamiliar new things presented to her, she has always been willing to try. In fact, she is probably one of the most willing horses I've ever known. She is currently (as of February 2017) being worked with every day, brought into the barn for a bit of grain, her daily dewormer and supplements, grooming and hoof handling sessions, and has made remarkable progress in the short time she has been here. The more I work with her, the we've bonded. She seems to enjoy attention, especially when I scratch her favorite spots!

I believe Lacey is one of the nicest dun mares in the breed. She is typy and well put together with a higher neck set, more laidback shoulder, stronger loin coupling and better hip than most duns. Her sire is the well known grulla stallion Stormwashed. Her dam Tiger's Silent Saint comes from an interestingly marked 100% Foundation line of horses from the late Carol Copeland's breeding program - strong old Devan, Easter Twilight (thought to be the probable source of white in this family) and Flyhawk breeding. Lacey is a very high percentage Foundation mare, with only one outcross through the stallion Springdale King.

I knew when I bought Lacey I would probably have to sell both her and her foal. My breeding program is likely over, and I have too many horses for our small property already.  Lacey is too nice to languish in my pasture- she should go to a breeding home where she can produce more foals to contribute to the breed. She will be available for sale or preferably, a breeding lease after weaning her 2017 foal, and the foal is for sale as well, either as an in utero sale, or after foaling.  It could be a dun splash, which would be the first in the breed.  Lacey could be bred back to Zip or another local stallion before coming home to you. Hauling Lacey to any local stallion within an hour's drive will be included in her price.

Lacey's 2017 foal's price TBD by quality, color and gender, which should be between $1500-$4000. Time payments are welcome. Call 770 385 1240 or
email us and we'll work something out to suit your budget!

Stormwashed

Robbi-Sue's Sweet Success Equinox Beaubrook
Robbi Sue Misalert
DBF Black Nightcloud B-L Independence
Declaration's Image

Tiger's Silent Saint

Lippatink's Sealect Midland Lipp-A-Tink
Sleepy's Fuzzy Fanny
Hawk's Countess Hawk-Prince
Devan Tess
Lacey's extended pedigree can be seen here.
There are pictures of many of her ancestors there as well.

Lacey and her 2010 filly, Stonelake Ballerina, who is a full sibling to the foal she is currently carrying. This will give you an idea of what we expect from this cross!

More photos of Lacey
(click on a thumbnail to enlarge)


Lacey as a foal (this photo is full size). Photo courtesy Barb Laudenslayer.


November 25, 2016- Lacey about ten minutes after being introduced to Adiel's Snicker Zip. He was reportedly happy for the company! Photo courtesy of Sue Martin.


Lacey, newly arrived at Brookridge, January 28, 2017.


Getting acquainted with the locals! That's WAR Adikyrie, my Forever Morgans rescue mare, who seemed hopeful that Lacey was a stallion ;-)



February 14, 2017- Lacey has been here a little over 2 weeks now. She has made big strides towards becoming a "civilized" horse. I got her front feet trimmed with very little effort, just patience and doing a little each day, and am working on handling her hinds; she has a bit of trouble holding up the left hind but today I was able to hold both hinds long enough to get them thoroughly picked out. They are very overgrown but we will get to that in time. She is getting groomed every day and seems to enjoy the attention. I'm thrilled with her progress. I started her on aloe vera juice in case she had ulcers and also Remission for magnesium supplementation and its calming effects. She does seem much more relaxed. I noticed that unlike a lot of duns, she is minus the mane frosting, which I found interesting. It really wasn't anything I had thought about as both of my previous dun mares had a lot of it.


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