WILLY REMEMBER ME
(Treble's Willy Wild X Reminiscing)
1986 dark bay or brown mare, 14.1
Mimi was the first Morgan produced by our breeding program. She is a most willing, kind, and
versatile mare. She loves to jump, has grace and accuracy in the dressage ring, is a classy western pleasure horse,
and like her dam, is a multi-champion in each of these events. Mimi is a light, sensitive animal under saddle, without being overly so. After
a ride on Mimi, a locally-based dressage judge, who boarded her horses with us years ago, stated "now I know what it means when they say the horse should have a mouth like butter". It is one of the highest compliments that
has ever been paid to my horses.
Mimi is the undisputed herd leader, but is respected, not feared, by all the horses- and provides a calm leadership example for our youngsters. She is by far the most intelligent horse I have ever known. One of her more interesting feats is her apparent understanding of the concept of "object permanence". An apple tossed
in her water bucket will provoke a horsey version of bobbing for apples
until she comes up with the treat. Most of the other horses we have tried this with
look at us as if perhaps WE have the apple, or lose interest altogether
and walk off.
Mimi is retired and will live out her years here at Brookridge. Her only offspring is the 1992 mare
You can view Mimi's complete pedigree here.
Treble's Willy Wild
|Windy Hill Willie
||Windcrest Music Man
||Donlyn of Windcrest
|Cresta's Silver Leaf
includes pictures of many of her ancestors.
More photos of Mimi
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Mimi, just a few minutes old, with her dam Marie, May 1986.
Here is the sight that greeted me each morning when I arrived at the barn and called to Mimi. She would call back to me
and then her darling little nose would appear- just barely visible over the top of the door. She is about a month old here.
Yup, it does sometimes snow in Georgia! One of the more spectacular snowfalls
(besides the Blizzard of 1993) was this one in January 1987. Here's Laura with Marie and Jim with the then-yearling Mimi. Mimi, being a typical Morgan and very much interested in food,
is snacking on our snowman!
In March of 1988, we were approached by the producers of
11Alive News, Atlanta's local NBC affiliate, who needed a horse for a scene with
a child in a
commercial for their news program. Mimi was happy to help. Here we are waiting for the film crew to finish setting up all the cameras and equipment.
The producers wrote us a very nice letter afterwards and included a tape of the commercial.
We got such a kick out of it every time we saw Mimi on TV for months afterwards!
Mimi, working trot, training level, 1989
Winning a Morgan hunter pleasure class at the annual Midsummer Classic Horse Show, 1989.
Mimi, lengthened trot, first level at Bar-Lyn Farm's Dressage show, 1990.
Mimi was the high point first level horse at this show series (determined by the highest average score over three shows).
A nice square halt and salute, first level, 1990.
Mimi at her first hunter show- just a little enthusiastic! 1990
Mimi schooling at home through a grid with bigger fences, 1990. My boarder Robyn Wall Huffman is riding.
Mimi winning the Western Pleasure Championship at the Georgia State Championship Horse Show in July 1990. Photo by Sandra Hall.
Mimi at The Dixie Cup Morgan Classic, May 1990, on her way to several western pleasure blues.
Another picture taken at Dixie Cup, May 1990. Photo by Bob Moseder.
Mimi, August 2002. Hanging out in the "house" (run in shed) on a hot day.
She has a most expressive face!
Although Mimi has always had a roany star skewed to right side of her face and over her eye-
the same marking her dam has, just facing the opposite direction! - with age, the star is expanding and now creates a faint outline
of a roaned blaze down her face. This is probably due to some aspect of the sabino complex. October 2005.
Mimi at age 20, August 2006.
This picture was taken in the barn aisle and it was a little blurry because I had the camera on the wrong setting.
But I loved how she was peering through her forelock! August 2008.
Mimi is by far the most intelligent horse I have ever known. Not only super smart, but super cooperative- for example if I am trimming her feet,
she seems to know what I am going to do next, and will have that foot up and ready for me. On this day, after we took some posed shots I turned Mimi loose
for the action pictures. I guess it wasn't such a hot day as far as she was concerned because I had to do absolutely nothing to get her to move.
Like I said, she just knows what I want. She "volunteers" ;-) She was pretty funny- you know how horses will snort when they are feeling really good?
Stop, pose, snort like they are daring the world to take them on, then race around again? That was what she was doing- with absolutely no provocation
whatsoever other than doing what was wanted of her. She is an extremely mellow horse at any other time. August 2008.
Good looking 22 year old mare!
December 2009- I'd always wanted to do a Christmas card with all the horses on it. So when I saw these pet antlers at the Dollar Store, I had to get them. The next step
was taking a picture of each horse wearing the antlers, then creating the Christmas card you see here.
February 13, 2010- We got snow! Mimi had just rolled in it. The dirty looking gray areas
over her right eye and to the inside of her left nostril are actually parts of her roany face marking, a legacy of her dam, Marie.
I wanted to get some current pictures of Mimi because you never know how long you might have with a pet, especially when they get up there in years,
like Mimi is. She is 26 this year. Rosie has had her share of camera time this summer, so it's time to get new pictures of the rest of the herd.
I was working alone with Mimi standing at the entrance to the barn to try and get a picture of her with a dark background like this.
It was not easy trying to get her ears up AND snap the picture at the same time! Jim was
busy mowing the pasture so I did not have help.
These came out pretty good, considering.
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