BETTY BY SIMPLETON OSAGE BOB
TWINKLE TOES M
I acquired JO TWINK in 1983. At that time she was in foal to MASTER BARON BELL. On May 11, 1984, at the age of 18, she gave birth to fully developed twins. A filly, TWINKLEBELLE STAR, survived. JO TWINK produced one more filly , JO TWINK TOO, in 1986. Her health began failing rapidly after the birth and on November 2, 1987 she died of cancer at the age of 21 years. JO TWINK TWO died of severe liver damage following a bout with a never identified disease. She was carrying her first and only foal which was delivered by C-section but did not survive.
Through three generations JO TWINK remains very much alive through her grandson & grand-daughters and, now, her great-grand-daughter. All are blessed with a kind, gentle manner, powerful build and athletic ability to burn.
ROCKS WAR BONNET
1995 Black Overo
by Rocks Cowcatcher
April 1, 2001
giving birth to her
first and only foal,
1991 AQHA Buckskin
by Copper Casanova
1992 Brown (Smokey Black)
by Copper Casanova
"SUNRAY" was a part of my life for over 27 years. She blessed me with 10 AQHA foals and 1 APHA foal during that time, her last being born in 1996. These two photos show her at 20 years old just before I took her to a local open show just for fun. We rode in everything, Western, Hunt Seat and Speed Events winning Western Pleasure and Pole Bending and placing 2nd in Barrels and Hunt Seat. The judge told me after the Hunt Seat class that we would have won it as well, however the arena was muddy and I pulled Sunray up after she stumbled. Considering the fact that she'd had only 30 days professional training as a 3-year-old I wasn't disappointed at all with her performance. Just two months shy of her 32nd birthday Sunray was euthanized and is buried on the place. She is greatly missed but she is now healthy and running free after crossing the rainbow bridge to be with her former herd-mates, including two daughters, a grand-son and a grand-daughter, that have gone before. Below are four of her daughters.
Where would we be without these girls..........
ROMARS SUNRAY ~ AQHA 1569394 ~ PHBA 41,121
May 5, 1977 to March 1, 2009
Palomino Mare bred by George & Edna Cheatham of Tulsa,
Balki Bartokamus is a full brother to both Bailarina de Espana and Dona Casnova as well as: Stringfellow Hawke, AQHA Palomino gelding stolen in Texas Mr Macgyver, AQHA Buckskin, last known to be in Mighigan Miss Murphy Brown, AQHA Sorrel, last known to be in Missouri
Sunray also produced two foals sired by Two Eyed Denver:
La Dorado Chica, AQHA Palomino, deceased Royal Eyed Jack, AQHA Sorrel, wherabouts unknown;
and one foal sired by Master Baron Bell:
My Mystic Warrior, AQHA Sorrel, last known to be in Missouri
Romars Sunray is indeed the matriarch of my small herd. She is here with her daughters, grandsons & grand-daughters, great-grand-daughters & great-grand-sons.
ROXINANTE, the second and last foal produced by TWINKLEBELLE STAR, was born May 3, 1994 and represents the new direction into Paint horses. Her sire, ROCKS COWCATCHER, was owned by a friend who suggested I breed some of my Quarter mares to him following the death of my own stallion, COPPER CASANOVA. It has turned out to be a wise choice. Roxi is a gentle giant, just about as broad as she is tall. I jokingly refer to her as a throwback to Joe Hancocks half-Percheron dam.
ROXI has produced
JO TWINK ~ AQHA 466815
Bay Mare born March 5, 1966 - Died November 2, 1987
When she was three weeks old TWINKLEBELLE STAR developed epiphysitis in both front legs. Two surgeries failed to correct the deformity. The veterinarian advised euthanasia saying that she would never be able to be bred and would live in constant pain. She had other plans. She learned to keep her weight on her hind legs and could out-run, out-buck and out-play any of her pasture-mates. An unplanned breeding by BALKI BARTOKAMUS produced BELLES NOELLE in 1991. She was a wonderful mama and was bred to ROCKS COWCATCHER to produce ROXINANTE in 1994. TWINKLEBELLE STAR was euthanized in September 1995 at the age of 11 years. She had lived a good life and never gave up, but one ankle had become extremely swollen and painful due to the severe angulation caused by the epiphysitis and the decision was made to let her go.
BELLES NOELLE was born on a bitterly cold morning in January 1991. The wind chill was well below zero. Even though she was born inside a stall the tips of both ears were frostbitten and the tips fell off when she was a couple of weeks old giving her the look of a fluffy black bear. She was coal black at birth and stayed that way throughout her life, never fading in the hot summer sun. Noelle was never sick, never caused any problems and produced some of the nicest foals I've had the pleasure to work with.
BALDY'S VALENTINE, ROCKABYE BELLE, BARON SKIP SIEMON and JONAS NIGHTINGALE. She was 6 months in foal to ROCKS BALDY when, on November 7, 2001, she was found down in the pasture. Her right hind leg was shattered above the hock. She was euthanized and buried next to her dam. Evidence indicates that a pack of dogs had attacked one of the other mares and Noelle was probably kicked during the scuffle.