I didn’t understand it back then. The phone call last night finally put the pieces together for me after nearly 40 years.
She introduced herself as “Billie. I’m the lady who bought your grey pony.”
Push the rewind button in my head and I’m sitting on a beautiful grey pony bareback riding down a dirt road. I can hear my own laughter and clip-clopping hooves, as I’d leave the farm and be gone for hours without a care in the world.
Sharr-Mae and I were a tough team to beat. I did everything with her, from 4-H, Pony Club, Western, English, Hunter-Jumper and Halter classes. And we won everything from local to regional competitions. She was kind, sweet and was simply my best friend. She was my rock during some tough times as a kid and I loved her dearly. But as I grew taller, my mother decided Sharr-Mae needed to give another little girl the chance to compete.
Push the fast forward button to January 2021 with me standing in my kitchen in Georgia when my phone rang. The voice on the other end wanted to let me know how loved and greatly cared for Sharr-Mae was, and that she hoped it would give me comfort in knowing that they had the grey pony in their lives for nearly 44 years. She wanted me to know that Sharr-Mae gave so much to her daughter Margie through the years, and now that Margie is a mother herself, was able to be there for Margie’s daughter to safely sit on.
As many already know about me, as an adult in the business of selling Thoroughbreds, its not easy buying a horse from me. Looking back, I guess I now know why. Having your friend suddenly leave and finding their empty stall without much of an understanding is tough for a young person. But how fortunate am I to have answered my phone yesterday, only to discover the grey pony continued for years to bring happiness.
I finally understand and can place the missing piece of the puzzle where it belongs. Thank you Billie for calling, and thank you Margie for loving our grey pony.
Go to HORSES FOR SALE page to see new video posts of sale prospect ‘A Giant View’ (Zenny). He looks amazing. Soon we’ll post under saddle videos and hope to pop him over some fences. A talented youngster who is being brought along slowly and is proving to be athletic, sweetheart temperament and certainly eye-catching.
I’ve been fortunate this season to have ride time with gold medalist Michael Pollard. It’s been a great journey developing Eor The Terrific, and recently I had the opportunity to have Michael ask me if he could compete Lou. Of Course I jumped at the chance to have one of the best riders in the world take the reins for a weekend. I got to groom and spectate (learning so much and soaking everything up like a sponge), while Michael had an enjoyable weekend on a super fun horse (finishing 5th at Modified Division), and Lou gained enormous amounts of confidence. WIN-WIN-WIN…the perfect trifecta.
Photography by Leslie Threlkeld Bryant
The farm is excited to welcome this gorgeous boy Affirmatif Song. “Song” is an 8 year old fabulous Thoroughbred who has had a long successful career as a racehorse, with a total of 52 runs. His name suggests hints to those historic runners we read about in books or see on TV, for example Affirmed and Unbridled Song. Song has pure royal blood galloping through his veins, and we are so fortunate to have him here at the farm.
The farm also wants to congratulate his new owner Amy Snowden of Florida. Amy is a Thoroughbred enthusiast and has often partnered in ownerships with the farm. When we told her of Song, she knew she had to act quickly because a horse like this doesn’t come along often. Now he is transitioning wonderfully at Little Kentucky Farm with hopes of becoming a show horse.
An 8 year old is quite refreshing because all the silly goofiness I go through with the youngsters can be taxing. Song is regal, serious, professional and a forward thinking workhorse. He retired sound mentally and physically and is loving his new life with his pony Winnie. There’s more news to come as Song’s transitioning progress develops!
Eor The Terrific enjoyed a recent outing at the July Poplar Trials. It was blazing hot.
We are up bright and early Thursday mornings since we’ve added a gallop to our fitness schedule. I’m hoping that it will not only give Louis better endurance, but also make him lighter in the bridle. We shall see in a few weeks!
By Anastasia Gallo
In the competitive horse industry, especially in the marketing of sale horses, what does it take to be successful in selling horses? There’s a little hot secret in the North Georgia mountains of a woman who prefers to fly under the radar. She’s a savvy Thoroughbred trainer who manages to stay humble. Zeb Alampi Fry of Little Kentucky Farm holds former racehorses and the sport of kings near and dear to her heart.
The name of your farm is interesting. To be located in North Georgia, there must be a connection to Kentucky?
Have you always had a love for Thoroughbreds and horse racing?
What kind of business do you have and are you personally involved in racing?
What do you struggle with mostly in your training and selling?
Would you say there are stereotypes or stigmas that are attached to Thoroughbreds?
What trait or traits attracts you to a particular type of Thoroughbred?
You don’t have a big operation. Would you say you prefer it that way?
It must be easy to get attached to your horses. Do you have a hard time with your emotions when you sell one?
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