APHA gelding

Born April 1, 1988 - Died February 23, 2006 at 6:42 pm

7 years, 10 months, 23 days, 16 hours and 42 minutes of age

I purchased Snowy at the APHA world showcase sale July 15, 1989.
When I first saw his picture featured in the APHA Journal, I knew we were meant for each other. I went to the show and sale, knowing I could not afford a horse like this, but wrote the check anyway. He ended up being the high selling colt that year. His name made it back to the Journal for that. My banker, Lester Wahl, was wonderful. He covered the check and gave me a five year loan payout. I have never regretted a penny.

Snowy was shown limited as a 2, 3, and 4 year old. He acquired 11 performance points in one show, 3 halter points and a Grand Championship. Snowy was trained in reining, team roping, steer stopping and halter.

In 1992, I decided he would come home from the trainers to stay. Living in a camper at the trainers became hard and I couldn't bear being apart from him. He started his trail ride career with me aboard. We rode thousands of miles with various groups. I also continued to take him to jackpot ropings, etc.

My daughter and grandchildren called him Uncle Snowy. I have never taken a vacation or been away from home without him along.

He has carried two Miss Rodeo Texas Teens in competition, Miss Rodeo America in opening ceremonies, was in the movie, "8 Seconds", and a documentary film in Australia.

Snowy and I were on the Marshalls Posse for five years, and just recently completed our fourth year of performing on the Palomino Patrol and drill team at the San Antonio stock show and rodeo.

No matter what I asked of this wonderful soul, he complied.

Often through the years, people would ask, how do you get him to behave so nicely? I didn't, he was just kind-hearted and a gentle soul. He has the eyes of an angel and a heart of gold.

Snowy was to have his retirement/birthday party April 1, 2006. He would then retire to carry my granddaughter Jessica on her riding career.

Snowy got sick this year at rodeo. I immediately took him to the veterinarian. After several days of uncertainty as to what was wrong, they decided to do colic surgery. He came through the surgery  okay, but when coming out of the anesthesia, he fell and broke his leg. Overwhelmed, I could not hold him to take his last breath. My daughter held him close.

I guess God must have loved him more than me. I don't know how, but he wanted my beloved friend in heaven. Jessica says you're in heaven with Blonde watching her grandpa Ted drink a beer.

My dearest Snowy, I miss you more than words can express. You were my love, my life. I pray for the strength to live life without you. The void is so big, the pain overwhelming.

Please forgive me. Please don't forget me. You will always be my first thought of the day and my last prayer of the night. Happy Trails my love...till we meet again.


April 1, 2006

Dear Snowy,

I want you to know how very much I miss you. I will spend your birthday with your memories. Oh, how I wish you could be here. I think of all the wonderful times we had together, but April 1st was always so special. You always seemed to know what all the fuss was about. I think of how you used to be so demanding about your breakfast. Always sure to let me know if it was late. Now I cherish the memory of your pinned ears (I knew it was all a bluff) and the way you always softly kicked your stall wall, to let me know I was late. Your soft nickers when you heard my voice, or how you'd come running from your play time, wanting to return to the safety of your stall.

I want you to know your saddle, bridle, pad, my boots and spurs have all been retired. They are proudly displayed in the living room, but will never be touched by another. These were our things not to be shared with anyone else. Your stall will always be yours, nobody will ever use it.

Jessica and Glori want to wish you Happy Birthday and asked if you could keep a look out for Blonde and Pop. They too miss you very much.

Stormy and Sparky miss you very much. Stormy spends a lot of time standing by your grave. She too is hurting.

Take care, my love, and always know you are in my heart and soul. I promised when I get to heaven, I will find you.


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