Okie

photo taken 9/1/93, at age 31

Everybody has one particular horse that becomes the cornerstone of their breeding operation.  Our standout was a 1962 AQHA mare named Oklahoma Charge.

She was the last foal of Star's Lou, a 1936 daughter of Oklahoma Star P-6.  Her sire, Bold Charge was a son of Depth Charge (TB), out of Little Josie, a full sister to Little Joe Jr. P-430. Better foundation breeding would be hard to come by.

Two of her older sisters were both sired by Leo P-1335.  Miss Meyers was the 1953 World Champion Quarter Running Horse and dam of the first AQHA Supreme Champion, Kid Meyers.  Leo Lou was the dam of Lou Go, a sire of 26 stakes winners.

Okie was already 18 years young when we bought her in 1980.  At the time, she was in foal to the only Appaloosa stallion by European Champion, Vaguely Noble (TB).  A few months later, she presented us with a solid bay filly.  This was before the Appaloosa Horse Club's CPO program went in to effect.  That foal never had the option to race.

The following year, a black roan colt by the Appaloosa stallion Olympic Time was born.  He was destined to become our first stallion.  Her last foal was born in 1982.  It was a strapping chestnut colt by King Harry (TB).

Eleven years of leisurely retirement passed. She enjoyed being the loving grandma before she chose to go back to work.  In 1993, we lost a mare shortly after foaling.  That colt needed a companion and Okie decided it was her duty.  She loved and protected him as if he were her own.

Sadly, it was in her 33rd year that we could no longer keep her comfortable and were forced to put her down.  Her legacy lives on through her many granddaughters and great-granddaughters that we have.

 

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