Bloodlines for: Lazy R Ranch X Marks the Spot
[out of Roy's Toys Snippets Sparklette by Little Americas Spectacular X ]
Fullsize photos (still a little fuzzy from winter, haven't had a hand on him since the fall of 2000):
Pedigree through three generations:
Pictures of his sires and grandsires, and his original foaling papers in 2000
Family tradition - a little history: (photos and articles below)
Sire's Sire: Xenon Light Vant Huttenest
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Sire's Grandsire: Orion Light Vant Huttenest
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Dam's Sire: Bond Snippet (RIP1985 - 2007)
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Dam's Sire's Sire: Bond Showboy
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Sire's lineage: (NOTE about X-Marks' Sire, Little America's Spectacular X)
I do not have any photos or records of Little Americas Spectacular X - who was deceased at a young age. This was a great loss, as "Spec X" as he was known doubtless would have "carried on the family tradition").
The following is an article that I wrote and was published in 1997 for The Miniature Horse.
Orion Light Van't Huttenest
A Horse called Orion…
In July of 1982, Vern Brewer and I took a trip to the east coast, one of several such trips over a couple of years, looking for miniature horses.
|On this particular trip, we visited Ray and Ruby Lee, of Shady Acres Miniature Horses, in Hardin, Kentucky, Bond Miniature Horses in Lavonia, Georgia, and J.C. Williams’s Dell Tera Miniature Horses, Inman, SC.
We finished the tour with a stop at Mark Verhaeghe’s animal park where he had his miniature horses. We enjoyed seeing his gift shops, petting zoo, and all the atmosphere of his "resort", but had to wait until the next morning to see his miniature horses.
We then found that the wait was worth it. Mark had come from Belgium some years before and his herd of mares averaged 29" in height, very small for that time.
He also had a group of oversized mares that were mostly POA mares for another breeding plan that he had in mind.
He took us up to the barns after touring all the pastures and the girl that was working for him turned out into the paddock in front of the barn, a young stallion that excited us both. We asked about him and Mark said that he just used him in his appaloosa program because he was afraid that at 31" refined and leggy, he would not cross well on his little draft-type mares. This beautiful pintaloosa stallion that we could not take our eyes off of, was of course, Orion-Light Van’t Huttenest.
While Vern was talking to Mark, I pulled the trainer aside and asked if she thought that Mark would be interested in selling Orion. She said that she thought that he ought to because he only bred him to the big app mares and she thought that it was a waste. I pressed further and she said that she figured that he would sell him if he was offered around $35,000.
While we were standing there watching Orion run from one side of the paddock to the other, Mark's wife called him to the phone. While he was gone, Vern and I both were excited about what was in front of us. We both thought that he was the most beautiful, refined, elegant stallion that we had seen on any of our trips looking at horses. I told him what the trainer had said about the possibility of selling.
When Verhaghe returned we visited for a while and he said that he really did not want to sell. We both told him that we would really like to see some foals from him and some of the little Belgium mares. He said that his trainer had been trying to get him to breed some, but that he thought that the foals would just be too big. We discussed the possibilities at length and he finally said that maybe he would breed some mares to him that season just to see what would happen. All the way back to Texas our conversation seemed to drift back to that beautiful stallion. Vern said that he really did not like his color but really liked his conformation. I said that I thought that he was the most beautiful horse that I had ever seen regardless of color or even of breed!
Time passed, and the next year, Vern was able to buy some of the foals resulting from those breedings since Verhaeghe was still not willing to sell. Among the group he got two colts, Happy Appy and Xenon-Light Van’t Huttenest. When they were yearlings, the Brewers had both of them in their showstring, and late in the year decided to sell the bigger of the two, Xenon (which he had allowed his son Roy to purchase). I bought Xenon from Roy at a show in Austin as he came out of the ring after winning the class and before he got junior grand in the show. It is a purchase that I have never regretted. He is still, many years later, one of my premier herd sires, and I have many daughters and granddaughters in my broodmare band. In fact, more than twenty-five horses in my herd are direct descendents of Orion.
After several years of negotiating to purchase or lease Orion, Vern Brewer finally bought the entire remaining herd of forty-two head in order to get Orion. It was a long and arduous negotiation, but Vern was up to it. Since the early 1950s he knew that the importance of a stallion could not be over emphasized, and the time and money that it took to get the right stallion was time and money well spent. History seems to continually bear out that opinion.
Some years later, after encouraging Vern to buy Bond Dynamo (that’s an entire other story), he gave me a breeding to Orion and Dynamo for Christmas one year. Another of my herd sires, 28 ½" Little America’s Orion Mr It, was the result of my breeding to Orion. His first foals are proving to be a great asset to our program, too. The prepotency of the Orion line continues to amaze and please me after all these years.
Tony continues below ...
The following are the Orion National Champions, according to the AMHA Studbook On Line, September 5, 2001:
BREWERS ORION BRIDESMAID
1996 SENIOR MARES OVER 28" TO 30" RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
BREWERS ORION CAPTIVATION
1995 TWO-YEAR-OLD STALLIONS 30" & UNDER RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
BREWERS ORION CLASSIC
1988 JUNIOR STALLION NATIONAL GRAND CHAMPION
1988 YEARLING STALLIONS NATIONAL CHAMPION
BREWERS ORION COMMANDER
1994 SENIOR STALLIONS OVER 30" TO 32" RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
1994 MULTI-COLOR STALLIONS AND GELDINGS RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
BREWERS ORION ECHO
1987 JUNIOR STALLION NATIONAL GRAND CHAMPION
BREWERS ORION ELATION
1989 JUNIOR MARE NATIONAL GRAND CHAMPION
1989 YEARLING MARES NATIONAL CHAMPION
1991 SENIOR MARE NATIONAL GRAND CHAMPION
1991 SENIOR MARES OVER 28" TO 30" NATIONAL CHAMPION
BREWERS ORION ELEGANCE
1990 TWO-YEAR-OLD MARES RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
BREWERS ORION FANTASY
1990 WEANLING MARES RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
BREWERS ORION ILLUSION
1988 MULTI-COLOR STALLIONS NATIONAL CHAMPION
BREWERS ORION IMPRESSION
1993 SENIOR MARE RESERVE NATIONAL GRAND CHAMPION
1993 SENIOR MARES OVER 30" TO 32" NATIONAL CHAMPION
BREWERS ORION IMPRESSIVE
1990 JUNIOR STALLION NATIONAL GRAND CHAMPION
1990 YEARLING STALLIONS NATIONAL CHAMPION
BREWERS ORION LACE
1987 JUNIOR MARE NATIONAL GRAND CHAMPION
BREWERS ORION LEGACY
1988 JUNIOR STALLION RESERVE NATIONAL GRAND CHAMPION
1988 TWO-YEAR-OLD STALLIONS NATIONAL CHAMPION
BREWERS ORION MAIN ATTRACTION
1996 YEARLING STALLIONS OVER 28" TO 30" RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
1996 MULTI-COLOR STALLIONS AND GELDINGS NATIONAL CHAMPION
1997 TWO-YEAR-OLD STALLIONS 28" TO 30" NATIONAL CHAMPION
BREWERS ORION MELODY
1988 LIBERTY RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
BREWERS ORION MIRAGE
1994 MULTI-COLOR STALLIONS AND GELDINGS NATIONAL CHAMPION
BREWERS ORION MONARCH
1989 WEANLING STALLIONS RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
BREWERS ORION MYSTIC
1987 WEANLING STALLIONS NATIONAL CHAMPION
BREWERS ORION SPECTACULAR
1991 JUNIOR STALLION NATIONAL GRAND CHAMPION
1991 YEARLING STALLIONS NATIONAL CHAMPION
1991 MULTI-COLOR STALLIONS AND GELDINGS RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
BREWERS ORION TRIUMPH
1993 TWO-YEAR-OLD STALLIONS 30" & UNDER RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
BREWERS ORION VALENTINO
1994 FORMAL PARK DRIVING NATIONAL CHAMPION
1994 AMATEUR GELDING NATIONAL CHAMPION
RUBYS SAPPHIRE LIGHT
1987 SENIOR MARES OVER 28" TO 30" NATIONAL CHAMPION
YASHICA LIGHT VANT HUTTENEST
1985 JUNIOR STALLION RESERVE NATIONAL GRAND CHAMPION
7 National Grand Champions
3 Reserve National Grand Champions
15 National Champions
10 Reserve National Champions
Xenon-Light Van't Huttenest
Sire: Orion-Light Van't Huttenest
Dam: Night-Bird Van't Huttenest
When I first saw Xenon, he was a yearling going into the show ring. I tried on numerous occasions to buy him and finally succeeded.
As he walked out of the ring at at show in Austin, Texas, as Junior Champion, I bought him from Roy Brewer. That was a decision that I have never regretted. He went on to be the AMHA World Reserve Champion Multi-Color junior stallion.
He is a son of the legendary Orion-Light Van't Huttenest, sire of eleven National Grand and Reserve National Grand Champion offspring. Xenon was a multiple Champion and sire of many Top Ten AMHA show horses.
Xenon is the sire of our main appaloosa stallion, Little America's Sesquicentennial Tex, and we have many of their daughters and grand daughters in our broodmare band. You will see many of them as you browse the many pages of our mares.
ABOVE: Here he is in the breeding pasture at age twenty-two.
When Kay Pate started showing Bond Snippet she made quite a stir on the Texas show scene. She had bought quite a few Bond horses and claims to have gotten Snippet "thrown in" on a deal for a few show halters! He was in bad shape and had almost been foundered and Mr. Bond thought that he really wasn't worth much.
Kay had been quite successful showing quarter horses for quite sometime and brought that expertise to the miniature area when she started showing Snippet. She proved Mr. Bond wrong in a big way!
The previous year I had been very successful showing another Bond horse, Bond Peter Piper, usually winning that size class.
When Snippet started showing we placed second to him almost every time, and I must say that I agreed with that placing and so I sold Peter!
Snippet was campaigned extremely well for several seasons winning Reserve National Grand Champion Senior Stallion in 1987 and was National Champion Multi Color the previous year.
One of the prettiest headed stallions of the breed, Snippet, passes on quality and show "pizazz" to his offspring, who continue to make their mark.
Some of his outstanding get include the following:
First Knight's Sir Snippet
1988 WEANLING STALLIONS NATIONAL CHAMPION
1992 SENIOR STALLIONS OVER 32" TO 34" RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
1992 AMATEUR SENIOR STALLIONS NATIONAL CHAMPION
1993 SENIOR STALLIONS OVER 32" TO 34" RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
1993 AMATEUR SENIOR STALLIONS NATIONAL CHAMPION
La Vista's Snippetino
1996 SENIOR STALLIONS OVER 28" TO 30" NATIONAL CHAMPION
Roy's Toy Snippet's Double Tuff
1999 P/M CHALLENGED SHOWING MARE/GELDING RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
Roy's Toy Snippet's Juliet
1993 WEANLING MARES RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
Roy's Toy Snippet's Nicklette
1989 WEANLING MARES NATIONAL CHAMPION
1992 SINGLE PLEASURE DRIVING MARES NATIONAL CHAMPION
Roy's Toy Snippet's Silverette
1991 AMATEUR JUNIOR MARES RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
Roy's Toy Snippet's Starlette
1987 WEANLING MARES NATIONAL CHAMPION
Roy's Toy Snippet's Sugarette
1991 WEANLING MARES NATIONAL CHAMPION
Schears Snippet's Silver Lining
1988 YOUTH WITH JUNIOR MARE NATIONAL CHAMPION
Vermilyea's Snippet's Red Tape
1999 SENIOR STALLIONS RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
[editor's note: Bond Snippet passed away in 2007. For many years he produced show babies for Kay Pate, with the prefix of Modern Miniatures... ~mark]