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Western Walkers

One of the first breeders of what we now call the "western walker" was Calvin Miller of the 24,000 acre Double Diamond Ranch in Rhame, North Dakota. Calvin's stock made it's way to our family through good family friends, Jim and Laurel. Jim is pictured below- in what is most likely the "high country" above Colorado's San Luis Valley. The bay mare is Ebony's Dak Fashion, bred by Calvin Miller and a foundation mare for the Lazy-Y-Arrow Ranch (Arrow's Walkers) breeding program.

backcountry horses

These bloodlines have the stamina for ranch work, to pack into 14,000 ft mountain ranges, and the competitive trail circuit. Laurel and Jim (our friends) packed into Rocky Mountains and hit the competitive trail circuit on horses bred by the Double Diamond Ranch.

Our foundation mares, Star and Fashion, were both bred by Calvin and brought to Colorado's San Luis Valley by Jim and Laurel.

Western Walkers are different than the modern show horse lines- and possibly even somewhat distinguished from the very first TWH stock. While Western Walkers retain the positive traits of the breed such as disposition and the "smooth way of going", the breeders out here also put an added emphasis on stamina and Calvin, in particular, bred for a head to compete with the Quarter Horse. When it came to traveling all day long in the saddle across his vast ranch, Calvin chose the "western walker" over any other. We feel fortunate to have obtained our two foundation mares from his breeding program.

Our foundation stallion, Blue Gold, also has Calvin Miller breeding.

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Our Breeding Program began with Blue Gold...

Blue Gold

BLUE GOLD

Blue Gold spent most of his life in south central Colorado's San Luis Valley. He was born in La Jara, Colorado on April 4, 1990. As a yearling, Blue Gold was advertised for sale by his breeder, Karen, in the Tennessee Walking Horse Association of Colorado's newsletter. There were no immediate takers. Let me say that he was advertised at much less of a price than today's double dilutes! However, cremellos and perlinos were, even more so, diamonds in the rough back then than they are today. Two other San Luis Valley residents were checking out this stud colt as a stallion prospect. Laurel and Delene went to see the yearling at Karen's place. After liking what they saw in terms of disposition, gait, conformation, and color, the two thought over the deal to make sure they were ready for the venture. However, when they called, Karen had sold him the week before! After some tracking down, Blue Gold came to Arrow's Walkers in 1991 due to a partnership between two good friends, Laurel and Delene. Laurel's wealth of knowledge regarding color genetics, pedigree, and the breed in general shed light on the possibilities of this cremello Tennessee Walking Horse as a breeding stallion. The fact that his papers showed WGC Midnight Sun 3 times,WC Reyclif Mid-Merry (by WGC Midnight Sun and shown as Hill's Perfection), Calvin Miller’s Sun’s Merry Man, Zephyr's Flash O Gold (son of Allen's Gold Zephyr aka Roy Roger's Trigger, Jr.), WGC Merry Go Boy, WGC Sun's Delight D., and Sun's Hero (full bother to WGC Sun's Delight D.) influenced the decision to purchase him. Blue Gold spent most of his time at the Lazy Y Arrow Ranch in Alamosa. He did spend some time with professional horse trainers Rob and Lila McCartney in the Pike's Peak area. Blue had a respectable showing in the ring as a three year old. He drew attention as the only cremello TWH shown in Colorado that year. Blue then left his show career to stand at stud. Laurel actively promoted him around the country. In addition to producing many offspring for our ranch, he produced for area TWH breeders. Blue Gold’s descendents are in Colorado and all over the country. Two of his daughters are in Kansas, Arrows Blue Sky and Arrows Star of Gold. A son, Golden Gambler, is in Virginia. Last we heard, his son, Arrows Blue Gold was in KY. We think his son, Captain's Creme Color (previously Arrows Blue Sky Traveler), is in MS. He has a daughter and a granddaughter in MT, Arrow's Colorado Gold and Arrow's Prairie Moon. His 2004 grandson, Arrow's Ready to Shine is in NC. If you own a horse with Blue Gold on the papers, we would love to hear from you!

Laurel and Blue Gold have both passed on. We always think of Laurel riding Blue in heaven. We appreciate all of the joy that Blue brought to us over the years. His gentle disposition was expressed to adults and children alike. Blue spent over 10 years at Lazy Y Arrow Ranch. He will be remembered as a kind hearted stallion. We are forever grateful to Laurel. Her hard work and appreciation for Blue Gold and the natural Tennessee Walking Horse helped to lay a strong foundation for our breeding program. May they enjoy their time together!
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UPDATE, 2005- Captain's Creme Color aka "Traveler" is now at Rise and Shine Walkers in Indiana!

UPDATE, 2007- Blue Golds offspring are making their way around the country- there is another one in
CA, a Golden Gambler son with his first mare in foal in Illinois, and a new baby in Alabama! I will update
the "BLUE NEWS" as soon as time allows. Arrow's Solid Gold- last Blue Gold son, is putting gold on the ground
for Arrow's Walkers.

*Blue's descendants are now all over the word- even in foreign countries such as Thailand and the Dominican Republic!

Copyright © 2014 Collene J. Walsh