One Wish ("Wishie") was a spirited, beautiful Welsh Mountain Pony who was born in 1999 -- the same year our granddaughter was born -- and adopted by us in 2003. Wishie retired from lessons and the show ring in 2014, and attitude aside, she was our granddaughter's pony since she was old enough to ride! Wishie lived to be 23 and would have been 24 this year (2023). Her companion, Peanut (also a Welsh pony), is grieving just as we are over losing Wishie after a many-years-long battle with laminitis.
Sire & Dam: Lianna's Saqqarah x Firefly's Fond Wishes
Born: 1999 | Died: 2023
Color Me Magical ("Wende") was a beautiful AQHA and PHBA Palomino mare and half-sister to Magics Coosa Nicki and daughter of Bull N Magic. She passed away in the summer of 2023. With an early career as a lesson horse for children, Wende specialized in helping those kids who were frightened of other horses and those too scared to ride because of injury or a previous incident. Wende was known for her "magical" healing powers and helped rehabilitate many young people over the years to learn to love horses and riding again. Wende was also a champion show horse, winning multiple high point titles in Western and English Pleasure, but her specialty remains Trail, both in and out of the ring. She also gave our grandchildren their first rides, and her owners the ability to keep riding even in retirement. She died at the age of 21.
Dam & Sire: Winning Colors x Bull N Magic
Born: 2002 | Died: 2023
Blondys Zipette ("Zeepster") retired from the show ring and/or the breeding herd in 2014. She passed away in the spring of 2023.
Besides the ponies (above), Zeepster was the only mare at Hidden Acres unrelated to our stallion, Mr Magic Zip (a.k.a. Mister Man). She was intended to be his retirement companion, but after the passing of Bull N Magic and Doc Bar Maid, it became clear she would be the companion for our blind mare, Magics Coosa Nicki. Unfortunately, Nicki passed away in June 2020 and Zeepster became the companion to our two remaining mares, Wende and Atonte. Zeepster sported a powerful pedigree that included Zippo Pat Bars, Poco Pine, Blondys Dude, and Skip's Bid. She was the dam of 12 foals, of which 9 were sired by Mr Magic Zip. She lived out her life on green pastures and under sunny skies at our Hidden Acres retirement rescue in North Carolina at the age of 33.
Sire & Dam: Texas Zip x Sing A Serenade
Born: 1990 | Died: 2023
Nicki was the award-winning, half-sister to our stallion, Mr Magic Zip. Her show career was cut short due to a tragic illness that left her completely blind. As the daughter of our late Foundation broodmare, Bull N Magic, this fabulous mare stole our hearts with her tenacity and spirit that shined through in spite of adversity. Nicki also made the same deep impression on the veterinarians and staff at Cornell University who treated her between 1997 and 2014, and then on those in North Carolina. However, Nicki had to be euthanized unexpectedly due to a tumor pressing on her esophagus and breathing airway on May 29, 2020. Nicki was Susan's favorite mare, and she was raised in a pasture herd environment. Nicki's capacity for understanding and trust of humans was a surprise and a blessing as daily treatments for her eyes were necessary for the early part of her life. As a show horse, she trusted her humans and that resulted in many wins in the show ring. After becoming completely blind, she became a broodmare at AQH, raising five foals: two stallions (Ima Winning Hustler and the late Ima Winning Playboy) and three gorgeous mares (Color Me Coosanita, Magical Winning Jane, and Winnie Ther Pooh). She was a gentle giant and will be missed.
Sire & Dam: One Tuff Act x Bull N Magic
Born: 1996 | Died: 2020
Princess was a gorgeous AQHA and PHBA Palomino mare and was the full-sister to Magics Coosa Nicki and daughter of Bull N Magic. Formerly a terrific show and lesson horse, Princess suffered a severe shoulder injury in 2012 that resulted in her retiring permanently. She acquired a PHBA ROM in Halter and Performance in Western and English events and made an initial debut in Reining before coming off the show circuit. Due to her shoulder injury, Princess lived out her days as a retired mare at Anderson Quarter Horses, until she was euthanized in 2017 after suffering a tragic fracture of the humerus while living in North Carolina in the broodmare pasture. She was a half-sister to Magics Coosa Nicki and our stallion Mr Magic Zip. Their mother, Bull N Magic, dam of 13 foals, was euthanized due to complications of severe arthritis. Princess was the favorite of Jerry and Susan's granddaughter, Bronte (a now 21-year-old college student). She will be missed by all those who loved her.
Sire & Dam: One Tuff Act x Bull N Magic
Born: 1998 | Died: 2017
Somewhere, somewhere In time's own space,
There must be some sweet pastured place....
Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow,
Some paradise where horses go.
For by the love that guides my pen,
I know great horses live again.
~ Stanley Harrison