Thompson Farms of Mound City, Missouri 
 & T3 Quarter Horses

Dun By Zeb

AKA Zebby

DUN BY ZEB - barn name Zebby - a 1995 grulla gelding

Zebby has been my buddy and self proclaimed "king of the ranch"  except for one short period of time since his birth in 1995.  I showed him at halter as a weanling and yearling. He placed 5th in the ABRA World Show as a weanling -  completely natural and not fitted. As a yearling he was the Kansas Buckskin Association Champion Yearling Stallion and placed 3rd overall at halter in the ABRA World Show, placing 1st under one judge. 

Literally by accident, he was shown under saddle as a two year old.  I had NO INTENTION of having him started until he was three, but in January 1997 we were in a car accident and Monty was seriously injured. Because Zeb was still a stallion, I didn't feel comfortable asking any one to come to the farm and take care of a stud colt. I asked his trainer if he could take him while we were spending so much time at the hospital. My cousin came and picked him up and delivered him to the trainer. Two weeks later I called to see how Zebby and was told he was doing great under saddle. I ABOUT FLIPPED! I felt he was too young to be started under saddle. I only wanted him boarded with some ground work. Lack of communicatin on my part, but oh well, what was done was done.

About a month later Monty was released from the hospital and went back to school 1/2 days for a while. Zebby stayed in boarding school and that spring went to his first and only AQHA show and placed 3rd out of 15, earning an AQHA point! With that success I asked the trainer to show him at the IBHA "Gate Way to the World Futurity", part of the IBHA World Show Pre-show.

It was two rounds, showing under 6 judges. In the first round Zebby got caught in the middle of a train wreck caused by two other horses and had to stop. He didn't place well, but in the second go he placed 1st under ALL 3 JUDGES!

I showed him by myself in 1998 and he did very well in ABRA and local saddle club shows in spite of his passenger. I advertised him for sale and even put him in the IBHA World Show Sale. Although he brought a bid of $6750, the winning bidder was a man that I had talked to prior to the sale and developed an immediate dislike for. I no saled him and brought him home. I decided to geld hm and keep him.

The year 1999 was the beginning of a half decade of hell for our family. Family illness plagued us. In 1998 my step father had sufferd a stroke following a heart attack and open heart surgery. My time was limited, do I offered Zebby for sale. 1n early 1999 a woman replied to an old ad about Zebby. I told her he had been gelded and was no longer for sale, but she said she was still willing to give me my original asking price and was very insistent about buying him. I was heart sick but I reluctantly told her she could have him. After a brief tune-up with his trainer he moved to his new home in Michigan.

I didn't cash her check until I knew she had picked him up from the trainer, hoping she would back out. Zebby had been gone months at a time while in training, so he was used to being away from home, but this time he knew some thing was different. Although it may sound corny, apparently we were both heart sick.
I have to admit I was thrilled when she called and said she couldn't do a thing with him. She said all he did was stand in his paddock and look southwest and she was ready to sell him. Did I want him back? ABSOLUTELY and home he came. I met her half way to pick him up. His mane absorbed a million tears over the next few years.

Thank you Robin, for sending him home. And a special thanks to Aunt Doris for making it possible to get him back. Not For Sale (never ever again).
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