History

Our Horses and Their Amazing History

“A Dream Comes True”

After retirement I was able to live out my lifelong dream of enjoying and owning horses. Never, in a million years, did I realize that this little dream would become involved in a preservation and breeding program.

At the time, I just wanted a good, smooth horse to ride on occasion. Having a severe back condition, the trick was to find the right breed of horse that I could ride and not be miserable with pain. That horse was a Tennessee Walking Horse named Goldust’s Appeal, a gorgeous 16H+ bay gelding.

Oh, what a ride – smooth and easy! I loved my Goldust Appeal so much and was so impressed with his bloodline that I decided I would introduce the Tennessee Goldust line to Northeast Florida.

I then purchased Goldust Royal Keepsake, Appeal’s half sister. Tennessee Goldust who is one of the most prominently known breeding studs in the TWH world sired both Appeal and Keepsake.

Goldust Royal Keepsake and Goldust’s Royal Chance

Keepsake and Royal

Keepsake was bred to Longview Takes No Chances and produced a beautiful blue-eyed cremello colt for us in October 2001. We named him Goldust’s Royal Chance. At nine months old, we sold him to Saddle Ridge Farms to be one of their future-breeding stallions.

This was the beginning and creation of Triple-K-Bar-C TWH Farm, LLC – a name created from the combination of the love of my grandchildren and the love of the TWH. The Triple K name was established for the K’s I love so dearly – Katelyn, Kandace and Kolton.

The Tennessee Walking Horse was such a magnificent breed and intrigued me so much that I wanted to know as much as I could about them and began researching.

It all started in the 1800’s with a makeup of breeds from the Saddlebred, Morgan, American Saddle Horse and Thoroughbred.

The Tennessee Walking Horse began with Allan, (sometimes spelled Allen or Alan), a colt, foaled in 1886 (later referred to as Allan F-1) in Lexington, KY. Allan, who was by Alandorf, (a Standardbred pacing stallion) son of Onward and out of Maggie Marshall, a trotting Morgan horse was small, black and was not a good candidate for a racing pacer; therefore, he was sold and traded many times.

As he was traded and sold around he was called Joe Alan, Old Black Alan and was used as a teasing stud for jacks. In 1903, J. A. McCullouch traded him to James Brantely for a mule.

Mr. Brantely, being an excellent judge of horseflesh saw something special in this small black stallion – history was in the making. Mr. Brantley would become one of three of the best breeders of Walking Horses ever. The other two men were Albert Dement and Bright Hunter.

Mr. Dement purchased Allen from Mr. Brantely in 1909 and paid a mere $140.00 for him and bred him to his best mare Nell Dement. Nell was a registered Saddle Horse and would later be known as Nell Dement F-3. Nell and Alan produced the filly, Merry Legs F-4.

Allen died at age 24 in 1910. The last 7 years of his life he would become known as the Grand Sire of the Tennessee Walking Horse and was bred to 111 mares documented of the best blood of the Morgan, Saddlebred and Standardbreds to be found. Mr. Albert Dement was known in his time as a “genetic engineer” – he had the inherent ability to judge what genetic contributions a horse could offer to future generations. One of his main goals in life was to establish a breed of horses that would consistently produce easy-disposition, naturally gaited offspring.

He bred Merry Legs several times to top studs, but still had not found all the ingredients necessary to replicate the genes for which he had been searching for all his adult life.

Mr. Dement bred Merry Legs twice to Hunter’s Allen (Hunter’s Allen F-10), a golden chestnut with an off hind sock and a star who was by Allen F-1 and out of Alli (owned by Bright Hunter), but lost both foals in the first 2 breedings. Mr. Dement tried again in 1930.

Our Dement "Last Chance" Mares Longview's Surprise Chance, Chance's Little Princess, & Longview's Chance Memory Click here to see their 2005 Foals!

Our Dement "Last Chance" Mares Longview's Surprise Chance, Chance's Little Princess, & Longview's Chance Memory

A lifetime of studying bloodlines, visualizing conformations and using selected inbreeding techniques was all “on the line” a cool morning in the spring of 1931. There on the ground, next to his Mama, lay a sorrel colt with a strip, two socks and flaxen mane. This was the 13th and last foal from Merry Legs and the horse that would carry Albert Dement’s dream and breeding instincts into the future – a stud colt he called Last Chance.

From that day in 1931 until his death in 1956, Last Chance was one of the Premier Breeding Stallions in Tennessee horse world.

After Mr. Dement’s death in 1940, his horses were passed on to his son, Arthur. At no time from 1940 until Arthur’s death in 1989 and beyond, were any Dement-owned mares bred to outside stallions. All Dement-owned mares from Last Chance and his sons were bred back to Last Chance and his sons for more than 50 years. These precious genes were carefully protected from all outside dilution and preserved for posterity through these wonderful horses.

According to Mr. W.J. McGill of Shelbyville, TN in written article descriptions of Allan in 1945, he states “Allan is described as black, near hind sock, off hind foot, white to ankle, and blaze, smart ears, perfect head, wonderful eyes, full and well set, a long rangy neck, beautiful mane and foretop, a decided sloping shoulder, and a breast that belongs to an outstanding Tennessee Walking Horse.

His fine body lines, short back, long belly, well-coupled, smooth hips and rump, natural-set long, wavy tail, with the abundant style he shows in head and neck, smooth limbs, cordy muscles, good foot and bone, his superb gaits, his easy, graceful way of going into the fast running walk, justifies our statement that he was as fine as they make them”. Allan was a gentle, dependable horse that a woman or child could ride.

Longview’s Unique Dement when she was in foal by Tennessee Goldust

Longview’s Unique Dement when in foal by Tennessee Goldust

James Brantley, Albert Dement and Bright Hunter established the HEART of the Tennessee Walking Horse. It was Albert Dement who established and secured the Charter for the Registry and served as the first and second President of the TWHBA.

I am so grateful for these men of the past, who saw a vision and produced their dream. Giving me the opportunity to live my dream. I am in AWE each and every time I read this history and how such a wonderful, magnificent breed became in existence.

Triple-K-Bar-C TWH Farm, LLC continued preserving and increasing this gene pool with our breedings.

Click here to read Albert Dement’s 1905 Vision of the Future Foundation TWH Breed published in the Tennessee Valley Farmer(date unknown)

Click on the links below for more great history of the Tennessee Walking Horse:

 

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