2017 Miniature Horse World Winter 2017 - Page 32

miniature tales Lauren’s Big Win By Tony Greaves E ver since my daughter, Lauren, was a small child, she had always wanted an outstanding Single Pleasure/Road- ster horse.  In 2007 I saw Silver Meadow’s Phantom Storm sweep his classes in Single and Roadster and thought he was the best Miniature driving horse I had seen.  I inves- tigated who owned him and found that Don & Mary Lou Knapp were his owners and that they were actually customers of mine, having bought a mare at one of the World Show Sales.  He offered to breed a mare for me, but I thanked him and said that I re- ally didn’t want to take a mare all the way to Florida.  The first time Lauren saw Phantom Storm was in World in 2011. As he came into the ring we were sitting across the coliseum from each other. She called me and said, “Look at that fabulous horse!  I love him!”  I told her the owners had offered to breed a mare and she said excitedly, “And you DIDN’T DO IT?” I laughed and mentioned that Don was sit- ting a few rows in front of where she was sitting. She went down and introduced her- self to him…long story short…we took two mares to Florida. The next year one of Lauren’s mares had the anticipated foal, Little America’s Phantom Knightfall.  He was absolutely what we had dreamed of.  Great action, fantastic color and spirit rarely found in minis.  We started showing him and did well as a weanling, yearling and two-year old.  He tied for second in multi color one year and had quite a few Top Tens and local Supremes.  But we knew that the best was yet to come - he was THAT driving horse we had been hoping for. At that show, we sent him home with an out- standing trainer and apparently he picked up something at the show. A week later, we got the call that Knightfall was dead in his stall.  Lauren was crying so on the phone that I thought her fiancé, Martin Bauknight had died.  Finally, I made out the word Knightfall and realized the truth. Lauren had carefully watched all the Single classes and had seen one horse that was win- ning a lot and had even asked the owners if he was for sale.  After the heartbreaking loss had lessened, she contacted the owners of the horse that she had liked to see if he was still for sale.  The owners had decided to keep him, but several months later she heard from them and he was for sale again and af- ter several weeks of negotiation, she bought Lymrick’s Irresistible Force, also known as “Guinness”. After showing him and breeding Guinness this year we were thrilled when he won World Champion 32” & Under Roadster at the World, adding to his 17 World titles.  The moment was made even more special for trainer at the whip, Lyn Yung, who retired with the win and made us some very happy customers. 30 Miniature Horse World WINTER 2017