2018 Miniature Horse World Magazine WINTER 2018 Volume 34, Number 8 - Page 68

member Profile Laura Tennill - Ten L Farm as told by Lynne Francis LIFE BEFORE MINIS rom a very young age, horses were my passion. I rode and worked with horses and knew even back then that working with horses was what I wanted to do in the future. I also trained chickens for fun, and even taught one chicken to ride a horse, and walk on a harness! You could tell that chicken to sit or stay, and he’d listen! It even got written up in our local newspaper! In 1981 I started professionally training and successfully showed Morgans for several years. I would purchase young show prospects to train and show, then sell them to show homes. I did that over and over to gain experience. I once purchased a four-year-old stallion at a large Morgan horse auction in Pennsylvania that I trained to ride and drive. He later became the first Morgan in 25 years to win both the Park Saddle and Park Harness World Championship. F MINIATURE INTRODUCTION In 1983 I met my future husband, Joe Tennill, who stopped by my barn to ask if I would be interested in training some Miniature horses at a nearby Cloverdale Farm. He was working full time as a police officer, but also worked part-time at that farm showing Nubian dairy goats. The farm 66 Miniature Horse World WINTER 2018 asked him to help them find someone to handle and train their Miniature horses, and of course, I said yes! When Joe and I were married two years later, I decided to train horses full time. It was a very hard decision, but I fell in love with the Miniature horse and wanted to see if I could really make a go of it. I sold my remaining Morgans to great homes, and never looked back. A highlight from those early days came when I attended and exhibited at the very first AMHA “World” show, which back then was called the AMHA National Show. I’ve attended all but one World show ever since, and remain loyal to AMHA. TEN LS TIGERS LEGACY In 1999 I visited a Kentucky Shetland/Miniature horse farm called Owsley Fork Farm, where I saw a beautiful black pinto Shetland stallion. I had never seen any pony as beautiful, and I left the farm very impressed thinking that if I could ever produce something that beautiful in a smaller size that would really be something! The next time I visited Owsley, I saw a very young and small flashy colored Shetland colt named Owsley Fork Tigers Legacy sired by that same stallion, and I could not stop thinking about him! But he was not for sale at that time. Four years later he was finally for sale, after having sired some nice, very small foals out of taller Shetland mares. Of course, I bought him and gave him his Miniature horse name “Ten Ls Tigers Legacy” when I hardshipped him into the Miniature horse registries, which then made him triple registered. I didn’t buy him because he was a Shetland. I bought him because he was so beautiful and I thought he would be an asset to our breeding program, producing a leggier foal, with a beautiful head, a more upright neck, and good movement. I bred him to some of our carefully selected mares to produce foals I hoped would match my vision. The foals by Ten Ls Tigers Legacy did not disappoint me! He has sired numerous beautiful National champions, and I’ve kept some of his most beautiful daughters to breed in the future. TEN LS DESTINY IN THE BUFF The story behind “Buff” is an interesting one. After many years of breeding Miniatures, I wanted to bring in another bloodline