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L ittle America Miniature Horses is home to over 175 miniature horses regis- tered with the American Minia- ture Horse Association (AMHA), We are located just south of the Texas capital of Austin, at the gateway to the beautiful famed Hill Country. AMHA is noted for the smallest of miniatures with the maximum height 34”. Tony Greaves has bred miniatures for over 56 years and is known world- wide for the largest herd of the smallest horses available. We have ap- proximately sixty 30” and under with Tony’s “private collection” headed by his smallest stallion, a nine year old stallion measuring only 24.25”. His little harem is all 30” and under. For several years Little America has had the smallest horse at the AMHA World Show and likely will do so at this year’s World Show to be held in Fort Worth, Texas, August 23-31, 2019, at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center. The Greaves Family and horses are almost synonymous. When Tony was born, his family was raising Shetland ponies and his granddad had horses before that. Of course previous to that, everyone who lived in the country depended on horses for transportation and for work. According to Tony’s mother, he learned to walk by holding the halter of his first pony. Tony couldn’t say “dappled filly,” calling her “Daf- fy,” and it stuck. Daffy was his pony who he rode and drove until he went away to college. People ask, “Why min- iatures?” When Tony was in elementary school he had a “funny book” (later called “comic book”) about Bozo the Clown in which Bozo had a circus with animals so small that they were carried around in a briefcase and performed on a table top. Tony said, “That’s the size of animals that I want.” He hasn’t gotten them that small yet, but has certainly made head- way with our smallest horse being 24”. Our first miniature-sized pony was born in the spring of 1963, just months before Tony graduated from high school. While in college, Tony told his dad to keep Big Un, that first miniature, as long as he had land and horses. For many years, Big Un was a teaser for Flight 8 Farms, the Greaves family’s Quarter Horse ranch. When the American Miniature Horse Association (AMHA) was founded in 1978, Big Un became our first registered miniature, fifteen years old and 31 inches tall. After college and graduate school and a time performing as singing ac- 12 Fall 22 2019 2020 MINIATURE HORSE WORLD - Winter Edition tors in New York, Tony, Carol, and their daughter Lisa, returned to Texas to run Flight 8 Farms (Quarter Horse stud farm) for his family. During that time he started searching for miniature mares to accompany Big Un, who was still the teaser for all the Quarter Horse mares. While search- ing, Tony renewed friendship with his family’s friends Vern and Betty Brewer with whom he made several mini hunting trips. During one of those trips, Vern, Betty, and Tony discovered a future miniature legend, Orion-Light Van’t Huttenest. Tony bought several small herds of miniatures during the growth phase of building the ranch, which the first few years was known as Flight 8, then Greaves’ Miniature Horses. Eventually, Carol came up with the name “Little America” and it stuck. Fourteen years after Lisa was born, our second daugh- ter, Lauren, was born and we gave her a filly. From that grew Lauren’s part of the herd, which usually numbers between twenty and thirty head. Tony and his younger daugh- ter, Lauren, have both been very active through the years in AMHA where Tony served as Executive Secretary for 5 ½ years and also 3 terms as President of the worldwide association. Lauren served as the first President of the youth organization, the American Miniature Horse Youth Association (AM- HyA) for two terms. We have two grandchildren and continuing the tradition, they were each given a filly the day after they were born. Our grandson, Grayson’s first miniature was Little America’s D S Grayson’s Girl and our grand- daughter Ella’s was Little America’s Terrific Gabriella. Both mares are progeny of our first really tiny mare, Crescent’s Melodee, who their mother, Lisa, showed when she was a little girl. Unfortunately, our grand- children live in New York, but they enjoy their horses when they visit Texas: So you see that we are not just in miniatures because of a current fad, but because of a multi-generational love of horses. We are not limited to only the smallest under 30”, but have something for everyone. One of our latest stallions, owned by the Greaves younger daughter, Lauren, boasts 22 World Titles in Single Pleasure Driving and Roadster. We welcome visitors by appoint- ment and encourage a digital tour of all our horses as well as much more of our history. You can check it all out at http://littleam- ericaminis.com where you can see every horse and much infor- mation about history of the breed and information about AMHA as well.