Miniature Horse World Magazine - Page 77

When first meeting Miniature breeder Polly Weisberg and long-time friend and farm manager Ann Dwyer, the flashy jacket Ann proudly wears might give away the unbelievable record their little horse has accomplished. And it’s a story in the making as this horse continues to add even more winning titles to his already incredible record. But let’s hear how Parade became such a “superhorse” and how he has achieved this rise to fame. Even with his blue-blooded pedigree, Los Arboles Idols Hit Parade’s winning ways were not set in stone from birth. Polly was pleased with the palomino pinto colt that arrived on April Fool’s Day in 2009. Most of the 10 or so foals that are born each year at Los Arboles’ farm in Mineola, Texas start their show careers at Stars Miniatures with Mike and Allison Rosauer. The Star’s training team have a hand in the selection process when deciding which of Polly’s foals will show. Mike recalls his trip to Los Arboles in 2009 when he went to look at the year’s show prospects. When he left the farm, he kept thinking about one in particular, a colt named Hit Parade. He called his wife, Alli- son, and they talked about him. She advised if he felt that strong about him, turn around and bring him home. The rest is history, and what a history is has been. With Parade making the cut, in 2010 he made his début at the Southwest Club’s Spring Show, where he was awarded his first of many Grand Championships in Junior Geldings. The winning continued throughout that year and ended at the World Show with a World Champion title, a Reserve World Champion title and a Reserve World Grand Championship in Junior Geldings. In 2011 he added another Reserve World Champion halter title to his growing list of Like many other breeders, Polly Weisberg and Ann Dwyer love and admire the Billy Idol (First Knights Billy Idol) and Nighthawk (Champion Farms Nighthawk) cross. Polly bought the dam, LM Hawks Annie Oakley, from Janet King of Limestone Miniatures in foal to Billy Idol, not knowing what an absolutely magnificent foal she was carrying. accomplishments. Parade acquired the nickname “Grandpa” from Brooke “The Clipper Girl” Sheridan in honor of the hair coat he grows in the winter time, which consists of tiny clumps of pig hairs. “Grandpa” is quite a ham, and can often be seen at a show eating his meals lying down. He has the best personality with a real affinity for showing. He chills out at the stalls and rests up for his classes. Everyone loves him and he makes friends wherever he goes. Allison Rosauer says “You could tell this horse was very special, but he was still a bit of a handful. Who would have guessed at this point what was still to come.” Continued on next page O ctober / N o v ember 2015 Miniature Horse World 75