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2009

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Bridget Perry & Pure White Gold
aka Snowman

We are very proud to share some correspondence received from our customers, clients, and visitors.  We can provide contact information for the people listed below upon request.   We here at Norsire feel that "word of mouth" is the best form of advertisement. Our success can be attributed to the quality horses we produce, and people like the individuals below, that believe in our breeding program.   This makes it all worthwhile.....
 

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October 1st, 2009
So Sorry About Tassy

Bridget,
I know I'm late in getting you this message, but wanted to extend my condolences to the loss of your beautiful mare.   It's hard enough to lose them when you see it coming, but to be hit in the back with a sudden loss of an otherwise healthy and vibrant mare who should have had lots of good years left....How is her filly?  How are you holding up.
 
Anyway, just wanted to say I'm sorry about your loss.  If you need anything let me know, and if you end up looking for a replacement mare I'd be happy to help in that department as well.  We have 2 lovely TB mares here going under saddle that I'm on the fence about keeping, and couldn't think of a better home for either.
 
Regards,
Julie

September 13th, 2009
Sorry

Bridget and Fred. I don't have the words to express how sorry I am that this has happened to Tassy. I do know how hard it is to let go of someone you love. You ask why and what am I to learn...but I have no answers only to tell you to trust in God. He has a plan .  Please trust that you are where He wants you to be and try to find comfort in Him. I know that this is probably not very comforting right now and that it hurts too much. My heart is breaking for you. Please call if you need to talk.

    Paula


September 13th, 2009
Tassy

I am so sorry for your loss of Tassy.  I don't really know what else to say.  I send prayers your way during this difficult loss.

My prayers are with your family at this time,

April Haywood/Half Pint Miniatures

 


September 13th, 2009
Condolences and Prayers

Bridget,
 
I've been off of the BB for a while and unplugged from the computer in general the last few days.  I saw your Facebook post about Tassy and had to read up on the BB what has been going on.  I didn't even know about JR's troubles!
 
I'm so very sorry to hear about Tassy.  It really breaks my heart as she was always one of my favorites - the big gentle giant.  I know you and Fred are really grieving the loss as well (wasn't she Fred's favorite too?).  You guys will be in my thoughts and prayers.  And I will be praying for JR's recovery as well as for Torie.
 
Like I said, you will be in my prayers.
 
 Much love during this difficult time.
 
Cheryl A. Harless
 

September 13th, 2009
My Heart Is Aching For You

I am so sorry.  Bridget, no one should go through what you have been through the past couple of weeks.  How exhausting and frightening for you.  I am so sorry.  So much has happened since the loss of Nico.  My heart is heavy with thoughts of how much you and Fred must be hurting. 
 
You have a lot of friends here on the bb and if we could we would be there to give you hugs during this difficult time.  We all deeply care.  It's as though we are an extension of your family and we want so much to say the right thing. 
 
My thoughts and prayers reach out from here (California) to you and Fred.
 
 Alice Huntington-Maccianti

 


September 13th, 2009
Condolences

Bridget,
I am so sorry for your loss of Tassy.  I can only imagine the horror of what you are going through.

I have you in my prayers that whatever hit Tassy will not affect any of the other horses.

Major hugs to you!!!
Kris Harner
 


August 13th, 2009
Dying to Buy Lord Buckingham

I don't have one of your babies but I was dying to buy Lord Buckingham. Unfortunately for me the timing wasn't right. I am dying for a buckskin thoroughbred baby out of Rita on the Rocks though! I would love to march into the hunter jumper ring on a buckskin and I have just always LOVED thoroughbreds. I'll be in touch. I go to your website all the time!

Lindsey on Facebook
 


July 31st, 2009
2 Year Old Palomino Colt by Zillionair in Training at Churchhill Downs!

Hi, I wanted to share some new pictures of our palomino Thoroughbred two year old colt by Zillionair that is in training with trainer Jere Smith JR at Churchill Downs in Kentucky right now. He is rare and only the second registered palomino thoroughbred to ever set foot on the fabled track of Churchill Downs.  He is showing nice form and getting ready to start speed works this week, then we will know if he is fast enough and talented enough to race and win.

 
Just sharing some gee whiz stuff.
 
Kim
 

June 10th, 2009
Norsire Farm does it again, for the Third Year in a row, Wins the colt & filly class at Upperville Colt & Horse Show in June 2009, with Kiki's Gold Obsession!!!

Congratulations to Leslie Nelson on the purchase of this fabulous filly, who's already winning on the line!! We are beyond excited about this fillies future with Leslie Nelson and her winning team of professionals!!! A special thanks to Richard Taylor for personally visiting our farm and taking time out of his busy schedule to hand inspect this filly for Leslie!!!  Look for her in CA winning on the line in 2010!  Leslie, I can't thank you enough for all you have done for me and for Zillionair to put him in the spotlight of hunter breeding world!!! Leslie is also the current owner of Gold Tycoon who is winning on the line in CA and just recently won the Sally B Wheeler Three Year Old Colts Class!!!  Leslie's mare Wow was the number one 2 year old in the USA & Canada in 2008, plus number one Hunter Breeding Horse of the Year for the USA & Canada!!!  Leslie's done it again,  she won the number one 3 year old in the country and overall for the USA and Canada with Outstanding for 2009!!!

   

California Riding Magazine • December, 2008

Horse People: Leslie Nelson
Hunter/jumper trainer has a superlative season in the breeding business.

by Kim F. Miller

“Wow” and “Holy Cow” are apt exclamations for the year Leslie Nelson has had. The words are also the names of two of several horses that have put this Santa Barbara professional atop the breeder and owner standings in United States Equestrian Federation’s Hunter Breeding division.

A hunter/jumper trainer for nearly 25 years, Leslie began her breeding endeavor as a just-for-fun foray with her Thoroughbred mare Holy Cow. A flashy bay with four knee-high socks, the now 18-year-old mare became a Baby and Pre-Green Hunter champion on the A circuit under Leslie’s tutelage. She continued her winning ways with a new owner and eventually found her way back
to Leslie.


(left to right) 24K, Wow and Outstanding.
Photo: Shawn McMillen Photography


It was six or seven years ago that Leslie had the idea of breeding Holy Cow. She chose Fran Steinwedell’s superstar Starman as the sire. “I watched his video and I just had chills,” Leslie recalls of the handsome jumper who earned 1988 Olympic silver with Anne Kursinski at the Seoul Olympics. The pairing of Holy Cow and Starman produced Ooh La La, with whom Leslie had great success in the Pre-Green division. It was the start of something good. Holy Cow had six babies, all but one produced through embryo transfer. Two of Holy Cow’s daughters by Popeye K, the full sisters 24K and Wow, have been key players in putting Leslie’s breeding program on the national map, which is no mean feat for a West Coaster.

Wow, aka “Gracie,” was named Best Young Horse at the Sallie B. Wheeler/USEF National Hunter Breeding Championships on the West Coast and in the International Hunter Futurity West Coast Regional. At the IHF Championships in Kentucky, she was named best 2-year-old this year, a nice follow-up to being the best yearling there in 2007. National titles in the Hunter Breeding divisions are not easy for anybody to earn and West Coasters face the additional challenges of geography. “On the West Coast, you typically have to work twice as hard to be competitive nationally because we don’t offer too many Hunter Breeding classes, compared to the East Coast, where many of their classes are double pointed,” Leslie explains. “You have to make sure you get to the ones we have and that you do well at them.”

West Coast-friendly advances, spearheaded by Tish Quirk and others, have made the task of competing nationally a bit easier, but it remains a daunting challenge. Coping with the logistics of that reality has often fallen to Leslie’s husband Daniel, who has sometimes seen to it that the youngsters can campaign in two shows the same weekend, often at opposite ends of the state.

Despite having the same parents, Wow and 24K “are polar opposites,” Leslie reports. Like all of Holy Cow’s offspring, both 2-year-olds are “extremely athletic,” but Wow can be as wild as her name suggests and “Karat” is a no-fuss kind of girl. “Wow is exactly that,” Leslie says. “That’s how she got her name. “She’s been a challenge every step of the way. If there is some trouble anywhere, she will get into it. And Karat is the easiest baby you could ever work with. She’s our little workhorse.”

As of late October, Wow had a solid lead in the national 2-year-old Hunter Breeding standings. 24K had been hot on her heels until a colic took her off the show circuit toward the end of the season. Another of Leslie’s charges, the yearling Outstanding, by Popeye K and out of Delilah, had a solid lead in the HOTY for that age group. Validating Leslie’s instincts in choosing Spencer Ranch’s Popeye K, the Dutch Warmblood sire is on track for USEF Sire Of The Year honors.

“Sometimes I wake up and ask myself, how did this all happen?” More impressively, Leslie has accomplished all this while raising, with Daniel, a youngster of their own: 3-year old Noah.


Leslie Nelson with her husband, Dan and their son, Noah.


Well-Deserved Success

Now readying to move back to El Capitan Ranch, the stable that’s been her headquarters for most of her career, Leslie was due a little good news after a very difficult period. She had been based at a ranch bought for her by the family of student Talia Klein. The accomplished young rider and her father were killed in a plane crash in 2007. On top of the grief of this loss was the uncertainty of not knowing how the sorting out of the Klein’s estate would affect her stabling situation.

As a trainer, Leslie likes to deliver personalized services and so she insists on keeping that aspect of Sterling Silver Stables small. She is grateful for the help of her longtime friend Paul Bennett, the Northern California trainer who partners up with Leslie at shows. Fifteen to 18 horses has been the norm for the training barn over the years. The breeding bug, however, seems to have bit Leslie hard and she seems less disciplined about the equine headcount she’ll maintain in this side of her business.

“I’m nuts,” she confesses cheerfully. She enjoyed good success with the young stallion, Winter Gold, by the famous hunter sire All The Gold. Leslie has since sold the horse, but still has semen from him available. At presstime, she had her eyes glued on the driveway awaiting the arrival of Gold Tycoon, a 3-year-old Palomino Thoroughbred by Zillionair. “I was looking around for stallions and when I saw this horse’s picture I just freaked out,” Leslie explains. “Three months later I bought him.” At presstime, she was showing the handsome gelding on the Arizona circuit.

“I’ve always specialized in the young horses,” Leslie says of her natural progression to breeding. “To now be breeding them, raising them and getting them into the show ring with this level of national recognition is really exciting for me.”

She laughingly dismisses the question of whether breeding has been a break-even deal financially. “This is a lifestyle you choose because you love it,” she observes. “I’ve met so many phenomenal people and it seems like every day is a learning experience.”

In particular, she credits trainer and handler Ted Feiger and top hunter competitor Diane Yeager as two breeding experts who have been infinitely generous with their knowledge and experience. “I’ve known Ted since I was a child, but this has added a new dynamic to our friendship.”

An award-winning breeder and handler, Ted brought out the best in several of Leslie’s youngsters in competition. Of late, an illness has kept him out of the show ring. Top hunter/jumper trainer Archie Cox stepped into the handling gap for competitions on this coast, and leading pony breeder Richard Taylor took the leadline when Wow campaigned in the West Coast finale and back east. Richard was the leading handler at the IHF Finals and having him handle her horses, in one case on two days’ notice, was another layer of icing on the cake. “He is a real class act!” she says.


Wow, aka “Gracie,” was named Best Young Horse at the
Sallie B. Wheeler/USEF National Hunter Breeding Championships on the
West Coast and in the International Hunter Futurity West Coast Regional.
Photo: Maria Morgan @ CapturedMomentPhoto.com


Leslie plans to breed Wow to Diana Dodge’s Knob Hill next year. She’ll again use embryo transfer, a technique that’s been super successful as administered by Dr. Van Snow and breeding manager Jan Martin at Santa Lucia Farms in Santa Ynez. “They have an unbelievable program,” she says of the reproductive specialists’ staff and band of recipient mares.

The pregnant mares return to Leslie’s care during their pregnancy, then are sent back to Santa Lucia for foaling. Leslie’s show schedule has prevented her from attending the birth of any of her equine babies so far. “We’re showing in Arizona from January through March, so I just wait for Lindsay at Santa Lucia to call and say, ‘You’re not gonna believe this one!’”

As the promises in so many of those first phone calls are fulfilled in regional and national hunter breeding championships, Leslie may need a thesaurus for more superlatives to name her horses and to describe her days.

 

May 28th, 2009
I Was Bowled Over By The Quality of Your Zillionair Youngsters!!!

Hi Brigit,
 
I'm writing to inquire about your stallion Zillionair. I breed sport horses in New Zealand for high level eventing and dressage. I am also an avid in-hand competitor of my youngsters. Your stallion is a bit of a departure for me - my past clients may wonder what on earth I'm up to! But for a very long time now I have wanted a palomino for myself, and the cremello/palomino warmbloods are just not good enough when compared to what else is available. I refuse to breed colour at the cost of quality and movement. I never considered using a TB to get my golden horse, but when I found your website I was bowled over by the quality of the youngsters.
 
I guess before I continue I should ask whether Zillionair's frozen semen has been collected in a way that passes the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture (MAF) strict regulations. I hope, hope, hope, this is the case!
 
I look forward to hearing from you.
 
Kind regards,
 
Kerry
T Sport Horses

May 24th, 2009
Rare Colors Of Thoroughbreds!

Hello,

First of all, I LOVE the fact of you bringing out rare colors of the Thoroughbred, one of my favorite breeds. You guys are amazing for this!
 
Thank you!
Catherine
 

April 8th, 2009

Hello Bridget;
I received the parcel on Monday.  I love the package and the picture is adorable. All the treats were lovely and I am so thankful you took the time to add the picture of Cricket.  The package arrived in fine shape and my goodness, your going to go broke posting all these lovely baskets!!

I am looking forward to Kristy's baby now, hoping for a safe and easy foaling and a lovely baby for you and Fred.
Thank you again for your kindness and generosity. It is truly a gift to "know" such nice people on the mare cam boards and especially on your board.

Nancy W.


April 7th, 2009

Hi Bridget:
I wanted to say I have loved being on your board. I have had a wonderful time watching the Queen and being part of the action.
 
I apparently ,much to my surprise, I  have won the contest on guess Deb's foaling date, and time.
If you are unable to send to Canada I completely understand.

Please don't feel like you have to incur anymore cost in sending the lovely gift basket across the border.
I was just thrilled to participate in "watching Deb " when I could.
However, :)   If you are ok with sending it across the border, here's my address.

Thanks so much for allowing us into your wonderful barn and taking the time to keep us posted.

Best regards,
Nancy W.
 

March 23rd, 2009
Drooling Over Your Horses!

Hi Bridget,
 
I always drool over your horses, and came across that lovely  Kiki's Gold Obsession!  
I would love to come and see her.
 
Thanks,
Maddy
 

March 23rd, 2009 
Doc aka Jasper's Birthday with Friends 

Hi Bridget and Fred,

Thought you would enjoy these. This boy couldn't be more loved.
This is his first birthday party with barn mates Dancer (9) and Ranger (25).
All were born within a week of one another. He had carrot cake, which he
wasn't too sure about, but he did love the peppermints on top.

Thanks again for this opportunity. 

Kind regards,
Sharon


March 16th, 2009 
Video of White Goldenair aka Cricket's Birth! 
All White Medicine Hat Palomino Filly by Pure White Gold out of Queen Debonair!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqvHcMwOsDw 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Qyzr20Jiqk

She really has won my heart!
(Another Oscar winning performance!)  I had you set up on speed dial so hit the dial and typed I called in chat and on the board.

Cheryl


March 16th, 2009 
Congratulations on your new filly! 

 

Hey Bridgett,
 
Congrats on your new filly.  I was looking to see when Tassy was due and saw your web cams, very nice set up you have..
 
Cant wait to see pictures of her!!
 
Crystal


February 25th, 2009 
Congratulations on Rumor's Palomino Frame Overo!


Premiere Goldflake aka Fancy

Hi Bridgett,

OMG! Did Rumor foal a frame palomino! I just saw some pictures on your testimonial page and can’t wait to see more pictures of her. I can see she has lots of white points but can’t tell much more. What a beauty. Many congratulations!

I’m so incredibly happy for you. You may not remember me but I’m the one who visited your farm about a year ago and you took a  picture of me with Zillionaire (aka Rock Star!). And apologies for bringing up a sad note but I felt very lucky that I got to meet your snuggle bear Nico before he passed. I’m so sorry for your loss. What a sweet, sweet puppy. I can still see his little fanny in the air as he offered to play.

  I’ve since moved from Boston to McLean and hope to visit your farm again this year. I especially want to see your newest little gem. Just stunning.

Congratulations again,
Karen

 


February 2nd, 2009 
Kiki's Gold Obsession

Hi again Bridget
 
A late happy new year to you all!
 
I have been so busy the last couple of weeks that I haven't been on your site for a while, so I have only
just seen the pictures of Kiki's Gold Obsession, and oh my gosh what a beautiful baby!
 
I liked that picture of her out in the snow with a blanket on. It's just tooooo cute! And I can't wait for the rest
of the babies to arrive.
 
Hope you are all well and have great year
Natasha
South Africa

January 27th, 2009 
"Congratulations!"


Premiere Goldflake

The new addition is adorable - congratulations!

One of these days I am going to have to come by and see your herd. And of course I'll bring the camera!

Angela


January 27th, 2009 
Many Congratulations from Ireland!


Premiere Goldflake

Bridget,

Just wanted to say what a pleasure it was to watch your mare Rumor foaling out this morning. It was great for me because I'm in Ireland so I was just in from my chores when she gave birth! It was all very professional and shows anyone the proper way to attend mares. Love the filly towel by the way!

Congratulations on what looks like a beautiful filly and mom did a great job too!

Terri
Ireland


January 27th, 2009 
Our White Lady & Congratulations on your new palomino filly! 

Hi - wanted to check in with you and let you know that " Our White Lady"  is happy and healthy.  She has gained a bunch of weight, so she is actually fairly chubby now, and has grown a "Wyoming winter" hair coat.  I'll let you know if we have any success with breeding.  - probably won't do anything until March, as our weather has been unbearably cold and I just can't get motivated.  Your new palomino filly, Kiki, is gorgeous! Wow!  I'll be in touch and hope all is well with you and your family.  

Jen Tarr


January 10th, 2009 
Thank you from a Marestare Fan

Dearest Bridget,
 
I wanted to say Thank you for helping Jessi & Craig as well as keeping us at Mare Stare updated tonight.
 
Pam called me and the only thing I could think of was for you to talk to Jessi. With your background and experience, I knew you would help as much as you could, so I ask Pam to contact you. So glad you did!!
Again, Thank you for your wonderful updates!!
You are the best!
with hugs, Karen

January 10th, 2009
A Thank-You and Update on Gold Tycoon

Hello Bridget,

Just a quick hello to say thank you and to let you know how Ty "aka" 
Gold Tycoon is doing.  Ty is AMAZING! I love him.  He has had a remarkable year! Since purchasing him in October of 2008 from Bill Rube and By Design Farm he has shown with me and has been Best Young Horse or Res Best Young Horse at 
every show we competed in.  In all he was USEF Zone 8 Year End Champion Hunter Breeding Two Year old, He was Zone 8 Champion as well at the Tucson Fall festival where they held the zone Championships.  He brought home The Arizona Hunter Jumper Association 2008 Year End Championship for  Hunter Breeding Two year olds!  He is truly a spectacular young horse!  His disposition is what has won me over the most.  He walked off of the trailer in Arizona from his long haul from Pennsylvania  in gale force winds, He looked right looked left did not even spook once and right in to his horse show stall where for the next four weeks he was  tossed  right into the hassle and bustle of the horse show life.  Since then his amazing attitude and unbelievable work ethic has wowed all of us who have had the pleasure of working with him.  I am so excited to see what 2009 brings! 

Thank You for all you have done and continue to do!

Happy New Year and Good Luck this year. 
Leslie Nelson

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