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Equine Obituary – Mr. Trump

Mr. Trump will forever be remembered as the little pony with a lot of heart and personality. 

Started by Larry Latham at Latham Stables, the decision was made to bring along the stallion slowly. His first appearance in the show ring came as a three-year-old and ended with a win. During that first year he made a total of three shows. That winter the Latham’s were invited to bring some colts to the annual colt preview at Abernathy Stables. They decided to put the young, bold stallion on their trailer for the trip in hopes that he would catch someone’s eye.

Direct Line Of Cash, as he was formerly known, not only had a look that was eye catching, but he also had the breeding that caught the eye of Molly Walters. Direct Line Of Cash was a full brother to her very own, Puttin Cash On The Line, having been bred by Tommy Jowers. 

Edgar Abernathy loved the gorgeous young stallion and asked Molly to ride him around the barn. There was an instant connection between the two and the purchase was made. The new owners were thrilled with their new purchase but wanted to give this young star a new name. Something that would be powerful and stand out. With 2016 being an election year the name Mr. Trump was selected, which proved to be perfect for the little horse with a big personality.

One month after the purchase, Mr. Trump made his first show at Laurel Charity with Abernathy in the Four-Year-Old class and won his first blue under the Abernathy Stables banner. Following that show, the decision was made for Taylor Walters to team up with the powerhouse. Taylor instantly fell head over heels for the little sorrel pony with such a big heart and a powerful attitude. That year he went on to have an undefeated season leading up to the Celebration with Taylor in the saddle. The horse that was purchased for mother Molly had quickly moved into the heart of her daughter. 

Taylor and Mr. Trump had an extremely successful Celebration together winning the O/A Four-Year-Old World Grand Championship as well as being named the O/A Four-Year-Old Stallions Reserve World Champion. 
Following their world grand championship title, the team was invited to both Asheville and Tunica that year and put on flawless exhibitions. Excited Trump fans waited in line at both shows to be able to ride the powerful pony.
In 2017 this dynamic duo captured five wins as well as the O/A Five-Year-Old Reserve World Grand Championship. 

The highlight season of their career came in 2018. Taylor and Mr. Trump entered the ring 10 times and walked away with nine first place honors and a reserve world championship title. This was also the year at The Celebration that the amateur ponies had to show back with the Amateur 15.2 & Under horses. Taylor and Abernathy were both skeptical about showing the pony in this class. Abernathy remembers telling Taylor, “You are going to have to ride like you never have before to beat those bigger horses.” Ride is exactly what they did. Mr. Trump and Taylor entered the ring and put on a performance of a lifetime capturing the O/A 15.2 & Under World Grand Championship. 

In 2019 Mr. Trump and Walters made appearances at the FAST Spring Showcase, Columbia Spring Jubilee, Money Tree Classic and the TWHBEA Summer Sizzler winning all of them, as well as claiming a world championship title in the O/A Pony Stallions class and a reserve world grand championship title. That fall they also swept the pony divisions at the North Carolina Championship and Tunica Fall Classic, which would be the last time this team would grace the show ring.

Following that season Abernathy and Taylor felt something just wasn’t the same with Mr. Trump. He was given rest and time off. A complete doctor examination found that the vibrant pony had osteoporosis in his bones. Veterinarian Mark Akin, along with the assistances of the vets at Roode & Riddle, suggested rest and medicine to treat the problem. 

After the 2020 Celebration Mr. Trump was started back on a workout program so that he would be back to his normal self for 2021. Following a workout on October 15 the robust pony passed away unexpectedly. 
The passing was a shock to owners Molly and Taylor as well as to Abernathy. “I have never ridden, nor trained a horse that had so much determination to give 100% every time you asked him,” expressed Abernathy. 
He was truly a once in a lifetime horse for the Walters and Abernathy. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

A special thanks goes to the entire Abernathy Stables team, Red Umberger and James Abernathy for their constant care for Mr. Trump. He will forever be missed and will be remembered as a great show horse that proudly represented our breed.

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