Skip to content

A Tribute To the Classic Horse-Pride’s Moonlight Gambler



            This column is dedicated to classic horses, horses 15 years of age or older, that have been in the show ring in the past five years. This column will allow walking horse enthusiasts to learn more about the older horses that have made an impact on our industry. If you have a classic horse that you would like included in this column, please email Sarah Smith at the Walking Horse Report at smith@horseworld.net.

 

 

Sarah Smith joined the Walking Horse Report staff and Dabora, Inc., in March 2006 as an advertising and editorial representative. Smith grew up showing horses in 4-H. In 2004, Smith married Walking Horse trainer, Tim Smith, and has become very active in the Walking Horse Business. Smith is looking forward to meeting new people and assisting them with their advertising needs.

 

 

 

 

 

by Sarah Smith

 

            Pride’s Moonlight Gambler and his owner, Kathleen Waltz, have enjoyed a 14-year love affair that is still going strong. The handsome gelding, affectionately called “Sonny” around the barn, was purchased by Waltz when he was only a three-year-old. He is now a mature and very accomplished 17-year-old that is still going strong.

            Sonny and Waltz have been in the show ring together for 13 years and they are a team that has been there and done that. However, they still enjoy it and all the ribbons and recognition that they receive for their accomplishments make their fun even sweeter. Over the years Sonny has been shown in model, lite-shod, trail pleasure, lead line, trail, water glass and reining. In 2006, Pride’s Moonlight Gambler was named the Buckeye Walking Horse Association Trail Pleasure Western Canter High Point Champion and was named reserve in the Trail Pleasure English Canter High Point division. Quite an accomplishment! Sonny is trained by Polly Stout and was once shown in the Amateur Owned and Trained classes with Waltz.

            Over the years Sonny and Waltz have certainly had their share of fun times and memorable moments, so many in fact, that when asked Waltz could not recall just one moment. Instead she expressed a few of their good times. When Sonny earned his Supreme Versatility Champion Award, winning ribbons at the National Celebration, being chosen to represent the Tennessee Walking Horse in the 1999 Horse Classics Calendar and finally brining Sonny home to the barn that Waltz built especially for him when he retires.

            Waltz recalls some of Sonny’s favorite times include pasture time and grooming, during which Sonny will stretch his neck and nose out as far as he can to get you to rub his nose. When Sonny and Waltz do his stretching exercises, Sonny finishes with a bow. Waltz and Sonny also enjoy their playtime in the arena. They chase each other around and Sonny follows her through the cones. Waltz’s grandchildren also enjoy Sonny’s wonderful nature. When they visit they enjoy riding, grooming and feeding him carrots.

            Waltz can’t see a retirement anywhere in the near future for Sonny. As she says, “We truly are companions on the journey.”

More Stories

  • Latest Issue 4 22 19

    Read More
  • Year In Walking Horses Dedication: Honey Badger

    Do you know what a honey badger is? If not, don’t worry about it … the honey badger really doesn’t care what you think because they know how awesome they are. A small, fierce mammal also known as a ratel, the honey badger was made famous after a video about it, narrated by Chuck Norris, went viral. Read More
  • Year In Walking Horses Dedication: Howard Hamilton

    Howard Hamilton has spent his entire life devoting himself to his family and the horse and he does it all for one very simple reason — love. He and his family literally love the horse with all of their hearts; Howard certainly plays his part in doing what he can to ensure the horse, the industry and the industry’s youth thrive. Read More
  • The Money Tree Classic selects Beard

    Walking Horse Trainers’ Auxiliary is proud to announce that Rollie Beard will judge the 36th Annual Money Tree Classic on July 5, 2019. The show will be held in Champions Arena.  Read More
  • Bedford Cancer Foundation announces plans for spring show

    The Bedford Cancer Foundation has announced it will again be sponsoring its annual horse show, scheduled to take place Saturday, April 27 at the Champions Arena on the grounds of the Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee. The show will feature 30 exciting classes including both flat shod and padded performance classes.  Read More
  • Obituary – Keith Champion

    Walking Horse owner and exhibitor, Keith Champion, passed away April 11, 2019. Keith was known for his humble attitude and great personality. Keith owned and exhibited Go Boy on Parade, Collectors Director, and most notably The Real Deal, and Be Cool. Read More
  • Obituary – Frank Eichler

    Frank Martin Eichler "Fritz" 88, of Cincinnati, Ohio, father of popular Walking Horse owner, Frank Eichler, who owns Rising Star Ranch and whose wife Debbie is popular exhibitor, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Read More
  • Latest Issue 4 15 19

    Read More
  • Bennett Stables Relocates

    Kim Bennett Stables has relocated to the beautiful Grand Oaks farm located at  825 Great House Road, Bowling Green, Kentucky. Kim has been training professionally since the mid-seventies and is well known for his success with Amateur and Youth riders as well as in open divisions. Read More
  • A Thank You from Frankie Jo Bradley

    I would just like to say Thank You to everyone who has been so good and thoughtful to me during this time. I appreciate everything and anything that all of you have done!  Read More