Faithful Friends Wall of Honor

These horses have been honored with a donation to the American Saddlebred Horse Association
towards the technology upgrade, which will enhance the ASHA website and help support the advancement of our breed.

CH Walnut Win's American Liberty

CH Walnut Wind's American Liberty

Liberty was the last horse that my late father, Walter Patrick, purchased for me, as my law school graduation present. My father referred to this as my "last trip to the trough", and told me that from now on, I'd have to purchase my own horses(!).

CH Walnut Win's American LibertyWe purchased him at the Statesville, North Carolina horse show in 1978, and my first ride on him ever was in the five-gaited amateur stake on Saturday night which we won. Liberty was my once-in-a-lifetime horse who racked and trotted to numerous blue ribbons in amateur five-gaited stakes across the country. He was the epitome of our breed; a fire-breathing dragon in the show ring who thrived on lights and crowds and was extremely game and competitive, and my best friend out of the show ring who let me ride him bareback and would still do five gaits with only a halter and lead shank, and would permit small children to climb all over him.

Liberty was competitive and he knew what winning was all about; he would become very agitated if he had to 'wait' to be called out for a second or third place ribbon. The attached photo is our victory pass in the Amateur Five-Gaited Championship at the Southeastern Charity Horse Show in Atlanta in 1978.

Posted 2/2013

Faithful Friends Wall of Honor

We welcome photos of your Faithful Friends. Show ring photos are fine, but we would prefer personal
photos along with a short story of 100 words or less about a favorite memory of your horse.
Please email webmaster to submit your photos and stories.

Make a tax deductible donation of $200 to ASHA to honor YOUR special horse on the Faithful Friends Wall of Honor,
or print out the nomination form (pdf).