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Six Degrees of Separation for Wrigley?… Maybe it will come true for him.






Do you know what I mean by the Six Degrees of Separation?

If you haven’t heard that term, basically, it means that there are 6 people between any two people who want to make a connection.  For example, if I wanted to make a connection to Brad Pitt, there are 6 people in succession who could eventually link us.    Here is the definition from Wikipedia:

Six degrees of separation (also referred to as the “Human Web”) refers to the idea that everyone is at most six steps away from any other person on Earth, so that a chain of, “a friend of a friend” statements can be made to connect any two people in six steps or fewer. It was originally set out by Frigyes Karinthy and popularized by a play written by John Guare.

Wrigley, huge, at 1 year.

WRIGLEY NEEDS A SHOW HOME AND I’M HOPING THERE ARE SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION OUT THERE

OK, here’s the honest thing from my heart…  I need to find Wrigley’s best show home and I’ve been unsuccessful thus far.  But, I have to say in my defense, fancy Morgan park horses are not the easiest to place successfully.  It is like selling a Ferrari.  You have to be careful or someone will wreck…  I need to place him carefully.

But, since he is not in training and has never shown, no one knows about him.  He’s my secret…

"LOOK AT ME!" attitude. Always.

MY MISTAKE IS SOMEONE ELSE’S GIFT

You see, I arranged to bring Wrig into this world.  The problem is that I used the formula that I’ve always used.  I bred for a show horse.  And, I got a really, really good one.  (I wrote about this a while back.  You can read it here.)

The problem is that a really, really good show horse isn’t really what I wanted.   I bred without reanalyzing where I stood in all of it.  So, now I have this incredible show horse who I need to place with the utmost of responsibility and love because ultimately, I’m not the right home for him.  It is my responsibility to do right by him.

So, now I’m here holding the hoof of a very good boy…

He is like a fabulous jewel sitting in my drawer.

"I'm READY!"

WHY I AM TURNING TO YOU

You just never know… I figure that one of you may know someone who knows someone who is looking for an incredible Morgan horse individual that they can take from the beginning and have an awesome show career.  Although I know that many people want to purchase a finished show horse…  some people, like me, take pride and have fun with predicting the future of a young horse and then bringing that hope to fruition.

INCREDIBLE DEAL

First of all, you all know who I am, where I live and how to find me.  I have no interest in telling any falsehoods.  I swear to you, in my opinion, he is the best of the bunch at this age.  And, that is saying something as his brothers and sisters are National and World Champions!  I absolutely believe that Wrigley is the most showy, the most confident, the most flashy, the tallest and the most self-aware of all of the babies.  He has the “Look at ME!” attitude all the time.  He would grab anyone’s attention.

If you wanted a 2 year-old Morgan Park gelding prospect, this is it.  I’d bet on him.

To talk actual dollars and cents, I was offered six figures for his dam after she showed at the Worlds (I didn’t take it…).  One of her get (when I no longer owned it) sold for six figures.  Another one of her get (when I no longer owned it, again) sold in the upper five figures.  So, this boy has a value greater than his sales price…  If you are a great show home, make an offer!   Really.  Please.

Some people say the Morgan knee action isn't natural... this is Unfaithful at two weeks old.

WRIGLEY

I bred Tess back to Esprit de Lark because I thought it would be an incredible foal.  I was right.  He is very tall (15′ at 2 years old), very coordinated, has a huge/laid back shoulder, huge hip action, high hocks, level at the fore, trots square, long neck, straight legs and the ”show attitude’ you cannot create…

Having said that, he is great for the farrier and vet, is easy to catch, leads, ties, hauls and does all the basic horse tasks.  And, luckily for him, he has lived in a herd on mixed terrain.  He knows his place in the herd and is respectful of the mares.  But, he is a very confident boy and will show himself as often as he can.  I have no doubt that he would not be missed in a show ring.

Wrigley is that ‘one in a million’.

Wrigley inside his Mama, 10 days before he was born.

HIS FAULT

He does have one fault and that is his color.  He is chestnut.  But, he is huge and has a big floaty trot so I think the judges might just have to overlook his color when Wrig comes into the ring.

DAM/SIRE

If anyone is a Morgan aficionado, Wrigley’s papers would speak to you.  He has rare and impeccable breeding.   His sire, Esprit de Lark, produces World Champions and his dam, HVK Noble Heiress (my mare), is a National Champion Park mare who has produced Regional,  National and World Champions.  She hasn’t produced anything average.

Wrigley’s face looks just like his sire.  Their eyes are the same as well as their necks. Wrigley has his mother’s hip and shoulder and his Grandfather, Noble Flaire’s, size.

SIRE

–Here is a description of Esprit de Lark and his famous get:

Year after year, successful breeders return their mares to this exceptional stallion because they know their foals will reflect the beauty, intelligence and elegant appearance that he has sired over and over again. He is by Waseeka’s Skylark, one of the winningest stallions, and is full brother to Waseeka’s Moonshot, Waseeka’s Killarney, Waseeka’s Joy and Waseeka’s Charm. Esprit De lark is backed by a family of winners producing winners. Sire of WGC FCF Capestranno, FCF Dearest Illusion, FCF Angelo, FCF Val d’Isere, Stonecroft Esprit, FCF Capezio, FCF Passion, JW Romance, Absolut Appeal, FCF Protege, FCF Lantanna and many others. Esprit is one of a kind.

–His dam is HVK Noble Heiress (my mare).  She is an own daughter of Noble Flaire and the 1997 Grand National Park Harness Mares and Geldings Champion.    She was bred by Kohler stables (yes, the sink people…) and I went to them to purchase her when she was 2.  That was the only way to get a foal from Noble Flaire – his book was closed except to Kohler mares (smart…).  Although there are several Noble Flaire sons breeding, there are very few Noble Flaire show daughters breeding.  HVK Noble Heiress has produced 6 foals.  All of them are exceptional quality and have her remarkable hip and shoulder action.

DAM, HVK NOBLE HEIRESS, National Park Harness Champion.

She also did well In-Hand

–Here is the info on Noble Flaire, Grandsire (most Morgan people will know this) from Wikipedia:

Noble Flair was bred by Bob & Judy Whitney and foaled in 1984. In 1985, Herbert V. Kohler of Kohler Stables bought Noble Flaire, and that was the last time he changed hands for the rest of his life. He started showing as a yearling colt in 1986[3]. By the time he was two years old he was already catching eyes. People would run to watch him perform, and after he trotted out of the ring after his victory lap people would follow him just to watch him trot[4].

By the time Noble Flaire retired from the show ring in 1991, he had won numerous World Championship titles including an unprecedented three Park Harness World Championships. This impressive horse died in 2006, but has left behind numerous other progeny to carry on his name including the World Champions HVK Bell Flaire, Nostradamus, HVK Courageous Flaire, and HVK Vibrance[5

SIBLINGS

Wrigley has several sibs. Here are a few from the dam side…

FLAIRE’S GWENDOLYN:

Flaire's Gwendolyn

I still have Gwen.  She is gorgeous and has never been sick a day of her life.  Gwen is 15 and is my trail horse.

UNFAITHFUL:

Unfaithful, unanimous winner Ladies English Pleasure

Unfaithful (Ava) won all shows Regional and then became the Unanimous Ladies Pleasure National Champion in 2005.  She was sold and now is a broodmare for Copperbeech.

BELLORAZZO

Bellorazzo, showing Park Harness, soon to show Park Saddle.

Razzo is 6 and just started showing this year.  He was very successful in Park Harness and will finish his riding training in the Spring.

RENDITIONS HEIR APPARENT (full sibling):

Renditions Heir Apparent, Morgan Park Stallion

This colt was born to my mare when she was leased.  He is a 3-year old park stallion who will be used for breeding nationally.

PAPERS

Here are Wrigley’s papers.

Click to view his papers larger

IF YOU KNOW OF ANYONE WHO IS LOOKING, PLEASE PASS THIS ONWARD

If you know anyone who might be looking, please pass this onward.  Wrigley is dearly loved but he is not being fulfilled.  He constantly looks at me and seems to ask “When is my life going to start?!  When can I do something?”

I need to find his home.  I’m hoping, with  your help, I can spread the net farther and find the best family for him.

HOMEMADE VIDEO ON YOU-TUBE

Here is a link to his video on You Tube.  This is homemade, obviously,  in my arena…

I’M HANDING THIS OVER TO THE GODS OF HORSE PLACEMENT…

Humbly I say, thank you for reading this and thank you for considering the future of the wonderful Mr. Wrigley.

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An Eye for an Eye would have been good here; instead a slap on the wrist. Maybe we can put on some pressure…






I hate bringing these stories to you.   But, sometimes outrage moves mountains.  Not all the time, but some times.

Here is the story as I read it.  Most of this is direct quotes from others.  At then end, I have written what you can do to support this mare’s plight, if that is comfortable for you (no money needed).

HORSE BEATEN

“Keith just told me there was a horse beating that went on in Edgar county IL. Some people went by and this guy was beating a horse at his residence, so bad that he knocked one eye out , the people also seen this horse was trying to get up, and he kept on beating it. The authorities came out and had to euthanized the horse. We are trying to get more details, so we can tell you guys more.
The mare had been beaten and had blunt force trauma around the head. Her left eye was bulging from the socket. Her tongue was macerated and bleeding. The lower lip was separated from the gum line leaving a long separation between the gum li…ne and lip. It appeared her jaw had been dislocated. She had been strugglin…g to get up for over 24 hours. She was left to die.”

ATTENDING VET REPORT
“THE VETERINARIAN IS MY HUSBAND …  HERE IS HIS REPORT TO THE SHERIFF AND STATES ATTORNEY.

To whom it may concern:

I was called by The Warner Foundation for Animals today October 8, 2010  to investigate a case of animal abuse and neglect near Oliver, Illinois.  The sheriffs department had been contacted concerning a man seen beating a down horse on the evening of October 7, 2010.  The horse was reportedly recumbant and unresponsive.  The horse was initially thought to be deceased.  Upon arrival at the scene by the Edgar Couny Sheriff’s Department the horse was discovered to be alive but unable to stand.

My exam revealed wounds consistent wih severe trauma to the head.  The left eye appeared to be proptosed e.g. bulging from the socket.  The tongue was macerated and bleeding.  The lower lip was avulsed from the gum line leaving a 6 inch separation between the gum line and lip.  The mare was graded a 3 out of 10 body score. (borderline starvation/emaciation).  Because of the severity of the lesions, the length of time the mare had been recumbent and her overall body condition I determined that the mare should be euthanized.  After euthanasia the mare was rolled over to examine her down side.  She had wounds on her left shoulder and hip consistent with her struggling to rise.  These wounds consisted of frictions burns through the hide to the underlying tissues and hair loss from abrasions.

The mare had been left in this condition by the owner who told the attending officer Det. Hopper that he figured the mare would be dead when he got home from work.  Failure to seek veterinary medical attention for an injured, sick or debilitated animal is consider neglect.   Witnesses and the owner both testified to the fact the animal was being beaten the evening before.  This constitutes abuse.

To compound the situation, I evaluated the surroundings and remaining horses.  For all intents and purposes the horses are living in a garbage dump.  Broken glass, metal, cans, waste, automobiles and other various items were found in all of the horse pens.  Of the remaining horses, all but three had so many cockleburrs in their manes and tails that they appeared to be solid mats.  These will eventually lead to ulcerations of the skin under lying the burrs.

My professional opinion is that the deceased mare had wounds consistent with witnesses accounts of beating and blunt force injuries.  Constituting abuse.  The mare also had wounds consistent with being recumbent for an extended period of time.  Constituting neglect.  Both abuse and neglect should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  My opinion is that the remaining horses are being neglected and need immediate attention.

Today only misdemeanor charges were filed, even after an admission of guilt of the beating by the owner, 2 eyewitness accounts and expert testimony by Dr. M.E. Staub attesting to the fact the injuries were sustained were from blunt force.”

WHO IS THIS INHUMANE PERSON?

“Here is the info…the guy name is Denny Hollingsworth…he lives in Oliver,Illinois..his property is located on route 1 just north of Oliver, IL on the east side of hwy…people are to contact the state attorney of Edgar county, to insisit that he is charged with maximum penatly… the number to call is 217-466-7456 …this happened on Oct 7th.”

Here is his record:

AN INFORMED PERSON STATED THE ILLINOIS STATUTE

“IL has very tough animal protection laws under the IL Humane Care for Animals Act (510 ILCS 70/3.02)
The beating of this horse is considered “aggrevated cruelty” under the IL HCAA and is a Class 4 Felony. We need to push for the maximum penalty on this. Please respectfully remind the state’s attorney that the IL HCAA requires that he prosecuted according to statute. Here is the link to the IL statute.”

Link to Statute here.

PEOPLE STARTED CALLING  GOVERNMENT OFFICES and getting responses:

“If they charge him with Aggravated Cruelty, the first offense is classified as a class A misdemeanor. The second offense in this section would be a class 4 felony.
HOWEVER, if they charge him with Animal Torture, section 3.03, it is a class 3 felony, no mention of misdemeanor.
SO, they should charge him with aggravated cruelty and animal torture to cover all the bases.”

AND…

“I started to make calls early this a.m. The first call was to the Edgar county sheriff. They told me that Dennis Hollingsworth (in the future to be called by me POS, for sake of brevity) has not been arrested. Charges will be handled by the state attorney’s office. I thanked them and then called the state atty’s office.
They filed charges against POS yesterday. He was charged with 2 misdemeanors. I asked why he could not be charged with animal torture so that they could get a felony conviction on him. They said that the charges were filed the way they were because they have to be able to prove what happened. I asked why they couldn’t prove animal torture by the condition of the body. They said that they were working with the information and advice given them by veterinarians. They said that you can charge anything but if you can’t prove it; it does no good.
Also, POS probably won’t be arrested, just sent a notice. The hearing will be October 21st. The young woman I spoke to said that I could go to www.judici.com and click on Edgar county to see what the charges are. She said she filed them for the state atty yesterday afternoon.
I went to judici.com and clicked on Edgar county and then entered Hollingsworth,Dennis at the top of the screen. POS has a history in Edgar county. However the new charges have not yet been updated to that site so you can check later.
I am very disappointed that POS not only will not be arrested but that he will probably not get the punishment he deserves. I can only say that letters to anyone in Edgar county, Chamber of Commerce, sheriff, state attorney, any business leaders, etc. may help to paint POS with the brush of shame if nothing else.
The fact that he will most likely be convicted with misdemeanors does make it possible to charge him with a felony if he does something like this again. The second time should be a felony charge. I do not like to think that it will happen again, but in my heart I know he is pond scum and will do something again.
This is all I know for now. If anyone has any more ideas of ways to make POS life miserable and to ensure that he does not ever do this again, please share.”

IN THE MEANTIME, A CANDLE VIGIL WAS SET UP FOR THE POOR MARE

“I started a candle group for Illinois Girl. It’s under the initials “IG”.”
The link to the candle group is here.

THE NEWS REPORTS WERE VERY SOFT AND … (I’ve attached two news reports)

Published: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 5:17 PM CDT
SARAH SCHMIDT
sschmidt@parisbeacon.com

The Edgar County State Attorney’s office is charging a Marshall man with one misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals and two misdemeanor counts of animal owner duties violation after a passerby reported seeing him strike a horse last week.

Detective Roger Hopper of the Edgar County Drug Task Force said that the man charged is Dennis Hollingsworth, 47, of 1444 IL Hwy. 1, Marshall.

On Friday, Oct. 8, Hopper said that the Edgar County Sheriff’s Department received a call from someone driving by Hollingsworth’s home, who reported seeing him striking the horse. Hopper said that the caller reported that the horse was down on the ground.

Hopper said the Edgar County Humane Society called veterinarian Dr. Michael Staub out to the Hollingsworth residence with the police. After seeing the 25-year-old horse, Hopper said that Staub “felt the horse needed to be euthanized.” Several other horses on the property were described as “healthy-looking.” The horse has since been buried.

The Edgar County State Attorney’s office filed charges against Hollingsworth on Tuesday, Oct. 12. A hearing is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 21.

AND…

Man charged with cruelty to horse
Updated: Wednesday, 13 Oct 2010, 9:29 PM EDT?Published : Wednesday, 13 Oct 2010, 9:29 PM EDT
•    Louisa Moller
EDGAR COUNTY, Ill. (WTHI) – Cruel treatment of an animal stirs up emotions in one Wabash Valley community.
Witnesses said they saw Dennis Hollingsworth, an Edgar County man, beat his horse.
They called the Edgar County Sheriff’s Department who went to Hollingsworth’s place with veterinarian, Dr. Michael Staub.
Dr. Staub found a severely injured, 23-year-old mare.
“The horse was totally recumbent, could not rise whatsoever. It was laying on its left side. It looked like its left eye was bulging out of the socket.. its lip was torn away from the gum line on that side,” Staub said.
Staub decided it was best to euthanize the horse. ??The Edgar County State’s attorney said, at this point, the evidence does not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Hollingsworth meant to inflict serious harm or death upon his horse. ??Hollingsworth is being charged with cruelty to an animal and violation of owner’s duties, both misdemeanors

CHARGES (Since the vet actually “killed” the horse, the perp didn’t…)_

“The Edgar County State’s attorney said, at this point, the evidence does not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Hollingsworth meant to inflict serious harm or death upon his horse. ??Hollingsworth is being charged with cruelty to an animal and violation of owner’s duties, both misdemeanors”

COURT DATE

“THE COURT DATE IS THE 21ST AT 9;30 IN THE EDGAR COUNTY COURTHOUSE IN ONE OF  THE BASEMENT COURTROOMS.  I ENCOURAGE ALL WHO CAN TO COME AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT.   IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO MAKE A SHOW OF FORCE AND LET THE LEGAL SYSTEM KNOW TIS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.”

THE VET’S WIFE HAS A FB PAGE AND IS OUTRAGED… SHE WAS THERE.

The vet’s wife was there to see the poor mare in her sad state, 24 hours after the beating.  She heard from witnesses.  She is outraged and an advocate for this mare.  Here is her FB page link.   She has a photo there so be warned.  It is well done and the angle is not horrible, but it is there.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

“IN THE MEANTIME, PLEASE CONTINUE TO CROSSPOST THIS AND BUMP UP THIS TOPIC TO KEEP IT ALIVE FOR THIS HORSE.  SHE REPRESENTS ALL THE HORSES AND ANIMALS IN THE WORLD NOT RECEIVING APPROPRIATE AND HUMAN TREATMENT…
PLEASE BE POLITE AND PLEASANT WHEN YOU CALL OR E-MAIL.  DO NOT RANT OR BE RADICAL AS IT ONLY RE-ENFORCES THE “ANIMAL WACKO” THEORY.
WE NEED TO FIND JUSTICE FOR IG SO HER DEATH WILL NOT BE IN VAIN…

MARK ISAF…EDGAR COUNTY STATES ATTORNEY, HE IS THE ATTORNEY ON THE CASE…217-466-7456 statt@edgarcounty-il.gov
LISA MADIGAN…ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL…217-782-1090

DICK DURBIN…ILLINOIS STATES SENATOR…217-492-4062″

AND…
“Please, everyone, keep calling Mark Isaf’s office… I told them that they are going to get their ’15 minutes of fame’ in their little farming community because people around the country are getting interested. (I was polite!)  If you saw the news broadcast on the www.wthitv.com/dpp/news/local/man-charged-with-cruelty-to-horse, read the comments towards the bottom.  Viewers are disgusted.  Hopefully the ranks will grow.”

THIS JUST IN FROM A READER WHO CALLED MARK ISAF’S OFFICE TODAY (217-466-7456):

Mark Isaf’s office is taking names and phone numbers of outraged people AND a statement of their grievances – if you get the recording, leave a CALM AND MANNERED message (name, phone and state a short message), it still counts. The office has been getting many phone calls regarding POS.
The person in his ofc. was very friendly and encouraging for me to leave a statement.
If folks could call Mark Isaf’s ofc. before the court date and leave their opinions, maybe it would help. You’re right, her death should not go without notice.
HERE IS A PETITION YOU CAN SIGN, TOO… click here to sign petition.
 

AND I WISH TO ADD

Do whatever feels right for you.  I’m just passing this on because it was so wrong and this guy will get away with it unless enough people know about him.  Then, people will watch him and keep tabs on his behavior with his wife, kids and other horses and animals.  Fight the good fight.

IN ADDITION

Just this morning I read this news report –  It doesn’t just happen with animals…

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