As published in the Newsletter of the Dixieland Miniature Horse Society January/February 1992
By: Carolyn Miller
Another foundation breeding stallion (AMHA #5319) has left us, joining Stout’s Mr. Pride, who died last year at some 30 odd years old at the Stout’s. This year Dell Tera’s Minute Man, at 26+ years, a 30” bay roan has left his mark first in the herd of J.C. Williams. Many pedigrees will boast the services of “Minute Man”, in the Dell Tera breeding and secondly in the herd of Ronald Stockman, J.C.’s son-in-law, where he recently passed away. “Minute Man” was bred by one of our founding breeders, Mr. Moorman Fields. His sire was “Fields Little Boy” and his dam was, “Fields Mountain Girl”. Many of our earliest breeders such as Smith McCoy, Clarence Brannaman, Billy Howell, Robert and Dorothy Stout and J.C. Williams, just to name a few, carried the old “Field’s” gene pool in their breeding programs. According to Mrs. Dorothy Stout, Stout’s Mr. Pride who came from Brannaman’s was directly related to the “Red Man” gene pool, favored stallion of Smith McCoy and Rex Ayer’s. Even our own Joe Beck, “Mini Hoofs” had a son of Red Man that most of us knew as “Red Man Jr.”. Mr. Pride was sire to such famous breeding stallions as, Dell Tera’s Moonman and Dell Tera’s Red Baron. Moonman having been utilized in some of Verhaeghe breedings passed away at another one of our early breeding greats Mr. Vern Brewer. Red Baron, still breeding and having serviced most recently the Ed Evans herd. “Minute Man”, most likely boasts a history going back to Holland where Moorman Fields found and imported many of his foundation little horses.
Even such breeding greats as “Ramundo” the 12th horse entered in IMHR, foaling into mini history in 1967 is reputed by Mrs. Stout to have come from Brannaman to her farm where she then sold him to Mr. Rayford Ely. (IMHR founder) Our own “Mustardseed Farm” can boast the services of the Red Man gene pool and “Ramundo” is alive and well at Mustardseed, where he has left his mark with several foals that are the delight of Peg and Peter.
Ron Stockman, one of the DMHS original members, and one of the first to donate halters to our Club for raffling was pleased to offer this information on “Minute Man” as news from our Miniature History. The picture Ron enclosed certainly does not do an “old” in winter wool “Minute Man” justice, but offers us a peek and fond remembrance of another stallion we say farewell to, as one of our earliest breeding stallions, may his “Get” do him the justice he so rightly deserves.
Thankyou to Ronald Stockman, J.C. Williams, Jr., Moorman Field, Peg and Peter McCoy for allowing me to offer this information to others.
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Pictures of Red Man, Red Ayers, Ramundo and Stout’s Mr. Pride may be seen at the Historical Horse Gallery and Verhaeghe may be seen at the People Collections Gallery.
For further reference a wonderful documentary on the life of Moorman Fields was written by Jacqueline Coleman Field and Thomas Sperry Field titled, “Moorman Field Horse Trader”. This book has historical data to delight any historian regarding miniatures and the pony of the coal mines. Absolutely recommended reading by this author: Carolyn Miller
*It is with sadness I report that as of this date 2001 the great "Ramundo"
has also passed away at the home of "Mustardseed Farms". He joins Miniature
History leaving a legacy behind him.