When I was just three years old, my neighbors pulled me in my little red wagon with a rope tied to their saddle horn. My father bought me a spotted pony when I was 6, but tragedy struck and he was killed by a car. Dad then brought home a beautiful racking gelding, Traveller, who inspired my love for smooth gaited horses.

After I married in l954, I bought a big gaited mare, "Champ" and in l956 began crossbreeding Welsh Ponies and Tennessee Walking Horses to get a large smooth gaited pony, thus developing the American Walking Pony breed whose Registry I established in l968. This same year, "The Dream Walking", BT Golden Splendor was Foaled at Browntree Farm on Upper River Rd., in Macon, Ga. His great grandson, BT Rush for Gold, a dark golden palomino stallion, has been on exhibit at the Equitana in Ky., the Southern Expo and the Sunbelt Expo

In l966, at our local show, I saw Arabian Horses for the first time in the Costume Class and fueled my interest in Arabian Horses. I purchased three Arabian fillies, Raffkech, Hajeana and Golden Countess from the Pappas Ranch in Tarpon Springs, Fla. The colt, Amazing Aahdin, purchased from Rose Araby Arabians in South Carolina, proved to be a great show horse, winning Georgia State and Southeastern Championships in English Pleasure, Park and Native Costume.

The next step in our breeding program was Basko (*Bask x Mala) and his son Haat Tabasko, both purchased from California. Our mares consistently produced excellent foals by Basko. In 1986, we acquired Kasaddinn (*Aladdinn x *Kasja) full blood brother to U. S. National Champion AAF Kaset. , to cross on our Basko daughters. The *Bask x *Aladdinn cross had been proven by Lasma Arabians.

In an effort to add exciting color to the American Walking Pony breed, we purchased a black and white spotted Reg. Tennessee Walking Horse colt, Generator Rockin', and showed him for the first time when he was 11 years old, winning the Southern Reserve Champion Model Stallion. In the Model Stallion Class, he was twice World's Champion Spotted Saddle Horse, World Champion National Spotted Saddle Horse, Southern Champion and Reserve World Champion Model Tennessee Walking Horse Stallion at the Celebration.

Joan Hudson Brown