Reprinted with permission
By Collene Walsh
Gold spent most of his life in south central Colorado's San
Luis Valley. He was born in La Jara, Colorado on April 4,
1990. As a yearling, Blue Gold was advertised for sale by his
breeder, Karen, in the Tennessee Walking Horse Association of
Colorado's newsletter. There were no immediate takers. Let me
say that he was advertised at much less of a price than
todayís double dilutes! However, cremellos and perlinos were
even more so diamonds in the rough back then than they are
Two other San
Luis Valley residents were checking out this stud colt as a
stallion prospect. Laurel and Delene went to see the yearling
at Karen's place. After liking what they saw in terms of
disposition, gait, conformation, and color, the two thought
over the deal to make sure they were ready for the venture.
However, when they called, Karen had sold him the week before!
tracking down, Blue Gold came to Arrow's Walkers in 1991 due
to a partnership between two good friends, Laurel and Delene.
Laurel's wealth of knowledge regarding color genetics,
pedigree, and the breed in general shed light on the
possibilities of this cremello Tennessee Walking Horse as a
breeding stallion. The fact that his papers showed WGC
Midnight Sun 3 times, WC Reyclif Mid-Merry (by WGC Midnight
Sun and shown as Hill's Perfection), Calvin Millerís Sunís
Merry Man, Zephyr's Flash O Gold (son of Allen's Gold Zephyr
aka Roy Roger's Trigger, Jr.), WGC Merry Go Boy, WGC Sun's
Delight D., and Sun's Hero (full bother to WGC Sun's Delight
D.) influenced the decision to purchase him.
Blue Gold spent
most of his time at the Lazy Y Arrow Ranch in Alamosa. He did
spend some time with professional horse trainers Rob and Lila
McCartney in the Pike's Peak area. Blue had a respectable
showing in the ring as a three year old. He drew attention as
the only cremello TWH shown in Colorado that year. Blue then
left his show career to stand at stud.
promoted him around the country. In addition to producing many
offspring for our ranch, he produced for area TWH breeders.
Blue Goldís descendents are in Colorado and all over the
country. Two of his daughters are in Kansas, Arrows Blue Sky
and Arrows Star of Gold. A son,
Gambler, is in Virginia. Last we heard, his son, Arrows
Blue Gold was in KY. His son, Captain's Creme Color
(previously Arrows Blue Sky Traveler), is in MS. He has a
daughter and a granddaughter in MT, Arrow's Colorado Gold and
Arrow's Prairie Moon. His 2004 grandson, Arrow's Ready to
Shine is in NC. If you own a horse with Blue Gold on the
papers, we would love to hear from you!
Blue Gold have both passed on. We always think of Laurel
riding Blue in heaven. We appreciate all of the joy that Blue
brought to us over the years. His gentle disposition was
expressed to adults and children alike. Blue spent over 10
years at Lazy Y Arrow Ranch. He will be remembered as a kind
hearted stallion. We are forever grateful to Laurel. Her hard
work and appreciation for Blue Gold and the natural Tennessee
Walking Horse helped to lay a strong foundation for our
breeding program. May they enjoy their time together!
Compiled by CJW of
Arrow Ranch, November 2004