Reference: Trouble

Trouble TWHBEA

Photo of Trouble at 28 years young. Courtesy of Elsie Darrah."My knowledge of Last Chance bloodlines started back in the 50's when my husband bought "Trouble" who was a sorrel stallion with 2 hind socks and a narrow blaze. His sire was Last Chance and his dam was Nellie Essay. S.W. Beech showed him at the Celebration in 1941 where he was the World Champion Stallion. He did not make World Grand Champion. He sired a mare called Deep Purple who was the dam of Mack Ks Handshaker. He sired approximately 125 registered foals and probably as many foals from grade mares because in Kansas City there weren't many TWHs but he was extremely popular because he put his stamp on his foals and they walked. He was an awesome stallion and died of a heart attack in our barn just prior to his 30th birthday.

We boarded and trained horses and so many of those were sired by Trouble and their gait was as natural as breathing. Back then we didn't have to train them to gait and all we had to do was keep working on increasing the stride and speed. It just took lots of saddle time but boy was it fun. My husband and I used to have running walk races to test the horses we trained. I wish the flat shod horses today could be trained the way we did it because it was so exciting to feel the speed and the perfect 4 beat gait with teeth popping
and ears flopping.

It has been really tough to find that so many TWHs now have to be carefully taught the running walk and that most inexperienced riders can't enjoy the thrill of riding a TWHs that just can't do anything but a running walk and on a loose rein."

 - Elsie Darrah of Last Chance Farm
 

Spotlight on History:

Trouble
and Josh Higgins Stables
Waterloo, Iowa

(Article courtesy of Elsie Darrah)
Reprinted from the Midwestern Horseman April 1946

Josh Higgins Stables, Waterloo, Iowa is the home of the World's Champion Walking Stallion, TROUBLE TWHBEA 370306, sired by LAST CHANCE and out of the walking mare NELLIE ESSAY. This stallion was purchased by Mr. Joe DuMond, the president of Josh Higgins Broadcasting Co. in an effort to bring to Iowa the very best blood in the Tennessee Walking Horse field for those who are entering into the field of breeding this type of horse. The Josh Higgins Stables is also the home of the champion mare, MERRY BELLE. TROUBLE was the winner of the Walking Horse class at the Spring Stallion Show at Oskaloosa.

Carl Ingle, Flat Creek, Tennessee is heading up the walking horse division of the Josh Higgins Stables. Mr. Ingle has spent a lifetime in the breeding and development of Walking Horses, going back to the days when many of the horses now recognized as foundation sires had attained only casual recognition. Visiting with Carl is like sitting in on a round table discussion with the pioneer leaders of the Walking Horse industry. He knows most of them as neighbors and there are few top walking horses that he has not seen in action.

When you walk into the Josh Higgins Stables these days and hear that soft southern accent floating over the box stalls, it would be easy to imagine that the establishment had been moved to middle Tennessee. Carl has become a familiar sight not only in the Stables, but in most every farmer's cornfield where the obstinate performers usually find themselves in the very rigid form of training prescribed.

At the present time, some of the best show potentials in the Middle West are at the Josh Higgins Stables under Carl's direction. Including Dr. E.E. Everson's good mare STROLLING EDNA MAY; Dr. D.H. Kord's POLKA DOT of Cambridge, Iowa, a filly of great promise; Dr. A.A. Lynn's BEAUTIFUL DREAMER of Marshalltown, Iowa, outstanding three year old stallion, Junior Champion of the Oskaloosa Stallion Show; Mr. Stanley Saroke's "Billy" of Cedar Falls, Iowa, a top pleasure gelding; and the newest member, a striking two year old filly owned by Mr. R.A. Rath of the Rath Packing Company, Waterloo, Iowa. These walking horses are all on the course of training, some just beginners and others well on their way.

A visit to the Stables always includes showing the two fillies who were winners in the 1945 Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Despite the fact that these youngsters have had about two weeks' work, their show ring characters are most evident.

The most sensational gelding at the Stables is three year old MIDNIGHT MACK who leaves no doubt in your mind when you see him in action that he is headed straight for blue ribbons in major shows.

If you want to see Carl with his best smile and confident air, drop in during the afternoon when he is giving TROUBLE a workout. It is then you will see a great horse and a great trainer at their best.

All of the Walking Horse fans are anxious to have MERRY BELLE come back from Tennessee with S.W. Beech Jr. and meet her friendly competitor, TROUBLE, with Carl Ingle up. It would be a battle royal worth anyone's watching. MARY BELLE with S.W. Beech Jr. up will open her spring season in May in Pulaski, Tennessee

TROUBLE
TWHBEA #370306

DOB: 5/20/1936
DIED: Y
SEX: STALLION

COLOR: CHESTNUT
MARKINGS: BOTH HIND SOCKS,   STAR, SNIP.
LAST CHANCE
TWHBEA #350034 COLOR: CHESTNUT
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HUNTER'S ALLEN
TWHBEA # F-10 COLOR: CHESTNUT
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ALLAN
TWHBEA #F-1
COLOR: BLACK
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ALLIS
TWHBEA #84
COLOR: BLACK
MARKINGS: BOTH HIND STOCKINGS, STRIP.
HEIGHT: 16H
MERRY LEGS
TWHBEA# F-4
COLOR: BAY
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ALLAN
TWHBEA #F-1
COLOR: BLACK
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NELL DEMENT
TWHBEA #3
COLOR: CHESTNUT
NELLIE ESSAY
TWHBEA #370016
COLOR: CHESTNUT
MARKINGS: STAR 
RED HAL
TWHBEA #10410 
COLOR: CHESTNUT
UNKNOWN
UNKNOWN 
SADIE B.
TWHBEA #994004
COLOR: CHESTNUT 
UNKNOWN
UNKNOWN 


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