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When his schooling was resumed he was better than ever, winning another show before placing as Reserve Champion. Standing 16 hands and two inches in his special shoes, J.R.'s luxuriant mane falls further than the bredth of his neck, and his tail touches the ground. In the show ring he wears, as do all participating horses, a false tail. A hairpin-shaped metal frame is attached to the base of the natural tail to extend upward to a height of approximately eight inches. The posterior wiglet is fitted over the frame and secured to the tail bone by cords that are hidden in the flowing hair. This procedure gives the high-tail effect which was in the past obtained l;y surgery on the tail itself. Into his waving black mane are clipped fancy braids of silver and magenta ribbons. His bridle, with a special walking horse bit, includes cavesson and browband studded with aurora borealis rhinestones. He is ridden in an English show saddle. The Tennessee Walking Horse is shown at the flat-footed walk, the running walk and the canter. Judging is based on 25% for e-oh gait with 25% for conformation. The Walking Horse originated in Tennessee in answer to the need of the pioneer plantation owners for a horse with a smooth, fast gait tiring to neither animal nor rider. He was bred from the finest of Standardbred, Saddle-bred, Thoroughbred and Morgan stock. In 1935 when the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders" Association was organized and the breed registry was set up, interest spread rapidly throughout the Ompany world. Although the highly-trained and specially handled horse is a fantastic showring peacock, the plain-shod Walking Horse with the natural running-walk for which the breed is famous is a favorite of pleasure riders everywhere. Ed Reeves was born and raised in Arkansas on a 480-acre farm specializing in cattle, hogs and hay. His father a great horseman, broke and trained work horses for the farmers of the area. "My dad always told me to leave the colts alone," Ed recalls, "but I'd take them beyond a hill, out of sigh, t, and ride them. They were th~;~gnly horses a~ailabl~to me then." When Ed Reeves was 13 years old his father was killed by a horse. As the eldest son, Ed took over the management of the farm. He worked long, hard hours, and he dreamed of horses. "I always had a burning desire to be a horseman," he states. In 1948 he came to this area, and in 1959 his dream began to materialize. From that date onward he has been up-grading his horses, which are for him a hobby as well as a part-time business. He now owns six Walking Horses, each one claiming from two to five world championships in bIoodlines. Except for one horse colt, all are mares and fillies. Although he at one time owned a stallion, Reeves now prefers to breed each mare according to her individual bloodlines. J.R.'s Perfection sired mp on last year's crop of foals, his first, which show great beauty of action and excellent conformation. "It took me 15 years to learn about Walking Horses," Ed Reeves explains, "and all of it was accomplished the hard way." Employed by Simpson Timber Company, he utilized all spare time in the observation of Tennessee Walkers in action. He haunted the big stables in Seattle and in Portland; he attended shows; he returned home to attempt to put into practice with plain-shod horses the effects he had witnessed in training arenas and show rings. It didn't work. "Nobody would ~ tell me,~ a thing," Reeves remembers. But he finally figured it out for himself with the help of the book written by the famous Joe Webb who has t o his credit three World Champions and many runners-up, and from whose stables came the illustrious sire of J.R.'s Perfection. Reeves later attended J oe Webb's clinic held in Concord, Cal. last April. "There my own ideas were confirmed," says Ed Reeves, "and I could return to my training program with more confidence." Dallas Puckett a year ago refused an offer of $15,000 for the fabulous stallion whose value increases by leaps and bounds as he wins shows and sires quality foals. J.R.'s Perfection spends the winter months with his proud owner. In the early spring he is stabled at Trail's End and training is begun in a covered arena. As National Bank The hometown bank. ,,-@ * - _ ED REEVES lifts the big black stallion into an easy and collected canter as he demonstrates the fine performance that consistently places him among the winners. ennessee er soon as weather permits he is brought to the Reeves ranch where he is worked daily for an hour to an hour and a half. Ed Reeves is more than generous with his hard-won knowledge. "I want to pass on my acquired information," he remarks. "I want to assist people all that I can in the training and the handling of their mounts. I feel that this is good for both horses and humans, and it helps to promote the horse business." Ed's wife, Opal, his 14-year-old daughter, Brenda, and his seven-year-old son, Steven, all enjoy trail rides through the wooded hills surrounding the ranch. Mrs. Reeves is employed in the Elma Thriftway store. "She has to help support the horses," says her husband. A mighty tribute to the horsemanship of Ed Reeves is the mannerly behavior of the big stallion who stands quietly while groomed and saddled, gently lowering his beautiful head to accept the bit. With reins tied over his neck, he follows his trainer on command. With a caressing hand on the horse he has brought all the way, Ed Reeves just grins. "Not bad for an Arkansas farm boy," he says. / THE RUNNING WALK for which the breed is famous is executed with animation as J.R.'s Perfection, ridden by Ed Reeves, circles the arena. 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