(NV Shalako x Elegent)
5/10/92 - 6/21/09
Mama Ellie had a colic she couldn't recover from and was laid to rest early in the morning on Sunday.
She was a wonderful mother to her brood of fillies. Such a good girl, she only had daughters. She was without a doubt the best mother on the farm, she loved babies. Broodmare was her only job and she did it to perfection. She is also the mare that taught the two Arabian stallions how to breed. She had infinite patience with them, making their first experience positive. They loved Mama Ellie.
My tribute to her is that she always settled into foal, carried the babies to term without issue and foaled them out without help or worry. She stood still for them to nurse and she watched them like the mother that she was. Her babies learned to be independent and brave because she let them. But woe to anything that she thought would threaten her young. She would not be intimidated. She basically raised Topper because Diamond Rose didn't have much interest in him and Ellie didn't have a baby that year. So she stood guard over Topper. He used his mother for milk and that was about it. If she had been without a foal when Zing was born, he would have had a mother when DR died. There is no higher honor for a broodmare than to say she did her job. The stallions get all of the credit and the mares do all of the work. When you have a really good one, you know it. I knew it.