We have estimated that Softee has at least 500 descendents already! Sadly her days have just ended aged 25, some 22 years since we bought her from Sam Morrison in Portadown as a newly broken 3 y.o. The image of her sire, Skylark R.I.D. her slightly mournful face belied her sweet and gentle disposition. Without doubt if Susie had asked her to jump off O'Connell Bridge, she would have done so as there was no braver hunter ever born. As a five year old she had her first foal to Blue Peter, no less than WHIPPY, and then, every year she alternated between Master's horse or breeding. She loved both equally but the other Master begged Susie to get a gelding!

Two foals by PRIDE followed, one being the dam of Crosstown Dancer, named TARA SKY, then several by GLENAGYLE REBEL including Suma's Harkaway who was exported to Australia.

Softee at RDS 1982, far right with Susie on board
As a 6 y.o. she joined the I.D.H.S. team with Susie to take part in the World Championships in Dublin, and then competed and won the Utility class at the RDS which consisted of ridden, pulling a log, showing, and driving in a trap. We had great difficulty finding an outfit big enough for her 16.2 frame especially as she was pregnant at the time. Softee, (always bottom of the pecking order in a field) had twelve foals in total, having the unique ability to throw to the stallion Thus, SUMA'S MURPHY'S LAW is very like his father Pride in looks and character and her final foal, by the exciting VDL ARKANSAS is the image of him.

Softee and her last foal California 2001

Named CALIFORNIA she will be given every chance to prove herself to have the performance of her sire and the generosity and toughness of SOFTEE.


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