Hello, I’m Ellen Shepherd, a new GMR member as of August 2020. I learned about GMR after seeing posts on FaceBook and then met a few members. I’m so happy I joined this fine group of ladies.
My horse, Little Joe, is a 1998 model ... black and white pinto Foxtrotter gelding. He’s more of the old time slow gaited stock and is a very kind boy. My son-in-law, Scott, got him in a package deal with two Foxtrotter mares when he bought a wagon for the horse wrangler industry. The seller told him he had to take the horses if he bought the wagon. Little Joe was their breeding stallion and has 9 offspring. Scott gifted him to me in December of 2012 and he was gelded shortly thereafter at 16yrs of age.
We have a huge 10yr old German Shepherd (Shooter) whom we rescued at the age of 6 months. He’s a love bug who is OCD with his toys and knows them all by name. And we have Taz, a 3yr old Lynx Point Siamese mix, also a rescue.
I’m married to Mike, a retired firefighter. We’ll be celebrating our 13yr anniversary in October. We met through a mutual love of classic cars. He had a ‘55 Chevy Belair hardtop and I had a ‘57 Chevy 210 Handyman wagon. I have a son and daughter and 4 grandkids ... 3 boys and 1 girl. Mike is originally from Maryland but moved to CA in 2005 to get away from the cold weather. We moved from CA in Sept of 2018 to live a slower paced and more rural lifestyle.
It is such a small world ... after I was gifted Little Joe I wanted to track down his papers. After much research I found the previous owners, received his papers, and realized his sire was a stallion I showed my mare against in the 80’s in “model” classes.
The GMR girls are showing me all the beautiful trails in the area and I was part of the gang at the recent campout at Little Elden. I love trail riding and camping with Granite Mountain Riders!
Ellen & Little Joe
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