Royce didn't have it very easy at first. She was born to Tumbleweed, by Smooth Guy as well. She was born slightly smaller, but that was to be expected because her mom was a smaller mare that was a first-time mother. At first she seemed perfectly healthy; however, within 12 hours you could see that she was obviously uncomfortable. She then spent almost 2 weeks in the veterinary hospital recovering from septicemia. Well she recovered tremendously! As a weanling and a yearling, she was always a little smaller. But as she reached her two-year-old year she has caught up. The marketing director, Ty Johnson, started doing all the groundwork with her in the spring. Then Roger started Royce under saddle in August. Like Poly, from the beginning Royce has never offered to buck. With Roger being gone to rodeos a lot during the summer, Royce has only gotten about 20 rides. However, she has shown a ton of athletic ability. She has been a little trying at times because she didn't have very much respect and spatial awareness. However, with Ty and Roger's training, she is learning to respect your space much better. She is extremely smart and gentle. As she progresses, Royce is becoming even more willing. This filly will be a special one.
Poly was born to Rita, my longtime breakaway roping horse, by Smooth Guy. She was born a strong, athletic sorrel that had a ton of spunk. Right from birth, Poly has continued to grow and blossom with no issues. To our surprise, in the spring of her yearling year, she shed out to become a light bay. She now has kept the light bay color. My husband, Roger Nonella, started her in the spring. Poly has been such as easy two-year-old. Even since the first time he stepped on her, she has never offered to buck. It is so refreshing to have a filly that wants to naturally carry her head low and tuck her nose when pressure is applied to the bit. Poly exhibits a ton of athleticism, wanting to use her haunches to turn, and is very quick-footed. Roger is taking it slow to allow Poly to grow and learn how to use her body correctly. We are extremely excited to see how this filly's future unfolds. We already have to hold barrel racers off :)