What's in a name?
When our family became involved with Tennessee Walking horses over 30 years ago, I called many people and organizations in the US and Canada for information on the breed.
Each time I spoke with the staff at the TWHBEA, Voice or Walking Horse Report office, I would introduce myself and ask "How are you today?"
Time after time the answer would come back "Jus' Fine!"
So, with everybody else saying it, what could be better advertising?
We registered the name and began promoting Jus' Fine, then a few years later added "Jus' Fine Designs" to identify the craft and hardwood products we have produced over the years.
Photos of the family
Melanie with a gelding she raised, "Jus' Touch My Shadow".
She is a fearless trail riding and show enthusiast, and would beat me in halter classes if I was not careful...
Melanie is married and is raising our grandchildren, and they are becoming interested in the animals, so we may be riding together again soon!
Dan enjoyed feeding the horses animal crackers when he was younger. He still helps with chores occasionally, but enjoys playing bass guitar more...
His success over the past years with Stereos and I65 has been a great experience for him!
Lorraine is the best help with getting ready for a horse show or event, making sure all supplies and horses are accounted for. She really enjoys the babies (maybe not the sleep she loses as we check on the mares in the middle of the night). This picture illustrates the joy at seeing the first foal of the year.
Randy enjoying riding in the Rocky Mountains of central Alberta.
I think we started out like almost everyone, wanting a horse or two to ride and enjoy with the kids. Then it expanded to include a few more, breed one, sell one, buy another, lease a stallion, breed more, buy a stallion and on it still goes...
We are grateful for our contact with the Tennessee Walking Horse breed and the people we have done business with.
That contact has allowed us to raise our children in the country and teach them about chores, hard work and the care of animals.
We have maintained lasting and valuable friendships over the years at walking horse meetings, horse shows, breeding, sales, and over the internet.
I have previously enjoyed serving on the International Board of Directors for the TWHBEA, as President of the CRTWH, as well as being involved in various positions with local associations to promote the breed.
- Personal Interests and Information (other than horses)
Randy - Journeyman Carpenter, HR and Project Manager. Working with an Edmonton based construction company. Created inlaid stall plaques for our use, and with their increased popularity, have sold them all across the US, Canada and overseas.
Lorraine - Certified Dental Assistant and crafty woman. Creates and sells painted scenes on jars as well as making quilted items and wooden crafts.
One of our U.S. clients called us the "Little House on the Prairie" people.
Melanie - Completed her degree in Education at the University of Alberta, married and living in Sherwood Park with her electrician husband, Kevin. She currently has a full time job raising our grandchildren.
Daniel - Chasing a career in music (playing bass guitar), recording, touring across the USA and Canada. Currently living in Edmonton and running a successful painting company.
Breeding History and Current Status
We have promoted a number of stallions and these got their start in Alberta in our barn; Pride's Gypsy Man, Gen's Terminator, My Touch of Pride, Gold Legacy, and Generator 101. Currently we do not have a stallion at public stud.
Horses we have bred and raised have been sold to Germany, US, and across Canada.
A high percentage of our colts have won awards at the Canadian and TWHBEA Futurities here, as well as in the US at various shows and events.
If you are looking for a horse or want to find out about the breed, "Come Walk With Us!"
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