It is with tremendous heartache that we report the death of Doubletrees Wild Victoria (4/10/1995 to 8/2/2017). In her lifetime, she had been an Equitation Proficiency Exam Horse for William Woods University of Missouri and was bred by Don Deardroff Stables in Oregon. She was fast and always willing. Her extended trot was to die for. She loved to drive, as well. At times, she was affectionate, especially towards David, her owner.
“Victoria” was humanely euthanized while at a training facility in Kentucky. She died of severe colitis with bacterial and toxin complications…parasitism. We wish we could have done more to extend her life and would love to have had her longer.
Victoria came to us in a very unique way. Sharon had a vivid dream one night about a horse….a mare. This horse was calling for help. It said, “Help me. I am all alone. Please help me. I am afraid and alone.” When Sharon got up the next morning, she put out feelers to horse people through out the US to look for a mare who may be in distress or need a home. A couple of weeks went by and people gave suggestions of different horses. Then one day, Sharon was standing in the office where we boarded our horses and a fax came through with a picture of a beautiful bay American Saddlebred mare. Sharon said, “That is her!” After agreeing to take her sight unseen, Sharon asked to see the pedigree if available. Low and behold she was the daughter of Charismatic, David’s Western Pleasure Champion. She was meant to come to us. That was 13 years ago. Several years later we acquired Doubletrees Victorious (Victor), Charismatic’s son and half brother to Victoria. Both offsprings were in need of TLC.
The photographs show David with Charismatic and Sharon with Victoria in 2004. The color photograph is of David with Victoria in April 2013