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Shinin's Creme De La

"Della" is a hard to find smokey
cream (color tested by UC Davis)
Fox Trotter that stands at about 15.3 hands. Her gentle personality, good gaits, good conformation, size and color has made her a big asset to our breeding program.

 Della can only produce buckskins, palominos and smokey blacks........ no sorrel or bay.  If the stallion has the tobiano gene or another, other color modifiers might affect the foal. Della has about 60 days riding on her so needs an experienced rider.  You can see her riding video below.   We have used her as a broodmare as we made the mistake of starting her too late in life and are not very experienced riders.  We believe at this late age, it would take too much time to make her into a great riding mare.  But, for an experienced rider she may do well.  She makes wonderful foals and is an excellent mother.  She breeds easily, foals easily and her ground manners are great.

Below is an email written to us from Carmella's owner, Brad Hansen.
Thank you so much, Brad for writing us!!  We LOVE to hear about
how our curlies are doing!!  Carmella was 3 years old at the time of this letter.

Carmella (We call her Meg because my daughter thought she looked like the color of

Meg is the first horse to greet you when you come to the farm. She loves to run and play in
the field (especially with her best friend Jag our 8 year old buckskin gelding). Her
disposition is very kind and willing. She is a horse that anyone can enjoy from the
demanding trail rider who likes to move out quickly with a smooth sure footed ride to the
little girl who hasn't ridden before and wants to ride a nice kind horse. She will let you climb
all over her, pick up her feet, and do anything to her as long as you are kind. Our cat
Gideon jumps on her back regularly and she just lets him play there. She is very trusting.
Meg has been a joy to train from day one. Once you teach her she remembers what was
taught and doesn't need to be reminded. One thing about Meg that is a bit of a negative is
that she is a grudge holder. Soft gentle training methods are best. If you use harsh or
aggressive training methods then she responds poorly and will remember it and the person
who inflicted it. Our trainer Jared Callister said the following at the conclusion of her 30 day
1- She is one of the most smart teachable colts he had ever worked with. Responds to very
soft and subtle cues.
2- Meg is very sure footed for a young horse. It is like she was born in the mountains. He
mentioned that he had not seen that sure footed action except in mustangs.
3- He said her foxtrot is very natural and had a nice flow.
4- He said Meg is very athletic and tough. He was impressed at how tough her feet are. He
trained her in some rocky areas and herded cows and her feet were like a mustang. (note:
Meg is a barefoot horse)
5- Meg is very soft mouthed and responds to even the slightest lift of the rein. She holds a
snaffle bit in her mouth with no stress from the bridle. She holds it where she wants it.
6- Meg makes me look like a wonderful trainer.
7- Jared said that after 30 days she was at the stage of a seasoned 5 year old. Very quick
8- Lastly he said Meg is the horse to choose to ride when you go to the stable for a reliable
enjoyable mount.
At the ripe old age of 29 months Meg is quite far along in being the perfect fox trotter.
Great conformation, athletic, beautiful dark palomino markings (long curly white main),
gorgeous head (small star on the center of forehead), kind and gentle disposition,
energetic, will move out quickly. Meg is still a bit on the small side but are hopeful that she
will grow closer to the size of her Dam (Della) who is 16 hands. On my first ride since the
completion of the training we rode down a busy road in the city of Bountiful. The stimulation
was all around us (cars, joggers, street workers, lawn mowers, etc.) but Meg with her
trusting attitude took it all in stride because she trusted me. I am very fortunate to own

Brad Hansen


Her 2005 curly buckskin filly "Cocoa"is a real beauty with very high intelligence, height and an amazing gait.  She is my personal FAVORITE riding horse!!  Check out DCC Cocoa's page for more info about her.  Della's 2007 curly filly is also fantastic.  You can see her on ZGC Carmella's page.  Her current owner, Brad Hansen adores her and uses her for driving and riding all ages and skill levels of riders.  His comments are below.  October of 2009 Della foaled a gorgeous curly smokey black colt!   See more about him his ZGC New York's page!  In 2011 Della gave us this beautiful curly palomino colt, ZGC Sundance!!  He is progressing quickly through his lessons and will make a great riding horse someday.

Four fantastic foals!  What will Della's 5th be like??  Currently, Della is in foal to ZGC Dallas. Wow!!!  I believe this breeding will produce a foal much like our beautiful Cocoa that she first had in 2005.  I cannot wait to see this foal!!!  I would love a duplicate of Cocoa!!  Secretly I hope Della does not sell.  ; )  But I have made promises to my family to cut back and Della is currently for sale to a good home.  Offer good through the end of January.  We can't risk moving her after that.


in foal to ZGC Dallas
Due 3-18-12