Margaret's Native and Princess of Honey

These two might as well be called Crackers and Cheese or Bread and Butter. However you choose to describe a perfect pairing, add Margaret and Princess. Never were two horses happier together. They are retired matrons in our Old Ladies Collection, which due to the farm’s predilection for rescuing pregnant mares, is now unfortunately quite extensive. A happy exception to the rescued multitudes,Margaret's Native and Princess of Honey were sponsored into our retirement program by their owners, Larry and Sheila Ullmann, and they have been well-supported as they so deserve.

Princess is perfectly named because after living with her for several years I know why she was a much better broodmare than a racehorse. Her daughter, Amber Hills,had 5 wins including the Bay Meadows Oaks, California Oaks, the Black Swan and the CTBA Marion Stakes. Princess on the other hand, has issues. Sometimes it’s the halter; no can do. Or fine. Sometimes fly spray is the devil's own body odor, or not. On it goes. Yet a better mother you will never find, and she has always been perfectly cooperative with caretakers of her foal. For anyone who still believes that horses are not the brightest, come out here and spend a day with Princess. Take notes, it will be enlightening.

Margaret on the other hand is a laid-back high achiever. She raced 30 times with nine wins including two stakes and retired with earnings of $139,695. She excelled as a brodmare with three black type winners including Market Garden, Hadl, and Mango Marquerita. Her last foal is a 2 year-old filly by Skimming that Tranquility Farm is currently offering as an eventing prospect, and she has all her mother's charm and good looks.

Whatever their differences, this happy couple will be found at any time eating side by side, dozing in the sun, or walking up in lockstep up for a visit. Margaret will be delighted, and as for Princess……we will be informed shortly if she can pencil us in for some time today.