Sunny Brook Farm Quarter Horses
History

Probably, as a baby, the first words out of Becky's mouth was either chocolate, or horsey. She was, and still is, addicted to both. Born into a non horse family, in Austin, Texas, and raised in the mountains of East Tennessee, she was a cowgirl at heart. After years of nagging her parents, they finally decided, when she was 10 yrs old, to start her off with a blue-eyed pinto pony, named Rebel. Ever since that day, Becky has always wanted to do more with horses. After finishing college in 1976, getting a job at Oak Ridge Associated Universities, and getting married, she scraped up a few dollars and went to the 1979 Tattersalls sale in Lexington, KY. There, she bought a yearling Sir Quincy Dan quarter horse gelding, named Lord Quincy. After training and showing this gelding to local Tennessee saddle club wins, she traded him for a triple Leo bred yearling filly, named Cabrena Leo, and moved to Athens, Georgia in 1982, to work at the University of Georgia's Ecology department. While at UGA she met Carla Wennberg, whom coached Becky and her filly to many local Georgia saddle club wins in multiple events including trail, western pleasure, horsemanship, showmanship and western riding. The challenge of the western riding class was the fuel she needed, for bigger and better things to come. Becky then sold Cabrena Leo and in 1985 took that money, to buy a Sonny Dee Bar bred gelding, named Sonnys Super Torino, and headed off to the higher ranks of the Georgia Quarter Horse Association. A short time later, she received an Amateur Register of Merit and a western pleasure futurity win. After selling this gelding, Becky acquired a yearling Impressive granddaughter at a GQHA sale in Alpharetta, Georgia in 1987. Ima Sweet Memory was the individual that brought Becky to state and national recognition. Sweetie's sweeping stride and strong topline, made her a wonderful Amateur all around horse. By 1995, Becky and Sweetie had totaled 115 points in 8 different amateur events, and thus, was awarded one of the American Quarter Horse Association's most difficult and presigous awards: Amateur Versatility Champion.


photo: Ima Sweet Memory

Along with this championship, this team acquired 26 Amateur and reserve amateur all arounds.
 [Full list of achievements]
 

In 1996, Sweetie was sold to a youth, and Becky acquired a gelding with Alamitos Bars breeding, named Continental Zip Code. After a ROM and a couple of reserve all arounds, Becky sold him to a youth, in 1998, and bought a 2 yr old buckskin filly from Charlie Hutton of Hilldale Farm in Princeton, KY. This filly was by Shining Spark and out of the AQHA High Point Reining mare of 1993, SF Kings Firstlady. Her name: Shiners Firstlady.  Becky had decided to really challenge herself, and change venues from All Around to Reining. Not easy to do when you are in your mid 40's! With lessons from Charlie and Debra Jones Wright, Becky and Lady headed out to AQHA shows. By the end of Lady's 3 yr old year, she already had her Amateur Register Of Merit. By the next year, Lady had her Open ROM and points in 6 events including working cowhorse, along with 2 amateur all arounds.

Lady was always a focal point at shows. Her striking buckskin color and big brown eyes drew crowds to her. She was always the spectator's favorite. She was ever so willing and able, to stand for a family photo, when people would drop by her stall, at the Georgia National State Fair.

Lady is still with Becky and has been retired to broodmare status.

Lady and her 2003 foal, Shiners Whiz Kid, who is a Palomino World Champion.
He is sired by NRHA reserve Derby Champion West Coast Whiz
LTE +$130,000

We have a 2007 full sister to Shiners Whiz Kid, now undersaddle,
and another full sister that arrived in Jan  2009.
 
 
 
 

In 2001, Becky went back to Hilldale farms, and bought a 2 yr old daughter of Nu Chex to Cash, their "up and coming" senior stallion. Nu Centerfold Girl (aka Miss June) proved her pedigree and carried Becky to multiple AQHA and NRHA wins in both Amateur and Rookie classes. With very limited showing in AQHA classes, Miss June finished her superior in reining, qualified 4 out of 5 years for the AQHA World show, and is now a sucessful youth horse in Texas.

Nu Centerfold Girl
AQHA Superior Amateur reining
59.5 Amateur reining points
39.0 All age reining points
Multiple Circuit championships
NRHA Rookie wins

                   Nic It By An Arrow

 

In 2004, Becky headed down to Dorminy Plantation, in Fitzgerald, Georgia, to look at some weanling prospects. She came home with Nic It By An Arrow.  A 2004 sorrel filly by NRHA Futurity finalist, Nic It In The Bud, and out of a good reining Doc Tari mare, Arrow T Tari.  "Nickie" was shown at three circuits in 2007 and, in September, walked  away with an AQHA Circuit Championship in Open Reining.  In 2008, she became a NRHA money earner, first time shown, qualified for the '08 Amateur and '09 Select Amateur World Shows, and won the South Carolina High Point All age and AmateurReining Award.

To date, Becky at Sunny Brook Farm, has had several fine quality horses from the bloodlines of Cee Bars, Leo, Sonny  Dee Bar, Impressive, Alamitos Bars, Three Bars, Continental King, Shining Spark, Nu Cash, Topsail Whiz and Reminic. All of these horses, which were trained and shown by Becky, went on to become good youth horses for other families, and had permanent homes as pets, after their show careers.  It's been a privilege to train and show these nice horses, over the last 40 years, and meet all the wonderful people associated with them.

Please refer to our SBF Horses page for our current list of equine residents.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
                             quote by Mahatma Gandhi

"A smart man learns from his own mistakes, a wise man also learns from the mistakes of others."
quote by the late Frasier Robinson, father of First Lady, Michelle Obama

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