In Memory of

"Remembrance's Fireman"

With deep regret, we had to put Remembrance's Fireman to rest today, April 30, 2008. The injuries he received were too great to have him suffer any more. The vets concurred that his only hope of recovery would have been lengthy, with no chance of breeding again, and with many surgeries starting with castration and then amputation of his penis. The numerous surgeries would not have meshed with his personality and age and offered very slim hope of any type of recovery or a normal life.

Fireman was bred by Arlene Pralle, trained by Tamara Conkle-Young. Both of these ladies showed him on the east coast. In 1999, he received his Supreme Versatility Championship. Tamara and Arlene directed the black stallion in all types of versatility events, including English pleasure, driving, western riding, trail, basic reining, water glass, jumping, and more. The duo also earned promotion points by serving as the live mascot for the PAL Youth Football league in Tampa, Florida.

In 2001, we received this wonderful addition to our breeding program at Bookcliff Walkers in Mack, Colorado. Since then, he has been the premier stallion for Colorado with his foundation bloodlines. His grandsires were Ebony Masterpiece and Midnight Sun. This horse was ridden by many adults and children while in our ownership. Many people tried him out as their first gaited horse to ride. In pasture or under saddle, this horse walked, never a step out into a pace or trot.

The first time our farrier saw this stallion racing the fence line, wanting so much to be with the other horses, he was uncertain if he could trim his feet. But when I went to catch Fireman, he lowered his head to take the halter and stood like a perfect gentleman for his trimming. Our farrier soon learned it was all an act to impress the ladies. When we took Fireman to the summer ranch, he hated to be alone. He worked a panel loose to get in with a our big old gelding, just to show that he wanted only to be friends. We pastured them together after that.

We will keep his rare, foundation bloodlines going through the foals of his we have on the ground, and the two colts that will be standing at stud in 2009 and 2010 with Sasha House on the west slope, and with Lisa Bialy on the east slope. We are lucky to have his daughter, Bookcliff Ebony Rose, grand daughter Bookcliff Lucky J Walker, and two unnamed 2008 foals to carry on his bloodlines. We have one more mare due that is carrying his foal.

We are lucky to have his daughter, Bookcliff Ebony Rose, grand-daughter Bookcliff Lucky J Walker, and three unnamed 2008 foals to carry on his bloodlines.

During his life, Remembrance's Fireman touched the lives of many with his beauty, talent and engaging disposition. He was a true ambassador for our breed and will be deeply missed.



Fireman's sire, Sun's Remembrance:


"We were saddened to hear about Fireman and send our sincerest sympathy to you. We met him in Florida in 1996 and again in Colorado in July of 2000. He was a wonderful stallion and will be deeply missed."
Tim and Annie Leverette

"So sorry to here about Remembrance's Fireman. Especially when it is unexpected, it is so hard to let one go. You have many offspring out of him to be proud of."
Cyndi Natzke

"You are so very right in that these horses were ambassadors of the breed and produced excellent offspring! ........ These animals are so incredibly strong and so very fragile all in the same breath. Please know that I have walked, perhaps not in your shoes, but on the same path. Thanks for including me on your message. With heart-felt sympathy"
Karen Otterstein

"I am so shocked about what happened. And I am so sorry for your loss -- I know how much you loved Sparky. Ranger sends lots of love your way, and will do everything he can to follow in his daddy's footsteps and make him proud! Let me know if there's anything I can do."
Lisa Bialy

"Please let us offer ours on the loss of your beloved stallion, Fireman. We know you are missing him terribly. All the springtime work on the ranch will help ease your pain.With friendship and deepest sympathy"
Delene and Collene

"Again, we are so sorry about your stallion's death. Best regards"
Sylvia Crouter

"I am truly sorry to hear this. I know you loved that horse. May he have many good rides where he is going and be free to be with all of his woman... Hugz to you girl and remember the good times"

"Please let me express my sincere sorrow for your recent loss. It is devastating to lose a treasured member of your family and it is even more painful when it is unexpected. May the joy of the memories soon overcome the sorrow of loss."

"I am so sorry for your loss. It sounds like you made the right decision. You chose to allow him freedom from pain, even though it was painful to you. What you did was generous, No one, animal or man should have to fight a hopeless battle when there is something so much better on the other side."
Peggy Pennington

"I am sorry to hear you had to put your nice stallion down. I would have chosen to do the same, rather than have him suffer. It must be hard, and you will miss him. Luckily you have his foals to carry on his genes. I wish you the best."

"I am so so sorry. I so remember that day when I came to look at Birdy. I thought he was just magnificent. You where the first I had ever seen ride a gaited horse and I fell in love with the gaited breed ever since. I so sorry. know I will keep his vision of you and him of that day in my heart and mind always. As I am sure you have many many wonder memories as well. Debby from up above,,,,, with Remembrance's daughter Birdy."
Debbie Hubbard

"So sorry for your loss, Debby. They are never with us long enough. I am glad that you have foals of Remembrance to carry on. This is very sad day."
Judy Raad

"That is just horrible. I am so sorry and pray you heal very soon. Blessings"

"I am very saddened by your loss. You made the right decision but that doesn't make it any easier. "
Tim Beckmon SkiesRBlue Stables

"I am so sorry but you did the right thing even though it was so painful {hugs} "

"Please accept our condolences. Very tough. It's amazing how fast something like that can happen. It always makes you stop and think. Will be thinking of you."
Mark & Deb Matson

"We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your stallion. Please know that you are in our thoughts."

"Debby, I was absolutely shocked to get your news about your beautiful stud horse. I really regret not having a mare and the ability to have one of his get. He was soooo exceptional, in gait, talent, personality, and prepotencies. I will remember him as the Justin Morgan of the Tennessee Walkers. I only hope that one of his foals comes close to his special qualities. I have lost three horses in the past so I know some of what you are going through. I am so sorry"
Karen Foster

"What a terrible loss for you. I know you loved the stallion; also what a loss for the breed. I am glad there are foals on the way."

"I am SO sorry to hear. I have lost many horses but the loss of some hurt more than others. Some never leave the heart and consciousness. You have my sympathy. (I also know how fond memories get mixed with financial loss and make it seem crass to mourn the financial loss as well), I am so sorry"
Jeanne Rice

"Sorry for your loss. Sounds like you made the right decision. Now he is in horsey heaven running the fields again!"
Nicole Carswell

"I am sorry to hear that you had to have your stallion put down. I know these are difficult and heart rending decisions to make and I am so sorry that you have to go through this situation. When we put down our Ebony's Great Finale, I missed that energy and activity so much- you forget how much they add until they are gone. Time helps a little bit...."
Lynn Henschell

"I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. It is a sad day when we haven't to put one of our friends to sleep. He's now in Heaven running and being the gentleman horse he is today, taking care of the others that have gone before him, waiting for the others that follow. my thoughts are with you"
Sherry Kencaid

"Dear Debbie and Lyle, we're so sorry to hear about Remembrance's fireman. We know first hand what it is to loose a valuable horse especially when you've had so many years and so much enjoyment out of him. Sincerely"
Roy,Mary,Logan and Laura Kindall

"I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Fireman sounds like he was a true gentleman horse. I can't even imagine what you are feeling right now."
Diane, Northern foundations

"I'm so sorry to hear this!!!!! I can't believe there was no other options!, no disrespect just shock............ I hope his get will make you proud!!!"
Gwen Moberly

"I know that was a hard decision, I am very sorry for your loss"

"Sorry for his loss and the loss to you and your family. May he live on in his foals."
Ron and Maud Hamilton

"We are so sorry about your wonderful horse. We can certainly understand how you will miss him. I will keep you in my thoughts................ We're sorry for your loss. Love,"
Sharyn and Dan

"That is so sad - I am so sorry. It's hard to let them go, but sometimes we just have to do the best we can for them."

"I am truly sorry for your loss.....the breed lost another great one today."
Leigh Edgar

"I'm sorry for you loss. He sounded like a wonderful stallion that will be missed for a long time. Such a tragedy"

"So sorry to hear about your loss. :( Take peace in knowing that he's not suffering anymore. "
William and Juli

"So sorry to hear about Fireman. I know your many memories will remain in your heart. He is at peace now which is a small comfort. Gary and I were visiting Arlene in Florida and Fireman was there at that time. What a great lost to you and the walking horse breed. Hope to see you and Lyle sometine this summer. We need to get together and ride."
Kathie and Gary

"I am so very sorry for your loss. Stallions carry such special messages for us and I'm sure your mind is bringing many of them forward now in your time of need as a way to help with his death. In so many ways, he will never leave your place where he was so loved and cared for. When the wind blows and you turn quickly, you will catch a glimpse of him, feel his eye on you, visualize his spirit as your own spirit requires his presence. He will stay there to help you cope. He is at peace now and he will help you become peaceful. Very sincerely"
Julie Tarnawski GAITWAY FARM, Sunland, Calif., since 1974

"I am so sorry to hear about your loss. It sounds as though Fireman was a very special guy! I pray for one of his offspring to give you that same "spark" as he did! Sincerely"
Suzie Tiller

"I am so sorry for your loss Debby. I can only imagine what it would be like to lose Bonfire (his half brother). I can understand, though many don't, when you say he only walked and didn't pace or trot. Most people don't believe it. If there is anything I can do to help you carry on please let me know. Sympathetically"
Barbara Christensen

"We are so sorry in your loss. He was an awesome stallion and we can only hope that one of his offspring will be able to follow in his great hoof prints."
Rocky & Nya Bates

"I am so shocked and so sorry! It's hard to believe that such a magnificent animal would ever meet his end, so drastically, so awfully short. I remember like it was yesterday when you picked me up at the airport and we drove out to see him. I have some very nice pictures of him, which I still have on my computer if you would like them sent to you. I cannot imagine your grief at this tragic loss. no other horse can take his place, even his own offspring. But he will be remembered and loved, through all the foals and offspring. I pray that you will be comforted with fond memories and having had the time with him that you did. So very sorry."

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