Browse Interviews (6 total)

Patti Smotherland discusses growing up with horses in Eastern Kentucky. Her father, Wendal Tracy Johnson was a well known horse trader and breeder who eventually became a prominent figure in the Rocky Mountain Horse community. She details her early interactions and love for the horses that were, in many ways, an extension of her family.

Vernon Stamper discusses his lifetime of experiences with Mountain Horses, beginning with his childhood and ending in present day. Stamper is a well respected farmer and horseman whose storytelling and memories shed light on the role that Mountain Horses have played in the lives of Kentuckians. Stamper's account of his family history reveals a…

Jane Collins discusses her early involvement with the Rocky Mountain Horse Association. Collins details her thoughts on and experiences with the breed, as well as some of the challenges that the RMHA has faced through time, such as management issues and changing show and judging dynamics.

Clay Mansfield, a farrier by trade, discusses his extensive experiences with the Rocky Mountain Horse breed. Mansfield also comments on his family connections to the breed, which stretches back in time to his great, great, great Grandfather H. B. Hawkins.

Rea Swan discusses the early years of the Rocky Mountain Horse Association, its original goals and aspirations, and the changes the association has experienced through time, which include, but are not limited to, horse conformation practices and technological changes. Swan also shares stories from her lifetime of memories with Rock Mountain Horses…

Jeff Lainhart shares his experiences as a Rocky Mountain Horse breeder, advocate, and recognized examiner. He concludes, amongst many other points, that he strives to keep the breed as close to its original standards by only breeding his horses with the oldest known bloodlines. Lainhart also shares his view that horses should be treated as…
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