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The present stallions used at Royal Pony Farm are: Royal Red Viking #133258A, Royal Alice’s Boy #135064A, Royal Golden Supreme #139041A, Royal Firecracker #140453A, Royal Bold Gold #146468A, Royal Kryptonite #148700A and Lee-Land Caper #146013A. (These stallions are pictured on the Royal Pony Farm Stallion Page). All are of different sizes and colors but with the same standards that Howard demanded in his ponies.
Howard became a lifetime member of the American Shetland Pony Club in 1954 and was a charter member of the Area VI Shetland Pony & Miniature Horse Breeders’ Association and the Midwest Classic Shetland Breeders’ Association. He served terms on the Board of Directors in both club.
He loved raising beautiful ponies with a good top line, high tail set, large eyes and small ears. When he wasn’t out in the pasture, you would find him at many sales and shows throughout the Midwest. His own ponies topped a number of sales in Iowa and Minnesota and the National Sale through the years and he usually consigned to all the sales held in the Midwest. Howard loved studying bloodlines and visiting with other breeders. He was also an avid reader of all things equine so his house was overflowing with books, sale catalogs, and magazine subscriptions.
Howard always claimed to be the “factory” and while he showed in numerous shows in the Midwest, he sold many ponies to others to be shown on to fame. There are too many years and too many ponies to name but some recent Royal Pony Farm “Ponies of Distinction” were:
–Royal Lacey Lady #139580 who was owned by Jean Coyne and exhibited by Bob Roudebush. Royal Lacey Lady is Hall of Fame in Halter and was Pony of the Year in 1995.
–Royal Gray Lad #137886 who was inducted into the Halter Hall of Fame in 2001. Gray Lad was shown throughout his career by Howard himself, Don Rudeen of Oneka Ponies, and earned his remaining points needed for his Hall of Fame under his young handler, Crystal Reno of Stagecoach, Nevada.
–Royal Firecracker #140453 who was the 2000 National Congress Classic Open Model Stallion and Classic Reserve Grand Champion, Under Division. (Photos of Royal Firecracker are available on the Royal Pony Farm Stallions page).