Mark and Shellie
Pacovsky raise Tennessee Walking Horses, beef cattle, feed grains, and hay. If it needs TLC or nursing, it fits into the latter category and it doesn't matter if it human or animal.
They are very proud of their breeding program and the horses
they raise. Their goal is to provide good quality using horses at reasonable prices.
All of their
children are grown and starting their
own families. They have seven
grandchildren (four boys and three
girls), and "Shellie's Strays".
Slush Creek is the farm/ranch where Mark's
family lived when he was born and Mark
was raised here. He always knew that the
farm and ranch was what he wanted to do,
so Mark went to college in Williston, ND
for Farm Business Management. When he
graduated he came back and took over the
farm from his father, Vernon.
A 7 year old Shellie on
Flicka. Her younger sister and
the pony Shellie learned to ride on are
behind the horse.
was born in Kenmare, a small town north
of Minot in North Dakota. She also lived
on a farm until the family moved to
Williston, ND. Even when Shellie was
young, when asked what she wanted to do
when she grew up, she would answer " I
want to raise horses in the mountains in
Montana". Now she says "two out of three ain't bad"... no mountains you know".
Mark and Shellie
are pictured with their children below
and this is their
We had been looking for a horse that could be used for pleasure riding BUT it also would have to do some ranch work - the type of horse most folks would call a "using horse". It had to be something with a great disposition, calm and sane because we had
six children. One day a man called and said he heard we were looking for a horse and thought he might have what we were looking for. We drove over to look at her and I was immediately in love!
Here was this little solid black mare, not yet two years old. Her name was
Lehman's Black Dixie and he had purchased her at the North Dakota State Fair. After looking at her and checking her over, Mark and I huddled in a corner to make our decision...it was a short huddle. Mark said "If you don't want her I do!" We didn't know anything about the Tennessee Walking Horse but we took her home. It was not until a visit sometime later with Mrs. Maxine Miller that we found out she had Allen's Gold Zephyr AKA Roy Rogers Trigger Jr. on her papers.
In a very short
time we were hooked! It
wasn't long before Mark decided
he needed "one of those".
We wanted to
breed Dixie and after much
searching, we found the nearest
reputable breeder was Calvin
Miller in Rhame, North Dakota.
We went to the famed Double
Diamond Tennessee Walking Horse
Dixie down to "visit" Miller's
Super Man and when we went back
to pick her up, we brought home
a black yearling stud colt. That
colt was Slush Creeks Jubal S.
He was the last stallion to come
off the Double Diamond ranch.
make much sense to have a
stallion and one mare so we
began a search for a couple of
suitable brood mares.
1994 we saw an ad for a "1976 model" TWH
mare. I wasn't really interested but
thought I would get some information and
idea on some prices. I called the woman
and after a short conversation she asked
me the name of Dixie's dam. When I told
her, she started to laugh and said "that
1976 model mare I have is Dixie's dam"!
Well, that cut it...we made the trip to
Green Zephyr Stables in New Rockford,
North Dakota just to look at
Dakota Dixie Flash. I still
didn't want to buy her because I thought
she was too old but after meeting
her...she and a couple of others came to
Montana! We purchased Dakota Dixie
Flash, Zephyr Dakota Breeze, Dakota
Gamblr BB Cake, and Zephyr Good & Ready.
fall of 1996 we were looking for a
couple more mares to breed to Jubal.
Once again, we contacted Wade Miller
hoping he could point us in the right
direction and give us some pointers on
what to look for. Wade had an
idea...Jubal was the last stallion to
come from his dad's breeding program,
Super Man was gone, and he still had
those mares left. Wade wanted to see his
father's lines continue! He wanted the
good, naturally gaited, using horses
that his father had been breeding for
over 30 years, to survive. After some
negotiating, we ended up with the last
mares and Wade would always have horses
from his fathers bloodlines on the
Double Diamond. Those mares were
Dakota Miss Eagle,
Ebony's Country Charm,
Miller's Princess and Super
thirteen mares and
Slush Creeks Jubal S became
the foundation of our breeding program.
We have stayed with the tried and true
"using horse" lines, while still
insisting on gait, disposition, and the
sane mind required to do many of the
ranch/trail tasks that we require of our
Horses are not our only passion
there are some others.
Grandchildren are way more fun
than our own kids ever were AND
they think we are more fun than
their parents will ever be. It's
a mutual admiration society!!