chestnut Tennessee Walking Horse mare,
with hind and near fore stockings, and a blaze. Foaled 06/12/1987.
In 1996 we struck a deal with Wade Miller, the late Calvin Millers son. Wade wanted to see his fatherís blood lines continue and we owned the last stallion to come off the Double Diamond Ranch. We brought home the last 8 mares from the Double Diamond, Millers Princess was one of them. She was a big thick mare, excellent bone and muscle! Princess had a nice gait when she was at liberty out in the pasture.
||Princess is now 24 years old and
Miller's Princess 877550
June 12, 1987 - August 1, 2012
Miller's princess was a beautiful
chestnut sabino mare with 3 stockings and a blaze. Ebony
Masterpiece, Go Boy's Merry Bird, Midnight Sun, Glover's
Allen, Troubles Josephine, and Reyclif Mid-Merry (Hill's
Perfection) were among those names still showing on her
registration papers. Miller's Princess began her life on
the famed Double Diamond Ranch in Rhame, North Dakota.
Her owner and breeder at that time was Calvin Miller.
Calvin was well known in the western US for having some
of the best Tennessee Walking Horses in the country, he
had been breeding and raising TWHs since the early
1940's. "Princess" was by Ebony's Dak. Night and out of
Flyer's Holly. Calvin must have really liked this cross
as he repeated it 4 times. The first resulting foal was
to be a gelding, Dakota Masterpiece, born in 1986. Then
came 3 sisters, Miller's Princess in 1987, Dakota Miss
Eagle in 1988, and Dakota Gumdrop in 1989.
After Calvin passed away most of the horses were sold
but 8 mares, the cream of the crop, were saved for
breeding purposes so there would always be TWHs on the
Double Diamond Ranch. But the stallion was lost and the
mares went out to pasture in the badlands. These 8 mares
ran wild in the badlands for 6 years before a deal was
struck between Mark & Shellie Pacovsky and Calvin's son
and widow, Wade and Maxine. The 8 mares, including the 3
sisters, came to Slush Creek Walkers 1995. The plan was
for Calvin's bloodlines to continue. Slush Creek Walkers
stood the last stallion to come off the Double Diamond
Miller's Princess needed retraining after 6 years of
running wild. She took her lessons and training well.
She proved to be well gaited with good bone and a nice
head. Princess was smart, learning her lessons quickly.
She graduated her training and it was decided she had
what we wanted in a broodmare. Princess moved into her
broodmare life with ease. In the spring of 1998 she
delivered her first of 9 foals at Slush Creek Walkers, a
black very well gaited colt. Princess proved to be an
excellent mother if just a little protective. Each foal
proved to be as nicely and naturally gaited as the
first. These 9 foals live all over the
U.S. including Georgia, North Dakota, Montana,
Washington and California.
A few years ago Princess lost the sight in one eye due
to an accident and a couple of years later it became
obvious she was having difficulty with her vision. Our
vet assured us that she could still see shadows and we
began to make concessions for her care. She could no
longer go out to the big pastures because she would be
lost if left behind by the other horses. She did better
in small pastures or pens where the water source never
changed. The last couple of years she had a companion in
Lehman's Black Dixie, another senior mare. Princess
would follow her everywhere and if they became separated
would call until Dixie came back for her. In August of
2011 Princess presented us with a beautiful chestnut
filly by Delight's Midnight Legend, SCW The Princess
Stride was to be her last foal. This spring it became
apparent that Princess was losing her sight entirely,
she began to run into things and was constantly nervous.
She was afraid of everything because she could see
nothing. The decision was made to give Princess some
Miller's Princess was a good mare and a great mother,
she will be sorely missed. She was the last of the
original 8 mares to come from the Double Diamond Ranch.
So ends an era...