Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse News

2007 November/December
Winter Issue

Sponsor Spotlights

Just for Kicks Stables

by Mary Marshall

The childhood dream of owning a horse farm came true just five years ago for Cindy Spears. As the owner of Just For Kicks Stables nestled in the rural community of Owingsville, Kentucky, Spears and her husband Greg have translated their love of horses into a 20-acre boutique breeding and training facility that produces top quality Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horses that excel in the show ring and on the trail.

Just For Kicks, the sponsor of the 2007 KMSHA/SMHA International Grand Championship Carson Master’s Youth Versatility Award, is proud of the show ring accomplishments achieved by their two-year-old perlino Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse stallion Smokin’ Biscuit, whose temperament is just as smooth and consistent as his solid four-beat gait. Biscuit, who stood his first season at stud this year, is also a futurity stallion.

"Biscuit is a special and gentle horse," said Cindy. "He is just two years old and this was his first year in the show ring. He was so calm and mellow. Biscuit acted like he’d been in the show ring forever. He is so well behaved, and tries so hard to work for you. These are qualities that we are certain, along with color, that he will pass on to his foals. Biscuit is also a wonderful trail horse. He just goes with the flow no matter what he does."

Smokin’ Biscuit, trained by Cindy’s son and farrier Brandon Ferguson, had only been shown twice prior to his third-place finish in the Two-Year-Old Futurity Stallions class at the 2007 International Grand Championship in mid-October. Ridden by Cindy’s daughter-in-law, Hope Blevins, Smokin’ Biscuit will be a prime contender during the 2008 show season.

JFK’s Thunderstorm, now a gelding, is another blue-ribbon winning member of the Just For Kicks show stable. His only foal, a yearling colt named Kraker Jak, has joined Cindy in her latest venture, Just For Kicks Tack, a variety store in downtown Owingsville. Cindy opened the store after retiring from a successful career at Toyota in Georgetown, Kentucky.

"Kraker Jak is so gentle that one day we just brought him into the store," Cindy said with a laugh. "He wandered around and sniffed the saddles, sniffed the tack, just looking at everything and made himself at home. We put a visor on him and took some pictures, he’s a real ham."

Cindy’s focus at Just For Kicks Stable is to breed a versatile horse that has a kind and willing temperament, gait, color, and versatility. She admits that it isn’t easy for her to part with a horse, and she assumes the "Biscuit" babies may be the hardest to let go.

"I know you can’t keep them all," Cindy said. "We’re expecting three Biscuit babies, and can hardly wait to see what they look like. I just know they are going to be special like he is."

For more information about Smokin’ Biscuit, Just For Kicks Stables, and their exciting Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horses call 606-674-9610.