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.
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
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