Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse News


Winter Issue


Cover Story


Shepherd's Snowy River


The stunning and talented KMSHA stallion Shepherd’s Snowy River, winner of the Kentucky Mountain International Trail Pleasure Grand Championship, is owned by Chad and Sandy Shepherd of Ginger Ridge Farm in Clay City, Kentucky.

Shepherd’s Snowy River has been the pride and joy of Ginger Ridge since Chad’s mother and father gave the six-month old colt to their son. "Paul Willis has had Snowy River in training since 2005 after our stallion Harley Boy coliced in 2004," said Sandy. "Chad told Paul about his old stallion (Snowy River) who had not been in a show ring for seven years. Paul said ‘Let’s try him’ and approximately four weeks later we took him to a show in Georgetown, Kentucky."

Well, you would have never known that Snowy River had been out of the ring for so long, he won all three classes that he was entered in, and it has been up hill ever since. "River" has won the Master Stallion Championship in ‘05,’06,’07, and ‘08 at the Kentucky Mountain International Horse Show, and other championship titles for Mountain Horses. He also won the ‘07 Stallion Trail Pleasure Tri State Show in Indiana, the trail pleasure at the White Mountain Tennessee Show, and several other prestigious Mountain Horse grand and reserve championships in ‘07 and ‘08. This year at the International, "River" won the trail pleasure and stallion trail pleasure with a unanimous judge’s decision. If that wasn’t enough, he then won the Grand Championship!

Trainer Paul Willis says "River" is the smoothest gaited trail horse he has ever ridden. He passes on his great temperament and gait to his offspring that are doing great in the ring and on the trail.

Thank you Paul Willis, Mike Bowen, Jeff Yarber, and all of our friends for encouraging us to show Snowy River. Most of all thank you Snowy River; we will let you do your famous river dance. For breeding contact Chad and Sandy at Ginger Ridge Farms in Clay City, Kentucky at 606-663-4556 or 606-776-5648.