December 2015… Isthmus of Panama and Embera Indian village called Katuma
Panama means rich land of butterflies, trees, fish. They have over 933 species of birds more than all of Europe and North America. They are in a building/economic boom with currently 100 skyscrapers, another 150 being currently built. 80 banks, 1 billion income from tourism, 2 billion from re-export business, 2 billion from the canal. Panama was home to indigenous tribes since 2500 BC, Christopher Columbus was the second European to set foot on this land and declared it for Spain. It was a Columbia province in 1821 and declared their independence in 1903. The Republic of Panama is made up of 10 provinces. In 1999 the Canal was turned over to the Panamanians by President Carter.
December 2015… Panama City
November 2015… Italy
December 2014… Costa Rica
I was fascinated by the crocs because we were in a small boat close to the muddy brown water (had to keep my hand in) and within 6-8 feet of them…when that one got up on his legs and walked to the water…thought I would have a heart attack….I have only seen them swimming in the water and laying on the shore. Quite a thrill. I have the whole sequence of him until he is submerged into the water…..
I am not a flower or bird person either but I have quite a few pictures of both….the birds are so colorful…like the one with a purple head, blue body and green legs. Chance liked the birds too because I brought a guide home for him to see all the birds……flowers were stunning with the heavy green vegetation so I have more pictures of that then I ever thought I would take. I have a green lizard that I could not even see because he looked like the leaves and his tail is in the water…small fella but I eventually found him……
I also LOVE the iguanas…wouldn’t mind having one for a pet to hold. I think that is very strange on my part, but I have always liked the iguanas from the time when I lived in Puerto Rico and this one fella had one in his arms and it was his pet...super slick, I thought. I did meet one that came running by me when I was going to walk into the store in the jungle, not town. I stopped and talked quietly to him and asked him to stay by me so I could walk around him and get pictures. He stayed and appeared to like my voice and he appeared to listen to me…the workers were all watching me and wondering what I was doing with the iguana. I was developing a relationship…….like the night I sat out on our patio and ribbited to a frog for about 15 minutes…..thought that might be my fair prince in the jungle bush….ha…ha…ha…I got tired and went in!!
I think I have the flavor here. I wanted to buy land and live there but I am over that now!! But am happy after 20 years of wanting to go, that I just went with my friend Shari……
Visited James Kifer farm in Hartselle, Alabama, May 26-28
Purchased OBB Cool To Touch, see her in the broodmare section. She is
bred to JF Skip N Style, AQHA World Champion Palomino stallion.
Marty Miller now plays polo...........
July 21, Gonzalo Bunge Polo Benefit hat contest
December 14-26, 2012… Maui,
Hawaii. Went on 6 whale watches with niece Alyssa. Sally
Sullivan came too.
December 1, 2012… Sheriff’s
Quarter/Paint Horse Sale, Cannon Falls, MN
October 12-14, 2012… Visited
Mike Clites and saw Norma Gene. Then visited John & Emily Kaibesman in South Dakota and also Marlene Voeltz to see her mare.
September 23-24, 2012… Rita
Crundwell’s Sale. Bought her Remington statue and a 16.5” silver show
September 22, 2012… Breeders
Halter Futurity, Des Moines, Iowa
September 13-17, 2012… Murfreesboro,
Tennessee to the Big Money and the WCHA Halter Futurities. Diva won
September 2, 2012… Tom Scheckel
August 2-4, 2012… Tulsa,
Oklahoma to see and make decision on JMK Im No Tease
July 6, 2012… Bought JMK Im
No Tease from Brinkman’s Bushy Park Farms with Daryl Lankin’s assistance.
June 26 - July 2, 2012... Texas to
Terry Bradshaw Sale and visit other farms in the Pilot Point/Aubrey area.
June 22, 2012… Took
ImaFullMoon DIVA to Kathi Lawrence, Carthage, Missouri for fitting
June 11, 2012… Mr Elusive’s
owner, Tim Meyer, visited and really liked his colt
March 14, 2012… I M Cool (Te
Coolest X A Phenomenal Lady)
March 5, 2012… Red Carpet
Romeo born (My Intention X On The Red Carpet)
February 16, 2012… Mr Exclusive
born (Mr Elusive X Way To Glorious)
February 8, 2012… DMM
ImaFullMoon Diva born (JMK Supernatural X Contemptified)
January 3-9 2012… Visited
Prince Farms, Palmetto, Florida
Jan.– May, 2012... audited
Equine Reproduction class at UW River Falls, Wisconsin
I got the
surprise of the century !!!! The UPS man
delivered a box that I did not want to sign for because I had not ordered
anything. After my many
refusals & his insistence, I signed for the box. When I opened
it, this is the trophy that was enclosed. I did not know
TOUCHES TOP GUN, 2009 stallion by Contemptified, was being shown and was taking
Grand Champions at a “number” of AQHA shows out East. Earl & his
son, Todd Hoffman, of Harrisburg, PA, who by the way, lead Contemptified to her
Reserve World Championship, sent this surprise to me. CONGRATULATIONS
on your many show wins & THANK YOU Earl & Todd Hoffman for the
November 2011 Sedona, Arizona
November 2011 Grand Canyon helicopter shots of Colorado River
October 20, 2011 Helicopter ride over the Canadian Horseshoe Niagara Falls, on my way to the All American Quarter Horse
June 11, 2011 Canterbury Horse Racing event (will learn how to
bet, don’t know if that is a good idea)
June 4, 2011 Jack Brainerd Western Dressage Clinic in Eau Claire, WI
May 24, 2011 – June 3 Fabulous Scotland vacation with Nathan, St. Andrews was his highlight
our tour guide
April 28, 2011 – May 4 Florida Keys vacation with the family (son, wife, grandson). Caught 100 lb. shark
April 6-12, 2011 Visited Alyssa in Seattle, WA; naturally went on a whale watching cruise
January 20, 2011 - Way to
Glorious had black filly by Hurricane Ivan. She is eligible for the OPEN
Breeders Cup Halter Futurity and eligible to win the 22% payback of the
$125,000.00 for this class.
January 22, 2011 - Attended
the Minnesota Quarter Horse Association Banquet/Auction
#1 Item on Diane’s Bucket List was to Meet Toby Keith
9/19/2010 concert pictures taken by Diane
November 15 – 21, 2010 -
Attended the AQHA World Show/Sale
October 16, 2010 - Diane Driving Dandy, First driving lesson!
October 7, 2010 - Birthday!!!!!
October 6, 2010 - Bought a Horse Drawn Bob Sled; 2 horse sleigh, 2 seater
September, 2010 - Alaska Inside Passage Cruise
September 25, 2010 - Attended Simon’s Quarter Horse Sale in Cannon Falls, MN. Bought Way To Glorious bred to Ivan Harder’s Hurricane Ivan bred for a January 21, 2010 foal. This mare is in the Kentucky Pay Back Fund if returned to Kentucky to foal.
September 19, 2010 - Attended Toby Keith Concert in Duluth, MN and actually met Toby Keith…..WOOHOO.
August 29, 2010 - Attended The Madison Police Department Despooking Training Session at Trinity Equestrian Center, Eau Claire, WI
July 10, 2010 - Diane attended Rita Crundwell’s Sale in Dixon, Illinois. Bought A Cool Letter who is bred to Reflections Kid for a January foal
March 27, 2010 - On The Red Carpet bred
March 25, 2010 - Contemptified bred
March 20, 2010 - A Phenomenal Lady bred
March 18, 2010 - One Awesome Easter Lily bred
January 23, 2010 - Diane
bought JM Keifer’s, JMK Supernatural breeding at the Illinois Stallion
For the second year, the
highest earning horse is Cluitions Impression owned by Shannon Whitney of Adams
Center, New York. Shannon bought Cluitions Impression from Diane Miller
Quarter Horses in Hager City, WI. Cluitions Impression earned a total of
393 points in 2009 getting Ms. Whitney a total payout of $1373.90. Congratulations Shannon!
November 9-15, 2009 - AQHA World Show & Sale; Diane coordinated the WCHA (World Conformation Horse Association) Stallion Service Auction
September 4-6, 2009 - Diane attended the Go For
The Gold in Tulsa, Oklahoma looking for a palomino mare/filly
July 11, 2009 - Diane attended Rita Crundwell’s Sale in
April 22, 2009 - Touches Top Gun was born
March 2009 - March 8th, CKS Sterling Silver was born. March 22nd, CKS Spartacus was born
February 2009 - February 1st, Cool Superbowl Sunday was born. Ted
Turner along with John Lawrence visited Diane Miller Quarter Horses. Diane was elated that he took the time to come and see her mares. Mr. Turner was in Minnesota to do a halter clinic for the MN
Quarter Horse Association.
2008 - Diane
and Ms. Betty from Idaho duked it out on the bidding for Contemptified, Reserve
World Champion and Congress Grand Champion. Contemptified is now at Diane
Miller Quarter Horses in Wisconsin and Diane and Betty discuss horses frequently.
2008 - Diane
just cannot stay away from Doug Tallent’s!! She flew back down to see more
horses in Texas, spent a morning at Terry Bradshaw
Quarter Horses where
Chad Wing was most helpful in showing her all the horses on her list to see. This time Diane brought
only one mare home from Doug’s, Sierras Dream Doll bred to Cooler Than
All. Can’t believe she got out of Texas with only one mare.
2008 - Diane
drove down to Kansas to visit with Barbara Hoffer, to see Not Kiddin Me and End
Zone Dancer and all the other stallions and babies at Hofferosa.
2008 - Diane
and her son Marty, took a quick trip to Kentucky to visit Triple C to see Caribbean Kid and all
of their stallions and visited with Kari and David Sipes. Then visited
Grace Berton and saw her wonderful Sir Cool Skip and Rawhide Outlaw and of
course, her mares. Last stop was Mac Crawford’s place to see his
stallions, The Finest Mocha and The Elusive Kid. Diane & Marty
squeezed in a Thoroughbred Farm, Gainesway Farm, to just see how the other half
does their breeding program.
2007 - After
a quick Amtrak trip to Whitefish Montana,
Diane got home and jumped into her truck and drove down to the World Show in Oklahoma to watch the
halter classes. She did not attend the sale... for the obvious reasons
2007 - Diane
again spent a week in Whitesboro Texas and looked at all of the
broodmares and stallions she could fit in her 14 hour days and chatted with
everyone along the way. Visited Chip & Sue Ellen Knost to see what
they had. This time was even better than the year before! Diane
bought 4 mares at the Doug Tallent Sale: Toughdown Maggie, VR Antuanette,
Kids Classy Lady and Concentions FoxyLady. Three were consigned by Chip
Knost. Whew!!! Now that was a trip and a half.
September 2006 - Diane made a trip to
Whitesboro, Texas to the Horse Country Invitational Sale
at Doug Tallent’s...
Diane used her extra time well by
getting up each day and visiting horse farms - Fossil Gate Farms where Gary
Gordon spent hours showing the group all of his fine stallions and mares; Chip
Knost, Mike Murray and Reata Ranch where Katrina & Wayne Jordan &
Edgewood/Lanning, Inc. All were so gracious to do the same.
The trip proved to be most successful with Diane buying at the sale, A Phenomenal Lady,
2001, a 16H sorrel mare, superior halter with 89.5 points; 60.5 open, 20
Amateur, & 9 Youth. This mare was previously owned by L. J. Kruidenier,
Inc. and is in foal to Golden Gunslinger for a January baby. As if that was not
enough, Diane visited Chip Knost and bought his 1999 gray mare, Design by
Major, 16.1H who has her ROM in open halter, is in foal to CK Kid for a
March baby and has produced a World Champion gelding who has 186.5 points. Diane will be visiting Pilot Point and Aubrey, Texas soon. She just had way too
much fun to not return as soon as possible.
Lily Won 2 firsts - 2 seconds - 1 third and a Reserve Grand Champion in the All Mare Championship Class. Another 8 points!!
In 2006, One Awesome Easter Lily, born on Easter Sunday morning 2005, has been shown at the MN Palomino Horse Breeders Show, twice in Windom, MN and at the Iowa Palomino Horse Breeders show, twice in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and once in Hutchinson, Kansas at the Kansas Palomino Horse Breeders Association show. Lily has accumulated 33 halter points earning her "Register of Merit" in open halter and she has won 40+ color points also winning her "Register of Merit" in the color classes and winning the coveted Class A Color Championship twice. Lily is going to become our rider for my grandbaby....soon as the two of them are ready.