Clipper's story was published in the July/August, 2008 issue of the Sooner News. The story
was written by Marian Alton and gives the account of how this mare came to Diamond Run.
"...Easy Clipper arrived at Hatbrand Reproductions, Joleta’s and husband, Larry’s place,
and came off the trailer tired and sore after the almost forty eight hour trip. As the days
went by, sometimes she was better, sometimes too sore to move around much. In spite
of everything Joleta, her vet and her farrier tried, the mare was in no condition to
make the two hundred mile trip to her new Arkansas home, and was not in foal, although
she finally had a decent heat cycle.
Ashley and husband, Scott, made the decision to relinquish all claim to Easy Clipper,
and leave her with Joleta in hope of someone wanting to keep working to save her. At
one point, 'Clipper’s' travel founder and mental stress point had all involved wondering
if it wouldn’t be the right decision to euthanize her.
Joleta never gave up saving 'Clipper', and her specialist farrier, Lynn Pennick, talked with
Sooner ApHC President, Carol Johnson, who talked with Sooner Editor, Gerry Lukacik, who
said, “Yes, I’m interested!” Marian Alton immediately sent Gerry all the info on Easy Clipper.
Gerry called Judy DeMuth. Carol drove to Ingersoll Ranch, took photos of 'Clipper' and sent
those to Gerry. Gerry made the trip to see and get acquainted with Easy Clipper and Joleta.
Carol and Marian met him at the ranch too.
'Clipper' loved all the attention, and all the humans involved have been blessed with a turn
around miracle—the mare is slowly getting more active, eating better, and will be going to a
fine home with Gerry in Oktaha. All her fans pray she will be healthy and sound for the 2009
breeding season, and will return to see Joleta..."
I am very honored and fortunate to have a mare with Easy Clipper's breeding and history in my