Melinda Walton and her husband of 39 years, T. Larry Smith, recently moved their small breeding operation of twenty horses from Texas to Virginia. Their horses Duvent and CeCe are in training with Silva at True Prospect Farm.
Melinda says, "We moved to Virginia for a couple of reasons. Namely, to get out of the extreme Texas summer heat and secondly, to have access to excellent trainers, handlers, riders and breed shows. After our first summer in Virginia, we know that we've made the right decision.
"We found out about Boyd and Silva through Jan Byyny of Surefire Farm. She is a neighbor of ours and is training a four-year-old filly, Bebe LaRue RRS, to be an eventer. Bebe is by Bonheur (Brentano II) out of Portiana by Prince Thatch.
"Larry and I invested in the best broodmares that we could find and have been very happy with the results from our eight years of breeding Hanoverians. All of our horses, whether they are Wesphalian, Dutch, or Oldenburg, have gone through the testing and approval process with the American Hanoverian Society and have been entered into their Main Stud Book. We are looking forward to producing three to four quality foals per year."
Welcome Melinda and Larry and best of luck!