Appaloosa Journal

DEC 2018

Appaloosa Journal is the official publication of the Appaloosa Horse Club, the international registry for the Appaloosa horse.

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greener pastures 24 Appaloosa Journal December 2018 Stanger E Edith 1925-2018 dith Marler Stanger saddled up for the last time and rode heavenward. On Friday, June 22, 2018, she passed away peacefully in her sleep. She was granted a long life and used it all up; she celebrated her 93rd birthday on June 4th. Born to George Ernest Marler and Edith Elliott Marler in 1925, her parents were pioneer homesteaders who had devel- oped a dry farm in Ririe, Idaho, by the time Edith was born. Her father was also a carpenter, and her mother taught school in the Buck one-room schoolhouse during the winters. Edith got an early start on her education as her mother took her to school with her and by age 3, Little Edith learned how to read and write. By age 13, she was ready to enter high school, and because the family ranch was so remote, her mother en- rolled her in Wasatch Academy, a Presbyterian boarding school in Mt. Pleasant, Utah. Edith loved Wasatch Academy all her life, and graduated from there at age 15. The following autumn, she enrolled as a freshman at the University of Idaho in Moscow. Edu- cation was always a priority in Edith's life, and much later, at age 41, she returned to Idaho State University to complete her degree. She was a college sophomore when she met her husband- to-be at a picnic at Heise Hot Springs. Richard had just com- pleted a mission in Brazil and was wrangling horses for a Heise guest ranch, marking time until he was drafted. World War II was on, but when the time came, Dick was classified as a 4F. A good thing, too, as it was love at first sight for them both. Six weeks af- ter they met, they eloped to Dillon, Montana and were married. They enjoyed farming and raising cattle, but they both loved horses. Within a few years, Dick had built a nice band of Paints, but both always wanted to own an Appaloosa. When the Appaloosa Horse Club held its second National Show in Lewiston in 1951, they drove up to see the show. It was there that Dick and Edith admired Freel's Chico, a beautiful young stallion, black with a big white blanket, from Loren Freel of Wallowa, Oregon. Dick, al- ways keen at spotting a superior horse had to have him. By that fall, all the Paints were sold, and they picked-up Chico in Nampa. On the way back home with him, they stopped and entered him in the Eastern Idaho State Fair. And he won. The competition was small, as there was only one other Appaloosa, but Chico had already won his first Grand Nation Champion Stallion award at the National show. It was the first of two, and he went on to win many other local, regional, and national awards. Chico was a natural show horse and turned out to be as good a sire as

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