I will never forget the first time my
wife, Judi, and I saw Traveler's Polaris. We had taken a
few vacation days off after Christmas in 1996 to visit
David Ogle at Diamond "T:" Stables to check on
another horse we had in training there. Over dinner that
night we had expressed to David that we might be
interested in other horses if he ran across any that he
thought might be an asset to our barm. He told us that if
we would like to have a stud, he certainly had a good one
in his barn to break for Chester Patterson. David
explained that Chester thought highly enough of the colt
that he would like to see someone buy it that would keep
him a stud.
Polaris is out of Traveler and Sensation's Cinnamon
Stick, Chester's mare. That Traveler/Sensation cross
seems to be working very well.
David had been riding the colt for only two weeks, but he
said he could already tell that he had a natural ability
beyond any two year old he had ever sat on before.
David got Polaris out of the stall late that night to
show him to us. He was remarkably calm for a two year old
and very well proportioned. His sorrel color and nice
large star on his forehead made a striking first
impression on my wife and I. David quietly saddled him
and proceeded to ride him around the barn. We could see
immediately why he was so high on his little horse.
Polaris was loaded with all kinds of natural rhythm and
head shake. He had a certain air about him that just
seemed to catch and hold our attention. The way Polaris
moved just made you want to chuckle inside. After a full
15 minutes of observation we committed to purchase this
As the months went by David did a wonderful job training
Polaris for the 1997 Breeder's Cup Reserve Championship.
He told us that only once every 20 years do you get to
see a horse with this kind of talent.
It wasn't until after the Breeder's Cup that we realized
what "Polaris" meant. Polaris is the name of
the North Star, signified by the star on Traveler's
Polaris' forehead. Polaris, the North Star, is the
brightest star in the constellation Ursa Minor (Little
Dipper) , and all other Northern Hemisphere celestial
objects appear to rotate around it . Truly our program
can revolve around Traveler's Polaris for some time.
We are grateful that David Ogle spent a little extra time
with us that winter night. We both think that David is a
very nice young man and a dedicated trainer who is fully
capable of bringing Traveler's Polaris to his fullest
potential and achieving our highest goals set for this
special horse. Polaris will stand the 1998 Breeding
Season at Diamond "T" Stables in Marshfield, MO
under the watchful eye and special care of his trainer,
Don and Judi Bethard
Hidden Hills Ranch
The Open Reserve National Champion won a Missouri
Foxtrotter saddle from PFI Western Store, a garland, a
trophy, a horse cooler, and $3,299 in prize money!