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0:44 - Introduction

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Partial Transcript: Wendell, could you share with me a little bit about yourself? Your full name, your occupation, where you were born, the year you were born, and your connection here to Prince Albert Stables.

Segment Synopsis: Wendell was born and raised in Prestonsburg in 1951.

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2:45 - Ideal Vacation and Start with Mountain Horses

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Partial Transcript: And we started talking about the ideal vacation.

Segment Synopsis: Wendell discusses his vacation in the Rocky Mountains and how that event started his and Sue's love for riding horses.

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9:25 - Historical Importance

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Partial Transcript: Could you speak a little bit more about the historical importance of the gaited horses to the Appalachian region?

Segment Synopsis: Gaited horses were always around in the region. Everyone looked for the smooth gaited horse as opposed to the Quarter Horses. The smooth gait was the only type in the area.

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11:59 - Stories of the Old Timers

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Partial Transcript: Could you share with us a little bit, in terms of some of the stories about E.R. Davis or Ray Smith?

Segment Synopsis: Wendell discusses meeting Ray and registering his first Rocky Mountain Horse. He also discusses how he and Sue were a little isolated from the people of the association until they started showing their horses.

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17:44 - International Popularity

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Partial Transcript: Can you share with us a little bit about the growing international popularity of our Rocky Mountain Horses from its start up here in the mountains?

Segment Synopsis: Wendell uses his experience being in sales and compares it to the growth of the Rocky Mountain Horse. Had the horse been marketed properly, Wendell believes it could have been even more popular.

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20:36 - Advice for Newcomers

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Partial Transcript: Advice for somebody who might be looking to purchase a Rocky Mountain Horse for the first time as a first time horse buyer, given what you're saying here?

Segment Synopsis: Wendell tells about the importance of finding an honest horse seller who will help you on your journey. He advises to find a person who won't let you make a mistake and to stay with the Rocky Mountain Horse breed. He also recommends getting a horse that you like and avoid going for the stereotypical mountain horse.

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31:44 - Appalachian Connection

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Partial Transcript: When did you realize you were part of Appalachia and what does being Appalachian mean to you?

Segment Synopsis: Wendell's heritage leads back to one of Daniel Boone's traveling companions. Wendell talks about the hard-working nature of the Appalachian people and some other key characteristics.

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34:20 - Horse People of Yesterday

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Partial Transcript: What about in terms of the horse people of yesterday and the amount of horse knowledge that they raised or had?

Segment Synopsis: In the early days, people could only traverse the mountains by horse, so the old timers had to know their horses. The difficult part is that Appalachian people are introverted and would not tell you things about horses without you asking them directly.

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52:18 - Difficult Horses

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Partial Transcript: Some say that we learn the most from difficult horses. What are your thoughts on that?

Segment Synopsis: Wendell does not believe that we learn the most from difficult horses. He says that he has learned more from the horses that are easy to work with. He would rather work with good horses, but knows that you need to take your time with the hot-blooded, difficult horses.

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54:54 - Connection to Horses

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Partial Transcript: Do you think your relationship or your connection to horses has changed over the years?

Segment Synopsis: Wendell tells about how he has grown to appreciate horses in his later life. Horses have moved from a tool to a bonded animal for him. We are always learning from horses and Wendell hopes he never stops learning.

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