04/17/2011 12:06AM

In Memory of Edward P. Evans

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Above:  Summer Colony and her 2010 Smart Strike colt.  

Below:  Edward P. Evans with his homebreds Quality Road (left) and A Little Warm

Above:  Trio of Edward P. Evans' homebred millionaire mares - Summer Colony, Gold Mover and Raging Fever - with trainer Mark Hennig at Belmont Park in 2003.  Jose Sanchez holds Summer Colony, Mark Hennig holds Gold Mover and Saul Castellanos holds Raging Fever.

I think of Edward P. Evans often. It’s not like I knew him well – I may have spoken with him a dozen times. I wish I'd known him better.  But with how much he loved his horses, he was easy to root for.

I was fortunate to visit Mr. Evans’ Spring Hill Farm in Casanova, Virginia, last summer. With its rolling landscapes, manicured fields and world-class roster of horses – Raging Fever, Gold Mover, Summer Colony, Kobla, Quiet Dance - the farm rivaled anything in Kentucky.  I felt the presence of Mr. Evans everywhere - every meandering roadway and mist-covered field was a result of his dreams and passions.

On Saturday, April 16, a memorial service for Mr. Evans was held at the farm.

Here are a few photographs from summer 2010 at Mr. Evans’ cherished and magical haven, Spring Hill Farm.

Gygistar (1999), Grade I winning millionaire bred/owned/pensioned at the farm by Mr. Evans

Above and below:  2010 Lemon Drop Kid - Tigi (Dixieland Band) colt

Above: Kobla, the dam of Quality Road, with Lite Light's final foal Mine Light

Above:  Mares in Spring Hill Farm field 

Above and below: Dixie Chimes, dam of Freefourinternet.  Above:  with her 2010 Pleasant Tap colt

Above:  Summer Colony and foal silhouette

Above and below:  Christmas Card, young daughter of great Spring Hill producer Christmas Bonus

Above:  2010 More Than Ready - Quiet Now colt (Quiet Now is a half-sister to Saint Liam)

Above:  Minstrella, bred by Edward P. Evans, was Irish champion 2-year-old filly, and a Group I winner, in 1986.  Among her many successful offspring for Mr. Evans was graded stakes winner Colonial Minstrel ($556,586).  She was a contented 26-year-old pensioner in 2010.  Below, Minstrella with Diana Baker.

Above:  Resident pony does its best dinosaur-face impression :)

Above:  Popular Grade I winning millionaire Raging Fever, and her 2010 Smart Strike colt (below)

Above:  Multiple stakes winning homebred Storm Minstrel

Above and below:  Quiet Dance, the dam of Saint Liam

Above and below: Bianco d'Oro, gorgeous! pensioned Miswaki stallion - rescued through the efforts of Diana Baker.  He occasionally helps out with teasing duties.

Above:  Summer Colony's Smart Strike colt steps out

Above:  County Seat, young half-sister to millionaire/Grade I winner Gygistar, with her 2010 Harlan's Holiday colt

Above: Dixie Union - Fever's Gone filly.  Fever's Gone is a daughter of Raging Fever

Above and below:  Kobla, the dam of Quality Road

Above:  A full brother to Quality Road - 2010 colt by Elusive Quality - Kobla

Above and below:  Beloved old pensioners and best buddies Music Bell (bay) and Minstrella (grey).  Music Bell, b. 1986, is the dam of 3 stakes winners (2 graded).  Minstrella (b. 1984) was an Irish champion 2-year-old and produced five horses to earn over $100,000 (top earner G2 winner Colonial Minstrel - $556,586)

Above:  Seeking Atlantis, a young broodmare by Seeking the Gold - Atlantic Ocean.  Atlantic Ocean, a multiple graded stakes winner, sold for a world record $1.9 at the 2002 Barretts March sale

Above:  Summer Colony and her Smart Strike colt

Above:  Handsome young stallion and graded stakes winner Nite Light (Thunder Gulch - Lite Light)

Above:  Broodmares check out a new field at Spring Hill Farm

Above:  Light Green, young broodmare by Pleasantly Perfect - Green Light, by Sheikh Albadou.  Light Green, an Evans' homebred, won the Fall Aspen S. at Belmont

Above and below:  Summer Colony with her 2010 Smart Strike colt

Above:  Lemon Drop Kid - Christmas Card colt.  Christmas Card is a young daughter of Evans' great mare Christmas Bonus

Above:  The popular and lovely Gold Mover, who earned over $1.5 million and won ten stakes as an Edward P. Evans homebred

Above:  Millionaire/multiple graded stakes winner Gold Mover with her 2010 Indian Charlie colt, and the 2010 Indian Charlie - Gold Mover (below)

Above:  Grade I winner Christmas Kid enjoying a roll

Above:  Trio of pensioned geldings enjoying the summer grass - Gygistar, Rigoletto and Palameade

Above and below:  They don't come handsomer than pensioner Rigoletto (1993, by Nureyev - Aria)

Above:  Rigoletto, 17 in 2010, with his loving human Diana Baker.  Were it not for Diana taking him in, it is unlikely that Rigoletto would be living a horse's dream life.  His every need is met and he could not be more loved.

Above:  2010 Marital Spook foal, a half-sibling to Yonaguska, with her nurse mare

Above:  Gold Mover and her Indian Charlie colt

Above and below:  Millionaire/Grade I winner Gygistar, a contented pensioner at the farm

Above:  Mine Light, 2007 ch. m. by Thunder Gulch - Lite Light.  This beauty was Lite Light's final foal

Above:  Quiet Dance, Saint Liam's dam, on the move

Above:  Tigi with her 2010 Lemon Drop Kid foal

Above:  2010 Divorce Settlement and 2010 Disastrous Storm foals.  Divorce Settlement is out of Evans' foundation mare Homewrecker, and Disastrous Storm is a daughter of another great Evans' mare, Dismasted

Above:  Edward P. Evans' mares Mambo Bell, Christmas Kid, Rough Waters and Storm Minstrel

Above:  Quiet Now, born in 2005, is a half-sister of Saint Liam 

Above: 2010 Not for Love - Play all Day filly

Above:  Half-brother to Freefourinternet (Pleasant Tap - Dixie Chimes)

Above:  Quiet Now, half-sister to Saint Liam, enjoying her life at Spring Hill

Above:  Field of 2010 Spring Hill Farm yearlings. The name of Edward P. Evans and Spring Hill Farm will be carried on through these young horses, who are now two years old.

 

With special thanks to Chris and Diana Baker.