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Doc's Cassandra - 1971 - 1999
(Doc Bar x Mimi Warner x Lucky Blanton)
My grandmother, Louise Warner, had a particular dislike of Three Bars, (who I like very much) and for that reason resisted breeding to Doc Bar for many years. Reluctantly acknowleding that he did make nice foals, she sent Mimi to him. Mocking fate not only produced what could pass for an own daughter of Three Bars, but the only animal that she ever had in the NCHA Top Ten Open. She is probably two, getting maybe toward three years in this picture. 
Doc's Cassandra (Doc Bar x Mimi Warner by Lucky Blanton) photo 1
  As is often the case with the descendants of Mimi, she did not fully mature until well into her fourth year. I will have to find some other pictures - none of these really show that even with the TB head, she was a very pretty mare, with "presence". 

 
  Cassandra was trained largely by Dave McGregor. He did not have the time to show her, and recommended Gary Bellanfont for that purpose. 
Doc's Cassandra (Doc Bar x Mimi Warner by Lucky Blanton) photo 2

 
  I doubt anyone could have done better in teaching this rather rather high-strung and high powered mare the calm and easy herd work. Even back in the fifties he understood and could teach horses the nuances of position, (in a way that I can only marvel at) which made it possible for him to show very presentably on some animals that were not exactly prize winners in and of themselves. 
Doc's Cassandra (Doc Bar x Mimi Warner by Lucky Blanton) photo 3

 
  Getting this mare, inclined to "think" with her emotions, to understand the subtleties of always positioning very precisely for tactical advantage was surely not easy. 

He spent extra time with her in consideration of grandmother's desire that Mimi's last foal "do something". He is the only major trainer that ever went significantly out of his way for us, and we will not forget that kindness. 

Doc's Cassandra (Doc Bar x Mimi Warner by Lucky Blanton) photo 5

 
  Probably 1980, Gary Bellanfont up. She was in the Top Ten within nine months of his receiving her. To give him due credit, toward the end of the eighteen months or so that she was shown, she went back to Dave McGregor. I forget why, there was no dispute, just circumstances of some sort. Anyway, it became clear that she scored exactly one point higher, very consistently, under Gary Bellanfont. 
 
Doc's Cassandra (Doc Bar x Mimi Warner by Lucky Blanton) photo 6

 
  Below is an excerpt that I lifted from the Chatter. (I have condensed it a little, for the sake of download time, being aware that I am already imposing some delay with so many images.)

 
 
Doc's Cassandra (Doc Bar x Mimi Warner by Lucky Blanton) Article exerpt

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