No matter what kind of advertising you do,
there is nothing that beats  the words of satisfied customers. 
Below are some of the lovely letters of thanks received from our new horse owners.  
Enjoy !

----- Original Message -----
Charlene Dawkins
Sunday, May 08, 2011 11:33 AM
Hi Mary Ellen!!

Hello Mary Ellen and happy mothers day.

I have no human kids but wanted to thank you for helping me have the chance to be the 'mom' of dearest  Troy ! (Gold si or no) ...He is doing great and I thank you so much for him . Enclosed find photo taken yesterday .

All my best to you - from Troy  ( and Walt too)


----- Original Message -----
From: "George McConathy" <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, May 28, 2011 8:41 AM
Subject: Razz's Sunrise

Hi, Mary Ellen.

Just a brief update on one of the horses I bought from you a few years ago, Razz's Sunrise. For the last three and a half years I have been very active in The Cowboy Church of Orange County (SE Tex) and whenever we have an "open arena" where anybody who wants to can bring their horse and ride around in the arena, it almost never fails that  several people want to ride Razz after they see him walk. Our preacher for the longest time wouldn't get on him because he said he was afraid he'd like him too much. I still love him as much as I did the first time I got on him at your place. I also still have King's JR. He's semi-retired being 18 years old. He's my parade horse, always the same no matter how long it's been since the last ride. Hope to come and see you at your new place someday soon.

George McConathy

P.S. I have attached a picture of me riding JR in a parade


That's a great story - so good to hear from've got to get the preacher on Razz's Sunrise because as any good preacher should know....there's more than one Thing that can change a person's life!!!! And a good Tennessee Walking Horse is one of them!! Come see us if you get back up this way.

Mary Ellen

----- Original Message -----
From: Betty Christian
To: Mary Ellen Areaux
Sent: Sunday, July 18, 2010 5:29 PM
Subject: Dakota

Hi Mary Ellen, Just got home from our horse camp and can't tell you how pleased I am with Dakota. She is an awesome young filly. She loads with no hesitation and will back out with Will just tapping her chest. She was wonderful on the trail.  The oil field folds had dropped these big orange tarps in the woods by our trails she did not shy she was better than the seasoned horses. We took the right up to the site where they were putting the pipeline together and she just looked and did not seem concerned at all. It spewed one time and all the horses jumped as did she but she is so smart. She learns so quickly. I am thrilled with David's teaching and training....Thank you guys so much...I just love her. Blessings to you both, Betty

----- Original Message -----
From: "Trish Kennedy" <>
To: "Mary Ellen Areaux" <>
Sent: Monday, June 21, 2010 8:57 AM
Subject: RE: Moon Walker's Moon Shine

Good Morning Mary Ellen,

We all are home safe and sound.  Moon Walker is doing extremely well.
Has befriended the new mare we bought last month - and loves Iowa.

He is a ray of sunshine in our pasture and I thank you for helping me
find the love of my life.

I will send pictures later for your use - and if you would like a
reference - please do not hesitate to ask us.  We look forward in
working with you next spring for stud service.

Thank you again.

Trish and Patrick


Thank you for letting me know that Moon Walker's Moon Shine arrived at his
new home all safe and sound.  He is such a nice boy - I'm glad he's got such
a good home.

Stay in touch and let us know how you are all doing.

Mary Ellen Areaux
Walkers West

----- Original Message -----
From: Bill Rader
Sent: Saturday, June 12, 2010 10:52 AM

Dear Mary Ellen:
I just finished looking at your "FABULOUS" web site and as usual you have some beautiful, well-gaited, well-bred horses for sale. You may remember when I bought "SONNY BOY" from you, years ago. Congratulations on your New Facility, It is Very nice. Since we met I have checked your web site, and talked with many people that have bought horses from you, and have ridden with several on trail rides. I have never talked to any of your customers that were not pleased with your company or their horse. After all these years, I will have to say, you are the most honest person I know to buy any gaited horse from.
Sincerely; Bill Rader ~

Wow! Bill.....what do I owe you for that!!!!! Such a nice email - you just made my day!!!

Great picture too......

Mary Ellen Areaux
Walkers West

----- Original Message -----
From: Annette L. Gerhardt
To: Mary Ellen Areaux
Sent: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 9:05 AM
Subject: Re: Address

Dear Mary Ellen,

Thank you for sending the address. I will forward it to the shipper.

BTW, I don't know you, but I wanted to let you know that I admire you tremendously. I have known about Walkers West for many years. Your web site is incredible, with all the photos and history, and there is no doubt in my mind that Walkers West is one of the premier gaited horse facilities in the world. That is by no means an easy task to accomplish, and certainly not outside of the heartland of where gaited horses are generally to be found, in the SE part of the US.

I am an attorney, with my own office and several employees including another attorney, my husband and I own a construction company together, he does the work, I do all the bookwork, and we also own a 20 unit mobile home park and 3 rental houses outside the park, for which I am the rental manager. So I know very well how difficult it is to run businesses. I have also been involved with horses for 30 years, 8 of them with Paso Finos, the last 20 with Mtn Horses. I also know how difficult it is to make any money through horses. The IRS watches every move, and the horses are subject to all kinds of problems, illness, death, they are wrecks looking for a place to happen, especially the young ones, and the nature of horses is that they not only have the potential to injure themselves through the stupidest means we can't even think of, they have the potential to hurt us, too.

I came to the conclusion several years ago that about the only way to make money with horses is through boarding, but that still doesn't mean it is easy by any means. You can't do it by yourself, so you have to find good people you can rely on to clean stalls, and repair buildings, and train horses, and then supervise them and deal with customers, find insurance, worry about liability,...the list goes on and on and no doubt fills 24+ hours a day for you, because you probably dream about it when you are sleeping!

I wanted to let you know that. It is because of the reputation of your facility which gives me confidence in how my filly will be cared for while she is there, and now, with Jerome being there, who I trust tremendously, and his son David, to whom that trust also extends because he is Jerome's son, that I have decided to send my filly to you for training.

Too often all we think to say to someone is a complaint. But we need to remember to tell the people in our lives the good things, too. My hat is off to you with what you have accomplished. A woman like you is an inspiration to all of the rest of us. I once read that when you are a woman, you have to be twice as good to be thought to be half as good as a man. I have lived with that all my life as an woman attorney and business woman in a man's world, and I know you have, too. So, you go girl, you are tremendous. Have a nice day.

Annette L. Gerhardt
2800 N. Calle Tercero
Huachuca City, AZ 85616

----- Original Message -----
From: Greg Mcdonald 
Sent: April 09, 2010 Subject: Cash

Still the best horse , in the world , I love him !!!!! Hope you are doing well , get out and RIDE!
Greg Mcdonald

----- Original Message -----
From: <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, January 24, 2010 8:27 PM
Subject: Charmer


My name is Laura Hegedus and I wanted to pass along a picture of "Pride's Generatin' Charm" who is a direct son of your stallion "Generators Charmer" and "Laces Prissy Pride". He is a wonderful
gorgeous 4 yr old now days, super smart and very athletic being ridden by people of all ages both english (jumping too!) western and of course he is the ultimate trail horse. We enjoy him very very much! He turns heads everywhere he goes! Hope all is well.

Laura Hegedus
Nacogdoches, TX

----- Original Message -----
From: "Katharina Maduschka" <>
To: "Mary Ellen Areaux" <>
Sent: Thursday, January 07, 2010 3:34 PM
Subject: (kein Betreff)

Hi Mary,

just a short note from Berlin. The girls are absolutely phantastic.Passion is a sweetheart, very interested in everything and eager to learn. And very cool!!!  Jewel is developing great. Today we had no trouble what so ever in  trimming her feet. She stood perfectly still, although I must admit we bribed her with lots of carrot slices. When it is below freezing point we cover her with a blanket, Passion is fine without one. Both have gained weight.
I pony Jewel while riding Passion and they learn something new, every time we work with them.You might like to watch the pictures and one very short video - unfortunately in not so good quality.

Have a nice day

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, November 23, 2009
Subject: Cash By Gold Rush
Hi How are things going. I thought you would like some photos of the new babies and Cash. We are very pleased with what we got this year. The first photos are the a new cross that we would put together for the endurance riding and we are very please with what has come together. This little boy is an arab TWH foal. and a few pics of some others we have had all colts this year with one filly. And at the end I don't know if I sent you the recent photos of Cash so I have now.

----- Original Message -----
From: Megan Carter
November 22, 2009
Subject: An Entirely New Dusty- Eve's Revenge (Compliments for you)

Mary Ellen,

Hi there...I have met someone you know very very well... Linda Crowder. She was my mare's breeder and brought her into this world about 21 years ago. We have been communicating rather regularly and she has been an amazing resource for me about my mare, Dusty (Eve's Revenge) and has become a friend of mine as well.

Anyway, you may remember this video of Dusty and me on our first day together--- she was extremely upside down, treated as quarter horse when I took her home and got on her for the first time here in this video...

Anyway, I just wanted to show you her progress since that day and WOW...what an amazing girl she is.... She is no longer upside down. I am riding her with one finger exaggerating how light she is in her mouth these days with my hands high on purpose to show prospective buyers how far she has come. I don't ride this way normally at all...and Mark does a great job with her, too (the guy in the video).

What a difference!!!..It just goes to who that breeders, like you, who care for bloodlines and do excellent foundation breeding with subsequent RETRAINING from a Tenn Walker Horsegirl...can do for the amazing bloodlines of Midnight Sun (Dusty is a direct grand-daughter of his on both sides) after being treated in an abusive manner. Here she is now.... ENJOY!!! 

Thank you for bringing such awesome walkers and TWH information into the world.... I have learned MUCH about them from you and your site!

Megan Carter
Yes, I've known Linda for over 30 years - she bred some good mares to my stallions in years past. Your mare has some great bloodlines - I'm glad you are enjoying her. Your kind words are most appreciated. Where do you live and where do you have your horses?

Mary Ellen Areaux

Original Message -----
From: Dr. Amy Garcie
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 10:20 PM
Subject: Dumas Walkers Masterpiece

Mary Ellen,

My husband and I bought Dumas' Late Date and Rich Mark of Ebony from you several years ago. We bred Dumas to Mark and had a stud colt last February. His name is Dumas Walkers Masterpiece. We have been asked to consign him and will be selling this stud colt at the yearling festival at Sand Creek in Tennessee in September. Just wanted to keep you updated on how past horses from your farm are doing!

Amy Martinez Garcie
Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Subject: T Boy Gold Coin
I just wanted to send this note to tell you how much I appreciate all you've done for me. I
know it must be hard to have a buyer so far away but you did an admirable job. I have a lot
of respect for you and your very respected business, Walkers West. Should anyone I know be
in the market for a Tennessee Walker, I will send them to you without hesitation!

The hauler called earlier this morning to say everything went perfectly. He said "Boone"
just walked right onto the trailer with no hesitation at all. He went on to say he thought he
was really beautiful and very kind. I am so excited to meet him, finally.

I will be taking the checks to the post office later this afternoon.

All the best,

From: Stuart Duncan Graham
To: mary ellen walkers west
Sent: Friday, July 24, 2009 3:16 PM
Subject: Cash by Gold Rush
Hi Mary Ellen

Just thought I would let you know that we are working Cash and he is wonderful he is really
enjoying getting out and about. He will soon be in full work doing stock work so when he is
out working I will send some photo's over to you. He will mostly do sheep and cattle work.

Regards Amanda

I cannot wait to see how he does.  I heard New Zealand had an earthquake and it moved you 12 inches closer to Australia!!! 
Mary Ellen Areaux
Walkers West
From: Mary Chipman
Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 12:58 PM
Subject: Sunrise on Parole
Hi - I purchased a horse through Walker's West in May of 08. The
horse's name was Sunrise on Parole (a sorrel filly with white blaze). She turned two years
old in April of this year and we started her under saddle in June. Thought I'd share a picture
of me riding her after just a couple weeks of training. She is doing great and has been a
dream to work with - no trouble at all. She gets along well with our other horses, etc. I
believe Nick Bristow owned the mare and if you know his e-mail address, maybe you can
forward the picture so they will know that Sunny is doing well. Thanks again for the help you
were when I was buying the horse. We are very pleased!
Mary Chipman
Sent: Saturday, June 20, 2009 12:08 PM
Subject: Feedback From Walkers Website
Mary Ellen, I have been meaning to tell you how much we love Princess.  She is a dream to ride, but best of all she is so sweet, I just love her. I hope you don't mind we changed her name to Foxy Roxy, she told me she really likes it. thanks so much, Pat Faherty
From: Brandy Robertson
To: Mary Ellen Areaux
Sunday, May 31, 2009 2:52 AM
thanks from the Robertsons
Mary Ellen,
I wanted to tell you how happy we are with that we chose to come see you today. The girls are settled in the big pasture for the night and we have not had a single issue. We are so excited that we found them. I know we will enjoy them and look forward to many years on the trails with them. You are a wonderful person and it shows how much you love the breed! I thank you for the time and knowledge you have given me. I had a very one sided mind about horses thought the only one worth having was a quarter horse but after reading on your website, talking to friends and researching I admit I was wrong. I was so happy today when I found out what these horses are capable of. I know Sugarfoot or sugar as Brady is already calling her will take care of him on the trail for many years. I promise to get you pictures once we take our first outing! I also want you to know that David was great he did not laugh because I had no clue about the breed. He also was very encouraging to my inexperienced husband. I will recommend you to anyone I know looking for a great horse.
Thanks again
Brandy Robertson
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, December 19, 2008 12:30 PM
Subject: Guns Ebony Lady ( Malie )

Hi Mary Ellen, Hope everyone is well and looking forward to Christmas. Thought i would give you an up date on Malie.. Well, what can i say, she is a dream come true. Anyone would think she had been with us for years, she so settled in. The blacksmith came out to check her shoes, he just put a nail in one of her front shoes, she stood still and never bothered. We took her to a show last Sunday, she travelled very well in our lorry. She enjoyed herself there as she had lots of people come and look at her. We then dressed in our saddlesuit and English tack to do the ridden class. Unfortunately i'd forgotten to take my hard hat as well as my homburg hat. So for insurance reasons i wasn't allowed to ride in the ring. But i had a little ride before anyone else came in. WOW we got the walk, it was great. First time i had ridden her, as the weather here has been to wet. I've attached a photo of us, hope you like it? You can use the photo for your website if you wish. I would like to Thank you and David for a marvelous job of training her. Thank you so very much. Regards Lynne.
Merry christmas and Happy new year
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2008 9:52 PM

Hi Mary Ellen,
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know I always write you and you probably get tired of hearing, but I have to let you know how much I LOVE my Moonwalker. Thank you for selling me such a WONDERFUL BOY!! Moonwalker and I hang out all the time. I am so excited for Feb 09 to come and his first babies to arrive with me. Of course, you will be getting pictures of them to. LOL. I always have to share all the excitement with you and then you can tell Jed. Also, tell Jed if he ever wants to send me pictures of Moonwalkers babies, he can anytime. I know you said they are beauties. If I don't talk to you before ~have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS~!
Kelly Edmondson

----- Original Message -----
Barbara Seebaran
Monday, June 09, 2008 12:08 PM
We love Grace!

Mary Ellen and David,

Hooray!  Your wonderful efforts have successfully paid off!  Our black filly, Paint's Black Sapphire has not even been home for a full week yet but has far exceeded our expectations.  We rode in a small round pen and she allowed me to mount by using a bucket, with no problems.  She did so well, I decided after 2 times riding in the round pen to take her to the large arena to ride.  Again, using the bucket, she stood still for me to mount and stayed still after mounting. She walked and looked at everything with out hesitation.  We even have cows at the back of the arena.  She was very curious but showed no fear.  A motorcycle went by and another horse in the arena was having some bad behaviors but Grace was PURE GRACE!  She walked, head shaking with out missing a beat.  We are so proud of the work you all did with her.  We cannot thank you enough.  She likes to be given time to process our request and has been very compliant.  She even took on the caveson without a hitch.  She gave you both and us grave concerns at the beginning, but as of yet, no attitude is showing.  She is even backing a few steps.  Marcey rode her in the arena last night and loved her.   She is so smooth.  I have ridden her every morning and she is calm and cooperative.  She loves being back with her mom. Again, we appreciate all the hard work and patience you put in with us and it is showing in her.  We are very happy with her.  Thank you both.

Barbara Seebaran
In God We Trust

DIXIES SUNNY D ----- Original Message -----
From: Pat Monson
Sent: Monday, March 03, 2008 7:51 PM
Subject: Sunny D
Sunny went for her first trail ride this weekend and she earned an A+.
She was great and seemed to really enjoy being on the trail at Lake Lavon. We found she had a "cruise control button" - just set the speed, back off, and let her go motor on down the trail.
And best of all, she keeps pace with Sky, So Duke and I can actually ride side by side!
She has settled in nicely and seems happy. We thoroughly enjoy her.

Pat and/or Duke Monson (sometimes one, sometimes t'other)

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, March 02, 2008 10:43 AM
Subject: Mail from Walkers West Website
Mary Ellen,
It's the next day and still no buyers remorse! You and crew took the pain out of horse hunting - which is what I have been doing for four months now.
Thanks for sharing your expertise. You gave me confidence in making a selection, Blazing Gunfire (Gunner-I think) is the right horse for me. I have never seen such a commendable job of matching horse to rider.

----- Original Message -----
George McConathy
Sent: Tuesday, January 08, 2008 7:05 AM
Subject: Razz's Sunrise

Hi, Mary Ellen.
Just a quick note about Razz. I just love him more every time I ride him. He's still a little "jumpy" when he encounters something new or strange, but he's getting better. Of course I still love King's JR, but Razz has really stolen my heart. I bought the DVD that Dr. Womack narrated called "A Look Into The Past" and in it he states, talking about Strolling Jim, "I just don't think there was ever a horse more beautiful than he was." And I thought, that's exactly how I feel about Razz. He goes into a flat walk and running walk so amazingly easy, it makes me smile every time. I remember when I bought him, the trainer you had at the time said he didn't think Razz would canter. Well, he has the smoothest most wonderful canter you could imagine. OK, I said a quick note and I'm rambling. Really, I could probably talk all day about Razz.

George McConathy

p.s. Congratulations on your new home. I'll have to come and see the new facility some time.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2007 2:38 PM
Subject: RE: Playboy's Ranger

Mary Ellen,

I wanted to send you an update on Playboys Ranger.  He made the trip very well and has adjusted to his new home.  He is a very good natured horse and I can not help loving his personality,  He comes over to me and sets his chin on my shoulder and wants to be rubbed.  He will follow me around the pasture, he is such a good boy.  I have ridden him lightly about 30 minutes a day and he is such a fast learner. I wanted to thank you for your help in getting him.  I will keep an eye out on your site for others and Highly recommended your site.  Just as an FYI, HorsePower Transportation there in Frisco Tx was awesome, small company but great service,  I would highly recommend him to transport in the future his number is 214-704-8162 his name is Neil Shillig.  Again many thanks on Playboys Ranger.

PS .  Will you still send his Papers or will that be Linda.

Jim Smith
Assistant Vice President

----- Original Message -----
George McConathy
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2007 8:09 AM


Just a short note to let you know that I received Razz's papers and got them all filled out and sent in.  Thanks so much for everything.  This is the second horse I have bought from you, King's J.R. last year, and I couldn't be more pleased.  J.R. is 14 and has seemingly been exposed to just about everything.  The only thing that startles him, and he just sort of startles in place, is a sudden loud noise.  Razz, on the other hand, is constantly finding something new to be leery of.  The other day a dog came charging up behind us and didn't bark until he was practically on us.  Well, Razz took off, but just a touch of pressure on the rein and he was back under control.  J.R. has a pretty good flat walk and a respectable running walk, but Razz, oh boy can he WALK!  And both horses seem to really love to be around people.  I am really enjoying them both.

George McConathy

----- Original Message -----
From: Roseann Bell
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2007 1:42 PM
Subject: Walkers West Guest Book Entry

Hi Mary Ellen
Just wanted to tell you Garry & I just love Spur's Shenandoah to death!!!! It has been a year already & he is still doing great. When we called you that day & you said we needed to just come see this horse - you were right! He was a perfect match for Garry. We have taken him to the Kiamichi mountains in Oklahoma several times & Spur carries Garry up those mountains like he was born to do it. He loves to lead & really moves out. When we are camped, people come to our campsite all the time to comment on how pretty he is & how big he is & ask what kind of horse he is. He's so stout that they don't think he's a Walker. I did find a 16 hand Tri-color Spotted Saddle Horse for myself last October. He's very pretty & naturally gaited & is the only horse in our group that can keep up with Spur's fast flat walk without wearing out. Once I saw how fast Spur could move out I knew I had to get a long legged one too! He has longer legs than Spur but not nearly as stout. He's medium built - you know I wanted stout too but got tired of looking. I still check your website & was very disappointed that I had already bought a horse when I saw you had a son of Kaleidoscope for sale - Brett's First Bid! I bet he's gorgeous in person. I debated coming in & looking at him to see if he was anything like Spur! I just don't want to part with my new horse already - he is doing so well.
Happy Trails!!
Roseann & Garry Bell
----- Original Message -----
From: "Brenda Toren" <>
To: "Mary Ellen Areaux" <>
Sent: Sunday, January 07, 2007 7:59 PM
Subject: RE: Mr. supernatural

Happy New Year Mary Ellen!
Mr. Supernatural (nicknamed 'Tex') is doing great! I am going to send
you  a picture of him with his new family to you as soon I can get us
all there at the same time. He is a wonderful wonderful horse with a
gentle soul. Saturday he spooked as a horse pulled cart passed us on the
right and a yapping dog came running down this long hill towards us
(there is a  1/4 mile outdoor riding ring, about 2 acres with the road
on the right), well he reared (he gets a little scared of new things)
twice while I was on him but he was very careful (really he was, I
couldn't believe it) twice but not enough to throw me off--he cared! I
would have been scared too in his shoes (laugh out loud) but he
ultimately took really good care of me despite his fear. Thank you
soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much! He is so very loved by all of us,
Jon, Brenda, Mike, Louis and Rebecca.
----- Original Message -----
From: Pat Monson
Sent: Monday, October 30, 2006 2:00 PM
Subject: Photos of Royal and Me

Royal and I have just hit it off - love at first sight !

She has settled in well and has a new best buddy in our Morgan mare Stormy. Stormy is the bay mare "lurking" in the woods in the one photo. We have been for several rides around the farm, and yesterday ventured out on the trail. She did really well. The only thing she gave an eye to was a big mailbox encased in stone with the Dallas Morning News sticking out encased in grey plastic. A border collie running out did not phase her, and she handled road traffic just fine (although there was not much of that on Sunday). Maybe next weekend we will take her to the trails around Lake Lavon, along with Stormy.

She was updated on her shots last week and seems happy here! I am so pleased with her. She is a patient kind horse. Just perfect for me.

Pat Monson

----- Original Message -----
From: Eugenia Stevenson

Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2006 10:04 AM
Subject: Raven Sunrise

Dear Mary  Ellen,
This is a note to tell you how pleased I have been with every aspect of my purchase of Raven Sunrise( a.k.a. Jazz.) from the purchase, to the shipping, to Jazz himself.  You had warned me
that he had some "go" about him so I took the precaution of having a trainer come ride him first. He pranced and danced and wanted to go back to the barn, but he eventually settled down.  He is just dealing with a lot of new experiences.  I am riding him with a Myler low port
Mullen mouth bit with a 7" shank and have never felt that I was losing him.  We do some lunging, a lot of circles under saddle and he is making a lot of progress.  He has a wonderful gait.  There isn't one ounce of meanness about him, and he has never tried to throw me.  He gets along great with my other horses.  I can't wait to show him next year.  If I am ever in the market for another walking horse, I look forward to doing business with you again. 
Jeannie Stevenson

----- Original Message -----
Brian Nelson
Sent: Monday, March 27, 2006 1:56 PM
Subject: THANK YOU

Hello Mary Ellen,

I just wanted to shoot you an e-mail to tell you thank you very much for allowing us to use your saddle and also for allowing Kari to help us out for our first show.  We could never have done it without Kari she was FANTASTIC....I will just give you a quick run around of how the show went.... we realize that this was a schooling show but we are just pleased the way our horses have turned out considering that we had absolutely no time in working with Whiskey......Savannah was a shocker and did awesome placing 3rd in in the lead line class she has an unbelievable park out......Whiskey placed 1st in the lite shod 2 gait.... 2nd in the lite shod 2 gait 4 & under and 5th in the country pleasure (we through him in this class just for the heck of it even though he had a lite shod shoe on but still did not do to shabby) the 1st and 2nd placing were huge accomplishments considering that the horses competing were much older and had probably been worked a lot more.

Anyway just wanted to tell you thanks again for all your help 


Brian & Gena Nelson

Original Message -----
connie bobo
Sent: Friday, March 24, 2006 5:56 AM

I have just read your beautiful tribute to 9. It was so beautiful! I am sitting here with tears streaming down as much of this night I do not remember because of a concussion. So, thank you for this wonderful page. I usually look at your web site ......... I don't know how I missed this. I am extremely sentimental this morning as we have just had our first "9" baby born alive ( we lost our first two). I just wanted you to know how much I appreciated this story and how much it meant to me. If its alright with you I would like to print it out for Bill's scrap book..
Thanks Again,
Connie Bobo
Bobo Farms Inc

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, October 25, 2005 10:08 AM
Subject: Charmer update

Hello Mary Ellen,

Just wanted to drop you a short note to let you know that our Charmer colt (son of Generator) is doing great. He is now weaned at six months. The imprinting work we did with him after he was born has turned out very well. He is very calm on the ground. He stands quietly for the vet for exams and shots. His feet can be picked up easily and he stands well for the farrier. He is also very affectionate and can be touched anywhere with no complaints. Charmer is no problem to catch as he comes in from the field when called and will actually put his head into the halter if you hold it up. For our first foal, I think we're off to an amazingly good start. He comes from excellent stock of course. We sure hope that Charmer will keep his friendly disposition as he grows into an adult.  

Just for fun, a few weeks ago, we entered Charmer into a local horse show halter competition and he took 2nd place out of a field of eight others. For the combined events, he took reserve champion. We were so surprised but were very excited. I've attached two photos for you to see.

Hope all is well with you and your horses. Also wanted to say that your website is awesome and very well done. It's easy to spend a lot of time there. Your colt college tips have been very helpful as well. Have a great day.

Best Regards,
Tom Hegedus, Round Rock, TX

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, June 13, 2005 2:05 PM
Subject: Thank You

I would like to thank you for the history of the walking horse that you have on your web site. I've always owned quarter horses. Recently my husband, who has always rode gaited horses, talked me into getting a TWH. He is a lot different than my QH, but I am truly falling in love with him. I had been wondering about the breeds history, and while looking for some info on the TWH, I found your website. You give more history on the TWH than any other site I have found. You have really opened my eyes to the wonderfully interesting history of the Tennessee Walking Horse.


----- Original Message -----
From: Betsy McNeill
To: Mary Ellen Areaux
Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2005 8:21 PM
Subject: Thank you.

Mary Ellen,

Thank you for letting us know that Just Like U (Huey) has been picked up by his new owners.  I will bring the papers over when you are ready for them.

If you can give me the address of the new owners when I come over, I will mail them the caps with his name on them.  I will also send them the ribbons he won while we owned him.  They may have no desire for any of the stuff, but just in case, I will be glad to send them.

We really appreciate your conscientious effort on our behalf.  It is a great help to us to have one less horse.  We still have 7, but we are working on selling another one.

That will leave us with 4 we raised, my trail horse, and the retired Dark Spirit mare that is 20 years old.  She is the one we bred to Bum's Warrior, and we still have the baby, Spirit's Gollybum, soon to be five.  He's not much of a baby now.  He is 15h2" and weighs (by a weight tape) 1300 pounds.  When I saw that weight yesterday, I confined him to a smaller patch all by himself.  He's been enjoying the spring grass way too much.

I am attaching two photos of him, showing what a sweetheart he is.  You may see a resemblance in his head and the head of Bum's Warrior.  He will be our grandchildren's Play Day horse when the move from California in July.  To begin with, we will have to lead him because the children are so small, but our trainer will teach him to do some quarter horse stuff later for when the children get bigger.

I am concerned that you may be thinking of retiring from the horse business.  You have brought so much pleasure to so many people and been such a help to so many, no one can take your place.  I hope you won't retire from your horse business for a long, long time.  If you ever decide to do it, though, maybe you can groom someone to provide the services you have provided.  They are sorely needed.

We appreciate you very much.

Betsy McNeill

----- Original Message -----
From: Thomas Strother
Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2005 6:53 PM
Subject: Adonis' Loose Goose

Mary Ellen,
I just wanted you to know just how pleased I am with Lucy. I knew that I had made the right choice the minute she stepped off of the trailer. She is everything that I saw in her pictures.
I know that you wouldn't and I normally wouldn't buy a horse sight unseen but for some reason her pictures on your site were just screaming at me. I knew that she was for me the moment I saw her. Anyhow, we have ridden twice so far. Just short 15-25 minute walks just to get to know each other, and to let her get used to the place. But she did everything that I asked her to do with the reins. Once again, thank you very much for giving me Lucy. If you ever find yourself in Virginia Beach, please give us a call and stop by.

Bob Strother

From: Lykins, Gary W
Sent: Monday, February 07, 2005 2:54 PM

Mary Ellen,

We have signed up and are looking forward to the March 12th ride, thanks for sending us the information. We did a lot of riding last year and hope to do even more this coming year. Have included some pictures of my Warrior, Bum's Kansas Warrior, that Karen took during last years snow. He has turned out be an exceptional horse and although I was a little concerned getting a horse so young, just 2 years old at the time, we have grown together. He has been very patient with me:-) Will you be going on the ride? Hope all is well and that we will be able to visit again very soon.

Gary Lykins

Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 2004 12:02 PM
Subject: web site

I love your web site. As a previous ASB person, I had the good luck to acquire a TWH eight years ago for trail. I have never looked back and now have a barn full of Walking cuties. I browse your site often and just read the history of this phenomenal breed, and do the, we have an empty stall, what’s one more horse going to hurt, until my hubby puts his foot down….

Have a great Christmas,
Margaret Ginzel

From: Warren Kleski
Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 2004 7:34 PM
Subject: Thanks!

Dear Mary Ellen: Thank you so much for the pen/light. It certainly will come in handy. I have been having a wonderful time with "Secret" (Delights Colorful Secret) (he was called "Shadow" by his owners). He has turned into a trail horse deluxe. I am so glad my husband and daughter came to your farm to ride him - 3 years ago already!!! I always check your web site to see what's new - when horses are in your blood you just want as many as possible. Hope you had a good and a better one next. Merry Christmas and may God bless and keep you Lori Kleski

November 9, 2004
Dale Woodall


I have the good fortune to own one of your horses and that is how I found you. Thanks for all the help you have been in helping me run down papers for A Temptation and giving me some background on him. I am somewhat new to Tennessee Walkers but have had horses all my life. Thanks again for putting up with all my questions.

From: Anne Gostling
Sent: Saturday, September 25, 2004 11:55 AM
Subject: Update on Lacey


Just a few pictures so you can see how Lacey is doing.  This is my son Peter, home for a few days on leave from the Kings Troop.  He's a mounted gunner, you know, the guys who ride around London on the big IDs.  Well this is his first encounter with Lacey, and he just loved her.  He has decided that everyone should learn to ride on a TWH :)   She was ok on the road, met a couple of cars and wasn't too bothered at all.  As you can see she is pretty used to the horrible weather we have here. The wind and rain don't seem to be a problem now and the sea and killer cows are much less scary.    She's still a bit of a wimp though and refuses to leave her stable without a blanket on.  Don't blame her mind you.   She does love her stable.     We wouldn't change her for the world.

Vets here Tuesday morning so fingers crossed that Gold Rush is still going to be a daddy..

Kind regards


From: Georgeanna Fischer
Sent: Tuesday, September 21, 2004 3:03 PM
Subject: Delight over our new horses

Mary Ellen,
It has not yet been a week since Georgeanna and I were there and finalized our purchase of Annie and Sky Kicker. I have ridden Sky, as I call him, every day. What a great horse! He is everything I was looking for and I look forward to many years with him. Georgeanna is equally pleased with Annie. Although she is not the avid rider I am, she has been out with me on two rides and just loves her smooth gait and disposition. Thank you again for such a positive buying experience. Both Mo and Kelly were so helpful and patient with us as we tried several horses. It is such a blessing to work with people who value professionalism in equine sales. We are certainly glad to have found you and would not hesitate to refer others to you. Please give our appreciation to Mo and Kelly.
May God continue to bless you and your staff.

Dan and Georgeanna Fischer

Sent: Thursday, June 17, 2004 9:44 PM
Subject: A Kiss Of Reconciliation

Dear Mary Ellen:

Tex (Copy's Peacock Perfection) was sorry he was so uncouth and unfeeling in his response to my fishing for a compliment about my riding. Here you see him kissing my wrinkled, sagging jowl with the left side of his little muzzle. Of course I melted and our relationship is once again on firm footing.


Sent: Sunday, June 20, 2004 4:33 PM
Subject: Re: My ride!

Dear Mary Ellen:

Tex  (Copy's Peacock Perfection) is as good as he is beautiful. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law are here from Los Altos Hills near San Francisco. They bought property at the Gallatin River Ranch and were out yesterday looking over the spot they had arranged on which they will build their home on their 20 acres there.

I was at the GRR Equestrian Center where I got Tex ready and rode him over to their property. He was so good on the trail by himself. When we got to Tom and Barbara Mack's property and he saw them in the distance he put his head up to take a better look but took little urging to walk over there and meet them. They each got on him just for a picture to take home with them and make up a story about riding around their "ranch." Tex was so calm but each time I tried to back away so they could get a picture of him, he'd follow me even if they tried to stop him. He really is more like a dog then a horse. If all Tennessee Walking Horses are so sweet and personable, you should advertise it and you'd have those lovable animals flying off to homes practically as soon as you posted them on your web site. You can tell I love my little horse.

Thank you once again for promoting animals who bring such happiness to their new homes.



Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2004 3:39 PM
Subject: Rocky

Good afternoon, Mary Ellen,

I just wanted to drop you a note as I'd told you I would about my experience/purchase from your Walkers West. I bought "Bad News Anticipation" or Rocky from you the end of October 2003. Even though I have ridden for over 20 years, at 50 yrs old, this was my first horse purchase. I drove 1000 miles and rode 6 horses that weekend I bought Rocky.  I arrived at your place after 4pm, after telling you I'd be earlier, and you were gracious enough to accommodate.  

After riding so many horses I was in tears. I'd almost decided maybe I didn't want a "walker" even though I'd ridden a walker 20 yrs earlier, and still remembered it to the point that I was convinced if I should ever be lucky enough to own my own horse it would be a Tennessee Walker. I thought I knew how to ride, but I seemed to have difficulty with keeping the reins so loose. I thought, maybe they are so different maybe I shouldn't be wanting a walker! But you said, "no you just haven't found the right horse yet!"

Then you brought out "Rocky". He's a 10 yr old/16.1 Gelding, I thought...'eeekkkk he's a lot taller than I'd planned'. But the minute I rode him I knew. English and Western trained, he would walk as slow as a quarter horse, or has the wonderful gaits we all love. Your trainer, Moe was wonderful too. Very patient, rode along with me with the horses so I'd feel comfortable. After viewing other horses that weekend I learned that walkers may not have been trained to "canter". I love to canter, even though after riding Rocky I knew I loved the way he handled, I forgot I hadn't cantered him while I was on him. Mary Ellen had Moe canter Rocky for me, and Moe's response to my husband was "if I'd have known he could do that so well I would have been riding him more!"  

I brought Rocky to Dickinson Texas to live. I specifically wanted a trail horse. I couldn't have cared less about a horse who's showed, or how they looked particularly. I was more concerned on getting the right temperament/disposition/no vices type of horse. But Rocky is beautiful a chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail. He gets compliments everywhere he's seen. He was initially a bit spooked every time I was on him, and I was worried at first, but I've learned he just needs to feel secure with his owner, and he needs to be ridden.

So four months later, I feel blessed. I've totally fallen in love with him. He has a lot of personality, knows all his commands. The trainer where I board that's ridden him states there really isn't anything he needs to "learn". He is getting better and better to ride as I've been able to ride him enough that he isn't so "scared or spooked" every time I get on him.  Actually I've learned he is better on the roads and open areas than in small arena, so he must have been used on trails as opposed to shows as I'd requested. Even if he did spook he only jumped to the side, nothing major. He comes when called, (which I love when others take three people to catch their horse!) has excellent ground manners, trailers without a hitch!  

It was such a scary thing to me to purchase this horse. It meant so much to me to get the "right" horse. People would laugh and say 'oh you'll have many until you find the "right" one'. I found the right one the first time. You had a wonderful selection to choose from, and I am blessed I found Rocky at your place. I think people need to hear the positives about a place.  That's why I've written.

Thank you,
Debbie Gore

Sent: Monday, April 28, 2003 11:58 PM
Subject: Charmer is doing just fine!!


 Dear Mary Ellen,

  I just wanted to let you know that Mr. Charmer is doing great here at  our farm. I wanted to thank you, so very, very much for everything that  you and your folks did for me and our family. You have allowed me to live  a dream, ( and ride), and I will promise you that Charmer will be taken  well care of. He has fit in so well with our other two horses and they  have accepted him very well. My daughter Kaleigh told me he whinnied for  a long time when I left for work this morning, even though he was with  our other two horses before we left (that made me feel bad and wish I  could retire early, haha). We did keep him in the stall last night (he  didn't like it, but we did it) and Lady and Snowball kept him company  last night just outside. They were so curious, especially Lady.   This evening, Steve and I went for a ride. He on Snowball and myself on  Charmer. We all did just fine. Charmer was a dream and he taught me a  lot. Yes, he is a lot of horse, but he is very welcome here and I am very
 willing to learn. He has a lot to teach my family and myself. I don't  know how to really thank you. If there's anything you need a volunteer to  do, please contact me. I'm a hard worker. I would LOVE to contribute,  because I love to learn. You are a wonderful lady and the people you have  working for you are wonderful also. They all made me feel very welcome.  When you are in Lufkin and want to see Charmer, please feel free to call  us. I could come and pick you up, if you  wanted. Mary Ellen, thank you so very, very much. You have made a dream  come true for me. He's already bonded with our horses (so fast!) and I  love him.

 Very Sincerely,
 Robin McCool
Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2003 11:28 AM
Subject: (no subject)


Mary Ellen:

I hope this email finds you well. I wanted to give you an update on Sure Fire: believe it or not, this past weekend was the first real time I've had to ride. It was snowing up to one week ago. The ice from the melting and refreezing was just to widespread and risky. But today it close to 80; blue sky; and beautiful. I rode Sure Fire on Sunday. Came over the hills, through the apple orchards and put him into my neighbors stable. I'll keep him there for a while now; at least until I can get him into shape.

But, all in all, what a terrific horse. His incredible disposition seems to be growing. As we spend more time together the bond is getting stronger. He is a true pleasure to ride. I've had him on the local roads, in the woods, in the fields, as mentioned in the apple orchards, around trees, through puddles, over logs, through streams, and he doesn't falter. Just keeps moving, nickering and whinnying; seems to be having fun himself.

And what a show stopper! When I'm out on the road and that flax tail and mane get to blowing/swinging people will stop their cars just to stare or compliment. What great fun!

He's bigger, still growing. Has put on some good weight and muscle. Has taken to the hay up here and my food regimen. All in all, healthy as a horse!

Again, I hope all is well with you and Walkers West. Say hi to Brent and Doug. Hope they're doing well, as well.

Stay in touch.

Steve Moergen (...and He's Sure Fire!)

Sent: Wednesday, January 08, 2003 8:39 PM
Subject: Ebby


images/SaleHorses/Paint Me Ebony

Mary Ellen, I just wanted to let you and Doug know how happy I am with Ebby.  I am glad she didn't sell!  Wasn't meant to be.  I went for a 2 hr. ride on her today and she was great.  I'm planning on taking her on the Saddlebag ride tomorrow, weather permitting.  I know Doug spent a lot of time with her, it shows.  I am also impressed with her manners in the cross ties and wash rack.  She was even good while I got on her from my mounting block!  Thank you so much,
Mary Anne
p.s.  I'm still interested in Spur if you talk to his owner again.  Thanks.
Sent: Sunday, December 17, 2002
Subject: Walkers West

images/SaleHorses/Generator's Ebony Delight (Piston)

Sent: Sunday, September 08, 2002 8:21 PM
Walkers West

We bought Coal Black Mack from Walker West several months ago. He has been a real joy and quickly part of the family. He walks like silk, and is a real steady horse. Not a lot has spooked him even night rides or my four year old daughter. Thanks to you and Palmer House for an awesome horse to ride the trails and the neighborhood roads.

Melissa H.

Sent: Friday, July 26, 2002 12:19 PM
Subject: Walkers West

I was visiting the Walkers West web site and read your comments in the guest book section.  I have been looking quite a while now for my next and probably last horse and your comments were worth me emailing you in hopes of you sharing your experiences with your search and with Walkers West.  I noticed that you live in TN. and you would think you would have found something right there !  I live in FL and there isn't much of a choice here for good TWH or SSH.
I'm looking for what  most people are probably looking for:
Safe, sound, good conformation, well gaited, etc. I mostly trail ride, but am looking to start showing and want a horse that is versatile.
If you have any extra time, I'd love to hear back from you or call you to speak to you about your purchase of Trip.
Thanks for your time,
Kandy in FL

Sent: Saturday, July 27, 2002 12:01 AM
Re: Walkers West

2 Triple Gold

I hope my reply might be of help to you. I had looked for 2 years trying to find my horse. I looked on hundreds of web sites ,followed up by visits to horse farms. I met a lot of horse traders, to my dismay. Walkers West had the best horses period. I had looked in several states, including Tennessee. I went as far as to hire a Trainer to buy a horse. I have seen horses that were sored so bad they would almost fall down. I don't want a horse like that. I have Field Trial Dogs in Texas and was there, thought I would try one more time to find a horse. The day before  Walkers West I was at one ranch and they had nice horses, but no style. I went to Walkers West without calling ahead. As soon as I pulled in their driveway I saw the best horses of any place that I had been to. Doug Smiley asked what I was wanting, I told him what was important to me. He showed me what they had in an ascending order. He knew what I was after and saved the best for last. I made up my mind on Trip. Then I was told that he was only 22 months old. Doug had him to the level of a horse 3 to 4 years old. I watched Doug with all the horses. He did what he wanted without force or verbal commands. Trip is shod on the front only, Keg shoes. Due to rain he had not been ridden in awhile, no problem, Doug mounted him on the black top. I have been shown horse that were suppose to be babies they couldn't get on.

I left Trip with  Doug to finish out, due to his progress with Trip. Next week back to Texas,:) I am going to work with Doug and Trip, I think I may learn something. I am 62 years old and I think Doug can help me with a horse that has what I wanted when I was 30. Therefore if you need a super NATURAL HORSE I would recommend that you contact Doug. Pardon my ranting, but I have looked for 2 years.

Happy riding,

Ralph J. Bailiff

Sent: Friday, July 26, 2002 4:19 PM
Subject: Steve's shoes

Gen's Prince Charming  - (Steve, formerly known as Prince.)

Mary Ellen,

Steve has pulled another right shoe.  Doug and I talked about the  advantage of bands and I meant to tell him to go ahead and have the  farrier put bands on when he resets Steve but forgot.  I was so thrilled  and very very nervous that I had actually ridden that my mind wasn't all  there.  Didn't quit shaking for about an hour after leaving.  I know it  will get easier from here and am so glad to have that first ride over.  Anyway, would you please ask the farrier to put bands on Steve's feet?  That way he can paw his brains out and not lose the shoes.

 You already know how much I admire and like Doug but I just can't say enough about how much he helped me yesterday.  It's wonderful to have a  trainer I can trust with my physical and emotional self as well as with  my horse.  Don't know if I would have had the courage to climb on again  without him.  He is a true gem as well as a precious man.  You are so  very fortunate to have him, but then you know that.

 I'll be out again Tues.  Thanks.  Have a great weekend.


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