The late, great, "Bicentennial Bill"
Billies Bay Spirit
("Bill") (aka "Bailey")
AQHA registered #1244756 mahogany-bay gelding
Born July 4, 1976 (the USA's bicentennial)
Deceased January 17, 2007,
of old age.
By the winter of 2004, Bill was too lame for
anyone but the smallest child to ride, even a short distance. He
had always been badly knock-kneed, and his left knee had gotten
very painfully arthritic. By January 2007, we didn't realize
that he had quit eating hay, and suddenly there was so little
left of him,
that one night he was down and couldn't get up.
Though we did finally get him to his feet on that awful cold night,
he couldn't even walk.
The vet said he could not go on.
So, we sent him home to Jesus, with many tears.
We were originally told that his name was Bill Bailey, and his
previous owners preferred Bailey to Bill. So, we knew him as Bailey
during the 8 years that my husband Joe rode him at their farm. Years later, when
he bought him, we checked his registration papers, and found
that Bailey was not part of his registered name.
And he really
only answered to Bill. So we called him Bill, his last 7
Joe first rode him sometime around 1992, when the lady's mother
where we boarded Amir traded her speedy grulla QH for him, to be a
trail horse for her daughter.
But that daughter was a busy mother of
5, first in medical/technical school, then working full time.
was his main rider for about 7-8 years.
was a great-grandson of King, the legendary Quarter Horse sire.
We're very grateful to those wonderful folks who let Joe ride him
for so many years! They were owners of the same farm, shown here,
where we used to board
These pictures are from the spring 1999 children's
church outing. Pastor Joe brought Bailey down bareback from the top
of the 30 acres where all of the 6-12 horses boarded there roamed
free most of each day (weather permitting). They were very happy and
healthy there! This is the Whites' former farm, where he lived and
to whom he belonged for 7-8 years. He's around age 20 in these
He's not small: he's 15.1 HH and weighed about 1100 lbs in
that picture; Joe's just a tall guy!