By: Sally Harrison
Widows Freckles, 2002 NCHA Eastern Nationals Open and Non-Pro champion, owned by NCHA Hall of Fame inductees David and Stacie McDavid, of Fort Worth, Texas, was put to rest on March 24.
The McDavids, also owners of the stallion Hickorys Indian Pep, purchased Widows Freckles from Robert Middleton in 2006. Bred by the late Franklin Jones Jr., Marshall, Tex., Widows Freckles was sired by Freckles Playboy out of The Widow Wilson, by Son Ofa Doc, and was raised and trained by Son Ofa Doc’s owner Sam Wilson, Pattison, Tex.
Robert Middleton, Flora, Miss., purchased Widows Freckles in June 1999, and that fall showed the sorrel stallion to win the Southern Futurity Non-Pro 5/6 championship. Robert, his daughter Lauren, also a non-pro competitor, and trainer Robert Rust continued to show Obi, as Widow Freckles came to be called, successfully through his 6-year-old season. In 2002, Austin Shepard took up the stallion’s reins to win the NCHA Eastern National Open championship, while Lauren Middleton showed Widows Freckles to win the Non-Pro. The next year, Shepard and Widows Freckles placed sixth in the NCHA Open World standings...
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