In 1995 a powerful and impressive Palomino stallion, by Page
Impressive and out of Lets Skip Town, was born. Mr. Vella Fella was a gentle
giant, whose trust you had to earn, that changed many lives and whose legacy
will stand the test of time. He was a remarkable stallion with a playful side.
He looked forward every day to being turned out to his very own paddock, so he
could run and play. No one could bring him back in, except for Gary. Vella and
Gary would talk to each other -Gary would baby talk to Vella and Vella would
neigh and whinny right back. Mr. Vella Fella was also a looker. He loved the
ladies (the human kind) and the mares. Also, he not only loved his foals, but
all foals on the farm. He loved to watch them play and with the years slowly
growing on him, he never acted his age. To this day, there has never been a
horse put into his "duplex" as Linda called his stall. His legacy
will live on for years to come.
Mr. Vella Fella personally achieved several World Champion
titles; World Champion Amateur Aged Stallion in 2000 and Open 2-Vear old
Stallion in 1997, Reserve World Champion Aged Stallion in open in 1999. Vella
was a two-time World Champion for the Palomino Horse Breeders of America, where
he was the Leading Sire for 2003-2008. He was also AQHA's Leading Sire for
eight years. He was an N/N stallion that looks like an N/H stallion. He marked
all of his foals. One could definitely tell if it was a Mr. Vella Fella baby.
That is the reason that his get have gone to be named World Champions in
multiple breeds, such as American Quarter Horse Association, Palomino Horse
Breeders of America, American Paint Horse Association, American Buckskin
Registry Association, International Buckskin Horse Association, and the
Appaloosa Horse club of America.
Mr. Vella Fella sired 389 AQHA point-earners that earned 15,
833 total halter and performance points, 31World Championships, and 26 Reserve
World Championships. His get have also earned $205,471.97 in AQHA Competition, 33,938
PHBA Halter points and 795 Performance points,799 IBHA total halter and
performance points, 353 ABRA total halter and performance points and $1,540.85
in the Barrel Futurities of America. This is just a small sampling of the many
great achievements and awards his get has gone on to earn, with the future
looking even more rewarding.
Mr. Vella Fella has helped change and shape the halter
industry. He really put a mark on the industry by being a Palomino. Mr. Vella
Fella will be regarded in the equine history books as one of the greatest
Palomino halter horses of all time. Although, Mr. Vella Fella is gone, he will
certainly not be forgotten. He was laid to rest at Fossil Gate Farm in August
of 2014. His future is looking bright, as Gary and Linda have a 2016 Palomino
filly on the ground and a Yella Fella baby in the oven for 2017, both born by
way of frozen semen. Gary and Linda have quite a bit of frozen semen available
to those that are interested and want to breed to him.
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