American Ace x Briney Breezes ( x Kalarama Rex)

26 April 1944 -  February 1966

Bred by: Kalarama Farm, Springfield, Kentucky, USA

Imported by: P.J. Louw, Stille Waters, Richmond , South Africa

Transferred to: R.P. Sieberhagen, Rondawel, Richmond, SouthAfrica





King Lee Rose



Guided by Love





Maud Cullen


American Born






Highland Denmark



Lena Jemison


American Ace



Daisy Jemison








Rex Mc Donald



Rex Monroe





Lena M


Kathryn Haines






Highland Denmark








Forest Rose








Rex Mc Donald



Rex Peavine





Daisy II


Kalarama Rex






Rex Monroe



Nancy Thurman


Briney Breezes



Lula Chief








King Lee Rose



Guided by Love





Maud Cullen


Whispering Winds






Kentucky Highland



Jane Singleton





Lady Singleton


This magnificent stallion  was born 26 April 1944 at Kalarama Farm, Springfield, Kentucky. His pedigree reflects names of champions that made show ring history , as well as the bloodlines of the great progenitors of the breed. His influence on the S.A. Saddlebred Industry is huge and with the importation of stallions like  (SA) Tornaado and Zovoorbij Commander In Chief  to the USA, his bloodlines are sure back where it all started!

This great chestnut stallion created quite a stir when he made his first appearance at the Indiana State Fair in 1946. He was shown in the Two-Year Old Indiana -owned class, where he won first place. He also won the Two-Year Old Fine Harness division of the Indiana Futurity and followed this with a win in the Two-Year-Old Fine Harness Stake. He was owned, trained and exhibit by Dorothy Thomas of Indianapolis, Indiana. Dorothy dearly loved Ace and was devastated when she had to sell him to pay for her daughters education. Dorothy had a special knack with animals and even trained mice when she was young! A real remarkable lady who trained and loved an equal remarkable horse!

He was imported to South Africa by Mr Piet Louw in 1955 and although many years have gone since he left the USA, his legacy still lives on through some of his progeny.  In South Africa he won the title of S.A. Grand Champion Stallion in 1956, & 1958, but he will rather be remembered by his progeny, especially his broodmares.

In America one of his foals, Indiana Peavine  won the World Champion Three-Year-Old Five Gaited title in 1958. He is also the sire of the one and only Lily Merril, the World's Junior Five Gaited Champion in 1965 and World's Champion Junior Exhibitor Five Gaited in 1970 with Marion Hutcheson in the saddle.

The most important and well known daughter of Indiana Ace  ( x Grassland's Debutante) in the USA was, Just Plain Jane. She also appears in the broodmare hall of fame through her offspring , CH Hide-A-Way's Lotta Firefly, Wing's of Fire etc. When bred to Cameo Kirby she produced Love and Kisses and the famous sire, Cameo's Farewell, which was later imported to South Africa. Cameo's Farewell (Great Horses March 2002) is a Stallion that had a major impact on the S.A. Saddle Horse Industry.

Jodie Ann's ( Great Horses July 2002 ) first Indiana Ace foal was Indiana's Ann, who won the S.A. Grand Champion Three Gaited Title in 1963. Another foal of Jodie Ann by Indiana Ace was Juliet Ace, who was the dam of Cameo's Impersonator , the grandsire of the successful sire of Pieter Jacobs, Dominator's Radetsky , who was the No. 1 sire on the S.A Sire rating in 2001. (Juliet Ace also appears in Zovoorbij Commander In Chief's pedigree.)

Batchelor Dream, another son of Indiana Ace  ( x  Black Secret ) produced Adios Amigo who also appear in the pedigree of the 1997 World Grand Champion Five Gaited Horse, Zovoorbij Commander in Chief.  Adios Amigo is the grandsire of El Nino, the sire of Commander in Chief.

El Nino at Tulbagh Show in the Three Year Old Five Gaited Class with his trainer Johan de Villiers.

[Vida's Spring Fever x Martha Lee (x Supreme O' Lee)]

(photo by R.Millin)

It is not well known that Indiana Ace was sold back to America in 1961, but at that stage it was impractical to send him by ship; however, South Africa was not equipped to send horses  by air (the first American Saddle Horses flew into S.A. in October 1972), and after trying unsuccessfully for six months, the scheme was eventually abandoned partly due to the fact that he was already  over seventeen years old. Mr. Louw then sold him to Bill Sieberhagen, who subsequently named his Stud the Indiana Saddle Horse Stud and used Indiana Ace extensively in his breeding programme. Indiana Ace died at 22 years of age in  February 1966.

With horses like Zovoorbij Commander in Chief back in America it would not take long for the breeders there to realise the breeding potential of especially his fillies. Time only will tell if history will repeat itself .  Indiana Ace's genes made a full circle from the USA to South Africa reverting back to the USA! Our loss is their gain.

Commander in Chief as a young horse with his trainer Bill Schoeman winning the Five Gaited Title at Tulbagh Show. (photo by R.Millin)


copyright Ross Millin 2004