Western and English Riding Instruction
and Hippology, the study of horses

Instructors:  Barbara and Joseph Kostelnik
Assistant: J. Solomon Kostelnik

Working with horses develops many personal qualities that last a lifetime:
self-confidence -- responsibility -- kindness -- fitness --
 physical and emotional wellness --- plus, it's so much fun!
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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 years.

Click here to see Bill's pedigree

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.
So Joe was his main rider for about 7-8 years.

bailey1.jpg (55500 bytes)Bill 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 my little horse.

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 pictures.
He's not small: he's 15.1 HH and weighed about 1100 lbs in that picture; Joe's just a tall guy!

bailey2.jpg (44261 bytes)Pastor Joe and "Bailey" (as he was called when these photos were taken) wait for some attention..."Bailey" was "Born on the Fourth of July", 1976!  Since we found that out, sometimes we called him "Bicentennial Bill". But mostly I called him "big guy" or "old man". He was about 15.1 hands, steady, big-boned and muscular (when he's being worked!) Ironically, he was MY dream color! This picture was taken in 1999.

bailey3.jpg (72957 bytes)Pastor Joe fixes Bailey's forelock, as Leigh Anne sits happily on his back and the outing's organizer, Jackie, provides some attention!

... the summer of 1999 came and went; most of us survived; on to 2000 ....

March 2000

March2000-1.jpg (113555 bytes)Amir Halam, the Arab, at age 20, is on the left here, with 23 year old (at the time) AQHA Bill in the background, at their "new home". Though both are wearing their winter woolies, and a bit of extra fat for those cold nights, Amir still looks awfully chunky for the purebred Arabian he is. Bailey is 1 hand (4") taller than Amir.

March2000-3.jpg (134387 bytes)This is an "artistic" picture of Bailey enjoying his "room with a view". It's VERY BIG, so don't click on it unless you REALLY want to see a close-up! <grin>

March2000-2.jpg (89810 bytes)A close-up of Bailey - foundation Quarter Horse - mahogany bay with pangare coloring (light nose, belly and "armpits").

March2000-4.jpg (140109 bytes)Pastor Joe joins Bailey for a pensive "guy" kind of moment. Also a VERY large picture.

leg.jpg (55464 bytes)This picture shows Bailey's upper facial mask and temporary leg barring typical of countershading/ sooty/smutty, coloring. The leg barring later vanished; it was temporary, due to shedding.

H7.jpg (66307 bytes)Joe thinks Bill is a natural wonder!

friendlybill.jpg (48710 bytes)Bill Bailey, AQHA reg. as Billies Bay Spirit

H4.jpg (60384 bytes)Now in-laws, these two remain good friends

May 2000

Image1.jpg (48537 bytes)Image2.jpg (69215 bytes)These 2 pictures were taken where our round pen is now located. Bailey's head is not this big, the telephoto lens did it!

joe_bill_dave.jpg (75976 bytes) Our dear farrier, Dave Sherman, was working on Bill Bailey's feet, June 2000. Dave's a great guy and a Christian! Too bad most of the photos have vanished... here's what's left.

His last night on earth was January 17, 2007. The pictures are too painful to display, sorry.

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CONTACT INFO: you may EMAIL or PHONE Barbara at 513-385-6735 (or text at 513-356-2817)
The stable is on Blue Rock Road, which is named after Blue Rock Creek,
replete with slate and shale, which is more or less ... "Blue"!