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Denmark’s Runaround Sue (BHF) Dies at 31

ROME, Ga. - The Carl Holden family lost a cherished member of the family last week as BHF Denmark’s Runaround Sue was humanely laid to rest on April 19, 2011, after losing the mobility in her back legs. "Sue" was 31 and for the past eight years had enjoyed a wonderful life in retirement at Slogait Farm in Rome, Ga., under the loving care of Nancy and Dennis Sloman.

Runaround Sue was purchased as a three-year-old from Dr. Simon Fredericks for the Holden’s daughter, Carla, who showed her under the supervision of Nelson Green. Carla showed Sue until she graduated from college and began her career. Then, Green suggested she would make a beautiful fine harness prospect and Carl showed her to many blue ribbons and three Reserve World Championships.

Sue’s pedigree was the best – Denmark’s Society Sue and Supreme Sultan. She was the maternal sister of renowned BHF Denmark’s Radiant Society. Green’s prediction that she would make a fabulous broodmare held true. Sue’s get produced 41 KSF ribbon winners, and her legacy of good breeding will be carried on by Runaround Town, dam of Sue She, Sue Me and broodmare High Heels and Silk Stockings. Sue was one of the last surviving offspring of Supreme Sultan.

The Holdens express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the Slomans who took great care of Sue in her retirement, turning her out to green pastures during the day and bringing her back to the barn at night. They also thank Nelson Green and Bob Gatlin for training Sue and believing in her talent. The entire Holden family, Georgia and Carl, Carla, Tim and Forrest Ritzie, will forever cherish the memories of Sue as they enjoy her offspring for years to come.

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