The Horse Breeders and Owners Conference is excited to present Frank Merrill as a speaker.
Re-printed with permission from America's Horse Daily.
From America’s Horse
As Frank Merrill thumbed through the pages of the May 1969 Western Horseman, his eyes stopped on a small picture of a man in a cardigan sweater posing a red dun mare. The mare gave him goose bumps. “Miss Jim 45, shown by Matlock Rose, Grand Champion Mare of the Houston Livestock Show,” it read.
A 20-year-old Michigan State student and aspiring Quarter Horse showman, Merrill knew Rose by reputation and knew he lived in Gainesville, Texas. He decided to give him a call.
“Mr. Rose,” he began, “You don’t know me, but I’m Frank Merrill of Fremont, Michigan, and I’ve just seen this picture of you and Miss Jim 45. I’d like to know if she’s for sale.”
“Are you sitting down?” Rose asked. “Because we want quite a bit of money for her.”
How much?” Merrill quietly asked.
“Thirty thousand dollars,” Rose replied.
“Mr. Rose, I’m coming out west after school gets out in June,” Merrill said. “I may not buy her, but I’d sure like to see a $30,000 mare.”