Gayle and Destined to Shine
My good friend Gayle now has some really impressive National Championship win photos to her credit, but I think that the picture below is every bit as important! And I bet Gayle agrees with me!
Gayle and Addie, 1998
We met Gayle Pniak when she was still Gayle Winterton! Way back in 1998, Gayle and her mother, Louise, had a mare named Baskhemo's Adele in foal to our *Gdansk son, Empyrean. That filly, Addie (short for Emprssve Addition) was the beginning of a very cool Scottsdale Story! When Gayle produced that first filly, I don't think any of us had working western on our minds. The bloodlines certainly lean much more towards some kind of English career. Gayle very aptly described the Empyrean daughters as "gritty with big hearts"! However, Gayle wanted to compete in reining, so that's exactly what she and Addie did!