Teletrona accepts attention in the pasture. • Photo courtesy of Lisa Kruse.

Prized Broodmare Teletrona Passes Away

Following impressive progeny success at the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) World’s Greatest Horseman and Tres Osos Derby, broodmare Teletrona passed away on Tuesday. 

The mare (Little Trona x Telewhisp x Lena Telesis) sustained a broken leg from a kick from another broodmare, her ownership group confirmed. Diamond LK Cutting Horses partner Lisa Kruse said the most humane option was to euthanize. 

She was 17.

“She was just a very sweet mare. She was one of the first mares we purchased after I established the business,” Kruse said. 

Bred and initially owned by Painted Springs Farm LLC of Brentwood, Tennessee, Teletrona was ridden by Barbra Brooks of Nashville, Tennessee, and James ‘Brad’ Mitchell of Willis Point, Texas. Brooks and Mitchell won more than $54,000 on her before sending the mare to the 2009 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Preferred Breeders Sale Session 2. JD Henley rang in as the top bidder, bringing her home for $20,000.

Diamond LK partners Henley and Kruse soon realized Teletrona was producing talented reined cow horse babies. Teletrona passed on her size and bone, Kruse said. 

Teletrona has six money-earning offspring, with winnings in events ranging from cutting to heading and reined cow horse. With the recent success of Metallic Cat Rose (Metallic Cat x Teletrona x Little Trona) and Twice In A Blu Moon (Once In A Blu Boon x Teletrona x Little Trona) at the World’s Greatest Horseman and Tres Osos Derby, Teletrona’s produce record stands at more than $230,000, according to Equi-Stat.

“We loved that mare, she was always solid and consistent,” Kruse said. “Very sweet, very good to her babies, just kind of everything you’d want in a broodmare.”

Teletrona left behind a 2-week-old colt by Meteles Cat. Kruse said they had already located a nurse mare and got the two together. Planning for the future, the ownership group harvested Teletrona’s ovaries in hopes they could have a few more foals. 

“We’ll miss her a lot. She was a once-in-a-lifetime broodmare for sure,” Kruse concluded. 

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