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Family hobby thrives due to gray mare i r 1 i m ,n,mm mummm 7 c::zk T " I S I x '-rT- '-rT- '-rT- '-rT- ft -ft -ft Oft J -it -it YyJ . v: . Congerville - The three Gordon girls Speckled Sam. Dad and Mom, Don and SnnWCIirls learned riAe at very young ages: Linda Gordon, show Appaloosas at ouwrr ynO Shannon, left, with Dilly; Marty with halter, while the girls compete for riding Hawkeye Chiquito; and Tracy with honors. (Pantagraph photo) Bergland lays down law to meat industry traders By Pantagraph wire services WASHINGTON - Agriculture Secretary Secretary Bub Bergland has put the meat industry on notice it has until the spring improve the wholesale pricing system voluntarily or the government will do Bergland told the House Small Business Business Committee, which has been in vestigating meat pricing for two years, he will assess private steps next spring and if necessary propose legislation or administrative changes by August.. "If it seems we've just run up a stone wall, we're prepared to come forth with legislation," he said. "The Department of Agriculture has made a major commitment commitment to improving the pricing of meat." Dog attack Eureka man cleared EUREKA A Eureka lawyer charged allowing his dog to attack another Eureka resident was found innocent Wednesday afternoon in Woodford County Circuit Court. Mark McGrath, assistant state's attorney, attorney, said a jury found Walter Dollnig innocent of battery. The jury deliberated 3Va hours before coming to a decision. The charge stemmed from an incident ISU sets spring preregistration Preregistration for the spring semester at Illinois State University will Oct. 29 through Nov. 28. Classes begin 14. ISU officials recommend that people preregister to have the best selection of classes. Students taking only evening or Saturday classes will register Jan. 10, and who have not preregistered may do Jan. 11. Oct. 14, 1978, in which Harold Bradle claimed that Dollnig's dog bit him in the crotch of his pants. The two men have been at odds over a gravel driveway that runs along Dollnig's house. The driveway leads to a nearby tract of farmland that Bradle owns and rents to a farmer. Bradle was granted a permanent injunction injunction in May that prevents Dollnig from crossing the driveway and blocking access to Bradle's farmland. An appeal of that injunction was dismissed Friday by the 4th District Appellate Court in Springfield. However, Dollnig's attorney, Daniel M. Harrod of Eureka, has said his client could appeal that decision at the end of a related case. Parked car stolen Lula G. Pegues, 33 Southgate Estates, told Bloomington police Tuesday her car was stolen Monday or Tuesday from where it was parked at 1017 W. Mill St. The vehicle was valued at $800, police said. The industry must increase the small number of meat trades on which private market news services base price quotations quotations used by meat traders, Bergland said. He suggested they report the volume of trades on which prices are based. He endorsed creation of an electronic system under which meat sellers and buyers would buy and sell via computer, which would compete with private market market news services like the Yellow Sheet in Chicago. But it should be set up by private industry, free of direct government subsidies, subsidies, new laws or new regulations, Bergland told the House committee. Advocates of the computerized system say it would make the wholesale meat business more competitive and eliminate opportunities for price manipulation manipulation by a handful of big meat packers and supermarkets. Bergland promised the Agriculture Department would make its meat purchases for the school lunch program on an electronic marketing system once one is set up by private enterprise. The Defense Department has promised promised to buy its meat via a computer system, he said. Both the House committee and the Agriculture Department have found that as many as 70 percent of wholesale beef carcass transactions are based on 1 to 5 percent of meat trades. Bergland said there is no evidence of manipulation of meat prices, but he said, "We're just saying the system itself is inherently weak." Committee staff said at least three firms are working on setting up trading systems: General Electric, Computer Sciences Corp. and Honeywell. By Chrii Helier CONGERV1LLE - It all started about eight years ago because of one gray mare she and the enthusiasm of her owners, that is. Those two ingredients the mare and the enthusiasm launched Don and Linda Gordon, and later their children, into a hobby that now takes up most of the family's leisure time, and has recently recently become a source of income. . The hobby? Raising, riding and showing showing Appaloosa horses. Although Linda's dad, Ernie Kaufman, saw to it that his children had ponies when they were growing up on his Congerville farm, Linda's enthusiasm for riding peaked after she met and married Don. After about two years, Don and Linda bought a gray Appaloosa mare for trail riding. Together, the couple "just got interested interested in Appaloosas," joined the National National Appaloosa Pony Association Inc. and began showing Appaloosas. Then came Tracy, the first Gordon child. She's 8 years old now, a slim-and-trim slim-and-trim slim-and-trim slim-and-trim slim-and-trim gal with long, brown hair, a friendly, friendly, talkative nature and a ready smile. She wants to be a jockey when she gets older. Tracy took her first "ride" at the age of 8 months, and it seems everyone had a hard time keeping her away from horses after that. Once, the very young, horse-riding horse-riding horse-riding Tracy gave Grandma (Vi Kaufman) quite a scare. The adults were picking up corn missed by a combine during harvest, while Tracy sat on horseback nearby in the field. Apparently, the horse got bored and started to go home, the movement arousing Grandma from her work with a start. But Tracy gave the horse a whack, putting the animal in its place. "She was just so tiny sitting up there," Mrs. Kaufman recalled. "She had no business to think she could make the horse mind." It wasn't long until another bundle of enthusiasm joined the Gordon family Shannon. The first-grader, first-grader, first-grader, more shy than her older sister, resembles her mother dark, brown hair, round face and large, dark eyes. Shannon's proud because she's got one up on her older sister she's taller than Tracy. Like sister Tracy, Shannon began riding riding lead-line lead-line lead-line classes in competition at the age of two. Lead-line Lead-line Lead-line classes are for beginning riders, who are allowed to be led into the show ring by an adult. Riders are judged on how they sit in the saddle and how well they control the horse when asked to back the animal, for instance. Two years after Shannon came along, a third daughter, Marty, joined the family. The small, red-head red-head red-head is now in kindergarten. Although she doesn't say much, Marty knows how to handle a horse; this was her last year of lead-line lead-line lead-line showing. All three girls learned to ride from their parents. The latest addition to the Gordon clan is Cory, who's 5 months old. Although he attended his first horse show about a week ago, it'll be some time before he's up in the saddle like the rest of the crew. Over the years, the family has grown v from a one-horse, one-horse, one-horse, two-horse two-horse two-horse trailer outfit outfit to a 10-horse, 10-horse, 10-horse, six-horse six-horse six-horse trailer group. The trailer also has living quarters for convenience during long hauls to out-of- out-of- out-of- out-of- state shows, the longest trip being one to Oklahoma. In fact, the family just finished the horse showing season at the Tulsa State Fair, and returned home last week. Several major awards were won in Tulsa: high point pee wee of show More farm news on nexf page AGRICULTURE Bloomington-Normal, Bloomington-Normal, Bloomington-Normal, Thurs., Oct. 18, Tracy, and grand champion and reserve grand champion stallion at halter Don. Earlier in the year the horse-showing horse-showing horse-showing season begins about April the family fared well at the national NAPAI competition at Decatur. Shannon won the costume class, Marty, lead-line lead-line lead-line costume costume and western pleasure, Tracy, sportsmanship award and Don, grand champion stallion. Although they win money when they place in competition, showing horses is not a money-making money-making money-making hobby, according to Don. The rewards of showing are enjoyment enjoyment of riding and satisfaction in winning winning (the family's amassed quite a collection of trophies, ribbons, even a pair of boots, a paperweight and a couple of belt buckles for their winning ways). "We just do it for a hobby, fun and to have something we all like to do," said Linda. "That's one reason we bought the Mackinaw Dells (stable). It's a place for the girls and us to keep our horses, and to give other people enjoyment." Although the stable is open for business business (to persons wanting to board horses), Don and Linda said there's a lot of cleanup and repair work to be done. Next spring, they hope to have the work completed and hold an open house. Don said he plans to board about 50 horses in the stable, which has an indoor and outdoor arena and 15 acres for trail riding nearby. Boarding month. Despite the added work the stable, Don plans to working as a teletype repairman Telephone Co., and Linda continue her part-time part-time part-time job Homestead Cafe in The girls will be the right-hand helpers; the three willingly cleaned stalls according to Lirida, and feed the horses twice a zonnos Areas newest most Nightclub large lighted NO COVER GOOD WEEKLY TUES & WED LADIES NIGHT ICE (FAM DRINKS $1 all DUNKS DISCOUNTED TO IHf l.OliS FRI: HAPPY 3.6 I'l.CS FREE: HORS OPEN: MON-THURS MON-THURS MON-THURS 3-1 FRI TIL 2 A FREE CALCULATOR PLUS THE HIGHEST RA!1S IN TOWN! ON ore (C DZi 1 -' -' 1 C -' -' 1 BBE olaa a. Amount on 1 10.000 x 162 360.