A Look into the Past - *Alconbury Hill

*Alconbury Hill is probably the most famous model to ever stand at stud. Many old-time model horse showers can relate tales of desperately hoping to have a model approved as a son or daughter of Linda Walters' famous Appaloosa stallion! Linda was extremely selective of the models that would represent *Alconbury Hill in the showrings, making him a sought-after sire. His sire ad from the August 1975 Model Horse Shower's Journal read:

"*Alconbury Hill (Skat Patch x Geal Dileas) What can one say about him? Imported from England in 1971, named for a World War II airbase and the winningest stallion in the stable, he has met and defeated top models, all breeds! Winner of over 200 Championships/Grands/ Reserves, plus Top Tens, Top Fives, National Championships (5 different clubs!), not to mention over 750 firsts at least, in all classes (English Pleasure, Hunter/Jumper, Appaloosa, color, open, halter, stallion, ect.) He stands only to other Appaloosas by Beswick or approved repaints, photo inspection required. Fee: free to approved horses and SASE."

Two of *Alconbury Hill's sons, American Eagle Squadron and You Can't Miss It, were also advertised at stud in the same issue.

Linda Walters, *Alconbury Hill's owner, was one of the individuals who helped get the model horse hobby started in the 1960's. I was fortunate enough to get to meet Linda while I still lived in Alabama and visited her home and saw *Alconbury Hill and the rest of her extensive collection. Although she is not as actively involved in showing as she once was, she still collects models and spent hours with me sharing her memories (and her vast collection of papers) of the "old days". --Lesli Kathman



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