Jon Wallace started showing American Saddlebreds in 1962. He trained his own three-gaited Saddlebred show horse and a couple of years later, he opened up his own horse training facility, Golden Meadows Farm, in Benton, KY.
It was at Golden Meadows Farm where Jon employed and launch a training career for the young James Nichols, an elite trainer in the Saddlebred industry.
“Saddlebreds were simply beautiful to me and I enjoyed the way they moved. They’re just an awesome breed of horse,” says Jon Wallace.
Jon’s love of Saddlebreds also brought him the love of his life, his wife, Susan.
Jon met Susan at a horse show in Tennessee where they competed against one another. Jon and Susan both competed in the amateur five-gaited class and previously, Susan had won at the World’s Championship Horse Show that year and Jon did not. At the show in Tennessee, Jon won the class and Susan placed second. Shortly after that, the two met. From then on, Susan and Jon had a long distance relationship until tying the knot.
“Since Jon and I were dating and it was long distance, I asked him for a picture of himself, and he gave me his victory pass at the show in Tennessee he beat me at,” laughs Susan Wallace.
Jon and Susan were wed December 29, 1979. Susan moved to Western Kentucky to be with Jon. Susan moved her horses to Golden Meadows Farm and later on, they both moved to Penny Lane Farm.
A horse near and dear to Jon is WGC CH The Daily Lottery, a horse born at Penny Lane Farm and raised by Jon. This famed show horse has won 14 world titles in his career including his most recent, the 2018 Five-Gaited World’s Grand Championship in Louisville, KY, the most prestigious title in the Saddlebred industry.
“Whatever you told him to do, he could do it. The Daily Lottery is very intellectual and one of the greatest five-gaited horses that has ever lived. His heart is as big as a freight train,” says Jon.
Jon is now retired, but you can still find him in the barn each and every day helping out and spending time with the horses and training his granddaughter, Kalee Gray.
Penny Lane Farm is located at 370 Housman Road, Boaz, Ky.