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The Western Thoroughbred History – Away From Holme

Away From Holme was a first-generation American Thoroughbred. His pedigree included Australian and European champions. He had a successful career as a racehorse and became an even more successful sire of Thoroughbred sprinters and Quarter Horses.

Away From Holme was foaled in Arkansas on February 4th, 1967. His sire, Noholme II, was the 1959 Australian Horse of the Year. Despite his success as a racehorse, Noholme II did not generate much interest as a stallion prospect. At just 15.2HH, he was considered too short. In 1960, he was offered for sale for the low price of $10,000 AUD. Gene Goff, a wealthy oilman, purchased Noholme II along with 40 other horses and imported them to the United States. Goff sent Noholme II to train with Arthur Beuzeville. In 1961, Noholme II placed second in the Chicago Handicap, Orange Bowl Handicap and Stars and Stripes Handicap. He then retired to Goff’s Verna Lea Farms in Fayetteville, Arkansas to stand at stud. He would go on to sire champions Nodouble, Fool’s Home and Shecky Greene.

Noholme II at stud. Photo via All Breed Database.

Away From Holme was born the year that Noholme II was syndicated for $1 million and moved to Robin’s Nest Farm near Ocala, Florida. His dam, Courthea, was a race-winning mare that Goff imported from Great Britain. Courthea produced six race winners, including graded stakes winner Cades Cove. Away From Holme was the most successful starter from her four pairings to Noholme II. The chestnut colt had a balanced frame and powerful hindquarters. He won two races as a two-year-old including the Cabrillo Stakes at Hollywood Park. He had limited starts at three, but at four he placed second in the King Neptune Handicap and third in the Hannibal Handicap. Away From Holme continued racing through his six-year-old year. In total, he made 38 starts, won ten races, and earned $82,729, the equivalent of about $500,000 today.

Away From Holme’s first foals arrived in 1975. His first foal crop was very limited, but his second foal crop included Holme Maid, a Quarter Horse filly out of Afton’s Goddess, by Afton Creek. In 1978, Holme Maid ran third in the All American Futurity. She later won the Three Bars Handicap and placed second in the Rainbow Derby. In total, Holme Maid made 15 starts, won eight races, and earned $231,019 on the track.  In 1977, Away From Holme sired Holme Base, a gelding out of Angel Spot, by Seven Bars. Holme Base won the Hillside Handicap and Gr. 3 Bull Rastus Handicap. Holme At Last, a 1982 colt by Away From Holme and out of Dyango Missy, by Feelum Good, won the Lafayette Futurity, Layfayette Derby and Woody Lawlis Classic Stakes. Other Quarter Horse stakes winners by Away From Holme include Three Holmes, Hosta Two and Furrs a Flyin.

Away From Holme at stud. Photo via All Breed Database.

His Thoroughbred stakes winners included Mobile Away and House Party. Holme Ross, Thoroughbred colt by Away From Holme and out of Jr’s Last, by Everett Jr., won the Pioneer Stakes and equaled the track record at Louisiana Downs for 4 ½ furlongs in 0:52.80. In total, Away From Holme sired 200 registered Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse foals in 16 foal crops. Out of those, 162 were starters, 98 were winners, 76 were ROM-earners, eight were black-type stakes winners, seven were Superior Race Award earners, and one was a graded stakes winner. Total earnings for his offspring equaled $1,584,006.

Photo via All Breed Database.

No Whistle was Away From Holme’s most successful son at stud. He was out of Little Whistle, by Tonto Bars Gill. No Whistle placed third in the Jay Chambers Memorial Futurity and the Oklahoma Futurity. He won six races and earned a Speed Index of 103. No Whistle was purchased by Billy and Hollie Etbauer and became the cornerstone of their breeding operation. He sired a few successful racehorses from limited starters, including stakes placed The Whistle Lark. No Whistle also sired Youth World Champion Barrel Horses Whistle Bugs and No Trouble Whistlen. His other successful barrel horses include Whistle Spirit, Gota Friendly Whistle and Whistle N Skip. Before No Whistle passed away in 2006, the Etbauers selected one of his sons, Whistle At The Babes, to take over his stallion duties. Successful barrel horses by Whistle At The Babes include Sizzle Whistle, Whistlin, Cutters Native Fol, Gimme Wahini Whistle and I Be Whistlin.

Other successful sires by Away From Holme include Holme At Last and Holme Style. Daughters of Away From Holme also produced several racehorses and barrel horses. In 1993, Holme of the Count, a mare by Count Giacomo and out of All The Way Holme, by Away From Holme, set a new world record at Remington Park for 660 yards in 0:32.670. His descendants include Lil Shota Firewater, Aspecial Firewater and FDD Going Grand.

Jacie Etbauer and Whistle Spirit, a daughter of No Whistle, by Away From Holme, at the BBR Finals American Qualifier in 2015.

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