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Obituary for Technique “Techie”

Technique, a 1997 gelding, foaled on May 25, and was humanely euthanized on Valentine’s Day February 14th, 2009 due to internal organ displacement complications and inability to control the pain. The vets Dr. Wan and Dr. McCraigie suspected bladder cancer. We decided due to Techie’s personality and rambunctious ways, he was not a candidate for surgery & convalescence. His entire family was with Techie until he passed. We thank Dr. Wan for being so patient with us and his wife for interrupted Valentine’s Day plans. We appreciate his kindness shown to us when making this extremely hard decision.

Techie was owned and loved by the Lister Aley family of Yorba Linda, California. He came to live with us on January 9, 2003. Techie was primarily shown by son, Burton Skyler Lister Aley, daughter Devany and their mother, Tisa Aley. Technique won a World Reserve Champion Hunter Under Saddle title as a 2 year old prior to coming to join our family. Techie and Skyler were the 2003 4-H State Champion in Hunter Hack.

Techie was initially a challenge. He overcame his fears and learned to trust. Techie learned to love many things during his time with us. He loved to travel, he went on trail rides, went camping, he was shown up and down the State of California and he loved his family and herd mates Buddy and Cammie.

This year Skyler showed us that he and Techie could perform a complete Showmanship pattern bridle less. Quite an accomplishment if you knew Techie in his younger years. Techie was big, beautiful, talented and much loved by his family and we are all heartbroken that he’s no longer with us.

Techie came to Skyler in a dream today. Techie had sprouted HUGE spotted wings and a unicorn horn. He was using his horn to spear oranges and was happily destorying an orange orchard. If that is what he is up to, we know he’s happy. His Aunt Joan Johnson preceded him in death and we know they have found each other at the Rainbow Bridge. Until we meet again, you will always be in our hearts, Techie boy.

Note: Technique was previously registered under the name: Niwacas Tomahawk, barn name“Tommy.” His registration number was 565503. His breeder was Victoria Sandvik of Ni Waca Appaloosa Ranch, Steamboat Springs, Colorado. His Sire was Confettis Shadow. His Dam was Shiny Whistle.

Thanks to Pam Hargesheimer and Dennis Dean for forwarding this information from Lister Aley.

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