Reginald Edward Blain
Father: Edward Alfred Blain
Mother: Lillian Lavina Howlett
Family 1: Reginald Edward Blain
- Sex: M
- Born: 9 APR 1918
in Wawanesa, Mb
- Died: 4 MAY 1996
in Glenboro, MB
- Buried: 8 MAY 1996
in Millford Cemetery
- ADDR: Box 157
1 Valmor Street
- PHON: (204) 827-2254
The following was taken from an obituary published in a local paper:
"Reginald Edward Blain was born April 9, 1918 in Wawanesa and passed
away May 4, 1996 in Glenboro Hospital after a lengthy illness.
Reg spent his early years in Wawanesa, Kelvington, Sk and New
Norway, Ab before returning to the family farm at Stockton. After
completing school, he farmed with his father. In 1948, he married Lillian
Turnbull of Hilton and they continued to live on the family farm. Six
years later they moved to and started Blain's Bend farm in a large bend
of the Assiniboine River. The farm is now known as Blain's Bend Quarter
He worked for and held offices in the Stockton United Church and
Young Peoples Group, the Stockton School Board, the Manitoba Quarter
Horse Association, the Glenboro Desert Riders and 4-H Pony Club, the
Manitoba Farmers' Union and the Glenboro Gliders Square Dance Club. He
very much enjoyed square dancing at Jamborees throughout Manitoba,
Saskatchewan and the United States. He enjoyed going to horse shows and
sales to meet and visit with friends. People still talk about the fun
times they had at the Glenboro Desert Riders trail rides and quarter
horse shows that he worked hard for.
He was a kindly quiet man with a quiet sense of humor that showed up
even in the last few days and surprised the care givers in his home.
He loved little children and they were attracted to him. Often a shy
little stranger would hold out their arms for him to pick them up - much
to the surprise of their mother.
He liked poetry as did his namesake Uncle Reg. It was always a joy
and entertainment to our families to hear them reciting poems they had
learned in their school days. When one would have a memory lapse, the
other would take over and they would both go on.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Lillian, daughter Marie, son
Bob and his wife Ellen, granddaughter Rosilind, grandson Nolan, great
grandchildren Jesse and Cass. Special granddaughter Tracey will now be
with her Grandpa. Also surviving are brother Lorne, sister-in-law Anne,
brother David and his wife Dorothy and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sister Ilo, wife of Bill Burgess, his
father in 1977 and his mother in 1927.
The funeral service was held in the Glenboro United Church on May 8,
1996 with Rev Ivan Smith officiating, Sylvia Wotherspoon organist, the
choir led hymns, the 23rd Psalm, "Just As I Am" and "Abide With Me".
Special fiend John Dalgleish escorted pall bearers Allan Bartram,
Glenboro; Dale Miller, Stockton; Ken Dalgliesh, Neepawa; Brian Donald,
Brandon; Connor Doak, Brookdale; and Gordon Mason, Killarney.
Internment was in Millford Cemetery with Jamieson's Funeral Service
in charge of the arrangements."
BLAIN'S BEND QUARTER HORSES
NOTE: The following is taken from a copy of "Horse Country", publication
date unknown, written by G. Campbell.
"Their horses graze on land that has been in the family for over 100
years. It has given three generations of the Blain family a good living
and for the past forty-five years has produced some mighty fine Quarter
Named after the family and it's location nestled in the bend of the
Assiniboine River just north-west of Glenboro, Manitoba, Blain's Bend
Quarter Horses began as a mixed farming operation where horses provided
the horse power and the family driving horse had the status similar to
Reg Blain always loved horses and the woman he married in 1948
shared this love. When Reg and Lillian took over the family farm, work
horses had been replaced by gas power but the couple always had a horse
or two around. They raised two children, Marie and Robert (Bob). They
purchased their first registered Quarter Horse, the Chubby bred Saska
Copper from a cousin, Johnny Miller of Maidstone, Saskatchewan. Shortly
after they heard talk of a new industry called PMU and were visited by
fieldmen canvassing for people to get into it. Lillian says she thought
it was "the awfullest thing for horses" and envisioned all sorts of
terrible things. It wasn't long before she came to know that it was in
fact "a pretty good life for these horses". Although cautious about this
new venture they decided to build a new barn and purchased twenty mares.
The new barn was built in such a way that it could be converted to cattle
or hogs should PMU not work out. They purchased eleven registered Quarter
Horse mares, sight unseen, from a dispersal sale at Regina relying on
cousin Johnny to do the buying. "They were good ones, " says Lillian, "We
were lucky." They bought a few grade mares to complete their quota and
they were in the business.
"It gave us a good living, " says Reg. The early years were often
unstable with cutbacks once taking the number of horses on their line
down to ten. Once the industry became stronger and more widely accepted
the number of mares in the barn grew to 47.
While PMU provided a steady income for the family, the horse
themselves brought other rewards. Both Reg and Lillian have enjoyed
seeing their horses improve and the excitement of a new foal never
diminished over the years. Their breeding business was built on producing
horses with good temperament, good feet and legs and pretty heads. Reg
always bought the best horses he could and made his choice of stallions
on what he saw rather than bloodlines. Saska Copper was soon joined by a
King bred horse called Blow By Hank. "He was a real good saddle horse,"
says Reg who adds that they kept many of his mares in their broodmare
band. But it was Toads Good Horse that he credits with having done the
most for their operation. They purchased the six year old stallion from
Ray Zimmerman of North Dakota. He was a big horse, well muscled but not
the old bulldog type. His influence on their broodrnare band was
significant - they once had 30 of his daughters on the line. "We didn't
have him long enough," says Reg with regret explaining that the horse had
to be put down after an injury. He owned several stallions over the years
including the AQHA Champion Two Fox Salute. This stallion produced only a
few foals before an accident took his life.
Over the years many of the customers who bought Blain's Bend horses
have returned again and again. Many have become close friends. Hundreds
of horses bearing the prefix Blain in their name can be found the length
and breadth of the country and south of the border too.
Reg and Lillian played an active role in the formation of the Manitoba
Quarter Horse Association (MQHA) in the early '60's. Reg was one of the
first members of the association and as such was recognized with the
first honorary lifetime membership to MOHA in 1977.
In 1964 the couple organized one of the first shows using AQHA rules
and the following year hosted the first approved show at Glenboro. This
show ran for over ten years and grew to be a Class A show once attracting
over 200 entries. Reg and Lillian recall fondly those early years when
the show was a major social event. Quarter Horse showing was in it's
infancy and many people like Darlene Schwabe, Ken Patterson, Don Rudko,
the Cannons, Browns and Mansfield's were just getting started. Reg and
Lillian did little showing themselves. The family enjoyed trail riding
and rode in parades. They were members of the local Desert Riders Club
which hosted a Centennial trail ride that drew one hundred riders. As
well the couple were founding members of the PMU association and have
many good friends in the industry.
Reg and Lillian retired in 1988 when their son Bob bought them out.
They kept twenty of their favorite mares for a few buyers looking at
youngsters as soon as they are bom. "We only keep good ones for our
broodmare band, " says Bob, " It keeps the quality in our herd." With
sixty colts born each year Ellen keeps a record book on each mare that
keeps track of what she has produced and who bought the offspring. They
used the prefix Blain the first year they had the farm but now use BNE in
their horse's names. Thinking up names for sixty some foals each year can
be a problem and many are named by their new owners when they pick them
out of the herd. Many of their customers began buying Blains Bend horses
when Reg and Lillian ran it, and many are friends of previous customers
who have liked what they've seen. "The horses speak for themselves," says
Bob. They cull out any horses that they feel don't measure up
conformationally or in indisposition. Until recently they didn't keep any
colts to riding age so they depend on their customers for valuable
feedback. This summer Tabitha Pankratz, a graduate of Lakeland College's
equestrian program came to work at Blains Bend to help gentle the colts
and start some two year olds to fill the demand for broke horses.
The type of horse that Bob strives to produce is a good looking
individual with good bone and good feet and legs. He likes a horse that
is versatile, that is athletic and easy to get along with. "That's what
Quarter Horses are supposed to be," says Bob. The stallions on Blains
Bend represent the kind of horses he likes. Sonny Dee Bar lines
predominate in Sonny Dee Cash, Sonnys in Town, Beaus Bar Tab and
Reynold's Blue Sonny. Zans Banjoe is a grandson of Zan Parr Bar who Bob
describes as a "good all around horse. " Their pedigrees denote halter
champions, as well as performance champlons in arena, pleasure and
racing. "Pedigree is insurance; they have to have style and disposition
too. " says Bob. While most of the mares are home raised they do purchase
the occasional individual who they feel has some thing that will fit well
into their program.
Back in 1991 Bob and Ellen attended the first meeting of the
Manitoba SuperHorse 50/50 Futurity. The program focused on "horses that
ride, work and look good doing it". This was exactly the type of horse
that Bob and Ellen tried to produce and this has been proven out with BNE
Red Power Mist winning in 1992 and BNE Super Sharp winning it in 1994.
"It gives people confidence it what you are doing," says Bob who does not
show horses himself They find it very gratifying to see their customers
go on to succeed with their horses whether it be in the showring or as
working ranch or family pleasure horses. The future of Blains Bend has
never looked better and who knows what the next 45 years will produce."
- Lillian Marie Blain
- Robert Reginald Blain
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