DEEP BOB ~ was a 1960 son of Depth Charge out of Bobbie Leo by Leo. He was purchased by a fellow south east of Denver, CO and a serious breeding program started to blossom. Johnny Dial, Piccirillo, Super Charge, Brigand, Tiny Charger, Dividend, Chudej's Black Gold, Johnny Bull, Hijo the Bull and numerous Depth Charge progeny were becoming highly popular. At one time Depth Charge, Top Deck and Three Bars were controlling factors in the TB introduction to QH bloodlines. Depth Charge was one of the great stallions owned by the King Ranch in Kingsville, TX.
The owner (name withheld) of Deep Bob had a trainer/manager (name withheld) who was excited about his new high paying stud manager position and commissioned a portrait to be painted of Deep Bob to be given as a gift to his boss, the owner. I was over a year behind on commissions.
Deep Bob was a dark seal brown with pretty roan white hairs. He was a very hard color to paint as it was basically just a matter of painting the white hairs one as a time. No fun. Really no fun.
When the painting was complete the buyer acted somewhat funny. He gave me a check after several delays; there was always something happening. He ducked and dodged for ever until he paid. Finally he "fessed-up" that he was fired, but he wanted to make it right and pay me. He was really sick of the job, hated his old boss and there were no fond thoughts on Deep Bob either.
I did my part, but the checked bounced. I called his bank and they said he did have money going through the bank but it didn't stay long. They couldn't hold a check waiting for funds. They weren't much help.
Something I always did was be kind to the stall cleaners, the low paid help. When I was taking photos it was a good thing to have willing ear-get-up'ers. I sometimes gave out post cards of famous horses and simple gifts to the help. I was getting paid well and they were very important to my success.
Several months went by and the "hot check guy" started a training business and got several horses to ride. I talked to one of his stall cleaners and he told me he was on a cash basis with the feed company. When they brought a load of horse feed they had to get a check before it was unloaded. His checks must be cashing. The amount of the normal feed check was just over what he owed on the painting. One day the phone rang and he had just handed a check to the feed company. I beat it to the bank and got the check to clear his bank within 3 hours. Some of this business has not been easy.
This is a photo of Deep Bob taken in research for the portrait.
Author: Darol Dickinson