August 7, 1992 Palomino Mare
Sire: Misty's Sunpiper
Dam: Misty II
Misty's Heat Wave was Misty II's seventh foal and was born in Manheim, Pennsylvania on a very hot August day, hence her name. Interestingly one of her eyes is half blue and half brown. She is sired by Misty's Sunpiper, a grandson of Misty II's half sister Breezy. Sunpiper and Misty II were not that closely related and had some very fine traits so they were allowed to be bred together. Heat Wave takes after her dam in body and father in color with a big blaze down her face. She is a full sister to Misty's May Day Twister and the sight of them together is quite special.
Shortly after Heat Wave was born, Hurricane Andrew whipped through the coast and Heat Wave injured her right eye during the storm, making her partially blind. Because of this injury she was initially not able to become a show pony, but was gentled to ride and used around home. However in 2000 Kendy Allen decided that Heat Wave was too good of a pony just to lay around the field. She became a member of the Chincoteague Drill Team as well as appearing in pony shows at the newly established Chincoteague Pony Centre. Heat Wave was also a popular lesson pony at the Centre for her calm, sweet disposition as well as her willingness to do whatever is asked of her. Misty's Heaven administrator Matt DesJardins was her regular rider at the Pony Centre and Drill Team for several years. She is pictured alongside nine other Misty family members in the book Horses in Living Color by Barbara Livingston.
Heat Wave was an excellent broodmare. She had her first foal in 1997 which was a beautiful buckskin colt named Misty's SunBeam. He is one of the few buckskin ponies in the Misty line. A year later Kendy bred Heat Wave to the chestnut pinto stallion Cezanne hoping for a palomino pinto filly. Heat Wave instead had solid chestnut colt that was named Misty's Scorcher. The pair are a couple of the ponies in the painting "Cezanne's Legacy" by Kevin McBride. Heat Wave produced her first daughter in 2006 which was also the first cremello colored pony in the Misty line, who was appropriately named Misty's Icicle. The following year Heat Wave's last foal was born. She gave birth prematurely to a palomino pinto filly named Misty's September Stardust.
Heat Wave passed away at her home on February 20, 2016 after suffering a stroke. She is buried at her home farm Kerkaken Acres.
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