This family starts with the mare Mambrino
Beauty but is mostly called the Nervolo Belle-family. That's because there
weren't many stars in this family before Nervolo Belle showed up.
Mambrino Beauty was foaled in 1881 and by Mambrino King 1279, out of a mare
by Allie West 745. She was bred by Joseph S. Woolfolk, Lexington, Kentucky
but then she passed through the hands of others. She did have at least one
foal, Josephine Knight, by Betterton 8022 and it's from Josephine Knight
that the family continued.
In 1892 two brothers Knight bought this filly and they gave her the name
Josephine Knight. She was sent to be bred to Jay McGregor in 1905 but
instead she was mated with the pacer Nervolo. This mismating caused hard
feelings but it was one of the most fortunate mistakes in harness horse
history, the result was Nervolo Belle. However, the worry wasn't over yet
since Nervolo Belle became very ill as a filly but Miss Carrie Knight nursed
her well and she recovered.
Nervolo Belle was used
on the roads before she was sent to Patchen Wilkes Farm to become a
broodmare. She was bred to Peter the Great and left one of the greatest in
harness history, Peter Volo (f.1911). Peter Volo grew up to be a champion
both on the race track and as a sire. He was only beaten once in his racing
Next Nervolo Belle-foal was Volga (f.1913), a full sister to Peter Volo, and
she was as successful as her brother. In fact, she was undefeated on the
race track. Volga is more known as Volga E. in honor of one of her owners.
Volga E. foaled a Guy
Axworthy-daughter in 1920 and she was named Jane Revere. From Jane Revere
came trotting queen Rosalind and you will also find that a sister to the
queen, Warwell Worthy, foaled Worthy Boy. Other great horses from this
branch is Scott Frost, TV Yankee, Cumin, Yankee Glide and Garland Lobell.
Two other Volga E.-daughters, Volga Hanover, by Dillon Axworthy and Nervola
Hanover, by Guy McKinney, created their own branches with pacers as
Peter Volo and Volga E. had another full sister, The Great Miss Morris
(f.1917), and you will find her in the pedigrees of Napoletano and No
|Nervolo Belle f.1906
||Jane Revere f.1920
|by Allie West
||Peter the Great
Maid of Honor
This family is also known as the Lizzie Witherspoon-family and the
Isotta-family. Lizzie Witherspoon is the actual foundation mare and she was
foaled in 1865 by Gough's Wagner. She was bred by Thomas Van Dyke in
Kentucky but passed through the hands of several men before she ended up at
Woodburn Farm in Kentucky. Mr. Lister Witherspoon was the one who started
this family since he bred Lizzie Witherspoon to Red Wilkes in 1878 and the
foal was a filly named Betty Mac.
In 1882 C.J. Hamlin went to Kentucky to buy Mambrino King but he also bought
Betty Mac. Mr. Hamlin mated his two purchases and got Maid of Honor
(f.1884). Maid of Honor was mated with Chimes and she foaled a filly named
Beautiful Chimes. Later on Mr. Hamlin also bought a stallion by the name Rex
Americus, a horse that showed some speed but never lived up to the
expectations. Beautiful Chimes was bred to Rex Americus and the result was a
filly called American Belle. American Belle went to Naubeck Farm and Mr.
A.B. Coxe. Unfortunately she didn't have many foals but her foal of 1910 was
The Zombro Belle, by Zombro. This mare foaled maybe the most important foal
of this family when mated to Peter the Great, Isotta.
Isotta was foaled in 1917 and she got several foals and among them, a lot of
daughters to carry on the family. In 1926 Mr. Coxe died and Isotta moved to
Hanover Shoe Farm.
Isonta was the foal of 1924, by Dillon Axworthy, and from her came Carlisle
and Sharp Note.
Isabel Hanover (f.1929), by Dillon Axworthy, is to be found in the pedigree
of Duke Rodney but she also had a famous daughter, Ilo Hanover (f.1946), by
Nibble Hanover. Ilo Hanover foaled three sisters, the world record holder
Impish (f.1959), Important (f.1962) and Impudent (f.1972), all by the
Scotland-son The Intruder. From these three sisters came several stars like
Noble Gesture, I'm Impeccable, Bullville Victory, Fly Caster, Impish Legacy
and Allen Hanover, who sired the famous Ina Scot.
Irene Hanover (f.1930), by Dillon Axworthy, is to be found in many pedigrees
of pacers for example Falcon Almahurst (p), Overcomer (p), Kimberly Kid (p),
Sampson Hanover (p), General Star (p) and White Ruffles (p). But she also
appears in the pedigrees of trotters like Nevele Diamond.
From Isotta's daughter of 1933, Easter Hanover, came Painter (p). Melba
Hanover was the daughter of 1937, by Calumet Chuck, and from her came
champion trotter and champion sire Nevele Pride.
The last daughter was Faith Hanover (f.1938) and she can be found in the
pedigree of Nero (p).
|Maid of Honor f.1884
|Peter the Great
|The Zombro Belle
Pepper and Kathleen.
Mambrino Beauty and Maid of Honor.
Maggie H. and
Copeland and Miss Duvall.