Rare Honor For Paint Horse Stallion


 Zippos Sensation


American Paint Horse Zippos Sensation was recently added to the National Snaffle Bit Association’s prestigious Hall of Fame – the first Paint Horse to be accorded this honor.

The NSBA, which promotes the pleasure horse, includes elite equines that have had significant impact on the industry through their breeding or show qualifications.

“We were excited when we learned about Zippo being inducted into the Hall of Fame,” said Andrea Simons of Simons Show Horses, LLC in Aubrey, Texas, who co-owns the operation with daughters Sara and Jana.  


 “It is an honor for not only us, but also for the Paint Horse industry. Of course, as his owner, I think he is extra-special – he and his colts have opened the door to the pleasure horse industry.

Horses like Zippos Sensation have made it possible for all Paints to be on an equal playing field with Quarter Horses in the pleasure horse arena.”

Sired by Zippo Pine Bar (AQHA) and out of Satin N Lace, the 14-year-old sorrel overo stallion is the American Paint Horse Association’ s (APHA) leading sire of performance winners and point-earning performance horses.

The stallion began passing on his winning traits early, with his first get born when he was a 3-year old.  

From that first crop came APHA World Champion Brightly Zippo – a sorrel overo gelding out of Morning Whispers that excelled in Western pleasure.

Brightly Zippo is still showing today, recently winning a Reserve World Championship in 2007 with Youth exhibitor Laurel Hanlon of Elizabeth, Colo., aboard.


To date, Zippo’ s foals have earned 75 world and reserve championship titles, as well as having placed on APHA’ s Honor Roll.

In addition, they have made him a six-time leading sire of money-earning foals through the association’ s Breeders Trust program.

In 2006, 85 of his offspring earned a total of $88,941.94 in added money through the incentive.

“We are very proud of what Zippo has accomplished for us this far, and hope to continue to produce even better top-quality foals in the future,” said Simons.

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Little Miss Cool


A Mustang Artist Named ~ Cholla


Many people make money with the talent of their horses, some on the race track, others in the show arena, or the jumping fields, even the rodeo grounds, but this horse is different.

This horse is an artist.


Cholla, is a gorgeous copper colored Buckskin, Mustang/Quarter Horse with black mane and tail, standing 15.2 hands and weighing in at 1300 lbs. He has a dorsal stripe down his back complete with zebra like markings on his legs.

Named after the infamous cactus, Cholla, he was born in Nevada in 1985 from a Mustang Stallion and a Quarter Horse Mare. His owner, Renee, got him just before his fifth birthday, the first and only horse she had ever owned.


The early years of Cholla’s life were rough.  He was broke the old fashioned way, with ropes and force.  It didn’t work for Cholla. It taught him not to trust man. It has taken years for Renee to fully gain his trust, and he is still quite the wild thing with a mind of his own.

It was certain that with Cholla’s intelligence, no one was going to manipulate his mind. He had a bigger future than rope training ahead of him. He was an artist in waiting.


It all began when Renee was painting the fences. She had a very observant horse looking over her shoulder. Knowing that Cholla loved to hold things in his mouth, Renee tacked a piece of water color paper to the fence and showed him one uneducated stroke.

Cholla took the brush in his teeth, stroked the paper. He got both the concept and a carrot right away.

With a big sturdy easel and non toxic water colors, Cholla’s artistic career was off to a galloping start.

Cholla applies the paints to his art and no one moves the easel, or rotates the paper.  He does get help with dipping the brush into the watercolors as he tends to knock things over, but he is the creator of his own masterpieces.


Cholla creates his art standing at his easel while holding a true artist’ brush with his teeth.   He mindfully directs his brush with fine and deliberate strokes creating the artistic essence that only a horse named Cholla can reveal.


Cholla’s art speaks for itself and his style is present in each piece that he brings into existence. His natural expression and intelligence come through in his creations and his Mustang wildness can be seen emerging from each canvas.


Cholla’s art has been exhibited in galleries around the country, including Art At Large in New York City.


Even with all this fame, Cholla is still a horse that hangs out in the deep grass of the pasture content to munch the day away.


But the minute Cholla sees the easel he comes trotting and Cholla is again a happy and dedicated … artist.


Link:  Cholla’s Website

Link:   Video of Cholla at work

Thanks to the artist, Cholla, and his owner, Renee,  for permission to post these works of art.

All artwork holds a copyright.

March Update
Cholla will have 5 framed originals showing at
The Grand National Art Show & Sale in
San Francisco at the Cow Palace.
This is an invitational show only in April 2008.

The Great Santa Fe Trail Horse Race

The Great Santa Fe Trail Horse Ride – 2008 


The Great Santa Fe Trail Horse Ride

The Great Santa Fe Trail Horse Ride – 2007


 The Great Santa Fe Trail Horse Race is an 800 mile endurance ride completed over a 13 day period. It is open to all breeds.

The ride will start in Santa Fe, New Mexico on September 3, 2007 and end in Missouri on September 15, 2007

One of the main objectives of the race is to educate the public not only on the national historic Santa Fe Trail, but also to introduce the sport of endurance riding to thousands.

One Hundred teams will spend each evening in the race village where over 100,000 spectators are expected to visit throughout the entire course of the event.

The riders will complete the specified distance for the day then stop and spend the night at the race village. Each rider’s time will be recorded, and accumulated for end of the race.

The rider with the shortest time overall will be declared the winner.  In addition to an individual winner, team competition will exist.

Spectators are encouraged to turn out to greet the riders at “race villages,” which will be overnight stopping points for the riders and their horses. 

Santa Fe, N.M., Sept. 1-2

Las Vegas, N.M., Sept. 3

Springer, N.M., Sept. 4

Clayton, N.M., Sept. 5

Elkhart, Kan., Sept. 6

Dodge City, Kan., Sept. 7-8

Larned, Kan., Sept. 9

Lyons, Kan., Sept. 10

Council Grove, Kan., Sept. 11-12

Burlingame, Kan., Sept. 13

Gardner, Kan., Sept. 14-15.

Link: Great Santa Fe Trail Horse Race

Link:  Old West Legends ~ Santa Fe Trail

Link:  News Report


Ezra and “Red” Arrive In New York !


Nearly 15 months on the road …

On June 23, 2007 … with a mounted police escort, Ezra Cooley, and his horse Red, rode into Manhattan to Battery Park, New York and completed their 5,000 mile journey across the United States

 “I rode all the way through the heart of Manhattan to see the Statue of Liberty,” said Cooley.  And in the process, Ezra and Red set a world record for a paint quarter horse. Red is one amazing horse.

This is the completion of the first leg of Ezra’s 27,000 mile journey around the world on horseback. 

Along the way, Cooley is raising money for children’s charities. He has raised $6,000 in donations so far for the National Children’s Cancer Society.


The 26 year old rodeo star and Western re-enactor Ezra Cooley and Chico, Calif., native started the trek, dubbed “Ezra’s Expedition,” in his hometown on April 5, 2006, with dreams of traveling around the world in the next eight years on his horse, Red. 


On his journey across the nation, Cooley has savored the pleasures of slowing down. “When you’re riding at four miles an hour across the United States on a horse, you see how beautiful this country really is,” he said.“I ride what is safe for my horse; that’s how I base my whole trip,” Cooley said


From New York, Ezra plans to board a ship to Spain. There he will continue his journey (on horseback) through Spain and Africa. Finally he’ll undertake Australia, Alaska and British Columbia. From Canada he’ll travel another 1200 miles to return home to Chico, California.He is unconcerned about the language barrier. “I know that a big smile goes a long way around the world,” he said. “Plus, I’ve always been pretty good at charades.”

His only worries are horse diseases and wild animals.

“I put it in God’s hand,” Cooley said. “My motto is God, my horse, my gear and then me.” 

Link:  To follow Ezra and Red on their journey