San x Lucky Contadina)
I expected him to mature
around 15 - 15.1 - instead he is 14.3, a little short for me to
ride. That and less muscle mass than I expected led to him being
sold May 14/04. I feel good about it - he went to a fellow who really
does read the feedback a horse is giving him - something few learn
to do in any meaningful way. Without that, no matter how much study
of method, a person will never be any damn good with a horse. The
plan is to aim him at local competitions for fun, but I'd guess
he might go some way beyond that.
He (the horse)
hasn't got the power to be a heavy hitter in top-level Open, but
he has brains, and when he feels like it, shows a surprising quickness
and athleticism. I'll update this page now and again as we hear
what he is doing there in his new home.
Click any picture to see a larger copy -
The pictures of Pablo Alto
were all taken in late September, 2002.
San's page has some info about him - I'll add material to that
page eventually, but it provides an idea of who he is even so. Something
I should remember to add on his page is that while shown mostly in
'83, and not bred to any huge number of mares, as recently as two
years ago he still appeared in the grandsire statistics top 20 producers.
(On the low end of it, but still...) I seem to recall that
Little Peppy needed 2309 foals (I don't know *how* many grandchildren)
to put him at the top - Pablo didn't have a tenth as many.
Dam: Lucky Contadina's
page shows her, her mother, some pedigree info, and this colt
when a yearling. We were not able to get documentation of Contadina's
show record - what is now the "N"RCHA absorbed the "C"RCHA,
which is what she was shown under. I recall that she was third in
the year-end standings, probably in 1984, maybe 1985. She's upwards
of 20 and out of shape in that picture, but click on it and you'll
see some remaining hint of the muscle I expected this colt to carry.
||I think he looked a little
better a year or so after these pictures were taken - a little more
balanced due mainly to a little more beef on his rear. Then too, the
neck usually seems to present somewhat better, although I can't remember
whether that is just the look of this picture, or if time had improved
the look of it.
His great-grandfather Osage
Red was a running horse, and I think there is resemblance. (I have
attempted to photograph him in a similar pose - no luck so far.) The
primary differences seem to be that this fellow is not as tall, and does
not have the heavy muscling. I would expect him to have good speed out
in the open, but he probably couldn't launch to that speed nearly as fast
as his ancestor. On the bright side, this presents less risk of getting
I recommend this animal for someone with experience. He is little
more than halter broke - I pal around with him over the fence, do
his feet when I must, and that's about it. He lives with a five
year old stud also by Pablo, they compete a little, but get along
well enough. He learns well, and is responsive to a light touch.
In this picture (or the larger copy - click it) he seemed
to have a bunch of bug-bites on him - I doubt allergy because he
has lived here and eaten the same food his whole life, and I've
never seen this before or since.
Also, following the links around the site, you can see most of
his family - his parents, grandparents, and some of the great-grandparents.
"Foundation" quarter buffs would find the fuller pedigree
quite interesting, but for now a person would have piece it together
from various related pages onsite. I'll put one together for this
page someday, but not just now.