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Argentine Appaloosas

Argentine Appaloosas. What the heck are they, you ask? Well that was my response as well when I first came across this in Baja de Noche's pedigree. The first thing I was told, was no, they are not from the country Argentina, but from a ranch of that name. As far as I can tell, there never was an "Argentine Appaloosa Ranch", but there sure were Appaloosa spotted horses from Argentina. My goodness, it was documented in the Appaloosa News. The next thing I was told was they never amounted to anything. Translation: they were never winners in (Appaloosa) shows, except for one, Burnside's David M. Well, I'm not one to pin that much value on a show record. Another thing I was told was that they were faders, that they carried the greying gene, therefore BAD. It is certainly possible that some were faders, but not all. Here is what I have been able to glean about Argentine Appaloosas that were incorporated into the Appaloosa Horse Club, and some of the programs who used them.

From Whence They Came


The September 1962 Burnside ad
from the Appaloosa News.3

In case you haven't noticed, when leopards are mentioned I perk up and pay attention. So when I stumbled across Ben Burnside's full page ad in the April 1962 Appaloosa News 1, and saw leopard after leopard, my sonar was pinging away. Further looking through 1962 brought me to an May article2 talking about a ship load of Appaloosa spotted horses being delivered to Ben Burnside in the port of New Orleans, Louisiana. There were pictures, and in a couple you could make out a spotted horse or two, but not super satisfying. Reading the article, it turns out this was the third load of Appaloosa from Argentina. Like Holy Cow! Are they ALL leopards? Where did they come from?

Well, duh, obviously there are spots in Argentina. These horses went through customs, were quaranteened, went to the Burnside Plantation, were registered with the ApHC, and some of them eventually ended up in a Burnside sale such as the one advertised in September 1962 issue of the Appaloosa News3 . The imported Argentine stock, now registered with the ApHC by Burnside, was distributed across the country. Burnside's David M, turned out to be the most "famous" horse of the 'Argentine' Appaloosas.

Below is an excerpt from a letter from Elaine Koehler of Pine Forest Appaloosas dated 1975. Elaine owned Bama Jenks, an "Argentine Leopard," and vigorously attempted to find out more about them:



And about a year after the sale, the Argentine Appaloosas start showing up for sale elsewhere.

Burnside's David M and the Oxandaburu Ranch

Burnside's David M

Burnside's David M was owned by the Oxandaburu Ranch of Huron, South Dakota. He was campaigned heavily and won at many shows. In 1965, David M stood at Bill Allen's ranch in Gladstone, New Mexico. Bill Allen was David M's trainer at the time. By 1970 he was being shown by Shorty Russell of Brownwood, Texas. David M became well known not only because he was shown a great deal but because he did well, particularily in performance events such as reining and calf roping. David M was also well advertised by Oxandaburu in the Appaloosa News. Additionally his get were shown and placed, adding to his visibility.


From the Quarter and Light Horse Digest, July 1968, comes this little portion of an article written by Gene Carr:

" Eva and Cadet Oxandaburu, Huron, SD flew their trainer, Shorty Russell from Texas to South Dakota just to compete in the Madison Appaloosa Show. They are Real competitors and are out to prove that thye raise good Appaloosas that can comptete with the best of any breed of stock horses. The spectators watched in amazement as Shorty put Burnside's David M through the reining pattern. It was like watching a tightrope wlker perform on the high wire at a circus. They made it look so simple, as only a professional and champion ca. Eva is one to watch in competition as she was standing in first place in the mare and foal class with a heavy muscled dark brownmare with white spots over the hjips and a leopard colt unti the shaving foam spots started to run down the hips of the mare. It had the humorous touch to the show which makes horse showing so much fun. Eva took a chance and bred her champion AQHA daughter of Pat Star Jr to Oxburn's Buster B and gained a champion leopard colt. Why was it a chance? Oxburn's Buster B is also out of an AQHA mare, which sometmes makes one dubious to try again for an outcross."


Ridden by Shorty Russell, David M won the calf roping event
at the 1969 World Championship Performance Show.

Burnside's David M
Burnside's David M

Above photos are Burnside's David M

Some of Burnside's David M's Show Accomplishments:4

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Western Horseman 1964 ad (page 104)


Appaloosa News January 1968

Oxburn's High Doe

Oxburn's High Doe

David M's get were also winning in futurities, including one filly being the 1966 CON Champion mare.8and Oxburn's High Doe winning the 1970 CON colt futurity.9

Oxandaburu Ranch offered two horses in the 23rd National Sale. They were Oxburn's Jacquette #108360, a 1969 mare by David M and out of a mare named Jackie who was by High Hand F-3366. Jacquette was a near leopard/body blanket pattern. There is a photo of her in the Appaloosa News June 1970:89

Oxburn's Pat Star

Oxburn's Pat Star #92749, grandson of David M

Their other offering for the sale was Oxburn's Pat Star #92749, a 1968 stallion by Trinchera Diablo #20411, a son of David M. Pat Star's dam was a registered Quarter mare. Pat Star was CON 1968 colt Futurity winner, high point colt and high point yearling.

Prince Junior

Prince Junior, #203269, great grandson of David M10 (photo below)

Prince Junior

A colt that ended up in New York state was Prince Junior. Sired by Prince Fury and out of Oxburn's Pat Starlette (pictured below), a granddaughter of David M through his son Oxburn's Turk #85230. He was owned by Joan and Robert Welch of Fulton, New York and was Reserve High Point Yearling Stallion for EOYA in 1975.

David M's Flush

David M's Flush #75761, a 1966 son of Burnside's David M
out of Jodie DWS #33135.
Jodie is by Watonga #8262 out of Nystrom's Flash.

Another son of David M, David M's Flush was a colt advertised in the 23rd National Appaloosa Horse Show Program. Owned by the Lambourn's of North Dakota, they stated that Flush "is proving himself as a good ranch horse. He shows lots of cow sense with the same athletic abilitly as his sire."

Some other advertised or winning get and grandget of Burnside's David M:

Oxburn's Snafu

Oxburn's Snafu #111582
Owned by Sahaptin Farms and then sold in 1975 to the Flager's of Indiana.

Oxburn's Bill

Oxburn's Bill #50803

Oxburn's High Cadet

Oxburn's High Cadet #85232, son of Burnside's David M.
First place stud colt in Futurity of Center of the Nation Regional Appaloosa Club.

Good Time Charly

Good Time Charly #183005, a grandson of Burnside's David M
through his sire Oxburn's High Cadet

Oxburn's King Dee

Oxburn's King Dee #93358

Oxburn's Doe Boy as youngster Oxburn's Doe Boy op9oxburnsdoeboy94414

Oxburn's Doe Boy #94414, a grandson of Burnside's David M
and perhaps his most famous or accomplished or publicized grandson.


Jeannie Jinx N317209 (Oxburn's Doe Boy x Twiggy Jinx AQ)


Doe's Fancy Lady (Oxburn's Doe Boy x Rancher's Fancy)


Doe's Chubby Hank (Oxburn's Doe Boy x AQ)


Doe Boy's Asa Spades (Oxburn's Doe Boy x Mario Girl AQ)


Doe Boy's Top Cat #223045 (Oxburn's Doe Boy x Tom's Flo Fleet AQ)


Doe's Chief Wampum #223049 (Oxburn's Doe Boy x Sugar Pok AQ)


Doe Boy's Iron Dude #223046 (Oxburn's Doe Boy x Elmore's Queen AQ)


Doe's Rockette PC 1421 (Oxburn's Doe Boy x Wauke's Dream AQ)


B and S's Doe Babe #165909 (Oxburn's Doe Boy x Elmore's Queen AQ)


Doe's A Rollin, 223049, a 1975 son of Oxburn's Doe Boy.

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Doe's Unlimited (left), and Ona Count Of Doe (right), full brothers, both sons of Doe's A Rollin

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Gopher Doe Midway and Doe's My Daddy #342097, both offspring of Doe's A Rollin.

Lady Burnside

Lady Burnside, an example of Argentine winners in the show ring.
Sire: Bar Hand, Dam: Burnsides Kathy.
She was winner of the Versatility class
(Reining, Trail, Western Pleasure and Barrels)
at the Ontario Appaloosa Breeders Futurity.


Abrilaire 168777
1972 mare
Sire: JC
Dam was Burnside's Lindy Lou 22975 by/out of "Argentine" Appaloosas

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Cinder Mak Queen,

#175959 an granddaughter of an "Argentine" Appaloosa.
Sire: Batten's Go Man #144862, who was sired by Burnside's Lad #12667
Dam: Batten's Queen #41337, sired by Morgan's Granado F-1418.
She was listed in the 1974 Money Creek Ranch Price List.

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Tigar Lilly #217219
granddaughter of Burnside's David M. Sire: Oxburn's High Cadet #85232 (grey gene), Dam: Rusty Rastus #122134.
" Race winner with halter conformation."..listed in the 1977 Money Creek Ranch Sale List.


Oxburn's Pat Starlette #130725, granddaughter of Burnside's David M.
Sire: Oxburn's Turk 85230, Dam: Seal Pat Star AQ
" Half of her foals were regional futurity winners, most were leopards." See her son Prince Junior, above.


Twister's Nugget Sire: Silver Streak's Twister Dam: Oxburn's Pat Starlette


Oxburn's Buster B, a son of Burnside's David M.
" High Point 2 year old stallion, Center if the Nation Regional Appaloosa Club Grand Champion Stallion (as a Yearling). 1966 South Dakota State Fair Reserve Gran Champion Stallion, 1967."


Oxburn's King Eve, daughter of Burnside's David M.
Junior Champion Filly, South Dakota Fair, 1967. Runner Up High Point Halter Filly, 1967.


Oxburn's Bourbon Red, daughter of Burnside's David M.
High Point Yearling Mare 1966 in Center of the Nation Regional Appaloosa Club.
High Point 2 year old mare, 1967, CNRA Club. Grand Champion Mare at South Dakota State Fair, 1967.


Oxburn's Mount, son of Burnside's David M.
At Halter in 1967: 3 times Grand Champion, 1 time Reserve Grand Champion, Grand Champion at South Dakota State Fair.


Oxburn's Powder #59729, son of Burnside's David M.

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Oxburn's Chic Pride #133669, daughter of Burnside's David M.

Bama's Jenks and Pine Forest Appaloosas

Again my attention was caught upon coming across another farm's ad that was covered with leopards. This time it was Pine Forest Appaloosas in Alabama. Their main herd sire at one point in their program was Bama's Jenks, a leopard stallion who was 1/2 Argentine Appaloosa. His 'other half' went back to Juaquin F-801 and triple bred Starbuck Leopard. He was sold to Stone Flower Ranch in Ontario, Canada in 1975. He certainly left a legacy of leopard offspring from the Pine Forest program. One of his sons, Snow Fury, was exported to Australia, where he was re-sold for $54,000.

I tracked down one mare thst turned out to be for sale. She was Pine Fores'ts Wild Wind, and she was in Connecticut. We bought her, but I never succeeded in getting any foals from her. My vet said she had a "sick uterus", and while he managed to get her to test clean, she did not conceive. She was, however, a great riding mare.

There was another Bama Jenk's granddaughter, within a short distnace of us. However I did not succeed in making contact. This mare eventually showed up at John Kreider's farm in New York. She was by Snow Fury's Leopard Storm #183118, a Bama Jenk's son, and three of her four grandparents were Argentine Appaloosas. What goes around, comes around as they say. When searching for a "Candy F-320" mare for Friedrich Stocker of Double F Appaloosas in Austria, I came across a daughter of Leopard Storm, at John Kreider's, named John's Pride and Joy. (below)
John's Pride and Joy
Friedrich purchased this mare, and before being shipped to Austria, she visited with WOA Sarcee Olepi. A year later FF Candy Mitakoza was born in Austria. Mitakoza
This colt confirmed I was on the right track of crossing Argentine with (my) Candy get and grandget, but I guess it was not to be "right here". Perhaps it happened in a better way with Friedrich and Mitakoza.

A Little Closer Home, my own 'Aregentine Appaloosa', Baja de Noche

Baja de Noche

She (Baja de Noche) was being ridden around at a horse sale in central Pennsylvania. I could not take my eyes off of her - a gorgeous black leopard mare. While not at all planning on buying a horse, 'any' horse, we bid on her. Poorer by $530, we now owned this mare, who had been at the sale due to a divorce. She had a bit of an attitude in the beginning - pinning her ears whenever she felt the least bit threatened. It was just a response and she never did more than that - she never followed through. We got our friends to haul her home - thank goodness they had their trailer there. Shortly after we brought her home we bred this twelve year old never-been-bred-before mare to Que B Crow Bar (Ishi). Ishi bred her, and bred her, until he would look at us and say, "Her Again?" Twenty three days later she finally went out of heat. The following year she delivered her first foal, a black-bay blanket filly we named Tatokala B.


WOA Tatakola B

After Tatokala, she delivered a leopard colt by Hyway SunScatWolf, which we named WOA Raindancer.


WOA Raindancer

She then had a bay leopard filly by WOA Sarcee's Candy, which we named WOA Cheetah.


WOA Cheetah

It was with disappointment that she had a solid black colt following the leopard filly. Contaro de Noche was her last offspring. She was not bred again.


Contaro de Noche

So while Wolf Oak Appaloosas did not have much success with the line, I still think it is a super leopard line.

Update from a reader:

This leopard colt was born August 8, 2008 at Sable Forest*, Michigan. He was sired by DJ Pirate King, a solid black grandson of DJ Shadow Prints. His dam is Proudfoots Cadence (originally Kingpin's Princess). The colt belongs to DJ Appaloosas**, Michigan.

Sable Forest Website.
Their contact information:
Sable Forest Farm, 2114 S. Magrudder Rd., Saint Louis, MI 48880
And **DJ Appaloosas

2008 argentine colt


End of the Argentine Story

The above information is accurate to the best of my knowledge. Bringing any errors or discrepancies to my attention will be appreciated.

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