Appaloosa Territory


Shavano F-1679

Yes, you guessed it, another Sundance descendent. Can't seem to get away from these great horses of the past. Once one delves into their story, one begins to realize just how influential they were (in many cases).
[Of course not everyone is great [in all eyes], but they were all individuals, and all deserve our respect. ~ "It matters to this one."]

Patchy? What happened to Shavano? Keep on reading : )




Basic Information

Bred by Ben Johnson, Fruita, Colorado.
Foaled 1955.
Sire: Patchy Jr F-1380
Dam: Blossom F-1678
He was owned by three different ApHC directors/officers and was highly promoted and advertised:

He was trained and ridden by Mary Masser.
Inducted into the ApHC Hall of Fame in 2011 (after THREE submissions).
Shavano was a GEAR Premier Sire.
He competed before the National point system was set up, before Appaloosa races were organized and during the infancy of regional club organization Š thus, most of his competition was against all breeds.
Shavano was the first Appaloosa tattooed for racing.
He was an ambassador for the breed because Appaloosas were relatively rare in the eastern US during the early 60Õs where he competed.
He won in every competition repeatedly including Get Of Sire, and was many times year end High Point Champion in several states in the Eastern US and won at the National Appaloosa Show.
He won in racing, halter, western performance, games and English events.

ShavanoÕs Pride, a son of Shavano, was chosen for the 50th Anniversary Commemorative poster published by ApHC because of his accomplishments as an International hunter/jumper.

Known references: Appaloosa News 1-70:83, 2-65:43,52, 3-65:68, 7-65:63, 9-65:96, 10-65:105, Jan-Feb58:12(ad), M-A58:22(ad), May-Jun58:22(ad), N-D58:34(ad), Sep-Oct59:17, May-Jun60:9(article ty farm/shavano), Jul60:55, Sep60:46, Aug61:21(ad), Oct61:26/48, 9-73:90, 7-77:58-62(article), 2-71:117, 5-67:14, 1-69:84, Sundance Newsletter 12-76:16(photo of Shavano in stallion service auction page), 7-77:6, 4-89:21-23

Shavano F-1679 by Sherry Byrd
This article first appeared in the Sundance Newsletter July 2001-April 2002 in five parts.
It is based, in part, on a previous Sundance Newsletter article that was reprinted in Sundance in 1989.
Thanks to Sundance 500 for sharing this information.
Due to some of Shavano's progeny being very prolific/popular, 6 of them have their own pages, with their progeny listing per Sherry's five part article:
Brent Lea, Shavanot, Coyote's Apache, Midas Britches, Shavano Frosty's Domino II and T Jewel's Red Bird.


Part I

Shavano F-1679 (issued SBC # 24), was foaled in April of 1955. This chestnut, with blanket and and chestnut spots over back, loin, and hips, and a star, was bred by The Appaloosa Ranch program. This breeding program was that of noted Appaloosa breeder and historian Ben Johnson, of Grand Junction, Colorado.

Shavano was purchased by Ty Farms in 1956. Ty Farms was owned by Harold Tyner, of Tipton, Indiana. In an advertisement in the June 1960 issue of the Appaloosa News for Ty Farms, they not only promote their Appaloosa stock, but also Standardbreds, Thoroughbreds and Pony of the Americas as being “part of our business”. Ty Farms also used the advertising theme of “Personalized Horses For Particular People” for their Appaloosas.


Shavano was shown as a weanling. He was unshown as a yearling due to an injury. The Tyners chose this horse as their stallion for his prepotency in pedigree, quality, conformation, beauty and light feathery motion. He consistently passed these traits onto his offspring. It was in the ownership of Ty Farms that Shavano became a show ring name.

Shavano had a brilliant show career, amassing uncountable blue ribbons and trophies for performance. He was trained and ridden to his numerous wins in the show ring, as well as in races, by Mary Massar.

His was extremely versatile, being a Grand Champion in halter and performance, as well as a Champion race horse . In 1959, it was noted that he was the only horse, out of 1224 nominated for working points in the Indiana Saddle Horse Association, that was used weekly in all types of timed events, in races, in western pleasure and in English saddle classes. In 1959 he was named the High Point Performance Horse in Indiana, as well as Michigan. He was also named the Appaloosa Trail Horse Champion in Indiana. In 1960 he was Reserve High Point Performance horse in Illinois. He also garnered High Point Performance Horse at several other shows, as well as receiving the Registered Sire Performance Award. At the 1960 5-State Show, Shavano was named the High Point Performance Horse and Grand Champion Get of Sire. One of his foals also earned Junior Champion Mare and Reserve Grand Champion Mare at the same show. Shavano was High Point Performance Horse in the 5-State Regional for 3 straight years, winning stakes races, rope races, barrels, western riding, western pleasure, and English pleasure. He was never defeated in racing until he was past 5 years of age, and ran against some of the best of his day. At the 1960 National he ran second at Race Meet, then went on to garner the National Reserve Championship in flat saddle pleasure. He won races in Indiana, Michigan and Illinois at distances from 220, 350 and 440 yards, as well as * mile. He retired sound at the age of 7 years.


Patchy Jr F-1380


Blossom F-1678

Let’s take a look at the prepotent pedigree that the Tyners based their famous breeding program on:

Shavano was sired by Patchy Jr F-1380, another product of Ben Johnson’s Appaloosa Ranch; out of the mare Blossom F-1678, bred by F.L. Chaffin.

Patchy Jr F-1380 is a son of Patchy F-416; out of the mare Leopard Lady F-167, a daughter of Sundance F-500. Blossom’s pedigree is given in the 1967 Ben Johnson’s Appaloosas ‘Stairway To The Stars’ pre-priced production sale catalog - which states she is sired by a Thoroughbred /Standardbed stallion called Tick-A-Boo; out of a unregistered Appaloosa mare called Sand Baby. Sand Baby is sired by what is listed as ‘Chaffin Appaloosa’ (Plodder TB x App mare); out of an Appaloosa named Sue. The stallion Patchy Jr’s Wanonshe F-2266, the mare Patchy Jr’s Wildeye F-4358, the mare Blossomtime, and –NR- mare Coalbin are full siblings of Shavano. Patchy Jr. F-1380 was the 1953 National Champion yearling colt, 1954 National Reserve Grand Champion halter stallion and National Champion 2 year old stallion, 1955 National Grand Champion stallion and National Champion 3 year old stallion, 1957 National Champion trail horse, 1958 National Champion matches pair, 1960 National Premier Sire of Performance Horse, and 1964 National Champion get of sire.

Blossom F-1678 was the 1952 National Reserve Grand Champion Performance Horse and National Champion women's western pleasure horse. She would have been named the National Grand Champion Performance Horse at the 6th National Show, had a mistake in adding points not occurred. Patchy F-416 is the 1948 National Grand Champion stallion and National Champion aged halter stallion, 1952 National Grand Champion performance horse and was National Champion in men's western pleasure, parade horse, most colorful mount and rider and get of sire, 1953 National Champion in get of sire. Patchy Jr, Patchy and Sundance have all sired National Champions. Leopard Lady has National Champion producing offspring.

Shavano’s pedigree also contains a vast wealth of Thoroughbred breeding, including Springfield - multiple race winner in England, Ladas-Epsom Derby winner (England), Ballot - Champion Handicapper that sold for $40,000 in 1914, Rock Sand - 1903 English Triple Crown winner, Bend Or- Epsom Derby winner (England), Conrad - noted steeplechaser, and Hermit - Epsom Derby winner (England). These lines can be found in some of today’s best and most impacting Thoroughbred families: Man O’ War, Bull Lea, Wrack, Black Toney, Count Fleet, Princequillo, Native Dancer, Buckpasser and Hyperion.

Noted early Appaloosa race breeder, B.J. Blackmon of Odessa, Texas, later stood Shavano at stud during the 1960s. His advertisement called Shavano “A True Champion From A Family Of Champions”. He specifically noted in his advertisements for Shavano, his rich Thoroughbred heritage, even though he was of Appaloosa foundation stock, and pointed out that sire Patchy Jr and dam Blossom were both half-Thoroughbred.


Shavano at 21


Spotted Horse October 1977


Sundance Newsletter July 1977

After his death, the Appaloosa publication Spotted Horse, in its 10-1977 issue gave this description of Shavano in an obituary notice: “one of the last great foundation stallions.”

The bloodline of Shavano had quite a range of dispersion, but is not found as often in today’s pedigrees, as are other descending lines of Sundance F-500. Horses from this bloodline have been recorded in Indiana, Oklahoma, Maryland, Illinois, Kansas, Texas, Ohio, Colorado, Michigan, Arkansas, Missouri, Arizona, New Hampshire, Connecticut, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Maine, Minnesota, Florida, Delaware, Florida, Oregon, Kentucky, Tennessee, New York, Canada, Montana and Iowa, to name a few areas. Some breeding programs having used this notable bloodline: Sidon Appaloosas in Alberta, Canada [Red Eye Apache B]; 2M Appaloosas owned Melvin Marvin in Michigan [Shavano’s Wampum]; Shavano Acres owned by Ben Mears Jr, in Ohio; B.J. Blackmon of Odessa, Texas; W.F. and Lois Moster in Indiana; Hudlow Diamond H Ranch in Oklahoma; Robert and Majorie Acomb in New York; Lanqundowi Farms in New York; Harold Knecht in Ohio; Dry Brook Farm, Bernie and Dorothy LePoire in Iowa; Oakdale Farms owned by Robert Everett in Indiana; Rock Run Stock Farm in West Virginia; The Hitching Post in Ohio; R.E. and Alice Hoffman in Michigan; Illingdale Farms owned by H.T. Illing in Wisconsin; The Doubet’s Marsh Acres program in Pennsylvania; J and C Stables in Ohio; Albert Rykbost in New York; Happy Appy Acres in Tennessee; Bernard and Barbar Minear of Indiana; the late Frank Scripter’s American Leopard Horse Ranch program in Michigan; the Gaiser family with the Rocking G program in Ohio; A.L. Ertl in Iowa; Sapelo Appaloosas in Indiana; Ed and Evelyn Weber’s Money Creek Ranch in Minnesota; Meadowbrook Farm owned by Jane and Fred Kimmel in New York [A. Hawks Warclub]; Miller Farm in Pennsylvania; Wyalta Sid and James Wyatt’s ‘Wyalta’ program in Alberta, Canada; Jim and Marty Bowser’s Mar-C program in Ohio; Lazy M Ranch in Indiana [Shavatariat]; Roland Haun of Kentucky; Spotted Hills Farm in Indiana; the Lyle and Alta Coultrip program in Ohio; Wayne Hayes’ Runnin Acres program in Wisconsin; Bonnie Acres Ranch in Oklahoma; Betty Armbrust program in Ohio and the Briggs Appaloosa Farm in Tennessee, to name some.


Dispersion of this bloodline come from private sales as well as public sales, such as - Sioux Empire Breeders, Chrome, WSSF, Northeastern Appaloosa Association sales, Central Indiana Appaloosa Association sales, Ohio Appaloosa Association sales, White Sulfur Springs, ADA sales, Twin Cities sales, Money Creek Ranch production sales, ApHC World Sale, Creswell dispersal sale (home of High Thunderbird), and Indiana Appaloosa Association sales. Shavano’s Flaming Frolic was one of 5 high selling horses at the 1965 A-9 sale.


Photo courtesy of Frank Holmes, author of Spotted Pride-The Appaloosa Heritage Series

Many of Shavano’s descendants also made names for themselves. Sons that were noted sires include TipCo’s Thunder, Shavanot, and Shavano Frosty’s Domino. Shavano’s Rainey was the 1964 High Point Race Mare in Ohio. Brent Lea was a Stakes Winner, A-rated in speed and a Champion 3 Year Old Runner. Chanta-Lea Lady was a race winner and Track Record Holder. Bolero Jet was a Stakes Winner as well as a multiple race winner.

Azure’s Bull Lea is a Bronze Medallion Winner-race; Briar Jet earned a ROM in racing. Miss Color Girl was a Bronze Medallion Winner-in trail, a Silver Medallion Winner, and a World Champion in junior English pleasure and trail. Midnight Snowbird was a CRHA National Champion. Y-O Alolea was a Bronze Medallion Winner-race. Van-Up was a Bronze Medallion Winner in rope race. Miss B’Jaye is a Stakes Winner, earned an ROM in racing, and was a Bronze Medallion Winner. Tyner’s Jewel was a multiple halter winner. Shelly Lea was a Superior Achievement Certificate earner, a race ROM earner, was a Stakes Winner and a Bronze Medallion Winner. Mr. Doo Lea held 4 World Track Records and won the Pomona Futurity. B’s Desert Wind was a Stakes Winner and won $12612 in racing. Staunch Attraction was a race winner. A. Hawks Warclub was Northeastern Appaloosa Association Reserve Champion 3 year old halter stallion. Loose Change I was a race winner. Sundance Tatezi is an ApHC Bronze Medallion Winner in distance and an ECTRA Bronze Medallion winner. Brent’s Song was a Medallion Winner, a Stakes Winner, a race ROM earner and a Superior Achievement Certificate earner. Tonka Wacon was the 1966 Indiana High Point race mare. Ditto Britches was a multiple high point in performance and color, as well as winning command, open western pleasure, open English pleasure, senior western pleasure, senior English pleasure, and English pleasure 14-18. Leasure Leo won $12663 in racing. Auburn Gold set a Track Record. Flying Bluebird was the 1966 and 1967 Ohio Champion Race Horse, even though lightly raced in her career. Apache Sun Spirit has won the CRHA Novice Competitive Horse Award, a Bronze Medallion in distance riding. Natolite Ta-Co was the Ohio Appaloosa Association High Point 3 year old gelding and a winner in youth horsemanship. ToBe Domino Britches was the OAA and WRApHC high point 3 year old mare.

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Part II

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Part III

The range of dispersion of this family line could well make it the largest one within the Sundance family. This bloodline is still prominent in some of today’s noted show, race and breeding programs, just as it was years ago in older noted show and breeding programs.

This line extends from the east coast with breeders like Mary H. Briggs, Eads, Tennessee of earlier years across the United States to the west coast with breeders like Steve and Sue Webb, of Pacific Rim Farms, Tacoma, Washington, with today’s noted sire Etch To Impress (Appaloosa News 8-1993).

Of course there are many years and many horses in between these two comparisons, like: Sacajawea Farm in Andover, Connecticut (Shavano’s Sun Devil); Pollard Ranch in Caldwell, Idaho (Bolero Jet); Felfrost Farms in Jamestown, Ohio (Shavano’s Feller); Frische Ranch in Petaluma, California (Easy Luck); Oxbow Ranch in Delaware, Ohio; Soren Rasmussen in Montana; Sam and Shirley Natoli with Natolite Acres in Ostrander, Ohio; Sunnyfield Farm in Toms River, New Jersey (S.B.R. Jubilee Plaudit); Ken and Kaye Pirtle in Norman, Oklahoma; Sberna Stables in Bellevue, Ohio [Shavano’s Junior Major]; The Hitching Post in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio [Later moved to Sarcoxie, Missouri and became The Hitching Post Ranch]; Sutter Valley Bar R Ranch in California; Flying Eagle Stables in Norman, Oklahoma; Dick and Edith Stanger’s Double Arrow Ranch in Idaho; Happy Hour Farms in Carlisle, Pennsylvania (Shenago Red); Daybreak Farm in Ladson, South Carolina; Betty Armburst in Washington Court House, Ohio; Bonnie Acres Ranch in Edmond, Oklahoma; Ed and Evelyn Weber’s Money Creek Ranch in Minnesota; Wise Owl Farm in Madison, Wisconsin; The Wyatt family program in Alberta, Canada; On The Hill Stables in Greensburg, Kentucky [Shavano’s Frosty Domino and Shavano's Onka]; Roland and Mary Haun in Maysville, Kentucky; Bill Blackmon in Odessa, Texas; J. E. Baker of Oklahoma City; Artesian Farms Inc. in Palmyra, Wisconsin; Louie Lawrimore’s Lawriwood Farms in Hemingway, South Carolina; White Sulfur Springs Farm in Georgetown, Kentucky; George Verstegen’s Valentine Ranch at Great Falls, Montana; the Rutherford Ranch; Tong’s Appaloosa Stables in Dayton, Ohio; and the unlikely owner Controlled Blasting, Limited in Breslau, Ontario, just to name another handful associated with this family line.

This family line amassed uncountable show accomplishments, and continues to do so, not only in the show arena but on the race tracks as well. The racing aspect of this family line will be covered in Part IV of this series. Shavano is credited with over 300 first place performance awards in three years of showing. His, as well as some of his progeny’s accomplishments, were noted in the first two sections of this article. Some more are noted in these next two sections.

Shenago Red was Keystone ApHC Co-High-Point 3 year old stallion, Maryland ApHC Reserve High-Point aged stallion, and earned a Certificate of Achievement in English Pleasure. H.P. Robin Roberds won multiple weanling, Dinner Bell Derby, and and mare and foal classes in both open and Regional shows in two states. Domino’s Christy was Nationally placed (7th) in junior trail. Shenago Streak was second in his class at the Keystone International Livestock Show. 2D2’s Dominta was Nationally placed (tied for 5th) in senior reining).

Midas’ Golden Touch won multiple Regional High Point awards in youth showmanship, youth horsemanship youth reining, halter, youth horse, English pleasure hunt seat; was a multiple winner in barrels and poles; and was World qualified in halter, English hunt seat and junior pleasure. Domino II’s Indy was eligible for the ‘World’s Best Ap- paloosa’ title with her 1991 World Show entries in heading/heeling, junior reining and judged heeling. Georgia Rivers was the National 1979 High Point Youth 13-15, on Domino II’s Brite Star and two others.

Shavano’s Frosty Domino II took the top payback in the 1977 Reining Horse Association Sire and Dam Recognition Program’s Futurity, with foals placing first, third and sixth. Shavano’s Pride was campaigned from Alabama to the Canadian Maritimes, won in dressage up through the 3rd level, evented up to the 3rd level and placed high in National and International competitions; was on the U.S. Equestrian Team. Shavano’s Pride was dubbed "the little Appaloosa with the great heart" by his admirers and was featured in an article in the November 1983 issue of the Appaloosa News. Mansfields Bold Britches was the 1975 CRHA National Champion yearling colt, the 1976 CRHA National Champion 2- year-old halter stallion, the 1976 CRHA National Grand Champion halter stallion, and the 1978 CRHA National Champion in junior western pleasure. Domino II’s J.J. was World placed (3rd out of 22) in senior reining. Domino II’s Shelly was World placed (9th) in senior reining. Cam’s Princess Waupum was the 1983 CRHA National Champion broodmare and in youth trail; 1982 CRHA National Champion in youth hunter and youth poles; 1984 CRHA National Champion in youth junior western horsemanship and youth junior western equitation. Midas Golden Touch was the OAHC Reserve Champion Stallion.

Shavano Man Too brought home numerous ribbons in yearling halter classes in 1972. Domino Snowfire won the Ohio State Fair Halter Futurity four times. Frosty’s Contessa was Year-End High Point Champion in heading/heeling and won a Bronze Medallion. Shavano’s Frosty Domino II was #27 on the 1987 Leading Sires of performance winners List and #22 on the 1987 Leading Sires of point earning performance horses List. Coyote's Apache was the 1981 CRHA National Champion in stallion pleasure and in poles. Charlie’s Britches was a National Junior Grand Champion halter stallion.


Gypsy Rose RB was Nationally placed in reining. Shabbona’s Patchy Robin is a winner in broodmare halter. Shavano’s Chiquita is a winner in costume. Carono was a Halter Champion, and was the South Carolina Appaloosa Horse Club 1970 High Point '66/older mare. Saint Peter was a multiple winner and Champion in trail, halter, western and English pleasure; and proved his versatility in placing 2nd in the 1979 Florida 100 mile competitive ride, as well as garnering the ‘Best Mannered Stallion Challenge Trophy for that ride (this was his first and only competitive ride).

Raspberry Mash was a futurity winner. Shavano Junior’s Major brought home numerous ribbons in western riding, rope race, Nez Perce stakes, senior western pleasure, and Camas Prairie stumps. Currently as of 8-5-2001, another descendant, Domino II The End is listed in the Appaloosa Journal as 'leading the nation' in heading and heeling.

Part IV

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Part V

The Shavano family line has amassed a notable record on the race tracks for the Appaloosa breed. Shavano was on the 1977 Leading Maternal Sires based on money earned List, 9th with foals earning $14,234.00. The most noted Shavano progeny to be known on the racing forum are Tyner’s Alope, Brent Lea, Shavano’s Blues and Flying Bluebird. Lesser knowns include Sokota Staff Shavano, Shavano’s King, Sir James Beam and Shavano Too. The service of Shavano’s King was available in the 1980 Sire and Dam Race Program. Brent Lea and Leasure Lea were both available in the Golden Stakes Series Stallion Service Auction (CAL).

Brent Lea was on the 1977 Leading Sires based on money earned List, 3rd with his foals’ total earnings at $28,950.00. He was also #10 on the 1993 All Time Leading Sires of money earners List (placing before such noted race sires as Geneo JJ, Scooter Bug G, Dust’Em and Chant’s World), with 42 starters, 11 SWs, 31 race winners with a total of 116 wins, 7 ROM earners, 4 horses with SI over 98, and his foals with total earnings of $462,291. He was also on the 1989 Leading Sires based on money earned List, with 4 race starters earning $18,351.00.

Some of the accolades won by Shavano progeny include: Brent’s Song, featured in an item in the December 1989 Appaloosa Journal called "Brent’s Song Does It The Easy Way" written by Don Escalante, has won the Match Maker Stakes in California in both 1986 and 1989 (as a 6 year old). Brent’s Song was 2nd in the 1988 Match Maker Stakes, 3rd in the 1989 Coast-to-Coast Stakes and placed 3rd in the 1987 Match Maker Stakes, and was the all-time high money earner for an Appaloosa mare with earnings of $136,500

Brent’s Song was #6 all-time leading money earning horses in 1993 with total earnings of $139,999, and is on the 2001 Leading Dams based on money earned List. Brent’s Song is also a Bronze Medallion Winner, a Stakes Winner, a Superior Achievement Certificate earner, California Top 2-year-old Race Horse, California Champion 2-year-old Filly, and earning $34,691.

Bolero Jet was a 7-time Stakes Winner. Leasure Lea is a World Track Record holder at 4 furlongs to 5/8 mile and 5 furlongs, tied a 4 furlong track record set by Gold Strike’s Equal, and broke a 4 furlong track record set by Kaskaskia Chico. Leasure Lea is a Medallion Winner and multiple race winner earning $12,663.12. Raised Right is on the 2001 Leading 4 year-old and older geldings based on money earned List. Azure’s Bull Lea held a World Track Record for 8 furlongs. Tenacious won the Cowboy Hall of Fame Handicap (Grade II), and has total earnings of $10,650. Cash Blues has won the Grade III Appaloosa Prep Maturity, the Cricket Bars and the Okie Summer Futurity; was the 1988 Champion 2-year- old Distance Filly with a total earnings of $57,330. Information on Cash Blues and her foals can be found in the article “Tears Tears Up The Track,” in the August 2001 issue of the Appaloosa Journal.

Mental Note is a Bronze Medallion Winner, a Stakes Winner, SI 99, ROM earner, winner of the Vallejo Juvenile Futurity grade I, and earning $20,890. Chosen To Lead is a Stakes Winners, and has won the Grade II Western States Futurity. Stauch Attraction has earned an ROM, was California Champion 2-year-old gelding with total earnings of $13,299. Jelly Roll Blues won the Grade III 1994 Cricket Bars Maturity, won the 1993 Sallisaw Futurity, is a Stakes Winner and ROM earner, with total earnings of $14,170.13. Loose Change I is the 1985 ApHC Executive Race Committee Champion 3-year-old Filly, Bronze Medallion Winner earning $17,227, and California Champion 3-year-old Filly.

Shelly Lea is a Stakes Winner earning $61,820, Bronze Medallion Winner, Supe- rior Achievement Certificate earner, ROM earner, National Champion Runner 4-year- old and older mare, California Champion aged mare and 3-year-old filly. Shelly Lea won the Los Alamitos Invitational Handicap in 1984 and 1985, and placed second in the Silver and Gold Invitational Handicap in 1984 and 1985. Cash Blues was 8th in the 1989 Cricket Bars Maturity, an ROM earner, won the Cricket Bars Futurity, the Okie Summer Futurity and the Appaloosa Prep Maturity, and was named Champion 2-year-old Distance Filly. Shavano’s Blues was on the 1989 Leading Dams based on wins List and the 1989 Leading Dams based on money earned List. Win ‘Emall was on both the 1993 Leading Dams of winners List (16th) and the Leading Dams of money earners List (17th). Psyched To Win was 1st the 1993 Leading 3-year-old colts by money earned List, with total earnings of $12,990.18. No Luck Needed has produced race starters, race winners, a Medallion Winner and an ROM earner. Miss B’Jaye, a Stakes Winner and Medallion Winner earned over $23,000.

Race starters include: Brown Derby, Byer’s Blessing, Apache Red Rain, Mac The Knife, Shavano's Daiquiri, and Dress Fancy, to name a few. Race winners include: Double Jet, Miss Kid Charge, Blue Rastus, Impala I, Rene’s Blue Bar, Winaway, Middle Sea and Win ‘Emall, again to name a few. Miss Color Girl earned a Bronze Medallion in performance and a Silver Medallion in distance riding (endurance). Sir James Beam, the Appaloosa Turf Club Eastern Inc.’s High Point 2 year old and Reserve Overall Race Horse, was never out of the money in 11 races. Mr. Doo Lea won the 1972 Star of Stars Futurity.

End of Sherry Bryd's Sundance article. Thanks to Sundance 500 organization for permission to reprint. To see the entire article in its original form, click here.


This first article appeared in the Sundance Newsletter (could not verify what issue). It was republished in the Sundance Newsletter April 1989.


The following article appeared in the The Appy December 1976. The same text later appeared in the Appaloosa News July 77, with a different format. It was also published in the Sundance Newsletter (don't have issue handy.)

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As Harold Tyner and Ty Farms are almost synonymous with Shavano, two other articles are inlcuded.
Apologies for the poor scans - my magazines are bound.. : (

Appaloosa News May 1960

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It seems the Appaloosa lost a very strong voice when he no longer had Harold Tyner by his side.

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Hall of Fame Information

Shavano was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011 after three submissions to the ApHC BoD. Shavano's sire, Patchy Jr F-1380, his grand-sire, Patchy F-416, and his great-grand-sire, Sundance F-500 were all inducted into the ApHC Hall Of Fame His dam, Blossom F-1678, was a National Reserve Grand Champion performance mare.


The following is the Hall of Fame write up on the ApHC website:

With the bloodlines of Sundance F-500, Patchy F-416, and Patchy Jr. coursing through his veins, it comes as no surprise that Shavano has found his way into the Appaloosa Horse Club Hall of Fame. Foaled in April 1955, chestnut blanketed stallion Shavano was a product of Colorado horseman Ben JohnsonÕs celebrated Appaloosa breeding program. The result of a match between JohnsonÕs stallion Patchy Jr. and his prize-winning Appaloosa mare Blossom, Shavano would soon become an Appaloosa ambassador east of the Rockies.

Shavano was sold as a yearling to Harold Tyner of Ty Farms in Tipton, Indiana. Local horse enthusiasts soon found that the young stallion possessed a multitude of talentŃwinning in everything from halter classes to races, youth classes to games.

At the ApHC National Show in 1960, Shavano won a reserve National Champion title in senior hunter under saddle. Two years later, he won reserve title in Camas Prairie stump race and came in fourth in the rope race at the 1962 National Show.

Notable descendants of Shavano include 1964 race stallion Brent Lea, by Thoroughbred stallion Briar Lea and out of Shavano daughter TynerÕs Alope. Brent Lea raced in 1966 and 1967, and was named ApHC Champion 3-Year-Old race colt in 1967 before becoming a prolific race sire.

Shavano granddaughter Domino's Eclipse (Shavano FrostyÕs Domino II x SmokeÕs April Sue) competed successfully in reining and working cow horse before becoming an outstanding broodmare; her nine ApHC- registered foals have earned over 2,500 performance points, 29 halter points, 36 ROMs, and 28 bronze medallionsŃearning her an induction into the ApHC Hall of Fame in 2004.

Letter to ApHC BoD that accompanied his Hall of Fame Nomination. Courtesy of Sundance 500 International.


Partial list of progeny (the majority of this list compiled by Sherry Byrd) [Update: A big thank you to Tracy Meisenbach for supplying the official ApHC Production list of Shavano. Dare I say it is now a complete list? - for Shavano, not his kids!

Current day [2016] living examples of "Shavanos"


DREA Shavano Sundance


Shavano's Butterfly




DREA Comanche Shavano


This page last updated July 2016.