Breeding Program



Get/For Sale







Over the years, we have hand picked our mares to reflect the goals of
breeding program. Within the old Appaloosa bloodlines,
we have selected for size, conformation and movement compatible
with the Sport disciplines. All of our mares are using horses; all have
exceptional dispositions.

Tierra Lakota

Oglala Chief x Kewpie Comanche. 1979 mare, 16.2 hands. Blue roan
snowcap few-spot. This "gentle giant" is our retired Eventing athlete whose depth of old-line breeding served her well, with major wins at recognized Three-Day Events: 1st Novice Level, CTETA 10/89; 5th Training Level, Rancho Murietta 9/89; and 1st Training Level, CTETA 10/99. A super mover with style and grace, Fingerpaints went on to school beginning riders over jumps. She has an exceptional depth of old-line leopard breeding, tracing at least 10 x to the Ghost Wind lines, and close-up to several Russian leopards imported to Argentina. She is double-bred Mansfield's Comanche through the black leopard Depression Argo, with many other leopards behind her, as well as with such Appaloosa greats as Redhart, Prince Domino. Intense Con Ruff and Marie Hulseman breeding. Her elegant 1995 leopard daughter by Sunspot's Eclipse, Tierra del Sol (Della) is now a part of our band (see below).

Sonora Moon

Thunder's Mr. Magpie x Wapiti Annie. 1994 mare, 16.1 hands. Bay
snowflake with hip blanket and large multicolored spots. Shown here with her 1997 daughter, Sunspot's Red Moon, now in our breeding band, this big, mellow mare has exceptional foundation and sporthorse breeding. Sired by Thunder's Mr. Magpie, a 17.0-hand 3/4 TB race winner, open jumper and Combine Training horse, whose Appaloosa lines trace to Claude Thompson's Spotted Eagle, through performance sires Thunder Britches and Thunder's Spotted Bull. Nora's dam is Wapiti Annie (16.1), an own daughter of Play Anne Possum (dam of World and National Champion Pondie's Rocky Road) noted for producing natural extension in her foals and grandfoals, with the Wapiti sporthorse line close up. Also close up is four straight generations of more of Con Ruffs breeding-the "Ruff" horses. This sensible mare is big, strong and shows the jumping lines behind her. At 13 months, she sailed over a five-foot fence and never looked back! We've yet to see Nora take a wrong step. Nora has to date produced three foals by Clipper for us: the 1997 leopard mare Sunspot's Red Moon (below); the 1998 solid bay colt Sun Son Shadow, destined for the eventing; and 2001 colt, Sun Son Shen.

BDA's Precious Gem

BBF's Huzzah x Sun's Magic Miss). 1982 mare, 14.1-hand chestnut
leopard. Like Clipper, this grand old mare traces close up to both
Sunspot Revel and Bambi E, making her double-bred Sundance 500.
Additionally, she carries some wonderful old-line leopard blood of
War Whoop, May's Surprise, Illusion and Dragon Seed, as well Claude
Thompson's breeding through Old Painter. She has produced many
black and chestnut leopards over her breeding career. An excellent
riding horse, this mare possesses the fourth gate, known as the Indian
Shuffle, that gives a "rocking chair" ride. Shown here with her colt, Mr.
Spots, bred by Brenda Brouder. Gem is bred for a 2002 Sunspot's
Eclipse baby.

Carnival Moon

Chocklate Confetti x April O'Riley. 1994 mare, 15.0 hands. Bay with
lacey hip blanket and spots. Bred by us, the flashy mare has impeccable conformation. By Chocklate Confetti, a foundation-bred, 16.3-hand red roan leopard who competed Preliminary Level Combined Training and 2nd level dressage. Dam's bloodlines include Diamondot Cantico, a 1/2 Thoroughbred tracing to the stakes-winning Owen Tudor/Hyperion line. Appaloosa lines of champions Red Eagles' Peacock through Peacock's Miraklman, Sass Thomas, and Med-O-Scamp. Moon has a lovely long neck and gorgeous head with a huge, kind eye, this elegant mare literally floats! Bred to Sunspot's Eclipse for a 2002 baby.

Toby's Lady May

15.1 hands, red roan leopard.
One of our handiest mares at the barn, truly a "bridleless horse" who
loves her work. First level dressage skills with wonderful natural
extensions and a fantastic, ground-covering free walk.  Jumps anything
in sight!  Etta's first gallop cross country brought her a third out of 11 at
Beginning Novice in 1993, with clean cross-country and stadium
rounds. Bloodlines include Toby I & II, Patchy F-416, Medicine Man,
Umpqua Queen and Cloudy Boy.  This quality mare produced a
wonderful leopard daughter by Clipper.

Tierra Del Sol

Sunspot's Eclipse x Tierra Lakota. 1995 mare, 15.3 hands, bay leopard.
Shown here as a yearling, Della is out of our winning Event mare, Tierra Lakota (aka: Fingerpaints). Incredibly smart as well as gorgeous, we've turned down many an offer for Della. But how can you sell a horse who answers the phone in the tack room whenever she's nearby! Della is going well under saddle, with great big, floaty natural extensions at the trot. Her incredible depth of old-line leopards top and bottom shows in her both her disposition (superb) and conformation (smooth muscled with good bone, a neck that ties in high to the chest, and a high-set tail.) We will begin breeding Della with the 2003 season - we've been having too much fun riding her!

Sunspot's Red Moon

Sunspot's Eclipse x Sonora Moon. 1997 Mare, 15.3 and growing,
chestnut leopard. Another of Clipper's wonderful daughters, Red is shown here as a very "in your pocket" weanling. Now a very large four-year-old, Red is being started under saddle this year. She inherited her sire and dam's size, bone and strength, and also Nora's excellent flint-hard feet, which our farrier calls "self-trimming" feet because they wear so evenly. She also gets her mellow disposition from both sire and dam! We're looking forward to some nice babies out of Red - once she finishes growing.


Silvermoon Appaloosas
Gala Argent & Bob Schuster
P.O. Box 1425
Foresthill, CA 95631

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