ApHC #T-225,244, CRHA # 1587-N, SBC #26, AWS #940038
1975, 16-hand, bay leopard stallion
We had five tough criteria in mind-depth
of "old-line" Appaloosa Gl breeding; performance; sporthorse conformation,
size and movement; color; and disposition-when we went looking for a stallion
to base our program around. We met them all in Sunspot's Eclipse. Long
muscled and elegant, "Clipper" has a quick mind and a puppy-dog disposition.
An elegant, versatile athlete with true sporthorse conformation, Clipper
is intensely leopard-bred and throws intelligent, colorful, able babies.
He has never refused a request, and gives 110% in everything he has set
out to do in his versatile career.
Bambi's Jungle Flower being courted
by Sunspot Revel. The outcome of
this mating was the elegant son, Sunspot's
We wanted to find a stallion with the
bloodline of Sunspot Revel, one of the most balanced Appaloosas we know
of, noted for his consistent production of premium performance horses.
We looked at a lot of nice stallions who had Sunspot Revel four or more
generations back in their pedigrees-and then we found Sunspot's Eclipse.
Clipper is one of two remaining sons of Sunspot Revel. On top of that,
he is out of Bambi's Jungle Flower, an own daughter of the immortal Bambi
E, patriarch of the Sully line of halter and performance horses. We believe
he is the last grandson of Bambi E still producing. Both his sire and dam
were great-grandget of the ApHC Hall of Fame stallion, Sundance, F-500.
Thus, Clipper carries the close-up blood of this legendary Appaloosa sire
twice at the fourth generation. (Click here for Clipper's
exceptional race and performance bloodlines, top and bottom, make him an
excellent choice for those who want colorful babies with athletic ability,
size, sanity, soundness.
Trained by Monte Foreman, up, Clipper
accumulated points in reining,
trail and rope race as a young stallion.
Clipper's sire, Sunspot Revel, was
a race winner, performance champion and multiple medallion sire.
His dam, Bambi's Jungle
Flower, was a race winner and evented
through Training Level. You won't find better close-up performance
breeding anywhere. Clipper has proven himself in the show ring. Trained
by Western-training great Monte Foreman, with limited showing
as a young stallion, Clipper accumulated national points in reining,
trail and rope race-a testament to the versatility of his breeding.
At age 19, he entered dressage training. His inherently wonderful
disposition and movement make him a natural.
Sporthorse Conformation, Size and
Clipper entered Dressage training
at 19. His noted dressage trainer, Linda Waldeck, said of him, "His trot
is big and it's real. He's not just throwing out in front and dragging
At an honest 16.0 hands, Clipper possesses
the size necessary to produce truly competitive dressage,
jumping and eventing horses. A long-muscled horse, he is balanced
and elegant with a long, graceful neck, powerful shoulder, straight
legs, good bone and good feet. More importantly, he throws these traits
on his "cookie-cutter" babies.
This tri-colored leopard has some
of the strongest leopard breeding in the West and it shows in his babies.
He has produced 85% color out of solid and colored mares. Of these
horses 75% fall into the range of leopard horses-few-spots, leopards
or near leopards-with only 12% blanketed. Clipper throws more fillies
(65%) than colts (35%). His babies are leggy, substantial, intelligent,
and inherit his super disposition.
the First Graders on "farm day." He lowered his head so
that all could pet him.
While possessing the regal "look of
eagles," Clipper has a puppy-dog personality that he passes along to
his get. His babies are tractable, smart, and in-your-pocket, possessing
Clipper's incredible work ethic and friendliness. Click here
for photos of some of Clipper's get.
"Sun Son Shen"
2001 bay leopard colt
Although there will never, in our minds,
be a replacement for Clipper, his 2001 son will stay with us as our next
sire and competition horse. Out of our wonderful 16.2-hand mare, Sonora
Moon, this guy is big, fearless and friendly. Nora is one of only a few
producing daughters of Thunder's Mr. Magpie, who proven himself on the
racetrack, in open jumping with Barbara Worth, and in eventing. No less
stellar is his dam's bottom line, with the performance and sporthorse bloodlines
of Wapiti, and the intense performance breeding of Marie Hulseman and Con
Ruff, whose horses trace strongly to both the Ghost Wind stallions and
imported Russian leopard bloodstock. We have high hopes for this boy. Check
back and we will update you on his progress!