“We’d Love to Own” – part two

bocpic.pngVeteran Appaloosa youth horse Pistol Step K has been chosen to appear as the “We’d Love to Own” horse in Horse & Rider magazine’s April 2008 issue. As such, he’ll be seen by some 180,000 readers, who’ll also learn about his background and the traits that make him special. In the Jim Bortvedt photo selected by Horse & Rider, he’s ridden bareback by Sarah Hanna of St. Helens, Oregon.

Pistol Step K, also known as Joe, is a 1993 blanketed dun gelding by Royal Pistol K, and out of Precious Lady D, by Pok-A-Dan. Appaloosa Journal readers may recognize him as one of the horses in the ApHC’s “Breed of Choice” ad campaign. He’s currently owned by Tracy Rampone of McMinnville, Oregon.

Trained by Tim and Lori Larsen, longtime Appaloosa pros also of St. Helens, Joe’s amassed over 300 ApHC points in nine events. Just last year, he took Jamie Hanna to the reserve national title in novice youth hunt seat equitation. He’s been a member of the Larsens’ Silver Oaks Farm barn for a dozen years, ever since the couple saw him in an Appaloosa reining futurity at the World Show and brought him home to become a youth mount.

Lori describes Joe as “one of the coolest horses I’ve ever had–one of the few who comes to play the game every day, without fail.”

The ApHC is pleased and proud to have Pistol Step K chosen as one of only 12 horses a year to star in Horse & Rider’s “We’d Love to Own” feature. Another Appaloosa, Fairly Flashy, appeared in the January 2008 issue.

Submitted by Juli Thorson

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