Video star

While in the Nashville area for a visit with the various Appaloosa connections to the Brooks and Dunn music video, Cowgirls Don’t Cry, I was able to meet Blazin Zipper. He’s a young gelding owned by Dennis Skelly and trained by Don Charest. Better known as “Dawson,” the Appaloosa appears in the video featuring Reba McEntire and Ronnie Dunn’s daughter Haley. It’s a hit song that has generated quite a bit of positive feedback for both the POA and ApHC.

In this photo, Don has brought Dawson out for a brief walk to check on his recovery from a recent injury. Apparently he played a little too hard after being turned out for some exercise. He was scheduled to compete at a regional show this weekend, but is assigned to stall rest for a few more days.

I’ll post more about my chats with Dennis and Don. Eventually, there should be something suitable for publication in the Journal.

Categories: People /Public Relations


  1. Thea Johnson Said,

    June 14, 2009 @ 6:26 pm

    I LOVE UNCLE DON, AND DAWSON!!!!!!! ♥Thea ♥

  2. Kerrie Riskowski Said,

    January 26, 2010 @ 5:39 pm

    There is no way the horse in this picture is the same horse in the beginning of “Cowgirls Don’t Cry”! When the little girl is doing the barrel pattern she is riding a palomino with a white blanket!!! He does not have a dark mane and tail in the video!!

  3. Kerrie Riskowski Said,

    January 26, 2010 @ 5:45 pm

    Okay..maybe the horse at the end

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