As some of you know, I work at a place that was, once upon a time, a world-renowned Appaloosa breeding farm. The glory days are over, most of the horses are sold, and I have been given the task of sorting through all of the old office files, separating trash and treasure. One thing I found, amidst all of the stacks of stallion reports and ancient sales brochures, was a request from a Knabstrupper farm for some leopard Appaloosas (from the 70's, I think). They wanted to export them for outcrossing, and they had very specific requirements about the horses' coat pattern, among other things. I don't recall where the farm was based--perhaps the Netherlands somewhere? I could be wrong. I don't know whether they ever bought any horses from my boss, but I don't believe they did. Perhaps the colors in the pedigree were unsatisfactory, or import costs too high, or any of a myriad of factors.
They sent along, with their request, photos of three horses to show exactly the type and color they were searching for. I love these pictures. The horses are neat, but most interesting of all is the riders' garb and the, well, creative interpretation of Western tack. See for yourself.
First is a mare called Taronga, if I deciphered the handwriting correctly. Next is a mare called Balu. The last is a stallion named--wait for it--Poco Bueno. I was able to track him down and find the name listed in quite a few Knabstrupper pedigrees, but if there was anything about his individual achievements, it was all in Danish and I couldn't read it.
If anyone has any information about these horses, it would be interesting to hear!