American Paint Horse book released
than Color reveals remarkable lives of horses that set Paints
a breed apart
WORTH, Texas - Readers interested in gaining a deeper understanding
about the American Paint Horse and the outstanding horses that had
the biggest impact on shaping the breed can learn a lot from More
than Color: Paint Horse Legends, an informative new book by Frank
than Color: Paint Horse Legends paints a remarkable picture
of the people and horses who set the standard for one of the
most popular breeds in the world-the American Paint Horse.
people would argue that the American Paint Horse is one of the most
attractive horse breeds in the world. A magnificent spectrum of
colors and an endless variety of coat patterns have contributed
to the horse's widespread popularity.
and colorful coats, however, are far from the only characteristics
that have endeared this magnificent breed to hundreds of thousands
of Paint Horse owners in 43 nations over the past 40 years. In More
than Color: Paint Horse Legends, Holmes details not only the looks,
but the lives of 18 Paint Horse foundation stallions, mares and
geldings who established the American Paint Horse as a distinct
noted author and equine historian, Holmes tells the story about
Paints by delving into the lives of the remarkable foundation horses,
citing not only their accomplishments but also the physical and
mental attributes that made them so special. At the same time, Holmes
explores the lives of the trainers, owners and breeders who were
associated with these horses. The work represents one of the most
comprehensive biographical sketches ever written about American
personal interviews with Holmes, pioneer Paint Horse breeders and
owners tell first-hand about their "one-in-a-million"
horses that helped establish the bloodlines, conformation and performance
standards for Paints today.
have always been fascinated by the infinite variety of colors in
American Paint Horses," said Holmes. "And I have found
over the years that the people who chose to champion the cause of
these horses were just as colorful.
was a certain mindset among the people who helped establish the
American Paint Horse breed 40 years ago. They were people who were
a bit more inclined to be independent than some of the other breeders
of their time. These were the kind of people who weren't afraid
to take up the cause for the underdog. They liked to be daring and
found the whole experience exhilarating."
in the book is the story of Junior Robertson, who with his sorrel
Paint Horse Wahoo King set the standard for top roping horses in
the 1960s. "And back in those days, it wasn't a fashionable
or popular idea to show up in the rodeo arena with a Paint,"
was always a good-natured man and took a lot of kidding from people
before he entered an arena to compete," said Holmes, "but
they weren't kidding around after he came out.
all came down to who got the calf tied the quickest, and Junior
and Wahoo King were the best at that. They became widely renowned
on the pro rodeo circuit."
Lockhart, founder of the American Paint Stock Horse Association,
which later became the American Paint Horse Association (APHA),
is a big part of the More than Color story. Legendary breeder Hank
Wiescamp and his stallion Skip Hi are also featured in the book,
as is Jack Campbell and his famous stallion Painted Robin. The bloodlines
of several thousand Paint Horses, among them numerous world-class
competitors, can be traced to those horses.
and Campbell were people who knew that horses with color were easier
to sell than plain brown horses," said Holmes. "They were
willing to take a chance and stake their reputations on breeding
and selling Paint Horses. They were well-respected, and they didn't
disappoint. These men and their horses brought a lot of credibility
to the breed."
equine writer who has spent 30 years writing about famous horses,
owners and trainers, Holmes worked several years as a features editor
for the Paint Horse Journal. The author spent four years writing
More than Color and has two follow-up books planned over the next
four years. He said the additional More than Color volumes would
spotlight outstanding Paints through the years, progressing in time
to those achieving remarkable accomplishments today.
Holmes has had the unique opportunity to become closely associated
with the breed and many of the people who were responsible for establishing
all those desirable traits that characterize Paints today,"
said Jim Kelley, APHA executive secretary.
people think of American Paint Horses, they recognize them for their
beauty, sound conformation, outstanding abilities in the show ring,
versatility, calm temperament and willing dispositions.
qualities were first and foremost on the minds of APHA's early founders
and breeders when they established the association in 1962. As a
result of their efforts, the Paint Horse has become one of the most
treasured horses in the world, experiencing phenomenal growth.
gives us a personal look at the lives of the people and Paint Horses
who helped make that happen," said Kelley.
read a sample chapter from the book and to view some of the historical
photographs, visit: http://www.apha.com/pressroom/02_mtc_excerpt.html
224-page More than Color, which includes 35 full-color and 200 black
and white photos of outstanding Paint Horses, may be ordered on-line
or call toll-free (877) 460-6275. Cost is $21.95, plus shipping