AQHA/WPRA Barrel Horse of the Year Perculatin is the product of a strong maternal line of barrel horses.
When you breed a barrel horse to a sire of barrel horses, you should end up with a barrel horse, right? When Reijan Pickens of Kiowa, Okla., crossed her great barrel mare Curiocity Corners on Dash For Perks, an all-time leading sire of barrel horses, she created a great barrel horse—Mary Walker’s AQHA/WPRA Barrel Horse of the Year Perculatin (“Latte”).
Perculatin, seen here at 1 month of age, is the product of three generations of proven barrel racing mares.
While pictures of Latte’s famous paternal side are easily attainable, his maternal line, like so many others, remains a mystery to the public. Pickens, who has a long history with Latte’s maternal side, has graciously shared a few of Latte’s family photos from his dam’s side.
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All photos courtesy of Reijan Pickens.
Cynabar Miss was one of Reijan Pickens first barrel horses. The 1963 mare was Cynabars, a Thoroughbred son of Three Bars.
Reijan Pickens paired Cynabar Miss with the Top Moon son Mr Moon Dial, who sired a few barrel horses in his time, to get the 1980 mare Moon Beams Dream.
The pretty stallion Silver Lucky Buck caught Reijan
Pickens’ eye. When she discovered he had a pretty pedigree to go along with his looks—he’s by the Easy Six son Five To Six out of Packak, who goes back to Pacific Bailey and Joak—she mated him with Moon Beams Dream. Pickens now owns the 1985 stallion.
By Silver Lucky Buck out of Moon Beams Dream, Curiosity Corners was Reijan Pickens’ shining star. The 1994 mare amassed an impressive record in her shortened career due to a ground-related injury. She’s shown here after winning the 1999 Tulsa Holiday Circuit.