Dam Good!

2012 World Champion Barrel Racer and AQHA/WPRA Barrel Horse of the Year Perculatin is the product of a strong maternal line of barrel horses.

By Tanya Randall; all photos courtesy of Reijan Pickens. 

Perculatin pedigreePerculatin is the product of Reijan Pickens' careful and selective breeding to proven barrel racing lines.

marywalker2forsliderMary Walker won the 2012 World Champion Barrel Racer title aboard the great Perculatin, the 2012 AQHA/WPRA Barrel Horse of the Year. Photo by Kenneth Springer.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, Oklahoma, 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 2012 World Champion and American Quarter Horse Association/Women's Professional Rodeo Association Barrel Horse of the Year, Perculatin.

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.

Be sure and pick up a copy of the December 2012 issue of Barrel Horse News to read in-depth profiles on the horses slated to appear at the 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Get to know the top horse and rider teams in Las Vegas at the NFR from December 6–15, 2012.




perculatin 1 monthPerculatin, seen here at 1 month of age in 2004, is the product of three generations of proven barrel racing mares  

cynabar missCynabar Miss was one of Reijan Pickens' first barrel horses. The 1963 mare was by Cynabars, a Thoroughbred son of Three Bars.


moonbeams dreamReijan 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.



silver lucky buckThe 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.


curiocity cornersBy Silver Lucky Buck and out of Moon Beams Dream, Curiocity 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.

Tanya Randall is an avid barrel racer and veteran contributor to Barrel Horse News. This article was originally published in a 2012 issue of BHN. Email comments on this article to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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